As Christmas approaches it's that time when the quest for the perfect gifts for the whole family begin. I hate giving boring gifts like socks or heaven forbid deodorant... So this guide is designed to give you some fresh, new ideas, and streamline your festive gift search. From tasty treats classics to modern innovations, join me in navigating a curated selection guaranteed to elicit smiles on Christmas morning.
The Night Before Christmas Biscuit Tin
I'm more than a little obsessed with this handmade adorable Night Before Christmas biscuit tin. This is the pefect gift for all ages from little ones to grandparents. In fact I can see my Grandad settling down with one of these and a cup of tea on Boxing Day. Brilliant stocking fillers or even treats to leave out for Santa... £17.50 from Yumbles
Artifical Wisdom by Thomas.R.Weaver
Salvation has a price... You may have read my recent review of the debut sci-fi mystery Artifical Wisdom as I took part in the launch Blog Tour back in October. Not only is the story absolutely brilliant, but this book is just so beautiful it makes a gorgeous gift. Honestly I've been crushing over the cover for weeks and I'm trying to work out how many people I can buy it for. Perfect for the reader in your family who also appreciates a beautiful coffee table cover. Hardback £12.75 from Amazon
The Genius Square
OMG we are addicted to The Genius Square in our house! Super simple to play, challenging and addictive with 62,208 possible puzzle combinations - perhaps the cleverest game ever invented! You can plau with one or two people so great one to keep the kids entertained. It’ll seem impossible at times, but it works every time as there’s always at least one solution. This edition is suitable for ages 6 and up but there are more complicated versions (such as The Genius Star) which are tricker but trust me the kids keep beating us at the Square version so you'll have hours of fun. £19.99 from happypuzzle.co.uk
JD Bug Junior Kids Foldable Scooter Teal
Scooters make fantastic gifts for kids and provide hours of fun and the fact that you can get a teal scooter makes my aesthetic heart beat even faster. JD Bug scooters are solid and reliable and you really can't go wrong when choosing this brand - plus this one folds up making it much easier to carry home from the park (yes we've all slammed our heels carrying a scooter) - £38.95 from skates.co.uk
Altruist Skincare Gift Box
I've been a fan of Altruist since I developed rosacea two years ago and began wearing SPF 50 all year round. Turns out we should all be wearing SPF in the winter - why didn't I know this before? What I love about this brand developed by consultant dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon, Dr Andrew Birnie, is that it is fragrance and paraben free makng it suitable for super sensitive skin plus it is also vegan, cruelty free and coral friendly. And let's also make a very worthy nod to the fact it is super affordable - high quality skincare with a price tag that means you can actually wear it everyday without worrying how much it is costing you. And the Christmas gift box brings the cost per unit even lower.
The gift box includes SPF 30 Face Fluid 50ml, Altruist moisturising flud 50ml, a huge 200ml Altruist body lotion and the new Altrist Primer 30ml with SPF 50, which provides the perfect lightweight base to go under your makeup. £24.95 (contains products worth £31.25) from altruistsun.com
The Copenhagen Company Candles and Diffusers
I absolutely love snuggling up with the lights down and a luxury candle lit, but feel pained when lighting expensive candles (to the point where I cried when my Husband lit my Molton Brown triple wick candle when I was out...) so they just sit there getting dusty and losing all their magic. Enter the Copenhagen Company who make beautiful, luxury candles at astonishingly reasonable prices. Their Essence of Time collection is completely stunning in deep jewel toned glass jars with matching reed diffusers. I've ordered one in each colour and also some of the Christmas range. The question is will they make it into the Christmas gifts or will I keep them for myself... From £12.00 at thecopenhagencompany.com
Who Killed Mia? Murder Mystery Game
I absolutely love a murder mystery and one I get to solve from the comfort of my own home is even better. When Mia Star gets murdered during a livestream, millions of fans wonder who did it. It's up to you to figure it out before it's too late. The game includes threee evidence packs with 40 pieces of physical evidence and links to several digital experiences giving you everything you need to work through multiple days of evidence to solve this epic unsolved case files game. That's my Boxing Day sorted! £29.99 from Amazon.co.uk
Bright Midnights by Lexy Delorme
This book is the perfect gitt for my teen bookworm - Amelie has always been different. Most high school students find life challenging, but 17-year old Amelie has a lot more to contend with than typical teenage angst. Ever since she turned 11, other people have been irresistibly drawn to her—with tragic consequences. Her only escape is at night when she flies to different times and places through her dreams. Her life begins to change when, on one of her flights, she meets Clovis an alluring and mysterious young man who hides a secret... £12.95 from Amazon.co.uk
City Lit Festive Courses.
Some people are just impossible to buy for and often the gift of an experience is the best option to save endless hours trawling for a gift. City Lit offer an extensive range of online and in-person courses, taught by a community of expert tutors and this Christmas they have a selection of festive courses to get everyone into the spirit from Christmas carols to Christmas cinema. You can book stright onto a course or buy a city Lit gift voucher so your recipient can choose their own! Minimum gift voucher amount £10 citylit.ac.uk
Make Your Own Buzz Wire Kit
I love STEM gifts as the kids not only have loads of fun with them, they learn too. They will experience endless entertainment with the Make Your Own Buzz Wire Kit. This captivatin kit is designed to keep kids engaged and inspired - and we can all imagine the adults competing to get the quickest time on Christmas Day.
There are over 20 carefully crafted pieces to bring the buzz wire to life. The kit includes a customisable maze wire, allowing you to design your very own challenge. Crafted from wood, this construction can be easily painted, transforming the project into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. £12.00 from The Science Museum online shop
Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve Christmas vouchers
If you are looking for a real treat for a loved one (or even the whole family) this Christmas give the gift of unforgettable moments at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. The 600-acre Reserve is Kent’s biggest wildlife park and features 14 different ways to stay, with accommodation ranging from family-friendly glamping at Bear Lodge and Pinewood to the decadently luxurious Lion Lodge and Tiger Lodge, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor, wood-fired bathtubs with private viewing windows into the Reserve’s big cat habitats.
Accommodation prices range from £139 per night for glamping pods, £239 for a Shepherds Hut, £499 for a Treehouse or £439 for a romantic stargazing Bubble, ranging up to £1950 per night for premium Lion, Tiger, Wolf and Rhino Lodges, immersed within the animal enclosures. Find out more at portlympne.com
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This is a collaborative post. Some of the products in this gift guide were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.