The countdown is on and it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and family. If you are stuck for ideas don’t panic, Fashion Editor Julie Player has all the inspiration you need…


“I enjoy shopping for Christmas presents, I love it when I find the perfect gifts that will make faces light up on Christmas morning. Along with the small silly items that make people smile I like to treat my loved ones to things that I know will bring them pleasure throughout the coming year, and that’s where Hotter is great. There’s a fabulous selection of gift ideas from practical and cosy slippers to shoes that will be perfect for parties! Here’s what has caught my eye this festive season…”

1. For people who love to lounge


“Nothing brings more comfort and joy than a new pair of slippers. Hotter have a great selection to suit all tastes. For ladies I love Cherish, a moccasin style with warm faux fur lining and a padded insole. They come in a choice of five colours – my favourite is this traditional navy tartan option. The lightweight rubber sole provides a firm non-slip grip.  For men I recommend the classic Relax slippers, a robust style with a cosy lining that are crafted with FreeSole technology to increase your energy and reduce fatigue. This smart grey suede pair look so smart that you could easily pop to the corner shop in them, and no one would bat an eyelid!”

2. For the dancing queen


“Whether it’s your glamorous grandma or a party-loving pal, these kitten-heeled court shoes will be the perfect choice for the lady who loves to spin around the dance floor! Proving that heels can be comfortable, they have unique, extra-soft memory foam insoles which cushion the foot and arch support to ensure a comfortable fit. The style is called Camden and comes in three colourways, I love this metallic finish which will add a touch of sparkle any Christmas outfit.”

3. For the lover of the great outdoors

Women's walking boot in teal

“During the summer my best friend got a new puppy and she is spending the majority of her time on long country walks. This Christmas I’ll be treating her to a pair of my favourite Hotter walking boots, the Summit GTX. This modern-looking design has GORE-TEX product technology which will keep her feet dry, fresh and comfy while the Stability+ and FreeSole technology will support the arch and heel and improve her walking motion. The teal colourway works well with denim and the grippy sole provides extra stability, which is essential when you are being pulled along by a poodle!”

4. For the lover of the classics


“Every woman needs a little black bag and this one is the perfect size and shape. Made from a textured faux leather with two deceptively roomy zipped compartments, the Alicia bag will make a great gift for ladies who like to keep everything organised. With an adjustable strap that can be worn either over one shoulder or cross-body, it will work for both day or night. The shiny zips and buckle add just the right amount of glamour and elevate the bag from simple to special.”

5. Stocking filler


Who doesn’t love pulling on a fresh pair of new socks? Perfect for anyone who enjoys lacing up their boots and heading for the hills, these Trek walking socks will ensure their feet stay dry and fresh. With a ribbed ankle and arch support these durable socks make a practical present that will put a spring in their step.