Honestly, I normally don’t bother doing a his& hers gift guide because I suppose in Christmas’ past, I was a little bitter about always being single so why would I bother letting NO ONE know what I wanted for Christmas and pretending to be interested in men’s bits for a non-existent boyfriend. HOWEVER, I don’t know if you know, but my circumstances have changed somewhat and for the first time in probably about 10 years or so, I happen to be dating someone this Christmas season (touching wood that I don’t do something stupid between now and then) so I have been on the look out for things to get him, day dreaming about what he’ll get me and then having a whole Monica and Chandler panic moment about getting enough but not too much etc etc. So, without further ado, here is my non-bitter, not currently single Christmas gift guide for then Men and Women of 2018!
Something Special from Kerrie Davis Jewellery
Let’s face it, us women love jewellery. Nothing says I care like a bit of bling or a keepsake that will last for years to come. I am quite picking when it comes to jewellery… I don’t like yellow gold at all, I like long necklaces and not chokers, I like sparkly but not gaudy and I also like quirky, different and unique. I don’t want to be showing a friend the new piece of jewellery I’ve got and they turn round and say that they have it too! Kerrie Davis Jewellery is amazing, unique handcrafted copper, silver and rose gold jewellery and hair accessories with the most amazing crystals, beads and precious stones. I think anything from here would be a good choice for me, but I am in love with this Swarovski Crystal drop pendant and earrings… they look like ice, which makes them perfect for winter! You’ll find necklaces, chokers, earrings, rings, bracelets, dread cuffs, hair pins, hair slides and even the most amazing bespoke Christmas decorations too. Take a look… you won’t be disappointed.
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Family Personalisation from Brass Box
I never thought I’d be someone who would think of Kitchenware as an appropriate gift. Don’t get me wrong, if someone gave me a toaster I’d not be over the moon but I think there are in fact certain gifts you can give and ways in which you can give them to make them pretty amazing. Brass Box are the most amazing wood carvers, that do everything from cheeseboards to wooden santa boards to personalised family chopping boards like the picture below. They carve in names and messages making it a really unique and special gift. I’m going to team it with some delicious cheese and biscuits for a lovely family gift.
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Get Under Cover with Mary Poppins and Paladone
I grew up on musicals which is possibly why I ended up on the Westend singing them which is honestly one of the biggest achievements of my life. I grew up transfixed by one of my biggest idols, Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music and of course Mary Poppins. Thanks to the release of Mary Poppins: The return, starring Emily Blunt, there is Mary Poppins trinkets, clothes, accessories and more everywhere and I am in seventh heave. I may have actually squealed when I opened up the mail from Paladone to find this Mary Poppins Practically Perfect in Every Way Umbrella… complete with parrot hand grip. It is just as beautiful and fantastic as it looks in the picture and now I have to say… I look forward to rain.
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Become a Superhero with Oppo Suits
I haven’t met a single guy who at some point did not think they were or dream of being a superhero. With Marvel and DM Comics creating amazing superhero after superhero, magazines, film and merchandise being released and re-released year on year, it’s hardly surprising that not just men are a little superhero mad. Now, I don’t know about you, but I really love a man in a suit, so why not make it a themed suit! Oppo Suits has everything from Star Wars to Superhero to Summer to Christmas themed suits that will surely be the talk of any part or occasion. These suits come with a jacket, tie and trousers and are amazing! I questioned what the quality was going to be like but was really impressed when it arrived. Best part is… they do them for young boys and teens too so you can even do a matchy matchy father and son thing too!
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Relax and Sleep with Better You
Better You are an innovative natural health company specialising in the supplementation of the growing number of key nutrients lost through our dramatically changing diet and lifestyle. Their products stand alone in the market place by their unique levels of quality and effectiveness. Tthey believe in putting food first, then, using their product range we can plug the ‘gaps’ that are inevitably left. Their products utilise the fastest and most reliable delivery mechanisms available including transdermal magnesium therapy and sublingual vitamin delivery. They have Sleep lotion for both parent and child which can be massaged in before bed to aid in a good nights sleep. As well as magnesium flakes for your bath to aid in relaxation and remineralisation!
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Don’t Miss a Bit of Christmas with Eyejusters
Now you don’t need different reading glasses for different tasks: use Eyejusters. One pair of glasses for everything: reading messages; using a computer; reading a book; or hobbies/DIY. Simply turn the hidden eyeDial to change focus. The moving lens mechanism is sealed inside, and all the lenses have a durable anti-scratch coating. Clean them like normal glasses. These are perfect for people like my mum who need different glasses for different activities. They come in a wide range of designs, colours and shapes to suit everyone, meaning that there will always be something to suit everyone.
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Experience of a Lifetime with Red Letter Days
We go through our lives and without realising we end up in a routine, often doing the same thing day in and day out and before we even realise it years have passed and we have remained in our little bubbles. There is nothing wrong with that at all but a little excitement or stepping outside of our boxes once in a while can do us good and what better way to do it than with a Red Letters Day Experience. I was recently lucky enough to go on one of their amazing Spa days with afternoon tea but they have everything from Super Car driving days to Cookery course to short breaks. There is an experience that will feed everyone’s souls and within a large range of budgets. Why not take a look and by that special someone an experience they’ll never forget?!
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The Gift of Gin with Farrar & Tanner
I never thought I’d be the person to love gin but I do… I can’t help it. The tang and flavour won me over after years of me thinking it was foul. So I suppose that makes me currently bang on trend as it seems to be you’re not a mummy or at least a blogger unless you’re supping Gin, Prosecco or Wine. Well I am going to go with the gin and don’t have one every day or even every week but when I do it is delicious and I am looking forward to a Christmas and New Year full of it. If you know someone who loves Gin then why not get them something extra special like this wooden box full of Gin that you can also have engraved. You can have whatever you like written (within the letter count) and it will make a beautiful personalised gift.
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Feel the Rhythm with Audio Jam
I love music. If I am not listening to the radio or a cd then I am singing along myself and making my own music. Alyssa is the same. There is not a day that goes passed where she does not ask me to play something for her and she loves music class at nursery too. We’re quite a gadget family and lots of different members have gadgets for all sorts, but something we don’t have or didn’t is a Bluetooth speaker and the Audio Jam Chill Out speaker is just the key. Small and compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, you can take it anywhere you go (it’s even waterproof). With a Bluetooth range of up to 30 metres/100 feet and up to 8 hours of playtime, you won’t need to get up for a while. I know a certain Bear who will LOVE this for Christmas!
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Big Kids Too with Scalextric
There is nothing to say that when you grow up you have to grow up completely. Things you enjoyed as a child can still be enjoyed as adults whether that is collecting something, a sport or hobby that is a real passion or board games that are still just has competitive now we are adults. There are a lot of big kids in our family and my other half is the same and each one of them would love nothing more than to spend a few hours doing battle with each other on an Arc One Ultimate Rivals Set. In fact I am pretty sure, when I get this out come Christmas day we won’t see them for quite some time. I’m thinking that as long as the washing up is done then this could seriously work to my advantage… peaceful afternoon if I stick them in another room! Let them be big kids this Christmas!
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Kitchen Gadgets from Harts of Stur
Now I know that people often stay away from giving Kitchen gadgets for Christmas, but actually those of us who enjoy cooking actually LOVE kitchen gadgets and one of the places I love to shop for them are Harts of Stur. They have a huge range of gadgets, kitchenware and novelty gifts and I am always able to find something for a gift or even a stocking filler. What I also love is that they are a local business to me which I am happy to support. Near the top of my Christmas Kitchen list this year is this awesome Soup Maker. Revolutionary in its design, the Cuisinart Soup Maker is the first blender to feature an integrated heater so from start to finish, it is all you need to cook, blend and serve your soup. With three different settings the Cuisinart Soup Maker sautés, boils, and simmers fresh ingredients, then blends to your preferred consistency. As well as delicious, healthy soup, the Cuisinart Soup Maker is perfect for making a range of exciting recipes from sauces to pate to desserts and drinks. Hot or cold, the Cuisinart Soup Maker ensures the perfect blend – I think I will be trying out one of my soup recipes with this bad boy.
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Get it Right with Find Me A Gift
There are some people who are simply impossible to buy for don’t you think? I do sit down, when I am planning my Christmas lists and think what on earth do I buy that person?! Of course they are always super helpful, as they are one of those people who always answer with “I don’t mind” or “I don’t know!” This seriously doesn’t help me. Know what does? Find Me a Gift. I love sitting and browsing this site because you can search in so many different ways and by type of person and what they like. It definitely takes the pressure off when buying for those awkward people when you can find so much under one roof. I got to take a closer look at their Personalised Prosecco and grabbed a bottle for a friend of mine as well as their Bomb Cosmetics Mistletoe Kisses Gift Set which smells amazing before you even open it. With so many gifts to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone!
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Tasty Treats with Yumbles
As I have said already, I am definitely trying to support some smaller businesses this year where I can because I am a small business myself and really appreciate each and every ounce of support that I get from my readers and followers. Now, there is no denying that certain foods and drinks make really good presents, though I kind of hate being able to tell what a present is from the outside like a bottle of wine, but what about if you gave them a chest full of pirate rum or vegan chocolate truffles in an edible cocoa bean box or an amazing BBQ sauce and seasoning set?! Bear is a huge fan of BBQing come rain or shine and as he is the only meat eater in the household, he likes to sit out there and BBQ until his hearts content so when I spotted the amazing Ultimate BBQ Kit on Yumbles I knew it would be a perfect gift for him. Yumbles is a food marketplace committed to making the most delicious, healthy and all-natural food accessible to conscious food eaters across the UK.
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Covering All Bases with JML
I have said it before and I will say it again… I love shops, businesses, brands where you can find a whole range of different products under one roof…or site depending on whether they have actual premises in this digital aged. One such business which is one of my go-tos in this type of situation is JML. I think they have some amazing and innovative creations and they were kind enough to send a few over. I have really dark hair incase you hadn’t noticed and have had a real issue with facial hair since the grand old age of 12 so I loved trying out the Finishing Touch Flawless to help keep me fuzz-free and is described as “instant pain-removal.” I had my doubts but I felt absolutely nothing which is a million times better than waxing! I combined this with the Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror so that I was actually able to see what I was doing and pluck out any strays.
Readers will know that Nonna suffers from a chronic illness meaning that she can be in a lot of pain a lot of the time and one of the things that helps is heat. So, when I spotted the Kangoo Hot Bag I thought this would be ideal! It’s basically a hot water bottle you never need to refill. You plug it in for 10 minutes and it can stay hot for as long as 5 hours! You don’t want to pop this on bare skin straight away as that will be a bit burny but it’s great as it has a strap so you can strap it on and keep going about your day. I think I might have to borrow it for when I am in the kitchen with my new Copper Stone Pans cooking up a storm. I have to say this is the BEST pan I have ever owned. I cooked my mushroom burgers on it the other night and normally they stick or break up or turn to mush and this pan allowed me to cook them perfectly. I would definitely recommend a set of these pans for your kitchen… or of course for someone you really like!
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Subscription with a Hit from the Summerton Club
Subscription boxes of all kinds are very in at the moment and they are just the gift that keep on giving for months to come. There are subscriptions for all sorts from Coffee to Books to Stationery to Films and Comics – there is something for every age and every hobby, interest and like. The Summerton Club has got something for us adults who enjoy a tipple. They’re a premium spirits subscription box, sending out a fantastic aged bottle to their members every month. They started after the owner was looking for this exact thing for his dad at Christmas and are a great gift for that person in your life that’s difficult to buy for.
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Make 2019 Count with YOLO
I have never been one for making New Years Resolutions – I did when I was younger and you could guarantee they’d be out the window within a fortnight and I’d be back to my old habits and ways. I am now a firm believer that if you’re going to make a change then it should be for you and no one else and especially not because of an old tradition. You do not need the 1st January to make a change you can take any day of the year to do so. It’s one of the reasons I took up bullet journaling, to help monitor patterns within my life and make changes where I could. YOUR OWN LIFE ORGANISED (YOLO) is a brand new online stationery store, soon to be your go-to link for gifts and lifestyle necessities.
Since becoming working mums and having 6 kids under 4 between them, co-owners and friends for over a decade Sarah Williams and Lee Bishop fully understand the importance of spending your time wisely – whether it be with family, friends, being organised at work, being mindful in your outlook – or a combination of just everything!
With a Planner, Notebook, Bedside Book and 2019 range of Organisers, they make the perfect gift or product for a busy mum and I personally cannot wait to get planning…. plus it feeds my problematic stationery addiction!
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Go for Miles with Nextbase
Dash Cams are the fastest growing consumer technology, and have outsold sat navs as the most desired in-car gadget. There are approximately 2.6 million Dash Cams on the roads today, and this number is growing. Regardless of the popularity of Dash Cams as a gadget, the 112 model is affordable, effective, and with an RRP of £49.99, a great gift to buy any driver, acting as an independent witness in case of a traffic incident on the roads. 41 insurers across the UK accept Dash Cam footage as evidence in the case of an incident. The 112 is compact, easy to use, and records stunning 720p HD footage. It boasts a variety of features. For instance, the Four Element Sharp Lenses, made with four layers of glass, deliver clear images and the photo mode allows you to take still images for further evidence. I know a guy that would love this for Christmas, so it’s wrapped and ready.
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Soft and Smooth with O’Keefes
I am terrible at self-care. I mean I really suck. I am probably the last person on my to do list but I am all about looking after others. My lovely sister in law is an animal lover, so much so she made it her career and spends a lot of time out of doors looking after them at the wild-life park where she works. In winter time this can play havoc with her skin, so I was really pleased to discover Okeefe’s Gift packs full of lotions and potions specifically for your hands, feet and lips that have been out in the cold or hot weather and help them stay healthy. There are several gift sets available so you pick and choose which will be best for you or your loved one.
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Spice Things Up with Monogomy
Okay so I could not go through the whole guide without doing something a little bit spicy – this is the adults gift guide after all. Described by the press as ‘the sexy board game that’s jazzing up playtime for couples nationwide’, Monogamy is the naughty board game for couples that will revolutionise your relationship and take it to another level. With three progressively steamy levels and over 390 ideas and actions, no game will ever be the same. A game of Monogamy will open up new channels of communication between you both – whether you’ve been together for many years or a few months. Monogamy is different from other adult board games on the market as the emphasis is on communication between you and your partner – finding out what really turns each of you on and then translating this into an erotic fantasy to remember at the end!
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#BelieveInHappy with Funky Pigeon
I can’t even imagine the total number of Christmas cards I have sent over the years to school friends, family, partners and everyone in between and I will of course be doing the same again this year. Alyssa and I are even going to do some card making, so she can make some special cards for her favourite people. I’ll be doing something different myself this year and not only sending Christmas cards but also sending happiness and wellness cards. Mental Health is finally starting to get the recognition it needs and the people suffering deserve. Funky Pigeon has decided to recognise it too and launched their #BelieveInHappy range so you can send someone just a little bit of happiness that might perhaps help them get through a tough time and know that someone cares!7
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