It’s Chrissssstmaaaaas! I love many things about Christmas, from mulled wine to pigs in blankets, family time to friendly gatherings, it’s just a fab time of year. As a YouTube addict I also adore the tonnes of Christmas content and copious number of Vlogmas videos. As it’s my first year blogging properly over Christmas, I just couldn’t help but join in the YouTube fun…
Here is the first in a series of Christmas videos, and I’m talking about my fifteen festive favourites.
Let me know what you think of the video, and be sure to subscribe to the channel to not miss any more Christmassy content – there’s quite a lot on the way!
Sincerely, Sarah xx
I spent last weekend in Cardiff catching up with family and friends, watching rugby and meeting one of the cutest kittens I’ve ever come across. I vlogged the entire weekend and there’s a rather interesting game of ‘Best friend vs Boyfriend’ involved too… Enjoy!
Thank you so much for watching! If you enjoyed the video, please do give it a like and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel – I have lots of fun, festive content coming up over the next month too. As always, all feedback and thoughts are welcome on the video comments or here. Lots of love.
Sincerely, Sarah xx
Putting a stocking together is one of my favourite parts of Christmas shopping. This gift guide is dedicated to stocking filler ideas that won’t break the bank – they’re all under £10. Enjoy!
- Paperchase, Blue Star Hot Water Bottle – £8.50 – A hot water bottle is such a good stocking filler. I mean, who doesn’t love getting cosy throughout the winter months? This cute Paperchase option is a bargain and you get to pick between a blue star or pink heart design.
- The Chocolate Company, Milk Chocolate Stirrer – £3.00 – A good Christmas stocking isn’t complete without some form of chocolate and this chocolate stirrer is a fab gift. Stir this block of chocolate into a mug of milk and you end up with a delightfully rich hot chocolate (aka festive perfection!). For £3.00, why not get a few flavours? These are fab for all ages and look really fancy.
- M&S, A-Z Trinket Trays – £6.00 – M&S have such lovely bits this time of year. I absolutely love their little trinkets this Christmas – I could have easily done an M&S only gift guide. If you like the alphabetised theme this trinket tray is gorgeous but it’s also worth checking out their lettered candles for £6 too.
- The Liberty of London, Flowers Colouring Book – £9.99 – Whether you’re colouring to ‘switch off’ or simply in a bid to relive your youth, this Liberty of London flowers book makes colouring a classy affair. Based on the original Liberty prints, there are hours of relaxation here.
- M&S, Fizz and Bubbles Scented Lip Balm – £3.50 – M&S again – sorry (not sorry)… I’m funny with novelty lip balms but this scented balm is a sweet idea. Also no one can moan about fizz and bubbles at Christmas, can they?
- M&S, Sudoku Book – £10.00 – I know I’m not the only one who loves Sudoku – it’s relaxing but still gets you thinking. This book is packed with puzzles (more than 300!) and with different levels, everyone in the family can have a go. If you want something slightly lighter on numbers, check out the M&S wordsearch book instead.
- Nutella, The 30 Best Recipes – £9.99 – Personalised jars of Nutella have been ‘the’ stocking filler for the last two years, so why not go for something different and give a book full of Nutella recipes instead. Flicking through this book is like entering chocolate heaven – just imagine how good they’d taste!
- Debenhams, Lounge Gingerbread Socks – £5.00 – Continuing with a cosy, winter-appropriate theme, these super-soft socks are festive, warm and just so cute! Debenhams have a large range of novelty soft socks and this themed box makes them more than just another pair of socks.
- Happy Jackson, ‘Get Out Of My Face’ Hairband Ball (Pack of 30) – £4.95 – I received this hairband ball as part of a secret santa last year and it’s GENIUS. The recurring case of missing hairbands has caught us all out at some stage so this is such a handy and colourful way to keep them all together. This really is the ultimate fun yet super functional stocking filler prezzie.
- H&M, Cable-knit Bobble Hat in Powder Pink – £7.99 – Bobble hats are amazing and it’s the perfect time of year for them. This cute cable-knit version from H&M would be a fab thing to pop in a stocking, and for £7.99 it’s super affordable. You can also pick this up in mink or black – you’re spoiled for choice.
I’m feeling so festive after putting this together – I hope you are too. Let me know which of these you’ll be buying and if you’re adding any items to your Christmas list. As always, happy shopping!! I really hope you’ve all loved my Christmas Gift Guide series. To catch up on the others, take a look at the Beauty and Lifestyle tabs – you’ll never be stuck for Christmas shopping ideas again.
Sincerely, Sarah xx
I’ve taken a step into the culinary world for this Christmas Gift Guide, and with a total foodie for a boyfriend, I have it on very good authority that these picks will please everyone from a total novice to a wannabe Heston. Happy shopping!
- Le Creuset, 5 Piece Starter Set in Volcanic – £218.00 – Le Creuset is about as classic as cookware gets. The brand are renowned for high quality and their products will last you a lifetime. This 5-piece set is incredibly good value and includes a 20cm cast iron casserole dish, two rectangular stoneware dishes and a pair of ramekins. If you’re looking for the ultimate preset for a foodie, this is it.
- Salter, Disc Kitchen Scale in Silver 1036 – £13.50 – Kitchen scales are an essential tool for any cookery whiz and this Salter steel disc scale makes a great addition to any kitchen. The ultra slim design means it’s easy enough to store and Salter pride themselves on their accuracy and reputation. You can’t go wrong with this practical prezzie – it’ll get lots of use.
- Lodge, 8inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Round Skillet – £19.50 – A good quality cast iron pan is another staple for the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to take food from the hob to the oven, or fry at a super high heat, this Lodge cast iron can handle it. It’s a totally affordable option and with the proper care, will last forever. It may not look exciting but a foodie will think differently.
- Anova, Precision Cooker – £189.00 – I recently bought this for my boyfriend’s birthday and he absolutely loves it. The Anova lets you cook at an exact temperature, time and time again – think runny poached eggs, juicy chicken, perfectly cooked steaks etc. I asked my boyfriend why a foodie would need one of these and I was quite simply told, “It’s a life changer.” The Anova comes with a corresponding app, connects to bluetooth and wifi and does basically everything but sing and dance. For a gadget addict, this is the perfect gift.
- Fortnum and Mason, Chocolate Pearl Shortbread Tin – £6.95 – The best shortbread biscuits EVER. There’s nothing else I need to say except I’d highly recommend popping these in your loved ones stocking this Christmas.
- Fortnum and Mason, Christmas Preserve Gift Pack – £12.95 – If you’re looking to spruce up your toast this Christmas, look no further. This Fortnum and Mason gift pack includes a Damson and Claret preserve, Lemon Curd and their classic Orange and Champagne Marmalade. This is a gift set with added sparkle and shouldn’t be missed.
- Wusthof, Classic 3-Piece Knife Set – £129.00 – This Wusthof set would make an excellent present for a novice or a professional; it includes a 8inch cooks knife, a pointed 3.5inch paring knife and a 6inch utility knife. Wusthof knives are nicely balanced and sit in the hand well, they’re dishwasher safe and have high-carbon stainless steel blades. Basically, they’re bloody good!
- Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course Book – £20.00 – An oldie but a goody; this cook book is written with the sole purpose of taking things back to basics. It’s straight to the point, easy to follow and includes some really simple yet tasty recipes. Buck the trend of buying the latest bestsellers this Christmas and instead opt for this classic – you won’t regret it.
- Chapel Down Winery, Introductory Case (6 bottles) – £75.00 – Last year I visited Chapel Down winery in Tenterden where I was truly convinced that English wines really shouldn’t be sneered at. Making sparking and still wines, Chapel Down are England’s leading winemakers and this introductory case is a perfect way to sample their selection. If you don’t fancy jumping in with a case, keep an eye out for their Bacchus Reserve 2014!
- Peugeot, Paris Pepper Mill and Salt Mill – £59.00 – Peugeot are the gold standard of salt and pepper mills – yes, that’s a thing. Next time you’re in a nice restaurant, sneak a peak at their mills and they’re more than likely going to be Peugeot. Unlike many familiar household brands, these have a hard-wearing 6-stage controllable grinder so you can adjust the settings to your preference. Peugeot’s design is simple, classy and look great on a dining table – these are a really lovely, mature gift.
- Anysharp Global, Classic Knife Sharpener – £10.99 – Regardless of how good your knifes are, if they’re blunt they are useless. This Anysharp sharpener is a fantastic stocking filler; it attaches easily to kitchen surfaces and can sharpen even the bluntest of knifes. It’s another essential kitchen gadget.
Right, there you have 11 Christmas present ideas for the person who adores all things food. Whether you’re looking for a small token or a main present, I hope this list has helped you on your way. As always please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below, and if you’re yet to look at the other gift guides click the ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Beauty’ tabs to catch up.
Sincerely, Sarah xx
Christmas gifts for women can go way beyond beauty and fragrance. In fact, nice bits for the home, pretty accessories and thoughtful presents are often the best way to go. Today’s collection of wonderful gifts will hopefully give you plenty of different ideas to surprise and impress the women you’re buying for this Christmas.
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader – £109.00 – eReaders tend to split opinion but I am firmly in the camp of flexible, accessible reading and I am never apart from my kindle. I particularly love that you carry an infinite number of books with you wherever you go, and you can read at any time of day thanks to the handy backlight. The Kindle Paperwhite is an ideal gift for any bookworm.
- Alex Monroe, Bee Necklace – £130.00 – Jewellery can be a tricky thing to get right but this Alex Monroe necklace is a unique gift with a lot of character. Check out the Liberty of London website for more options and designs if the classic bee necklace isn’t quite what you’re after.
- Oliver Bonas, Large Hexagon Mirror – £35.00 – Hexagons are very ‘on trend’ at the moment, making this Oliver Bonas mirror a great prezzie to give this Christmas. This reasonably priced item would fit with many interior themes and its size makes it extremely versatile.
- Design Letters, S Water Bottle – £15.50 – This personalised water bottle would be a wonderful stocking filler. The bottle has been designed to pay homage to a vintage milk bottle so the retro twist makes this a really cool and quirky gift. The bottle is watertight, dishwasher proof and suitable for cold drinks only.
- Oliver Bonas, Peak Mirrored Base Terrarium – £27.00 – Whether you use a terrarium for plants as they’re intended, or for holding your jewellery, these are incredibly good presents. This large option from Oliver Bonus is a great size and the black detailing makes it a foolproof gift – it’ll fit in anywhere.
- Whistles, Leopard Print Wallet – £65.00 – This leopard print wallet is a fab gift for anyone who likes to make a statement with their accessories. Whistles strikes the perfect balance between a high end brand without crossing over into astronomical pricing – it’s a definite win win.
- The White Company, Seychelles Hand and Nail Gift Set – £25.00 – Are you buying for someone who loves having guests? If so, look no further. This Seychelles gift set is a classy addition to any guest bathroom. The hand wash isn’t drying, smells fabulous and the moisturiser is the perfect partner and let’s face it, gifts from The White Company are always well received.
- Diptyque, Classic Set of 3 – £60.00 – Diptyque always have really gorgeous Christmas options and this set is made up of their 3 classic scents, Baies, Figeur and Roses. Considering the price of their full sized candles, you’d be getting a great deal with this set.
- Paperchase, Angle Silver Frame (4×6) – £12.00 – Photo frames are some of my favourite gifts to give and receive, especially when you pop a photo in them as part of the present. This is your chance to be thoughtful whilst still buying a beautiful present. Trust me, it’ll go down well!
- Oliver Bonas, Large Marble Jewellery Box – £24.00 – Marble is easy to coordinate, looks luxurious and adds a great quality to any household item. This Oliver Bonas box could be used for trinkets, jewellery or anything really… versatile gifts that are simulatenously easy on the eye are great!
- Apollo, Copper Tone Ice Bucket – £16.99 – If you’re looking for a present ‘bundle’, this copper ice bucket and the champagne flutes below would be a match made in heaven – you could even throw in a bottle of bubbles if you’re feeling really generous. These gifts are perfect for any woman who likes entertaining or simply has a penchant for prosecco.
- LSA Wine Collection, Champagne Flutes (Set of 4) – £45.00 – LSA are my go-to for good quality, affordable glassware. The designs are classy and modern and these champagne flutes are incredibly elegant. For £45, they’ll no doubt be snapped up by many this Christmas.
I hope you love these gift ideas as much as I do – I think this may be my favourite gift guide so far. I’m such a sucker for pretty interiors and accessories. All of the presents would be a joy to find under the Christmas tree. Let me know which you like best in the comments below.
Sincerely, Sarah xx