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Christmas is literally on your doorstep! Everyone can be little bit guilty of leaving things to the last minute every now and then, but just because the culmination of the festive period is getting closer and closer, it doesn’t mean that you have to skip out on the quality of your gift giving. Remain calm, and do not panic!

Most shops in Cambridge will have started there extended Christmas opening hours by now, and a lot of online retailers can still guarantee delivery in time for the 25th – So it’s not the end of the world! With that in mind, we compiled a list of 5 last minute gift ideas which do not skip out on quality just because Christmas is round the corner.

1. Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology is very quickly becoming less of a luxury and more accessible by the day! The Amazon echo is a shining example of this tech revolution. Making this last minute gift idea something that every homeowner will appreciate. The global tech giant, who has recently opened up its state of the art research facility in Cambridge, has really pushed the boundaries with the features of the Amazon Echo. Access a plethora of apps, via Alexa’s voice control.

2. Give Someone The Varsity Experience

This year, give someone a luxurious experience for a gift. Book a stay at our hotel in Cambridge city centre alongside a three course meal at the Six Restaurant, followed by evening drinks on the Rooftop Terrace. For the day after, book a spa day gift at the Elemis Spa for you and your loved one. For information on any of the above call 01223 30 60 30or visit The Varsity HotelElemis Spa or Six Restaurant online.

3. Take a Gamble with an Imperial Candle

Imperial Candles are a wonderful and innovative creation that do not hurt the pocket! They’re a last minute gift idea which will be perfectly placed in stockings or under the tree. So what makes Imperial Candles different from other scented candles on the high street? An Imperial Candle is a wax candle with an incredible, aromatic scent. But there is a big hidden surprise, which is revealed once the wick begins to burn. The candle will eventually reveal a small foil parcel, which encases a jewel that could be worth anywhere between £10 to £2000!!

For more information visit the site: www.imperialcandles.co.uk

4.Retro is Cool

Everything from vinyl records to sporting memorabilia and 80s style clothing. Retro is cool again. One trend that has made huge leaps in this year’s gift giving period is the rise of retro. Vinyl records are coming back and can be found in many shops on the Cambridge high street. Retro sporting goods such as classic football shirts and track jackets are becoming increasingly popular for all generations.

5. Book An Experience Day

There’s many advantages to booking an experience day online. Booking an activity day online is a golden last minute Christmas present for many reasons. Firstly, the beauty of booking online means that your voucher code for your experience is instantly emailed over to you. Secondly, although it might sound cliche, it’s true what they say, memories are worth so much more than the price tag of any gift! Book tickets to a sporting event, music concert, dinner for two or try something new like, skydiving or supercar driving.

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