Meet Selfridges "Elfridges: Department store hires stylish Santa"s helpers to take the stress out of Christmas shopping

The Selfridges 'Elfridges: Department store hires stylish Santa's helpers to take the stress out of Christmas shopping 'Elfridges will help shoppers find presents, gift wrap them, carry bags and even hail taxis Female helpers dressed in stylish Vivienne Westwood dresses | UPDATED: 14:29 GMT, 23 November 2012 Shopping in central London can be a nightmare – and never more so than during the festive season. But department store giant Selfridges have launched a bespoke shopping service to take the stress out of Christmas shopping. Meet Selfridges' 'Elfridges: the band of helpful elves dispersed around the Oxford Street store to make present purchasing more pleasant.

6.7m leave Christmas shopping to December 24th with one in ten buying gifts from a PETROL STATION

Festive faux pas: 6.7m leave Christmas shopping until December 24th with one in ten buying last minute gifts from a PETROL STATION One in five keep presents for ourselves Quarter of Brits forget where they’ve hidden presents Men are the worst last minute offenders, with one in five claiming not to buy presents until Christmas Eve, compared to just one in ten 10 women | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 22 November 2012 With just over a month to go until Christmas people are beginning to get in the festive spirit. But while the Christmas lights may be switched on and shopping underway for most people, new research reveals that a staggering 6.7 million consumers will leave buying Christmas presents until Christmas Eve.

Lily Allen faints while Christmas shopping at Harrods

Pregnant Lily Allen faints while Christmas shopping at Harrods…but recovers with a cheese and ham toastie | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 22 November 2012 It looks like pregnant singer Lily Allen needs to take a little break from Christmas shopping. The Smile hitmaker fainted while she was out buying festive treats at luxury department store Harrods.

Vanessa Hudgens is barely recognisable as she goes make-up free for the grocery shop

Grunge goddess! Vanessa Hudgens is barely recognisable as she goes make-up free for the grocery shop | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 20 November 2012 She's one of the world's most high-profile young actresses. But Vanessa Hudgens could have passed for any other young New Yorker as she stepped out to do her grocery shopping last Friday.

British designer Bella Freud opens her first pop-up shop … but will fans Kate Moss and Alexa Chung be popping in all the way out in Bicester…

British designer Bella Freud opens her first pop-up shop … but will fans Kate Moss and Alexa Chung be popping in all the way out in Bicester Village | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 13 November 2012 While she may not have followed in her grandfather Sigmund's psychoanalytical footsteps, Bella Freud has channeled her wealth of inherited intellect into fashion and designing with gusto. The 51-year-old has worked for Vivienne Westwood, established her own design company, consulted for Jaeger and even been credited with the revamp of retro fashion house Biba.

Kourtney Kardashian goes from business to pleasure as she enjoys night out in London with boyfriend Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian goes from business to pleasure as she enjoys night out in London with boyfriend Scott Disick | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 11 November 2012 Her sister Kim may have already moved on to Germany, but Kourtney Kardashian is in no rush to leave London. After wrapping up her business commitments promoting her Kardashian Kollection for Dorothy Perkins on Saturday afternoon, mother-of-two Kourtney was in the mood for romance. With a babysitter taking care of their children Mason and Penelope, Kourtney and boyfriend Scott Disick headed out for a romantic evening together

Dannii Minogue makes time stand still as she launches her new watch design in floorlength turquoise frock

Terrific in teal: Dannii Minogue makes time stand still as she launches her new watch design in floorlength turquoise frock | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 8 November 2012 She's already launched her own fashion line and fragrance so it wasn't only a matter of time, quite literally, that Dannii Minogue would spin off into watch designs too. The Australian pop star has created her own range for Ernest Jones Swiss watches alongside her design partner Tabitha Somerset-Web

The end of British queuing: People in UK only prepared to spend four minutes waiting in line

The end of British queuing How we are no longer prepared to wait in line for more than FOUR MINUTES (and why older women are the most patient, and young men the least) | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 8 November 2012 Some people sigh, others huff, most look at their smartphones, a few actually pay others to do it for them, and only the most patient among us grin and bear it.

How to get what you want this Christmas – buy it yourself: More Brits embracing trend of "self-gifting"

How to get what you want this Christmas – buy it yourself: More Brits embracing trend of 'self-gifting' | UPDATED: 10:01 GMT, 2 November 2012 Forget writing a Christmas list, more Brits are now ensuring they get the perfect gift by buying it for themselves. Polite responses of 'thank you, I love it' before actually rushing to sell the unwanted item on eBay are no longer needed thanks to the trend of 'self-gifting'. Almost half (43 per cent) of people surveyed admitted to buying a present for themselves on at least one birthday or Christmas while one in ten said it's something they always do