Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… and you’re stuck for ideas. Yep, Christmas can be a pain and whilst you may have decided to do the smart thing and shop from the comfort of home you’re left stumped due to too many options. Next year you promised yourself that you’ll do the Christmas shopping in the January sales. Fear not though weary shopper for we’ve put together a very helpful gift guide.
The Chocolate Addict
Christmas isn’t complete without a box of chocolates, and for the chocolate enthusiast you can’t go wrong with one of the delectable boxes that Hotel Chocolat has to offer. We recommend the Classic Christmas Chocolate Sleekster box which contains 32 reimagined festive favourites, they also offer a selection of other delicious boxes and a more expensive Chocolate hamper. The Classic Christmas Sleekster boxes costs £22.50.
For the gardener in the family you can’t go wrong with a subscription to the BBCs Gardeners World Magazine, a subscription will save 25% on the shop price and works out to £21.40 for every six issues. They’ll also receive a free useful gift worth £28!
The Adrenalin Junkie
For the one in your life who enjoys the more extreme sports we recommend a freefall abseil down the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit at London’s Olympic Park. The abseil costs £85 per person and it’s worth it just for the unique views of London’s skyline.
The Cyclist and the Runner
The cyclist and runner in the family can be hard to buy for, after all there’s a good chance they’re already addicted to purchasing the latest gear and will probably already have a hefty collection of caps, water bottles and jerseys. But chances are whilst they already use the Strava App they may not have upgraded to premium – for any cyclist or runner who uses Strava a loved one buying them a years’ worth of premium at £44.99 would be an absolute dream.
The Book Worm
This one’s quite simple, usually a gift voucher can be something of a cop out but when it comes to books it really is a great way to go, unless of course you know the exact book that somebody wants, but in this case, we recommend a gift voucher from your local independent book store – not only will your loved one be able to select from a wide selection of books, but you’ll also be helping to support your local independent store.
The Football Fan
Any football fan will be overjoyed to find they’re off to London for a guided tour of Wembley Stadium, this tour is fantastic, taking you behind the scenes into places such as the players changing rooms and the press room and is far cheaper than you might think, prices start at £12 for under 16s, students and the over 65s whilst adult tickets are £20 and a family ticket costs £50.
We count ourselves in this category, and whether you need something for the gaming fan, the Harry Potter fanatic or the retro nerd truffleshuffle.com with it’s amazing range of T-shirts has you covered, some of them are exclusive to the website and prices start at a very reasonable £10 but be warned, it’s very tempting to buy one or two extra for yourself…. at least in our experience.
For the foodie we like to do something a bit different, and whilst hampers are always perfect and welcome it’s all too easy to buy a pre-packaged one. Instead we recommend buying a wicker basket (you might even have one already lying around) and lining it with crepe paper, then we recommend filling it up with small to medium sized food items – the best way to go here is to colour co-ordinate the items, think autumn leaves, lots of deep reds, light yellows and light browns and be sure to choose food items that are interesting spins on foods they already like. Herbs, loose tea leaves, seeds and peppers are great choices. We recommend picking an item or two up every time you pop to the shops, check out the world food sections for some inspiration.
The Music Lover
This one was an easy choice, for music fans we recommend a Spotify gift card which can be redeemed against Spotify premium which works out to £9.99 per month – this allows unlimited streaming for millions of tracks on multiple gadgets such as phones and tablets. The music is ad free and can be listened to offline – perfect for those who love to listen to music whilst out and about.
The Animal Lover
Animal lovers will just love a gift experience at the zoo, whether it’s being a zoo keeper for the day, meeting meerkats, feeding baby animals or getting up close and personal in the bird sanctuary but the one we recommend the highest is the meet and greet experience at Bristol Zoo for the Red Panda’s – you can choose from a variety of other critters but for us the Red Panda’s were the cutest. The £65 price also allows entrance to the zoo for two people and if you’ve never been to Bristol before then this is the perfect excuse for a short city break or great day out.
Okay, so no Christmas gift guide can ever claim to be perfect, after all selecting one gift for each person just doesn’t always work as every single person is unique especially in their tastes and preferences but what we do hope is that our gift guide has helped give you some good ideas for those people you are stuck on. But don’t forget, the perfect gift for anyone would surely be one of our amazing bottles of Olive Oil.