Yes they're a Christmas cliché that some people like to moan about, but that doesn't mean your loved ones won't secretly be delighted with a comfy new pair of slippers. Here are five of the best options to suit a variety of tastes and budgets...
Note: Prices correct at time of writing
1. Clarks King Twin Slippers, £16-£26
If you want a comfy, no-nonsense pair of slippers then you can rely on Clarks to deliver the goods.
There's nothing remarkable about the appearance of the high street giant's King Twin model, with it's enclosed heel and traditional check pattern, however it rates among the best slippers on Amazon with 4.5-star average reviews.
One buyer wrote: "This is my second pair and I replaced them with confidence as the previous pair proved able to withstand the hard life that I gave them before starting to show signs of wear."
2. Mantaray Fair Isle Slipper Boots
Looking for something a little more indulgent? These slipper boots are as cosy as they come with their super-soft fleece lining and comfortable fold-over ankle. The handsome red-and-blue Fair Isle design means they'll look the part teamed-up with a festive jumper at Christmas, but won't be out of place for the rest of the year. Perfect for putting your feet up in front of the fire and watching a bit of Scandi noir.
3. Barbour Thinsulate Tartan Slippers, £47.96
If you're buying for an aspiring country gent, these Barbour tartan slippers will make him feel like lord of the manor. They're not the cheapest, but the quality is a cut above most slippers – with a wool upper, suede trim and a fluffy lining. Thinsulate padding will keep the wearer's feet toasty and rubber soles mean they'll be fine if you have to pop outside quickly. They also come in a handsome shoe box, which might just swing it if you're buying for Christmas.
4. Howick Chestnut Mule Slippers, £24
Backless mule-style slippers are increasingly popular with both men and women – and this pair definitely sit somewhere on the "snuggly" end of the spectrum. They have a high-quality feel thanks to the full suede outer, and the faux fur lining provides a lovely, soft place to nestle those tootsies. The simple, rustic styling is also a big selling point if you're buying for a fashion snob who wouldn't be seen dead in "normal" slippers.
5. Croft Originals Fleece Mule Slippers, £13
Another set of mule slippers, but this time for men with more minimalist tastes – these are one of the highest-rated men's slippers on Amazon. Low-profile design and a comfortable fleece material combine to produce a no-frills product which should be a safe bet for all tastes. One buyer wrote: "Great value and comfortable. They are quite heavy with a hard sole but that should make them longer lasting."