Gift different this year, Christmas presents that break the mould

Want to give a gift that’s a little different this year? Margaret Hussey rounds up some innovate Christmas present ideas and great ways to enhance your own Christmas too. From great Christmas trees to the perfect festive tipples, keep reading for some gift ideas that are a little different this season.

Branching out

Taking all the stress out of trying to squeeze your Christmas tree into the boot, Pines and Needles delivers to your door. There’s Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir, potted trees – and you can even get them with all the decorations. Prices from £41.95,

It’s a cracker

If you still haven’t bought your Christmas crackers, it’s easy to do on the Deliveroo app. They’ve teamed up with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Kojo Anim to launch a range of charity Christmas crackers called Crackers Cracking Hunger. Each box of six costs £10, all of which will be donated to The Felix Project and FareShare, helping to provide meals for families in need. They contain a joke from Kojo and a Christmas hat. Available from November 29, 

Grape expectations

A lovely red wine for under a tenner? Yes, please. The McGuigan Black label red, by the eponymous award-winning Aussie winemakers, is packed with flavours of cherry, blackberry and plum and will pretty much go with any of your dishes over the festive period. From £5.50 at Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

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Cutting edge

It’s a given that we will be gathered around the telly this season. And if your flatscreen has seen better days, the next generation is all about Sky Glass. It’s the only TV with Sky inside, all your favourite apps and is packed with cutting edge technologies. There’s no box, no dish. You just say Hello Sky to find what to watch and it searches for you. It’s got Ultra HD and Quantum Dot technology and has a 360° Dolby Atmos® sound with built-in speakers and sub-woofer. It comes in three sizes and prices start at £649. For more visit

Warm welcome

For a hot toddy with a difference, try mixing gin with lemon, honey and boiling water. Sing Gin, the first ever grape-based gin to be made in Yorkshire, lends itself perfectly to this combination. It’s bursting with a blend of seven natural botanicals, including juniper, mint, orange peel and flax. £38.50  

A fine art

For the book lovers in your life, Penguin has launched a limited edition print from British illustrator Quentin Blake. A proportion of the profits of each sale goes to the National Literacy Trust to help disadvantaged children. Sized at 30x40cm, they can be finished in black, white or oak. Unframed prints are £35 and framed prints £85. For more visit

Family ties 

Christmas is all about family time and connections. But what if you want to delve even further back? Ancestry DNA Traits helps you further explore who you are, where you come from and what makes you unique. Combining cutting-edge science with data, Traits help you discover up to 36 traits and attributes influenced by your DNA, such as what colour hair or eyes run in your family or even whether you have the sprinter gene. £59,