No postage needed: Super last-minute Christmas gift ideas!
Posted 15th December 2021 by SOCKSHOPHow did that happen?! In the blink of an eye Christmas has once again crept up on us and, for some, that means the traditional late mad dash for presents.
Much like last year, it might not be easy for everyone to nip to town for an 11th-hour shopping spree – but never fear, SOCKSHOP is here with our top five ideas for last-minute alternative Christmas gift ideas. No need to worry about hanging around for the post, or how many shopping days remain – these gifts are good to go!
1. The gift of… fresh new tastes
Though millions of us have made the switch to (at least some) home-working over the past two years, it seems we remain ever busy. So what better to gift the time-poor people in your life than clawing some back?
Recipe boxes and food & drink delivery subscriptions are all the rage right now, having won over even the most discerning culinary critics with their ease, fresh ingredients and of course, delicious, diverse recipes. Subscriptions can be bought weekly, monthly, annually – it’s your call. So even if you’re just after a smallish gift for a friend or family member, your short-lived treat could provide the impetus they needed to change things up going forward.
Why not try?: There are plenty out there to try so take a good look – we like Hello Fresh for families, Gousto for variety and Allplants for vegan food.
2. The gift of… doing your bit
Ask many people what they need for Christmas and many will reply “well nothing, really”. In fact, the thing that would bring them the most contentment come Christmas Day would be the feeling of having effectively donated their present to someone, or something, that does.
From Christmas favourites like adopting a donkey, to helping fund guide dog training and supporting animals further afield there are plenty of options the furry friend-loving people in your life will truly thank you for. That’s not to mention donations to other charities, so many of which have taken a catastrophic hit during the pandemic and need your support more than ever. Doing their bit could be the right option for lots of people this year.
Why not try?: Worthy causes mean different things to different people, so pick something personal to them. Among those doing great things include The Donkey Sanctuary, Cancer Research UK and Shelter.
3. The gift of… free bingeing
With cold weather and maybe even more instructions to stay inside on the horizon, surely one of the most thoughtful last-minute gifts you can set someone up with is that of entertainment. Streaming seems to go from strength to strength every year, so maybe one of the new kids on the block could offer the perfect gift for your special someone this year.
Treat the sports fan in your life to a festive season on the sofa with a month’s worth of Now TV, allowing them access to the full complement of Sky Sports channels for the busiest period of the year. Music fans will surely relish the chance to see The Beatles: Get Back now streaming on Disney Plus, or why not try them on BritBox – itself now delving into the world of exclusive content.
Why not try?: This one’s well worth a scout around to make sure the streaming gift card you choose is a match – but if in doubt you can’t beat the big boys Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV.
4. The gift of… trying something new
You can’t put a price on memories, and you won’t find many people who’d turn their nose up at the idea of a free, new experience. Luckily for you (and them) an ever-growing selection of sites specialise in just this – helping you select either vouchers, or specific days out you know they’ll love.
With both virtual and in-person experiences available, choose anything from cooking masterclasses, language lessons, distillery visits, guitar tutorials or spa sessions – right up to adventures like treetop orienteering, tandem bike rides and even flying lessons… they won’t be forgetting these gestures in a hurry!
Why not try?: Thousands of experiential businesses now offer gift vouchers and packages, for just a few check out Red Letter Days, buyagift and Virgin Experience Days.