Christmas weirdly always seems to take us by surprise every year. We wait for it expectantly as the months go by but then suddenly, BOOM! It’s December, and we all go into a mad present buying panic. I think I’m getting better at gift buying as I get older, but when I was younger I bought my family some terrible gifts. A plastic mobile phone for my brother and a set of tea-towels for my brother in law one year (cringe!) I’ve also received some odd presents too. The first year I spent Christmas with my husbands parents, my mother in law bought me a pair of, what can only be described as clown pyjamas. Do you think she was trying to tell me something?! So if you’re starting to get in a flap about presents, or if you’re stuck for what to buy, here are a few ideas for less than £40 that you can find under one roof in The Bentall centre.
Gifts for her
If in doubt, keep it simple with some delicious smelling body cream (£10) or some soothing hand cream (£4) by & Other Stories. My hands always take a battering in the winter. They get so dry from being outside and from all the washing or sanitising from the ever-present kids germs, so hand cream is always well received. And I do love an indulgent body cream too. Nail varnish is a great option as a gift and this Essie one is a lovely, warm colour (Spiked with Style £9.99). Keep the colours plain if you don’t really know the person you’re buying for.
A gorgeous smelling candle is another failsafe gift idea, I have one on my list every year. These Cowshed ones smell amazing and their Knackered Cow one if pretty appropriate if buying for any fellow mums! (Knackered Cow Relaxing Candle £33) Lastly, I think a beautiful Kikki K journal is a lovely idea. I was given a journal last year that I use to make notes about my daughter, things she’s done, funny things she says and milestones she’s reached (Dream Big Journal £21)
Gifts for him
We’re keeping it nice and simple for the men because, if the man in your life is anything like mine, then they’ll have given you exactly zero ideas as to what to give them for Christmas. A nice, cosy scarf to keep them warm (TM Lewin £39.99) or a simple cotton shirt (H&M £14.99) should always go down well. Play it safe with a simple shirt design, or a solid checked flannel shirt is another good option. A mug with an initial makes for an easy gift (Oliver Bonas £11), and if your fella is a coffee lover, then a Bialetti Cafeteria is another great idea (Bentalls £40)
Gifts for kids
Children below the age of six are pretty easy to buy for because I think they’re generally happy with whatever they’re given, or they ditch the toy and play with the box the gift came in! My daughter is only two and a half and we’re trying to set a trend whereby we buy her perhaps one big gift and the rest little, because she just doesn’t need that much stuff. These 3-D, glow in the dark planets would be fun for any girl or boy (aged 3+ Fun Learning £6.75) My daughter has a bath toy on her list this year and this Peppa Pig one would be perfect! (Toys R Us £21.99) And lastly some little skittles would be great because what child doesn’t love throwing and knocking things over?! (Fun Learning £7.50)
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