The practice of gifting has existed since the beginning of human civilisation. It may even predate it, with our closest ancestral relatives having shown signs of gift giving. Researchers believe that cavemen gave presents like unusual shaped rocks or animal teeth to strengthen social connection and show their appreciation to others. As social structures developed, the gifts became more elaborate and decorative.
Research shows that giving a bad gift can actually hurt your relationships! Did you know that apparently it can be deemed rude to take alcohol to a dinner party! Think something with longevity, something practical and personal, something with a meaning...
So how can you be sure you pick something your recipient will love? Below we have highlighted gift ideas and inspiration perfect for your loved ones at Christmas - Images have shop-able links.
Blooms & Grasses
These boho chic blooms and grasses are a great alternative to fresh flowers. Although fresh flowers are a lovely gesture, this suggestion will last for yonks and requires no maintenance!
A candle doesn't have to be boring, make it chic and sexy with these handmade busts.
Maybe one of the most thoughtful items you could gift, something personal! Hand drawn, printed or painted by an artist. Something for a couple, a new family addition, a pet or even the place or venue you met someone special. Order a bespoke size and colour, making it truly magical to gift.
Write your own custom letter to a loved one on a woven blanket. Love Letter Blankets make a thoughtful + personalised gift for a parent, child, newlyweds, your husband, wife, partner or spouse, a teacher or your BFF! Or write a "note to self" - We have your covered.
Gift Positive Vibes Only
Give the gift of positivity. Allow your loved ones to not only look cute with bespoke crystal jewellery, they will ooze positivity throughout their day with these other gift ideas!
Sage bundles and Palo Santo incense are designed to attract love, cast out negativity, improve well-being, boost mental clarity for meditation and cleanse your space and/or aura. The smoke clears emotional and spiritual negativity. Give the gift of a lifetime to your loved ones.
Go Potty With Pottery
Pottery in some form or another is used daily, so why not gift a unique sweet vase for around the house, or mug to make your loved one smile every time they take a sip!
Dior Inspired Woven Bracelets
Gift a popular design bracelet for a fraction of the price. With a cute phrase or a personalised name design for little ones.
Novelty And Alcohol
Gift something fun and interesting, from emergency Bloody Mary kits, to guest review books. Plus for all the coffee lovers out there, did you know you could buy personalised coffee stencils? Didn't think so... Pick a cute phrase to remind the receiver of you every coffee break!
Sustainable And Vegan Gifts
Such a cute touch for your Vegan friendly friends. From card wallets designed by Made In Chelsea's Tiffany Watson, to tasty Vegan truffles.
We also have a Vegan beauty products post and Vegan wine post that may also be of help to you, be sure to check them out, just write vegan into the search bar at the top of this post!
Gift Box Or Bag Idea
Fill a pretty bag or box with these sweet coloured foam balls and place your gifts inside. Not only will your gift look unique and impressive before they even see the actual item, the box or bag can also be one of the gifts and become a keepsake!