So every year I do these gift guides, and half the time I’m thinking about the boys, or about what my Mum would like, or what would be wonderful for Mr English, but as I’m searching, I often see something and think ‘ooh, I like that’. I started to note them down, just so I could write a Christmas list, and here they are, my ‘that will do nicely’ list for Christmas 2013, interspersed with some lovely things that I’ve been sent.
Don’t forget flowers if you’re considering Christmas pressies for mums. I adore receiving flowers. Debenhams sent me these absolutely beautiful Christmas flowers called ‘Cinnamon Spice‘. They had soft, velvety red roses, cute gerberas, bright red berries, lots of beautiful-smelling red roses and the festive addition of some cinnamon sticks too. The flowers smelt divine and lasted for ages. (£29.99). If you use this discount code: XMASBLOG, you’ll get £5 off all Christmas gifts too (expires 21.12.13).
There’s nothing quite as lush as a Harrods Hamper. This beauty is £100 and contains six decent bottles including a nice Rioja, a Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé, Emiliana Novas Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and a lovely Chardonnay – the gift that really does keep on giving. Find the Harrods hamper selection here.
Asda have got some lovely foodie gifts this year. I especially liked this Extra Special olive oil set with Toscano extra virgin olive oil and a ceramic olive oil decanter. It’s just £6 too.
I’ve really enjoyed Tom Kerridge’s TV series Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food and would really like to eat at the Hand and Flowers, which is actually quite near us. I’ll settle for the book that accompanies the series for now, though. I’d also like Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger. I adored The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, but missed this one for some reason.
For the home, I’m loving tartan at the moment (inspired, of course, by my lovely friend Erica up in Edinburgh). Buyakilt.com have all sorts of beautiful tartan rugs (as well as scarves and even kilts if you fancy going the whole nine yards). The pupster has got quite fond of our lovely soft Jacob tartan rug (they call it a rug but it’s perfect as a sofa throw – it washes beautifully on a cool wash) ad there are all sorts of lovely colours to choose from.
I love candles and I’m very spoilt as lovely Yankee Candle always send me their new ones to try. My favourite this Christmas is Merry Marshmallow which will fill your home with the delicious, warm sweet smell of baking, even if you can’t be bothered to actually bake! I’d also like the more traditional Christmas Memories scent as well please, Santa!
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew is hands down the best moisturiser I’ve ever used – it’s non-greasy and sinks in really easily. It also seems to give a really nice base for make-up, plus I like the smell. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Redken Body Full is a godsend if you have fine hair. When I had my hair cut recently my stylist used it and my hair felt amazing. WANT! (By the way check out the shop I’ve linked to here – it’s owned by a friend of mine from school).