Christmas Gift Guide

*’Tis the season where I get all stress-y, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!*

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, the lights, the family time and of course, THE FOOD – bring on the pigs in blanket-induced food coma!
But yeah, the only thing I hate about Christmas is thinking about what to buy everyone… I love buying gifts for people, I just haven’t a clue what to get them and then I get all stressed and my boyfriend wants to kill me haha!
So this year, I’ve got my shit together and sorted out what I’m getting everyone and all before December too! Absolute record for me this!

Here’s a few presents that I’ve got for family and friends, I hope they’ll give you some ideas on what you could get your loved ones this year!

For the parents…

Whenever I ask my mum or dad what they would like for Christmas or birthdays they always say, “Oh don’t worry about us, just get us some chocolates or something…”, which is kind but omg annoying! They deserve so much more than just chocolates so I’ve gone one better and got them the ‘Christmas Treats Gift Box’ from Appleyard London!

I was searching for Christmas hampers online and came across Appleyard London’s selection of hampers, I thought they only sold beautiful flowers – how wrong was I?!
They have an amazing selection of hampers/gift boxes that include so many delicious, yummy items inside them.

After spending a FULL hour looking through all the different hampers they have on offer, I settled on the ‘Christmas Treats Gift Box’ as my parents have such a sweet tooth, like me, and would enjoy every single item it includes.
I was also pleased to see they have ‘Free From’ hampers too, which includes hampers for Diabetics, Vegans, Alcohol-free and Gluten & Wheat free. They’ve literally thought of everyone!

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, I went through the checkout with my hamper and discovered that it was FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY! What have I done to deserve you in my life Appleyard London, why cant other companies have amazing delivery services like yours?!

So the next day my hamper arrived and I had to stop myself from eating everything! I wish someone would buy me one…
How cute is the box it came in though, I’m not even going to wrap it up y’know, it’s cute enough as it is…

Here’s a list of everything that came inside the Christmas Treats Gift Box…

  • Shiraz Cawston Cove South Africa 75cl 13% vol
  • Abbey Biscuits Handmade Christmas Spice Biscuits 150g
  • Barfield Bakery Mince Pies x 3
  • Buiteman Cheddar Biscuits 75g
  • Buttermilk Tab Top Mince Pie Fudge 100g
  • Gold Crown Chocolate Slab with Gold Holly & Red Berries
  • Linden Lady Milk Chocolate Bar with White Snowflake Sprinkles & Mini Marshmallows 100g
  • Mr Filbert’s Chilli & Fennel Mixed Nuts 50g


I’m so impressed with all of the items inside this hamper and they all look of good quality too. I cant wait to give it to my parents on Christmas Day, bet it’ll be all gone by Boxing Day!

Now I just need to find a way of getting a bit all of that chocolate bar with marshmallows…


For the Boyfriend…

I’ve bought 2 things for G (my boyfriend) this year and it took me friggin FOREVER to think of these items. Men are too hard to buy for in my opinion – they do not know the utter stress we go through trying to think of what to buy them.

Nintendo Switch


I bought this from Game but so many other retailers sell them in various bundles or just on their own.
I decided to buy this bundle for £339.99 as it has a special edition Pokémon design on the switch itself, the new Pokémon game pre-installed AND a pokeball which does something, I’m not really sure what but I’m sure G will figure it out haha!

The other thing I got him was this book by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

G really enjoys all those real ales you see when you go to a pub and likes to discover new ones whenever we go somewhere new so I thought this may be a perfect gift for him.

CAMRA actually have a LOT of gift options which I was really surprised at. Aside from books, they have gift memberships and items of clothing too! Their shop is definitely worth a look for Christmas gifts!
Go to their website to find out more!

Other gifts…

These are the other gifts I have bought for my friends and loved ones.

‘Cold Toes at Christmas’ written by Jo Fitzgerald

I thought this would make a lovely present for one of my friends little boy. The book can be found in Waterstones stores and online too!


Sleek MakeUp Set

I thought this Sleek MakeUP set was a bit of a barg in Boots. I actually haven’t got anyone in mind for this yet, I’ll probably end up keeping it but thought it was too good to miss out on!

The set includes…

  • Highlighting Palette Solstice 9 g ! Net wt. 0.31 Oz.
  • i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Vintage Romance 9 g ! Net wt. 0.31 Oz.
  • Full Fat Lash Mascara 9 ml ! 0.29 US Fl. Oz.
  • Dip It Eyeliner Black 4 ml 0.13 US Fl. Oz.
  • Lip VIP Lipstick Show Off 3.6 g Net wt. 0.12 Oz.
  • Eau La La Lip Liner Dragonfruit 1.1 g Net wt. 0.03 Oz.
  • Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Anodized Ruby 6 ml ! 0.19 US Fl. Oz.
  • Matte Me Lip Cream That’s So Fetch 6 ml ! 0.19 US Fl. Oz.

Get to your nearest Boots store or their website to get yours!


Not forgetting…

Yes I’m one of those people who still love to give cards for all types of occasions despite it being easier to send texts/emails or use social media.

Receiving a card, to me, shows that someone’s taken the time to think of you and what better time to do that than at Christmas!

I usually like to buy cards that are not found in high street shops so I buy most of them from Etsy shops. This year I came across these guys – Extra Strong Prints, they have really cute simple designs in their shop!



I hope my gifts have given you some ideas on what to buy your loved ones this Christmas!!
Now to get wrapping everything, I’m not the best so wish me luck?


Liv x



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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day in the UK is rapidly approaching (17th June this year guys!) and the annual dilemma of what to buy my dad returns…
Why are men so hard to buy for?! And then if you ask them if there’s anything they’d like they always say “no, nothing” or “I don’t know…” *sigh*.

Whilst looking for a present for my own dad I thought I’d help you out and list a few nice gifts that I have come across which I’m sure any dad would appreciate.

fathers day gift guide

  1. Jack Wills ‘Aldrove Polo Shirt’  |  Jack Wills  |  £26.21
    This is definitely a ‘play it safe’ item of clothing. I don’t think you could go wrong with this polo shirt as I’m sure it’d suit many men. It does come in a variety of colours too if your dad is a more colourful character! Look at that price too, bargain!
  2. Braun MGK3020 Multi-Grooming Kit  |   |  £19.99
    Every dad is different but they all have one thing in common – they ALL shave! Unless they’re growing a massive long beard that is…
    You get so much for your money with this multi-groomer:
    – SIX different attachments for beard, head, ears and nose.
    – Lifetime lasting sharp blades.
    What more can a dad ask for from a grooming product?! Braun have everything covered!
  3. Trough Crossgrain Document Bag  |  Ted Baker  |  £149.00
    This stylish document bag is perfect for those dads in business or who need to carry their paperwork/laptop around with them. It has a nice textured finish which is great for withstanding rough and ready handling and has 4 pockets inside to carry various bits and bobs.
  4. Fire 7 Tablet  |   |   £49.99
    I am a massive fan of Amazon’s Fire Tablets and I actually bought one for my dad last year. I also bought myself one as I fell in love with just how much I got for under £50!
    I bought my dad one because he wanted to watch fishing videos on YouTube and he bloody loves it! He sits there with his earphones in watching YouTube videos to his hearts content. He’s also downloaded a couple of fishing and gardening books too.
    You can do loads with a Fire Tablet, they’re seriously worth every penny.
  5. ‘MR’ Alphabet Mug  |  Clintons  |  £4.99
    You’ve probably seen loads of these alphabet mugs in nearly every shop’s homeware section but I spotted this cute one in Clintons and thought it was a nice little design. A bit different than just having the letter on the mug, this one makes it a tiny bit more personal for your dad with it saying ‘MR’.
  6. A Tasty Tuck Box  |  Marks and Spencer  |  £25.00
    Marks and Spencer do some fantastic hampers. Every year I get my boyfriend’s grandparents a special Christmas hamper from there and they really enjoy everything that’s in them.
    I thought I’d take a look on good old Marksie’s website and see if they did anything similar for Father’s Day and lo and behold they didn’t disappoint!
    This is my favourite one as it has a nice variety of snacky items that your dad could munch on whilst watching his fave tv shows. Pork scratchings, mmmmmmm!

I really hope my gift guide has given you a few ideas to what to buy your Dad or even Grandad this Father’s Day.

Livvy x


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day falls on the 11th of March this year (hate that the date is different every year, don’t you?!) if you live in the UK like me and every year I stare at my laptop screen racking my brains trying to think of what I can get the most special woman in my life.

I’m sure you’re with me when I say that every mother deserves the absolute world and should be appreciated all through the year but I think Mother’s Day is such a great way for everyone in the family to come together and make her feel extra special!


So for you lovely lot, I have trawled the high street and the internet for some ideas of what to buy her this Mothering Sunday.
Just click on the item description and it will link you to the appropriate website where you can buy it. 


Under £50

Mother's Day

  1. ‘Wonderful Mum’ prosecco flute, heart shaped chocolates and bottle stopper set. The Card Factory (both online and in stores) = £5.99
    I love this little set and can’t believe how reasonably priced it is for what you get in it! It all comes in a pretty floral box too.
  2. Personalised Yankee Candle. Large jar = £27.99 / 2 décor pillar candles = £31.98
    I totally never knew you could buy personalised Yankee Candles! *crawls out from under a rock*
    There are SO many options for personalisation with these gorgeous candles!
    You can upload your own image to be put onto the candle of your choice, so you could choose a lovely photo of you and your mum to put on but they also have templates if you don’t fancy it.
    There’s an option to write a little message on the candle label. You could write something simple such as ‘To mum, love Livvy’ or ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’
    And of course which fragrance do you want your candle to have? Well there are 20 options for the large jar and 13 for the 2 smaller jars.
    My personal favourite fragrance is Vanilla Cupcake, what’s yours?
  3. Ted Baker Blush Bouquet Cosmetic Bag Gift. Boots = £24.00
    Boots have a lot of great priced gift sets for Mother’s Day this year but this is my favourite out of the lot.
    It includes; Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Wash, Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Wash, Ted Baker Blush Pink Hand Cream, Ted Baker Blush Pink Lip Balm and a beautiful cosmetic bag with a floral design print to put them all in.
  4. Yoga Design Lab Travel Mat – Kaleidoscope. Yoga = £46.00
    Maybe your mum loves Yoga or Pilates? This mat is so bright and pretty, she’d be the envy of all in her class.



Over £50

Mother's Day Gifts

  1. Personalised Family Names Necklace. Not On The High = £69.00 
    I think its safe to say that most mums love a bit of jewellery and this lovely necklace could be a beautiful keepsake for your mum to have all year round.
    This necklace can be made with up to 3 rings on it and on each one you could have a family member’s name or just a loving message.
  2. A Spa Day. Various places across the UK. Prices vary from £25 to £874
    Oh man, what I wouldn’t do for a spa day with my mum! A chance to spend some quality relaxing time together and get pampered. BLISS! Maybe even have some afternoon tea too.
    Check out Virgin Experience Days and you can input your location to find the nearest places you and your mum (or your mum and her friend) can be pampered for a day.
  3. Accurist Ladies Stone Set Watch Gift Set. H Samuel = £124.99
    I adore these gift sets that H Samuel do and this one has really caught my eye. So much so I’m rather tempted to buy it for my mum this year.
    The set includes a watch with a mother of pearl stone set dial, a bracelet, a necklace AND earrings.
    If your mum isn’t a fan of diamonds there are a few other sets that are more muted.
  4. Tiffany Heart Tag and Chain. Tiffany. Heart tag charm = £95.00. Silver chain = £50.00.
    If you really want to splash out on your mum this year, this gorgeous Tiffany tag charm can be engraved (£20) with a message of your choice and be linked onto a silver chain to form a necklace.
    Who doesn’t love receiving that little turquoise box?!


I really hope my gift guide has given you a few ideas of what to buy your mum this year. I’d love to hear if you consider anything from this guide so please leave a comment below or tweet me!

Liv x


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