December 13, 2012

christmas gift guide

Over the past few weeks I've posted lots of beauty related ideas on my other site's gift guides, which you can find here, however I thought it would only be right to include a more varied gift guide on my lifestyle blog too. I've tried to include lots of different ideas for varying budgets and types of people from food to drink to gadgets and clothing. Sorry that the guide is being posted a little late but I had to wait for all of the items to arrive in the post, you still have time to order everything included on the post in time for Christmas though!

For the Foodie

Able and Cole have some wonderful offerings for any lover of food, if you are looking for gifts for a foodie then you need look no further than investing in one of their Christmas hampers. If you haven't already heard of the company before then I will just quickly fill you in, they deliver fruit and veg boxes but with a difference as you can pick and chose extras to include in the delivery from the website, ranging from organic frozen meals to fresh juices and much more. If you aren't sure of which hamper to pick as a gift then you could always give a voucher or veg box subscription.

For the Tea Lover


This gift pack by teapigs makes a perfect quirky gift for any tea enthusiast. I personally love to try out new variations of tea and find that there is a flavour to suit every mood amongst this set, be it a cup to satisfy chocolate cravings, a cup to calm and relax or wake you up with a hint of chilli.

The Christmas Chocolates


When it comes to chocolate, Montezuma's are one of my favourite brands and are usually the chocolate of choice amongst my family. The baubles are beautiful and look dazzling on the tree but will certainly disappear quickly. I'm currently nibbling on the snowmen whilst writing up this post and they are beyond yummy and really quite addictive.

For the Spirit Drinker


Christmas isn't Christmas without a few boozy drinks along the way, festive themed cocktails being my favourite. For a late night Winter warmer mix Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum with cola and serve with ice, for a fresh zingy cocktail try Russian Standard Gold Vodka mixed with cranberry juice and for a party drink have a go with mixing Malibu Snowcoco with pineapple juice. All of the spirits also make great gifts, as you can see the packaging of the bottles make them truly eye catching. My personal favourite of the bunch was a hard choice to make however the floating coconut flakes that look like snow in the bottle of the Malibu Snowcoco won me over, it's literally like peering into a snow globe.

For the Baker


For any girl that likes to bake without getting her kitchen too messy and involving lots of effort then this waffle stick maker is absolutely perfect. The machine is really compact and dainty in size meaning that it can be stored away easily and doesn't take up much space. In total it takes just under ten minutes to mix up the batter and cook a batch, there is also a booklet included that has both sweet and savoury recipe ideas inside.

The Do It Yourself Kits


For as long as I can remember I've always really wanted to make my own gingerbread house (and when I say make my own what I mean is construct one using a kit). Luckily this year I managed to get my hands on one so will be able to have a go. This would make a really great gift for kids as it will keep them occupied on Christmas day and boxing day. I also think that this cupcake decorating kit is a lovely idea for any keen baker and means that they can try out any fancying icing skills with ease.

For the Gamer

My absolute favourite gift idea included in this post has to be this Pacman ghost lamp, for obvious reasons. I'm an absolute nerd when it comes to anything that's bright and flashes but especially when it has a retro twist. Inside the box comes a mini remote control where you can pick different colours, dim the brightness and pick settings as to whether you want the colours to alternate. The coolest thing about the lamp is that it actually appears to be floating!

Stocking Fillers for Him


For any keen photographer, backing up their pictures is an absolute must. With technology so prone to going wrong these days it's essential to back up all of your photos or you can be in danger of losing them all forever. With this nifty USB style stick you can store up to 4,000 pictures and never have to worry about losing them again. Another great stocking filler is this tin of Tabasco spicy chocolate, it isn't your usual gift and I love the quirky packaging. Just make sure that the person you are giving it to can handle the heat!

Gifts for her

First off for my gift idea for the girls are these gorgeous sheepskin slippers by Shepherd, they feel super comfy and I really love the ice blue colour to them. These slippers in a beige colour are also currently half price on the New Look website, so get in there quick if you like them. Next up is this beautiful coral pin watch by Vega, it's super chunky which I absolutely love and even glows in the dark so is ideal for night time use also. Finally which girl wouldn't love the gift of the complete seasons of Desperate Housewives, this came through my door just the other day and gives me the perfect excuse to stay snuggled up in front of the television all Christmas.

Tree decoration gifts

Christmas tree decorations make lovely stocking fillers as they will be reused year after year and these felt versions by Cath Kidston definitely beat the typical naff baubles from the supermarket, I am a huge fan of the cute Christmas pudding.

Something for him

Last but not least on my gift guide is this lovely silk tie by French Connection, the quality is great and I really like the pheasant pattern. Any man can never have too many ties meaning this is a perfect gift for anyone that wears suits often.

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