Practical gifts are something I enjoy both giving and receiving. Knowing a gift will be used time and time again is both satisfying when spending money on it and hopefully a reminder to the recipient that you thought of them when they are using it!
Create gentle curls and waves or dramatic volume with ease. Featuring a retractable bristle brush, effortlessly create a myriad of styles from soft waves through to beautifully defined curls with pro results that hold all day long. Since I let my hair grow I am trying to use heat friendly items or tools that will help my hair instead of damage it. I have heard nothing but good reports about the Revamp Progloss Perfect Finish RRP: £49.99 from Revamp
Handmade teddy bear which features all the well known icons of The Big Apple. The Statue of Liberty, Yellow Cabs, Broadway, The Empire State Building and the list goes on. This is the ideal bear for anyone who loves New York. I am heavily into manifestation so as soon as I saw this adorable bear from Grin and Bear London I just knew he was part of my mission to head to New York next year. RRP: £78.00 from Grin and Bear London
Evie is obsessed with all things scented so you can imagine my delight when we were told about Slumberdowns new scented pillows in Berry and Tropical. Medium support with a fine microfiber printed cover and infused with delicious subtle scents. RRP: £9.99 from Amazon
I love a good face mask and there is nothing nicer than ones that you could actually imagine being filled full of yummy goodness! Masque Bar have a whole host of face masks including Banana Honey Cream and Chocolate Eclair! They are priced at £3 each and available from Boots. Ideal stocking fillers!
Taylor Benfield Spiced Noir: A cosmopolitan, intoxicating combination of wood and spice. This Christmassy scent is evocative of cosy evenings by the fire. A real winter warmer. Available in white or grey matte glass. £30 for the Home Candle and £12 for the Travel Candle.
We love books we can not only read as a family but ones that are practical. The girls love both cooking and being outside so what better way to encourage this behaviour than two fabulous books with not only amazing pictures but so much encouragement for little ones to do things they love. RRP: from £20.00 at DK
The perfect gift for your children this festive season, our Christmas Eve gift boxes for kids come in many different designs and all can be personalised with your child’s name for a truly bespoke gift. I can’t wait to fill this with her new pj’s, chocolates, christmas eve mug and hot chocolate mix, reindeer food and Santas key so he can leave the gifts! I love how these boxes can be stained or painted and are personalised making them unique. RRP: from £19.99 at North East Trophies
Create works of art in stickers with the attached Dot Art Sticker Books from Prestel Publishing. Published in association with the National Gallery, this activity book for all ages provides hours of entertainment, relaxation or meditation and helps unwind at the end of a busy day. We love jigsaws and crystal art and with this Dot Art you end up with an amazing replica of an actual piece of art recreated in thousands of dot stickers! RRP: £10.99 from National Gallery Bookshop
When we were given the chance to add a duvet set to the gift guide I didn’t hesitate. This is like heaven for me as I could quite happily slide into clean bedding every day. The thought of having extra sets that have been gifted to me at Christmas makes me happy. Adam Home duvets are made from luxury, soft and breathable micro sateen material which offers a truly decadent surface to sleep. have never slept on anything as comfortable and will most definitely be purchasing more. RRP: from £35.00 from Adam Home
Conscious Chocolate loves the planet as much as it loves its chocolate. Each 30 and 60g bar is hand made and hand wrapped in their Sussex kitchen. Free from gluten, dairy, soya, refined sugars and palm oil and available in 3 different flavours. The Dark Side, Orange & Tangerine and Peppermint. Each bar is priced at £1.99 (30 g) and £2.99 (60g) available from Conscious Chocolate
This gorgeous RHS make up bag is perfect for carrying your make-up products so that you can touch up on the go, whether you’re out in the garden or further afield in the great outdoors. Adorned with an attractive floral pattern on the outside as well as a beautiful repeated geo and gold pattern on the inside lining, this is a great addition to any gardening lover’s wardrobe. RRP: £12.99 from RHS
In this digital age of connectivity, IMO have listened to their customers and created the Q2 Plus 2019. Not only does it look great with its two new funky colours, it now also includes the Face Unlock function, allowing customers to unlock their phone instantly with its IMO Face Unlock facial recognition system! A great affordable phone for well below £50! RRP: £The price for IMO Q2 Plus 2019 True Blue is currently £37 from Vodafone, and Love Pink is £40 from Argos
Nextbase, the world’s leading Dash Cam manufacturer, has used its knowledge of the sector to revolutionise its range, which had already received widespread critical acclaim and won numerous awards, cementing the manufacturer’s position at the top of the sector, one of the fastest growing areas of consumer technology.
The ‘Series 2’ Dash Cams continue to focus on video quality. Unparalleled access to the development teams at Ambarella, the leading semi-conductor manufacturer, has allowed Nextbase to create new firmware that ensures image quality is better than ever before, irrespective of the time of day or weather conditions. RRP: from £49.00
When you choose Divine chocolate this Christmas, you aren’t just choosing mouth-wateringly good chocolate, you are also choosing to make a difference around the world. With almost half its profits going to the farmers who own the company, and 2% of its turnover being invested in farmer projects that empower women, improve farming techniques, and help protect the rainforest – Divine delivers so much more. Available from Traidcraft
With a variety of locations throughout the UK, there’s bound to be a heart pounding experience to get someone all revved up. From Ferraris, Aston Martin’s and Lamborghini’s to unique tank paintballing battles, or jump on a quad bike for a bumpy but thrilling ride. There are tons of engine fuelled experiences within this voucher to pick from. Voucher is valid for 24 months. RRP: £99.99 from Red Letter Days
Founded by partners Gemma and Doug from a love of natural candles and the impact they can have on health and wellbeing, Iggy Box is a monthly candle subscription box service that allows customers to choose from either floral, fruity or a ‘surprise’ candle scent, that is delivered directly to your door each month. They believe that scents and fragrance can really help to create a relaxed and calming atmosphere, to help you unwind, de-stress and relax. RRP: from £12.9 a month
Danilo is Europes number one publisher of licensed calendars. A family run company offering everything from Stranger things to Frozen and everything in between. Wall, desk, family and pocket – there are calendars for 2020 in every form possible! RRP: from £9.99 available at Danilo
Leading stationery manufacturer BIC has launched a range of Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel pens – the perfect writing instrument for fast thinkers. Ideal for note-taking, doodling and more. The BIC® Gel-ocity® pen offers a new way to experience writing. Due to its ultra-fast drying ink, the gel pen glides smoothly across the page avoiding those irritating smudges, drips and leaks. RRP: £6.49 for a pack of 3 available from Bic World
The Derwent Procolour Colouring Pencil set of 12 are the perfect combination of a strong point and a smooth laydown, with a texture that has the cover power of a wax yet glides like an oil. The richly pigmented pencils maintain a sharp point for detailed drawing, while minimal chipping and dusting keeps your work clean and smudge free. RRP: £21.99 from Executive Pens Direct
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For those who prefer a more traditional home-like experience when on vacation, a timeshare can make sense. If you’ve gotten many years of good use out of your timeshare and now want to get rid of it, a timeshare cancellation company like Timeshare Freedom Group or Lonestar transfer may be able to help.