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Christmas Gift Guide For £20 or Less

Christmas presents

In the editorial offices at OX, we start getting suggestions for our December Gift Guides any time from July onwards. We’ve selected our pick of the best for £20 or less.

but before we dive in, we just wanted to remind you to think about what your friends or family really need. It may be that they need a treat, a physical delight that you can buy, wrap and offer to them with love. However, there are other things you can give which will be just as gladly received. After all

Oxfordshire-based Panda Joy create tree-free, acid-free ethical greetings cards


A cracker filled with Pecan Salted Caramels from Selfridges’ Project Earth selection.


Aldi’s bestselling Her and His Reign; divine at a purse-friendly price.


Bouji matches from Raj Tent Club for ceremonial lightings in good-looking boxes.


A worthy addition to the gift drawer for unexpected guests from interiors experts, Salvensen Graham.


Award-winning and sustainable. Dr Paw Paw mini trio of tinted balms.


We def-eye you to find better performing eye makeup at this price. Eyeko Black Magic Mini Duo.


What’s hot and saucy and under the tree this Christmas? Firelli’s Hot Sauce Tri-Pack, right?


Deliciously moreish and definitely special. We’re nuts about these Belazu treats.


Skinny Tan delivers failsafe, authentic colour time and again and is a doddle to apply, especially with this generously sized contoured brush.


Pretty little star hoop earrings from Whistles.


Non-alcoholic aperitif to bring to the party or a thoughtful gift for sober pals and family members


The limited edition of 100 Women of Oxford by Philippa James can be ordered from The North Wall website.

James will be showing her latest work, Girlhood, at the North Wall in January.



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