Trying to work out what to get someone for Christmas is, well, hard. That’s why, at Gef, we’ve kindly rounded up the very best of presents that you can buy here, from the very best businesses the island has to offer.

Okell’s Inns

Perfect for: pub lovers

Buy: pubsandbars.im/gift-cards/ 

This year, Okell’s Inns have launched digital gift cards, alongside their much loved physical gift cards, so you can “give the gift of the pub” this Christmas. This is the ideal gift for someone (read: all the Dads) who doesn’t want fancy gifts, but would rather a few pints at their favourite pub. Of course, the gift card can also be redeemed for food, drinks and even towards functions and parties. As Okell’s says, ‘there is truly something for everyone this Christmas’.

Give the gift of the pub with an Okell’s Inns voucher

Beach Powder Gift Set

Perfect for: Sea swimmers and beach bums

Buy: https://beachpowder.co.uk/collections/all

Know someone who is heading to the sea for the New Year’s dip? Beach Powder, made on the Isle of Man and seen on Dragons’ Den, is the perfect gift for anyone who will brave the Irish sea (or is luckily enough to get away for a bit of winter sun). Beach Powder gets rid of sand instantly- and the gift set, complete with a luxury towel, is bound to be loved by any beach bum. 

Beach Powder gift set for the sea swimmer in your life

Island Escapes Voucher

Perfect for: Those who need a break

Buy: islandescapes.im/isle-of-man-staycations/gift-vouchers

We all live busy lives, and that means we often don’t quite appreciate what we have on-island. If you have someone in your life that needs to take some time to reset, the gift of a staycation is a truly thoughtful gift?

A whole Staycation out of the budget? Island Escapes vouchers start from £25, meaning you can contribute whatever you like to someone’s perfect on-island holiday. Even better, they’ll be able to use the voucher to decide the date and venue: meaning they’ll stay exactly where they want.

Staycations with Island Escapes

Food for Your Mood

Perfect for: The foodie in your life

Buy: foodforyourmood@gmail.com

Looking for a way to say I love you with food? Alongside their beautiful graze tables, Food for your Mood provides incredible graze boxes. There are both sweet (including the chocolate box) and savoury boxes, which feature a selection of delectable cheeses and meats,  as well as the brunch box, which is perfect for those lazy mornings. We’re particular fans of The Movie Night Box, which is a perfect treat for a film night with friends, family or a significant other. 

Graze Table from Food For Your Mood

The Cupcakery

Perfect for: Cupcake lovers (so, basically everyone?)

Buy: kglennon@manx.net

While the shop may be closed for winter, the cupcakery is still offering deliveries on their gorgeous cupcakes, which include gluten-free options! These are a true delicious treat- especially if you get them customised. Vouchers are also available, so your recipient can choose exactly which cupcakes they want.

The cupcakery is also open for cupcake decorating, parties and private classes. Cupcake decorating is a lovely way to catch up with friends and family- especially if you’re trying to find a sober activity for dry January. 

Cupcakes from The Cupcakery

Amoré du Plessis Photography

Perfect for: capturing memories

Buy: https://amoresphotos.com/

Smartphones might have allowed us to take more photos than ever, but when we get through the filtered selfies and photos from night outs, how many decent photos do we have? And more importantly, how many photos do we have of our loved ones and friends? Amore is a talented photographer, who captures her subjects in the most beautiful and natural ways. A session with Amore is a great gift, especially if you’ve got a relative who just wants a nice family photo on their mantel piece. 

Amoré du Plessis Photography

The Shred House

Perfect for: The skaters in your life

Buy: theshredhouse.co.uk

Back in ‘02, Avril Lavigne sung a sad banger about a ballet dancer who, regrettably, rejected a s8kr boi. Now, I’m no cupid, but she would have undoubtedly won him back with a gift from the Shred House.

The Shred House sells all skateboard essentials- from skateboards, protection and clothing, as well as holding skate classes for aspiring skaters. Not sure what to pick up for the shredder in your life? The Shred House are now doing gift cards!

Gift cards available from theshredhouse.co.uk

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