Christmas gifts 2019

Christmas is over for another year. We hope you’ve enjoyed shopping for Christmas gifts for her, Christmas gifts for him, as well as for the kids, the family and everyone else you celebrated with.
We’re already thinking ahead to Christmas 2019 and we’ve already got plenty of super Christmas gift ideas that we’re excited to show you. If you’re the organised type, it’s a wise idea to keep an eye out for your Christmas gifts throughout the year. It can’t hurt to spread the cost, reduce your last-minute gifting and grab some great offers along the way!

Christmas gift ideas

Gifts

Sometimes Christmas gift ideas can be tough to come by. But don’t fret, a quick browse of our gifts section will fix that. For those with a competitive flair or a family who love to battle, a poker set or board game is sure to please. Know someone who loves a cool drink in front of the TV? They’d be thankful for a mini fridge. And why not treat the couple who have it all to an experience day they’ll never forget?

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Toys

With all the young relatives and family friends you'll need to buy Christmas presents for this year, you need a one stop shop, able to provide the latest trending toys without breaking the bank. Luckily, we’re quite good at that. So whether it’s L.O.L. Surprise!, Fingerlings, LEGO, or whatever Christmas gifts for kids you need, you can rely on us this year.

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Video games

Treat someone, next Christmas, to a new gaming experience. We have bundles containing consoles, games and accessories for the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – perfect Christmas gifts for new starters and upgraders alike. If you’re unsure what to buy then a brilliant present for any gamer is a gaming chair, allowing hours of comfort and good posture, or a gaming headset so they can immerse themselves and communicate with other players.

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Christmas facts

What is Christmas?

Modern Christmas is the biggest cultural phenomenon celebrated by people all around the world, even in many non-Christian countries including Ghana, Pakistan and China (who manufacture most of the world’s plastic trees and decorations). To both religious and secular societies, Christmas and the surrounding weeks are a cheery time of year. There is a tangible sense of goodwill towards family, friends and strangers alike and, as we all know, Christmas is filled with food and gift giving.

The history of Christmas

Christmas has been celebrated in different ways by many cultures throughout history and only became a Christian festival around the fourth century. Pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice, or the end of the struggle through the winter period and the coming of warmth, light and longer days. Many cultures, like the Norse and Germans, also celebrated this time within their own customs and spiritual beliefs. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, the festival of Saturn, widely considered Christmas’ predecessor, in December.

Christmas traditions

Today we have plenty of Christmas traditions. Many, with less obvious origins, have pagan roots. Carols, or songs of joy, were sung by pagans as they celebrated the Winter Solstice. Pagans also decorated their homes with branches of evergreen fir trees and Roman temples would feature fir trees at Saturnalia. Pagans believed hanging mistletoe would deter evil spirits and in Norse cultures, mistletoe signified friendship and love, which is why people in England started to kiss under it.

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