Christmas Gift Guide 2020: For the ladies in your life

26 November 2020

 I'm going to put my hands up and say, that when thinking of what to feature for today's gift guide, I was thinking a lot about what I would like to see under the tree this year, and about my gal pals. So obviously, this was one of the easiest of gift guides I've created in this series, and the last one too! 

There are some gorgeous gifts for the ladies in your lives below, plus, with Black Friday tomorrow (although a lot of brands have offers on already) you will be able to pick up a bargain on some of the below. I know I'll be checking out the Missoma sale, and picking up a little sparkly treat for myself. 

So, this is the last post in my Giftmas series! I hope you've enjoyed, and I've also given you some ideas for Christmas. Most importantly, I really hope you are all able to have a wonderful Christmas, even if it's going to be slightly different this year, make sure to keep positive and stay safe. 

For all my posts in my giftmas series, see links below:

Day 1: The Small Business Gift Guide

Day 2: Gifts under £20

Day 3: Books

Day 4: Food

Day 5: Beauty

Day 6: Homeware

Day 7: Kids

Day 8: Teenagers

Day 9: Men

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: for him

25 November 2020

I always find it difficult to buy for my husband, and the other males in my family, so putting together a gift guide just for men is tricky. But I'd like to think that the items below are good and not too cliché either - from clothing to items such as the hand held massager and the acupressure mat, and even a make your own ukelele (yes, a little random, but go with it!) there is something in this gift guide for every guy out there - heck, there are even a few items in here that will definitely be suitable for the ladies too. Although, there is a gift guide for them coming tomorrow...

Gift ideas for him

Christmas present ideas for him

Present ideas for men

Present ideas for him

Present ideas for men

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Teenagers

24 November 2020

Shopping for the little 'uns can be super easy, but when it comes to the older kids, specifically teenagers, it can be blooming tricky! 

Usually the magic of make believe at Christmas has pretty much faded when you're a teenager. Out goes the letter to Father Christmas, the carrots once left out for the reindeer on Christmas Eve are now being dipped in hummus, and the mince pies are being eaten before they're even placed on a plate for Father Christmas. 

But, one thing that doesn't change is presents - this can be no easy feat - there is always something new, and I don't know about you, but I am not up-to-date / 'down with the cool kids' to know exactly what is 'cool' at the moment. 

So, I've consulted the in-house step-teenager, and managed to get more than a few short answers out of him, I also consulted the world.wide.web, and found some ideas that I personally think are 'cool' - Tbh, the 'girly' items I've chosen I'd happily have under the tree for myself - those pink metallic Swedish Hasbeens being number 1, along with the Marc Jacobs hairslide - HELLO. 

Christmas presents for Teenagers

Christmas present ideas for Teenage boys

Teenage Christmas present ideas

Teenage christmas presents

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Kids

23 November 2020

I LOVE shopping for kids! You can truly indulge your inner-child, and pick items that you wish were around when you were little (think Flamingo dressing up costume), choose some colourful items of clothing, and fun toys that they will (hopefully) play with for longer than 10 minutes! 

Whether you're shopping for your own little ones, your friends' toddler or your nephews and nieces who are growing up far too fast, there's a gift here they're sure to treasure. 

I have my eyes on a fair few of the items below for my friends’ young children - I’m especially loving the inspirational kids print by My Tiny Beast, and also the personalised pom-pom fairy light by Melanie Porter. 

I hope you find something below, and if you’re looking for a gift idea for teenagers, fear not - I have a a post coming for you tomorrow...

Kids Christmas gift ideas

Kid's Christmas present ideas

Christmas gifts for kids

Kids christmas present ideas

Personalised Kids gifts

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Homeware gifts

22 November 2020

Day 6 of Giftmas - I hope I have given you some ideas so far!

I don't know about you, but having spent ALOT of time at home this year, I feel like I'm paying more attention to making my living space as nice as possible.  So, today is all about homeware, and who doesn't love that? 

I'll put my hand up and say that I was thinking about my home when putting today's gift guide together - the Shrimps x Habitat collaboration is top of my list, and I will definitely be purchasing some gorgeous dried flowers from The Happy Blossoms to brighten up our living room. It was also love at first sight when I stumbled across the ostrich feather duster, although, I think it would be more of a display piece in our flat - I wouldn't want to use it for its actual purpose! 

Homeware gifts

Gifts for the home

Homeware gifts

Homeware gifts

Homeware gifts

Missed the other Giftmas posts? You can check them out here:

Day 1: The Small Business Gift Guide

Day 2: Gifts under £20

Day 3: Books

Day 4: Food

Day 5: Beauty

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Beauty

21 November 2020

We all have that friend or relative in our life that’s beauty-obsessed, and we can all probably relate to the fact that shopping the beauty aisles can be a bit overwhelming (to say the least).

I love a beauty gift set (way more than a beauty advent calendar), they're great value, and brands usually include at least one of their best sellers in the set. I've rounded up my favourite beauty gifts to help make your shopping go a little more smoothly during the festive period. From skincare, makeup, haircare and fragrance - the beauty addicts in your life will love these gifts. 

Don’t say I don’t treat you.

Beauty gift sets

Beauty gift sets

Beauty gift sets

Beauty gift sets

Beauty gift sets

Beauty gift sets

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Food gifts

20 November 2020

Day 4 of Giftmas, and it's all about...Food, glorious food! From something for the sweet toothed, to the meat lover, and also the wannabe mixologist - there is something for EVERYONE in today's food gift guide. 

If you're stuck on what to get someone who loves food, why not treat them to a subscription box? I've included a couple below from Oddbox and Little Bee Bakes. Or, for something a bit fun (and random) order a personalised tin of Heinz Baked beans - they also offer other personalised Heinz products (ketchup anyone?).

Cake subscription

Food hamper

Luxury hampers

Personalised food gifts

Alcoholic christmas gifts

Cocktail making gifts

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Books

19 November 2020

Day 3 of Giftmas, and it's all about books.

Buying books can be a bit of a tricky one, but I LOVE recommending books and gifting them to friends and family, as much as I love reading them. For me, 2020 has been a big book year for me (I've had a lot of time on my hands) and as I type up this Christmas Gift Guide series, I am currently reading my way through my 31st book of the year. That's for another post though, as you bet I'll be writing up about them separately. 

There are a few friends and family members I, without fail, will buy a book or two at Christmas for, and always write a little note inside the front cover. I find this to be such a thoughtful gift idea, and cost effective. 

This gift guide was a tricky one, as it was hard to narrow down my favourites! However, this guide doesn't just include books I've read - I've also added a few that came as recommendations too, and included a few cookbooks, which may come in handy for tomorrow's gift guide...

You will notice, that all the links for the books below take you to I wanted to support local, independent businesses as much as possible throughout this gift guide series, and this website is an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. 

Due to the current climate, we physically can't walk in to our local bookshops to pick up our next read - we have to order online. So this website allows us to have an easy, convenient way to buy our books and support local bookshops at the same time - what's amazing about it, is that if you want to support a specific local bookshop, you can find them on the map provided, and that bookshop will receive the full profit from your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops. Either way, you're helping, so get clicking! 

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: 21 Under £20

18 November 2020

 Day 2 of Giftmas, and today is all about Christmas gifts for under £20. Whether you’re shopping for your BFF, or a colleague's name you've picked out of a hat for the usual office secret Santa- hopefully this post will give you a few ideas!

From the creative, to the most random (yes, Gin Mayo is actually a thing) there is something for everyone. Personally, I'm loving the Sighh x The Insecure Girls' Club collaboration which launched last week - everything is super cute, but I especially love the mirror decals - check the rest of the collection out here, and treat yourself. 

For those that love a bit of a giggle, I suggest buying someone who has a dog the Trump dog toy (there is also a Boris one too!), and for someone stylish, you can't go wrong with a reusable tote from Baggu - the metallic one is a favourite.

£20 and under Christmas presents
Plant pot speaker, Thumbs Up
The Happy Newspaper Gift Subscription, Emily Coxhead

Trump dog toy
LED Ring light, Urban Outfitters
Gin Mayo (Yes, really), Beyond Living
Trump Dog Toy, Pets Hate Toys

Beauty presents for under £20
Glitter nail varnish, Essie
Eye Mask, Spacemasks
Eye Gel Patches, Patchology

Gifts for under £20
Reusable hot drink flask, Kate Spade New York
Mickey Mouse Food container, S'WELL
Matches, John Derian

Fun gifts for under £20
Glass tumbler, Ichendord Milano
Bottle opener, Anthropologie
Doughnut lover's puzzle, Oliver Bonas
Portable raclette set, BOSKA

gifts for girls for under £20
Mini lip and blush duo, NARS
Metallic tote bag, Baggu
Personalised notebook, Papier
Lucky cat bento box, Sous Chef
Croissant Butter Chocolate, Heist

The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020

17 November 2020

        Woah, I haven’t done a Christmas Gift Guide since 2017! 

I used to love doing these posts, and I know it helped me pick out gifts for my nearest and dearest, so I’m bringing them back with a long series - that’s right, a whole TEN DAYS of Christmas gift guides (lets call it GIFTMAS)

I have put my Elf outfit on, and delved into the world wide WebSphere to find some Christmas gift ideas for you lovely lot!

First up, and I think the most important gift guide of them all, one that features a whole load of pretty things from Small businesses. 

More so than ever small independent businesses and traders need our support, so please try and shop small this Christmas when possible. Across the next 10 days, I will also be featuring some small businesses in my other gift guides, so keep an eye out.

As a Brighton born and bred gal, I've included a fair few local businesses, but, if you're not from around here, fret not - they offer shipping!

Go forth and browse....There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to TREAT YO’ SELF (you deserve it!!), or you’re ready to start your Christmas shopping. This is where it’s at...

Brighton based businesses
Bag, Roop
Personalised Christmas Ornament, Daisy and Fen (Brighton based)
Best of Brighton Hamper, Brighton in a Box (Brighton based)
Terrazzo pot, Salt Studios
Embroidery Hoop Kit, Cotton Clara

The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020
Cosy sweats, Stalf 
Earrings, Laugahey
Phone case, CaseMill, Etsy 
Pouch bag, Wolf & Gypsy Vintage (Brighton Based)

The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020
Wellies, Scamp and Dude 
Personalised Earbuds case, Koko Blossom
Candle, SevenSeventeen (Brighton based)
Slippers, Velvet Stores (Brighton based)
Hand Sanitiser key ring, Keylean 
Baseball cap, Our Daily Edit (Brighton based)
Eye Mask, Sleepy Wilson

The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020
Print, Unlimited Shop (Brighton based)
Laptop case, Nola Boutique (Brighton based)
Cross Stitch Pattern, Stitchrovia 
Notepad, Papersmiths 
Hoptimist, Dowse Studio & Shop (Brighton based)

The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2020
Eggcup, Nola Boutique  (Brighton based)
Plate, Jimboart (Brighton based)
Candlesticks, British Standard 
Decanter, eto 
Hourglass, Dowse Studio & Shop (Brighton based)
Steamer Pot, Workshop Living (Brighton based)

Kids Christmas gift ideas
Wooden food playset, Tender Leaf 
Flamingo toy, Jellycat 
Kids bike, Bobbin bikes

Kids Christmas gift ideas
Hair clips, Sparkle Child 
Wooden shopping trolley, Le Toy Van 
Vintage doll, Lapin & Me 
Personalised Wooden digger, RavenSkullMagic 
Kids bike Helmet, Bobbin bikes 
The Take of My School Adventures, Tales of Me (Brighton based)