We’ve been to so many press shows lately that our letter to Father Christmas is going to be very long indeed. We pretty much want everything we see – and it was no different when we hit Debenhams…
The department store always delivers when it comes to party frocks and its range for little girls is a treat – rich red dresses, sparkly black numbers and a soft pink bubble dress with a big bow to boot. Dresses for mum were equally glam with a gorgeous green floor-length number and a gold sequin shift vying for our attention. We do love a Christmas knit, so we cooed over the stylish cardigan for little boys and the Ted Baker hat and mitten sets for girls.
It looks like Jamie Oliver will clean up this Christmas with his fab range of mini mugs, £8. There are plenty of slogans to choose from including Cheeky Monkey, Little Cupcake, Little Princess and Santa’s Little Helper. The Lego drink bottles, £8.50, were pretty cool too, and the Hello Kitty Digital Camera, £30, and Camcorder, £50, also caught our eye. Techno tots will love the Bluezoo Laptop Junior, £13, almost as much as we did when we saw the front of the fold-up piggy case!
Debenhams is renowned for its designer collaborations and the beauty department didn’t disappoint. Make-up artist Ruby Hammer launches her new diffusion range, Ruby Hammer Recommends, exclusive to the store in September. With lovely colour palettes suited to all skins, it’s perfect for make-up junkies and good value too – prices range from £5 for a Glitter Eyeliner set to £45 for the Total Beauty Collection kit.
Sadie Frost is back for a second year with her retro-styled Floozie by FrostFrench range. The Lip Balm trio, £7, makes a good stocking filler and the vintage-looking Teacup candle, £10, will look sweet in any room. If you’re looking to add a bit of va-va-voom to your party outfit, the zebra and leopard print Star by Julien Macdonald clasp purses, £14, will add instant glamour without breaking the bank. Kate Middleton seems to be surgically attached to a clasp purse lately so if they’re good enough for a duchess…
If your other half thinks he’s King of the roost, make it official with a Dad Rocks framed print, £35, or drop some hints about about the Mummy Rules cushion, £35. If you still can’t agree, plump for a VIP Very Important Parents print, £35, instead. The clever recycled photo frames made out of bike chains, £22, or keyboards, £15, are also a novel idea for hard-to-buy-for dads.
Vintage-inspiration again ruled the day for homewares, with distressed wooden signs (our favourite was All You Need Is Love, £40), shabby-chic decorations and even retro sweeties. The 1kg jars of Gobstoppers, Strawberries and Cream and Midget Gems, £8.50, will keep your favourite sweet-tooth happy for a while, while Jamie Oliver’s done it again with gorgeously quirky slogan chocolates, £2.50. Choose from Smooth Operator, Some Like It Hot, Light My Fire and Hello Sailor.
Last but not least, Fido and Felix get a look in too with dog and fish-shaped pet bowls, £20.