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How to host the perfect Christmas Party

christmas party gifts

So you’ve decided to host a Christmas party this year. You’ve sent the Facebook invites out and text your weird mates who aren’t on Facebook. You’ve ordered the online shop full of booze and festive treats, and you’ve decorated the house top to bottom. But now panic is setting in. Have you ordered enough booze? How will you entertain people one they’re here? Do you need to plan party games? Have you ordered enough booze though?! Relax, it’s Xmas, everything will be fine as long as you follow our simple guide on how to host the perfect Christmas Party

1. Chill out!

No one likes an uptight, stressed house running around asking everyone if they’re ok every 5 mins. Take their coats, offer them a drink and let them relax and feel at ease. One way to get them instantly in the party spirit is to offer them a drink in one of our Party Cups. These mix and match cups can make 48 different characters meaning everyone can have a unique one and that will come in handy later when they are wondering which drink was theirs! Party cups also make excellent Xmas gift ideas for people who love to host parties.

Christmas party gifts

2. Christmas Party gifts to get people mingling

A great idea for an ice breaker is to give each of your guests one of our Classic Corkers to make their own their own little cork character out of wine bottle corks. It also encourages more drinking, which is another well known ice breaker! You can also give out some Animal Corkers and Robot Corkers too to mix it up a bit. Before long everyone will be having a right old lark seeing what funny animal / robot / creature they can make. And if you have any left over the end; these make great Xmas gifts for him or stocking fillers for everyone.

Xmas party gifts

3. Christmas Party to keep the fun going

If at any point in the party you feel that dreaded lull in the atmosphere, where you can almost feel the sigh coming on and the ‘Well, we’d better head off’ then it’s time to bring out the Book of Masks! Ranging from clowns to Cleopatra, Book of Masks is a hardback book containing 30 tear-out fancy dress masks, you can use them to set up a xmas photo booth in the corner! Everyone loves a photo booth right? These also make lovely Christmas present ideas for her.

5 Secret Santa gifts for him

Secret santa gifts

Eek! It’s Secret Santa gifts next week and you have zero gift ideas of what to get. You’ve picked a name out of the hat of someone you barely know and are racking your brains to think of something fun, appropriate and affordable to get them. Well, don’t worry, we’ve compiled our list of Secret Santa gift ideas to suit all personalities. Here are our top 5 secret Santa gifts for him. (And don’t forget to check out our list of 5 secret Santa gifts for her too!)

1. Food Factory Condiment Set

If you’ve noticed he’s got a penchant for cooking and often brings home cooked leftovers for lunch which fill the office with mouth watering smells then perhaps he’d appreciate our Food Factory Condiment Set? A stylish condiment set that looks like a factory.

Secret Santa Gifts for Christmas

2. Tea Sub

If he shuns the coffee machine at work in favour of his own private stash of loose leaf tea then why not get him this quirky Tea Infuser in the shape of a Submarine? A thoughtful gift for under a tenner.

Secret Santa gift ideas for Christmas

3. The Explorer Bottle

If he strikes you as the outdoorsy type and his desk features many photos of him mountain climbing, camping, canoeing and the like, then may we suggest our Explorer Bottle? Made from stainless steel with an anodised black finish and featuring an embossed bamboo screw lid and etched logo, it’s a drinking bottle built for survival.

Secret Santa gift ideas

4. No Sew Buttons

If he’s the smart suit and tie type with never a hair out of place, then you can imagine what a tiz he’d be in if a button suddenly came loose. Give him a tin of these No Sew Buttons to keep in his desk drawer and he’ll thank you we promise.

Men's Secret Santa gift ideas for him this Christmas

5. Hologram Viewer

If he’s the geeky type who always seems to be playing with toys and gadgets, then this secret Santa gift will surely be a winner. He can create and view his own Holograms with this gadget. It’ll certainly make the office a bit more interesting for the next few days!

Men's Secret Santa gift ideas Christmas 2017

5 Secret Santa gifts for her

secret santa gifts for her

Secret Santa gifts can be a tactical nightmare. We all know it’s supposed to be a secret, but we also all know that after all the presents have been opened and you’ve all had one too many mulled wines, everybody will start telling each other who got who. Until eventually, by the powers of elimination, your Secret Santa will know you were the culprit who got them that ‘cat lady’ mug and no – they did not see the funny side. So this year, why not play it safe and get your secret Santa a fun gift you’d like to open yourself? And save yourself the embarrassment of a poorly thought out prank. Ok? To get you started, here are 5 secret Santa gifts for her

1. Matchstick Pencils

Quirky gifts for a quirky woman? If your secret Santa recipient is a fun loving soul then she’ll no doubt enjoy these novelty pencils designed to look like matchsticks. Would also suit the type of person who gets a thrill out of the smell of fresh new stationery!

Womens secret Santa gifts at Christmas

2. Baby Nessie Tea Infuser

If she’s the kind of lady that likes to settle down at her desk with a freshly brewed cup of loose leaf tea than she’ll love this cute loch ness monster shaped tea infuser. You could buy her some nice posh tea to go with it if you like?

Secret Santa gifts for her at Christmas

3. Bready Made

When you’re thinking up secret Santa gift ideas, it’s easy to go down the novelty route and you don’t get more novelty than this! This funny bread cutter will make all sorts of shapes to liven up their breakfast; a chicken, a moose, or anything they can think up!

4. Juice Bruce Squeezer

If she’s the type of gal who enjoys a Gin & Tonic or two, then how about getting her one of these wooden citrus squeezers? Bruce the juicer will lend her a hand during her xmas cocktail hour.

Cool secret Santa gifts for her

5. Rainbow Sticky Notes

If you’re still stuck for secret Santa gift ideas, then how about something fun to brighten up her desk like these colourful Rainbow Sticky Notes?

Secret Santa gifts for her

Top 10 hottest Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and secret Santa gift ideas 2017

Christmas stocking fillers

Here it is; the countdown you’ve all been waiting for. Don’t go Christmas shopping without reading our hot gift guide first! The Top 10 hottest Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and secret Santa gift ideas 2017…

10. Magni-Viewer

Magniviewer Smartphone Stand

One of our newest gifts on the list; the Magni-Viewer makes a great Christmas present for someone who’s always guzzling content on their smartphone. This handy travel sized gadget doubles their screen size making watching films and TV on the move much easier on the eye.

9. Hang Up

Bedroom ambient light

This brand new innovation from Luckies is the prefect stocking filler for the man or woman who’s up at the crack of dawn to get ready for work. This clothes hanger / night light will shed some light in their wardrobes so no one will be able to accuse them of getting dressed in the dark! Click here to view Hang Up.

8. Scratch Map Deluxe

Scratch Map Deluxe

To be honest, any of the products in our terrific Scratch Map Range would make excellent Xmas gifts for travel enthusiasts but the Deluxe is one of our most detailed and stylish.

7. Scratch Map USA

If you know someone who’s planning a USA road trip in the near future than this has to be on their Christmas list! A Scratch Map dedicated to the fifty states of the USA.

6. Smartphone Projector and Speaker 2.0 Copper Gift Set

Our home cinema in a box now has surrounded sound and a beautiful copper finish. An excellent gift for movie lovers young and old.

5. Bready Made

Secret Santa: done! This novelty bready cutter is a fun and quirky stocking filler that will make anyone smile.

4.Adventure Journal

A unique and unusual Christmas gift with a difference. This travel journal not only includes 8 Scratch Maps to make your own personal travel record with, but also features over 300 bucket list adventures for you to complete.

3. Scratch Map Gourmet

An awesome gift for foodies, not that they need encouragement to eat their way around Europe, but at least now they can make a record of their gastronomical accomplishments.

2. Barbecue Stamp

It may be winter outside, but they’ll already be dreaming of springtime BBQ’s once they open their very own branding iron for their steaks and burgers.

1. Festive Gift Wrap

Turn your gift into two gifts by wrapping it up in our festive gift wrap and creating your own Christmas character.

3 Christmas gift ideas for her

Christmas is coming! The goose is getting fat. The Coca Cola ad is on repeat and the shops are unbearably full and stiflingly hot. You’ve no doubt made your Christmas list and ticked everyone off already though, right? No? You’ve still got to get something for Mum? For your wife? Girlfriend? Auntie? Uh oh, back to the shops you go with every other Tom, Dick and Carol… Unless, you’d rather sit back on the sofa with a cup of home brewed Christmas blend coffee and click on one of these 3 Christmas gift ideas for her? Oh alright then, you take it easy – we’ve got your Christmas covered.

1. Scratch Map Original

original scratch map poster

If you’re looking for a meaningful Christmas present for Mum that says ‘thanks for all your hard work bringing me up but now it’s time to do something for yourself’, then how about our Scratch Map Original? There’s no better way to encourage her to get out there and see the world, or to stay out of the country and out of your business for a few more weeks of the year at least.

2. Love Note

Romantic love note

If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic gift for your wife or girlfriend then look no further than the Love Note. What lady (or man for that matter) wouldn’t soon over their very own personal love message in a bottle? The simplest things in life are the sweetest and all you have to do with this xmas gift is write your own personal note to your loved one and seal it in the bottle with the sticker provided, and they’ll have a gift they can cherish forever.

3. Pocket Tin Speaker

If you’re still stumped for Christmas gifts for her then how about one of our pocket sized smartphone speakers? The perfect stocking filler for music lovers and a great Christmas present for a friend or work colleague; they can blast those Christmas tunes out for all to hear, whether they want to or not.

3 romantic Christmas gifts for men and women

romantic gift idea

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get romantic. The nights are cold, the fires are lit, the fairy lights are up, the wine is flowing and everyone starts to feel all warm and fuzzy. Who can blame you for wanting to get all cute and cuddly with a loved one? And when it comes to exchanging gifts, you’ve probably been racking your brains trying to think of the perfect romantic Christmas gift for your other half that says ‘I love you’ in a unique but non vomit-inducing way. Here at Luckies we understand that it’s a fine line between cute and slush and we think we’ve got the balance just right with these 3 romantic Christmas Gifts for men and women…

1. You Complete Me

This wooden, heart shaped jigsaw makes a unique and sophisticated romantic Christmas present. Made from beautiful heat stamped wood, the jigsaw comes loose for them to piece together. There’s space to write your own personal message too on the back, so that they can reveal your special words as they complete the jigsaw. The gift comes in four beautiful coloured boxes which are labelled ‘You Complete Me’ so they’ll be in no doubt as to your feelings.

Romantic gift ideas

2. Memory Box

The perfect romantic gift idea for nostalgia lovers. A keepsake box with places to put love notes, souvenirs, ticket stubs from concerts you’ve been to together, holiday photos, a memento from your first date, and any kind of physical memorabilia you might have. Collect all these things together and create a personalised memory box for them to open and keep forever. There won’t be a dry eye in the house when they open this one!

Romantic gift idea

3. Love Note

The ultimate romantic Xmas gift. Give your better half their very own personalised message in a bottle to keep forever. A quirky gift for old school romantics; simply write your own personal message of love, put it in the bottle and seal it with the sticker provided. They’ll be thrilled at such a unique and unusual gift, and we promise not to tell them where you got the idea!

Romantic Love Note

How to wrap a gift this Xmas featuring Festive Gift wrap

Who loves wrapping Xmas gifts? Some people love an evening spent in front of the TV wrapping presents in front of a good Christmas film with a glass of mulled wine. For others it is their very idea of stressful holiday hell, which is why this year we’ve come to the rescue with our guide on how to wrap a gift this Xmas featuring Festive Gift wrap.

Festive Gifts Wrap

If you’re a bit of a wrapping klutz then you’ll know that feeling on Xmas eve when everyone puts their gifts under the tree and your Sister presents these magnificent presents that look they’ve been wrapped by Mr Selfridge’s personal gift wrapper.

There’s fancy paper with matching bows and hand made tags and curling ribbon. Whilst yours end up looking like they’ve been wrapped by a 5 year old, and the bow’s fallen off, and the corner is coming away so you can see what the gift is, meaning that your wrapping has failed in even it’s one fundamental purpose. Well, not this year! This year you’re going to wow with gifts shaped like festive figures from Santa Claus, a Snowman, a Reindeer and more! Here’s how to use our Festive Gift Wrap…

These work best when wrapping a box shaped gift. Start by laying the box face down on the gift wrap you’ve chosen from the pack and wrap the box with the present in. Here’s a handy tip: use double sided sticky tape and tape the paper to the box for added neatness!

Once you’ve got the present covered, choose the eyes, nose, mouth, moustache, whatever pieces go with your chosen figure from the sticker sheets and stick them on.

Get some scissors and cut out the tail, ears, feet, hat or antlers and stick on with glue.

Ta-Da! Behold your Snowman present / Nutcracker gift / Christmas tree 3-gift surprise.

There are enough sheets of wrapping paper, stickers and cut out features in each pack to create 6 awesome festive figures for the whole family. Just wait and see the look on your sister’s face when you whip these out this Christmas! Everyone will love them so much, they might not even want to open them!

Top 3 cool gadgets for men the Christmas

If you’re looking for some cool gifts for the men in your life this Christmas that offer a little more than the usual array of aftershave, shirts, jumpers and chocolate oranges, then how about getting them one of our super cool gadgets for men? Men love gifts that are practical and useful but these gift ideas also offer quirky design and innovative technology making them perfect Christmas gifts for your Dad, Brother, Husband or Boyfriend. Check out our top 3 cool gadgets for men this Christmas.

1. Adventure Wristband
This nifty piece of wearable technology combines fashion and functionality. A 4GB USB encased in a cool leather slap-on wristband, so he’ll never be caught short without a USB stick. The perfect stocking filler for the man in your life who likes to take his work home with him; he’ll never be without those important files wherever he decides to set up office, at home or in the local cafe. Or perhaps a present for a photography enthusiast to always have somewhere on hand to download and store photos, and free up that all important memory.

2. Camera Light
A unique Xmas gift he can put in his home office or can be used as a bedside lamp. This rechargeable light styled as a retro camera will make a stylish gift for the man who likes to fill his home with quirky features. The innovative design makes use of the shutter button as the on off switch and includes a micro-USB. A cool Christmas present for gadget lovers and budding photographers.

3. Magni-VIewer
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a man who loves nothing more than binge watching his favourite TV show then why not give him even more opportunities for viewing? The Magni-Viewer doubles the size of his smartphone screen making watching TV and videos on his phone a lot more comfortable on the eyes. Which means he effectively has a portable TV he can carry around and watch whilst on the beach, in the park, even on the loo if he so desires. (We won’t judge!)

3 cool stocking fillers under £10

3 cool stocking fillers under £10

Waking up and finding a stocking full of gifts is always a highlight of Christmas but when you don’t have Father Christmas to give you a helping hand it can be difficult finding the perfect stocking fillers. These 3 cool stocking fillers are under £10 and are sure to put a smile on the faces of your family and friends.

1. Nutter Cookie Cutter
This adorable Squirrel cookie cutter is the perfect gift for anyone who is nutty about baking. Take things to an extreme level of cuteness by folding up the squirrel’s little arms so it can tightly grasp its precious nut. This is the ideal stocking filler and is also a great way to subtly hint that you want some home-baked cookies…

2. Matchstick Pencils
Finally, a box of matches that don’t have to be kept out of reach from children. This set of 8 wooden pencils with erasers is the perfect cool stocking filler for those who have a slight obsession with stylish stationery. Not only do these look super groovy sitting on a desk they are very functional, proving that sometimes you really can have the best of both worlds.

3. Marshmallow Pencil & Eraser
Everyone loves toasting marshmallows over a fire and although we do not recommend holding this particular marshmallow over an open flame, it makes the perfect stocking filler for anyone with a sweet tooth. The candy pink marshmallow eraser and twig-shaped pencil make this the perfect guilt-free addition to any pencil case.

Christmas biscuit recipe with snowman icing

It’s a rainy weekend in December and you’re cooped up in the house; what can you do to keep the kids entertained and yourself from going mad? Get creative in the kitchen with this fun melting snowman biscuit recipe! The great thing about these festive Christmas biscuits is that the messier they are, the better they look. So they’re perfect for little ones and it doesn’t matter if you’re no Delia Smith in the kitchen either, as there’s minimal cooking skills required! And to make it that extra bit fun we’ve got some great novelty cooking gifts to help you.

200g fondant icing sugar
6 white marshmallows
6 large cookies
24 mini chocolate beans
Tube black writing icing.


1. Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add cold water a teaspoon at a time using our Mon Cherry measuring spoons and egg separator. Keep adding water until the mixture is runny but thick enough to coat a spoon.
2. Snip the marshmallows in half using wetted scissors.
3. Spoon a little icing onto each cookie and attach half a marshmallow for the snowman’s head. Using a little icing, stick the other half on top at an angle so it looks like it’s melting. Drizzle a little more icing onto the cookie to make melting snow.
4. Break the pretzel sticks in half and place on the cookie for arms. Stick orange chocolate beans on for the noses. Stick three chocolate beans on each cookie to represent buttons.
5. Using the writing icing, pipe small blobs for the eyes and mouth. Leave to set.

Now that’s the cheat method using cookies out of a packet. But if you want to keep the kids entertained a little while longer, you can always bake your own cookies, and let’s be honest, nothing beats the smell of homemade cookies baking in the oven! If you do decide to bake your own then you’ll need some baking tools so how about our Nutter Cookie Cutter to make fun squirrel shaped cookies?

The kids will love rolling special messages into their biscuits with our Message Rolling Pin Gift Box. They can stamp the underneath of their cookies with ‘Secret Recipe’, ‘Made with Love’ or, if you’re making Halloween biscuits, how about ‘Bite Me’.