Last week, I bought you the best-selling Christmas gifts for 2021 and I am aware that many of those items listed were steeply priced. But fear ye not, because this time round I’m here to help with a handy gift guide which is kinder on the purse strings, with absolutely nothing over £25.
So, if you’re buying secret Santa surprises or after something for £25 or less to go under the tree, hopefully this list will give you some inspiration…
This is the classic hat for Christmas (although minus the gloves this time). Essentially this is one step up from socks but being a Barbour, at least you know this is a high quality beanie hat that’s going to be lovely and warm. There’s the Barbour Farley Beanie (left) and the Barbour Shinicliffe Beanie (right) which comes in different colours and is complete with a faux fur pom. Barbour’s actual description. Both are priced at £22.95.
The Classic Christmas Box of Chocs
If in doubt, give someone chocolates (unless they’re dairy intolerant). And if you want high quality chocolates with some great flavours, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Chocolat. The Christmas Sleekster box has 28 chocolates and includes such delights as a caramel cheesecake macaron and the salted espresso martini. It even comes in a nice looking box.
£23.50 , Amazon.co.uk
Junior Sports Car Experience
If you have a budding racer or young petrolhead in your life, then this sports car experience could be an ideal present. There’s the choice of three supercars and they will be shadowed by an ARDS-qualified instructor who will show them the ropes on track. There are 13 locations across the UK from Perranporth in Cornwall up to Sunderland in the North East. The minimum age is 10 and the maximum 17 years plus all drivers must be 135cm tall and able to reach the pedals.
£19, Red Letter Days
Beavertown British Breweries Craft Beer
If you know a beer lover, then this gift pack from London-based Beavertown, is going to be a winner. The brewery has fast gained a reputation for creative but easy-drinking while its unique bright branding is instantly recognisable. As well as four beers, Gamma Ray American Pale Ale, Neck Oil Session IPA, Lupuloid IPA and Bloody El, there’s also a trademark pint glass. True you can buy more cans for the money, but this does come in a nice box so…
LEGO Creator Fish Tank – £24.99
I couldn’t do a gift guide without mention at least one Lego set because you know all kids love a lego set. And despite all the Star Wars and Harry Potter stuff out there, I’ve gone for this Creator 3 in 1 Fish Tank set which with more than 350 pieces, looks great value. It’s a lovely looking set too and one that has both lots of play potential for kids and makes a nice display piece too.
Two Faced Mushion – Personalised Cushion
Want to terrify that special person in your life? What better way than to put your face (or indeed theirs) on a giant cushion and then give it them at Christmas. These mushions are double sided so you can have two different faces printed on either side. Just to add to the overall creepiness.
Atari Retro Handheld Console – £22.97
I’m pretty sure if you put this in the hands of a nine-year-old child, they will look at you blankly, but there was a time before smartphones and even Ceefax when the Atari was a cutting edge machine. And now you can get 50 of those classic ‘these aren’t as good as I remember’ games on a retro-styled handheld console. It even has that iconic wood effect and there’s a TV output too.
Watching a film on a tablet while tucked up in bed can make for the perfect Friday night in (unless you’re at Boisdale of course), until said tablet tips forward from the cushion it’s precariously propped up against and falls flat on your face. With the Pill-O-Pad, that is no longer a problem. This versatile soft stand features a tri-ledge design for three different viewing angles and facilitates hands-free viewing whether you’re sitting or lying down.
£19.95. At amazon.co.uk
PLEASING PERFECT PEARL POLISH
He’s not just content with conquering the charts, Hollywood and the front covers of numerous magazines, Harry Styles has now launched his first business venture, which debuts with a small range of gender-neutral beauty products including his ‘PLEASING NAIL POLISHES. White nails were huge this summer and this is the Perfect Pearl Polish, a pearlized white nail polish that can be worn on its own or mixed with other shades for a more personalised look.
JADE FACIAL ROLLER
Jade rollers have been the subject of overwhelming hype among the skincare influencer communities on Tiktok and Youtube over the past year, with many claiming to reap the benefits of incorporating them into their routines. Good for relaxing and distributing product on your skin, as well as the potential to aid lymphatic drainage and reduce facial tension, jade rollers are small but mighty gifts and stocking fillers. This one from Beauty Bay is made with 100 per cent naturally sourced jade, with two differently sized ends that can be used to target different areas of the face.
£12. At beautybay.com
NEW LOOK NAVY STRIPE T-SHIRT AND JOGGER LOUNGE SET
We’ve all become accustomed to practically living in loungewear 24/7 over the last few years, but at Christmas time it’s always been accepted. From New Look, this navy T-Shirt and jogger combo comes in £5 shy of your £25 limit.
JAMES BOND ASTON MARTIN DB5 GOLD FINISH KEYRING
First appearing in 1964’s Goldfinger and stealing the show once again in this year’s No Time to Die, the Aston Martin DB5 is the most iconic of Bond’s many beloved rides, and this polished gold replica keyring, which is presented in a limited-edition Aston Martin box, will have everyone thinking about famous chase scenes every time they start their own car.
BAO BURNT CHILLI SAUCE
A good chilli sauce will liven up the blandest of lunchtime meals, but Bao’s isn’t just any chilli sauce. At once smoky, sweet and spicy, it’s made with burnt green chilli, vinegar, sugar and ginger, starting fiery and ending friendly. Did you now that chilli burns major calories by spending up your metabolism – especially if you eat it standing up!
For his latest modern classic, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead has written a heist novel set in Harlem in the early ‘60s. But with the civil rights movement serving as a backdrop, Harlem Shuffle is not only an unputdownable thriller, but a vivid illustration of a hugely significant place and time in American history.
£11.39. At amazon.co.uk
GENTLEMEN’S HARDWARE COLLAR STIFFENERS
A gift for the quintessential gent and possibly the most cost-effective way to feel dapper over the festive period.
PAUL SMITH LUXURY TAN BROWN BEESWAX SHOE POLISH
At some point during the festive season he’ll probably want to leave the house, and with Xmas and new year parties on the horizon, he’ll want to look sharp from head to toe. A handy gift, then, would be this Paul Smith shoe polish, which is perfect for making tan brown shoes look next to brand new.
ARKET COTTON TWILL CAP
For some men, it’s always cap season, and I’m a big fan of this minimalist dark blue cotton twill hat from Arket, which will go with pretty much whatever he wears underneath it.
While the world certainly doesn’t need any more plastic in its oceans, it could also do without reusable coffee cups that are good for little more than unwanted stocking filler. Made from sustainable cork and tempered glass, this KeepCup model has been made to last in style.
£20. At johnlewis.com
RITUALS MINI DIFFUSER
In a small 70ml iteration, this Rituals mini diffuser is the perfect choice for bringing a little more atmosphere to a dull desk or side table. Part of the The Ritual Of Sakura range, this diffuser boasts a Floral Oriental scent with soft notes of rice milk and cherry blossom. Infusing your lucky gift recipient’s space with fresh scents for up to two months, this diffuser can be easily topped up using a refill bottle when the time comes.
£15. At John Lewis. johnlewis.com
DRUNK ELEPHANT GIFT SET
A cult sensation, Drunk Elephant has become increasingly popular this year for its focus on minimalist skincare, which relies on active ingredients that will help your skin, rather than drying alcohols, silicones and essential oils that can have irritating properties. This set comes with two of the brand’s hero products, the C-Firma Day Serum and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. Both work together well to achieve radiant skin and a glowing complexion.
£19. At cultbeauty.co.uk
THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP PILLOW SPRAY
For anyone struggling to sleep this year, This Works’ iconic Pillow Spray is the saviour you need going into 2022. Made with a specially formulated blend of essential oils, including lavender and camomile, studies have shown that the relaxing aroma triggers a reaction in your brain that helps you unwind and destress before bed. It’s no wonder This Works has sold more than six million bottles of this magical mix since 2004.
£19.50. At amazon.co.uk
BROTHERS WE STAND T-SHIRT
Don’t buy into the myth that fast fashion is the only way to get good quality clothes on the cheap. Brothers We Stand use eco-friendly organic cotton for their clothes and have their factory in Bangladesh audited by the Fair Wear Foundation to ensure its workers earn a decent wage. It’s got loads of good clobber to offer, but it’s plain T-shirts are a great way to build out your wardrobe while doing a good deed at the same time.