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Ho-Ho-Ho, it’s getting towards that time of year again. I bet you’re probably covering your house in Halloween decor but I have one eye on Christmas and am already on the hunt for Christmas presents! That’s right, it’s gift guide time. I’ve always liked to spread them out over the year to make it more affordable. This year, with both my sisters on the brink of popping out babies (one’s due end of October, the other December 23rd) I’ve even had to think about what I can get my little nieces or nephews! With it being an opportunity to demonstrate how much we appreciate people in our lives it’s not all about money, and sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are the homemade ones. Did you ever made cheque books for your family before redeeming ‘one hug?’ ‘one cup of tea’? I definitely did. So please don’t think that if you don’t have the money to spend on the below items that you can’t make something just as thoughtful, but here are a few ideas if you’re stuck!
Alphabet Letter Jewellery
This GORGEOUS little J (for Jasper, not my husband Joe haha) is from Jewellery Box, an online, affordable alternative to jewellery. It only costs £35 and is 9 ct gold. I thought this is a fantastic way to treat your expectant parents, friends or even yourself to a little remembrance gift. It’s light weight, comes very quickly in the post and is sure to last them a long long time. You can get any letter in the alphabet in a number of metals. If you’re not into letters, check out their gorgeous earring collection , with the variety of items they have I want more than one thing.
A good ole Beer
Every. Single. Year. I struggle to get my Dad and my son’s godparents a gift that suits them. I had a bit of an epiphany this year in that they’re huge beer lovers so why not get them a special kind of beer? Celia Lager is 100% organic and brewed using just three ingredients. It’s gluten free (win win) and 100% locally sourced organic Saaz hops and sand-filtered water from the Žatec foothills. With this incredibly considerate idea behind it it’s also darn delicious.
Not a lager fan? No problem. Luckily there are many alternatives alcoholic/non-alcoholic you can dish out to your pals. Take for instance a favourite of mine (prosecco)! You can now personalise your own prosecco for your loved ones and get a bottle included for £17.99. You can pop your recipients name on it, a personalised message and a date. This is a must for an italy/prosecco lover. Who doesn’t want a bottle with their name on it?
Monthly Subscription Ideas
When I get really stuck, I turn to the monthly subscription idea. This time I came across this fantastic ‘The Spice Pioneer‘ for all of your foodie friends. You can get anything from Paella ingredients (with a shopping list for your fresh produce easily detailed) to curry kits! Perfect for those spice lovers (like my husband!) With gift packages starting from £27 for a three-month subscription, The Spice Pioneer boxes can be ordered online to any UK address, making it effortless to send gifts to long distance friends and family. Or why not treat yourself and enjoy a culinary journey with your friends and family.
I’m always given one of these every year and I’m eternally grateful. It allows me to keep track of my life and a little journal into all of the memories and events that took place throughout the year. This Parisian Chic Notebook is both stylish and practical. It has space for Business cards, receipts, and memory pieces in a little airmail envelope. The Parisian Chic Notebook
is the perfect companion for your busy friend, who lives a stylish life. If you’re not into notebooks, take a look at the other stationery from Ines de la Fressange, it ranges from 4 euros to 30.
Chocolates with a Twist
Is this really a gift guide for Christmas without the inclusion of chocolates? However, let’s put a spin on things and think about a chocolate making kit! For £19.99 you can add an experience into making these goodies that’s sure to leave your gift recipient happy and hungry! The box includes Organic cacao powder, organic cacao butter, organic raw agave nectar, goji berries, brazil nuts and easy to follow recipe & instructions and makes about 20-25 chocolates. You can buy your gift pack here . As the products are organic, it’s perfect for those environmentally conscious friends.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t receive a festive candle. This peppermint one is a must have this year. It literally spreads the scent of Christmas throughout the house. They have them available in different fragrances such as Holiday Spice, Northern Forrest, Iceberg Mint and Cosy Home. It currently costs $18.50 with a burn time of 45 hours.
What’s on your gift guides this year? I’d love to know!