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The quest of the Christmas present is occupying most people at the moment, for however engrossed by war work we may be, Christmas is still Christmas and must be kept, even though it be shorn of much of its merriment. There are still the children to be thought of, and for their sakes, as well as for our own, we must keep up the good old custom of present-giving. As many people are too busy nowadays to expend as much time and thought on buying Christmas presents as they did in other years, a few notes about some of the most attractive things in the shops may, we hope, prove of use, and save them time and trouble. Olivia. Where to BuySBeautiJul Presents at Messrs. Mappin and Webb’s At Messrs. Mappin and Webb’s, 158, Oxford Street, one is always sure of find ing not only the best of everything, but everything of the best. All their jewellery is of the loveliest and choicest, war jewellery of course being prominent this Christmas. Luminouswatch wristlets for active service are from £2 10s., while purely peaceful and absolutely lovely are necklaces of real pearls for £10 10s. Bracelets of any regimental ribbon with any initial in gold, enamels, and diamonds are5 guineas. Among their splendid silverware are several novelties, one being the breakfast-table news paper stand in Prince’s plate for 13s. 6d. which we illustrate here. The silver cigar-lighter in the form of a grenade is a fascinating bauble at prices ranging from £4 17s. 6d., and a watertight silver matchbox with bayonet top at 12s. 6d., or a miniature kukri knife in silver for 8s. 6d., would make a useful gift for a man. For a very handsome and lasting present nothing could be more perfect than the beautiful polished brass lantern clock, 10 in. high, costing £”4 10s., which we illustrate on this page. Usejul Presents at Messrs. Shoolbred’s Although we are allowing our selves a little more latitude thisChristmas, the useful present is undoubtedly still the thing,” and a piece of furniture that is also ornamental is one of the most desirable of gifts. In the vast furni ture department of Messrs. Shoolbred’s is one of the most attractive collections of beautiful and original things, suitable to every kind of household, of which the two we illustrate will give only a small idea. One is a librarystand in oak, with places for books and papers, a pipe-rack, and drawer, a most compact little affair, 2 ft. 7 in. high by 1 ft. 5 in. wide, priced 60s., an ideal gift for a man. The other appeals more to the feminine community, being a folding Sutherland tea-table in mahogany or walnut of con venient type, measuring 21 in. by 26 in. It is only 25s. Emi nently attractive, too, is a nest of three tables in oak for 37s. 6d. the set a smoker’s cabinet, also oak, fitted with pipe-rack, 43s. 6d. A wall mirror in a frame of carvedmahogany and gilt for 32s. 6d., and fascinating little bureaux in inlaid mahogany, 18 in. wide, for 55s. and 20 in. for 65s. Round gilt convex mirrors, so much sought after now, run from 35s., and useful screens in artistic canvas are 28s. 6d. each. Their antique department is one of the finest and most complete, and the piece de resistance of it at present is a collection of exquisite lacquer, which, of course, is the latest craze, both of the collector and the house- furnisher of taste at the moment.Jn Other ^Depart ments of Messrs. Shoolbred’s In the toy section I are many lovable toys made by the disabled soldiers and sailors in the Lord Roberts’ Memorial Workshops.Noah’s arks from 3s. up to 25s. a battlemented fort, complete with a drawbridge, etc., for 16s., and another type for 6s. a strongly-made model of a Red Cross ambulance waggon, with imitation rubber tyres, for 8s. Dolls from Is. upwards, plush animals and soft toys for babies,are many and various, and games, Meccanos, model naval ships, tools, etc., to rejoice the hearts of boys of all ages. In the ladies’ departments useful Christmas gifts might be chosen from the excellent British -made dress lengths of cloth, serge, and tweed, from 10s. 6d. to 21s., or in cam brics, prints, and dress shirtings from 3s. lid. to 6s. lid. Pretty workmanlike overalls of casement cloth, with capa cious pockets, are from 5s. each and in the men’s shirt department Messrs. Shoolbred’s world famous ladies’ tailormade shirt may be ordered, cut to measure and in an infinite variety of different materials, suitable to any climate. Qomjorts Jor the Wounded A singularly appropriate selection of gifts is to be seen at the fine show rooms of those excellent purveyers of comfort furniture and appliances for invalids, J. and A. Carter, at 2-6, New Cavendish Street. Messrs. Carters are bnsilv engaged in war work feeding thevarious war hospitals and kindred in stitutions throughout the country with furniture and appliances for thewounded. 1 heir excellent bed-table in oak with metal stand and an ad justable top, which can be used for meals or for-music, cards, I needlework, or a dozen purposes, at 28s. 9d., struck me as being remark able value in these times, and also read ing-stands in walnut, ma hogany, or oak in over fortv varietiesat prices from 20s. These are wonderfully handy and a great boon to those unable to hold a book for any length of time. Messrs. Carters’ hand tricycles, self-propelling and wheeling chairs, are, of course, well known. One of them we illustrate here, but they may be had in endless variety to suit all kinds of cases, for indoor or outdoor use for 47s. 6d. Messrs. Carters are also making a splendid form of undercarriage for sending out to the firing line on which the wounded on stretchers are placed. These carriages help the stretcher-bearers to an amazing extent in getting the poor heroes back to the first station where their hurts can be attended to. Lots and lots of these have been sent out to the various units by private pur chasers, and are doing really wonderful work at the front, and many more are required. There is a special range, too, of adjustable chairs which instantly adapt them selves to any pose by the touching of a lever. These chairs also are offered at very reasonable prices, from the cane and bamboo variety at 40s. upwards. .Tin Ideal Pen Present For soldiers, sailors, or civilians a Swan Fountain Pen is always an acceptable gift. It is small, compact, easily sent, and carried. To the busy man and woman alike it is a veritable boon, and can never come amiss. Every year improvements are made upon it, and now it is as nearly perfect as anything of the kind can be, and can ber 31 1 hem. made to suit every indi- f vidual requirement and peculiarity. A favourite nib can be matched, and facilities are given for the exchange of one that does not please after trial. The Swan pen canbe had in a gold or silver case, and is easily filled in a few seconds without even unscrewing, with the new filler, and can be obtained practically everywhere. Sweet Seents as Qhristmas Presents Sweet perfumes are always welcome pre sents. Messrs. Bronnley are now producing tiny phials of the concen trated essence of various flowers, such as lilv ofthe valley, rose, sweet pea, carnation, Parma violets, etc., one drop of which need only be used to give out the full measure of the fragrance of thousands of these blossoms picked at their perfection. Each phial is packed in a dainty leather-covered silk-lined case, and their already famous Omar Khayyam, Viotto, and Havanita perfumes are among them. They can be obtained from all chemists and stores. Tine Jewellery and Silverware at Sir John Bennett’s At Sir John Bennett’s, 65, Cheapside, you will find a truly splendid collection of both jewellery and silverware to choose from. The watches and clocks of this firm are.of course, world-famed and absolutely reliable. The dainty one illustrated here, with its quaint square dial, is in 18-carat gold, with fine lever movement, and set on a wristlet of black moire, and its price £”13 10s. All their watches are guaranteed, and in design they are both novel and numerous. They have also a magnificent stock of engagement rings set with every kind of precious stone, and ranging in price from £1 to £”500. Their
illustratedcatalogue, wmcn may be bad Free on request, speaks more eloquently than words on the subject of other jewels, new ideas in silver-plate, dressing- cases, toilet sets, etc., and one may be sure of the best value and the genuine article always at Sir John Bennett’s. Jlttraetive ijts at Messrs. Whiteley’s There is surely hardly a want that cannot be satisfied at Messrs. Whiteley’s in Queen’s Road. Their Christmas catalogue positively teems with excellent suggestions for present-givers the excellence of all their wares is pro verbial. A dainty fitted wicker workbasket in purple or green at 6s. lid., or workboxes of leather lined with satin and velvet and filled with all manner of useful things from 5s. lid.; compact dressing-cases for ladies with ebony fittings from 19s. 6d., and for gentlemen from 13s. 6d.Nurses’ tea baskets admirably fitted with all necessaries for making the cup that cheers for 21s. struck me as being a few of the happy ideas for gifts, and a fascinating Clevedon writing- pad of French morocco, also replete with every writing requisite. Another neat novelty is a wriiing-cass for notes, envelope, andsheet in one, and an address-book under the flap, also in French morocco, for 4s. lid., and all kinds of useful and dainty equinments for writing. The book depart- ment is most comprehensive, and the florists and Sl-pOt fruit seclions should provide some of the most Rrea. delectable gifts. The 5s., 10s. 6d., and 21s. hampers of fruit are most tempting, and so are the fancybaskets of choice fruits from 7s. 6d. to 42s. each. Of children’s toys and games there is literally no end and from the silverware department we illustrate two attractive specimens a dainty silver chain bag, 4i in. square, for CAn nn/^ n Plliroi” 1 1 h I Ad fiivui hot-plate stand (22s. 6d.) which is such a boon for either breakfast, lunch, or “brunch.” TDar-Jaime $i]ts at Messrs. Packer’s You can hardly give a more appropriate gift in these times than oneof the interesting and artistic ornaments with some military or naval symbolism that have come to be known as war jewellery.” At Messrs. Charles Packer’s of 76, Regent Street, any military badge can be had at once, and at a uniform price of 2 guineas. 1 hey are made in 15-carat gold and enamels, correct in every detail, and sent in a velvet-lined case, and Messrs. Packer will be pleased to submit special designs and estimates for them set in diamonds and gems. Theserange in price from £6 6s. to £25. To their badge brooches they have lately added a miniature M i 1 i t a r y1 U b b, d. 11 _ exact replica of the real one, which is 2 2s. Next in popularity to the badge is the wristlet watch, a most elegant specimen of which we illustrate. This watch is set with diamonds on a gold and platinum expanding band, and costs £18. Their diamond initial bracelets on black moir£ or regimental ribbons also make attractive presents. 3)ainty Perfumery at Messrs. 3)ubarry’s Few women of fastidious taste can resist really dis tinguished perfumes, and as gifts they can never come amiss. Every year brings its own perfumery, and thisy cdl Lllubc UI iVl cbbl b. Dubarry, 81, Bromp- ton Road, take high rank. They distil a most fragrant eau de Cologne, which is colourless, as well as producing a number of delicious and elu sive French perfumes, which, by the way, aresold in bottles which are in themselves veritable works of art, made in pre-war days and absolutely unique. Their Creme Shalimar is delightfully soothing and beau- tifying for the hands, and their Cold Cream Soap and Perfumed Bath Crystals and Violet Powder are all toilet necessities of the highest order. For the solution of what mav be termed the bazaar problem, Messrs. Dubarryhave big assorted boxes ready packed with all their well- known perfumery productions, from a guinea up to 5 gui neas, which will equip a perfumery stall. They allow on these a discount of 33 per cent., so that a guinea box ful will realise £l lis. 6d., and so frvfOil. OlUClb these boxes can be executed at a few hours’ notice, and their contents are eminently saleable. Jlnotfter SBoon The famous makers of those boons and blessings, the Pickwick, the Owl, and the Waverley Pen, have brought out what bids soon to be an even greater triumph, the Cameron Safety Self-filling Fountain Pen. Now, the Cameron really is a safeguard against inked fingers it really is a self-filler and a splendid writing instrument. You fill the Cameron by the slight pressure of two metal bars, simplicity itself ink does not flow from anywhere but through the nib, and then only when you want it. The Cameron is a genuinely British pen, and its price half-a- guinea. If you have any difficulty in getting a Cameron in your district, a line to the Waverley Pen Works, Bir mingham, will bring you fullest information.Hfje SDavon Micro-Jselescope For use at the front is a wonderful new micro-telescope which is the last word in such things, combining in its 12| in. of length and 18 oz. weight the lightness, the great power of magnification, and all the other qualities of the large telescope. It is the patent of Messrs. Davidson and Co. of 29, Great Portland Street, who have in making it used a microscope as an eyeglass to a short focus telescope and have now evolved the perfect instrument. In every day use at the front the Davon micro-telescope has proved its worth, and has been found invaluable. It hasvariable power, a very large field, a range from 6 ft. to infinity it gives stereoscopic vision, fine definition and illumination, can be used in places where it is impossible to use an ordinary telescope, can be supplied with a “director” and periscope, and its price is only £9 15s. A descriptive brochure will be sent post free on request. Messrs. Joster Qlarke’s Soup Squares A veritable boon to the housekeeper who has to be ready for all eventualities is the soup square, which has merely to be dissolved in boiling water or added to a littlestock to make a delicious plateful of soup in a few minutes. And all this at the modest cost of 2d. Besides providing an extremely easy, tasty, and economical dish, they contain a great amount of nourishment, being made from really good ingredients. They are entirely British made, and can be had anywhere, in a number of flavour ings such as tomato, oxtail, mock-turtle, lentil, green-pea, kidney, hare, and mulligatawny.SBeautiful Jewellery at Messrs- J. JX>. ^Benson’s The badge of any regiment, beautifully made in 15-carat gold and enamels in a palladium circlet, as a brooch or pendant, may be found at Messrs. J. W. Benson’s, 62, Ludgate Hill, at £3 3s. Wrist- watches. too, are made a speciality, and range in price from £2 10s., while their selection of fine gem rings is both vast and varied.