I love Christmas, and I love giving gifts. If you’re stuck for ideas, please peruse these lists (and links) for inspiration~
Photo from youwall.com
Selection of Coffee from Trade Aid.
Whisky Stones from Living and Giving
Classic Shaving Kit from Classic Shaving
Leather Wallet from Strandbags
Wooden Box with Playing Cards from Trade Aid
Tea Set for One from English Tea Store
Afternoon Tea Cake Tins from Ballentynes
Daisy by Marc Jacobs. This is one of the most popular on the market and I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like it.
Scarf from Scarves.net
Black and White Laura Jones Handbag from Strandbags
For the parents:
My “safe” gifts for parents – especially if it is for both of them together – generally revolve around food hampers (whether you buy one or make your own), getting them a date night (movie tickets and possibly a dinner voucher, or perhaps a DVD and bottle of wine/sparkling grape?). Other nice gifts are cheeseboards and servingware for more social families – or a good board game! Since my husbands family is rather large and generally like communal games anyway, we are starting a tradition of buying one board game each year to slowly add to the family’s stash!
Food Hamper from champershampers.com
Movie Vouchers from Rialto
Cheese Board from Ballantynes
Articulate from Games Paradise
For the booklover:
It can be difficult to divine people’s tastes in books, but here are some much loved best sellers, as well as some recent award winners.
Ender’s Game could be a well timed gift, with the movie fresh in the theatres.
The Luminaries: Latest winner of the Man Booker Prize
Bear Grylls Autobiography: Sure to be a hit with the manliest of bookworms
Any of John Green’s titles are a good summer read
A true fan of literature always appreciates a nice copy of a classic – like this graphic novel adaptation of the Hobbit!
For kids gifts I always try to think of re-playability as well as the annoyance factor (ie: nothing with sirens!).
Lego is always a good gift (so long as they are old enough) and it means each year you can just give them an expansion set. Easy as!
Matchbox cars are great, especially for siblings who love to race! One of these was my most treasured possession as an 8 year old girl 😛
PlayDoh is a great present for young kids
A kit for origami (or paper planes) can be a great gift for older kids.
Hopefully this has given you some inspiration. Comment and let me know your favourite gifts – both given and received!