First – have a look at last year’s list – loads of good stuff in there, still relevant
Next, if you know about the Myers-Briggs personality test, you might find this amusing!
But anyway, back to this year’s list of suggestions….
First off, it’s a bit pricey but I really LOVE my Sonos Move – take it anywhere in the house or outside, long battery life, loads of power – the bass is really clear, it’s a great thing. I listen to Spotify playlists mostly but it can also access the music on my computer. Then you control the volume and choose tracks using your phone.
A whole week on one clock – I know it’s a bit silly but I love mine. I actually find it quite useful, especially when working from home, when the days can blur into one.
Fun pencil sharpener, only £10
Beautiful puzzle for the nerd in your life
Management Vegetables – the oddest management book in the world, without a doubt, makes me laugh at every page. “The Fennel of Failure”…
Luxury in the cold weather – merino wool vest. Wear under work shirt and nobody can see it.
Rummikub – a really good game for all ages, more skillful that it first appears, and the pieces are rather beautiful to use.
Mini camera – wear, hide, cycling, car etc – I haven’t tried it but if it’s as good as it looks it could be really useful
Codenames – really excellent and clever game. Give you a fascinating window into how your friends think!
The best pens for the puzzle enthusiast, because you can rub out
(and by the way this is my favourite puzzle – see menu on the left for changing the size and level of difficulty. And loads of other puzzles on this page.
For the jigsaw enthusiast – sorter trays.
Neck speakers: A bit of an odd thing, with limited use, but actually great for walking around, maybe walking the dog, or sitting in the garden – the music is really “surround sound” while not disturbing other people much, and you can still hear things like the phone, or a bus about to run you over. And for only £20 a no-brainer. (There’s a Bose one for £200 but I got this cheap one and it’s really pretty good).
Useful padlock with letters to it’s easy to remember the combination. You can change the order of the rings so you can make most words, or at least loads.
A cheap and rather beautiful S.A.D. (winter sunlight) lamp – I have this on my table next to my laptop, it makes me feel good
Classy gloves– with different colours between the fingers
…. and by the way THESE are my all time favourite gloves
Wine and champagne stoppers – always useful
Disco lights – stupidly cheap (and five times as good if you get two! – they really fill the room) – great for home-discos and also for calming crying babies!
The worlds most comfortable shoes (not counting Crocs obviously!) which look great and don’t smell
Ethical fair trade chocolate that is SO delicious!
Google mini – great for music (plays Spotify – just say “Play my Jazz playlist” or whatever) and for setting timers etc – and if you have several they all play the music throughout your house, or you could have several in one larger room:
Mini-frisbees – use indoor or out!
A year of flowers, arriving monthly through the post! In a cute little box – you can choose “natural” or “colourful”
ex-Presidential Wall Game – funny but also looks like a good fun game. Currently unavailable but hoping it’ll come back into stock after the election is done and gone.
Hilarious ‘painting’ of your pet. A couple of places you can get them:
Favourite shoes of 2020 – more of a summer thing I admit, but get them now while they are cheap. SO comfortable, waterproof, light, and they look good in brown