This year I have been trying out some fabulous gifts in the run up to Christmas, and I am so excited to share them with no. No matter what your budget is, there is something for everyone.
Let's get stuck in!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love most Disney related things, and whilst “Happily Ever After” isn't owned by Disney, it is still a quote I adore. Bold Print Studio have some gorgeous prints available, including this one that you can customise, such as this Happily Ever After print. This would make a lovely wedding gift too!
If you are looking for a real treat for someone then check out OMEGA's Seamaster Aqua Terra from Chronoexpert. It has always provided the perfect balance between sophistication and ocean spirit. In the new collection some of the most popular features have been enhanced or subtly transformed to give the timepieces a refreshing new look.
Working from home, even though I work with my husband, can get pretty lonely at times. You would not believe the difference that having a radio has made to my working day. VQ have a wide range of radios to choose from (including some with iPhone docks) starting from just £59.99. I am in love with this Emma Bridgewater design.
If you are looking for an unusual gift this festive season then you might want to consider a Wonderbag. Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary, non-electric portable slow cooker. It continues to cook food which has been brought to the boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of additional electricity or fuel. Be sure to check out 10 benefits to using Wonderbag.
Opies is one of the oldest family owned food firms in the UK with a rich heritage and the fifth generation Mr Opie at the helm! Opies have a range of festive foods like pickled walnuts, cocktail cherries and more, perfect for this Christmas season. The range can be found across Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose and Ocado stores.
I'm a firm Law of Attraction believer, and part of that means showing gratitude for the things in my life. I am in love with this gratitude journal from Gobby Gifts, who have a ton of products with lots of swearing on them – we all know someone who would love a gift from Gobby Gifts. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook too.
Running my own business means that I am always on the look out for a new way to get organised, and Pen Heaven have this wonderful Filofax Domino Soft Personal Organiser in pale pink. Priced at £25.50, it is currently out of stock on their website but available for a little more at Amazon. Did you know the pink oozes warmth and love? It makes pink an excellent choice for yielding great results, which explains why I love it so much.
This product is so cool that you get a video to explain it to you! A Santa CCTV video is such a magical gift for children, and is really budget friendly at £9.99. Click here to find out more and order yours.
This Christmas #DontForgetTheReindeer and order them magical reindeer food. This magical food needs water for the magical properties to be activated, and then you're on your way! It'll be delivered in the run up to Christmas, in packaging designed to fit through your letter box, so you don't even have to wait in for the delivery.
We can't forget our furry friends this festive season, and Webbox have a great festive range for either cats or dogs. Tabs and Alaska particularly like the Lick-E-Lix cream and the turkey and cranberry sticks.
For something different this festive season, the La Hacienda Arriba Medium Chimenea with Grill makes a great option. Personally I'm looking forward to crowding around this in the cold weather. The traditional design Arriba Chimenea with Grill is perfect for adding heat to your garden whilst providing an alternative to outdoor cooking.
The features include:
- Solid and durable compact steel construction
- includes a slice-in cooking grill
- pewter effect finish
- ideal centrepiece for small patios
Is it really Christmas if you don't have sweets on hand? Haribo have an awesome range of Christmas sweets this year, there are:
HARIBO Starmix Tree Decoration
If you want an alternative to the traditional bauble to hang on your tree this year, look no further than this temptingly delicious decoration from HARIBO. Inside you’ll find a 50g pack of Starmix to enjoy in the countdown to Christmas – a perfectly tasty treat to add to the festivities.
HARIBO Selection Box
This brand new HARIBO Selection Box is the ideal gift for those that enjoy a tasty treat that includes their favourite gums and jellies. A stocking filler with a difference, and the ideal size for under the tree, this Christmas morning surprise includes eight mini bags of HARIBO favourites including Starmix, Tangfastics, Super Mix, Goldbears and Happy Cola.
HARIBO Sweet Medley
Christmas just got better! HARIBO’s favourite treats all in one box. This gift box contains a tray with Starmix, Super Mix, Giant Strawbs, Jelly Babies, Tangfastics and Gold Bears – a super surprise for your loved one to unwrap come Christmas morning.
HARIBO Giant Trees
Giant Strawbs have had a festive makeover! These tasty treats, which are suitable for vegetarians, now appear in the shape of a Christmas tree. Available in a 70g bag for you to enjoy on your own or the larger 190g version to share with family and friends. Perfect for the party season.
Christmas should be about trying out new foods, and Abakus have you covered with a range of dried foods including the jujube fruit, hickory nuts and stuffed jujube. The Jujube fruit, also called the Red Date, is new to the UK but has been widely enjoyed for health and well-being in the Far East since 1000s of years. The red-coloured berry from the buckthorn family boasts 18 out of 24 important amino acids which are essential for the formation of over 50,000 proteins in the human body. Hickory Nuts are the exquisite nuts from the hickory tree, a rare treat native to North America and South-East Asia. They are a source of manganese which helps the formation of connective tissue, maintenance of strong bones, and protection of cells from oxidative stress. Their indulgent taste can be described as crunchy, rich, and buttery, or as “butterscotch” and “the tastiest nut”. They are a winner of the “Great Taste Award” and were shortlisted for the “Good Choice! Quality Food Award”. As well as ordering jars online you can get the smaller bags from Ocado, Grape Tree, Wholefoods and Revital.
Christmas is a great time to indulge in new wines, and Black Tower have a budget friendly fruity wine priced at £5.35 in Tesco. I'm not usually a wine drinker, however this fruity wine is definitely one for me! It has fresh pineapple and lime fruit flavours, making it easy to drink and very enjoyable. Give it as a gift or bring it with you to a Christmas party.
We all have a Star Wars fan that we need to buy a gift for, right? This year Sheaffer have come up with a great selection of Star Wars pens and other stationery items, so you can give a gift that has extra uses! There is an R2D2 pen, a Yoda notebook and a Darth Vader pencil case among lots to choose from.
Staying in to wait for a parcel delivery is very boring, and at times, even inconvenient. Now imagine having bought someone a gift and they miss the delivery. Letterbox Gifts have come up with a solution to this, by offering a variety of gifts that fit through a letter box. There are lots of themed gifts, from chocolate lovers to new mums – there's definitely something for everyone. Each gift is packed with lovely goodies carefully sourced from independent British producers.
The Bluebeards Revenge Cut-Throat Razor Kit brings back the thrills and spills of old-fashioned shaving for Real Men – but with a thoroughly modern twist. It contains: a Shaving Cream, a Post-Shave Balm, a Doubloon Shaving Brush and a Cut-Throat Razor, in a lovely gift box all ready for gifting to someone.
Gillette Fusion have a great range of items for men to suit any budget. With five precision blades, helping reduce pressure per blade for a comfortable shave and a precision trimmer on back designed for edging tough areas (nose and sideburns), one razor blade refill equals up to one month of shaves.
Who says you can’t stay well-groomed when travelling? This Men-u travel kit includes all that a man needs to keep clean and fresh hair, moisturized skin, the refreshing smells to give you a lift. Shaving is made efficient and less irritable, alongside a deep cleanseand tone. Hair also can remain intact with products that thicken and add volume. It comes in a light weight striped toiletry bag, with separate compartments for a razor or toothbrush to remain organized. These products are really concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
The travel kit contains:
- Daily Refresh Shampoo 100ml – Gently cleanses and refreshes, adding moisture to the hair.
- Shower Gel 100ml – Includes moisturisers to keep the skin from drying & a fresh fragrance to give you a lift.
- Skin Refresher Set 3 x 15ml – A good shave with men-ü Shave Cream is not just about a smooth surface without nicks or irritation but it is the start of healthy skin providing exfoliation a woman can only dream of! Deep cleanse, tone & refresh the skin thereafter.
- Liquifflex 15ml – Great flexi-hold & suitable for all hair types & styles. Practically weightless & thickens the hair, so great for extra body & volume.
- Stripes Toiletry Bag – A lightweight Stripes toiletry bag which includes a separate internal compartment for your razor or toothbrush.
For the gamer in your life (we all have one!) you might like these game controller cuff links from dobell. Priced at £14.99, they are a budget friendly gift for a gamer geek in your life.
It is no secret that I love candles, and this vanilla blush and peony candle from Grace Cole smells divine. This luxurious scented candle creates a pure and elegant ambiance in any home. The burn time is up to 35 hours.
I have been looking for a face cleaning brush for ages now, and the Barefaced! Vibra-Sonic™ Daily Cleansing Brush deep-cleanses pores, tones and beautifully conditions your skin. It has been designed to slot straight into your current skincare routine and it is completely waterproof so can be used in the shower for complete ease. A combination of sonic oscillations + pulsed vibrations to deep-cleanse, massage and tone your skin at the same time, just like a mini workout. It is also available in rose gold this festive season.
The team at Cocofina have a great selection of coconut goodies to choose from. They might make an usual gift, but they're also great for snacking on the go during busy Christmas shopping, or cooking with (like the coconut oil).
Would it be Christmas without gin? Nope! Pickering’s first started producing the gin baubles (a set of six brightly coloured glass baubles filled with their signature gin) in 2014 as a bit of fun for a Christmas fair at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, where the distillery is based. A few hundred baubles were sold within the first hour of the fair, so the Pickering’s team decided to up production for 2015 to several thousand baubles. These sold out in just a few days. Each pack costs £30 and contains 6 different coloured plastic baubles. Each bauble is filled with 5cl of Pickering’s Gin – yum!
Lego and Duplo make a great gift for any child, and sets are available for any budget. Here are:
Aira's Airship & the Amulet Chase – Join the exciting new adventures in Elvendale as Emily Jones and Aira Windwhistler the wind elf search for Emily’s stolen amulet and her sister, Sophie Jones. Fly in Aira’s airship, with spinning propeller, space for two mini-doll figures, extending wings and a crossbow, and avoid Dukelin the Goblin on the goblin glider with movable wings, evil seed shooters and opening hatch with small storage space. Includes two mini-doll figures plus a goblin.
Willy's Butte Speed Training – Start your engines in this high-octane Willy’s Butte Speed Training LEGO® Juniors play set, featuring a detachable speed radar trailer, roadblock with breakable barriers, spinning Radiator Springs road sign and other accessories to ramp up the Disney•Pixar Cars 3 fun. Includes a simple guide to build and play, and bigger pieces help build confidence in younger kids. LEGO Juniors is an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 4-7. Includes Lightning McQueen and Sheriff LEGO Juniors characters.
Batwing Adventure – children will love building this fun LEGO® DUPLO® Batwing Adventure play set and helping Batman™ retrieve the stolen treasure. There’s lots of action in this set for your little super hero: start the story off by launching the Batwing´s cannon, then push The Penguin down the slide before he escapes in his duck vehicle. Includes two DUPLO figures.
Emma’s House – Build and customize your dream family home with a modern edge! LEGO® Friends Emma’s House shows off all the creative skills of Emma’s family. Prepare a tasty meal in their state-of-the-art kitchen, using vegetables grown in their own garden and fresh ingredients from the opening fridge. Then sit the family down in the living room to watch a movie together on the flat-screen TV. Emma loves having her friends over to hang out in her bedroom, which she designed herself, and admire the view from herbalcony. Help her practice with her make-up in front of the big vanity mirror after a nice long bubble bath in the bathroom. Do some painting in the beautiful zen garden, which has a birdhouse for her pet bird, or host a barbecue with friends on the relaxing roof terrace. Combine with 41090 Olivia’s Garden Pool for even more fun in the garden. Includes 3 mini-doll figures: Emma, mom Charlotte and dad Luis, plus her pet bird.
Tech Will Save Us, are a startup on a mission to spark creativity and imaginative play through making, playing, coding and inventing. The Mover Kit (RRP £59.99) is the latest educational toy kit to get kids active as well as a fun and interactive way to learn about coding and electronics. Kids can be the programmers of their own designs and movement with the Mover Kit, and invent trillions of ways to bring the motion sensor, compass, LED lights of the wearable to life. The Mover Kit reacts to movement in any way you program it to- run, jump, dance, spin, use it as a lightsaber, a wizard’s wand, a police car light – anything! In a time where 65% of kids currently in school will have jobs that don’t exist yet, The Mover Kit blends fun and imagination with the creative and technical STEM skills kids need for their future.