Christmas Gifts for People who “Have Everything”
We’re well into thinking about gifts to buy for friends and family for Christmas, and whilst you may have already been buying presents or at least decided what to buy, there are always some people who are just so tricky to buy for because they “have everything”. Here are a few ideas which may help you……
Gift ideas for children
Stationary always goes down well with my girls. They both love drawing and colouring, so new colouring pencils, pens and crayons are well-received. Maped Helix has some fab stationary available which would make great gifts for any child who loves to colour. Emily loves the Color’Peps Plasticlean crayons. Their triangular shape makes it easier for her to grip them correctly and they have a brilliant design with a precise side and a large flat side. Freyja prefers to draw and write with pens and the Color’Peps Jungle Innovation is fantastic because the caps are integrated into the base so no more pens drying up because the lids have been lost!
For older children who love to colour (or, let’s face it, adults love to colour too!) this beautiful “Unwind in the Wilds” colouring book has a whole host of patterns and illustrations inspired by nature – including stags, owls and badgers. It is accompanied by Derwent colouring pencils.
Personalised presents are always popular with children, but why just add a name to a product when you can add their photo too. I love the products from ItsYourStory as they will incorporate a picture of your child on the product. They do a huge range of products including personalised books, t-shirts and mugs. I have opted for the personalised water bottle for Freyja. She has to take a water bottle to school with her, so she is unlikely to come home with the wrong bottle if it has both her name and her photo on it. There are 15 different designs including “princess”, “cowboy/girl”, “farmer” and “cheeky monkey” but Freyja loves superheros so having Freyja as a superhero on the bottle was the only real option for me to go for!
For younger children, Miffy has been a firm favourite for 60 years now and I think the simplicity of her design adds to her appeal. “Miffy in the snow” is a great book for Christmas as she dresses up warmly to play in the snow, sledge, skate, build a snowman and make a house for a little bird, and what better for a little one to snuggle up with as you read the book together than this adorable Miffy plush toy?
Gift ideas for “Children of the 80’s”
Being in my (late) 30’s, I have fond memories of the 1980’s. One of the iconic toys when I was growing up was the Rubik’s Cube. I could never crack it. Maplin have bought out a Rubik’s Cube Light which is not only a stylish desk light but it is also a fully functioning Rubik’s Cube!
If you were more into gaming, then there is also the Tetris Light. The seven Tetraminos can be arranged into a multitude of different combinations and light up when they come into contact with the blue Tetramino.
There are few people I know who don’t own a smartphone, but for those that do the Standeazy makes a great stocking filler. Smartphones have a huge range of uses when you want the device to be hands-free – such as camera apps when you want to use the self timer function, TV and movie streaming and recipe apps when you’re cooking. Standeazy is a stand that is able to convert phones, tablets and e-readers into hands-free devices, but the difference between the Standeazy and other similar products is that it is credit card sized so can be easily carried around when not being used. It comes in three different colours and two different materials – the polymer version holds smartphones and e-readers, and the aluminium laminate version also hold tablets.
Gifts for the home
I have found the perfect gift for couples who both have different tastes in home decor – SwitchArt from AllPosters.co.uk – which consists of a magnetic frame with interchangeable prints. You can buy from the huge range of prints from AllPosters.co.uk or have your own prints created from your own pictures and quickly and easily switch between pictures in the frame whenever you fancy a change. Here, Rich had one of his photos of his beloved car turned into a SwitchArt print, however, if I don’t want to see this on the study wall, I can very easily switch to my chosen image. Then we can switch back again just as easily.
Alternatively, a piece of unique art can also provide a bit of a different sort of present for those people who are hard to buy for. This piece is called ‘Always and Forever’ and is by Devon artist Yvonne Coomber.
I used to love having candles around the house, but since having children, I very rarely do. These Colour Changing Floating LED Tealights are the perfect stocking filler for others in a similar situation to me. They can be used in a table centrepiece, but because they are LEDs they can also be used in any water display and also baths or ponds! The colours gradually change from one to another and turn on automatically when placed on water. My girls love them in the bath, with the lights turned off for a “disco bath”!
Something a bit different for friends and family who love baking is a subscription to the Bakedin Baking Club. This is a monthly subscription service with exclusive recipes from Michel Roux. Apart from a few fresh ingredients, it supplies the ingredients needed, in pre-weighed bags, making it easy to bake yummy cakes from scratch at home. The kits fit through the letterbox so there is no worry about them not being able to be delivered to the recipient! Emily and I tried making their Sticky Toffee Banana Loaf. The recipe was easy to follow and the cake simple to make, yet really delicious.
Being a bit (lot) of a fan of gin, I can’t help but include my favourite tipple in this gift guide. The wonderful Gin Festival have just introduced their “Gin Festival in a Box” – featuring five 50ml miniature bottles of some of the most loved gins from their festivals, along with a booklet of tasting notes.
If none of those ideas inspire you, then what about a personalised diary or notebook from TOAD? You can choose the design, content sections and wording to produce a truly personalised, useful gift. You can even decide what date the diary starts and ends! It is really quick and easy to design your diary and they are dispatched within 2-3 working days after placing your order.
The great news is that TOAD are offering a personalised diary for three of my readers – a perfect gift for a friend or family member, or to keep for yourself. Please see the details below about how you can get your hands on one.
Hope that has given you some ideas. Who do you find hardest to buy for?
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