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How to get what you want this Christmas
You’ve got to talk the talk if you want the right present under the tree this year.

IS YOUR OTHER half clueless when it comes to the Christmas shopping?

Are you fed up receiving the wrong size in clothes you’d never wear anyway?

Well, we’re here to help. There are ways and means to get what you want this Christmas – you just have to know the right hints to drop. With our step-by-step guide, you’re bound to end up with something a lot better than socks this year. We’ll toast to that.

1. Those who shop together, stay together

Shopping together is the ideal time to lay down some solid hints. Make sure you pause by that Nespresso machine you have your eye on, make some (subtle) comments about the dress you’d like looking great on that mannequin, and ostentatiously ogle those killer heels. After all, the eyes have it.

If you really want to go full throttle, you could even throw in “Do you think that would look good on me?” If they don’t pick up what you’re putting down, you might need something a little more drastic.

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2. A little bird told me

You know the way your mother loves to talk? Well, let her know exactly what you’d love from your other half this Christmas – she’s bound to spill the beans. Chinese whispers can work in your favour for once, and you’ll end up with that coveted leather wallet you wanted under the tree.

3. Softly, softly

Want to drop a more subtle hint? Try leaving your iPad or computer open on pages of things you want while browsing online. If they’re too nice to take a peak, then leave some catalogues open around the house. You WILL get those sunglasses, by hook or by crook.

4. Desperate times…

If all else fails, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Write out your wishlist and leave it in plain sight on the bedside table – “by accident” of course. Now start practising your butter wouldn’t melt face, stat.

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5. Jackpot!

If they get it right, be sure to let them know with oodles of gratitude and fuss. That way, they’ll be more likely to do it again. Everyone’s a winner, right?

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Still can’t take the hint? Then get your other half a gift card for Kildare Village. With luxury brands at great value, they’re sure to find something chic they’ll love. And that’s you off the hook for another year.


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