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An alternative Christmas gift guide

Christmas gift guide

What do you buy people who seem to have everything and want nothing? Honestly, every year it’s a struggle to buy great gifts for my husband in particular. He loves Christmas but isn’t bothered at all about getting presents. However he spoils me rotten so there’s no way I could just buy him socks! It made me think there are probably plenty of people like this so I thought I’d put together a little gift guide. I hope you find some awesome Christmas gifts!

Custom portrait illustration

I wanted to buy my friend Fee something special for her birthday so I got her a custom portrait illustration from Dorinda Art on Etsy. I described the concept I was looking for, sent a few photos of Fee and about 10 days later, I had the custom print – and it was fabulous! Fee loved it too. You can get individual ones done, family portraits or pet portraits.

Dorinda Art custom illustrations
Dorinda Art on Etsy

Restaurant vouchers

It’s been an absolutely awful year for the hospitality industry so why not show them some support by purchasing gift vouchers as gifts? Last year I bought my husband a Festive Afternoon Tea for Two gift voucher for the gorgeous Landmark Hotel in Marylebone. He loved it!

Treat your loved ones to a restaurant they may never have tried before or get them a voucher for their local favourite.

Monthly book subscription

Have you got a friend or family member who is a bookworm? They will LOVE Reposed. I got a six month subscription for my birthday earlier this year and I adored it. Not only do you get a great book to read but there are added treats in the box, such as luxury chocolate, face masks etc. You can choose a rolling monthly subscription at £12.50 a month or a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription with an added discount.

What I really loved about it was that I read books I may not have chosen myself. In the six books I received, there was only one that didn’t float my boat.

Here’s a whole bunch of book subscription services – including some charity ones.

Reposed book subscription

Give the gift of plants

I adore plants and love having them around my flat, particularly as I don’t have a garden. Why not purchase a plant as a gift? If your friend or family member doesn’t live near you, you can have them delivered (in the UK). I love Beards and Daisies as they have beautiful plants with added extras, such as biscuits, candles or chocolate. They have a Christmas range too with my favourite being the Terrarium Kit.

Terrarium kit from Beards and Daisies
Image from Beards and Daisies

Give the gift of relaxation

Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty stressful year. If you know someone who could really use some relaxation time, give the gift of a floatation session. It’s been scientifically proven to improve mental and physical wellbeing in as little as an hour. Purchase a gift voucher from Floatworks in London – or check if there are any floatation sessions at local spas in your area.

Floatworks in Vauxhall
Floatworks Vauxhall

National Trust membership

What could be better than the gift of coast and countryside? A National Trust membership would give your loved one/s access to over 500 places across the UK – from historic buildings to gorgeous parks. They offer gift memberships for individuals, couples and families and buying a membership supports charity.

Workshop vouchers

Give the gift of learning a skill! There are so many places around the UK that offer workshops – from candle making to pasta making. Here are just a few suggestions in London:

  • Pasta masterclass workshop at Officina 00
  • Bread Ahead offers a range of baking classes – from making doughnuts to Scandinavian baking
  • Floristry workshops from The Flower Appreciation Society – from DIY bridal workshops to a hand tied bouquet workshop
  • Learn how to make candles from the comfort of your own home with Earl of East
  • Coffee lover? Then these virtual coffee making workshops from Climpson & Sons will make the perfect gift

I hope this Christmas gift guide has helped you to find some awesome gifts for awesome – but difficult to buy for – people!

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An alternative Christmas gift guide

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.



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