Christmas gifts of the day: Last minute Christmas present ideas

Last minute Christmas present ideas | H is for Home

It’s the day before Christmas Eve and suddenly you’re realised that you’ve left someone off your list. But don’t worry, panic over – here are a few last minute Christmas present ideas from retailers who accept pre-Christmas delivery orders tonight!

Amazon even offers some of their Prime members delivery on orders placed on Christmas Eve itself… some even as late as 9:45pm!

Please note though, next-day or same-day delivery may not apply to all items on the websites.

  1. Topshop
    A4 lightbox: £25
    Express delivery: Order by Friday 23 December, 9pm
  2. Currys
    FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 instant camera & 10 shot bundle – black: £59.95
    Next day delivery: Order on or before Friday 23rd December, 8pm
  3. Amazon
    Nest learning thermostat with installation: £279
    Order by Friday 23 December. One-day delivery: Last order time for delivery by Christmas varies by item and location. Express Delivery: Last order time for delivery by Christmas varies by item and location. Availability is limited.
  4. ASOS
    Luckies smartphone projector in copper: £22
    UK Standard: Order by Friday 23 December, 8pm
  5. Very
    Deluxe ‘Name a star’: £24.99
    Order by Friday 23 December, 10pm

Christmas gifts of the day: Jewellery

Christmas jewellery ideas | H is for Home

You may think that buying jewellery for Christmas or any other special occasion is an easy option, but it isn’t always. What’s their ring size? Do they prefer gold or silver? Are their ears pierced? Do they have a nickel allergy? Do they even wear jewellery?

Some of these questions can be answered through simple observation. If possible, rifle through the intended recipient’s jewellery box and slide some of their rings on to your own fingers to gauge the size of their fingers. Don’t get caught though – you may be wrongly accused of attempted theft!

When’s their birthday? Give an item of jewellery that incorporates their birthstone. Get something personalised such as the fingerprint charm featured here (#5). It’s double-sided, so you can have the prints of two people impressed together for posterity.

  1. Amethyst & moonstone necklace: Pia
  2. Citrine earrings wrapped in 14k gold fill: Etsy
  3. Stainless steel cufflinks with brown leather inlay: John Greed
  4. LucyQ triple drip bangle (Size 7.75) in rhodium-plated sterling silver: TJC
  5. Fingerprint oval dangle charm: Hand on Heart

Christmas gifts of the day: Tea & coffee lovers

 

Tea & coffee lover Christmas gift ideas | H is for Home

Life doesn’t properly start for us each morning until the first mug of coffee has been consumed. After that initial jump start, we move on to cups of tea for the rest of the day.

We’re ideal candidates for the items featured in today’s round up of presents for tea & coffee lovers.

  1. Le Creuset rainbow espresso mugs – set of 6: Divertimenti
  2. Luxury tea bauble | gingerbread chai flavour by Bluebird Tea Co.: Notonthehighstreet
  3. Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Knock Box Mini: Amazon
  4. Refillable & reusable silicone tea bag: Lakeland
  5. 10 goldfish tea bags Earl Grey & herbal tea: Etsy
  6. Joco glass reusable coffee cup: Trouva

Etsy List: Christmas foodie gifts

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Christmas foodie gifts Etsy List curated by H is for Home

One of the real pleasures of Christmas is the foodstuffs that are once a year treats or distinctive to the season. Sometimes you pop them into your own festive shopping basket, and other times (even better) you’re given gifts that make your mouth water. Chocolates, cakes, relishes and the like… we’re getting excited! Here are a few favourite Christmas foodie gifts we found on Etsy.

Christmas foodie gifts
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The best vintage-inspired gifts for the home

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If you’ve been invited to a party or other kind of event which requires the giving of gifts, and you’re short of ideas and don’t know how to amaze people who’ve probably seen and got everything, then we can recommend where to look for the coolest and best vintage-inspired gifts which will create unique atmosphere and sentimental value in every home.

You can visit your local antique, second-hand and charity shops or shop at bigger retail chain stores. Here’s a list of ideas for gifts that can be unique and vintage.

Colton coffee table

Furniture

What home has no furniture? For new home-owners or for people who like to collect unique items, consider a house-warming gift of a great piece of furniture; let your budget and their need be your guide. It could be anything from a full living room set to a single, statement chair. Just ensure that the item you give doesn’t require a lot of renovation (unless you know that this is their forte!). If not, your well-meaning present could become a a time-consuming and expensive project. But, if your friend loves to bring new live to items like that, than it makes the ideal gift!

Vintage 'For Liberty' exhibition poster

Posters

If a birthday boy or girl or newly-wed couple loves vintage, you can consider buying & framing a vintage-inspired or genuine vintage poster. Think vintage ads and travel, film or art exhibition posters. Something to do with their favourite film, artist or reminds them of that favourite they visited on holiday. Give them something that will demonstrate that it was chosen with thought and love.

'Wickford' porcelain by Kate Spade

Dishes

For the kitchen & dining room, don’t be afraid to give vintage fine china dishes or simple metal rustic set. It might not be used by how they suppose to be, but it can be just a décor element too. Or if you want future owners to use it, then consider buying a better quality full set of such dishes and gift it wrapped in some nice box. But be careful, this kind of gift can sometimes be expensive and just a bit fragile. So keep a good eye of items you are going to buy and maybe even invest a little bit more too. It will definitely bring some old memories back and create some nostalgia as well.

French-inspired bedding from Neiman Marcus

Bedding

Bedding should be only vintage-inspired because it is rare to find authentic items in mint or excellent condition. So just search for some nice and classic beddings for a bedroom and create cosy atmosphere there. You can also add some decorative pillows or throw cushions and help your friends to create a new type of bedroom easily. But if you manage to find genuine vintage and great quality bedding, then it can make the most amazing gift ever!

So that’s it; this short list that we’ve given you is definitely not exhaustive. Share some other ideas what specific items are good gifts for vintage lovers and let’s get inspired while shopping. Gift some nostalgia and memories of good old times and be confident that your gift is unique and one of a kind.

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Gifts for… The last minute

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Selection of last minute gifts for Christmas

It’s the 22nd of December and you’ve suddenly realised that there’s a gaping hole in your Christmas present list. What do you do? Where can you go for those last minute gifts… you know, ones that don’t look as though they’re last minute gifts?

Don’t panic, we’ve got a few recommendations. Some of these are ‘virtual’ gifts such as the charity support and activity days. You can simply email your gift to the recipient on Christmas day. The others such as the chocolates and the flowers can be ordered as late as the afternoon of the 23rd for delivery before Christmas Day.

  1. Tasting for two choice voucher: £30, Buyagift
  2. Adopt the snow pack: from £10 per month, WWF
  3. Contribute towards building 3 maternity wards in a rural hospital in Kenya: £20, Present Aid
  4. The Christmas luxe: £32, Hotel Chocolat
  5. Christmas rose gift bag with truffles: £20, Moonpig
  6. 2 for 1 pamper day at Bannatyne’s Health Club: £79, Prezzybox
  7. One night glamping break collection: £59, Virgin Experience Days