Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This post contains gifted items:

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

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Asda Photo Blanket

57″ x 37″

£40

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

Prezzybox – Crazy Cat Lady Mug

£9.99

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

Pankhurst Gallery- Ronald Junior Mug

£9.50

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

Edit – Self Care Co Candle

£27

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

HD Mirrors – Malibu Hollywood Mirror

£34.99

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

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

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

Carfume – Luxury Car Air Freshener

£11.99

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

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

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

Moonlight Melts – Wax Melts

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

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

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

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

Experiences

Photography Courses & Gift Experiences

From £250

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

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

Skincare/Beauty

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Lip Balm Set

£14

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

This lip balm set contains:

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

Neve’s Bees – Hand Salve

£10.95

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

Neve’s Bees – Cuticle Butter

£8.50

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

Beauty By Jas – Jasmine Joy Bamboo Face Scrub

£12

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

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

Beauty By Jas – Happy Himalayan Body Scrub

£10

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

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

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion

£10.99

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

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash

£10.99

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

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

£11.99

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

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Cosmic bath bomb

Adult size £3.50

Child size £2

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

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

Tweezerfile

£19.99

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

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

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

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

Mettalife- Pure Savvy Overnight Radiance Serum

£60

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mettalife- Pure Savvy 3 in 1 Miceller Water

£8-24 depending on size

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

Clothing

Squatsnotsweeties – Medium To High Impact Black Signature Sports Bralette

£26

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

Squatsnotsweeties – Black Signature Leggings

£34

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

Food & Drink

Cake & Handle – Cake Box

From £3.99

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

Il Gusto – Star Liqueur Set

£15

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

Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry

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

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

Eh-co Chilli Oil

From £3.99

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

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

Their range is all vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Mockingbird Spirit – Miniature

£3.99

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

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

Prezzybox – Personalised Marmite

£11.99

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

Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box

From £7.99

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

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

Social Stories Club – Ethical Gift Box

From £16.50

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

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

Electrical

Always Personal – Wireless Phone Charger

£14.95

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

Books & Games

Victoria’s Torton Tales – Story Time Bundle

£24.99

Victoria’s Busy Day: Volume 1

Pop Comes to Sewards’ Yard: Volume 2

Roser and Tanner Steam Roller Friends: Volume 3

Victoria and the Teddy Bear: Volume 4

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

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

Victoria’s Torton Tales- Early Learning Counting Book

£3

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

The Dark Imp – Coaster Games

£6.99

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

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

• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.

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

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

• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.

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

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

Prezzybox – Learn Something New Everyday About Cats

£9.99

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

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

Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?

Sarah x

Roccabox

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Roccabox is a popular beauty subscription box and has been featured in Grazia. They offer either one off boxes or a subscription plan for up to a year.

The boxes are £10 each for a one off or if you subscribe for a year they go down to £9 a box. You can also get 40% your first box if you are a student and have a student beans login.

Each box comes with a leaflet that shows what is included in the box and also lets your know it’s value. I would show you this but it often comes with special discount codes on if you want to purchase the product again 🙂

In the September box there were so many great things and it. worth so much compared to the price you pay! What I like the most is that it’s not all miniatures, most of the products are full size.

You can also view past boxes on their website so you can see the kind of things they include and see what good value it is.

The box included:

  • STYLondon – Devil Velvet Touch Eyeshadow Palette
  • Douvalls – Lip & Cheek Colour
  • Like It On Top- Lip Scrub Protection
  • Oh K!- Pomegranate Sculpting Tech Neck Mask
  • Brushworks – HD Eye Brush
  • Caleño Drinks

I have fallen in love with the lip scrub already and will be buying it when it runs out!

It was nice to get a variety of things to try, especially things I wouldn’t buy individually. It’s a great way to discover new brands and products.

This would be a great gift for someone or a treat for yourself.

Have you tried this box before?

Sarah x

Gus & Bella Beach Pawty Cat Box

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Gus & Bella are an amazing cat themed subscription box company that create amazing boxes you can buy either as a regular subscription or a one off box.

I reviewed, with the help of my cats, the beach pawty box which is their August box.

The box included lots of treats for me and my kitties:

SIMON’s CAT ECO FRIENDLY LUNCHBOX

Made from Bamboo fibre, this box will degrade naturally.

Retail value £10.

This super cute lunch box can be used for either storing cat treats or for me to take to work with my lunch in.

PURRMAID LAG0ON SOY WAX CANDLE

Exclusive to Gus & Bella, this Purrmaid Lagoon soy wax candle, scented in cherry, plum and vanilla, has up to 40 hours burn time and was hand-poured in the UK.

This candle smells amazing and I love the colour!

FISH STRING TOY BY CAT ‘N’ CABOODLE

My cats love toys on a string so this is a big hit!

HANDMADE CATNIP ICE CREAM TOY

Now your cat can join the summer fun with this catnip-filled handmade toy by Little Miss Delicious.

Retail value £8.

This is really cute and a big hit with my cat Archie

CATIT CREAMY STICKS

Try freezing the creamy sticks to make delicious ice pop treats for your cat to try!

Both my cats love treats and it is great you can freeze these in the warm weather.

BLINK FOOD

Newly launched fishy flavours, by Blink. Suitable for adults & kittens. Blink’s complete meals contain premium, shredded fillets and are made in Northamptonshire. Contain no added sugar, grains or salt. All their meat fillets are sourced from British farmers.

These didn’t last very long! My cats love wet food 🙂

BLONK JUMBLERS TREATS

Made with real british chicken, baked in a woodfired oven. Have fun spelling your cat’s name with the aphabet shapes.

These are awesome and they went down a treat.

PET REMEDY DE-STRESS WIPES

If your cat is feeling anxious or stressed, try rubbing a Pet Remedy wipe over your cat’s neck. This should instantly sooth them. Ideal for vet trips, taking medication. fireworks nights, moving house, or tension with other family pets.

These will be idea for the next vet visit!

I have the following discount codes for anyone interested:

TRADEMARK – 20% off first monthly or bi-monthly subscription (£26.95 + delivery)

TRADEMARKGIFT – 10% off one-off gift boxes (£30 + delivery)

Sarah x

Cancer Care Parcel

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A few years ago I did a post mentioning Cancer care parcels and I was reviewing their womens hamper but today I want to share with you some information about tier deluxe cancer care parcel for men which has been put together with a lot of thought.

The idea behind it is that if you know someone that is struggling with cancer you can buy them a parcel to lift their spirits and let them know you are thinking of them.
I think this is a great idea and as I had mentioned in my last post about these parcels, speaking from past experience, I really wish I knew about this company when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. I am thankful she got through it with radiotherapy and she now has the all clear but I think if I had given her something like this it really would have made her day and helped her through the tough times.

They do parcels specific for men women or children and you can view the whole range on their website. It is difficult to assemble the right care package for the person who needs it most. This gift is thoughtfully arranged by people who understand what cancer patients want.

This is taken straight from their website to show what is in the deluxe parcel for men:

Practical Items

✓ LAP TRAY: To make hospitals, bed rest and convalescence a bit easier

✓ USB LIGHT: For bedtime reading at home or in hospital

✓ EARPHONES: Spare headphones to help listen to relaxing music and take the mind off treatments and nausea

✓ WOVEN COOL FOOD BAG: Having several small meals a day and carrying nutritious snacks when traveling is often advised when feeling nauseous. This small personal cooler suits this purpose.

Pampering

✓ MENS MOISTURIZER: To combat dryness

✓ LIP BALM: To soothe and protect

✓ NIVEA FOR MEN: For extra fast absorption by men’s skin

Comforting

✓ NECK CUSHION: Support for relaxation

✓ HANDWARMER: Reusable click to heat gel pack to relieve cold hands

✓ BLANKET: For a warm, cosy and comforting feeling during therapy, at the hospital or at home.

Nausea Relief

✓ ANTI-NAUSEA WRIST BAND: Drug-free alternative treatment for the control of nausea

✓ PEPPERMINT HERBAL TEA BAGS: Peppermint tea has numerous health benefits including stress relief and relaxation

✓ CHOCOLATE AND GINGER TEA: An update on the standard ginger anti-nausea remedy

Stress Relief

✓ COLOUR PAD AND PENCILS: For relaxation

✓ EYE GEL MASK: Help combat cancer-related fatigue

Useful Items

✓ WATER BOTTLE: Keeping hydrated is very important. This water bottle is easy to hold, eco-friendly and BPA free

✓ TWO PACKETS OF TISSUES: Always useful.

✓ EMOLLIENT: Treats and soothes dry skin

✓ HAND SANITISER: To stay germ-free during treatments

✓ DIGITAL THERMOMETER: Useful to check for infections.

✓ ACCESS TO CANCER RESOURCES

✓ LUXURY ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING

I really do think a box like this could really help someone. They have so many to pick from with a variety of people in mind, men, women, children, teenagers. They also have a large range with a variety of prices from £49-£149.

As well as putting these together, the company has some really useful resources to help people understand more about cancer and also advice if you have it yourself or if you have a family member or friend and you don’t know how to help. Resources like this can be really helpful. I was very lost when my mum was diagnosed and wish I had known about these resources to help our family through the tough times.

Sarah x

Wellbox

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Have you heard of wellbox?

With a lot of us working from home at the moment it can often be lonely and difficult. Wellbox have created a range of different boxes that employers can send out to their staff working from home as a bit of a pick me up and to boost their mood as well as productivity. They have several different boxes to pick from and they cater to any dietary requirements whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.

The different box options to pick from are:

Refuel

15 items including a selection of bars, popcorn, snacks, dried fruit and trail mix.

Starting from £12.95

Sustain

22 items including a selection of bars, popcorn, snacks, crackers, dried fruit, jerky, nuts and trail mix.

Starting from £22.95

Recharge

12 items including a selection of bars, popcorn, snacks and trail mix and a 200g pack of premium, ethically sourced ground coffee.

Starting from £15.95

All boxes have free delivery too!

Another great feature that wellbox offer is it for each box purchased one meal is donated to a local person in need. They partner with homeless shelters and food banks in various UK cities to donate 1 meal (or 1 meal worth of provisions) on your behalf for every box delivered. They let your staff know which good cause their box has supported with each delivery.

You can also give them the option to donate their entire box to NHS front-line staff through partnerships with various NHS support charities.

Each box has a wide variety of products and I think it’s really great value for what you receive, especially as someone else is benefiting from a free meal too.

I have been working my way through my box and I am really enjoying trying out new snacks that are also healthy 🙂

Sarah x