I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂

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If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset

£34.99

This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!

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Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass

£21

This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!

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Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.

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Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.

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I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner

£14.50

Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne

£16.50

Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.

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ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book

£14.99

If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.

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Wireless colour changing speaker

£19.99

The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!

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Personalized sweet jar

£16.99

This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.

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Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂

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Kettlebell

4KG

£12.95

If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.

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I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Recently, I am really into fragrance and oils. I am loving candles and also trying oils with a calming effect. Suffering stress related migraines can really knock it out of you and I have found that certain smells and products can really help to calm me down.

Kathleen sent me a roll on oil to try in the scent “tranquil fields”

“Top Note: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most calming herbal oils and benefits the mind and body by reducing anxiety and emotional stresses, improving sleep and brain functions, relieving pain, and helping to heal burns and wounds.

Heart Note: Frankincense Essential Oil

The power of frankincense is extraordinary. Its sweet and woody fragrance is often used to promote relaxation, relieve chronic stress and anxiety, and reduce pain. It can build immunity, reduce inflammation, heal age spots, and help relax and calm the mind.

Base Note: Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is rated as one of the most relaxing aromas. Vanilla can be used as a sedative and body oil because of its properties as an antioxidant and antidepressant. Scientists found the smell of vanilla eases breathing problems and sleep apnea in premature infants. Warm vanilla helps bring an overall sense of balance and harmony to the body and mind.” – www.kathleennatural.co.uk

If i am feeling stressed or can feel a headache or migraine coming on, I like to sniff this roll on as well as applying a small amount onto my temples, my wrists and behind my ears. Sometimes I even rub a little just under my nose. The lavender really helps to calm, it is one of my favourite scents anyway.

The roll on is so easy to use and is great to carry about. It dispenses just enough without leaving your skin feeling oily and without being messy.

Do you have a favourite scent that calms you?

Sarah x

I recently won a competition over on instagram to win a set of perfumes from www.aaroncoby.co.uk.

As it will take me forever to try all the different scents I just quickly wanted to let you know about Aaron’s fragrance range and what scents are available. The following is taken from his website:

Neroli Haze

Neroli Haze combines beautiful Neroli which is the Orange flower blossoms. with citrus and soft floral notes, creating a bright, Light and happy feel. ‘ As soon as I smelt organic Neroli I was inspired to create a fragrance that at its core is this beautiful note.  I love this on days when I am happy and want to feel like a light summer day’

Storm

Born of the night. Storm is dark, dominant, sexual and mysterious. A fierce contradiction of Oud, Musk, leather and Rose absolute, bought together in perfect symmetry and balance.​​​​​​​

Aaron’s Comment ‘Storm is the most dominant Oud fragrance ive designed. People who love this are strong and need to leave an impression when they leave a room’

Oud Extreme

​​​​​​​Oud Extreme combines Oud, Vanilla, Tobacco. Simply beautiful and evocative.

Aaron’s comments ‘.With Oud Extreme I use vanilla tincture instead of synthetic vanilla , this allows Oud Extreem to not be sweet or sickly. This is my favourite day time scent. Its amazing layered over the top of Oud rush.
Oud extreme is simply beautiful and soft without being feminine’

Oud Rush

​​​​​​​Oud rush opens with a combination of Oud and exotic woods intertwining with sweet citrus top notes, forming a complex but exciting curiosity.

This is an amazing Unisex scent for people who dont feel they can ware Oud.

Aaron’s Comments ‘ This was the first fragrance that I got followed and asked what it was. What started out as an unnerving experience ended up being so rewarding. When ever I ware this I know Il get stopped and asked what it is’

Jasmin Narcotique

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Inspired by the debaucherous origins of Jazz, An intense base of Oud and Musk open to narcotic Jasmin sambac. Intoxicating, heavy and dark. To be worn at night.

Aaron’s Note: ‘This was the first fragrance I developed. I wanted a fragrance that was perceived as you approached someone and lasted in the room after you had gone.
Jasmin Narcotique utilities Jasmine Sanbac at its core and is not floral. it is heady, narcotic and deeply sensual. Jasmine narcotique throbs with a narcotic sensuality.
This is my longest lasting fragrance. I get about 18 hours out of one application.’​​​​​​​

Violet Delirium

A modern take on the classic Gourmand fragrance. Sandalwood and oriental musk’s open to Chocolate, Rose and Vanilla absolute. Truly decadent and delicious. To be worn day or night.

Aaron’s note: ‘I wanted to create a fragrance centered around vanilla bean, chocolate and Rose absolute. I’ve managed to create a feeling of being snuggled in a big warm jumper whilst eating the most beautiful dark chocolate dessert.’

Check him out if you are on the look out for a new fragrance!

Sarah x

Some people celebrate Valentine’s day, and others don’t, it is a personal preference. If you are looking to get your special someone a gift, I have put together a few ideas.

Bodycare

mad beauty bath fizzers

Mad beauty bath fizzers

£6.99

www.madbeauty.com

I LOVE Mad beauty, they have such an amazing range of gifts, not just for Valentine’s! The bath fizzers are a great gift, for anyone that loves to pamper themselves (I am a massive bath bomb fan!). I love the packaging for this range as it is multicoloured hearts and it is just such a lovely gift.

ren moroccan rose body wash

Ren Moroccan rose body wash

£32

The Ren moroccan rose range has got to be one of my favourite body ranges out there. I love the scent and have used the body lotion and oil before and just adore them.

Ren have teamed up with McQueens florists for this limited edition body wash. It is a great size(500ml) and I just love the design on the label.

jurlique rose body oil

Jurlique rose body oil
£38

I love the whole of the Jurlique rose range, the formulas, the scent, how gentle it is to your skin and how simple but beautiful the packaging is.

I have used a Jurlique facial oil before to help my acne and really helped. Even though the rose body oil is only 100ml it literally will last forever!

The oil is so luxurious and lovely to use after a relaxing bath, you don’t need to put it all over, you can use it wherever you like and it really is moisturising. It sinks in quickly so doesn’t leave you feeling oily which is a bonus 🙂

Amphora aromatics

Amphora Aromatics – Love it gift box
£11.95

This beautiful set contains a bath oil, massage oil and a body lotion. The bottles are a good size and this is really great value.

The bath oil smells so amazing, it contains lots of great oils that are good for your skin and the bottle contains enough for up to 8 baths. The massage oil can be used either on yourself or your partner and I like that is isn’t too oily if that makes sense. The body lotion is very hydrating and leaves your skin so soft and leaves you smelling divine!

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Makeup

urban decay vice lipsticks

Urban Decay vice lipsticks

£15 each

www.urbandecay.co.uk

I have been a massive fan of the vice range since it was first released, I have recently added the above three to my collection and wanted to add them into my gift guide as I think they would make great gifts.

The lipsticks are so pigmented and easy to apply, they last ages and come in a range of what seems like a gazillion colours.

From top to bottom:

Tryst

Obsessed

Morning After

I think the names in the range are great too 🙂

blank canvas brushes

Blank Canvas dimension series brushes
www.blankcanvascosmetics.com
Prices range from £6.50 to £14.50

These brushes are every mermaid/unicorn wannabees dream (including mine!). The colour is just beautiful. Why wouldn’t you be attracted to something so shiny and pretty and champagne pink?!

I am lucky to have got my hands on the F08 dome buffing brush and F06 bevelled foundation/contour brush. They are both such great quality and so lovely to use. A good brush really does make a difference and to your make up routine.

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Perfume

how to marry a millionaire perfume

How to marry a millionaire perfume
£20
Can be purchased from most major perfume retailers.

One of the coolest perfume bottles I have a seen, a massive diamond ring!
This perfume is inspired by the film starring Marilyn Monroe and smells really sweet.

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Skincare

Jurlique rose moisturising cream mask

Jurlique rose moisturising cream mask
£32.50

I have used the rose water balancing mist and face cream before so to add this cream mask into my beauty regime was really exciting. You can either use it as a mask for ten minutes or if your skin really needs saving, you can leave it on overnight.

It has so many great natural ingredients in and leaves your skin super hydrated and looking fresh and far more awake!

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Nail/Handcare

deborah lippmann nail set

Deborah Lippmann nail varnish set
£28
Available from February 2017 online at Harrods / Lookfantastic / Feelunique / Selfridges

This set contains 6 beautiful rosy nudes and wold be great for any nail polish fan or even someone that prefers natural looking nails as the colours are all very neutral.

I have always been a fan of this brand as they are easy to apply and seem to last ages. The packaging is gorgeous and I just love the names of them: life is rosy, the look of love and a trail of petals to name a few.

mad beauty hand cream

Mad beauty hand cream

£4.99

www.madbeauty.com

Another one from mad beauty.  This hand cream is also within the same eye catching packaging. It is the perfect size tube to carry around with you and I mean, you can’t have enough hand cream can you?!

Jurlique rose hand cream

Jurlique rose hand cream
£18

I have been using Jurlique hand creams for a few years now, a couple of Christmas’s ago I got a set of four different scents and instantly fell in love. Keeping in the theme of rose I wanted to include the rose hand cream.

This hand cream is the perfect size to carry around with you and with its non greasy formula and beautiful scent you can use it whenever you are in need. Particularly with the cold weather here at the moment hand creams have been a massive savour for me.

Crabtree & Evelyn - hand therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn – hand therapy
£6

I love their range of hand creams.  At only £6 each they are great value and the perfect size to leave in your desk, bag, car, pocket, wherever you may need one. They come in such a variety of scents and would make the perfect gift for any women(or man!).

They smell great and soak in quickly, what more would you want from a hand cream?!

the english soap company

For the one I love soap

£4.95

www.theenglishsoapcompany.com

As I have mentioned before, I love a good bar of soap. A great smelling soap is pretty good gift for anyone at any age.

I love the quality and luxuriousness of the soaps from The English Soap Company, you can really tell they take pride in their products and have put a lot of effort into the scents and delicate packaging.


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Haircare

Crazy Color conditioner for coloured hair

Crazy Color conditioner for coloured hair
£4.95

Products like this are a godsend for coloured hair. I have previously used the shampoo in this range for red hair but now my hair is multicoloured I cant use a specific colour product, so this is meant for any colour 🙂

This would be the perfect gift if your loved one has coloured hair!

Osmo matt salt spray

Osmo matt salt spray
£8.99 in Sallys

This salt spray is great to use to get the beach wave look. This is a great gift for male or female that loves their hair and likes to style it.

It is easy to use and you don’t need much, meaning the spray will last a long time!

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I hope I have inspired you with some of my gift selections 🙂

Keep your eye out for Part 2 tomorrow 🙂

Sarah x


       

This year I have put together a Christmas gift guide, they could be presents for a family member, a friend or even a treat for yourself!

I have put them into categories the best I can and I have put very short reviews on each product. If you want to know more about any of the products tweet me @sarahtrademark and we can have a chat 🙂

Bodycare

Ren body set

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Duo

£37

This set includes:

200ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash

200ml Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion

Rose Otto is one of the most popular Ren scents and my personal favourite. The body wash leaves you feeling fresh and clean and the moisturiser leaves you feeling soft and leaves that beautiful scent on your skin.

The english soap company

The English Soap Company – Angel Large Bath Soap

£5.95

This bar of soap smells quite fruity and is a decent size bar. I really like this soap brand and feel like they have something for everyone/every occasion.

The english soap company

The English Company – Winter Village Guest Soap

£2.95

The luxury guest soaps come in this beautiful package, similar to the large ones, but it is not just a mini bar, it is three heart shape pieces of soap. These look great in the bathroom and look too nice to use!

Mad beauty crackers

Mad Beauty cracker set

£7.99

This contains 4 Christmas crackers which each have 1 bubble bath inside in festive fragrances – Christmas cranberry, amazing almond, very vanilla & super strawberry.

Delight touch

Delight Touch
Organic chocolate and pineapple daily scrub
£16

This scrub can be used on your body or face. It is very gentle to use and kind to your skin as it is organic and contains a mixture of natural ingredients. I really like this range and the products are very delicate on your skin and this one smells great.

Mandarin and vanilla self tan
£19

I like to use this as a gradual tan every few days instead of my usual moisturiser. The colour comes out well and looks very natural and sun kissed. Again, it has all natural and organic ingredients and  is really good for your skin. I find it very moisturising too as often tans can be drying.

Fake tan

Fake tan

White to brown
Dark desire self tan kit
£10

This kit is great value for money. It contains:
1 x Tan
1 x Body wash
1 x Application gloves

The body wash helps to prolong the tan and ensure an even fade, I found this really good to use. The tan itself was easy to apply and it was a nice colour. It looked like I had been away on holiday and I looked really well. I think this set is great for anyone wanting to tan and to try different brands.

Fake tan

Fake tan

Bellamianta
Be Bella Bronzed
£25

This kit contains
Rapid self tanning mousse
Luxury tanning mitt
Self tanning tinted lotion

This tan has a great colour and comes in such a great kit, everything you need! I usually prefer a mousse as it is easier to apply with a mitt but this also has the lotion in 🙂

The tan dries quickly and is very long lasting. It lasts nearly a week without having to reapply!

Soap and glory

Soap and glory
Foam & fortune
£16

This kit contains:
CLEAN ON ME™ Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel (75ml)
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter (50ml)
THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Super-Smoothing Body Buffer (50ml)
SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Wash (75ml)
SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Buttercream (50ml)
SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Scrub (50ml)
SUDSY PUFF Body Polisher

And the box even plays a tune!!

Soap and Glory gift sets are always popular at Christmas and great for anyone that loves to pamper themselves. Sugar crush is one of my favourite scents 🙂

Ghost whitelight

Ghost Whitelight
50ml
£34

Ghost is a perfume that everyone seems to know and love. They have bought out many variations of it and they all smell great. This one is exclusive to The Perfume Shop and I just love the style of the bottle.

I would say this is more of a summery fragrance as it is quite fruity, but at the same time, this could be a fun one to wear in the evening. it would make a great gift for anyone that usually wears something from the Ghost range and the fact it is an exclusive makes it that little bit more special.

Sarah x