Buying for your family or friends – male, female, young or old can be a pretty tricky task. The joy of seeing someone open a present that they truly love is hard to match.
However, getting to the point of giving a gift can feel impossible – especially if you’ve left it later than you originally planned. We’ve all been there!
Sometimes the best way to make a decision is to simply have a browse. It will get your creative juices flowing and might help you see something that you would never consider before. There are only so many times that you can get away with some socks, chocs and a bottle of booze…
But if you cannot stand the thought of a jam-packed shopping centre or high street look no further than our edit of the best gifts for 2017. We’ve got you covered for everyone from your husband to your favourite couple, Godchild or friend.
Big or small, this gift guide will not only offer you some real inspiration, if you see something you like you can follow the link to add it straight to your basket.
Buying good gifts has never been easier; take a look to see for yourself.
Best Gifts For Women
Treat that special lady in your life to something truly spectacular…
This Works Night Time Bliss Gift Set, £25
Encourage some well needed relaxation with this Night Time Bliss Gift Set from This Works. The award-winning British skincare brand only uses ingredients that harness the best in nature and is a pioneer in finding cleaner alternatives to sulphates, GMOs, phalates and parabens. The set is exclusive to John Lewis so head to your local branch or follow the link below to purchase.
Panasonic Micro-Foaming Facial Cleanser, £150
This nifty gadget helps skin look and feel amazing. The Micro-Foaming Facial Cleanser, a Japanese-inspired device, leaves skin feeling smoother and offers a luxury-feel facial every day. In fact, it offers 18 times better cleaning than hand washing. Use the soft brush for deep daily pore cleansing or use the warming titan plate for efficient make-up removal. This is a must-have for anyone serious about their skin regime.
Powder Beauty Box Subscription, from £15
Treat your loved one to a special gift every single month with this beauty box subscription! It is perfect for beauty and make-up lovers and includes products from well-know brands including NARS, Urban Veda and Nip+Fab. With prices starting from £15, it’s an affordable present that will keep on giving and is great for spreading the cost of Christmas. Powder’s special edition Winter Beauty Draw is available now, full of luxurious winter beauty treats that will help you combat the cold weather and get ready for party season. This box’s price point is a little higher at £50, but includes 12 products – 5 of which are full sized. And, as there’s no subscription commitment, it’s perfect for first time beauty box users who want to try it out.
Mark Hill Salon Professional Hair Dryer, £59.99
Everyone can appreciate a good hair dryer. No one has the time or patience to sit under the heat of an under-powered basic blower in the morning or ahead of a night out. So why not treat your loved one to the Mark Hill Salon Professional hair dryer. It is Boots’ number one best-seller at Christmas and for good reason. With over 25 speed and heat combinations, hair drying doesn’t get much more high tech!
Alex Monroe Bumblebee Necklace, £150
Is there anything more lovely than a quality piece of jewellery that can stand the test of time? We think not and this is where the Bumblebee necklace from Alex Monroe steps in. It has been a best seller for the jewellery brand for almost 10 years. The simple design is chic and elegant and will make the perfect addition to any outfit, smart or casual.
Woman & Home Magazine Subscription, from £29.49
A woman&home subscription is the perfect gift for a woman defined by her attitude and not her age. Filled with exclusive interviews, beauty and fashion advice and delicious recipes, reading woman&home is wonderful pastime when paired with a cup of tea or even a glass of wine in the evening.
Studio by Preen Red Cable Knit Roll Neck Jumper, £59
Nothing says winter like a big cosy jumper. You’re loved one can snuggle into this very chic roll neck from Studio by Preen, for a super stylish casual look. The Preen Debenhams collection is one of the most exciting designer collaborations to hit the high street. If this jumper doesn’t tick all the boxes head to view the whole collection for plenty of inspiration.
Great Gifts For Men
Put a smile on his face with one of these great gifts…
Tile Sport & Style, Phone, Keys, Item Finder, £49.99
Know someone who is always losing their phone or keys? They need this! Attach a tile to your house keys, wallet or any other item and use your smartphone,, tablet or watch to find it. You can also use the trackers to find your smart devices. As long as your phone is within 2000-foot Bluetooth distance, you can find it by clicking the tile twice to call it – even if your phone is on silent!
The London Sock Company Subscription, from £30
We get it – socks are a fail safe present. If you are looking for a twist on this easy option why not go for a sock subscription? With the London Sock Company subscription you get a pair of stylish, luxury socks every month. You can choose from gifting one, two or three pairs a month. The minimum subscription is three months so £30 would get the recipient a new pair of socks for three months in a row. The subscription service is a great way to spread the cost of the festive period.
Anki Cozmo Robot, £199.99
Know someone who is a bit of a big kid? They will love this robot! The recipient will need to own an iOS or Android device in order to control Cozmo using the free app. Cozmo grows and develops his personality as he spends time with his owner. You can learn coding as you develop and play with him. At just under £100 this isn’t cheap but it is sure to be a gift that gets everyone talking and wanting a go!
Panasonic i-Shaper ER-GD60 3-in1 Trimmer, £74.99
If he has been looking for a shaver that delivers a quick and easy shave, look no further. The i-Shaper’s impressive fixed round blade has a lifetime of three years, so the man in your life can keep well-groomed without the hassle of replacement blades. This shaver has 20 different cutting lengths making it perfect for those who have a beard or like to keep their stubble trimmed. Featuring the latest technology, this shaver is a step ahead of the rest and the perfect tool to keep up with today’s faced-paced lifestyle. The RRP is £99 but can be purchased from Amazon for £74.99.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne Fragrance Gift Set, £91
John Lewis fragrance buyer Madeleine Cable describes this fragrance as having a “a classic fragrance with a determined and self-confident style”. If that sounds like your man this is the perfect gift for him. If you want to add a personal touch to the gift set and are in London, you can get personal monogramming on the hat box at the John Lewis Oxford Street store.
Gift Ideas For Couples
Buying for two can be fun even if it is a little daunting at first. Play on their personalities for something funny or get something practical you know they’ll appreciate…
Mixed Metallic Set of Four Wine Glasses, £32
If your favourite couple have recently moved in together or love to wine and dine, they will love these chic metallic wine glasses. The honeycomb patterned glasses are hand finished in copper, gold, silver and pewter foiling for a sophisticated look. Oliver Bonus also have champagne glasses and tumblers in the same design.
John Lewis Big Spoon Little Spoon Pillowcase Pair, £15
This cute and simple pillowcase pair is sure to put a smile on your favourite couple’s faces. Packaged in a quirky envelope style cover, it is also super easy to wrap!
Luckies Deluxe Scratch Map, £20
Know a couple that love to travel? Help them keep a track of their favourite destinations or mark off their to-do list with this deluxe scratch map.
The Windsor Collection Hamper, £100
Treat your favourite pair to a hamper they can share, you might be lucky enough to enjoy some too! The Windsor Collection Hamper from Marks & Spencer comes with two bottles of booze, coffee, marmalade, biscuits, cake and more!
Peleg Design Sumo Silly Egg Cups, £10.90
Looking for something silly? Try these Sumo egg cups. The egg cups will help you leave a personal stamp in your favourite couples home and are sure to bring a smile to their faces every time they see them! At just over £10 it is a budget friendly gift which is sure to please.
Grow Your Own Prosecco Gift Crate, £38
If your favourite couple love a glass or two of bubbly this is the perfect gift for them. The grape vine included has been specially chosen for its ability to grow in Britain’s unpredictable climate. Your fizz fanatics will need to grow the vine in a large pot but even the humblest of gardeners can get involved!
Gifts For Your Best Friend
Show your best friend how much you appreciate them…
Elemis Life Elixirs Essential Collection Skincare Gift Set, £99
Encourage your best friend to put their feet up for some relaxation time with this exclusive to John Lewis Elemis gift set. Included is four full size Elemis products: a calm perfume oil, a clarity perfume oil, a sleep bath and shower Elixir and an Embrace Candle. Designed to help you find inner peace, this gift set is like a spa trip at home. Why not put a date in the diary to relax together or you could wait hand and foot on your friend to give them an extra special gift? For a personal touch you can also get the set engraved as selected John Lewis Elemis counters.
Rosanna Happy Hour Plaque and Decanter Tag Set, £25 each
Do you and your best friend like to enjoy a tipple or two together? If the answer is a resounding yes this Happy Hour plaque is the perfect excuse to celebrate at home in style. The decanter tags are super chic and will make it feel like you are at a super swanky bar!
Classic Radley Pocket Bag, £125
It is the bag that sells every seven seconds – the Radley pocket bag was first launched in 1989 and remains one of the brand’s best-sellers. It has recently re-launched with a brand new style that includes a handy zip around feature which allows the bag to fit even more in. This bag is not only practical, it is very stylish and will likely become your best friend’s favourite bag!There are six colours to choose from and several other size variations. If you think they would prefer something a little bigger, the Radley Made in England capsule collection for AW17 has some fantastic offerings. Designed for a busy woman who it always on the go, the bags a functional and fashionable.
All I Want For Christmas Hamper, £35
Let your best friend tuck in to this delicious hamper from Hotel Chocolat and they will be thanking you for months. This particular gift set includes a Penguin Snowed Under Slab, Classic Christmas H-box, Ho Ho Ho – Milk Chocolate, Reindeer Lick, Salted Caramel Snowflakes, Champagne Truffles Ribbon Bag and a Mississippi Mud Pie Slab – Yum! Just the thought is making us hungry, maybe pop two in your basket…
You Had Me At Merlot Pom Pom Beanie Hat, £22
If your bestie loves wine, you need to get them this fun beanie hat! Crafted from a wool-rich blend for a soft and warm fit, it is an easy way to inject some character into seasonal dressing.
Family Gift Ideas
You can do better than that share box of chocolates this year, look like a gifting pro with one of these gifts…
Mr & Mrs Family Addition, £19.99
Get your favourite family playing together with this fun board game. Mr & Mrs Family Edition contains questions suitable for adult couples, families and even boys and girls from the age of 10. With over 1,000 new questions designed to uncover things you may not know about your nearest and dearest, this will certainly get every one talking!
Personalised Welly Boot Family Print, £24.50
This lovely personalised gift is sure to brighten any family’s home. Nessie’s popular watercolour print has had an update for autumn/winter 2017 and there is now even more wellies to choose from. Plus you can add wooly hats, bunting, sparklers or their exciting new festoon lights. You can be sure that they won’t have anything else quite like it and it is sure to be treasured by the whole family.
Amazon Echo Dot, £49.99
Why not give your favourite family a clever helping hand? The Amazon Echo Dot is a nifty little device that can set timers, play music, look up the local weather and eve make purchases! It is sleek and compact and will slot into any home with ease.
VonShef Fat-Free Hot Air Popcorn Maker, £20
Help make family movie time even more exciting (and tasty) with this Hot Air Popcorn maker. It is an amazon best-seller and for good reason. At just £20.00 it is the easiest way to create that cinema feeling in your own home. The popcorn maker also comes with 6 boxes so no one has to fight over the bucket!
For the little people in your life get something you are as excited to give as they are to receive…
Dubbed one of the most in-demand toys of 2017, if you can get your hands on a Luvabella Doll you might just make that special little-one in your life burst with happiness. The Luvabella Doll responds to affection and changes her face just like a real baby. She can play peek-a-boo ad giggles if you tickle her. She is also capable of learning over 100 words and phrases. Argos have recently restocked the Luvabella doll but other retailers also plan to re-stock them before Christmas.
Pie Face Sky High Game, £26.99
If you loved the original Pie Face game that took social media by storm a few years ago, you need the latest upgrade. The Sky High version requires some strength as it is set up like a strength-tester carnival game. It stands at three feet tall and is a great way to get the whole family laughing by either taking part or watching the fun unfold.
LOL Surprise Big Surprise Assortment, £59.99
Inside this one package is 50 never before seen surprises with exclusive dolls and accessories. Set to be one of the most popular children’s toys of 2017 you’ll need to grab one quick before all the shops sell out! It is great value for money and is guaranteed to keep them occupied for hours.
LEGO Creator 10245 Winter Holiday Train, £74.99
Know a LEGO fanatic? They will love getting stuck into this Winter Holiday Train set, exclusive to John Lewis! This could also make a great gift for siblings who can have fun together loading toys onto the train, watching the Christmas tree rotate or picking up passengers at the boarding platform.
Adidas Disney Frozen Backpack, £24.95
If you know a litte-one ho is still obsessed with all things Frozen, this funky backpack will blow their mind! The padded shoulder straps make this bag practical and comfortable to use and the all-over Frozen-inspired print will catch everyone’s eye. With just a small subtle Adidas and Disney label, this bag will still be trendy if they move on from Frozen. They will never want to let this one go…
Butterfly Mini Table Tennis Table, £39.99
A fun-sized replica table tennis table that allows you to play practically anywhere! It has 4 easy to assemble legs and weighs just 3kg. If you need to store it away simply fold in half. It comes with two bats and two balls, why not set up a mini tournament and encourage the whole family to get involved?
Feeling inspired by our round-up? We see a few things that will be going straight on our own wish list!