Finding the Perfect Gift with Notonthehighstreet.com

When I was a kid, Christmas was all about getting presents – pretty typical right? I’d start the day tearing open the small packages in my stocking, continue with the gifts under the tree and then spend the rest of the day playing with my new toys.

These days it’s a whole different story.

My favourite part about Christmas now is spending time with my family and also giving them gifts. I love the whole process of thinking hard about what my loved ones would like and picking something out that they’d actually use. Gone are the days of picking something that’s just ‘nice’ from the gift section in any high street store. A good thing considering that those things barely get used.

That’s when notonthehighstreet.com comes in. I’ve bought Christmas (and birthday) presents from them for the last few years and they’ve always gone down a treat. I love that they offer something different and more often than not, allow you to customise the item with your special someone’s name or even a little private joke between the two of you.

So when they got in touch to invite me to take part in their Christmas campaign of finding the perfect gift for a special someone, I couldn’t say no.

It wasn’t difficult to pick the receiver of my gifts. My husband Topher has been by my side for well over 8 years now and as of July this year we finally tied the knot. Since it’s our first Christmas as a married couple I wanted to find the perfect gift.

I chose two items from notonthehighstreet.com and I can’t wait for him to open them on Christmas Day. But of course as my readers, you get a sneak peek! Topher, if you’re reading this – why are you reading this? I told you not to, so stop reading….now.

Here’s what I got him:

Personalised Leather ‘Day You Became My…’ Keyring*

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notonthehighstreet.com keyring back

It’s crazy but even though we bought our house almost two years ago, Topher’s keys are still bare. No keyrings whatsoever. It’s therefore not surprising that he’s always losing them around the house. I think having a nice keyring will make them a little more visible and it brings a little bit of home with you wherever you go. Plus, bare keys just seem so temporary if that makes any sense.

The great thing about this keyring is that it’s leather so it’s hard wearing and also that it’s flat. Topher has had bulky keyrings in the past that weren’t particularly practical since he tends to keep them in his back pocket! Ouch.

I loved the fact that this keyring celebrates a special day. So of course I had to put our wedding date on it (so he will never forget our anniversary – smart thinking right?).

And of course I had to add a cheeky message on the back. We’re always joking that we’re stuck with each other so this seemed fitting. I hope he likes it!

Personalised Solid Copper Photo Print*

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Another funny fact about Topher and I – we don’t have any photos up of family, friends or even ourselves around the house. It’s on the cards but we just haven’t got round to it yet. They need printing out and framing etc. and it will get done…eventually.

That being said, I thought this gift would be a good start. This photo print comes in either copper, brass or stainless steel and allows you to personalise both the front and also add a message to the bottom. I decided to just personalise the front and put our wedding date again since it’s our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. And here’s the photo I chose:

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The photo was an easy one to pick. It is definitely my favourite photo of us on the day and it was the one we chose to use on our thank you cards. I know Topher loves this photo as much as I do. We look so happy!

Hopefully having this print around will give us the push to finally get some photos of our loved ones and our memories up around the house in 2018.

So fingers crossed I’ve knocked another Christmas gifting session out of the park!

I can’t thank notonthehighstreet.com enough for these gifts. I’m definitely another step closer to having my Christmas shopping done.

How about you? What do you look for in the perfect gift for your loved ones?

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Top Picks #29

1. Yumi Women’s Cactus Print Floral Skirt*

I am in LOVE with this print! It also comes in a dress version but I definitely prefer the skirt!

2. Shoes, £62 – ASOS*

These shoes are so cute! And the fact that they’re plastic will make them ideal for Manchester weather. No more soaked/ruined shoes.

3. Dress, £85 – Oasis*

I’ve been looking for something for my engagement party and this is definitely a contender. I love that it has straps.

4. Planner, £25.92 – Karma Paper Co. @Etsy

Be still my heart. I will forever love polkadots and stationery and this is a perfect image of the two. I could use another planner, right?

5. Planter, £18 – Sea and Asters @Etsy

This planter will match my dream office décor perfectly.

6. Necklace, £26 – Little Moose @ Notonthehighstreet.com

It’s been awhile since I got a great novelty necklace but this one is awesome!

7. Dress, £54 – Sugarhill Boutique

The quirky print of this dress would be perfect for summer.

8. Stapler, £12.50 – Paperchase

I’ve always wanted an insane stapler. This is amazing!

9. Sandals, $114.99 – Modcloth*

Aren’t these sandals the sweetest?

10. Midi Skirt, £55 – Topshop*

I love the drama of this midi skirt. Another contender for the engagement party if I pair it with a formal top.

What’s caught your eye this week?

Please be noted that any items marked with * contain affiliate links. As always, I chose my top picks based on items I love and would buy myself.

 

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Top Picks #25

This edition of Top picks is all about Stationary. Now that I work from home I can actually be completely in charge of my own stationary and I love it!

  1. Pink washi ape, £2.50 – Ohh Deer I can’t resist washi tape!
  2. Get organised calendar journal, £10 – Paperchase I like the concept of this calendar journal. It has a combination of calendars up to 2017, ruled pages and grid pages.
  3. Pencil Pouch, £22 – Anthropologie  This is both beautiful and practical for travel.
  4. 100 Dreams Journal, £21 – Kikki-K I have so many dreams that it would be great to put them all in one place.
  5. Green washi tape, £2.15 – Pokemon Garden @ Etsy This washi tape is beautiful!
  6. Paperclip letter holder, £10 – AnthropologieThis would certainly help keep my desk tidy!
  7. The Brilliant Business Planner, $45 – Brilliant Business MomsA blog planner, business planner, product marketing tool that has time blocking, goal setting, habit-tracking, weekly planning and daily planning. Awesome!
  8. Dream Cities Colouring Book, £6.29 – WHSmithAfter getting a Harry Potter colouring book for Christmas, I am officially on the colouring book bandwagon.
  9. Desktop notepad, $8.50 – Rifle Paper CoThis would make my everyday notes usually scribbled on scraps of paper, beautiful.
  10. Weekly Planner Pad, £9.50 – Notonthehighstreet.comIdeal to keep track of both Topher and my schedules.

Are you a stationary addict?

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Top Picks #24

Since we’ll be moving in the next couple of months, all I can think about is homewares. So this week’s top picks is all about things for the home.

  1. Juice jar & stand, £34.95 – House of Fraser – This would be amazing to have in the summer!
  2. Doormat, £34.83 – Damn Good Doormats @ Etsy – Topher would love me forever if we got one of these!
  3. Wallpaper, £72 – John Lewis – We need this wallpaper for the bedroom. Shame about the price.
  4. Cushion, £13.58 – Grida Studio @ Etsy – I don’t know what it is about this cushion but I like it.
  5. Map print, £28 – Notonthehighstreet.com – This vintage map print will be perfect for dreaming of our road trip honeymoon.
  6. Pouff, £99.95 – Bombay Duck – Since before I can remember, I’ve always wanted one of these.
  7. Photo frame, £15 – Paperchase – Because you can never have too many photo frames.
  8. Lamp, £20.30 – Debenhams – How sweet is this lamp?
  9. Mug, £5.60 – Debenhams – A mug perfect for me!
  10. Shelf, £14.99 – H&M – Kooky shelves are always a winner with me.

By the way, if you’re looking to save some money on homewares at Debenhams, then go to www.myvouchercodes.co.uk for up to 70& off in their Blue Cross Sale in-store and online.

Whats on your home decor wish list?

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