Okay, so we’ve spotted the John Lewis advert and the Coca Cola advert on TV – and that means we can’t escape thinking about Christmas shopping for too much longer (or we’ll end up frantically dashing around a crowded Oxford Street on the 23rd… again).
Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you, scoping out the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Plus, they’re all available to buy online, so you don’t have to step foot in a single shop or deal with a single overzealous sales assistant. Just grab a cuppa (or a Starbucks Red Cup if you’re really feeling festive) and sit back and get all your shopping done from the comfort of your sofa (and then you can sit back and look smug while everyone else does the last-minute mad dash).
Let’s get to it…
For the techies
Wearable tech has been a massive trend in 2014, so any gadget-lovers in your life are sure to have a smart watch at the top of their list. You can’t go wrong with the Pebble Steel – it shows texts, emails and notifications at a glance, controls music from a smartphone, shows sports scores, tracks steps and more. It looks pretty smart for a smart watch (you know what we mean) and the battery lasts for up to seven days. Plus, it’s totally waterproof, so no mishaps. And all of it’s built-in features mean it’s guaranteed to keep your tech-obsessed loved ones busy until Christmas dinner is ready.
Another tech gift that’s sure to go down a storm is a power bank – anyone who likes to keep their gadgets close will thank you for making sure they never run out of charge. We like the Xtorm Pocket Power Bank Charger – it’s small enough for your gadgety friends to take anywhere, and powerful enough to recharge their smartphone 1.7 times.
For the foodies
If you know someone who loves to cook up a storm, we’ve got the perfect gift. A box from Simply Cook will bring them everything they need to make four amazing restaurant-quality meals in just 20 minutes. And they’re sure to invite you over to sample the fruits of their labour… win-win!
Use the code TASTY2 at the checkout and you’ll get your first box for a bargain price of £4 (normal price £10).
Or go for a Selfridges festive delicatessen hamper – with a selection of cheeses, smoked salmon, Wiltshire ham, savoury biscuits, chutneys and wines, it’ll be a welcome addition to any Boxing Day buffet (along with the obligatory turkey sandwiches, of course). If that selection doesn’t take your fancy, Selfridges have 15 different Christmas hampers to choose from, so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds.
For the bookworms
Anyone who always has their head stuck in the latest bestseller will be over the moon to find a Kobo Aura H20 under the tree this Christmas. It’s the world’s first waterproof e-reader, so your bookish loved ones can keep reading wherever they are – in the bath, by the sea, in a pool… It also has a whopping 2-month battery life, a built-in light for reading at night and a no-glare touchscreen that reads like print on paper.
Alternatively, the Literary Emporium have stacks of ideas for gifts for book lovers, from calendars and cufflinks to jewellery and stationery, all featuring quotes from famous writers like Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Lewis Carroll. There’s sure to be something to appease your bookworm friends…
For the petrol heads
If you’d like to buy your petrol-headed friend a super car but your budget just won’t stretch that far, go for a super car experience driving day. Virgin Experience Days have plenty to choose from – we’d love a Triple Supercar Driving Thrill, where your lucky pal can choose three of an Ariel Atom, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8, Ferrari 360, Lamborghini Gallardo and a Porsche 997 to have a go of, before jumping in the passenger seat for a high-speed ride from their instructor. It definitely beats a new pair of socks…
Or give them an insight into F1 life with this limited edition McLaren: 50 Years of Racing book. There are only 1963 copies of this specially designed book – so you can tell them it’s a piece of F1 history. And it’s packed full of photographs as well as exclusive interviews from Patty McLaren-Brickett, Martin Whitmarsh, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Jensen Button. You’ll definitely be a hit come Christmas morning with this one.
For the girlie girls
For the ladies in your life who love a bit of pampering, you can’t do much better than Jo Malone, whether it’s for your mum, your wife or a friend. This Christmas Cracker filled with bath time goodies, perfume and body lotion will be sure to put a smile on her face.
Or go one step further and book her in for a full day of pampering at Ragdale Hall. If you book her treat before the end of Jan, you’ll get 15% off if you quote Littlefish FX when you book – and for the chance to win a spa day, click here.
For the sweet-toothed
For anyone in your life who needs a bit of sweetening up, a box from the Sweet Reason Company is the perfect Christmas gift. Packed full of brownies, fudge, millionaire’s shortbread and other sweet treats as well as specially selected Teapigs teabags and sugar swizzle sticks. If you’re feeling extra generous, a monthly subscription will definitely win you brownie points.
Plus, use the code LITTLEFISHFX at the checkout and you’ll get 15% off your order! ‘Tis the season of goodwill and all that…
If that doesn’t tickle their tastebuds, we can’t think of anyone who’d say no to a Hotel Chocolat Christmas Collection, bursting with chocolate treats including butterscotch puddles, nutty caramels, eton mess truffles, mulled wine and champagne chocolates and more, all wrapped up with a festive red ribbon (which saves you a job).
Whoever said Christmas is a time for sharing, we’d like to see…
For the little ones
Forget Monty the Penguin – we reckon any little bundles of joy in your life will love a Snowy Penguin from the Little White Company. It’s softer and cuter than Monty (and a snip of the price at £36- an equivalent-sized Monty will set you back £95 and probably blow your Christmas budget out of the water). And if penguins aren’t your little friend’s toy of choice, choose from Clyde the Cow, Ralph the Polar Bear or George the Dragon.
And make sure they’re looking sharp for the big man arriving in this super-cute teddy bear onesie (do you think they do it in adult size?!)
For the big kids
If you’ve got older kids in your family, it’s the perfect excuse to buy a remote-control Lamborghini (and no, it’s definitely not so that you can pinch it come Boxing Day).
This one even has working lights and a built in suspension system (we’re sure toys weren’t this cool when we were little). Just don’t forget the batteries…
Or get serious cool uncle/auntie/whatever points with this 34-in-1 multi games table. With table football, pool, air hockey, skittles, table tennis, darts, dominoes, poker, snakes and ladders and (lots) more, it’ll definitely keep them entertained (and quiet). Who’s up for a pool tournament after dinner?
For the hard-to-buy-for
What do you the buy the one who has everything? It’s a toughie, but we’ve managed to pick out a few gifts we think anyone would love…
3D printing has taken the world by storm this year, so why not go for a 3D printing pen (the world’s first 3D printing pen, to be precise) and let any creative types get in on the action? It turns drawings into 3 dimensional plastic figures by omitting warm thermoplastic that hardens within seconds – and it doesn’t matter if you can’t draw, as you can download designs of the Eiffel Tower, napkin holders and more, and trace them. Even if they really have got everything, changes are they haven’t got one of these yet…
Or another great shout for anyone you haven’t got a clue what to get is this magic wand TV remote. It can change channels, move the volume up and down, pause and play DVDs and more – and it looks like something straight out of a Harry Potter film. This is a great one for any kids (or big kids) you’re struggling to buy for, and we’d put money on it that they won’t have one already.
This 2004 vintage Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin will make the perfect addition to any Christmas table setting – and it being the festive season and all, there’s a good chance they’ll pop it open and share it with you immediately (bonus!). Cheers!