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How to choose the perfect Christmas gift

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for all of your friends and family can be a major challenge. There’s nothing which compares to the joy you feel when someone special is beaming with happiness as they open their present. But how do you ensure that your gift is a memorable one without breaking the bank?

It is all too easy to overspend at Christmas! Grandiose gestures are all very well, but it is so often the less extravagant yet meaningful gifts which are treasured. The gifts which delight the recipient because they are that little bit different or perfectly suited to their taste. There’s an old saying that it is the thought that counts with presents and it really is!

By taking the time to consider the tastes and interests of your friends and relatives, you can choose an affordable yet unforgettable gift which also reflects the spirit of the season. The Not Run of The Mill collection would be an excellent place to start, even if we say so ourselves! Featuring a wonderful array of carefully curated pieces from skilled artisans, fair traders and sought after brands, our range will provide you with all the inspiration you need.

Budgeting for the festive season

The people you care about will also care about you and wouldn’t want you to spend more than you can comfortably afford. If you think that you might get carried away, set a budget both for your overall spend and each individual gift, then stick to it. Rather than being an annoying restriction, your budget will provide an interesting challenge and could help to focus your efforts, saving you time in the process.

Pick your moment

Trying to choose a raft of presents in a short space of time can be very stressful. Don’t place unnecessary pressure on yourself by attempting to do too much at once. Set aside the time you need to visit the shops or to explore what is available online and then you will be able to relax and enjoy the Christmas shopping experience

If you quickly see something that will thrill grandma or delight your dog, go for it! You could waste several hours trying to improve on your find, but you know that you will inevitably return to it. Ticking a few presents off your list early on in proceedings will enable you to devote more time to finding the gifts that you find the most difficult to choose.

How to choose the right present

Start by making a list of the people you need to buy for and think about their tastes and interests. If Aunt Jane has just discovered a passion for gardening and cousin Peter has recently grown a beard, make notes! Consider the gifts that you have given friends and family in the past and which ones created the reaction you are looking for. It never hurts to stick to a theme that has hit the spot before and recalling your previous gifts will prevent you from choosing the same things again.

Your gifts will deliver the greatest impact if they show that you have devoted agreat deal of thought to your choice. Mum may have coveted a designer dress that you can’t afford. However, she will be equally blown away that you have managed to find a scented candle featuring her favourite fragrance.

If you are keen to ensure that your gifts are unique, it can help to think laterally. When you have identified that your best mate has discovered a serious passion for jewellery, their other friends will know that too and could choose the same present. Instead of buying a pair of earrings or a necklace, go for a jewellery box or a book about jewellery instead.

Amazing gifts for men

Men are traditionally hard to buy for but they don’t have to be!

The extremely useful 6-in-1 Gentlemens Hardware Multi-tool Pen would be an excellent place to start. This ballpoint pen, spirit level, ruler, cross and interchangeable screwdriver plus stylus in one would delight any DIY enthusiast.

For a touch of luxury, consider the Men’s Well Groomed Gift Set boasts a pleasing vintage look and sophisticated and masculine scent. Ensuring that your man is always suitably dapper, this fabulous set quite simply ticks every box and is sure to gratefully received.

It is getting cold outside and that requires proper clothing to make sure you are not freezing this winter. We have a great idea for a Christmas present with the ultra cosy and cool men's Yukon faux fur Trapper hat from Pachamama. Made with 100% wool, lined with faux fur and fleece lined, the winter hat would be the perfect gift this Christmas for any man in your life!

Luxurious gifts for Lucky Ladies

The lovely Chillblaine Polar Teddy Bear from Charlie Bears features sculptured paw pads with a prety double heart pendant. For a charming touch, he is fully jointed and beautifully made from dense white plush fur, having dark eyes and a large hand stitched nose. Our lovely teddy bear can be the cutest gift for any girl or lady this Christmas!

Christmas boasts a unique ambiance and it is the distinctive aromas of the festive season which help to create that special feel. The fabulous Sweet Pea & Honeysuckle - Hands & Perfume Christmas Tree Gift Set from Heathcote & Ivory presents a cheerful scent of fresh sweet peas and honeysuckle. With romantic white jasmine and gardenia flowers tones, the Christmas set includes a handy rollerball perfume gel and scented hand cream with shea butter and vitamin E for moisturised and softly scented hands!

Ladies who revel in the spirit of the season will also love the unbelievably cute cosy penguin hat from Powder Design, which is sure to raise a smile. Incredibly comfortable and undeniably adorable, this cosy winter hat is bursting with festive cheer.

Beautiful gifts for Babies

Is there anything more wonderful than a baby’s first Christmas? Creating amazing memories which will last a lifetime, such a special occasion deserves to be graced by fabulous gifts. The Little Jellycat My First Penguin is poised to jump out and say hello! Velvety soft with grey and cream fur and super soft orange feet, this Antarctic adventurer is the perfect gift for Baby's first Christmas.

Team these up with the Heaven Sends Mouse Snow Globe Baby's 1st Christmas to create a gorgeous gift for your little one. The 1st Christmas Snow Globe presents a lovely, cute white mouse inside and will be treasured for many years to come.

Christmas treats for dog lovers

Please your pooch-loving friends at Christmas with the pawsome Little Blue House of Hatley Sleepshirt which is fun, loose fit and features a variety of dogs wearing pyjamas. The night shirt is made from soft cotton and has contrasting stitching around hems.

Featuring a cute Westie doggie design, the Wesite Boot Sock from Powder Design will keep you watm and toasty and are the perfect piece for goin on winter walks!

Gifts to celebrate feline friends

We haven’t forgotten the feline furry friends that light up our lives. If there are cat lovers amongst your friends and family, you can treat them to unique and memorable gifts which honour their marvellous moggies. Great gift for cat lovers, the Cat Face Earrings from The Cornish Jewellery Co, perfectly showcase the cuteness of the lovely cats. The stud earrings are made in Penwith, Cornwall, UK and they are silver pleated, coming in a practical gift box.

Talking of lovely cats, the Alex Clark Tremendous Tabbies Squash Mug from Churchill China is something which the lucky recipient can enjoy every day.

Pedal pushing presents for cyclists

Cycling enthusiasts in the family will love the beautifully presented Gentlemen’s Hardware Bicycle Multi Tool! Truly anything but run of the mill, it combines a ball-end hex key set, chain breaker tool, spanner set and socket tri-tool, plus other useful instruments.

There’s nothing more soothing than the amazing Cyclists’ Muscle Rub would help any cyclist who sometimes feels the worse for wear after a ride. They will feel even more rejuvenated after enjoying their favourite tipple served in the stunning Cyclists’ 30cl Whisky Tumbler from Animo Glass!

Special gifts for vegans

More and more people are choosing to enjoy a plant-based diet. There are now thought to be 3.5 million vegans in the UK but a life less meaty doesn’t have to be less cheesy. Enabling vegans to make 6 varieties of fresh and delicious dairy-free cheese, the Big Cheese Making Kit is an original and inspired gift choice for vegans.

Christmas with Not Run of the Mill

Always bringing you inspired gifts for your family and friends, the Not Run of the Mill range is bursting with incredible ideas. Ensuring that your gifts stand out from the crowd and leave lasting impressions, our stunning collection will solve all of your festive dilemmas. This year could be the best Christmas ever for anyone who knows you!


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