Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

I’ve put together a budget-friendly idea or two for what you could treat your dad or grandad this Father’s Day 🖤

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With just a week to go until Father’s Day 2019 on Sunday 16th June 2019 I wanted to share some Father’s Day Gift Ideas for those who might be looking for some inspiration. After receiving such good feedback from my Valentine’s Gift Guide and my Mother’s Day Gift guide with people telling me how helpful they were and still are, I thought it would be a great way to share some ideas and revisit some old recommendations which are still just as good today!

Buying for men is one of the most difficult of tasks, there’s no other way to put it other than finding the perfect Father’s Day gift is hard. Relentlessly trying to come up with new and impressive gift ideas and suddenly it comes to a week before and you’re racing against the clock to find something that isn’t a pair of socks or a handkerchief… again. 

I’ve put together a budget-friendly idea or two for what you could treat your Dad or Grandad this Father’s Day which is very quickly approaching.

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For lots of gift ideas perfect for Dad’s and Grandad’s be sure to check out the Father’s Day Gift Ideas available on Moonpig.

We managed to get my Dad at Small Everyday Hamper from Moonpig and it’s a fantastic gift. The hamper comes in a beautiful wicker basket that had to be almost prized out of my hands. It looks perfect for a beach day picnic or for a family picnic in the park.

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Containing lots of family favourites, the hamper comes equipped with plenty of yummy treats, such as oatcakes, fudge, tea, chocolates and my absolute favourite biscuits: shortbreads. With very little effort, it’s a gorgeous ready made gift that looks like you’ve put 1000 x more thought in it than you have (which says a lot because we know you’ve put thought otherwise you wouldn’t have been googling Father’s Day Gift Ideas!). 

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If you’re looking for a superb gift for father’s or grandad’s then you definitely won’t go wrong with a hamper like this one! There are plenty more hampers available at Moonpig so be sure to have a rummage through their site and see which one would be perfect for your father!

 

Mapiful

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I’ve posted about Mapiful in each and every gift guide I’ve created because they truly are something special. They’re a great way to surprise your loved one with a surprise trip or to capture the memories of that family holiday years ago. Another perfect way to share a Mapiful in the uniquest of ways is to send them a map of where you live, if you live across the miles it can be a lovely reminder of where you are.

We have a lovely New York and a Venice Mapiful and they’re both absolutely beautiful. They brighten up the room and add a touch of luxury, they’re a fantastic gift for Father’s Day.

Truprint

For as long as I can remember I’ve turned to Truprint to find the perfect sentimental gift. Whether that’s a photo book or a canvas. Quality and ease of access around the website are just two of the reasons why I’ve continued going back to Truprint, year in year out. Long before I ever had a blog, or even knew what one was, I used to make photo books for different family members, for Christmas, birthdays or special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Truprint have recently gone through a rebrand focusing on being true to life and telling your true to life stories, it’s so lovely to have such a real, unfiltered approach to memories and life in general.

Documenting dadventures and filling them into a photobook is a great idea for Father’s Day and one that I have bought as gifts in previous years. A beautiful photobook captures the memories and is a gift your loved ones will cherish.

The Fragrance Shop

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Who doesn’t love the gift of a gorgeous scent?

Jimmy Choo Blue is the essence of a strong, masculine figure. Reminiscent of a liquor flask, it’s curved at the back and screams sophistication in the subtlest of ways. The dip-dye blue bottle is elegant and powerful and stands with purpose on the dressing table.

Jimmy Choo Blue is my favourite fragrance that Alex has, so I’m very grateful to The Fragrance Shop for recommending it to us. It has a masculine invigorating scent with delightful pepper, wood and earthy tones. It’s almost captivating the essence of the true, outdoorsy man.

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If you picked up your Mum the Jimmy Choo Fever from my Mother’s Day Gift Guide, then you’ll be delighted to know that the male equivalent compliments it wonderfully. It’s the subtle his and hers outfit!

I absolutely recommend Jimmy Choo Blue as an impressive gift for Father’s Day. You can pick it up for £45.50 on The Fragrance Shop website!

Indulge Beauty

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Perfect for the man on the go, Indulge Beauty, part of The Fragrance Shop umbrella have the ultimate starter kit that contains everything the man in your life will need to keep his grooming regime at the top of its game.

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The Ecooking men’s starter kit is a little set of 5 essential products for men’s grooming. It is filled with everything they would need for daily skin and hair care. The products are all organic and free from parabens and dyes.

Philips

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If there’s something every man needs in their life, it’s a good shaver. The Philips Face + Body is a high-quality shaver for Alex that was both affordable and does the job, well!

The Philips OneBlade is undoubtedly the best shaving experience Alex has had and I’m sure the man in your life, whether that’s your father or your grandfather will definitely appreciate the gift of a good shaving experience. The Philips OneBlade, it works excellently with the one blade, both wet and dry.

An American Tourister Suitcase

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For the well-travelled amongst us, a brand-new suitcase is always welcomed. The four-wheeled Herolite Spinner 75 is a perfect gift for the travel lovers who are heading off on a holiday. Weighing just 2.2kg, you’ll be shocked at just how light it is, meaning extra weight for them to pack what they want to take (and bring back!). 

The design of the American Tourister Herolite Spinner 75 is innovative, sleek and fashionable with durable materials and plentiful space. It really is a fantastic travel companion.

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No detail has been missed with good packing options, which includes an interior mesh pocket and cross-ribbons in the bottom compartment to keep everything in place. There are two roomy front pockets too.

RRP: £105-£125

I hope all that are celebrating have a wonderful Father’s Day! Lots of love to my own dad and grandad on Father’s Day 2019!

Hasta luego,

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

I’ve put together a budget-friendly idea or two for what you could treat your Mum or Grandma this Mother’s Day which is quickly approaching.

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With just a week to go until Mother’s Day 2019 on Sunday 31st March 2019 I wanted to share some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for those who might be looking for some inspiration. It can feel all so monotonous getting a bunch of flowers or a selection of chocolates so I wanted to share a small selection of products that I have tried, tested and loved. A few ideas that after trying them out myself, I know Mum’s and Nan’s will love them.

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After all, Mum’s and Nan’s do so much for us and are always there to lend a helping hand, but what are you supposed to do when your mum deserves a 7-night holiday and all you can stretch to is a card and some chocolates? Doesn’t matter though, mum’s will still love it. Aren’t they the best?

I’ve put together a budget-friendly idea or two for what you could treat your Mum or Grandma this Mother’s Day which is quickly approaching.

Mapiful

This July, we’ll be heading off to New York as a family and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. For as long as I can remember I’ve craved packing my bags and jetting off to the big apple, taking in the sights that have been a major part of my online life. I’ve longed to see for myself the sights made famous by Friends and Gossip Girl. Places I’ve grown up watching through the big screen, like New York Minute and Devil Wears Prada, it’s a real sense of surrealism to think that in just a few short months, I’ll be there. It seemed fitting to mark this with a Mapiful map.

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In our home, we have a Manhattan and Venice map. Venice to symbolise where we got engaged a few years ago and New York to symbolise the first long-haul travel together that we’ll be taking. It also looked the most beautiful out of many different options I put together.

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For Mother’s Day, I’ve ordered my mum the same map so they can have a New York map up at home. My mum had commented that she liked our maps and it seemed a good idea to have matching ones to mark the long-haul trip to New York in summer. Places hold so many memories so it’s nice to think that the map will be a constant reminder of the memories made in the USA this summer.

Truprint

For as long as I can remember I’ve turned to Truprint to find the perfect sentimental gift. Whether that’s a photo book or a canvas. Quality and ease of access around the website are just two of the reasons why I’ve continued going back to Truprint, year in year out. Long before I ever had a blog, or even knew what one was, I used to make photo books for different family members, for Christmas, birthdays or special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

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Mum’s and Nan’s love sentimental gifts and what better than a selection of the highlights of the year beautifully displayed in a high quality photo book or their favourite photo mounted onto the wall on a high-quality finish canvas?

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Another fantastic gift option is the magic mug. Adding a photo of your choice, Truprint create a mug where the photo almost by magic appears when hot water is added. What better way to remind our loved ones that we’re still around by having a subtle reminder of us all when they have their morning cuppa? Surprise, we’re back. 

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You could also opt for a beautiful artist canvas made like the one we had for Rio from Pictabulous, as part of the Truprint group. They have a team of artists who will design you the perfect canvas, happily making alterations until it’s exactly how you want it.

The Fragrance Shop

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Mum’s love a good fragrance and what better time to treat her to a new scent than Mother’s Day? Fever by Jimmy Choo is a great fragrance to treat Mum to this Mother’s Day 2019. Fever is a feminine and light fragrance that was launched very recently in 2018. With base notes of sandalwood, combined with the heart notes of Vanilla orchid and Jasmine topped off with Grapefruit, Lychee and Plum Nectar it’s a sweet fragrance that she’s sure to love.

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Jimmy Choo Fever is a perfect fragrance for those that like to have an inner playful energy, whilst maintaining subtly and almost a sense of shyness, innocence and delicacy. It isn’t an “in your face” fragrance, but on the other hand, you know it’s there. It’s maintains a very good balance. It’s that fine line between floral and woody and it sits on the line perfectly.

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The bottle of Jimmy Choo fever itself is beautiful. It’s an intense deep plum bottle which lets the light through to appear like a gem on the dressing table. Topped with a gem on the top, it wouldn’t look out of place next to the jewels. The metallic plum effect allows the light to mirror and emboss to create a wonderful spectacle.

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A 40 ml bottle of Jimmy Choo Fever from The Fragrance Shop retails at £42.50.

Michelle Obama – Becoming

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There has never been an autobiography that has spoken to me quite like this memoir by Michelle Obama. The former First Lady’s warmth, caring manner and wit bursts through in this outstanding candid account of her life, both inside and outside of the White House.

I have laughed, cried, even sobbed maybe, felt inspired, felt angry, all whilst turning the pages of Becoming. Each page beholds something else that will either make you want to get up and make a change, hug your partner or do whatever it is you’ve been holding back on. She tells the stories of her life growing up, from those very early piano lessons in the downstairs apartment, growing up in a predominately black school after the white dispersion to the suburbs, and she retells the story about her life with her husband, Barack Obama.

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Yin and Yang, she tells it. The complementarity alliance with Barack, her former intern. The way his lack of planning rubs her up the wrong way. The tale of how she struggles to find her own identity instead of being the happy, smiling wife looking longingly at the future president. She bares the tale of how his political commitments turn him into a “human blur, a pixelated version of the guy I knew”, and why “almost home”, wasn’t worth keeping the kids awake for. She shares the tribulations through life, work and everything in-between. If there’s one book we can rejoice in and connect to, it’s this one.

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Becoming is funny, engaging and frequently inspiring and when Michelle retells the story of her father’s early death from MS it turns bitterly emotional. I haven’t yet reached the end of Becoming, but I have loved each chapter for different reasons. My favourite part is during a trip to Hawaii, their daughter hits a fever and Barack, the strategic non-planner has to decide whether to stay with the family, or take that aeroplane journey to cast his vote on tighter gun laws. It’s one of those moments where you’re passing through the words hoping that Obama does the right thing, yet what really is the right thing? The future of America and the fate of American democracy can wait. This is family.

 Becoming by Michelle Obama is published by Penguin Random House. To order a copy for £13 (RRP £25!) go to Amazon UK.

I hope all that are celebrating have a wonderful Mother’s Day 2019.

Hasta luego,

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2019 Valentine’s Day: Useful Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your girl pals, or you aren’t sure what to get for your significant other, I’ve searched far and wide across the internet to find out what really are some of the best gifts to get for Valentine’s Day 2019.

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Every year there is an evident amount of negativity that circles Valentine’s Day and this year, I want it to be positive. I want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a way in which we can. Last year, in the chaos of having to find an apartment in less than a month, Valentine’s Day got overlooked. This year, I don’t want it to. I want it to be special.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your girl pals, or you aren’t sure what to get for your significant other, I’ve searched far and wide across the internet to find out what really are some of the best gifts to get for Valentine’s Day 2019.

Gone of the days where we head to the local card shop and pick up a novelty gift and a card. I just don’t see the point in it. We pick up a mass-produced card that has all of these mass-produced words and a picture of a bear on the front holding a bunch of flowers and a box of heart-shaped chocolates. It all heads to the dustbin less than a week later. What’s the point? It just seems a waste.

This year, I’ve compiled a list of useful products for him and her for Valentine’s Day. Products that will last and last. Products that they’ll love. Whether that’s something to brighten up the home, a new fragrance or something a little bit edgy, it’s certain to brighten up their Valentine’s Day. After all, they deserve it. (Or Alex certainly does for putting up with me year in-year out!)

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Some of these products are expensive and luxurious, some are sentimental and lovely and others are affordable yet awesome. I’ve tried to vary the ideas to suit everybody’s budget, everybody’s needs and everybody’s likes. But, after all, we can’t please everybody!

So, without further ado: here are my recommended gift ideas for Valentine’s Day 2019.

The products mentioned below were gifted to me. I was not paid to post this. Some products that were gifted to me have not been included as I didn’t find them suitable.

Sentimental Gifts

A Mapiful Poster

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Imagine a way to capture your special place with a custom-made map or poster. A unique gift that you can put up in your home to remember the place where you fell in love, first met or even got engaged. With Mapiful, it’s possible. The world is at your fingertips.

Back in 2017, Alex got down on one knee on a secluded island just off of Venice. Out jumped a photographer ready to capture the entire thing. I had mentioned, a few years before, that when somebody proposes to me, they better have a photographer ready and waiting so that I have the entire moment to capture. Well, Alex delivered.

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We had a photographer capture the entire day. We have photos of Alex on one knee and my initial reaction, plus we had a photo shoot with my family around San Marco and on the gondola. They definitely make for some lovely keepsake photos.

When I saw Mapiful, I knew I had to bring the magic of Venice to our home. You use their easy to use the online site to type the place you want to see, I nearly chose New York or the Magic Kingdom, they all look so beautiful and there are so many special places! Once you’re happy with the amount of zoom in and the design you’re after, there are plenty of choices, such as Pantone and night time mode too, so take a look to see which one suits your home the best, it’s then a case of waiting for it to arrive.

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My Mapiful map for Alex arrived within 5 days, which was perfect. It comes well packaged so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged in transit. It’s a stunning map and definitely the best quality and looking one I’ve come across on the internet!

Use the mapiful discount code imlaurenbate10 at the checkout for 10% off!

RRP: 50€

A Love Book

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Looking for a personalised gift book that says why you love them? You might not have been before, but you definitely should look at one now. One of the most romantic gifts you can give is one that you have personalised and highlighted so many different reasons why you love them and stick with them every day.

It’s one of those books that is so sentimental and thoughtful, that it may just bring a tear to their eye, it brought a tear to Alex’s eye! We love looking through ours – there’s a page that says “re-read this book if you’re ever mad at me so you forgive me quicker” and that’s a great one to add it! I also love the travel and kayak aspect of it – it feels so much more personal. Another page we love is the “you know every sports stat ever” because if you know Alex, you’ll know this is so true to him!

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Love Book online just captures the whole meaning of Valentine’s Day. Sure, we tell each other we love each other regularly, but isn’t it nice to have a day dedicated to just rekindling why the love is there? Showing appreciation. Showing love.

Telling and showing someone why they are so special has never been easier than creating a love book. Each LoveBook is a custom made book of little reasons why you love someone. You can customise the book as little or as much as you like.

For Alex, I opted for the hardcover colour book, which allowed for a more in-depth customisation of the characters (us!). There are plenty of ready-made pages to add into your book, plus the option to add your own custom pages. No two LoveBooks are the same!

Add as many pages as you like with no alteration to the price!

Get 15% off with the LoveBook discount code: lbatelbvday15

RRP: €33+

1 Second Everyday Pro Subscription

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I have shouted a lot about 1 Second Everyday and it’s for a very good reason. The video diary has been hands down the best app I ever paid for. You can read about my 2018 with 1SE by following this link: 2018: A Year in Review – 1 Second Everyday.

The priceless app mashes together second-long snippets of your life into a compelling movie. A movie that you’re the star of. With built-in reminders, simple editing tools and aesthetic design – it’s everything you need and more to build your own memorable narrative.

We all have subscriptions here and there, whether it’s Netflix or music. But, 1SE is one that will truly benefit you if you’re serious about your video diary.

There are some incredible features and I’d urge you to try the 14-day free trial to see what you think. My favourite features are definitely the longer snippets, the unlimited backup and the addition of royalty free music!

Toiletries

The Perfume Shop

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One of the most anticipated fragrances right now is the Black Opium Eau de Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent. Black Opium is a compelling fragrance with tones of black coffee, white florals and vanilla. It’s the ultimate glamorous woman’s fragrance.

The bottle is a bold black with decorated with sequins that give the impression of the ultimate rock girl.

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I would recommend buying Black Opium for your loved one from The Perfume Shop this Valentine’s. We all love a little gift with our goods, well, with the purchase of any Black Opium fragrance over 50ml at The Perfume Shop, they are gifting an exclusive free YSL pouch and miniature mascara.

RRP: £72+

Indulge Beauty

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Perfect for the man on the go, Indulge Beauty, part of The Fragrance Shop umbrella have the ultimate starter kit that contains everything the man in your life will need to keep his grooming regime at the top of its game.

The Ecooking men’s starter kit is a little set of 5 essential products for men’s grooming. It is filled with everything they would need for daily skin and hair care. The products are all organic and free from parabens and dyes.

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The set contains:

Hair and Body Soap: A lightly refreshing soap that can be used for both hair and body. With uplifting citrus scents, it leaves skin, hair and the scalp well-groomed and nourished.

Cleaning gel: A deep cleansing face and body bursting with fresh citrus fragrances. It leaves the skin cleansed and moisturised.

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Beard and Body Oil: A little bottle of oil is the perfect essential in the house. A multifunctional oil can be used in so many different ways, not just the beard or the face. Suitable for footbaths, nail oil, body oil and even massage – it’s a handy little beauty essential.

Face Cream: Something Alex was in desperate need of! A deeply moisturising and nourishing facial cream suitable for all ages and skin types. The cream works quickly into the skin and is non-greasy. It’s suitable for daily use.

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Wet Wipes: Women are almost known for being the ones stocked up with wet wipes, but these wet wipes draped with aloe vera extract will make the man in your life consider packing wet wipes! The soft wet wipes cleanse and moisturise the face. They’re also good for cleaning up after dinner, on the go!

The set is packed in a practical transparent bag that complies with airline regulations, so it’s perfect for taking in your hand luggage. Better still, the bag is produced with EVA material which is degradable, therefore ethically for the environment.

RRP: £43

Scent Addict Subscription

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Instead of one fragrance, why not treat them to a subscription of fragrances? Keep it fresh and keep it new by changing up which fragrance you have each month. The best part is you’ll continue sampling different fragrances so if you’re not keen on one, you haven’t spent out on a full-sized fragrance!

They are 8ml in size, which means they’re a perfect trip essential. For £12 a month, Scent Addict, brought to us by The Fragrance Shop, will deliver a beautiful atomiser bursting with your choice of fragrance, straight to your door.

They come in such gorgeous containers and they’re perfect for popping in your bag for on the go or putting in your hand luggage. I’ve been looking for ways to carry perfume around with me, as I didn’t want to carry my bulky fragrances, but also didn’t want just a boring smelling fragrance, so, the scent addict testers have been ideal.

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Scent Addict sent Armani Stronger With You for Alex and Giorgio Armani Sí For Her, Eau de Parfum. They’re both fragrances that I have loved for a while. I decided to go for the His and Hers for the first sample.

Sí Passione is my daily go-to fragrance which sits on my bedside table,  so it made sense to go for Sí For Her. Although different fragrances, I knew it would be a scent I’d love. The highly feminine fragrance is suitable for both day and night wear and has a floral scent, that oozes sophistication. It isn’t too overpowering which I really like. It is a real classy fragrance with tones of vanilla, it’s soft, delicate and not too sweet. It is light and airy that sits delicately of the skin.

Alex, however, was sent Armani Stronger With You, not that he had any clue about it until it arrived! I am a big fan of the Armani brand and their fragrances and I’d recently smelt Stronger With You at the airport, so I thought it was a good bet to opt for that one, and what a good bet it was!

Armani Stronger With You has mixed reviews online so I was a little bit nervous before it arrived as I wasn’t sure if Alex would like it. It’s a woody outdoorsy fragrance that has evident sweet smells. There is a burst of pink pepper and cardamom balanced out by the sage and amber wood tones. It is paramount of an autumn walk, I think. It is a lovely fragrance!

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The Fragrance Shop

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Inspired by the curves of a woman, Pure Aphrodisiaque is a beautiful looking and equally pleasing perfume that is both seductive and sultry. With a sweet fragrance, it still retains the sensuality that is known and loved by the lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur. If you’re into a light and floral scent, then Pure Aphrodisiaque is a splendid choice.

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Though light, the fragrance lasts on the skin throughout the day. It’s a really good fragrance for daily wear. I’m such a big fan of switching it up and changing my fragrances daily, so I’ve loved adding this one to the rounds. It isn’t my favourite fragrance, but it’s a great daily wear scent!

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The scent itself is fresh and fruity with tones of amber, mandarin, pear and rum. It has a certain elegance surround it. The notes of wild orchid and jasmine harmoniously bring it together with the floral essences which just oozes Spring goodness.

RRP: £65

Philips OneBlade Face + Body

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If there’s something the young man needs in your life, it’s a good shaver. We had been looking for a quality shaver for Alex that was both affordable and of high quality. It seems counterproductive to splash the cash on a shaver that doesn’t do the job or spend out on cheap shavers that constantly need replacing adding to more and more cost. Plus, we didn’t really want Alex’s face looking like he’d been dragged through a thorn bush either! We needed to find a quality, affordable yet efficient shaver. That’s when we found the Philips OneBlade Face + Body.

The Philips OneBlade is undoubtedly the best shaving experience Alex has had. He has really sensitive skin which usually poses a problem with harsh products and shaving. It wasn’t uncommon to see him with breakouts or red irritated skin with cuts. However, with the Philips OneBlade, it works excellently with the one blade, both wet and dry.

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Alex is one of those who doesn’t need to shave that regularly. He is able to leave it a few days (sometimes weeks!) and he still looks good. It must be love. He’s known to try different things quite often, whether that’s growing his hair long, or growing a bit of stubble – so the OneBlade is perfect for him as it comes with a three stubble body comb in 1, 3 and 5mm. It allows for precise trimming to exactly where he wants it.

The OneBlade shaver works at a fast-paced 200x per-second cutter which makes a smooth, gliding finish trimming face and body hair that grows in any direction. It makes shaving efficient and comfortable. Great for Alex who is always on the go!

The long-lasting battery is a definite highlight, the battery holds 45 minutes worth of styling and requires 8 hours of charging. The blades need replacing every four months, blade replacements retail at a very affordable £13.49!

The Philips OneBlade Face + Body comes with the shaver, 4 stubble combs, 1 body comb, 1 x blade for the face, 1 x blade for the body and the UK 2-pin bathroom plug.

RRP: £59.99

Slip Silk Pillowcase

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Give the gift of the most luxurious beauty sleep they’ll have ever had before by switching out the cotton pillowcase and replacing it with a laboratory tested, dermatologically approved silk pillowcase. Since switching over to a silk pillowcase, it’s made me want to switch out the sheets and duvet for silk too.

After spending the weekend in Edinburgh, four days and four flights were pretty intense. Let’s not forget the lack of worthy sleep. So, when Monday evening came around and I was able to switch the pillowcase to Slip and try out the face mask, it was very welcomed. With no exaggeration, it’s the most valuable sleep I’ve had for a long time, perhaps even ever.

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A Slip silk pillowcase allows your skin to glide. The cotton scratches and tugs on your facial skin causing premature stretching and sleep stretches, whereas a silk pillowcase doesn’t. Whilst sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, it dries out your skin and hair and causes knots and twists which causes bed head, which is actually damaging your hair in the long term. When I woke up after using the silk pillowcase, there wasn’t any bed head, at all!

It’s perfect for tying together with your skincare regime too. Due to the reduced friction, it absorbs significantly less face cream than cotton pillowcases, meaning the skincare regime your doing stays on your face, where you want it!

Backed by celebrity hairstylings, dermatologists, beauty experts and even some well-known supermodels and celebrities (take a close look in the back of a Kardashian bedroom shot and you’ll see slip!) and now little me. The Slip pure silk pillowcase is part of your beauty regime. It’s beauty, not bedding.

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I’d definitely recommend pairing the pillowcase with an eye mask too. It was delicate on the skin and actually blocked out all of the light. The best part was when I woke up, it was still on my face, where it should be! So many times I’ve given eye masks a try and either the light is visible under my eyes where my nose is or it’s been lost somewhere in the bed. A silk eyemask and silk pillowcase are the key to the perfect sleep. Beauty sleep exists.

Slip pure silk sleep masks and pillowcases are 100% pure silk, inside and out. The original silk pillowcases, authentic is always best. Be aware of cheap imitations.

RRP: $50+

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WUKA wear is the world’s most comfortable, hygienic, luxurious and eco-friendly period underwear. Give the gift of a comfortable period that doesn’t stain the bed! Saving on bedding too. It is a complete tampon and pad replacement. You can wear it up to 8 hours on light days, 4-6 hours on your heavy days or all night. It holds at least 20ml of period flow or light leaks – around 4 tampons worth. Previous customers have run marathons in a heatwave, gone to school and slept peacefully in a pair of WUKA.

I have recently got my hands on a pair of WUKA’s with the matching bralette and they are so comfortable, flattering and functional. No more ruining Boux Avenue! When they arrived I was very pleasantly surprised with how flattering the bralette is. The underwear has a protective layer inside which sounds strange when you’re touching it, but when you wear them, they’re so comfy and you don’t hear the rustling sound!

The bralette is super comfortable and it’s been one that I’ve started wearing regularly. It has a flattering, comfortable feel and looks beautiful too. I’ve definitely been converted. They would make a fabulous gift.

RRP: £23.99+

BIODERMA

I have raved about BIODERMA since trying them out before Christmas, which you can see here: Bioderma , and I’m absolutely sold that they’re the best for my highly sensitive skin. I have seen a drastic improvement in my skin and the little bumps on my forehead are now pretty much non-existent.

The BIODERMA Hydrabio H2O Reverse Pump (RRP: £19.50) is a gentle yet deeply cleansing cleanser that is dermatological micellar water – we all know how much I love micellar water now!

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It is formulated to give a no-rinse cleanser that lifts dirt and makeup away from the face without upsetting our natural skin balance. I especially like that it takes away water-resistant makeup so easily too!

It works to combat tight and dry skin and performs a deep cleanse to leave skin fresh, calm and comfortable. I have been in love with BIODERMA since first trying it out and coming from somebody who had trouble finding products thanks to their super sensitive skin, I have found BIODERMA to be an absolute godsend.

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BIODERMA Sensibio Eye Contour Gel (RRP: £15) is a major gamechanger in the whole sleepy eyes, dark circles and sensitiveness. It provides daily decongesting, soothing and hydrating care for the eye contour area. It works to reduce puffiness and erase fine lines and works to increase your skins own tolerance threshold. Plus, with it being from BIODERMA it’s ideal for any skin type.

Whenever I wake up with sore or tired eyes, I apply a little of the gel after using the Sensibio H20 and massage gently until it’s absorbed and it gives instant relief from discomfort and irritation. It is suitable for contact lens users and it’s okay to use as a base layer under make-up!

Travel and Luxe

An American Tourister Suitcase

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For the well-travelled amongst us, a brand-new suitcase is always welcomed. The four-wheeled Herolite Spinner 75 is a perfect gift for the travel lovers who are heading off on a holiday. Weighing just 2.2kg, you’ll be shocked at just how light it is, meaning extra weight for them to pack what they want to take (and bring back!). 

The design of the American Tourister Herolite Spinner 75 is innovative, sleek and fashionable with durable materials and plentiful space. It really is a fantastic travel companion.

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No detail has been missed with good packing options, which includes an interior mesh pocket and cross-ribbons in the bottom compartment to keep everything in place. There are two roomy front pockets too.

Another key feature of the Herolite Spinner 75 is the TSA padlock which allows for worry-free travelling to the USA.

RRP: £105-£125

An Afternoon Tea at The Colonnades, Edinburgh

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Book An Afternoon Tea

For a taste of luxury and an afternoon tea that they’ll remember, a trip to The Signet Library is a perfect choice. With delicate sandwiches with seasonal goods and light and airy cakes to make your mouth water, they are sure to love the entire experience in the historical, beautiful setting. The ambience and atmosphere will be nothing short of luxurious and memorable.

RRP: £35pp

A Romantic Getaway with Flybe

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Search for Flights with Flybe

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s than sneaking off on a romantic getaway? Alex and I loved to go away on Valentine’s Day when we used to have February half term. It was a perfect time for cheaper flights if you nip off a few days before and it really felt like a luxuriously romantic gift.

Flybe flies to gorgeous locations across Europe which would be perfect for a romantic getaway. You could be jetting off to Paris, Vienna, Prague Berlin, Geneva or Edinburgh to name just a few.

Whilst I was writing this, I took a look at some of the prices on the Flybe website, flying from Birmingham (BHX) to Paris (CDG) was only £118 per person for a four day getaway over Valentine’s!*

Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, so you would only need to use two days of your annual leave to have a four-day romantic getaway!

*correct at time of writing [7.1.19]

Google Pixelbook

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The Pixelbook is a perfect gift for those who love to travel and need a nifty premium Chromebook. The luxurious Pixelbook comes at a price, starting from £999 it’s a beautifully designed piece of equipment which is certainly well-suited for on the go. It’s super thin and light, which can be placed in your hand luggage – ready to go wherever you are – whether that’s for work or play, it’s sure to be the ideal travel companion. Due to its pressure sensitivity and tilt support, it’s great for pairing with the Google Pixelbook Pen to create high-quality pictures on various apps such as SketchBook. See the world. Paint the world.

RRP: £999+

Books

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Two Can Keep A Secret

I absolutely loved The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars was a gripping TV show, right until the last season of course, so I was excited to hear about Karen McManus’ books.

I have been really struggling to get back into reading recently, even though everyone will tell you I was such a Matilda when I was younger. I started by buying One of Us is Lying and it’s such a gripping novel that it got me wanting to read the second. A small town that keeps losing its homecoming queens? What exactly is happening in the picturesque town, nestled on the Canadian border? You’ll have to grab your copy of Two Can Keep a Secret to find out!

Stationery

Mr Wonderful

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Organising is one of my all-time favourite things. I just love sticking stickers and highlighting tasks (and adding things to my todo list that I’ve already finished so I have more things to cross off!).

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Mr Wonderful is a well-known established brand out here in Spain and it’s one that I knew about very quickly working in a school. It seems everybody is in love with Mr Wonderful and it’s not difficult to see why.

The aesthetically pleasing stationary is perfect for those who like to organise. They certainly look quite instagrammable too!

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I have recently got my hands on a desk calendar, weekly planner and a travel photo album. The card is so thick and durable which reassures me that once I start sticking photos or using my Stabilo highlighters that they’re not going to get ruined. I am really enjoying my planning with Mr Wonderful and I can’t wait to get stuck in with adding photos from our America trip in summer! All of the products come with stickers – and let me tell you – they are gorgeous!

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If you’re not celebrating Valentine’s, these gifts would be perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or even Christmas too! They are products that I have absolutely loved using recently and for certain they will bring a smile to your loved one’s faces. I hope it has given you some great gift ideas for this forthcoming year and I look forward to looking out for more gift ideas for you all to consider later on in 2019!

Hasta luego,

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Products mentioned in this gift guide were given to me as product samples to try out and feature.

 

 

 

Stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts with Find Me a Gift*

Stocking fillers can be some of the most unique and fun presents to buy.

Stocking Fillers

Stocking fillers can be some of the most unique and fun presents to buy. They’re those little bits and pieces that the receiver has no idea what they’re going to be. They can be fun and quirky or thoughtful and sentimental. There really isn’t a limit to what you can find for Christmas gifts and findmeagift.com is a great place to start.

Who are Find me a Gift?

Back at the beginning of the Millennium, three friends founded Find me a Gift in a bedroom with a dream and the idea of being the one-stop place for gifts.

Ten years on, Find me a Gift has thrived to be a place people can come and find the perfect gift, for all occasions. Stocked with thousands of products and an impressionable number of satisfied customers, Find me a Gift have been delivering perfect gifts for some years now!

What do they stock?

Find me a Gift is stocked full of toys, games, gadgets, personalised gifts, sweets and more. There are so many pages of ideas that allow you to shop in the comfort of your own home, allowing them to do the hard work for you. The best part is they have organised the gifts into suitability, looking for secret Santa ideas? They have a tab for that!

Gifts from Find me a Gift

Eric the Elephant

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When Find me a Gift got in touch with me to find out if I’d be interested in collaborating with them, I jumped at that chance! I was given the chance to have a nosy around their website and pick out some gifts that I’d like to sample.

The first thing that caught my eye was the Eric the Elephant memo. I absolutely love elephants and my home is already filled with elephant ornaments, so I knew this combination of elephant decor and organisation would be a perfect addition to my steadily expanding collection.

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Eric the Elephant is a beautiful ceramic elephant ornament that comes equipped with a whiteboard pen and cloth. Eric is the handy little friend you never knew you needed. In a world where we need to recycle more, Eric is a wonderful replacement for notepads that you scribble on. Somebody called? Jot it down on Eric and when you’ve finished, just wipe it off and use that space again later!

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Elephants are known for their memories, and Eric never forgets! Eric is a great alternative to wasting paper and is an adorable addition to home decor. It’s a win all around.

Instead of wads of paper, replace it with Eric. You won’t regret it. I have loved using Eric and will continue to use him for many more years. He looks beautiful in the living room. He would look perfect in an office too!

Eric retails at £12.99, so he’d be a perfect Secret Santa gift or Stocking Filler!

The Scratch Map

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Anybody can have a go with a scratch map and if you’re considering it, you should go for it. From inquisitive children to adventurous adults, the scratch map is a beautiful gift for travel lovers.

The scratch map highlights your travels in the most beautiful of ways. For every area that you scratch, you will reveal a wonderful world of bursting colour. A world you have created. A world you have stepped foot on. It’s a great gift for your own personal record of your travels to create everlasting memories.

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The scratch map is an amazing conversation starter. I can’t wait to hang our scratch map on the wall and see it become a talking point. We all love sharing where we’ve been and what we want to see. We love talking about past travels and future plans. We love to see where our friends have been and what they’ve seen. Visiting our home will start the conversation of “how did you find Budapest?” or “Did you like Lisbon, we loved it, we did..”. We can spend hours sharing travel stories and anecdotes. Hey, we might even pull up some photos whilst we’re at it!

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The land masses on the scratch map start off as a neutral sandy colour and when scratched away becomes a vibrant colour for each land mass. There is also a list of regions on the map ready to be revealed which reveals interesting facts about the culture and local traditions!

The scratch map is 81.9cm by 58.2cm and retails at £9.99 being a perfect Secret Santa gift when looking for something under £10, or a stocking filler!

Travel Trivia

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Think you know all there is to know about geography and the world? I bet you can’t get all of the questions right in the Travel Trivia game!

This set of 100 travel trivia cards is a fantastic way to pass some time on a long journey or sitting in the hotel room late at night. It’s also a great Christmas game idea! If you’re a travel lover with bags of experience then this is a brilliant way to see how much you know about the world around us.

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It’s a super game for learning more about the world around us and finding out about culture and the geographical information about the world. It’s an awesome way to test everybody’s knowledge. They’re not just about capital cities either, there are questions that test national history, local wildlife and cuisine!

No board, no dice and no game money to complicate things or take up vital packing space. Just a small pack of cards that fit perfectly in hand-luggage that test your world knowledge.

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We love the travel trivia game. I am winning against Alex so far with an embarrassing 12-8. We definitely will be playing again soon in hopes to get a better score! I did get the Disney question right though!

The trivia game retails at £3.99 so it’s a perfect stocking filler!

Merry Christmas,

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*Gifted by Find me a Gift

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