Halloween is over.
Bonfire night is behind us, the crackle of the fireworks has lessened to a quiet pop.
It is time to start thinking about Christmas.
I make no apologies for my love of this festive season. I adore every part of it, from the decorating the house, to the over consumption of chocolate.
I even love the shopping. Like most people I want to try to find my friends something unique to open on Christmas day, something that is unexpected, with a touch of originality.
My first port of call is always to support small businesses, and this company offers an amazing, exclusive range of incredible, beautiful jewellery.
The genius behind the brand is Violeta, who makes gorgeous pieces, either bespoke or from her online range.
Affordable and beautiful, the perfect gift for a mum, daughter, friend. You need to check out the website to see what treats await you.
Violeta is my daughters godfathers wife, and I am incredibly proud and amazed at her success – she is so blooming talented!
Check her out and start gift buying!
For my friend who loves an exotic drink, I am wrapping up this simply amazing green and gold cocktail making set. Elegant, perfect to get out at parties, and something you are guaranteed not to find wrapped up twice under the tree.
Selling at £29.99 – perfect for those who like to throw a party.
And I have some friends who don’t like the alcohol in their drink, but prefer a decent cup of tea. But what better way to say Merry Christmas than having a cuppa out of a flamingo cup from the Sara Miller Flamingo Collection.
With a tray!
Give your friend the gift of tea in bed, if you can convince her other half to make it for her…
Sells for £21.00
Advent Wine Calendar
There must be a liquid theme to my shopping this year. The next gift for a lady who is extremely tricky to buy for is one I know that many of my friends would enjoy! You need to buy it early though – as this present starts on December 1st. For £55 you can give the gift of vino every day of advent!
Move over chocolate – a small bottle of wine is far more appropriate to see in the festive season!
Cosy and comfort
That is what I am all about nowadays. At the ripe old age of 41, I look forward to nothing more than pulling on my PJ’s and slipping my feet into something soft.
My friends are the same, hence why Baabuk is a site I head to for my Christmas shopping.
These slippers are beyond comfortable.
Baabuk do sneakers too, for adults and kids!!!!
Go on, give someones feet a cuddle for Christmas….
Crafting & Crochet
Not all of my friends are drinkers! Having a large blogging circle means that I have friends who have serious craft obsessions. So to cater for those who have the creative gene, I have found these adorable craft kits from Cute Companions. Perfect for a nimble fingered friend or even a younger child…
Priced at £14.99
Making it personalise
A favourite online store of mine is Not On The High Street, a place where you can find almost anything for those close to you. Plus you can usually add a personal touch to their gift ideas.
This stunning jewelry case is a steal at £24.95, the inscription can be altered to suit your tastes and it can would look amazing on any dressing table.
Relax and Detox
Vie Healthcare’s NEW Moroccan Hammam Spa gift pack is a lovely gift for someone you love.
With Beldi Black Soap, Rhassoul Clay from the Atlas Mountains and Argan Oil, it’s the perfect spa gift. The set comes complete with an exfoliating kessa glove and ethically sourced coconut spoon.
The Vie Naturals Moroccan Hammam Spa Ritual costs £18.95 and is available from www.amazon.co.uk
It includes Moroccan Beldi Black Soap. A cleansing gel enriched with eucalyptus oil to revitalise the senses, it works to cleanse and soften the outer layers of your skin in preparation for exfoliation.
The Rhassoul Clay, extracted from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, is among the finest in the world and is renowned for its high mineral content. Rich in silica and magnesium, the clay absorbs toxins and impurities whilst moisturising skin. It can be used as a facial mask, cleanser and shampoo.
The Spa Kit includes an exfoliating kessa glove to help remove dead skin cells, toxins and impurities, and an ethically sourced coconut spoon made from the palm of coconut trees (a metallic spoon should not be used with the clay due to its reactive properties).
Blooming lovely for someone to chill out at home with.
Want to cause a stir for someone, and really make them feel special?
Then get them a book which is all about their date of birth. The amazing Newspaper Book sold by ijustloveit.co.uk is a really unique gift – all about the person receiving it. Well, the date they were born anyway!
It is a beautiful book, filled with headlines from the date of your birth – a great talking point and fabulous to immerse yourself in your memories.
Go careful when you head over to the website, there are a range of options from fabulous home ideas through to great books for kids – you may end up doing all your Christmas shopping!
No Christmas gift list is complete without socks!
But if you are going to add socks to your list – then you need to make them AMAZING!
These are luxurious socks made from bamboo and cotton that also protect the world’s most critically endangered species. Retailing at £12 a pair, they are a beautiful addition to anyone’s toes this winter, and you will be wearing your heart on your feet with these beauties!