What have been your best Christmas present hits for adults?

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Bellasblankexpression Sun 17-Nov-19 22:44:00

I’m struggling a bit with DH this year so have been thinking back over my previous hits for relatives and friends to see if it sparks off any ideas or inspirations. Thought it might be a good idea for a thread!

My best hits have been:

Cheese hamper for my dad
readly app subscription
Coffee club subscription
North face slippers - DH
Mini aftershave set for travelling - DH
a limited edition decanter for my grandad
wallet ninja for pretty much everyone who gets one
Steak stone - serious hit last year and still gets use a lot

What are yours?

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coffeeandbiscuittime Tue 19-Nov-19 22:03:39

We do a fair trade type hamper every year for our parents, they love it. Full of treats they enjoy but would not buy themselves , also a couple of personal gifts. They had the option this year of something else ( and more expensive) they have chosen the hamper as they really enjoy it.

nancy75 Tue 19-Nov-19 11:14:43

For my Dad, the most difficult man in the world to buy for

Legends Tour around white Hart Lane
Talk by Tottenham Legends at local theatre
Tour around new Tottenham Stadium
Tickets to Harry Redknapp talking with audience at local theatre

You may notice a theme..

florriepeck Tue 19-Nov-19 11:01:27

Last year, I made up a food hamper for my elderly mum, and she loved it, so I'm doing the same again this Christmas.
I've bought a hamper kit from Aldi for £4.99 (basket with cellophane and ribbon, etc).
And I'm buying things to put in the hamper each time I go food shopping: non-perishable foods that I know she likes.
Some items are the basis of a meal, like M and S tinned steak and curries, and others are chocolate and pudding treats.
I'll really look forward to presenting it to her, and that's how a gift should make you feel, after all.

Bellasblankexpression Mon 18-Nov-19 20:16:02

Glad it’s helpful! Snack box subscriptions are a great idea

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MumOfAnOnly12345 Mon 18-Nov-19 18:48:10

Thank you so much for this great thread! Readly subscription is perfect for my hard to buy for dad and wallet ninja good for teenage brother!

Graze box subscriptions went down well for my relatives. Also I got a one off subscription box from Universal Yums. They do boxes of snacks from around the world, one country each month. A country my dad likes happened to come up so I got a box then cancelled my subscription. He loved it.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 18-Nov-19 18:45:16

My dp tends to appreciate 'upgrades' of things. He rarely spends money on himself so things like:
'nice' brands of socks and underwear to replace cheap/old M&S stuff

a good pair of jeans or trousers, or a jumper or coat from a 'nicer' brand than normal - eg he's still wearing ancient old BHS coats!

He also loves a good bottle of brandy.

For other people, I tend to just get books and booze!


Be1atrix Mon 18-Nov-19 18:37:53

steak stone looks like a good shout, thanks!

Bellasblankexpression Mon 18-Nov-19 18:26:54

Fancy cherry

I’ve just remembered another one - a brandy warmer which went down VERY well.

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Cherryrainbow Mon 18-Nov-19 10:16:49

A custom made black electric acoustic guitar for the OH

Bellasblankexpression Mon 18-Nov-19 09:46:10

We got ours from amazon, it was the official steak stone and cost about £40 I think I’ll see if I can find a link

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wheresmymojo Mon 18-Nov-19 09:19:23

My favourite ever present (though not cheap) was an experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent where I got to feed a tiger and a lion...

wheresmymojo Mon 18-Nov-19 09:18:10

The wallet ninja and formcards are great ideas.

- Cheese hampers from Pongcheese.co.uk

- From Travelzoo -> dinner for 2 somewhere swanky

- Selection of craft beers

- Book subscription (new book, tea, bookmark once a month)

TheFairyCaravan Mon 18-Nov-19 09:15:01

Ledlenser torch for DH. I've bought DS1, who is the army, one of their rechargeable head torches this year.

DH got me a trip to feed the giraffes at the zoo. We took DS2 and his girlfriend, too. It was an amazing experience.

We bought DS2 a go on zipworld . DH did it too. We had a few days in the area, too.

A selection of Twinnings teas in a wooden presentation box for DS1

DH loves his North Face slippers

Cashmere scarf for DS2's girlfriend

AmIAWeed Mon 18-Nov-19 09:14:07

I love the steak stone idea - just like @FlorestanAndEusebius i'd love a recommendation

BlackSwanGreen Mon 18-Nov-19 09:13:55

1000 piece jigsaw for my aunt - she loved it

PrincessHoneysuckle Mon 18-Nov-19 09:05:41

A new coat went down well with my dad.
Expensive whisky for my mum.
I'm getting them a joint present of 2 nights away this year which I'm hoping will be the best yet

FlorestanAndEusebius Mon 18-Nov-19 08:46:47

Thanks for the Steak Stones idea- my DH would love this...any recommendations of the best place to buy them please?

We've done a cheese/chutney/port hamper before for my dad (there's a lovely specialist local shop) which went down a treat.
For a novelty gift, Argos 2 for £15 remote controlled cars were a big hit! (Better if there are a few to race!)

cricketmum84 Mon 18-Nov-19 08:17:34

@Bellasblankexpression good shout - I put us down for the ballot for 2 international matches being played nearby but didn't get a ticket sad and the county matches aren't really played until summer so he's got a 6 month wait.

Will have a browse on ticketmaster later today and see if there's any gigs or shows coming up that he might like.

Bellasblankexpression Mon 18-Nov-19 08:04:19

@BouquetOfRoses it went down really well and gets used all the time here smile my mum has just got one for my dad’s birthday because he loved ours so much when he came around for dinner!

@cricketmum84 is there any local cricket you could get tickets for or has that already been done?

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Equimum Mon 18-Nov-19 08:03:44

Photo jigsaws. The grandparents loved one of the kids.

ScarlettDarling Mon 18-Nov-19 06:33:08

Those ancestry DNA kits have gone down well with my husband and mum.

BouquetOfRoses Mon 18-Nov-19 06:25:57

@Bellasblankexpression I'm so tempted by the Steak Stone for DH! He can't think of anything he wants.

cricketmum84 Sun 17-Nov-19 23:59:30

Kinda. I've bought cookbooks in the past that have never been opened. I bought a gift box of hot sauces last Christmas that our DS opened last week.

He loves cricket so I bought a couple of autobiographies of famous cricketers for him to take on holiday but they also remain untouched.

God he sounds like a right boring sod doesn't he 😂😂

Bellasblankexpression Sun 17-Nov-19 23:41:57

Is he into food at all @cricketmum84?

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cricketmum84 Sun 17-Nov-19 23:31:46

I desperately need some ideas for DH. He's giving me no input at all, has no hobbies, doesn't read or drink, just isn't really into anything.

Following with interest for some ideas!

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