Gift guide: Nail your last-minute shopping for €20 or less

A few fun ideas to get you on your way...

The advent calendar boxes keep opening and time really is running out if you've been putting your gift-buying on the long finger. Fear not, if you've a handful of smaller bits and bobs to pick up, however, we've a few selections that might send you on your way...

Slipper boots

Take it from someone who shows utter contempt for the notion of a onesie and wouldn't be caught dead shopping for slipper boots... if you get them as a gift, you'll be delighted. This Yuletide-y red and white pair suit the season and will be perfect of lounging around during the Christmas break, but the wearer is also likely to be rooting around under the bed for them well into the new year, such are the insane comfort levels. Now at the reduced price of €17.32 from Debenham's.

Godiva’s Christmas Truffle Box

Everyone loves a bit of luxury when it comes to what they're stuffing in their gobs over the break – with good intentions delayed until January, all bets are off – and truffles are definitely one of those things very few people are buying for themselves.

A slim stocking filler of six is yours for €14 (or you could really push the boat out past the limit and grab 12 for €25). 

Thornton's Classic Collection

The best thing about this – chocolate goodness inside aside – is the fact it's already wrapped. And you can't really go wrong with two layers of Thornton's milk, white and dark for €18. Something for everyone, then, including you if you hang around long enough for the unwrapping.



Mario Pixel Pals 8-Bit Light

If you've been frantically searching for a NES Classic Edition for the nostalgic retro gamer in your life to no avail, you can stick to the theme and keep them ticking over until supplies of that console reboot are replenished in January. This rather nifty "8-bit" light should take pride of place on any Nintendo fan's bedside locker. You'll find it for €14.99 at Gamestop.




Engraved lighter

Maybe not for the partner you've spent ages trying to ween off the cigarettes, but your mate that likes to roll his own will doubtlessly enjoy a personalised lighter. Costing €19.95, you can add a message of up to four lines. It can be whatever you want, so technically you could have "Time to chuck the smokes, Jeff".

Hardback Notebook

Nothing beats a fresh, clean notebook. Except an Irish one. This Newbridge floral A5 includes 196 pages with original sketches created by the Newbridge Silverware design team, presented in a Newbridge Silverware gift box. Get them scribbling for €18.