Christmas gifts from one of Europe's leading auction sites

Christmas morning, opening presents
The art of giving: find a unique Christmas present for somebody special Credit: Getty

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas present for a tricky customer, why not consider a unique gift (guaranteed to earn you brownie points) from leading auction site Catawiki.

Every year we retain the dream of being original with our Christmas gifts, but the inevitable last-minute rush of not-quite-perfect present buying has become the norm. With the seemingly never-ending list of those you need to buy gifts for expanding every year, it’s not going to get any easier.  

So instead of barging your way through angry and impatient shoppers on the high street, why not ease the pain this holiday season by going online to auction house website Catawiki, which offers present ideas in all shapes and sizes, for all tastes and ages.

Considering that there are 30,000 rare and unique objects auctioned off through Catawiki each week, there is no doubt that you can nail your Christmas shopping this year, without having to leave the comfort of your sofa.

Nail your Christmas shopping this year, without having to leave the comfort of your sofa

One of the most reassuring things about buying your presents through Catawiki is the fact that each of its items has been individually assessed by specialist auctioneers. This way you can be sure of the authenticity of your gifts and be certain that you are not being scammed into buying cheap imitations.

Here are present ideas to help you find the perfect gifts for friends or family members, cherished or only just qualifying for gift-receiving status.   

Music lover

Instruments, and all the paraphernalia – including hi-fi systems, radios and records – each have their own weekly auctions on Catawiki. Items concerning The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are regular favourites taking centre stage on the auction block. Would a platinum LP of Abbey Road do the trick?

Sportsfan

A signed running shoe belonging to Usain Bolt, Mike Tyson’s gloves and Djokovic’s racket have featured in the auctions of Catawiki. Do you have a football-obsessed brother? An uncle who religiously watches golf? The sports auctions have all sorts of memorabilia.

Wine connoisseur

Amongst the wine auctions on Catawiki you can find sales dedicated specifically to port and sweet wine, cognac and armagnac and even “big bottles” of wine. You can’t go wrong there with a wide choice from Château Lafite to Liebfraumilch.

Wine dilemma: to 'put down' or to drink now? Credit: Alamy

Art fiend

Catawiki really is an art lover’s haven, with exciting pieces from new and up-and-coming artists to old masters, perhaps for a better value than you might think. With names including Karel Appel, Andy Warhol and even the mighty Picasso coming into play, whether you’re after photographs, original pieces or a less pricey lithograph, there’s something for all.

Big-time gamer

Tired of seeing your loved ones’ eyes glued to a screen, as they grip tightly onto their games console controller, oblivious to the outside world? A vintage pinball machine may be the solution… Away from the screen but still ticking their game-loving boxes? In the slot and vending machine auctions, Catawiki auctions a variety of lots weekly to please gamers of all kinds.

Fashionista

Vintage designer bags aplenty are sold in the fashion auctions. All the top designers take residence on these pages, from Louis Vuitton to Prada, Cartier and Gucci – the impressive selection every week is something to marvel at.

House proud  

From a pair of candlesticks, to a delicate toast rack, or a tea caddy embossed with a floral design, the silverware auctions boast a wide variety of attractive items.

Catawiki even has special themed Christmas auctions in the run up to Yuletide. Beat the rush, minimise the stress, and wow your loved ones this Christmas with truly unique and thoughtful gifts this year.

To find a globally-curated mix of vintage fashion, jewellery, furniture, art, classic cars and rarities including old vinyl records, coins and comics, visit catawiki.com

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