Christmas hamper/stocking filler ideas for adults(25 Posts)
I've decided to do a hamper/stocking for my adult relatives (dm, df, db, dsil and pil) made up of a few items costing no more than £5 or £6 each. I may present these in a cake tin or something similar. Ideally I'd like them to be nice or useful items, nothing jokey or gimmicky. I have a few ideas already such as chocolates, marmalades, hand cream, nail varnish, packets of seeds, face packs, etc but could do with a few more and maybe something more original!
A book (dm particularly enjoys a crossword book for christmas), lovely hair slides/shampoo, obligatory socks!, reed diffuser/incense, calendar, tea towels.
To be fair, i'm not the most imaginative!
M&S have got large boxes of Swiss chocs on offer at £4 reduced from £8.
Keyrings with a little light attached are useful for the winter months when you are scrambling around trying to open your door.
A book is a good idea though, it's the men that are the biggest problem, I can always find stuff for the women. Thanks banana
Yes we have no street lights in the villages around here so that could be good too.
I do one for oh every year....
Accessories for iPad/kindle/Xbox etc
Bottle of beer/alcohol miniature
Novelty tea towels, aprons, oven gloves. Kitcheny gadgets like garlic peeler or the like.
We always get a calendar for the next year. Might not fit in a cake tin though!
I know it sound ridiculous but I got a really cute lighter in my stocking last year and it was one of my favourite presents! I don't smoke so never had one in the house but its so handy for lighting candles, when the lights fuse etc!
Check out this thread on christmas bargains - already on it's fifth new thread, it's filling up quickly!
Also check out play.com - they have a deal of the day which recently has had some great tshirts for men (films/tv, star trek, back to the future, star wars, big bang theory etc) at half price just for the day, also lots of 'bloke bits' of hardware. Sign up for their emails and be prepared to look at it each day and get it there and then if you like it.
Likewise, 7dayshop.com also often has good stuff reasonably priced for men, again, sign up for their emails to see what's on offer.
TKMaxx has some good bits and bobs in their men section.
Book People have good offers on books and often have sales or offers on.
ebay has all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff on - particularly some of the shops in china that sell stuff over here. Somebody had posted something that looked quite nice on an earlier xmas thread; I looked at the other stuff being sold and it included a giant silicon nose that you put shower gel into then stuck to the wall in your shower, then squeezed for the gel to come out - snot fashion . A snip at about £4 for something truly tacky and dreadful but could also be quite funny for the appropriate male (Especially if they keep telling you that they don't know what they want - you can just tell them you got them a 'don't nose' as they requested...
asda have a pack of two packs of cards and 4 dice for £1.50 which always seems a bargain, they don't look cheap cheap and it's always good to have cards and dice around.
Gift baskets to put your gifts in.
I do one for my parents every year. Last year I bought a basket from Home Bargains, covered it in clear cellophane and stuck Christmas stickers all over it. I usually fill it with food/drink - more unusual stuff (we live in London) which they wouldn't be able to get in their home town. I have in the past bought Harrods/Harvey Nicks/Fortnums type food - biscuits/coffee/sweets. But this year I think am going to focus on Borough Market. Last year I also put in a book about Christmas and a Christmassy apron for my mum.
I do my mum a stocking and Primark does lovely stocking fillers really cheap. I got a lovely set of 4 mini polishes for £2 and a diamonte bangle for £2.
Are there any local or boutique breweries near you where you could get a bottle of unusual beer for the men?
Interesting puzzles to solve.
[[ http://www.hawkin.com/ Hawkins]] do have jokey stuff but also loads of other ideas to and I usually find them great for stocking fillers.
Diaries - might be able to get them cheap on the market or in a discount card store.
What about a theme? My PILs love Italian food so we always try to get some interesting stuff for an Italian hamper.
I've started my shopping this week, so far I have bought 3 lovely ceramic oil burners for 99p each from B&M and I've bought a Yankee wax tart for each burner and put 3 tea lights inside. The oil burners have a few different designs, spots, stripes and hearts and there are different colour combinations, black and white, cream and beige and multi coloured brights on a cream background.
I've bought a few black photo frames also from B&M, they're 8" 10" size and have white mounts included, £2.99 bargain then onto eBay where I've bought a few photo prints for £1 each, Kurt Cobain on MTV unplugged, Ian Brown, Noel Gallagher.
At The Works you can buy 6 postcard size mini canvases for £1.99, fab for the kids to make a mini masterpiece as a gift.
I make 4 hampers a year as gifts and I've started to buy an item a week now. Wine, spirits, tins of chocolates and biscuits, biscuits for cheese, crisps, chutneys, good coffee, luxury hot chocolate, bubble bath and hand soap, honey roast cashews, after eights and last minute mince pies. I budget £40 per hamper and get all the booze from Lidl, the tins of biscuits from Aldi and the tins of chocolates from wherevers offering 2 for £10. They make a great joint present and I love making each basket unique with favourite treats. I then get free cardboard boxes from Morrisons and wrap in red and white polka dot paper and use brown luggage labels as gift tags (£1 for 10 at the post office).
I usually make up a hampers for the grandparents with lots of home cooked goodies but thought I might add some cheese n wine this year - any suggestions as I'm a cheddar girl not so keen on the smelly stuff but I know the olds love them?!
Yes there are lots to choose from but I always include some Cropwell Bishop Stilton and maybe some brie from www.finecheese.co.uk - the cheese is a bit pricey but it is delicious and they sell some yummy crackers to go with them and if you are not sure what to buy the staff there are really helpful and will help you choose. I've been including these in a hamper with home made goodies for the past few years. I also include a bottle of bubbly and a small carton of OJ so they can enjoy some bucks fizz on Christmas morning!
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One of those portable phone chargers
Pack of some nice little mints in a tin
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