Can’t-go-wrong Christmas Gift Ideas for family & friends

Whether you’re stuck for original Christmas gift ideas or dreading surfing the internet for hours trying to find presents, rest assured you have come to the right place. There are lots of excellent gift ideas on this website, including these cherrypicked can’t-go-wrong gifts:

What young child wouldn’t love these THREE LITTLE MICE back? Super cute and a brilliant little decoration for any child’s bedroom. £25. Cox & Cox BUY NOW

Stuck for the man who has everything? How about this STREAMLINED GADGET – a ballpoint pen that incorporates a ruler, a spirit level, a stylus, flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers, a touch screen stylus and pocket clip. Great gadget for a car glovebox. £9.99 from Amazon. BUY NOW

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KEY TASSELS make great stocking fillers or table presents. They look so elegant on a key (of course) but also add elegance to drawer handles or door knobs. Pale blue from Aurina £4.95 MORE INFO There’s also large selection also available at Etsy BROWSE NOW

This rather elegant sterling silver MAGNIFYING GLASS NECKLACE from Hersey & Sons would make a great gift for anyone who has trouble reading very small print – for example when trying to read food labels or tiny printed instructions (that will be most of us then!). £82 MORE INFO

Know anyone with a ropey old card holder that is so loose the cards keep falling out? This LEATHER CONCERTINA CARD HOLDER from John Lewis will put a smile on their face (and keep their cards safe too). £30. MORE INFO

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to listen to Neil McGregor’s mellifluous voice on Radio 4 as he describes precious objects from the British Museum then you will agree that his book THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS definitely deserves a place on some lucky recipient’s coffee table. £11.99. BUY NOW

A LOST STOCK GIFT VOUCHER would make a wonderful gift for a son, daughter, godchild or friend this year. Order a voucher (£35 or £41) and send it to your loved one. They can then go onto the Lost Stock Box website and fill in their requirements, season choice, size, colour preferences, preferred style. A few weeks later they will receive their sustainable fashion mystery box made up of brand new stock that has been cancelled by popular fashion brands and would have otherwise gone to landfill. To read how this gift supports garment workers in Bangladesh and/or to order a voucher, click here.

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing disruption in all areas of our lives – including our sleep, with many more people having problems with insomnia. So this luxurious SLEEP AID KIT from award-winning Temple Spa is bound to be a very welcome gift. It’s a collection of calming products to aid relaxation, induce sleep and restore equilibrium. £21 BUY NOW

Bit of fun – MINI COPPER TILTING POT WITH SAUCER from Crocus. Hand spun and finished to the highest standard, the pot can be angled toward sunlight or tilted to add character.£7.99 BUY NOW

The Joy Club is a new website for people over 65 that helps them find new interests and Covid-secure activities (everything from Pilates sessions and live, interactive painting classes to volunteering and income generation opportunities) while making huge savings. You may well be able to think of someone for whom MEMBERSHIP TO THE JOY CLUB would be the perfect gift. It costs £25 for six months or £45 for a full year. Just click here.

Mustn’t forget the woofers in our lives. As our daylight hours are minimal during the winter months, a flashing LED collar will be a reassuring aid to any dog lover on those early morning and late afternoon walks. Available in six colours and six sizes from £14.99. MORE INFO

Another book that’s a must-read is RICHARD OSMAN’S BEST SELLING BOOK The Thursday Murder Club. It’s a thriller starring the 70+ residents of a peaceful retirement village. Hardback £11.24 from Amazon. BUY NOW

If you’d like to give your man a bit of a boost, one of these FOX MUGS from Emma Bridgewater should do the trick! MORE INFO

I have a LEATHER TRINKET BOX like this which I store my earrings in – it is one of my favourite presents I was ever given (thank you K!). This particular one is by Osprey and has an integrated mirror, lift out trays and a padded cushion to protect your jewellery. Equally useful for a man’s cufflinks. Also available in Black and Red, it arrives in an attractive presentation box. Currently discounted it will set you back £34.95 (was £65). BUY NOW

A good board game is fantastic for getting the whole family involved in one activity together. Here are four that are guaranteed to please.

  • QUIRKLE This game scores highly for its straightforward rules and fun factor on game review sites. Suitable from age six. £22.95 MORE INFO
  • BANANAGRAMS Like Scrabble but faster and more portable. Lots of fun for playing with different ages as you play your own game rather than using one board in the middle. £29.49 MORE INFO
  • SMELLY WELLIES This is for younger kids and is lots of hilarious, age-appropriate fun. £8 MORE INFO
  • ARTICULATE A fast-moving description game that provides endless laughs – especially good for teens. £15 MORE INFO

Happy gift giving! Grace x