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Yummy Festive Food & Drink On My Shopping List This Season

If we’re facing a lockdown Christmas, let’s make sure our cupboards are well-stocked and our bellies are full of yummy food throughout winter, am I right? I’ve been putting this list together for a while now — not wanting to forget about my favourite confectioners, luxury hamper sellers, and fine food purveyors during the festive season. Some of these goodies, you’ll have to order early on in order to avoid disappointment. I’m going to get a few luxury items ready on order, like turkey, meats and cheeses, then plan the trimmings nearer to the big day. If you’re sending hampers to different ends of the country, don’t miss the final delivery dates! And don’t forget some sweet treat stocking-fillers for the kids to open on Christmas Day.

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Christmas Dinner

Free Range Bronze 2020 Christmas Turkey, Harvey Street Meats (Harvest Bundle)


Once you choose a free-range turkey, there’s no turning back. Harry Street Xmas Meats guarantee you a bird that’s flavourful, nutrient-rich and succulent. Harvest Bundle lets you select the right size bird to feed between six and 19 people.

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The Christmas Organic Fruit & Veg Box, Abel & Cole


If you haven’t discovered Abel & Cole’s veg boxes yet, you’re in for a treat. Save a last minute sweep around the supermarket by getting one of these nutritious boxes of the best fruit and veggies delivered to your door.

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Smoked Gammon, Turner & George

From £38

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a hunk of ham. Turner & George are a solid choice for delivering on delicious smoked meats. They even provide a roast glazed recipe for you to make the most of the meat.

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Cheese Box, Village Maid Cheese


Cheese is without a doubt one of the best things about Christmas and having a good selection is imperative. Village Maid is my go-to for traditional English cheeses.

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Sliced Smoked Salmon, Brown and Forrest


Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a couple of servings of smoked salmon. It goes down a treat at breakfast. Brown and Forrest is always my smoked salmon go-to.

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Sweet Treats, Desserts & Snacks

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Burtree Puddings


Light, spongy, buttery and absolutely irresistible — you won’t have one guest who will turn down a dish of this sticky toffee pudding.

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Traditional Christmas Pudding, Bee & Bear Bakery


“Dark, rich and generously boozy” – everything a Christmas pud should be. Bee & Bear will sell out of these, so get your order in quick.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding, Plum Duff & Stuff

From £8.50

If you’re not sure who you’re catering for, there’s always the option to play it safe with a vegan and gluten-free dessert. Plum Duff & Stuff is a reliable pudding choice.

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Fans Favourite Gift Box, Candy Kittens


Candy Kittens are a good choice for Christmas Santa gifts, adding something extra to the kids’ stockings or sharing a bag while you catch up on Christmas telly.

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Cacao Nibbles, Choc Chick


I’ve got a soft spot for these cacao nibbles. I highly recommend for decorating cakes and desserts. Get a pack to nibble on while you’re in the kitchen too!

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Tube Bundle, Cajuu


Having some snacks on-hand is a must, especially when you’re not sure who is going to visit. I’m loving cajuu’s seasoned cashew nuts.

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Giftboxes, Mallow & Marsh

£8 – £13

These are as luxurious as marshmallows can get. Choose between salted-caramel or raspberry and dark chocolate — or just order both!

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White Chocolate Rocky Road, The Hobo.Co


Tried-and-tested, this white chocolate rocky road is hands-down the best I’ve tasted. It’s packed with pistachios, cranberries, marshmallows and biscuits. Yum.

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Alcohol & Alcohol-Free Drinks

Fatty’s Organic Dry London Gin, Fatty’s


Made from organic grain and botanicals, and infused with dill flower, this dry gin tastes delicious. You can also pick it up in pink grapefruit flavour.

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Passionfruit Spritz Prosecco Cocktail, Spirit of Zing


If you’re thinking of cracking out the cocktails this year, keep things simple with something premixed. The passionfruit spritz feels like a refreshing throwback to summer.

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Studio by Miraval, The Magnum Company


A young rosé that blends scents of raspberries and rose petals, this is such a lovely bottle to give as a gift or share around on Christmas day.

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Ginger Switchel, Mother Root


Super-tasty and alcohol-free, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is lovely to serve as an aperitif with soda and a slice of orange.

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Indian Tonic Water, Gally Bird

Splash out on the premium tonic because, well — it’s Christmas. Gallybird has no sugar, zero calories and tastes fantastic with gin and lemon.

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Luxurious Hampers

Christmas In A Basket, Forman & Field


I would be delighted to receive this Forman & Field ‘Christmas In A Basket’ hamper. Look at the size of that ham! That’s a generous serving of stilton too.

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Gift Hamper, Wild By Tart


Wild By Tart offer such a lovely mix of stuff that I love and stuff that I’d love to try in this gift hamper. This would be perfect for a Christmas Eve picnic.

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The Christmas Celebration Gift Box, Fortnum & Mason


Fortnum & Mason always has a divine hamper selection (link). Champagne and truffles are a brilliant gift any couple would love to receive.

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Two Bottle Gift Box, Fino Olive Oil


Mix and match with this delightful Fino gift box. Choose a combo from olive oil, chilli oil, dark balsamic, white balsamic or Fino arrope.

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Chilli Oil Gift Set, Ntsamas


We all know someone who can tolerate much more heat than the rest of us. Indulge them with this tasty chilli oil set.

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Paella Set, Pure Spain


This is such a thoughtful gift for a lover of cooking or Spanish cuisine. You know you’re going to make a delicious paella when you have all of the authentic Spanish ingredients laid out in front of you.

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Prancer Christmas Hamper, Asrawas


Handmade, hand-packed and filled with a mouthwatering mix of raw chocolates. It contains an eclectic mix of flavours and it completely vegan too.

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25 Christmas Gifts The Kids Would Love To Get From Santa This Year

It’s unlikely that most of us will make it out for a browse around Harrods or Hamleys in-person, so it’s time to scour the virtual toy shelves to find the top kids’ Christmas gifts to delight the children in your life. My list pulls together games, books, clothes, toys and a couple of things that’ll get them feeling curious, which, all together I reckon would make a pretty cool present haul for any kid on Christmas morning.

Buying for your own children always feels a bit more straight-forward; you can start picking things up and stashing them away anytime throughout the year. It’s nieces, nephews and friends’ children who I find a bit more challenging to buy for, especially if you don’t see them very often! In this respect, if you know they’re super into a specific character or topic, you can always play it safe with a themed gift (think dinosaurs and unicorns). Educational or creative gifts also often go down brilliantly — anything that sparks a child’s imagination feels like a win in my book.

Looking for something for your almost-teenager? I put together a specific gift guide for tweens. We all know that it’s that awkward age to buy for when you don’t want them to think their gift is too ‘babyish’. Speaking of babies… I turned my focus onto what to buy for a new mum and baby this festive season too. Hopefully, these gift lists get you thinking in the right direction with your Christmas shopping or help you pick something out right away!

Playing games

4 In A Row, Kids Concept


Wooden toys are the way forward for the environment and, of course, they’re very durable. I don’t think you ever grow out of 4 In A Row, so maybe it’s time to introduce it to your kids too.

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Avocado Smash, Serendipity Presents


A creative and refreshing twist on the classic game of Snap, I love the funky packaging and that the shape would baffle any kid trying to guess what you’ve wrapped up for them.

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Learning something new

Map of World, Wood Like To Play


Another wooden favourite, this beautiful and imaginative jigsaw is hand-crafted and hand-painted with all different-sized pieces corresponding to countries around the world.

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365 Words Every Kid Should Know!, Amazon


A word for every day of the year! This fantastic book provides a mix of strange words, ones that seem impossible to pronounce and other words they’ll need to use at home and school. It contains plenty of silly words too!

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For inspiring creativity

Oodles of Doodles, Doodle Dents


You can never have enough doodle sheets. This Ooooodles of Doodles packet contains a doodle book, a travel pack and some ‘thank you’ cards — brilliant for sending to friends and relatives after Christmas gifts have been opened.

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32 Ways To Dress A Pig, Wee Gallery


Dress Up A Pig is such a sweet stocking-filler. It’s a really small and simple gift that children can take anywhere and be able to get creative on-the-go, thinking up outfits for the little piggies.

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Make Your Own Dreamcatcher Kit, Cotton Twist


Cotton Twist has some delightful craft kits, including a ‘make your own magical garden’ set and ‘make your own glider’ set. My favourite is this lovely dreamcatcher that your child will be able to display proudly in their bedroom afterwards.

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Mini Gingerbread Christmas Biscuit Kit, Craft & Crumb


Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than homemade gingerbread. Craft & Crumb’s mini baking kits help to unleash a child’s culinary talents and make some yummy treats in the process.

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Small Dinosaur Crayons, BeeCrayative


Crayons will always be appreciated but these from BeeCrayative aren’t just any old colours, they’re made from natural beeswax and come in all sorts of cute shapes and designs.

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Book corner

Little Unicorn Discovers The Dinosaurs, Ladey Adey


Only released this year (so it’s unlikely they’ll already have it!), Little Unicorn will be a hit with kids who love dinosaurs, unicorns and anything imaginative.

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The Joyful Adventures, Tickled Moon


This lovely personalised book will put two children at the heart of the action in an adventure that will take them high up in the sky. You can also add eight names of family members and friends to ensure nobody is left out.

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Getting personal

Blue Letter Towels, Jolly Fine


Luxurious, soft and with a great personalised touch, your child will love to snuggle up in this Jolly Fine towel post-bath time.

‘Montgomery & Me’ Personalised Print, Wall Circus


Personalised prints are are a thing that even as the decor changes, you’ll always keep the monogrammed artwork hanging in their room. I like the ‘British’ feel of this contemporary ‘Montgomery & Me’ print.

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Fairies Personalised Clocks, Animurals


If a cute personalised clock isn’t enough to make them curious about telling the time, I don’t know what is! I love this clock for a nursery, playroom or bedroom.

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Dressing Up

The Rose Dress, Maggie Rose Clothing


Maggie Rose has just the sweetest and most traditional clothing for girls. This dress is quite transitional too: wear it with sleeves underneath in winter and sleeveless in summer.

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Moss Green Corduroy Dungarees, Dotty Dungarees


Every kid should own a pair of Dotty Dungarees! Available in sizes from 6 months to six years and in such a wide variety of colours, they’re perfect for getting out and about, playing indoors and everything else kids get up to.

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Dachshund on Skateboard T-shirt, Five Boys Clothing


Have the coolest kid on the block with this quirky dachshund on a skateboard print tee. It’s always nice to keep your kid’s wardrobes playful.

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Children’s Linen Shirt, Pinkhouse Mustique


If you’re ever in need of something vibrant yet smart, I can’t recommend Pinkhouse Mustique enough. You can pick up the adult version of this mini-me print here too.

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Colour Changing Sequin Headband, Millie Pink


Super colourful and super fun, add some sparkle to any little girl’s outfit with this colour-changing sequin headband.

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Imaginative play

Play’N Pack – Jungle, Olli Ella


These travel bags bring together a bit of everything a kid needs to make an adventure. Packed with colouring roll, crayons, binoculars, alphabet cards and stickers, your kid can set up camp and start playing just about anywhere.

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Dream Big This Christmas, Leith & Gray


Spark any little girl’s imagination with this super-sweet gift box from Leith & Gray. It contains one of the brilliant Little People, Big Dreams books, along with a princess hat, some hair clips, a felt mouse and a personalised note card.

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Birds Nest Cafe, Tender Leaf Toys


The Birds Nest Cafe is open for business! With its beautiful, wooden coffee cups, cakes and snacks, your kid will love the independence of running their own cafe.

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Christmas Mouse in Box, Maileg


An adorable little gift, this Christmas mouse in a suitcase is a sweet little toy they’ll want to take along on all their adventures throughout the festive season.

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For right now

Children’s Quilted Purse With Two Reusable Face Masks, Isimi


If anything can make wearing a face mask more tolerable, it’s having one that feels soft and fits comfortably. This one comes with a hand sanitiser and carry purse too.

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Don’t forget the thank you notes…

Personalised Postcard Pack, Wall Circus


I love these personalised postcards from Wall Circus – perfect for saying ‘thank you’ for all the fantastic Christmas presents they’ve received.

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23 Things To Treat Your Tween To This Christmas

They’re not teenagers but they’re not little kids anymore. So, what on earth are you supposed to buy them?! The tween phase hits between 8 and 12 years old and it can be tricky to know what gifts will go down well without them thinking it’s too “baby-ish” or too grown-up. I’ve gathered together some pretty cool bits and pieces that I’m sure any tween-ager would love to unwrap on Christmas Day.

Make Your Own Motor Boat Huckleberry Moto, Kikkerland


This is a great one to get your big kid thinking inventively and once they’ve made the boat, it’s an excuse to get outside and test it out!

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Jonathan Adler Rainbow Puzzle, Rockett St George

Keep them amused for at least a couple of hours with some good old-fashioned entertainment – a jigsaw! How lovely is this one?!


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Huckleberry Fishing Kit, Conscious Crafts


Another one I love for its outdoor involvement, this fishing kit might help them spark a new hobby and (hopefully) learn the art of patience.

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Fleet Wash Bag, Initially London


Keep things tidy with a personal wash bag. Perfect for storing their toothbrushes, paste and soap.

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Light Up Facemask, Tangerine Dream


Nobody likes wearing a face mask but gifting one that’s fun to wear and light-ups will definitely make the situation more tolerable.

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Water Bottle, Tangerine Dream


Everyone needs a decent water bottle — this is one of the ways we can help to save the planet! The silicone sleeve on this glass Tangerine Dream one means it’ll last more than a week when you hand it to your tween.

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Watches, The Holiday Shop


I love these vibrant watches from The Holiday Shop. Choose from coral, turquoise, navy and fuchsia.

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Jumpsuits, Junior BLVD Aus


Uber-cool jumpsuits available in pink, blue and khaki. No doubt one of those outfits they will start to live in.

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Mino Lexon portable speakers, Betsy & Blue


Super small and very practical, this speaker is a great gift they’ll be able to take wherever they go. They also recharge wirelessly, so no hassle with cables or batteries.

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Coaster Games, The Dark Imp


This is a great one to crack out after Christmas dinner, when all the unwrapping is done. It’s all perfect for taking on-the-go, to parties and on holidays.

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Shampoo & Body Wash, Spots & Stripes


A great one to team with the personalised wash bag gift! Spots & Stripes has a fantastic range of award-winning skincare for teens and pre-teens. Get your kids started on the collection with this shampoo and body wash.

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Sports Boot Bag, Apatchy


Are they football-obsessed or rugby-mad? This sports boot bag will take them through their tween, teen years and beyond.

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Alignment Print, Planets In Time

From £37

Discover how the planets aligned on the day they were born (or any other special day!) with this unique personalised print.

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Personalised Roll Top Backpack, Jack Spratt


These backpacks are a solid choice for school, sleepovers and outdoor adventures. Available in a range of colours, you can also personalise the bag with a name or nickname too!


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Positive Mirror Quote, Oakdene Designs


Quirky and cute, this mirror offers a lovely dose of positivity we could all do with on a daily basis. Choose from a range of uplifting quotes.

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I Would Rather Be Sleeping, Oakdene Designs


If you’re not dragging them out of bed already, that phase is going to hit very soon. This mug only tells the truth.

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Extravagant Gingerbread Brownies, The Bottled Baking Co.


A brilliant stocking-filler, this gift from The Bottled Baking Co. will keep the kids busy in the kitchen and serve up delicious treats for the whole family.

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Pampas Bluetooth Headphones, Urban Ears


An essential for yours and their sanity, pick up a pair of headphones for that song they love to hear on repeat and you don’t!

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Hangit Photo Display, Umbra


Getting photos printed is always worth the effort. This Umbra display is a lovely place for them to display memories with family and friends.

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Rollerskates Marawa Quad Roller Skates, Impala


These skates feel like a fantastic throwback to when I was younger. It’s so good to know kids are still into skating. Plus, how cool are these?!

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Smart Robot Car Kit, ELEGOO


Programming, electronics assembling and robotics, your kids can pick all of this tech knowledge up with a kit like this. It’s definitely a kit that will get the cogs turning and rev up their curiosity in robotics.

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X Converse Red Heart Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High Black Shoes, Comme Des Garcons Play


I’m fighting between buying these for myself and giving them as a gift. Converse are shoes that your kid will live in day-in, day-out.

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Don’t Touch My Stuff Tote Bag, David Shrigley


This bag says it all, right?

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The Women’s Christmas Wishlist Every Man Needs To See

Putting this gift guide together felt a bit like writing my own wish list to Santa. Some of the picks are pretty simple: pyjamas and socks, you can’t go wrong with. While others are a bit more luxurious and indulgent, but Santa might just deliver, if we’ve been good, right? Whether you’re Christmas shopping for a friend or needing to forward on some inspiration to the man in your life, I’m hoping you’ll find something you like on my list.

Antique natural citrines, Coco Clara

From £800 (including engraving), children’s from £500

Anything that you’ll treasure forever is a perfect gift and I know one of these citrines from Coco Clara is just one of those family-heirloom worthy pieces of jewellery that will stay in the family for years and years.

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The Partner In Wine Bottle, Partner In Wine


Any wine aficionado would love to receive this bottle. It’s insulated to keep your favourite tipple cool while you’re on-the-go because, let’s face it, nobody likes warm white wine.

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Strawberry Puff Sleeve Jumper, TLM Edit


Pretty in pink! Brighten up any dull day or dark outfit with this strawberry puff-sleeve jumper.

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The Boss Diary, Sloane Stationery


Hit the ground running in 2021 with this Boss diary. Keep your thoughts neat and tidy between the gilt-edged pages of this lovely book.

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Navy And Tan Satchel Cycle Bag, Hills & Ellis


I love a classic satchel and this beautiful hand-crafted one fits right onto your bicycle. You can use it off the bike too because the straps for cycling are hidden.

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Pyjama Set, Stripe & Stare


A pyjama set always makes my Christmas wish list — perhaps because we spend so much time in our pyjamas around this time of year! Loving the polka dots here and the promise that they’re ‘super-soft’!

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Pamper Her, House of Bluebelle


This Pamper box allows you to get personal in choosing the types of socks, soaks, soaps and lip balms to perfectly suit it to the person you’re buying for.

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Jambo Weekend Bag, The Jambo Collection


A decent-sized weekend bag is always a thoughtful gift and this one is really generous on space — enough room for a laptop, clothes and a pair of flats — without being too hefty.

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Candor Solo Necklace (18K Rose Gold), Annabelle Hill Jewels


I’m in love with this elegant necklace from Annabelle Hill. It’s one of those pieces you’ll keep forever.

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Neon Gin Lamp, Fairydusk


Is your man in the habit of buying you a bottle of gin each year? Inspire him to think outside the box… with a gin lamp!

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Pure Cashmere Cable Knit Bed Socks, hug hug


A luxurious pair of socks really can’t be beaten. I’m looking forward to cosying up in these cashmere ones along with my new pyjamas…

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The Ultimate Gym Bunny Gift Set, Apatchy London


The best way to start the New Year strong is to ask Santa for a gym bag. In fact, a makeup pouch and water bottle will only motivate you further… add the Apatchy gift set to your list.

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Hattie Navy Heart Cotton Cashmere, cove cashmere


I’m loving this luxurious cashmere statement piece from cove cashmere. Pair with denim for a simple and chic look.

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Women’s Arctic Adventure Tall Boots, The Muck Boot Company


For winter walks in the country with the family and dogs in tow, these tall boots are an absolute must. They’ll keep your feet warm, dry and cosy.

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Leopard Print Cashmere Wrist Warmers, TLM Edit


Another essential for the cold weather, these cashmere wrist warmers will keep your wrists and hands cosy with your fingers free to fiddle with your phone.

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The Cartridge Handbag, Scarlett Woods


For a classic, top-quality leather handbag, Scarlett Woods is a go-to choice. Mix and match this pink one with a huge variety of strap colours.

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Revival Uno Compact DAB Radio, Roberts


Go retro with a Roberts Radio… except this one is DAB, FM and has an aux plug. It’ll look great on a bedside table or kitchen counter.

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Drawstring Makeup Bag – Blush Pink, The Flat Lay Co.


If you’re on-the-go with your make up bag often, I can’t recommend a Flat Lay Co. bag enough. Open the bag and see everything that’s in it at once; fold up again and off you go.

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Spa Day Gift Box, BOXD


Indulge in an at-home spa day with this divine gift box packed with pampering goodies. The boxes are 100% recyclable too, so no feeling guilty about the packaging.

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Time For Tea Rainbow Teapot & 2 Mugs Set, Eleanor Bowmer


A cute tea set would never go unappreciated and this colourful china from Eleanor Bowmer is just lovely.

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Rainbow Knitting Kit, Wool & The Gang


If we’re hunkering down for a lockdown Christmas, we’d better get stocked up on things to do. I love the idea of knitting something I’ll actually use from Wool & The Gang.

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Fitbit Versa Smart Watch With Limited Edition Strap, Fitbit


One of the most motivating things you can get to stay active is a Fitbit. Track your heart rate, steps and the calories your burn everyday.

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Kind Is Cool Sweatshirt, Born Anxious

Forever a fan of a slogan sweat, this hot pink number offers a not-so-subtle reminder to be nice.


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Radiance Gift Pack, Nourish London


Give someone a boost with this refreshing Radiance gift set from Nourish London. It’s suited to all skin types but will make dull skin, in particular, absolutely glow.

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21 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Man Who’s Hard To Buy For

Sometimes it can feel like you’re going around in circles looking for the perfect Christmas gift, especially when someone is tough to buy for and, seemingly, already has everything. Take the pressure off and stop looking for the ultimate gift and opt for something thoughtful and unique (or useful, that works too!). My shopping list should provide you with some quirky and practical gift inspiration for the husband, boyfriend, father or friends in your life.

His Scarves, Sophie Der


A scarf is a classic Christmas present and is always appreciated. For comfort and luxury, it’s got to a be cashmere one. Here’s my pick from Sophie Der.

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The Navy Lambswool Nehru Gilet, Marmaduke London


If you’d like to add something smart to their wardrobe, pick something up from Marmaduke London. I love the fine details on this lambswool gilet.

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Mens Midlayer with Sleeve Stripe, Snow Finel


For those thinking practically, if you know he’ll be hitting the slopes soon, something to stay toasty is just the ticket.

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Walton Duffle, Initially London


This is such a classic and cool weekend bag. The monogram personalisation is a must.

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Men’s Cocktail Green Silk Tie, Reef Knots


Men don’t often go bold with prints but playful ties appear to be an exception. A silk tie a lovely, luxurious gift he would love to receive.

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Oblio Wireless Charging Station & UV Sanitiser, Lexon


This is one of those gifts that has appeared at just the right time. Without mentioning the ‘C’ word, this is a sleek, bacteria-killing phone charger we should have in our homes anyway.

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Bike Phone Holder, Oliver Bonas


Sometimes I can’t resist shopping for practical gifts. If your man is a cyclist, this phone holder is going to come in very handy.

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Jambo Sundowner Cups, The Jambo Collection


Cups in a lovely cowhide case are perfect for any outdoor adventurer: think, fishing and shooting trips. They’re also an ideal addition to the family picnic.

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Headphone Organisers, The Holiday Shop


These organisers make a good stocking-filler and a subtle way to stop people leaving their earphones lying around – ha!

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A Slice Is Nice, Frangipani


What a classy cocktail-themed shirt! It’s a good one he can wear all-year-round too.

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Mix Master Cocktail Shaker, Kikkerland

A good one for an aspiring cocktail master. Stock up on the spirits so he can get serving on Christmas day!

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Hector’s Dolphin Loungers, Loungers Clothing


“Soft enough to wear in bed but cool enough to wear out to the shops” — Loungers sum up these trousers just perfectly.

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‘He Won’t Be Working From Home Today..’, Oliver Preston


Oliver Preston has such a brilliant gallery full of humorous prints. This one seems very appropriate right now!

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Green Multi-tool and LED Torch, Carmel London


A good one for when your man is poking about in the garden, pottering in the shed needing to fix something around the house.

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Bramble Whisky Liqueur, The Oxton Liqueur Company


For a taste of something unique, this whisky liqueur is a sweet and warming pick. It seems very inline with the festive season too.

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Black & Orange Drysure Active, Drysure


Make stinky trainers a thing of the past with this marvellous Drysure invention. When you’ve finished wearing shoes, pop these inside them to dry shoes and keep any bacteria from growing. Brilliant!

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Golf Club Cufflinks, Deakin & Francis


Is your guy golf-mad? Get a hole-in-one with these golfing cufflinks.

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Men’s Knee Length Boot Sock, Piitch


For keeping feet warm, cosy and dry with a pair of wellies, you need some strong, reliable socks. He’ll really thank you for these.

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Four Pair Oak Welly Boot Rack, From The Oak Tree


Stop muddy boots in their tracks with one of these fantastic oak welly racks. They’re great for airing out wellies, letting them dry and keeping boots of all sizes tidy.

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Charcoal Grey Holton Umbrella, Banvard & James


We’re always in need of an umbrella in the UK, so this gift will never go unappreciated. I like the smart contrast of orange and grey here.

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Hand-Painted Stag, Duke + Dexter


These hand-painted loafers are quite something, aren’t they? Perfect if you’re looking for something limited edition, that’s been made with so much time and care.

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12 Beauty Advent Calendars To Grab Before They Sell Out

Beauty advent calendars are selling out faster than ever before. I honestly can’t believe it. Even as I write this, we’ve already missed out on quite a few of the big ones. Mid-October is the time to pick up your advent calendar. Let’s all be honest, it’s the time we start thinking about Christmas shopping too and so the beauty advent calendar can be thought of as the first ‘happy Christmas to us’. I know it’s been a tough year for everyone! Last year, I fell in love with the Glossybox advent calendar but this time I’m so torn between the irresistible offerings from each and every beauty brand. The likes of Harrods, Liberty London and Space NK will give you a flavour for new brands and help you discover cult items. While brand-specific calendars are brimming with favourites to refresh your makeup bag. I’m still narrowing down my choice, so here’s the shortlist. I know I’ll have to hurry through to avoid disappointment.

Liberty London

I’m really surprised this one hasn’t gone already. Last year’s was the fastest-selling product in Liberty London’s 145-year history. I know it’s pretty pricey but when you’re getting over £789 worth of beauty haul, it sounds like a bargain. It’s packed with makeup must-haves, including brands like Diptyque, Hourglass and Le Labo.

Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, Liberty London



Candles, masks, creams and parfums, make up this lovely advent calendar from Rituals. The festive season is all about unwinding and this is certainly a Christmas calendar to help you do it.

Advent Deluxe, Rituals



The Harrods calendar is about prioritising self-care — something we all need reminding of sometimes. Treat yourself to a mix of full-sized and miniature beauty treats to relax into the Christmas period.

Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, Harrods


Cult Beauty

I love Cult Beauty for discovering something new and this calendar really gives you bang for your buck in terms of repping independent makeup brands. Plus, totted up together, the products come to £930.

Advent Calendar 2020, Cult Beauty


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Feeling overwhelmed by the influx of beauty advent calendars? Keep things simple with a Lush twelve day countdown. Obviously this one can be given as a Christmas Day gift for the twelve days following the big day as well.

12 Days Of Christmas, Lush



You can always rely on L’Occitane to deliver on luxurious and I am loving the neat, red box all of the pampering products are packaged in. There’s plenty in this box to share with your family (or keep for yourself ;).

Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, L’Occitane


Space NK

For me, the brands in this one are either ‘love those’ or ‘would love to try those’. My makeup bag is really needing a refresh of Laura Mercier, Kate Somerville and Ren Skincare, while Malin+Goetz and Tan Luxe are two I’ve been meaning to get my hands on. I already know the Space NK box is going to leave me glowing.

Space NK Advent Calendar, Space NK


Molton Brown

Everyone loves opening a Molton Brown present on Christmas Day, so treating yourself to an advent calendar full of those luscious products makes a lot of sense.

Advent Calendar, Molton Brown


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First prize for imaginative design! Sticking with its French roots, I love the sparkling Eiffel Tower centrepiece. Each hour contains a lovely Lancome classic, including Advanced Génifique Serum and L’Absolu Rouge lipsticks.

Advent Calendar, Lancome



Fenwick will help you prep and preen for the festive season with a beautiful beauty product each day on the countdown to Christmas. This year’s brands include Living Proof, Bobbi Brown, Philip Kingsley and Kiehl’s.

Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar, Fenwick



It feels like there’s something indulgent about Nuxe. It’s probably that I first fell in love with its divine self-tan range. My only concern is that this calendar is going to spark a new Nuxe addiction.

Advent Calendar, Nuxe



How can anyone resist this Dior advent calendar? I’m in love with the dark, starry night design, never mind all of the magical Dior treats I’m going to find behind the doors.

Advent Calendar, Dior


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26 New Businesses for 2019 : Part 1

Only 3 months late but it has given me time to see and discover even more new businesses (new or new to me!) so this is a long one. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy a peruse.  Hopefully this will lead you to discover some gems too as I can assure you, Amazon doesn’t do a happy dance when they get an order like a small business owner does!

Loopster Where ‘Quality Children’s Clothes Live On’

If you are constantly weeding your kids wardrobe as they have grown out of lots of their clothes (often with only 1 or 2 wears) then Loopster is for you. Whether you want to buy good quality seconds or sell, you can do it all on here for kids up to the age off 8. These Rachel Riley pjs are only £7 – bargain!


Yately Papers Home & Desk Accessories

If you are looking to sort out your admin and organise your desk – the accessories from Yately will do the trick – very stylishly. The striking range of block printed fabrics make it hard to decide which design to go for, but once you have chosen I have no doubt you will want the whole range!


Covetable Dressing Your Table With Effortless Style

Only last week was I discussing where to buy goodies for your kitchen/dining tableland then I discovered Covetable. I love how you can shop in colours – obviously I shopped pink first and found these wonderful paper napkins!


Baby Daze Sleep Trainer & Experienced Doula

Feeling a little sleep deprived after the birth of your baby? Or maybe your toddler still isn’t sleeping well. Enlist the help of Georgie who is a qualified post natal doula and experienced sleep trainer. Covering London, Hove and Brighton, Georgie will help you feel human again!


Little Earth Baby Natural Baby Products

If you are looking for a baby sleep suit, sleeping bag or comforter, Little Earth Baby has a full range made from natural organic fabrics.

sleeping bag

A World Away  Sarah Best’s New Book

A lovely book about two kids who move from Australia to London and discover a football… with a secret. If you are an ex pat, have a football loving child or just like a jolly good story, I recommend this book from Fulham based mother Sarah Best.

A world away

JO&GYM The Activewear Marketplace

Buy all your activewear and accessories in one place with this extensive website for active peeps! (or if you want to look active!) It’s brilliant.


Cophough Gender Neutral Childrenswear

Buy by height and measurements rather than gender and age. Great idea – especially when kids come in all shapes and sizes. And you can’t go wrong as most of the items have a neon trim. Dream!


Luciana Rizzi Photography  Family lifestyle and boudoir photographer.

If you want to regain confidence and have some nice photos taken of you – perhaps as a present to your fiancee or husband on your anniversary – Luciana is the girl to do it.


Pipkin Clothing  Bespoke Flower Girl and Page Boy Outfits

You are probably familiar with the beautiful traditional clothing that Virginia sells. Well, I have some good news for all you bride to be’s out there (or those that need a recommendation). Pipkin is now designing and selling a bespoke bridesmaid, flower girl and page-boy service.

Pipkin Clothing

Angel Rocks  Mindful Collection

I love a bracelet to add to my arm candy and Angel Rocks bracelets are a wonderful addition. Beautifully made and wrapped, they would make a lovely present on Mothers Day.

Angel Rocks

Ballpix Personalised Rugby & Footballs

The look of delight on my boys faces when they saw their surname planted on a professional sized Gilbert rugby ball during the six nations game last weekend was brilliant. The only problem was the squabbling over who got to play with it. With the Rugby World Cup this year, this would be top of most kids birthday list! The other bonus is it arrives in a box fully blown up!BallPix

Sanoflore  Organic Skincare for Problem Skin

I have been using the Rosa Angelica rage for dehydrated skin for a couple of weeks and it certainly has made my skin feel nourished and bouncy. I apply the serum straight after a shower before the moisturiser and it helps my skin absorb the moisturiser more effectively. If you have a skin concern and also want to be assured you are using a company that is doing all they can to protect and give back to the environment, Sanoflore is a well priced place to start.



40 at 40 Scratch and Reveal Poster

I gave this to my brother for his 40th and it was received with delight. The idea is that you have to see how many of the activities and challenges you have done and if you can only scratch the next square once you have completed the previous one.

Scratch and Reveal

Rose Dixon-Green Illustration 

Whether you need name places and table names written or a personalised gift, I was delighted to see my name in PINK drawn by Rosie’s clever hands.  Choose your colours and hey presto. Rosie also illustrates and paints portraits in a mixture of mediums. One talented lady.


Charlotte Simpson Designs Handmade Clay Jewellery Bowls

I always admire someone who has taken a dramatic career chance and Charlotte is no exception. From a career in corporate  finance to following her passion for ceramics, she has captured a specific market by designing and making brightly coloured trinket bowls. Red and pink combined is my favourite colour combination so these bows are right up my street!

Charlotte Simpson


Roanne Orlebar Designs Monogrammed Pyjamas

Who doesn’t love a monogram? Especially when it is neon thread on SKI PRINT! If you are heading off to the mountains get everyone a pair (mens and kids too) and surprise everyone in your chalet when you walk down for breakfast!

Monogrammed PJs

Rosanna Lonsdale Decorative Lamp Bases

Oh my, this is a feast for the senses. It’s much easier to find a shade than a base these days and then when you do – there are too many to choose from!  Isn’t the lobster stunning?


Wool & Wolf British Made Sheepskins

Whether wanting a sheepskin for you or your dog, Sarah from South Devon saw a gap in the market for reasonably priced sheepskin that was homegrown. She sources from a tannery on the edge of Dartmoor. Voila – her lovely website selling them. How cool is that?

wool & woof

Ted & Bessie Alpaca Knitwear & Woven Interiors

If we want a warm jumper we often go for lambswool but I want to recommend a company that sells Alpaca products. The fibre is spun in Cornwall and knitted in Nottingham making it a truly British company.

al paca

Tinker Tinker Handmade Children’s Clothes

Tradtional styles made in the UK, Tinker Tinker sells beautiful colourful and practical clothes for little ones. My youngest has a waistcoat and it is on her morning till dusk whether around the house or under her coat when we go outside. Check them out!

tinker tinker

The Mat Company Mats For Everywhere in Your Home

Whether a mat for muddy rugby boots in the car, a wet dog in the boot or a dish draining mat (genius idea) these mats are washable and come in gorgeous colours. You don’t realise you need one until you see the website!

mat company

Georgie P Ceramic Plates & Bowls

I love the simple, vivid colours of these dishes which will certainly bring joy & style to your kids feeding time. Handmade by Georgie, she creates lots of lovely colour combinations, all with her signature star and a complimentary border around the edge.

Georgie P

Doodlemoo Home Decor & Gifts

A super fun lifestyle brand that will bring colour to your home. Love this print.

Transition Peak Online Career Training

Set up by experienced career coach Charlotte Billington, Transition Peak is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to expensive outplacement and coaching services. When Signing up to Transition Peak you get full access to tutorials and documents for a whole year. A great way to kick start your career.

Transition Peak

Sara Hartley Bespoke Jeweller

Whether it’s an engagement ring or personalised jewellery, Sara Hartley creates beautiful items that you can pass on for generations. The Tinies Tag is gorgeous!

Tinies Tag


So many wonderful businesses aren’t there!  I am going to do a Part 2 as have many more to share with you and don’t want to make this post too long! As always, thanks for reading and please remember to shop small and support small businesses.

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Lots of love and have a great weekend
Lucinda x

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The London Mummy Christmas Gift Guide : Kids

I had grand plans – and I had already done the infographic (picture for the post) for boys, girls, babies and teens and then life (and Black Friday) happened so I am putting anything child related into one post. Sorry (not sorry actually – I know you understand!)  This will be a big post for any kids – lingering Godchildren, nieces, nephews, new babies and not to mention your own children (!) that haven’t been ticked off after this weekends Christmas Extravaganza – then this post is for you. So, basically everyone – because who has all their shopping done by the end of November. Weird people.

I’m not going to categorise into groups either – just to be really 2018 😉

Personalised Stationary from Small Signatures 

I am super impressed with this new brand. Easy to order and beautifully presented personalised writing cards. A great incentive to write thank you cards after Christmas if they have their own name on them (and you can also choose a symbol at the top too – like cricket stumps – yes that’s what we have!)

Small Signatures

The Original Den Kit from The Den Kit Co 

If you have an explorer or want to get your kids outside more, choose one of the brilliant Den Kits on offer. Packed with all the necessities for an adventure, it will keep them entertained for hours.

Den Kit

Bath Bombs from On Juniper 

These were so gorgeous. Despite the arguing they caused (as everyone wants the bomb near them in the bath – or is that just us?) they would make great stocking fillers. Just make sure you buy for each child!

On Juniper

PJ Bottoms from The Pyjama House 

It’s quite hard to get a 10+ in matching PJs but you can get the same effect with these pyjama bottoms and a white t shirt. Starting from age 10 to adult – these are a perfect present for a tween & teenage boy!

Lounge Pants

Bobby Bus Rascalpack from Bear & Squidge

No not another back pack – a reflective one front and back!!! Genius. Have this for my Godson when he is walking the streets at night 😉

Bear & Squidge



Teen Skin Products from Spots & Stripes 

The products in the chemist for teen skin are sometimes too harsh, so if you notice your teenager is in need of a bit of TLC in the skin department, hot foot it over to Spots & Stripes. Cool packaging too so can be put in stocking!

Spots & Stripes


Trainer Decorations from TLM Edit 

Yes yes I know I am giving myself plug but it would be weird if I didn’t put my township that is geared towards gifts for women and youngsters!! Have a look at the teen or kids section for more ideas.

Trainer decorations


Striped Knitted Blanket from Mint & May 

For a plethora of delightful home furnishing this website is worth a look. I think this blanket would make a lovely baby gift that they would still use when they are teens and beyond!


Stem Toys from Tech Will Save Us 

Whether you like it or not, tech is here to stay and you need to assist your child in knowing the basics. This website has so many ideas and gifts for your kids that will keep them amused whilst also learning the key aspects of science and technology. I like the look of the Creative Coder I am determined that mine will be able to code my websites because there is no hope of me being able to do it!


Wordsmithery from Clarendon Games 

If you want to try some new games this year, have a look at Clarendon Games.  I like Wordsmithery – if you fancy yourself as a linguist or went to broaden the kids vocabulary – give this game a go.


Sleep Suit from Little Earth Baby 

What’s different about this sleep suit is it is made from bamboo wadding for maximum thermoregulation and all-year round comfort. They are cute too!

Sleeping Bag

Settlers of Catan 

If they are a fan of risk – they will also love this.



Personalised Boot Bag from Apatchy 

Sometimes personalisation for boys can be a bit twee, but not with Apatchy. Have a look at all their categories including equestrian and sports bags and you will be able to smarten up your kids kit and even include patches of emblems that are special to them.


Personalised Children’s Book from Penwizard 

Oh how do we laugh at our characters in our family Peppa Pig book.Put pig and ginger together and you would love to! ha. Wonderful bonding books not just for the youngest.


Mini Viper Kaftan from Octavia Hix

A fan of Octavia Hix from the get go, I am delighted to see that this kaftan that my daughter has now grown out of is in the sale, so snapping one up for when it is hotter. Check out their website  – some real gems.


Boys Boxer Shorts by Little Boxers 

It’s hard to choose which pattern as mother of four and designer Caro has such lovely taste. No stocking is complete without her little boxers that go from age 2-10.


Festive Paper Placemats from Smart Mats 

A great pre Christmas present or gift to yourself (as they will keep the kids quiet) these Smart Mats have been designed to challenge and occupy kids around the table. Keep them in your bag and when they get itchy feet – resistive iPad and give them a Smart Mat!

Smart Mats

Personalised Baubles from Ink & Honey Illustrations 

Move over gold and red baubles, these personalised ones will give your tree that Scandinavian look and with a personal touch.



Science Subscription from Curiosity Box 

If your like experimenting and making this subscription box is worth a look at. It arrived each month with a new experiment and all the parts needed to complete it. The gift that keeps on giving and not just a one day wonder on Christmas Day!  Or you can buy a one off – I like the look of this Bake Off one!

curiosity box


Calendar from Danilo 

You want a certain type of calendar – then Danilo will no doubt have it. I particularly like their Incredibles Family Planning Calendar and also the Star Wars Desk Block Calendar.

Star Wars

Zig Zag Play & Go Playmat from Five Boys Clothing 

If you are at the beginning of your lego journey, might I encourage you to buy one of these super mats to store and play the lego with. It will save you from the ultimate pain – treading on a lego brick when you least expect it!

zig zag


Glittery Glasses from Mimi & Lulu 

If you have a thespian in the making who likes to dress up, head over to Mimi & Lula. Oooh so much sparkle and glitter!

glittery glasses

Monthly Book Subscription from Parrot Street Book Club 

If you have a child between 5-11 who is into reading (or not for that matter – it’s a must whether you like it or not?) then this would make a lovely present and spread out the Christmas excitement with a delivery each month.

Parrot Street


Personalised Bodysuit from Mimosa Baby 

This is one of my go to brands if I need a gift for a little one. Beautiful quality and a great price – the sweatshirts for mums are pretty handy too!


Gift Set from Enfance Paris 

This is such a stylish and beautiful product from Enfance. We have tried the shampoo and soap (it is on a little ribbon) and it’s a hit with the whole family (despite being recommended for 3-8yr olds). Get some of this on window sill – beats a rubber duck any day!

Enfance Paris


I hope this has given you some ideas! It certainly has given me renewed hope that I will be able to give lovely gifts whilst also supporting smaller businesses.

Have a great day!


Lucinda x