• What to buy

    It's hard not to use the C-word before 1st December; the nights are chilly, the lights are twinkly, the shop windows are enchanting… it's near impossible to resist the vortex of cheer and merriment. 

    But thinking practically, this early stage in the C-word preparations is the moment to get your present list sorted, particularly for those who are tricky to buy for.  Vanity Fair On Gifts (on sale with the December issue) is a great place to start, filled with ideas from Vanity Fair Contributors including Henry Porter on London's top shops, Jemima Khan on interiors, Jessica Diehl on her favourite things and Elizabeth Saltzman on sun and snow.

    An extra idea, thanks to Vanity Fair's media partner Intelligence Squared, is the 'Open To Debate' gift box.  Inside is a membership card that allows six priority seats to sellout London events (this year speakers have included Stephen Fry, Grayson Perry, Richard Dawkins and President Jimmy Carter) alongside an invitation to an Intelligence Squared editorial breakfast to discuss debate motions for Autumn 2014. 

    The 'Open To Debate' gift box is limited to an edition of 250, so get cracking for all those smarty-pants you'd usually end up buying a book for.

    Intelligence Squared 'Open To Debate' gift box, £200 from www.giftlab.com

    www.intelligencesquared.com

  • Where to go

    This week's checklist; eat roast chestnuts, drink mulled wine and find mysterious bruises on your knees and rear… 

    Skating season is here and the big outdoor rinks are frozen smooth and ready for blade action. There's none more magical than the icy plane beneath the twinkling lights of the Natural History museum.  And afterwards head to the Café Bar for a hot chocolate, bird's eye view of the rink and possibly a chuckle at your fellow skaters.  Followed by supper at the Jumeirah Lowndes Bar & Kitchen. 

    A bit like swimming in the ponds on Hampstead Heath, there's something that feels so illicit and exciting about skating en plein air in the centre of London.  Just imagine what it must have been like during the legendary winter of 1963 when the Thames froze over and became a giant ice rink.  But for this year, the Natural History museum will do nicely, thank you. 

    www.nhm.ac.uk
    www.jumeirah.com

    Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win an exclusive 'Stay and Skate' experience, including two skating tickets, one night's accommodation and a full English breakfast (total worth £700).  Situated only minutes away from the Natural History Museum ice skating rink, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is proud to be an official partner to the ice rink for the third consecutive year. To enter this prize draw, send your details (name, address, email, telephone) to rbowen@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk   by 12pm on Friday 29th November.  

    Terms and conditions apply.  Prize is for two people sharing one superior room for one night at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, including full English breakfast in Lowndes Bar & Kitchen. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Prize must be taken by 5 January 2014. Advance booking is essential, and all package elements are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

  • What to know

    Imagine being able to snoop around your style idol's wardrobe (eg. Julia Restoin Roitfeld), see what bits of new season St Laurent she's bought or better still buy her old cast-offs.  Well all this and a helluva lot more fashion frenzy is available on new site Walk In My Closet. 

    The idea was borne when two clothes obsessed best friends were geographically separated; Ambre Dahan went to live in LA whilst Amandine Rohmer remained in London.  They wanted to continue 'shopping together', be able to share style tips and rifle through each other's wardrobes.  So they created Walk In My Closet; a site where you make your virtual closet and fill it with snaps of your own clothes, share style ideas with friends all over the world, post images of pieces you hanker for.  But Walk In My Closet is also a platform for buying secondhand pieces or selling your own old designer garms.  You can also browse around your favourite 'Influencer' closets, which currently includes Lola Rykiel, Elettra Wiedermann and Charlotte Ronson or do your packing online with a series of assembled looks plus all your best accessories.  

    For folk who love fashion, this is a clever, useful and fun space.  And even if your real wardrobe's not as big as you'd like and frankly a bit of a mess, your virtual closet is big and neat enough for the world and his wife to wander round. 

    www.walkinmycloset.com

    Walk In My Closet offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a Walk In My Closet photography service, (worth £800 includes a one day visit with a photographer and stylist, who will photograph up to 250 items and catalogue to your online closet).  To enter go towww.walkinmycloset.com/mood-board choose your favourite look and comment on it using the hashtag #VanityFairAListprizedraw by 12pm on Friday 22ndNovember.  This service is available in Paris, London, Los Angeles and New York City.  Other cities are available on request.  Terms and conditions apply.