Last minute gift ideas

18th December 2013

The decorating and the wrapping, the mince pies and the mulled wine, the classic films and the cosy fires... Christmas Day is just around the corner and, here at Cotton Traders, the air is alive with anticipation. However, there are those of us who - as hard as we might try - still haven't finished ticking off our shopping lists. If, like some of us, you have a tendency to leave things till the eleventh hour there will still be stocking stuffers to source, baubles to balance on the end of branches, turkeys to get hold of...the list is endless and that's before we've even had time to think about what we're going to give that distant cousin at the annual family get-together.

Whether it's a small token or something extravagant, giving gifts at this time of year fills us with joy - nothing beats seeing a loved one's face light up when they unwrap a gift that's been carefully picked out for them. If you're still stuck for a few ideas, take the stress out of any last minute dashing with our fabulous gift ideas.

Cold weather accessories

Chunky knitted hats, gloves and scarves are an absolute essential for that refreshing Boxing Day walk, whilst snuggly soft socks and slippers are perfect stocking stuffers - something they can slip straight into on a chilly Christmas morning.

All the trimmings

For the style-conscious gent, you can't go wrong with timeless pieces like cufflinks or a classic watch. Meanwhile, for any fashion-forward woman, a luxe faux fur scarf will complete her look, whilst butter-soft leather gloves, slouchy handbags and delicate dress watch will complete her wishlist!

Sweet treats

For the foodies among you, a box of bottle of something special won't go amiss -choose from smooth liquors, a favourite bottle of red or fancy chocolates and cheese for effortless gift giving. For all you aspiring Jamies and Nigellas, whip up something wonderful in the kitchen for a perfectly personal gift.

Let us entertain you

Books, DVD's and games are all great for popping in the top of stockings - choose from classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit for some good old fashioned fun or something a bit more modern like Cranium for a lively afternoon laughs.

Gifts that keep on giving

Magazine subscriptions, wine club memberships or experience days are gifts that give the recipient something to look forward to once the frantic festive season has passed. From track days for petrol-heads, culinary courses for food-lovers and spa days for some post-Christmas pampering, you're bound to find something special.

The gift of choice

For particularly picky types or tough-to-buy-for teenagers, a gift card is a great go-to when you just can't decide what to buy. Choose a shop you know they love or buy easy, all-rounders like luv2shop vouchers and they can pick the perfect gift for themselves! Shops aren't your only option - you can now buy vouchers for hotel breaks, theatre trips or restaurants.

Easy indulgence

You can never go wrong with a little bit of luxury so beauty or grooming gift sets are a great go-to. Choose from famous beauty brands for a collection of luxurious smellies or do some reconnaissance and find out what their favourite perfume/cologne is! After all the chaos and over-indulgence during the festive period, come January a little bit of TLC will always be appreciated.

Bundles of joy

Dressing for this time of year calls for the cosiest of casuals, so whether it's woolens or a wardrobe staple, you can't go wrong with something from Cotton Traders' latest collection under the tree. Check pyjamas are perfect teamed with a fleece dressing gown on frosty mornings, whilst classic cable knits are full of effortless charm perfect for Christmas and beyond.

For that last minute mad-dash

Failing all of the above, if you're not too sure of the gift recipient's taste, a fun and festive joke present or novelty knit is bound put a smile on the face of even the scrooge-iest of Scrooges!

Once all your shopping's all done, all you need to do is stomp the frost off your boots and peel back the layers, grab a glass of Bucks Fizz and put your feet up because, hopefully, you've managed to tick off your list in time!

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