Best Christmas gifts to buy this year
As we approach the festive season, I’ve rounded up my ideas for the best gifts to buy this Christmas 2021. For this year I have split the gift guide into four sections:
Many of the gift ideas also have a sustainability element, which is really important to me.
Where possible I have included links for those who want to shop online from my list.
Best homeware Christmas gifts
Typhoon Elements Serving Boards
Typhoon has put fashion first with this range of homewares, perfect for those who love to entertain. The Elements range brings pure glamour to the table. The range includes stunning serving boards made from natural materials with flashes of marble, gold and terrazzo.
Prices from RRP £20.50 (for the Elements Terrazzo / Marble Round Handled Board)
Viners Assure Colour Code Knife Block & Board Set
This stunning set brings knife and food safety together into one space saving design. A colourful new addition to your kitchen, the Assure knives have been designed with a square tip, making them safer to use, and also feature colour coded tips that correlate to the appropriate chopping board. This is perfect for preventing cross-contamination with raw and cooked foods. Made from high quality stainless steel, the knives feature ergonomically designed, soft touch handles for ultimate comfort.
Viners Select Teaspoons and Pastry Forks
Set the tone for your table with the Select Teaspoons and Forks. Part of the Select Gifting collection, the cutlery features a striking titanium coating that not only delivers an eye-catching pop of colour, but also provides added durability, making the sets suitable for special occasions and everyday use. The Teaspoons and Pastry Forks offer a contemporary look, and a classic teardrop handle. Available in rich grey or opulent copper.
Select Teaspoons (4 per pack) or Pastry Forks (4 per pack) RRP £13 each
OXO 3-Blade Hand-Held Spiralizer
The OXO 3-Blade Hand-Held Spiralizer is great for anyone who want to experiment with carb-free meals. The blades create spaghetti cut, fettuccine cut and ribbon cut. All in one handy gadget! The open-blade design accommodates both long and round vegetables, from cucumbers to beetroot, while the food holder keeps hands safe and is easy to grip while turning down to the end of vegetables to minimise waste. It is dishwasher safe too.
Brew it Stick
The Brew it Stick offers the convenience of instant coffee but with all the flavour of cafetiere. Designed for busy coffee lovers with limited time on their hands, you can make a coffee in under five minutes. The no mess stand prevents dripping, and the unique 360 ° provides optimum brewing. Available in Charcoal, Navy, Teal and Grey.
Typhoon Pure Active Cork Bag
The Pure Active Cork Bag is perfect for eating on the go or taking your lunch to the office. With a fun, colourful design, the bag features 2mm of insulation to keep lunch cool on the go. It is a great gift for those looking to live more sustainably.
Best food and drink Christmas gifts
Flower & White Glitter Balls
Go glam with these crunchy balls of meringue dipped in Fairtrade chocolate – perfect for munching on, topping your festive bakes or just possibly simply sharing with someone special. Flower & White’s snacks are suitable for vegetarians, contain no palm oil and are gluten free.
Mulled Wine Spice Pouchettes from Steenbergs
Steenbergs are always a firm favourite for food lovers. This Old Hamlet’s mulle wine mix in muslins is boxed up in colour packaging. There are four spice bundles per box, with each bundle containing cinnamon, allpsice, lemon peel and cloves. For those who don’t drink wine, apple or cranberry juice is a delicious alternative.
Tom Savano Espresso Martini
Tom Savano is the ultimate in sophisticated, pre-mixed cocktails. For those who love an Espresso Martini, you can’t find better than this. A luxurious blend of roasted coffee liqueur from Australia, crisp Icelandic vodka, vanilla and a hint of dark chocolate, leaving a lingering, candied finish, and a rich mocha palate.
£14 for 200m, £29 for 500ml
Steenbergs lavender sugar
Also from Steenbergs is this organic fairtrade lavender sugar. It is great when used in cakes or to flavour cream or as a sprinkle on summer fruits. A perfect gift for anyone who loves baking, or enjoys the sweeter side of life.
200g jar, £4
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet popcorn selection box
The perfect present for all popcorn lovers and connoisseurs. This selection box from one of the nation’s favourite popcorn brands Joe & Seph’s features 6 delicious and unique flavours. Toffee Apple and Cinnamon and Salted Caramel are bound to be big hits. You can also get a vegan selection box.
LUXLO for Gin Lovers set
Luxury and Lo work harmoniousluy with this range of juniper-led spirits from LUXLO. At 28 calories per 25ml serve and with a reduced ABV of 20%, LUXLO comes in four flavours, and makes the ideal stocking filler or luxury gift. This miniature set combines a taster of each flavour – Ginny, Blood Orange, Passion or Pomegranate & Raspberry.
£16 for the miniature gift set
Best Children’s Christmas Gifts
Plum® Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen
The Plum® Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen is a great way for your child to get stuck in at playtime and explore existing hobbies and curiosities. It is made from FSC® sustainably sourced wood. The Mud Kitchen includes handy shelves to store all woodland finds, holders for potted shrubs and a built in planter for little green fingers. Paint and create on the easy clean painting screen and keep the mess outside.
Gelli Worlds Dino Pack *
Most little ones I know love a good messy play session. This fantastic pack from Zimpli Kids combines squidgy Gelli and a set of dinosaurs and trees to squelch their way through the goo. It is so easy to set up and provides hours of fun.
Geomag Supercolour Panels
The Geomag Classic 100% Recycled line dedicated to everyone who wants to play with an explosion of colours. The Geomag recycled plastics used for the rods, panels and bases work so well with their perfect colours delighting even the most demanding of creative spirits. The practical storage boxes to keep the rods and spheres in neatly, as well as always with you, are made of recycled plastic.
Prices start at approx £25 depending on size of set
This is a super fun family game set with travel box. It’s from Jaques of London, the toy and game experts. Presented in a beautiful tin, it is perfect to keep all of the dominoes safe when not in use. Perfect for all the family, it also helps younger ones with developing their skills in maths, problem solving and logic.
Kids Board Game Snakes and Ladders
Who doesn’t love snakes and ladders? And this set made from 100% FSC approved one has great eco-credentials too. There’s an added bonus that it is 2 in 1; flip the board over and it’s a ludo set. Both games are vibrant and eye-catching. Jaques have an amazing range of Toddler Toys too, so if these aren’t right for your little ones, they will definitely have something you’re looking for.
CushionPop personalised Unicorn Cushion
Unicorn fans will love this personalised magical cushion. It is 40x40cm with a zip, and you can order either with or without the insert.
£8.99 cushion cover only, £15 including insert
Best self-care Christmas Gifts
Coordinates Compass Bracelet
Handmade in Brighton by Life Less Ordinary, these long lasting and waterproof bracelets are a beautiful gift. You choose the coordinates of your special place, which will be engraved on the front. You can have a personalised message on the back too. The disc is made from tagua, a type of seed that is beautiful and ethically sourced. All of Life Less Ordinary’s products are made from only ethically sourced material.
Flower Power Puzzle
Celebrate art and celebrate nature! This Flower Power Puzzle showcases artwork of young artists through the Fresh Artist Foundation. It is challenging 1000 piece puzzle from unique gift retailer Kikkerland.
Approx £13 (15 euros)
nope. shampoo and conditioner bars
nope. is a plastic and chemical-free brand of solid shampoo and conditioner bars. All nope. shampoo bars are SLS free, made with sodium coco sulphate, a gentle foaming cleanser from coconut oil. The conditioner bars are concentrated with natural oils (jojoba, abyssinian and olive) and plant extracts that are selected for their functional hair care benefits. And with no waste, you can be confident in your eco-credentials too.
Prices from £9
Yankee Candle 3 Votives and 1 Holder Gift Set
This thoughtful gift from much-loved home fragrance brand, Yankee Candle, would be lovely to find under the tree. With three votives and a star votive holder, it will bring the festivities to life. The warm and inviting fragrances are Twinkling Lights, Tree Farm Festival and Christmas Eve Cocoa.
Watermelon hot/cold pack
This cute watermelon pack can be used a hot or cold compress. It can also be used to keep lunch warm or cool. Heat by placing in hot water.
Approx £4 (5 euros)
Stitch Airpods Case
Lilo & Stitch is such a huge fan-favourite, this Stitch AirPods Case will be sure to delight. The clever design allows for wireless charging with no need to remove the silicon case. It’s compatible with 1st and 2nd generation AirPods.
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