Friday Gift Guide…6 Weeks Until Christmas

18 Nov

Christmas can be a frightful time of the year (if you have to rush around Oxford street like a headless chicken that is!) so throughout the countdown to Christmas I wanted to share some gift inspiration. From the budget to the splurge options, with home made ideas too! If you have any fabulous suggestions please feel free to leave in the comments box below.

Gifts for her

Yardley Lavender
You may notice a theme that with every gift guide I like to include
a classic timeless brand that is probably already well known to you. This is mainly because as innovative and new some products can be, there are classics that cannot be beaten. Yardley is one such brand, and their Lavender range is well loved. I find the light fresh smell that it leaves behind may not be overpowering, but does last all day. I like the idea of buying the items that are relevant for your loved one (for instance my Mam doesn’t like body creams – so every gift set that bit goes to waste) and make your own gift basket this Christmas.
Prices start from £2 and are available from most stores such as Boots and online at Amazon.

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Verdict: 8/10


Fitness Lover
We all have that one friend or relative who puts our own fitness regime (in my case of literally sitting on my arse all day!) to shame. What a better gift than a book about a subject that they love, while also getting to secretly call them dummies. Muhahaha! I recommend the ‘Yoga for Dummies’ available from book stores and Amazon but if you want to turn it into a joke present for a work colleague ‘Salesforce for Dummies would work well too!

Verdict: 8 / 10



Gifts for him

Beer Beer Beer!
Purity, a Warwickshire based brewery have launched a superb range of craft beer sets and mini casks. I can just imagine the smile that this will put on my boyfriends face on Christmas day. Socks, socks, slippers, aftershave… BEER! 🙂
The brewery’s popular gift set features 1 x 50cl bottle each of Pure Gold, Mad Goose and Pure UBU – plus a limited edition Purity stem glass. At £11 it is also very reasonably priced, and 5 litre casks start at £16.05 from


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Verdict: I’ll cheers to this! 9 / 10


Gifts for her

For champagne-bellini lovers
If you are looking at getting some fancy champagne this Christmas (or even better in my opinion, some delicious prosecco) you may want to make some festive Bellini’s. I love the Chambord black raspberry liqueur (on its own as a shot) but especially in a cocktail or Bellini. Packaged in a beautiful gold box, and a 20cl bottle is only £7.50, this would be an ideal stocking filler. Available from all major supermarkets throughout the UK.



Verdict: 10 / 10


Gifts for the family

The chaotic ones
If you want to keep your family organised, one easy way is to force organisation upon them! I love the personalised range of notebooks and diaries at Toad Diaries . The range includes diaries, fitness planners, notebooks, academic planners and many more and with prices starting under a tenner it’s a great stocking filler idea! Available online at


Verdict: 9 / 10


Coffee Lovers
Why give one gift, when you can give the gift that keeps on giving? I love the idea of the latest coffee subscription services popping up, with my favourite one at present the Cafédirect Handpicked service. Each month, the person that you gift will receive a different coffee from Cafédirect Handpicked’s Discovery Collection, specially curated by experts who have chosen gorgeous from the finest farms across the globe – from Tanzania and Vietnam to Brazil. Each box comes with a tasting booklet too – to keep track of what flavours hit the spot. Subscriptions start at £24 for 3 months and go up to £85 for 12 months. You can sign up at


Verdict: 7 / 10


Splurge items

For the glam one
If you are looking for something quite luxurious for your mam, sister or girlfriend this year, try out my new favourite sleep-wear range, Glitter and the Moon do a fabulous ‘ It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails’ dressing gown. Vintage inspired, all of the Glitter and Moon lounge wear pieces are very sleek, with gorgeous embellishments. Available to buy at these luxury gowns cost £110.
Not that I do it any justice (check out the model’s on their website instead!) but here is me wearing mine.


Verdict: 9 / 10 (this would be 10 / 10 if they were a bit more affordable for my tight budget!)


For the home
I love gifting candles, as absolutely everyone can use them given that they run out, you cannot have too many. The Christmas candles from Kenneth Turner are an absolute splurge item at £90 each – but they smell divine. Each candle tells a story from a time in Kenneth Turners life, and I tested out the “masquerade Ball – A masked winter’s ball to remember in sequined black and white, champagne and caviar; the band plays, dancing until dawn … a hint of mystery and seduction in the air.”
You can buy these at, great gift for the home proud!




Verdict: 7 / 10


For Foodies
If you want to give a foodie a gift to treasure (and not to scoff!) there is nothing that will please them more than perfect ways to store food. I love the Yumbox available at for £24.95. It may be pricey, but I think it is the only lunch box that I will ever need again! Available in a range of cute colours, the award winning lunchbox (with adult and children editions) boasts a leak-proof lid and a removable, pre-portioned, dishwasher proof tray.


Verdict: 8 / 10

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