Last minute Christmas gift ideas guaranteed to please

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season to be…tactful about your family’s Christmas gift ideas.

The truth is we’re not very original or thoughtful about gift-giving. Four in five of us admit buying the same presents every year.

And five popular choices – socks, jocks, candles, ties and photos – are the least liked, according to recent research by Paypal.

Well bah humbug! I’ve got a theory about perfect presents for your loved ones this festive season based on what people really want.

Internet studies by Buzzsumo reveal stories about healthy eating, exercise, vintage music and even a cheesecake recipe top the list of viral shares in 2016. So let’s try and be a bit clever this year.

I’ve targeted my Christmas gift ideas around these obvious trends. And with more people than ever purchasing online – thanks to cyber sales, same day shipping and free returns services, you’ll have all your seasonal shopping wrapped in less than 24 hours. Let’s give thanks and praise to that!

Grab a bargain that’s beautiful

UK Research from the University of Hertfordshire shows you don’t have to spend a lot to make people happy.

For women, cosmetics are often in the top ten most desired gifts. In this WA study, women admit they love to receive lipstick because they don’t often buy it for themselves.

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With the focus on healthy living, choose a website that offers pure, natural, products containing food active ingredients for inner and outer glow.

Or add a little luxury to her life with a reasonably priced cashmere offering from Marks & Spencer or a recipe book from clean living nutrition queen Amelia Freer, Supercharged Food expert Lee Holmes or family favourite Jamie Oliver.

High-tech must-haves

While women like meaningful gifts, men like practical ones. Items to do with technology and music are the leading most-loved Christmas gift ideas online.

Older music outsold new releases online for the first time last year, so try Ebay or Discogs if you know what classics your receiver raves about.

If you’re feeling flush, the latest phones, tablets (Kindle), computers, cameras (think drones, GoPros & 360fly 4K action cameras – which have 360° footage) deliver. But tangle-free wireless headphones and speakers are also coveted.

On a budget? This Bluetooth tracker Tile, a tiny app that finds your keys, wallet or phone or a cool game-playing robot (Anki Cozmo – see Amazon) would be cracker alternatives.

Last minute Christmas gift ideas that give back

There’s no doubt that giving gifts makes us happier than receiving them – and there’s nothing more joyful than changing someone’s life.

So consider a charity donation through this or a similar website and give a community clean water, send a child to school or support a woman starting up a small business.

It costs just $15 to buy a chicken which helps feed and support a needy family. So forget the turkey this Christmas – a chook is truly life-transforming.

And don’t forget – if you’re looking for the perfect Kris Kringle gift, stocking filler or gift for a friend or family member you’re sure to find a beautifully packaged Lip Nourish gift to suit the occasion.

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