The Ultimate Guide for what to buy at Christmas
“He’s making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin’ to town”
Christmas has come to town again and I have to admit that I’m excited this year. I’m excited to have the colder weather and the cozy jumpers out. I’m excited for all the hot chocolates and marshmallows I will be having with my family. I’m excited about sitting in front of a roaring fire and watching traditional movies. I’m also excited about picking gifts that are special and say to my family that I have been thinking about them and to say thank you with a little something.
High streets are often starting to feel hustle and bustle this time of year and it won’t be long until the festive lights are on. It’s also now time to start to consider your Christmas shopping and the presents for your family, friends, loved ones and colleagues. You can also make sure that your presents are delivered and ready on time if you start buying sooner rather than later. If you are purchasing items from overseas, for example, getting started now can give you time to open a euro bank account and allow for longer shipping times.
This year I have taken out a lot of the hassle for you by helping you save time and get in the Christmas spirit by sharing with you some gift suggestions for everyone. Whether you need to buy a present for a partner, a son or daughter, a mum or a novelty prezzie for your colleague, I have you covered below. I have tried and tested all these items for you and can highly recommend them!
So happy shopping!
I am delighted to showcase the wonderful art work of Alex Foster. Alex is an award winning illustrator based in Margate, UK. He specialises in map and children’s illustration. These are truly unique and awe-inspiring gifts for your loved one this Christmas. There is so much to choose from. You can visit his online shop here and have your gift personalised with products ranging from stationery to personalised and themed illustration prints. I highly recommend you order early to avoid disappointment!
Popcorn Gift Selection from Popcorn Shed, winter evenings were made for sharing popcorn and watching movies this ultimate selection from Popcorn Shed. After all popcorn brings people together; whether that be when watching a movie, sharing with work colleagues or snacking with friends on a long car journey. There is such a great variety to choose from, I know you will find it hard so why not opt for the ultimate popcorn gift selection variety packs!
Scotch Whisky is certainly great all year round but when it comes to buying a special Christmas gift then you can’t go wrong with the unique taste from Tomatin Distillery. The heritage is outstanding having been established in 1897, Tomatin remains one of the few distilleries to provide a home for its dedicated craftsmen. The Whisky itself boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. On the palate gentle flavours of candy, pine, lemon sherbet, apples and sponge cake emerge ahead of a light, clean finish. A truly unique gift for your loved one this Christmas.
I love receiving haircare products for Christmas and this gift is no exception. Make all your glossy hair dreams come true with the ultimate Blinding Shine gift set. With extracts of Moringa Oil and Silk Protein to boost natural vibrancy, optimum shine, bounce and vitality is restored. Contains Blinding Shine Shampoo, Blinding Shine Conditioner and Blinding Shine Serum. RRP: £19.99, available from www.sallybeauty.co.uk and hair salons nationwide.
How fantastic is this for a unique Christmas Gift? It’s a Selfie Frame which you can use for all your Christmas photos for Instagram! You can also personalise your selfie frame to feature an Instagram or Facebook theme or create your own with our selfie frame designer. What a fantastic idea and a lovely unique pressie.
For those who love to spend time cooking in the kitchen a gift from Sous Chef is perfect. I mean just look at the quality of these knives. The Opinel essential beech handle kitchen knives collection features four high quality kitchen knives to see you through most everyday tasks. Included in the set are: Paring Knife – slice small fruits and vegetables or cut the eyes from potatoes, Serrated Knife – ideal for slicing through softer ingredients like tomatoes without squashing them, Vegetable Knife – with a curved blade and unique serrated section on the back of the knife for cleaning and scraping and a Peeler – classic peeler for fruits and vegetables. Go visit
Subscription boxes are extremely popular and I am delighted to introduce to you a fudge subscription! It’s a new monthly subscription box for fudge and other confectionery delights called Stirrd. The company is based in Harrogate in Yorkshire and all of their product is handmade – it’s honestly gorgeous and all made in old copper pans which adds to the awesome taste. Monthly boxes do change but you will have the pleasure of trying recipes such as Irish Cream Fudge, Real Raspberry Mallow and Salted Maple Fudge. The perfect Christmas gift.
For those with beards this product is divine! The Beard Oil is fantastic. Powered by a new innovation in male grooming, the Intense Beard Oil contains castor oil to support hair growth to give a fuller looking beard when used in conjunction with the Intense Beard & Face Wash. It is suitable for all types of facial hair from stubble to full-length, especially if you are looking for a perceivably stronger and fuller beard.
Made with 100% natural essential oils, it contains rich and caring ingredients including vitamin E, hemp and lemon that help your beard look more voluminous whilst helping it feel soft and stronger (and smell great)! This fast-absorbing formula also contains jojoba, baobab and argan oils – everything you need to care for and soften your beard, while helping your skin feel less itchy and moisturised for up to 24 hours. You can find the full selection on the Brisk website.
For a unique selection of personalised Christmas Gifts you can visit Dollz Confetti. From a baby’s first Christmas bauble to a glitter bar you will find a fantastic array of products to choose from. They are all so unique too. The ideal present for those who are hard to buy for!
We are all thinking of our planet today from reducing our carbon footprint to eliminating plastics. For those who watched Blue Planet this is the perfect gift for Christmas, 12 beautiful pictures for each month! Take a trip down to the depths of the oceans with this new Official BBC Blue Planet 2020 Calendar. Described as “the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans”, this British nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough has won a number of Emmy and BAFTA TV Awards. The calendar includes truly stunning underwater imagery each month along with date panels with space for notes and appointments.
For football fans everywhere. The Manchester United FC 2020 Musical Calendar, Diary & Pen Box Set. This 2020 official gift box set comes complete with a special edition Manchester Utd square wall calendar, diary and pen, all contained within a stunning keepsake box which will appeal to any super-fan. An extra special touch to make this set even more spectacular is when you lift the lid of this collector’s box, it plays the anthem ‘Glory Glory Man United.’
A stunning Christmas gift. Scentered invites one and all to Stop.Inhale.Reset and be their festive best! Choose from four festive gift boxes – each contains a Scentered Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm (5g) and a Travel sized Aromatherapy Candle (85g). This is a truly beautiful gift that will help you relax over the madness of Christmas!
I want to share with you one of the most unique gifts I have come across and that helps reduce waste! Globally billions of tonnes of coffee waste is produced every year. When you brew a cup of coffee, only 1% of the liquid gold ends up in your delicious morning cuppa and 99% of the coffee ends up in landfill. The husband and wife team from Freshly Grounds collects coffee waste from local coffee shops by bicycle, on our daily commute back from work and then turn this waste into delicious Oyster Mushroom Grow Kits. All you need to do is open up the box, water twice a day, watch them grow, cook and enjoy. Multiple crops can be harvested from the same Grow Kit box. There is also detailed instructions leaflet and recipes cards included. This is truly a fantastic product and ideal for those hard to buy at Christmas.
It would not be Christmas without chocolate and goodness me do I have a great selection to bring you from Seed and Bean. They are Eco-conscious and ethical choctastic gifts and under £12! Each luxurious gift set contains a selection of Seed and Bean’s British handmade chocolate bars. Guaranteed to bring out your wild side this Christmas, each bar combines the very best British flavours with cocoa beans from some of the world’s finest Fairtrade cocoa producing regions, catering to every palette – and every character! You can visit their website to choose your gift here.
I love getting books as a gift for Christmas and I’m delighted to recommend the above Making Happy Work. Do you want to know your purpose and work in a useful, meaningful way? Meditation teacher and inner architect, Mick Timpson, leads this call to change and shows us how to shift the way we approach what we do via modern meditation techniques to get us into a happier, more creative place. You can order your copy of this book here.
I love getting new notebooks and I am not the only one! I wanted to share with you this fantastic one from Scaramanga. It is a Leather Journal handmade from exclusive Hunter Leather. This rich brown leather bound journal is just the right size to carry around in your bag or briefcase. These luxurious classic handmade medium leather notebooks have been handcrafted using traditional leather craftwork and bookbinding skills. Each contains 120 pages (240 sides) pages of sketch paper, which creates a unique texture that is suitable for most pen types (not fountain pens) and sketching. You can buy it from Scaramanga here.
Another Christmas tradition is the board game. I’m happy to see that my favourite comedy show now has a board game and I can’t wait to play this at Christmas. Taskmaster is just so funny. Compete with your friends and family in a series of ludicrous tasks to be crowned Taskmaster Champion!
After Christmas comes the New Year and new resolutions. So why not pre-empt the after Christmas pledges to exercise more with the fantastic quality of leggings from Love Leggings. The quality of these are fantastic so they won’t budge when you are exercising. Love Leggings also have a fantastic range on offer to suit all styles and tastes.
You really can’t go wrong with chocolate at Christmas! These Guylian Belgian Chocolates are luxurious and indulgent. Whilst the unique marbled shapes and delectable roasted hazelnut praline flavour of Guylian chocolates may be internationally recognised, what many may not realise is that the Guylian brand actually started with a love story. Guylian was created in 1958 when lovers Guy and Liliane combined their delicious praline recipe and delicate shapes to create the seashells that we now know and love. You can pick your love story chocolate up at most supermarkets!