Five wacky and wonderful gift sites for the hardest people on your Christmas list.

We’ve all got someone notoriously difficult to buy for on our Christmas list. Fear not. Here, we list five unique gift websites that are sure to please your peskiest relative or friend.


Time and time again, this website comes up trumps when you’re at the end of your Christmas-shopping tether. It really does have something for everyone. The “prints and art” section is wondrous, we can’t resist the astonishingly priced marble wooden side table and there are countless covetable items to customise for a truly personal present.


Feeling out of touch with the younger generation? Wicked Uncle offers a toy gift service that guides you towards the right present for the right age. This unique collection of toys is organised by age, gender and interests, enabling the most inept shopper to hunt down a suitable present. Our top find? The army camouflage assault vest complete with nine brilliant accessories – a total winner.


We challenge you not to find something suitable among the massive stash of gifts at The Present Finder. Founded 17 years ago by Mark and Fiona Ashley Miller, the site now employs up to 30 staff and dispatches up to 2,000 parcels a day. The Present Finder will wrap gifts and handwrite a card (which sure beats Amazon’s printed message). We like the giant post-it notes – fit for the stockings of children and grown-ups alike.


In 2007, Jane Rockett and Lucy St George teamed up to create a stylish online emporium of expressive homewares. The result is Rockett St George, which The Sunday Times calls “a hive of cool accessories for the home” and The Daily Mail describes as “packed full of quirky, expressive designs to delight”. No man, woman or teenager would accuse the “Grace” black and gold table lamp of being boring.


Christmas shopping will be less of a struggle once you’ve discovered IWOOT, as it’s fondly known. This online retailer was founded in 2000, when it started selling gadgets. Today, it still sells weird gadgets and wonderful gizmos but also toys and homewares – and its tagline is: “Stuff you don’t need... but you really, really want”.

December 2017