As we get closer to Christmas, you may be starting to panic about what sort of gifts you should get your friends and loved ones.
You don't even know what you want for Christmas yourself, so why should you know what anyone else wants?
If you have left your shopping last minute, but still want to buy a present for your loved ones, here are some fantastic last-minute suggestions that will instantly put a smile on their face.
Who doesn't love lighting a candle to get a nice scent flowing around the room?
There's a reason why people love big candle brands - they can help you relax and create an atmosphere while working, relaxing, or trying to enjoy a romantic date. The big brands normally have special scents that are only available throughout a special season. This includes Gingerbread, Winter Frost or even Christmas Cookies.
If you do buy a candle for one of your friends or family members, try and buy a limited candle type that they can treasure for the rest of the year.
Be mindful of the ingredients in candles and opt for plant based wax such as soy that is fragranced with essential oils. You can find natural candles and support small sellers at the same time on platforms like Etsy.
Wine & champagne
If you know that your friends and family love a cheeky drink from time to time, you may want to consider buying them a bottle of their favourite brand. One of the best things about Christmas is that wine brands tend to release overly large bottles that can be kept for quite a few months at a time.
So, whether you purchase an old favourite or invest in a champagne gift delivery service, drinks are always a great addition to Christmas dinner, or even to drink whilst you are opening your presents.
To save money on alcohol at the supermarkets, make sure you are checking these smartphone coupon apps:
· Shopmium - If you sign up by clicking my Shopmium referral link then you can currently get a free tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream! You can’t gift ice-cream, but they also regularly have offers on tipple!
· GreenJinn - read my blog post to learn how you can save money at the supermarket with coupon app GreenJinn
· CheckoutSmart -This is an app from the cashback site Quidco. You can receive up to 100% cashback on selected items from major supermarkets and as far as I’ve seen, they always have alcohol offers.
When you're genuinely feeling stuck for ideas, consider what sort of things your friends and family like doing outside of their work lives. Perhaps they enjoy going to the cinema, getting a massage or just really enjoy restaurants. If you know they like doing something then get them a gift card! That way they can buy something that they will like and you won't have to make the choice for them.
Creative project gifts
Does your friend or a family member have a creative side to them? Perhaps you have seen them dabble in some creative projects and know that they want to extend their portfolio even further? Well, have a look for some creative art gift packs. This can include painting, knitting, sewing or even crochet work. It will be a great way to help them relax and get in touch with their artistic side.
If crafts aren't their thing then think about what hobbies they love. A hobby related gift will surely be a win.
A lot of people do enjoy using diaries to help them keep organised or to take notes about their day-to-day lives. If you know someone who is like this, then why not get them some personalised stationery that they can leave in their study or take to work with them? You will help them organise their work lives or even just write down their thoughts and feelings if they are feeling a little stressed.
A personalised mug
Talking of personalisation, one brilliant gift idea is a personalised mug. Somehow a hot cuppa is much better when it’s out of your very own mug! Initial mugs are a popular choice or these sweet personalised reindeer mugs from JR Decal are the perfect Christmas gift!
Rather than guessing what they'll love you could ask them or use the above suggestions to buy something personalised, practical or what you already know they are a fan of.
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