Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for some inspiration for presents, here’s a selection of more unusual gifts available to buy online. Many of these shops ship internationally if you need to send gifts abroad.


Hawkin’s Bazaar source unusual toys, gifts, gadgets and curiosities that appeal to all ages and tastes with something for everyone, even the most difficult to buy for: from retro space hoppers, wooden toys, clockwork toys and musical instruments, to games, puzzles, science kits, party paraphernalia and grown-up gifts and gadgets.

News Recreated supply beautifully crafted Newspaper Books, reproduced from original Newspapers going back over 100 years, hand made to order.

NewsRecreated make Commemorative books for Birthdays and Anniversaries, with newspapers recreated from the bithdate or wedding date of recipients. Also popular are their range of sports books, with the actual news coverage of the time (of your chosen sport or team) from the early part of the 20th Century. This range includes 25 top football teams. Bound in leatherette hardback covers, these Newspaper Books are personalised with the name of the recipient gold embossed on the front cover.

Charitable Ideas

The Aspinall Foundation is a charity which works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in Kent to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild.

Adoptions can be taken out by spending just £3 a month and consumers will receive a wallpaper, fact sheet and certificate for your chosen animal, as well as a monthly e-newsletter and a free entry to one of their parks in Kent.

Adopt an animal and help safeguard the future of a species for as little as £2.50 per month (£30 per year). Choose from dolphins, polar bears, tigers, pandas, orang-utans and more. Order before 13 December and you will receive your Adoption pack in time for Christmas

A one stop shop for ethical gifts, eco-friendly gadgets, fair trade and organic groceries with more than 2500 products. From organic wine to Fairtrade coffee, from vegetarian food to cosmetics free from animal cruelty, they have an amazing range to help you to shop without compromising your beliefs.

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Special Offers

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When it comes to DVDs, CDs and computer games, the internet offers huge saving on high street prices, especially as most of the top sites now offer free delivery. Make a point of bookmarking the following three sites as between them you’re virtually guaranteed to find whatever you’re looking for at the best price available. is always my first port of call, particularly for DVDs as their prices are consistently lower than anywhere else. With free delivery on all orders, 24 hour dispatch on all in-stock titles and over 500 000 products to choose from, this has to be my favourite site. In addition to DVDs, you’ll find Cds, games and books.

If you’re looking for the latest CDs, check out CD-Wow where the latest releases and top 75 albums are just £8.75 (and sometimes even less), or £10.99 for double albums. They also offer free worldwide delivery, and a “bargain basement” of older titles at even better prices. DVDs and games are also available.

With free postage on orders over £19, and probably the biggest catalogue of products in one place, together with customer reviews on most items, is always worth checking out. In addition to the enormous book shop that made their name, they now offer videos, DVDs, CDs, games, electronic equipment,toys and even home and garden equipment as well as an amazing marketplace where you can pick up new or secondhand goods for greater savings. Bestseller books at 50% off, Chart CDs at £8.49 and new release DVDs at least 25% off mean their prices are extremely competitive.

Give the ultimate timeless gift – A real star! It’s a perfect and very personal gift. The Star Kit comes complete with a signed and sealed Official Certificate confirming the dedicated name and astronomical coordinates of your very own star. You get a sky map that helps locate the star and provides a unique perspective to its surroundings. In addition a sumptuously illustrated, easy to read book about the stars by the celebrated British astronomer Dr Patrick Moore is also included. Visit Global Star Registry for more details.
Framed Shares

Give someone a real share in their favourite company! This is not only is a unique gift but also entitles the owner to shareholder perks, benefits and even dividends. There’s a wide choice available from fashion and toys to football clubs and companies known for giving freebies to all shareholders. For example The Wrigley Company has a long standing tradition of sending a gift box of gum to shareholders during the Christmas season, and many companies offer discounts or send vouchers with the annual report.

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