STILL not done your Christmas shopping? Don’t panic! The very, very, very last-minute, fail-safe Christmas gift guide

December 22, 2013 2:46 PM

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The Christmas tree is up, you’ve been to your fair share of festive gatherings drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies and you’ve even managed to post your Christmas cards. But with less than 72 hours until Christmas Day, you STILL haven’t managed to finish (or even start) your shopping.

Fear not! You don’t need to be one of the those pesky “I do all of my Christmas shopping in September” folk to impress your loved ones with your thoughtfulness and generosity this festive season. Christmas shopping is totally more fun when you’re dodging the crowds and humming along to the overplayed Christmas songs in department stores anyway.

With the online shopping windows having well-and-truly passed too, you need easy gifts packed with thought that are guaranteed to be in the shops. And we’ve got it covered.

Magazine subscription

Whether it’s your granddad, brother, boyfriend or dad you’re looking to spoil this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a magazine subscription to suit their interests. And if you can’t decide between Men’s Health, GQ or Gardener’s World, plenty of stores such as WHSmith or Marks & Spencer sell bundle boxes where your recipient can choose between a selection of magazines themselves.

Price: A 12-month subscription starts at £20.

Where can I buy one? Visit for a wide selection of titles. And you can even print your own gift card meaning you don’t even need to leave your house.

If you’ve got a big budget (or none at all) this Christmas and you’re looking for something extra special, treat that man in your life to an ultra-stylish weekend bag. It’s the perfect gift, even for the man who has everything. Our pick? You simply can’t beat a classic Mulberry.

Price: Holdalls start at £550

Where can I buy one? Visit for stockists.

Cocktail Masterclass

Why not treat that special lady in your life to a day out whipping up a mean Cosmopolitan or Mojito at a Cocktail Masterclass? Learning your Hawthorn strainers from your Boston shakers, this is guaranteed to be a hit. We recommend Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cocktail Masterclass.

Price: £60 per person. Price includes a light breakfast, masterclass, tastings and a two-course lunch with a glass of wine at the Fifth Floor Restaurant.

Where can I buy one? Visit to book. Then all you need to do is print out the details and pop them in a pretty card. No wrapping required!

Thomas Sabo Charm Club bracelet

You can’t go wrong with this timelessly elegant sterling silver bracelet. Its simple design means it can be worn for any occasion and with any outfit. And if you really want to push the boat out, why not splash out on a Thomas Sabo charm too?

Price: £109. Charms start at £18.95.

Where can I buy one? Good department stores stock Thomas Sabo jewellery. Check their website for stockists.

Jo Malone candle

It’s a classic gift-giving staple that you simply cannot go wrong with. Not only do these sweet-smelling scented candles come elegantly wrapped in tissue paper, boxes, ribbon and festive baubles, they’ll only set you back £39-a-pop. Stuck on which scent to go for? Our favourites are Lime, Basil & Mandarin or Red Roses.

Price: £39

Where can I buy one? Visit for your local stockists.

Vinyl player

If they’re into their music, a vinyl player could be the perfect gift. And your gift-receivers don’t even need to own any vinyls for you to treat them to a turntable – these can easily be picked up for as little as 20p-a-go in charity shops. You can even buy some that will convert vinyls straight from the turntable onto your mobile phone or tablet.

Price: From £49.95 to £599.95

Where can I buy one? Richer Sounds offer a good selection. Check out their website to find your local stockist and browse the players on offer.


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