This year I’ve probably been the least organised when it comes to Christmas shopping than I have in a long time. It just seem to have crept up on us so quickly! Luckily in the last few days I’ve managed to pull it all together and only have the odd little thing left to pick up or a delivery here and there to collect, but if you’re still panicking over what to buy or need a little extra inspiration, I thought I’d put together a few ideas that you can still buy in time for the big day!
For The Fashionista
If you know someone who absolutely loves all things fashion, then why not treat them to a personal shopper appointment at your local department store? Let them put up their feet with a glass of wine whilst a specialist assistant picks up a whole selection of goodies for them to try on in their own VIP fitting room. Personal shopper appointments are usually bookable online and more often than not, free of charge, so why not send them a long with a gift voucher so they can treat themselves to their favourite pieces! Personal shop appointments are available at many high street stores including Topshop, Selfridges, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols!
For The Beauty Buff
If you’re shopping for someone who is obsessed with all things makeup and beauty, then why not book a MAC makeover and photoshoot like this one via Virgin Experience Days where they can be pampered like a princess! You could also book an appointment at one of their favourite beauty counters complete with gift credit so they can buy their favourite products. Like personal shop appointments, many of these can be pre-booked over the phone!
For The Adventurer
If you know someone who loves to explore new places, whether abroad or in the UK, then Groupon is a handy site for some really affordable weekend breaks and hotel deals. I’ve become quite partial to using Groupon whenever Dan and I are booking a couple of days away anywhere. We go an amazing deal back in September for two nights in a Boutique hotel in London for much less than your usual chain hotel, in a gorgeous area of the city.
For The Workaholic
Not just for the workaholic, but that’s definitely someone who would love a gift like a Spa weekend! Local spa hotels offer some amazing deals for day spa packages or individual treatments that are all bookable in advance, or you could visit a site like Wowcher where you will find loads of discounted spa deals close to where you live. I know I’d love this kind of gift (hint, hint!) and I definitely know a lot of people who would appreciate this too!
For The Foodie
One way to my heart is food, and I’m sure many of you would say the same thing! If you can’t think what to buy a certain someone, then have a think about their favourite kind of cuisine or even their favourite restaurant. You could take them out for dinner and pay for their meal, or book them a table to enjoy with a loved one of their choice and purchase a voucher towards the bill!
For The Music Fan
There are hundreds of singers and bands touring over the next 12 months who have tickets on sale right now, so why not surprise someone with tickets to see their favourite?! I’ve been gifted this in the past (Adele and Coldplay last Christmas – well done Dan!) and whilst its not something you can use straight away, its great to know that there’s something to look forward to once the Christmas buzz has died down! Sites such as Get Me In are great for finding tickets for upcoming events.
For The One Who Doesn’t Want Anything
There’s always one person who asks you not to get them anything, though I always ignore them and buy them something anyway, but if they really don’t want a gift (maybe they’re saving money and can’t afford to return the gesture, or are just buying for the children in the family) then why not use the money to help out someone in need this Christmas and purchase one of the charity gifts from Oxfam? There are lots to choose from which help different people in different ways, but one of the gifts that caught my eye the most was ‘Care For Mums & Babies’. Purchasing this gift will help Oxfam to press for better and more affordable healthcare, no
matter where families live.
Giving community health
centres the means to
provide fully trained doctors,
midwives or birth attendants. It also helps to provide the means for safe access to water for births and Water and
Sanitisation Hygiene (WASH)
training for new mothers
and their communities,
enabling them to take care
of families. So you’ll know that your money is going to a fantastic cause this Christmas!
Phew – Hopefully you’ll have found some gift inspiration amongst those ideas and you’ll be able to get all that Christmas shopping done in time for the big day! Let me know if you have any other ideas for last minute presents that I may have missed off the list!