Christmas

Day 2 – Christmas Gift Guide Countdown

Good afternoon all.

It’s the 2nd of December and do you know what that means? It’s time for my second Christmas gift inspiration.

Day 2’s Christmas Gift Inspiration:

For the work Secret Santa

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Average budget: £10 – £15

I bought this present for my work Secret Santa. We had a £10 – £15 budget and I wanted to get something that was indulgent and a bit different to the usual 3 for 2 offers that you get from Boots or similar stores. Inspired by my Pinterest search, I ended up going out and searching for a boozy hot chocolate gift and this is the end result.

Hamper breakdown:
  • Happy Holidays mug – H&M. I found this lovely mug in H&M’s home section which opened recently in Reading. You can purchase it online here. This mug usually retails at £6.99 but as I bought it on Black Friday weekend I saved 20% on this so it was virtually a steal. Plus, it is so cute I was tempted to steal this one for myself…

 

  • Mini Baileys – Morrisons. Is it even Christmas without Baileys?! Surprisingly, it’s not the easiest task to find these mini Baileys bottles – or at least it wasn’t in the stores near me. If I’d have been better prepared then I could have probably ordered these online but in the end I purchased a Baileys gift set for £5 from Morrisons and kept the glass for myself – #bonus! The Lindor chocolates were included so this was another steal.

 

  • Hot Chocolate Spoon – Whittard of Chelsea. What I love about this is that the mini marshmallows are included so I didn’t need to purchase these separately and it’s a bit different to making a normal hot chocolate. Having the chocolate on the spoon makes it feel a bit different and more luxurious. This was another Black Friday steal for me – usually £3.00 I managed to get this for £2. You can order it online here.

 

  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Nano Slab – Hotel Chocolat. This brings a final bit of luxury to the present and, having bought one for myself, this tastes delicious. Again, it doesn’t look like you can purchase this online but I picked it up at the till for £2 or less.

So, that’s day 2’s Christmas gift inspiration.

See you tomorrow for another boozy surprise!

-Em

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Christmas

May the Christmas countdown begin…

Pinch punch, first of the month.

The 1st December is here and that means only one thing – the countdown to Christmas is on. There’s no better way to start each day than with a piece of chocolate for breakfast and, with it being December, it is now a perfectly normal thing to do! *fist bump*

So, with such a short time left until the big day, there’s no time to be putting off buying Christmas gifts anymore. Now is not the time for denial…

To help those of you who are perhaps less organised, restricted on time or simply have no ideas on what to buy for your family and friends, I thought I’d share some present ideas that I have stumbled across in my searches on Pinterest and some of the presents that I have pulled together for my family and friends this year, over the next few days to help you with your Christmas shopping.

Get your notebooks and pens at the ready and start writing your shopping list.

I love pulling together little hampers for gifts. They are a great way to be a bit more personalised and what’s better than having multiple gifts to open instead of just one. Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the mini-hampers I’ve pulled together this year to give you a bit of inspiration.

Here is day 1’s Christmas gift inspiration:

For the film buffs

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Average budget: £35

This present is ideal for a couple as a date night gift – I purchased this with my cousin and his girlfriend in mind but it’s also a great idea for anybody who might be a bit of a movie buff.

Hamper breakdown:
  • Butterkist popcorn x 2 different flavours. You can buy these from any supermarket. I purchased these from Tesco at £1.49 each. If you want to give more of a luxury version of this present with a higher budget then you could always switch these out for some more fancy looking versions like these from Joe and Seph’s which average out a £4.00 for a 80g bag but come in a variety of quirky flavours like Marmite, Gingerbread or Peanut Butter… they will either love it or hate it.

 

  • Celebrations. These are a Christmas classic. Who doesn’t love a box of Celebrations?! I love the packaging of these ones as opposed to the usual shape of these boxes as it makes it look more like a snack box and, as an added bonus, this will be much easier to wrap up. I know, priorities… These were also only £3 from Tesco. Of course, if you are buying this gift for a weird friend who doesn’t like Celebrations then you can switch these out for any choccies that you fancy. Again, for a more gourmet, luxury gift then Hotel Chocolat is a good go-to shop. I highly recommend their Chocolate Dipping Adventure box for a good night in. *drools*

 

  • Cinnamon Popcorn Gift box. Okay, so this was more for the decoration side of things to bring the whole gift package together and again I purchased this from Tesco. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be on the online store and it’s something that I stumbled upon whilst doing a standard food shop. You can, however, get a couple of cheap popcorn boxes from The Range for less than £1 (which unfortunately I didn’t know about until after I bought this). Or you can order them on Amazon.

 

  • Cinema Voucher. The main part of this present is the Cinema voucher which my cousin and his girlfriend can use for a nice date night. If you have a lower budget, why not switch it out for a lower valued voucher or a new movie or maybe one of their all-time favourite movies for a personal touch. The opportunities are endless for this part. Remember that if you are getting a gift voucher, make sure you research the cinema’s that are close to them – you don’t want to give them an Odeon gift card if the nearest cinema is a Cineworld.

That marks the end of day 1’s Christmas Gift Guide Countdown.

Stay tuned for more and do share any of your Christmas ideas – sharing is caring after all!

-Em

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