We all know that Christmas is a time for giving – but sometimes it can be tricky deciding what to give. Whether you’re buying a gift for the man or woman in your life, a grandchild, a couple, or even your four-legged friend, choosing the right present can be a challenge. So, to help you out, we’ve put together this bumper Christmas gift guide. Whether you’re buying a gift for a foodie or a fitness fanatic, we’ve – hopefully! – got you covered. Here are some great Christmas present ideas to get you inspired.
Gifts for him
3 Month Craft Beer Gift Subscription
£80 one off payment, Hoppily.com
Most of us know a man with a passion for beer – and if you do too, why not give him a gift that will last, and treat him to a 3 month craft beer gift subscription from Hoppily? Known for specialising in small-batch beers, top-quality IPAs and premium lagers, Hoppily deliver beers right to your door – and this subscription gift means your lucky recipient will be able to look forward to three months of beer surprises. So if your loved one enjoys nothing better than savouring an ice cool brew, this gift is a great way to indulge them, while at the same time introducing them to new craft beers from independent UK breweries.
Personalised Men’s Golf Glove
£23, Not On The High Street
If you have a man in your life who loves golf, why not surprise him with this personalised men’s golf glove? With a reinforced palm patch for extra durability, this is a fun way to add a personal touch to a loved one’s favourite hobby. With different sizes available in both left and right-handed gloves, you’re sure to find the perfect match – and if it helps him get a hole-in-one, you can take the credit!
Nike Crew Socks
Receiving socks as a gift for Christmas is a tradition for many people – so why not step things up this year and give the man in your life these colourful Nike SNKR Sox? Providing targeted cushioning, these jazzy socks provide a supportive fit, and they’re versatile enough to be worn with slippers, trainers and boots.
The red and green colours make them look suitably festive – and the jolly ‘Have a Nike Day’ message featured on one pair will help the wearer start the festivities on the right foot!
Pure Cotton Striped Dressing Gown
£59, Autograph, M&S
Why not make Christmas morning that bit cosier for a man in your life, and treat him to this cosy yet stylish Autograph striped dressing gown? Made from pure cotton, the velour fabric is wonderfully soft and comforting, and the smart shawl collar ensures the wearer will always look presentable – even if he still has his pyjamas on underneath. The tie fastening guarantees comfort, and two patch pockets make this gown as practical as it is comfortable.
Bar Craft Boston Cocktail Shaker
If you know a man who fancies himself as a budding mixologist, why not give him this Bar Craft Boston Cocktail Shaker and let him have fun getting creative with drinks this Christmas? This art deco-style stainless steel shaker has measurements in both millilitres and fluid ounces to ensure all ingredients are accurate, and the silicone rim guarantees splash-free mixing. The kit comes with recipes for for margaritas, cosmopolitans, Bloody Marys, Sex on the Beach, piña coladas and mai tai cocktails, so the cocktail making (and drinking) can begin on Christmas Day…
Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Eau de Toilette
Maybe you’re looking to surprise the man in your life with a fresh new cologne? If so, what about the Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Eau de Toilette?
Inspired by the classic 1989 fragrance Eternity for Men, this is a classic fragrance that suits younger men, as well as mature men. With top notes from sage and apple, heart notes from cypress, geranium and nutmeg, and base notes from suede and orris root, this is a warm, clean and earthy scent that’s utterly timeless.
If you’re shopping for a man who’s had the same wallet for decades – or it’s just looking a bit tired and grubby these days – why not help him start the year a little more stylishly, and treat him to this Ted Baker wallet and card holder gift set?
Made from supple textured leather, the wallet boasts a Billfold design, embossed logo detail, and features internal card and note slots. Plus, it comes with a matching card holder with multiple compartments, and the whole set comes presented in a sleek branded box.
Gifts for her
Baylis & Harding Midnight Plum & Berry Gift Set
£28, Bayliss & Harding, Superdrug
We all deserve some me-time now and then, and a chance to really treat ourselves, and enjoy a bit of pampering. So why not treat a woman in your life to this indulgent Baylis & Harding Midnight Plum & Berry Gift Set? Packed with all kinds of goodies including a body wash, bath milk, shower creme, body lotion and bath salts, the beautiful scent of rich dark fruits and wild blackberries will invigorate the mind and body, and help wash those winter blues away.
Focus Essential Oil Rollerball
£7, Aroma Home @ ASOS
Help a woman in your life relax and focus with this Aroma Home Focus rollerball. Infused with a 100% essential oil blend of lemon, orange and geranium oils, this rollerball is designed to promote focus and concentrate – so it’s ideal for anyone who’s been struggling to adapt to working from home.
All the recipient has to do is apply the oils to their pulse points, including behind the ears, neck, inner elbows, wrists, back of knees and ankles, and let the natural oils work their magic. A small gift that can have a big return.
Family Birthstone Charm Necklace
£36, Not On The High Street
There’s something really personal about receiving an item of jewellery someone has thoughtfully picked out for you – and what could be more thoughtful or personal than this gold family birthstone charm necklace?
This delicate necklace features three Swarovski crystals that are available in 12 different colours – so simply choose the colour that matches your loved ones’ birthdays. This is an especially lovely gift for new mums or grandmothers, but it’s perfect for anyone who wants to keep their family close to their heart. A sentimental gift to cherish.
V&A Manicure Gift Set
Help a loved one pinch the pennies in 2021 and give them this pretty manicure set by V&A. Inside this lovely William Morris print zipped case are all the tools needed for a flawless at-home manicure.
With stainless steel nail clippers, tweezers, scissors and two patterned emery boards there’ll be no need to head to the salon to get perfect-looking nails – and because the zip-up bag is travel-size, it’s great for carrying in a handbag for nail-related emergencies.
Absolute Ultimate Sleep Gift Set
Many of us wake up in the morning feeling like we haven’t had enough sleep, and feel it shows on our face. But with this Absolute Ultimate Sleep Gift Set from M&S, the lucky recipient will certainly look fully rested, even if they don’t feel it! This night time beauty set contains the luxurious Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream and Sleep Oil, which promise to reduce age spots and fine lines, firm up skin, and leave the complexion looking healthier and more nourished. With this powerful anti-ageing formula, skin will look like it’s had a full eight hours’ sleep.
UGG Scuffette II Slippers
£80, UGG, Office
Feeling warm and cosy is what Christmas all about – so why not ensure your loved one stays warm this winter with these UGG Scuffette II slippers? These soft suede slippers are lined with sheepskin to keep toes wonderfully toasty – and the cork-infused rubber sole ensures they’re sturdy and comfy. Plus, they’re durable enough to wear to pop outside too – so the wearer can ensure she looks stylish while she’s taking the Christmas recycling out, too! Perfect for wearing while curling up on the sofa on chilly winter’s evenings.
Vera Wang Signature Perfume
£62.00, Vera Wang @ ASOS
If a woman in your life one has been dropping hints about receiving a new fragrance this Christmas, then what about this Signature perfume by Vera Wang? The type of fragrances we like is very individual, so if you’re buying a scent as a surprise, it’s usually a good idea to go for something classic – like this perfume by iconic designer Vera Wang.
With top notes of calla lily and Bulgarian rose, heart notes of white stephanotis and gardenia, and base notes of sheer musk, this fragrance is the perfect mix of floral, woody and fresh. A sophisticated scent that makes a great gift for a style-conscious woman.
Gifts for couples
Couple's Initials Engraved Legami Notebook
£12.99, Funky Pigeon
This year, many people have got into journaling or keeping a gratitude diary – so why not treat your favourite couple to a gift that encourages them to enjoy this activity together? This Couple’s Initials Engraved Legami Notebook has a soft, high-quality cover and ivory lined paper pages, and to make it that bit more special, it’s personalised with the couple’s initials.
It contains a map for the couple to plan their trips around the world, a New Year’s resolutions page, and plenty of space for writing down their hopes and dreams. A sweet present that focuses on the magic of shared experiences.
Mistletoe Cactus and Brass Bowl Combination
Kissing under the mistletoe is a Christmas tradition – but why not help your favourite couple keep the spark alive by giving them some all-year-round ‘mistletoe’? This mistletoe cactus and brass bowl combination is a great way for couples to inject some life and warmth into their home.
With hair-like, shaggy stems that flow over the sides of the pot, this is a seriously eye-catching house plant – and when mature, it even produces mistletoe-like berries. Easy to care for and visually impressive, this beautiful and durable plant makes the perfect addition to a happy home – and might just inject an extra dose of romance, too.
Last Minute Travel Gift Card
£100–£300, Last Minute
If you know a couple in real need of a holiday, why not help them enjoy a mini break with a Travel 360 gift card from Last Minute? The great thing about contributing towards a holiday this way is that it gives the couple lots of flexibility: they can use the card over the duration of the year, put it towards a UK staycation or an exotic holiday, and spend it on flights, hotels, or holiday packages. You can give £100, £200 or £300, and the couple can use it to choose their very own dream break. Giving the gift of travel and new experiences is ideal for a couple – and they can enjoy beginning the new year dreaming of the adventures they’ll have in 2021.
Gifts for adventurers
Regatta Two-Person Pop-Up Tent
£45.00, Regatta Great Outdoors, Cotswold Outdoor
We might not have been able to do as much exploring as we’d have liked this year – so why not give someone the gift of adventure for 2021, and treat them to this Malawi 2 Pop Up Tent from Regatta? If you have a loved one who enjoys camping, this two-person tent is an easy and effortless way to camp in style. With a pitching time of just two minutes, this tent is perfect for people who want to spend more time outside the tent exploring rather than inside – though, with a durable groundsheet, fully waterproof flysheet, and pegs for key areas, you’re sure to stay warm and cosy inside, too.
Great British Adventure Map
2020 was the year of the staycation, with many of us discovering just how beautiful and diverse the UK really is. So why not continue the Great British Adventure and give someone this Great British Adventure Map?
Featuring 2,500 of GB’s most spectacular destinations, including mountains, beaches, islands and bleak wildernesses, this map is a fun way to plan adventures big and small – and an inspiring way to plan your next holiday. With countless ideas for places to see and things to do, this map is wonderfully busy – and hopefully next year, your lucky recipient will be too.
Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Gloves
£34.00, Sealskinz, Blacks
Don’t let freezing fingers put someone off exploring the great outdoors. These Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Ultra Grip Gloves are the perfect way to keep your hands warm during winter, and they’re just as ideal for cyclists as they are for walkers or runners.
The inside is lined with micro fleece for extra warmth and moisture control, and the waterproof, insulated lining will keep the cold and rain away. Because they’re so close fitted, they allow hands plenty of flexibility and control, and if that wasn’t enough, they’re touch screen sensitive, so you don’t have to risk frostbite if you need to check your phone.
Gifts for foodies
Charbonnel et Walker chocolate truffles
£13.99, Charbonnel et Walker, Lakeland
If you know a foodie with a passion for chocolate and champagne, why not unite these two decadent treats and give them these Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc De Champagne chocolate truffles? Made with the finest milk chocolate, and then infused with champagne, these handmade truffles come presented in a beautiful box and are impressive enough to serve as petit fours – if the recipient can bear to share them, of course! Famous for their indulgent chocolates, Charbonnel et Walker made by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen – so if you need proof of their quality, this is it!
Three month subscription to The Bakedin Baking Club
If you’re looking for a present for a loved one with a sweet tooth, why not treat them to a three month subscription to The Bakedin Baking Club? The lucky recipient of this gift will receive a baking delivery for three months… and there’s just one caveat: they have to bake the treats themselves! Each baking box contains all the dry ingredients needed for that month’s recipe, plus any extras like baking paper. Recipes include goodies like carrot cake cookies, raspberry eton mess cake, and sticky toffee drip cake, and the kits feature only the finest ingredients, so you can be sure the end result will be just as delicious as it is indulgent. The perfect present for anyone with a passion for baking – or just baked goods!
Connoisseur Whisky Tasting Experience Gift
Looking for a gift for a whisky enthusiast? What about this Connoisseur Whisky Tasting Experience Gift set from M&S? This stylish set gives the recipient a chance to sample four of M&S’s finest whiskies: Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, Inverglen blended malt whisky, Kenmore blended Scotch whisky, and Speyside single malt whisky. So if you want to surprise a loved one with a bottle of their favourite spirit but can’t decide which whisky to get, why not get four? A great gift for any whisky connoisseur.
One month Pasta Evangelists gift subscription
£34 – £102 (dependent on portion sizes), Pasta Evangelists
Have a loved one who loves nothing more than digging into a bowl of pasta? If your answer’s yes, why not give them a superb start to 2021 by sending them one month’s worth of pasta with the Pasta Evangelists gift subscription*?
When they receive this tasty gift, your favourite foodie will be able to choose their preferred pasta dishes, delivery days and portion sizes – the only tricky bit will be choosing which mouthwatering artisan meals they want to try. Each box contains everything they need to make restaurant-quality pasta from home – from fresh pasta to traditional Italian sauces. From wild mushroom lasagne to black truffle mac and cheese, this gift is a pasta-lover’s dream.
Mindful Chef recipe gift box card
£60, Mindful Chef
Many of us begin the new year with plans to eat more healthily – and if you have a friend or family member who’s planning on a 2021 health kick, why not make it easier for them by giving them a Mindful Chef recipe gift box card? Mindful Chef makes it incredibly easy to cook flavorsome, healthy meals with zero food waste, and aside from containing all the ingredients you need, the boxes come with step-by-step instructions – so even rookie chefs can cook up a great meal. With delicious and versatile meals that include plenty of vegan options, this is a fun and effortless way to encourage a loved one to have fun in the kitchen, as well as be more conscious about what they’re eating.
Gifts for creatives
ART essentials Mixed Media Art Set
£12.95, ART essentials, Art discount
Many of us have got into new hobbies this year, and if your loved one is enjoying getting creative with art, why not treat them to this art essentials mixed media kit? The great thing about this kit is that it contains pretty much everything you need to get creative – no matter how medium of art someone’s into. Containing acrylic colours, coloured pencils, soft pastels, drawing pencils, brushes, charcoal pencils, blenders, drawing paper and much more, this 69 set piece is excellent value.
Knitting for Beginners Kit
£31.99, The Knit Knit Company, Amazon
Many of us have got into knitting this year and enjoyed its relaxing, meditative benefits. If you think a friend or family member would enjoy taking up knitting, why not surprise them with this Knitting for Beginners Kit by The Knit Kit Company?
Suitable for older children as well as adults, the kit contains everything you need to knit your own cosy beanie hat: there’s a written knitting pattern, merino wool yarn, bamboo knitting needles, a tapestry needle, an instruction booklet, and even a cute bag to keep your knitting kit in. This is a great present for anyone interested in arts and crafts – or people who just love the idea of making something personal for someone else.
Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera
£375, Canon @ Currys PC World
If your loved one is interested in pursuing photography, why not treat them to this Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera? This is an ideal entry-level DSLR camera for people just beginning their photographic journey, and though it has all the features you’d expect from a DSLR, it also has autofocus and guided modes for those who want to build their confidence. The camera connects with smartphones and tablets, has image stabilisation, and a 24.1 megapixel sensor to ensure your photos are always excellent quality.
Royal & Langnickel 'Essentials' Oil Art Set
£24.95, Royal & Langnickel, Art Discount
If your loved one is more into painting than photography, then what about this Royal & Langnickel Essentials Oil Art Set? The beauty of this art kit is that it contains pretty much everything you need to start your painting journey – including 12 oil colour paints, six assorted oil brushes, a palette knife, a graphite pencil, a stylus tool, an artist guide book, and an artist’s pad. A great gift for anyone looking to express themselves through art.
Gifts for sports enthusiasts
Opti Yoga Exercise Mat
If your loved one enjoys yoga and stretching, then why not treat them to this Opti Printed 5mm Thickness Yoga Exercise Mat? This compact and foldable mat is textured, non-slip, and gives you excellent traction, whether you’re wearing trainers or in bare feet. Even though it’s lightweight it’s thick, padded and durable, so you’ll be able to exercise in comfort no matter how hard the floor is. Plus, because it’s easy to clean and carry, it means they can use it in the gym without any hassle, too.
Nike Heritage Winterized Duffel Bag
While many of us haven’t been able to get to the gym as much as we’d like this year, we’re all hoping that things will be different in 2021. With that in mind, why not encourage a loved one to begin the new year with some fitness related optimism, and give them this Nike Heritage Winterized Duffel Bag? Fully lined, roomy, and with a removable shoulder strap, this is the perfect gym bag, and the weather-resistant materials will keep your kit dry no matter the conditions outside.
Fitbit Inspire 2 Tracker
Increasing your daily step count is one of the best things you can do for your health – so this Christmas, why not show your love by giving the gift of health? The Inspire 2 Tracker from Fitbit is a brilliant way to motivate you to move more, and this slim fitness tracker measures heart rate, cardio fitness level, sleep time and quality, active minutes, and much more. If your friend or family member is hoping to have a healthier 2021, this innovative gift can provide all the inspiration needed to live a healthier and more active life.
Gifts for home
M&S Mandarin, Cinnamon and Clove Scented Candle
At Christmas, having a home that smells warm, festive and inviting is all part of the fun, so why not treat a loved one to this mandarin, cinnamon and clove scented candle from M&S? Presented in a stylish jar with a gold lid, this scent captures those wonderfully comforting scents we associate with the festive season: spicy cinnamon, warm clove, and zesty mandarin. With an impressive burn time of 55 hours, this is a candle that can be enjoyed over Christmas and beyond, ensuring that even when it’s cold outside, inside it will always seem warm.
Ferrara Flaming Lantern
If someone already has all the candles they need, what about taking their lighting game to the next level and surprising them with this Ferrara flaming lantern? This striking lantern makes an impressive centrepiece for any dinner or garden party, and the LED flame perfectly simulates a flickering flame – without running the risk of blowing out.
The black vintage lace design is suitably stylish, and at night, the lantern glows with warmth. Plus, the solar light recharges in daylight and turns on automatically at dusk, bringing an amber ambiance to evenings outside.
Bloom & Wild Bay Tree With Fairy Lights
£65, Bloom & Wild
If you know someone who loves nothing more than staying at home, feeling cosy and sitting beside their Christmas tree, then why not give them this charming bay tree from Bloom & Wild? This lovely plant comes with its own starry fairy lights, so it makes a suitably Christmassy addition to any home during winter – but it’s something you can keep on display throughout the year, too; those twinkling lights and glossy leaves will look just as good in summer! The bay tree comes potted in a rustic zinc planter, so all the new owner has to do is find the perfect display spot.
For kids & teens
Make Your Own Lip Balm Kit
£19.95, Sweet Cecilys, Not On The High Street
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a child or teen who’s into beauty, what about this Make Your Own Lip Balm Kit? Ideal for creative types too, this kit contains all the ingredients needed to make your own, all-natural gifts – which can then be kept by the recipient or given away as homemade gifts. The kit includes shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, almond and calendula oil, five pots and five labels, instructions, and your chosen scent: mojito, strawberry, orange, spearmint, gin and tonic, or unscented. Everything is already measured out, so all the recipient needs to do is melt the products, mix together, fill the empty pots, and have fun designing their own personalised labels.
M&S kids pom pom winter hat
Why not help little heads stay warm with this cute kids pom pom winter hat from M&S? The oversized pom pom on this hat makes it fun for kids to wear, and because it comes in four lovely colours (ochre, charcoal, blue and navy) you can pick the shade that will suit the young wearer best. Available in ages 1 – 13 years.
Kids Ultimate Baking Gift Set
If you know an enthusiastic young baker who fancies themselves as a future contestant on The Great British Bake Off, this Ultimate Baking Gift Set is a great way to set them off on their baking journey. Featuring 48 different pieces of baking equipment, including a rolling spin, spatula, whisk, measuring spoons, cupcake tins, cookie cutters and loaf tins, each item is bright, colourful, and proportioned perfectly for child-sized hands. A fun way to encourage children to get creative in the kitchen – and if you get to enjoy a few treats along the way, all the better!
No Fear Edge Junior Skates
£36, NO FEAR, Sports Direct
Few children don’t enjoy the thrill of roller skating, so if you have a kid in your life with plenty of energy to spare, why not surprise them with these No Fear Edge Junior Skates? The 72mm wheels and high performance bearings ensure the wearer will be able to pick up some serious speed and power while skating, while the reinforced construction, supportive fit and three-point securing system (hook and loop tape, lace and a ratchet system) are all about ensuring safety. A great gift and fun way to encourage kids to keep active in the new year.
Disney Store Arendelle Castle Playset
£70, Disney Store
Since it was released back in 2013, there haven’t been many young children who haven’t been entranced by the magic of the Frozen movie. If you know a child who dreams of being Anna or exploring the Kingdom of Arendelle, this Disney Store Arendelle Castle Playset might be the perfect present. This 18 piece set allows kids to recreate their favourite scenes from the Frozen movies, and with a folding out staircase and rotating wall – not to mention lights, sounds, and plenty of glittery detail – children can let their imaginations run riot as they get creative with this fun set.
Gifts for pets
Soft and Squeaky Dog Toy Giant
£12, Pets At Home
Pets are members of the family too, and if you have a dog, you’re probably keen to treat your loyal pooch this year. So why not make playtime a little more fun with this Christmas Soft and Squeaky Monster Plush Dog Toy Giant? Ideal for bigger dogs – and small dogs with big personalities – this soft and squeaky toy will stimulate your dog’s senses and provide him or her with plenty of festive themed entertainment.
Radiator Cat Bed
£19.35, Monster Pet Supplies
If you have a cat, you’ll know how they always gravitate to the warmest area of a room – whether that’s the radiator, a sunny patch on the floor, or your own lap. This Christmas, why not treat your feline friend to this Danish Design Kumfy Kradle Radiator Cat Bed?
Made from soft fleece material (with a paw print pattern, of course) this is an incredibly cosy cat bed; just hook the bed’s hanging frame over your radiator and watch your cat curl up in warm, luxurious bliss.
There’s a special joy in watching a loved one unwrap a gift you’ve bought them, and seeing the smile on their face. Choosing the right present can be tricky, but hopefully you’ll have got some ideas from our Christmas gift guide!
Ultimately though, Christmas is about love – and that applies to ourselves as well as to our friends and family. So this festive season, don’t forget to treat yourself, too – and if that means buying one of these presents for yourself, we say go for it!
Do you have any ideas for unique Christmas present ideas? Or are you inspired by any of our suggestions? We’d love to hear about your present plans. Leave us a comment below or join the conversation on the Rest Less community.