Dreading the annual search for that perfect gift? Olivia Purvis has taken the hard work out of the holiday by compiling the ultimate present list for even the trickiest of relatives and friends (with a couple of suggestions that might suit you too…)
OK, I know it’s only just November – so thinking about the festive season can seem a little pre-emptive (nope, we haven’t thought about who’ll be hosting dinner either) – but it’s amazing how quickly the season creeps up on us. (I’ve started seeing the odd “Eight weekends till Christmas” popping up on social media already.)
I also know that when gifts are left until the last minute, they can become far trickier to find (trust me when I say Oxford Street on the 23rd is no fun). So, to make the festive season a wee bit easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite gift-buying ideas – whether you choose to buy them now, or in a couple of weeks, they’re all available at the click of a button – so you can plan from the comfort of your own sofa. ’Tis nearly the season after all…
For tech lovers
Tablet Case For iPad, Boden
For any techie people in your life, this tablet case is a stylish yet practical holder for people on the go – the morning commute has never looked so slick.
Knitted Soldier Cushion, Boden
If you know someone as house proud (or patriotic) as my mum, this cushion will be the perfect gift to cosy up with over Christmas. Subtle enough to sit happily in any corner of the home, this is the ultimate accessory for Boxing Day TV.
For your sister
Knitted Hot Water Bottle, Boden
What’s practical, colourful and keeps you warm in the winter? This Boden hot-water bottle, of course! One of ‘those things’ you forget to buy for yourself, but always necessary in the colder months, this gift is the perfect winter warmer (literally).
For someone who loves a pamper
Velvet Slippers, Boden
If there’s one gift that I always get kudos for – it’s a gorgeous pair of slippers (especially if they’re handy after the big Christmas lunch)!
For fashion lovers
Embellished Clutch in Gold, Boden
The ultimate glam present that oozes indulgence and sparkle; if you’re in need of a gift with ‘WOW’ factor, then this clutch has it all.
Fox Knitted Set, Boden
An ingenious buy for children who love the outdoors and cute critters; this fox hat and mittens will not only keep your offspring warm but you probably won’t be able to move for “Aah they’re so cute!” comments.
For pretty much everyone
Skye Scarf in Navy, Boden
There’s a good reason a tartan scarf never goes out of fashion and the Skye Scarf from Boden is the definitive luxury winter accessory that will last a lifetime (and keep you blooming warm at that).
For fussy friends
Festive Socks, Boden
Socks? For Christmas? “How original!” I hear you cry! But if you get them right (and they’re as snuggly and festive as these bad boys) then I think you may be able to hit the nail on the head – let’s face it, we all need them.
Picnic hamper, Rigby & Mac
When spring rolls around (or even if you fancy hosting an indoor event), a picnic is one of life’s little pleasures, so why not make a foodie happy with this basket. If you’re feeling super-generous you could always fill it with mince pies too!
World Calendar, Papermash
A calendar is always an essential gift and this one is just that little bit more special. An inspired gift for anyone who loves planning a getaway, the beautiful illustrations and ‘travel the world’ theme will have you from hello.
Screenprint, Rigby & Mac
If you know anyone who appreciates good British grub then this is definitely the gift to pick. Perfect for popping in the kitchen (and even offering some inspiration for dishes), this playful print will brighten up any home.
For DIY fanatics
Tool case, Labour And Wait
The tool equivalent of an LBD – this LTC (Little Tool Case to you and me) is the most cheery way to store nuts and bolts. Who knew getting hands-on could be so much fun?
For tricky relatives
Rosemary candle, I Feel Smug
If there’s one present you simply can’t go wrong with, it’s a candle. Whether it’s floral, earthy, lemony or this gorgeous rosemary one – a good candle will remedy even the longest of days and be the perfect partner to a good bubble bath.
For the person who has everything
The Great Gatsby, Penguin Classics
If you’re really stuck for inspiration, I think your favourite Penguin Classic is a thoughtful idea. The gift of sharing a story is second to none…