Christmas 2023


Finding thoughtful Christmas gifts for couples isn’t always the easiest task, but if you start with the idea that whatever you choose would be something they can experience together, you won’t go far wrong. Whether they’re a foodie couple who enjoy the finer things (think recipe kits, restaurant vouchers or fancy glassware) or an adventurous couple who would appreciate an outdoorsy experience or some travel inspiration, finding exciting Christmas gifts for couples can actually be quite a fun task. What’s great about these gifts is that many of the options are virtual, so you order them last minute if the hectic party season is getting the better of you.

We’ve also got some ideas if you’re looking for some inspiration on a gift to give the special man or woman in your life. After all, gifting that special someone in your life isn’t always the easiest – but our guide should spark a few ideas. Lauren Kate Hughes rounds up the ultimate couples’ Christmas gift ideas – we’re sure each one will be gratefully received.

Best Christmas gifts for couples

Poretti x Salvis Hamper, £65: BUY IT HERE

A hamper is a sterling choice when it comes to couples’ Christmas gifts, particularly for those who enjoy entertaining. We love this charming Italian hamper from Italian beer brand Birrificio Angelo Porett, which comes packed with goodies that will help your chosen couple have a little slice of La Dolce Vita on those cold winter nights. The brand has joined forces with Manchester-based restaurant Salvis to craft the perfect hamper, including artisanal pasta, authentic Olive Oil, traditional Italian Christmas cake and Birrificio Angelo Poretti beers, housed in a luxury wicker hamper. You can also purchase Salvis gift cards if your chosen couple would enjoy a night out together enjoying some authentic Italian flavours.

Whiskey Me & Gin Me Letterbox Subscription Boxes, from £53.70 for six months: BUY IT HERE

Whiskey lovers will be overjoyed with this thoughtful gift, which allows the recipient to have some of the finest Scottish Single Malt Whiskies (or if you want to branch out, whiskies from all over the world) delivered straight to their door. This unique gift box service was created by legendary bartenders Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske, founders of the iconic Black Rock bar in London, to make whisky accessible to all. Choose from the Whiskey Me Traditional, the Whiskey Me Discovery or the Whisky Me Adventure. Oh, and the brand also does a gin subscription service, if whiskey isn’t their thing.

Sanctuary Spa Signature Collection Tri-Wick Scented Candle, £30: BUY IT HERE

For those looking for an affordable Christmas gift for couples, a centre-piece candle is a great option that will create a relaxing ambience on those cold winter nights. Get that spa feeling at home with this aromatic three-wick candle from Sanctuary Spa, its natural shea wax scented with notes of jasmine, grapefruit & vanilla.

Mixologist Experience for Two at Harvey Nichols (Red Letter Days), £70: BUY IT HERE

The excuse to have a fun date night is a winner for any couple, regardless of what stage they’re at in their relationship. Available at Harvey Nichols branches around the country. Couples can learn the art of cocktail making guided by expert mixologists, taste spirits and craft unique concoctions that will impress future dinner party guests.

Christmas gifts for married couples

Looking to spoil a newlywed couple or mark the marriage of a special couple in your life? These Christmas gifts for married couples will ensure they’ll have a smile on their face come Christmas morning.

Three Course Meal and Sides with Cocktails for Two at Searcys at The Gherkin (Red Letter Days), £139.99: BUY IT HERE

If you want to toast a particularly special milestone for a couple, dinner and cocktails overlooking the London skyline from one of its most iconic buildings constitutes a gift with a real wow factor. Indulge in three mouth-watering courses of traditional British cuisine, accompanied by delightful sides and celebratory cocktails, all while enjoying the breathtaking view from this iconic skyscraper.

The Lost Explorer Curious Copitas Set, £28.99: BUY IT HERE

If you’re looking for something unusual for the home to gift a couple, this cute mezcal set is perfect for fans of the spirit, or for couples who want to try something new. The set features two Lost Explorer ceramic copitas and an adventure-friendly sized 20cl bottle of The Lost Explorer Espadín, all housed in a festive gift box with a recipe and tasting card to complete the experience. You can also add a complimentary gift note.

Christmas gifts for husbands and boyfriends

Seek Self Men’s Wellness Journal, £20: BUY IT HERE

This wellness journal has been crafted with men’s mental health in mind and is a great gift for any man in your life who would like to have a more organised mind in 2024. A handy and practical tool, this journal is full of inspirational quotes and dedicated spaces to track feelings and thoughts, with activities to boost wellness.

PerfectDraft Beer Machine, from £199: BUY IT HERE

For beer lovers, this gift is the perfect choice, allowing the recipient to pour their own high-quality draft beer in the comfort of their own home. Pick their favourite brand from a choice of over 45 beers available, including Stella Artois, Tiny Rebel, Leffe, Goose Island, Lowenbrau and many more.

Christmas gifts for wives and girlfriends

Julique Soaking Relaxing Ritual, £45: BUY IT HERE

Give someone the gift of a relaxing night in with this soaking ritual from Jurlique. Part of the brand’s new aromatherapy range, the formula features a trio of Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil and Avocado Oil that helps nourish the skin during a face or body soaking ritual for a heavenly experience that will leave the recipient feeling relaxed and revitalised.

The Flora Lab Trio of Candles Gift Box, £62: BUY IT HERE

Impress your wife or girlfriend with this beautifully presented trio of candles from independent brand, The Flora Lab. Their wintery scents capture the magic of the season and will transform any space with their festive scents. Alpine Air with its fresh notes of pine is our favourite.

With exactly one week until the big day itself, it’s time to spread some festive cheer and what better way to spend a Christmas day out than in London? If you’ve got a day off or are planning one final weekend visit to London before Christmas Day itself, we’ve planned the perfect day filled of festive things to do in London.

London is a fantastic city but with so much going on, it can be overwhelming to map out a plan of things to do – especially at such a busy time of the year. With spots to hit on your solo festive date or with friends, family and the kids, we’ve certainly narrowed down a fun day out.

From wandering around streets adorned with some pretty spectacular Christmas decorations to enjoying a festive meal (be it at your favourite restaurant or bringing that restaurant home with you), we’ve got you and your family covered. Whether you’re looking forward to festive food and drink or being pampered for your final Christmas party, one thing is for certain: you’ll certainly be getting into the holiday spirit while following the itinerary we’ve carved out for you below.

Christmas coffee with Benugo

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive coffee or hot chocolate

Take a stroll around London and take in the festivities of the city when crowds are (possibly) a little less intense. Grab a Christmas coffee from your nearest Benugo and wander around the city’s hotspots for Christmas lights, such as New Bond Street, the Regent Street angels, Carnaby Street, Trafalgar Square and many more areas. Our heads were definitely turned by the apple crumble latte but a winter spiced hot chocolate also never fails.

London pamper day at Christmas

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Achieve fuss-free festive chic with your hair, courtesy of Duck and Dry

Why not stop by Duck and Dry for a festive blowout or a new set of nails? Whether you want a bouncy blow-dry to match your mood or are looking for either a sparkly seasonal or cute candy cane manicure, this central London salon has you covered.

If you’re looking to get ready for party season with a stylish updo, you’ll be glad to know that the hairstyle is no longer just for weddings and more serious occasions, with them being a solid choice if you’re looking to show off some backless dress design – or, indeed, brave the glorious winter weather we’re graced with in the UK. At Duck and Dry, you can choose from the Top Kot, Ooh La La or Ducktail to add some festive glamour to your look – whenever the party may be.


Christmas lunch at Sushisamba

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Enjoy a festive feast at Sushisamba for lunch in London

Christmas has arrived at both the Heron Tower and Covent Garden locations of Sushisamba in London, with guests able to immerse themselves in what the restaurant has coined Sambazonia – a spectacularly festive experience. Whether you’re opting to sample the Festive Taste of Samba menu, which features a selection of seasonal specials – from arroz de lagosta (with a whole lobster) to a Samba Kaiseki platter – miso-ginger cured salmon, seared yellowtail with truffle and more – and Japanese wagyu maki. Of course, Sushisamba’s winter terrace is open for aperitif or digestif cocktails in the heart of the Covent Garden piazza, too.


Christmas at Winter Wonderland

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A visit to Winter Wonderland is only custom at Christmas

Yes, yes, we know it’s nothing new but if you’re heading to London for Christmas, a trip to Hyde park’s magical winterland is a classic choice. If you go in the daytime, you’ll find less crowds – plus, if you’re going to have a wander around with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, there’s probably not much more of a festive spot to do so. An off-peak ticket will cost you just £5, which isn’t too bad as far as activities go in the city – but be mindful that certain attractions (including ice rinks, the circus and a giant wheel) inside will require their own booking and come at an additional cost.


Christmas Dinner with Côte

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Sack off busy London reservations in favour of a festive feast at home with Côte

Making a reservation for dinner during the festive period can be more headache than it’s worth – so why not invite a few close pals over for a dinner party at yours? While Côte’s festive feast boxes are no longer bookable for Christmas, there are the New Year’s Eve menus still available so you can cook up a storm that will bring about full smiles and tummies across the board.

We thoroughly enjoyed the classic Christmas turkey, indulgent chateaubriand and vegetarian butternut squash and goat’s cheese pithivier with all the trimmings included, too. Proving that there is a good feeling to be had about the New Year’s Eve offerings, these include the likes of beef wellington, côte de boeuf, lobster and much more.


We’ve all done it, left our Christmas shopping until the last minute, and it’s potentially too late to get the best bargains. However, we’ve got you covered this year with our budget gifts for under £10, under £20, and under £30.

What are you waiting for, get online and order some of these amazing gifts for your friends and family today.

Gifts £10 and under

Divine, Limited Edition Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, £5

Get this limited-edition hot chocolate before it goes! Barista-style, vegan friendly Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is thick and irresistibly luxurious. Equally it’s Fairtrade, and palm oil free, we just know that you’re going to love it.

Radox, Cleanse & Revive Gift Set with Shower Steamer, £8 from Amazon

The ideal wake-me-up shower and bath kit, includes; Radox Blueberry Bath Bomb (100g) or Radox Raspberry Bath Bomb (100g). Plus, and Radox Shower Steamer and Radox Mineral Therapy Feel Radiant Shower Gel (225ml).

Radox Gift Box

Prezzee Gift Card, £10+

Making gifting fun, personalised and seamless – a digital gift that can be sent via text or email. For him, for her, for the kids, for anyone! Can be used in 190 major retailers across the UK.

Gifts £20 and under

Philip Kingsley, Super Strength Stocking Filler, £12

Christmas gift box with Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment (40ml), and Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment (40ml). Worth £22, this gift makes a perfect stocking filler. Furthermore, this gift helps your hair to feel healthier and stronger than ever before!

Skin Proud, Clear Off Makeup Remover Pads, £12.95

A wonderful gift for a makeup lover. Reusable, washable, and made with microfibre strands to help remove makeup. Can be used with cleanser or without, 100% vegan and PETA approved.

Cheatwell, Charades Board Game, £15 from Amazon

It’s the classic parlour board game packed with instant family fun and entertainment. The aim of the game is to move your playing counters across the board from ‘start’ to ‘finish’ whilst acting and guessing mimes from the six categories. The box contains: Charades Card Decks, Sand Timer, Counters, Playing Board, Rules. Age 12+

VARU, Lip Food Lip Oil, £18

VARU’s lip oils offer a full-bodied, rich colour, and a soft, moisturising application that leaves the lips softer for longer. It provides a lusciously glowy finish. Infused with key ingredients like Shea Butter for moisture and suppleness. Available in 9 shades.

Gifts £30 and under

Russell & Atwell, Caramel & Milk Fresh Chocolates, £30

Containing two jars of Russell & Atwell’s bestsellers; Outrageously Creamy Milk and Scrumptious Salted Caramel Fresh Chocolates. Hand finished chocolate shells, which release a slow-melting creamy centre. The most amazingly delicious Christmas gift!

The Pickle House, Ultimate Bloody Mary Kit, £30

The most revered recovery cocktail, the Bloody Mary is a sure-fire winning gift this Christmas. Gift set includes; The Pickle House Bloody Mary (7% 2 x 200ml), Bloody Mary Salt Rim, Mini Tabasco (2 x 3.7ml), LifeBio Miracle vitamin pouches, Serious Pig Pickles Garnish, and recipe card.

We hope that you have picked a few fabulous treats for your loved ones. All that’s left to say is to have a wonderful festive season, and enjoy every minute with the people that mean the most to you. Christmas is a time to relax, have fun, and be in the moment.

Merry Christmas!

Amazing Christmas Gifts On A Budget – Words by Rachel McAlley

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