THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
26th February 2020
Let the bounty begin! If you’re stuck for gift ideas or simply need a reminder of who and what is on your list, here’s a sack-full of inspiration to draw from. Gather your elf-self and go forth!
1. The sports buff
On your marks… get set to shop until you drop as there’s so much to buy for someone who loves to get active! From inline skates to extra accessories for a cyclist or the very latest in running tech, gifting for the sportsperson in your life has never been easier. Weights, active wear, backpacks, running shoes or even kitting them out in favourite team colours will have you crossing the line first with your Christmas shopping. Don’t forget to look behind the scenes for gift ideas too – sign them up for pilates, fitness training or yoga classes or give gift vouchers for your local fitness centre.
2. The beauty junkie
Who doesn’t deserve a little pampering? We all need to take care of ourselves there’s no better way to say “I love you” with a bounty of beauty and self-care products. Think up a fun theme and box up a bunch of products in a gift pack, or encourage someone you love to get into the spirit early with a beauty advent calendar to pop open in the days leading up to Christmas, revealing tiny travel-sized cosmetics. Small appliances for hair styling, grooming, health and fitness are a perfect gift to put under the tree too! Can’t decide? Treat the beauty lover in your life with a mini or day spa gift voucher, massage, mani-pedi pass or DIY with a new shaver.
3. The sleep addict
We all know someone who’s happiest snuggled up in quality manchester… or perhaps you have a small family member about to transition to their first “big bed”? Christmas is the perfect time to top up everyone’s supply of bedroom essentials. Make their day with new accessories – fun fairy lights, a stylish throw or a luxurious 100% linen sheet set. For the little ones we’ve got you covered for everything from night lights and cuddly cushions to racing car and bunk beds, including trundles and ensembles to suit every stage and budget.
4. The creative genius
Anyone with a crafter in the family knows there’s never enough space to store supplies or the gadgets they yearn for to stimulate their creative flow. Christmas gifting is where you come in with guilt-free solutions and new inspiration for their craft. Think of replenishing yarn and needlecraft materials in new season colours, or investing in colour-coded storage boxes to keep things in order. Shop everything needed to get hands busy young and old and arouse creative spirits with exciting new craft supplies, including painting and paper craft, ready-to-start packaged projects and home decorating ideas.
5. The animal lover
New toys for pets are always fun and there’s plenty on the market to surprise and delight pets and their owners. Update your animal lover’s arsenal with new clothes and accessories, toys, beds and pet enclosures, all priced at your budget point and in myriad colours – to match your decor if that’s your jam. Check out the newest in smart pet tech – ball launcher anyone?! Or choose from pretty bowls, clever grooming accessories, chew toys and even irresistible Christmas outfits for your furry friend to cut a dash treeside and melt everyone’s hearts!
6. The adventurer
Feed the dreams and channel the yearnings to explore the great wide world with gifts designed to fill your adventurer’s backpack to bursting. Gadgets and gear, storage and style are all part and parcel of a life spent outdoors and on adventures. Foster unique experiences and physical fitness with top-of-the-range hiking and camping gear including tents, packs, lighting, clothing and footwear. Make things a little more comfortable for food prep and personal care with camping chairs, kitchen furniture and storage solutions or have a little fun with toys and accessories for water sports – bodyboards, kayaks and even a new fishing rod or air pump could change your wanderer’s life of recreation relaxation and relaxation.
7. The DIY champion
If you’ve got someone on your Christmas list who’s handy around the house, you’ve hit the jackpot! Gifting for handy types is easy and can either fuel a creative endeavour or simply equip your DIY champ with helpful gear to get the job done right. First stop of course is tools – visit your local hardware to browse the latest and greatest on the scene or upgrade a current favourite with a new addition. Specialty tools can make a current project quicker and easier for everyone – and who says a mitre block isn’t romantic?!
8. Tech type
Not a day goes by without leaps and bounds in technology of all kinds so Christmas always brings a raft of new inventions to educate, entertain and exercise our brains. Stocking stuffers can take the form of portable speakers, chargers, adapters and wearable technology such as smart watches. Music lovers and office workers alike will benefit from a set of noise-cancelling headphones, whilst gamers are sure to need a reboot of adventures and accessories to explore on their preferred console. Covers, carriers, cleaners and cases are all needed for new and existing devices – just check the model before you buy. Or go old school with a build-your-own robot kit. Gift cards make the task easier, are always appreciated and leave the details, nuts and bolts of choice to the receiver.
9. The rev head
Start your engines… if the smell of burning rubber makes your loved one smile, visit your local car care depot to shop up a storm with big name car care products such as ArmorAll, Meguiar’s and Turtle wax cleaners – buy a car care or detailing gift pack or make up your own including handy tools and t-shirts. Better still, a book of vouchers from your local car wash will see their pride and joy cleaned and detailed to perfection, without them lifting a finger! Wire up with car tech for improved sound, cameras, navigation and safety or give it a makeover with new protective seat covers and floor mat.
10. For the little ones
Christmas is all about kids after all and there can be nothing as satisfying as watching the wide-eyed joy of children receiving toys and gifts from Santa, friends and family. Get the jump on the man in red by filling your own sleigh ahead of time so no-one misses out. Start early to shop for kids – make a list of the latest childrens’ books, board games, collectables and Disney princess and adventure movie merchandise to top the charts and get in to your local shopping centre early. Look out for new releases from creator sets such as Lego and Playmobil, top up on Nerf ammunition and remember to include slime and surprise eggs in your stockings!