Christmas all wrapped up: A 2017 gift guide

Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration? Suzanne Baum rustles up her top pick of products on the market, making it a very merry time for all the family!


Christmas and food go hand in hand together but when it comes to gifting, you’ll be stuffed if you think about handing over a Turkey. Instead, for the food lovers in your life, how about……
Tinc Advent Calendar
Tinc Advent Calendar, £28

Move over chocolate Santa’s, this is an advent calendar worth relishing but without the calories.  The festive advent calendar from Tinc, is made up of 24 individual boxes, each a different size and containing new and exclusive limited edition gifts that can’t be bought in the stationery store. Think festive keyrings, gadgets, fingertip crayons etc.

Gardeners Hamper, £24.99

This festive food box will certainly get you in a pickle for all the right reasons and you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy it! Featuring a delicious mix of Golden Baked Cocktail Biscuits baked with Leek and Caerphilly Cheese, Ale Chutney, Beetroot and Thyme Dressing, Nettle & Caper Pesto, Rosemary and Garlic Olives and  Poachers Pickle.

indoor allotment
Indoor allotment, £24.99

Grow your own herbs without the need to step foot outside. This green-fingered gem comes complete with three miniature plant pots that fit snug within the picket fence and include drainage holes to keep your herbs healthy. In the shed you will find snips, soil pellets and a pack of three seeds; Coriander, Basil and Oregano, perfect for getting your herb garden started in time for your Xmas meal!




 All she wants for Christmas is………the women in your life can often prove tricky to buy for, especially at Christmas. How about these gifts to get them singing your praises?

Feather & Down Sleeping Bag
Feather & Down Sleeping Bag, £15

Christmas is all about winding down and chilling out and what better way to do so than relaxing with a well-deserved, restful night’s sleep. This present includes an eye mask, sleep balm, pillow spray and melting shower cream – all designed to help you nod off.


Lip Balm, from £15

Not only do these taste finger-licking good but they look divine and really do the trick in soothing sore lips. The gorgeous compacts are ideal for young girls who love the Alice in Wonderland theme and will make perfect stocking filler.

Orla Kiely home fragrance
Orla Kiely Acorn Fig Mini Home Fragrance, £22

This may be a mini fragrance kit but it sure packs a punch when making the house smell good! The pretty packaging and candles is a great Christmas pick-me-up, as is its fragrance which really gets you in a festive mood.




Whether you are planning on having a tipple or not, a drink at Christmas is an absolute must. Your loved ones will certainly give a toast to these presents.
Beer Hawks Advent Calendar
Beer Hawk’s Advent Calendar, £75

It’s the most wonderful time..for a beer and this is an ingenious gift! Full to the brim with a selection of different beers it is hard to believe that this is an actual-working advent calendar but it really is-provided you limit yourself to one beer a day! It makes not only a great table centre piece but a talking point too.

soda stream
SodaStream White Fizzi, £99

The retro drinks machine is cool again and a great source of fun for all the family. It looks very stylish and sleek and thanks to an array of different mixtures you can now make sparking water and flavoured sparkling water in seconds. Sips for success….

Gin & Tonic Infusion Kit, £17.50

The Sous Chef Gin & Tonic infusion will liven up the classic G & T or you can even create your own personalised gin infusions with this kit that comes complete with an array of exciting garnishes. An ideal gift if you are visiting friends over the festive period.




It doesn’t matter what age you are, be a big kid at heart and enjoy my pick of the best gifts for children.

retro game
 Retro Pocket Games, £14.99

With over 100 games to choose from this tiny games machine is compact enough to carry around, making gaming-on-the-go so much easier! Watch out adults as with blasting asteroids or racing in the pixel Grand Prix, you’ll feel nostalgic with some of the old-time favourites.

Jelly Sweet Gummy Treat Maker, £49.99

This colourful machine will enable you to make your own jelly sweets at home. The set includes an electric melting pot and four silicone moulds in the shape of hearts, dummies, snakes and stars. You can make up to 32 sweets and with going-home bags included you can send your guests off on a high!

Personalised illustrated encyclopedia, £12.99

Filled with interesting facts about the world, animals, the human body, food and more, this makes a great Christmas gift. The fact you can personalise it with the recipient’s name makes for a nice personal touch and will prevent anyone else getting their sticky Xmas pudding hands on it.


Sainsbury’s Home Personalised Lightbox, £12

Light up your home or welcome in the reindeers with this very reasonably priced light-up box. Make a statement with the letters and turn on the background lights to illuminate your message. Take it from me, you’ll all be fighting over it.

art of football print
Football art, varying prices

Football fans everywhere will love what’s on offer from the guys at Art of Football. The brand creates hand-crafted designs to try and emulate the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical kick of a football. They only produce a limited number of each design, so your T-shirts & prints, like any good piece of art, are exclusive and completely original. GO-al for it


Design your own kids T-shirt, £15

Keeping the best to last in my opinion is this wonderful idea from lawyer- turned- businesswoman Amanda Berg. Fed up of her kids’ growing demands for screen-time she decided to encourage their love of art which developed into her own T-shirt business. This is a wonderful idea if you want a gadget-free activity to do over the Christmas holidays; kids design their own T-shirt from a template, send a picture of it and Doodazzle print it and send it to them so they can wear it! A perfect statement piece.
Hopefully this has provided some 2017 Christmas gift inspiration! Happy shopping!

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About Suzanne Baum

Suzanne has worked in journalism for nearly 20 years and specialises in real life, parenting and family travel features.
After a five-year job as section editor for the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, she went into freelance writing, where she has had work published regularly in the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Sun, the Times, Red, Junior, Practical Parenting, Mother & Baby, Take a Break, FHM, Men’s Health, Zest, Conde Naste Traveller, Best and Bella.
A former shopping editor for Your Family magazine and features editor on The Jewish News, she now specialises in writing on family travel and is a product reviewer for Babyworld, MadeforMums and Healthista.