There’s always one, isn’t there? The colleague who surprises you with a hamper worthy of the Oscar winners’ gifting suite when you’d made a pact not to do presents. The relative whose existence unaccountably yet reliably slips from your mind between mid-November and late-December, every single year. The son or daughter who (surely) already has everything they could possibly wish for.
OK. Stop. Breathe. No, you haven’t left it too late. And no, you don’t have to brave the Oxford Street crush, because we’ve done the legwork for you. There’s a little gem amongst our selection of last minute gift ideas to suit every taste and every budget – all you need to do is point and click. And the best bit? The perfect gift is guaranteed to wing its way to your door, recipient or chosen collection point in time for the big day. Leaving you free to spend the rest of the Christmas countdown focusing on more important matters. Like basking in the smug glow you’ll be radiating in, ooh, about 15 minutes’ time…
1. Amazon Echo
One for the man, woman or child who thinks they have everything. Because, until they have a speaker which will not only fill any room with 360º omni-directional audio, but report the news, traffic, weather and football scores, turn on their bedside lamp and dial up the thermostat, without them lifting a finger, and before they’ve even got out of bed, they don’t. Yep, this is the hands-free, voice controlled speaker set to revolutionise our lives. Introduce them to ‘Alexa’ this Christmas and you’ll have earned yourself some serious brownie points…
Order by the end of Wednesday 21st December for Standard Delivery / Standard Pickup
Order by Friday 23rd December for One-Day or Express Delivery (Last order time varies by location)
Order by 12 noon on Saturday 24th December for Express Delivery (in London, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh only, subject to availability)
Order up to 8.45pm on Saturday 24th December for 2-hour delivery with Prime Now (in selected locations including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Portsmouth, subject to availability)
2. Floral Fun Christmas Pudding
Is it a pud? Is it a plane? No, rather ingeniously, it is, in fact, 18 white carnations and a single red rose. If you like the idea of being the talk of their Christmas dinner table, have this showstopping centrepiece delivered to their door on the 24th. Up the ante by adding champers, chocolates, or even a teddy bear to your order before you check out.
Order by 12 noon on Saturday 24th December for same day delivery
3. Classic French Desserts Cookery Class
Not On The High Street offers hundreds of gift experiences, ranging from the barmily bargainous to the indubitably indulgent, each of which can be delivered to your recipient via e-voucher within 24-48 hours. Keen cooks will relish the opportunity to make classic delicacies including strawberry mousse, almond twill, strawberry mille-feuille and chocolate fondant under the guidance of an expert chef in a 2-hour Classic French Desserts Cookery Class. If that doesn’t sound quite right, there’s a Craft Beer Brewing Course, Ukulele School Experience or Tea Mixology and Blending Workshop… Buying for a couple? Treat them to a gift experience for two. Static Trapeze for Beginners, anyone?
Order by Thursday 22nd December
4. Classic Canvas Print
Who could fail to treasure a gift they know was tailor-made just for them? Place an order for personalised Classic Canvas Prints, Photo Posters, Photo Books or Classic Wall Calendars on bootsphoto.com by midday on 24th December for free Same Day Click & Collect from your local Boots store. Go on, get personal.
Order by 12pm on Saturday 24th December for free Same Day Click & Collect
5. Rather Large Cracker
Packing 40 chocolates, including the irresistibly festive Mince Pie Brownie, Christmas Mess, Mulled Wine Truffle and Cinnamon Bun, plus 12 jokes and paper hats, this fully-functioning 2ft long cracker, complete with snap, is a guaranteed talking point. Just warn them not to pull it over the gravy boat… After something a bit more traditional? There’s something to suit the fussiest of customers amongst Hotel Chocolat’s range of Christmas hampers, which starts at just £25 and jumbles delicious sweet treats with festive fizz and cocoa-infused ales and body butters.
Order by 6pm on Thursday 22nd December for Nominated or Next Day Delivery
Order by 6pm on Friday 23rd December for Saturday Delivery
Order by 3pm on Saturday 24th December for Same-Day Delivery (subject to availability)
Order by 6pm on Saturday 24th December for Free Click & Collect (subject to availability)