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Christmas Gift Guide


18 December 2009

Christmas shopping can be a chore but don’t fear as style queen and fabulous fashionista Cathy Martin gives her advice on what to buy the person who has everything.

Collectors’ items and limited editions are always great for the person who has everything, so this season’s Absolut Vodka: The Rock Edition will have your friends and you literally rocking around the Christmas tree. The cool leather studded gift pack is available from all good off licences, while stocks last. (Around £15)

If you love designer items, then the Chanel J12 Collection is the accessory for you. A completely timeless classic. I love the high tech white finish and its so very now (have you noticed lots of cars are white again? Its definitely the colour of the moment). But besides the oh-so-now colour, this is beautiful watch and a great accompaniment to any occasion, whether it’s an important meeting to a sparkly night out in town. The Chanel J12 Ceramic 33ml Mother of Pearl & Diamond dot is available at Lunn’s Belfast Tel: 02890329799 (£3250)

This Christmas you have the chance to own an affordable piece of artist Graham Knuttel’s designs which are on sale exclusively at the Whalley Gallery in Holywood. The ceramic collections have everything from Espresso cups to serving plates and will look super stylish on any dining table. You’ll be sharing your taste with some very famous company too, as he is one of Ireland's most successful living artists and designers and his art is collected by some of the world’s most famous names - from Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro to Colin Farrell, Joanna Lumley and REM's Michael Stipe. He is famous for his stylised figures and animals in urban landscapes, painted in bold and vibrant colours. A great selection of the ceramics (and indeed some of his original art pieces) are available to purchase from www.whalleygallery.com. (£40-60)

Vita Audio R4 DAB Radio, CD and iPod Dock
This stylist multimedia sound system is definitely a must have this Christmas, it looks great, and the sound doesn’t leave much to be desired either. The sleek walnut finish will look great in any room, so kick back and enjoy great music whether its on your favourite CD, digital MP3 collection or digital radio. The full Vita collection is available from Equinox, 32 Howard Street, Belfast. Tel 02890230089. (£549.99).

White to Brown Gift Set
Following the phenomenal success of WhiteToBrown spray tanning treatments, WhiteToBrown have now launched the ultimate in home tanning products. And their new moisturising self-tan is the latest addition in the tanning market. It has been specially developed to give the ultimate smooth, sexy, flawless, golden brown tan - one that doesn't turn you orange. It is uber easy to apply, smells pleasant and dries quickly, giving the whole body a deep, long lasting tan that develops in hours and lasts for days. Choose the WhiteToBrown gift box this Christmas which includes one of each of the products; exfoliate, body wash, self tan, extender and application gloves. Available at www.bodywellnesspro.com, Gordon’s Chemists and MediCare. (£34.99)

Alessi 'Chiringuito' Cocktail Shaker
This Chiringuito cocktail shaker from Alessi is simply gorgeous, the chiringuito is made of stainless steel. the form of the shaker twists to mimic the motion of the liquid inside, an interior strainer is also included for easy pouring. A great addition to any party, and a great accessory for your drinks cabinet.  The Alessi ‘Chiringuito’ cocktail shaker is available from Equinox, 32 Howard Street, Belfast. Tel 02890230089. (£88)

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