Last minute gift ideas for him and for her

Caroline Cassidy

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us will already have our pressies bought, wrapped and ready to go, but the Christmas Eve rush proves that others aren't quite so organised.

Last minute gift guide
Last minute gift guide

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If you've left things too late to order online, here are some ideas for last minute gifts that you can pick up on the way home.

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For her
With any luck, you haven't forgotten to buy for the special lady in your life, but if you have female friends or family whose gifts have slipped through the net, fear not - there are big name high street stores that just might have the perfect present. Head to John Lewis, for example, to pick up a stylish Ted Baker Jewellery Roll or a Flower Manicure Set for just £30, or indulge her during the winter months with a cashmere scarf (available in a range of colours) for £50.

Perfume is another easily available gift option, though it's probably best if you know what they like. If that's the case, the Perfume Shop is not only great from a price point of view, but has an excellent range of gift sets from the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna through to Prada and Estee Lauder.

For a cheaper option, pop into Boots on your way home from work and you can pick up pampering gifts that any girl will appreciate. Check out The Sanctuary's range of gift sets, such as the Absolutely Body Beautiful set for £13.33 or the Sublime Spa Time box for £16.66.

Meanwhile, if there's an H Samuel branch near you, the high street jeweller is well worth a visit and there are some big bargains to be had. With half price of watches, the glamorous Sekonda Ladies Watch, which comes with bracelet, necklace and earrings for just £49.99 might just fit the bill.

For him
When it comes to easily accessible gifts for him, you'll rarely go wrong with a bit of tech. The likes of Currys or HMV have great gifts for the music-loving chap, and with a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones (£129), your man can relax with a few sounds should the kids or the in-laws prove a little trying come Christmas. For a cheaper piece of kit, consider the I Want It iPod & iPhone speaker dock (£29.99 from Currys), which offers surprisingly good sound at an affordable price.
Don't forget that men need pampering too, and a relaxation-related gift is unlikely to go unappreciated. High street store BHS has just the thing in the Baylis & Harding Gown & Gift set (£25), which comes with aftershave balm, bodywash and soap, along with a comfy, cosy robe to help chaps relax.

And for foodie types, Tesco's Click & Collect service means you can pick up a seasonal gift in store, like the Well Travelled Gourmet Cheese Dome, complete with wooden board, knife, relish and biscuits for just £18. Add a bottle of Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny Port (£34) and he'll be well-catered for come Chrimbo.

Are you a seasoned last minute shopper? What's your advice for the Christmas Eve shoppers? Leave your comments below...