By Charlie Bell
There’s no better time than Christmas to show the ones you love just how much they mean to you. Which is why shopping for those all-important people can be a daunting task.
From finding the best Christmas gifts for mom to the best Christmas gifts for dad, where do you start when it comes to hunting down that perfect gift for your own parents? You want to give them the absolute best, they did raise us after all, so how do you find something that measures up to that?
And then there’s the new parents, ones who are just navigating their way around this whole new world. You want to gift them something that makes their new (sleepless) lives a little easier such as a handy gadget, or something to help them relax.
What about the veteran parents who are just trying to keep the little kids entertained (especially during lockdown). Gifts such as family board games will go down a treat here - although often lead to arguments!
We know it’s an absolute minefield. But with every kind of parent in mind, we’ve scoured the shops to find the best presents they’re guaranteed to love.
The best Christmas presents for parents to shop now
Made Outline Clock
A beautiful addition to any living room, this contemporary clock will wow whoever you gift it to as soon as they unwrap it. We love the monochrome look with the touch of gold to add a bit of glamour to your home.
Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light
RRP £79.20, John Lewis
Most parents could do with a better night’s sleep and this nifty gadget will give them a helping hand. It allows them to wake up naturally at their desired alarm time with a gradual light and a wake-up sound if they need an extra alarm. Waking up to gradual light has been proven to boost mood and energy levels. They can also set it to wind down naturally at bedtime with a sunset feature. Hello eight hours kip!
Personalised Cartoon Family Print
From £12.75, Not on the High Street
If you’re after something super unique and a bit quirky, then this personalised family print is the one for you. Recreating family members as cartoon stick figures, you can choose up to eight people to be included, as well as pets! It’s available in an array of colours to match any room décor as well. Perfect gift for parents old and new.
National Trust Joint Membership
RRP £120 a year for two adults, National Trust
A membership with the National Trust is the gift that keeps on giving. With this membership they can enjoy free entry to over 500 National Trust spots across the country all-year round, plus a National Trust magazine three times a year. They’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to days out and weekend walks. You’ll also be helping support the charity too and help protect the stunning places.
Orange Ceramic Jug
RRP £59.50, Oliver Bonas
This bold jug will add a pop of colour to any kitchen or dining room (and it has us dreaming of summer!) Its beautiful leaf design has a shiny glaze finish and can be used for anything from serving up your morning OJ to entertaining guests with a pitcher of sangria. You could even use it as a jug for flowers. The possibilities are endless and it’s sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Selfridges Classic Christmas Hamper
You can’t beat a classic Selfridges hamper when it comes to indulging in some luxury goodies! Packed with oodles of treats, such as a Festive Chocolate Box, Christmas Spiced Tea, Boxing Day Chutney and a bottle of 2010 Malbec, this should have something to please everybody. Plus it is so beautifully presented you don’t have to worry about wrapping either, hurrah!
600 Piece 2-in-1 Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaws have actually become incredibly trendy recently, especially with most of us being stuck at home this year. This 600 piece 2-in-1 number will get the whole family involved. A mix of larger and smaller pieces so different ages can join in, the halves all fit together to form a whole picture. Suitable for 8 years and up.
ROBERTS Revival iStream 3 DAB+/FM Internet Smart Radio with Bluetooth
RRP £199.99, John Lewis
Parents will adore this retro style radio boasting modern technology. As well as listening to radio stations around the world, they can access streaming services such as Spotify or connect wirelessly by Bluetooth. It’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa so they can use voice control too. Super snazzy and hi-tech, it’s available in nine colours to suit any style.
Mindful Chef Family Recipe Box
Prices vary depending on recipes, Mindful Chef
Take the pressure away from cooking with a recipe box. Mindful chef does all the hard work, providing high-quality ingredients for zero food waste and step-by-step cooking instructions delivered straight to the recipient’s door. Perfect for new parents who may not have much time on their hands – they’ll really appreciate this thoughtful gift
VertuoPlus Coffee Machine Chery Red
RRP £179, Nespresso
This super sleek coffee machine will slot into the smallest of places. There’s five cup sizes and a fast heat up time for those impatient needs-their-coffee-first thing kinda parents. Simple to use, it’s a must-have for those lazy Sunday mornings and those work from home days. Once they have one, they’ll wonder how they ever coped without it!
Create Your Own Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering Set
RRP £19.90, Not on the High Street
Any parent will certainly appreciate a little ‘me’ time and this pampering kit is ideal for the eco-conscious too. You can personalise the products to suit the recipient’s needs as well as adding a name and a message. Everything is vegan-friendly and product options include soap, candles and face masks.
Tile Mate 2020 Phone and Key Item Finder
RRP, £19.99, Argos
For the parent who is always losing something this clever gadget will be an absolute time-saver. The Bluetooth finder can be attached to everyday items such as keys, wallets and kid’s pencil cases and will be able to find it within a 200ft range. We reckon it might be worth buying several of these….
RRP £29.99, Lakeland
Prepare to take their cooking skills up a notch with this sleek pasta machine. Easy-to-use and beautifully styled in stainless steel, the traditional rolling machine will transform home-made dough into lasagne sheets, tagliatelle, spaghetti and linguine. Nothing tastes as good as freshly made pasta and this will be loved by budding chefs wanting to up their skillset.
Crosely Cruiser Leopard Print Vinyl Record Player
RRP £89, Anthropologie
This suitcase-style record player will go down a treat with music-loving parents. They can play their old vinyls and reminisce about the good old days, as well as getting down with the kids and listening to digital music. The leopard print design gives it extra pizazz and would make a stunning statement piece on a sideboard or table.
Fine Silver Triple Aperture Hinged Photo Frame 3x3
RRP £35, The White Company
For sentimental parents, this triple photo frame will help them treasure special memories. Made from silver-plated stainless steel it’s excellent quality and comes beautifully presented in a smart white gift box. Go the extra mile and pop in family photos before handing it over.
The White Azalea plant
RRP £34, Bloom and Wild
If you’re unable to see the recipient in person this is a great one to arrive through the post. Delivered through the letterbox with easy arranging tips and a pop-up cotton rope white pot, this would be a lovely surprise to receive. The Winter Azalea is a fitting choice for the festive season with its snow-white flowers too.
Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor.
She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.
With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_
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