THE ONES THAT RAISE A SMILE
Inject even more fun into this year’s festivities with quirky novelties and unique gifts. From board games and bobble hats to socks and lights, there’s more to novelty than meets the eye
Toasty from head to toe
Novelty doesn’t have to mean naff; it’s more a way of adding fun and personality to otherwise ordinary objects. Take the humble sock, for example. Far from something to be worn and not seen, socks are now an easy way to add a hint of colour and pattern to your outfit without being OTT.
It’s not just socks that get the novelty treatment this season. We’ve also got a selection of beanies and woolly hats to choose from, all with a good dose of festive cheer. Opt for seasonal slogans like ‘Fab-yule-us’ or ‘Snow probs’, or go for our sausage dog hat and gloves set – perfect for dachshund through the snow. Anyone?
Enter the boardroom
Christmas isn’t Christmas without some healthy competition between you and your loved ones in the form of a board game. Something as rudimentary as Backgammon can become an all-consuming quest to be the champion, with the atmosphere sitting delicately on a knife-edge.
From traditional to the latest thing and some you may not have even heard of, we’ve a huge range of board games, card games and quizzes to be played throughout Christmas and beyond. Charades has never been so tense.
A house mouse with a difference
Ambient lighting in animal form? That’s right. If you’re buying for someone who likes quirky accessories and something a bit different in their home, you can’t go wrong with this sitting mouse table lamp.
Practical and really rather cute, the mouse lamp is perfect for popping on side tables, and comes with a safe-to-touch bulb to avoid accidents.
If mice aren’t your thing, Seletti have also come up with the monkey lamp. Available in white or black, you can choose from a sitting or climbing monkey for a jungle feel in the recipient’s living room.
Quirky twists on life’s little extras
For the dashing gentleman in your life, go for the aptly-named A Dashing Gentleman range from Chase and Wonder. The hipster-approved collection features everything the modern gent needs in his life – namely a mug for those essential cups of tea and a cushion for those tough days of relaxation that the holidays bring.
There’s also a wash bag for stashing his toiletries in, an Art Deco-inspired notebook, and a handkerchief set for pockets and sniffles.
The LEGO City Cargo Train Super Pack is exclusive to us and will keep kids busy well past Boxing Day. It includes more than 1,300 pieces to build a remote controlled, motorised train, along with a train station and metres of extra track. They’ll be impatient to start making models with the K'Nex Classic Constructions Building Set.