Every year the arrival of the Christmas decorations around town comes as a shock. I’ve only just gotten round to packing the tinsel away before I have to dig it out again. The Christmas carols chase me round the grocery store and the twelve days of Christmas tick away before you can say honey mustard glazed ham.

Don’t get me wrong. Christmas is delicious. It’s infectious – all that festive cheer. How can you not love the baubles, the giant candy canes, all those cheery round men dressed in red and white fur. And of course, all the little people in your life licking their pencils to scribble lists for Santa.

Getting the gift-giving right is a present in itself – nothing beats the look of delight on a loved one’s face. Braving the Christmas hordes, however, is a different story. Inevitably I emerge, hours later, clutching some random packages in a state of mild hysteria.

If a battle to the death for the last roll of torn-up wrap gets your blood pumping, then don’t let me interrupt. But in the interests of staying this side of sanity, we’ve created a Zanui cheat sheet for gifting the whole family.


Whether he’s the steely arbiter of disputes or powerless against little-finger-wrapping, socks are not the answer this year.

Why not kit out his home bar with stylish accessories from Avanti and Vinturi. For lovers of lager, there’s the Spiegelau Beer Classics. Or for your favourite Mad Man, a set of cognac or whiskey glasses to accompany his evening meditations – ideal for dad-seniors as well.

Not a drinker? Update his study with a contemporary wall clock in sleek British or Scandinavian designs.


Celebrate your little one’s first Christmas with über-cute accessories from 3 Sprouts, featuring adorable animal characters destined to visit your evening storytime. For curious little ones learning to trust their feet an activity walker makes a great present – EverEarth offers a range of eco-friendly toys from interactive work benches, shape-sorters and music play tables.


Inspire your littlies’ creativity and enhance their coordination with gorgeous blocks handcrafted by Uncle Goose or Melissa & Doug’s range of playsets. Turn up the drama with a KidKraft play kitchen or shopping counter and teach your little one vital social skills.

LUCKYBOYSUNDAY range quirky designer art toys that make ideal companions. Or set up their playroom with Sprout’s kids’ furniture, and get them crafting.


A luxurious candle or diffuser set makes a gorgeous present for teenage girls. From sultry to citrus, sweet pea, frangipani, and more, these scents allow her to define her space. The Ecoya and Enjoy Lighting collections come elegantly presented, making it an ideal gift for teachers, nannies and neighbours as well.

Deck out your son’s den with skull candles in a range of grungy colours or some serious wall art – Americanflat ranges vintage Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Texan Cowboy and Motor City print art.


Treat your mum to the ultimate in traditional craftsmanship with a Zero Japan tea set, made from fine porcelain in a range of glazes – just perfect for indulgent morning teas.

And last but not least, don’t forget to engineer it so you receive the perfect gift. For inspired entertainers, spoil yourself with fine bone china dinnerware, the epitome of elegance, or opt for a more modern aesthetic with designers sets like the Gordon Ramsay by Royal Doulton collection.

Use the opportunity to reinvent your interiors with the Linen House cushion collection, from on-trend animal print to French-inspired to suit your style.

So, there you have it. But that’s just a taste. Browse Zanui’s extensive range online from the comfort of your home, calmly tick off your list and avoid the Christmas madness.

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  • these are great ideas for all the members of the family. cheers for the article


  • A one size fits all Xmas gift list. Makes shopping easier when you have a list


  • Thanks for your article with Christmas coming up it will be handy!


  • We’re very lucky to only have to buy for each other, the kids and my mum. No friends or extended family


  • Great! Really good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this!


  • Love these ideas, might have to save them for bday ideas now


  • Thanks for the nice ideas. Wow Xmas is around the corner….so much to do….plan and be organised.


  • Thanks again for the tips, have started shopping and bought some lovely candles.


  • Thanks for this interesting article.


  • This is a fantastic article! thank you for taking the time to share with us!


  • Some great ideas. I always seem to be getting stuck in a rut not knowing what to buy for people.


  • Some good ideas, it is getting harder to decide what to buy for people.


  • I must be like the only person who basically only buys something for my husband and daughter :S a phone call to everyone else or some photos sent of our daughter!

    • You are not alone we are the same. Extended family gets photo’s/photobooks and we buy for our immediate family. We do a secret santa style gift exchange if we are all together over the Christmas period.


  • Sigh. I’ll still end up running around like a crazed woman the day before Christmas.


  • with 8 children and a grandchild on the way there are good ideas here


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