Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re like us, you’re probably still trying to find that special gift for some of the important people in your life. High streets are becoming more and more homogenised, with the same big chains appearing in most towns. Unless you are lucky enough to have a high street bursting with small independent shops, to lay your hands on that unique present you’re going to have to look online, and then where to start?
Here are a few suggestions from the Pink Spaghetti team to help you out with where to find that perfect gift:
Even though we live our lives online these days, we all still love beautiful stationery at Pink HQ, and it makes an attractive gift. Try Mums Office for useful diaries to keep everyone organised, or Paperchase for lovely stationery, as well as a selection of wrapping paper, gift boxes and bags to ensure your presents under the tree don’t fail to impress.
Christmas decorations and gifts for the home
The British Craft House is a collective selling individually handmade craft items, and there are loads of beautiful Christmas decorations, as well as gifts for other occasions. Check out their website here.
Wow Thank You is a similar website bringing together over 500 individual small businesses under one umbrella. All their gifts are also designed and handmade in the UK.
Trying to find something unique for a loved one? Try Not on the High Street for a wide selection of unique gifts made by small creative businesses – there are over 5000 sellers, you’re bound to find something distinctive and special.
Another place to find unique, handmade gifts is Etsy – it’s like eBay for creative sellers, and here you’ll find a wide range of custom made, individual gifts, which you order directly from the maker.
We love to shop locally where we can, so why not take a look at the Small Business Saturday Small Business Finder to find unique gifts close to home – you’ll be helping to support your local high street as well.
Gifts for men
If the man in your life is a beer drinker, you can’t go wrong with Beer Hawk. A massive selection of craft beers from around the world, curated into mixed cases and including alcohol free and vegan options. Some great glasses and homebrewing kits here as well, which would make a good gift. For men who like to stand out from the crowd, look no further than Sauce&Brown – unique clothing designs with only 100 made of each, and surprisingly affordable.
Gifts for women
If you’re looking for high-end toiletries without the high-end price tag, try Freyaluna for some natural pampering. Candles are popular gifts, why not try Jo Macfarlane for some lovely scented candles made in Scotland?
Everyone loves receiving flowers, but it spoils the surprise if you have to warn your recipient to be at home for the delivery. Bloom&Wild have found the perfect solution to this with their letterbox flowers – perfectly packed and sized to fit through your letterbox, and they come with fun tips to help you arrange your bouquet. Pink Spaghetti have teamed up with Bloom&Wild to offer an exclusive 15% discount for orders until the end of 2019, just quote the code pinkspaghetti when you place your order – you can use it up to five times!
Gifts for teenagers
Teens are hard to buy for when all they want is their phone to be permanently attached, but most of them like chocolate, so how about showing you care with some personalized M&Ms? You can add up to 4 messages and an image for a fun Christmas gift.
Stocking fillers and small gifts
Try Prezzybox for a wide variety of Christmas gifts for everyone, from unicorn poo bath bombs to personalised toblerones, there are a multitude of stocking fillers available, or possibly secret Santa gifts for the office? Another option is Wicked Uncle which sorts gifts into suggested suitable ages and genders.
A green Christmas
Are you looking for Christmas presents that don’t cost the earth? Teenage girls are difficult to shop for, and many are very conscious of their environmental impact, so how about some reusable sanitary products? Both practical and kind to the environment, and they come in a variety of pretty designs.
Charity gifts are a popular option nowadays, a gift for those in need while still telling your recipient you’re thinking of them. Have you thought of twinning your toilet? A great and unusual gift to improve sanitation for an impoverished family, and you get a certificate to adorn your bathroom wall as well as a photo and GPS co-ordinates of your twin loo!
If you’re concerned about the amount of unnecessary bits and pieces you’re gathering over the Christmas period and the environmental impact of all that stuff you don’t need, why not give an experience rather than a ‘thing’? Try websites like Buy a Gift, Virgin Experience Days or Red Letter Days to find experiences such as hot air ballooning, meals out and spa days – you buy a voucher and your recipient books a convenient date.
If you’re looking for a unique gift and you’re short of time this year, don’t forget that Pink Spaghetti can shop for your gifts, and even arrange delivery. We can create a bespoke hamper to your specification, or make suggestions if you’re out of ideas, get in touch for more information.
We hope you find this round up of ideas useful, but the main thing is to remember that Christmas is all about getting time to enjoy the company of your loved ones. If you need a little help in getting organised for the big day, do get in touch, we’re here to help.