Hayley Spencer | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Self Gifting: Cool Stuff To Swap Your Crap Christmas Presents For

Self Gifting: Cool Stuff To Swap Your Crap Christmas Presents For

The Debrief: But once you've pulled the awkward present fakey and convinced everyone you love it, you don’t have to leave it to gather dust in your bottom drawer

For all the great Christmas presents you get, there’s always going to be a few dodgy ones - the fourth Christmas bath salts set in a row from your great aunt, or the annual flannel PJs from your mum, which you only wear when the boiler is broken.

But once you've pulled the awkward present fakey and convinced everyone you love it, you don’t have to leave it to gather dust in your bottom drawer - you can always swap it for something you actually want. And if you stick to the store the original gift came from, you probably won't need a receipt. We won't tell if you won't... 

Here’s some some much cooler stuff to buy in exchange for the crap gifts you might of got this year.

If you got…  A wooly hot water bottle

Swap it for… a fun unicorn phone case

Skinnydip unicorn iPhone 6 case, £18

It won’t keep your bed warm, but it will make your phone look pretty, which is way higher up on our list of priorities.

If you got… flowery flannel PJs

Swap them for… A comfy jumper

Scatter star jumper, £85, Hush

Like the flannel PJs it’ll keep you toasty, but it's also acceptable to wear to the pub. 

If you got… a fluffy dressing gown

Swap it for… some slinky lingerie

Silk camisole set with french knickers, £35, Marks and Spencer 

Much more sexytime friendly.

If you got… A bath set

Swap it for… your favourite perfume

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, £53, Debenhams 

Because the bath in your flat share hasn’t been scrubbed in months and Tom Ford’s cult scent will look great on your dressing table and smell even better on you.

If you got… a cook book

Swap it for… a book to help you release you inner bad-ass

You Are A Bad-Ass by Jen Sincero, £10.57, Amazon

Rather than another recipe book that will sit on your shelf in favour of frozen pizzas, treat yourself to some motivating bedtime reading from success coach Jen Sincero.

If you got… a food processor

Swap it for… some cool headphones

The Conran Shop Kraefunk headphones, £95, Selfridges

If the last time you tried to blend anything in your kitchen resulted in a ceiling covered in pureed tomato, then stick to making playlists and listening to them on these lush cordless headphones instead.

If you got… a dodgy pendant necklace

Swap it for… a makeup palette

Urban Decay Naked palette, £38, House of Fraser

Rather than a naff necklace you’ll never wear, how about the perfect palette of eye shades you can use every day?

If you got… granny slippers

Swap them for… a cute bag

Mini cross-body bag, £24.95, GAP

Slippers are a practical gift, but then so is this cute cross-body bag. It's the perfect size for stashing all your day to day bits and bobs in, and we're big fans of the tassel detail.

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