x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

M is all about: our Christmas list

M is all about people, places and things on our Christmas list

2. Lene Bjerre tea light holder
2. Lene Bjerre tea light holder

1. The ultimate cracker

Celebrating Christmas is a snap with this decadent cracker by Asprey. Inside the pretty packaging you'll find a stylish luxury item such as a sterling silver bracelet, an umbrella-shaped decision spinning top, starfish cufflinks or a perfume atomiser. But diehard Yuletide fans won't be disappointed, the cracker also includes the traditional festive joke, paper hat and balloon.  Extravagant, exclusive and a seasonal delight sure to be a talking point around any Christmas table, only two of these crackers are available in Dubai, so you'll have to move fast. Asprey Christmas Cracker, Dh850, Asprey, Mall of the Emirates, 04 341 0641

2. Table magic

Make the holiday glow a little brighter with these delicate tea lights. Their antiqued silver finish is sure to make your dining table look luminous. Lene Bjerre tea light holder, Dh40, Bloomingdale's Home, 04 350 5333

3. Putting on the glitz

The tree isn't the only thing that needs decorating this Christmas. Add a touch of glamour to any outfit with this exotic clutch. The Silver Jenny bag is made of soft calf leather, but has the look and feel of snakeskin. With its detachable solid silver link chain, it's an ideal accessory for day or night. Festive frivolity guaranteed. Silver Jenny bag by Love and Label at Marami, Dh1,750, Dubai Mall, 04 434 3536

4. Christmas sparkle

Nothing screams Christmas opulence more than Swarovski. Exquisitely crafted in crystal commemorating this year's date, this glistening decoration will twist and twirl to catch the light to magnificent effect as it hangs on your Christmas tree. Swarovski, Dh335, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8256

5. Festive fancies

Mince pies, gingerbread snowmen, chocolate truffles, cinnamon snowflakes, macaroons, cranberry biscotti, Christmas fudge, florentines... with all these festive sweets and treats you're bound to get caught raiding the biscuit tin. You can indulge, as Lime Tree Cafe has stocked its pantry to the rafters for the ultimate Christmas feast. Beautifully wrapped, these delicacies make ideal gifts that are certain to spread festive cheer. Other gourmet delights to choose from include canapés, platters and Christmas hampers. Be prepared for second helpings. Prices range from Dh30 per bag of biscuits up to Dh275 for full-size cakes. Christmas hampers can be ordered and custom made. Prices range from Dh435 to Dh905. Lime Tree Cafe, Jumeirah Beach Road and Ibn Battuta Mall, 04 349 8498, www.thelimetreecafe.com

6. Travelling in style

This intense gold passport cover would put Rudolph's red nose to shame. Stand out at the airport as you head home for the holidays with this eye-catching wallet, and let it lead you straight to first class. The ultimate accessory for the globetrotting jetsetter. Bombay Duck passport cover, Dh52, The Gift Library, www.gift-library.com

7. Winter wonderland

Recapture the essence of a Victorian Christmas. Snow and water globes first appeared in the late 1800s and the magical mini worlds soon became a feature of upper-class Victorian homes. Shake this enchanting snow globe and let it transport you to a Christmas of yesteryear. Featuring a partridge in a pear tree, this globe lets glittery snow fall, and winds up to play The Twelve Days of Christmas. A true delight, this is what Christmas fairy tales are made of. Gisela Graham Partridge snow globe, Dh265, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, 04 324 0225