SOS: The Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide You’ve Been Looking For
Sweating over that last gift to pick up for your other half, Dad or Godmother? Look no further – we’ve pulled together some of the best items we’ve tried and tested over the past year, and can whole-heartedly recommend you pick ’em up for the special people in your life. Less time spent trawling Amazon, more time eating mince pies. Merry Christmas, indeed…
For Mum: Amani Candle
Handcrafted and perfected in the heart of Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The two-part Amani candle collection (meaning ‘wishes’ in Arabic) mixes the fresh florals of jasmine, amber and citrus with the richness of cedar. Smells *amazing*.
Lava Moments, £62 for the Pillar, £27 for the Mini Cube
For Dad: Anysharp Pro
Do not ask us why, but Dads *all* love having extremely sharp knives. Bin the plastic joke gifts and get him a cracker present he’ll actually use, instead.
For Your Partner: Silentnight’s Eco Comfort Pillow
Partner always complaining of a bad night’s sleep? Try this super comfy pillow with a conscience – made from 100% recycled materials, each pillow saves 17 plastic bottles from being thrown into landfills or swept away in the ocean – and it’s damn comfy, too.
For Your Sister: YuYu Long Hot Water Bottle
The revolutionary YuYu strap allows you to literally wear this hot water bottle like a belt around your body. The 1.2 metre drawstring can be adjusted to be worn in various ways, i.e. around the waist and shoulders, and you can choose from dozens of stunning covers in various soft materials. Perfect for hard-working sisters or those who suffer with intense period pain.
Yuyubottle.com, prices start at £33
For The New Mum: Bright Shiny Baby Gift Box
A beautiful gift box full of natural products – with absolutely no nasties – to really protect and pamper baby’s skin. From Moon Salve to Calming Kid Mist, your friend will have hours of fun pampering her bundle of joy.
Liveinthelight.co.uk, reduced to £64.50
For Your Brother: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W
Always trying to call your bro, but he’s forever out of juice? Gift him this turbo-charged… well, charger, promising to charge an iPhone X 6 times, a Galaxy S9 5 1/2 times, or provide a full charge to a 13-inch MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13. No excuses now…
Amazon.com, prices vary
For Your Uncle: Lugger Rum
A brand new, small-batch rum made with blends from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago. Aged in bourbon-charred oak barrels in Devon before being spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, clove and subtle notes of vanilla. So, so Christmassy, we want to bathe in it, quite frankly.
For Your Best Mate: Love Island Christmas Jumper
I’m not being funny, but on paper, this Christmas jumper is definitely your best mate’s type.
For Your Flatmate: ZeroWater Filter
If the tap water tastes horrible where you live, get one of these pronto. So well-made it can literally turn wine into water, but tbh, we’d prefer the other way round…
For Your Step Mum: Christmas Spice Gift Bag
Ever stopped at Chai By Mira, that cute little Kingly Court coffee shop in Soho? Head chef Mira Manek has put together this gorgeous chai gift bag for any adventurous cook.
These traditional chai spices make chai latte, rose chai, turmeric chai, cocoa chai and dirty chai (AKA masala coffee) best served up with homemade coco fudge (homemade by Mira, but your Godmother’s guests don’t need to know that)…
Chaibymira.com, reduced to £23
For Your Step Dad: Luxury Pick ‘N’ Mix Gift Bag
This beautiful gift bundle uses 100% natural ingredients that are gluten-free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Many kits include more than one packet of spices, allowing the individual to build up the flavour profile, as is done in traditional Indian cooking.
For Your Secret Santa: Personalised face socks
Drawn that girl from school you don’t really talk to anymore? You can’t go wrong with slapping her significant other’s face on a pair of socks. Failing that, go with Harry Styles. Or the cat they post incessantly on Instagram. She’s gonna love it (or she’ll get too drunk at the Christmas reunion to care if she doesn’t, so it’s all good either way).
For The Party: Hummingbird Bakery’s Apple Pie
Don’t want to turn up empty-handed, but hate the thought of bringing yet another bottle of mediocre wine? Place this show-stopper of an apple pie on the table and you’ll be the most popular person at the party (and guarantee you’ll be offered the nice plonk, too).
Hummingbird Bakery, £35.95
For You: Zoetic Calming Natural CBD Oil
Vegan-friendly and free-from chemicals, neurotoxins and any artificial ingredients, this organic CBD Oil is made with strict cannabidiol weight protocols to ensure product purity and gorgeous, calming results. Give it a go this Christmas – here’s betting you’re gonna need it at some point…