Gift Guide – For the Gents

Ok, so following on from my ladies gift guide… it’s only right that I do one for the guys too.

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The Go Ape vouchers take vouchers to a whole other level. It comes with a headset that you use with the free app to get a virtual tour of the tree top adventure. I had great fun at Go Ape last year, although I did manage to drop my phone whilst swinging through the trees. Learn from my mistake and keep your tech well zipped up!! If you want to see the footage, it’s here on YouTube. I definitely think that experiences are a great gift, and if you pick the experience wisely it may also mean that you can join in too!

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Food & Drink:

Sticking with the experiences, something I’ve always fancied doing is distilling my own gin. You can buy gift vouchers for this at Edinburgh Gin Distillery for £75 per person and you take away your own gin with personalised label.

Another idea for gents is the XL Man Box, £39.50, available at notonthehighstreet.com…

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Loungewear:

I personally think you can’t go wrong with loungewear, and it’s a step up from the typical gents socks! I love the look of these cotton check pull-ons from Boden, that are currently in the sale at £27.60. Pyjamas is something that I tend to grudge buying for myself, and would always grab a cheap pair… some luxury sleepwear as a gift would be well received in my opinion!

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Accessories:

Another high end item that I wouldn’t necessarily buy for myself, but would very much appreciate as a gift is some luxury luggage (I plan to go on more trips in 2017!). I’m guessing that this would also be a good gift for the man in your life. I like this brown leather holdall from Ted Baker, it’s pricey though at £189.

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Tech:

If you do have the cash to splash out, then I’m pretty sure most guys would appreciate some tech as a Christmas gift. I’m thinking drones, Sonos system, headphones or a GoPro perhaps… my son had great fun on our summer holiday with my GoPro camera capturing footage of himself jumping into the pool and swimming underwater. Hours of amusement to be had!

On the lower end of the budget, I spotted some phone camera lenses in Oliver Bonas which look great fun for £12 (possibly a bit of a gimmick, and I haven’t tried them so can’t be sure how good they would be). Would be a good stocking filler:

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Gift Guide – Secret Santa

Secret Santa definitely seems to be a common occurrence across workplaces, and I think the typical budget is around the £5-£15 mark. I thought I’d stick down a few ideas of bits and pieces that I thought would be ideal for gifting to work colleagues.

Novelty Hat

Last year I was given some festive props as my Secret Santa, and it was certainly a talking point for that evening’s work Christmas party. This turkey hat is under £5 and I think it is rather amusing.

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Beauty Bauble

Despite the silly hat idea above, Secret Santa doesn’t have to be something ridic. I noticed last year that there were loads of beauty baubles in the shops, and this year there are even gin baubles. Anyway, there are a nice selection of these in Space NK, and this divine oil ‘bauble’ from Caudalie is £8.

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Stationery

How cool is this unicorn tape dispenser!! It’s under a tenner too.

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Mug

A quirky mug seems to be a fail safe Secret Santa… I love these risqué mugs from Dirty Sentiments at £11.99 each.

 

 

 

Personalised Lanyard

We have swipe cards at my work, and so some of us wear these round our necks on a lanyard. Anyway, for under £5 you can have a lanyard personalised with your own text… perhaps your recipients nickname or the like.

 

Gift Guide – For the Ladies

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would share with you some ideas for presents. I’ve previously posted gift guides on my Glasgow Mummy site, and you can find them here. I’ve actually finished my Christmas shopping now, and I’m rather chuffed with myself. I’ve even wrapped them! So I can now relax and enjoy the festivities over the next 5 weeks in the lead up to the big day!

Anyway, without further ado…

Beauty:

I have been loving the bareMinerals The Wish List palette. The colours are gorgeous, and the pay off is really good. The packaging is also stunning – it has a firework-style design on the lid, and there is a large mirror on the inside. My only wish (!) is that there was a brush included, like the Urban Decay Naked palettes. The palette is £39.

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Skincare:

I’m a huge fan of Origins skincare, and their Christmas gift sets are great value for money. The Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask is one of my favourite products from Origins, and it features in a few of the sets, like the one below. A new cream that I’ve been trying is the High-Potency Night-A-Mins and it is such a nice moisturiser – thick consistency, but absorbs quickly and it has a nice botanical smell and it also features in this set. The set is £35 but all the products are worth over £71.

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Candles:

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These soy wax candles are made right here in Glasgow, by Candelle & Co. I have a Prosecco scented one, and it smells so good! This one is gin & tonic with lemongrass and ginger, and is just £14.

Fashion:

Last year my sister got me a blanket scarf for my Christmas, which I love. I’ve found this one at Oliver Bonas (£38) which looks super cosy and the colours are not too crazy, so it would be a safe bet if  you weren’t totally sure of your recipients taste in fashion.

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Accessories:

I’ve been using a little coin purse to carry around some of my cards in my handbag, and I think a credit card case would be a lovely present. This one by Coach available at John Lewis looks fab – the colours are lovely. It’s £45.

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Homes & Interiors:

There has been a lot of press lately about Hygge, and creating a warm atmosphere. This throw from Antropologie looks so cosy and I love the tassel detailing… it’s expensive at £128 but would be a lovely gift if your budget allows.

Interested in finding out more about the Hygge way of life… then join us at the Scottish Mothers Collective event this week. Details are here.

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