With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy. For me, I 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 have put together some ideas this year and have included personalised ones too 🙂

 

Beauty/Skincare

 

Rubis Classic Scissors

£31

Beauty tools come in so handy and I am always in need of small scissors, whether it is to cut my nails or trim false lashes down, they are really useful to have. I have a pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite pair as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. The scissors are really great quality and a must have beauty tool.

Solid Perfume – Bella

£24

I hate carrying around a perfume bottle as they are so bulky and often the small samples you get end up leaking all over your bag and only last one or two uses so a solid perfume is ideal. It comes in a beautiful compact tin so is ideal to carry around with you and great for travelling. It is so easy to use, you simply use your finger like you would with a tin of lip balm and then apply anywhere on your skin. It has shea butter in too so is easy to apply and kind to your skin. Bella is a refreshing floral scent and really beautiful, you can get it in a range of other scents too.

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

£35

I love the Ren Moroccan oil range and always have done. Their body lotion is so lovely but I recently discovered their body oil and fell in love. I smells amazing, as does everything else in the range! You only need a small amount and it makes your skin so soft. It would make the ideal gift for someone that loves a good pamper or deserves one!

Maskologist Lavender Youth Miracle Sheet Masks – 4 Pack

£84.50

Sheet masks are a massive trend right now and Maskologist have created these lovely lavender youth promoting masks. You can buy then singularly or as a pack of 4 and they also do a really nice sounding rose one to help your skin glow. The lavender youth miracle mask helps to reset the skin, making it plumper and more radiant. It leaves your skin feeling amazing and looking so fresh. It is pretty much a professional facial in a box! These masks are completely biodegradable as they are created without the plastic mesh base structure of other hydrogel masks so once used they are fully dissolvable in water so can be used as a body treatment in the bath, bonus 🙂

The Manta – Hairbrush

£25

This is honestly the best hairbrush I have ever tried! It is so easy to hold and it is flexible so it can bend to suit your scalp. It is a lot less harsh than other brushes out there so helps to prevent breakage and as a plus, it can also be used on wet hair. A lot of times you see specific brushes for wet hair as this is when your hair is most vulnerable but this one is safe to use all of the time. It comes in a few different colours and I think the white and rose gold one looks so pretty!

Prezzybox – Handmade Wellbeing Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This beautiful set is vegan, cruelty free and  free from harsh chemicals,. It would be ideal for anyone that loves a good pamper and loves a nice bath. Made with essential oils, each carries natural benefits, and ensures a relaxing bath. They are beautifully made too and look too nice to use!

They come in 4 different scents – sweet orange (happiness), geranium (balance), eucalyptus (clarity) and lavender (relax).

The Healing Hut – Pregnancy Massage Oil

£12.50

The healing hut have an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free skincare products. The pregnancy oil is a calming lavender blend created to help soften your skin. It is ideal to use whilst pregnant or once given birth to help with any stretch marks. An ideal pampering gift for an expectant mother or a new mother 🙂

The Healing Hut – Pro-age Eye Cream

£12

This organic eye cream is ideal for normal, mature and tired looking skin. It contains natural oils and extracts to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. As with the rest of this range, it is vegan and cruelty free. I find that I much prefer putting natural products near my eyes as they are very sensitive so something like this is great for anyone with sensitive skin too.

The Healing Hut – Ultra-hydrate Chamomile and Jasmine Night Cream

£15

Night cream is important to use as this is when your skin rejuvenates itself and when the products have time to work. Jasmine and Chamomile are especially good for dry and sensitive skin, they work together to regenerate cells and combat inflammation. The scent is beautiful and having this applied to your face by your nose can also help you to relax and sleep better. I think this would be great for new mothers that maybe aren’t spending much time or money on themselves as a little pick me up and treat.

The Healing Hut – Apple and Avocado Face Mask

£12

I really do recommend the healing hut products, especially if you are buying from someone that lives a vegan/cruelty free/organic lifestyle. Their products are really well priced and made with a lot of care and love. They are the ideal pamper products to treat someone to. Doing a face mask can be really relaxing as well as good for your skin.

Clay face masks are great for all skin types and the perfect booster for your skin when it’s not looking its best. Clay is particularly good for fighting inflamed or oily skin. Apple, Avocado and Aloe all contain antioxidants and vitamins A,C and E to protect the skin against environmental damage, and ageing.

 

Homeware

 

Asda Photo – Photo Slate 7.5″ x 5.5″

£11

I wanted to get a nice photo of my myself with my mum for her to display as she has just moved house and is in the middle or decorating and adding pictures and ornaments etc. I have used Asda before for personalised products and have always been impressed with the price and quality. The picture is printed on a piece of slate with s a stand and you can have it made in various sizes. I thought this would look really nice on display.

Asda Photo – Personalised Porcelain Mug

£10

The personalised mugs from Asda are a really great quality too. Their online tool to customise the layout/size of the photos is so simply to use, I designed and ordered both products straight from my phone. I wanted to get a nice mug for my step mum so opted for a picture from her wedding day to my dad. The picture came out really well and the mug looks really good!

Live In The Light – Candle Gift Box

£25

I have mentioned live in the light before, they are one of my favourite go to websites for natural skincare and they have released this beautiful candle gift set which would make the ideal present for any candle lover. All of the candles are natural and in the set you get:

Frosted Glass Tumbler – 7.75oz
Medium Tin – 3oz
Large Tin – 6.7oz
Set of 4 Tealights
Large Pillar – 14oz

Scents may vary box to box but the ones I got all smell amazing! You get so much for your money and it’s all packaged really well in a box and is just such a lovely present.

Prezzybox – Copper Plant House

£24.99

This beautiful plant house would be the ideal present for someone wanting to add a bit of greenery to a kitchen or bathroom. I think this would look great on s shelf or window ledge with an aloe vera or cactus in. It has a concrete foundation block and then a copper coloured frame making it look like a little house, really cute!

The Healing Hut – Oriental Jasmine Plant Wax Candle

£6

Jasmine is a proven anti-depressant, the essential oils sweet aroma works to combat moods and boost energy. It can also provide the right scent for the perfect night’s sleep. It is the ideal scent to have in the bedroom. This candle is the perfect size if you wanted to take it with you if you were travelling and struggling to sleep whilst away from home. Candles make a great gift and this one is vegan and cruelty free.

Cardology – Spring Wellies Pop Up Card

£8.50

I don’t usually get cards for people but this is another level! It is a 3D pop up card that is a pair of wellies with flowers coming out of the top and a bird on. I have never seen a card quite like it. I think it’s a great idea and they have so many designs, you can even get one that is a teddy bear! I think it’s really cool!

 

Food & Drink

 

Rhythm 108 – Sweet’N’Salty Almond Bar

Rhythm 108 – Hazelnut Cookie Dough Bar

£1-£2 each

Price varies depending on stockist.

You can purchase boxes direct or if you want to buy singularly you can usually get these in the free from section of supermarkets or independent vegan/health stores.

These are ideal if you are buying for someone with a gluten or dairy allergy or someone that is vegan as all of their products are organic, gluten free and vegan. The cookie dough is even one of your five a day?!

I don’t eat a vegan diet but the chocolate bars are some of the nicest ones I have ever tasted. When I was eating a vegan diet I was obsessed with the hazelnut praline one. They are so tasty and they taste like really posh, high quality chocolate.

These both would make a great gift, whether you want to buy a selection of different ones or treat someone to a big box 🙂

Mummy Meagz – Rocky Road

£1.49 each

This rocky road bar is vegan and gluten free so again this is another ideal treat for anyone that is eating a vegan diet or has a gluten or dairy allergy. I love the design on the packaging and it tastes so good! I am a big rocky road fan and this is the perfect size as a treat and they have so many different flavour bars to pick from 🙂 They even do their own version of a creme egg!

il Gusto – Miniature Oils & Vinegar Gift Set

£24.95

This set contains a great mixture of oils and vinegars in a presentation box. I think this would be great for anyone that is into cooking or looking to better themselves in the kitchen(like myself!). It is a great way to try different flavours I wouldn’t usually have picked up. The set contains 8 x 40ml bottles:

Garlic Oil
Hazelnut Oil
Chilli Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil “LASITHI” – Organic
Raspberry Balsam Vinegar
Mango Balsam Vinegar
Tomato & Basil Balsam Vinegar
Calamansi Balsam Vinegar

I love how they come in a box too and il gusto have so many other bottles to try, you can get some really good gin selection boxes too.

Cricketers – Artisan Gin

£37

Cricketers gin is a small batch, artisan crafted, London Dry Gin. It features the local Berkshire botanicals: wild marjoram, milk thistle and blackberries, these unique flavours harmonise with zesty orange, spicy coriander, and subtle tones of liquorice to deliver an exquisitely smooth juniper-forward gin. It is great mixed with just a plain tonic so you can really appreciate the flavour or you can of course create your own mix by adding it to something flavoured.

This is a must have for any gin lover and not just for people that like cricket!

 

Fashion

 

Seaton Gifts – Heart and Checks Reversible Multicoloured Scarf

£19.95

This beautifully made scarf is reversible. One side of this soft scarf features a check weave in a mixture of vibrant colours accented with navy blue or grey hearts. The other side shows the pattern in reverse with multi coloured hearts against a navy blue or grey background. It has soft frayed edges. The scarf is really soft and would make a really great present, especially this time of year and the colours are great for winter/spring.

Cover-Up Phone Case – New Zealand Paua Shell Explorer Black Case 

£35

Cover-Up have an amazing selection of phone cases made out of wood, stone, felt or shell. The shall range is stunning and they have so many different type of shell to pick from. I think a really stunning, unique phone case like this would be a really good gift. The case is very hard wearing and they come in so many different options as well as lots of different phone models.

The Healing Hut – Necklace

£7

This beautiful necklace is a set of angel wings with a heart hanging in the middle. It is such a lovely piece and very elegant. The healing hut has a good range of jewellery, not all of them are on the online shop at the moment but you can always contact them to find out what they have in stock or visit them if you are local to Hook.

The Healing Hut – Wish Bracelet

£4

I think this bracelet is really sweet and thoughtful. The idea behind it is that you give it to someone as a gift and make a wish, over time as the thread frays it means your wish is coming and eventually when it comes off your wish is meant to come true. It is adjustable and will fit most wrists 🙂

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

I recently published my Valentine’s Day gift guide but I never really spoke about what the day means to me. To many of us it is a special day to spend with our partner, to others it is a day to celebrate friendship or even just any other regular day.

If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your partner it can be hard if you don’t get to see them. Lucky for me I will spending the whole of Valentine’s weekend with my husband and we plan to go out for a nice meal and then maybe watch a romantic film in the evening.

I wanted to share some more gift ideas with you, all from Moonpig. I love this site for gifts as they really do have something for everyone!

You can celebrate the day whether you are sat right next to your loved one or if they are the other end of the country or a different country!

Moonpig have a great range of letterbox gifts that are designed to fit straight through the letterbox and don’t need to be signed for. This is great if you want to send someone a present that you can’t give them yourself.

This American candy box is the perfect gift to send any sweet lover. It is something different and american sweets always seem to taste better than english ones so this is a great idea and a great selection! They have a lot of different sweet/chocolate boxes that are part of the letterbox gift range.

If you are looking for another sweet idea and you can give it in person or have it delivered to your love one then this sweet like you jar is perfect. It is full to the brim with pink and red love themed sweets. There are so many different sweets in here and this is great for anyone with a sweet tooth.

If they are more of a chocolate lover then you can pick from one of many chocolate gifts, they do a lot of personalised ones as well as a wide selection of popular chocolate brands. These montezuma top dog truffle collection are such a tasty selection of truffles and will be the perfect gift for any chocolate lover.

If they prefer alcohol then why not get a bottle of their favourite beverage? They have a wide selection of gin and the sibling gin is currently on offer! If you order any bottles from Moonpig they are always really well packaged and they always seem to have a selection on offer!

They have a great selection of alcohol and chocolate sets like this rosé and truffle set. It comes in a super cute box too!

If you wanted to get something more personal and something they can keep then one of the animal night lights are super cute! This cat one is a perfect gift for my husband as we can have it next to the bed to use if one of us wants a small light to use to read at night and we both love cats and have a lot of cat related products already at home.

The melt my heart set is a really lovely gift idea as it is a bath fizzer, lip balm and cooling eye set.

You may be looking for something to do Valentine’s evening or over the weekend so this couple’s board game is the perfect fun activity!

If you aren’t into staying in and playing games but are struggling for ideas you could always use the date night idea dice to help you pick and you can also set up a date night fund in a super cute jar.

As you can see, they offer such a wide variety of gifts whether you are seeing your loved one or want to send them something in the post! They also have an amazing range of cards that you can personalise and have delivered to yourself or straight to someone else! I am not a massive card giver so will be re using last years one to Nick! I like to give him a cute and romantic one but there are so many funny and rude ones you can get too.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

Sarah x

* This post contains gifted items *

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!

Food & Drink

Bumble and Goose – Personalised biscuits

£16.50 a box

A box of eight biscuits that can be delivered straight through a letterbox.. What an amazing idea! You can personalise two of them to say who they are to and who they are from also. The biscuits are packaged well and are stuck to the bottom sheet with a small amount of icing to hold them in place during transit to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. They look so beautiful and they taste amazing!

Prezzybox – Personalised sweet hamper

£39.95

This beautiful basket contains an amazing selection of retro sweets and you can personalise the outer label with anything you want to say. What I like about this gift is that after all the sweets are eaten, you are left with something you can keep and the basket is really great quality too. The hamper includes:

Candy Necklace
Candy Whistle x 2
Cola Bottles – 100g
Double Lollies x 4
Drumstick Lollies x 4
Fizzers x 5
Fizzy Blue Bottles – 100g
Fizzy Strawberries – 100g
Flumps x 4
Flying Saucers – 25g
Foam Bananas – 100g
Foam Shrimps – 100g
Friendship Rings – 100g
Fun Gums x 2
Giant Refresher Chews x 2
Jelly Babies – 100g
Jelly Beans – 100g
Jelly Bean Hearts – 100g
Love Hearts Dip
Love Hearts Rolls x 5
Parma Violets x 5
Popping Candy
Rainbow drops x 2
Rose Flavoured Chocolate Hearts – 100g
Strawberry Hearts – 100g
Teddy Bears – 100g

Saltire Coffee

£7.49

The saltire blend is a mix of arabica and robusta coffee beans which has been freshly ground. I am not a massive coffee fan but my husband is so I picked this up for him to try as he always loves trying new coffees. It’s easy to use and you can buy it ground or in bean form depending on if you have a coffee machine or not. It comes packaged well and you can smell it as soon as it arrives. Saltire coffees are made to order so you can guarantee only the freshest coffee is delivered to your door!

Il Gusto – Passion Heart Bottle

Turkish Delight Gin

From £7.50

Il Gusto are an amazing brand that can create custom liquor bottles. You can pick everything from the shape of the bottle to the message on the front and what alcohol you want, as well as what bottle stopper you want! I think this is such a great gift idea as you can gift someone a unique drink, you can pick from there massive range of flavours and you can write whatever you want on the bottle. I think the turkish delight gin is ideal for Valentines as its pink!

Jewellery

Solace Jewellery – 1.5cm silver hoop earrings

£8

Solace have created a massive range of earrings and other jewellery that is hypoallergenic. Often cheaper jewellery can tarnish or turn green from a reaction with your skin but this company has created specific products to help prevent these issues. These earrings can be bought in silver, gold or rose gold and they are beautiful in all colours. They have been made really well and I am so impressed with the price! 

Trendhim – Grey bracelet duo

£14

This is a set of two adjustable bracelets that would make a great gift for someone that doesnt like bulky jewellery but likes to wear something on their wrists. They can be adjusted to fit most wrists, they fit myself and my husband. I like the simple design of them and I like the colours as black is always my go to and I think grey is very stylish. You can get them in lots of different colours if you wanted a set a bit more colourful!

Trendhim – Black bead bracelet combo

£12

Black wooden beaded bracelets are a classic. These are designed for men so are on the larger size and can’t be adjusted. I think more and more men are wearing jewellery nowadays so this would be a great addition to anyone’s everyday jewellery. Black goes with everything too, or you can buy them in different colours. They come in a cute pouch too.

Accessories

Trendhim – Black leather card holder

£18

A card holder is a must have for anyone. My husband and myself both like using one when we don’t want to carry about a massive purse or wallet. Again, I will recommend this in black but you can get it in different colours. I find sometimes all you want to take with you may be your bank card and ID so this is ideal. You can actually fit quite a lot in this and you can fold up a couple of notes in it too as it has 6 compartments. It comes in a gift box and I think this is a great price.

Funky Pigeon – Unicorn odd socks

£12.99

I love the brand Oddsocks. I always try to wear matching socks but most of the time I can’t find a pair so end up wearing an odd pair. With Oddsocks, they are intentionally an odd pair! This pack has 6 odd socks but all along the same theme (unicorns) so you can mix and match them to make 15 different sock combinations! Ideal for any unicorn lover and I mean, who doesn’t love getting new socks as a gift?!

Funky Pigeon – Cat lady tote bag

£9.99

This bag would make the purrfect gift(see what I did there?! Haha) for any cat lady! Tote bags are really great to either use instead of a handbag if you want to carry about just a few items or to fold up in your handbag and use it when shopping as a reusable carrier bag. You can personalise it to say whatever you want on top of the cat face. It is really well made and I am always impressed with the price and quality of things from Funky Pigeon.

Stationery

Funky Pigeon – Initials engraved notebook

£9.99

I think a personalised notebook also makes a great gift. This one from Funky Pigeon is a cute lined notebook with a monthly planner and goals at the front of it and on the cover you can pick to have any initials added. There are quite a few colours to pick from. I really like how colourful this one is. The small one is the perfect size to carry around in your bag.

Toad diaries – Personalised notebooks

Owls family A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
No personalisation

Dusk ombré A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
With my name on the front :
Sarah Trademark

£8.95 each

Can you tell I like notebooks?! Toad Diaries have an amazing range of notebooks you can personalise. You can pick whether you want them lined, plain, dotted or grids. Each cover you can also personalise. The owl cover I chose not to have any text added but the ombre cover I wanted my name on. They arrived really quickly and the website is easy to use to design them. It shows you a preview before you order them too.

Angelic meaning cards

£15

This set has 33 cards to help give you daily guidance and each card had been photographed at the beach with a meaningful word on the front and then some words on the back to give you guidance for the day. You can gift them all to someone at once or give them one at a time to a loved one to help them if they are struggling at the moment. An example of one of the cards is: “Nature – Go out in the fresh air and nature. This will make you feel much better, it helps to both blow the cobwebs away & re-vitalise. Just do it.” Some us us need that push and need to be told things like this so I think this is a thoughtful gift to show someone you care.

Homeware

Newshome Candle – Lavender

£20

A candle is one of the best gifts many of us love to recieve. Newshome have created a fab range of 100% natural, vegan friendly soy candles. They have so many beautiful fragrances to pick from but lavender is always my go to. The candles can burn up to 45 hours which is amazing if you only use them for a short amount at a time. The scent of the candle is quite strong and you can smell it immediately once you take it out the box which I love as you will be able to smell it even when its not burning. Candles are also very romantic!

Sassy Shop Wax – Strawberry lily scented wax melt segment pot

£4

Sassy Shop Wax – La vie est bon scented wax melt bar

£2.75

If they prefer wax melts to candles then Sassy Shop Wax have got you covered! They have an amazing range of wax melts which not only look so beautiful, then smell incredible! You can pick from so many different fragrances and also styles. The segment pots are massive and can be broken up into 6pcs and the bars can be broken easily into 10 smaller pieces so depending on how long you want it to burn for you could use one or two pieces at a time. Both the scents I picked are really nice. The strawberry lily is very sweet and smells good enough to eat! The la vie est bon smells sweet but at the same time very relaxing and this would be great for a romantic evening! They also do room sprays so I might have to get one to try.

The Healing Hut – Gold Noir candle

£6

This is a beautiful smelling candle with the scent of frankincense and myrrh so is ideal if you don’t like fruity or floral scents. I really love the logo and colouring for the healing hut(purple is my fave after black!) so I think this would look beautiful next to the bed. I love lighting candles in the evening and this one smells really good! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan.

Skincare

Bubu skincare – #youpucker lip mask

£5

Make your lips more kissable with a lip plumping mask. In 10-15 minutes your lips can be plumped and soft. I love using face masks but had never heard of a lip one before! It is easy to use and leaves your lips so moisturised and ready for a Valentines kiss!

Trendhim – Shave cut healing gel

£6

This is a great practical gift as it can help with shaving. We all suffer with razor bumps and cuts whether its on your face or your legs or anywhere else. This gel can stop the bleeding and help protect the cut and enable it to heal better. My husband always shaves his face in a rush and cuts himself so this is an ideal present for him!

LipQ – Liquorice balm

£7.95

This lip balm is 100% natural and as its main ingredient is liquorice it is great for anyone that gets cold sores too. It can be used as an everyday lip balm to help keep your lips hydrated and can be used by anyone, not just cold sore sufferers, it’s just a bonus that it helps if you do suffer with them. I think lip balms in general make a good gift, especially this time of year when your lips get dry from the cold weather.

The Healing Hut- Relax bath salts

£10

Another product from the healing hut that I wanted to share with you is the relax bath salts. Again, the packaging is beautiful with the brand logo and these are also cruelty free and vegan. I am a massive fan of bath salts so the fact you get a massive 500ml of them is already a big hit with me. I suffer a lot with migraines so find products aimed at relaxing always seem to help me feel a little better if I am suffering and I always like to take a relaxing bath if I have a headache or migraine. These smell sop good and you only need a small handful in the bath. Really impressed with the scent of these.

The Healing Hut – Relax massage oil

£12.50

In the signature packaging and also cruelty free and vegan, this massage oil smells the same as the bath salts as it is also the relaxing calming blend. Massage oils can be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! I quite often will rub a small amount on my wrists, chest and neck if I need to relax. It is in a pump bottle so not messy to use and you only need a small amount. It leaves you really soft and relaxed, ready for a good night sleep!

Shower In A Can

£9.99

This is something I had never heard of before. We all know some people that are obsessed with dry shampoo(myself included!) on days when its not practical to wash your hair, but what if there was something you could use on your body?! Maybe you go to the gym on the way to work and don’t have time to shower or get hot and bothered travelling on the train. What do you do at a music festival when you can’t shower? This is the answer and would make such a quirky gift! It is so easy to use and great to put in your bag. 

Sensationail – Express gel one step polish kit

£34.99

This is the perfect starter kit for anyone wanting to do gel nails at home. The set includes:

1 x 10ml Express Gel Polish – Red Your Profile (True Red)

LED nail lamp (USB & mains charger)

Double-sided nail buffer

Manicure stick

How-to Booklet

It really is so easy to use and you don’t even need to use a base coat or top coat like you do with most other gel kits so this is really quick to use. You can then buy additional colours for £10 which I think is a great price considering what it costs if you were to go to a nail salon. Whenever I do gel nails at home they usually last about a week and a half which is a massive improvement on the 1-2 days normal nail polish lasts without chipping!

Blomma Beauty – Palm of Feronia Clarifying Charcoal & Clay Mask

£22

This mask is great for a pamper. Anyone that appreciates good skincare or doing masks should give this ago. It is a powder that you activate by mixing with water and can really help to detoxify your face and leave it smooth and clean. I think this is different to a normal mask on a jar as it won’t dry out and to an extent you can make it to whatever consistency you want.

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

I love trying out beauty boxes or bags as it is always a great way to either buy your favourite products for a fraction of the cost or to try new things you wouldn’t usually buy.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Beauty Expert Collection: Icons Edition

The bag contains 6 iconic products worth £170:

Within the bag you receive the following products as well as a leaflet explaining more about each product:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® All-Over Miracle Oil (100ml)

I have been using this oil for about a year now as it is a great multi purpose lightweight oil. I usually use it on my face every few evenings if I need an extra bit of moisture as some of my acne creams can be very drying. It is also ideal to use on your body, especially dry ankles or elbows! You can even put it on the ends of your hair. It smells fab and a little goes a long way. It was great to get one in this set as I had nearly run out!

Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel (100ml) in one of the following: Heavenly Gingerlily/Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose/Suma Ginseng/Rhubarb & Rose

Molton Brown have always been a favourite of mine for luxury bath and home products. They can often be expensive but I usually treat myself to a body wash in the sales. This is a great way to try the brand if you haven’t before and you will receive one of the above scents. The bottle is a good size too.

NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% (30ml)

I hadn’t heard of this brand or tried this before so was quite excited to give it a go. It claims to basically become a photography filter for your skin in real life. It helps to smooth your skin out and hide any imperfections and give you a natural radiance. You can wear it on its own if you are going for a natural look or you can put it on under your make up. I have used it a couple of times now and have been impressed with the finish.

Eve Lom Cleanser (100ml)

This is something I had wanted to try for a very long time but couldn’t justify buying it as it’s usually about £50-60 for a pot this size! It comes with a muslin cloth for you to try too and has been compared a lot to Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I have been using it for a week now and you only need a small amount to cleanse your face. It smells really nice and has left my skin feeling very clean and soft and I would love to buy it again when I run out so will probably look into getting a set where it’s included again!

Babor Skinovage Reactivating Eye Cream (15ml)

Not a brand I had tried before but now I am in my 30s it’s about time I started using an eye cream and more anti aging products. I am happy that this is a lightweight eye cream as I always worry about putting anything too thick near my eyes! It soaked in well and can be applied thinly at night or even in the morning if you need a bit of a boost when you have tired eyes.

NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Comforting Face Balm (50ml)

Nuxe has always been a favourite brand of mine for skincare, I love their oil and was excited to try this face balm. It is a luxurious honey infused face cream that can be applied day or night and it smells so good! I was impressed how well it soaked in and by using it before bed the nights I don’t use my oil it helped to keep my face hydrated. I also put a small amount on in the morning too and it soaks in well and doesnt leave my face greasy.

I think this is amazing value for £79 and for a limited time if you use code SARAH_20 you can get an additional 20% off making it only £63.20!

Something else I love about Beauty Expert is that if you spend over £35 you get to pick a free gift too!

Have you tried anything from this set?

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Welcome to my 2019 Christmas gift guide. I have split my gift ideas into sections and tried to include a wide variety of products to hopefully help you out if you are struggling for ideas!

Puzzles

Outer Space Jigsaw

£13.49

Jigsaw puzzles are a great gift and are suitable for most ages. You can get a variety of jigsaws, some can be really easy and simple for younger children, and others can be a bit more challenging for older children or adults. This particular one is of outer space and is a 1000pc puzzle. My mum and step dad love doing a jigsaw puzzle and so does my grandma, so I am always keeping my eye out for different ones to get them. This would also be a good family activity to do over Christmas!

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Jacob’s Ladder

£5.49

I had one of these about 15 years ago and I remember how fun it was! They are suitable for anyone over the age of 5 and it is one of those things you could have next to you if you like to hold things or like to have a distraction. I find these to be a much more exciting version of a stress ball and think it is pretty cool.

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Gifts For Little Hands – Pyramids 3 In 1

£25

This is ideal for children and is aimed at children aged 0-2 but to be honest I think slightly older children would have fun with this too! It is made up of 26 coloured wooden shapes and the aim is for the child to put it together depending on the shape and the size. It can be very fun and stimulating and will help to keep the child entertained for a long time! I really like the bright colours too as I think children are attracted more to colours than plain looking toys.

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At My Best – Good Questions Cards

£20

These aren’t really a game or puzzle as such but they are a pack of question cards. They are a great way to get to know others and also to grow yourself. They would be great to use in a working environment as an icebreaker or if you are struggling with motivation, some of the questions can really make you think about stuff and appreciate yourself more. The aim is to make you more positive and to really appreciate life and yourself.

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Top Trumps – Mischievous cats

£4.99

There are so many variations on Top Trumps, I think this mischievous cats set is perfect! It is a great way to learn interesting facts about all kinds of cats and it is a great game to play. You can get a set with dogs too!

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Harry Potter Lex-Go

£14.99

A great word game for any HP fan! It is a fast paced tiled word game which comes in this cool travel bag. You can create crosswords and anagrams and try to use up all of your tiles to beat your opponent. It is aimed for age 8+ so would be great to play with older children to increase their vocabulary.

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Homeware

Silk Flower House – Jug Of Sunflowers

£40

I think flowers make a great gift, but the problem is they don’t last very long which is why I prefer artificial flowers. Silk flower house create amazing arrangements of flowers and I just love this jug of sunflowers. I think sunflowers can bring so much happiness especially at this time of year when it is so dark and rainy! I love the cute jug they come in and this would make a beautiful gift.

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Rocket Jack – Tiger Print

From £19 depending on size

I went for an A3 grey background tiger print. I really like tigers as I compare them to my tabby cat Gizmo and I call him my little tiger so I thought this print would bring a bit of colour to our living room. I think art prints make great gifts and Rocket Jack have such a great range available and are really great quality.

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Durrant & Dove

You’ve been poisoned tea cup

£23.76

Durrant & Dove are a new artisanal business based in rural France. They scour the French countryside for beautiful unloved vintage porcelain and viciously deface it. Unique Christmas gifts, insult your loved ones in the most beautiful way.

I think some of the phrases they are using are brilliant and these are such unique gifts! Who wouldn’t want a cup that says you smell like wee, haha!

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Coulson Macleod – Christmas Card

£4.99

This beautiful concertina card has the word “Christmas” in rose gold foil and I just have visions of giving this to someone and it being the centerpiece on their mantle all throughout the festive period. I think it is beautifully made and would look lovely in someones living room!

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Paracise DVD

£12.99

This is a bit of a different gift, it is a DVD aimed to introduce people into a low impact exercise regime. It is ideal for someone new to exercise or for someone with bad joints that needs some guidance. I think a lot of people don’t exercise as they struggle knowing what is best for their joints but this guides you and is something you can do in front of your TV!

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Rebecca Yates – Notebook

£25

Rebecca creates an amazing range of personalised notebooks, you can pick the phrase as well as the colour scheme and font colour and she will then add a name to it too! My aim for next year is to try and make more notes to help me with day to day chores as well as my blog so this is going to be ideal and will look super cute left on my desk. This is an ideal gift for anyone that loves being organised.

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House Of Wonderland

Cat – Vinyl Sticker

£1.75

Cat Paws Washi Tape

£3

House Of Wonderland have an amazing range of cat related products, from pins, stickers, mugs to jewellery.

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Bodycare & Make Up

Shea Moisture – Fruit Fusion Bath & Body Massage Oil

£11.99

I love bath oils 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!

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Shea Moisture – African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Body Wash

£10.99

This is a great detox body wash, so for anyone that has skin exposed to the elements a lot or suffers with body acne then this is great. I like the simple bottle design and how it is not gender specific like a lot of skin/body products are so it is aimed at anyone. It is 384ml so quite a large bottle too.

I usually pick up this brand in Superdrug but you can also buy it online if you search 🙂

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Rubis Gold Star Tweezers

£37

You can buy these at a variety of online beauty stockists and they are honestly the best tweezers I have ever used. They are so precise and ideal as a gift for any beauty addict. They have the perfect slant and are so easy to use to pluck my eyebrows.

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Live In The Light – Pure Anada Christmas Spirit Range

Pure Anada Hand & Body Lotion

Pure Anada Hand & Body Wash

£9.50 each

I love checking out Live In The Light for skincare and I am always impressed with the Pure Anada products. These are cruelty free and vegan so ideal as a gift if you are stuck on what to get for a vegan friend or family member. This range smells delicious and really does make you think of Christmas. I love it when you can get lotion to match body wash too 🙂

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Bubu Skincare

Pollution Busting Sheet Mask

This is ideal for any skin type that needs a good clean. Pollution can really take its toll on your skin, so this will help to give it a good deep clean and rid your face of impurities.

Hydrating Sheet Mask

This mask contains hyaluronic acid and liquorice root to help the moisture penetrate deep into your skin and leave your face really soft and moisturised.

£7 each

Both masks are vegan and cruelty free. I think sheet masks can make a great gift if you want to get skincare for someone but to get them something a bit different.

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Klean Skin – Zen’d Out Mood Elixir

$18

Suffering with migraines, I am always on the hunt for anything that can help, so I wanted to include this mood elixir in my gift guide. If you know anyone with anxiety or that regularly gets stressed and gets headaches or migraines you might want to get this for them. It came from the USA but didn’t take long at all to arrive. It is called Zen’d out and its aim is to calm you and boost your mood. You rub it over your wrists, neck and temples and I find using this if I have a headache coming on really helps.

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Eye Majic – Instant Eyeshadow

£19.99

I was so intrigued by this! I hate doing eyeshadow, I can never get it right and I am terrible and blending so something like this is ideal. The eyeshadow presses on to your eyes in seconds and it looks like you have spent ages doing your eyes! You get 20 applications in a pack which I think is pretty good value. This would be an ideal gift for a make up lover!

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Blue Rock – Bamboo Toothbrushes

£3.95 each

You could always get someone a bamboo toothbrush if you know they are trying to have less plastic waste and want to be more eco friendly. Blue rock create toothbrushes for adults and children as well as offering subscription services.

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Friction Free Shaving

Lily Shaving Set

£18

This shaving set includes:

Lily handle
Free engraving of your choice (worth £6)
Shave Cream
Four German-engineered razor refills, each with 6 diamond-coated steel blades and a styling bikini blade
Teal Clamshell Protector
Shower hook
Teal Travel pouch

This makes a great gift and you can also subscribe to get new blades however often they are needed. I love this razor and the shave cream helps to combat razor bumps. You can go for a rose gold option too and there are other sets they do. I think it is important to get a good razor.

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MINT 3 in 1 cleansing bars

£9.50 each

These cleansing bars come in 3 different fragrances: Tea Tree + Lime + Mint, Coconut + Argan, Sea Minerals. They can be used to cleanse your face body and hair so are ideal if you just want to use one product for everything or when travelling. They are vegan and cruelty free and last up to 5 times longer than regular shampoo and bodywash. They are easy to use and smell great! Ideal gift for someone that uses vegan products and is trying to help the environment with limited waste and packaging.

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Food & Drink

Il Gusto

Cherry Bakewell Gin – Star

Salted Caramel Liqueur – Gingerbread Man

Sour Cherry Vodka – Christmas Tree

£10 each

These super cute bottles come in a variety of shapes as well as a wide choice of flavours. How good does sour cherry vodka sound?! They are ideal for someone that is partial to a little tipple but you want to get something special, not just gin or vodka you can buy anywhere. The flavours are unique and I love how cute the bottles are!

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Sous Chef – Cocktail making

Monin Cocktail Syrup Set

£6.95

Giant Sphere Ice Mold

£4.50

Copper Plated French Shaker

£14.95

Sous Chef have a great range of cocktail making products that would make ideal gifts. I think the syrup set is a great idea and it contains 5 different flavours:

Passion fruit syrup 50ml
Mojito Mint syrup 50ml
Strawberry syrup 50ml
Coconut syrup 50ml
Blue curaçao syrup 50ml

You can also get ice molds to create giant ice spherical which would look super cool in a cocktail. You can also get a really beautiful cocktail shaker, so together all three of these would be a great gift.

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Hot Elephant Tea

From £3.50

Hot Elephant create a wide variety of tea blends. You can buy an individual flavour or you can buy a gift box with a variety of teas in. This would be great for anyone that appreciates teas as you can get such a variety of flavours. The exceptional earl grey is really tasty. They are easy to use and are high quality leaves and spices.

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Yeti & The Fox – Good Night, Great Day

£6

These handy tablets can help you prevent a hangover. Specially formulated with immune boosting vitamins to help your body recover from drinking. These would be a great stocking filler if you know someone that drinks a bit too much over Christmas!

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Steenbergs

Botanicals For Cocktails – Gin

Red Wine – Four Spice Bundle

Sugar & Spice For Mulled Wine

£4 each

These are something different as they are used to help create your own drinks. Each pack contains instructions on how to use them. I think they would be fun to use over Christmas to make your own festive drinks with family or friends.

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Pets

Leo Charley & Me – Candy Cane Collection

Dog Collar

£12

Bandana

£5.50

Bow Tie

£5.50

Leo, Charley & Me create beautiful collars and accessories for dogs. The bandana and the bow tie can be attached on to the collar to secure them in place and I think they are all super cute. All of the products are really good quality and well made. The collars come in various sizes and there are lots of designs to pick from, not just Christmas ones 🙂

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Cheeky Little Prints

Paw Print Ornament

£19

This ornament is so precious, you can personalise them with a message and a picture as well as your pets paw prints, so cute. You use an inkless kit(no mess!) to obtain your pets paw prints and you can then send them or email back to the company who will then neaten them up and create the one of a kind ornament. They also keep the paw prints on file in case you want to create something else at a later date. They do a great range of jewellery too!

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Webbox Treats

From £1 each.

Of course I would always suggest getting a present for your pets too! Webbox always have a good range of treats all year round but have brought out a Christmas range.

My Tabby cat Gizmo goes mad for the tasty sticks so I wonder what he will think of these special turkey and cranberry ones?! The lick-e-lix cream looks like a great treat too. Maybe as a pudding if they eat all of their dinner haha.

They also have a festive bauble with cat treats in, I will probably hang this near the bottom of the tree or my cats will climb it to try and get to them! They also have toys, not just food, so the teaser wand will be fun to play with.

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Dr Zigs – Cat Bubbles

£28.99

These bubbles are designed specifically for cats to play with, you can also get them for dogs (as well as humans!). The cat ones are catnip scented and are really fun to play with. You mix it with water and use the rope wand to create massive bubbles for your pets or children to play with. they have so many different ones for children too!

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Funky Pigeon – Personalised Snow Globes

£9.99 each

These snow globes are so lovely. You can have them with your cat,dog, child, parents, anyone in them and the cat ones have their name in the shape of a fish, I think they are so cute! I have one each for Gizmo and Archie and can’t wait to put them out on display! They are double sided and you can open the bottom to change the picture so I may switch them so I have two the same with one side Archie and one side Gizmo. I think snow globes are a really nice gift and it is great you can create personalised ones.

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Clothes & Jewellery 

Knicker Locker – Men’s Boxer Cosmos

£20

New boxers are a classic Christmas gift and Knicker Locker have a really great range of Waxx boxers with some really funky designs on! These are like a crazy in space, Christmas penguin theme and they feel great quality and are really soft. Nick will love them!

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Soul Analyse – I Am Loved Bracelet

£25

I think this range of “I AM” bracelets is really beautiful and sends such a positive message. This I am loved rope bracelet is so delicate with the message engraved on the silver bar. There are lots of different phrases to pick from and I think if you know someone is struggling then a small simple affirmation gift like this could really make a difference to them.

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Mother Knows Best – T Shirt

£19.99

Mother Knows Best have created a great range of slogan t shirts based around motherhood. I think naptime negotiator is absolutely brilliant! This would be an ideal gift for a new mother or someone with a young child as I am sure they will be able to relate!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this gift guide and get some inspiration of either things to buy for others or things to ask for for yourself!

What is on your Christmas wish list this year?

Sarah x