Little Planet has met Santa Claus (both at Hyde Park's truly exquisite and magical Winter Wonderland and at our local shopping centre) and she's also helped us decorate our Christmas tree. Now begins a week of serious gift buying for over 20 people. Some of it online, but the rest requires visits to Liberty, Cath Kidston and Ginger Pig in Marylebone, Daunt Books also in Marylebone, After Noah and Igloo in Islington and... Hmm, not really such a hardship especially when combined with frequent coffee breaks. But first, the ordeal that is the Indian visa application process for my mother. That will be hell.