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

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

Tips To Find The Best Phone Case For Your Phone

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Finding the best phone cases is certainly important when it comes to your phone. They provide a lot of safety where it might be needed as phones are now getting thinner and that’s making them more vulnerable. Here are some tips for finding the best phone case for your phone.

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Have A Budget

It’s good to have a budget when shopping for phone cases because there are so many on the market at the moment and they range in price. Depending on what you’re looking for is going to affect the cost, whether you’re looking more at the branding and design rather than the physical properties, like it being shock-absorbent or waterproof. They will also vary depending on the size, make, and model of your phone. You might find that some sizes are limited in the phone cases that are available and that you probably want to do a bit of research in order to find the right one that’s going to be affordable for you, but that doesn’t stop you from ticking off all the necessary things that are needed for you to have a durable and high-quality phone case. These F1 phone cases are a good example of both style and functionality at an affordable cost.

Get One That Absorbs Shock

Getting a phone case that’s good for absorbing shock is certainly needed when it comes to your phone case. Not everyone can keep hold of their phone at all times, and sometimes accidents happen where we lose grip and drop it from a height. The more your phone can absorb shock, the better. There are plenty of advancements in engineering and technology nowadays that are worth knowing when it comes to finding the very best of shock-absorbing cases. Always look at what they’ve been tested at when it comes to height or the drop at which they’ve been tested. 

Consider Your Own Needs

Everyone is different when it comes to the best phone cases for your phone. Some want it to feel super sleek, while others prefer to have the more bulky cases that are going to perhaps provide more grip for holding. There are certain things that you might want to check off your list when it comes to phone cases, so think about what you need and what’s going to be most beneficial for you.

Use A Screen Protector

Screen protectors are a good way to give your phone that extra layer of security. When it comes to screen protectors there are lots of different thicknesses available and some are going to be durable than others. It’s worth doing your research to figure out which screen protectors are going to be more beneficial for your phone and for the quality it provides.

The best phone case for your phone should be able to prevent surface scratches and to reduce the impact of dropping your phone. Shop around to find the best ones out there for your needs and to ensure your phone stays the best it can be for longer.

 Sarah x

The Selfie Bag

Have you ever heard of a selfie bag? Cotton bag co have created the perfect selfie bag.

The canvas bag is available is two different colour options: Black canvas or Natural canvas and can be purchased online for £11.99. It is the perfect bag for anyone that is into photography or loves taking a good selfie.

The bag is the perfect size to fit in your camera, selfie stick, portable ring light, tripod, and any props you may need to get that perfect photo. It also has a super cool design on it so it is super stylish!

The bag has the main pocket and then two pockets inside, one the perfect size for your phone and the other is a small zipped compartment if you needed to carry anything small like a spare camera battery or memory card. it also features a fold out reflective sheet which you can use to see your reflection, to adjust the lighting or even use as a cool background if taking pictures of small items.

The bag is a great size and as it’s made of canvas it is very durable and hard wearing. I think it would be great to store all my photography stuff in at home when not in use.

Do you think this would be useful?

Sarah x

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How To Choose A Server Rack

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A lot of businesses that rely on technology will need to have a server rack. After all, you need to make sure that all of your servers, networks and hardware are protected. It is a big mistake to merely put your server on top of a desk or leave it unprotected. You are asking for trouble. Instead, you have to purchase a server rack that is going to house your hardware properly i.e. make sure it is protected from outside elements, that it has the right environment to function in and that it runs to optimum level.

If you take a look on the internet you will see that there is a wealth of different server racks available for you to choose from, just like you can get a server for a wide range of applications. This includes wall mounted cabinets, free standing, an array of different designs, a wealth of sizes, and lots of different features – such as security, cooling and cable management. Nonetheless, the issue is that every company is different. They all have differing requirements in relation to their servers and therefore it is not always possible to find the exact server rack you want.

But don’t panic, it is not all doom and gloom. You aren’t going to have to spend your business’ funds on a rack which is unsatisfactory for your servers. There are plenty of companies who provide a custom service to ensure the server racks you purchase are one hundred per cent in line with your needs. You may have seen a server rack you really like yet just want one additional feature added – such as making the cabinet soundproof. Alternatively, you may want several modifications made so that the server rack is entirely tailor made to provide the specific network you are storing with the optimum environment. No matter what you need, you will have your requirements catered to.

There is only one thing you need to do, and this is spend the time and make the effort to find a top quality company who is assured to provide you with the solution you are looking for. After all, there is definitely no room for corners to be cut when it comes to the protection of your data. Thus, don’t merely go for the first company you find and certainly don’t base your selection on the cheapest deal either.

It’s highly recommended that you opt for a company who has a wealth of experience in this industry. The last thing you want is to be someone’s practise project. Take a look at the products they currently sell on site. You should look at their section of server cabinets in order to see how diverse it is and also take a look at the wealth of additional features they sell as well. This should give you a good indication regarding their level of capability and how flexible they can be in relation to your needs. Of course speaking to the company and specifying your needs will be the most telling aspect, but you should do a bit of digging beforehand.

Furthermore, make sure the company has a good reputation. Read reviews that have been left by previous and current customers. Were they happy with the modifications that were made to their server cabinets? Did they fulfil the brief effectively? Are the server racks of quality? Was the company easy to work with? Were they easy to contact? This is how you will get the answers to the questions you really want to know. If you consider your options with great care you can ensure that you end up with a server rack that is one hundred per cent customised to suit your needs. This is the perfect platform for business efficiency.

Sarah x

I Love A Good Christmas DVD

Now that is December, it is officially OK to start watching Christmas films! There is always a great selection on Netflix and Sky/TV but it is also nice to put on a classic DVD. 

Two DVDs I have this year for Nick and myself to watch are:

Nativity: 4 Film Collection

£17.99 on Amazon

This collection contains all 4 of the Nativity films, neither of us have seen them before so I thought it would be good to get all 4 to work our way through 🙂

It is ideal family watching and once we have watched them I will probably share them around with my family to watch. Quite excited to start watching them this weekend.

Dreamworks Ultimate Holiday Collection

£9.99 on Amazon

This set looks amazing. I love Christmas specials. We usually end up watching Minnie and Mickeys Christmas DVDs but I am excited to see Shrek the halls! Again, this is great for any ages and any members of the family. It may be something we save to watch on Christmas day!

What are your favourite Christmas DVDs?

Sarah x