Joyful Christmas Gift Ideas

One of the things I find hardest in the run-up to Christmas is trying to find gifts. The shops seem full of endless stuff that nobody wants, so I have put together a short list of some ideas that I hope you find interesting. 

These are gifts which over the years have been very well received, and continue to bring pleasure long after the festive period.

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Lego Make Your Own Movie

£15

I bought this book for my son last Christmas. I was looking for something which would add to his enjoyment of his favourite toy, Lego, and to also teach him that iPads and tablets are good for more enjoyable activities than playing games. This great book will teach your child to make stop motion movies (think Wallace and Gromit and the Lego movie) using things which they almost certainly already have about the house. We have both really enjoyed making some very funny movies together.

Hive game (2 people)

£15 – £20

Hive is is a game for two players age 7 and upwards. It has almost nothing to do with insects! These turn out to be visual clues to identify how each piece is moved in the game, and it will bring a smile to your face when you get the hang of how it works. It is deceptively simple in terms of roles, that can be as simple and quick or as complex and strategic as you want. That is no small claim, and sets it apart from most games, which are either too easy or too complicated. Pieces are satisfyingly heavy, and the whole game packs easily into a small pouch or box, making it ideal to take to the pub with you. Honoured for excellence by MENSA Select; Dr. Toy Product of Excellence Award Winner; International Gamer Awards winner

Splendor (2-4 people)

£22

For those who love boardgames, I can wholeheartedly recommend splendour. This is a game for up to 4 players at any age seven and over. It is based around the trading of precious jewels to earn chips which have value to trade for more valuable items. Again, the rules are simple and easy to understand, and the game is beautiful to look at, to touch, and joyful to play. Games can last from 15 to 20 minutes to an hour. 2014-golden-geek-board-game-year-winner

Exploding Kittens (2-5 players)

£20

For a quick game and hysterical laughter around the Christmas table (or the pub in January), it is hard to beat Exploding Kittens. Funded on Kickstarter in only eight minutes, it went on to raise $8.8 million and became the most backed crowdfunding project ever (220,000 people backed it!). It is a very simple game to learn, based around Russian roulette, for all players six and over. Perfect for parties and young get-togethers as it is easy to explain, quick to play, and brings out the worst in everyone!

Apple AirPods

£100-140

Although expensive, I have included Apple’s AirPods in this list because like the others here, they bring me genuine joy. They are simple, work beautifully, with no switches or wires or anything to distract you. They allow you to make phone calls, listen to music and watch movies without disturbing others, and are just brilliant. I recognise that Apple technology is expensive, but the AirPods are an example of what you get for your money – thoughtful and extensive development focused on the user experience, not just the technology.,

Of course, anyone with a tablet computer, kindle or phone would also be delighted to find a Plinth under the tree! 😉

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