Christmas Presents

Paws First Before Giving Pets as Presents

Vicki Larkham-Jones | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Larkham-Jones

Having a pet changes your life in many ways. Many changes will be amazing and positive. But owning a pet is also a big responsibility and there can be complications. Many people would be shocked to hear that a cat costs around £17,000 over its lifetime - and that's excluding unexpected vet fees for illness or injury.

What Mums Really Want for Christmas

Cheryl Barry | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents
Cheryl Barry

It might sound cliché, but in a year where our family has had tonsillitis, pneumonia, chest infections and plenty of other nasties, I would love for us all to be fit and well over the Christmas break.

Encouraging Kids to Thank With Letters

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Have you noticed the number of Random Acts of Kindness stories doing the rounds right now? From paying food bills to funding new tyres and rescuing dogs from frozen lakes, the gestures are endless. Is it the time of year? Or is something more magical going on?

Christmas Then v Christmas Now

Emma Conway | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

Do you remember a time before the elf of the shelf? Before 'The Elsa Dress' was on every little girls present list? Before gifts were wrapped in shabby chic brown paper and tied with string? And before Pinterest made our table displays look worthy of Home Interiors magazines? Do you my friend remember when Christmas Day... was just a bit, well, crap?

Mum Who Spent £1,500 On Christmas Presents Hits Back At Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Parents

A mother who spent £1,500 on more than 300 Christmas presents for her three children has hit back at those who have said she is "abusing" her childre...

Eco-Gifting Not Over-Gifting This Christmas

Kate Blincoe | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Blincoe

Over-gifting your kids can result in them acquiring a spoilt, entitled attitude, not looking after their new toys properly and expecting even more next year. You know what over-gifting looks like: the child is swamped by presents which they open in an increasingly mechanical, zombie like way, finding it hard when the supply eventually stops.

Meet The Entrepreneur Who's Just Solved Your 'What Do I Buy A Guy For Christmas?' Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The whole "what do I buy for my boyfriend, dad, brother" for Christmas question has been a conundrum which rears its head every year. Enter David G...

Don't Give the Gift of Clutter!

Vicky Silverthorn | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Silverthorn

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could exchange personal, meaningful pressies, carefully wrapped and labelled well in advance, stored safely out of sight until the big day? Wouldn't it be magical to sit back and soak up the atmosphere on Christmas Eve instead of desperately searching under the spare bed for the gifts we hurriedly hid there months ago?

49 Bacon-Related Gifts You Can Actually Buy

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Comedy

Whether it's for a birthday present, Father's Day gift, or a Christmas stocking filler, the internet is filled with bacon knick-knacks for the whole f...

Students Spend £170 on Christmas

Owen Burek | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

77% of students admitted that they will struggle financially this Christmas, with many spending beyond their means. Despite this, only 57% have saved any money to tide them through this money-tight period.

Simply Having a Wonderful (Present Free) Christmas Time

Sophie Bauer | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

The stomach ulcer burned into each and every one of us and accumulation of diverse but all equally useless and unwanted impulse buys sparked some revolutionary thinking: what if we, like, didn't bother with presents and, like, just enjoyed hanging out together?

Black Barbie Doll Is Twice The Price of Its White Counterpart In the US

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A man looking for a Christmas present for his daughter was outraged at a US retailer selling a black Barbie doll for more than twice the price of its ...

Why Secret Santa Is Fraught with Danger

Sophie Alderson | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

Ding Dong Merrily On- bollocks I've got Gordon for secret Santa?? Really? Gordon?! Gordon smells of damp tea towels and has a weird nasal hair flutter when he exhales. I'm sure he was talking about his athlete's foot to the maintenance manager in the car park yesterday. A tube of Canesten it is then.

Top 'Invisible' Presents for Kids

Caroline Thain | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

I don't mean don't actually buy anything. But choose something that doesn't take up vast parental energy and room or involve marathon opening/building sessions. When storage is an issue, you need to maximise every millimetre.

Gadgets and Gizmos

Linda Duffin | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

I've gone back to basics with some suggestions you may find useful if you're looking for a thoughtful gift for the cook in your life. Some will cost you a bob or two. Others are as cheap as chips, or nearly.

Festive Book Review: 'A Christmas Carol for Kids'

Alix Long | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

Kelso's 'A Christmas Carol for Kids' gives children a very important gift; more important than anything they would receive this Christmas. This play familiarizes children and introduces them to a world of first-class literature at their fingertips, and still provides them with an important message, even though it's not in it's original format.

24 Awesome Christmas Gifts For Men

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ladies, let's face it. Buying Christmas gifts for men is bloody hard work. There are many guys who, if they want something, will go out and buy it ...

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

Judith Lewis | Posted 30.10.2014 | 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...