Christmas Gift Guide

Holidays are coming and however you approach your Christmas shopping – whether you’re an early starter or save it ‘til December – your Christmas gifts inspiration starts here.

Whether it’s Christmas present ideas for your nearest and dearest or gifts for colleagues in work, our ultimate Christmas gifts guide is here to help. From stocking fillers to beauty, booze, books and more, here’s our tips for finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Glasgow Fort.


For the fashionistas

If you know a stylish someone who keeps up with all of the latest fashion trends, update their wardrobe with some of this season’s must-haves.

A woman wearing a chunky white knit jumper.

Chunky knit jumper from River Island (image provided by River Island).

Shackets, striped jumpers, chunky boots and leather leggings are annual stapes. With gilets, sweater vests and quilted jackets on trend this winter. Head to Zara or River Island to see what’s new in.

A grey wool jumper with festive pattern across.

You can never go wrong with a cosy wool jumper (image provided by M&S).

You also can’t go wrong with a pair of fresh kicks. From high heels to trending trainers, head to schuh, to browse the full range of shoes from popular brands including Dr Martens and Converse.

A shot of the bottom half of a person sitting on a chair wearing burgandy Dr Marten boots.
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Hats, gloves and scarves are always a welcome gift too, and you’ll find some fab sets and separates in Fat Face.

Cape available at FatFace (image provided by FatFace)

Cape available at FatFace (image provided by FatFace)

For beauty lovers

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Every festive season beauty brands bundle their most popular make-up, skincare and fragrances into Christmas gift sets – and the best part is they come beautifully packaged too. The Body Shop have a range of products for the skincare obsessed including their Drops of Youth gift set.

Image provided by The Body Shop.

And this year, Christmas parties are back and they’re the perfect excuse for getting glammed up. Brands including MAC, NYX and No 7, all available at Boots have a range of eye-shadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that would make the perfect Christmas gift this year. For skincare, brands such as Liz Earle, Clinique and Elizabeth Arden, are great for stocking up on those daily essentials such as moisturisers, make-up removers and face masks.

You can’t go wrong with a popular fragrance set. From classics like YSL’s ‘Black Opium’ and Paco Rabanne’s ‘One Million’, there’s lots of different scents to choose from. The teams at The Perfume Shop and Boots will be more than happy to help, and will of course let you try before you buy.

Mugler Angel Nova fragrance
Mugler Angel Nova fragrance available at The Perfume Shop (image provided by The Perfume Shop)

If you’re looking for stocking filler ideas, Lush is your go-to with a range of sets and miniatures, including hand lotions, bath bombs and oils, body lotions, shower gels and lip balms.


Lush Christmas gift set with a wrapped box. There are shaped bath bombs including a teddy bear, a candy cane and snow man shaped bath bomb.
Lush Gift Set (image provided by Lush)

Don’t forget those beauty electricals too for hair grooming and styling with a range of beard trimmers, hairdryers, straighteners and curlers also available at Argos.

For a gift that lasts

If you’re looking for a gift that will last a lifetime, a piece of jewellery is a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Pandora, Swarovski and S&S Argento have a wide range of jewellery from watches, bracelets and bangles, to necklaces and rings, the teams will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect piece.

Two designer watches and a silver necklace, text says Beaverbrooks.
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Or if you’re planning on splashing out on something extra-special for the one you love this Christmas, Beaverbrooks and Chisholm Hunter specialise in luxury watches and rings.


Gifts for gym-goers and fitness fanatics

Whether your loved one is an avid gym-goer, an at-home-yogi, or a weekend walker, there’s something for everyone when it comes to fitness, no matter what type of exercise they’re into.

Argos has a range of the latest smartwatches to help track your steps and sleep, calories burned and heart rate throughout the day, as well as during workout activities. Some of the higher-end models also have very advanced features which update you on your VO2 max levels and can even help you out on the golf course by recognising the course you’re on and how much distance is left to the putting green.

For keen runners, gym-goers or weightlifters, you can find all types of gym wear from tops, shorts, sports bras, trainers and leggings from stores such as JD Sports. A half-zip to layer and some gloves and a hat are also great options for those who exercise outdoors in the winter too.

A family all wearing outdoor clothes from Trespass
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From Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands to Cornish hiking trails, if your loved one has been making the most of what the UK has to offer over the past year, find a gift to help fuel their next adventure.

You’ll find a variety of specialist outdoor and hiking wear, from waterproofs to backpacks, at Trespass. And not forgetting a reusable water bottle, a must-have for long days out exploring.

And for fitness accessories, consider a foam roller, yoga mat, resistance bands, or some protein bars for something a bit different.


For the foodies

A personalised food hamper for Christmas is sure to be popular with the foodies in your life. Pack it full of their favourite treats, from festive classics such as chocolate coins, mince pies and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, to sweets, cheese and crisps. Don’t forget their favourite tipple too – whether it’s beer, gin, wine, or prosecco – to keep the celebrations flowing over the Christmas break.

Gingerbread biscuit mix
Bake off this Christmas with a gingerbread mix from Next (image provided by Next).

Or if you don’t have time to pick and pack a hamper, why not check out the range at Marks & Spencer, to save you time on wrapping too.

If eating out is more their thing, pick a date and book a table to enjoy a meal at Monterey Jacks, at Glasgow Fort for something to look forward to and help beat those January blues.

You could also consider treating them to a new kitchen gadget. A blender or air fryer from Argos are great ideas, or help them chop, dice and slice in style with a new knife set, and spice up their life with a spice rack from ProCook.

Knife block available at ProCook
Knife block available at ProCook (image provided by ProCook).

For coffee-lovers, a coffee machine or some replacement coffee pods could be a great gift idea. You’ll find a whole host of options at Asda that will offer barista-grade brews from iced lattes to cappuccinos at home. For something a little smaller, why not pick up a beautiful mug or coaster from Next, or a reusable coffee cup from TK Maxx to help them enjoy their winter morning brew in style.


For the bookworms

Books are one of the best Christmas present ideas as there’s endless options to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something to suit every literary taste.

If you’re not sure on which genre to go for, you can play it safe by choosing one of the books tipped by publishers to be a best-seller for Christmas 2021.

This year’s top picks include John le Carré’s ‘Silverview’, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s joint book ‘Renegades: Born in the USA’, and Sally Rooney’s ‘Beautiful World Where Are You’.


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Head to Waterstones to take your pick.


Gifts for gamers and gadget-lovers

The Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch are once again the hottest consoles for Christmas.

If you know someone that’s been lucky enough to get their hands on one already or will be receiving one for Christmas – level up their gaming with the newest games and latest accessories.

Gaming chairs, keyboards, special edition controllers, and headsets are popular choices. Or some of the big game launches this winter include FIFA 22, Call of Duty: Vanguard and Grand Theft Auto V. Head to Smyths Toys to browse the full range of games and find out more about their launch dates.

For gifts for the gadget lovers in your life, must-have pieces of tech include wireless earphones, Bluetooth speakers or a smart technology home device such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Make sure you check out the range of features and the latest festive promotions before choosing your gift.



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'Game On' light from Menkind

Visit Menkind to see what other techy presents are on offer.


For the house proud

a hand holding a lit match above a gold christmas illustrated candle.
Christmas candle from Marks and Spencers (image provided by M&S).

As the evenings get colder and darker, a luxury candle is the perfect present for making your home feel nice and cosy. Yankee Candle has a brilliant range of scents to choose from, including festive fragrances such as cinnamon, gingerbread and pine. If you’re looking for something that lasts a little longer, a fresh-scented reed diffuser that can be used all year round is a great option too.

A vase, house shaped candle holders and other decorative items from Next.
Homeware from Next (image provided by Next).

A picture frame is a lovely, simple and affordable Christmas gift, that is always appreciated. Why not go the extra mile and print a photograph of a special memory for your loved ones to treasure? Find a collection of photo frames to suit any home-décor style at TK Maxx and print out your chosen photo at Boots.

For those who love to entertain, new champagne flutes or gin balloon glasses from Next are a great idea. Or if they’re into cocktails, treat them to a new cocktail shaker or a recipe book.

Gin glasses and martini glasses sitting on a silver tray next to a rose gold ice bucket with a bottle of champagne in it.
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For the little ones

Whether you’re looking for Christmas toys for your own children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, we’ve got a few ideas to help you get started.

Art and crafts are a great way of keeping children occupied while also encouraging their creativity. From playdough sets to paint by numbers, there’s something to suit every age at Hobbycraft. Pop fidget toys are also set to be a highly asked for present for children this Christmas.

Barbie Day to Night Dream House at Smyths.

For younger children, toys or anything else fun that’s branded with their favourite characters – from the Grinch, to Disney, Peppa Pig, Star Wars and Barbie – is a great idea. Head to Smyths Toys to see what’s on offer.

For older children, why not introduce them to traditional and classic board games which can be enjoyed by all of the family over the Christmas period. Find games such as Monopoly, Cluedo, and Articulate at Argos.


For your furry friends

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Christmas is not just for humans but for our furry family members too.

Head to Argos or Marks and Spencers to check out its range of accessories for your beloved pets including beds, bandanas and blankets.

And for the pets that already have it all, you can’t go wrong with tasty treats or new toys for them to enjoy.

Something for everyone

Pyjamas with animal prints.
Image provided by M&S.

Festive pyjamas is always a winner, and make a good Christmas eve early gift!

If you’re still stuck for Christmas present ideas after reading this guide, then look no further. Treat your friends, family or colleagues to any present they’d like with a gift card for one of their favourite retailers including River Island, Footasylum, and New Look.

To browse the full range of retailers at Glasgow Fort visit our Eat, Drink, Shop page, or play your festive day out with us.

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