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Christmas will soon be here, and I can hardly wait. I love being able to spend time with family, eat good food, have lots of time to relax and enjoy Christmas films and music. I also love to gift nice items to my loved ones. Spending time choosing the perfect gift is part of the excitement for me at Christmas time. Today I want to share with you my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for Parents.
First up I just have to share these with you! This is a sneak peek at the Vistaprint Christmas cards we are going to be sending out this year. Daisy is seated on a bauble, at Centerparcs Winter Wonderland, and it’s just the cutest! I’m really looking forward to sending these personalised cards to our family and friends. The quality is absolutely fantastic and I’ve also ordered some large magnets to gift to family featuring a picture of Daisy with her cousins. I may have misjudged the size though and basically ordered a placemat that can be stuck on to a fridge. Oops!
This leather bracelet is a gift for my wonderful husband. It’s great quality, simple to fit one-handed and can even be personalised with an initial to give that personal touch.
Zippo items feature regularly in my gift guides as I love the quality they offer. This card holder is the perfect Christmas gift for the modern man who doesn’t carry a lot of cash.
Secret Scent Box is a monthly subscription box where you can receive a range of fragrances in spray bottles. This allows you to try out lots of different scents, to find a new one you’ll love, without buying full bottles of product.
No Christmas gift guide would be complete for me without featuring planners, diaries and calendars. Giving the gift of organisation is something that I absolutely love. Since I became organised it has helped my stress levels greatly. I feel happy, knowing what we have coming up, and can budget our finances and our time accordingly. This family organiser is great quality and has lots of space for tracking all the family.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without stocking fillers. I love to try and gift items that will be useful, and functional too.
The Yankee Candle car air freshener is a refillable fragrance locket that lasts for up to 30 days. It comes in a clean cotton scent which is refreshing for a car, and not overpowering.
L’oreal Men Expert is a favourite product of my husband and so this year we’re going to be gifting the men in our family these gift sets. It comes with a deodorant, and a shower gel, in uplifting, revitalising scents. There are several different gift sets available. I bought this gift set, and several others, from Perfume Click. They have a great range of gift sets, at bargain prices! Perfume Click
A Zippo hand warmer is a perfect gift for the outdoor loving parent. Whether standing around watching little ones play sports, camping, fishing or just enjoying a family walk this is a great way to warm up in the great outdoors.
The BIC Shave Club is a simple, cheap and effective way to meet all your shaving needs. The starter kit is a similar price to a stocking filler and something useful to gift!
Looking after your skin, and your babies skin, is really important after you’ve just had a child. Kit & Kin have a range of hypoallergenic natural skincare products to suit both Mum and baby.
The 2019 recipe diary is an A5 week-to-view diary with tons of writing space. It also comes complete with a delicious weekly recipe, with a full-colour photograph. This is a great gift for the food lover in your life and it even has a memorable dates sticker sheet to help you highlight events.
Leighton Denny offers a great range of nail care products, and I know my Mum is a huge fan. The well heeled intensive foot masque kit is ideal for pampering tired feet. It is the ideal gift for the busy parent during the festive period!
The Flawless Folding Mirror, from JML, is ideal for the beauty lover in your life. It has a 10x lighted magnification and is ideal for applying flawless makeup or just shaping your eyebrows.
O.P.I offer a fantastic range of nail polishes and I picked this set up from Perfume Click. It was a bargain and is going to make one of my fashion conscious nieces very happy.
If you’re looking for a fun stocking filler then lip balms from Crazy Rumors come in a range of fun flavours and are perfect for slipping in your jeans pocket.
One thing I love about this time of year is the excuse to snuggle under blankets, light candles and enjoy a good hot chocolate. This cinnamon & orange candle from World Animal Protection smells amazing. It’s the perfect gift for Winter and Christmas too.
I first wrote about Olverum back in 2017 and I absolutely love it. 5ml is all you need for a wonderfully scented bath that will help to relax and restore you at the end of a busy day. It is a blend of natural essential oils that is perfect for helping me feel instantly calm and restored. This is a wonderful gift for new and old parents, and is ideal for using at the end of a busy day when you’ve finally got half an hours peace!
This Fat face bauble is super cute and comes with hand cream and a little nail file. It’s a perfect stocking filler for a loved one and you could even hang it on your tree or re-use the packaging afterwards.
Every Sunday I love to sit down, get organised for the week ahead and make sure I’m going to be productive. The Origami weekly planner and diary which you can see further down is a great way to plan a week or even your whole year.
The Winter Berries range from BeeFayre features a blend of berries, orange blossom and cinnamon. We’ve got a reed diffuser and a large candle so the diffuser and candle can compliment one another.
If you’re looking for something that not only is functional, and a great gift, but also helps a great cause then the Secret Pillow Project is for you! Women in India make these pillows, that actually fold out into blankets, and it is a wonderful cause. I love how soft it is and that it folds up neatly too, it’s ideal for leaving out on your bed or sofa or even just tucking away with your linens when not in use.
I find it a struggle making enough time for myself as a parent, so I need to have products that work well for me. This set from So Eco eye duo brush set is ideal as a Secret Santa gift and looks on trend too.
The Look Good Feel Better Mini Masterclass set is the perfect gift for your loved one. Despite being mini in size these three brushes are all you need for getting ready on the move. They even come with a great little pouch.
I love a gift that can keep on giving and this Window Bird Feeder is exactly that. You can stick it on your window, fill it with lovely goodies for little birds and watch them enjoy it. I love how simple it is to fit, with the supplied fixings, and it’s got a one-way mirror too for close-up viewing.
We love Itty Bittys in our home. They are a super cute way to give a gift, of someone’s favourite character, and not spend a fortune. These little ones are ideal as a stocking filler and SO adorable! INCREDIBLY adorably if you will!
If you’ve got someone in your family who loves crafts then the Cute Companions Crochet Kit is the ideal gift. The kit includes everything you need to crochet an adorable panda. I love that the recipient of this gift has something that they can craft AND they actually make themselves a little keepsake in the process, while honing their favourite craft skill.
I love stationery, and lots of my friends do too. Pen Heaven is a website that I have been using for a couple of years now. I have a wonderful Cross pen that I am in love with and use on a daily basis. For gifts this year I have chosen this beautiful wallet and a wonderful notebook for a friend. I love knowing that my friend will start the new year feeling organised thanks to me and it’ll help her with uni life and juggling being a working Mum too!
No Christmas would be complete without a funny card, would it! We’ve got personalised cards for our close family but we also have a range of cards from Hallmark that we will be gifting to our friends. I love Elf so this card is my favourite from the range. I love spending time browsing in store, and even online, for the perfect cards. Card giving is really special and I love to write a load of well wishes for our friends and family.
This is a little bit of a different gift – the gift of safety! The Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm will give off an alert the moment someone enters your property. The range that you can set it for is huge, which is ideal if you have a long drive or pathway to your front door. It’s really simple to set up and is a great way to give a loved one peace of mind this Christmas. See below for a little look at how it looks once in place or watch this video to learn more.
I’m a big fan of giving the gift of choice. I love gift boxes and the Merry Christmas box from Red Letter Days is fantastic. Your loved one can choose from a day out, a meal, an experience or one of 2625 different experiences.
Here are a few of the items that my husband is already loving. First up is a shirt from Dobell. This has become a staple gift for my husband and this khaki linen shirt is gorgeous. The fit is wonderful, compliments the figure and looks really nice too. Also, the colour means it goes with most colour trousers well.
Next up there are shaving goodies from Dorco. Most men, even those with beards, use a razor from time to time. Thomas likes to keep his beard looking trim and so he’s loving this shave gel and razor.
Possibly one of the most wonderful items in my gift guide is this Box of Favours. You can see a closer look at it 3 pictures below. It’s a little box, with a contract in, and lots of cards for things like chores, a cup of tea, or a favour of your choosing. You can redeem one favour per day and I love this idea. Providing you stick to it of course!
This cast iron bird bath is absolutely beautiful. Well made, with fixings to put it together, it looks beautiful. It’s going to be long-lasting, ideal to help nature and a great viewing platform for birds and wildlife too.
The YOLO organiser for 2019 is fantastic. It’s jammed full of very useful pages to help you organise your life for the whole year. I’m going to be gifting this to a family member, who is a teacher, and I know she’s going to find it really useful for all the plans she needs to make.
The Knitty Critters Crochet Set is the perfect gift for a crafting fan. You can crochet a little critter and it is great fun. The puppy can even be washed afterwards, making it a really long-lasting gift.
I love a nice bath, and this is really going to be a gift to myself! These dead sea aromatherapy bath salts are wonderful. Ideal for sprinkling into a bath, when you want some beautiful scents and to relax and pamper your skin.
We have a few Queen fans in our family and the Bohemian Rhapsody book is the perfect gift for any lover of the new film. It shares the inside story and is the official book of the film. It’s full of beautiful glossy pages, jam-packed with images, and it’s a really, really interesting read. The quality makes it ideal for a gift this Christmas.
At this time of year, it’s great to gift socks and a scarf. This Birkenstock matching set is great for any man who likes to look good, and keep warm too. I love the matching detail and it’s presented really well in this lovely gift box.
Angela Langford products are great for taking care of skin and they always have wonderful scents about them too. A Little Lift is a plumping and firming serum for the face, that is made with frankincense, pumpkin and electric Daisy. This is fitting for us as it is going to be a gift from Daisy to a relative who needs A Little Lift after looking after Daisy once a week!
I’m a BIG fan of social media, as my job revolves around it. I love speaking to my readers online, and getting lots of work done from my phone. The Snap 2 from Adonit is a digital pen that also has a bluetooth camera shutter. It’s super simple to use and allows for doodling on images too. This is ideal for creating content to go on my Instagram stories and even just create fun pictures to send to friends and family.
For the beard lover in your life check out the Philips One Blade. Being designed to cut hair and not skin makes this ideal for hair trimming, edging and shaving, whatever the length.
Our Vistaprint Christmas cards look absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to fill them out while watching Christmas films!
Hard working hands and feet deserve O’Keeffes. This great set has products for hard-working hands and feet and also a lip balm too. It’s a lovely little gift to let someone know you’re thinking of them and is ideal for use during the colder months too.
Now you know me, I love me a spa day! Often at Centerparcs! I decided to branch out in the Summer and try somewhere different. I went to the Atheneum Spa in Mayfair and thanks to the amazing 2 for 1 deal from Buy A Gift I was able to take Thomas too. We enjoyed a couples massage and facial before spending an hour together in the hot tubs. It was absolutely beautiful and really couldn’t have been more perfect. We loved it. It may have been one of my favourite spa days of all time!
I love to give the gift of choice. I’ve written about the Ultimate Time For You Smartbox before and I feel it is a wonderful gift for that special person. You can have hotel stays, days out and much more. Also, if the recipient doesn’t love this Smartbox then they can even exchange it on the Buy A Gift website for something else entirely! I’m really pleased with Smartboxes as a gift and we’ve received a few ourselves recently too.
Christmas is about family time for us. This means sitting around, enjoying a drink and some nice snacks, and just spending lots of quality time together. The Merry Christmas Board Game is great fun, really encompasses Christmas and I can already say I’m looking forward to playing it on the big day!
Bath products and the time to have a soak in the tub have become some of my must-haves at home now. I love being able to spend a whole hour a few times a week just relaxing. Sometimes I catch up on work in secret on my phone, and other times I just want to soak my body and have a bit of a pamper. This Rob Roy soap smells AMAZING and is made with whiskey. I’d personally love to be gifted this myself, as it’s so moisturising and the smell is incredibly relaxing.
Lavender is a real must-have scent for me at home. It’s calming, helps me to relax and also encourages better sleep for my whole family. This lavender bath essence has such a natural look to it. It looks beautiful on display in my bathroom and a little splash is more than enough for a luxurious bath.
Daisy and I are going to be twinning while staying warm this Autumn and Winter. Buff hats are a staple for our family and we’ve been wearing them for the last 2 years or so. They are high quality, warm and these hats are bright and colourful too. I love that Daisy and I are matching and its easy to spot Daisy when we are playing at the park or running together in the forest on holiday!
Being able to destress and unwind is really important to me, and lots of the parents I know. This festive gift set contains products made with 100% natural essential oils including Jersey Lavender. It’s so nice to be able to take a half hour to have a nice bath and relax with good products.
The Jam Audio Live True headphones are Bluetooth and have up to 3 hours playtime from a single charge. These are ideal for working out, running or even just using on your commute to work. The carry case even doubles up as a battery charger and is good for charging your headphones up to 10 times.
My Mum absolutely loves drawing and is very artistic. In recent years I’ve always gifted her items from Derwent. This year she will receive these lovely soft colour pencils, in 12 vivid shades, to help her create her next masterpiece.
We received the items featured within this gift guide for free, in exchange for this coverage. All opinions are my own.