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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for the Men in Your Life…

I am really rubbish at buying gifts for men; I totally lack creativity and imagination.  I do feel (and this is a huge generalisation for which I apologise in advance) that women are easier to buy for.  Clothes, books, jewellery, candles, bath stuff, it’s all there.  Perhaps there is just more stuff marketed at women so I don’t need to think too much about what I’m buying.  But men… well, it’s a whole different ball game.  This year, I’ve come up with a pretty succinct, if not rather last minute, gift guide to suit the men in your life… or hopefully at least one of them! Whisky Another stereotype I’m afraid – where us girls have gin, men apparently favour whisky (it is at least true in the case of my husband and me).  I love smart gift sets like this one from The Whisky Shop, which are ideal for your Dad, Step-Dad or father-in-law, if they are drinkers: Clothes A good way of getting your man to wear something you find him especially attractive in …

3 Birthday Gift Ideas for 10 Year Olds

This year sees Jasmine turn 10, somewhat unbelievably.  The day itself may not be until December but I have already started thinking about how to make it special.  Ten feels huge; double figures.  A milestone.  Inching closer to high school and greater independence. We have started talking about a party – a disco to share with all her friends and most likely the last big party she will have until she turns 16 (a scary prospect) – and she has some firm ideas about the gifts that she would like.  The last time we spoke about it, these included a Garmin child’s activity tracker, a Polaroid camera and vlogging equipment.  Yeah, she’s not a cheap date these days! I have been toying with the idea of saving the gift ideas for Christmas or farming them out to family and instead buying her something a little different; some kind of experience day that she won’t forget for a long time.  Or a puppy.  No, let’s stick with the experiences for now… The first to catch my …

End of Term Teacher Gift Ideas

In a fortnight’s time, my chicks will be back in the nest for the summer; a notion that fills me with equal measures of warmth and dread.  For now, though, their days are marked by reports and sports days and special assemblies and choir practices.  This means that there is not much time left to source a special teacher gift.  Now, you may not buy gifts for your child’s teacher, and that’s fine, but definitely hang around as some of the items I’ve found are great for other occasions too.  And if you do like to send along a token of your appreciation on the last day of term, and you’ve yet to find a suitable offering this year, I’ve found a handful of beauties.  I’ll start with the gifts I’ve chosen for the teachers of my own children and finish off with a few other gems. Personalised Wine Label from Milabel (Etsy) These labels are one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made online and their appeal never dulls.  I’ve bought two of these this year – one for my …

Five Cosmetic Gift Ideas

Christmas may be within touching distance but there is still time to sort last minute gifts (thankfully). If you’re struggling to find a pressie for the friend or relative who has everything, it might be worth considering a beauty treatment or other cosmetic procedure. Of course, these won’t be for everyone and be warned, some of those outlined below are a little on the unusual side! Cellulite treatment This clearly isn’t going to be a gift that goes down well for everyone but you may have a friend or sibling who you know is keen to try this procedure, in which case it could be a very thoughtful and well-received present. Pulse Light Clinic are just one centre who offer cellulite treatments in London and can be contacted on info@pulselightclinic.co.uk Alternatively, if you are looking for yourself, contact Pulse Light Clinic to book in a free consultation and patch test on 0207 523 5158 today. Facial Facials include a variety of skin care treatments for the face; every facial is different but the treatment may offer …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner and, with James’ birthday also in June, I like to plan ahead and have plenty of gift ideas ready. As always, he has not asked for anything in particular so I try and source items that are one of a kind or are things he will use daily. Here’s a few of my favourites for this year: Personalised cufflinks, £25, Etsy   These cufflinks are such a lovely idea and a special gift as they can be designed by your children. One of my favourite gift ideas in a long time. Three month coffee club subscription, £29, Not on the High Street    Perfect for our coffee-loving Daddy, this subscription would introduce him to new flavours and potentially find him a new favourite! London Skyline Chess Set, £80, Not on the High Street   Almost too beautiful to play with, his could easily double as an ornamental feature in the most stylish of homes. Skagen Analogue Watch, £86.70, bablas.co.uk   Classic timepiece and not a bad price considering …