2019 Christmas Gift Guide

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Ahh Christmas – a time of joy, beautiful sparkling lights, delicious feasts and squeezing through crowds of people at the shop to get the last size in the top you know your mum has been eyeing up for ages.

Sound all too familiar? If the prospect of having to buy Christmas presents all over again this year is already starting to give you a headache, never fear! We’ve put together a Christmas gift guide to suit all kinds of personalities, from the friend who has it all, to the dad who says, “socks will do!”.

The Ethical Gift-Giver

If you’ve been putting a lot more thought behind the way you use and reuse to be kinder to the environment, there are plenty of sustainable gifting options to suit you and your giftee’s ethical practices.

Green Tulip, based in a farm in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside, categorises its items with seven ethical categories so that you know the story behind what you’re buying. From plastic free and upcycled, to organic and vegan friendly, there’s something here for even the most ethically conscious.

Some of our top Christmas present picks include shaving bars for men and women, Jute basket sets by ReSpiin, and an office-workers favourite – the world’s first insulated travel mug made from recycled coffee cups!

Scarf:  https://www.greentulip.co.uk/jewellery-and-accessories/scarves-hats-and-gloves/bamboo-abstract-print-sarong-scarf-pebble.html

rCUP: https://www.greentulip.co.uk/a-b-c-d/a-short-walk/rcup-black-and-pink-8oz.html

Shaving bar: https://www.greentulip.co.uk/beauty-and-wellbeing/natural-soap/lime-and-cedarwood-mini-shaving-bar.html

Tall Jute basket set: https://www.greentulip.co.uk/home-and-garden/home-accessories/tall-jute-basket-set-ocean.html

The DIY Dynamo

Fancy trying your hand at a DIY project? Pinterest is the ultimate resource to hunt for meaningful handmade Christmas present ideas.

Take this memory box, for example. Fill it with mementos to create the most personal gift they’ll receive this year or fill with different textiles to create a piece of wall art for their home.

Better yet, get a few gifts done and dusted in one go, with this candle making guide. Add in different scents to suit each person, or even personalise the jar for extra pro-designer points. Why not make one for yourself while you’re at it!

If you like the idea of a DIY gift but have two lefts thumbs, then Esty is your next go-to. While it could result in a higher price tag, the online store is filled with creators selling unique handmade Christmas gifts from around the world, and top quality to match. You’re bound to find a hidden gem as you explore the many categories.

Memory box: https://pin.it/33we6zl2mqsegd

Candle: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/447263806743336885/

The Thrill Seeker

Giving someone an experience Christmas gift is giving a memory they’ll cherish forever. Virgin Experience Days and Red Letter Days both have something for everyone, from indoor skydiving to luxury hotel breaks and tours, all with various price tags.

If the person you’re buying for gets their kicks and thrills from high speeds, there’s a supercar driving experience, where you can test out three different elite supercars from the world’s top motoring marques including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and more.

You couldn’t make them happier with a perfectly suited Christmas present for thrill seekers! 

Gifts for a Fitness Fanatic

If waking up early on a weekend to go hiking or smashing a gym class, rather than sleeping in sounds like the person you’ll be buying for, then getting the right gear to match is a brilliant starting point.

Not only is fitness gear useful, but plenty of brands are also pioneering fashionable gadgets and high-tech active wear, that you can take from the gym to the street.

Brands like Fitbit and Fossil have created powerful watches that can track and log your fitness activity, play music and some even allow you to pay for things on the go.

If a winter escape is on the agenda, gifting some merino wool and thermal temperature controlling exercise clothing such as UK brand Sweat Betty’s outdoor range is sure to be a hit Christmas present for fitness lover. For men, Castore’s merino lined 100 per cent waterproof hoodie is bound to please when they’re toughing out a workout in the outdoors.

For sports fans who like to celebrate their favourite team more than being out on the pitch, personalised wall art of their favourite sports team lets their pride shine through while being a great piece of new décor for the house. 

Fossil sport watch: https://www.fossil.com/en-gb/products/fossil-sport-smartwatch-grey-silicone/FTW6025.html

Sweaty Betty: https://www.sweatybetty.com/shop/edits/outdoor-workout

Wall art: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/yveprintco/product/football-stadium-map-and-favourite-chant-print

Hoodie: https://castore.com/uk/waterproof-garcia-hoody-black-white

Gifts for the one who has it all

This is aimed at the person who says “I don’t want anything!” and who will give you no helpful hints or ideas, resulting in you staring at shelves in an indecisive stupor.

For them, ASDA stocks an excellent bag of traditional coal for only £3.*

Not only do they come in flattering jet black, but just one bag makes for a wonderful stocking filler for more than one person! You’re welcome.

 

*We’re only joking, of course.

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