So, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still be thinking about presents, scrambling to the shops for presents, and nowhere near wrapping presents yet. Have you entered panic mode yet? Don’t worry - there’s at least one other person in the same sitch as you right now, and that’s yours truly.
So, to help us all along to Christmas Day, I’ve assembled a gift guide for the last-minute people like you and me. You can buy all of these and be reassured that if you order by at least today, everything will arrive in time for the 25th.
I’ve also noted down a handy list of the shops that will still be taking orders for a few more days to help salve your panic. So, breathe easy, stay calm, we’ll get through this together - and before you know it, we’ll be in our new pj’s eating Quality Street and drinking mulled wine, forgetting that these shameful, headless-chicken days ever happened.
From left to right:
1. “Do What You Love Every Day” print (£10 + £3.80 postage) Order by: Friday 19th December
Chloe Vaux is one of my favourite Etsy shop owners, and I recently bought her “I Like Naps And You” print for my bedroom wall. I just bought a simple, white Ikea frame for £7, making it the cheapest and cutest wall decoration I own.
2. REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (£32 + £3.95 postage) Order by: Tuesday 23rd December
REN are just one of those brands that are gorgeous to gift. This is a real treat for your best friend or mum, to perk up their skin ahead of the New Years’ parties.
3. Jo Malone “Perfect Treasures” Gift Set (£36 + free postage) Order by: Sunday 21st December
Nothing is more exciting than unwrapping that Jo Malone ribbon on Christmas morning! This gift set includes a Lime Basil and Mandarin candle and a Red Roses bath soap, and Jo Malone are even offering a Premium Delivery Upgrade free of charge between now and December 21st.
4. R+Co Bel Air Smoothing Shampoo (£22) and Conditioner (£23 + £7 postage) Order by: Monday 22nd December
These two are top of my Christmas wish list this year! R+Co has been deemed as a “superline” of hair care products, mostly because of its beauty superstar founders, but also because the bottles might just be the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. Imagine unwrapping these on Christmas morning?!
5. Topshop Eyelash Trim Lace Pyjama Set (£32 + £4 postage) Order by: Saturday 20th December at 4pm
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without some pretty pyjamas. The perfect set to slip into after a hot bath on Christmas night.
6. A subscription to Life Box Food Company (£19.99/month) Order by: Friday 19th December
I discovered this healthy food and lifestyle box subscription on Twitter, and I was instantly drawn to it. Sadly, their one-off lifestyle boxes have sold out, but there’s a men’s and women’s option for the monthly box subscription, which can also be bought as a 3 month trial. I know at least 5 people who would just love to receive this in the post each month. Perfect for anyone who is part of the almighty wellness revolution!
7. Taylor Swift’s “1989” album (£14.99 + free delivery) Order by: Friday 19th December
After Swifty removed all her music from Spotify last month, now is the perfect time to gift her amazing new album to the rest of your family and friends. Get them hooked, if they’re not already. I am, well and truly.
8. Topshop Check Scarf (£22 + £4 postage) Order by: Saturday 20th December by 4pm
It’s thick, cosy and the best addition to a Christmas day walk.
9. A Chroma personalised notebook (£7.50 + £1.25 postage) Order by: Friday 19th December at midday - hurry!
I was so excited to discover these notebooks after Lily Pebbles vlogged about hers. First, pick the colour of your notebook, then choose embossing in either silver or gold, decide what text you’d like embossed on the front cover (it can be anything!), then click “Add to Cart”. I’m so impressed, and I think they make such a unique Christmas gift.
And now, for a list that will save you over the next few days - the last Christmas delivery dates list…
Standard: 18th December by 23.59pm
Next day: 23rd December by 6pm
Evening next day: 23rd December by 23.59pm
Standard: 20th December by 4pm
Express to home: 23rd December by 4pm
Express to store: 22nd December by 7pm
Standard: 19th December by midnight
Next Day: 22nd December by 2pm
Standard: 22nd December by midday
Express: 23rd December by 1pm
Standard: 20th December by 8pm
Express: 22nd December by 8pm
Click & Collect: 22nd December by 8pm
Marks & Spencer
Store collection: 20th December by 5pm
Express: 21st December by 10pm