So after focusing on the lovely ladies, next up is my Christmas gift guide for the boys. I always find Mr E really hard to buy for, as if he wants something, he tends to just go and get it. Plus, if you ask him, he always says ‘buy me a jumper’. Trouble is, he tells this to his Mum and everyone else that buys him a present too. I find the best way to combat this is to have a list on my iPhone notes of anything he mentions during the year. The boys, on the other hand, never fail to provide Santa with the biggest list possible to choose from, but I like to treat them with small, unexpected bits and pieces so there are still a few surprises. So whether you’re looking for your grown up kids, Dad, uncles or your significant other, I’ve had a look around the shops – I hope this provides some inspiration for Christmas gifts for the man in your life – for every budget!
So here’s the first of a little series of gift guides. This one is Christmas gifting for her and, ok, I’ll admit it. I do kind of use these gift guides as a little Christmas wishlist for Mr E and the boys. Let’s face it, if they can open the blog and see something beautiful here to buy me, plus I get to share my ideas with you as shopping inspiration, it’s a win/win. Talking of gifts, I was recently asked by the lovely Sam over at I’m Sam Squire to contribute an idea for his Hopeless Man’s Gift Guide (his words not mine), and, as always, I shared my favourite gifting advice: if you haven’t been asked for something specific, it’s best to choose something that’s beautiful and useable (or indeed edible). So if you’re not exactly certain about the taste of the lady in question, it’s a good tip to stick to something like deliciously scented candles (see my guide to festive candles here), or bath and body products (and definitely not lingerie if you even remotely have to guess the size).
I couldn’t finish off my gift guides without giving a little nod to our furry friends. It’s been a bit sad at English Towers since little Ninja passed away. I miss being attacked on the stairs, and slowly but surely the random white hairs are appearing less and less on everything I iron. Soon I won’t be cursing as I pick them off every item of clothing – and what will I do then?
As a mum (and I speak from experience here), there’s nothing nicer than opening a pressie containing lovely pampering stuff that you might think twice about splashing out on yourself.
In this Big Christmas Gift Guide, I’ve brought together a few lovely treats that will make you, your mum/your wife/your sister feel fabulous, because, hey, they deserve it.
So here we go with another Christmas gift guide then. They proved so popular that I thought I’d resurrect them and tell you about all the lovely stuff I’ve discovered that will be just perfect for your foodie loved one’s stocking.
First up from Octopus is Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014 (£11.99). The best selling annual wine guide is back for another year and is indespensible if you’re a wine lover.
Organic Seed & Bean’s organic chocolates are really special, 100% ethical and handmade in the UK. The mini bars would make perfect stocking fillers for a food lover, while the hampers are beautiful.
A really special single malt whisky is a fabulous foodie present. Seek out The Macallan Amber for its smooth toffee apple and cinnamon flavours (available at specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop) or The Glenrothes Select Reserve (around £38) for a touch of citrus and hints of spice – plus I think the bottle is amazing (available from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and whisky specialists).
Remember Blue Nun? Well now it has released a sparkling limited edition wine, with little flecks of 22 carat gold leaf suspended in it! It’s also available in teeny tiny little bottles that would make cute stocking fillers. I had a taste and it’s exactly as I remember – it’s medium, so if you’re not a fan I think it would be amazing as a party cocktail with a good spritz of lime or maybe a splash of cherry liqueur. Yum. The full size bottle of Blue Nun Sparkling Gold is available to buy exclusively online from Drinks Direct or The Drink Shop for around £10. Or you can buy the little baby bottles from ASDA for £2.25.
Lovely Louisa Cefaz makes the most amazing artisan marshmallow in some amazing flavours (I can testify that the white chocolate peanut butter flavour is to die for). Find Louisa’s amazing creations at: FluffyPuffPuffs.
Kings Fine Food specialise in luxury hampers stuffed with all sorts of really special products (I’m a huge fan of the Amedei Tuscan chocolate that they sell). Hampers start from £49.99 right up to £249.99 and there’s also a gift wrapping service. If anyone wants to buy me a pressie, I’d like to try their very delicious sounding Visciolata Del Cardinale cherry infused wine, thank you please.
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