Christmas shopping online: Last minute festive dash
21st Dec 2011 | 18:30
The situation:The supermarkets are plum out of sprouts. And sprout out of plums, come to that.
The solution: Get yourself a fresh Christmas Day fruit and veg box from Abel and Cole, rammed with everything your roasting dish deserves.
£25, abelandcole.co.uk. Delivery from December 20 to 24.
The situation: You’ll require christmas classics ringing out from every room in the house on the big day.
The solution:aQ audio’s battery-powered airPlay smart speakers can be placed throughout the house, unleashing a blizzard of wizard.
£219 each, aqaudio.com. Order by December 21.
The situation: Mum will demand a veritable sonic buffet of festive classics.
The solution:Let Spotify sort it out, then pop your phone into B&W’s Zeppelin Mini. The speaker’s super sound quality will surprise the old dear.
£299, johnlewis.com. Order by December 16.
The situation: Your door’s wreathless austerity is making the neighbours cry.
The solution:The Pomander Xmas wreath from award-winning Serenata can be with you within one of Earth’s revolutions.
£45, serenataflowers.com. Order by December 23.
The situation: You’ve realised that your oven won’t be capacious enough to cook the glut of festive goodies.
The solution:Bolster your cooking space with the DeLonghi EO12001W mini oven. It’ll happily take a 6lb turkey.
£70, johnlewis.com. Order by December 19.
The situation:Boxing day looms and you’re in need of all-day comfort in the style of Hugh Hefner.
The solution:Any of the enormous luxe cotton and silk pyjama range at Derek Rose will allow you to slob out without compromising on style.
From £50, derek-rose.com. Order by December 22.
The situation:Big day is looming and you don’t have a turkey, jive or otherwise.
The solution:Award-winning Eversfield Organic will deliver a hand-reared, farm-fresh bird as part of an elaborate meat feast.
£74, eversfi eldorganic.co.uk. Order before December 16 for delivery on December 21 or 22.
The situation:A snifter or six is required.
The solution:Fortnum & Mason’s Celebration chiller ticks all fizz boxes with bottles of Fortnum’s Brut Reserve NV, pink Champagne, Prosecco Valdobbiadene and Camel Valley English sparkling .
£120, fortnumandmason.com. Order by December 16.
The situation:Your Yuletide guests demand fine dining. You can’t cook .
The solution:The Great British Chefs Feastive food porn app contains recipes from, as the name subtly hints, great British chefs.
£1.99, greatbritishchefs.com. Available instantly.
The situation: Bafflingly, they won’t want to watch your Mad Men boxset.
The solution: The complete Blu-ray boxset of Harry Potter films, in a limited edition, numbered box no less, will conjure up hushed awe and concentration. Expelliarmus!
£67, play.com. Order by December 20.
The situation: Christmas is being held at a Peak District cottage, which calls for some off-road wheels.
A Landrover Freelander will get you through this fine land’s less bucolic rural scenery, even if it pelts it down with snow.
£495 for a week, 4x4vehiclehire.co.uk. Pick up on confirmed booking date.
The situation: Festive drinking has, ironically, left you looking dried out.
The solution: Nubo Cell Dynamic Bio-Electric Buff polishes your face while charging its cells with magnetite dust. So that’s good, we expect.
£38, mankind.co.uk. Order by December 19.
The situation: Young ’uns are whinging for endless bunting festooned around your abode .
The solution: Everything you could ever want to go completely Yuletide crazy ape bonkers can be found under PartyKiosk’s Christmas tab.
From £1.45, partykiosk.co.uk. Order by December 12.
The situation:Your bristly facial hairs will scare the heck out of Grandma.
The solution:Remove them with Philips’ latest electric razor, the AquaTouch. It pivots into every weird nook of your oily, turkey-deformed visage, to leave you smooth.
£50, boots.com. Order by December 22.
The situation:Computer games and movies will leave them square-eyed and their parents ho-humming.
The solution:Try a more traditional approach. The huge and elaborate Play-Doh Mega factory will keep them occupied for hours.
£30, toysdirect.com. Order by December 22.
The situation:You’ve had a harrowing series of pre-Xmas rows with your lady.
The solution:A pamper-tastic sanctuary Escape spa Day voucher will make her forget your unfortunate slur on her mother’s sexual habits.
£199, the sanctuary.co.uk. Delivered instantly via email.
The situation:You’re simply not equipped to carve your meat properly.
The solution:Heed advice from Blumenthal and pick up a Tojiro Senkou special five-piece knife set.
£570, knives.co.uk. Order by December 21.
The situation:The table plan’s sorted, but what about the crackers?
The solution:Eschew “the flappy plastic goldfish of truth” and go luxe. The Chairman’s Choice crackers by Tom Smith contain high-class toys like a multi-tool and mini flask.
£60, gocrackers.co.uk. Order by December 19.
The situation:You need a quick, generic, cheap present for a lady.
The solution:Firebox’s ingenious gift-o-matic narrowed our search to a jar of Wild Hibiscus flowers, to be dunked in Champers. Obviously.
£11, firebox.com. Order by December 23.
The situation:A mate bought you a present. Reciprocation is needed.
The solution:Gift the man some Xbox joy. 2,100 Microsoft points for Xbox Live, to be precise.
£18, gamepointsnow.com. Delivered instantly via email.