It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and normally the most stressful too! Shopping goes from a pleasurable way to spend a few hours with your girlfriends to a cutthroat, hostile war zone. So let Semple take some of the stress out of your Christmas shopping with our Christmas gift guide:
Picking a present for your partner can be an emotional minefield. If you have been together a long time, you probably know pretty well what they would like, but try to steer clear of practical presents; something frivolous is always more fun! If it’s a fairly new relationship play it safe and go for something light-hearted and never go too over-the-top romantic until those little three words have been uttered.
iPad Air 2 // Topman – Reindeer Christmas Jumper, £30 // ASOS – Reclaimed Vintage Moustache Cufflinks, £15 // Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre
“Oh don’t worry about getting me anything; I don’t know what I want anyway!” Sound familiar? Most Mum’s are selfless to a fault and will be concentrating too much on what they are buying everyone else without even thinking about what they want. So make sure you spoil your mum this Christmas with a special present that they wouldn’t buy for themselves. Try a voucher for a spa treatment or afternoon tea for two. If all else fails, jewellery.
Michael Kors – Lexington Rose Gold Tone Chronograph Watch // Pandora – Moments Star Silver Bangle
Is your Dad hard to read when it comes to Christmas presents? Then play it safe and get him the latest crime thriller hardback. Or bring him into the future with a Kindle Fire. If your Dad prefers to be a bit more active get him some bits to help him work his DIY magic.
Book – James Patterson – Hope to Die // Cox and Cox – Carving Set // Cox and Cox – Multi Purpose Tins
There are not many people you would clothes shop for but you know your bestie inside out. Treat her to the latest winter styles from the high street or splash out on some perfume. If you are a bit strapped for cash a true best friend will never turn her nose up at a good ole bottle of something alcoholic – providing you are there to drink it with her of course!
River Island – Sleeveless Leather-Look Faux Fur Gilet // Oasis – Dora Backpack // Chanel No. 5
By Samantha Vandersteen