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Festive gift ideas 2018

Festive gift shopping season is upon us.

In Britain, only 24% of people save their Christmas Day shopping until December. And with Diwali, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Chanuka all taking place in November and the start of December, many more people will have completed their gift shopping by the end of November.

Chocolate is the most popular gift for adults in the U.K. It’s easy to see why because it’s easy to buy. Almost everyone loves chocolate, and manufacturers put it in such attractive Christmas packages. I don’t know about you but I start to panic when I see chocolate mounting up in my presents pile. The festive season is already a time of indulgence, I don’t need any more! It brings Money Savings Expert, Martin Lewis’s 9-year campaign to mind – to not throw away money on things people don’t need or want, and to think about the pressure you put on recipients with your own gift-giving, and on the rest of your community if you’re extravagant with your children.

Nearly half of shoppers plan on buying their gifts in the supermarket. As a recipient of a paltry selection of fitness and drinking accessories from my other half one year, I don’t recommend this for domestic harmony.

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Or maybe that’s why shoppers will spend an average of over $100 dollars on themselves during Christmas shopping!

All together we will also spend more than $5 million on our pets for Christmas.

That’s a lot of money. But how can you resist?

Here’s Princess Phoebe in her Christmas jumper last year!

Let’s not forget those less fortunate than ourselves during the festive season. There are many initiatives to buy a homeless person Christmas dinner, or buy essential items for those in need at home and abroad.


Two thirds of you intend to spend less on Christmas this year compared to last year according to Bobatoo Insurance’s 2018 Christmas Spending survey. You will spend most of your gift budget on family members rather than your children (or, of course, your ever-neglected partner or spouse – or friends!). The majority of you will spend less than £150 on gifts for your partners.

This means that we’re all under increasing pressure to find a special gifts for loved ones that are great value for money.

Do you know what you’re buying for your family or partner this year?

Festive Gift ideas for women

Here are some lovely ideas for women for around £65. And yes, there’s chocolate in there, but it redeems itself with fizz and body butter as well.

Classic Black

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Hotel Chocolat hamper

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Black and white bag from Debenhams

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Radley black purse from Debenhams

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Lipsy silk scarf from Blue Flamingo £65

Festive green

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Luxury gin hamper from Hamper.com

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Sloane Square silk scarf from Blue Flamingo £65

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Map print dressing gown from Trouva

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Summer concert for 2 from Debenhams

Pretty in Pink

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Make up set from Revolution

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Hibiscus scarf from Blue Flamingo £65

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Michael Kors bangle from Watchshop

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Valentino perfume giftset from The Fragrance Shop

Festive gift ideas for men

And here are some ideas for men for around £35.

Blue for boys

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Hip flask from Not on the High Street

Blue holdall from Not on the High Street

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Blue Abstract pocket square from Blue Flamingo £35

Slippers from Debenhams

Multi colours

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Mode silk pocket square from Blue Flamingo £35

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Risk Game of Thrones edition from I Want One of Those

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Stag Head glass from John Lewis

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Luxury movie night from I Want One of Those

Autumn bronzes

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Leather gloves from Not on the High Street

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Personalised whisky gift from Find me a Gift

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Wine lover’s gift from Find me a Gift

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Downtown silk pocket square from Blue Flamingo £35

Most popular gifts category

The most popular gift category is clothing and accessories which nearly two thirds of adults will purchase. And two thirds of people will do their shopping online. So what are you waiting for? Click here and find unique luxury accessories online for the best gifts for loved ones this festive season.

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Author Blueflamingo

I am an artist/designer, passionate about fashion, art and aesthetics. I have been working in the artistic field for over 20 years and Shopblueflamingo springs from my love of stunning accessories. I design my pure silk scarves and pocket squares for those who celebrate being different and enjoy standing out from the crowd.

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