With Thanksgiving and Black Friday out of the way, whether you like it or not, it is time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. Dreaded by some and loved by many, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to shopping for a loved one over the festive period. With our gift guide, we hope to help get the ball rolling and spark some inspiration that will bag you the perfect present this year.
For the Friend You Want to Pamper: Revlon Salon One-Step Dryer & Volumizer
For many, drying our hair can be a tedious task. If you’re like me and your hair is on the frizzier side, this tool is a dream come true. The Revlon hair drying brush works like a round hot brush that dries your hair frizz-free. With the Dyson air wrap taking the internet by storm, this is a much more affordable option but is arguably just as impressive. Retailing at about €50 on a range of websites, this is a brilliant idea to treat your mother, sister, girlfriend or any long-haired loved one.
For the Music Lover: JBL GO3 Bluetooth Speaker & House of Marley Headphones
JBL is a great brand for electronics, and its speakers never disappoint. A speaker is something guaranteed to impress the music lover in your life, and with this portable and affordable option available at a range of retailers, this is a safe bet. It retails for roughly €35.00. For someone who hasn’t taken to the AirPods and prefers headphones, try some House of Marley ones, with prices starting at €45.00.
For the Sporty Friend: The Ever Popular Half Zip
The half zip has become a staple piece in not only your sporty friend’s wardrobe but anyone looking for a cosy top. Comfort is key, especially after a hefty Christmas dinner and what better way to cosy up in the evening than sporting a new hoodie or half-zip? For the brother, Dad or boyfriend in your life that is hard to please, this is a gift they’ll wear all year long. For students on a budget, check out ASOS – they have hundreds of brands including Nike, North Face, Topshop/Topman and Adidas and they almost always have sales and student discounts on offer.
For the Home Decor Enthusiast: A Candle & Cosy Blanket
Ah, candles and blankets. Where would we be without them? They are an ideal gift, be it the parent who wants to add some lovely fragrance and style into the house, the student who wants to relax and unwind during assignment season and everyone in between. Yankee Candles are always an ideal go-to, but if their price range is a little steep, other popular stores such as Marks & Spencer are selling a ‘Calm Scented Candle’ for €11. A solid and often underrated present. Home Store & More, TK Maxx and Dunnes are hotspots for finding affordable, fluffy blankets that are ideal for these winter months.
For the Person Who Loves Their Bits & Bobs: Visit I Want One Of Those
If you really want to wow this Christmas, even on a budget, visit the website iwantoneofthose.com – they have a range of retro gifts including vintage games, giant beer steins, poster challenges and more. They also have categories such as 3 gifts for €20 and their top 50 items on their website to make your browsing all the more beneficial. You’re sure to find something for the person who loves a bit of everything.
Ruth Delaney- Arts & Lifestyle Correspondent