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Although everyone seems to approach the Christmas season with the same optimism and anticipation, when it comes to buying gifts, it’s often a different story. If you’ve left things right up to the last minute this year, and you’re desperately trying to come up with some gift ideas for your friends and family, make sure you keep reading. These top four ideas should be easy for you to get hold of, and be applicable to everyone from mothers to best friends.

  1. Spa treats

Who doesn’t enjoy pampering themselves when they get the time? These days, there are tonnes of products available if you want to put together your own hamper for a loved one. Just head down to Boots, Superdrug or similar, and you’ll find gift sets like this jumping off the shelves. While face masks and manicure sets are perfect for the women in your life, there’s are plenty of grooming kits and men’s facial products for you to choose from too.  Or, if you have a little more to spend, buy them a voucher for a spa day online and print out a cute “save the date” card.

  1. Jewellery

Buying your family member a piece of jewellery is a classic idea that will always be well received. There’s nothing that says luxury quite like a statement necklace or designer watch, and there are tonnes of ways that you can make the present more personal. If it’s a timepiece, why not get it engraved? Or why not create your own charm bracelet by checking out the range of ChloBo jewellery on their website. With this luxury, handmade jewellery retailer, you can select whatever style of bracelet you prefer, and add a gem stone and charm that will reflect the personality of the recipient.

  1. A twist on their favourite tipple

If the person you have in mind prefers food and drink, why not try to think of something a little different to their usual Christmas tipple of choice? Are they a gin drinker with a love of citrus? Why not pick up a bottle of lemon drizzle gin by Sipsmith? Or do they prefer something creamy and sweet? Opt for a chocolate flavoured Baileys instead. There are also dozens of cocktail mixing kits and equipment out there for those who love to be the host.

  1. Don’t be afraid of homemade

Finally, if you’re struggling to get to the shops and you need to make do with what you have close by, this calls for a little more creativity. Why not head to your corner shop and pick up the ingredients for “cookies in a jar” – just add all the dry ingredients to a simple glass jar in layers, and finish with a cute present tag with instructions for baking. All it needs is some festive ribbon to finish it off, and you can always add cocktail ingredients instead – click here for more ideas on this.

Do you have any more last minute ideas for other readers?