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Saturday, 14 November 2020

Gift Ideas for Mum - Christmas Gift Guide 2020

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This year has been a pretty strange one but I have been so excited to finally start seeing some festive bits popping up on my newsfeed later, cutting through all the doom and gloom! I know Christmas will be a little different this year, but that doesn't mean it is cancelled! In fact I am even more determined to make it a special year after a rubbish year all round so far. 

Aside from being with friends and family, the other thing I love about Christmas is being able to make people smile with a gift. So this year I have been trying to get organised ahead of time so I can drop off or post gifts to loved ones and friends to ensure that even if we can't be together this year, they will know I am thinking of them through a little gift. 


So once again this year, I have put together our popular gift guides, starting with our gifts for mum. Below you can find a range of gift ideas and suggestions to suit mums of all ages and to suit all budgets. From skincare and self care, to delicious goodies and some beautiful sentimental gifts too. 

Mermaid Gin from Isle of Wight Distillery

Over recent years Gin has become such a popular drink with a huge range of different flavours now available. However this mermaid gin from the Isle of Wight distillery not only tastes great but the bottle is so pretty too, it makes the perfect gift for any gin lover this Christmas.

Mermaid gin is a hand-crafted, small bath gin made using Isle of Wight rock samphire and Boadicea hops alongside juniper, coriander seeds, fresh lemon zest, grains of paradise, angelica, liquorice, orris and elderflower. The gin is presented in a beautifully sculpted bottle with a pattern that resemble the tail of the eponymous mythical sea creature. The bottle is also plastic-free and 100% recyclable, features an all-natural cork and unique plant based biodegradable seal. 

Mermaid Gin (40% ABV) is available in Tesco, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols and is priced at £40.00 per 70cl bottle. 



Tesalate Beach Towel

Right now holidays may seem like a distant memory but I am hopefully that next year many of us will get to enjoy those holidays we all missed so much this year. If you know someone who loves their holidays or trips to the beach then these beautiful beach towels from Tesalate. The bold, beautiful designs mean you will never miss your towel, even on a crowded beach and their clever sand free technology means you won't be bringing half the beach home with you in your towel. 

Available in two different sizes (standard, perfect for one) or a larger size which is perfect for two or to double up as a beach blanket too. There is a huge range of designs to choose from including bold geometric patterns like the one below, beautifully bright intricate or floral patterns as well as some more simple, elegant designs. These towels are completely different to any other towels you may have tried and are perfectly designed for trips to the beach, picnics, yoga or workouts to name a few. This is thanks to the fact that they are fast drying, super absorbent as well as being compact and light at the same time. 

The standard towels measure 160cm by 80cm and the XL towels measure 160cm by 160cm, prices start at £49 and are available from the Tesalate website
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Anton Studio Designs Manhattan Cocktail Glasses

A great tasting drink always deserves to be served in a beautiful glass, it is a bit like how we say we eat also with our eyes, I think the same can be said about drinks. A drink served in a beautiful glass can really capture your eye and these sophisticated Anton Studio Designs Manhattan cocktail glasses are the perfect addition to any cocktail loves cupboards. 

Each glass features a rounded bowl paired with a heavy, curvaceous base making them elegant but modern and bold at the same time. The thick stems on these glasses make them a perfect choice for many different cocktails and providing a weighted glass that won't be knocked over easily. The glasses come in a box of two so perfect if you are buying for a couple or just for one. 

The Anton Studio Designs Manhattan Cocktail glasses are priced at £24.95 and are available from the Not Just Jugs website



Glencroft Luxury Slippers 

You can't beat that feeling of slipping your feet into a cosy and warm pair of slippers after a long walk or on a cold evening. These luxury slippers from Glencroft, a Yorkshire based country wear brand, are the perfect gift for any mum this Christmas and I can guarantee whoever you buy them for won't want to take them off! 

These luxury slippers feature the warmth of real sheepskin with the comfort of fleece on the inside and the style of the tweet outer. The slippers are expertly made in Portugal and feature a fluffy sheepskin collar the hugs around the ankle for that ultimate comforting feel. They also include a hard wearing foam sole meaning they are great for walking around the house and will last for a long time without wearing out. 

These slippers are available in size 4-9 and are priced at £64.95, you can purchase them from the Glencroft Country Wear website



Red Letter Days Experience Voucher

What do you buy for someone who has everything, or that special person in your life who doesn't really want anything? Well Red Letter Days and Buy a Gift have some amazing gift ideas for the mums in your life, giving them the gift of a special day out or experience over a physical gift. 

With so many experiences to choose from Red Letter Days are sure to have something to suit everyone. From spa days and afternoon tea, to hotel stays and thrill seeking adventures, you can even find driving or flying experiences! When choosing your experience you can narrow down your search by choosing to search by the recipient (him, her, kids etc), location, occasion or the type of experience you are after. 

One experience that really caught by eye was this one night stay in a beautiful Novotel hotel in London. It can be used for a whole family or you can find a similar break for a couple too. I have always been a big believer in experiences being one of the best gifts you can find so think this is a great option for those hard to buy people in your life. Plus if you do pick an experience they have done before or don't want to do, they can easily swap their experience. 

You can find a range of experiences to choose from on the Red Letter Days website



Tequila Rose - Strawberry Cream

If you are looking a gift that both tastes amazing and looks fabulous too then look no further than a bottle of Tequila Rose - Strawberry cream. It pairs a silky smooth and rich strawberry cream liqueur with the thrilling familiar taste of Mexican tequila to create a drink that is totally unique. 

The bottle is also such a fun design with its bold black glass to ensure it keeps the light out and the flavour as fresh as possible. The bottle also features some very clever roses which appear grey at room temp, but when chilled they turn a bright shimmering pink! This is to indicate when the Tequila rose is at the perfect temperature to drink, meaning you get the perfect taste every time. 

Tequila Rose is available from many supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons and Asda and is priced around £20.00 per 70cl.



BeeBAGZ - Reusable beeswax wrap food bags

Many of us are trying to become greener and live a more sustainable lifestyle and there are some really easy switches we can make to do that, including choosing some great reusable items as gifts this Christmas such as these BeeBAGZ reusable beeswax food bags. 

The starter pack shown below contains 1 small (6.5" x 4.5"), 1 medium (6.5" x 8.5") and 1 large (14" x 11") beeswax wrap bags and are available in blue, green, grey, orange and a random selection. The combination of 100% cotton, a double stitched seam and beeswax allows for an attractive storage solution that allows food to breathe, thereby preserving it longer and helping to reduce household waste. Not only that but Beeswax is an antibacterial agent so helps to keep the bags clean, while preventing the spread of common bacterial organisms. BeeBAGZ also have a self sealing, water resistant closure that is functional, easy to use and convenient. Simply load your food, fold the top down and seal shut with the warmth of your fingers. No zippers, velcro or plastic closures required to keep liquids out or food leakage into purses, backpacks, etc.

BeeBAGZ are available from the A Little Find website and the started pack is priced at £27.99.



Harry Potter scarf pin

Earlier this month the Harry Potter Fan Club launched a range of brand-new collectable range of enamel pin badges, which celebrate the magical events, characters and locations spanning the Wizarding World universe. 


There are lots of pins to collect and fans can show off their house pride or favourite Harry Potter characters or houses. Fans can show off their house pride with these distinct 6-pin sets featuring iconic emblems of their Hogwarts house, including their house crest, scarf and banner. You can also visit the Wizarding World website where there is a tick list style collectors guide where you can tick off the badges as you complete each set of your collection as well as see all of the badges available. 


These pins vary in price, however the full collection can be viewed and purchased from the Wizarding World website





Lavera Sweet Moments Body Gift Set


As mums we all love a bit of a pamper, some time to practice self care and to relax and so I always find that gifts that give mums the perfect excuse to enjoy this are always a winner. Gifts like this beautiful gift set from Lavera which contains a body lotion and body wash in their whimsical "sweet moments" scent. 

As well as smelling beautiful with a scent of warming vanilla and fresh plum, the set is certified as vegan and organic. Lavera Sweet Moments Body Gift Set contains a Body Wash and Body Lotion. The Lavera Body Wash effectively and gently cleanses your skin with a softly foaming lather to remove the days dirt and environmental pollution from your skin, leaving silky soft skin.The Body Lotion enhances the gorgeous aroma as well giving a moisturising and nourishing boost to your skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth and supple.

The gift set is priced at £14.95.




Arran Sense of Scotland - Home, bath and body products

Known for their premium quality bath, body and home fragrance collections Arran sense of Scotland is a beautiful brand that are inspired by and proudly made on the Isle of Arran. For three decades, the family-run company has been creating vibrant, evocative scents from their Home Farm factory - an old dairy farm for the historic Brodick Castle. This includes a range of home, bath and body products which make perfect Christmas gifts (and smell amazing!).

I have some items pictured below which I think would make lovely gifts, however there really are so many to choose from in a wide range of scents and ranges it really is worth checking out their website to check out the full range of products. I really like the "After the rain" scent which I have tried below in hand cream and hand wash (perfect given the current situation!). The scent is a beautiful mixture of lime, rose and sandalwood. 

I also love candles and these huge Arran candles which come in their own tin are perfect for introducing some beautiful scents to your home. The candle below is from the Ultimate Fig range and the scent features a balanced blend of sweet cassis, fig and green leaf, underpinned by a warm base note of woody cedar. and comes in a large glass container. 

Prices for the Arran Sense of Scotland products vary, but you can check out the full range and find prices via the Arran website



Kindred Fires Personalised Christmas Candle

There is something about having a candle flickering away on an evening that instantly makes me feel warm, cosy and safe so I always find that candles make an amazing Christmas gift idea. However I think I may have fallen even more in love with candles when I came across these beautifully personalised Christmas candles from Kindred Fires! 

Featuring a wreath design of trees and whimsical rabbits, the centre message proudly displays your family name name for a unique Christmas decoration that both looks and smells wonderful. These personalised candles are filled with a scented natural soy wax that burns for up to 40 hours. The glass holder is finished with a matt finish whilst the name and engraving on the candle remains clear so it really stands out. There are 12 scents to choose from including candied pumpkin, floral blossom, lavender and white tea and the scent I picked which was black raspberry and vanilla (which smells amazing!). 

These candles are priced at £24.95 each which includes your personalisation, these are available to purchase from the Kindred Fires website




Health & Her Sleep Masks and Sleep Balm

I bet if you asked a range of mums what gift they would like many of them, myself included would probably say the gift of a good nights sleep! Whilst we of course can't make any guarantees for that, these amazing sleep aid products from Health & Her can certainly help. 

The Health & Her self heating face masks can help relieve tension, soothe tired eyes and help to create a calming dark environment to help you drift off to sleep. Each pack costs £9.99 and includes £7 eye masks with each mask offering 20 minutes of soothing warmth. The gentle warming relieves tension in the muscles and skin around the eyes and the space between the eyes. When heated, the sleep mask releases lavender extract to help soothe tired eyes and eases eye strain, which can relieve a headache or migraine.

The Health & Her sleep balm is a natural balm that is designed to help you fall to sleep and stay asleep! It contains Lavender, Clary Sage blended with Sweet Almond Oil, to support relaxation, when massaged gently into pulse points to help maintain a healthy sleep. This balm is so easy to use and the perfect addition to a nightstand for those who struggle to sleep or who may be having sleep problems, it is priced at £7.99 for a 40g jar. 



Balade en Provence - Solid face and body bars

Many people have started switching from using bottled products to using solid bars such as these beautifully scented ones from Balade en Provence. So if you know someone who is also trying to make that switch or who you think would enjoy these plastic free bars, they could make a great gift this Christmas. 

Handmade by French artisans using the cold process these bars feel luxurious and smell amazing. They contain rich, vegan ingredients such as grapeseed oil, coconut oil & shea butter. The cold process preserves the natural nutrients and properties of our ingredients to give your skin a lush treatment. Plus all Balade en Provence products are zero-waste and packaged in 100% compostable boxes.

I personally love the bars shown below which are the face cleanser and body bar, both of which leave you feeling refreshed, clean and smelling great. They would make a perfect stocking filler too. 

These bars start at £6.19 and are available to purchase from Holland and Barret.



Yankee Candle Christmas scents gift sets

Yankee candle is a name that is well known when it comes to candles, their instantly recognisable jars, enticing aromas and huge range of scents, it is clear why they are a house hold favourite. So it is no surprise that they would feature in my gift guide as they make such amazing gifts too, especially for Christmas as they have a beautiful range of Christmas scents out at this time, perfect for those festive evenings. 

One lovely gift set currently available is the small jar set complete with a stunning gold shade which really makes this candle feel even more special. The set contains 1 Small Jar Candle in the festive fragrance, Unwrap The Magic and a small Shade with a dot and star design, to help bring the Christmas spirit into your home. Each Small Jar Candle provides up to 30 hours of fragrance and of course one the candle runs out you can keep the shade to use time and time again.

If you are looking for a smaller set or something that works well as a stocking filler then the 3 votive candle gift set makes a lovely idea. This set contains 3 Votive Candles in 3 different festive fragrances to help bring the Christmas spirit into your home, including Singing Carols, Holiday Hearth and Surprise Snowfall. Each Votive Candle provides up to 15 hours of fragrance and must be used with a votive holder which you can purchase separately. 

The jar and shade set is priced at £12.99 and the 3 votives are priced at £5.99, each set can be purchased from the Yankee Candle website. 



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Seams Couturiers Hand Cream 

As the colder weather sets in our hands and skin often become the first thing to suffer, the cold bitter weather often makes our hands dry, cracked and sore so a hand cream can make a fantastic and useful Christmas gift! 

SEAMS is a non-greasy hand cream that has a light and calming scent that just melts into your hands. It used a Biomimetic Lipid Complex to help lock in moisture and help restore dry or rough hands and help them feel soft, supple and smooth. The SEAMS hand cream helps to mend dry hands, ease callouses as well as even skin tone. But it is also great for nails too and regular use can really help condition nails too. Originally created for backstage make-up artists and seamstresses to help restore their dry, hardworking hands without leaving a greasy residue. A 75ml tube is priced at £14.00. 



Positive Planner

We all need a little reminder to remain positive and practice self care sometimes and The Positive Planner is a great way to do just that. The Positive Planner is a journal with a difference as it guides its user on a 12 week journey of self-care, gratitude and daily doses of positivity. 

The journal is full of sections that are dedicated to daily intentions and reflections including a mood checker and loads of useful tools that are designed to help manage well being and encourage positivity. But The Positive Planner is also still a fully functional planner too with fantastic features such as meal planners, shopping lists, monthly diary spreadsheets and plenty of everyday organisational extras too. The Positive Planner is a useful daily planner that will help you keep organised but also help you to take care of your mental health and wellbeing too. The planner is priced at £20.00.


Burgon & Ball Gardening Gloves 

Over lockdown many of us turned our hand to a spot of gardening as we made the most of our time at home. If you know someone who has become a bit of a budding gardener then these beautiful gardening gloves from Burgon & Ball would make a great gift idea. 

These gloves have an ultra soft feel yet are made from a hard wearing fabric that doesn't stiffen giving you free range of movement when wearing them. They feature a 2 way stretch mesh between the fingers of the gloves, improving dexterity and making them super comfortable to wear. The hardy wrist strap provides a snug fit that also protects your hands and stops any garden debris dropping into them and the padded palm protects the palm of your hands too. These gloves come in a range of designs and the pair below are priced at £15.99. 


Brushed Triple Star Bracelet

Regardless of who you are buying for or what the occasion, jewellery always makes a beautiful idea. This Stunning Brushed Mixed metal stars bracelet is based on a fine trace chain with lobster clasp to ensure it stays put and secure. The bracelet is made from Sterling Silver plated brass and 18 carat rose gold and gold plating. It features 3 beautiful stars in 3 colours (bronze, silver and gold). This bracelet is beautifully simple and is pefect for wearing as an every day item or to dress up an outfit too. It is priced at £12.00 and comes beautifully presents in a grey box finished with a white ribbon bow. 



Hopefully this gift guide will be helpful in helping you choose some amazing and special gifts for the mums (or women) in your life this Christmas. Don't forget to let me know in the comments below what you are hoping for this Christmas or if any of the gifts above catch your eye for yourself or any of your friends and family. 

xXx


**This post contains products in which I received PR samples of to include within this guide. However all words, opinions and images are my own and I retain full control of this post.**

5 comments:

  1. I would be really really happy with a lot of that, especially with the Mermaid Gin - it's such a gorgeous bottle isn't it? Made not too far from here as well...

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  2. The bottle of Mermaid Gin is absolutely gorgeous, what a stunning gift to give! Just a shame I'm not a gin fan or else I would have been putting our requests! Such a fabulous selection of gift ideas! Sim x

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  3. Some lovely ideas. I'd love the Mermaid gin and the Strawberry Cream liquer - may open them on the day though, haha!

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  4. I'd love them all! Some really fab Christmas ideas, love the look of the gin!

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  5. I have that tesalate towel and I love it. I have just got one of the personalised Kindred Fire candles and it smells divine!!

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