On Monday the 18th of December I have made a flight at Gatwick’s Gate 101 with 3 minutes to spare, which makes me an authority on leaving things to the last minute. So that I have my Christmas presents bought and packed under an imaginary Christmas tree is a bit of a miracle. However, if I didn’t have international flights to catch I probably would get to the last minute too…it is in the best tradition of all Christmas rom-come after all (remember John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale fighting over a pair of gloves?).
If you’re short on time and still need the odd gift before Monday morning, here are a few ideas to save on decision-making time and just head directly for the prize (plus a number of still delivering on time online gifts).
Snow Fairy and the Christmas range from Lush
Known as the most migraine-inducing place on earth, this chain of handmade cosmetics best known for their bath bombs is a staple of British high streets (and a number of foreign ones too). 100% vegetarian, not tested on animals and devoid of extra packaging that adds to the waste made in the holiday period, and now with ready made gifts starting at £10.95 there’s less to decide. Give the gift of relaxation and encourage the busy (London) girl in your life to take better care of herself (I could to with one of those too, btw!).
Essential Sleep Kit by Neom Organics (Available at M&S)
This is a brand created by a City Girl who used to have a demanding job at Glamour and so knew first-hand what a busy City Girl (and boy) needs. The brand has strong ethics not only when it comes to ingredients, but also in their mission: they support Action for Happiness. Give the stressed person in your life a chance at better sleep this Christmas (88% had a better night’s sleep on the Neom sleep programme -user trial involving 65 female subjects undertaken 3rd quarter 2015-).
Three Month World Kitchen Spice Subscription by The Spicery
One of a number of options for the cook in your life, whether they use cooking to relax after a long day or keep a more elaborate menu for special occasions, or they make their living as a food blogger. It’s cheaper than buying them the Braun blender, although I highly recommend it too.
All-In-One Essential Skincare Set For Men by Rugged and Dapper (Available on Amazon)
Up the grooming game for the man in your life (including yourself if you are a City Boy). Natural ingredients but good strong products for the gentleman on the go created by an L.A. husband and wife team, and the brand supports a number of charities too.
Classic Christmas Gift Box with Fizz by M&S
It gets to the point you are running out of things to buy your parents who have had everything since they got married and people bought doubles on the Wedding List for some reason, but it’s not just parents. Food is the almost ultimate cop-out gift because everyone enjoys it, and it needs to be new every time.
DIY Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar by Lauren Conrad
Slightly more elaborate than just buying ready made stuff, but cheap and Pinterest-worthy, this recipe is a classic from the website of my generation’s Martha Stewart.
Gin Shake, Muddle, Stir Book by Dan Jones or Eat like a Londoner by Tania Ballantine or The 500 Hidden Secrets of London by Tom Greig (Available at Oliver Bonas)
There are 3 things that over-stressed and under-slept Londoners love: gin, Instagramming food places and complaining they have no time to do anything while drinking gin in a food place. Buy a Londoner the ultimate picture prop they may not read because if people really read books they would be sending bloggers out of business. Oliver Bonas has shops at major train stations too, so you can get your hands on one of their many lovely gifts while commuting home on the last day at work, or on the way to the shires to be with family or friends.
Another thing that is common in train stations is, of course, a food shop, The last resort for present is always a bottle of whatever they enjoy drinking, or chocolates. Here are some ideas to get you started on wines.