…is for all the blasted present shopping to do itself. Dangling a multitude of carrier bags filled with toiletry sets while marching through the slow-moving crowds on Oxford Street is nobody’s idea of fun.

To avoid this annual ritual of distress, we’ve come up with a few ideas so that your family won’t have to contend with bath salts and pants for the fifth year running. We’ve even scoured the internet to find online providers, so that you can order from your sofa, in the warm, minus dawdling tourists stopping in front of you to check their A-Z.

Scandinavian company Urbanears manufacture headphones in colours so bright you’ll be spotted  6 km away, so no spying incognito while wearing these babies. The Plattan range have a plug on one earcap for a friend to tune in, perfect for musical know-it-alls who want to share. They also come with an adapter so you can hook up to your Nokia, Blackberry, HTC or iPhone. These retail at £50 and you can get them from here.

Do you know someone who is text-mad? Then you might want to buy them a pair of Etre Touchy gloves. These mits allow you to keep your digits warm and cosy in soft wool while still being able to text and mess about on the iPod, thanks to missing thumb and index fingertips. Available in a range of patterns and colours, these cost £19.99 and can be ordered from here.

‘Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers’ is a book of colour photographs depicting rockers in today’s day and age. Characters old and young are portrayed, showing off tattoos and posing defiantly in stomping grounds such as the Ace Café in Stonebridge and Dingwalls in Camden Town. For the aspiring rocker you know, or if you suspect your dad wants to relive his youth, this will save them buying the Brylcreem. Get the hardback for £19.99 here.

Sticking with coffee table books, the keen photographer in the family will delight in ‘A Year In Photography’ from the Magnum Archive, which presents work by some of the world’s greatest: Robert Cappa, Eve Arnold and Elliot Erwitt among many others. Be warned though, this one’s no stocking filler. Get it for £18.50 from here.

One that will fit snugly into a Xmas sock is ‘Style Diaries: World Fashion From Berlin to Tokyo’. This book enters the world of nearly 50 fashion bloggers around the globe and showcases the contents of their wardrobes in full technicolour. Buy it for the mini-fashionista in the family for £16.99 from here.

Last but definitely not least, Rainboot have put together a 14-track Xmas-themed compilation (read folky acoustic wintertime music) with artists from their roster such as The Whiskey Priest, Trev Gibb and The Kickliner. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds go to Save the Children, so not only are you giving the gift of music to a loved one, your purchase is contributing to improve the prospects of a child somewhere in the world. Preview tracks and find out how to download here.

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