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Ten ways to find the perfect Christmas gift

How to choose the perfect gift this festive season

From luxurious cashmere to stargazing adventures, wine club memberships, or the chance to commission your own sculpture, we’ve rounded up some of the more unusual Christmas gifts ideas for you to discover.

1. Make storytime come alive this Christmas

Let children discover a new world of screen-free imagination-building with their favourite literary characters. The Toniebox is an innovative audio device that enables little ones to interact with stories and songs in a truly engaging and fun manner. It has no screens or complicated controls – simply place your chosen Tonie character on top of the Toniebox, and the story or song related to that character will begin to play. Kids can pinch the cube’s rubber ears to adjust the volume, or tap the side of the Toniebox to skip or rewind – it’s so easy to use, that busy parents can sit back and take a much-needed break, and watch their kids enjoy their new storytime friends. Choose from a vast array of Tonies, including the Gruffalo, Zog, Fireman Sam, Toy Story and Peppa Pig at tonies.com.

2. Slip into quality, British-made footwear

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Footwear is to Northampton what steel is to Sheffield, and Shakespeare is to Stratford-upon-Avon. Often referred to as the spiritual home of shoes due to centuries spent perfecting the craft, the town of Northampton has been built around the footwear trade. Continuing this local tradition, Crown Northampton is a fifth-generation family-owned business that specialises in made to order luxury trainers, desert boots and leather-soled slippers. Treat yourself or that special someone in your life and order by 6th December for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery. Visit crownnorthampton.com and add code XMASGIFT in cart notes to receive a complimentary Saphir Medaille D'or cleaning pack. Offer valid till 6th December 2020.

3. Practise self-care this Christmas

Take advantage of having more time for self-care at home this winter with this hair removal laser product from Tria. Featuring diode laser technology, the device achieves impressive results at a fraction of the cost of a professional salon. Safe and simple to use, Tria Laser 4X can permanently remove hair from the face, neck, legs, bikini line and underarms. The product is available from £375, comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and is boxed in premium packaging, making it perfect for a gift. Save 20% on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X this Christmas with the code ‘GREEN’. Find out more at triabeauty.co.uk. Offer ends 20th November 2020. You can check here to see if the device is safe to use on your hair colour/skin tone.

4. Bundle up in luxurious cashmere
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With autumn in full swing and the holiday season approaching, now’s the perfect time to wrap up in warm, luxurious cashmere. From autumnal hues of red and orange to deep blue and tartan patterns, Cashmere Choice offers a range of richly coloured garments to keep you and your loved ones cosy. Its cashmere scarves are all made in British mills recognised for their distinguished heritage and unrivalled quality. Enjoy winter in sophisticated style and warmth with 25% off a beautifully woven, ethically sourced cashmere scarf from cashmerechoice.co.uk. Offer valid until 15th December 2020.

5. Stay in shape this festive season

As we head into the festive season and beyond, it’s time to start making plans for the new year, and there are few healthier ideas than planning your own home fitness centre. JLL Fitness can help you build a home gym, identifying the best products to suit your ability. It offers a broad range of cardio and weight-training equipment for all levels, so you can plan your daily exercise regimen from the comfort of your home. It also offers plenty in the way of gift ideas, whether you’re after a dumbbell as a stocking filler or a full kit for a loved one. Get your home gym experience off to a flying start with 10% off the retail price using discount code HomeGym10 at jllfitness.co.uk. Offer valid until 31st December 2020.

6. Jump in muddy puddles with Squelch

Jumping in muddy puddles is always joyful – and Squelch takes the fun a step further with transparent wellies paired with colourful welly socks, encouraging children to create their own style. The socks are available in a Tots range for one to two-year-olds and Minis, which fit three to six-year-olds. And just in time for Christmas, Squelch has launched sparkly wellies and adult welly, ski and hiking socks. Visit squelchwellies.com to find out more.

7. Reach for the stars this Christmas

Give the gift of an incredible experience and the chance to observe the glittering night sky for Christmas. One of the finest spots for this is Kielder Observatory in the Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland, the largest Gold Tier-protected dark sky park in Europe. The team hosts family events for young explorers, relaxed events for people with different abilities, introductory events, and events focusing on phenomena such as the aurora and dark matter. Booking is essential and can be done via kielderobservatory.org.

8. The perfect gift for art enthusiasts

Choose a gift with a difference, and support eminent and emerging artists at the same time, with a wide variety of magnificent sculptures in a range of styles to choose from. ArtParks International offers a selection of over 11,000 sculptures with prices from £200 to £200,000, in a range of sizes, varied in style, material and subject. This includes figurative, traditional, contemporary, abstract and representational. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not commission your very own? For more information, please visit artparks.co.uk.

9. Indulge in pure wool bedding

It’s the perfect weather for long, indulgent lie-ins, so make your bed your personal sanctuary this festive season with British-made wool bedding from Baavet. It offers everything from mattresses and pillows to duvets and throws — all in hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking wool. Baavet even has a range of doggy beds and duvets for your four-legged friends. The all-natural fibre helps to regulate temperature in bed and can help to contribute to a better night’s sleep. The team at Baavet is so confident in its duvets that there's a full 30-day, money-back guarantee on offer, no questions asked. Visit baavet.co.uk for more details.

10. Have a truly merry Christmas by joining a wine club

Just like jazz and Pilates, fine wine is something you always mean to find out more about once you have time. The Online Wine Tasting Club makes this an easy thing to find time for by sending five delicious wine samples through your letterbox each month. This commitment-free club is hosted live by wine experts; you’ll learn what goes into making great wine and where to find the hidden gems. Each month, there’s a different country, climate or grape variety theme, with winemaker interviews, questions for the hosts, wine news and fun quizzes. To arrange your online wine tasting experience, either with a one or six-month subscription, visit onlinewinetasting.club.

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