Our favourite contemporary Christmas cards
Forget the supermarket multipacks. Plus, fuss-free dinner party dishes – Circolo Popolare style
Getting to the root

Nothing says ‘2019’ more than cultivating an obsession with succulents, ferns and fiddle-leaf figs, and the team at Stylist Loves are all proud, self-professed plant parents. Which is why we enjoy Papier’s festive Monstera card so much, designed by Bristol-based illustrator Elsa Rose Frere. Who needs a tree when you can have a Swiss cheese plant wearing baubles? £18.50 for 10, Papier

Through the window

One way to guarantee your Christmas card stands out from the pack? Head to the Tate online shop, where the next generation of need-to-know artists from UAL have designed a truly original range of limited edition cards. We love everything about Francesca Adani’s vibrant window scenes – not least how they show that everyone does the season a little differently. £7.50 for 10, Tate Shop

Toast of the town

Want to capture a different side of the festive spirit? Present & Correct have got you sorted. Somehow, this vintage-inspired token and ticket for eggnog, rum, snow and holiday cheer has us actually looking forward to that annual train journey back to our parents’ house – with a gin in a tin, packet of crisps and nowhere to put our suitcase, of course. £4.35, Present & Correct

Ho Ho Holborn

There’s nothing that fosters a sense of community and mutual understanding like complaining about the Tube. But turn those colourful lines into Christmas trees and suddenly, we love nothing more. From Tinsel Court Road to Mornington Present, this festive spin on the London Underground map is genius – plus, a donation from every pack goes towards supporting Centrepoint charity. £3.75 for 8, Paperchase

Have an ice day

Sometimes you want neither robins, snowmen nor mistletoe on your Christmas cards, but a cast of delightfully cheery revellers enjoying the festive spirit instead. Kate Pugsley is one illustrator whose bright, whimsical characters can’t fail to bring a smile to your face, and her ‘Joy’ greetings card – featuring some very stylish skaters – will do exactly that. £7 for 5, National Portrait Gallery

The secret to incredible dinner party dishes that are easier than they look? Ask the team behind this year’s most Instagrammed restaurant

You can’t have missed the pics of Circolo Popolare infiltrating your feed this summer – all lush greenery, rows of beautiful bottles, and happy people having a terrific time. And if, like us, you want to recreate some of this Sicilian magic at home, you’re in luck. The restaurant group behind it all, Big Mamma, has just released a cookbook.

Featuring 130 of the team’s best recipes (they also run London’s Gloria, and eight eateries in France), Big Mamma Cucina Popolare (£27.95, Phaidon) gives a creative twist to traditional Italian fare – from their ‘Sexy Brushcetta’ and a beautiful bomba rossa to a tiramisu like you’ve never tasted before, all of which can be found right here. *Chef’s kiss*  

Esther Perel’s counselling podcast has taught millions of people about modern love. Now, the famed couple’s therapist is taking on the world of work

Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel broke ground with Where Should We Begin?, the podcast in which she counsels real-life romantic couples. Her new offering, How’s Work?, is just as fascinating – exploring how desire, frustration and betrayal play out in the workplace. From business culture and company loyalty to team conflict, you’ll be hooked by the therapy sessions between co-founders and colleagues – and get some insights into your own relationship résumé, too.

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