Christmas,  Lifestyle

Gift Guide | For Her

Yes. I’m one of those annoying people who has a Christmas Gift “Planner”. It used to be a spreadsheet but after 5 years there were too many rows and columns to keep track of, so I switched to a Planner. I know what you’re thinking …… but it’s really quite handy to have a note of what you bought for the last few years – mainly to avoid embarrassing repeats. My Planner is on offer just now at Busy B. It covers card lists, and all the food planning. You can find it here.

There’s so much to think about this month, so here’s a few ideas that might inspire those last few gifts on your list.

1 THE ONE WHO LIKES HER COFFEE TO GO

Let’s be honest it’s become the must-have item and also a bit of a collectable. If you don’t have one at all – shame on you! If you do have one, or more, do you love it?

Huski Home make the loveliest cups out of rice husks. They’ll keep your drink hot for 90 minutes and come in 2 sizes and 6 gorgeous colours. Check out my review for more details.

£9.99 / £11.99

2 THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO GLOW UP

This stuff, friends, is pure skin glow. And we all need a bit of magic and sparkle in our lives. It’s a brightening serum with proven jaw dropping results. If you spent too long in the summer sun without enough protection, Glow Berry will be your best friend. You can buy it from Tropic Skincare as a single item, or (more cleverly) you can buy the Skincare Selection Box – pick out a few items for gifting, and keep the rest for your very own New Year glow. Order today for Christmas.

£41 as a single item. Save £60 with the Skincare Selection Box

3 THE ONE WHO LOVES A MEANINGFUL MUG

Have you even had a cup of tea if it wasn’t in an Emma Bridgewater mug? I must admit that what started as a couple of Bluebell mugs when we moved into Bluebell Cottage, has led to an growing collection of much loved mugs. This year we added Florence and Bath to our collection, after visits to both places. The thing is – there’s a mug for everyone – you can even get them personalised. And remember that you’re not just giving them a mug. You’re giving them a 20 minute much-needed morning pitstop sitting at the kitchen table. What a lovely gift. I’m hoping Father Christmas might bring me the York mug this year, it was my happy home for 4 years! Order Find a stockist on the high street.

1/2 pint mug £19.95. 15% off your first order.

4 THE ONE WHO LOVES A BUBBLE BATH

Scrub a dub dub, one girl in a tub. Anyone else? I’ve been dropping hints to my family about body scrub this year. Particularly in green jars like this one, to match my new bathroom. With Nathalie Bond Organics you’re guaranteed it’s completely natural and organic, cruelty and toxin free and handmade in Nat and Andy’s Yorkshire workshop. Check out all their other lovely products too. Perfect for gifting.

£17.00. Use the code JUDITHBOND15 for 15% discount (affiliate link)

5 THE ONE WHO LOVES A QUIET NIGHT IN

A candle is an easy gift to grab. They’re everywhere. But not all candles are created equal. Check out my Winter Candle Guide for all the insider tips including my favourite small batch soy candles. I’m loving this Nostalgia Candle from Let there be Light. It’s fabulously glamorous, smells out of this world, and is hand poured into a reusable crystal jar. Clementine, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Christmas in a jar. Order today (yes today) for Christmas delivery.

£30.00

6 THE ONE WHO GETS IN A LATHER

Since we’ve had a bit of a bathroom makeover, I have become completely obsessed with soap bars. There are so many sustainable small batch soap brands to try, using natural ingredients and free from harmful chemicals. The Soaping Goat – that’s Nicky and her herd of glorious goats – is about 2 miles from my front door, and I am a frequent customer. Most regular soap is made with water, but Nicky switches this for fresh Goat’s milk and it’s sooooo creamy. It all started with trying to fix her eczema babies, and has ended up with a beautiful product that’s in great demand. Her scented bars are most desirous and will make you feel like Cleopatra. I promise. Find the Soaping Goat on Facebook.

£4.50 / 100g bar

7 THE ONE WHO LOVES PRETTY LITTLE THINGS

I have 2 of these little porcelain tea light holders in my bathroom. I love the purity of the white light and the simplicity of the design. Created by Rader, and available from Janet Bell Home. Pop into store for last minute gifts.

£5 each.

8 THE ONE WHO LIKES TO BE SNUG

‘Twas a wet and windy November morning in Caernarfon and we stumbled upon the monthly craft fayre. Jenny (Wren) of The Little Brown Bird had been on my radar for a while. I first met her in a blistering hot marquee on Conwy Harbour trying her best to sell pure wool snoods in a heatwave. That wasn’t the day, but I’m glad I waited for the brand new Waffle design in a soft shade of green – 2nd one down. It was just what I needed to keep the rain out of my coat, and I’ve hardly had it off since.

£28.00 . Check out IG @thelittlebrownbirdco for the last few markets.

That’s it folks. If you managed to #shopsmall this season, well done you. Last year we spent £812m in small high street businesses across the UK, an 8% increase on the year before.

DOES IT MATTER?

Remember #shopsmall is not just for Christmas. It’s for all year round. For every £1 you spend with a small business, 63p stays in your local economy, compared to 40p with larger businesses. You’ll support artisan makers, local producers, and help build communities. You’ll often get a better deal, great advice and the personal touch.

For many small biz owners, Christmas sales can account for up to 2/3 of they annual turnover so heading to your local Christmas market, or high street gift shop, will really help. I promise.

Here’s a little challenge for you. How many independent shops do you know or frequent in your home town? Make a point of walking your high street and seeking out small businesses. You could try a local coffee shop where they roasted your beans last week instead of your usual big brand. You could buy a few birthday cards from a cute gift shop instead of picking them up at the supermarket. Is there a wine shop on your High Street? I have a great shop where I get helpful advice, and can try before I buy. There’s nothing worse that opening a bottle you grabbed at the supermarket to find you’re not that keen. But you have to drink it anyway! Life is too short. Right?

What will you do different this season? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Happy “small” Shopping.

Judith xx

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