Boots Christmas ad tackles search for “perfect gift”

Boots has launched its Christmas campaign set around a problem most of us probably struggle with – finding the gift for our loved ones.

The high street brand focuses how hard it can be to find the right gift for the very different people in your life, suggesting a trip to a Boots ‘Bootique’ may be the answer.

Christmas research conducted for Boots found that this year people want to give fewer, better gifts and focus on the most special people in their lives. 

However, this can make Christmas stressful. In fact, more than a third of us are worried about choosing the right gift. 

This is no surprise, the company said, with the multitude of new trends and tribes constantly emerging, it can be daunting “to show our most precious people that we really get them”.  


To help solve this problem, Boots is launching hundreds of individual ‘Bootiques’: gift edits curated around the countless personalities that make up the fantastic people that we love. 

Bootiques will appear online, in Boots stores, in out-of-home, social media and experiential channels.

Using its huge database, the company said it has built a Bootique for everyone. 

What to buy?

Examples are: the ‘What to buy the person who lies awake dreaming of sleep Bootique’, the ‘What to buy the person who loves working out nearly as much as talking about it Bootique’, the ‘What to buy the moody tweenager formerly known as your little angel Bootique’ and even the ‘What to buy your bestie for the leastie Bootique’. 

Whoever you are buying for, Boots said it will have fun, engaging Bootique for them… There will even be a ‘Build Your Own Bootique’ online tool to share your passions with friends and family. 

“This Christmas we want to help the nation feel good, with a fun look at the very real challenge of finding that perfect gift”, Marketing Director for Boots UK and Ireland, Helen Normoyle said. 

“People’s ever-changing passions and interests can make it tough to buy for them at Christmas. We have used that challenge as a source of creative inspiration to help customers easily shop from the amazing range of gifts Boots have to offer, across our gifting, beauty, health and wellness ranges.”

Launch plan

The campaign will launch with a media event and 90 second film.  Starting in a traditional village hall, the film shows the common gifting frustrations of a married couple, Linda and Neil. 

Another character relates to their frustrations and reaches boiling point on just what a nightmare Christmas shopping has become. 

The doors to the village hall burst open, and we move through a series of scenes which bring to life some of the people we now have to buy for. 

From the person who gets up every Sunday at 6am to be yelled at by a fitness instructor, to the person who totally gets why a Beauty influencer contours with a kitchen spatula, the Bootiques are revealed as the perfect solution for all those ridiculously hard to buy for people in your life.  

The film will air during prime-time on Saturday 9 November with a unique road-block media buy across ITV, Channel 4, Sky, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The campaign was devised by Boots and agency WPP’s Team WBA, which included Ogilvy UK, Mediacom, Geometry and Bookmark working with True Story.