Stock the sock with cute, fluffy bits and bobs

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 December, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 December, 1995, 12:00am

A CHRISTMAS bear leads the toyland charge for festive shoppers at Watson's this year. As the store's special gift, the cuddly musical bear is offered at $49.90 with any Watson's purchase.

To give the shopper even more choice, the bear is extended to a diverse range of Christmas gifts - soft cushions; cute fluffy-bar slippers and pyjamas for those chilly nights; towels; gummy candies and cookies to fill stockings or backpacks.

If you are seeking a playful gift to keep the children amused, look for the Christmas Santa Babe musical hand puppets in seven cute designs, or the six assorted musical toys in fluffy animal shapes.

To top the lot is the talking Santa Pianist who will amuse the whole family. The party of soft dolls, in the image of the cartoon characters Crayon Shin-Chan and Doraemom from Japan, should prove winners with the children.

The store offers a variety of novel seasonal ideas, catering for all needs, from pretty wrappings for gifts and decorations for the home and office.

Gifts can be hidden in stockings which come in a multitude of sizes and patterns to delight every child.

If you do not have the time to decorate one, a pre-decorated Christmas tree at $49.90 could be the answer.

Christmas is a time to share, so you can keep in touch with friends from far and wide with cards from the store's wide selection.

For those with a sweet tooth, there is a comprehensive range of candy and chocolates, including Thornton's, Ferrero Roche and Meiji.

IN the hectic run up to Christmas, an elegant and tranquil antique shop may not be the obvious choice for busy shoppers searching for gifts. Unless, of course, you are interested in making a seasonal investment in a Ming cabinet or a pair of horseshoe-backed chairs.

Small antiques make original presents that carry a touch of class and element of surprise.

Whether your gift is intended for a corporate boss, a colleague, or that certain someone, something old and attractive sends a special message.

Horsepools, in The Repulse Bay shopping complex, has an attractive selection of small antiques priced from $120.

A Chinese bronze ink box with a rural scene etched on the lid costs $320. It would make a delightful desk ornament. Blue and white ceramics (circa 18th and 19th century) abound - dishes from $120, jars from $350, plates from $450 and lidded oil pots from $380.

Chinese ethnic embroideries, framed and mounted behind glass, also make delightful gifts providing seasonal colour and a piece of Chinese history. Prices start at $500.

IN the countdown to Christmas, you may be amazed at the variety of goods available at Marks & Spencer.

This year, there are more ideas than ever, designed to make the store a one-stop shop for Christmas.

Whatever your choice - clothing and accessories, toiletries and perfumes, or delicious items of food - you can be sure of the store's commitment to quality, innovation and value.

Glamorous clothes reflect femininity and elegance and have flattering lines.

Any woman would love the silky gown and robe set. Or the double-layer chiffon nightdress in black and red.

Quality accessories add personality to any wardrobe. Select from stylish patent and nylon mixed handbags ($300), with matching slender belts ($120-$200), bright, colourful scarves in floral, patch, checks and mosaic ($90-$200), and trendy knitted gloves with fur cuffs or woolly winter hats ($90-$400).

Gifts for men are always a challenge but Marks & Spencer has a wide range.

Ties are fun this year: Christmas teddies, leo the lion, sheep and dolphins in silk ($200); cute and funny cartoon characters on socks ($40-$100).

The children's wear selection is adorable. Nursery Shop offers a range from infant pramsuits to all-in-one sets in snow whites ($225). Casper sweaters, bright waistcoats and puffa jackets will please any youngster ($125-$700).

For the widest selection, visit the M & S Christmas Shop exclusively at stores in Ocean Centre, Pacific Place and Pearl City.