A Timeless Gift*

Despite everything having been a total whirlwind over the last few months, Matthew and I have had a lot to celebrate lately. We bought our first house and became homeowners in May, celebrated our two year anniversary in June, and Matthew finally started his new job at the end of July, so its been exciting times all round.

Of course we celebrated all of these wonderful moments at the times they occurred, but with all the craziness going on, I felt they were a little rushed, and I wanted to commemorate them with the right gift, which I was really struggling to find. Matthew has always supported me in everything I’ve done, and he’s worked so hard over the last few years to get his dream job, I wanted something that wasn’t just an every day sort of present, I wanted to get him something that was special. So when I was contacted by the wonderful team at Jord Watches, I instantly knew that this was an opportunity I wanted to share with him.

A watch makes an amazing gift for a special occasion, but these watches are in a world of their own. This stunning Hyde watch is just one of the wonderfully unique wooden watches that Jord have to offer – and no, you read that right, its actually wooden!

Matthew chose the Ebony & Iron finish, which is beautifully subtle but every time I see it I’m absolutely amazed at how intricate the design is. The darker colour makes styling the watch effortless, and it goes well with everything in his wardrobe. It was custom sized to his wrist measurement, and came in this incredible presentation box, which just added to the whole unboxing experience.

And while I did let Matthew choose the watch itself, I did surprise him by opting to have the back of the watch engraved with our anniversary date to add that extra personal touch to commemorate the last two years we’ve spent together.

This watch just made all my gift choosing worries disappear. Being able to have it engraved meant I could use it as a way of celebrating our special day, but also what’s wonderful about giving a watch is that in Matthew’s new job as a pilot, he’s actually required to wear a watch at all times, so I could also use this opportunity to gift him something that he’ll wear and use all the time, but that’s more than just practical, its stylish.

Jord make these incredible wooden watches in both men’s and women’s styles, plus they also do amazing wooden straps for Apple watches, so there’s really something for everyone, and with that in mind, how do you fancy winning $100 credit towards a watch of your own, or so that you too can give someone a truly timeless gift? Simply fill out the giveaway form here – plus you’ll get a 10% off code just for entering! Giveaway closes September 9th at 11:59pm.

Wooden Wrist Watch

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Christmas Presents I Don’t Like Receiving

Christmas Presents

I don’t ever like to be ungrateful, but I’m sure that everyone has those items that mean you’ve got to pull out that well-practiced false ‘thank you, I love it’ face while inside you’re thinking ‘WHYYY’, right?

So for Christmas giggles, here are mine:

Earrings

I don’t have my ears pierced anymore, but when I did (and now I’m considering getting them pierced again), I was very particular about what I did and didn’t like – what I didn’t like being the majority of the ones I ever received. I appreciate the gesture, but unless you know me well enough, I’d love a gift receipt included..

Baking equipment

I do a lot of baking, and most people who know me know that. The problem is, I already have everything baking related under the sun, and I do not need another set of silicone cupcake cases thank you.

Generic bath sets

I understand the appeal of the Boots 3 for 2, but tiny bottles of nondescript shower gel and a loofer just end up being forgotten about, or stack up in the bathroom only to be used when travelling hand luggage only.

Christmas only items

It could be the cutest little Christmas gift, but to be honest I’ll just be sad that I won’t get to enjoy it for much longer before it has to go away for another year.

Mugs

I love mugs, but again, I’m very particular with the mugs I like. I also have way too many..

Books I can’t read

You know those novelty picture books or kinda funny quotes or poems that you just know are gonna sit on a bookshelf gathering dust because you’ll flick through it once and never need to pick it up again – get me a book I can read!!

What presents make you wish they’d included a receipt?

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Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

We’ve all been there. You think you’re all done with shopping, all the presents are wrapped, and then BAM! Either you’ve forgotten someone, or someone you weren’t expecting got you a present and now you have to return the favour, but whatever the reason, suddenly you need to magic up and extra present.

DIY Gift Ideas

Now you could risk throwing yourself back into the hoards of Christmas shoppers, but your credit card bill is longer than Santa’s beard, but shopping has lost its appeal, so why not show how much you care by putting a little bit of time and effort into a handmade gift.

I’ve got you sorted!

Recipe in a Jar

Find a fab recipe, layer the ingredients in a pretty jar and decorate! Print cute instructions and you’re good to go!

Homemade candles

You can pick up candle making supplies from most craft stores, or even just melt down other candles to pour into new moulds! You can make crazy colours using food colouring, or set them in something cute like vintage teacups or large seashells!

Water marbled mugs and plates

Remember when nail marbling was a big thing? Well you can now create unique and stunning gifts by dunking crockery instead of your nails! Little saucers make fab jewellery dishes!

Infused Olive Oils

For your foodie friends, infused oils are a great gift, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. Simply pour oil into a large saucepan, and add the infusion ingredients (garlic cloves, or chilli flakes) then slowly heat the oil over a low-medium heat for 15-20 mins. Let it cool, then pour into bottles!

Mini Terraniums

Pop some little succulents in a jar with some decorative stones, or even some glitter!

Hopefully this has given you a little inspiration for those last minute panic moments, but check out my Pinterest for more!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

The final gift guide of the season from me; this time its all about the little people in our lives!

These days, gender stereotypes are becoming more and more irrelevant and unnecessary, so this guide is for all!

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Under £20

The Good Dinosaur Deluxe Slippers from The Disney Store

With The Good Dinosaur hitting the big screen, these slippers will be just as much a success as the film!

B-B8 Tumbler with Straw from The Disney Store

The perfect cup for any movie night, and featuring our new favourite droid!

Olaf Frustration Game from Tesco

A Frozen twist on a family favourite board game, and the perfect Boxing Day activity!

Santa Fun from Lush

Enjoy endless bathtime fun for all ages come with this mouldable and reusable soap!

£20-50

Freida Cow from Trunki

This ride-on suitcase stole the hearts of many after appearing on Dragon’s Den, and how sweet is this little spotty friend?

Mickey Mouse kids slip on shoes from Vans

Give the gift of style and practicality all in one!

Vivitar Waterproof Digital Camera from Toys R Us

Photography is a great hobby for kids to have, as well as giving them a gift that they can use to document memories and life events!

Mickey Mouse Softpal Portable Night Light from The Disney Store

Whether your little ones need a night light or not, this little cutie is perfect for late night toilet trips, or just as adorable mood lighting!

Personalised Beanbag chair from Etsy

This custom creation would look great in a little reading corner!

£50+

8ft Trampoline and Enclosure from Smyths Toys

Trampolines make a great big ticket gift, and are a wonderful way for children to get exercise while having fun!

Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion from Lego

As a huge Lego fan, I always think it makes a fabulous gift for all ages!

Kindle Bundle for Kids from Amazon

Give the gift of endless reading fun with this bundle from Amazon. It includes a kid-friendly cover, as well as 2 year accident protection for those clumsy moments!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Men can be both the easiest, and hardest, people to shop for – either you can tell exactly what they want, or you don’t have the foggiest, am I right?

So this Christmas, I challenge you to get it bang on, and here are a few handy ideas to get you started:
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Under £20

Darth Vader headphones – £19.95 – Disney Store

Star Wars is going to be huge this Christmas, given the new release, so I’m sure any fan of the darkside would be more than happy with these amazing headphones!

Donald Duck small soft toy – £12.95 – Disney Store

Even grown men still love their toys, and Donald is a favourite!

Diablo Toasted Snack Maker – £12.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

This little gadget is a must-have for guys who love their food; the possibilities are endless!

Wooden IBed Lap Desk – £12.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

Perfect for lazy Sunday mornings in bed!

Mini Engraved Flask – £17.99 – MenKind

Make it personal with this sweet little stocking stuffer!

£20-£50

Minion Laptop Sleeve – £24 – Redbubble

Everyone loves Minions, case closed.

Disneyland Paris Tower of Terror T-shirt – £22 – Disney Store

Perfect for park-going guys!

Remote Control BB-8 Droid – £47.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

Tech and Star Wars rolled into one!

3D Thor Hammer Wall Light – £34.99 – MenKind

Brighten up the man cave with a bit of Marvel!

Mickey Mouse Snapback hat – Vans

For the fashion conscious Disney man!

£50-£100

Disney Era Shoes – £55 – Vans

The new Disney x Vans collection is fab, and these are no exception!

Westwood 25 Watt Speaker – £89.99 – MenKind

For the music lover in him, this speaker is stylish and has Bluetooth linking!

Ferrari Driving Experience – £98.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

What do you give the man who has everything? Great memories, of course! Experience days are a great gift for anyone.

Ok gang, get shopping!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Women

Yay, the first of my Christmas gift guide series! We’re over halfway through November now so its 100% acceptable to be talking more and more about Christmas, which I will!

I decided to take on women first, because while some women can be very easy to buy for, some are impossible, so to give you a headstart, here are my finds:

xmas women

Under £20

Seven Dwarfs Pyjama Bottoms – £14.95 – Disney Store

Pyjamas are a classic Christmas present, and this print is ridiculously cute!

Soarin’ Jar Candle 8oz – £7.50 – Maple and Whisky

Maple and Whisky produce the best handmade soy candles, and all their scents are inspired by Disney. Soarin’ smells just like the ride itself: orange with hints of pine.

Gus in Slipper Vinly Pop! – available from a range of sellers, including Amazon

You don’t have to be a Pop! collector to love this figure inspired by this years Cinderella film, and girls love shoes!

Minnie Mouse Sketched Print – £16.99 – I Want One Of Those

This sweet sketch shows Minnie’s changes through the ages, and would look great on any wall.

£20-£50

Aldo Uluwien Leather Multi Watch Strap – £30 – ASOS

This beauty of a watch has a classic look, and has four extra interchangeable straps to switch up the look, talk about value for money!

Magic Carpet Gift Box – £38.95 – Lush

This box is packed with a load of Lush favourites, any girl would be pretty thrilled!

Platinum Locket Necklace – £45 – Disney Couture

This engraved platinum locket would make a Disney girl very happy!

Minnie Mouse Purse – £44.95 – Disney Store

Surprise her with this gorgeous leather purse, complete with vintage print lining!

Rose Gold lightning charging cable – £29.99 – ASOS

I can’t be the only one who has a soft spot for rose gold, and if you’re also planning on surprising her with the new rose gold iPhone, this would make a perfect stocking filler!

£50+

Dainty Sparklers Bow Cuff – £60 – Kate Spade

You can’t go wrong with something sparkly..

Arribas Brothers Cinderella Carriage Ornament – £64 – Disney Store

And if a bracelet isn’t sparkly enough, how about a carriage?

Benefit Cosmetics lesson and Afternoon Tea experience day – £125 – Red Letter Days

Make up and cakes = major brownie points!

Now go get shopping!

xoxo