Something from our Christmas gift guide will be just the ticket (ooh, maybe tickets…)

Courtney Cox once bought a £12,000 bicycle for her friend Jennifer Aniston. Mike Tyson splashed out £1.58 million on a golden bath for his then-wife Robin Givens. And Victoria Beckham received a £1.9 million ruby and diamond necklace from husband David. You’d like to buy your loved ones equally special and unique gifts this Christmas, but what if your budget is a little more modest?

1. Charitable Donation

For most children, Christmas is a time of excitement and magic. For others, sadly, it’s not. Action for Children is running its Secret Santa campaign, asking for donations to bring joy, warmth and food to disadvantaged kids this Christmas. For more details, visit: https://bit.ly/2SbrYZ6


2. Eco Gift Set

Channel your inner eco-warrior with a box of eco-friendly goodies. You can customise it by filling it with different products to suit varying tastes. Options include: an organic top, natural soap, natural deodorant, face cream, organic skincare kit, body scrub, bowl covers, reusable coffee cups and a stainless-steel bottle. Not only will the recipient of your gift thank you for your thoughtful present… the planet will, too. Buy here: https://bit.ly/2rdrVRj

3. Miniature Solar System

For something truly out of this world, buy a miniature planet, moon or other astronomy-based ornament. Little Planet Factory combines art, science and modern manufacturing techniques like 3D printing to create oddly compelling novelties. Browse here: https://www.littleplanetfactory.com/

4. Customised Newspaper Front Page

Make someone ‘front-page news’ with this print, written and designed by The Occasional Reporter. Using stories, quotes and photos provided by you, the personalised page will contain three ‘articles’ about your loved one. Read all about it: https://www.theoccasionalreporter.com/

5. Boozy Jam

A bottle of someone’s favourite tipple is so 2017. This year it’s all about the alcoholic spreads. JAM (Joyful and Mellow) offers 18 flavours, including Prosecco, Mojito, Gin & Lemon, Spiced Rum with Ginger, and Jack in a Jar. Get yours here: https://joyfulandmellow.co.uk/

6. Reading Subscription

For bookworms, a book subscription will hit the ‘write’ note. Every month a novel will be handpicked and posted to the recipient, selected specifically to suit their tastes. Page-turners guaranteed. Shop here: https://mrbsemporium.com/gifts/#reading-subscriptions

7. Reusable Straw

These aluminium straws come in five different colours: gold, pink, purple, red and blue, and can be stamped with a range of phrases or it can be customised with your own words. After all, a straw is for life… get yours here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/630232969/christmas-reusable-metal-straw-hand?ref=shop_home_feat_2

8. National Trust Membership

Castles… Historic houses… Beautiful grounds… Abbeys… A National Trust membership offers free entry into over 500 places across the UK. A free handbook and the National Trust magazine, sent out three times a year, are also given. The best part? Free parking! No more scrabbling about for change at the pay and display. To have a look, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

9. Personalised House Portrait

Send an image of someone’s house and, in return, you’ll receive a bespoke, hand-drawn picture of it. Customers who have been given this quirky gift have said its their ‘favourite ever present’, ‘it caused some tears’ and ‘it’s a truly lovely present’. There’s no place like home. Browse here: http://www.alex-foster.com/shop/personalised-illustrated-homeshop-portraits

  1. Foster an Elephant For those who love wildlife and conservation, fostering an elephant makes a great gift. They’ll receive a certificate with a profile and photo of their ‘Nellie’, a monthly newsletter and lovely elephant watercolour. To adopt, visit: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering_christmas.asp

We hope this helped you!

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