Welcome to The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 1! I’m super excited to be taking part in Blogmas this year; I thought 24 Days might be a little overwhelming for a first attempt, so a mini Blogmas that happens every other day is perfect to start with!
I’ve got loads of great ideas for gifts this year. I’m one of those people who absolutely loves buying gifts for people, and I love coming up with interesting and innovative gifts for everyone. Buying gifts is one of my favourite parts of Christmas, and I love seeing why everyone else gets for their family.
I’ve tried to cover all budgets and family members to suit all needs; some aren’t the most inventive of ideas, but sometimes you can’t beat the more traditional gifts! Even though I’ve categorised each gift, you can give any of the gifts to any person you wish – they work for everyone! Let me know in the comments any gift ideas you’ve got, or a complete bargain you’d like to share with other readers!
Dressing Gown – I have to be honest, this is one of the gifts I love receiving. There’s nothing better than having a new snuggly dressing gown, getting all cosy on the evening of Christmas Day in front of the TV with a cup of tea and a mince pie. And I don’t know about your moms, but mine deserves this relaxing moment at the end of Christmas Day; she’s usually spent the whole day waiting hand and foot on everyone else. There’s plenty of great options regarding where to buy dressing gowns; this purple one is from Marks and Spencers (£40.00) and is the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It is at the top end of most people’s budgets, but feels extremely good quality and luxurious. The fabric is very thick and cosy, and it also comes in a variety of colour choices, too. There are some beautiful options from Marks and Spencer, and nobody does quality like they do.
A middle of the range price options comes from Next (£20.00); again, there are multiple choices available so there’s something to suit most tastes. These are still extremely soft and cosy, but the fabric feels a lot lighter so may be more suitable to those who get rather warm! The great thing about Next – aside from being more affordable – is they come with matching pyjamas (another great gift option!).
If you are interested in a dressing gown but are looking for something more affordable, Primark have a great range of options this time of year. From themed pieces to more traditional prints, there really is something for everyone here. Despite being a lower price, the quality is still really good, and the material feels super soft and cosy. Prices usually start from around £10.00, so definitely within budget.
Photo collages – This is a great gift to give to your Parents as it is so considerate and thoughtful, and she’s sure to appreciate the extra effort. You can do this the more traditional way with a series of photo frames with your chosen images, or you can think a little outside the box and produce a coffee table photo album. This is a lovely glossy, hard back book where your images are printed onto the pages. The image pictured is the one I had printed for my 1st Year Anniversary gift to my Husband (paper Anniversary, get it?) to give you an idea.
You get to arrange and design each page so it’s completely customisable; you choose the layout, colour scheme and any text you wish to add in. Alongside each image you could add quotes, memories, stories, poems – you name it. Photobox.co.uk and snapfish.co.uk have some lovely options, and are reasonably priced too.
You could also give a customised calendar as an alternate option. If you have siblings, go all out. Try recreating some childhood photos with the same locations, props, clothes etc. Hilarity ensues!
Red Letter Days – This is a great option for alternate gift-giving, as you can give an Experience Day as opposed to a gift. There is plenty to choose from here, including driving experiences, afternoon tea experiences, wine tasting, hot air balloon rides and many more. Prices start from £20 and there are so many options to choose from. Your chosen gift comes in a beautiful gift pack and last for up to 12 months after the date of purchase, so your recipient can choose a date to suit them.
Other options: perfume/aftershave, skincare gift set, spa treatment
Depending on your relationship with this person, here you can afford to be a little more carefree with your gift choice. Obviously, all of the previously mentioned gift choices will work for a brother/sister, but here are a few ‘outside-the-box’ gift ideas you might like:
Smartphone camera projector – I’ve gotten this gift a number of times, on both occasions for a social media, selfie obsessed individual! It is basically a study cardboard box that allows you to magnify your smartphone and project it onto the wall as a mini, portable projector. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually quite a nifty little gift. Especially useful for gatherings with family or friends, or when you’re travelling, it is a unique and individual gift that I’m sure will be appreciated. This one is £12.99 from iwantoneofthose.com, but there are others in varying quality that can be found elsewhere.
Cinematic Light Box – These are great for teenagers! Essentially a vintage cinema sign, this allows you to slot letters into the frame to create any word or message you want, and illuminate it for all to see! If you know someone who likes to throw parties, is a budding blogger or just likes vintage aesthetics, this is the perfect gift that they’ll love to show off! (Side note: this is also great for Wedding Receptions, too!) £19.99, Lakeland)
Monopoly – There’s a reason why it’s a classic. It seems like a silly gift to mention, but I only bring it up as there are so many additions now available, other than the traditional game we all know and love. My Husband was given Chip-and-Pin Monopoly – where you use credit cards over normal cash – and the game instantly became more appealing for everyone. Just looking on Amazon, you can now buy The Walking Dead Monopoly, Game of Thrones Monopoly and even Pokémon Monopoly! Monopoly Avengers, Monopoly The Big Bang Theory, I could go on and on; there are so many! If you know someone who is obsessed with a TV show or game, this is definitely worth a look. (Available from Amazon.co.uk, prices start from £14.00)
Subscription boxes – There are literally subscription boxes for everything! Most services allow you to purchase a three month subscription certificate that can be gifted to a person. This is an ideal gift, suitable for people who have an interest in something but you wouldn’t know what to get them to indulge that interest.
Makeup lovers will appreciate GlossyBox or Birchbox, which starts from £10 per month. Containing a range of makeup and beauty products, you get a selection of full size and sample products, and you can get some real gems this way. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, Cohorted deals with mainly high end makeup brands, and starts from £35 per month.
There is also a razor subscription service, where you get a monogrammed razor handle, and each month a selection of products and raze blades will be sent to you. Razors by Dorco and Cornerstone are two subscription packages, starting from £7.50 a month.
For food lovers there is Sourcedbox, which contains a large variety of healthy and vegan snack foods. With boxes for tea and coffee, wine, cheese, chocolate and even marshmallows, there is something for every calibre of person.
An ideal place to look for a one-off box would be Zavvi; their Z-Box service covers a wide range of interests: Harry Potter, Marvel and Game of Thrones to name a few! These are slightly more expensive (My Harry Potter one costed £29.99) but you get some lovely limited edition pieces.
Other suitable gifts: makeup, novelty games.
A great website to take a look at is I want one of those or Not on the High Street. They both contain all sorts of unique and quirky gifts that are perfect for all budgets and person. They are also different than your standard type of gift, and show the recipient that a lot of thought has been put into them.
And that’s it! I hope you like some of my gift choices; it’s incredibly difficult to think of different gifts, and there is so much more I could add but I’d be here all year! 🎄