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Christmas Gift Guide for Her

With only a few weeks left until Christmas you will probably have started to think about what to buy friends/family/secret santa recipients.  I’ve got a great range of gift guides for you this year including gifts for her, him, foodies and stocking fillers.

Some of the items in this gift guide will have their own review which will be linked within the post.

Christmas Gift Guide - Her

Olverum bath oil

Olverum Bath Oil – £19.00

First up is probably my favourite product this season, so much so that I had to go out an buy a full size bottle after trying this. Olverum is a bath oil but not just any bath oil, it not only provides the most amazing scent in the bathroom, all stress and aches just seem to melt away.  It’s a unisex product although I’ve included it in my gift guide for her, what you could do is include it in a his & hers hamper.

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Spectrum Noir Colorista – From £4.99

These are the perfect gift for crafters new and old and of course for those who want to try something different. The card kits come in high quality card, some with gold foil and the pencils and markers are some of the best I’ve tried, allowing you to blend and shade without any bleeding through the paper.

Tony Dury Novella

Novella Nostalgia Series by Tony Dury – £5.99 each

Who doesn’t love a gift of books? The Novella Nostalgia series by author, Tony Drury is the perfect gift for those literary lovers.  Forever On Thursdays is the latest story to be published as part of Tony Drury’s enticing Novella Nostalgia series which links iconic cinema classics with modern stories.

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Apples & Pears Mug – £9.50

This beautiful apples and pears design china mug would make the perfect gift for any retro lovers, it would also make the perfect gift for the office secret santa.

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7th Heaven basket – £9.99

This big basket of beauty treats is perfect for the person who is in need of a pamper and some ‘me time’. Containing Pom Pom, Bath Bombs, Dead Sea Mud Pac, Passion Peel off Mask, Hot Chocolate Mask, , Manuka Honey Peel off Mask, Avocado Oil Mask, Cucumber Peel off Mask, Very Berry Mask, Acai Body Smoothie Sachet, Pulped Papaya Hair Masque and Fresh Feet Foot Sachet, the recipient will love this.

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Coffee Pot Art Print – £10.00

This two-colour risograph print of a French enamel coffee pot will make a wonderful gift for anyone this Christmas.  Louise’s prints vary from print to print, making each one unique in texture and depth of colour.Limited edition of 50, signed and numbered

Tangle Angel

Tangle Angel – £12.95

The Tangle Angel is the perfect gift this year for women of all ages and what I love about this is that it can be used with heat up to 120 degrees which means you can use it as you dry your hair. The brush works on both wet and dry hair and speaking as someone with hair that tangles very easily I adore this brush.

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Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé mini champagne – £12

Perfectly sized at 20cl these mini champagne bottles make the perfect gift not only as a main gift but as part of a hamper or in a stocking.

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Solid Copper photo – £19.00

What better way to display a loved photograph of a child/pet/important day than having it displayed in beautiful copper. The metal has a brushed finish which is printed directly onto, so your photos will look great. The prints are waterproof and highly scratch resistant too.

You can add personalised text underneath the image as well as having the option to add a message to the bottom of the product, this is great for gifting occasions or simply adding information about the image.

 

Beauty Items

Who doesn’t like to unwrap a beauty product at Christmas? I love lots of little things like pore strips, body cream, facial pads and moisturiser.

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Sensse Hot and Cool ultrasonic facial toner- £39.99

This is a great device for the beauty lover who has everything.  I really like to use this on an evening as part of my routine.  The heat mode heats up quickly and is a pleasant warmth, I use a light cream with this setting. (It’s actually quite hand when you have a headache too).  The cool mode is very refreshing, and draws out puffiness.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. 

 



Children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge

We love books in our household, so when we were invited to participate in the Random House Children’s books Christmas present challenge it was a no brainer that we would accept.

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Some of the books that Arthur reads now belonged to Lucie and before that belonged to me, I still have a book on my bookshelf that I was given for Christmas 1987 (Alice through the looking glass) although I don’t let anyone touch it as it was a favourite of mine and in mint condition still.  I love to receive books as a gift although i don’t get a lot of spare time to read these days so I’m so thrilled that my children are both avid readers too.  I must add that Arthur isn’t a child genius so we read the books to him and ask him to describe the scene in the picture.

I can’t imagine a life without books, I find them so magical and my favourite story growing up and still as an adult has probably got to be Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood (The original with Jo, Bessie and Fanny not the reprint with Joe, Beth and Frannie?).  I’m thankful that I still have all 3 original Faraway Tree books and not the new versions.  I hope that when I’m old and have grandchildren of my own I can still read these stories to the next generations in their original format.

We were sent 3 fabulous children’s book which are age appropriate for Arthur who will be 4 in March 2017.  Two of them are new to us and one of them Arthur already owns so this will be gifted to my good friend Clare who i’m sure will enjoy reading it to her daughter.

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I’ve wrapped up The tale of Kitty-in-Boots for Arthur’s Christmas Eve stocking, I love Beatrix Potter books and I’m ashamed to say that this will be the first one that Arthur has owned but I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I love the Quentin Blake illustrations, they always transport me back to my childhood favourites by Roald Dahl but I digress.

Shirley Hughes is also a new author to Arthur and I know he will love not only the story of Alfie and his best friend but the lovely illustrations in the book.  Lucie used to enjoy reading Lucy & Tom’s Christmas by the same Author as one of her Christmas books, it was so well written and I’m looking forward to sharing Alfie’s adventures with Arthur on Christmas day when he opens this book.

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The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea is a book we purchased a couple of weeks ago for Arthur as I fell in love with the fun pictures in the book, it’s a really funny book with some very funky hairstyles and outfits and a great book for me to gift to my friend.

What was your favourite childhood book?

*This post contains a press sample


DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

When you buy gifts for a lot of people at Christmas time it can become very expensive buying wrapping paper and all of the things to decorate them.  I have been known to spend around £40-£50 in Marks and Spencer on my wrapping paper and decorations which could be spent on better things in my opinion.  In a few easy steps you can create beautifully wrapped presents for a fraction of your usual cost by making DIY Christmas Wrapping paper.  My supplies cost under £20 and some bits will last until next Christmas.

DIY Christmas Wrapping

I love the smell of dried fruit as it reminds me of Christmas when ever I smell it, to make it I slice Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit and bake in a very low oven for 2 hours turning over once.  Once the fruit has cooled I place on a radiator or in the airing cupboard for a couple of days to completely dry out.  We always take a family crafting foraging trip where we collect pine cones and pretty branches that would make a good base for a project and I tend to use them in my decorating at Christmas time, you can also use some of the branches from your Christmas tree  (only pick the bits that you can’t see so chop from the back).  If you can get hold of glitter spray, pine cones can look amazing all glittery and twinkling (a tip from my friend Kate)

I start by wrapping my parcels in brown paper which I buy for £1.25 for 15 metres, I then wrap the parcel in ribbon or gardening string, it gives a fabulous rustic feel to the present and makes you feel like you are back in olden days where brown paper was used to wrap everything.

It’s entirely up to personal preference what decorations you use on the present but I quite like to use pieces of cinnamon and fruit, holly berries and sprigs of cedar, pine cones, sprigs of rosemary and coloured jingle bells, Miniature baubles or home made gingerbread.

I cut my own tags from old cardboard boxes (recycling is good) and either leave them plain or add a silver sticker.  If you have time you could draw something on the tag or stencil the initial of the recipient.  I love this tutorial for Felt Gingerbread men gift tags on Grace’s Favours blog.

DIY Christmas Wrapping

 

Not only do these presents look and smell great your recipient can recycle the decoration next year!  You will have saved so much by not purchasing expensive wrapping paper and decoration that you can treat yourself to supplies for next year in the January sales saving even more money the following Christmas.  Brown parcel paper can also be recycled so you are doing your bit for the environment too!

How do you wrap your presents?



Essential Christmas Countdown Checklist

It’s less than two months until the big day which means thoughts of mistletoe and wrapping paper are probably spinning around in your head but have you thought about your Christmas checklist?  Now is the perfect time to plan your Christmas and festive celebrations so its probably a good idea to start with a pen and paper so you can jot down everything you’re going to need over the next few weeks or feel free to pin this page (There is a pin button below).

1) Beat the crowds by starting your Christmas shopping now. Plan a budget for each person and stick to it, November is a great time to purchase your presents as the shops are still relatively quiet and will still have the “most wanted” gifts in stock.  November is a great time for discounts and Amazon are extending their Black Friday offers this year so do check them out to see if you can pick up a bargain.

2) Most of the big stores like Marks and Spencer, Paperchase and supermarkets have 3 for 2 on their cards and wrapping paper so be sure to stock up now before the prices go up.

3) Start writing your Christmas cards now so you’re all ready to post once December arrives, make sure to use this time as a good opportunity to update your address book. Buy your Christmas stamps now while the post office is quiet, wait until December and you face huge queues.

4) Begin wrapping presents and find somewhere safe to store them like the bottom of a wardrobe, loft or cupboard.

5) Make things that you can freeze such as mince pies, cakes, tarts and pastry, and you won’t be left feeling flustered in the kitchen at the last minute.

6) If you’re planning to visit family or friends who don’t live locally now is a good time to look for cheap train/bus/flight tickets.  If you will be driving you can use the time to give your car a winter check, make an emergency kit to keep in the boot should you break down and check that you have spare lights, snow chains, shovel and blankets.

7) Plan your festive menu and look out for key ingredients that may be on offer in the supermarket such as spices, dried goods, flour, chocolates and alcohol.

8) Check that your Christmas lights work.  There is nothing worse than putting your tree up to find that your lights no longer work.  There are lots of offers on Decorations in stores during November so purchase any bits that you need now rather than waiting until December when the good items may have sold out.

Pin this essential Christmas countdown checklist for later

christmas countdown Checklist



Big Bloggers Christmas Giveaway

Today I have something incredibly exciting to share with you, I don’t usually do a lot of giveaways at Christmas time because the internet is usually full of them but this Christmas I have teamed up with a wonderful collection of bloggers to give away an amazing prize just in time for Christmas.

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One lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £150 worth of Amazon vouchers while two runners up get £30 each (if the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash).

Before we get down to business lets meet the blogging team:
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Sally Akins | The Gingerbread Hous | Mummy Lala | Bubbablue and Me | You Baby Me Mummy | Madam Gourmand | Missing Sleep | Wishful Wonderings | Trials & Tribulations Of A Brummie Mummy | Hello Beautiful Bear | Cookies and Cwtches | Odd Socks & Lollipops | Futures | Don’t Cramp My Style | Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels | Bark Time

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Rambling Through Parenthood | Life at 139a | Julie’s Notebook | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum | Garden, Tea , Cakes and Me | Mummy’s Little Monkey | A Testing Time | Bump And Beyond | Emmy’s Mummy | Angel Eden Blog | Precious Little Worlds | All The Beautiful Things | Hubby Helps | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers | One Frazzled Mum

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

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Good Luck.
*Please note all other entries after answering the question are optional, however they do get you extra entries into the final draw and help support all the bloggers who are helping to provide this wonderful prize.