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Posted December 21 2018

Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Fear not! At Cornerstone we understand how busy life is and that time may well have slipped by without any time for Christmas shopping. However, it isn’t too late to get a thoughtful gift at short notice. We have hand-picked a few of our favourite items (most on our own wish lists) and hope this helps a few of you last minuters out there. Go!

The gift of art:

Fine art supplier Castle Art have shops all over the UK and offer a stunning selection of prints, photos and sculptures. As art is such a personal preference however, they also offer gift vouchers, which means the receiver can still select a truly unique piece, base on their own response to the piece. Handy tip: we have a juicy 10% discount code available – just contact us to acquire it ([]=9

The gift of writing:

A comfortable and stylish pen is a business essential; whilst technology soars, there is still something special about a handwritten note. Research suggests that physically writing can be more beneficial than typing up notes and the memory bond is often stronger. The pen is the gift that keeps on giving! This Mont Blanc beauty ought to do the trick…

A gift for the senses:

One should always smell fresh and the brand Creed will certainly help. Creed is a longstanding, family run perfumery who make exquisite fragrances for men and women. If you like being complimented on your fragrance (who doesn’t?) then opt for one of their stunning choices. Selfridges and John Lewis stock them, so check them out for a genuine class offering.

The gourmet gift:

Now, chocolate is in abundance this time of year (hallelujah!). BUT not all chocolates are made equal. Paul A Young is a pâtissier come chocolatier who creates authentic and inventive flavour combinations. Paul notoriously toyed with Marmite truffles (you have to try these), but isn’t afraid to stick to classic winning combinations like salted caramel. Instead of a box of his delights – still probably one of the best gifts you could choose – he also runs chocolate workshops in his London shops. That’s right, tasting, making and bathing in chocolate amongst one of the UKs finest culinary talents. Give yourself a pat on the back.

The gift of reading:

If you know a bookworm, this is perfect. If you know someone who likes to cook, this is perfect. If you know someone who likes history, this is perfect. If you know someone who likes surprises and broadening their horizons, this is perfect. Perfect is probably the fairest way to describe this idea; a monthly book subscription! You can bespoke a package to fiction fans, cook-book enthusiast, historical buffs or have a complete mix. Subscription lengths are adjustable too to coincide with your budget and each month the receiver gets a beautifully packaged, new book to explore. Delicious.

The gift of music:

Ok, this is ALSO perfect and oh-so cool. Vinyl has well and truly made a comeback, and if you know someone on board with the tangible joy of playing a record, then this is heaven through the letterbox. Each month, not one, not two but THREE new vinyl LPs or classic albums get delivered ready to be devoured and warm the soul of the recipient. NB: best listened to with whiskey.

The gift of charity:

What do you get the person who has everything? Nothing. That’s the strapline for this wonderful incentive from the Choose Love refugee campaign. You can visit their London store, or if you’re running low on time (you are if you’re reding this) then you can select gifts online too. You shop and leave with nothing EXCEPT the feeling of doing some good. Gifts range from children’s clothing and toiletries to safe houses for women, educational support and even accommodation. All products and proceeds go directly to refugees who arrive in the unknown after their journey escaping danger and warfare. For the fashion conscious, you can also buy a Choose Love item of clothing for yourself and raise money for the charity that way too.

The gift of time:

Segueing on nicely from the above, giving your time to others is a valuable and in-demand service. One charity (there are many more) who are keen for a few extra pairs of hands, is Crisis offer support and welfare services to the homeless and there are a multitude of jobs and roles you can help with over the Christmas period and long after, too. The rate of people living on the street is rising; any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

We hope this has given some inspiration and reduced panic amongst you. There is always time to treat someone you love. From all of us at Cornerstone Office Search, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!