Christmas all wrapped up: An alternative gift guide

Want to make Christmas day for the woman in your life a cracker? Suzanne Baum presents an alternative gift guide for the girl who has everything/wants nothing/is difficult to buy for.

My best friend is lucky enough to work for the fashion site Net-a-Porter so she has everything she could possibly need when it comes to luxury gifts. My mother on the other hand is adamant the only gift she wants is good children (and grand-children in my case!) And then there are my female colleagues who are not only half my age but on trend when it comes to what is cool or not – meaning they are impossible to buy for!   

So when it comes to buying the women in my life gifts; cashmere scarves, thermal socks, a bottle of bubbly and some perfume just won’t make the cut. With the festive season just around the corner, I was determined to have the gift of the gab when it came to present buying. If you are looking to raise not only a glass (but a smile too) with the women in your life this Christmas, take note from my list of suggestions below and start stocking up!

Home comforts


It’s a Date!

One Line a day five-year diary, £9.59,
This gorgeous leather-feel diary is the perfect gift to record your memories in. Life may be hectic but capture your thoughts and write a simple sentence each day – it’s amazing how the memories will come flooding in when you look back over the next five years.



There’s s-no-w place like home

The ultimate snow globe, £3270
If you are buying for someone who has everything then this snow globe will knock the winter socks of your loved one. Provided you are willing to splash the cash, this is a very special keepsake that includes diamond snow and a micro sculpture of their family.


rocket gardens

Bloomin-g marvellous

A rocket garden, £24.99,
Rocket Gardens offer a range of gift vouchers for instant vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. Once redeemed, a lovely box full of baby organic plants is delivered to the lucky recipient’s door at the perfect time for planting – all they have to do is pop them in the ground and enjoy the organic home grown food their new garden produces.

My favourite is the Compact Herb Garden gift that is packed with delicious, fragrant treats you can add to culinary creations straight from your garden, or even windowsill. A perfect gift for a food fan, it includes rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, parsley, mint, chives and marjoram.

Massaging bath pillow, £19.95,
Sold by gadget specialist Gizoo this bath pillow is the perfect pampering experience. Run your wife a bath and then let her relax with this pillow that will send massage vibrations over the body to help rejuvenate and relieve the aches and pains of the day. All she has to do is lie back and enjoy and only lift a finger to change the speed and intensity of the massage!


Power-ful gifts

Phone-charging purse, from £44.95,
The recipient of this gift will never run on empty thanks to the clever phone charger device hidden in the bag. These trendy new clutches are the perfect size for your cash, phone and lippie, and will keep you fully revved up with their built-in 4000mAh rechargeable battery, capable of bringing Micro USB and Apple Lightning devices back to life for two full charges.


emoji keyoard

Smiley, happy people

Emoji keyboard, pre-order price $49.95,
Due to launch soon, this eye-catching keyboard can be ordered online from abroad and will be sure to put a happy smile on everyone’s face! You can use your keyboard to express emotion through the use of emojis – sending emails will have so much more meaning at the touch of a button!


Wraps earphones, £19.99,
Fed up of untangling your earphones? Then these are a brilliant idea as they are designed to wrap around your hand and be worn as a bracelet when not in use. Whether wearing them in your ears or as arm candy, wraps remain tangle free and in a range of colours can be worn to match your gym gear!


doodle case

Pen a note

Doodle case for ipad, to personalise by Eat Sleep Doodle, £22.50,
Every woman likes to be a bit creative so this is a great way to express yourself and a very original Christmas gift! Design your own iPad case comes with five wash-out pens meaning you can customise your iPad case and then when fed up of the design wash it off and make a new creation!
The cotton case features an iconic notepaper design – printed both sides to look like a sheet of note and graph paper.


SMART breakfast maker, £59.99,
This is the perfect combination of a toaster and egg poacher in one! The clever concept enables you to have your toast and eggs at exactly the same time. It can boil up to six eggs at a time, or poach up to three whilst toasting two pieces of toast. Less juggling, less mess and it helps that it looks good too!


Tasty Treats-you’ll be sure to hamper after one of these!
Cafédirect Handpicked, from £24 for a three-month gift,
This is a monthly subscription, premium coffee service that showcases the finest coffee from around the world. Each month, your love done will receive a different coffee from Cafédirect Handpicked’s Discovery Collection, specially curated by experts who have unearthed hidden gems from the finest farms across the globe – from Tanzania and Vietnam to Brazil. As well as experiencing hidden coffee gems, they will also be able to learn about their coffee thanks to a tasting booklet that comes with it.



Cooking mama

Gousto Christmas Brownie kit, £6.95
Get the whole family involved with a bit of cooking, thanks to this bakery delivery box which was created by Michel Roux and provides all the ingredients and a step by step guide delivered to your door. If you can’t bear to bake, then take a look at the website as it has a brilliant range of menu boxes that you can choose from.


Cocktail pastilles gin selection, £9.99,
These are by far top of my list (hint, hint) when it comes to sweet gift treats and a brilliant invention that will put everyone (over the age of 18!) in a merry mood. The box of six sweets are so delicious it is hard not to eat them up in one go! As you bite into them, they are infused with gin and are the perfect party treat to any festive party at home! Go online and search the products that come in a huge variety of flavours.



Hot tot

The some like it hot package, from £17.50,
If your loved one is used to drinking cold tea due to a hectic lifestyle then this flask set will ensure she has hot drinks on the go!  The gift contains a thermal flask in a range of colours and you can add to it a gift of biscuits, hot chocolate or tea to ensure for mum’s-on-the-go they have everything they need!


G&Tea hamper, £50 &
Featuring some of the finest teas in the world, this gift from the tea company We are tea is perfect for those who like a good old cuppa! Different to your usual Xmas hamper, this gift contains a selection of teas, along with a bottle of gin should you fancy not being tea-total!

Designs on You

A Tate membership, £70,
Tate Membership is a great gift for all art and culture lovers and includes free, unlimited exhibition entry at all four Tate galleries including the show-stopping 2016 line up of Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg and Paul Nash..
You also benefit from exclusive Member talks, events and viewing hours, plus a year’s subscription to Tate Etc. magazine with the latest art news and the bi-monthly Tate Guide

Made of Carpet, Price on request,
Forget your usual handbag; these will really impress your loved one! Victorian-style carpet bags, handmade in Europe out of real carpet, have been showcased on the catwalk and it goes without saying they are so soft you could walk on them! An ideal fashion accessory, vintage-lovers can’t get enough of them.


Map of love

Mapiful, £40,
Got engaged in Venice or gone on safari in South Africa? This wall poster can be created to mark a special journey you have made. You can design your own map of anywhere in the world – from small villages to large cities across the UK and world.
The maps are stylish and work well with the on-trend Scandinavian monochrome look, so interior lovers will like this gift as well.


U star novels, £16.95,
This is most definitely NOT for your mother but better suited to your wife or girlfriend! Why not make them the star of a saucy novel starring her as the leading heroine and you as her dashing hero? These books feature you and your leading lady on every page with over 30 of your personal details weaved throughout the story such as hair colour, eye colour, even favourite hobby and car are included! You can choose how saucy you’d like the story to be, from romantic through to erotic.

Love Umbrellas Butterfly Candy pink (2)

Shower her with love

Love Umbrellas, £29.95,
Whatever the weather, you can be sure the only thing raining down on your lady is love if you spoil her with a Love Umbrella! This company creates beautiful umbrellas and parasols for weddings, fashion, and every day use and come in a range of stunning designs and colours.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. 03 December 2015 / 09:49

    I can’t believe the price of that snow globe! But this is a great list of ideas!