You think you’ve bought all of your gifts for Christmas this year.
Then your neighbour comes round with a box of chocolates. Soon after, your mum’s friend drops by as she’s in town. And so on and so on.
It’s a familiar process: you don’t want to leave them empty-handed but you haven’t actually got any spare presents bar a half-eaten Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
We’ve come to the rescue with our guide for buying some last-minute gifts to stash away for any family, friends or neighbours that suddenly drop by.
Oh, and if no one turns up? Even better – keep them for yourself.
Here’s our round up.
Slingsby Experience Box, Slingsby, £18
If there’s one thing you should always stash away, it’s booze. This one will work well as it looks really thought-out. Stocking-filler sized, it has three miniature bottles of gins: London Dry, Yorkshire Rhubarb and Navy Strength.
Flamigni Classic Milano Panettone, Sous Chef, £18.50
Again, keep food stocked for last-minute house guests. This one is wrapped beautifully so you’ll look like you’ve thought about this well in advance.
A traditional Italian Christmas treat, this panettone works for families so you won’t have to worry if a large group pops by unexpectedly.
5 Second Rule Game, Argos, £14.99
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a silly board game. If you think you work well under pressure, think again. Can you name three breeds of dog under the time pressure of five seconds? You’ll soon find out.
Mazet de Montargis Dark Chocolate with Yuzu, Sous Chef, £5.50
Proving you don’t have to break the bank to get something that is both aesthetically pleasing *and* tastes good. This chocolate tin from a luxury French confectioner will hit the spot nicely.
Flummoxed game, Oxford Games, £23.50
If you know someone with a stellar poker face, Flummoxed could, well, flummox them. Players have to ‘translate’ a foreign word and give a fake but plausible definition of it into believing the definition is correct. Be warned: it’ll be carnage after a few.
Le Mini Macaron, House of Fraser, £45
This one’s for nail lovers. This gorgeous gift box includes a luxe gold champagne mini LED lamp, 2 mini gel polish colours and a nail file.
Christmas Breakfast Teabags Feature Cube, T2, £16.00
If you’re a fan of chai lattes and gingerbread, this may well be the best tea in existence. Avoid giving this to any Scrooges though.
Starbucks X Skinnydip card pack, Skinnydip, £3
Bring back card-giving, we say. This Starbucks and Skinnydip collaboration works whether it’s your neighbour or a distant relative.
Hennessy, Clos19, £31
A collaboration between Hennessy and contemporary graffiti artist JonOne, this bottle works a treat for anyone who loves both art and cognac.
Mince pies, Whole Foods Market, £7.50
Keep packets of mince pies stored for any last-minute guests. This has vegetarian mincemeat which contains real brandy and lots of fruit. We won’t blame you if you accidentally polish off the box though.
The Book of the Cat: Cats in Art, Laurence King, £12.99
Cat lovers will be in for a surprise. This collection of feline art and illustration by artists from around the world is interspersed by short text about artists and their subjects.
Champneys Bubble Heaven, Boots, £16
Can’t make it to the spa? A trio of bath soaks from luxury spa hotel Champneys should give the receiver a pampering trip to rival a spa break.
Scented candle, Kikki K, £12
This fruity scented candle is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of me-time or wants a motivational pick-me-up.
Biscuit box, Biscuiteers, £20.00
Biscuiteers is a great option when searching for cute foodie presents. This one is filled with six hand-iced Christmas presents including mittens, a hat and a snowflake.
Words To Inspire, Kikki K, £15
This would suit someone who is into travel and adventure. Get motivated every day with 100 inspiring quotes and beautiful images.
Dog cracker, Lily’s Kitchen, £3.49
Why should humans have all the fun? Get a guest’s dog to join in the fun with these Christmassy biscuits filled with natural turkey, cranberries, thyme and cinnamon.
Buffalo Travel Wallet, Typo, £15
Give this to anyone who *always* loses their ticket/ID/Nando’s card. It has three tabs so they have no excuse to be disorganised again.
Mulled Wine Magic Loose Leaf Feature Tin, T2, £15
Christmas isn’t Christmas without mulled wine. This festive favourite contains tar anise, hibiscus and orange wedges but we like the tin for looking as if you’ve got your life together.
Six Piece Starter Set, EcoTools, £10.72
A six-piece brush kit, this set is 100% cruelty-free and vegan so works for vegans or anyone who refuses to buy make-up that’s been tested on animals.
Fall in Line, Amazon, £6.99
Perfect for any young adults or YA fans, this dystopian fiction for young adults features BAME characters and a ‘one-size fits all’ education system.
It poses a timely question: what would happen if the government took things too far?
Bourjois Makeup Essentials Cracker, Feel Unique, £10.50
What’s better than a cracker? A make-up cracker, that’s what. Teen girls will adore this one and the set includes an eyeliner, lipgloss, masacara and blusher. It’s on offer so get in there quick.
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