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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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  • Reply Janet Humphrey

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

    27th November 2018 at 10:36 AM
  • Reply iain maciver

    a new tv

    27th November 2018 at 10:47 AM
  • Reply Catherine S

    A wireless printer is top of my list this year.

    27th November 2018 at 10:51 AM
  • Reply Hazel Rea

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

    27th November 2018 at 11:29 AM
  • Reply Lynn Hughes


    27th November 2018 at 11:49 AM
  • Reply Fiona Rennie

    I would love a persnoalised necklace

    27th November 2018 at 1:21 PM
  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse

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

    27th November 2018 at 1:44 PM
  • Reply Sarah Roberts

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

    27th November 2018 at 2:22 PM
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

    A new laptop to help with my son’s homework

    27th November 2018 at 2:27 PM
  • Reply michelle twin mum

    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

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

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

    27th November 2018 at 3:50 PM
  • Reply Catherine Bullas

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

    27th November 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Reply Susan B

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

    27th November 2018 at 4:40 PM
  • Reply Abigail Cullen

    An iPad would be lovely.

    27th November 2018 at 5:37 PM
  • Reply Jenny Kearneynny

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

    27th November 2018 at 5:47 PM
  • Reply Katie

    Good health would be nice!

    27th November 2018 at 6:18 PM
  • Reply Solange

    A robot vacuum cleaner.

    27th November 2018 at 7:17 PM
  • Reply clair downham

    new perfume

    27th November 2018 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply Laura Banks

    some new clothes

    27th November 2018 at 8:02 PM
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

    Some fluffy slippers.

    27th November 2018 at 8:12 PM
  • Reply Laura Lee

    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

    27th November 2018 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply Angie McDonald

    A GoPro camera

    27th November 2018 at 10:30 PM
  • Reply Theresa

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

    27th November 2018 at 11:24 PM
  • Reply Carole Nott

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

    28th November 2018 at 12:37 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth

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

    28th November 2018 at 1:03 AM
  • Reply john prendergast

    A 4k tv

    28th November 2018 at 1:15 AM
  • Reply Jane Willis

    A stand mixer

    28th November 2018 at 9:11 AM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

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

    28th November 2018 at 10:24 AM
  • Reply Sinead ORourke

    A blender

    28th November 2018 at 11:33 AM
  • Reply Tess D

    top of my wish list this year is a new coat

    28th November 2018 at 2:33 PM
  • Reply Claire Nutman

    New Wellies !!

    28th November 2018 at 2:37 PM
  • Reply Marycarol

    Some nice perfume x

    28th November 2018 at 2:42 PM
  • Reply maria blythin

    a nice new writing set

    28th November 2018 at 3:09 PM
  • Reply SJones

    New walking boots for work!

    28th November 2018 at 3:29 PM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    Airline tickets to Australia… I can dream!

    28th November 2018 at 3:34 PM
  • Reply Amelia Kennedy

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

    28th November 2018 at 3:40 PM
  • Reply Elaine Savage

    I would really love a new phone please Santa

    28th November 2018 at 3:53 PM
  • Reply Sarah Ann

    A coffee machine.

    28th November 2018 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    id love some new pjs

    28th November 2018 at 4:27 PM
  • Reply ValB

    I would love a new iPad

    28th November 2018 at 4:49 PM
  • Reply Carrie H

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

    28th November 2018 at 5:11 PM
  • Reply Danielle Spencer

    A toaster!

    28th November 2018 at 5:28 PM

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

    28th November 2018 at 5:30 PM
  • Reply Jackie Howell

    a kindle

    28th November 2018 at 6:45 PM
  • Reply Helen Stratton

    A new handbag.

    28th November 2018 at 7:18 PM
  • Reply Amanda tanner

    A new pair of designer sunglasses

    28th November 2018 at 8:17 PM
  • Reply Alana Walker

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

    28th November 2018 at 9:10 PM
  • Reply lesley renshaw

    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

    29th November 2018 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    A new watch!

    29th November 2018 at 3:12 PM
  • Reply jo liddement

    I would love a wool fair isle jumper.

    29th November 2018 at 4:39 PM
  • Reply Alice Gilkes

    A new laptop.

    29th November 2018 at 7:32 PM
  • Reply Kara W

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

    29th November 2018 at 9:18 PM
  • Reply Margaret Gallagher

    A new phone

    29th November 2018 at 9:44 PM
  • Reply Naomi Smith

    Dyson Airwrap 🙂

    30th November 2018 at 3:48 PM
  • Reply Emma Gibson

    New clothes

    30th November 2018 at 6:43 PM
  • Reply Nikki Stewart

    A new DAB Radio

    1st December 2018 at 12:28 AM
  • Reply Jade Hewlett

    I would love a new handbag for Christmas this year

    1st December 2018 at 6:52 AM
  • Reply Kim Neville

    A new fitbit

    1st December 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Reply Diane Carey

    Pilates DVD

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

    A Pilates DVD

    1st December 2018 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    I would love to get an iPad

    2nd December 2018 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Sian anthony

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

    3rd December 2018 at 11:41 AM
  • Reply Sharon Hirst

    I’m wanting a new handbag

    6th December 2018 at 5:58 PM
  • Reply Paul Roberts

    A new MP3 to listen to my music in my break

    7th December 2018 at 11:47 PM
  • Reply stacy sorrell

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

    8th December 2018 at 9:28 AM
  • Reply Angela Kelly

    Books are always at the top of my wish list.

    9th December 2018 at 11:11 AM
  • Reply Adrian Bold

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

    9th December 2018 at 1:21 PM
  • Reply Theresa

    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)

    9th December 2018 at 6:55 PM
  • Reply Margaret Clarkson

    A Handbag

    14th December 2018 at 8:40 PM
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

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

    15th December 2018 at 5:00 PM
  • Reply Geri Gregg

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

    15th December 2018 at 9:02 PM
  • Reply Christine Caple

    I would love a new watch

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

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

    16th December 2018 at 8:33 PM
  • Reply Clifford Sherwood

    Anything is better than nothing

    17th December 2018 at 6:49 AM
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    A Dyson hairdryer would be amazing for Christmas

    17th December 2018 at 9:38 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth Smith

    A blind for the window in my hall

    17th December 2018 at 9:53 AM
  • Reply Rachel White

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

    17th December 2018 at 2:36 PM
  • Reply Sarah Blackwell-Hughes

    I’d love a new coat x

    17th December 2018 at 8:06 PM
  • Reply Emma Howard

    I’d love a new laptop

    17th December 2018 at 9:21 PM
  • Reply T Brailey

    I would love a voucher for a nice pub meal.

    18th December 2018 at 5:55 AM
  • Reply James Travis

    A new mobile phone

    18th December 2018 at 3:19 PM
  • Reply Carol Boffey


    18th December 2018 at 3:23 PM
  • Reply Sophie Roberts

    An iPad!

    18th December 2018 at 8:26 PM
  • Reply Laura Corrall

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

    19th December 2018 at 6:20 PM
  • Reply JULIE WARD

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

    19th December 2018 at 8:22 PM
  • Reply Mel Turner

    A new pair of boots

    19th December 2018 at 9:43 PM
  • Reply Victoria Prince

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

    20th December 2018 at 7:58 AM
  • Reply Claire Woods

    a Take That calendar!

    20th December 2018 at 8:39 AM
  • Reply James Donovan

    Dollars. We are going to Vegas in February.

    20th December 2018 at 2:20 PM

    A decent mobile phone

    20th December 2018 at 5:13 PM
  • Reply donna l jones

    some perfume

    20th December 2018 at 6:02 PM
  • Reply Anthea Holloway

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

    20th December 2018 at 7:04 PM
  • Reply Ellen Stafford

    A Nintendo Switch console

    20th December 2018 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Karen Usher

    A juicer!

    20th December 2018 at 9:05 PM
  • Reply Gemma Middleton

    A new hairdryer would be great.

    20th December 2018 at 9:37 PM
  • Reply sarah parker

    a new radio

    20th December 2018 at 10:03 PM
  • Reply ellie spider

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

    21st December 2018 at 1:40 AM
  • Reply Michelle Ferguson

    I would like some sparkly jewellery or a new watch

    21st December 2018 at 5:31 AM
  • Reply Laura Todd

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

    21st December 2018 at 7:39 AM
  • Reply Lynne O'Connor

    some posh chocs

    21st December 2018 at 7:54 AM
  • Reply Maria Jane Knight

    A pair of black boots!

    21st December 2018 at 9:03 AM
  • Reply Lee Hardy

    one night ultimate werewolf game

    21st December 2018 at 10:02 AM
  • Reply Shannon Mostert

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

    21st December 2018 at 10:05 AM
  • Reply paula cheadle

    a nice bottle of Gin

    21st December 2018 at 1:06 PM
  • Reply Lorraine Crawford

    I’d love an electric toothbrush!

    21st December 2018 at 1:36 PM
  • Reply laura stewart

    new pj’s would be nice x

    21st December 2018 at 6:28 PM
  • Reply Tiffeny Brown

    A shark hoover 🙂 x

    21st December 2018 at 7:35 PM
  • Reply Derek Wilson

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

    21st December 2018 at 7:39 PM
  • Reply Joy Winn

    A copy of the new C.J.Sansom book

    21st December 2018 at 8:06 PM
  • Reply Laura Wheatley

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

    21st December 2018 at 8:26 PM
  • Reply Gemma x

    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

    21st December 2018 at 8:32 PM
  • Reply sarah morris

    Radio for the kitchen

    21st December 2018 at 9:00 PM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Chocolate – I have very simple tastes

    21st December 2018 at 9:12 PM
  • Reply Lynn Neal

    I would love a new laptop!

    21st December 2018 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply sallyanne rose

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

    21st December 2018 at 9:58 PM
  • Reply Faye Reed

    A new phone

    21st December 2018 at 10:11 PM
  • Reply Tee Simpson

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

    21st December 2018 at 10:12 PM
  • Reply Terry greer

    A lovely Christmas hamper for my lovely wife Susan

    21st December 2018 at 11:14 PM
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