What will be under your Christmas tree?

Boys read this and you just might get everything you want for Christmas!

Still not got her anything? You’ve left it a little late… but there is one gift idea that’s a guaranteed winner: lingerie. The only proviso is that you follow these basic rules…

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From left to right:

Bra with cream crochet detailing, £39.15, and matching pants, £21.53, karenmillen.com; sheer cape, £150, Pleasure State Couture, 020 7291 0930; Olivia Morris sandals, £375, harveynichols.com. Extreme-plunge bra, £36, and black slip, £33, both calvinklein.com; goldpeep-toeshoes, £325,georginagoodman.com; Matinee lace kimono, £350, agent provocateur.com. Black Label seduction basque, £50, and matching French knickers, £20, ultimo.co.uk; Olivia Morris silver sandals, £375, harveynichols.com

• Get the size right. It may sound obvious but as Michelle Mone, creator of Ultimo lingerie, says: ‘You can’t rely on guesswork, and all it takes for you to find out her actual size is a quick peek in her underwear drawer.’ Asking a shop assistant what underwear they think would fit your other half is not an option.

• Flesh tones are a definite no-no, unless (a) she’s got a good tan or (b) you want her to look like a sack of potatoes.

• Do not buy a thong for someone who doesn’t like their posterior. She won’t thank you for it.

• Can’t choose a colour? Go for black –it’s sexy and can hide a multitude of sins.

• Red is also a good bet, very playful and sexy – although you run the risk of playing out a scene in Readers’ Wives.

• Make sure your gift is more glamorous than the underwear she buys for herself. But be aware what she likes and dislikes about her own body.

• You don’t have to stick with silk and satin, cotton can work, too.

• Forget the budget option. Go for quality – and prepare to splash the cash…

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Above: Ambrosia pink and orange boudoir bra with detachable lace shoulder caps, £65, houseoffraser.co.uk

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Above: Boudoir plunge bra, £25, ultimo.co.uk; Helen silk dressing gown, £119, julianneboutique.com

Valisere Donna Fatale corset, £95, and Pure Shaper maxi pant, £22, both triumph.com/uk; gold metallic peep-toe shoes, £325, georginagoodman.com

Harem corset, £225, and Harem culotte, £50, Pleasure State Couture, 020 7291 0930; pewter round-toe Mary Jane shoes, £60, office.co.uk

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Black frontless plunge bra with diamante detail, £28, and boyshorts, £12, both ultimo.co.uk; knee-high stockings, £5, topshop.com; bronze metallic peep-toe shoes, £325, georgina goodman.com. Black-lace corset, £35, Marks & Spencer, marksandspencer.com; black sheer hold-up stockings, £7, aristoc.com; black T-bar shoes, £85, office.co.uk; sapphire crystal and steel Christal watch, £1,100, dior.co.uk

Der Engel black embroidered bra, £157, and matching pants, £111, worn under black-lace slip dress with beading, £518, all by La Perla, 020 7291 0930; Olivia Morris gold knotted sandal, £375, harveynichols.com


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