Joanne Hegarty is my gift-giving genius

Present shopping? Already sorted! Coat by Joseph, trousers by Vince, Jumper from Mango

Shopping for the present? Already sorted! Jacket by Joseph, pants by Vince, and a jumper by Mango 

 I have found the secret to giving – and receiving – the perfect Christmas gift. This is what I’d like to share with you.

It’s that time of year again – already, can you believe it? – when we have to turn ourselves into a magic fairy with a big can-do festive wand. And a smile, no matter if sometimes it’s a little forced.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Christmas but, as we all know, it can feel like a to-do list marathon. Make our homes magical. Tick! You can become a domestic goddess and cook up a storm. Tick! Tick! Tick! You could have the list fill this whole page.

In recent years I discovered an easy solution to this Christmas gift dilemma. One that means none of us have to get our tinsel in a tangle scouring the shops – and guarantees everyone getting something they will cherish on Christmas morning.

This guarantees that everyone gets something they’ll cherish 

No more fake exclamations of ‘Oh really you shouldn’t have.’ When inside they’re thinking ‘After years of marriage, does this person even know me at all?’

The secret to the perfect gift is the magic email; a short wish-list of what we really want – within a certain budget, of course. And here’s the crucial bit: with all the relevant online shopping links included. You can simply ping your family member or other loved one and it will be done. Although it may seem cold and unromantic, the reality is that people age faster, making it harder for them to purchase. Some are simply impossible.

My husband was overwhelmed by my suggestion to source my gifts and send them out. It’s now a family tradition. And it’s been a total gamechanger.

I hate waste and it’s such a shame to blow hard-earned cash on something that nobody likes. Or something that’s nearly – but not quite – right.

One rule that must be followed is that no one gets to handle or see their own gifts before Christmas. You still have the pleasure of opening and getting to know everything new on Christmas morning.

Which items are on your wish list this year? To get through winter nights, a set of Soho Home scented marble candles. Cashmere socks by The White Company. I like the idea but wouldn’t buy these for myself. Winter Bath Oil from Susanne K. Smythson jewellery cases or Alighieri necklaces. Excuse me while I head off to compile the links…

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