Move over socks, here’s a host of stylish new knits you’ll actually want to give and receive. We asked six stylish women to share what they’ll be giving (and hoping to get) this Christmas
Caroline Winberg, model: “I used to love playing in the snow and skiing in Sweden but these days we get less – so last year we went to Thailand and the year before, Bali.
“We’ve been away the past few Christmases so we only take little gifts that fit in the luggage. I love cashmere for travelling: scarves double-up as blankets on the plane and jumpers are comfy and always look chic for the return home.
“I buy Casper lots of jumpers – I love kids in cute little knits. In Sweden we have lots of traditional knitwear as you have to wear lots of layers to keep warm.”
Rosemary Ferguson, model turned nutritionist and naturopath: “A classic cashmere jumper is always amazing to receive on Christmas morning – it’s just so lovely and cosy.
“I often buy cashmere jumpers as gifts: the classic ones are timeless and don’t think you can ever have too many. I still get excited by the look and feel of cashmere.
“I’m a power planner and I have a spreadsheet. I have a big family and a large group of friends so there’s always lots of people to buy for. You’re never too old for a Christmas stocking – cashmere socks go great in those.”
Jordan and Loanne Collyer, bloggers and style influencers: “Our grandma always buys us pyjamas from M&S for Christmas but I’d be particularly chuffed with these cashmere joggers. They could be worn casually in the day – shopping, for example – or for lounging around the house,” says Jordan.
“The best thing about Christmas is giving and receiving presents. As twins, we find it very easy to buy for each other as we know that whatever we like, the other will like it too! It’s 100 per cent down to our twins’ intuition.”
Mouchette Bell, a stylist and fashion editor: “I love ski jumpers and Fair Isle knits. I think this cable-knit jumper is really versatile, you could wear it with jeans or over a long skirt, so it’s easy to dress up or down.
“I don’t expect expensive things at Christmas – I’m very happy with perfume or flowers – but the best present I ever received was a vacation: my friend took me to Burgundy, which was wonderful.
“I enjoy buying gifts for my nephews as they’re always growing and changing so it keeps me creative. I love wrapping using bits of paper and ribbon I’ve collected throughout the year.”
Daphne Selfe, author of style memoir The Way We Wore and, at 89, the world’s oldest supermodel: “I’m a very easy person to buy gifts for because I love cats – you can always get me something with cats on, including jumpers!
“I knit toys for my grandchildren, often cats, and once attempted a design that was so complicated that I’m afraid I threw it away, I couldn’t do it!”
“I can’t wear much wool because I find it itchy – so this embellished, cotton-rich jumper is ideal. I like cashmere best but I only have one of those.” Her tip for keeping the moths at bay? “Put chestnuts in the drawers.”
Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Art director: Nicola Rose / Photographer: Daniel Thomas Smith
Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Hair stylist: Dayaruci / Make-up artist: Karina Constantine