This is part two in a series of three, about giving yourself the Gift of a Stress Free Christmas – the Gift Edit. I hope will bring you those little gift solutions for the special people in your life, without breaking the bank or hurting the planet.
Part One included three things you can do now to get ahead, if you missed it, you’ll be able to catch up here.
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not on their own.”Shannon L. Adler
Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, famously talks about the burden of Christmas gifting, both financially and emotionally. “We often buy things we know recipients won’t want, just to tick the box. This tit-for-tat giving means most people end up with tat – cluttering houses, costing money, and filling landfills. It does no one any good.”
In the Christmas show that has had over 51K views, Martin shares that we need to talk about this more (never more so now, in 2021) I’ve linked the segment here and would love to know your thoughts.
Gifts to Give Back
No not in that sense.. ! With life being so upside down, you may wish to make a donation to charity in order to give a little something back.
The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Take a look on their website for where your nearest Food Bank is and what they need the most and perhaps when you’re shopping for your weekly shop, you might be able to add a couple of items to gift to the food bank. This is this weeks Mission by the way! 😉
If you’ve been following me on social media, you might have heard me mention that I’ve taken on a little Mission next year; #mission50forDKMS, so of course I’m going to mention DKMS_UK the blood cancer charity.
There are many ways you can can support DKMS
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal”Steve maroboli
If you’d like to put a special little something under the tree that your friends and loved ones can unwrap; I hope you find these suggestions helpful.
Gifts for the Gardener in your Life
This handmade decorative garden tool garland from Annabel James (£16.99) looks perfect in a potting shed, tool shed, garage, conservatory… the bunting also looks great hung on beams or over fireplaces and hearths.
The garland is strung on a length of approximately 5 feet (60 inches) of natural jute string, but can very easily be restrung on any length or colour you may want to use as an alternative.
The hand tools are approximately 11cm long x 5cm wide, with the watering can and bucket approximately 10cm wide x 7cm tall. Sizes may vary slightly as they are all individually produced by hand.
You could add a string of LED fairy lights to the garland (not included) to add that extra special sparkle. Comprising of 6 tools: a rake, hoe, shovel, watering can, bucket and hand fork and made from sustainably sourced yam wood and recycled metal hung on jute string.
I love this idea for a budding gardener or to introduce gardening to a younger one. From Rory and Ruby; this is a truly special present to introduce a special little star to the joy of planting their own flowers and caring for our precious planet.
Includes a cute, medium sized, traditional woven trug-style basket. Beautifully presented, this unique and practical gift includes a personalised scroll inscribed with your own message.
There is something rather special about the joy of planting and then watching green shoots develop into plants, vegetables or flowers. (Price £45)
Gifts for Wellbeing
What’s better that to aid your wellbeing than with a fabulous good nights sleep? The Mulberry Silk Eye Mask, in French navy, is from The Chalk Pink Linen Company. (price £32)
Made from Mulberry 22 Mommer Silk, this mask eliminates harsh light, is naturally gentle on the delicate eye area and is the perfect way to aid a restful nights sleep.
With a choice of 8 colours, they are made to Oeko-Tex Standard, without using harmful dyes. Size 20.5 x 8.5 cm
Tailor Made Living Lip balm (Price £5.99) vegetarian, cruelty free and handmade in the U.K. for Tailor Made Living. With 4 different flavours, the balms are made with only the finest quality ingredients. They are free from harmful chemicals made from a blend of coconut oil, beeswax and Shea butter.
These space masks from Tailor Made Living are the absolute best treat for the ultimate relaxation and wellbeing gift.
You will love these gorgeous eye masks that gently warm up once they are placed over your eyes banishing tension and helping you to let go of the stresses of the day, simply sit back and relax!
The masks contain iron powder which allows them to warm up once they are out of the pouch. Each pack contain 5 silky smooth single use masks. You could give the whole box or gift one facemark with other items, making a little gift package, together with the lip balm above and chocolates or whatever you wish.
Gift for the Interiors Lover in your Life
I couldn’t write a Christmas Gift Edit without mentioning Charles Ted Interiors! My family know – and I’ve been very lucky to have received some wonderful items and gift vouchers for our home over the years.
I love this pair of slim white vases from CharlesTed. (£23.75) for simply elegant gifting for your interiors lover.
Perfect for displaying a single stem or simply to leave empty.
Small – H:36cm Dia:6.5cm Large – H:45 Dia:6.5cm
How lovely is this as a stocking filler or gift this Christmas? From the Garden Trading Company, this Top Step Heart Doormat, is a beautiful welcome to any home from just £8. It’s on my Wishlist for sure!
Can you picture this? Glistening tree tops, snowflakes falling, sleigh bells in the snow. In that case, the Christmas Collection from the Silver Candle Company (and to be fair, all the candles are stunning) is the perfect gift this Christmas. Starting at £24.00)
The Silent Night is calming and relaxing fragrance combines the richness of dark fruits with a beautiful heart of delicate florals. Golden amber and velvety woody notes provide a soft and mellow base. A perfect Christmas fragrance, if spicy blends are not for you.
This candle comes in a matt white glass complete with a silver lid to deter dust and is packaged in a beautiful white gift box with hand-tied grosgrain silver ribbon, making it a perfect treat or gift.
Gifts for the Cook in your Life
I love these Herringbone Paddle Boards from CharlesTed and have both sizes in my kitchen. Funnily enough a gift to me for my birthday. These herringbone paddle chopping boards make a beautiful back drop displayed on your worktop (or shhhh, don’t tell the family but they can also be used for as serving boards.)
Dimensions: Small: 38cm x 15cm
Medium: 50cm x 16cm
Large: 60cm x 20cm
These beautiful handmade canvas buckets from Tabitha Eve stylish, vegan and cruelty free. They are made from organic cotton and are a lovely handmade, eco-friendly, plastic-free addition for your zero-waste home.
They are the perfect gift for houseplant lovers or for general storage around the house! I’m thinking styling on open plan shelves in your kitchen or laundry room, the playroom and even the bathroom.
From just £8.45, they won’t break the bank either! Available in two sizes: Small: W11cm x H11cm and Large: W17cm x H14cm
Tabitha Eve have a fabulous ethos:
“We create handmade, reusable products that help you easily live a more eco-friendly and zero waste lifestyle. We are on a Mission to provide sustainable alternatives to single use household items. Our ultimate goal is to make it the norm to buy reusable.”Tabitha EvE
Gifts for the Fitness Lover in your Life
I think we can all say that we feel better about life the we can move more and get some fresh air. I know my early morning stomps in the Devon lanes have been the best start to my day.
I’ve always been a huge fan of **Bam Clothing, not least because they are based locally to me but their clothes are just SO soft!
Their ethos is also pretty fabulous “Inspired by the planet, designed for adventure”. Read their story here If you have someone in your life who loves feeling active or has made it their Mission over the coming months to become more active; why not send them a life something from BAM?
I can totally recommend (all of it, but that’s not going to help you!) If you are after a stocking filler, BAM socks are famous and rightly so!
It’s a high-performance jacket with a PFC-free Teflon EcoElite™ finish offering up to 6.5k water repellence and Thermore Ecodown™ quick-dry recycled insulation. Made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable. How cool is that?
I’m a proud Ambassador for Digme Fitness and have loved their workouts throughout this whole pandaemic. With life being so uncertain, there is nothing you can’t be more certain of, is the feel good factor after a workout. That goes without saying when it come to Digme Fitness!
With hundreds of workouts to choose from both live and on demand, wherever you or your fitness lover is a Cycle, HiTT, Strength of Yoga fan, you can be sure of feeling fabulous.
The community is amazing and although I live miles away in Devon, I certainly feel part of Team Digme. With Digme at Home subscriptions starting from just £8, it’s the perfect gift!
Gifts for the Jewellery Lover in your Life
A huge fan of Catherine De Crevecoeur’s jewellery and her newest edition to the collection is perfect as a gift for the jewelery lover in your life. . The new jewellery box (£28.00) not only makes an ideal gift but also the perfect accessory to store your favourite pieces at home or on the go.
With a beautiful velvet finish and gold toned zip, it opens up to reveal 4 different compartments, ideal for storing necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. There’s also a slip pocket where you can keep all your favourite charms in one place. (Dimensions: 10cm x 10cm x 5cm) I’ve bought a couple this year but won’t be sharing who for – yet..! (shhhh!)
I’m asked often where my bracelets and earrings are from and alongside Catherine De ‘ Crevocoeur, Bella Jane Jewellery, are a firm favourite. The sterling beaded bracelets are a wonder way to share with a friend or family member a reminder. Where alone or build your own collection of “stacks”.
I’ve bought these for my god daughters, my daughter and friends and they are much loved. This one is on my Wishlist to this year, with my #Mission50forDKMS starting in February. Featuring a sterling silver heart shaped disc with the words ‘dream, believe, achieve’ engraved and a small angel wing charm, the sentiment is a perfect reminder to all of us don’t you think? (£40)
“It is not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”Mother teresa
I really hope this Christmas Gift Edit has helped spark some inspiration with the perfect gift solution for the special people in your life, Christmas or any celebration. Do let me know. Which is your favourite?
My third and final Blog in this series is all about how you can “Have yourself a Stress Free Christmas – The Food Edit”.
What are you wishing for this Christmas?
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