Having tried and failed to find festive jumpers in Dubai, a combination of plus my mum in the UK going to an actual Next store and Shop & Ship came to the rescue. With a month full of school concerts and Christmas parties demanding comedy outfits, I needed Christmassy, but something the kids would actually wear (if it’s deemed itchy, forget-about-it). I also wanted to make Andrew suffer. Lol. Next’s Santa and Mrs Claus sweaters, plus three little elf versions for the kids were perfect. Lightweight enough to avoid the dreaded woollen itch and warm enough for December in Dubai desert nights. And they have hoods, which got the kids inexplicably excited (kids are odd). Perhaps best of all, though, Mr N is never going to live down that knitted beard. Result.



Kids’ elf sweaters, £16 each, Next

Men’s santa sweater, £24, Next

Women’s Mrs Claus sweater, £30, Next

Tip: Check out the clearance section to find everything reduced.