Right, let’s just cut the crap before we start this thing. I know, and you know, that there are 3 types of people we have to buy for this time of year. And these are the people I’ll be focusing on for this Christmas gift guide.
There’s the group most commonly talked about at Christmas; the group of people you love dearly and actually care about sending presents to. Then there are the people who already have everything they’ll ever need because they’re seemingly richer than the Queen, and nothing you think of buying for them will be good enough. Finally, there are those people you really wish you weren’t related to / didn’t know. Yep, you have to buy presents for babies who aren’t even a year old yet, distant cousins you’re pretty sure you’ve never met before, and secret santa presents for co-workers you probably despise.
Take a breath. Stressed? Well chill out, that’s what I’m writing this for.
I’ve found the ultimate list of the best Christmas present ideas for all the people in your life, whether you love ’em or hate ’em, and turned it into a pretty epic Christmas gift guide. So grab yourself a cuppa, pull out the cleverly planned list of gifts you’re buying for people, and get ready to get this whole Christmas gift buying thing over and done with.
- 1 Christmas Gift Guide For The People You Actually Love
- 1.1 1/ An Xbox One / Playstation 4
- 1.2 2/ Funny Socks
- 1.3 3/ 7″ Touch Screen Allwinner A13 Tablet
- 1.4 4/ Firebox Mystery Box
- 1.5 5/ A Kindle
- 1.6 6/ Newgate Fred Alarm Clock
- 1.7 7/ Amazon Fire TV / Apple TV / A Chromecast
- 1.8 Honourable Mention – Keyring Gadgets
- 2 Christmas Gift Guide For The Person Who Has Everything
- 2.1 1/ A Cocoone CocoOne Lounge
- 2.2 2/ Graf von Faber-Castell Platinum Plated Perfect Pencil
- 2.3 3/ Hendo Hoverboard
- 2.4 5/ Gold Plated Staples
- 2.5 6/ A Trip To Space
- 2.6 7/ The Kahiko Table
- 2.7 Honourable Mention – The Wedgwood Advent Calendar
- 3 Christmas Gift Guide For The People You Don’t Care About
- 3.1 1/ Secret Santa Box
- 3.2 2/ An E-Card
- 3.3 3/ Car Eyelashes
- 3.4 4/ The Re-Gift
- 3.5 5/ Crafting With Cat Hair
- 3.6 6/ Frozen Loom Bands
- 3.7 7/ Nails Inc Gift Box
- 3.8 Honourable Mention – Homemade Gifts
- 3.9 Share this:
- 3.10 Related
Christmas Gift Guide For The People You Actually Love
Ahhh, these are the people you actually appreciate being in your life. Mum, dad, the boyfriend or girlfriend, the wife or husband, the BFF etc etc. These are the people you don’t mind spending the money on, and you’re really hoping for a good reaction when they open up their present. So you’d better make sure the present’s actually a good’un, right? Turns out Christmas 2014 has some pretty awesome deals popping up on the best of the best gifts.
1/ An Xbox One / Playstation 4
Probably the top lusted after Christmas Gift of 2014 – a next-gen games console. This Christmas gift guide really wouldn’t be complete without one, so I thought I’d chuck in two. If you’ve got a gamer in your life who can’t leave their Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 alone, this is the present they’d appreciate the most.
If you’re not sure which console to go for in the whole Xbox One VS PS4 problem, the best thing you can do is ask their friends (or them themselves if you can word it sneakily enough) what console their friends have. Because even if they’re playing on a Playstation 3 right now, if all their friends are getting Xbox One’s they’d probably rather have that so they can play online with them. Either way the deals above are incredible.
If you’re looking for games to give them with it outside of the bundles, the ones below are the best picks right now for different ages:
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare – £44 (PS4 or Xbox One) Destiny – £35.99 on PS4 or £39.85 on Xbox One Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – £40.31 on PS4 or £39.26 on Xbox One
2/ Funny Socks
Get The Set Of Four Comedy Socks From Notonthehighstreet.com – £21
Normally socks are a really naff gift you get from a distant relative and think, great, just what everyone knows no one wants. But these are different. You’ll at least get a chuckle from the receiver as they open up their Christmas gift to find these 4 pairs of socks (you could wrap each individual pair for more comedic value, or even give 2 pairs to one friends and 2 to another).
These are a great way to put a twist on a classic Christmas gift to bring it up to date for 2014, or even to make a point to someone who gave you a horrible sock present last year (I’m looking at you dad…).
3/ 7″ Touch Screen Allwinner A13 Tablet
Get The 7″ Touch Screen Allwinner A13 Tablet From Amazon – £30.80
This was an incredible find from Bex, the lovely blogger over at I Always Believed In Futures in her Christmas Gift Guide For Children. I agree, it is very pink, but you can splash out a whole extra £1.70 for the white version. And what’s the absolute best thing about this tablet? It’s so cheap compared to everything else on the market you won’t mind when your kid inevitably scratches it. Or smashes it. Or tries to chew part of it off. A smart purchase for your tiny terror.
4/ Firebox Mystery Box
Get The Firebox Mystery Box – starts from £24.99
If you’re not sure what to get someone and you really want to go all out, get the Firebox Mystery Box. There are 6 to choose from – The Spicy Box, The Unusual Box, The Foodie Box, The Japanese Box, The Booze Box and The Gadget Box.
I’d recommend the Unusual Box, because it’s still just £24.99 and you really can’t guess what they’re going to get. Reviews have said the boxes are always incredible value, and mostly cheaper than buying each of the items it comes with separately, so you’ll be getting a good deal. You also won’t have to take responsibility for anything they get. If they hate it, just say you had no control over what was sent!
5/ A Kindle
Get An Original Kindle From Amazon – £69
Get A Kindle Paperwhite From Amazon – was £109 (if you buy soon it’s only £99!)
Get A New Kindle Voyage From Amazon – £169
An E-Reader is a classic Christmas Gift, and for 2014 there’s really nothing that competes with a Kindle. It’s the top of so many Christmas lists I’m surprised Santa isn’t just chucking them out of the sky already.
I’ve already given you a detailed look at the difference between each Kindle and told you which one would be right for you, so give yourself a quick refresher if you’re deciding between the three of them. Even your grandma can handle one – trust me, as soon as mine got her hands on one she said it changed her life! You can expect the newer Kindle Voyage to fly from retailer’s shelves before Christmas, so make sure you grab one before Manic Monday hits.
6/ Newgate Fred Alarm Clock
Get The Newgate Fred Alarm Clock From John Lewis – £20.00
Another awesome blogger pick, this time from Gedlab’s Home & Lifestyle Christmas Gift Guide 2014. This clock is stylish, could be a Christmas gift for him or her, or even for kids! Nowadays we know it’s bad for our sleep to use our phone’s just before bed, and we’re much more likely to if we use them for our morning alarms. Let your gift recipient know that when you give them the thing most people are forgetting now – the standard alarm clock.
7/ Amazon Fire TV / Apple TV / A Chromecast
Get An Amazon Fire TV From Currys – £79
Get An Apple TV From Currys – £79
Get A Google Chromecast From Currys – £30
There are so many people stuck with old, non-smart TVs complaining about the rest of us from 2014 who know how to get Netflix on our TV without a massively priced upgrade.
If you have a family member who absolutely adores the shows on Netflix, or watching videos on Youtube, grab them an Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV and offer to help set it up for them. For the more tech-savvy relatives and friends, a Chromecast will do. You use it to stream whatever you’re watching on your phone, tablet or laptop straight onto your TV. They’ll love it and you’ll save a bit of money compared to the more expensive two.
Honourable Mention – Keyring Gadgets
We featured 7 amazing keyring gadgets a little while ago, and they’re all perfect Christmas 2014 stocking fillers. Take a look, they’re good if you’re on a budget too!
Christmas Gift Guide For The Person Who Has Everything
I’m sorry, you need to come to terms with the idea that you really can’t afford anything for this not so/loved one. So this list of Christmas gift ideas will probably be more useful for those of you lucky few who are just as rich as the person you’re buying for. For the rest of us, we’ll just get a good chuckle out of the kind of ridiculous things you can afford to waste more money on than we’ll make in our lifetimes…
1/ A Cocoone CocoOne Lounge
See The Cocoone CocoOne Here (But Don’t Expect To Be Able To Buy It – You Have To Enquire Just To Find Out The Price!)
Is the person you’re buying for so incredibly rich they need a physical shield to keep them from their poor haters? If so, they’ll love the CocoOne! It’s a ridiculously expensive (and not too comfortable looking) bed for two. It’s described as being a ‘relaxation lounge’ to help you escape from the oh so stressful outside world. If your friend absolutely hates the outdoors because it’s much less private than the inside of their mansion, they’ll definitely appreciate the thought that went into this Christmas present!
2/ Graf von Faber-Castell Platinum Plated Perfect Pencil
Get The Ridiculously Priced Faber-Castell Platinum Plated Perfect Pencil In Brown On Amazon – £156.63
In Black – £177.49
When you’re rich, you can afford much better than multi-pack pencils. Oh yes, you need pencils worth at least over £100 each (which will last you probably about a week of use).
No there’s really nothing special about the quality of these pencils compared to standard ones. But they’re great for showing off.
3/ Hendo Hoverboard
Back The Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter (And Grab One Of Your Own) For $10,000 (£6380)
This is still just a kickstarter, but they’re on their way soon (and you can order one for yourself through it). Being rich, your recipient will obviously have a need to be at the forefront of all future technology, whether they’re too old for it or not.
Don’t worry if they have a bad hip or absolutely no sense of balance, the Hoverboard Christmas Gift will still be well received and mainly used for show anyway…
4/ The MVP Aircraft
Get The MVP Aircraft For Just $289,000 (£184,392 – No Joke)
This plane / boat for two is incredibly unique in that, you actually won’t have the room to sit next to each other once you stop it in the water. Don’t let that and the large price tag put you off though, your buddy will love it! Now they can travel the whole world by air or sea as long as they’re a registered pilot (only a minor detail of course, they could afford to hire one for the day to take it out if they really had to).
It’ll be shipped out to them in 2018/19, so you might want to get them something small to tide them over until then. Like this next gift…
5/ Gold Plated Staples
Get 24 x 14 Carat Gold Plated Staples Here – £47.18
Being so wealthy, your recipient must be inundated with business meetings and reports to file. But like the Faber-Castell Pencil, you can’t expect them to use stationary designed for us average Joes can you? Don’t be ridiculous, they haven’t got to the wealth they have today by using commoner stationary!
With only 24 per pack, you’ll need to ensure you buy at least 5 or 6 boxes to keep them going. If you just give them the singular box you’ll be laughed right out of their drawing room! Combine this with the pencil to make the perfect gift set.
Now even their usual files can say ‘hey, look at me, I’m better off than you!‘. And trust me when I say, that’s truly the greatest gift of all.
6/ A Trip To Space
Reserve Their Spot On The Virgin Galactic Flight – $220,000 (£140,367)
No Christmas gift guide for the obscenely wealthy could possibly be complete without a trip to space. Don’t listen to the news! People pulling out of their seats because of the safety fears is only a good thing – for you. It means there’s plenty of seats left for you to snap up. Grab one for each of the people you love, and hey, you could even go with them!
This is especially good for the ‘seasoned traveller’ who’s always boasting about the amazing places they’ve been. They think they’ve been everywhere, then you shove a ticket to space in their face and they’re forced to shut up completely. Until they get back.
7/ The Kahiko Table
Get The Kahiko Table From Ancientwood Ltd. – $100,000 (£63,803)
Why is this such an expensive table? Because the wood used is so old, and has a rare ‘wave’ appearance that makes the surface appear 3D. I mean, it won’t be much of a surprise when they see it all wrapped up (hey, have you just wrapped up a table? It really looks like you’ve just wrapped up a table…), but it’ll make a lovely addition to one of their many spare rooms.
Though you might want to warn them never to actually use it. Like most of the things they own, it’s much better as a display piece. You wouldn’t want to scratch the most expensive table in the world would you?
Honourable Mention – The Wedgwood Advent Calendar
Get The Wedgwood Advent Calendar From Harrods – £12,000
If you want to give them a magical run-up to Christmas, they’ll need the right Christmas calendar. £12,000 is a small price to pay for the joy of opening it every day. And hey, at least the presents behind each door don’t just get eaten. Although the calendar itself will only be good for Christmas 2014 and useless for the next year…
Christmas Gift Guide For The People You Don’t Care About
It really sucks that I have to even waste the time writing a list for these people into this Christmas gift guide, but they are so difficult to buy for. You don’t want to spend a lot (if any) money. So that’s what we’re going to do. Plan to spend as little as possible, because you really shouldn’t care how they see you anyway.
1/ Secret Santa Box
Get The Secret Santa Box From Firebox – £9.99
So your office is doing a Secret Santa and you have no clue what to get your co-worker. You don’t know them well enough (and you don’t want to waste the time trying to get to know them any better) so you’ll never find something they’ll actually appreciate. Get this box – they’ll open it, and whether they love or hate the present inside you can’t be blamed, you don’t know what it’ll be either!
2/ An E-Card
You’ll Love SomeECards (They Might Not Though…)
What is the point in buying absolutely everyone you know a card they’ll probably just chuck away anyway? For those distant relatives and the rest of the office you didn’t get a Secret Santa present for, just ask for their emails and make them one of these. It’s not rude. It’s smart. You won’t get top marks for effort, but you will for saving money!
3/ Car Eyelashes
Get A Pair Of Car Eyelashes From Amazon – £1.69
These look ridiculously terrible, but the title says they’re ‘sexy’ and it’s written on the internet so it must be true. Pick them for someone you know who’s a little too into their car, or blind.
4/ The Re-Gift
Got a present last year that you don’t really want? Maybe something like a body wash giftset. Well just because you got it last Christmas doesn’t mean someone won’t enjoy it for Christmas 2014. Try to make sure you don’t send it back to the same person (but if they sent you something so bad you want to get rid of it, they probably won’t remember they gave it to you in the first place) and you’re golden.
5/ Crafting With Cat Hair
Get Your Copy Of Crafting With Cat Fur From Amazon – £8.39
Ick. If they like ridiculous money saving advice then this is the purrrrrfect present for them. Or any hardcore cat lovers out there.
6/ Frozen Loom Bands
Get A Set Of 6 Frozen Loom Bands From Poundland – £1
Here’s an epic bit of advice for you. Children in 2014 LOVE Frozen and they’re still obsessed with loom bands. Sure, the only thing that makes these even remotely related to Frozen is the branding, but they’ll still fall for it. At that price you can buy one 6 pack for each relative’s kid or family friend’s little darling you have to buy for that you don’t really know – bargain.
7/ Nails Inc Gift Box
Get The Nails Inc Gift Box From Very.co.uk – £2
There’s really not much to say about this. They’ll open it and expect much more than a budget nail varnish, but hey, nail varnish is a perfectly acceptable Christmas Gift. And it says it’s a gift box! So you don’t even need to package it neatly.
Honourable Mention – Homemade Gifts
Unless your job is making things, or people have bought from you in the past, no one wants anything you’ve made yourself. But you can still watch a bunch of Youtube tutorials, make people some cards or presents, and they won’t be able to say a bad word about it. Know why? They’ll think you’ve put thought, time and effort into it. Win!
And that’s it. Hopefully you’ve found something for all the people in your life. If you’ve found any Christmas gifts for 2014 that you think I’ve missed, let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter!