Christmas Shopping on Christmas Eve

Forgive the brevity of this post but it’s 10pm on Christmas Eve and I have sprouts to prep and gifts to wrap. For any truly last-minute folk who have avoided the shops and need good gifts in the nick of time, here are five grand gestures that could be written into a card – to show love, thought and effort.

1. A London-Paris-Venice trip on the Orient Express. Romantic, elegant, refined travel in Art Deco luxury. From £1990 per person. www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express

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Photographs by Max Cardelli for Marie Claire UK

2. Tranquility at The Aman Spa at The Connaught, London. The North America Signature Treatment lasts 2hrs 30 mins and consists of ‘a sage & cedar wood smudging and hot river stone massage, used to turn over a new leaf’. £280. www.the-connaught.co.uk/aman-spa

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Image courtesy of The Connaught

3. Fresh flowers to your door, every month, from Bloom & Wild. The gift that keeps on giving. You’ll be remembered every month – not just at Christmas. From £50 for 3 months of flowers.  www.bloomandwild.com

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Image courtesy of www.theguardian.com

4. A literary gift box from Heywood Hill, Mayfair’s magical bookstore where Nancy Mitford worked in World War II. Buy a one-off box for Christmas – or four elegantly packaged and expertly sourced packages of books throughout the year. Choose from collections such as The Cool Classics (£100), The Discerning Gentleman (£270) or tell them a bit about the recipient and go bespoke. www.heywoodhill.com

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Image courtesy of Heywood Hill

5. Letterpress stationery delivered to your door. Hand-picked, letterpress cards sent to your recipient each month. For stationery junkies everywhere. From $40 for 2 months. You might even get a written thank you. www.nicelynoted.com

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Of course you could always buy them a wardrobe detox or a shopping trip to remember – www.penelopemeredith.com.

Whatever you give or receive I send you blessings and good wishes for a wonderful Christmas. See you next year…