Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland
Ok, so we’ll probably not get snow, but Christmas is fast approaching, it’s just around the corner, next week in fact. Whilst I have done pretty much all my Christmas shopping. I have to admit this year has been difficult finding the right gifts for everyone. It seems I have a fussy family. Well, I’ve always known that but every year it gets harder and harder to buy gifts for them. It shouldn’t have to be rocket science, but somehow it feels like it. Sam’s the same, buying just about anything for him for his birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas is Like figuring out the damn Da Vinci Code.
So this year, I did a little research. I decided Christmas gifts would be based on what people liked, what they enjoyed, their hobbies, rather than what I thought so and so would like. My sister is notorious for saying she’ll use something then it sits in a box in her room for years on end never to be worn and see the light of day again, my mum sort of shrugs and says “ah, that’s nice,” so they aren’t easy. Which is why I decided upon writing this gift guide to put a little giftspiration to those of you out there who may be experiencing the same.
All the gifts included in this gift guide is under £20. Christmas isn’t about making you go into debt, it’s about enjoying your time with the people you love. Some of the gifts mentioned support charity too which makes Christmas all the better. And of course John Lewis and Elton John have reminded us this year, that sometimes, a gift is more than just a gift. So whatever your budget, be thoughtful, be kind and share the love this Christmas.
For the coffee lovers
This year I went for something different for my sister as I didn’t want to go for the same I’ve done every year. I’m pretty sure my sister hasn’t even use her birthday gift vouchers and her birthday was in March!
John Lewis & Partners
I had bought mine on Prime and it took forever to arrive, but this handy collapsible and storable drinkware is really handy. Super practical which is perfect for the busy bee commuter in your life. Also, you’re doing your bit for the environment too. Win win!
Was £23, now £18.40
Chocolate and gingerbread go extremely well with coffee, so why not tickle the coffee palette with Milk Chocolate Coated Honeycomb, Gourmet Fudge Selection and Gingerbread Flavour Ground Coffee. All beautifully gift wrapped too.
For the Tea Lover
Buyagift – Afternoon Tea at Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian Gift Experience for 2
Was £19, now £15.20
Treat the tea lover in your life with a 3 hour afternoon tea experience at Marco’s New York Italian in South East London. Offering quality, fresh ingredients and a winning atmosphere, there isn’t a better place for you and your loved one to enjoy an afternoon tea in the city. Sit back and relax as you are served a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes, and scones all accompanied by a stunning choice of teas.
Who doesn’t love tea and biscuits? Match made in heaven we think. This beautiful set comes with a Tea Room Blend Tea and Betty’s delicious Yorkshire Shortbread, presented in a pretty Bettys gift bag for an added touch of delight.
For the Chocolate Lovers
Delicious Magazine says “They may be small, but they sure are mighty. Ten mini crackers, each filled with a gourmet chocolate. That’s better than a plastic thimble, right?” Need we say more?
Choc on Choc
I’ve bought from this company before and although sometimes some of the products are small, the attention to detail and Belgian Chocolate are amazing.
For the Movie Lovers
100 Movie Bucket List Scratch Poster
This 100 Movies Bucket List scratch poster features 100 movies (funny that) that you have to see before you kick the bucket! As you see them, scratch off the silver coating to reveal a fun, cartoon-style icon.This scratch off movie poster is perfect for anyone who is mad about the movies. If that’s you, make sure you take one! Or, if you know a super film fan, then, hey… awesome gift idea!
Hit the lights, turn off your camera phone, and get ready for action! This 100 Movies Bucket List poster is about to bring method to movie madness.
Bonus you can save 10% on all full priced items for Christmas on the MenKind website using code XMAS10.
Not On The High Street
Everyone’s favourite Christmas movie is brought to life with this cute mug from Not On The High Street. One of the most popular quotes from the movie. Can’t wait to watch Elf this year! It’s like a tradition.
For the Cheese Lovers
Personalised Wooden Cheeseboard Set
Made from beautiful Heavea wood this Personalised Wooden Cheeseboard Set, a great statement piece to display in the kitchen or wow guests at the dining table when entertaining! It can be engraved with their names, an important date and a message to create a fantastic gift for couples celebrating a special occasion, whether it’s their anniversary, a birthday or just their love of fancy fromages!
Bonus! Save 15% on all Getting Personal products (excluding business gifts and experience days) in time for Christmas.
Wilkin & Sons Tiptree The Savoury Selection, 6 x 38g
John Lewis & Partners
This gift is perfect for those who love a good pairing chutney for their cheese. The savoury set includes Chilli Mustard, Hot Gooseberry Chutney, Organic Tomato Chutney and Hot Mango Chutney.
For the Music Lovers
The Capitol Studios Sessions – Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
£9.99 part of their 2 for £15 Deal
I’ve actually bought this as a gift for a family member and listened to it and I love it. Gives that feeling of sitting in a moody blue jazz club sipping on a cocktail being in the moment with too cool for school Jeff Goldblum winning at life in the background. Super smooth and every jazz lover will love this.
Illustrated Musical Map of London
Not On The High Street
Perfect for music lovers. This hand-drawn map of London looks stunning and would be a great centrepiece, framed anywhere in the house. Featuring over 40 key artists and their links to specific places in London, this would delight any serious music lover.
For the car lovers
We don’t drive in this household but I know some family members who treasure their cars like no tomorrow.
Simoniz car cleaning gift kit with socks
Euro Car Parts
Treat your car loving family member with this cool set available from most supermarkets. You can’t go wrong with socks at Christmas, and little treats for their motor. Perfect.
The world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracker, the NEW Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker attaches to keys, purses or anything else you couldn’t live without. Use Tile adhesives (sold separately) to stick it to any flat surface like a laptop so you can always find your things.
Was £20, now £14
No Christmas gift is complete without socks. Who doesn’t love socks? It’s socks! Socks!
Babyliss Men’s 8 in 1 All-Over Grooming Set
Was £20, now £15
Grab a bargain this Christmas for the man in your life with this Babyliss Men grooming kit, for Just £15 at Wilko’s, saving you a fiver. The BaByliss For Men 8 in 1 All Over Grooming Kit is perfect for total face and body grooming. The professional grade rechargeable trimmer has four interchangeable cutting heads for defining your style.
Sipsmith Gin & Embossed Spirit Measurer
The discerning gin lover will adore this small-batch gin neatly packaged with a beautifully embossed jigger. Includes Sipsmith London dry and Sloe gin (5cl).
Gorgeous gift for a friend. Keepsake, personalised gift.
Whether you need to tell your bestie, who’s been there through thick and thin with you, how much you treasure their friendship, or use this as a keepsake reminder of all those moments were you’ve fallen over laughing together, caused chaos, and the adventures you have had, this set is a perfect way to express how you truly feel about them and something they can keep and treasure forever.
Cowshed Knackered Essentials Natural Bag Gift Set
This gorgeous set from CowShed has calming Lavender and uplifting Eucalyptus to help you relax and unwind. Smells lush too.
Sanctuary at Boots
Envelop yourself in these lavishly luxurious treats to relax your mind & your body.
Top dads deserve top beer, and we’ve got the perfect gift for them! Featuring five amazing beers, a packet of delicious beery snacks and a Dad’s Beer glass, it’s the best way to say ‘Cheers Dad!’ Order by 12pm for next working day delivery.
Was £38, now £19
Virgin Experience Days
Take the Wembley Stadium Tour and walk in the footsteps of legendary players. Wembley Stadium, the home of English football and the FA Cup Final since 1923, re-opened to the public in 2007 and quickly re-established itself as the country’s leading venue for sports and entertainment events.
For the Gamer
SEGA Smartphone Controller for Android
I Want One Of Those
Save £10 on http://www.iwoot.com with this SEGA Smartphone Controller. Impress the game fan in your life with this Bluetooth HID SEGA Saturn shaped controller with removable smartphone holder that makes playing games on your mobile device easier than ever (Android only).
Was £12.99 now £9.99
This game is an amazing gift for a gamer (whose taste you’re not quite sure about, and who you know will use the wrong game as a coaster). It’s also a great addition to a gamer’s den, bringing a little colour to its dark, curtains-never-open décor!
For Teenage Girls
Polly fragrance and nail polish set
Beautifully presented in a bow-shaped box with a pretty floral interior, Ted makes gifting easy with POLLYNA. Featuring a miniature perfume and nail polish, this delicate duo is the perfect treat for someone special.
For Teenage Boys
2 for 1 Water Zorbing Gift Experience for 2
Entice him away from his XBox or PlayStation and into the fresh air with this fun laugh-a-minute experience with a friend. For a unique thrill, look no further than this winter water zorbing experience for two. After a safety briefing, the two of you will take to the water in your giant zorbing spheres. You’ll then roll around the lake, attempting to stay upright as you go. The great thing about this experience is you’ll be able to stay dry, whatever the winter weather You’re sure to fall head over heels for this exciting water sport!
This gorgeous bag will be the perfect accessory to any Christmas Day outfit.
Unicorn Colour Changing Nail Varnish Set
Was £7, now £5.60
What girl doesn’t like nail varnish and unicorns? Bonus, these two colours change. Nail varnish that changes colour as you paint, just like magic! This pack has two colours that will create a mystical ombre effect.
£12.99 at Argos
Nathan Drake’s story began in a fishing boat off the coast of Panama. It would go on to define adventure itselfA curated collection of quality PS4 games at a low price.
For the Little Ones (0-5 years)
Santa Booties (0-24m)
Marks & Spencers
Cute booties are always a winner in my eyes for little ones at Christmas. If you don’t fancy these Santa boots, M&S stocks a few other designs too.
Pull Along Shape Sorting Lolly
£15.50 from Bundles of Joy
I’m in love with this. How cute is it? Suitable from 18m up, this solid wooden lorry with 11 colourful animals is not only fun and educational.
10 books for £10 at The Works
The Works have an amazing exclusive available online only where you can buy 10 book for £10, saving you an amazing £10. Perfect for Christmas gifts or stocking fillers, if your child loves to read, these will sure delight your kids. Visit their website to browse their amazing range of books, which include The Night Before Christmas, Sproutzilla vs Christmas, We Three Kings, A Christmas Wish, and many many more.
Childs Farm top-to-toesie cleaning kit, contains 3 x 100ml bottles
I love Childs Farm. Their products are aimed at children and are suitable from birth. They smell lovely, contain no artificial colours, parabens, SLSs, or contain oils.
I’ve been using Childs Farm on Emily’s skin since she was born. With my psoriasis and Sam’s eczema its always a worry Emily might develop sensitive skin, but thankfully she’s not experienced sensitive skin apart from the odd nappy rash. My mum is a fan of Childs Farm unfragranced hand moisturiser, which works well with her eczema.
For just £9 on their website, or £10 in most supermarkets, these lush lotions and potions will keep children clean and smelling gorgeous from head to toe. Perfect for tiny humans at Christmas.
This kids grey star stool is perfect for your little ones nursery or bedroom. Available in 2 stylish designs, it features a soft cushioned seat that provides ultimate comfort. Perfect for crafts, drawing and puzzles or simply relaxing on after a hard day’s play! Felt pads are used on the bottom of the legs to avoid damage to floors. Makes a great gift idea!
£16.99 on the Sue Ryder online shop.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bath Toy Gift Set
£18 at JoJo Maman Bébé
The World of Eric Carle bath set is a great gift for your toddler. Brightly coloured, The Very Hungry Caterpillar bath time book has five pages, each with an image and corresponding number on it which will get your little one reading and playing for bath time fun. The bath set also comes with five little figures that you can play with. Fill them up with water and squirt them.
Discover unique stocking fillers for children and adults alike. These great stocking fillers are perfect as something extra to open on Christmas morning or delight someone special. My top stocking fillers are sure to impress, here are my favourite gifts perfect for the festive stocking filler to suit all budgets.
Childs Farm bath time brush by Denman
£3.75 available on the Childs Farm website and in many supermarkets
Available in various colours, this fun tangle brush is great fun for kids at bath time. Shaped like a brush you’d brush a horses mane, this bath time brush from celebrated hairbrush manufacturer, Denman, makes washing hair a breeze by ensuring shampoo and conditioner are evenly spread which results in tangle-free hair without the tears!
One of the three wise men brought a gift of frankincense, so why not fill your home the next 8 weeks with this warming seasonal fragrance. Perfect as a stocking filler to to keep for yourself, this fragrance has fresh notes of mandarin, pineapple, and lavender, with a heart of jasmine to emphasise the rich notes of frankincense.perfect for Christmas.
£3.49 Sue Ryder online shop.
Was £14.99 now £13.49 at Flamingo Gifts
Christmas would not be Christmas without a socks gift and what better than these groovy odd socks gift. Oh my! Sugary and sweet and all things nice. These socks are a fairy-tale dream. Presented like a box of six donuts. These novelty socks are super cool. A must have if she loves donuts. The set of six socks are a calorie free treat.
Muddled Plum Festive Shower Gel
£12 at Molton Brown
This gorgeous limited edition bath & shower gel bauble is beautiful to look at and smells divine.
NUXE Christmas Cracker Skincare Gift Set
John Lewis & Partners
A Christmas cracker gift set offering skincare treats from NUXE. This gorgeous little set includes their Reve de Miel Face Rich Cream, Reve de miel hand and nail cream and Huile prodigieuse.
£10 at John Lewis & Partners
An enjoyable board game for all the family. This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 breeds of dog from around the world. From tiny chihuahuas to Great Danes, from the sleek Saluki to the dreadlocked Hungarian Puli, mark them off on your card and bingo! Dog Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game with favourite breeds and weird and wonderful exotic dogs.
Contains 64 superbly illustrated dog tokens, one board, 12 bingo cards and brightly coloured counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all dogs featured.