The four gifting principles for Christmas

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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  1. Janet Humphrey
    27th November 2018 / 10:36 AM

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

  2. iain maciver
    27th November 2018 / 10:47 AM

    a new tv

  3. Catherine S
    27th November 2018 / 10:51 AM

    A wireless printer is top of my list this year.

  4. Hazel Rea
    27th November 2018 / 11:29 AM

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

  5. Lynn Hughes
    27th November 2018 / 11:49 AM


  6. Fiona Rennie
    27th November 2018 / 1:21 PM

    I would love a persnoalised necklace

  7. Kelly Wheelhouse
    27th November 2018 / 1:44 PM

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

  8. Sarah Roberts
    27th November 2018 / 2:22 PM

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

  9. Annabel Greaves
    27th November 2018 / 2:27 PM

    A new laptop to help with my son’s homework

  10. 27th November 2018 / 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

  11. Catherine Bullas
    27th November 2018 / 4:15 PM

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

  12. Susan B
    27th November 2018 / 4:40 PM

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

  13. Abigail Cullen
    27th November 2018 / 5:37 PM

    An iPad would be lovely.

  14. 27th November 2018 / 5:47 PM

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

  15. Katie
    27th November 2018 / 6:18 PM

    Good health would be nice!

  16. Solange
    27th November 2018 / 7:17 PM

    A robot vacuum cleaner.

  17. clair downham
    27th November 2018 / 7:50 PM

    new perfume

  18. Laura Banks
    27th November 2018 / 8:02 PM

    some new clothes

  19. Andrea Fletcher
    27th November 2018 / 8:12 PM

    Some fluffy slippers.

  20. Laura Lee
    27th November 2018 / 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

  21. Angie McDonald
    27th November 2018 / 10:30 PM

    A GoPro camera

  22. Theresa
    27th November 2018 / 11:24 PM

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

  23. Carole Nott
    28th November 2018 / 12:37 AM

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

  24. Elizabeth
    28th November 2018 / 1:03 AM

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

  25. john prendergast
    28th November 2018 / 1:15 AM

    A 4k tv

  26. Ruth Harwood
    28th November 2018 / 10:24 AM

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

  27. Sinead ORourke
    28th November 2018 / 11:33 AM

    A blender

  28. Tess D
    28th November 2018 / 2:33 PM

    top of my wish list this year is a new coat

  29. Claire Nutman
    28th November 2018 / 2:37 PM

    New Wellies !!

  30. Marycarol
    28th November 2018 / 2:42 PM

    Some nice perfume x

  31. maria blythin
    28th November 2018 / 3:09 PM

    a nice new writing set

  32. SJones
    28th November 2018 / 3:29 PM

    New walking boots for work!

  33. Karen Barrett
    28th November 2018 / 3:34 PM

    Airline tickets to Australia… I can dream!

  34. Amelia Kennedy
    28th November 2018 / 3:40 PM

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

  35. Elaine Savage
    28th November 2018 / 3:53 PM

    I would really love a new phone please Santa

  36. Sarah Ann
    28th November 2018 / 3:57 PM

    A coffee machine.

  37. Amy Bondoc
    28th November 2018 / 4:27 PM

    id love some new pjs

  38. ValB
    28th November 2018 / 4:49 PM

    I would love a new iPad

  39. Carrie H
    28th November 2018 / 5:11 PM

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

  40. Danielle Spencer
    28th November 2018 / 5:28 PM

    A toaster!

    28th November 2018 / 5:30 PM

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

  42. Jackie Howell
    28th November 2018 / 6:45 PM

    a kindle

  43. Helen Stratton
    28th November 2018 / 7:18 PM

    A new handbag.

  44. Amanda tanner
    28th November 2018 / 8:17 PM

    A new pair of designer sunglasses

  45. Alana Walker
    28th November 2018 / 9:10 PM

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

  46. lesley renshaw
    29th November 2018 / 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

  47. Rich Tyler
    29th November 2018 / 3:12 PM

    A new watch!

  48. jo liddement
    29th November 2018 / 4:39 PM

    I would love a wool fair isle jumper.

  49. Alice Gilkes
    29th November 2018 / 7:32 PM

    A new laptop.

  50. Kara W
    29th November 2018 / 9:18 PM

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

  51. Margaret Gallagher
    29th November 2018 / 9:44 PM

    A new phone

  52. Naomi Smith
    30th November 2018 / 3:48 PM

    Dyson Airwrap 🙂

  53. Emma Gibson
    30th November 2018 / 6:43 PM

    New clothes

  54. Nikki Stewart
    1st December 2018 / 12:28 AM

    A new DAB Radio

  55. Jade Hewlett
    1st December 2018 / 6:52 AM

    I would love a new handbag for Christmas this year

  56. Kim Neville
    1st December 2018 / 10:31 AM

    A new fitbit

  57. Diane Carey
    1st December 2018 / 1:53 PM

    Pilates DVD

  58. Diane Carey
    1st December 2018 / 7:16 PM

    A Pilates DVD

  59. Ursula Hunt
    2nd December 2018 / 11:58 AM

    I would love to get an iPad

  60. Sian anthony
    3rd December 2018 / 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!

  61. Sharon Hirst
    6th December 2018 / 5:58 PM

    I’m wanting a new handbag

  62. Paul Roberts
    7th December 2018 / 11:47 PM

    A new MP3 to listen to my music in my break

  63. stacy sorrell
    8th December 2018 / 9:28 AM

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

  64. Angela Kelly
    9th December 2018 / 11:11 AM

    Books are always at the top of my wish list.

  65. Adrian Bold
    9th December 2018 / 1:21 PM

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

  66. Theresa
    9th December 2018 / 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)

  67. Margaret Clarkson
    14th December 2018 / 8:40 PM

    A Handbag

  68. Lorna Ledger
    15th December 2018 / 5:00 PM

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

  69. Geri Gregg
    15th December 2018 / 9:02 PM

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

  70. Christine Caple
    16th December 2018 / 8:16 PM

    I would love a new watch

  71. Darrell Perry
    16th December 2018 / 8:33 PM

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

  72. Clifford Sherwood
    17th December 2018 / 6:49 AM

    Anything is better than nothing

  73. Michelle Smith
    17th December 2018 / 9:38 AM

    A Dyson hairdryer would be amazing for Christmas

  74. Elizabeth Smith
    17th December 2018 / 9:53 AM

    A blind for the window in my hall

  75. Rachel White
    17th December 2018 / 2:36 PM

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

  76. Sarah Blackwell-Hughes
    17th December 2018 / 8:06 PM

    I’d love a new coat x

  77. Emma Howard
    17th December 2018 / 9:21 PM

    I’d love a new laptop

  78. T Brailey
    18th December 2018 / 5:55 AM

    I would love a voucher for a nice pub meal.

  79. James Travis
    18th December 2018 / 3:19 PM

    A new mobile phone

  80. Carol Boffey
    18th December 2018 / 3:23 PM


  81. Sophie Roberts
    18th December 2018 / 8:26 PM

    An iPad!

  82. Laura Corrall
    19th December 2018 / 6:20 PM

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

    19th December 2018 / 8:22 PM

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

  84. Mel Turner
    19th December 2018 / 9:43 PM

    A new pair of boots

  85. Victoria Prince
    20th December 2018 / 7:58 AM

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

  86. Claire Woods
    20th December 2018 / 8:39 AM

    a Take That calendar!

  87. James Donovan
    20th December 2018 / 2:20 PM

    Dollars. We are going to Vegas in February.

    20th December 2018 / 5:13 PM

    A decent mobile phone

  89. donna l jones
    20th December 2018 / 6:02 PM

    some perfume

  90. Anthea Holloway
    20th December 2018 / 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!

  91. Ellen Stafford
    20th December 2018 / 8:56 PM

    A Nintendo Switch console

  92. Karen Usher
    20th December 2018 / 9:05 PM

    A juicer!

  93. Gemma Middleton
    20th December 2018 / 9:37 PM

    A new hairdryer would be great.

  94. sarah parker
    20th December 2018 / 10:03 PM

    a new radio

  95. ellie spider
    21st December 2018 / 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

  96. Michelle Ferguson
    21st December 2018 / 5:31 AM

    I would like some sparkly jewellery or a new watch

  97. Laura Todd
    21st December 2018 / 7:39 AM

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

  98. Lynne O'Connor
    21st December 2018 / 7:54 AM

    some posh chocs

  99. Maria Jane Knight
    21st December 2018 / 9:03 AM

    A pair of black boots!

  100. Lee Hardy
    21st December 2018 / 10:02 AM

    one night ultimate werewolf game

  101. Shannon Mostert
    21st December 2018 / 10:05 AM

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

  102. paula cheadle
    21st December 2018 / 1:06 PM

    a nice bottle of Gin

  103. Lorraine Crawford
    21st December 2018 / 1:36 PM

    I’d love an electric toothbrush!

  104. laura stewart
    21st December 2018 / 6:28 PM

    new pj’s would be nice x

  105. Tiffeny Brown
    21st December 2018 / 7:35 PM

    A shark hoover 🙂 x

  106. Derek Wilson
    21st December 2018 / 7:39 PM

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

  107. Joy Winn
    21st December 2018 / 8:06 PM

    A copy of the new C.J.Sansom book

  108. Laura Wheatley
    21st December 2018 / 8:26 PM

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

  109. Gemma x
    21st December 2018 / 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

  110. sarah morris
    21st December 2018 / 9:00 PM

    Radio for the kitchen

  111. Sheri Darby
    21st December 2018 / 9:12 PM

    Chocolate – I have very simple tastes

  112. Lynn Neal
    21st December 2018 / 9:29 PM

    I would love a new laptop!

  113. sallyanne rose
    21st December 2018 / 9:58 PM

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

  114. Faye Reed
    21st December 2018 / 10:11 PM

    A new phone

  115. Tee Simpson
    21st December 2018 / 10:12 PM

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

  116. Terry greer
    21st December 2018 / 11:14 PM

    A lovely Christmas hamper for my lovely wife Susan

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