My husband is the most difficult person to surprise at Christmas. Whatever he wants, he just buys. He wanted some leather moccasins or closed shoes (not slippers) to wear around the house, so I bought some. Now he wants them without the fur lining. Any other options? Secretly Annoyed Santa, Pok Fu Lam The Dictator rules: Oh, boo hoo. It must be tough agonising over how to rid yourself of all that expendable income. Don't be dissuaded if the first thing they show you at Bally (shop 211, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3312) is a pair lined with soft black wool (HK$2,199). They also carry suede-soled loafer-style house shoes with a classic Bally stripe across the toes in black or brown leather (HK$1,990). You'll find some men's leather house shoes at Church's (353, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1091). The ultra-soft Jason model comes in black pigskin with a beige suede sole (HK$1,300). A. Testoni (shop G33, G/F, Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2899 2216) has some nappa leather travel slippers (closed) that come folded inside a matching leather bag, also only in black (HK$3,280). If he'll accept slippers rather than shoes, try Bottega Veneta and Hermes. A cheap, simple solution would be those black fabric 'kung fu' shoes sold in most markets for less than HK$50, but we know better than to think he'd like those. Instead of throwing a holiday party AND buying gifts for everyone, I'd like to invite my girlfriends to a spa. Do you know which spas do this sort of thing? It's a Girl Thing, Central The Dictator: That doesn't exactly sound thrifty. If you were resourceful enough to amass all that cash, how come you're not smart enough to call a few spas? Oh, you're used to people doing everything for you. Elemis Day Spa (9/F, Century Square, 1 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2521 6660; www.elemisdayspa.com.hk ) is used to dealing with people like you. It calls them 'sparties' and can accommodate up to 15 people for treatments in the Zen Room. (You know, the area where you usually gorge on the free brownies.) Prices start from HK$2,500 an hour and you get champagne, wine, canapes and your choice of music. For Mickey fans, the party could go on all day at the Victorian Spa, in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (tel: 3510 6388; www.victorianspa.com.hk ). Up to 20 people can enjoy spa treatments and use the swimming pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, gym and more. Another place to check out is the Plateau residential spa at the Grand Hyatt (1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2584 7688; www.plateau.com.hk ). It's experienced in organising bridal parties and the like, and can arrange cocktails in the spacious deluxe treatment room, which has a steam room, nail treatment station, Jacuzzi and sitting areas. I have searched the internet but cannot find Wonderbras available in Hong Kong. Where can I get one? Need a Boost, Clear Water Bay. The Dictator: It can only end in disappointment - that's what we've always thought about that kind of fake-it. Don't be too disappointed when we tell you Wonderbras are not sold in Hong Kong because it seems that all bras come with built-in flotation devices these days. Private Shop (shop 2134, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3126 2257; www.privateshop.com.hk ) has suitable alternatives such as the Superboost range by Gossard (HK$439 to HK$489), which comes in various styles and finishes, and with matching briefs (from HK$120). And that's the point: if you're looking for a push-up bra, it'll be much easier than finding a bra without padding. If it has to be a Wonderbra, then get back onto the internet ( www.wonderbra.com ).