The best Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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By in Gift Ideas. Updated January 2017.

Beat the high street rush and seasonal stress with our ultimate gift list that’s perfect for the student budget!Christmas Gift IdeasWe’ve done the legwork for you, and have uncovered some of the most wished for and best value Christmas gift ideas for your various friends and family this year.

Don’t leave it until the last minute or you’ll end up paying inflated prices on the high street!

So, who’s on the gift list?Robin!

Please note: prices are subject to change and correct at time of publishing.

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Christmas gifts for Him

  1. Books for men

    Books-for-men-ChristmasPrice: <£12.00

    If the “bloke” you’re buying for is a bit of a bookworm then we’ve got a few popular suggestions for you:

    Russel Brand: Revolution (£6.99)
    The Pointless Book (£4)
    What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (£4.99)
    1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways (£4.50)

    If you’re looking for one book in particular then try: Waterstones (10% student discount), Amazon, theBookPeople (codes on site), eBay and even Blackwells.

    Plus if you’re looking for a book in its digital form (Kindle/eBook) then check out the Amazon eBook market.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ books »


  2. Games for menVideo-Games-for-men-ChristmasPrice: ~£40.00

    These days a lot of students have a PS4 or Xbox One! In recent months we’ve seen the consoles going for less than £300 and there are some decent bundles knocking about.

    If the guy you’re buying for already has a console you might want to get them one of the games below.

    ★ Far Cry 4 (£42)
    ★ Assassin’s Creed Unity (£37.85)
    ★ Grand Theft Auto V (£42.99)
    ★ Fifa 2015 (£35)
    ★ Football Manager 2015 (PC only) (£18)

    Looking for other games/consoles or more prices? We usually recommend: Amazon, Tesco, SimplyGames, GAME, PC World, The Hut or Argos.

    If you’re spending big bucks and looking to buy a console instead then check out the PS4 (£289.99) & Xbox One (£419.99). You will win every argument forever more.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ games »


  3. DVDs for men

    DVDs for menPrice: ~£10.00

    Everyone has different tastes when it comes to films and DVDs but we’ve done our best to pick a wide selection for you to choose from.

    Always keep in mind the difference between Blu-Rays and normal DVDs too.

    ★ Guardians of the Galaxy (£9.99)
    ★ The Inbetweeners 2 (£9.99)
    ★ The Wolf of Wall Street (£5)
    ★ Family Guy – Season 14 (£17.99)
    ★ 22 Jump Street (£10)

    Need more ideas or looking for deals such as 2for1 DVDs? Similarly to the games & CDs we usually recommend: AmazonTesco Direct, The Hut or Zavvi.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ DVDs »


  4. Aftershave & Eau de Toilette

    Aftershave-for-men-ChristmasPrice: £15 – £32

    It’s almost impossible to cover all the smells out there but we’ve hunted down the cheapest prices on 5 popular fragrances, plus a few handy sites that sell other smells well under the RRP (sometimes 70% off).

    60% of the time, these work every time! 😉

    ★ Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT 75 ml (£32)
    ★ Hugo Boss Bottled 100ml (£29)
    ★ FCUK Him EDT 100ml (£15)
    ★ Davidoff Cool Water Aftershave 75ml (£16.70)
    ★ Joop Splash After Shave (£18)

    None of these float your boat? Check out more deals on: Boots, Amazon, Superdrug, Fragrance Direct, AllBeauty, Argos and PerfumePlus.

    It’s also worth keeping an eye on our Facebook page in the run up to Christmas for specific Eau de toilette offers.

    Check out the most popular fragrances »


  5. Red Letter Experiences

    Red Letter DaysPrice: £varies

    From flying a plane to driving a car or just a simple Thai massage, experiences make truly memorable presents. Plus, some are BOGOF or for two people so you can benefit too 😉 Just hope they invite you and not another mate…

    Michelin Star 7 Course Meal for 2 (£159)
    ★ Indoor Skydiving for 2 (£49)
    ★ 30 minute aircraft flight (£125)
    ★ Lamborghini Drive Thrill (£99)

    None of these ideas float your boat? Take a look at Red Letter Days, Virgin Experiences, BuyaGift or Bespoke Offers.

    Browse more experience days »


  6. Gadgets & electronics

    Gadgets-for-men-ChristmasPrice: <£150

    Boys and their toys… Here’s a few ideas under £120 that will impress.

    ★ Kindle Fire HDX (£149)
    ★ Sony Smart Watch (£90)
    ★ Azatom iPhone/iPod Dock (£50)
    ★ Hudl 2 Tablet (£109 with code TDX-PKJK)

    There are more time sensitive electronics offers that pop up which we post here.

    Looking for something a little more expensive or a different brand? Well known (and cheap) electronic & gadget stores include PC WorldCurrys, House of Fraser (2yr warranties) or Maplin.

    If you don’t mind (perfectly good) second hand items then eBay or Amazon refurbs are a cut price option.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ electronics »


  7. Wacky, fun & alternative ideas

    Wacky Men GiftsPrice: <£25

    Whether you’re looking for a secret Santa idea or just a stocking filler these out of the box ideas made us giggle so we’re sure you’ll love them too.

    ★ Bacon Flavoured Toothpaste (£6.70)
    ★ Breaking Bad (blue) Bath Salt (£14.99)
    ★ 250ml Scorpion Vodka (£24.99)
    ★ Camera Lens Mug (£14.99)
    ★ Key Finder (£7.99)
    ★ Nothing (£6.99)
    ★ W*nk sock (£7.99)

    Obviously we can’t list every single wacky gift but luckily there’s a few popular sites that have 1000s of them: FireboxIWOOT, Play.com & Menkind.

    Find more ‘unique’ gift ideas »


  8. Food & drink

    Food-Drink-ChristmasPrice: <£30

    Know someone who has a passion for food, loves sweets or interesting drinks? Perfect!

    ★ DIY Hooch Kit (£12.99)
    ★ Retro Sweets Hamper (£13)
    ★ Rum/Whisky/Gin Set (£14.99+)

    Special or unique alcohol is always a good gift and you can’t go wrong with hampers. Try Amazon for some great sweet hampers or unique alcohol gifts. Your local supermarket such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda are always a good shout too.

    Check out even more ideas »


  9. Film/TV subscriptions

    Film SubscriptionsPrice: ~£7/month

    If you’re buying for a movie lover then there’s nothing better than a subscription to a TV or film service. Plus, if you buy a year’s subscription it’ll be the gift that keeps on giving…

    ★ Amazon Instant Video (£5.99/mth)
    ★ Netflix (£6.99/mth)
    ★ NowTV (Sky movies) (£8.99/mth)

    Each of these offers come with a free one month trial too!

    Check out our detailed comparison »


  10. 12 month magazine subscription

    Mens magazines Price: <£30.00

    We’ve spotted a few great sites that offer 75% off yearly magazine subscriptions. The best thing about this present is that it lasts the whole year so they’ll be reminded of your gift every month…

    ★ Men’s Health (£25.99)
    ★ FHM (£22)
    ★ Stuff (6mth.) (£19.95)
    ★ Esquire (£20.99)
    ★ GQ Magazine (£29.90)

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit make sure you don’t forget to cancel after the year is up (set a note in your phone/calendar).

    Browse more Magazine Offers »


  11. Best of the rest!

    Best of the restIf the ideas above didn’t satisfy you then we’ve got a few more to consider.

    ★ Personalised photo book (£8.99+)
    ★ Bonsai Tree (£12.99)


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Christmas gifts for Her

  1. Books for women

    Books-for-women-ChristmasPrice: <£12.00

    The women we asked had split opinions about cooking books so be careful if you buy one… Luckily there’s a few other options this Christmas too.

    Girl Online (£5)
    Yes Please: Amy Poehler (£12)
    Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned (£12)
    Jamie’s Comfort Food (£9.99)

    If you’re looking for one book in particular then try: Waterstones (10% student discount), Amazon, theBookPeople (codes on site), eBay and even Blackwells.

    Plus if you’re looking for a book in its digital form (eBook) then check out the Amazon eBook market.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ books »


  2. Music/CDs for women

    Music-for-women-ChristmasPrice: <£15

    We’re aware that you can get music for free these days (legally or illegally) but sometimes it’s nice to take it back to the old school with a physical copy. We’re still a big fan of CD art here at STS…

    Obviously music has 100s of genres so we’ve plumped for a few safe bets:

    ★ Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (£10.49)
    ★ London Grammar: If You Wait (£5.99)
    ★ Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour (£9)
    ★ Calvin Harris: Motion (£9.99)
    ★ BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge (£11)

    Music is a very personal thing. If you are looking for something a little more niche or another genre then check out: Play.com (usually cheapest), BaseWOW HD, Sainsbury’s Entertainment or Amazon CDs.

    PS. I bet you were glad you didn’t see Justice Beaver or “Simon Cowell’s puppets” mentioned 😉

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ music »


  3. DVDs for women

    DVDs for womenPrice: <£20

    You can never go wrong with the right DVD. Here’s a few hot ideas to get you started:

    ★ Frozen (£6.99)
    ★ Malificent (£10)
    ★ Harry Potter: 8 Film Box Set (£18)
    ★ The Fault in our Stars (£10)
    ★ Les Miserables (£5)

    Need more ideas or looking for deals such as 2for1 DVDs? Similarly to the games & CDs we usually recommend: AmazonTesco Direct, The Hut or Zavvi.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ DVDs »


  4. Perfume & Eau de Parfum

    Perfume-for-women-ChristmasPrice: £10 – £30

    Perfume is still one of the most popular gifts for women and there’s a few “sexy” smells below. We know a few places that massively undercut the RRP too (sometimes 70% off).

    ★ Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT 50ml (£30)
    ★ Beyonce Heat EDP 100ml (£11.50)
    ★ DKNY Be Delicious EDP 30ml (£21)
    ★ Katy Perry EDP 100ml (£13)
    ★ Lady Gaga Black Fluid EDP 100ml (£14.60)
    ★ Vera Wang Princess EDT 100ml (£22)
    ★ Calvin Klein Eternity EDP 100ml (£25)

    Looking for another smell? Check out: Boots, Amazon, Superdrug, Fragrance Direct, AllBeauty and Argos.

    It’s also worth keeping an eye on our Facebook page in the run up to Christmas for specific Eau de toilette offers.

    Check out the most popular fragrances »


  5. Red Letter Experiences

    Red Letter DaysPrice: £varies

    Our top tip on this one is to know what the person likes. Someone who’s afraid of heights might prefer a pampering session to a plane flight. Plus if you get a gift for two you might be invited too…

    ★ Luxury Spa Day for 2 (£79)
    ★ Michelin Star Meal at the Shard for 2 (£109)
    ★ Boudoir makeover & photo shoot (£25)

    Looking for more thrills? Head over to Red Letter Days, Virgin Experiences, BuyaGift or Bespoke Offers.

    Browse more experience days »


  6. Gadgets & electronics

    Gadgets-for-women-ChristmasPrice: <£100

    Electronics don’t have to be expensive… and they can still make an impressive gift.

    ★ Kindle eReader (£59)
    ★ Garmin Fitness Bracelet (£59)
    7 inch digital photo frame (£24.99)
    ★ Hudl 2 Tablet (£109 with code TDX-PKJK)

    Any other items will be found for the cheapest prices at PC World & Currys, House of Fraser (2yr warranties) or Maplin.

    If you don’t mind (perfectly good) second hand items then eBay or Amazon refurbs are a cut price option.

    Browse the most wished for electronics »


  7. Wacky, fun & alternative ideas

    Wacky Womens GiftsPrice: <£20

    These ideas will have your recipient laughing…

    ★ Heated Slippers (£16.99)
    ★ Disco Bath Lights (£7.99)
    ★ Spider Catcher (£8.99)
    ★ Key Finder (£7.99)
    ★ Pug Mug (£7.99)
    Portable Wine Glass (£9.99)

    Take a look at more ideas like this on these sites: Firebox, IWOOT and Play.com. You won’t be disappointed.

    Find more ‘unique’ gift ideas »


  8. Food & Drink

    Womens Food & DrinkPrice: <£25

    Everyone loves a gift that you can eat, or drink. Here’s a few of the best we’ve found:

    ★ Todka Flavoured Vodka (£19.99)
    ★ Retro Sweet Hamper (£13.95)
    ★ Giant Lindor (£15.99)
    ★ Raspberry Gin 50cl (£18)
    ★ Hendricks Gin 70cl (£24.99)

    You generally can’t go wrong with some nice alcohol or a tasty hamper. Amazon has a wide selection of sweet hampers or alcohol gifts. If you want some good choc then give Thorntons a try. Check out Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda too.

    More ideas this way »


  9. Health & Beauty

    Health-and-beauty-for-women-ChristmasPrice: £varies

    ★ Vaseline Lip Gift Tin (£3.25)
    ★ Body Shop Gift Sets (£6+)
    ★ Maybelline Mascara Gift Pack (£12.98)
    ★ Soap & Glory Gift Set (£29)
    ★ GHD IV Styler (£79)

    The most popular places to look are always Boots, Body Shop (voucher codes), Amazon (30% off gift sets) & Debenhams.

    Browse ‘Most wished for’ beauty »


  10. Film/TV Subscriptions

    Film SubscriptionsPrice: ~£7/month

    This could be the perfect gift for film lovers…

    ★ Amazon Instant Video (£5.99/mth)
    ★ Netflix (£6.99/mth)
    ★ NowTV (Sky movies) (£8.99/mth)

    Each of these offers come with a free one month trial too!

    Check out our detailed comparison »


  11. 12 month magazine subscription

    Womens magazinesPrice: <£20.00

    If you buy a year’s subscription upfront you can get 75% off magazine subscriptions. The best thing about this present is that it lasts the whole year so they’ll be reminded of your gift every month…

    ★ Cosmo (£18)
    ★ Elle (£20.99)
    ★ Marie Claire (£15.99)
    ★ Glamour (£12)
    ★ Women’s Health (£20.99)

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit make sure you don’t forget to cancel after the year is up (set a note in your phone/calendar).

    Browse more Magazine Offers »


  12. Best of the rest!

    Best of the restHere’s some ideas that didn’t make it into any of the categories above:

    ★ Personalised photo book (£8.99+)
    ★ Slanket (£10+)
    ★ Jewelery (69p+)
    ★ Selfie Stick (£4.60)
    ★ Aroma Diffuser (£45)

    Got any more ideas? Let us know in the comments…


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Christmas cards

xmas cardsIndividual Christmas cards are notoriously expensive, at least for what they are.

For you traditionalists, buy your Christmas cards in packs from charity shops or Card Factory which sells cut-price greetings cards (you can sometimes get big ones for just 99p).

But for even more choice and to avoid the stresses of the high street, try creating and sending your own Christmas cards online with Hallmark, Moonpig or Funky Pigeon.

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Got any idea of your own that could be added? Or found any of these items at a cheaper price? Let us know…

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3 Responses to “The best Christmas gift ideas for 2014”

  1. Jake Butler

    06. Dec, 2011

    Nice selection of gifts here! Think that’s all my Christmas shopping done on one page haha!

    To be fair this list is the best Christmas gift ideas in 2011 that I have seen.

    Reply
  2. Peter

    21. Dec, 2010

    Just got Lord Sugar’s biography, really brilliant read!

    Reply
  3. Owen Burek

    15. Nov, 2010

    So who’s been an early bird and already bought any of their Christmas presents?!

    I’m notorious for leaving it to the last minute, but think I’ll be much more prepared this year with this list! Lots of research went into it so may as well use it 🙂

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