Thoughts from December 2009

failsafe emergency christmas gifts

Hate that embarrassing moment when someone hands you a nicely wrapped Christmas present and you're left, awkwardly shuffling and looking intently at a piece of fluff on the floor because you've not bought them anything?

Well to avoid such festive faux pas this year, here's our top 5 list of failsafe emergency Christmas presents.

Simply buy a few, wrap them up and keep them on hand with a stash on unmarked gift tags so you can scribble a quick seasons greeting before handing it over.

Top 5 failsafe emergency Christmas presents (or as Charlie H calls them 'floater gifts')

1. Socks: Totally failsafe. Especially those one-size-fits-all types.

2. Panettone: Posh. Christmassy. Posh. Yep.

3. A nice pen: Will make said recipient feel important. Especially if it comes in a special pen box.

4. Cheat's homemade chutney: Buy some nice chutney, steam off the labels, handwrite your own, tie a fancy bit of ribbon round the top and Rudolph's your uncle.

5. Our books*


They're perfect for budding business types or the loved ones in your life who like messing about in the kitchen. Plus they're pretty sizeable so all you'll need to do is pop a few walnuts and a clementine in for generous looking stocking/well thought out gift.

We could do a special deal on them but you know and we know that you'll get a better deal on Amazon, so here's a handy link instead.

*EXTREMELY STRONG DISCLAIMER: We never usually do stuff like this but since we've written them and you've got stockings to fill, we thought a shamless plug in support of stocking filling would be okay

10 from Number 10

Despite being a busy sort of lady, Sarah Brown found time to knit us some hats for the Big Knit.

Sarah Brown and Hats

She knitted ten in total.

Just like her door number.

Thanks very much, Sarah.

Keep your eyes peeled for them in Sainsbury's or if 'hat's not enough, check out the final contenders for our Hat of the Week.