While some may approach Christmas shopping with a sense of military precision; ready to tackle the local shopping centre with a carefully curated gift list they’ve been putting together since September, some of us are (unfortunately) not quite this organised. If you’re in need of some last-minute inspiration this year, here are a few seasonal gift ideas to get you started…
Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas: a spa break is the ultimate way to treat the special woman in your life. There are plenty of health farms and countryside retreats that promise a weekend (or longer) of massages, swimming and sauna sessions. Why not also treat yourself with a romantic ‘gift for two’? Cowley Manor near Cheltenham, is a spectacular country house hotel specialising in couples’ retreats, with an award-winning spa that offers a full range of massages, wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Men can be notoriously tricky to buy for – and especially so if you’re shopping for someone who insists that they’d like to receive socks each year. For gift ideas for men that buck the usual stereotypes, try shopping online at Not On the High Street – this quirky website brings you unique, hand-picked gift ideas from creative small businesses, and their range is hugely varied. Here you’ll find everything from personalised iPod docks to hip flasks and pinhole cameras; perfect for gadget and tech lovers.
For everyone else
Christmas is the time to kick back and indulge in the finest food and drink, so what better way to treat foodie friends, family and colleagues than with a festive hamper? Whether you go for a fruit basket, selection of wines or a hamper full of sumptuous chocolate treats, it’s almost guaranteed to be well-received. Luxury department store Harvey Nichols offers a great selection of indulgent Christmas hampers, ranging from cocktail-making sets to champagne and truffle gift boxes.
Of course, while Christmas is all about the joy of giving, there’s no reason why festive shopping can’t also be rewarding for you. When you shop with an American Express credit card, you not only earn membership reward points on virtually all your purchases, but also get the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive cardmember offers, including discounts at high street favourites like Ocado and the White Company. Apply online to find out more.
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