BA PEOPLE • December 2018
Yet to start your Christmas shopping? Splurge on bargains and collect Avios from the comfort of your own home with the British Airways Avios eStore. Just in time for the countdown to Christmas, we ask our Avios expert Anisha Bajwa to take us on a shopping spree of the best eStore steals
notonthehighstreet: Earn 8 Avios per £1 spent
Whether you’re after a cutesy celebration or a sophisticated get-together, notonthehighstreet is full of perfect Christmas trinkets that’ll make the party. Kids will love these boho-chic teepees (from £110 = 880 Avios), available in a variety of colours, while adults can enjoy these hip wooden vinyl holders (£60 = 60 Avios), which double as a personalised lightbox.
Romantic splurge: Handmade in the artist’s Yorkshire studio, this personalised gold trio pendant (£255 = 2,040 Avios), with a choice of yellow, rose or white gold, is a gift to sweep a loved one off their feet.
Lookfantastic.com: Earn 14 Avios per £1 spent
With pampering on the cards over the Christmas break, what better than to treat your friends with some top-of-the-range beauty buys? Lookfantastic.com has tons of soothing products ready to leave skin feeling brand new. My best picks would be the Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub (£32 = 448 Avios) created by stylist to the stars Jen Atkin, and some Omorovicza Cleansing Foam (£49 = 686 Avios) for gently removing Christmas party make-up without leaving skin feeling dry.
Mum’s treat: Perfect for mums, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (from £53 = 742 Avios) may not say anti-ageing on the tin, but that’s exactly what it sets out to achieve.
Apple: Earn 6 Avios per £1 spent
Apple is the reigning champion of show-stopping Christmas presents, so I’d recommend wowing someone special with the Apple Watch Series 4 (from £399 = 2,394 Avios) – perfect for keeping one step ahead of those new year resolutions. Or, go one better with the latest iPhone XS (from £999 = 5,994 Avios) with a flashy new dual-camera system for DSLR-quality shots.
Dream budget buy: Do you know someone who’s always losing their headphones? Me too, which is why Beats wireless headphones (from £109.95 = 654 Avios) make for such a reliably great present.
NET-A-PORTER: Earn 12 Avios per £1 spent
It’s a season chock-full of black-tie events and social gatherings, so if you’re going to splash out on one incredible outfit for the festivities, NET-A-PORTER is the place to go. For certified belle of the ball status, check out this gorgeous Dolce and Gabanna dress (£1,700 = 20,400 Avios), a slinky tulle and corded lace number,which pairs perfectly with this embellished shoulder bag (£1,750 = 21,000 Avios) from designer of the moment, Balmain.
Christmas cover-up: Indulge your inner fashionista with a statement coat that wouldn’t look out of place on the runway. Designed by Gucci, this heavy-trim bouclé coat (£2,850 = 34,200 Avios) is a great winter warmer, but also holds its own come spring.
Selfridges: Earn 12 Avios per £1 spent
Retail powerhouse Selfridges collate hundreds of designer brands under one roof, including some of the world’s finest watchmakers. Great for anyone who isn’t already thoroughly attached to their own timepiece, cool-in-blue watches AX2607 from Armani Exchange (£199 = 2,388 Avios) and Hugo Boss' IKON collection (£375 = 4,500 Avios) will increase the style stakes of even the most dapper suits this Christmas.
For her: Famous for soft pastel finishes and flowery yet clean designs, Olivia Burton and her Celestial demi dial watch (£102 = 1,224 Avios) shows just why the brand has become one of the leading names in women's watches.
Fortnum & Mason: Earn 10 Avios per £1 spent
Bringing a touch of luxury to any Christmas table, London institution Fortnum & Mason are the purveyors of famously handsome hampers designed for every kind of foodie. From The Fortnum’s Classic Christmas Hamper (£175 = £1,750 Avios) to The Family Christmas Hamper (£225 = 2,250 Avios), these wicker basket beauties will have you snacking in style throughout the holiday.
Time for tea: Nothing brings everyone together like a cup of tea, so get your hands on Fortnum & Mason’s Tea Basket (£60 = 600 Avios), complete with scrumptious marmalades and crockery, for a next-level tea break.
The White Company: Earn 6 Avios per £1 spent
Love the festive period for cosy pyjamas, comfy slippers and board game nights by the fire? Lucky for you, purveyors of luxury quality goods, The White Company are experts in all things Christmas comfort. Treat yourself to a Cashmere Curve Hem Jumper (£149 = 894 Avios) - available in three season-appropriate colours - and a statement candle from the Winter Collection (from £8 = 72 Avios) to keep your home smelling sweet.
Child's play: If the excitement to sleep on Christmas Eve wasn't high enough, up the ante with an adorable set of Jingles Reindeer Pyjamas (from £24 = 144 Avios) - available in stripey pink and grey.