What a year it’s been! 2020 must definitely rank as one of the most unusual years in recent memory - a heady mix of terrifying, boring and completely nuts! Given all of that, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Christmas is just around the corner!
Giving out presents is still a fantastic way to spread some cheer and help people through a tough time, but sometimes you need a bit of inspiration. So we’ve compiled a list of a few Christmas ideas for you, helpfully split into different categories.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and fingers crossed that 2021 will be slightly more normal!
Gifts for coffee lovers
Coffee has become an important commodity in 2020 - with coffee joints closed, and no access to the neverending free flow of office coffee, having a good coffee machine is important! So if you just want your morning coffee effortlessly, the Nespresso Vertuo is a fantastic pod coffee maker. Simply load in a capsule of pre-ground coffee, press a button and in a minute it’ll be ready for you!
Alternatively, if you have someone that likes to take their time with coffee, take a look at this espresso maker from Swan - it’s a fairly simple machine, but the modest price and the retro looks have a lot to offer!
A great coffee machine requires great coffee - and the best coffee is freshly ground. Our personal recommendation is the Delonghi KG79 - I use it daily, and it’s reliable and gives good results.
Gifts for quarantine bakers
It appears that everyone and their mother has taken up baking as a quarantine hobby - I certainly have! If you’ve got someone who is really into their sourdough and muffins, then a mixer is a fantastic gift to help bring their baking to the next level. Here at Kagoo, we suggest the KitchenAid Artisan - still one of the best stand mixers on the market, and a timeless design statement to boot!
Does someone in your family like the idea of freshly-baked bread, but doesn’t want to get up early and get their hands messy? Then the Morphy Richards Fastbake breadmaker would make a great gift - a simple but effective kitchen helper. Simply load the ingredients into the hopper the night before, set the timer, and they’ll wake to delicious freshly-baked bread!
Gifts for ‘essential exercise’ runners
Being stuck inside sucks - so any chance to go outside and stretch your legs is appreciated! If you’ve got a family member or partner who has taken up running this year, they may appreciate a good pair of headphones so they can listen to their tunes while running.
We have two suggestions this year: the Jabra Elite 85t are a great set of true wireless earbuds with active noise cancelling, so you’re not disturbed during your run. They’re a solid alternative to Apple’s Airpod Pro, at a fraction of the cost!
Alternatively, the Beats Flex are a set of great running headphones for those who haven’t forgotten about Dre. They have a comfortable fit, so they won’t fall out while running, and have fantastic sound quality. And unlike many other Beats headphones, these won’t break the bank!
Gifts for Netflix bingers
Relaxation and entertainment has been a key weapon in surviving this year, and streaming TV is an endless distraction from Breaking News and horrible statistics. If someone in your family has already worked through all the TV they want to watch, then Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gives access to a vast collection of streaming services in a tiny device - simply slot it into a TV or monitor, and they’ll have more films and programmes than they could possibly ever watch!
A good TV is nothing without good sound - a high-quality soundbar will elevate the experience, making it feel like you’re inside the movie! They can be very expensive, but the LG SL6Y provides a great sound at a reasonable price, with a bluetooth subwoofer and surround sound support for maximum immersion!
Gifts for voracious readers & podcast aficionados
Not everyone relaxes with movies - reading is great, and podcasts have seen a massive boom in popularity this year. For the reader who devours a book a day, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite remains the best choice - and the latest iteration is waterproof, meaning you can read in the bath without worrying about ruining your books!
For podcast fans who can’t get enough of true crime dramas and warnings about The Dog Park, then these Sony WH-CH710N headphones will block out the world - they feature active noise-cancelling, and are supremely comfortable for long sessions!
We hope that gives you some great ideas for presents for your nearest and dearest! If you want more ideas, check out our deals page for the best offers on all kinds of electricals! Merry Christmas!