GIFT GUIDES WITH GEORGE FRIEND

The Boro defender prepares for a Luxe Christmas with shopping tips and festive gifts for him and for her...
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Shopping! Whether you love it or hate it, at Christmas it’s often stressful and exhausting. I’ve done the hard work for you with some top tips for him and for her that might be worth considering over the festive period.

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SOUND EFFECTS

Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II

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The high price tag is fully justified. These superb headphones make hours of travelling on the team coach fly by. Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, 20-hour battery life, combined with built in Google Assistant ensure that Bose remain the best on the market in my opinion.
£329.95, bose.co.uk

PACK UP IN STYLE

Sandqvist Grand Canvas Apollo Backpack black

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This simple and functional design leaves this backpack looking polished and plush. This Swedish brand can be used for work or worn casually.
£175, sandqvist.net

FIND YOUR FRAGRANCE

Amouage Beloved Man, Maison Francis Kurkdjian OUD Silk Mood, Creed Aventus and Creed Vetiver

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Aftershave. Yes it’s an obvious one, but always appreciated. The two Creed fragrances are my favourites, they only need a small splash each day. I have team-mates past and present who highly recommend the Amouage and Kurkdjian fragrances too. Choose any of these top colognes and he won’t be disappointed.
Various prices, selfridges.com

DUTCH LOVE

Mininitials

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One, two or three initial men’s bracelet. A Dutch company recommended to me by a former teammate. Although selling jewellery predominantly for women, their unique and individual style can be personalised to suit a more masculine taste. The range boasts different colour straps attached to yellow, white or rose gold.
From £235, minitials.nl

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STAR STUDDED

Valentino Rockstud Leather bracelet

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Highly fashionable and distinctive, these iconic bracelets come in a variety of colours to choose from.
£120, selfridges.com

PUCKER UP

Charlotte Tilbury, The Dolce Vita Set

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Having previously bought this for my wife Kerri, I found it easy to select the right makeup in store, best suited for her. By all accounts, it’s the perfect choice for any upcoming parties over Christmas and New Year.
£165, charlottetilbury.com

FESTIVE FRAGRANCE

Diptyique candles and diffusers

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The Parisian company sell a wide selection of beautiful fragrances, filling your home with a delightful aroma over the festive period. The spicy Pomander candle is a favourite for Christmas – reminiscent of oranges sprinkled with cloves and cinnamon.
From £24, diptyqueparis.co.uk

PERFECT PERSONALISATION

HA Designs

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Everyone loves new PJs at Christmas time. HA Designs offer personalised luxury sleepwear – the perfect gift for a loved one. Visit the website and enjoy the endless possibilities on offer. Owned by a businesswoman who lives here in the North East, HA Designs has a fantastic range of sophisticated products worn by celebrities. You’ll find everything from nightwear and phone cases, to leather goods, candles and travel accessories.
Nightwear from £40, hadesignsltd.com


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