Christmas is almost here and if you’re still searching for the right present for a loved one you may be beginning to panic. Fear not, however – we’ve got you covered. Make someone’s Christmas this year with one of the unique ideas from our guide below: whoever you’re buying for, you’ll find something for everyone, and with all gifts being under £20, you won’t break the bank either.
1. National Geographic Magazine Subscription
National Geographic magazine is one of the most iconic magazines in the world and an annual subscription to this enthralling monthly will be appreciated by just about everyone. Inspiring and thought-provoking, National Geographic is packed with truly stunning photography of the natural world that will quite literally take your breath way. Ideal for anyone with an interest in either nature or humanity (so that’s most of us, then!) National Geographic magazine is best recognised for presenting balanced views during times of conflict and in-depth and stimulating articles exploring the jaw-dropping magnificence of this planet.
2. A Diary
Looking for a gift for a loved one who prides themselves on their organisational skills? Then treat them to a beautiful and practical diary like this one from Paperchase’s contemporary and classic Noto range. Forgetting appointments or missing birthdays will be a thing of the past with this yearly planner which is also packed full of practical information such as international clothing sizes, dialling codes and holidays, as well as contacts pages and month and year planners. The soft leather-look cover is a stylish neutral stone colour that will appeal to everyone – what better way to look forward to the New Year?
3. Discover Britain Magazine Subscription
If you’re looking for a gift for a friend with an interest in history or a family member who loves to explore the great outdoors, then a subscription to Discover Britain magazine will be a guaranteed hit. As Britain’s leading historic travel magazine, Discover Britain magazine is full of practical guides to the UK’s best cities, British cultural news, spectacular photography, and fascinating travel and history features. Gain a whole new perspective on our incredible island nation and what it can offer with this brilliant magazine.
4. Luxurious Hand Cream
The cold winter havoc can wreak havoc on our skin, so protect a special someone’s hands and treat them to some deluxe, sweet-smelling hand cream this Christmas. Molton Brown is best known for its rich and luxurious hand lotions and with a whole range available for under £20 you’ll be able to find the perfect scent for everyone. These fabulous creams are absolutely packed with skin-boosting natural ingredients to moisturise, soothe and nourish damaged hands, and with many unusual and fresh fragrances available such as rhubarb & rose and cocoa & sandalwood, you’ll find the right fragrance for every family member.
5. Your Home Magazine Subscription
The brilliant thing about a magazine subscription is that it’s a gift that gives enjoyment all year round. An Englishman’s home is said to be his castle and with that in mind, an annual subscription to Your Home magazine is perfect for anyone who takes pride in their abode. Packed with inspiration for decorating and renovating, Your Home magazine will provide the reader with expert home improvement advice for every room and style. From DIY guides to upcycling ideas to stunning photography, this is the magazine that will bring out the inner decorator in everyone.
6. Chemistry Set Shot Glasses
An alcohol-themed gift – but it is Christmas after all! Whether you’ve got a science buff in the family or you just have a thing for novelty shot glasses, nothing about these fun chemistry set shot glasses will disappoint. You may not be making chemical compounds in them and you may not be conducting complex experiments, but we’d hazard a guess that you’ll be able to find an even more fun use for these utensils. Each glass is designed to replicate a genuine chemistry lab style beaker or implement, and with real millimetre measurements on each, you’ll be able to ensure everyone gets the same size shot!
7. Aromatherapy Set
Christmas is meant to be a time for rest and relaxation but we all know how stressful it can get – and that’s just the present buying. Why not treat a stressed loved one to the priceless gift of peace this Christmas and surprise them with a lovely aromatherapy set like this one from Aromatherapy Associates? This indulgent duo contains two bottles of delicious-smelling and multi-award-winning bath and shower oils, Revive Morning and Deep Relax, so it’s perfect for perking up for those festive visits to relatives… and then for unwinding and de-stressing afterwards!
8. InStyle Magazine Subscription
For the lady who lives for fashion, you can’t beat an annual subscription to the fashionista’s bible, InStyle magazine. Packed with stunning designer fashion, exceptional shopping, interesting interviews, beauty tips, product reviews, health advice and celebrity gossip, a subscription toInStyle magazine will keep the lucky recipient up to date with all the latest trends, current affairs and hot gossip. This is a monthly fashion glossy with substance and is ideal for a modern woman with varied interests.
Gloves may be another Christmas staple but for good reason; no matter how often we buy gloves, one seems to always disappear. Limit the chance of a glove going AWOL by treating a loved one to a pair they will really treasure and look after. With a whole range of warm and stylish gloves available for under £20 you’ll certainly be able to find the right pair for a loved one, whatever their style preference. A tan suede pair with a warm shearling lining, like this pair from Totes, are perfectly on trend and will also keep hands cosy in the cold weather.
10. Flask in a Book
If you are looking for an unusual gift for a friend with a passion for books or booze, then you can’t beat this unique ‘flask in a book’. We all need a little winter warmer every now and then but sometimes you may want to be discreet… Well, what could be more inconspicuous over Christmas than a four-ounce stainless steel flask hidden inside a holy bible?! Held together securely with an elastic strap, there’s no danger of your little secret coming out. Write a personalised message on the first page, fill the flask with your friend’s favourite tipple and watch the surprise and delight as they open their gift!