I have put together some lovely gifts that you may not have thought of before. There will be a gift in this list for anyone and everyone you know without a doubt! From food hampers (even vegan options!), crafty presents, a hair turban with a difference and some luxurious ballet pumps that you will want to buy for yourself first and foremost 😉 .
Just picture this scenario…
You start the afternoon with a lovely bath and wash your hair with a divine mask. Your hair feels all kinds of lush so you must treat it with care. You pop on your Aquis hair towel towelling side against your hair to help dry it carefully and quickly. When you have finished beautifying you pop your hair towel on the radiator before getting dressed. You slip on your new super comfy and gorgeous 1001 Stories ballet pumps.
After a long night out with friends you rush home, light your Sun•day candle and slip on your new super soft Chelsea Peers PJs and plush Sheepskin slippers before catching up with tonights missed Strictly episode. After dosing off on the sofa you decide to go to bed, but not before putting your Aquis hair towel back on silky side on your hair so you can savour that amazing blow dry from earlier for another day tomorrow.
Aquis hair turban
I am a huge fan of Aquis hair towels. You may have spied me talking about them and wearing them on my Instagram on numerous occasions. The fabric they use has a special wicking technique to it that helps wick away the water in your hair. Yet this special red turban is actually double sided. One side is their normal wicking fabric for your wet hair but the other side is a silk fabric which you can wear on your hair to keep your hair looking fabulous, un-tangled and mess free over night as you sleep. This is a must have for any hair fanatics out there…also you will look like the most glamorous Mrs Clause in this particular colour way.
These are the most luxury ballet shoes that I have ever stepped foot in. They fit like a glove, completely true to size. The inner heal also has the softest padding and memory foam insole which is a dream compared to any other ballet shoe I have tried which normally feels like it is out to blister your feet the moment you step outside the house, there is no chance of that happening with these though. The thing that first sold me to these shoes is the story behind them. The two creators, Shahrzad and Tereza who met at LCF design these stunning shoes that are co-created by artisan shoe makers in Italy and female artists from different parts of the world. They then actively help support females out of poverty and into business by providing fair wages and a happy and safe working environment. I love heart warming ethos so please click on through to look at their stunning designs.
Abercrombie & Fitch Authentic perfume
This Abercrombie perfume smells amazing. It is super fresh and would be perfect for a “new year, new year me” kind of vibe. It’s a really go-getting scent which will wake you up in the morning. It would be suitable for anyone from a teen to at least 40+ in my opinion. I love it!
Chelsea Peers – Ginger Bread Man PJs
Oh how I love Chelsea Peers PJs. I first came across Chelsea Peers a few years ago on ASOS and bought a couple of pairs. They are seriously soft and have the cutest print designs you can possibly find out there. This particular PJ set I chose has the most gorgeous festive gold foil gingerbread men. I also love how this set comes in a shorts and short sleeved top set as even though it’s winter, it isn’t cold in your bed is it.
I’m such a slipper fan and these particular slippers are an incredible quality. I have had another pair for a year and with constant use they still look as good as new. They come in a whole range of colours. The pink ones with a star print are my particular faves. These would be the perfect present for anyone with cold feet…isn’t that everyone?
Sun•day Candle – ‘Midnight’
I know I am not alone in being a huge candle fan. I love to light candles at dusk until I go to sleep. The ambience it gives a room is next to none. The scent of this candle isn’t at all overpowering either. It is a scent that you could continue burning, normally I find I can only burn fragrance free candles continuously otherwise the scent gives me a headache, this candle is the perfect in between.
– Mummy and Me Bath Time Hamper
So many of my friends are having babies or recently had babies, I seem to be in that stage of my life where I am surrounded by it. It can be tricky to know what to buy, especially if you don’t have a child yourself. Well after some chats with the Baby Blooms team they advised me on some fabulous gift ideas for those that don’t even know the sex of their baby yet. Their gift come in the most stunning boxes decorated adorably. There are mother and baby bath products, unisex baby clothes, baby hampers and then there’s this super special gift set where in one box you get mummy and baby embroidered towels, bath time treats and a rubber ducky.
CRAFTS AND STATIONARY
Rebecca Yates – Personalised Notebook
Rebecca got in contact with me recently and I couldn’t have been happier to have discovered her work. Rebecca is a sustainably conscious artist and illustrator creating prints, cards, stationary and most exciting personalised notebooks with her gorgeous watercolour print on the cover. I went for the coral notebook with ‘Megan’s Big Idea’s’ across the front.
Dotty About Paper
If you didn’t already know…I’m a self confessed stationary addict. Seriously…addicted. I have been since I was very little and the only thing I found exciting about starting school each September was the opportunity to buy new stationary. I am in love with everything ‘Dotty About Paper’, notebooks, notepads, list pads, timetables, cards and what really excited me the most was personalised Christmas cards! Yep, seriously, they exist, look at these ones Liam and I had printed. Wow!
Brush Lettering Book
I am in LOVE with this book. I was sent it because the author/illustrator Rebecca and I chatted through Instagram and I am over the moon. I would have put it on my Christmas list anyway but I am so happy to have it before Christmas because I have now put together a big Christmas list of items I want after reading this book. I now want paper, notepads, more TomBow pens etc. Seriously though, this book would be a perfect present for anyone with an artistic love of any age and makes for a stunning present in it’s pink hard back form with metallic lettering.
FOOD & DRINK
Food is such a great gift idea for people that you know but also especially for people that you need to buy presents for but don’t really know much about them, your bestie’s new partner, your secret santa or a work colleague. Festively gifted food and drinks are also a fabulous host gift for when you pop by a neighbours house for Christmas drinks. Check out my favourite finds below.
Cartwright and Butler are my latest food gifting crush. Everything comes so beautifully packaged with tins and boxes which you can keep, cherish and use over and over again. The products are wonderful as well and definitely provide the wow factor. The cherry and almond fruit cake in the circular tin which I have picture I seriously thought would be around the £25/30 mark but I have found it on the Heal’s website for £15. Seriously impressed with the price points which make it the perfect gifting. I suggest buying a few of this brands foodie gifts to keep in the cupboard for the festive season to give to unexpected guests or last minute parties and then if you are lucky enough to not have had to give them all away then you can eat them yourself on Christmas and Boxing Day.
– Nougat Selection
– Decorated Fruit Cake In Tin
– Christmas Loaf Tin Cake
– Chocolate Selection
The Vegan Larder are a brand that got in touch with and I am so happy because it is a company that I definitely would have bought from if I had found them myself. Every vegan goodie you could think of will likely already be known to this company. They are both a subscription box and gift box company and each box is rammed full of edible vegan goods. There was only one brand that I had already tried in my box and I loved discovering new items, the vegan wagon wheel was the most exciting discovery for me and I can’t wait until I have taken my photos so I can finally eat it 😛 .
If you follow my Instagram you will know that Liam, my family and I are all big cocktail fans and gin is far up there at the top of our list for favourite ingredients. You may notice one of the bottles isn’t quite full…that would be because Liam snuck it out to pop it in his Negroni last weekend. He said it tasted wonderful. Currently on sale for £20 it makes the perfect gift for the adults on your Christmas gift list.
Eaten Alive Sauces
Eaten Alive have created these amazing sauces which are definitely being placed in my dad and my husbands stockings this year. They also have big jars of kimchi which Liam and I have tried, tested and approve of.
I love a herbal tea. I’m not your average British builders tea gal but a herbal tea…oh yes! I have one of those houses that when you say yes to tea you need to have a look through the whole cupboard to decide which flavour you want as I have most of them haha, and 75% is Tea Pigs! Not only is it a high quality tea brand but their whole packaging is plastic free and completely recyclable. I know it’s a little late for advent calendars but this advent calendar would be a fabulous present for any tea lover because it’s the perfect way to try out all of the Tea Pig teas. Oh, also I have a little discount code code for you if you type in ADVENT5 .
Which gifts would you like to keep for yourself?