Mother’s Day gift guide 2021

Contains gifted products:

If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Britain Loves Baking – Baileys Red Velvet Chocolate Fudge & Prosecco

£28

All the ingredients in the box are weighed out for you:

Makes 600g of fudge & a bottle of Prosecco  

50ml of Baileys Red Velvet (this has been decanted into)

1 Tub of condensed milk from sustainable UK farms

1 Bag of Belgian White Chocolate

1 Bag of Belgian Dark Chocolate

1 Bottle of Vanilla extract

1 Bag Dehydrated mixed berry powder

1 Recipe card

1 75 cl  Prosecco 

I think this is a great idea as you can either gift this as a box so your loved one can make the fudge/you can make it together or you can make it yourself then give it as a gift. It’s such a unique idea to be able to give something you can make as well.

The instructions are easy to follow and it really does include everything you red to make delicious fudge as well as a bottle of prosecco.

Il Gusto Miniature Limited Edition Gin Gift Set (Pack of 8 x 40ml)

£29.95

8 bottles including:

Elderflower Gin (26%)

Strawberry Gin (31%)

Cherry Bakewell (31%)

Rhubarb Gin (25%)

Violet Gin (25%)

Turkish Delight Gin (26%)

Blood Orange Gin (31%)

Pink Grapefruit Gin (31%)

If she likes gin then this set is ideal. Il gusto have such an amazing range of gins and other liquors as well as vinegars and oils so there is something for everyone. Their variety boxes are a great way to try different flavours or if there is a particular flavour she likes then you can get a variety of shaped bottles with just the one flavour in.

Prezzybox – Personalised Mothers Day Favorites Box – Caramel

£26.99

This is such a lovely idea as you can pick her favourite Cadbury chocolate bar and get a whole box personalised with Happy Mother’s Day on and you can also have your name put on it. I think it’s a cute design and such a great gift idea as who wouldn’t want a massive box of their fave chocolate bar?!

Stirling Distillery – Lockdown Virtual Tour and Tasting

£25.95

Includes:

Virtual Tour of the Distillery hosted by our Team and Founders Cameron and June McCann

4 x 5cl minis (Stirling Gin, Battle Strength Gin, Raspberry Red Cap Liqueur & Bramble and Mint Green Lady Liqueur)

2 x Bottles of Fever-tree mediterranean tonic

1 x Orange (dried orange)

1 x Cocktail Recipe Book

1 x Small Bottle of Hand Sanitiser

What’s great about this gift is not only do you get a great range of liquors to try, you also get a virtual experience of the distillery and get to learn more about how the drinks are made. Educational and tasty!

Flawsome – Mother’s Day Gift Box

£10.99

This box includes two bars of galaxy uniquely wrapped in Flawsomes creative packaging to spell out words inspired by famous chocolate wrappers as well as some little chocolate hearts. You can pick from a large selection of words and they have some really great rude ones to pick from as well!

Mandira’s Kitchen – Chicken Biriyani

£8.50

Mandira’s Kitchen create a great range of authentic Indian food to be enjoyed at home. They have lots of dishes that can be stored in the freezer and are simple to heat in the oven. This dish tasted so good and the portions are ideal as it’s for two but it’s split up so you can cook separately if needed. This would be a great alternative to a takeaway for your mum.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Vegetable Samosas

£6.50

Alongside the main you can also get a good range of sides and the samosas are really tasty! This pack will do a couple of meals as well as they are easy to heat up.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Naan

£3

An indian meal isn’t complete without naan bread and these are easy to heat up and taste so nice. They are so much nice than ones you get from a supermarket and a good size too. There are three in the pack so quite good value.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Pineapple Chutney

£5.99

This is a pleasant change from mango chutney and can be enjoyed alongside a curry. It tastes good and you get quite a lot in the jar.

Really impressed with the range and think it would make a nice treat for someone this mother’s day.

Bodycare

SOS H20 Day Serum

£15

This is a really luxurious vegan and cruelty free serum packed with antioxidants to reduce wrinkles and to help protect the skin. This would be a great gift for anyone that likes to take care of their skin. It can be used as a daily serum and contains SPF.

Sugar Coated Leg Hair Removal Kit

£9.99

Kit includes:

200g wax, 3 spatulas (2 big & 1 small) and 15 re-usable strips 

This is a really great leg hair wax and it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s easy to use and contains rosehip oil to soothe your legs. It really helps to prevent ingrown hairs and leaves tour legs super soft.

Prezzybox – Gelato Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This set contains four lovely handmade melts that are shaped like tasty cupcakes and have iconic ice cream scents such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Lemon Sorbet and Cookies & Cream! They are so luxurious and smell amazing. A must for any bath lover!

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Mother’s Day Box

£15

1 x huge No 1 mum glittery bath star (scented in beautiful dreams)

1 x small neroli bath bomb

1 x small be calm bath bomb

1 x moo free chocolate bar

This box is a great idea for anyone that loves bath bombs. They are all handmade and smell amazing. I use bath bombs from Perry all the time and her scents are so lovely and the bombs are made with such loving care. The box also comes with a chocolate bar as an added bonus.

House Of Purple Rose – Regenerating Gold Concentrate Serum with Gold Flakes

£50

This serum is made from a blend of pomegranate, bearberry, papaya, turmeric, hexylresorcinol and vitamins. Including natural botanicals and pure 23 carat gold flakes this is a really great product for your skin. It provides a range of powerful anti-aging benefits, including firming, moisturising and tightening of the skin. A great gift idea for anyone that wants to take care of their skin.

House Of Purple Rose – Brighten and Clarify Cleanser

£18

The Clarifying Cleanser is boosting with Caviar lime, Acerola, Papaya which work together to fade blemishes, combat dark spots and promote an even skin tone.

It is also infused with Green tea and Silk amino acids which offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution making skin feel instantly smooth, silky and healthy looking. It is a great cleanser to use and would make a great gift.

Newport Gifts – 24 Soap Flower Heart Box

£24.99

Soap flowers are something I had never even heard of but they are such a unique gift idea. You simply add a one or two roses to your warm bath, relax and watch the cute flowers dissolve right before your very eyes. It creates a beautiful colourful water and great scent. It leaves your skin soft, silky, and smelling wonderfully fresh.

Newport Gifts – Flower Bouquet

£18.99

This is another variation on the above but is displayed as a bouquet so you have a variety of different flowers to add to your bath. I think this is a really cute and fun gift idea as they can go on display as flowers until they are used. They look too nice to use and could be kept for display if you wanted and they smell so good!

Their website is currently under construction so you can message them on Twitter to purchase.

Candles

Tribal Unicorn – Nova Candle

£35

Tribal Unicorn candles are inspired by London Life. From the sweet pineapple and jerk vibes of Notting Hill Carnival to the candlelit hip hop yoga classes in Shoreditch. Using the highest quality perfumes and clean burning wax available. Their vegan-friendly, luxury candle brand is the answer to boring, lackluster, shop-bought candles.

They use organic, ethically sourced soy, rapeseed, and coconut wax and every candle purchased helps them to support our two chosen charities. Fareshare and Women’s Aid.

I love the scent and the colour of the Nova candle, it looks like galaxy print! It is a rich, floral accord of bluebells and hyacinth enhanced with notes of galbanum, rose and jasmine.

Cutch Company – The Self Embrace Candle

£30

The name ‘cutch’ is a variation of a spelling of cwtch , which is a Welsh word for a special kind of hug or a cuddle. They brand have created a candle based around Embraces . There are 3 within this range – Friendship, Self and Lovers. They have also just released A Loving Cutch just for Mother’s Day .

Cutch Company use soy wax, recyclable materials and essential oils and paraben free perfumes in their candle scents. All candles go out in the post snuggled up in tissue paper which has been fragranced using their scents. The unwrapping experience is a very pleasant one and you know you have been sent a Cutch.

The self embrace candle smells so good! Powerful lavender oil calms the heart and encourages peace and healing, whilst herbaceous eucalyptus and rosemary help clear the mind, giving strength and renewed courage for the coming day. Warm, nutty supporting notes of clary sage add reassurance and warmth to this hand blended candle, poured with love. Light, relax and press the reset button.

Other

Chewie Cat – Coco Teething Necklace – Black

£10

Chewie Cat specialise in teething necklaces, designed to be both fashionable and practical.

They designed these silicone teething necklaces for stylish mummies who are looking for some baby proof jewellery. They are non-toxic and safe for baby to play with or chew when teething, helping to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. It can encourage early motor skills when baby grasps this necklace.  

The necklaces are made with strong satin cord and a breakaway safety clasp. The silicone beads are made from high quality food-grade silicone which has been safety tested and free from all nasties.

Josie Dom – Lums Mum Book

£9

Lum’s Mum – the perfect gift from a toddler to Mum. The book is all about Lum missing his Mum, with lots of love and adventure going on, and a ‘guaranteed’ hug for Mum at the end. It would make a great gift for mother and child to read to together or for your child to read and give you peace and quiet until they have finished.

Leo Charley and Me – Cherry Stone Warming Pillow

£20

If they suffer from regular aches and pains these cute cherry stone pillows are just the thing you need to buy.

Using heat or cold therapy can really help to ease the pain caused by muscle tension, arthritis and sprains.

These little pillows are filled with cleaned and dried cherry stones which heat up easily and rapidly in the microwave and will stay warm without the dangers associated with traditional hot water bottles. They can also be chilled in the freezer and used like a bag of frozen peas on injuries or for headaches.

They come in a variety of designs and this dog one is super cute.

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share some gift ideas with you. No matter who you are buying for, whether it is your partner, future love interest or a friend(for those that celebrate Galentine’s), I have you covered!

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Il Gusto Pick n Mix

£28 for 3 bottles

If you want to get someone the gift of spirits but aren’t sure what they may like then Il Gusto is worth checking out as they have a great range of pick and mix bottles that stack together. You can pick from vodka, gin or a creamy liquor and then pick out your different flavours. They have so many great flavours to pick from and you can even have your own message written on the bottles.

I have always been impressed by the quality of Il Gusto products and have tried various things from them in the past. They also do a great range of vinegars and oils in special bottles.

Prezzybox – Personalised chocolates

£10.99

These personalised chocolates are a great idea. You can pick you own photo to use on the little card that comes with them as well as a message. These are a great gift that can be shared. I know by giving this to my husband he will end up sharing with me! The picture is removable as well as is a nice little keepsake to keep hold of after the chocolates have been eaten!

Prezzybox always have a really great range of presents and most of them can be personalised.

The Edible Museum – Chocolate human heart

£25

This is amazing. How else would you show your loved one you care than by giving them a heart? I think this is a brilliant idea and it looks so cool.

The heart is formed to look as realistic as possible to a human heart and is made completely out of chocolate and to scale. Each one is hand painted with chocolate to look as realistic as possible. It is such a unique gift!

Push Chocolate – Valentine’s Day box

£4.99 per bag usually, packaging is an additional cost:

Two pouches £9.99

Three pouches £13.49

Four Pouches £16.99

All the prices above include UK P&P.

This box is a great gift for any chocolate lover. It contains a bag of chocolate buttons in a flavour of your choice, wrapped in valentine’s themed paper as well as a beautiful fake rose.

All of their ingredients are natural with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or any other nasties. Their chocolate contains 50% less sugar than mainstream chocolate and is boosted with plant proteins, which help to provide the essential building blocks keeping your body healthier as part of a balanced diet. Those chocolate is vegan and suitable for people who are intolerant to lactose, gluten and soy.

They have so many different flavours to pick from!

For the love of the land – Cook book

£22

Another great idea is a cookery book. Forty fantastic farmers from all over the British Isles share their recipes and stories about what British farming means to them. It is a great way to find out new recipes and also a must have book for anyone that loves cooking and spending time in the kitchen! If your loved one enjoys cooking then this is a really useful gift idea.

Heart of Hearts – Mini prosecco

£9.49

Say it with champers is a company that creates personalised champagne and prosecco. They offer a variety of sizes and you can pick whatever label design and text you want. The heart of hearts label is perfect for the occasion and you can add your own message. They will even send you over a copy of the label before printing if you want to check what it will look like. I think this is a thoughtful gift with a message on.

Mooze botanical spirit

£19.99 for 70cl

Mooze 12% is a crisp, lower alcohol botanical spirit, distilled by international award winners in Essex, filling the gap for when you want to drink, but less units and calories.

Mooze contains 6 delicious Botanicals: Juniper, Cucumber, Orange, Clementine Zest, Coriander and Macadamia Nut.

It is a great alternative to regular spirits as it means you don’t get that awful hangover or feel as drunk but still get the taste of a nice alcoholic drink, the perfect gift for anyone that likes a drink or two!

Orriss & Son sauces

£7.25 each for a 200ml bottle

These sauces are a good source of protective antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals, chillies are a great addition to a nutritious, balanced diet. All in all, these three carefully crafted chilli condiments combine authenticity and deliciousness with ultimate convenience and health benefits. Choose from:

‘Even Flow’ – the one that started it all. Orriss & Son’s original recipe hot sauce, based on fiery and fruity habaneros plus red and smoked chillies, tomato and apple juices to deliver that defined ‘hit’.

‘My Wave’ takes inspiration from the heat of the classic and now familiar piri-piri seasoning. Fresh and dried chillies are combined with red peppers, tomatoes and cider vinegar along with the traditional lemon, bay and garlic, to bring a fresh piquancy and balanced salinity to a host of dishes.

‘Fresh Tendrils’ is based on the subtle heat of fresh green jalapeños, balanced with green peppers, apple juice, earthy nettle and mint to impart a vibrant acidity in a tasty green sauce.

They all taste really great and a donation from the sale of each bottle also goes to a water aid charity which changes millions of lives every year, working in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Accessories

Sharkie and Bear – Heart studs

£8

These beautiful earrings are lead and nickel free stainless steel with a heart pattern on, they are such a cute gift idea for valentine’s and they have so many different designs to pick from in studs or in dangly earrings. They also have a good range of non heart related ones that are worth checking out. They are so well made and a really good price for something so delicate and lovely.

Trendhim – Freek Black Knitted Cotton Gloves

£30

These black knitted mens gloves feature touch screen capability on the thumbs and forefingers so are great for anyone that uses a phone or tablet regularly.

They are crafted from 100% recycled cotton, they keep the heat in without trapping sweat, really soft and come in a variety of sizes but also slightly stretchy to be more accommodating. The gloves are great quality and a really good gift idea.

Homeware

Asda – Photo canvas

From £12 depending on size and design

Asda have such a good range of photo items from cushions to blankets or mugs as well as wall canvases. You can personalise them exactly how you want, from the size to the border to the colour scheme. I created this absolutely massive one to go on our wall in the living room complete with 4 wedding photos, two in black and white and two in colour. It came out so well and the pictures look so clear on it. It comes with small wooden blocks if you want to stretch the canvas further but I didn’t need to.

I have always been impressed with the Asda photo products as they are always such great quality and are affordable compared to other photo companies. Their website is so easy to use and I designed the canvas from my phone. You can upload your photos and use their tools to crop and resize as well as change the colour hue.

Crosskey Avenue – Ischia scented candle

£39

I think candles make a great idea as a gift, whether they are for your loved one or if you wanted to treat yourself. Crosskey Avenue have a good range of scents but the one I have been burning is Ischia which is freshly picked lemon, red rose and tomato leaf combine with Mediterranean cypress to produce this zesty yet floral perfume redolent of the Italian island of Ischia. It smells beautiful and even after burning for a while you it still lets off a powerful scent without being overpowering.

Each candle is wrapped in minimalist matt white glass and presented in a beautiful gifting box embossed with the signature Crosskey Avenue keyhole. It has approx. burn time of 38 hrs and the packaging is sustainable.

Skincare

Prezzybox – Men’s wellness collection

£12.99

This is the ideal gift for anyone that likes to pamper themselves as it contains:

Mr Tea Bath Tea Bag, Mr Melt Bath Melt, Mr Smoothie Shower Smoothie and 50g Lime and Cedarwood Shaving Soap.

It is a lovely set all packaged together in a blue themed box aimed for men and I think it’s a really good idea as some men love using different bath products but don’t go out of their way to get them so to receive this as a gift is a really nice thought.

Neves Bees – Everything looks rosey gift box

£14

Neves bees have the most lovely range of products made from natural bees wax, blended with pure, sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and fragranced with natural essential oils and packaged in recyclable tins, card and linen packaging.

This everything looks rosey gift box contains 1 Rosey Hand Salve in a 30ml tin and 1 Rosey Lip Balm in an 8ml Slider tin. I love their hand save and use is regularly especially in the colder months and when washing my hands more frequently. I love the quality of their products and the packaging is really cute.

COSRX – Acne pimple master patch

£7

This is a great idea to treat yourself to if you are preparing to look your best for valentine’s day, whether you live with your loved one and are having a takeaway or having a virtual date with someone over zoom, you will want to look and feel your best.

These patches work so well overnight by reducing inflammation and redness of spots whilst protecting them and helping them heal. I am really impressed with these patches and surprised how well they work on pesky little spots.

Embryolisse – Hydra serum

£16.05

If you want to treat yourself or your loved one to skincare then Embryolisse is a great brand and their products are so kind to your skin, whilst really working, especially good for the colder months when your skin needs extra love.

The hydra serum is great to replenish moisture without leaving your skin sticky or greasy, it soaks in well and really helps to hydrate your skin.

Embryolisse – Hydra cream light

£12.60

The hydra light cream is designed for people that don’t like heavier creams or serums. The lightweight, ultra-nourishing moisturiser sinks into the skin in seconds to provide hydration that lasts all day long. The refreshing texture doesn’t feel heavy and protects the skin’s natural barrier against external aggressors. It helps to give you glowing, healthy looking skin.

Lane 44 – Rose gold razor

From £26 depending on blade supply

This beautiful razor is designed to be an affordable sharp and plastic free design. You can buy it with a 1, 6 or 12 month supply of double edge blades and the 6 or 12 month options come with a free blade bank.

By using a single blade razor you can get a close cut shave without irritation and ingrown hairs. It’s so easy to hold and use and is already the perfect weight and size so you don’t have to apply pressure. This would be a great treat to yourself or for someone you love that suffers with sore skin after regular shaving.

Other

Mood cards – For me and you

£12.50

These are a set of 20 practical activities to get couples into a positive mindset and enhance their connection. They are the perfect Valentine’s day gift, designed to encourage partners to grow and have fun together, to understand and support each other better, to share mutual appreciation and complicity.

They can be used together or in turns, so works well as a gift they can be sent directly to the recipient with a free message and fit through the letterbox.

The cards are printed on FSC paper and have a bio lamination, which makes them compostable and 100% plastic-free. They come in a lovely tin box that is reusable too.

Smart screen – Antibacterial cloth

£9.95

This is a great gift idea to treat yourself to something useful and give your phone or tablet some love. This lifestyle accessory, though produced predominantly for phone and tablet use, can also be utilised for reading glasses or camera lens cleaning thanks to its versatility. It’s so handy to have and I have used it on all my devices as well as my glasses to keep my screens clean and clear.

It’s available in six different colours (Navy Blue, Saffron Yellow, Slate Grey, Powder Blue, Polar White and Camel Brown)

Loving small business box

From £17

Loving Small Business have a monthly subscription box that supports independent small businesses and charities. All of their box contents are a surprise which subscribers love. Their previous boxes have included handcrafted jewellery, natural beauty products and home fragrance, this is an example of what a box may contain.

I think this is a great idea as a gift or a treat for yourself and a really good way to try out products you wouldn’t usually buy or haven’t heard of. The boxes have a great mix of products and you can view previous boxes on their website if you want an idea of what people have received in the past.

They have a continuous offer of 30% off the first box for anyone who subscribes to their newsletter!

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

Warming Winter Workers ft Ideal Heating

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It can be difficult during these hard times to have time to relax or to treat yourself, especially if you are a front line worker or if you are working from home and feel like you are cut off from everyone.

Ideal Heating are giving away free coffee for hard working heroes this winter as a competition on their social channels. If you want to enter then I have included details below:

If you know someone who deserves an extra-special treat this winter, it’s really simple to get involved. All you have to do is head to the Ideal Blend social media posts on Ideal Heating’s Facebook or Instagram and leave a comment with the name of your hard-working hero.

They are giving away 100 bags of free coffee and handy travel mugs to keep those working hard through the winter months warm and cosy. The heating specialists have partnered with independent coffee brand, Maude to create their very own limited edition coffee brand – packed with comforting hints of chocolate, warming notes of ginger and a delicate touch of festive cranberry, crating a real treat for the senses.

I think this is a great competition and receiving a special coffee blend and mug could really brighten up someone’s day.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

Not only can coffee or other hot drinks really help to improve someone’s mood, you could also think about treating someone you love to other things that may seem simple but could really make an impact on their lives like a bar of their favourite chocolate, a new hot water bottle or even a planner. We take things for granted and during the winter and dealing with the covid outbreak it’s so nice to give back those hard workers we know.

Let me know if you have entered?

Sarah x

Freedom Chocolate

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Freedom Chocolate hand crafts luxury artisan chocolate that happens to be Vegan & Multi Allergy Friendly, Our ingredients are ethically sourced and we use eco friendly packaging.

The Independent included them in their Best Vegan Bars in January!

Christmas Indulgence Box

£17.95

This box contains 8 x 30g bars

2 each of Gingerbread, Peppermint Mocha, Mulled Wine Spice and Cranberry & Orange.

They are individually wrapped so could be given as a whole of split up to give to a few different people as gifts or to keep a couple for yourself!

It’s nice to be able to get luxurious chocolate that is vegan and allergy friendly as it can often be hard to find different flavours and types of chocolate if you have a dairy allergy as free from products are usually just dark chocolate with no flavour.

I really like the simple packaging of these and how they show they are vegan and free from on the bottom as well as clearly showing the flavour.

Usually vegan chocolate tastes slightly different to what I regularly eat but I was so impressed with these, you wouldn’t even know they were free from or vegan as they just taste like really nice posh chocolate!

The range of flavours in the Christmas box is unique and I am surprised how much ai enjoyed the mulled wine one! They also do lots of other regular flavours which you can buy in mini or full sized bars but being November these are ideal for Christmas as it’s soon creeping up on us!

My favourite had to be the peppermint mocha as I love anything minty and think this sums up Christmas really well. I also really enjoyed the cranberry and orange and really want to try their mylk orange one as well.

The box would be great to treat a loved one to whether they are vegan or not and you could get it shipped straight to them as we are all limiting who we see next month in the UK due to covid lockdown. It’s great that you can buy treat boxes like this and send to someone without having to leave the house!

What type of chocolate reminds you of Christmas?

Sarah x

Body and Mind Botanicals

This post contains gifted products:

“Body and Mind botanicals are a British company who grow all of our own organic Cannabis to produce, highly effective, award winning and safe CBD products.

We are involved from the seeds being planted to extracting the CBD for infusion and to getting the order through your door.

All of our products are independently lab tested to ensure the levels of CBD and THC are 100% safe and legal in the UK. Our farms are certified organic following stringent regulations to ensure our plants are grown as mother nature intended.” – bodyandmindbotanicals.com

A great way to try out CBD products is with either chocolate or tea. Body and Mind Botanicals have a great range of both:

Cannabis Chocolate Bar-Dark 71% – 50mg

Cannabis Chocolate Bar-Orange 56% – 50mg

Cannabis Chocolate Bar- Mint 71% – 50mg

Loose Organic Cannabis Tea Pouch 15g

Cannabis Herbal Tea – Original – 400mg/10tbgs

Cannabis Herbal Tea- Peppermint- 400mg/10tbgs

I am really impressed with the chocolates as I was expecting an odd taste or to be able to taste the additions but it just tasted like a nice bar of chocolate! Many people use CBD products for health benefits so it’s great that it’s being introduced to everyday products.

If you don’t want to try the chocolate then tea is a great way to try the CBD benefits. Tea is very calming and relaxing anyway so having it with CBD can really help to destress you.

My favourite was the chocolate orange bar as I love orange flavoured things! The peppermint tea was my fave of the teas to try as I really like mint teas.

Have you tried CBD chocolate or tea before?

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This post contains gifted items:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anything else is struggling!

Home

Asda Photo Blanket

57″ x 37″

£40

I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.

Prezzybox – Crazy Cat Lady Mug

£9.99

This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.

Pankhurst Gallery- Ronald Junior Mug

£9.50

Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.

Edit – Self Care Co Candle

£27

Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.

HD Mirrors – Malibu Hollywood Mirror

£34.99

The Malibu portable makeup Mirror is 19 x 25.2 x 2.4cm and weighs only 625g. It is perfect mirror to either use at home or to carry around in your bag if travelling.

I love the fact it has a built in light as it really helps to illuminate your face of using to pluck your eyebrows or apply make up.

It has full surround lighting in a portable solution with a USB rechargeable 1000mAh battery. The lighting can be full brightness, with the option to dim by holding down the power button.

Carfume – Luxury Car Air Freshener

£11.99

This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma. 

They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.

They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.

Moonlight Melts – Wax Melts

£1.99 per pack of 3/4 depending on shape.

Moonlight melts create a vast range of different scents and shapes of max melts. You can order personalised ones or the standard packs of 3/4 in different scents depending on what you require.

Wax melts are basically scented wax candles without a wick and all you do is melt them in a wax burner. The melts are heated by the tea light and fill the room (or whole house) with beautiful scents.

They have such a great range of scents from Orange spice to Christmas pudding!

Experiences

Photography Courses & Gift Experiences

From £250

A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.

Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.

Skincare/Beauty

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Lip Balm Set

£14

Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.

This lip balm set contains:

1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.

Neve’s Bees – Hand Salve

£10.95

This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.

Neve’s Bees – Cuticle Butter

£8.50

This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.

Beauty By Jas – Jasmine Joy Bamboo Face Scrub

£12

Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.

“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”

Beauty By Jas – Happy Himalayan Body Scrub

£10

This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.

“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion

£10.99

This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash

£10.99

I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.

SheaMoisture – Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energising Bath, Body And Massage Oil

£11.99

I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Cosmic bath bomb

Adult size £3.50

Child size £2

For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.

I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.

Tweezerfile

£19.99

This amazing creation is the original tweezer sharpener. How many of us have had to replace tweezers that we love when in-fact you can just sharpen them?!

The tweezerfile is so easy to use and would make a great gift for anyone that is into beauty products and tools.

The small pocket-sized beauty file allows you to bring your favourite tweezers back to life. No need to throw them away and buy a new pair.

Now blunt, useless tweezers are a thing of the past – keep Tweezerfile in your beauty bag and your tweezers will always be in tip top condition.

Mettalife- Pure Savvy Overnight Radiance Serum

£60

Mettalife is an eco-friendly vegan online marketplace bringing together a range of over 100 different brands. The two products I have tried are from the brand Pure Savvy.

This serum has so many great ingredients and is so good to help your skin. It really does leave your face looking smoother and brighter.

Hyaluronic Acid – protects the skin from UVB rays and provides a protective barrier on the skin to lock in moisture

Willow Bark Extract – multi-tasking botanical powerhouse rich in anti-oxidants, helping to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and balance skin and reduce redness in skin

Papaya Fruit Extract – natural enzymes gently help to remove dead skin leaving the skin looking fresher and brighter

Spilanthes Acmella – plant-derived extract proven to restructure, firm and smooth the skin with a noticeable effect

Mettalife- Pure Savvy 3 in 1 Miceller Water

£8-24 depending on size

Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.

Clothing

Squatsnotsweeties – Medium To High Impact Black Signature Sports Bralette

£26

I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.

Squatsnotsweeties – Black Signature Leggings

£34

These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.

Food & Drink

Cake & Handle – Cake Box

From £3.99

This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.

Il Gusto – Star Liqueur Set

£15

This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:

Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry

It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.

Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.

Eh-co Chilli Oil

From £3.99

This basil infused oil is perfect for any chilli or oil fan. It’s a great accompaniment to salad or to drizzle on chicken as well as having it as a dipping oil for bread.

Etinde House Chilli Oils deliver the best of provenance; made with sustainably grown extra virgin/cold pressed Rapeseed oil (UK Grown), Habanero chilli, Carolina Reaper Chilli, Basil & Rosemary.

Their range is all vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Mockingbird Spirit – Miniature

£3.99

This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.

I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.

Prezzybox – Personalised Marmite

£11.99

I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.

Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box

From £7.99

The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home. 

This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!

Social Stories Club – Ethical Gift Box

From £16.50

Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.

They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!

Electrical

Always Personal – Wireless Phone Charger

£14.95

These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.

Books & Games

Victoria’s Torton Tales – Story Time Bundle

£24.99

Victoria’s Busy Day: Volume 1

Pop Comes to Sewards’ Yard: Volume 2

Roser and Tanner Steam Roller Friends: Volume 3

Victoria and the Teddy Bear: Volume 4

This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.

The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come. 

Victoria’s Torton Tales- Early Learning Counting Book

£3

This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.

The Dark Imp – Coaster Games

£6.99

This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:

• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.

• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.

• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.

• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.

• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.

• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.

On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!

Prezzybox – Learn Something New Everyday About Cats

£9.99

This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.

You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.

Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?

Sarah x