Lifestyle: Last Minute Gifts

Whether you prefer to do your christmas shopping online or prefer to face the crowds, have started or haven’t even started yet but need some inspiration. Then this guide is for you:


Set up this year, they are an online gift shop and gift service selling high quality, hand wrapped small gifts that are all letterbox friendly. Customers can shop for items that come in a range of price, categories and who the intended is; for him, her, children and babies. These delightful boxes mean that you won’t ever have to have the hassle of missing this surprise as they come straight through your letter box.

Subscription Boxes

It’s mid-December, you’re tired and on top of that, it’s Christmas. You are out buying all that special Christmas related items and then you forget to buy the basics such as socks, razors, and coffee. But thanks to the growing trend of gift subscription, imported from the US, you no longer have to. Simply sign up to one of many letter box subscription services and they’ll be delivered straight to your door on the day of your choice every week or month. Great gifts for those who you know don’t have time for the basics, head over to the Telegraph for their guide of the best subscription boxes.

For Him, Her & Everyone Else

There are some great gift guides on the internet but when you don’t have time to look, it tends to be a nightmare. Here in the office, we particularly like Esquire’s roundup for all including difficult people, John Lewis; with top gifts for under £30 and M&S with their most sought after hampers for those who enjoy food.

For everyone else, there is always the Guardian’s interactive gift guide that allows you to create your ideal Christmas wish list and the Great Gift Company, who stock unusual presents for all. At any budget, I’m sure there will be something for everyone


Let’s all face it, we’ve all received gifts that might as well have been lumps of coal. If you’re careful enough, you could rid yourself of these terrible gifts, that have been hiding in your cupboard since last year. Be sure to keep your regifting down to one present per person. If you have something you don’t want, think of someone who will, as regifting can be a bit shady, but it can also be a great way to make everyone happy especially if you are on a budget or running out of time.

Membership or Subscriptions

A perfect present that will continue to thrill and excite as the year goes on, for anyone who enjoys culture, art, London and a range of other interests. Memberships from organisations will allow you to buy different types of memberships, which will allow a range of benefits such as priority booking, invitations to special events and discounts to name a few. We especially enjoy memberships from the British Film Institute, the National Trust, and the Netflix subscription.

E-Vouchers or Gift Cards

If worst comes to worse and you have run out of time and you are just too tired to wrack your brain for what to buy then, e-vouchers or gift cards are the way to go. Easy to buy, easy to use and stops you from overspending in gifts. If time is not on your side, then an E-voucher would be better as you can always buy on Christmas Day. All major retailers will have either one or both options to purchase but don’t forget to read T&C before you buy.

Royal Mail has latest recommended posting dates for this year, unfortunately, if you were looking to post anything abroad to be in time for Christmas the dates have passed. For any UK Inland services you still have until the end of this week and all the way up to the 23rd December for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed.