Last Minute Gift Guide

16 December 2016

Last minute gift guide

Just 8 little doors still shut tight on our advent calendars (or perhaps fewer if patience is very much not your virtue. We’re not judging!) and though some of you organisation maestros will have aced all your prezzie-buying way back in October, for others of us, we like to feel a bit of last minute yuletide pressure! There are still a few precious days to conquer that list and find perfect presents for everyone.

Men are notoriously tricky to buy for, but even if they claim that there’s simply nothing that they need, that doesn’t mean that wanting to make their eyes light up come Christmas unwrapping is lost cause. We say relish the challenge!

Unless you know your recipient has an eccentric streak, stick to a monochrome palette with one accent bright – we’ve opted for zingy orange. The younger generations might appreciate a novelty item or a fun pompom hat, but don’t reject the idea that an older man might appreciate those things too. It’s not all drabness and After Eights after 50! Cashmere is always a great idea, whatever age, because even the most curmudgeonly Scrooge can’t argue with the gift of warmth.

As a woman shopping for man, I tend to stick to what I know. Think about where your own interests overlap your recipient’s, whether it be fashion, design or a love of stylish stationery. You’re better off finding a gift you can both appreciate, than a clueless purchase from the video games store!

For the ladies, Christmas is a time for treats they wouldn’t buy for themselves out of guilt. We’ve picked out this printed handbag as our ‘most desired’ accessory this year. But if actual things are not inspiring you, there are always experiences – a spa day for the two of you, or a calligraphy lesson. But going down this route needn’t mean there’s nothing for them to open on Christmas morning. It’s the perfect time to get inventive. Pop your treatment voucher inside a wash bag along with a couple of beauty products from your spa of choice, or slip the calligraphy ticket inside a notebook where they can practise their newfound skills. These little additions will all add to the tremendous excitement of unwrapping.


Remember, never stop at the gift itself. The experience of giving is enhanced by gorgeous wrap and, of course, ribbons. We’ve put plenty of inspiration on our Instagram if you’re stuck for a wrapping theme.

About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific accessory, gift and stationery designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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