Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Christmas shopping has been a little weird this year. I mainly buy local or small UK business. I love to pop to Christmas markets for inspiration and just to feel that BUZZ!!
I'm so impressed with the amount of groups and pages getting involved in giving small business a shout out for this Christmas. Have you joined any online markets and shopped?
We're holding a Christmas event on FB live December 6th. All small business, all run by parents and many of the products are designed by parents too!!
Below are my Christmas lists both for mum, dad. Check out our blog for things for the littlies. It'll be available to read tomorrow.
Mums, we're first in the list as we get forgotten and mostly by ourselves!
Special things for us!
I don't know how you do things in your family but mine ask what I want, from experience I need to tell them or I end up with stuff I really don't want. I write a list and they can choose something from it. I don't expect everything but I know I'll get some lovely things that I will really treasure and won't end up in a tombola!!
For beauty I've add Neals Yard goodies! I've added some of the wild rose products to my list and a pretty hand made wash bag to put them in!
Wild Rose Body Lotion £19.35 Currently in Black Friday SALE
Wild Rose Soap £5.85
My wash bag choice is pictured below. Have you been onto Jane Fosters website? It's dangerous!! I adore all of her designs. She's one of my favourite print artists. You'll see a bit more in my children's Christmas list!!
I chose the Christmas tree print as it'll remind me I received it as a gift for Christmas.
Monochrome trees makeup bag - £10 (reduced from£18)
I love a piece of meaningful jewellery. It doesn't have to cost the earth either in £££ or the environment. I discovered Salt & Wild recently. You may have seen my blog on the drop of my heart necklace? I've put earrings on my wish list. I LOVE these silver stars.
There are many designs to choose from. Bangles, necklaces, rings and earrings. You can even have a bespoke piece made for you.
Star earrings - £20
I discovered Mindzest recently when we reviewed their positivity pack for amazing mums. I don't know about you but I struggle with being kind to and about myself. This is such a beautiful set of cards. Not only are they a pleasure to look at, the words touch a part of me. I want my own set to use and put where I can see them!
52 affirmation cards £14.99
With so much time in lock down I have to start doing more beauty treatments at home. I love to have painted nails. I enjoy it every few weeks and love going to the nail salon. I'm not brilliant at doing this at home. As well as some eco no nasties nail polish I'm after one of these Nail Pad's. It holds your nail polish so you have both hands free. You use the pad to paint your nails either on a table or on your lap. If. you're painting on your lap it has a flap that comes down to hold it steady between your knees. How fab is that!!
Nail Pad £12.95
This has been the year of pyjamas for me. I have 3 pairs that are all looking a little worse for wear. It's been a big year for them.
I've put these PJ's on my list. I've been shopping at FATFACE since they started the women's and children's range back in 1997. It was a few years later I started to buy children's clothes. I love the quality and the company ethos. It all started with two friends selling t-shirts out of their camper van. How inspiring is that!
Polar Bear Classic Lounge Pants £32.50
Chocolate. Who doesn't LOVE a gift of chocolate! I love the taste of both booja booja (gluten and dairy free) and Tony's Chocolonley.
I'm hoping I might get a bar or two of the yummy sounding Christmas chocolate! Lot's of places to buy this choccy. I'm suggesting you get it from local eco shop
FOREST FRIENDLY rather than Sainsburys.
Tony's chocolate xmas trees £4 HURRY there are only 68 left
Last on my list is a good old bottle of GIN! I'm loving creating gin cocktails but if
Drebbel Gin want to send this chap over I wouldn't complain!
I really like Drebbel Gin, it is VERY hard to make one choice and I wouldn't object most brands of gin. We are spoilt for choice in the UK. This is a small batch gin that concentrates on class rather than mass - I'm sold!
Drebbel Gin 1L £26.90
Dads can be SO hard to buy for! I don't know about you but my other half isn't the biggest talker. It's hard enough getting an answer for what we're going to eat for dinner!! My dad was easy to buy gifts for. He was a sucker for weird stuff and posh brands.
I've chosen a few things that are useful, gadgets and of course, eco!
Bluebeards Revenge. This is a brand that my other half LOVES. He's not a beardy chap but they do sell everything you need for an amazing looking beard. He likes a real shave. He has a strop and blade and all the bits. I did spot the new sea salt hair product. With having missed the barbers in lockdown 1 (appointment was on day 1 of lockdown) and lockdown 2!! Something to perk his unruly locks up and in a brand he loves is perfect! It's hidden away so we haven't tried it yet. He loves ALL the other products he uses from them. Sea salt spray comes in a 100% recycled plastic bottle.
They sell lots of fab products like combs, brushes and pomade etc that are great as gifts.
Seasalt spray £14.99
Slippers!! Who doesn't love a cosy warm and very silly looking pair of slippers? My other half saw these and laughed a lot. He doesn't know I bought them for him. Stealth shopping. I got them in FATFACE a couple of months back. They've sold out but if you love them they still have them in NEXT as they sell FATFACE clothes.
We have a fat bottomed badger living in the woods in front of our house. We've only ever seen his bottom as he runs away!!
Boris the Badger Slippers £24
Jaffa cake Rum. I got mine from Master of Malt. You can find it in mainstream supermarkets too. Who doesn't love rum and that little quirky twist, Jaffa cakes!! This is also in the hope that I will be made some rather yummy cocktails!
Jaffa Cake Rum £29.95
Art! I love buying a special print or painting that means something. I saw this print of a robin on national art day. It's by local artist and mum Natalie Bowden.
My other half is always under a car tinkering away. A little robin started to come and sit near by every time he went outside. It now sits very close! Of course he now feeds the cute little fella. When I saw this print I knew it would be loved and bring back happy memories for years to come.
Limited edition Robin Print £125
For my Mr. Gadget I got this kitchen multitool. We go camping (lockdown permitting) a lot throughout the year and we have a few small gadgets that we use. I loved this as it's tiny and it will get him more excited about cooking for me. It's beautifully designed and made to last a life time. It's not exactly made for cooking a Christmas dinner so it'll have to wait for proper use until March. Our next camping trip booked for my Birthday. I bought this at a market. You can get them from small independent online shops. I've tagged the designers Wild+Wolf.
Kitchen multi tool £27.50
That was all about STUFF. Christmas is also about appreciating each other not just gifts. If you can afford STUFF, brilliant. Enjoy it and don't feel guilty. Do remember that making the time we have together special and the memories we are making will last a lot longer than any things we may buy.