Use Harvey Nichols' Unsubtle Christmas Cards to Demand the Gift You Want

U.K. Retailer Is Back With Another Snarky, Selfish Holiday Ruse

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"Could I be any clearer?" is this year's "Sorry, I spent it on myself."

Last Christmas, Adam & Eve/DDB London came up with a brilliant idea for Harvey Nichols' holiday marketing -- a range of cheap gifts that came with the snarky message "Sorry, I spent it on myself." (The collection, and the ad showing the gift-giving, were a huge hit, and picked up four Grand Prix awards at the 2014 Cannes Lions festival).

This year, the upscale department store is back with another not-so-subtle gifting ruse: customizable Christmas cards that tell the recipient exactly what the sender wants (see slideshow). There's even a helpful picture of the chosen product. Customers can create the cards (a set of six for $9) using an online app or in-store, and can either print them off or send them digitally to their friends. There are six different seasonal messages, including "Goodwill to all men except you, if you don't get me a designer outfit from Harvey Nichols." The campaign's tagline is "Could I be any clearer?"

This online film (directed by Partizan's Eric Lynne) demonstrates how it works. The honey-toned voice of the actress and her pastel-colored outfit provide a lovely contrast with the selfishness of the sentiment as she confronts a bewildered aunt with her demand, in a pretty card, for designer silver sandals.

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Dec 02, 2014
Adam & Eve/DDB London
Harvey Nichols
Jon Farley
Art Director:
Alex Lucas
Executive Creative Director:
Ben Priest
Executive Creative Director:
Ben Tollett
Executive Creative Director:
Emer Stamp
Business Director:
Paul Billingsley
Account Director:
Rebecca Sare
Account Manager:
Katie Gough
Michelle Gilson
Media Planner:
Faye Turner
Media Planner:
Laura Henderson
Production Company:
Eric Lynne
Ben Campbell
Post Production:
Heather Kinal
Audio Post Production:
Mark Hellaby
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