In the UK today it's the last day to order online gifts that will arrive in time for Christmas (though always check with individual retailers). If you're still floundering in a sea of yuletide present decisions, not knowing which direction to swim in (wow, I couldn't even think of a festive metaphor) here's some last minute ideas to help you... not drown. Sorry. I'm so excited to play Obama Llama (above), it looks so much fun! In teams you race against the clock to guess the answers which are a celebrity doing something, and they have to rhyme. For example, if the clue was Scottish breakfast TV presenter is making a wobbly pudding, you'd first work out that the celeb is Lorraine Kelly, and know that her activity rhymes with this, so she's obvs making jelly. I've watched people play this on YouTube and its looks hilarious. The same people have made Mr. Lister's Quiz Shootout, another team game where you have to answer questions from lists (such as name Walker's classic crisp flavours), and the teams with the most points get to go through to the next round. I'm not sure really how to play it (great review, Sarah), but I bet it will be as much fun as Obama Llama. Both games are available from John Lewis.
Surely you've got your Christmas chocolates sorted by now? If you don't - how's about eating actual Christmas tree in yours (well, the scent of it). Creighton's (above), the makers of the most beautiful chocolate bars you ever did see, have three festive specials, including Christmas Tree which is scented with fir. It actually smells amazing, and unsurprisingly - just like a fresh festive tree. This one is dark chocolate, but for milk fans they have Toasted, a cosy, wintery bar containing marshmallows and a hint of smoke. White choc lovers will go crazy for Candy Cane, a sweet treat with crushed up peppermint candy canes - it looks, smells, and tastes out of this world. They also have an adorable Gingerbread house, but made with chocolate and not yucky gingerbread (I only found out this year that gingerbread houses disappointingly do not taste like ginger biscuits). Everything is divine, and handmade by a lovely mother-daughter team. You can also pick up the bars in Liberty and Harrods if you happen to be passing by.
I'm definitely a Chatty Feet fan, I've written about them before, and included their insanely cute baby socks in my Christmas gift ideas for toddlers post. These are super soft socks, fantastic quality, and each one comes with it's own character designed on both sides of the sock. I'm loving this Artist Collection, four famous artists in a special gift box. Ideal for the art lover in your life, or for pretty much anyone with a sense of humour. Speaking of shopping for arty people, maybe you know someone who loves stationary, quote prints, and gorgeous colourful paper and card items? They'd probably love the Yoohoo HQ subscription box, which can be bought as a one-off gift, or as a three month or longer monthly subscription. It's staggeringly good value for money, this isn't everything that came in the box (below), and it's great for people who like to decorate their desk space, or to have a supply of cool greetings cards to send. This would be the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
Beauty fans will love this Liz Earle Sparkling Skin gift set (below) containing their world-famous Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and two muslin cloths. They also have some limited edition Cleanse & Polish sets, including this gorgeous orange and mint one. It comes in a beautifully designed tube with a muslin cloth, and smells like Christmas on your face. You can actually order Liz Earle Christmas gifts up until Tuesday 22nd with free delivery. Give someone the gift of the softest, cleanest skin they've ever had this year, this stuff is really good.
Flamingo Gifts are great for last minute presents and stocking fillers, like these fun bits (below). I am in love with the Hazel Nicholls You're Magic makeup bag, it's the cutest! I also chose their origami set as it's perfect for gifting to kids in the family to keep them quiet. The moustache plasters are a hilarious gift for anyone, and no medicine cabinet should be without some hipster band aids. One of my sisters is crazy about the Santoro Gorjuss range (though I can't see the attraction myself), so I got her this pack of emery boards. They are actually quite sweet little handbag-sized red ones. I would quite like them myself...
Other gift guides I've already posted (which you can order from today) include:
All items were gifted to me from brands, except the games in top picture, which I bought myself.