It’s that time of the year when high streets and shopping centres across the UK are bursting at the seams by 9:13am on a Saturday -- but if the thought of traipsing round the streets on the elusive annual gift hunt fills you with dread, don’t fear; Travelzoo has the solution to your retail woes.
We’ve negotiated over 100 deals across the country to make your Christmas shopping easier -- after all, December is the time to eat, drink and be merry, not spend your weekends shopping for socks and novelty ties.
For the wine enthusiast in your life, we’ve come up with this fantastic offer from Virgin Wines -- you can get a case of six bottles of fine wine for £35 (worth over £69), or 12 bottles for £49. They’ll be a great addition to the wine rack for the New Year (if they last that long).
Or if you fancy inspiring someone to travel the world in 2013, The Travel Book from Lonely Planet is ideal. It includes details of 229 countries and what to do when you get there. Travelzoo subscribers can get their hands on it for £20 -- half the usual price. Alternatively, this offer from National Geographic Traveller will also be a source of inspiration to get up and explore somewhere different -- you’ll get a year’s subscription (eight magazines) for £10.99.
Budding chefs will be seriously impressed by this range of Jamie Oliver kitchen utensils. For £14 instead of £25, you can get a set of three stainless steel kitchen knives in pink, blue and green, or for £40, pick up a 6-piece hanging tool set -- perfect for cooking with over the festive period.
Turn your holiday snaps into a personalized photo album with this offer from Unibind Photo Books. For £10, you can get a hard-back book filled with your favourite pictures -- it’d make a really memorable gift for someone this Christmas.
If you’re looking for a slightly different experience for the person who has everything this Christmas, how about this whisky-tasting session from Dramatic Whisky. Learn how to taste different blends and sample six varieties during the 90-minute course, which is available at 12 central locations across the UK.
So whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for mum, dad or the kids -- or a well-earned treat for yourself -- take the stress out of the Christmas shopping with some of Travelzoo’s present ideas. More details on these gifts and others are all available here.
Assistant producer Stephanie Bartup contributed to this post.