The emergency gift drawer

Unexpected Christmas guests can cause a) panic b) dread and c) a frantic dash to the corner shop to grab a Toblerone to gift. This year, spare yourself the stress with an emergency gift drawer of presents you can whip out if needed. It’ll solve many a quibble, from one family member having less to open to you completely missing someone off your buying to-do list. Shop from our festive SOS kit and when there’s a surprise knock at the door, you can welcome them with open arms – and a gift in hand.


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1. Final flourish

Tommy Hilfiger Effortless Knit Plain Oblong Scarf


It's universally acknowledged that one can never have too many scarves, and the sheer loveliness of the soft fabric and muted tones of this one will seduce every recipient.

Tommy Hilfiger, Effortless Knit Plain Oblong Scarf, £60


2. Whole hearted

Aspinal of London Heart Coin Purse


If anything was going to look further from an after-thought, it’d be a handmade Italian purse. Even the trickiest of guests would struggle not to like it, and the sentimental shape and luxurious feel will speak volumes.

Aspinal of London, Heart Coin Purse, £60


3. Handiwork

Dents Men`s Leather Glove With Warm Lining


A sometimes neglected part of a guy’s wardrobe, smart leather gloves means there’s no need to trudge around with hands in pockets and chapped winter skin. Wins all round.

Dents, Men`s Leather Gloves With Warm Lining, £32


4. Beautiful basics

Calvin Klein 3 Pack Maddox Flat Knit Socks Gift Box


The kings of underwear also, unsurprisingly, make superb socks. Wrapped up in a cute gift box, you’re not just giving socks but a reason for Sunday mornings lounging in the house and a pop of personality to flash under suit trousers.

Calvin Klein, 3 Pack Maddox Flat Knit Socks Gift Box, £20


5. Christmas spirit

Makers & Merchants Set Of Three Syrups


Adding a little festive je ne sais quoi to tipples, consider these adorable mulled wine, mulled cider and clementine syrups as your Christmas in a bottle.

Makers & Merchants, Set Of Three Syrups, £12


6. Waddle this way

Hamleys Pippa And Percy Penguin


We’re yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love a penguin, so we’re championing this Pippa and Percy pair as the toy of choice to keep stashed at the back of your wardrobe in case of kids’ gifting-related emergencies.

Hamleys, Pippa And Percy Penguin, £25


7. Winter sun

Benefit Hoola Mini Stocking Stuffer


Everyone’s favourite bronzing powder in a handy, clutch-bag size, gift this and she’ll thank you for giving her glow on the go.

Benefit, Hoola Mini Stocking Stuffer, £12.50


8. Star sign

Hobbs Star Single Sock


We know, we know, socks as gifts have a bad reputation. These ones though, with their starry pattern, tread the line between stylish and fun so perfectly that we forecast thoroughly positive reactions.

Hobbs, Star Single Sock, £6


9. Tale of two halves

Tommy Hilfiger Mascot Card Holder With Gift Box


Plain at the front, party at the back, this handy card holder will win over kooky friends with its fun, mascot design and more minimalist-favouring recipients with its sleek alternate side.

Tommy Hilfiger, Mascot Card Holder With Gift Box, £35


10. Tie time

Double Two Polyester Tie


His tie collection will always be in need of new additions and this one with its subtle stripe and red wine hue will set off his shirt for many an occasion, whether there’s wine involved or not.

Double Two, Polyester Tie, £14.99


11. Grooming guru

Tom Ford Shave Oil 40ml


Shaving just got a lot more luxurious thanks to this calming shave oil. Seeing as all men shave and all men love Tom Ford, we reckon we’ve cracked it gifting-wise.

Tom Ford, Shave Oil 40ml, £46


12. Recipe for success



Combining two of our favourite things - G&T and caramel - in one, this is a cracker of a tub. Drizzle over ice cream, meringues and berries – if you can stop yourself eating it straight from the jar that is.



13. The purple one

Molton Brown Muddled Plum Bath & Shower Gel


We’re advocates for Christmas expanding into every area of our lives so in honour of this, we thoroughly recommend gifting this plummy bath and shower gel with festive notes of saffron, orange and oak-aged rum.

Molton Brown, Muddled Plum Bath & Shower Gel, £24


14. People pleaser

Cartwright & Butler Christmas Loaf Cake In Tin


For a gift that’ll delight everyone, from your neighbour to the school teacher, postman to your great aunt, a Christmas loaf cake that’s GBBO-worthy will always go down a treat.

Cartwright & Butler, Christmas Loaf Cake In Tin, £12


15. Hands in

Polarn O. Pyret Kids' Waterproof Winter Gloves


For max potential giveability (we’re making that a word), choose these Polarn O. Pyret gloves that'll work for many a recipient, for the weekday playground and the weekend park.

Polarn O. Pyret, Kids' Waterproof Winter Gloves, £24


16. Sweet escape

Cartwright & Butler Acacia Honeycomb


Turn a quick coffee and a handful of nuts into the breakfast of kings with a tray of Acacia honey in its honeycomb. Thoroughly recommended on top of hot, buttered toast, it’ll make a moment to savour among the usual morning madness.

Cartwright & Butler, Acacia Honeycomb, £13