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There’s a slight air of panic surrounding Christmas presents this year but rumours that deliveries won’t be made in time can be completely ignored if you start shopping right now.

And we’ve done all the hard work for you – just bag some of these beautiful gifts and you’re guaranteed giant smiles come Christmas Day…

Remember the golden rule - no Christmas PJs, no presents (and that applies to everyone). Adults £26.99, kids from £16.99, M&Co
Remember the golden rule - no Christmas PJs, no presents (and that applies to everyone). Adults £26.99, kids from £16.99, M&Co
Say happy Christmas with this stylish reindeer decoration. A snip at £12, Wilko
Say happy Christmas with this stylish reindeer decoration. A snip at £12, Wilko
Who doesn't love an after dinner treat? The Wreath Box, £40, Hotel Chocolat
Who doesn't love an after dinner treat? The Wreath Box, £40, Hotel Chocolat
There's plenty of gift ideas around that are just perfect for the pooch - like this lovable cushion, £12, Matalan
There's plenty of gift ideas around that are just perfect for the pooch - like this lovable cushion, £12, Matalan

GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR THE GIRLS

Who says women are hard to buy for?

Snap up some of these gorgeous gifts and she’ll love you for it as these gifts are guaranteed to please…

Two heaven scent ideas for that special someone. Givenchy Interdit Rouge eau de parfum, £53.50 for 35ml, the Perfume Shop. Plus, Marc Jacobs Perfect Intense eau de parfum spray, £85 for 50ml, House of Fraser.
Two heaven scent ideas for that special someone. Givenchy Interdit Rouge eau de parfum, £53.50 for 35ml, the Perfume Shop. Plus, Marc Jacobs Perfect Intense eau de parfum spray, £85 for 50ml, House of Fraser.
Help her rock the look this winter with this patchwork jumper and leather look trousers, Both £45, Joe Browns
Help her rock the look this winter with this patchwork jumper and leather look trousers, Both £45, Joe Browns
The gift that will raise a smile long into 2022. Olay Regenerist ultra rich day face cream, £34.99, Boots
The gift that will raise a smile long into 2022. Olay Regenerist ultra rich day face cream, £34.99, Boots
Top tech. Beat by Dr Dre Solo3 wireless headphones, £179, Very. Plus, Garmin’s Forerunner 55 watch simplifies training, pacing and recovery. It comes in a few colour options and we love this eye-catching turquoise, £179, Currys
Top tech. Beat by Dr Dre Solo3 wireless headphones, £179, Very. Plus, Garmin’s Forerunner 55 watch simplifies training, pacing and recovery. It comes in a few colour options and we love this eye-catching turquoise, £179, Currys
Get up to speed on what they really want you to buy them this Christmas. Asics Gel-Nimbus 23 running shoes, £154.99, Sports Direct
Get up to speed on what they really want you to buy them this Christmas. Asics Gel-Nimbus 23 running shoes, £154.99, Sports Direct
This sculpted twist loop cuff bangle will earn plenty of brownie points on Christmas morning, £55, Oliver Bonas
This sculpted twist loop cuff bangle will earn plenty of brownie points on Christmas morning, £55, Oliver Bonas
Hey good looking! Faux shearling slouch bag, £32, Accessorize. Plus, Keava insulated quilted jacket, £62.95 (was £90), from Regatta.
Hey good looking! Faux shearling slouch bag, £32, Accessorize. Plus, Keava insulated quilted jacket, £62.95 (was £90), from Regatta.
The eyes have it. We love this classy Dior mono couleur couture high-colour eyeshadow, £27.50, Boots
The eyes have it. We love this classy Dior mono couleur couture high-colour eyeshadow, £27.50, Boots

IMPECCABLE PRESENTS FOR HIM

Dads, partners, grandfathers, brothers, nephews – men can often get a rough deal when it comes to Christmas presents.

Socks, bottles of wine and unnecessary gadgets are often parcelled up and popped under the tree, but this year, there are so many brilliant gift ideas out there, it’s easy to give something they’ll really love.

Get him looking his best this Christmas with the gentleman's beard survival kit, £19.99, Dobbies
Get him looking his best this Christmas with the gentleman's beard survival kit, £19.99, Dobbies
Because no-one wants to wake up alongside Mr Grumpy, next-generation Bose Sleepbuds II, £229.95, Boots. Plus, rock your fella this Christmas with these brown Stronghold boots, £30, Primark
Because no-one wants to wake up alongside Mr Grumpy, next-generation Bose Sleepbuds II, £229.95, Boots. Plus, rock your fella this Christmas with these brown Stronghold boots, £30, Primark
For the Mr Grey in your life! Men's slogan wash bag, £10, Matalan
For the Mr Grey in your life! Men's slogan wash bag, £10, Matalan
Get him dressed to impress with this Brixham cord jacket, £85. Plus straight light wash jeans, £59 and Winchester boots, £89. All at Fat Face.
Get him dressed to impress with this Brixham cord jacket, £85. Plus straight light wash jeans, £59 and Winchester boots, £89. All at Fat Face.
Help get him in shape after the Christmas binge with this B-Fit watch set, £16.99 TK Maxx
Help get him in shape after the Christmas binge with this B-Fit watch set, £16.99 TK Maxx
Get a grip! This leather weekend shoulder bag will be ideal for those nights away for two, £79, M&S
Get a grip! This leather weekend shoulder bag will be ideal for those nights away for two, £79, M&S

BRILLIANT BUYS FOR KIDS

Christmas has certainly been a long time coming this year. Virtually every child has endured homeschooling, shouty parents and crazy rules even grown-ups have struggled to understand.

But December 25 will be a fun fest come what may and if you go with this almost-guaranteed selection for size, you won’t go far wrong.

For wheel-y good toddlers everywhere. Trunki folding balance bike, from £65, Halfords. Also comes in blue
For wheel-y good toddlers everywhere. Trunki folding balance bike, from £65, Halfords. Also comes in blue
The hottest Xbox and Playstation game around. This virtual reimagining does the Hot Wheels brand serious justice, £39.99, Game
The hottest Xbox and Playstation game around. This virtual reimagining does the Hot Wheels brand serious justice, £39.99, Game
For kids with ‘The Force’, Baby Yoda animatronic edition, £44.99, Smyths Toys. Plus, for the screen fiends, Google Pixel 4a, £299 in black, Currys
For kids with ‘The Force’, Baby Yoda animatronic edition, £44.99, Smyths Toys. Plus, for the screen fiends, Google Pixel 4a, £299 in black, Currys
More reliable than EasyJet, this LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset will keep any would-be air hostess happy, £89.99, The Entertainer
More reliable than EasyJet, this LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset will keep any would-be air hostess happy, £89.99, The Entertainer
Teenage kicks... get in the daughter's good books (for once) with this silver oversized puffer coat, £80, plus matching cross body bag, £18. Both from Pretty Little Thing.
Teenage kicks... get in the daughter's good books (for once) with this silver oversized puffer coat, £80, plus matching cross body bag, £18. Both from Pretty Little Thing.
Super cool kids of every age will love this Hover-1 Superfly rose gold mobile app compatible hoverboard, £200, Argos
Super cool kids of every age will love this Hover-1 Superfly rose gold mobile app compatible hoverboard, £200, Argos
Perfect for a paper round on the road or flying down forest trails, the Frog 73 is ideal for most 14/15 year olds, from around £440, various online stockists
Perfect for a paper round on the road or flying down forest trails, the Frog 73 is ideal for most 14/15 year olds, from around £440, various online stockists

PRESENT PERFECTION

Buying Christmas presents is something you either love or hate, but even the ultimate festive fan can struggle when it comes to those who are just plain difficult to buy for.

Whether they’re fussy, mysterious or already seem to have it all, here's a sprinkle of Christmas inspiration...

For the cook who has (nearly) everything. This cast-iron aluminium pan ensures seven piping hot, perfect mini pancakes every time, £57, Divertimenti
For the cook who has (nearly) everything. This cast-iron aluminium pan ensures seven piping hot, perfect mini pancakes every time, £57, Divertimenti
Share the love this Christmas with this Eat, Drink & Be Merry Hamper, £150, Hotel Chocolat
Share the love this Christmas with this Eat, Drink & Be Merry Hamper, £150, Hotel Chocolat
Give some kitchen inspiration this Christmas with these new books from two of our favourite celeb chefs, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. Both available at WH Smith, Together costs £13 and Ramsay In 10 £22.
Give some kitchen inspiration this Christmas with these new books from two of our favourite celeb chefs, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay. Both available at WH Smith, Together costs £13 and Ramsay In 10 £22.
You name it, they can personalise it these days. Animal multi-tool, £26.99, Gettingpersonal.co.uk
You name it, they can personalise it these days. Animal multi-tool, £26.99, Gettingpersonal.co.uk
From just down the road in Tenterden, this Chapel Down Discovery mixed case comes with two bottles each of Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Blanc and Albarino, £120, www.chapeldown.com
From just down the road in Tenterden, this Chapel Down Discovery mixed case comes with two bottles each of Pinot Noir Rose, Pinot Blanc and Albarino, £120, www.chapeldown.com
How handy is this? Land Rover hand warmers, £8, FatFace
How handy is this? Land Rover hand warmers, £8, FatFace
Yuletime has never smelt so good. Mince pie candles, £6, Next
Yuletime has never smelt so good. Mince pie candles, £6, Next
Pamper your pals something rotten with these Cath Kidston crackers, £16, Sainsbury's
Pamper your pals something rotten with these Cath Kidston crackers, £16, Sainsbury's

INDULGE YOUR FURRY FRIEND

They're just as much a part of family festivities – so why not pamper your pet on Christmas Day too?

Here are some perfect parcels to get for your four-legged favourite...

The Christmas gift for your favourite furry friend that will keep them happy all year round, Primark, £15
The Christmas gift for your favourite furry friend that will keep them happy all year round, Primark, £15
Chow time! Christmas pet bowl, £6, Matalan
Chow time! Christmas pet bowl, £6, Matalan
Don't miss the dog out when it come to the unwrapping. Rudolph dog jumper £12, Next. Plus, TuffEarth recycled playtree £9.99, Dobbies.
Don't miss the dog out when it come to the unwrapping. Rudolph dog jumper £12, Next. Plus, TuffEarth recycled playtree £9.99, Dobbies.
Just the job for your best four-legged friend. Personalised dog lead holder, £14, Not On The High Street
Just the job for your best four-legged friend. Personalised dog lead holder, £14, Not On The High Street
Let sleeping dogs lie... on this super cosy checked pet blanket, £19.99 Fatface
Let sleeping dogs lie... on this super cosy checked pet blanket, £19.99 Fatface

AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS...

Everyone needs a back up plan, right? And this one is a real lock-in.

Grab your phone, and snap up a ticket to one of Kent's top escape rooms. There's plenty springing up all over the place, so there's bound to be one near you.

Ideal as a gift for the kids, a couple or the whole family, you can check out the best in Kent here.

You can book tickets to an escape room without even having to take your slippers off
You can book tickets to an escape room without even having to take your slippers off

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