'Last minute gifts' usually rely upon a frantic sprint through the High Street, but this year most of us aren't going to be able to make the traditional mercy dash. Pair that with the fact that many retailers are experiencing difficulties with deliveries, and Christmas shopping is more stressful than usual this year.
Complications aside, we're still looking to spread some much-need joy to our beloveds with a thoughtful gift. Here's some solutions you can order to ensure presents can be provided to those we care for on Christmas day. (Please note in the case of some subscriptions it may be a promissory note you're giving, but all the better for sustaining excitement as the deliveries come in)
Tabblue Bluetooth Table Speaker, £175
This stylish 2-in-1 table speaker offers surround sound, played through Bluetooth from your preferred music player. With 2 USB charging ports, you can also keep your smartphone and tablet permanently charged. Cordless, its rechargeable battery means it is effortless to transport the table speaker around the house as you need. Buy now, £175. (Order before December 22 for Christmas delivery).
Conundrum Wine Decanter
Prezzybox is promising next day deliveries on non-personalised presents for Christmas. This elegant wine decanter is ideal for anyone you know who enjoys a glass or two. Wine decanters serve to aerate wine, to allow the flavours and aromas to taste more intense upon serving (if the wine has sediment in it, it will also ensure that is separated out prior to drinking). This decanter also benefits from looking delightfully chic. Buy now, £27.99
Beauty Pie or GlossyBox subscription
Beauty Pie is a brilliant proposition: they offer premium grade make-up and skincare at factory prices, simply by cutting out the expensive intermediaries (advertising, packaging, third-party sellers).
They have cult status because their products are really great (especially the candles - deliciously scented and cheap). If there's a teenage girl in your life, she'll love a subscription, and you can put money on her account towards her first order, too. Buy here, from £5 per month.
GlossyBox is the gift to purchase for a beauty addict who loves labels and luxe. From as low as £16.95, you can buy them a box that will contain an expertly curated selection of the best beauty products on the market. If you're looking to further spoil, up that to a monthly subscription. The gift voucher itself is electronic and will be sent via email to your recipient. Buy here, from £16.95
Swarovski jewellery are guaranteeing safe delivery of anything ordered before midnight on the 22nd, should you want to it arrive for Christmas itself. Last minute presents don't come much more glamorous or thoughtful. While their range is extensive (and pretty), we're coveting these fabulous Wonder Women 1984 themed gold plated earrings, which are guaranteed to sell out once the blockbuster opens in the UK. Buy here, £125
Bill Bailey Live 2021
He's proved an unlikely sensation on Strictly Come Dancing, and before that he was adored for his turn as Manny on Black Books: stand-up comedian Bill Bailey is edging into 'national treasure' territory. He's touring the UK in December 2021, and there are still tickets available for his show, 'En Route To Normal.' Buy here, prices vary.
Bose Frames Soprano, £239.95
It could be easy to dismiss audio sunglasses as a gimmick, and if that is your instinct, we're not concerned about convincing you. We adore our pair so much we're unconcerned about initiating the disinclined.
For those of you who are curious - audio sunglasses have integrated micro speakers that direct sound into your ears via each arm. It keeps your ears open to the outside world (if you're running or motorcycling) to a small degree, while noise-cancelling ensures no leakage of your tunes to those around you (we cranked Metallica up to 11 and it barely registered to those around us). They look stylish, feel comfortable to wear, and are perfect if you know someone who hates the feel of headphones. Bose is delivering in time for Christmas provided you order by midnight 22 Dec. Buy here, £239.95
Tech Will Save Us
'Tech Will Save Us' are assuring safe delivery provided you order before 21 December. Their brilliant toys incorporate narrated stories, and step-by-step tutorials to help children turn conducive dough, LED and 3-D scenes into a lit-up adventure scene. Your child will have far too much fun to notice you're advancing their STEM skill sets. Buy here, from £15.99
Lunch at Malmaison, £25 (excl Scotland)
With a choice of brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict, or a Sunday roast sirloin, gift your loved one a lavish three course meal at Malmaison on Boxing Day or New Year's Day. Your first glass of Champagne is £5. Celebrate the festive season with a rare meal out. Buy here, £25, Malmaison.
Arena Flowers Subscription
If you've been separated from a family member you adore for too long, consider sending them regular flowers with an Arena Flowers subscription. Goodness knows we could use a little colour in our lives.
For every delivery, this carbon neutral florist gives £1 to Women’s Aid and plants a tree in a country suffering from deforestation. You won’t find any plastic in its packaging, either.
Each box features one or two varieties, always in season. These beautiful blooms are picked mere hours before subscribers receive them, meaning they last longer in the vase and offer fantastic value for money. Chose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly delivery. Buy here, from £20 a month
Fleece Long Dressing Gown by Rosie
We've never been hugged by an angel, but this is what we imagine it would feel like. We've had a Rosie dressing gown for five years still find ourselves thrilled pulling it on. If you've a lady in your life to shop for, M&S are still delivering in time for Christmas. Buy here, £39.50
The male version is similarly butter soft (though we can't confess to the years of experience wearing it) - buy here, £39.50
Audible Gift Subscription
Once you've signed up for an audible gift subscription, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Personally, it has helped us negotiate 2020 - doing housework listening to Elton John narrate his salacious autobiography Me, running while listening to Stephen King's The Stand, laughing like mad at Alan Partridge's From the Ousthouse, or relaxing before bed with Rosamund Pike's recitations of Jane Austen's classic novels.
Sign a beloved up to Audible and that's their exercise/housework/bath regime transformed. Buy here, from £7.99 per month.
The Personal Barber Shaving Subscription
2020 may have been the year of being unkempt and scruffy. Help the gent in your life get back on track in 2021 with this luxurious subscription to a curated shaving club. The first box includes a stainless steel safety razor, brush and tips, and from then on they'll receive ten blades, shaving soap, and two additional products, such as solid colognes or oil. Delectably indulgent - but still ruggedly masculine. Buy here, £22.50