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 with our LFX 2015 Christmas Gift Guide, 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 Techie
Anyone who likes to keep their friends close but their gadgets closer will appreciate a gift that’ll help them keep their tech powered up at all times. The Power Pen from Firebox.com is ideal – it’s the world’s first pen with an integrated portable battery, perfect for topping up phone and tablet batteries on-the-go, and it even has a built-in stylus. It’s available in black, gold or gun metal grey, with options for lightning and micro USB charging. Get this for a gadget-loving friend and you’ll know where to go if your phone is dying while you’re out and about.
Another great gift for techies is this Cardboard Smartphone Projector, also available at Firebox.com. You gadget-crazy pals will love it for showing off the latest viral sensations and turning offices, living rooms, pubs and basically anywhere into a portable cinema on a whim. In fact *shameless plug alert* it’ll be perfect for watching Viral Videos of the Week on a Friday afternoon…
For the Petrolhead
Naturally, if you really want to impress, you’ll have splashed out on this year’s must-have vehicle and got your hands on a Ferrari 488 Spider. Failing that (or if it’s a tad out of your budget), go for the next best thing with a supercar driving experience. Go for a Christmas Supercar Blast Gift voucher from Driving Sensation Ltd. and the lucky recipient will be able to choose from a Ferrari, Lambo, Porsche 911, Aston Martin, Audi R8, Ariel Atom, Subaru Impreza and more. Beats another new pair of socks, anyway.
Or get them kitted out in the latest Official Formula One gear – you’ll find Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren merchandise including fleeces, caps, polo shirts and more in the Official F1 Store. With accessories starting from just £15 and plenty of styles to choose from, the official gear is ideal for stocking fillers or presents for wannabe Sebastian Vettels who aren’t quite old enough to get behind the wheel just yet…
For the Foodie
We’ve scoped out all the Christmas hampers on offer this year just for you (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it), and after some deliberation we can officially declare the winner of the battle of the hampers to be (drumroll please) Selfridges Delicious Festivities Hamper. It’s packed with biscuits, chutney, olives, mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, chocolates, a Christmas pudding and plenty of boozy treats including champagne, Chateâuneuf du Pape, Prosecco and Sancerre – hey, it is the festive season, after all. At £350 it’s on the pricey side, but just make sure you remind the lucky recipient that Christmas is a time for sharing…
A more purse-friendly foodie gift is a Three Month Friday Night Curry Subscription from The Spicery. Once a month, your culinary enthusiast will receive all the spices required to make a top-notch curry, so all they have to do is add in a few fresh ingredients and voila. And you’re bound to get invited round to sample their hard work, so it’s win-win with this one.
For the Spa Lover
If your mum, auntie or other half is partial to a spot of pampering, you can’t do better than Ragdale Hall for a day or two of relaxation. Set in the Leicestershire countryside, Ragdale Hall is home to a unique Thermal Spa with 11 different heat rooms, relaxation rooms, a candle pool, an indoor/outdoor whirlpool and much more. You’ll find all their latest offers for 2016 here, including overnight stays, weekend breaks, treatments and spa days. Plus, read our full review of Ragdale Hall here.
Or bring the spa home with this Spa Retreat Gift Collection from Temple Spa. Who needs to head off to a fancy spa when you can kit your own bathroom out with everything you need for a full-on home spa session? And this set of miniatures is a great way to give your spa-loving giftee a taster of eight bestselling products from one of the UK’s top luxury spas, so they’ll know what to ask for next time they pop in for a treatment.
For the Football Crazy
For the football fans in your life, you can’t do better than a stadium tour. Either go for their club, or if they’ve already done that tour, Wembley Stadium is a good all-rounder. The tour includes a look behind the scenes in the players’ changing rooms and warm up zone and the chance to walk down the tunnel and alongside the pitch. Buy the tour from BuyAGift.co.uk and you’ll get two for the price of one, so you can tag along too. Bonus.
Or how about this Personalised Football Club Team History Book from Me & My Sport – all you have to do is supply your mate’s name and favourite team and they’ll receive a personalised history book of their team’s triumphs and tribulations from the 1900s onwards, capturing all their team’s biggest moments in genuine news stories from the time of the big games. It’s available for over 60 UK teams and will definitely make a memorable gift for any football obsessives in your life.
For the Little One
If you have babies in your family, Christmas won’t be Christmas unless you dress them up as some sort of Christmas character in a novelty baby grow. It’s tradition. So get this Snowman Baby Gift Set from the Little White Company – it comes complete with pom poms and a hat with a carrot-inspired nose. Just make sure you get a selfie with the little snowman on the big day…
Or help them get set for the Big Man’s arrival with this Personalised Children’s Christmas Eve Box – a care package containing Christmas Eve pyjamas, hot chocolate, sweets, a Christmas book for bedtime, a teddy bear and even some reindeer food. Of course, you could just put one of these boxes together yourself, but frankly, nobody has time for that, so if you’re short on time order the full pack here. You can even hold on to the box and order a refill pack next year to make it a tradition.
For the Big Kid
If you have older kids to buy for, this year’s absolute must-have gift for teenagers and kids at heart alike is this BB-8 Star Wars Drone by Sphero. It’s an app-enabled drone that reacts to smartphone interactions, showing a range of expressions and picking up on voice commands. It can even think for itself – if you set it to patrol mode, it’ll react autonomously to its surroundings. Pretty cool stuff – in fact, we’d buy this just so you can nick it back if you get bored on Christmas Day. Toys were definitely not this cool back when we were kids…
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 One Who Has Everything
There’s one sure thing about Christmas shopping – there will always be one person on your list who you literally don’t have a clue what to buy for. The one who has everything. So we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you out. First of all – champagne. Because no-one would be disappointed to receive a nice bottle of champers, especially not at Christmas. If you want something a little bit special, this Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 Rose will definitely stand out in their festive fizz collection.
And that notoriously difficult-to-buy-for person on your list may have everything, but we’re willing to bet they don’t have a Title to their name. So why not buy them a genuine “Title” and turn them into a Lord or a Lady. Buy a plot of land in Scotland for £24.99 and the registered owner will become an official “Laird” or “Lady”. Just remember, you can’t then get annoyed with them for shamelessly flaunting their title and refusing to answer to “Mr Smith” anymore. You created this monster…
If they really do have everything and you’re still stuck for ideas, go the joke present route and buy them… Nothing. Yep, for just £6.99 IWOOT will literally package air so that you can give someone nothing and yet still give them something (if that makes any sense). A good joke present – although if you want to keep your friend much longer after the festive season, we’d probably have a real present on standby too.
And last but not least, *shameless plug alert part 2* if you have any Forex traders on your Christmas gift list, why not give them a boost on their 2016 trades and buy them our Forex Trading Course? With 24 chapters of comprehensive educational material, all our market-leading Forex indicators, trading plans, strategies and a free mentoring session, it’s the perfect Christmas gift for any trader – or the perfect treat for yourself. Not that we’re biased or anything…
If you’re still not sure what to buy, you’ll have to resort to the old Christmas faithful: socks. Well, at least you tried. And to be fair, we may complain every year when we open the inevitable six-pack of socks, but deep down you’d be a bit disappointed if you didn’t have new ones to wear on Boxing Day, wouldn’t you?