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mydeco Exclusive: See what you could win at Few and Far’s Christmas Shopping Evening 2 December, 2009

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There is a way to avoid the masses of desperate shoppers this Christmas – head to Few and Far, a beautiful boutique in South Kensington’s Brompton Quarter. Tomorrow is their annual late night Christmas shopping evening: visitors will have the chance to peruse the award-winning store’s selection of products until 8pm, all the while enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince-pie.

As if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, shoppers who make a purchase will be automatically entered into the store’s prize draw. The winner will receive this beautiful Christmas box, filled with £250 worth of delectable goodies for your tabletop. Today mydeco took to the streets to have a chat with store owner Priscilla Carluccio and get an exclusive sneak preview of the gift box up for grabs.

An Aladdin’s cave of treasures from around the world, Few and Far is the perfect location for imaginative Christmas gifts and decorations. Everything stocked in the shop has been chosen personally by Priscilla, who exhibited her detailed knowledge of the products whilst giving me a guided tour: ‘It’s a very big collection of very personal items,’ says the former creative director of the Conran Design Group. ‘We like to look after people – this isn’t about big retail or choosing items that will make a vast profit.’

The gift box composed for the prize draw was also hand-picked ‘I thought at Christmas it would be nice to give away something special for the table,’ says Priscilla. The chosen items provide everything you need to create a unique festive tabletop – from wine glasses and silver-plated spoons to cotton napkins found in India.

Priscilla’s favourite Christmas gifts include a range of little recycled metal vans, which carry sumptuous dark chocolates inside and on top: ‘They’re quite rare items – a great gift for men.’ For women, Priscilla is particularly fond of a range of needle cases (hand-made, of course), by British designer Ellie Evans. ‘I try to work with craftspeople a great deal…and these needle cases are absolutely as they should be, with the little blanket inside the case.’

From the range of high quality children’s toys to the 16 real Christmas trees dotted around the store, it is clear that everything in Few and Far has been chosen with love. As Priscilla says, it’s ‘much more than a stitched label; it is about the feeling of the place’. When it comes to Christmas shopping, I guarantee no place will make you feel better.

The Brompton Quarter Christmas Shopping Evening is from 4-8pm on Thursday 3 December. Shoppers who make a purchase at Few and Far will automatically be offered a free ticket to enter into the prize draw.

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