Last minute gifts

If you’re anything like me, most of your Christmas shopping will be, let’s just say, incomplete. And we all know how tricky it is when you get down to those last few gifts (that you’ve left to last because they’re the hardest people to buy for) and you’re completely out of ideas. We’ve compiled some top tips for last minute shopping before D-Day itself this week.

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Homeware is a safe bet for most, but it can get a little pricey. Of course a vase from The White Company would be lovely, but £200 is a bit much for something to hold your flowers in, and anyone would surely want that faux fur throw from Zara Home but £100 in cash would probably keep you just as warm for the same  price. If you’re looking for last minute luxury, these places are great, but for a more personal – and affordable – touch, places such as Tiger are life savers. Often dubbed the Ikea of accessories (by me, mainly), you can’t walk out of Tiger without having bought a least 3 things you don’t need. But it’s ideal for stocking fillers and cute, well-designed homeware knick knacks that won’t break the bank!

Smellies are a seasonal staple at Christmas – you’re always bound to get them from someone. But if you’re giving them as a gift, it’s important to do it right and often playing it safe works best. Gift sets like the ‘Christmas Ornament’ box from Jo Malone, that includes English Pear & Freesia Cologne and Nectarine Blossom Honey Body Crème, are simple yet sophisticated, smell delicious and won’t put you out of pocket at £24.99 . The White Company is always great for little home comforts, and while the Winter Home Scenting Set comes in at a more upmarket price of £55, I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed at unwrapping it on Christmas day.

If you’re still struggling you just have to remember what Christmas is truly all about: food. Hampers have saved our lives last-minute more times than we’d like to admit, but it’s true that you can never be disappointed by a big basket full of tasty treats. Hampers from places like Selfridges can set you back hundreds of pounds if you’re not careful, but more modest gift sets can also me just as meaningful. Bad Brownie’s Chef’s Selection Box puts together a set of 24 brownies in 6 different flavours for just £25, making it ideal as a gift for a sugar-centric friend. For someone a bit boozy, a subscription to Tipplebox is perfect, starting at £26 for a one month subscription and features two cocktail recipes, four 5cl bottles of spirits as well as exclusive ingredients.

Hopefully most of your present stragglers have been accounted for by now, but for those select and picky few, accessories has to be an avenue they can appreciate. Jewellery, scarf sets, Christmas jumpers, leather gloves – these are all timeless and often fail safe last-minute Christmas gifts. What girl doesn’t love to receive a new necklace? Who could ever have too many terrible festive knits? And the last minute shopping dream factory of ASOS can provide everything you need. With jewellery ranging from the small and simple with a subtle price tag, to luxurious and lavishly pricey, cheap yet trendy clothing for both men and women, and plenty of highstreet and designer accessories, it’s hard to imagine not being able to find SOMETHING that SOMEONE would like from here.

What’s your go-to for shopping on the days leading up to Christmas?