I love giving. I’m not so good at the keeping a secret part, although I do end up waiting until the day, but it’s so hard not giving gifts earlier. I just want to see the recipient open them. To see them smile.
Sometimes though, choosing Christmas presents can be tough – we all have those tricky individuals to buy for, and those who already have everything – so here’s my go-to list of gifts. You’re bound to find something here to inspire and guide you to find the perfect pressie this Christmas.
Experiences – Buyagift
Alex and I love an experience – when you don’t need anything else, what’s better than a fab day out doing something you wouldn’t usually. The last two years Alex and I have been quad-biking, zip lining, to a cocktail making masterclass and Alex has had a day as a zookeeper (which is hard to beat!).
I always use Buyagift as they regularly have offers and you can sometimes find a good discount on vouchercodes.co.uk too, saving you even more! There are so many experiences all over the UK, from action and adventure to food or sight seeing, that there’s bound to be something for everyone. I even found an experience for my dad last year who is usually the hardest person to buy for – I bought a go-karting experience!
You can never have too many t-shirts right?! This year I’ve been tempted by DC and Marvel t-shirts, Festive numbers, funny prints and cool designs. At one point, nearly everyone was getting a t-shirt, whether it was perfect fit for daytime, or baggy for lounging around in. Any family reading this, don’t worry…you’re not actually ALL getting t-shirts! I did stop the massive temptation – only because I thought if everyone got the same thing it looked like I didn’t make enough effort haha.
Ebay is one of the best places for t-shirts, but be sure to check the information for details on sizing as they can come up small. Many do deliver pretty quick too.
Another option is to be completely original and create your own. Online t-shirt printing company Printsome, gives users the chance to design and print your own tee – so you can personalise them for that awkward family member/friend, giving them a unique and personal number.
Who doesn’t like chocolate?
M&S has some beautiful chocolate gifts for Christmas this year. From champagne truffles to florentines and ganache, they all look stunning in presentation, making a great present for family or colleagues. Staring at the shelves in store can be a bit overwhelming with how many options there actually are, so here are my faves (tried and tested) right now…
The Sprayed Chocolatiers Box £15 – A selection of charming hand finished chocolates with the finest gourmet flavours including smoked caramel and mango, chilli and lime.
Perhaps a bit more than you’d usually spend on a box of chocolates but…Not only do they look absolutely beautiful and super premium, they taste incredible (I love the chai latte one!).
Sparkling Caramels £6 – a trio of metallic coated caramels (dark chocolate with liquid salted caramel, milk chocolate with orange, hazelnut gianduja and fig flavoured salted caramel, and a milk chocolate with clementine and pomegranate flavoured salted caramel).
The festive season is made for metallics, and so shiny, sparkly caramels are perfect. Quite a cute, small-ish box, they’d be great for a stocking filler or secret santa gift, but they also look super premium too (and are only £6!) so can pretty much work for any chocolate loving friend/family member/colleague.
Hot chocolate and novelty chocolate gifts are awesome too.
I love supporting small businesses, including Etsy stores. One of the girls I used to work with back in the Midlands has started up her own Etsy store, Willing2Own, selling handmade treats from Christmas sweet jars to Hot Chocolate Cones… Check these out…
From left to right: Christmas Hot Chocolate Mason Jar (filled with Hot chocolate, Marshmallows, Chocolate) £5; Christmas Reindeer Jars (filled with Maltersers, Chocolate, Lindt, Lindt balls) £8; Hot Chocolate Reindeer (Hot chocolate, Marshmallows, Chocolate bites, Chocolate) £2, Santa White Hot Chocolate Cone (Hot chocolate, White hot chocolate, White chocolate, White chocolate buttons, Marshmallows) £2.50
Every year I make something myself for family and friends – I always think it’s more thoughtful. Last year I made wine glass charms (check out how I made those here) which went down really well – they couldn’t believe I’d actually made them.
The year before I made chocolates, fudge and coconut ice, and presented beautifully in glass jars tied with ribbon and bows – these were so cute and I loved making them with Christmas music on in the background to help me get festive.
I have a few ideas for this year, mostly foodie – watch this space.
If all else fails – forget the present, go out for a meal/drinks/fun!
If you still can’t decide, and you don’t think any of the above would really work, then why not forget the present and do something different and enjoy an evening/day with your closest and loved ones. Me and my gal pals usually organise an evening for Christmas drinks and dinner instead of presents and I LOVE it! Spend the money seeing the people you love to over Christmas rather than on gifts you’re not 100% sure on and you won’t regret it!
What are your go-to gift ideas for someone who has everything?
*Printsome sponsored the personalised t-shirt section – all views my own.