Comedy Night for Two
Treat yourself and your other half to an evening of top class entertainment with this Comedy Night Ticket for Two. You’ll be able to pick from a range of comedy nights across the UK, including locations in London, Birmingham and Nottingham. Includes entrance for two to a Comedy Night, after-show party and experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card. £15 at Virgin Experience Days
The ONE Bauble Gift Set Blended Whiskey
If you’re looking for something a bit different for him, how about this Whiskey Spirit of Christmas Bauble Gift Set? You can even hang them on the tree until you’re ready to savour them! £34.99 at firebox.com
Personalised men’s gift
This handmade wooden Docking Station is a great gift idea. It features a unique design and is easy to use as a charging station. Consisting of two parts, simply insert them into each other, and he’ll be ready to go! Cut from high-quality birch plywood. £55.47 at etsy.com/uk
A Box of Dates
Now there will be no excuses not to get out on those date nights with your other half! This luxury branded box contains 52 envelopes featuring date night ideas. That means every week of 2018 you’ll have inspiration to make the most of your quality time together. One of our favourites! £26 by A Year of Dates at notonthehighstreet.com
Large Chocolate Hamper
A gift of chocolate always goes down well and this carefully curated collection is bursting with many of Hotel Chocolat’s best-loved recipes. It’s the perfect way to spoil a loved one. £35 at Hotel Chocolat
Clarins 12 Days of Christmas Calendar
For any beauty addict or Clarins fan, this ’12 Day’ advent calendar is the perfect gift (or perhaps a Christmas treat for yourself!) Contains a selection of beauty products including Supra Volume Mascara in Black, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, One-Step Exfoliating Cleanser, SOS Hydra Mask, Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, Eau Dynamisante Candle, plus so much more! £51 at Debenhams
Perfect for her (or for him for that matter) is this handmade bath caddy. Coated with a waterproof stain and made to order, it’s an ideal gift for those who like to lie back and relax while having a soak in the bath. Go on, you know you want it! £25 from Rusticretrofurniture at etsy.com
Ted Baker Rose Plating Sinaa Crystal Stud Earring
What could be more timeless than a pair of understated crystal studs? These versatile and pretty earrings are stylish enough to wear every day and are we’re sure that they will be the perfect gift for any jewellery love. £25 at Goldsmiths
Personalised Family Portrait Print
Find it hard to get the whole family together for the perfect family picture? Well then this could be the perfect gift for you! Simply select each family member’s stick figure outline, personalise the clothing colours, expressions and hair, then update your preview to see your family portrait! From £20 at Posterhaste
Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash from Hasbro
It’s topped the list from the Toy Retailers Association as the most sought-after toy this Christmas, but just what is it? Kids can design their own stunts and fire foam cars with high-performing Nerf blasters. Set includes two foam cars and a long-jump ramp for long-distance jumping challenges. £21.99 at Argos
FurReal Roarin’ Tyler from Hasbro
Another toy that made it onto the Toy Retailers Association’s list this year is the FurReal Roarin’ Tyler from Hasbro. When the kids roar or make sounds at him, he will roar back! With 100+ responding sound and motion combinations. Featuring soft fur and moveable back legs. £99.99 at Smyths Toys
L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 from MGA Entertainment
Number 8 on this year’s hot list is this L.O.L. Surprise! doll. There are seven layers of fun wrapped around every doll, including a secret message sticker, a collectible sticker sheet, a charm, shoes, an outfit, and an accessory, as well as the doll itself. After unwrapping you can then feed or bathe your baby for an additional water surprise! £9.99 at Smyths Toys
Top gifts for kids!
Each year the Toy Retailers Association publishes a list of the most sought-after toys of the season. Here are this year’s top 12!
1. Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash from Hasbro
2. Star Wars: BB-8 from LEGO Company Ltd
3. Toilet Trouble from Hasbro
4. Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set from Mattel
5. FurReal Roarin’ Tyler from Hasbro
6. Fingerlings from Jazwares
7. Laser X – 2 Player Pack from Character Options
8. L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 from MGA Entertainment
9. Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master Toys UK Ltd
10. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master Toys UK Ltd
11. PJ Masks Headquarters Playset from Flair Leisure Products Plc
12. The Original Stretch Armstrong from Character Options
Fish And Fortune Cookie Sushi Box Cat Toy
This is a must-have for seriously pampered cats. Generously filled only with Canadian catnip; no other form of wadding is used in their production. Most cats (but not all) react to the smell of catnip and enjoy a mad 10-15 minutes playing with the toy. Handmade using felt, ribbon and Canadian catnip. £15 by Freak MEOWt on notonthehighstreet.com
Pedigree Christmas Stocking (Pack of 2)
Stockings are a must-have for all – so make sure your pooch gets in on the fun too with this Pedigree Christmas Stocking. With Pedigree Rodeo with Chicken; Pedigree Schmackos with Chicken, with Fresh Meat and Pedigree Cheesy Bites. Use within 14 days of opening. £10.95 at Amazon
What’s better than absorbing all the festive cheer in some of the most beautiful Christmas markets around the world? Christmas markets provide the perfect place for shopping and offer tons of stalls with an array of food pop-ups to help restore your energy levels. It’s not just the food and shopping that brings in the crowds, but some markets even offer rides, Ferris wheels and ice skating rinks; ensuring families are entertained throughout too.
Advent in Zagreb, Croatia
2nd December – 7th January
The capital of Croatia is one of the best destinations to celebrate Christmas and it has even been voted ‘European Best Christmas Market’ two times in a row. Themed programmes take place throughout the streets and squares around the city providing a special atmosphere. So, let your hair down and take part in some singing, dancing and other entertainment with your family and friends. Traditional delicacies are also on offer throughout the town. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a white Christmas in Zagreb; there is always a chance it might snow due to it being relatively far north.
24th November – 24th December
Strasbourg Christmas market first took place in 1570 and is one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets. Spending time here is relatively easy as you can indulge in 300 stalls offering decorations, presents, local Alsatian wine, ornaments and toys. There is even The Great Christmas Tree at Place Kleber and the town is transformed into a winter wonderland decorated with twinkling lights and festive garlands.
Prague Christmas Markets, Czech Republic
2nd December – 6th January
Prague hosts some of the quaintest markets around with the largest ones being found in Old Town Square and King Wenceslas Square. The markets offer the perfect place to take in the festive surroundings, enjoy Christmas carols, local drinks and hearty foods. You can browse the stalls offering locally made glass, wooden toys and scented candles. The Old Town Square market also features an animal stable where children can pet sheep, goats and even a donkey. There is also a large Bethlehem scene along with an impressive Christmas tree transported from the forests of Central Bohemia.
Altmarkt, Dresden, Germany
29th November – 24th December
The famous Dresden Striezelmarkt is one of Germany’s oldest markets offering spectacular festive features and it includes a gigantic stollen, prepared by local bakers. The stollen parades through the streets before it’s ceremoniously served to its visitors. This year marks the 583rd anniversary of the market which boasts an endless choice of festive culinary delicacies and intricate traditional crafts. There’s more than enough to enjoy and if you have children then there are even some fun rides; a two-storey carousel and a Ferris wheel. By night the market gives a romantic atmosphere where you can admire the incredible decorative stalls, including a vineyard scene, a nativity scene and even Santa having a bath!
18th November – 30th December
Vienna hosts more than 20 Christmas markets which date back to 1298. Stunningly, the market which is held in front of the beautiful City hall is the highlight of the Christmas experience. There is plenty to do and see. International choirs entertain crowds, children can enjoy the play area and finally the Christmas village enjoys 40 stalls selling traditional handcrafted trinkets and decorations.
Marche De Noel, Lille
17th November – 27th December
This unmissable event has been now running for 27 years and welcomes more than one million visitors. You can discover craftsmanship of local, regional and international products which tie in with the tradition of Christmas. There is plenty to see including Russian crafts, costume jewellery, artwork and crafted wooden stalls; making it a great opportunity to find the perfect gift. The town is covered in a huge crown of garlands and enjoys a giant Ferris wheel which is the centrepiece to the dazzling market.
Fancy staying a little closer to home?
Winter Wonderland, London
17th November – 1st January
Hyde Park spreads Christmas spirit throughout London and has become a huge landmark event for tourists and Londoners. Winter Wonderland provides an extravaganza with ice skating, roller coasters, live music and food stalls. It’s free to enter the festive atmosphere with thousands of visitors returning each year. Some of the attractions do require ticket entry and to avoid disappointment you should pre-book tickets for the Ice Rink, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Cinderella on Ice, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, The Sooty Christmas Show, Giant Wheel and Bar Ice.
Not only is your winter coat the centrepiece of your fashion but it also becomes your life. The nights are drawing darker and the wind is getting chillier, meaning it’s time to think about purchasing the new addition to your wardrobe!
You want to be comfortably cosy but also stylish: well, we have it covered and have put together some of the best coats on offer from the high street.
This lovely navy Peacoat is sure to give you that winter edge with its double-breasted fastening. It’s perfect for that sophisticated look and will keep you warm throughout winter. Try styling with thick winter tights, some heeled boots and a floaty patterned dress. £60.00
This Encompass coat from Seasalt’s RAIN® collection is perfect all year round. Constructed from a waterproof, windproof and breathable cotton-rich fabric creating a versatile, stylish hybrid, it’s ideal for winter. Lined with cosy fleece fabric, whilst the bottom half is quilted. With adjustable cuffs and adjustable hood with drawcord fastening. Available in dark cinnamon or pool colourways. £150.00
A beautiful padded jacket from the M&S collection which is perfect for day to day activities and even includes a concealed foldaway hood. The Stormwear™ technology keeps you dry with its clever water repellent technology and it even has a detachable belt. This lovely jacket comes in four different colours; ice blue, navy, ivory and pink. £79.00
This colourful Wenson parka will spice up your life and is water and wind resistant. It has an insulated liner interior, a hood drawcord and adjustable cuffs with snap buttons. You can purchase it in copper, black, mud and navy. £140.00
We love this shower resistant parka which even has internal pockets. Not only is it perfect for gloomy weather but it can even brighten up your day as it comes in many different colours; rust, navy, black, sand and khaki. It’s warm, cosy, comfortable and hits trendy statements. £75.00
This Superdry men’s Redmastered Rogue trench coat features a throat strap – perfect for keeping out the elements. It is comfortable and well made but also practical for day and evening wear. The jacket is finished with a Superdry premium logo patch on one sleeve along with a metal Superdry logo tab on the pocket. £124.99
This pretty Keira coat offers a wool-blend tweed along with double breasted buttons. It makes a perfect stylish addition to your child’s wardrobe. It also includes a tonal faux fur collar providing a luxurious cosy feel. Completing this look is the bow detail to the back. Available in ages 3-13 years. £55.00
We love this John Lewis boys’ explored hooded parka coat which is not only practical, but also features a classic design with a faux-fur trimmed hood. The fleece lining ensures warmth and cosiness; perfect for the school playground, early mornings and winter nights. Available in ages 2-12 years and comes in either navy or burgundy. From £45.00 – £47.00
How cute is this Therma-dry winter dog coat? Not only is it extremely warm but its superb wicking properties also means that it excels as a dog drying coat. If your dog is soaking wet and muddy, pop it on and watch the water evaporate away; allowing your home to stay clean and dry. Colours available are; red, black, bottle green and navy. From £22.00