ANGELA Poplett, Lakeside’s Personal Shopper, is here to help you find the perfect presents for the whole family.

“For the man in your life, a novelty gift could be the way to go this year. One of my favourites is the Kymera Wand (£49.99) from Lakeside’s Menkind. It’s a universal remote that learns your TV’s controls so you just flick your wrist and the channel changes.

“For kids, the Disney Store has remote controlled cars from the movie Cars 2 (£25) which are bound to provide hours of entertainment – or you could pick up some Minnie and Mickey Mouse stockings for £10 each. BHS at Lakeside also has some great gift ideas, including a kids’ tool kit (was £40 now £20) which comes complete with tools and a work bench. And in case those ideas aren’t quite right, you can always head to Hawkin’s Bazaar for games, gadgets and even puzzles.

“If you need a Secret Santa present or have teenage girls to buy for, Lakeside’s La Senza has some diamante ear phones for just £8 that are sure to be a hit (and they’re part of a 3 for 2 offer on a whole range of gifts so you might be able to pick up some more treats while you’re there). Debenhams’ giant sweet jars that are packed full of jellies, liquorice and more (£10) could also be a good option for an office gift.

“For women, House of Fraser has a special gift set for £74 that includes the rather exclusive La Prairie perfume and body lotion. The perfume normally costs around £70 alone, so it’s great value for the gift set. Alternatively, treat her to some pampering with a Toni & Guy or Dove Spa gift card.

“And if none of those items quite hit the mark, why not get your loved ones a Lakeside Gift Card so they can choose their own perfect presents?”

Lakeside is open longer than ever this December so you’ll have plenty of time to pick up those presents: 9am-11pm weekdays; 9am-10pm Saturdays and 9am-7pm on Christmas Eve. To book a free gift shopping session with Angela, call on 01708 869933 or visit for details.