Now pay attention, Mr Bond. This might look like a perfectly normal pair of snow boots - lightweight, supportive, snug - but there's a retractable knife coated in poison hidden in the heel ... Oh, sorry, I got a bit carried away there. But they do feature retractable anti-skid crampons on the sole, which you can flick out when the going gets tough for extra grip and stability. Great if you're hitting the slopes this season, or for avoiding an inglorious tumble in the city. Mammal snow boots (women's and men's), £44.99, 01395 443789 for stockists.
Detox begins at home
New year inevitably spells detox for the health-conscious among us, but rather than clearing out your liver and kidneys, why not invite contemporary wellbeing outfit Yohm to clear your larder of unhealthy, non-nourishing and processed foods? All outlawed foods will be donated to the homeless through the London Homeless shelter, and you and Yohm's nutritionist will then hit the shops to refill cupboards that are now likely to be as bare as Old Mother Hubbard's. You won't be forced to buy tofu and green tea, either, because the service takes into account your likes and dislikes - as well as your lifestyle - all of which is discussed over an organic lunch pitstop. You'll also be left with a selection of healthy 15-minute recipes. I feel better already. The Pantry Detox, £150, 0845 456 6398 (yohm.co.uk).
Don't hold back on the cranberry sauce tomorrow - the fruit is good for more than livening up a turkey. As well as helping prevention of and easing urinary tract infections, cranberries are packed with antioxidants, play a role in thwarting tooth decay and intestinal viruses, and, according to new research by the University of Winsconsin-Madison, showpromise in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke by enabling blood vessels to vasodilate (relax) more readily. Note to self: must drink more Sea Breezes.
While only 2% of the UK population are thought to be fullblown sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a further 10% of us suffer the milder symptoms of the winter blues. The best treatment for SAD is light - and lots of it - necessitating a 15- to 60-minute daily spell in front of a light box. But now, providing you don't mind looking slightly foolish, you can take your light with you wherever you go by investing in a light visor - Outside In's Solarmax visor has been shown to be as effective as a 10,000 lux lightbox (lux is the technical measure of brightness), providing 100 times the level of light you'd get in the average home. Once you get used to the inevitable quips from less enlightened acquaintances, you'll be glad you saw the light. Solarmax light visor, £160, 01954 780500 (outsidein.co.uk).