Well it is that time of year once again, this year has just flown by far too fast for my liking and we are now approaching the end of November and the Christmas celebrations will begin very soon.
I have actually already seem a few Christmas lights up and trees up already so if you are already in that Christmas spirit I am sharing with you what is on my radar for the adults in the family this year – now I do usually write a gift guide for women and another for men but this year many will be getting joint presents as they are more expensive, and being pushed for time I have combined into one guide……of course if the men want to wear the make up that is entirely up to them!
This guide is made up of a mix of things I have reviewed this year as well as some which have hit my inbox via press releases and also items which I’ve purchased or are in my baskets on various sites awaiting payday. Many of these items are practical items as lets face it, money can be tight at this time of the year so instead of purchasing all luxury items I like to choose things which are actually needed and will be useful throughout the year too.
Sealy Spinal Alignment Pillow – £22.99
Getting a goods night sleep is key to feeling your best and being able to function well throughout the day. If you have had a good restful sleep you’ll be more likely to concentrate at work, and of course it does help to improve your mood too. Getting enough hours sleep is just one way to ensure a restful night – the correct bedding is another. This Spinal Alignment Pillow has been developed to support the head and neck, allowing the spine to maintain a straight and horizontal line to prevent muscle strain around the neck and shoulders. The 3cm circular foam centre helps to encourage airflow and increase breathability.
I have been trying this out for a few weeks now. I use to sleep with 2 pillows but now only need this one, I have found I am moving around less in the night and am not uncomfortable at all. It is firm enough to keep its shape and helps to hold me in one position. I have on many occasions now found myself in the same sleeping position when I wake up as I went to sleep in, which means I am not tossing and turning as much as I used to. I also don’t wake up with a sore neck these days.
Scruffs Expedition Tech Jacket – £84.95
This jacket has taped seams and a waterproof membrane to provide the ultimate protection from the rain when either working outdoors or walking outside in the wind/rain.
It is waterproof to 10,000mm and lined with 3M Thinsulate – packed full of technical features and highly practical with a HUGE amount of pockets for everything you will need to have handy and those items you many need when facing the elements including a clear PU torch pocket and also has a blank velco patch which could be used to embroider a company logo onto.
It also features adjustable cuffs, hem and hood. This jacket would work well for dog walks, commuting and all outside work just be careful to remember which of the many pockets you’ve put your phone and wallet in as you will be patting them all down to find it otherwise.
Surgu Rebel Tech Kit – £10
Surgu is a mouldable glue which once set dries dried like plastic. You can use it to fix items which may have broken such as a split phone charger cable, a saucepan lid handle, a kids toys – the possibilities are endless.
And of course, if it isn’t broken you can always change it or improve it. I have used this to make hooks for sunglasses, to add toy cars to Harry’s bedroom wall to make coat hooks for his coats and dressing gowns and also to make a hook for my phone charger next to my seat so it doesn’t keep getting lost on the floor.
A limited edition set. The handles of Malvern cutlery flare softly to a gently curved base. Knife blades are made from specially hardened stainless steel to provide the finest possible cutting edge. Spoons and forks are made using the highest quality 18/10 stainless steel.
All Malvern cutlery is available with a mirror finish, has a 25 year guarantee and is dishwasher safe.
This set contains: Table Knife (6), Table Fork (6), Soup Spoon (6), English Tea Spoon (6), Steak Knife (6)
This is a very high quality set, nicely weighted and elegant in design.
Baylis & Harding Wild Blackberry & Apple Weekend Bag – Lloyds Pharmacy £19.99
The ultimate gift of indulgency with everything you’ll need for a weekend of pampering, all beautifully contained within a berry-toned bag. This gift set includes: a 200ml Balancing Body Wash which will cleanse and revive tired skin, a 100ml Shower Gel which will refresh and invigorate, a 100ml Bath Milk to help soothe away the cares of a long day as well as a 100ml Bath Crème. There is also a Nylon Body Polisher to help buff and rejuvenate and dry skin areas, a 250ml Body Butter and a 50ml Hand & Nail Cream.
The ‘Lucy’ Tote Bag from Lucy Houle – £50
The NEW “Lucy” Tote Bag is the latest addition to the “Lucy” Bag family. A lovely sized tote bag which would be suitable for work and play. It is large enough to take it to the swimming pool and fit at least 2 towels inside, or to the beach or even to use for shopping around town. A beautiful bag which will work for all occasions and go with all outfits.
As it is made from Oilcloth you don’t have to worry about the rain or wet swimwear ruining your new bag and of course it is wipe clean too which is always a bonus! Also with an oilcloth lining and a single pocket for adding your phone, purse or keys.
This bag fastens with a single large popper fastening in the centre.
Approximate dimensions: 33cm high x 51 cm wide & Base 31 cm long x 20cm wide
Amazon Fire TV Stick – £34.99 (current Black Friday price £24.99)
Fire TV Stick combines your favourite subscriptions and streaming services with Amazon’s massive selection of digital content. Watch tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies, rent videos from just £0.99, or kick back with your favourite sports, news, music and games. Eligible customers can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime when they purchase Fire TV Stick. Additional payments, such as subscription fees, may be required to access content on certain services (for example, Netflix). Some services may not be available outside of the United Kingdom.
Can also be used to cast from your Phone or Tablet and never miss your favourite shows
Timex Unisex Weekender Fairfield Watch – £59.99 from Watchshop.com (current sale price £50.15)
This unisex Timex Weekender Fairfield watch is made from stainless steel and is fitted with a quartz movement. It is fastened with a blue leather strap and has a white dial.
A beautiful watch which looks great on both women and men, designed for the larger wrist. The large dial makes reading the watch face very easy and it also features a beautiful backlight making it easy to tell the time in the dark. This style watch is also available with different coloured strap options
A perfect skincare gift including all three Marvelwhite skincare range products and a handy mirror, and hairband, including gift bag and boxed ready to open yourself or gift to that someone special. Included in this set are full sized bottles of Cleanser, toner and blackhead gel.
These not only smell nice but they are gentle on the skin too and can be used every day as part of your norma skincare routine. The RRP of this set is £50 (if items are purchased separately).
Paparazzi Compact Duo from Joancollinsbeauty.com – £34
This beautiful compact set is on my wish list, a powder and lipstick compact set with a cute mirror is perfect for popping into my handbag for a night out and quick last minute touch-ups.
METICULOUS Pressed Powder and a DIVINE LIPS Lipstick together in a glamorous mirror compact. The perfect quick fix combination of skin responsive powder and a hydrating lipstick. All the devine lipsticks will fit into this case so you can purchase those separately and change as the mood takes you.
Mio MiVue 658 WiFi Dashcam – £179.99
Your personal eyewitness on the road, with touch screen, intergrated GPS, lifetime safety alerts and intergrated WiFi. No more worrying about who is to blame and at fault as the proof with be recorded.
- 2.7 inch touch screen
- Extreme HD recording
- Integrated WiFi – easily send your videos to your smartphone for back-up, or share on Facebook via the MiVue app
- Safety camera warnings – free safety camera data with monthly updates, so you’ll always know where to drive extra carefully
- GPS tracking – actually records your driving information including speed, altitude, longitude, latitude and heading
- Wide viewing angle – 150 degree wide-angle to capture every details at critical moments
- 3-Axis G-Sensor: records direction and force, including impact, turns and acceleration
- Parking mode – motion detection activates and records from a parked car with no driver present
- Switch to photo mode use the dash cam as a camera for close-up accident evidence collection, the pictures include your GPS coordinates so you know the exact location of the accident.
Oral-B GENIUS 9000 Rose Gold Electric Toothbrush -Currently in the Boots Black Friday sale for £99.99
The latest and most glamorous addition to its GENIUS smart toothbrush range, a stylish beauty icon in this year’s must have colour. It’s 3D whitening brush which the shape of a dental professional’s tool to gently polish away surface stains, revealing a perfect white smile. The unique triple pressure sensor technology alerts you if you are over brushing, and a revolutionary combination of cutting-edge motion sensor technology in the brush, called ‘Position Detection’ which guides you to a perfect clean smile with no zone of your mouth missed.
Sold exclusively at Boots and Boots.com
Historic Newspaper from the date of your choice – from www.historic-newspapers.co.uk
These would make lovely gifts to help remember the events from a specific date in history. I actually kept a newspaper from the day both of my children were born but not everyone has done this.
Can you remember what was happening in the world on the day you were married? On the day your child was born? If would be lovely to look back on and find out for yourself what happened when you were born and of course these make lovely gifts to mark special wedding anniversary’s or special occasions.
With a large range of newspapers available from past dates why not give the gift of the past?
As well as newspapers from the past you could also choose from books, front page framed prints, mugs and many other things.
Creative iRoar Bluetooth Speaker or another Bluetooth speaker depending on your budget:
Gone are the days where every household has a stereo. With smartphones holding most of our music due to the aid of Spotify, Amazon Music or iTunes its become a case of have music will travel but the speakers on our smartphones maybe good but you’ll hardly have a party atmosphere with this alone.
Adding a Bluetooth speaker means you can play your music anywhere be that the garden during a family BBQ, the park or in the office. With no wires needed you can take your music from room to room. Some Bluetooth speakers are very small in size and others larger depending on your need – you can find comparisons of the various types here.
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