Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals

Breathing new life into some festive hardy annuals
Nina Stibbe: writing about Christmas with a total lack of sentimentality JIM WILEMAN

If you only buy one bulker-upper this year, then make it this very cheering book

Anyone who’s ever gone Christmas shopping will be familiar with what author Nina Stibbe calls the “bulker-upper”: the sort of small present you add to the stocking (or the parcel) to make a gift look more varied, fun and impressive. And it is, as Stibbe says in her new book An Almost Perfect Christmas, “never a good idea”, being both surprisingly expensive (all those novelty books and Kinder eggs and fridge magnets really do add up) and an environmental nightmare (so much plastic tat).

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