Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to think of presents for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!
I also find it a lot easier to do all of my shopping online and I have tried to include a wide range of products as well as things for a variety of budgets.
Please check out my other gift guides I am publishing this week as there are 5 in total and organised into categories 🙂
This glass is made of Dartington glass and embellished with Swarovski crystals. It can be personalised with whatever phrase you wish and it’s etched neatly onto the glass. An ideal gift for any wine lover.
I have always been a fan of creating personalised gifts via Asda as they have a great range of things to pick from and you can use your own photos to create the designs online. It’s easy to create your product online and they are always great quality.
This light box is such a good gift and can be turned on at the flick of a switch.
I have always been a fan of candles from Cutch and this year they have bought out this beautiful scented reed diffuser. It is the ideal gift for anyone that appreciates home fragrances and it looks really posh too. I love the scent of this too.
Most of us spend so much time looking for the perfect gift we forget about finding the perfect card. Love Layla have such a great range of cards, there really is something for everyone. You don’t necessarily have to get someone a gift this year, just a thoughtful card is enough!
What I love most about this brand is the fun designs. They have wrapping paper that really stands out and it’s really fun. This is the first thing people will notice when you give them their Christmas gift so why not ensure you get something that will make them laugh and smile before even opening the gift!
This pillow is a game changer. When we sleep we don’t spend the whole night in the same position, we naturally toss and turn causing stress on our faces and hair but with this pillow it holds your head in place meaning it is better for both face and hair. It can help to prevent wrinkles caused by too much moving in your sleep and also means if you want to put skincare on to soak in your face overnight it won’t get wiped off. Being silk it is also so good for your hair and prevents frizz and damage.
This candle comes in a beautiful tin and they have a good range of scents available. I had never heard of mixing lemon and lavender together but it has now become my new favourite scent. Candles are a great gift as they can be kept for display and lit on special occasions or lit before bed as a calming scent. This candle burns well and smells so good whilst it’s burning.
These make a great alternative to your usual plastic or glass baubles. They come in a nice range of colours and they feel more homely than normal baubles. They have been handmade and you can see how much love and care has gone into making and packaging them.
These cute heart shaped tins are available in a range of of designs that are created by different artists. They also have a great range of other items from coasters to cushions in the same designs. I love how cute this tin is as it’s ideal to have to store jewellery in next to the bed.
The serving board is ideal for putting out snacks on over Christmas and I love how posh and stylish it looks with the marble section too. The marble section of the board is naturally cool so is ideal for keeping cheese platters at the correct temperature.
They also have more boards in their range so something to suit everyone.
Quickly and safely chop onions, peppers, and more in one easy motion, and easily pour chopped fruits or veggies without removing the lid. The stainless steel blade pattern and recessed cutting area keeps food in place while the lid provides leverage for efficient chopping.
This is a great gift for anyone that spends a lot of time in the kitchen or someone that doesn’t cook much and needs an easy push to prepare fresh meals.
Merchoid have a great range of Gremlins tree ornaments and are a great idea for any gremlins fan. I already had a couple from this range and they are so well made so pleased to add a couple more to my collection.
If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.
With Father’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 dad, my step dad, my father in law and my grandad. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.
This leather and grey felt lined tray has antique brass rivet fastenings and is perfect as a gift. It is a good size at 10xm x 10xm so can be used for jewellery, change, keys etc. It also comes in a range of other colours.
This tray is really well made and you can have initials added to it to make it more personal too.
Asda Apron – Custom Apron
I am always impressed by the quality of Asda personalised products and had this one made for my dad. We have a lot of things from Asda around the house as they are so easy to create online and are always priced reasonably.
It’s so easy to make this online as you can pick from a good variety of designs. They are always printed well and arrive quickly.
This sleep spray is a new product to Douvalls. It is a great addition to their spray range. It’s so easy to use, you only need a couple of sprays on your pillow and bedding and the relaxing scent helps you to calm down and settle down ready to sleep. Ideal if your dad struggles to get to sleep.
It’s a really lovely scent and as it calming it can help with stress and anxiety too.
Dolma have a good range of scents for men, they are all vegan fragrances and are in nice looking bottles. I have tried their female range before and was really impressed with them.
They have four men’s vegan aftershaves, each of which has its individual hints and tones. The classic Sirius is a timelessly masculine blend while Freedom offers a fresh and woody smell. Kwame is fresh and fun, making it perfect for daily wear in recreational settings while Imagine is fruity and uplifting.
The Cheese Connoisseur’s Handbook is the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day as it’s packed with cheese information to increase your understanding and knowledge of cheese.
Author Svetlana is keen for the reader to learn more about cheese and what cheese is perfect for their palate and how to pair them with a drink for any occasion.
The book is aimed at those wanting to learn about cheese or increase their cheese knowhow, the book contains something for everyone, in an easy way to learn and enjoy cheese.
STEALTH MILLIONAIRE: How to Save and Manage Your Money Like the Rich
Another great book to consider would be this one.
The secret to financial freedom is through small positive changes that you do everyday that will compound over time. This book introduces you to the concept of this and how you can start the process today so would be great to give your dad for some motivation.
Find Your Purpose: A Practical Guide for Discovering Your Purpose and Creating a Life You Love
Another great read by George Choy. It’s a quick read and straight to the point. It’s a really practical, step-by-step guide to take you by the hand, directly to your purpose in life. As you go through the exercises in this book, you’ll be introduced to the variables in the Purpose Formula, and learn how to apply them to your life. You’ll also gain a new understanding of nearly every decision you’ve ever made.
These polarised rainbow mirror sunglasses for men have all the style and functionality of an active lifestyle.
Flexible TR90 frames hug your head while rubber temples and nose pad ensure the glasses stay where they are even though you don’t. The mirror layer allows those you converse with to admire themselves in your eyes while hiding the fact you’re not paying attention.
Polarisation reduces the glare off shiny surfaces like metal, water, and glass, making them perfect for driving, fishing, or window shopping.
Premium black leather wallet, personalised with gold, silver or blind embossed initials. This custom wallet is one of the best sellers in the collection, designed to carry both cash and coins, as well as also comfortably accommodating four credit cards.
Additionally, there are three slip compartments and a slip note compartment for all essentials to be carried neatly. The personalised wallet features RFID protection to keep personal data safe, and a Visconti lining is used throughout.
This is such a good gift idea and a really good size. The embossing is really well done and looks so posh.
Not only does this website have an amazing range of skateboards and skates they have lots of different trainers to pick from.
These shoes would be a great gift if your dad is into skateboarding!
The Etnies Ollie Long SMU Skate Shoes are a brilliant option for skaters. Skateboarders and Stunt Scooter riders alike can appreciate these hardwearing and tough trainers that feature an sticky rubber outsole designed to help stick your foot to your deck and ensures you won’t slip when riding.
Classic etnies heritage styling Cupsole construction Thin tongue and padded collar EVA cushioning footbed Grippy gum rubber outsole with internal EVA midsole
This is a really great moisturiser and can be used day or night. Ideal for a man that likes to take care of his skin.
An infusion of ginger and ginseng root extracts helps to plump the skin with moisture, seeking to reduce the appearance of fine lines with regular use, while a blend of lavender and chamomile helps to soothe the skin. The formula is supported by conditioning almond oil to enhance a supple skin texture. Applied as the last step in your skincare routine, the moisturiser is suitable for use both morning and evening.
Douvall’s cold pressed Multi tasking 100% Pure Eco-Certified Organic Argan oil moisturiser known as liquid gold in Morocco is fast absorbing, light weight, extremely high in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which deeply hydrates, nourishes and repairs the skin, can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This is another great skincare product to try if he likes to look after himself.
I have always been a fan of Anker products and these headphones don’t disappoint.
You can link them up to an app on your phone and can adjust them to lots of different settings depending on your surroundings and type of music you are listening to.
Hi-Res Sound: Life Q30 active noise cancelling headphones have 40mm drivers that reproduce treble up to 40kHz for full-bodied sound with excellent clarity.
Multiple Noise Cancellation Modes: Choose from Transport, Indoor, or Outdoor modes to maximize the active noise cancellation’s effect depending on where you’re listening.
Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation: Low and mid-frequency ambient sounds and up to 95% of engine noise are detected and filtered out by a digital active noise cancellation chipset, as well as external and internal microphones on each earcup.
Calls with Excellent Clarity: Enhanced voice pick-up and noise reduction ensure you’re heard clearly while using Life Q30 active noise cancelling headphones for calls.
40-Hour Playtime: Listen for up to 40 hours in noise cancellation mode and 60 hours in standard mode. Get 4 hours of listening from a quick 5-minute charge.
Lightweight Build: Life Q30 active noise cancelling headphones weigh just over 9oz (260g) and have memory foam earcups with a protein leather cover for all-day comfort.
Ergonomic Design: Life Q30’s earcups rotate by up to 15° to adjust to the shape of your head and its headband can also be adjusted for a more comfortable, secure fit.
Transparency Mode: Press the touch control on Life Q30’s right earcup for 1-2 seconds to activate Transparency mode to allow you to hear voices and traffic at a natural level when needed.
Soundcore App: Select an active noise cancellation mode, update firmware, customize the EQ or choose a preset, and create a soothing white noise soundscape when you want to relax.
NFC Fast Pairing: Tap your Android phone on Life Q30’s right earcup for extra-fast pairing.
Multi-Point Connection: Life Q30 Bluetooth headphones can be connected to 2 devices at once for easy switching.
These are a great option if he prefers ear buds rather than headphones. They are so comfortable to wear and the sound quality is really good.
Offering long-lasting reliability, 30 hours’ playback and IP54 dust and water-resistance means listeners can enjoy music wherever life takes them this summer. Touch controls, smart pause and Bluetooth 5.2 means staying seamlessly connected to their favourite summer tracks is a breeze.
Striking the perfect chord, the Enco Free2 adapts to any schedule with a Triple-Mic Call Noise Cancelling feature for crystal clear voice capture, and users can tune in or tune out as much as they want to, with Transparency Mode to hear ambient sound while on-the-go. The Enco Free2 are available in both black and white and are compatible with Android and iOS.
These charging cables come in glow and non glow options but both are just as cool as each other. The magnetic ends mean you only need one cable for three different chargers!
The connectors are designed to stay in your phone all the time and the magnets do the connecting for you. When you’re done charging, just break the magnetic seal and the cable stops drawing power until connected again.
Each cable comes with all 3 charging types included. iPhone, USB C and Micro USB.
The cables can do data transfer while charging, good for moving files to and from your phone.
All cables are Quick Charge 3.0 compatible with the USB C connector if you have a quick charge capable plug.
Glowing effect looks like electricity is flowing up the cable and into your phone, very cool looking in low light.
This letterbox friendly brownie box is perfect if he likes cake or brownies. It has a massive slab as well as the months favourites included. It’s packaged really well and stays fresh for up to two weeks.
You can personalise the box with whatever brownies you want and can also pick your own message and know that the recipient will have it delivered even if they ar
RJ’s Peppers is a small batch hot sauce company based in Stafford, UK. Since 2021 they have been creating delicious hot sauces made with fresh chillies.
These two sauces are a selection of what they have to offer and I am really impressed with them. They are perfect to have on chicken wings or to use when cooking on the BBQ so if you dad loves BBQ food or wings then you need to get him a bottle to try!
Guylian, the premium Belgian chocolatier, is renowned for its iconic Sea Shells, which are a harmonious blend of dark, white, and milk chocolate filled with the signature praliné filling. Guylian is now 100% Fairtrade certified, and its time-honoured, traditional recipe has been improved, using only the best hazelnuts, roasted in house in their shells to guarantee the best taste. The result is a more intense and less sweet hazelnut flavour, to make them even more irresistible.
These are my dads all time favourite chocolates but I hope he will share them with me
A home is one of the most expensive and most life-changing things you can buy – so it makes sense to step foot in it and look around before you commit to buying. However, you don’t have to view a property before making an offer. In fact, there are many people that buy homes without viewing them first.
This post explains the circumstances where you may want to buy a property without viewing it and how you can reduce the risks of buying a home ‘unseen’.
When to skip the viewing
Buying a home without a viewing may be necessary if you’re planning on moving long-distance. You may not have the time or money to travel out and view properties beforehand. Buying a property unseen allows you to move directly into the home without having to spend time/money travelling to a viewing beforehand. You could always rent out temporary accommodation locally so that you can view homes in person, however this is an added cost to budget for.
Obviously, if you’re buying a home that hasn’t been built yet, this may be another time where you have to skip the viewing. New housing projects in prime locations often get a lot of interest – if you want a chance of snapping up one of these properties, you may have no choice but to buy ‘off-plan’ before the property is built.
Buying homes unseen was also popular in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. For those who are worried about getting sick or spreading sickness, it can make sense to skip the viewing.
Reducing the risks of buying a home unseen
Buying a home unseen does mean that you could end up with a property with unexpected flaws. You can only gauge so much from looking at pictures on a property listing site. This is why it’s often worth taking other measures to make sure the property is right. Below are just a few ways to reduce the risk of buying a home unseen.
Visit the display home
If you’re buying a property that hasn’t been built yet, it’s likely that there will be a display home to look around such as this Dubbo display home. These are prototype homes that you can look around in-person. Your home may have a slightly different orientation, but you’ll generally get a good idea of the space and the feel of the home.
Try a virtual viewing
When it comes to viewing a property in a location that you cannot travel to, another solution could be to ask an agent or seller to conduct a virtual viewing. This involves carrying out a video call with the agent/seller so that they can tour you around on their phone. Check out this guide to virtual viewings at Portolio.
Get on Google Street View
To take a look at the outside of the property and the local neighbourhood, why not try going for an explore on Google Street View? This can give you a good idea of the surroundings. Just be wary that Google Street View may not be up to date and the area may have changed since the photos were taken.
Organise a home survey
It’s worth hiring a surveyor to look around the property to inspect it for hidden damage. They can then relay any concerns to you over the phone, potentially preventing you from buying a property that could be expensive to repair in the long run.
Moving is a huge task. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the things you have to do in order to get your moving done as quickly and easily as possible. This blog post will give you five tips that will help make your move go smoothly. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a quick and easy move!
1) Start packing early:
The earlier you start packing, the less stressed you will be when it comes time to move. Start by packing up items that you don’t use daily. This way, you can gradually work your way through your things and avoid being overwhelmed by the task of packing everything at once. Packing early also allows you to get rid of anything you don’t want or need before you move. This will save you time and money in the long run, as you won’t have to pay to move items that you’ll just end up getting rid of later.
2) Get organised:
Moving is the perfect opportunity to get your life organised. Create a packing plan and make sure to label all of your boxes, so you know what goes where. This will save you time and frustration when you’re trying to unpack at your new place. You can also use this opportunity to create a new system for organising your things. This will make it easier to keep track of everything once you’re settled into your new home.
3) Purge your belongings:
Moving is a great time to get rid of anything you don’t need or use. If you haven’t used something in a year, chances are you won’t miss it when it’s gone. Go through your things and donate or sell anything you don’t need. This will lighten your load and make packing and unpacking easier. It will also save you money on moving costs, as you won’t have to pay to move items you don’t want.
4) Pack an essentials box:
When you’re packing for your move, be sure to pack a box of essential items that you’ll need right away. This should include things like toiletries, medications, cleaning supplies, and bedding. This way, you won’t have to go through all of your boxes to find the things you need when you first arrive at your new place. Having an essentials box will make the transition to your new home much smoother.
5) Get someone to help you:
Moving is a lot of work, and it’s often difficult to do everything on your own. If you can, get some help from family or friends. They can help you with the heavy lifting and quickly make the process go. If you’re hiring professional movers, be sure to get an estimate in advance to know how much it will cost. Two Men And A Truck is a company that provides moving services. They will give you an estimate of how much it will cost to move your belongings.
Moving is a big task, but following these tips will make it go more smoothly. With a bit of planning and preparation, you’ll be settled into your new place in no time!
Being a homeowner can be hectic as there are many different problems that can strike at any time, damaging not only your property but also your bank balance too. Having a couple of home maintenance experts on speed dial can be of real benefit, as having the option of calling up a professional as soon as an issue strikes means that you can control and minimise the damage caused. Thankfully this guide details 2 of the most important home maintenance experts that you can add to your contacts list to help keep your property in the best possible condition for years to come, so keep on reading to discover more!
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A Top Quality Plumber
One of the most essential experts that you need to have on speed dial to make sure you can maintain a healthy and happy home is a top quality plumber. A plumber handles all water related aspects of your property, including your shower and bath, kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilet, boiler heating and potentially more depending on your specific home’s utilities and structure. Experiencing an issue with the plumbing inside your home can be a nightmarish experience, as you could be left in the depths of winter without access to hot water, or even return home to find your sink or toilet overflowing with waste water. Having an emergency plumbing team on speed dial that you can call up for immediate support will offer you ultimate peace of mind, as they will be able to help you get your home back to good working order in the fastest time frame possible. Leaving plumbing problems to fester could do thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home, so it’s vital that you can find a top quality plumber who can provide you with the assistance you need before things get out of hand.
An Amazing Electrician
Next up, it’s vital that you can source the contact details for an amazing electrician, as there are numerous risks and dangers that can be posed by the electrical systems inside your home. For example, a faulty switch or exposed wires could easily cause electrocution, while a tripped system can leave you without power (and lighting) for hours or even days on end. Having a trusted local electrician at the top of your phonebook will make the process of repairing your electrics so much more simple, as they’re a specialist in high demand that can be hard to secure. Read through reviews online to find a good electrician near you, as this can be a really effective way to ensure you can source a reliable and trustworthy trader. Never trust or employ an electrician who cannot present evidence of prior training or certifications – it’s a very risky business that requires knowledge and skill, as the potential dangers of bad electrical work can be fatal.
Having these 2 home maintenance experts on speed dial can be of real benefit to help you rest easy with total peace of mind inside your family property, so what are you waiting for? Update your contacts today!
If you are looking for ways to improve your home decor then there are many ways you can do this. You may have just moved into your new home and want to put your own stamp. You might have also lived there for some time and just want to update. If this is the case then we have the perfect list of accessories your home is in need of.
The first on this awesome list of accessories is a cuddle chair. This is a wide, comfy swivel seat that is big enough for two people to enjoy. This is where the name cuddle seat comes from. If you do have one of these then you will need to have plenty of space available in your living room. Find the best supplier by reading reviews online, alternatively go and try some of these super luxurious seats out for yourself. You will certainly come home with one when you find the one you want. You might even be able to get a cuddle chair that matches your existing furniture. This will ensure that it doesn’t stand out and look odd when placed in the room.
If your home has a dining room then you might want to have a beautiful dining set for when you have dinner or when you have guests around. You always need a room that you can show off to your guests and a dining room is a perfect choice. You could invest in a gorgeous wooden or even marble dining table. The perfect partners to accompany your table are knocker chairs. These are big comfy chairs with a knocker handle on the back of them. They go well together and will make your dining room look like the best room in your home.
If you have hardwood floors throughout your home then you might have noticed it gets pretty cold in your home, especially during the winter months. In order to avoid your home turning into a giant icicle, you could invest in some heavy-duty rugs to place around. This will not only keep the heat in but also make a room look comfy and inviting. If you are a fan of sitting on the floor to watch television or sorting the washing for example then having a rug will make it all the more comfier for you. You can even get rugs in all sorts of colors to make sure they match your walls and furniture.
Another accessory that is a must in your home is mirrors. These are not always for vanity purposes believe it or not. If you have a particularly small room in your home, a strategically placed mirror can make that room look bigger. The ideal place for the mirror is opposite the door, this is because the door looks out into another room, this then reflects on the mirror making it seem like the room is enormous. You can even get pretty mirrors these days, with lights and crystals if that is your type of thing. Make sure you shop around for the best deal and never pay over the odds for a mirror.