Christmas for me is by far the best time of year. It's cliched I know but it really is. December for me is all about; amazing food, Birthdays (My mum and Sister), great telly, classic films, presents, time with family, candles, scarves, gloves, a new winter coat, leather boots and buckles and if you're really lucky - Snow! Christmas is the only time of year my whole family is together and arguing is to a minimum.
If I could pick one word that I would like to be described as, it would be thoughtful. Christmas is a time to show your appreciation for the ones you love, and the ones you just really like (although you should do this all year round!) Being thoughtful doesn't have to equal being rich, just think really carefully about the person you are buying for and what they would really appreciate, something they wouldn't normally buy for themselves and what will really make them smile on the 25th December.
Here are my favourite picks for Christmas presents this year - to my friends and family, no stupid your present is not on this list! I've tried to include a mixture of bargains and higher priced gifts so everyone is catered for!
For the Children in your life:
Bunny Rabbit Night Light – with a lovely soft glow this one’s battery powered so it doesn’t get too hot and the price tag is fab! They also do a cottage, and a baby bunny one too.
DotComGiftShop - £4.95
My First Laptop - a lovely wooden laptop with chalboard screen and keyboard so your kids can work and play alongside you. Pretty pricey but will last forever. They also do a Smartphone version too.
V&A Museum - £45.00
For the Chef in your life:
Cheese Making Kit - A fantastic gift, all the gadgets and gizmos to make your own cheeses. They do a Kids Kit and a Goats Cheese - enough to make 15lbs! For what you get the price is really reasonable and all the stuff can be used again and again.
Notonthehighsteet.com - £21.00
Taste No.5 Umami Paste - Any self respecting foodie will be familiar with Umami (no it's not the thing Ross tries to teach in Friends!) Give the gift of taste this Christmas at a snip!
For the Jet Setter in your life:
Liberty Xanthe Mini Suitcase - An absolutely gorgeous Liberty print minature suitcase that will be the envy of all other passengers.
Liberty - £65.00
Scratch Map - I LOVE THIS. Scratch off the places you have been on the map to reveal a different colour underneath. Amazing idea, more things should be scratchable!
ScratchMap.co.uk - £15.95
For the Creative Mind in your life:
History of the Saatchi Gallery - a 900 page history of the Saatchi Gallery, from Warhol to Hirst this is an absolute bible for any art lover.
Booth Clibborn - £85.00
For the Music Lover in your life:
Burger and Fries Earphones - Much better looking than the standard white ones!
Urban Outfitters - £15.00
More to come as I see them!