Friday, November 27, 2015

My Christmas Gift Guide 2015, part 3



A last few gifts I couldn't resist sharing.  Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here.  Just a bit of fun - I hope it's useful. Hope you're enjoying your Christmas shopping!  No affiliate links have been used, nor is this post sponsored - these are just things I've seen and liked, and wanted to share.

Homemade gifts

I haven't specified a cost for these as this will depend on what you have at home, quantities you're making etc..  I love handmade gifts and have been lucky enough to be gifted a number of homemade treasures over the years.

Zandi at Radical Possibility's Anthro-style glasses are super cute.  You could pair these with a miniature of a favourite tipple for a sweet gift for as friend.

Martha's Bath Balls would be a lovely handmade gift - perhaps with a good book to enjoy in the bath?

Melissa at Polka Dot Chair has masterminded these amazing Elf Mason Jars - such a sweet gift for a friend or a neighbour.

Mamie Jane's DIY tablet holder would be great for the Pinterest obsessed cook on your Christmas list!

These hot chocolate snowmen (made using baby food jars) over on Empress of Dirt are so inventive.

How adorable are these 'Twenty Minute Totes' on Purl Soho?  If you are good with a sewing machine these would be such a great wee gift!

Under £5

For more great gifts in this price range I'd take a visit to great stores like Tiger & Poundland which do super stuff for less dough, but who don't advertise widely online.

These Star Wars chocs (£1, Asda and other stores) would make a great stocking filler.

I love stickers as part of a gift - these hedgehog ones (£1.50) from Paperchase are so cute!

A yummy selection box is always fun (£3, Asda and other shops) to enjoy in the Christmas to New Year run.

This cheery owl pen pot (£3.50, Paperchase) would be a great addition to any desk.

I love these cheery polka dot pens (£3.75, Paperchase), which I use for list making and notes.

The Day The Crayons Quit (£3.85, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) is a fun picture book which was released last year.  An inventive and amusing book for kids.

John Lewis have a sweet 'Man on the Moon' mug (£5).  Perfect for a festive cuppa.

Dare you brave Sprout Roulette (£5, Lakeland)?

I love the creativity of The Book With No Pictures (£5, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) - it's insanely good fun to read together with kids.

£5 - £10

I would love to find these Mean Girls pencils (£5.45, etsy, pink of course!) in my stocking.  So fetch.

These love letter earrings (£6, etsy) would be lovely for your favourite fan of snail mail.

Speaking of snail mail, The Jolly Postman (£7, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) is a great gift for a child.  Love this book!

A cute keepsake keyring (£7, etsy) would be sure to make a proud new parent smile.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (£7, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) is one of the best books I've read in the last couple of years.  I've given it as a gift at least three times already...

I've already gifted these sweet animal print bodysuits(£7.50 for the pack, George at Asda) to at least one friend's child - they are super cute and wash brilliantly too!

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess (£8, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) made me laugh (out loud, embarassingly, on the tube); cry (buckets, without tissues, also on the tube) and think.  She's such a great writer!  Her new book Furiously Happy (£7, on amazon, also available at all good book stores!) is firmly on my own wishlist.

These dinosaur crayons (£8, etsy) are perfect - I've already bought a set for a certain someone I know.

A mug gift set can be a great present for a friend or colleague - this magnolia one from Marks & Spencer (£8.50) is very pretty.

£10 - £20

This Doctor Who inspired mug (£10.23, etsy) would be a lovely gift for the Whovian in your life.

Dear Santa, I Can Explain....the perfect pyjamas (£12, George at Asda) for your resident troublemaker!

This cheeseboard (£14.95, etsy) would be a lovely addition to any kitchen.

A remote controlled Mini Cooper (£15, John Lewis) will be sure to create some Christmas Day hijinks.

This Woodland Friends sleepsuit (from £16, Monsoon) would be lovely and cosy.

£20 - £50

This smart battery operated corkscrew (£25, Debenhams) would provide even quicker access to wine for the enthusiastic wine drinker in your party.

I can think of plenty of kids (and big kids!) who would enjoy this remote controlled helicopter (£25, John Lewis).

I love the styling and colours of this wooden tea trolley (£25, George at Asda).  What a sweet gift for a small person.

This sleepsuit and toy gift set (£28, Boden) would be a beautiful gift for a new member of the family.

Light up shoes (£34.50, Clarks) are sure to entertain your little ones!

A wooden dolls house (£35, George at Asda) would be a toy to treasure for years to come.  So great for play!

Keeping cosy and warm is key at this time of year.  This poncho (£50, Monsoon) would be sure to help!

£50 or more 

These men's pyjamas from Boden (£60) look phenomenally comfortable.  A real winter treat!

Shiny, shiny shoes (£80, Monsoon) for a sparkling - and fashionable - party animal.

This beautiful watch (£125, Debenhams) would be a splendid gift for a boyfriend or partner.  I love the two metal shades together.

A great pair of leather knee high boots (£150, Clarks) are a winter staple.  I remember selling lots of this style in Clarks when I worked there as an undergrad!

A good leather handbag would be a showstopping gift.  This phenomenal Bailey and Quinn beauty (£155, Debenhams) would make such a wonderful present.



A question to finish - what's the best Christmas gift you've ever received?

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