Christmas Presents

The Ghost of Christmas Future - What Is Coming up for Christmas 2014

Judith Lewis | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

It's finally over but for me, but the supermarkets are about to start dressing the shelves for Christmas 2014. How is Christmas already over for me? Every July & August there are a flurry of Christmas events which I end up hauling myself around to in the hottest weather of the year trying to feel Christmassy...

WATCH: Woman Is Reunited With Her Childhood Teddy Bear

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Watch and learn, chaps. "For Christmas this past year, I wanted to get Jessica something beautiful - something that she would never expect, and mor...

Christmas Charity Gifts Really Do Make a Difference

Adrian Chiles | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Adrian Chiles

I recently went to a talk by a psychologist on how to parent teenagers... she said that kids today have never had a greater sense of their rights and entitlements. Correct. On the other hand, she said, they've never had less sense of their responsibilities. Also correct. Now the gift of a goat for someone in Sierra Leone or reading lessons for a kid in Kenya isn't going to change any of that, but it will do no harm, and it'll do nothing but good for those who receive these gifts in far-off places of which our kids know little. And these gifts really do make a difference. Trust me, I went to Guatemala and El Salvador with the charity Cafod to see it with my own eyes.

Why 2014 Needs to Be More About Self-Esteem and Less About the Selfie

BritChick Paris | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Flick through any magazine, TV station or website this Christmas and the messages are mostly about perfection. How to get the perfect skin, body, clothes, relationship... life. But underlying all of it is that your life isn't good enough, you're not good enough.

Will Your Pet Get a Christmas Stocking?

Karin Sieger | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

A recent survey by the RSPCA (1) has revealed that 55% of pets will get one. According to the figures we spend £300m on our pets at Christmas. Almost all pet owners surveyed will buy a present for their animal chum, with just over half saying they will spend up to £10.

WATCH: How To Wrap The Perfect Christmas Present

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It should be as simple as boiling an egg, but Christmas present wrapping can sometimes be mind-bogglingly difficult. From finding the invisible en...

Christmas Shopping: Gifts for Guys and Beauty Buffs

Sarah McGiven | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Just entering the big department stores is enough to induce a panic attack at the moment so to save you any further seasonal anxiety, here are a few suggestions for the men and beauty lovers you may be buying gifts for this Christmas.

Best. Present. Ever: UFO Detector Will Keep You Safe From The Little Green Men

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK

UFO detection just got easier, thanks to well, this UFO Detector. Should you or your loved ones be preoccupied with the little green men of the co...

WATCH: Airline's Amazing Father Christmas Stunt

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Comedy

If you're despairing for humanity during the festive period thanks to things like this Harvey Nichols advert, then this video might offer a crumb of c...

Santa Baby, Please Don't Get Me a New Steam Iron for Xmas

Sian Hughes | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Sian Hughes

So perhaps what I'm trying to say is this, folks. If you happen to be one of those people who irons a lot, but especially if you ever iron hankies, socks, sheets, duvet covers, or for chrissakes, your leggings, you are basically dead to me.

LOOK: 10 Ludicrously Expensive Christmas Gift Ideas

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK

Christmas is coming. Black Friday has passed and shops are likely to be out of stock soon. People may worry if they haven't got their Christmas pr...

WIN: Your Chance To Win A Free DVD, Plus What's The Perfect DVD This Christmas?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

It's the perfect gift this Christmas - a DVD in Santa's stocking or under the tree... but WHICH ONE? Has your nephew grown out of the Smurfs, but ...

Best Smartphones On The Market For Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A request for a mobile phone for Christmas can be terrifying. Every year, these machines become slimmer, more adept at anticipating your every need, a...

Fun Yet Practical Presents for Kids This Christmas

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Thompson

If you're not sure what to get for your children this year, then how about choosing a gift which is not only enjoyable, but also practical in the process? In this article we'll be looking at a few fun, yet highly practical gift ideas for children this Christmas time. So, how about we get started?

Is Saying Thank You Considered Rude?

James Emtage | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

One thing is for sure - saying thank you is a nice thing to do. It makes you feel good, and makes the receiver feel valued. We may not subscribe to the hand written parchments of old, with ruler straight lines and wafty words of gratitude penned from inky quills, but we do still subscribe to basics of liking to give and liking to be thanked.

Saying Goodbye to the Festive Devil

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

It's now the middle of January, which means that we've been in the New Year now for two weeks and if you're like me then you've been breathing a sigh of relief as you start to get back into your regular routine, as you've waved goodbye to that festive devil that is otherwise known as Christmas.

The Psychology of Christmas Presents - What Does Your Gift Say About You - What Does Theirs Say About Them?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

During this season charity fund raisers actively appeal for the disadvantaged. They almost universally don't ask for presents - much preferring you donate cash - because this is pragmatically the most useful contribution you could make. If it's obviously more helpful than other gifts in the domain of charity, so economists remain perplexed as to the irrational paradox of continuing to buy each other 'suboptimal' presents?

Weekend (Before Christmas) Shopping: Great Gifts and Generally Cool Stuff

Sarah McGiven | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

If any of you still have the unenviable task of buying Christmas presents left to check off your seasonal to do list, this little gift guide might well come in handy.

How To Avoid Christmas Arguments This Year

Kerry Hudson | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

'Tis the season to bicker all the way to the in-laws, or is it? Here's some popular disputes and how to prevent them.

'It Didn't Match The Sofa': The Excuses Dog Owners Give For Dumping Their Pets

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK

An animal charity has revealed some of the bizarre and downright pathetic reasons people have given for dumping their dogs. Dogs Trust, which has ...

Supporting Independent Publishers

Lucy Popescu | Posted 08.02.2013 | Home
Lucy Popescu

Christmas is fast approaching and what better present could there be for book lovers than a subscription to one of these courageous publishing outfits or the gift of a pledge that helps get a book published? You'll be in for a treat and helping to support independent publishing.

Charlie Thomas

Can Pop Up Stores Save HMV?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

HMV is targeting Christmas shoppers by opening up to a dozen short-lease pop up stores across the country. The troubled high street retailer told H...

Buying Christmas Presents for my Mother, or How Once Again I Beat my Siblings

Lucy Karsten | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Halloween has passed, the time for witches and evil, so I've been thinking of what to get my Mother for Christmas. My Mother is a difficult person to buy for, although possibly not for the reasons one would imagine.

Travel: Best Christmas Markets In Europe (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

You might think that Christmas is a million miles away, but if you want enjoy a little hot wine and pre-Xmas cheer, now's the time to book your trip. ...

What Was This Year's Least Wanted Present?

PA | Posted 26.02.2012 | UK

The X Factor winner's single is the least welcome present found under Christmas trees in Britain, according to new research. A quarter of people po...