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You may have seen our other gift guides at the beginning of the month where we brought you ideas for men, women, pre-school children and foodies but if you’re still stuck for ideas here are a few more! All of these gifts are under £25 so great for family, friends or someone in the office!
Rose gold is very popular right now and the Beautify Dome Heart Light would look beautiful in any room. I think in our house this would look lovely on our mantlepiece where we could see it every day. This stunning light would be a great addition to a collection of the same colour and with the glass dome covering the heart it has a Beauty and the Beast feel to it!
I am super picky when it comes to purses and it usually takes me ages to find one I like. The Kit and Kaboodal Poppy Purse has plenty of space for bank or credit cards and any other bits you might keep in a purse. This also comes with a separate coin purse which I think is fabulous because I hate having the 2 mixed a lot of the time.
It’s been far too long since I replaced my make-up brushes and now I’m always trying to think more about the products I buy. The So Eco Face Kit is made from eco-friendly sources and materials and it’s also cruelty free as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly. The kit comes with Angled Contour Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, Round Foundation Brush and Lip Brush and also comes with a soft cotton wrap case.
I love nice stationery and a set of lovely pens or pencils always make a great gift. The Stabilo Aquacolour Watercolour Pencils comes in a really nice tin to keep them safe and easy to access. This particular set has 12 pencils but there are also larger sets available as well.
When it comes to writing out greetings cards I always like to use a nice pen. The Stabilo Metallic Fibre-Tip Pens are a great set for any stationery lover. Larger packs are available but this pack of 6 comes in a nice metal tin which is easy to carry around with you if you wanted to.
Sometimes I don’t think Christmas is really here until I’m reading a nice, Christmas themed book. A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft would make a great gift this year and even better if it’s for someone you need to give a gift to a bit earlier than Christmas Day!
I’ll be completely honest when I say I have no style. I’m rubbish when it comes to clothes and I never really have any idea about what suits me. How Not To Wear Black by Anna Murphy offers loads of different advice on shopping, styles and other fashion related issues you might have!
John is one of the silliest men that I know and he’s always up for a party game. Party Faces have some great stocking filler games such as #Bugalugs #GoggleEyes and #ChinlessWonders. Party Faces packs are available at Mask-arade. Find more inspiration by searching #getyourpartyfaceson on social media!
Rugrats was a show I used to love watching as a child/ teen myself so as soon as I saw this book I knew it would be something my husband would like. Rugrats Guide to Adulting is a fun stocking filler and a little light reading for any Rugrats fan who is also now a parent themselves.
John loves shows like Who Do You Think You Are and he really enjoys learning about other people’s experiences. On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders would be a great pick for anyone interested in these kinds of things. £2.70 of the publisher’s RRP of all copies of this book sold in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland will be donated to Combat Stress.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been one of the most popular films of the last part of the year so what better way to take a better look at the film than Bohemian Rhapsody: The Official Book of the Movie? The book is full of things about Queen, Freddie Mercury and the film so a must have for any Queen fan.
One of my biggest annoyances is people saying their child’s dad is ‘looking after’ or ‘babysitting’ them. As soon as I saw Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting I knew it would be a book John would be interested in reading so it had to go on the list of last minute gifts! I think this one is an important read not only for men but any parent and it’s something I’d like to read myself as well.
Num Noms have loads of different options at various price points. The mystery packs and light mystery packs are both either under £5 or £10 but there are also starter packs and playsets available as well. If you’re looking for stocking fillers then these are a fantastic option as there is so much to choose from and something everyone can afford.
One of Erin’s favourite toys already is her tea set and she has been after something extra to go with it for a while. If the child you’re buying for this year likes to have a tea party too then the Hape Double Flavoured Birthday Cake would be a great addition and something that I imagine will get used over and over again. This toy will make any tea party that extra bit special.
Another of Erin’s favourite activities is bath time and she would spend hours in there if she could. I find it quite hard to find great bath toys for children her age (3) but the Hape Feed Me Bath Frog Toy is aimed at children from 12 months but it’s something older children will get a lot out of as well as it can be used as a shape sorter, stuck to the wall and used to throw the shapes into if the belly is removed.
I really like this little Enchanting Princess Mini Memory Match Game. I find stocking fillers and smaller gifts really quite hard for pre-school aged children and this one is a great option. This would be a nice game to take away on trips or even if you’re just going out for the day for some added entertainment! The Mudpuppy Memory Match Game is available at selected London stores. For stockists visitwww.bertoy.com/dealers
Floor puzzles are a great way to get children thinking about patterns and solving problems and I love the Flower Princess Floor Puzzle and Space puzzle from Crocodile Creek. Both puzzles are bright, colourful and have interesting and fun patterns and suitable for different ages. The Flower Princess Puzzle has a bit more of a simple design for children aged 3+ while the Space puzzle is aimed at children 6+. The Crocodile Creek Floor Puzzles are available at Trotters Childrenswear & Accessories and selected stores. For stockists visit www.bertoy.com/dealers
Erin loves building but can get bored with her usual blocks that she’s had for quite some time now. Something a bit fun and different are the John Adams Fun Bricks sets. These come in different sizes but even the 100 piece set comes in well under £25. These would make great presents for pre-schoolers and their friends if you have any extras to buy for for this year.
At only 2 years old Erin loves animals. She likes to learn about different species and one of her favourites is the snake. An Anthology of Intriguing Animals is such a beautiful book full of stunning images and information and it’s a book that any child can grow up with.
If you’re looking for ideas for a crafty child or a Disney fan then be sure to think about the Disney Ideas Book. This book has over 100 different crafts, activities and games so there’s so many things to do to keep children busy and entertained. The pages are bold and colourful with really easy to follow instructions.
We read a lot of books with Erin and the Sunny Bank Allotments books are wonderful and perfectly suited to pre-school aged children. The stories are lovely and lots of fun but they’re also educational as well. The books are based on an animated TV series of the same name.
Erin loves a story at bedtime and until recently, we used to watch In The Night Garden before bed as well. The In the Night Garden: Goodnight Igglepiggle book is a great alternative. The story follows Igglepiggle as he gets ready to go to bed himself but first he must say goodnight to all of his friends.
Christmas can be a time where a lot of us over-indulge and if you know someone who likes a drink but is being careful with calories then Skinny Lager could be the answer. This lager is gluten free, low carb and has only 89 calories per bottle!
I think we probably all know someone who likes to take a drink out with them sometimes to save a bit of money or maybe it’s somewhere that doesn’t sell alcohol. MiniVino are single serve wines that come in red, white and rose and only cost £2 each. The packaging is plastic too so there’s no need to worry about them breaking!
I have a particular family member who has a bit of a thing for fungi whether it be in a forest or on her plate. The Mushroom Cookbook details many different kinds of fungi as well as over 50 different ways to cook them! Not only are the recipes great but it’s such an interesting book to look through.
Another really interesting cookbook, for an entirely different reason is The Nightmare Before Dinner. This cookbook comes from the Beetle House restaurant and offers over 60 spookily fun recipes. What’s even better is that the book offers a vegan alternative for ingredients in each and every recipe so it’s really suitable for everyone!
For any wine drinker the DOMU Wine Bottle Accessory Kit would make a great stocking filler. The set comes with a corkscrew, bottle stop, aerating wine pourer, wine drip collar ring and it all comes in a really nice carrying case. A practical gift but one that someone could get a lot of use out of.
Does anything here catch your eye? I’d love to know what your favourites are so please do let me know in the comments! Happy Christmas shopping!
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