It’s that time of year where all the summer clothes are well and truly packed away!

In our house, it is usually me that’s always buying new clothes and using the change of season as an excuse, but after clearing out some summer clothes Nick had some extra room for some new clothes.

Nick has plenty of t shirts and jumpers as well as casual and smart shirts but wants to get more trousers that aren’t jeans so I suggested looking at some nice jogging bottoms.

I am a massive fan of jogging bottoms at the moment and I think depending on what you wear on your top half and your feet then you can smarten them up to wear them out or you can wear them around the house.

I really like camouflage at the moment as I think it is really in this season, as well as mustard clothing, and like I said, you can pick what style you want to rock depending on what you pair them with.

Jogging bottoms can look really cool with a flannel shirt and trainers and can be really comfy.

I am hoping Nick helps me pick out a few pairs for him as I often have different taste and pick things he wouldn’t usually wear!

Plus, if they have a drawstring waist then I can wear them around the house too 🙂

What would you team with jogging bottoms?

Sarah x

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

My husband is so difficult to buy presents for. You ask him two months before his birthday what he wants and then ask every week up until his birthday and he just shrugs haha. I always used to get him some new clothes and nice toiletries but the thing is, if he needs a new jumper or something throughout the year then he will just get it, meaning I have no idea when it comes to his birthday or Christmas!

Within the last year or so I have been making the most of Prezzybox for when I am not sure what to get people. You can filter by occasion or recipient and a lot of their gifts can be personalised.

Nick is really into football (Arsenal!) and he also loves mountain biking so I was looking for ideas based around these and came up with the following:

Personalised Arsenal dressing room photo

£14.99

This is a super cool idea for any football lover and they have lots of teams you can pick from. You can pick any name to go on the shirt as well as what number you would like to use! It comes is a really cute folder two so it can be displayed nicely.

Personalised bicycle puncture repair tool kit

£19.99

What an ideal present for anyone that rides a bike?! It is a comprehensive repair kit complete with Hex Keys, Spanner, Screwdrivers, 1/4 Drive Sockets and a Socket Adaptor. It is great quality and looks really posh with the engraved name! I love that it comes in a little bag too.

I think Prezzybox is great for gifts as they really do have something for everyone and I think personalised gifts are a little more special too.

It is great to keep this website in mind with Christmas coming up!

Sarah x

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Fashion is often known to go full circle, with trends that were in a few decades ago suddenly reappearing. Yet, there are other fashions that have never before surfaced, and men wearing bracelets is a classic example of a new fashion. Of course, the goal of any jewellery item is to complement the outfit, and there are certain situations when wearing a bracelet should be avoided, such as wearing a business suit, which sees your sleeve and jacket cuffs fighting for position. Once you have put on your dress watch, there is no space at all for a bracelet.

Great with Casual Wear

Wearing unusual silver jewellery with a casual outfit is ideal, and a chunky chain bracelet is perfect for that country look, especially on large guys. Try to avoid chunky bracelets that are tight fitting, as the lack of movement looks slight weird.The same goes for bracelets that are loosely fitting.

Broad Metal Bands

Anything that is dainty or petite, doesn’t really suit the male image, but a copper or silver wide band bracelet is ideal summer wear, going well with short sleeved shirts. Avoid anything that is too flashy. A single bracelet is far more effective than stacking fine bracelets, which is exclusively for the girls.

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Rope or Cord Bracelets

These can be worn with casual outfits, and chunky is by far the best style when looking at rope or cord bracelets, and with a choice of a shiny or matt finish, you can choose something that contrasts well with your outfit. Obviously, rope bracelets are a big no-no in a business environment, where one could wear a shiny silver band bracelet and get away with it. There are many different designs to choose from, as well as colours, and a slightly worn bracelet looks better than a new one if you are going for a casual look.

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Rubber Cause Bands

Wearing a “save the whale” bracelet is fine in a casual setting, and several colours stacked on one wrist can add a nice splash of rich colour, while also showing how passionate you are about environmental issues. There is also an article online that looks at how men can best integrate bracelets into their wardrobe, which is well worth a read.

Rock and Roll Bracelets

Chunky leather bracelets with studs and skull & crossbones are fine if you are into the heavy metal scene, and they go very nicely with a thick leather belt. Your look should be very much focused on heavy metal, with a rugged hairstyle and heavy denim clothing that looks proportionate to your size.

Online Solutions

If you are looking for that very special men’s bracelet, check out an online jeweller who would stock a range of men’s bracelets, allowing you to browse in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are looking for a smart dress bracelet to accessorise your formal wear, or something stylish for the casual look, an online jeweller has you covered. The prices are generally lower than a traditional high street jeweller too.

Like any form of jewellery, the most important thing is that you feel good while wearing it, and as long as it isn’t too loud, a bracelet will enhance any look, with the exception of the smart, business attire.

Sarah x

I wanted to share with you a new mens underwear brand I came across called BASK. They have a wide variety of colours available in either boxers or briefs and also sell t shirts. They are quite reasonably priced, are well made and good quality.

My husband tried out a pair of their white boxers with a black waistband and loved how comfortable they were.

Product details

  • 95% cotton 5% elastane
  • Medium rise waist
  • Signature BASK elasticated band in contrasting colours
  • Label free for comfort

Sizing

Bask Sizing

As they are mainly cotton they are very soft and I love the logo on the waistband at the front. My husband prefers wearing boxers than briefs and is usually a 32/34 waist and a L. The L in these was true to size and fitted really well. They were easy to wash and still looked brand new after a few washes.

I will probably get him them in a different colour too 🙂

Sarah x