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Introducing the Christmas concierge

We’ve all got them – those tricky people to buy for. Enter Boots Head of Christmas Annabel Franks (aka Mrs Christmas) to help these three women make this year’s gifts the best ever!

Dawn Ward, 43, Derbyshire

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‘I’m a working mum with three girls, so I have limited time to shop for presents (cue lots of late-night online shopping), and this year’s no different. One person I always struggle to buy for is my mother-in-law – she loves designer brands, and she does so much for our family (such as cooking amazing meals) that I want to get her the best gift I can afford. My youngest daughter, who’s 11, is also a bit tricky; she’s growing up fast but I want to give her a present that’s not too grown-up – she’s still my little girl! And then there’s my eldest daughter, aged 25, who’s make-up obsessed. But not knowing what’s new in the beauty world means I’m seriously confused. I want to buy her something she’ll really appreciate, which has the seal of approval from the experts.’

For label-lovers

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‘With this New Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 Boots Exclusive £85/8,500 points, she can try new things.’ Includes Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf and Ralph Lauren beauty brands.

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‘You’d never guess that this palette isn’t designer. With eyeshadow sets, you often find some shades aren’t as wearable, but we’ve made sure these are all really covetable.’ New No7 Ultimate Eye Palette Boots Exclusive £20/2,000 points

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For tween-age girls

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‘The popularity of blogger Zoella knows no bounds, so we’re really excited about her new stationery range.’ New Zoella Stationery Book, £10/1,000 points

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‘Fact: most girls start to spend more time in the bathroom when they approach their teens – so she’ll love a New Jack Wills Bathing Gift Set Boots Exclusive £25/2,500 points.’

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For make-up obsessives

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‘Every work-woman needs a good set of tools…’ New Ted Baker T Is For Treasured Tools Boots Exclusive £20/2,000 points

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‘Killer brows are the holy grail for make-up aficionados, and the New Benefit Soft & Natural Brows, £28/2,800 points, contains all the gizmos she’ll need to get the look

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Hazel Minns, 47, Essex

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‘Christmas is always a busy time for me, and what with working late and all those party invites, present-buying ends up being a last-minute job. I usually get stuck when it comes to my friend’s daughter – I just don’t know what teens consider cool! Also, one of my other friends is the girl who has everything, so whatever I buy, it has to be unique. Then there’s the friend who lives in Ibiza – she loves make-up, but I need something that can be sent in the post, which won’t be rejected at Customs or get broken en route. Help!’

For trend-conscious teens

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‘Imagine her surprise when she unwraps this gorgeous palette and finds her own face on the front, as well as 14 on-trend shades.’ You can add your own cute photo (6x4in) to the front cover of this New Seventeen My Photo Eye Palette Boots Exclusive £16/1,600 points.

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‘Retro patches are back, and with the New Missguided Too Glam To Give A Damn Boots Exclusive £12/1,200 points, she can use 2016’s coolest icons (pineapples and lightning bolts, FYI).’

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For the girl who has everything

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‘I bet she doesn’t have a personalised body butter tub! You can add her name or even upload a picture.’ Sanctuary Spa Personalised Luxury Body Butter Boots Exclusive £10/1,000 points (300ml; personalisation costs an extra £1)

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‘Go bespoke and choose a fragrance and two minis to be given in a keepsake book. Your friend’s name will be woven into a festive tale, too.’ Personalised Fragrance Gift Set† Boots Exclusive see in store for price

Available in selected Boots stores from 9 November 2016, while stocks last

For the far-away friend**

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‘As slim as a pen, this beauty icon will be no problem for air mail. And look at its glittery jacket – how could anyone resist?’ YSL Touche Éclat Collector’s Edition, £25/2,500 points

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‘Ideal for popping in a clutch bag, these lip gloss sticks will go down well in Ibiza – and they’re dinky enough to fit in a postable package, too.’ New Soap & Glory Merry™ Kiss Much™ Boots Exclusive £8/800 points (3x1.5g)

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Sophie Hall, 25, Reading

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‘I always have good intentions, but often end up buying things at the last minute and spending too much. This year, I want a plan of action I can stick to. My first dilemma is my mum. She has sensitive skin, but is quite experimental with make-up, so I’m not sure which brands will suit her. She loves lipstick but I want to get her something more special than her everyday ones! Then there’s my friend who is eco-conscious and a vegetarian – she tends to go for more natural brands, so I’m on the hunt for products that use botanic or organic ingredients. I’m also stuck about what to buy my lovely grandma; she’s been ill recently and I’d love to treat her to some pampering goodies, as she loves smellies.’

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‘Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are legendary for good reasons – they come in lovely shades, are purse-friendly, and ultra-moisturising to boot.’ New Clinique Chubettes Set, £20/2,000 points (5 sticks).

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 ‘Your mum might find that mineral make-up is gentler on skin.’ New Bare Minerals Be Beautiful Face And Eye Palette, £39/3,900 points

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For eco-warriors

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‘Origins focuses on using ingredients from sustainable regions. New Origins Mask Marvels, £30/3,000 points, contains three masks and a Maskimizer, which preps skin for pampering.’

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‘Did you know that the Liz Earle brand is cruelty-free and suitable for veggies? Perfect for animal lovers.’ Liz Earle Daily Ritual Gift, £25/2,500 points

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For glamorous grannies

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‘If she likes nothing better than a relaxing soak, treat her to the New Champneys Bubble Heaven Boots Exclusive £16/1,600 points – a collection of Champneys’ finest bubbles, for guaranteed bathtime bliss.’

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‘As your grandma’s a fan of scented goodies, I predict that she’ll love this cracker. No cheap key rings in here!’ Yardley London English Rose Hand Cream Christmas Cracker, £4/400 points

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Santa’s little helpers

Tips and tricks to make Christmas shopping as easy as (mince) pie

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    PERFECT PICK-UP

Wouldn’t it be great if you could order something and get it delivered to your local Boots the next day? Well, you can: order by 8pm today and collect from 12pm tomorrow*. Job done.

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    REAL DEAL

3 for 2 Mix & Match is back – look out for this label (the cheapest item is always free).

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    WRAP STAR

Make gifts extra-special with personalised photo wrapping paper, via our in-store 1-hour service (only available at larger Boots stores).

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    PUT THEIR NAME ON IT

Go to boots.com/emporium/makeitpersonal for more info on our engraving service (at selected Boots stores with a Boots Emporium, from £3).

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**LONG DISTANCE FRIENDS?

Did you know you can also send gifts to friends and family in Europe from our international website? Visit international.boots.com for more information and to see which countries are included.

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Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the Boots Christmas 2016 Gift Guide in store! For even more ‘giftspiration’, go to our Christmas inspiration page on boots.com

†Only available at selected Boots stores with a Boots Emporium, or from boots.com. Book cover design may vary from that shown. Personalisation element of the storybook is exclusive to, and only available from, boots.com.

*Monday to Saturday. Geographical exclusions apply. For full terms and conditions, go to boots.com/ordertodaycollecttomorrow.

Compiled by Charlotte Grant-West Photography Matthew Walder, Pixeleyes

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