Perfect-match gift ideas by Jane Akers Executive Editor, Ideal Home

Stuck for inspiration this Christmas? We all know someone who’s hard to buy for! To help you out, I’ve matched five key personality types with the perfect present from Matalan’s gorgeous selection of fabulous and affordable gifts. Job done!

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The neat freak

With a house that’s impossibly clean and tidy (think colour coded books and a categorised clothes closet), this kinda gal loves to be organised. A high achiever, one of her favourite past times is list making to stay on top of her busy home and social life. You’ll be onto a winner if you combine the smart Things To Do Notebook, £4, with the fancy Slogan pens, £4.

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The pleasure seeker

Forget camping, or even glamping come to think of it, this lady is happiest surrounded by creature comforts in the luxury of her own home. Only the best of the best will do – we’re talking fast cars and fine dining here, but if all this is a little over your budget when it comes to present buying (!), look for tactile gifts that feel fabulous such as the super soft Fluffy Hot Water Bottle Cover, £8, complete with ribbons and pompoms for the ultimate in luxuriating at home during winter.

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The adventurer

Not one to sit still, this kinda gal is always dreaming of sunnier climes. Her next trip is never too far away and you will often find her browsing the internet for the best travel offers, latest hotel openings and the next destination to tick off her list. Her travel kit will be well used so it may be time to treat her to a new luggage set. This glam metallic tag and passport holder, £8, with fun slogans is just the ticket!

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The home bird

This is the kinda gal whose home truly is her castle. She’s super house proud and will always have an endless supply of tea and biscuits for when friends pop round for a cuppa. She’s never happier than when pottering at home, picking up pieces to decorate it with, or shutting out the world and snuggling up with a nice hot brew, her favourite interiors mag and the latest TV drama. Her preferred outfit is her pyjamas so she’ll love teaming them with these super snuggly Fair Isle Knitted Slipper Boots, £12.

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The party animal

‘My house is your house’, could be the motto for this gregarious lady who’s never short of guests whether it’s a dinner party with friends, girls night in or other special occasion. Neither is she short of excuses to celebrate and her shindigs have earnt her a reputation for the hostless with the mostess. With all those people to entertain, she’ll love this set of four stylish Canape Plates, £10, with gold slogans; or spice things up with this fun game of Chilli Chocolate Roulette, £6 – perfect with after dinner coffee!

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