Christmas Gift Guide 2016

I have been sharing some ideas for Christmas gifts this week – see my Christmas Gift Ideas here, and with the big day looming I have some more inspiration today to treat your loved ones (or yourself!) and with so many sales on at the moment it’s the perfect time to get organised.  This week my youngest has spent so much time perfecting and writing her Christmas cards for her school friends it’s spurred me on to get Christmas ready!

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

1. Dreamland

With temperatures plummeting what better way than keeping warm and snuggly than with some treats from Dreamland. For yourself or as a gift for someone special Dreamland have some great ideas this Christmas which will absolutely delight as they are luxury items as well as being top quality. The Relaxwell Luxury Heated Throw £39.99 is ideal for chilly nights with soft microfleece fabric, 6 temperature settings and an auto shut off timer. It also benefits from being washable and safe for the tumble dryer and costs as little as 1p to run, a great feature is that it heats up in 5 minutes so you can get warm fast! It’s such a great gift idea and I feel a good price for such a well used item during the Winter months and once you have tried it out it’s easy to see why it’s so very popular.

Another great gift idea from dreamland is the Heat Pod £39.99 which looks like a traditional hot water bottle but has a very modern twist as it will stay warm for two hours with the clever rechargeable heat pod inside the luxury faux fur cover. This is the ideal gift idea for mum’s, grandma’s, sisters and aunties in the family as it’s a real gift of luxury with the soft faux fur snuggly cover and long lasting heat. Using the rechargeable heat pod is simple and a great alternative to the traditional hot water bottle, it has a safety thermometer as well as an automatic switch off and just like the heated throw it heats up in just 5 minutes.

2. Summerdown Mint 

Summerdown Mint are an award winning natural company with beautiful natural scents taken with inspiration from the English countryside. The whole Summerdown collection has been formulated and blended in a Hampshire farm using English Black Mitcham peppermint which has notes of lemongrass and galbanum giving a fresh, zesty scent. It’s such a luxurious range and once you have sampled the range you will be hooked as the scent takes you right back to the countryside and the fresh, clean blend is intoxicating. Not only do they have soaps, hand-washes and reed-diffusers available but also some lovely hair and body products as well as some luxurious candles.

3. Folio Society

I discovered The Folio Society just this year and I am totally in awe of the beautifully bound and finished books they have. Founded in 1947 The Folio Society pride themselves over the production of excellent quality carefully crafted literature from around the world. They make such a thoughtful and unique gift idea this Christmas and what a great gift for someone special to buy their favourite novel and from the first time I held one of their books I can tell you they won’t be disappointed! Every aspect of the finished book has been very carefully considered, the illustration, typography, paper, binding and printing are so exceptional and this makes it even more special, especially if it is a favourite novel.

With so much literature to choose from you are spoiled for choice and not just for adults either as there are many children’s novels too. To give you an example of their range here are just a few novels available on the Folio Society website:

  • Mort – Terry Pratchett £34.95
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Truman Capote £27.95
  • The Dam Busters – Paul Brickhill £36.95
  • A Brief History In Time – Stephen Hawking £29.95
  • From Russia With Love – Ian Fleming £34.95
  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain £19.95
  • Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White £22.95
  • Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling £22.95

Over the Christmas period they have free postage and also some free gifts with purchase too, it’s well worth subscribing to their newsletter for all the offers and upcoming news. These make such special Christmas gifts and I have already put in an order for some classics my girls will treasure.

4. Ooloom Face Blanket 

This has to be the cutest little gift for Christmas from Ooloom (even the name is adorable!) a beautiful ‘Face Blanket’ £24.99 or sleeping mask handmade in Estonia and comes in a range of animal designs such as the Panda, Unicorn, Owl, Fox, Racoon and Penguin. They are so perfect for jet setting travellers as the soft fabric (Estonian felt) and upcycled flannel make the masks strong, soft and warm. Each is very unique as using the upcycled flannel gives a unique look to every mask. Available from the Ooloom website here and also on the NotOnTheHighStreet website.

5. L’Occitane & Crabtree & Evelyn Aftershave

It’s always a treat being gifted a new fragrance and what could be better for the man in your life than one of these two beautiful fresh fragrances from L’Occitane and Crabtree & Evelyn.  L,Homme Cedrat Eau De Toilette 75ml £45.00 is a truly masculine scent, a mixture of citrus and marine fragrances and is part of the L,Homme Cedrat collection which have ideal products to gift with the fragrance. From Crabtree & Evelyn the Moroccan Myrrh Cologne 100ml £30.00 is musky and exotic with a hint of citrus and is so enduring throughout the day. As with the L,Homme Cedrat collection from L’Occitane you can also buy complementary products from the Moroccan Myrrh collection, and layering these products will help to intensify the fragrance and last that bit longer. Both I feel are exceptional scents that are perfect for gifting at such a special occasion and what a treat to receive either one this Christmas.

6. Braun & Gilette

It’s a tradition in my relationship that every year I spoil my OH with some grooming goodies and I think if I skipped it one year he would be mortified! I tend to stick with the tried and trusted brands that he has used over the years and if you take a look at this post I wrote earlier in the year (when he had a lustrous beard!) you can see the two Braun products I gifted him for his birthday. Firstly the Braun Precision Trimmer £14.99, such a useful little trimmer for beards and moustaches (any facial hair) and the Braun Body Groomer £129.99 which solves all ‘hairy’ body problems epilating at the root for a very smooth result.

Two mens gift ideas for this festive season are from Braun and Gilette, both for grooming facial hair and both so useful. What I like about this type of grooming gift for a man is that he will keep on using it over the whole year and I always feel it has so much value for it’s longevity of use. Braun have the Multi Groomer £69.99 a 3 in 1 system which can quickly give you any beard style and allows you to shave, style and trim your beard to perfection. Easy to use and gives an exceptional finish for trimming and styling and you can even achieve impressive precise beard lines with this nifty grooming tool.

Gilette Christmas gifts are always well received and again a super gift which is ever useful, the Gilette Fusion Proshield™ Chill Razor With Flexball™ Technology £12.00 is a perfect gift and would suit your husband, boyfriend, dad, granddad or male friend – any man in your life basically! It has a refreshing cooling feeling while shaving (which my OH tells me feels much more comfortable) using the cooling technology lubrastip which really helps prevent irritation. The Flexball™ aspect helps glide over all the facial contours and I’m told makes for a really easy, quick and effective shave.

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

 

Merry Christmas!

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caroline