5 editors share how to avoid present-picking panic this Christmas

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    Getting that perfect Christmas gift for family and friends can be tricky business.

    You’d think that knowing the giftee so well would make things easier, but that’s the tricky part: You want them to unwrap your present with a huge smile on their face and think: ‘They know me so well.’

    Fortunately at Marie Claire we’ve got this down to a fine art and are on hand to share with you our present-picking secrets.

    Keep reading to find out how our editors are ensuring a stress-free gifting experience so that you nail it this year. (Fingers crossed our friends and relatives don’t see this.)

    Holly Rains, Digital Editor – the long-term best friend

    This year I’m going for make-up brushes; I’m betting your best friend either a), has no make-up brushes, like mine, but would love them or b) is a beauty junkie and always needs more. You can buy Real Techniques’ individually or in sets, depending on your budget. Sorted.

    Real Techniques Flawless Base Set, £19.99

    Sunil Makan, Associate Editor – the fragrance lover

    In my opinion, the fragrance fan is actually really easy to buy for. Whether they need a top-up of the classics or you’d like to treat them to a new launch to add to their collection, there are so many options that a scent lover would, well, love. One of my favourites is Tom Ford Noir, a blend of vanilla, amber and leather. Delicious.

    Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum, £96

    Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor – the glam mum

    Liz Earle Every Day Radiant Trio, £48

    I think I speak for everyone when I say mums can be a bit fussy, can’t they? Not only are skincare sets great value, but they stock them up on some of their favourite skin treats for the new year ahead; this Liz Earle gift, containing iconic Cleanse & Polish, will definitely be the icing on the cake in my house.

    Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer – the well-groomed dad

    Percy Nobleman Traditional Shaving Kit, £34


    There’s nothing nicer than that feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ after getting that perfect ‘upgrade’ for Christmas, especially if your tools are well past their sell-by date. My partner’s dad is an old-fashioned kind of guy, so this traditional shaving kit is him down to a tee (but if yours is more modern, an electric Wet & Dry shaver will work just as well!).

    Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor – The over-excited kids

    Lego Friends Drifting Diner Set and Lego Super Heroes Batman Set

    Christmas really is the best time for kids – I think we can all agree they enjoy it the most! When I’m buying gifts for younger family members I always think about the excitement of Christmas day when you’re little; it’s that feeling of unwrapping something fun, colourful and special.

    Whether it’s for your own children, cousins or nieces and nephews, creative kids will love these sets.

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