My friend Holly always does things beautifully, and that includes eco-friendly wrapping. Each of my gifts from her this year came encased in carefully chosen sheet of newspaper or a page from a magazine. She knows I'm rather fond of a canine theme... (and thanks to Pedlars for providing the original – one of the best festive baubles of Xmas 2011, don't you think?).
Not on the High Street for £3). And what was inside? A stunning set of six Babycham glasses, or saucers as this lovely, old-school shape of champagne glass is known.
I always look forward to Holly's homemade goodies, which she packages so sweetly too. No need to explain the contents (other than to say that they didn't last long and were delicious – the chunky, chocolate chip snow cookies also looked festive inside the packaging too, as they had been sprinkled with edible glitter). What a lot of lovely things. And what a lot of lovely friends. I feel very lucky.
Finally, a different sort of wrapping.I couldn't resist adding this photo of my friends Stephen and Russell's dog Pepper. I don't know if she hated her Christmas jumper or whether the expression is just down to the classic, mournful look Jack Russells naturally wear. I reciprocated by sending back a snap of an equally suicidal-looking Reggie, bottom, wearing his "jingle balls". Poor things.