Harvey Nichols might just win the award for the best Christmas ad of 2013, as their 'Sorry, I Spent It On Myself' ad is sheer genius. We've all been there - you're in a department store searching for a tie for Dad, when you spot the most delicious pair of Louboutins. 'One for them, one for me' is a thing, right? Well Harvey Nichols thinks so.
This year's Harvey Nics ad focuses on gifting number one, with family members unwrapping tooth picks and elastic bands on Christmas Day as shoppers have blown the budget on Lanvin and Givenchy. Harvey Nics are serious about this message, as they have launched a 'Sorry I Spent It On Myself' collection including biro pens, door stops, authentic Lincolnshire gravel, Christmas lunch in a tin and a sink plug. As the boy in the ad says about his nan's 'designer' paper clips: 'I don't think anyone has ever got you anything from Harvey Nichols before.'
On their website, a whizzy tool comes up with a gift for them and a gift for you. Biro pen for them, Maison Martin Margiela handbag for me. Toothbrush for them, Celine sunnies for me. Tinned food for them, Givenchy sweatshirt for me.
Julia Bowe, Group Press & Marketing Director of Harvey Nichols, commented: 'We wanted to have a bit of fun and remind people that they shouldn’t forget to spoil themselves this Christmas. We hope that our new 'Sorry, I Spent It On Myself' Gift Collection will provide our fashion-loving customers with a tongue-in-cheek stocking-filler, and the perfect excuse to treat themselves to that must-have fashion item that they've been lusting after all year! Christmas is, after all, about giving and receiving, even if it is from yourself.' We like your thinking.
Is this the best advert of 2013? Watch the other Christmas ads below...
1. John Lewis
It cost £1 million and it marks the comeback of the GREAT Lily Allen after a three year hiatus. And yes, intended or not, the whole thing smacks of Farthing Wood. The hare and the bear are the unofficial faces of Christmas 2013.
2. Marks and Spencers
In this year's ad by Magic and Sparkle Rosie Huntington-Whiteley chases her dog down a rabbit hole and travels between fairytale realms, riding on a magic carpet with David Gandy and playing Alice in Wonderland. This year's unlikely campaign star is a green-faced Helena Bonham Carter.
An residential street gets a Cadburys makeover as the terraced houses are covered in 2,500 metres of purple paper, 60ft of printed tape and giant 18ft bows. It's the stuff of dreams.
The stars of this ad are Ant, Dec and an animated gingerbread man. The presenters are treated to a mind-blowing Christmas feast to a re-worked 'Be Our Guest' soundtrack, proving that 'with little dough you can put on a show.'
This beautiful, romantic ad features a grey tailored coat by Jonathan Saunders, a show-stopping jumpsuit by Julien MacDonald and cute knits by Henry Holland. It'll make you want to take up ice skating.
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