The ultimate gift guide!

By Ellyn Peratikou

If you love the smell of pine needles, enjoy a spot of carol singing and consider indulgence of mulled wine a festive ‘must do’, then you’ll be over the moon that Christmas is finally here!

A time to eat, drink, sing and be merry, it’s also a time to spread a little joy – easily done with a fabulous gift idea, or two. But what to buy and who to give what? With only a handful of shopping days left until Christmas, here we take you through our ultimate gift guide to those last minute gifts that will see their wishes made fabulous…

Traditional must-haves 

We might laugh when the usual socks and slippers turn up in our Christmas stocking but, if they ever didn’t turn up one year, we wouldn’t half miss them. A traditional gift doesn’t have to be dull, just be sure to select the funkiest socks for him and the prettiest pair of chic and comfy slippers for her.

Going off on a sexy, yet still traditional, tangent, luxury lingerie can always be found on a lady’s Christmas wish list. There are plenty of saucy underwear ranges out there for you to choose from, and this little addition will add seductive spice to Christmas-time – particularly when worn with stockings of the non-festive kind.

Speaking of luxury, leather accessories are always well received by stylish members of friends and family, namely a statement handbag for her and a good quality wallet for him. There are so many sleek, dapper wallets available on the high street in a swish array of colours and designs, while we believe ladies will show bags of love to the giver of a classic tote which is now totally on trend.

As much as we love Christmas, we’re well aware that, post-December, the winter blues really kick in – along with a cold snap that generally lasts until March. With this in mind, scarves and gloves are very much appreciated. Leather mittens are all the range now, as well as the Scandinavian-style neutral woolen scarfs.  These are the types of gifts that keep on giving as your receiver will whip them out year after year.

Above all, Christmas is a time to sparkle, with jewellery and cufflinks guaranteed to make the festive season shine. There’s no doubt ladies will love the bang on trend statement jewellery; perfect for that party where she wants to make an show-stopping entrance. Gents can take her hand with pride, showcasing a stylish set of cuff links.

Novelty gifts

A season of joy, nothing says ‘festive fun’ quite like a novelty jumper, so be sure to snap one up for every member of the family. Come Christmas Day, the kids will be delighted with their festively sequined motif tops, while mum and dad will be resplendent in their knits and animal motifs – and if hubby is resisting wearing one, just tell him that the reindeer designs are very Mr Darcy!  

Festive technology 

Speaking of ‘all the family’, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the kids – but how do you keep them entertained? Well, this year early predictions suggest that the tablet will prove to be the most popular gift. From Samsung to Apple, all the big names are there, ready to help little ones play as they learn. 

About the author 

Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 240 stores across 28 countries. It gives customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions. Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams which now totals more than 25 established names. Visit for more information.

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