The emergency gift drawer

Christmas can be stressful at the best of times, and no one wants the panic of an unexpected guest to add to the woes. This year arm yourself with an emergency stash of presents so when you suddenly realise Aunt Edna has one less gift than everyone else, or your neighbour unexpectedly gives you a present, or you completely missed someone off the list, rather than hyperventilate, you’ve got the remedy stashed in a drawer. All calm here thanks to these stellar emergency Christmas gifts. 


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1. Fancy footwork

Radley Sock Set


Socks may have a bad reputation but the great thing is everyone needs them and people rarely buy them for themselves, making them the ideal gift for when a hasty gesture is needed.

Radley, Sock Set, £25


2. Well-travelled

Ted Baker Travel Organiser


We all want to be that person who waltzes through duty free looking fabulous (while we faff around with coats, suitcases, papers and the like). Allow your gift recipient to the most elegant of travellers with an organiser as beautiful as the holiday destination itself.

Ted Baker, Travel Organiser, £45


3. Tie guy



At some point in the next year (and probably many, many times), he’s going to need a great tie. So, enter you with this suave blue number, sporting a pattern subtle enough to be universally unoffensive and interesting enough to add panache.



4. Check you out

Howick Cashmink Check Scarf


The key to a great emergency present is one that’ll work for as many recipients as possible. With this in mind, a checked scarf is ideal – working for old and young, dads and grandads, brothers and boyfriends… you get the picture.

Howick, Cashmink Check Scarf, £20


5. Light me up

Urban Apothecary 70g Candle


We’re yet to meet a giftee that wouldn’t appreciate a great scented candle. This one is mesmerising – heady tuberose combines with bergamot, green leaves, sandalwood and coconut. We can feel our stresses melting away just thinking about it… 

Urban Apothecary, 70g Candle, £15


6. Free hugs

House of Fraser Penguin Friend


Pingu has nothing on this soft (and very cute) penguin friend, complete with winter-appropriate scarf and ear muffs. Kids will never suspect he was a last-minute present addition.

House of Fraser, Penguin Friend, £14


7. New brew

Cartwright & Butler Café York Blend Coffee in Caddy


Picture the scene. It’s the weekend, crisp sheets, sun shining through the blind and this clean-tasting, medium-bodied brew. Give that dream of a Sunday with this coffee concoction (and maybe buy a tin for yourself too…).

Cartwright & Butler, Café York Blend Coffee in Caddy, £13


8. Right answer

Ridley's After Dinner Quiz


This is just the kind of gift that’ll prove very useful the moment it’s unwrapped. With topics from wine to cars, the whole gang will want to get involved in the quiz session revelry. 

Ridley's, After Dinner Quiz, £9


9. Face time

Clarins ClarinsMen Hydrating Collection


Gifting for men you don’t know terribly well can be problematic (does he like poetry anthologies? I think he does) so it’s best to play it safe. This grooming set covers all the basics and will inevitably go down a treat, whoever the man.

Clarins, ClarinsMen Hydrating Collection, £40


10. Hey beauty

Clarins Double Serum Edit Collection


The best-selling Clarins serum combines their best-selling Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Lip Comfort Oil in this beautiful set that they’ll never guess you didn’t put many of hours of thought into. Await great reactions. 

Clarins, Double Serum Edit Collection, £58