Hollywood actress and the face of Hugo Boss fragrances for women, Gwyneth Paltrow, shares her Christmas shopping tips and proves that she's a little like the rest of us when it comes to doing her Christmas gift shopping for loved ones.
How far in advance do you start your Christmas shopping?
I generally start my Christmas shopping at least 2 months before. I like to get things personalized and my gifts usually require some advance time. I'm definitely a planner.
Do you rope anyone in to help you - are you a solo shopper or do you do it as an activity with friends?
I'm a solo shopper; I don't rope my friends into it. I spend a lot of time searching for things on the internet.
You said you like to personalize your presents - is that getting things engraved on them?
Yes, I think it's really nice that when someone opens a present it has something personal. Last year I gave everyone these beautiful handmade cutting boards, everyone in the family's name was engraved on one side. I've done ceramic plates, jewellery with initials. It takes it from being a normal present to being something that's actually really special and requires a lot of thought and planning.
You mentioned that you like to send traditional cards - are you someone who prefers that over the popular e-card?
I definitely send my Christmas cards as a physical paper card, not as an e-card. I think I'm more traditional and prefer a paper card more often than not.