When it comes to Christmas presents, it’s safe to assume the women of The Only Way Is Essex are pretty tough to buy for.

But Debbie Douglas – Lydia Bright’s mum – has a pretty good idea of what she’d like to unwrap on the big day – and we’re totally with her!

Speaking to Now at the Disney Store’s Christmas party, Debbie says with a cheeky cackle: ‘I want to find Mario Falcone in my Christmas stocking this year!’

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Addressing Italian stallion Mario’s longer locks, which he is growing especially for the Little Princess Trust, Debbie adds: ‘Long or short hair, I don’t mind. Because Mario actually isn’t just beautiful on the outside, he’s wonderful on the inside and that’s what truly matters.’

Mario, 28, made a surprise appearance in the series 18 finale on Sunday evening, and overjoyed fans took to Twitter to share their appreciation.

One wrote: ‘Can we just have @Mario_Falcone back permanently? #TOWIE.’ Another added: ‘Lovely seeing gorgeous chap @Mario_Falcone back in #TOWIE.’

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And, making it clear that Mario has been very missed, one viewer tweeted: ‘Surely I can’t be the only one who doesn’t care about Pete and Megan? #Yawn #False #Fake @Mario_Falcone was the best bit tonight! #TOWIE.’

He quit for good after filming series 14 of the ITVBe reality show, and at the time Mario explained: ‘I had a great time on TOWIE and relished the many opportunities the show has given me. I feel it’s time to move on and explore something new.’

Well, we – and Debbie – think it’s about time you came back for good, Mario!