It’s the ultimate countdown to Christmas now with under 2 weeks to go which is absolutely mind-blowing. The big day seems to creep up every single year and this year is no different, so if you’ve still not started your shopping or are still in need of some goodies then here are a few last minute items which will make any recipient happy to receive.
Yankee Candles are always a go to present when I’m shopping as my mum loves candles just as much as I do but her collection isn’t quite as extensive so I always buy her a few at Christmas. The Yankee Candle Elevation Collection is brand new and has candles in a newer more elegant square glass jar as opposed to the traditional rounded one. The brushed metal lid fits underneath to double as a candle stand meaning you can take it on and off when you use it which I really appreciate as I always take candle lids off and never know where to put them so I always end up losing them.
I have the ultimate Christmas scent in the square jar which is Sweet Orange Spice* (£23.99) which is full of cinnamon, clove, ginger and pumpkin scents which instantly make me think of Christmas time and the colder Winter months as it’s super warming. This particular one is a large two-wick candle but they also come in smaller one-wick versions as well. Around this time of the year I pretty much always burn this type of scent and I absolutely love the Sweet Orange scent in this one which adds another depth to it.
The Holiday Sparkle collection is full of so many lovely scents and as a contrast I have the Icy Blue Spruce* (£23.99) which is a really fresh scent full of juniper berries, blue spruce and spearmint leaves which is a really nice cooler scent. I’ve loved having something a little bit different burning in my flat as I’m usually such a creature of habit. This collection includes six Yankee Candles in classic rounded candle form ranging from £1.99 for the votive candles up to £23.99 for the large jars. The scents also come in Tea lights and wax melt formats as well so there’s plenty of choice.
If you’re looking for a different type of scent then how about treating the man in your life to some Miller Harris aftershave?! There are so many different scents depending on the type of notes he like’s and the bottles look equally as stunning.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas guide without some jewellery, and for my family there’s always some form of jewellery under the Christmas tree to unwrap. This Waterford Crystal large oval pendant* (£89) from Browns Family Jewellers is set with cubic zirconia crystals and is such a beautiful design with an open oval shape.
The necklace itself is silver with a rhodium plating designed to keep it bright and shiny for all those occasions you want to wear it for. The stones themselves are so pretty as they catch the light every time you move just a little bit and because it’s attached to the chain as opposed to hanging like a pendant you’ll never end up with the clasp at the front of the necklace, something I really appreciate.
The chain itself is 16 inches but it does have an extender so you can make it a bit longer to match with whatever outfit you have on.
When Bohemian Rhapsody came out at the cinema I headed there with Luke and my parents and the movie itself was incredible so when I spotted the Bohemian Rhapsody: The Inside Story book* (£20) I knew it would make a great gift for them. My parents were around when Queen were making music and so it holds quite a special place in their hearts, plus it means I can have a read afterwards!
This is the official book of the Twentieth Century Fox movie where the author interviewed key cast and crew members to reveal how the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury was brought to the big screen with many of the bands pivotal moments being recreated like Live Aid. Not only is there interviews, there are loads of photos and extra information which you definitely wouldn’t have or have seen without the book.
I think it’s such a nice idea for anyone who loves Queen or loved the movie.
Whether you know someone who’s just moved into a new place or someone who loves getting homey practical things (I know I’m one of those people) then how about a Brita Filter Jug* (£31)?
As Luke drinks a lot of squash it’s always important for us to have fresh cold water on hand and until we can afford to get a cold water filtered tap in our future home a Brita jug will do the job. This Brita jug has a traffic light system to signal when it’s time to replace your cartridge so it will never come out of the blue which I appreciate.
This sits in the door of our fridge and means that making squash is so much more appealing than ever before.
Gin is not only the drink of our household but the drink of pretty much my whole family. The Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin* (£32.99) is the latest one’s we’ve bee trying which is an Irish gin made from local botanicals foraged from the countryside by Geraldine Kavangh (the forager) and Rowdy Rooney (the stillman) and it’s designed to capture all four Irish seasons in one bottle so it has a very fresh taste to it. It has a fresh and refreshing taste to it with juniper and citrus being the first which I notice but when it goes down there are some summer floral tastes and spiciness which is lovely.
The team started making four gins- one for each season- using ingredients which embodied those seasons but it was hard to market and sell as people don’t necessary want to sell winter gin in the summer and vice versa which is where the Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin was born from. Four gins, made into one.
I’m not a huge fan of overly dry gins so with the addition of the other flavours this one was right up my street. You can grab yourself a bottle at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Wholefoods, Amazon, MasterOfMalt.com and TheWhiskeyExchange.com
If you’re anything like me and hate sprouts then these Chocolate Sprouts* (£9.99) are about as close as you’re going to get to them this Christmas. The worst part of Christmas can soon become one of the best parts as these ones are made from solid white chocolate and are designed to look like the yucky vegetables. The chocolates are beautifully presented and handmade in the UK
In the box you get 8 chocolates to munch through and as they’re solid chocolate you get a ready good amount of sweetness from them without them being too sickly like some chocolate can be. If you’re looking for a stocking filler or a funny present for someone then these are just what you need.
You can’t beat a Christmas hamper filled with yummy goodies at Christmas time especially when they’re letter box sized and easy to send like the Best of Scotland Hamper* (£27.95) that I have. I love how compact the mini hamper is even though it doesn’t compromise on the items inside which includes some of the best selection of food and drink from across Scotland.
The mini hamper I have includes a personalised card, Jura Single Malt Whisky, Origin Heather Honey from the Glens of Scotland, Coco Chocolatier’s Organic Milk Chocolate with hazelnuts and sea salt, House of Edinburgh Original Shortbread and some Original Shortbread with Stem Ginger which is such a nice collection. When it arrived with me the packaging was lovely and everything was pristine which is something I always worry about with shipping food items.
There are loads of Christmas hampers for sale at Yumbles including vegan, gluten free, locally sourced and kid friendly hampers.
Sticking with the theme of things which can be eaten and drunk comes this bottle of personalized prosecco* (£25.99) which I have personalized for my dad to give to my mum. The actual label is really beautiful and doesn’t look like the kind which will start peeling if you decide to keep the bottle for a special occasion.
I am a huge fan of personalized items as it shows the thought and as my mum is a prosecco obsessive then this works perfectly for her. You can add up to 70 characters of wording on the bottle so there’s plenty of space to show someone how much you love them.
It comes beautifully wrapped as well with gold tissue paper and a box which means wrapping it will be so much easier.
You can’t beat a nice pair of PJ’s at Christmas time and these Harry Potter ones are so nice. I don’t know about you but when the heating is on and there are blankets in abundance you don’t actually want super thick PJ’s and I quite like having shorts in the winter time (unless it’s super super cold).
These Harry Potter Hogwarts Pyjama Set* (£19.99) are a great gift for anyone who loves Harry Potter. The actual material of the set is really soft and warm, plus they’re a good roomy fit so you won’t feel restricted when you go to bed. The set comes in a tartan bag with the emblem embroidered on which is a nice touch as I think keeping your PJ’s in a bag when you’re not wearing them is a nice touch.