Gift ideas: Earn points on your Christmas shopping

A Christmas tree with presents underneath
by Limara Salt
28 November 2022

The holidays are coming, which means it’s time to start thinking about what to give your nearest and dearest. But the festive season is not without worry – in 2021 two thirds of Brits said they found the festive season stressful, with most of the strain (46%) coming from shopping for presents.  

Giving presents feels great, but if you shop with Virgin Red, you’ll get a little bonus for yourself too. A win-win. 

Person goes for a run in winter

Fitness fans

If a loved one knows their Turkish getup from their Bulgarian squat, check out the extensive range available from Myprotein which includes nutrition, a clothing selection and products formulated for vegans. Meanwhile high-street fave Sweaty Betty specialises in providing outfits for women who love to lead an active lifestyle in functional, but beautiful, clothing.  

Woman enjoys book near a fire with a hot drink

Avid readers

Nothing says thoughtful quite like having a book you’re sure to love waiting under the tree. Waterstones has every genre for every reader no matter their age or taste and they even stock signed special editions for something extra special. As well as books there is stationery, gifts and games– items guaranteed to keep everyone busy into the New Year.  

Alternatively there’s always a Readly subscription which gives unlimited access to thousands of magazines and newspapers. 

Woman hanging jumper by Christmas tree

For the fashionistas

No matter where you shop there’s always a way to earn points when keeping up with the trends. River Island is one of the most beloved brands on the high street and with over 60 years’ experience in creating stylish clothes and accessories, a gift from there is sure to go down a treat.  

If footwear is what your loved one wants, schuh has over 100 brands including adidas, Dr. Martens, Clarks, Kickers, and crocs.   

Jewellery box near Christmas tree

Trinkets under the tree

Jewellery is always a good way to go when looking for a gift and you don’t even need to break the bank to find something special. From affordable huggies by Anna + Nina to a Gucci signet ring, Selfridges has options for every style and taste. 

Alternatively check out Monica Vinader’s collection of elegant and wearable fine jewellery for those who love stackable rings and personalised pieces. 

A living room during Christmas

Home comforts

As Christmas means spending a lot of time hunkered down at home, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your surroundings with new furniture or homeware. Habitat has some fantastic gifts available this year including candles and diffusers, vases and ornaments, and cocktail sets that’ll come in handy come New Year’s Eve.  

Gift with Virgin Red this Christmas and earn enough points for a treat for you.