Christmas Gift Guide for Him 2017

Today it’s all about the men in your life. My Christmas Gift Guide for Him is perfect for partners, brothers, dads and your besties.

If you’re looking for a gift guide for her, check out my post from Monday.

Gifts for Him

 

The Party Animal

1.Battle Shots Drinking Game, £6.99 – New Look

It’s not Christmas if you don’t give someone something from the novelty gift section, right?

 

The one who’s always late

2. Robot Alarm Clock, £20 – Paperchase*

Just a gentle hint for the one who’s never on time!

 

The wannabe Jamie Oliver

3. Jamie Oliver Cookbook, £10.99 – Amazon*

Ideal for the guy who has big ideas but has little time on his hands.

 

The Spice Seeker

4. Smoking Hot Chili and BBQ Sauce Set, £18 – Next*

If your man is anything like mine (what is it with guys and BBQ sauce?) then he will love this set.

 

The Fry Up King

5. Socks, £3.50 – Topman*

Who doesn’t love a good pair of novelty socks right?

 

The Practical Man

6. Tweed Backpack, £32 – Paperchase*

With a twist on a plain backpack, the tweed material in this one takes it from drab to fab. Yep, I just said that. And yes I did cringe a little if you must know.

 

The Shower Singer

7. Wireless Shower Speaker, £25 – ASOS*

Give your shower serenader a backing track when he’s entertaining you. Or maybe just drown out the noise if he’s an awful singer.

 

The Thinker

8. Journal, £10 – Paperchase*

It’s just ladies who love a good notebook. Anyone who loves a good writing sesh will appreciate this brain dump journal.

 

The Stylish One

9. Cashmere blend hat and scarf, £29.99 – H&M

Or just the guy who likes things to match. This hat and scarf set will go with everything.

 

The Wookie

10. Star Wars Travel Mug, £11.99 – ASOS*

Perfect for any Star Wars fan and practical for a guy who’s always on the move.

 

All these items in my Christmas Gift Guide for Him are under £35 making them perfect for people who are on a budget but also want to get the men in their lives something awesome.

Please note that items with *’s are affiliate links – basically means that if you buy after clicking the link, I get a few pennies from the retailer. 

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Christmas Gift Guide for Her 2017

So it’s time for the first of my festive gift guides, the Christmas gift guide for her. I’m also going to be doing one for him and also one that is purely indie shops. I love shopping indie and think it’s super important to support the boss ladies and gentlemen of the handmade industry. But first let’s take a visit to the highstreet (and online highstreet).

Gifts for her

 

The Cactus Lover

1.Vase, £15 – Paperchase*

This vase is so fun and perfect for your cactus loving friend. Plus this one doesn’t hurt when you touch it!

 

The Potterhead

2. Framed print, £34.95 – Pottermore

I’m seriously considering getting one of the prints from the Pottermore shop. They’re look amazing and don’t immediately scream Harry Potter.

 

The Tea Drinker

3. Tea set, £26 – Anthropologie*

Perfect for your tea loving friend who seriously needs to make sure she takes time for herself once in awhile.

 

The Writer

4. One Line a Day Journal, £11.99 – ASOS*

I’ve written about mine in the past and I recommend them so much. It’s a great gift and it’s ideal for people who have a terrible memory. I love flipping through mine and seeing what I was doing on that day each year. It’s great to celebrate the everyday – the little things.

 

The Baker

5. Apron, £9.99 – H&M

Not only is this apron cute, but it’s from H&M’s conscious brand too so you know it’s been sourced ethically.

 

The Party Animal

6. Purse, £17 – Paperchase*

Anyone who loves glitter and a good time will love this purse. It’s Tatty Devine and is perfect for a pop of fun in an outfit.

 

The Cozy Cutie

7. Bobble hat, £16 – Oasis*

How cute is this hat? I love the eyelash detail.

 

The Beautician

8. Manicure Set, £18 – Oliver Bonas*

This set may be on the pricier side for what it is but you can’t argue that it definitely looks good. Perfect for your beauty mad friend who loves a touch of luxury.

 

The Dino Queen

9. Socks, £3.50 – Accessorize*

Let’s face it, getting socks as a gift when you were a kid was the worst! But you have to admit that as an adult, they’re a pretty welcome addition to your stocking. These dinosaur print ones are awesome!

 

The Planner

10. Bullet Journal, £22.90 – Amazon*

Has your friend been dithering about starting a bullet journal for months? Give her a little push and just get her one! They’re so easy to use and you can completely work it to your specifications.

 

All these items in my Christmas Gift Guide for Her are under £35 making them perfect for people who are on a budget but also want to get their ladies something awesome.

Please note that items with *’s are affiliate links – basically means that if you buy after clicking the link, I get a few pennies from the retailer. 

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3 Perfect Countries For The True Wanderer

If you are someone who likes to just get away and see the world on foot, then there are so many places around the world for you to discover. The true wanderer will find a huge number of potential locations and countries which are well suited to this kind of adventure, and it is a good idea to have a mental list of the ones you would most like to visit. Some are more exotic than others, but they are all worthwhile for the scene of really getting lost that they can provide. If you are keen to add to your bucket list, then take a look at the following. Here are some of the top countries to go if you are keen to just get a little lost.

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Spain

You might be a little surprised to see Spain here as a first choice. However, for anyone who wants to experience a little of everything that holidays can offer, this country offers some of the best travelling opportunities of anywhere in the world. This is certainly helped along too by the fact that it happens to be one of the cheapest destinations for anyone to visit, and you can easily spend a long time here without going bankrupt. During that time, you can also see and do some truly incredible things, and you will find that it is a land which owes itself particularly well to walking and wandering around.

If you do decide to stop off anywhere, then you will be glad to know that there are always beautiful Spanish apartments up for rent, and these can be some of the most glorious places in the world to just sit and watch the world go by. In the cities as equally as on the beaches, you can expect to see some beautiful scenery, meet friendly locals and just generally get by with a profound sense of ease and calm. Spain is an absolute must for anyone who considers themselves a truly laid-back traveller.

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Italy

There are so many things that you might want to get from your trip. One possibility is to take an oral tour of a country, and if that is up your alley then you might find Italy is a top destination to choose. It is easily one of the very top locations in the world for eating, and that alone is enough to entice many lone travellers from around the world. If you want to get a little lost while trying out much of the world’s best food, then you could do much worse than a trip round Italy.

Some of Italy’s top destinations are likely to be ones that you will want to tick off your bucket list anyway. Of course you have the glorious historic city of Rome, one of the world’s true havens for tourism. Then you have the beautiful floating city of Venice, the cathedrals of Milan, and many others. Going further South, you can expect a more rough and no less fun time with cities like Verona, Florence and Naples. You can even visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii for a real history lesson in action. Wherever you go, Italy is sure to delight you, so don’t miss out on this amazing country destination. It is one of the very best for those who like a dash of culture in their globetrotting.

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Nepal

If you are looking for something a little more exciting and challenging, however, then a fantastic option is always going to be Nepal. This is an amazing, hilly and venerable country nestled next to India, and much of the Himalayas belong to this ancient spiritual land. It is the official birthplace of the Buddha, and walking around the country you get a real sense of peace and calm unlike anywhere else in the world.

For those who genuinely like to wander, there are few locations better anywhere. With the Himalayas on your doorstep, this is the ultimate in walking trips, and hundreds of thousands of people every year go to do just that. You don’t need to be an incredibly strong climber either – there are countless paths which are relatively flat, and there is always a little something for everyone as long as you have strong legs.

Nepal is also home to some of the kindest people in the world, and any visit there is always going to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated about the nature of humanity. You can’t really say fairer than that.

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My Week #69 – Paying respects

*Mediterranean Chicken Orzo *Pickles

*Greek beefy pasta thing *Crematorium

Not too much to report on this week.

Went to the crematorium to pay respects to Topher’s step-dad who died 2 years ago. He was only 49 and it does make you realise how short life is. It makes me realise that I need to try and pull myself out of this funk that I’m in. I feel like I’m wasting time and I don’t want to feel that way anymore. Fingers crossed I can actually do it and not just say I’m going to.

On the bright side I have been having great luck with finding new meals to cook.

I made Pinch of Nom’s Mediterranean Chicken Orzo which was amazing. I had never used orzo before but it was very nice. And I also tried a non Slimming World recipe that I found on Pinterest by The Happy Foodie. It was a Vegetable Casserole with Dumplings and it was so delicious! It would be quite low syn as well if you didn’t have the dumplings….but I like the dumplings!

I also attempted to make shortbread…and I’m not kidding when I say attempt. It tasted good but it was literally crumbles. A pile of crumble. Very tasty but still it would have been more at home on top of a pile of rhubarb. Fingers crossed my next baking venture goes better.

Weekend plans

Off down to the West Midlands for a friend’s kid’s christening. Which means staying in a Travelodge. I enjoy staying in hotels so am looking forward to it. Oh and also interacting with other humans. Otherwise, my weekend will just be filled with driving. The coming weeks are going to be a lot more interesting I promise as the Christmas season is about to begin and I have a load of parties/meals to go to. That’s the thing about being freelance. You end up with so many more groups then you would in an office. I’m looking forward to them. Particularly the meals!

How was your week?

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Christmas Decorations Guide -Top Picks

So I know it’s only November but I have to drop the C word as today I’m talking about Christmas decorations. 

I personally don’t put up my Christmas decorations until 1st December but there’s no harm in getting some nice bits before then. Please be noted that items with a * are affiliate links.

  1. Llama cushion, £58 – Anthropologie*

I see this saying everywhere this year but there’s just something about this cushion that I like. I think it’s the unusual shade of green it is. It doesn’t look like a Christmas decoration – it looks like something you could have all year round. And I like that.

  1. Bauble, £5 – Debenhams

This bauble is so simple and pretty. I love the detail on it.

  1. Jumper, £15.99 – New Look

I think im going to have to do a whole separate post on Christmas jumpers. I snuck one into this post with the lame excuse of “decorating yourself” but in actual fact I see a crap load of awesome xmas jumpers this year. So yep, will have to do another post.

  1. LED marquee light, £12.50 – Paperchase*

Have absolutely no room for a Christmas tree? This marquee light is perfect for a laid back tree which doesn’t need any decoration. I may have to get one for ours as long time readers know we can’t have a traditional tree as the cats tried to eat it!

  1. Wreath, £22 – Lizard Creative @ Etsy*

I’ve always dreamed that one day I’d live somewhere nice enough where I wasn’t afraid of putting a wreath on the front door. But until then, I’ll probably just get one to hang inside where I know it won’t get nicked! This one is gorgeous. It seems to be the only one this shop does but they are open to custom orders!

  1. Light Up Snowflake, £16 – Next*

Can you tell I’ve got a thing for lights at the moment? Isn’t this snowflake pretty? Another simple way of bringing Christmas into your home.

  1. Mug, £18 – Not On The High Street*

I think decor should include things like mugs as they’re something you use every day and why shouldn’t they be Christmassy? This one is absolutely gorgeous!

  1. Pom Pom Garland, £12.57 – £39.29 depending on length – Mailbox Happiness @ Etsy*

When it comes to decor, the walls should definitely get in on the action too. I’ve been saying I’ll make a garland for years but have never gotten round to it. I should probably just buy one like this and save myself the time.

  1. 5ft Christmas Tree, £55 – Paperchase*

I couldn’t do one of these and not include a Christmas tree – how amazing is this rainbow one?

  1. Bed Set, £20 – George

And finally, Christmas should be everywhere in your home (at least I think so!) so that shouldn’t stop at your bed. I have Christmas pjs so don’t see why I shouldn’t have festive bedding too.

Also, an honourable mention has to go to Primark for their Christmas range this year.

It’s awesome and of course, super affordable. How awesome are these Disney baubles? There are so many more in the range too.

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And I’m tempted to get this light too. Only £8!

Christmas decorations - Primark light

How do you decorate your home for Christmas?

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