The four gifting principles for Christmas

23rd November 2018

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Christmas is just around the corner and whilst children find it easy to add 101 things to their Christmas wish lists. It can be difficult for adults to pinpoint the things that they would like to unwrap come Christmas morning. Thinking about the gifts in the four gifting principles of something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Will hopefully allow for clarity of mind and make thinking of the Christmas gifts that they would like to receive

Take a look at each of the four gifting principles for an idea of what each one could include aiding your list making this Christmas…

The four gifting principles

Something you want

A chance to run wild with your demands for this first principle. Whilst budgets may not allow for diamonds and pearls, they aren’t to everyone’s taste anyway. Why not select to enjoy a London theatre show and dinner for two, whether you take your partner, your mum, or your best friend. In many ways, it’s a gift that keeps giving as you both benefit, plus think of the memories you’ll create.

Perhaps you have your eye on a swanky pair of shoes that you’ll only wear for special occasions so can’t justify them as a need or wear. But they would match perfectly with your wardrobe, and they are so sparkling and cute. Plus you’ll need the matching bag to go with them.

Something you need

Always a difficult principle to pinpoint what is a need rather than a want. Think of this category as one that makes your life easier. The new boots to replace the ones you are currently wearing that let in more water than if you went barefoot. The bottle of perfume that adds the scent of luxury each more as your spray your neck. Or even the new underwear that others may feel is a boring gift, however, that everyday comfort found in a good pair of knickers or a bra is priceless.

Something to wear

Whilst everyone should receive new pyjamas for Christmas, it might not be something that you wish to add on the list for the big man to fulfil. This is your opportunity to select a beautiful charm bracelet that you’ve had your eye on all year. A new bag to carry everything you need for day to day life. Or even a new scarf to keep you warm against the best of the British weather.

Something to read

As children, it is a proud moment for both ourselves and our parents when we start learning to read. Over our school years, we are encouraged to read as often as possible. Covering a wide range of topics, from the classics of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton to non-fiction books telling us about the world around us.

As we grow up and we are not required to read as a task, many of us will fall into the trap of only reading news reports and social media. Many books have been reimagined into films so it becomes easier in our busy lives to watch it as a movie than take the time to read a novel.

This Christmas why not add a new book on to your wish list, or even a new notebook or journal. Providing you with a way to note down your thoughts, your activities and the things that make up your everyday life. Looking back on these thoughts and notes will provide you with some wonderful memories.

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  • Janet Humphrey 27th November 2018 at 10:36 AM

    a new tablet computer – my one given six christmas’s ago has now finally died

  • iain maciver 27th November 2018 at 10:47 AM

    a new tv

  • Catherine S 27th November 2018 at 10:51 AM

    A wireless printer is top of my list this year.

  • Hazel Rea 27th November 2018 at 11:29 AM

    A Guppy Bag – you wash fleeces in it to stop microbits of plastic getting into the oceans.

  • Lynn Hughes 27th November 2018 at 11:49 AM


  • Fiona Rennie 27th November 2018 at 1:21 PM

    I would love a persnoalised necklace

  • Kelly Wheelhouse 27th November 2018 at 1:44 PM

    I’d love a nice phone case for my new phone I’m getting next week 🙂

  • Sarah Roberts 27th November 2018 at 2:22 PM

    l would love a some nice warm boots for our lovely British weather.

  • Annabel Greaves 27th November 2018 at 2:27 PM

    A new laptop to help with my son’s homework

  • michelle twin mum 27th November 2018 at 3:48 PM

    I do love the idea of the 4 gifting principles and I wish I was more streamlined but I really like gettign gifts and I can’t seem to help myself! ekk Mich x

  • michelle twin mum 27th November 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Oh and for me, I’d love a new silver necklace.

  • Catherine Bullas 27th November 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Some new socks, mine all seem to have holes in!

  • Susan B 27th November 2018 at 4:40 PM

    A new printer which is not very exciting but fragrance is always a winner for me.

  • Abigail Cullen 27th November 2018 at 5:37 PM

    An iPad would be lovely.

  • Jenny Kearneynny 27th November 2018 at 5:47 PM

    I haven’t found a single thing I would like this year which is driving my husband crazy!

  • Katie 27th November 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Good health would be nice!

  • Solange 27th November 2018 at 7:17 PM

    A robot vacuum cleaner.

  • clair downham 27th November 2018 at 7:50 PM

    new perfume

  • Laura Banks 27th November 2018 at 8:02 PM

    some new clothes

  • Andrea Fletcher 27th November 2018 at 8:12 PM

    Some fluffy slippers.

  • Laura Lee 27th November 2018 at 9:16 PM

    I would love a new handbag especially a Radley backpack I have tried to be a very good girl this year so keeping my fingers crossed

  • Angie McDonald 27th November 2018 at 10:30 PM

    A GoPro camera

  • Theresa 27th November 2018 at 11:24 PM

    A handheld hoover would be perfect for my new home but I would also like new perfume

  • Carole Nott 28th November 2018 at 12:37 AM

    I would love to have some nice perfume and lots of chocolates!

  • Elizabeth 28th November 2018 at 1:03 AM

    I’ve asked my sister for a waterproof coat as the one I had which was advertised as waterproof isn’t.

  • john prendergast 28th November 2018 at 1:15 AM

    A 4k tv

  • Jane Willis 28th November 2018 at 9:11 AM

    A stand mixer

  • Ruth Harwood 28th November 2018 at 10:24 AM

    My TV just broke! That’s gonna have to be no.1 on our list lol!!

  • Sinead ORourke 28th November 2018 at 11:33 AM

    A blender

  • Tess D 28th November 2018 at 2:33 PM

    top of my wish list this year is a new coat

  • Claire Nutman 28th November 2018 at 2:37 PM

    New Wellies !!

  • Marycarol 28th November 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Some nice perfume x

  • maria blythin 28th November 2018 at 3:09 PM

    a nice new writing set

  • SJones 28th November 2018 at 3:29 PM

    New walking boots for work!

  • Karen Barrett 28th November 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Airline tickets to Australia… I can dream!

  • Amelia Kennedy 28th November 2018 at 3:40 PM

    J’Adore perfume – love it, but it’s so expensive I’d never buy it for myself x

  • Elaine Savage 28th November 2018 at 3:53 PM

    I would really love a new phone please Santa

  • Sarah Ann 28th November 2018 at 3:57 PM

    A coffee machine.

  • Amy Bondoc 28th November 2018 at 4:27 PM

    id love some new pjs

  • ValB 28th November 2018 at 4:49 PM

    I would love a new iPad

  • Carrie H 28th November 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Sock – lovely, luxury socks. But I won’t get them because everyone thinks it’s too dull a gift idea!

  • Danielle Spencer 28th November 2018 at 5:28 PM

    A toaster!

  • ADEINNE TONNER 28th November 2018 at 5:30 PM

    This year for me it has to be a kindle as my current one is broken

  • Jackie Howell 28th November 2018 at 6:45 PM

    a kindle

  • Helen Stratton 28th November 2018 at 7:18 PM

    A new handbag.

  • Amanda tanner 28th November 2018 at 8:17 PM

    A new pair of designer sunglasses

  • Alana Walker 28th November 2018 at 9:10 PM

    I would love a new bottle of Black Opium perfume.x

  • lesley renshaw 29th November 2018 at 9:42 AM

    I’m just grateful to spend quality time with my family this year. Finances are tight after a tough year with health problems for us all and loss of work so yes, this voucher would be lovely. Thanks for the chance x

  • Rich Tyler 29th November 2018 at 3:12 PM

    A new watch!

  • jo liddement 29th November 2018 at 4:39 PM

    I would love a wool fair isle jumper.

  • Alice Gilkes 29th November 2018 at 7:32 PM

    A new laptop.

  • Kara W 29th November 2018 at 9:18 PM

    I’d actually love a sterling silver necklace with my initial on it

  • Margaret Gallagher 29th November 2018 at 9:44 PM

    A new phone

  • Naomi Smith 30th November 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Dyson Airwrap 🙂

  • Emma Gibson 30th November 2018 at 6:43 PM

    New clothes

  • Nikki Stewart 1st December 2018 at 12:28 AM

    A new DAB Radio

  • Jade Hewlett 1st December 2018 at 6:52 AM

    I would love a new handbag for Christmas this year

  • Kim Neville 1st December 2018 at 10:31 AM

    A new fitbit

  • Diane Carey 1st December 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Pilates DVD

  • Diane Carey 1st December 2018 at 7:16 PM

    A Pilates DVD

  • Ursula Hunt 2nd December 2018 at 11:58 AM

    I would love to get an iPad

  • Sian anthony 3rd December 2018 at 11:41 AM

    I would really love some hair tools etc this year as I’ve just started hairdressing so need to build up my kit!

  • Sharon Hirst 6th December 2018 at 5:58 PM

    I’m wanting a new handbag

  • Paul Roberts 7th December 2018 at 11:47 PM

    A new MP3 to listen to my music in my break

  • stacy sorrell 8th December 2018 at 9:28 AM

    A new coat (sorry i know thats not very exciting)

  • Angela Kelly 9th December 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Books are always at the top of my wish list.

  • Adrian Bold 9th December 2018 at 1:21 PM

    I would love to receive a tablet to replace the one I broke a few weeks ago!

  • Theresa 9th December 2018 at 6:55 PM

    I am so lucky I have not only all I need, but also all I want. However, what I do have on the top of my Christmas list is a little helper that can help me wrap all my presents for others because my present wrapping is rubbish. You know, an extra fnger to hold the paper down while I get the celotape off the roll, put a finger on the bow while I tie it, or even better to wrap all of them and just leave me the gift tags to write out :0)

  • Margaret Clarkson 14th December 2018 at 8:40 PM

    A Handbag

  • Lorna Ledger 15th December 2018 at 5:00 PM

    A soup make is right up there! Thanks for the chance

  • Geri Gregg 15th December 2018 at 9:02 PM

    I’d love a coffee machine but ill be very grateful for whatever I receive

  • Christine Caple 16th December 2018 at 8:16 PM

    I would love a new watch

  • Darrell Perry 16th December 2018 at 8:33 PM

    I would love a drone for Christmas. Good Luck Everyone!

  • Clifford Sherwood 17th December 2018 at 6:49 AM

    Anything is better than nothing

  • Michelle Smith 17th December 2018 at 9:38 AM

    A Dyson hairdryer would be amazing for Christmas

  • Elizabeth Smith 17th December 2018 at 9:53 AM

    A blind for the window in my hall

  • Rachel White 17th December 2018 at 2:36 PM

    I’d like a new big arctic explorer style winter coat santa please 🙂

  • Sarah Blackwell-Hughes 17th December 2018 at 8:06 PM

    I’d love a new coat x

  • Emma Howard 17th December 2018 at 9:21 PM

    I’d love a new laptop

  • T Brailey 18th December 2018 at 5:55 AM

    I would love a voucher for a nice pub meal.

  • James Travis 18th December 2018 at 3:19 PM

    A new mobile phone

  • Carol Boffey 18th December 2018 at 3:23 PM


  • Sophie Roberts 18th December 2018 at 8:26 PM

    An iPad!

  • Laura Corrall 19th December 2018 at 6:20 PM

    I would really love some nice new earrings. As I haven’t brought any in a while and fancy a change.

  • JULIE WARD 19th December 2018 at 8:22 PM

    A new kitchen, but I think I’ve been naughty

  • Mel Turner 19th December 2018 at 9:43 PM

    A new pair of boots

  • Victoria Prince 20th December 2018 at 7:58 AM

    A new toaster so I can actually leave it and not have to sit there and hold the button down!

  • Claire Woods 20th December 2018 at 8:39 AM

    a Take That calendar!

  • James Donovan 20th December 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Dollars. We are going to Vegas in February.

  • MANDY DOHERTY 20th December 2018 at 5:13 PM

    A decent mobile phone

  • donna l jones 20th December 2018 at 6:02 PM

    some perfume

  • Anthea Holloway 20th December 2018 at 7:04 PM

    I would love to have my bicycle serviced – I ride it every day and it could do with a bit of professional attention!

  • Ellen Stafford 20th December 2018 at 8:56 PM

    A Nintendo Switch console

  • Karen Usher 20th December 2018 at 9:05 PM

    A juicer!

  • Gemma Middleton 20th December 2018 at 9:37 PM

    A new hairdryer would be great.

  • sarah parker 20th December 2018 at 10:03 PM

    a new radio

  • ellie spider 21st December 2018 at 1:40 AM

    I’d really like a fitbit but i doubt I will get one – maybe I’ll pick one up in the sales after tho

  • Michelle Ferguson 21st December 2018 at 5:31 AM

    I would like some sparkly jewellery or a new watch

  • Laura Todd 21st December 2018 at 7:39 AM

    I would quite like some walking poles this year, just need a bit better weather to get out walking.

  • Lynne O'Connor 21st December 2018 at 7:54 AM

    some posh chocs

  • Maria Jane Knight 21st December 2018 at 9:03 AM

    A pair of black boots!

  • Lee Hardy 21st December 2018 at 10:02 AM

    one night ultimate werewolf game

  • Shannon Mostert 21st December 2018 at 10:05 AM

    After losing weight, some vouchers for new clothes would be great!

  • paula cheadle 21st December 2018 at 1:06 PM

    a nice bottle of Gin

  • Lorraine Crawford 21st December 2018 at 1:36 PM

    I’d love an electric toothbrush!

  • laura stewart 21st December 2018 at 6:28 PM

    new pj’s would be nice x

  • Tiffeny Brown 21st December 2018 at 7:35 PM

    A shark hoover 🙂 x

  • Derek Wilson 21st December 2018 at 7:39 PM

    A new vacuum cleaner would be great – we have a cat that generates so much dust!

  • Joy Winn 21st December 2018 at 8:06 PM

    A copy of the new C.J.Sansom book

  • Laura Wheatley 21st December 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Some new boots (or maybe a cath kidston handbag if I am lucky)

  • Gemma x 21st December 2018 at 8:32 PM

    I love tbe principle of this post. We have adopted tbese ideas for tbe last few years. My children still get surprises but they really have to think hard about what to ask for.

    Top of my list is a ted baker dressing gown

  • sarah morris 21st December 2018 at 9:00 PM

    Radio for the kitchen

  • Sheri Darby 21st December 2018 at 9:12 PM

    Chocolate – I have very simple tastes

  • Lynn Neal 21st December 2018 at 9:29 PM

    I would love a new laptop!

  • sallyanne rose 21st December 2018 at 9:58 PM

    top of my wish list this year is ugg boots in pink

  • Faye Reed 21st December 2018 at 10:11 PM

    A new phone

  • Tee Simpson 21st December 2018 at 10:12 PM

    I really want a new washing machine. I need a bigger one so we shall see.

  • Terry greer 21st December 2018 at 11:14 PM

    A lovely Christmas hamper for my lovely wife Susan

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