Ten preparation problems you might face - and how to deal with the dilemma
Time Out Dubai staff
1 Gift wrapping Some people can’t wrap for love nor money, so if you want to leave a beautiful gift under the tree but can’t get the double-sided tape off your fingers, help is at hand. The team at Wrapt work wonders with paper and ribbon and make gifts a pleasure to behold as well as receive. Its kiosk at Festival City is open until 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, and midnight Thursday to Saturday. Prices start from Dhs20 including wrapping paper. Origami wrapping (where gifts are adorned with paper birds, flowers and other creations) starts from Dhs55, depending on size. Notice period of 12 hours is required for home delivery service.
Wrapt Dubai, Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.wrapt.ae (04 234 4430). Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020) also has a wrapping station open until 10pm on Christmas Eve. Visitors simply need to buy a gift paper roll worth Dhs35 and the wrapping is free.
2 The turkey A Christmas dinner just isn’t complete without a turkey. If you haven’t had the time to order yours, don’t sweat it, you can still have a festive feast. Kambaa at The Address offers a Turkey takeaway hamper to feed up to eight people. You can collect your turkey, which comes with traditional sides.
Dhs800 for a whole roast festive turkey from 6-7kg; hamper to be collected. Notice period of 36 hours required. Until December 31. Kambaa, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Modern Arabic café Nofara Café, in Jumeirah Lakes Towers is also doing a turkey and trimmings offer. With a notice period of 48 hours, a turkey with sides of potatoes, vegetables and stuffing can be delivered to your door on Christmas day.
Dhs90 per kg, turkeys are between 4-6kg and higher, offer available until December 31, 8am-midnight Nofara Café, JLT, Cluster Y, Swiss Tower (04 432 2023).
3 Sending presents home If you haven’t been organised enough to send your presents abroad to friends and loved ones you can still get gifts to them. Online shopping is the saviour for such dilemmas but delivery charges can be steep. Try ASOS.com for the trendy friends back home. Brands include Diesel, Calvin Klein, G-Star, New Era and many more. Asos offers free delivery to worldwide locations. Standard shipping to Europe delivers in four to 14 days depending on location, and gifts can be there in a week with express options. www.asos.com.
British retailer Marks & Spencer can deliver products to participating UK stores and when you shop online so relatives can collect the items in a local branch. At time of writing they have a free international delivery offer for a limited time only to Australia, the United States and other selected countries, on selected items. www.marksandspencer.com/International-Delivery.
4 Extra gifts for unexpected guests All the malls in Dubai will be open on Christmas Day, but for something a bit unusual, we recommend Japanese treats from new outlets Edo Sweets (04 344 0833) or Yoku Moku (04 344 2229) at Al Wasl Square. For those who don't want to leave their sanctuary, there are few places that can help. Home-grown UAE website Giftbag.ae stocks a range of gifts for him and her, including perfumes, tablets, gadgets and games, and can do next day delivery for orders placed before 5pm. If you really need it the same day, give them a call and they'll see what they can do (04 226 0127).
5 The gift for the person who has everything You have the nightmare friend whose gift you deliberately leave until last because they already have every item imaginable, so what to do? Try Personalizedgiftsdubai.com (04 393 5232) for personalised monogram and photo presents that will give you the sentimental edge.
Alternatively, go bespoke. There is a wealth of fine tailors in Dubai, many of whom work very swiftly to make dresses and suits such as Cuffs and Collars in Sunset Mall, which stocks quality Italian and English fabrics and is a great go-to place for suits and shirts. It also offers an express service, which will see you suited in three days. Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3 (04 380 8283).
6 Christmas and party decorations If your halls are not sufficiently decked ahead of your imminent Christmas shindig or dinner, check out baubles, festive centrepieces and even LED reindeers at Home Centre. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4441). If you're lacking some twinkle, we highly recommend calling in at your nearest Choithrams, where they sell basic fairy lights for a bargain Dhs15. The team at Party Centre can help with tableware and balloons at very competitive prices. Garhoud (04 283 1353).
7 The tree The tree is the centrepiece of Christmas decorating, but if you’ve left it too late to order a real one, try Waitrose, Carrefour or Lulu for artificial trees. Alternatively visit Oleander Flower, which has plenty of festive firs and flowers to decorate the home with. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, www.oleanderonline.com (04 344 0560).
8 More guests than crockery and chairs Short of asking your guests to bring their own, you could always borrow the extras you need. The English Tea Party has a stock of original vintage crockery and accessories to hire (055 363 8687) email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries. For events on a bigger scale Cater Tech Food Catering Services is a popular choice for supplying crockery, chairs and equipment for events and parties and can provide you with any missing essentials. www.catertech.ae (04 320 3586).
9 Pre-party grooming Now you’ve got the food, the tree, extra gifts, and there’s thankfully a seat for everyone, the last thing to sort out is yourself. Let the beauty therapist come to you. Contact Nails at Home for an express manicure in the comfort of your own home. Essential manicure from Dhs70, www.nailsathome.ae (04 282 8385).
For guys in need of a swift shape-up and trim, a visit to Man/Age will have you looking sharp in no time. Stylish gents can get their manes shorn in less than 30 minutes. Dhs80 for a men’s haircut. Arjaan Rotana, Dubai Media City (04 437 0868).