The most wonderful time of the year can often also be the most stressful, as the pressures of buying everyone great gifts, cooking, entertaining and dealing with the in-laws mount steadily atop one another. While we can't help you cook up the perfect Christmas turkey, or lend you the patience to sit through your mother-in-law's PowerPoint presentation on the failings of your mince pies, we can definitely lend a hand with some Christmas gift inspiration! Here are 10 great ideas for Yuletide pressies that are sure to leave an impression...
1) Burberry Baby Banner Handbag – £750
Burberry are the Rolls-Royce of handbags, and this vision of loveliness in leather and English-woven check cotton is guaranteed to make any fashion lover's Christmas. Available in 28 other colours, there's plenty of room for personalisation with a different hue.
2) Lucky Voice Karaoke Kit – From £60
The perfect gift for music lovers that doesn't break the bank. Lucky Voice's Karaoke Kits are incredibly simple to use: just connect a laptop or iOS device for on-screen lyrics and some external speakers for audio (necessary wires provided) and you've got your very own at-home singstation. A great present for any family member who loves to sing whatever their age, or alternatively as a festive entertainment option that's a little more interesting than the standard family game of Scrabble.
3) The Story of NOW That's What I Call Music in 100 Artists
Who doesn't remember their first NOW album? This fab tome by Michael Mulligan is jam-packed with fun facts and figures from the 100 album history of the legendary music label, with plenty of WOW and well I never moments on everyone from Bananarama to Lady Gaga. A fantastic stocking filler for music aficionados of all ages.
4) Tabblue Speaker Table – £170
Yet another great present for music lovers! The Tabblue Speaker Table is a stylish three-legged table that (clue very much in the name) doubles up as a surround sound bluetooth speaker. The Tabblue also includes two USB charging ports and a built in microphone for hands free calls, and its rechargeable Lithium battery boasts up to seven hours of cordless play life.
5) Super Nintendo – £69.99
A superb shout for big kids that never really grew up, this miniature SNES will instantly transport gamers over the age of 30 back to their early childhood. It comes with 21 classic games loaded up on it, including Super Mario, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Street Fighter II. The mini SNES even includes Star Fox 2, a game that was designed for the original SNES but never actually released!
6) Harry Potter Cosmetic Brushes – £20
These swish and flick cosmetic brushes with wand handles are an absolutely brilliant stocking filler for Harry Potter fans. The kit from Boots includes a crease, fine line, shadow, and shading brush as well as a lash separator. Expelliarmbrush!
7) Homestar Pro Star Theatre – £105.99
Designed by Japanese inventor Takayuki Ohira, a world expert for planetariums, this Star Theatre from Sega is a cracking main present for kids fascinated by the cosmos, projecting a whopping 60,000 stars on to any wall or ceiling. The kit comes with two interchangeable projection discs, and there's also an awesome shooting star function.
8) Instax SQ6 Instant Camera – £99
A fun gift for Christmas day that'll let you capture memories in glorious retro polaroid simplicity as soon as it's unwrapped. The SQ6's bread and butter point and shoot mode is complemented by a few more technical specs like 'double exposure' mode and three strobe colour filters for arty types.
9) UGG Suede Slipper – £80
Wearing a pair of these UGG slippers feels like walking on a cloud made out of marshmallows and puppy cuddles; guaranteed to be a hit with mums/mother-in-laws!
10) A year of books – £135-250
The ultimate gift for bookworms! Every month, the booksellers at Foyles hand-pick the very best in your chosen genre from across the globe, and mail it right through the recipient's door. The hardback fiction subscription is the most expensive at £250, but there's also a paperback fiction option for £140, and you can even get children's book subscriptions for £135, making this is a thoroughly versatile gifting option suitable for a variety of family members.