Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Last-Minute Gifts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Last-Minute Gifts

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Byline: Pattie Barron

An Ottolenghi feast with waiter service PLACE your order at least a week in advance for an opulent, middle eastern-style spread, complete with waiters to serve, from celebrated Ottolenghi. Price of dinner for two starts at PS150, depending on choices. For details, visit ottolenghi.co.uk/ catering Champagne and truffle treats SEND a Fortnum & Mason satin-lined blue box of marc de champagne truffles and Louis Roederer champagne for PS60, or a hamper filled with silver crackers, sugared almonds, champagne and other sparkling goodies, PS250. Order online at fortnumandmason.com by next Monday for premium UK delivery.

Garden planter...for the garden planter A GARDENER would love a container that is as practical as it is beautiful. Whichford Pottery in the Cotswolds has perfected the art of producing garden planters that are resistant to frost while being classically elegant. Hand-crafted terracotta pots start from only PS23.50. Visit whichford pottery.com.

|AND FINALLY... who wouldn't like a team of Santa's little helpers for the day, to clean, tidy and get a house in order? Fantastic Services provides a professional clean from PS78 for a two-bedroom flat or house. Even better, treat yourself this Thursday, officially Christmas Dust Day, the traditional time when panic sets in. A team of green-suited "elves" will pitch up and clean your house, shop, decorate, wrap and deliver your gifts. Book via the GoFantastic app or online at fantasticservices.com/elf Expert advice on home makeovers FOR the friend who's planning a new year house paint but doesn't know whether to choose taupe or tangerine, send over the country's finest colour consultant, Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball paints, to inspire and instruct for PS225 an hour. Details on farrowball.com/colour-consultancy.

Gorgeous blooms, every week GIVE the gift that keeps on giving, all year. …

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