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Prestige Hampers, the perfect gift

Hands up if you love a hamper.  For me there is no better gift than a hamper be it a food one, beauty one or a craft one.  If you’re stuck for ideas for someone or need to buy a gift for that annoying person who has everything you can guarantee that a hamper will put a smile on the most difficult persons face.

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When the Cheese and Wine basket (£29.99) was delivered to my door I couldn’t have been happier, Red wine and cheese are one of my favourite things and I really couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  What really surprised me was that the items weren’t just in a cardboard box with a bit of shredded paper, they were in a proper wooden basket with lining and a movable handle which is something that can be reused if you’re making up a hamper as a gift or can be used as a storage basket.  I’m actually going to use mine to house two hyacinth plants and give it to someone as a gift at Christmas.

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The basket contained the following items:

Wendsleydale with Cranberries 100g
Waxed Cheese with Red Wine and Chilli 100g
Waxed Cheese Double Gloucester 100g
Louis Filipe Cabernet Sauvignon 37.5cl
Beetroot and Orange Chutney by Mrs Bridges 130g
Walkers Highland Oatcakes 280g

Cheese doesn’t last long in my home that’s for sure but if you’re not a glutton like me you will be pleased to know that the items in my basket had really good shelf lives and the cheese best before date wasn’t until January and February 2018.  I’m not a huge fan of oatcakes I’ll be completely honest but I found that when topped with the cheese and chutney the Walkers ones were not as dry as oatcakes I’ve had in the past.

You can see the items in more details in my video below.

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


Gifts For Gardeners

Since taking on my allotment a couple of weeks ago I have spent a small fortune on beautiful seeds, planters and equipment to make my garden look the best that it possibly can.  Choosing beautiful things for a garden is not an easy task as there is so much choice available whether you are buying for yourself or for a gift.

I know a lot of my friends and family will be buying me garden related gifts for Christmas and Birthdays for the foreseeable future and I myself will be buying token gifts for some of my new gardening friends.  When you take on an allotment you also take on a whole new community of friends who are always eager to lend a helping hand or offer advice and it can be nice sometimes to say thank you for all of the help.

I’ve put together this little guide featuring some of my favourite items available at the time of writing which I hope will provide some inspiration when you need the perfect gift for a gardener not just at Christmas time but any time.

Backdoorshoes

Backdoorshoes are a pretty awesome product and perfect for leaving at our back door as the name suggests or even leaving in your shed when you pop to the allotment.  The shoes are very lightweight at only 200g a pair, waterproof and machine washable which is great when you’re working in muddy conditions.  Ladies shoes are available in UK Sizes 3-8, Mens shoes available in UK Sizes 8-13.

Greenhouse Sensation

I bought a similar Bee and Bug house for my Aunts birthday in October, I love the idea of this house from Greenhouse Sensation as it attracts solitary bees which will pollinate plants, ladybirds and lacewings which will prey on garden pests like aphids and red spider mite.  As a gardener who grows flowers and vegetables and hopes to have chickens in the future I feel this would be a perfect gift for the allotment.

Orla Kiely

As the weather gets colder there is nothing better to improve a gardeners day than a nice hot flask of soup or coffee.  This Orla Kiely flask is perfect for a nice mid morning treat after a hard morning spent digging the garden.

Heathcote and Ivory

Hands are often the last thing that comes to mind when you think about a gardener but in reality hands are the most important tool a gardener has so it pays to look after the
This handy mug from Heathcote & Ivory contains a cleaning hand wash, hand cream
Enriched with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Pathenol to nourish hands and help strengthen nails after a rewarding day spent digging and planting and nail brush to remove all traces of dirt from inside of the nails.

John Lewis Botanist Apron

Finally we have this hardwearing garden apron that’s full of pockets and pouches, perfect for carrying your tools and trowels while gardening. Available from John Lewis it’s a garden must have in my opinion.

I hope this post has showed you that gardening is not just all about spades and forks, gardening gifts can be quirky, fun, useful and pretty so don’t be afraid to buy an awesome gift for the gardener in your life. They will love it!

Disclaimer: I wasn’t asked to talk about any of the brands or products in this post, I did it because I love them.

 

 



Giving Extra To Someone Special

When I was approached about an initiative on behalf of The Halifax bank which aimed to give people a little bit extra this Christmas by allowing you to purchase an extra special gift for someone close to you I jumped at the opportunity.

David has been a rock for me this past year, supporting my decision to defer my degree at university so I could spend more time looking after Arthur, allowing me time on an evening to work on my blog and spending time looking after Arthur and Lucie so I could work/cook/take time out for myself.

David isn’t materialistic at all unlike me which does often make it difficult to find good gifts to buy for him, after a lot of web browsing I decided to purchase two items that I knew would be appreciated and used.  The first item was a Griffin Survivor military tested iphone case which cost £14.99, David has a bad habit of dropping/sitting on/letting Arthur play with his phone so I thought this would be a perfect choice for him as it offers full protection for phones.  The case has a really rugged look about it is and has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad shock absorbing silicone.   There is a built-in screen protector which seals the screen from the outside environment meaning that should David be caught in a sandstorm, rain or wind his phone should be protected.

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The second item was something that I’d’d actually heard David mention that he wanted on a few occasions which was a small MP3 player that he could use whilst running, he has specified on a few occasions that he didn’t want an apple product so that made my decision harder as I only really have knowledge of apple products.

I spotted the SanDisk Sansa clip MP3 player £34.39 on Amazon and it sounded just perfect, a FM radio, long-life battery, expandable memory card slot where you can add a pre-loaded microSD.  The MP3 player is really small and could fit in your hand/pocket or be clipped to an item of clothing or even your cap if you wanted to.

Christmas Day Sandisk mp3 player

 

David was so surprised to find this on Christmas morning and apparently he had been looking at this exact model himself so I obviously have good MP3 searching skills!

I would like to thank Halifax bank for allowing me the opportunity to give a little extra on Christmas Day, the two items that I gifted were really appreciated.

*I received an Amazon gift voucher to purchase the items listed in this review.  All words, experiences and opinions are entirely my own.*

 



Chunkle-Munkle Keepsake Dragon

I spoke about the amazing babywearing bag I got from Chunkle-Munkle in a previous post and mentioned that because I was so impressed with the craftsmanship I decided to order Arthur a Keepsake dragon, this is it.

All of the items used to make the dragon were worn by Arthur in his first couple of months and have great sentimental meaning to me especially the first outfit he ever wore which makes up the dragons ears, arms and middle panel in the head.

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I sent Sarah a box of Arthur’s clothing and she selected all of the cowboy themed outfits which I was really pleased about as they were my favourites.

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I’m actually really sad that I didn’t keep enough of Lucie’s clothes to have one made as it would have been a lovely gift to give her when she gets older.

If you are looking for a present idea for a new mum I think a Chunkle-Munkle gift voucher would be perfect!  I’m currently considering having a cosy toes set made for my pram if Sarah has a slot for me, I love her work so much.



Escentual Christmas With Madame G

Today’s selection of Christmas Gifts are from Escentual.com who offer a huge range of items and worldwide shipping which is great for non UK readers.  As always I have included a wide selection of items to suit all budgets and all stocking fillers are under £20.

Mother

This is a gift I know my mother would appreciate and as a mother myself I can’t think of anything better to find under the Christmas tree!

Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Gift Set 50ml (£68.00)

The ethereal fragrance is inspired by the delicate magnolia gardens that surround Lake Como in Italy, which emit a unique, heady fragrance. Top notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron brighten the opening, before a decadent heart of magnolia, jasmine, rose and tuberose make for an intensely feminine signature. A sensual dry down of woods, vetiver and vanilla ensure a sensual lasting impression.

The Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau de Cologne Gift Set contains:
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau de Parfum 50ml
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Bath Gel 50ml
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Body Cream 50ml

Father

This travel spray would be perfect for my father as he works away from home, the leather travel case means that the aftershave is protected from both knocks in a suitcase and from sunlight.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa Travel Spray with Leather Case 30ml (£76.00

Top notes of Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian lemons, enriched with refined freshness by vibrant notes of cardamom and ginger. Refined, solar aromatic heart notes of myrtle and sagebush with hints of Neroli and intense base notes heighten the unmistakable uniqueness of Colonia Intensa.

A leather note, tactile, luminous and male, enclosed by vibrant spicy, smoky notes of cedar, guaiac and patchouli. Deep notes of Benzoin and Musk exalt the persistence of this refined harmony.

Sister

I don’t personally have a sister but my partner does and this is the sort of gift they would appreciate.  As a sister myself I can’t think of a better present to receive than perfume, after all a girl can never have enough bottles can she?

Jimmy Choo Shoe Box Eau de Toilette Gift Set 60ml (£41.65)

Inspired by the modern, glamorous woman who exudes confidences in whatever she does, this fruity floral fragrance has a compelling sensuality and a playful fun loving streak. Ginger provides a burst of freshness which energises the senses. A full heart of Tea Rose and Tiger orchid unravels on the skin like a colourful bouquet which descends into a sensual dry down of cedarwood which leaves a beautiful aroma on the skin

The Jimmy Choo Shoe Box Eau de Toilette Gift Set contains:
Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette 60ml
Jimmy Choo Body Lotion 100ml

Brother

To some people shampoo doesn’t sound like a typical gift but I personally love a bottle of luxury shampoo or conditioner that costs a little bit more than I would pay for my daily hair care.

Philip Kingsley Jet Set Take Comfort (£16.95)

Philip Kingsley introduces another set from the Jet Set family aimed at clients experiencing flaking or itching scalps.

Whether the condition is mild or persistent this kit will help keep flaking at bay whilst soothing irritated scalps and leaving hair in tip top condition.

Girlfriend

Who wouldn’t love to find a Dior gift under the tree on Christmas morning?  The problem I find with the Palettes is that they are just too beautiful to use

Dior Carnet de Bal palette (£57.15)

Dior has transformed the Carnet de Bal, the dance card in which dancers in the past would write down the name of their partner, into an essential beauty accessory.

This palette, sealed with a black eyeliner like a genuine Carnet de Bal, unveils a duo of luminous pearlescent platinum and gold eye shadows that appear to be sumptuously embroidered and two glosses.

Boyfriend

My Partner has been using Lab Series for 3 years now and is very reluctant to try out any other brand as this works so well on his skin, after years of using irritating brands it always puts a smile on his face to get gift sets like this at Christmas

Lab Series Daily Essentials Gift Set (£34.85)

Treat your skin to this elite range of technologically advanced skincare products which are specifically targeted to suit the needs of men. Simple, innovative, and high quality, this collection promises real results without compromise.

The full-sized Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash gives skin a deep-down cleanse every day with minimum effort. Gentle exfoliating beads help to smooth out dry and patchy skin and perfectly prepare the area for shaving. The full-sized Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream is made up of rich emollient ingredients that protect skin from damage, and provides the perfect shave. Finish off your new routine with the travel-sized Lab Series

Set contains:
Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash 100ml
-Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream 100ml
Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Lotion SPF15 50ml

Niece

I don’t actually have a niece but if I did I would definitely be buying her this, it’s actually something my daughter would love so she may end up finding this in her pile of presents come Christmas morning!

Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum Gift Set 50ml (£24.50)

Made up of ultra-feminine and uplifting notes, Poppy dazzles the senses. A playful opening of cucumber, mandarin and freesia is the perfect complement to a heart of voluptuous flora, including gardenia, rose and jasmine. An added touch of creme brulee together with a plush dry down of woods, vanilla and whipped marshmallow makes for a decadent scent.

Begin your luxurious Poppy ritual by smoothing the Coach Poppy body lotion all over the body for soft, smoothed skin, before spraying the happy-go-lucky Poppy eau de parfum over the top of this fragrant base.

The Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum Gift Set contains:
Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum 50ml
Coach Poppy Body Lotion 150ml

Nephew

I love the bottle of this aftershave which I think would make the perfect gift for a teenage boy.

Tommy Hilfiger Loud For Him Eau De Toilette Spray 25ml (£19.50)

Bold, dangerous and intense, LOUD is the essence of a distorted, reverberating bass that is amped on adrenaline.

A raw fragrance that moves to its own beat.

Stocking Fillers

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Mini 60 Second Fix Hands Kit (£6.85)

Dry, parched hands are refined and restored in just two simple steps. The 3-in-1 Hand Recovery works to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise rough hands with two sizes of salt crystals and fine pumice. Added shea butter and botanical oils provide an emollient barrier.

When the Hand Recovery is washed away, smooth the intensive Hand Therapy cream all over the skin to seal in the moisture.

Kit Contains:
25ml La Source Hand Recovery
25g La Source Hand Therapy

Dior Grand Bal False Lashes (£18.10)

Dior has created the ultimate Grand Bal finery: two pairs of false eyelashes in a limited edition. This pair adorned with soft gold Swarovski crystals, the eyes take on a mysterious appearance and sparkle with glamour.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Soap Collection Gift Set (£12.00)

Made with a 100% vegetable base and a high concentration of shea butter, the soaps produce a rich, creamy lather that infuses skin with moisture and care. Added oils and botanical extracts keep the skin feeling comfortable, ensuring a clarified and pampered body.

The Shea Milk soap is perfect for sensitive skin, working to soothe irritations every day. Shea Lavender calms the mind and the body with its naturally reparative, relaxing properties, while the Shea Verbena soap lifts the spirits and clears the mind with its sparkling citrus scent.

The Shea Butter Soap Collection 3 x 100g contains:
L’Occitane Shea Verbena Soap 100g
L’Occitane Shea Milk Soap 100g
L’Occitane Shea Lavender Soap 100g

Treat Yourself

I don’t know about you but when Christmas comes and I’m faced with all of the fabulous items that I may or may not get I always pick one luxury present for myself that I know I won’t be finding in my stocking or under the Christmas Tree, my chosen item is a shimmer powder which will see me throughout the party season and ensure I don’t leave the house without a shimmer!

Guerlain Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder (£45.45)

The star product of the Guerlain Liu Christmas collection, this showstopping, limited edition loose powder dresses the body with sensuality. Drawing its inspiration from Jacques Guerlain’s iconic Liu Eau de Parfum from the 1920s, this precious beauty ritual softly illuminates the body with a mysterious, refined and festive air.

The black lacquered bottle is a talisman all of its own. Styled in the image of the original Liu perfume bottle, which in turn was inspired by traditional Japanese tea trays, this legendary fragrance is transformed into a desirable objet d’art.

Gently press the atomiser puffer to release a delicate breath of silky powder, iridescent shimmer and the seductive fragrance of aldehydes, roses, vanilla, iris and woody notes. A fascinating and infinitely feminine scent for lasting grace this Christmas.