Thursday, 12 March 2015

May's last minute gift ideas

We've all  been there - the days completely get away from you and you run out of time to go shopping and post a gift out to a loved one. I have found some gifts that we think are fantastic and can be bought online and delivered super quickly (as long as you know the recipient's email address, in most cases) and have listed my top picks below. We hope they give you some inspiration.

1. Asos gift vouchers - In my opinion these are a great idea because there is so much choice at Asos, from clothes and accessories to skin care and cosmetics. Simply select how much you want to spend and when you want your recipient to get the emailed voucher. Asos says that "It can take up to 24 hours for the gift voucher to be sent after you've placed your order" although in our experience they arrive much more quickly. The voucher is valid for 12 months.

2. Magazine subscription - This might be a slight cheat as the first magazine won't arrive for a few weeks after you take out the subscription, but you can let the recipient know that they have a whole year's worth of gifts to look forward to! You can buy these from numerous different websites and will soon find something with a quick google.

3. Oxfam unwrapped - Perfect for a recipient who is not into material possessions and would like the idea of helping others. You can chose from a wide variety of gifts, from a share in a farmyard for £5 to providing safe water for a school for £1,670. There are plenty around the £10 - £30 mark. The recipient will receive an e-card confirming the gift.

4. Champneys vouchers - Gift vouchers can be bought online and delivered via email, then used online towards spa visits, or on treatments in resorts if a spa package is also bought. Vouchers are valid for 24 months. I know a few people who would love this, but it might be more welcomed if you had clubbed together with a couple of others as there won't be much for the recipient to buy at the lower end of the price range.

5. Ryanair vouchers - flight vouchers from 25 to 200 euros can be bought and used for booking flights (or towards insurance, taxes etc) online. They are valid for 12 months. You will need to make sure you get the name of the recipient right on the voucher as otherwise they will have difficulty when they come to book their tickets.

6. Oasis mobile vouchers - perfect for girl friends and sisters, a voucher that can be sent straight to their mobile so you don't even need to know their email address! The gift cards (up to £300) can be used in standalone stores.

7. Not on the High Street experience vouchers - there are some amazing options here, from hula-hooping classes for 2 (£25) to making your own clutch bag (£45). Vouchers are sent by email. NOTHS also does its own gift vouchers which can be sent by email, for anything from £5 to £500, and surely everybody can find something they love on NOTHS!

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