Solution for those strapped for time

ARE you in a hurry or have you plenty of time for Christmas shopping? Your style might be to slowly create your own individual gifts, or you may prefer to have them prepared for you.

The Body Shop offers a wide range of pre-packaged gifts and individual products, accessories and gift-packaging ideas to suit all tastes and pockets.

In addition to the many gift baskets and packs available, 29 limited-edition pre-packaged Christmas gifts will be available from most branches of The Body Shop.

The gift packs include fragrance favourites White Musk, Dewberry and Ananya, which feature in more than 30 of the shop's most popular face, body, hair and bath-time treats. They range in price from $65 to $499.

For those who prefer creating their own unique gift, there are paper-covered boxes at $45. They come in all shapes and sizes and in a variety of designs and colours.

The Body Shop has just introduced a range of cotton machine-washable vanity cases, make-up purses, fragrance pouches and toiletry bags in nine styles and priced from $20 to $55.

There are cotton draw-string pouches and dolly bags from India and Bangladesh priced from $35 to $45.