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<p>{1} Wragwrap Crackle Medium</p>
<p>This environmentally friendly gift wrap is made from recycled plastic bottles and polyester. Instead of sticky tape, it is fastened using a cord and button, so it can be reused dozens of times. The material is even designed to make that proper paper crackling sound to please the traditionalists.</p>
<p>£8.99, wragwrap.com</p>

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1. Snakeskin print candlesticks

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1. Memories wallpaper, 01323 430 886, wallpaperdirect.co.uk

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1. Memories wallpaper

L’heure espagnole, ****; L’enfant et les sortileges *****, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex

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