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Last Minute Gifts

We’ve all done it: left the last few presents for those difficult family members until the very final hour. Never fear, the OxStu is here to help. You might have to pay a fair bit for your delivery but serves you right for being a lazy shopper. Merry Christmas!

Topshop Polar Bear Socks 

Price: £3.50

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Who doesn’t love a pair of socks for Christmas? While it may be the stereotypical stocking filler, anyone who doesn’t love this guy’s little face isn’t worth a present and should be crossed off the nice list in 2015.

Buy here.

Festive Ugly Christmas Jumper Patches x10

Price £3.00

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It seems like some sort of obligation to don a hideous jumper over the festive season but the nicer ones can be expensive (Topshop’s coming in at around £40). These iron-on patches can transform your everyday jumper for Christmas day whilst being removable afterwards. A cheap and easy way to give a festive gift!

ASOS is able to deliver in time for Christmas for orders placed up to 8pm on Tuesday so this is the place to go for emergency presents!

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House of Holland Santa Baby False Nails 

Price: £9

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The tackiest of tacky nails.

Warning: wearer may struggle to eat christmas dinner/open presents/play board games etc but no pain no gain.

Available at ASOS and Boots.

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Scratch Off World Map Poster

Price: £15.95

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For your mate who did a “gap yah” and has been everywhere from Thailand to Timbuktu, or your older relatives who have clocked up some miles in their time, this gift is perfect for anyone who’s seen some of the world or who wants to.

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Lyme Bay Mulled Wine in Black Stoneware Bottle, 50cl
(Available at John Lewis)

Price: £10

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Don’t be a cheapskate and buy a £3 bottle from Sainsbury’s (but do buy it for someone you’re spending Christmas Day with so you at least get a glass).

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Family Tree Locket

Price: £22

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A thoughtful gift that will garner some extra brownie points from your grandmother. Just don’t cut up the original pictures to put inside – make copies! No one’s going to be happy to see Edward Scissorhands has been having a look through the ancient family photo album.

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Urban Outfitters Faux Fur Pom Hat in Black

Price: £10

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It’s absolutely bloody freezing.

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Benefit – Fun Size Flirts

Price: £29.50

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This set is worth £79 but costs just £29.50. It’s a great way to test out a number of cult Benefit products, some of which would set you back more than £20 if bought individually.

Available at Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

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The Victoria’s Secret fashion show: a dangerous fixation?

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is a ‘throwback’ of sorts to couture extravaganza; the sets and the costumes worn by the models are opulent, to say the least. The creative directors slave over the process for the entire year preceding the show. Their labour includes picking section themes for the show and, of course, designing the costumes (most of these are hand crafted). The angels’ wings take months to engineer, and their intricate detail is baffling. The fantasy bras, of which there were two this year, cost $2 million each and took 1,380 hours to make. They even come with their own bodyguards.

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Winter Wanderlust

As a little girl, I’d look for any excuse to wear my trendy denim vest to school in the dead of winter. My mum would stop me at the door and tell me to bundle up – not only for my health but also to look smart. I scoffed at this logic back then, claiming that fashion was about risk-taking. But in the case of dressing for the cold, I’ve come to realise that practicality matters just as much as originality. The idea that you should sacrifice your comfort for the sake of fashion is ludicrous, especially when these trade-offs aren’t even necessary. It’s easy to dress smart and look sharp with the right items in your closet.

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From country to couture: a Swift style evolution

Taylor Swift. The name may ring a few bells. She is the best-selling artist since Eminem, the proud owner of five solo albums before the age of twenty five and currently the most renowned female singer/songwriter in the world. It would be fair to say that Taylor is at the top of her musical game. Yet moving swiftly on (Ahem. This will the last ‘Swift’ pun. Promise.) from her music, the release of her latest music video, ‘Blank Space’, which hit YouTube just last week and has already garnered over forty million hits, was almost as much about her newly-evolved style as it was about the witty parodying of her critics.

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And the bride wore…

If there is one important lesson to be learned from Don’t Tell The Bride (OK, who are we kidding, there are many), it is this: it is all about the dress. On countless occasions, brides have screamed, cried and even questioned the marriage itself at the first sight of satin or glimpse of gossamer. Sure, there have been some truly horrific offerings, boldly chosen by sheepish-looking fiancées desperate to please. There have been fishtails, cutouts, high-low hemlines and all manner of sartorial sins committed on the way to the altar. But the fact of the matter is, you just don’t come between a bride and her dress.

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