It’s that time of year again. The countdown to Christmas has officially started, and the clock is ticking. As well as ‘joyful tidings’ and ‘Christmas cheer for all to hear’, Christmas, for many of us, can bring stress and indecisiveness as we spend hours meandering through the shops wondering what on earth we should buy for our loved ones this time around. After hours of struggle, it’s all too easy to settle with a gift ‘that’ll just do’. This year, I have decided to do the hard work for you and have carefully selected ten quirky gifts from John Lewis which are certain not to disappoint. Feast your eyes on these beauties:
1. Flamingo Snow Globe – £18
You need to add this gold-based flamingo snow globe to your Christmas list; combining quirky with festive, nothing says ‘alternative Christmas’ like a pink flamingo wearing a crown and bearing gifts!
2. Roberts Digital Radio with Alarm, Limited Edition Scion Design – £219.95
This classic Roberts icon has partnered up with the zesty Scion brand, creating a limited edition DAB radio with an upbeat and fresh appeal including cute miniature foxes! With crystal clear DAB, brilliant Bluetooth and a glorious colour display, you can wake up in style every morning with this classic twist of a radio.
3. Samsung The Frame Art Mode TV, 43″, Ultra HD Certified – £1199
Is it a beautiful piece of artwork or is it a TV with cutting-edge technology? Samsung’s ‘The Frame’ is both. This TV blends seamlessly and artistically into your living space and is the perfect gift for your loved one (or for yourself) this Christmas. In standby mode it displays artwork, either from its own expandable library, or you can upload pictures and photos yourself, so your TV transforms into an art piece to enhance your living space. It can mount flush to the wall like a picture in a gallery, or be displayed on a stand (wall mount and basic stand included) and it’s blessed with Samsung’s latest top-notch TV tech. Enjoy a stunning Certified Ultra HD 4K HDR picture, access a world of online entertainment via Samsung’s Smart Hub, and control all compatible devices via one remote control. The Frame is a masterpiece of home entertainment!
4. HERMÈS Terre d’Hermès 100ml Eau de Toilette Fragrance Gift Set – £64.74
Presented in a Fêtes en Hermès box, the Terre d’Hermès is a symbolic narrative exploring raw material and their metamorphosis. This Christmas novelty expresses the alchemical power of the elements. An eau between earth and sky, giving you a journey imbued with strength and poetry. Woody, vegetal, mineral. This cologne set is the perfect luxury gift for your man this Christmas.
5. Snap Inc. Spectacles, Black – £129.95
This gift is a Snapchat fanatics absolute dream. The Snap Inc.’s Spectacles are fitted with a tiny camera to let you capture the moments you see without interrupting what you’re doing. Within Snapchat, Spectacles’ circular format videos can be played full-screen, in any orientation. Just rotate your phone and you can also download videos to your phone’s camera roll. Awesome!
6. Prosecco Flavoured Panettone – £15
This traditional Italian Christmas gift gets a twist with a classic panettone loaf studded with sultanas, candied fruits and prosecco. You need to try this beautiful panettone with a prosecco favoured twist from Corsini. Situated on the stunning slopes of Monte Amiata, in the heart of Tuscany, the Corsini family have been creating traditional and authentic bakery products for nearly a century. The prosecco flavoured panettone makes for a perfect alternative dessert at Christmas time or is simply something to enjoy with friends and family.
7. Firebox Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur, 50cl – £40
This quirky gift is a guaranteed winner with its combination of deliciously sweet gin with a pearlescent glittery finish. The gin is infused with iridescent glitter and tastes of juniper, orange and coriander with mild notes of liquorice. This gin liqueur contains real Unicorn tears and is proudly distilled in England. Created by Firebox in a secret location, using a free-range unicorn herd, this perfectly crafted speciality gin is closely guarded throughout the extraction process (patent pending).
8. Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic ‘The Wild One’ Eyeshadow Palette Set – £79
Any make-up lover will go wild for this 20-pan Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palette which is exclusive to the West Midlands. An extension of the popular Eye-Conic collection, this holiday palette features new, updated eyeshadow formulas with advanced pigments that allow true, instant colour payoff and long-lasting performance. With 18 completely new shades and four fashion finishes like ‘Sequin’ and ‘Lame’, this oversized shiny, zebra-print palette is organised into 5 eye collections to express beauty and style.
9. LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit – £99.95
This Star Wars Droid Inventor kit is a must-have for your child (or yourself!) this Christmas. You can create your own custom Droid™ and bring it to life using the littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app. Teach your R2 Unit new tricks and take it on over 16 missions. Then level-up your inventor expertise and reconfigure your Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid you can conjure up! The kit comes with all the essentials needed to create and customise an R2 Unit straight out of the box. May the Force be with you this Christmas.
10. Twinkly 105 LED Christmas Lights Starter Set – £65
For an early Christmas present, make sure you grab these festive-forward Christmas lights. Twinkly is a string of lights that you can control with your smartphone. It allows you to play many colourful and animated effects, or to create new ones. You can have hours of fun at home with this modern take on Christmas lights; the only limit is your imagination! It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and can be extended with the Twinkly add-on set for even more illuminated amazingness.