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CHRISTMAS: GIFT IDEAS FOR FOOD LOVERS




I thought i'd put together a little food lovers gift guide as I have a few products that didn't really fit into any of my other gift guide categories and they seemed to fit the foodie category. 

First up, if you saw yesterdays post you will have seen I featured a Luxury hamper from Prestige Hampers. Today i'm including this smaller hamper, this is a more affordable option and it contains lots of festive goodies. The Seasonal Treats Box retails at £22.99 and is full of lots of lovely brands and products. 

You get a range of products including jams, fudge, popcorn, tea and more... 

It comes in this really nice box which would be easy to wrap or you can have it delivered to the recipient in time for Christmas. 

As I mentioned in yesterdays post I think hampers are a great gift idea for those people that we struggle to buy gifts for. They look impressive and are usually full of lovely treats that most of us would be happy to recieve. 

Next is this cute condiments pot from Helen Russel creations, it's such a cute little pot and would make a lovely gift for Christmas for any food lover ( or penguin lover) I think this would make the perfect mint sauce pot or you could use it for another condiment on Christmas Day. I will use this all year round as I love it and think it's just so cute. Helen has lots of other lovely products including stationary, cards and other Christmas products so be sure to have a look. 

Finally I thought this was such an unusual product perfect for any Prosecco lover ( we all know one) With this you can turn water into Prosecco, I think this is really fun and a lovely gift idea instead of just buying someone a bottle of fizz they can actually make their own. You can buy this from findmeagift.com and it's actually on offer right now.  

A few more food gifts that I think would make nice gifts are, a voucher- getting someone a voucher for meal out or a night at the cinema can mean alot to some people. Maybe they are saving to buy a house or don't really have time to think about going for a meal. This gives people an excuse to put a date in their diary and go out without spending any money. 
Another idea is a ticket to The Good Food Show or a similar event a like market etc. Again it gets people out to events that they might not have gone to before and if they love food they will be thrilled to attend a foodie event. 
Experience days, there's lots of foodie experience days out there. You can go wine tasting or go on a course and learn how to cook. You will be surprised at how many food and drink experiences there are. 


I hope my gift ideas for food lovers has helped? What kind of gifts would you buy for the food lover in your life? 







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CHRISTMAS: PRESTIGE HAMPERS



I have kindly been sent this amazing hamper from Prestige Hampers to feature on my blog. I don't know what it is about hampers but I associate them with Christmas, I don't really get hampers any other time of year. I usually get a hamper from work and Clint has actually got a hamper this year too nothing like this one from Prestige Hampers though. 

This is the Happy Christmas Basket it's a really decent size and packed full of goodies. They basket is lovely, it's a great quality and you could use it again and again. The handle makes it perfect for picnics or you could use it around the house for decoration, I actually use a basket like this to store things in my bathroom like bath bombs and shower gels so it looks tidy. 

The basket is full of lots of amazing brands and products. There is a really good selection of products and variety. This is a non-alcoholic hamper so it's perfect for everyone. I love the little lemonade and ginger beer, the bottles are really cute. 

Inside theres, tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolates, cake, Christmas pudding, and popcorn! It's just jam packed with lots of amazing treats. 

I think hampers are a great gift for employers to give to their employees because you can't really go wrong with a lovely hamper. I also this would be a lovely gift for my Grandparents as I usually struggle with what to get them but I know they would eat everything in here so it would make a great gift. I think hampers are a nice gift idea and great if you struggle to buy for someone. This one looks very luxiourous aswell because of the lovely basket.

There's still time to order before Christmas so head over to Prestige Hampers to check them out, they have a range of different hampers and other products to choose from and they vary in price so go on over and have a look. 












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CHRISTMAS: DECORATING OUR TREE WITH AMARA



I love decorating the tree, it's one of my favourite things about the season. I always get so excited about decorating the tree. We make a night of it and watch Christmas films and have big mugs of hot chocolate with cream and marshmellows.

We've had our tree for a couple of years now, and i'm still happy with my colour theme, I went for a mixture of metals so there's lots of Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Bronze and copper decorations. This year I decided to add a little bit of pink to the tree as we've had a little girl but also i've added some blush pink soft furnishings to our living room like cushions and throws so this ties everything together.

Most of our baubles were from B&M, we bought a few packs of baubles and then I picked up some unique baubles from places like John Lewis and Oliver Bonas.

This year i've kindly been sent a few gorgeous decorations from Amara.com They have a really lovely selection of Christmas Decorations to choose from and alot of them have now been discounted so you can get yourself some gorgeous luxury decorations for less.

The Angel Wings  came in a pack of two. They are a really decent size and a gorgeous gold/ silver glitter finish. They really stand out on the tree and lots of people have commented on them.

The two pink baubles are also from Amara, I love the fluffy one, it's so pretty and is really unique. The other pink one has sequins on and is also really lovely. The shade of pink is perfect and I think it really ties the whole tree together. I actually picked up the pink 'First Christmas' bauble from a little stall in our local shopping center but I think this works well with the pink baubles from Amara.

The personalised baubles are from Selfridges, I picked them up a couple of years ago, i'm not sure if they still do them but I've just ordered Amelia a personalised one from Notonthehighstreet.com and i've seen that Next have started a personalised range.

Make sure you head on over to Amara.com as I said they have discounted all of their decorations so you can get yourself some gorgeous pieces for your tree for less. Head on over and let me know what your favourite decoration is, they have a really cool pineapple decoration that I might have to order.












CHRISTMAS: GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM



I know some people find it really hard to shop for the men in their lives. I have a few men to shmen op for over Christmas, Clint, my dad, his dad and my grandad. I agree that men are difficult to shop for and I don't know if it's just the men in my life but they always say they don't need anything so it's super hard to shop for them. I tend to play it safe and stick to smellies but i've got a few other gift ideas below to help you shop for the men in your life.

As I mentioned above I tend to go for smellies, you can't really go wrong as men always need shower gels and aftershaves. This Crabtree and Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne is a really lovely scent, I really like the packaging, the Orange really stands out. There is a whole Moroccan Myrrh range so check that out too for other products like soap, shave cream and body wash.

Another brand that does some really good smellies and other mens grooming products is Bluebeards Revenge. They have a huge selection of products such as aftershaves, shaving products and haircare products. Their products smell amazing and Clint has actually been a fan of theirs for a few years now. He really likes their Matt Clay hair product. This gift set is a great value for money as it contains a 100ml size bottle of the Bluebeards Revenge Eau de toilette and a 150ml size of the shower gel. They come in this lovely gift box so would make a lovely gift.


Chemist.co.uk have actually put together some really great gift sets perfect for Christmas, they have a set for her, for him and one for the kids. There are some really great products in the set for him including a Dove For Men Moisturiser  and face wash. A Rock Face Body spray,  moisturiser  and shower wash  aswell as a Loreal Men Expert Shower Gel. It's a great set with lots of fab brands and products inside. You can also shop the products individually and the website also stock lots more brands and products at really good prices.

If you don't want to buy grooming or skincare products for the men in your life then here's a few other gift ideas that might help. Clint has quite a big DVD collection and he usually asks for some DVD's for Christmas. I knew he would want the new Fast and Furious film so i've picked that up for him, we've actually bought the other DVD Black Sails for his Dad as he likes DVD's too! The new Game of Thrones season is out this week too, I think that would be a good gift for those Thrones fans out there! I think dvd's are quite affordable so even if your on a tight budget this is a good option. If you don't really know what DVD to get someone but you know they would appreciate a DVD or CD you could get them a voucher for somewhere like HMV.

This leather belt is from Dobell, I really like brown leather belts and think they look really smart. It's always handy to have a belt and Clint's belts are all looking a little worse for wear so I thought i'd grab him a new one. I like the simple style of this belt and think it would go with most of his clothes. Dobell also stock black belts so if you prefer a black belt then check them out. The belt is really good quality and a good price. Sometimes its good to buy people the things they need, I always tend to grab Clint some new socks, underwear and this year a nice new belt.

A few other gift ideas for him include, a shaver - I bought my dad a shaver last year I think, I got him a dry or wet shaver and he uses it all the time.
Gadgets! Men love gadgets, my dad asks for a drone nearly every year! I always get him one but he seems to crash or lose them.
Clothing- My dad and Clint always need new clothes, why not get them a nice new pair of jeans like these ones from River Island.  I like the straight leg style and I think that dark navy jeans always look smart. I always buy Clint and my dad socks because you can't go wrong with some new socks.
Personalised gifts - It's Clints first Christmas as a daddy, I really want to get him a frame or a keyring that says daddy
How about some new car cleaning products, The Simoniz car cleaning gift kit with wireless mouse is a great gift idea for those car lovers out there.  


What do you get the men in your life for Christmas? Have you got any good gift ideas? Have you done your Christmas shopping already, I have loads to buy!













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CHRISTMAS: CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FROM LUSH



It's Christmas which means LUSH have all of their amazing gift sets in store and online! I'm a huge fan of LUSH and some of their Christmas products are my absolute favourites! They have a huge range of gift sets and they vary in price so there is something to suit every budget.

I think you can't really go wrong with LUSH products as gifts. They do lots of different gift sets, or if your looking for a smaller gift you can buy an individual product such as a bath bomb or shower gel.
I know LUSH isnt for everyone but they actually do a huge range of products, even some very subtle ones with hardly any scent for people who don't like strong smells. They also sell massage bars and fresh cleansers so they have something for everyone.

I'm going to talk about a few of their amazing Christmas gift sets that are available this season. First is the Merry Christmas gift set, this includes 4 bath bombs so is perfect for any bath lovers. I love getting Christmas bath bombs, this set actually includes the Golden Wonder bath bomb which is one of my all time favourites because it' so pretty ( I haven't photographed it because it actually broke in the box but it's a gold present shape ) It creates lots of blue and yellow colour in the bath and has a really gorgeous citrus scent!  This gift set also includes the Shoot For The Stars gifts set which is a lovely blue bath bomb with gold glittery stars in, the Cocoa butter in this bath bomb leaves your skin feeling super soft and the gold glitter sits on top of the colbalt blue water like a midnight sky. I haven't tried Thundersnow before so i'm looking forward to giving that a try. Apparently it smells like peppermint which just screams Christmas to me so i'm so excited to try this one out. I bet it leaves you feeling so fresh. Finally the Christmas Sweater bath bomb which I also think is another new one, this one is a more spicy, gingery scent so another festive scent and it makes the water red, orange and yellow.

Next is the Snow Fairy gift set. Snow Fairy is an iconic Christmas Scent from Lush. It's super popular and I remember it used to sell out over Christmas because it was so popular. I think they hold better stock now to keep up with the demand but I know people stock up on it for the year as it's only around at Christmas. The set contains 4 Snow Fairy products including the shower gel, body conditioner, jelly bomb and reusable magic wand. The gift is perfect for a Snow Fairy fan. They also have a smaller set, Little Snow Fairy which contains the shower gel and jelly bomb.

Best Wishes is another gift set available this year and it includes Christmas Sweater bath bomb, a snowman bubbleroon and the Saucy Snowcake soap. This set has abit more variety of products so would be good for someone who hasn't tried any Lush products before but want's to give some a try.


The sets vary in price but they start off very reasonable. They are beautifully packaged in either a decorative box or wrapped in a lovely festive paper and finished off with a bow. They are a lovely gift idea. Check out the LUSH website to see what other sets they have and you can search by price making it super easy to stick to budget. The website is really informative so any product information / ingredients etc you can find everything you need.














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CHRISTMAS: GETTING INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT


I haven't really got into the festive spirit just yet, December has crept up on me. I haven't bought any presents yet, I know i've just had a baby and I need to stop being so hard on myself. I thought i'd write a little blog post with some ways to get into the festive spirit. 

Decorating the tree is one of my favourite ways to get into the festive spirit, we put our tree up around the 1st December. We make hot chocolates with cream and marshmellows and put a christmas film on. 

Go to some festive events in your local area, why not take the kids to visit Santa. We are taking Amelia to see Santa over the weekend. I think it will be lovely to get a photo of her with him whilst shes still a tiny newborn. Why not visit a Christmas Market, In Birmingham we have the German Market and there's an ice rink. I think we are going to the Market next week, i'm really looking forward to it. 

With snow forecast over the weekend you might want to stay in and spend some time at home. You can watch films with popcorn and hot chocolates with the family. Get those Christmas cards written and wrap presents.You can win yourself some money to have the most amazing Christmas by browsing some new bingo games online, and don't forget to order those last minute gifts online. 

Get your Christmas bedding out and add some fairy lights in your bedroom to make it cosy and Christmassy.

I'm really excited for our First Christmas as a family of three, we have lots going on over the next couple of weeks and I need to try and fit in Christmas Shopping at some point. How are you getting into the festive spirit. Have you visited a Christmas market or will you be visiting Santa in his grotto? 





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CHRISTMAS: GIFT IDEAS FOR BABIES



It's Amelia's first Christmas and although we won't be buying her any presents ( ok we might have bought her this cute penguin dressing gown but thats it! ) She is only 3 weeks old and she got alot of new clothes and gifts when she was born so she doesn't really need anything. Clint's mom has also gone crazy and bought her loads so she really doesn't need anything else. I thought it would be nice to put together a little gift guide of some products you could buy for your baby or maybe one of your friends has recently had a baby and you need some inspiration.

First up is this cuteeee penguin dressing gown from My 1st Years, as I mentioned above we've actually bought this for Amelia because I love penguins, it's on offer right now aswell. You can have it personalised so it would make a really lovely gift, if you don't fancy the penguin they also do standard personalised dressing gown or they also have some other festive designs.

I think a personalised bauble is a lovely gift idea, this gorgeous glass bauble is from Studio Seed via Notonthehighstreet.com. It's a nice keepsake that will get to go on the Christmas Tree year after year and then when their older they might even hang it on their own tree.

I have featured this mat from Mamashack before. I've actually bought one for Amelia already and we love it. We've had so many compliments on it and they have lots of other patterns. They also sell lots of other personalised products so make sure you head on over and have a look.

I always love buying clothes for little ones, River Island have lots of gorgeous clothes to choose from. How cute is this dress, I love the print and think the design is really nice. I think i'm going to get this for Amelia for when shes a little bit bigger. This hat is also from River Island, all of Amelia's hats are still too big for her little head. I love the pink pom pom and eyelash design, it's so cute.

These Childs Farm gift sets would make a lovely gift for a new baby, they contain lots of goodies perfect for a newborn. It's a good way to try some new products. Childs Farm has been developed especially for baby's delicate skin, even sensitive and eczema prone skin.

I have bought Amelia some books, I picked up some off the works website, they have an offer where you can get 10 books for £10 so I think they would be lovely gifts for Christmas. This personalised book is from Letterfest via Notonthehighstreet.com again this is a lovely gift and would make a keepsake.











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