If you are anything like me you will think you have pretty much completed your Christmas shopping at the beginning of December. All wrapped up by the second week and then by the third freaking out because you are sure you have forgotten someone, or this pile is bigger than that one…
Its great to always have some gifts on hand for unexpected guests too and I have put together a few pieces that would work for the whole family. Have a selection of gifts available for both adults and children which won’t break the bank but still make an impact.
Cookbooks. There are always new releases and I love getting a copy as soon as they are released, trying new recipes and discovering new flavours. From desserts to mains, simple to the more adventurous, there is always a cookbook for what you need. I am starting a challenge in the New Year to create at least one recipe a week from each of my new and most favourite books, this way you get to see just how easy the recipes really are and whether the books are worth buying. Are they one hit wonders or a kitchen staple. Titles are to include A Parisian Kitchen. The Japanese Larder and Pleasecakes.
Alcohol. Everyone loves a tipple at Christmas and being a huge gin fan I would love to be on the receiving end of this kind of gift. In fact my secret santa knew just that and gifted me a bottle of Rhubarb and Ginger gin – thank you Mandi! Packaging is a big thing for me and I am a sucker for a good box or wrap on a gift, Haymans Gin have done just this with their beautiful wraps. They have used a contemporary colour palate paired with traditional English typography and custom-drawn illustrations from an English woodcut artist, highlighting the Hayman family’s roots and hand-crafted approach to distilling.
Crafty Brewing Co. which is a microbrewery based on a farm in the hills of Surrey and makes some of the finest craft beers in the UK. Customers can order the hand-crafted beers online and they are available to taste in many pubs and theatres in South region. They have a nice story where they brew and package every beer entirely by hand and select only the very best grain, hops and yeast and use crystal clear Surrey water.
Practical Gift. Riut Bags are offering 33% off their fabulous R15.3 backpack. The RiutBag R15.3 is a stylish pickpocket-proof backpack, built with security at its core. All zips are flush against the wearers back for total security and peace of mind when moving from place to place. It’s the perfect gift for those that want to keep their valuables safe on the go, but don’t want to sacrifice style and comfort.
Games. Beano is a name that young and old will recognise, add to that the age old game of Monopoly and you have a sure fire winner on your hand for Christmas day. Featuring all the usual characters, Dennis The Menace, The Bash Street Kids, Minnie The Minx and all of their funny escapades this will be a game that you bring out year after year.
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