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7 unusual Christmas gift ideas

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They are set to be far from usual celebrations this Christmas – the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic has seen to that. So, let’s try to brighten up the mood by making a clean break from some of the tired old gift choices that tend to be trundled out at this time of year. Here are seven gift ideas to get you started …

  1. Limited edition James Bond gold bar

The Royal Mint has a range of unique Christmas gifts including coins and silver Christmas decorations. Probably the most memorable are 1g gold bullion gifts. The limited edition 1oz minted James Bond ”No time to die” gold bar starts from approximately £1,580.

  1. Bar kit – with a touch of class

Everyone is proud of the in-home bar they keep. Give your hosts a useful addition to the bar top – but one that also adds a touch of class.

From online traders Not on the High Street comes a quality crafted four-piece bar toolkit mounted on an eye-catching polished marble base. For £79 you get gold-effect ice tongs, a jigger, a bottle opener and a mixing spoon.

  1. No ordinary bike

A new bike for Christmas might be the traditional childhood dream, but you can still make one come true with one of these big boy toys – and since you’ll be spending more than usual (£3,700 or so), make sure it’s the gift for someone who really counts in your life.

The Superstrata Ion e-bike is no ordinary bike – is made to measure and each model is made (on a 3D printer) unique to your own body measurements.

  1. The sky at night

Perhaps you would rather give an experience then a physical gift? Then, how about the Christmas present that comes in the shape of a tranquil and engaging experience to remember? Virgin Experience Days have put together a £50 stargazing experience for two in darkest Wales – where there is minimal light pollution – with qualified astronomers on hand to guide you across the skies.

  1. Handcrafted artisan spirit

If you really must include a bottle of spirits on your list of Christmas presents, at least make it a one-off, thoroughly British concoction. Spirit of the Downs – marketed by the Brighton and Hove Wine Club and costing £30 – is a handcrafted spirit made from locally grown Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines.

  1. Smart lamp

As the evenings draw in and the weather howls away outside, everyone enjoys snuggling down with a good book or a spell at the computer screen – but what about some light to read by?

The WiT e-Reading Desk Lamp from Benq is a masterpiece of design – adding a real touch of sophistication to any room - and casts an especially wide pool of even light. But it’s a smart light, too, automatically adjusting colour and brightness according to what you are doing and your mood. Cost: £169.

  1. Worn to warm

By the time Christmas comes around, we’ll be entering the coldest time of the year. So, an incredibly warm jacket is unlikely to go down amiss. The latest sustainable Nebulas range from outdoor specialists Finisterre is one of the best. Made with recycled fabrics and fill, prices start at £195.

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