Are you starting to think about Christmas shopping? Here I have gathered together a number of Christmas gift ideas you will love.
Christmas is definitely on the way. The Christmas lights are up in the city centre and the Christmas markets are in Newcastle. There is a sense of expectation in the air and the shops are full of shoppers looking for gifts.
Have you got all your Christmas presents yet? I am waiting until after my son’s birthday to start shopping properly. I have been writing a list and have come up with some ideas. Hopefully some of these will give you inspiration for your own Christmas gift list.
Who doesn’t love the gift of jewellery? For a unique gift why not browse the selection at Jewellery Sparkles? This North East and Yorkshire based company have a gorgeous selection of jewellery that your loved one is bound to love. They sell Park Lane jewellery and all items have a 10 year guarantee.
My pick is this Cadence bracelet (£78). It is simple and unusual. The mix of silver and gold quarterfoils is stunning and the little crystals draw the eye.
The packaging is stunning as well. A simple box containing a white pouch with the bracelet in tissue paper. Silver stars fall out of the box adding a sense of luxury and glamour.
Available to buy online at Jewellery Sparkles
For a stocking filler why not consider these Squeezamals (From £5.99). They would look super cute sitting on the desk in front of the computer. Not only do they look sweet, they are squishy as well. Squeeze them as hard as you like and they will return to their normal shape. Perfect for those stressful moments.
Available from (affiliate link) Amazon
For a gift that will make her smile, as well as being practical for cold winter nights, how about a pair of cosy slippers. I love these Highland Cow Slippers (£16.99). They are really unusual and keep your feet lovely and warm.
The slippers are available from Yes Please! and come in one size which fits feets from 4-7.
Many people these days have hundreds of photos on their computer that they never get to see. Why not take some of these photos and turn them into a unique photo gift. It is a great way to showcase special memories.
Vistaprint have a great range of photo gifts. Turn your photographs into a mug, calendars, phone cases or even large canvas prints for the wall.
I took some family photos and put them into a large photo book which my husband will love. It allows him to look back on family memories at any time. It is really easy to make as well and you can add text and captions to make a lovely memory.
Photo gifts available from Vistaprint.
Now the night are much darker it is handy to have an extra light beside your computer desk or on your bedside table. This paint spill light is really unusual and quirky and would make a great gift for the man in your life. If he spends a lot of time working at his desk this is bound to make him smile.
The paint spill light is available from Red Candy (£29.50) who have a wide range of unusual gifts. It comes in other colours as well.
You will need a 2 pin plug adapter which comes with the light. You need to get some E27 bulbs as these are not supplied.
If your dad is like mine then he enjoys a glass of whisky every now and then. I know I will never go wrong if I get him a bottle of whisky to enjoy.
Tomatin whisky is a fruity mellow whisky from the Highlands of Scotland. It is matured in Bourbon barrels and virgin oak casks which adds a light sweetness to the flavour.
This is a great gift for a whisky connoisseur.
Any sports lover needs access to a drink and this Hot & Cold one from Sigg is perfect. It is a vacuum insulated thermo bottle which keeps your drink hot for 12 hours or cold for 20 hours. The bottle is made from stainless steel so it is robust and will not break easily. The top locks securely into place preventing spillage.
The 0.5l bottles come in a great range of colours, including Mustard, Deep Magenta, Denim and Leaf Green. The bottle start at £22.99 and are available from sigg.com/uk or from (affiliate link) Amazon.
When you take part in sports then a decent pair of leggings is essential. It can be difficult to get a pair that are comfy and supportive. If you have a sports lover in your life they will love these sports leggings from Love Leggings.
Not only are they comfortable and non-see-through, they have a unique sweat-wicking technology to keep you cool.
These are the midnight black sports leggings (£28) After using them for a while I am really pleased with them and would recommend them for any runner.
They also have a great selection of leggings for everyday as well.
Available from Love Leggings.
The holidays are a great chance to catch up on reading and any book lover will appreciate a new book.
The Stalker’s Song is a gripping crime thriller written by a lady who is local to the North East, Georgia E Brown. She lives in Whitley Bay and there are many references to the North East in the book.
In the book Carol Barrington has gone to Barbados after the death of her husband. She is hoping to rekindle the happy memories of days they spent in their holiday home.
When she wakes up in hospital with no memory of being attacked it is the start of a chilling nightmare. Will she find out who the attacker is before it is too late?
This is a thriller that any book lover would enjoy.
Available from Amazon (£7.99)
For someone who just likes to pick up a short read The Forbidden Tattoo by Tony Drury. He writes great short stories and this is no exception.
In the novel a City financier meets a corporate lawyer at a Christmas reception. They share a drink and get chatting. He shares the fact he needs to lose some weight and she offers him a wager. If he loses four stones she will show him the dragon tattoo on her back. What happens? You need to get the book to find out.
Available from Amazon (£3.99)
Christmas is a good chance to get something different for the foodie in your life to try.
Yumbles are a company with a mission to make healthy eating easy and delicious for everyone. They have a lovely range of gifts which make it difficult to choose something.
My choice is this Superfood Chocolate box (£17.55). It comes with six different superfood chocolates. These vary in size and flavour and make a great selection for a foodie to snack on.
Get this and other vegan gifts from Yumbles.
Who doesn’t love a box of chocolates to enjoy at Christmas? This box of chocolate truffles from Booja-Booja contains 16 award winning truffles. These come in the delicious flavours, Hazelnut Crunch, Almond Salted Caramel, Around Midnight Expresso and Rhubarb and Vanilla Fool.
Booja-Booja truflles come in recyclable packaging which is earth-friendly and cruelty free.
The Booja-Booja truffles (£9.99) are available from Holland & Barrett, online and in store.
Your dog is part of your family so why not show him some love and treat him to a Christmas present? I always spoil my dog, Eddie with some treats and a new toy.
Every dog is different and they all like to play in different ways. Chuckit! have a great selection of dog toys that will suit different dogs. They even have some that glow in the dark, perfect for winter evenings. However your dog likes to play you will find something here that is ideal.
Read more: Five ways to play with your dog
My dog has hours of fun with this rope toy. It is really durable which means it will last him for a long time.
Browse the selection: http://chuckit-toys.co.uk/
My dog loves plush toys and this PetLove Furzz plush toy is one of his favourites. It looks realistic and has a squeaker in its head. It is also easy for him to grab with his mouth to carry around. When he gets tired he loves to snuggle up with it.
Pet Love Furzz Plush Dog Toy is available in two sizes. Prices start at £7.99 and you will find them on Amazon or in pet stores.
Make treat time play time with this Nylabone stuffable rubber cone toy which comes in bacon flavour. It has a hole in the centre where you can put your dog’s favourite treats. When he tries to get them out the toy will bounce and roll on the floor giving him a challenge.
The Nylabone stuffable rubber cone toy is available exclusively from Amazon. Prices start at £5.99 and it comes in three sizes.
If you have a long haired dog like mine you will know they need grooming regularly. If you don’t brush them the fur can tangle. Also regular brushing stops their fur ending up all over you and the carpets.
This Mikkia Pet massage brush makes grooming easier. The bristles trap loose hair and because they are rubber they are gentle for your pet.
Mikki Dog Grooming Massage Slicker Brush is available on Amazon and in pet stores for £9.99.
Which of these gifts would you buy? Let me know below.