A 'Mum's Special' Christmas Gift Guide 2018 (discount codes inside…)

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Christmas – a time to give, receive and feel all the excitement. Mums start their Christmas planning/ shopping/ wrapping weeks in advance, making sure every member of the family and every friend and their child and every Aunt Lucy and Uncle Tim and cousin Zoe has a perfectly thoughtful and neatly wrapped gift under their tree, come Christmas Eve. So why can't we take a little extra thought in making sure Mum has the perfect Christmas gift too? I've made it easier with this all-inclusive Christmas gift guide – from fashion to beauty to food to entertainment – there's something for every kind of mum in here…

 

 

 

 

Fashion

Warm n' cosy stylish winter wear

This Darla Cru Winter Hat makes a perfect gift for Mum this Christmas. Buffwear have an awesome range of multi-functional headwear and neckwear that's not just practical, but uber stylish too. So Mum can rock the school-run, look chic at Winter Wonderland and feel snug and cosy all through winter!

 

 

And to complete the look, why not get her these fabulous snow boots? What I love about them is that they're not just for snowy conditions but also ideal for general cold weather. Lightweight, ultimately smart (I love the printed fabric and lace-up style) and oh-so-warm with Thermoball™ synthetic insulation. I know I love this gift!

PS: You can choose other cool winter wear, footwear and bags at Simply Hike, if snow boots aren't mum's thing.

 

Beauty

Relax and unwind with this all-natural spa gift-pack

Vie Healthcare’s Moroccan Hammam Spa gift pack is an ideal way to show Mum you appreciate all that she does – and here's something to help her relax and rejuvenate after Christmas.

Each set comprises Beldi Black Soap with Eucalyptus, Rhassoul Clay from the Atlas Mountains and Argan Oil – all sourced from Morocco for an authentic Hammam experience, one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world. Along with an exfoliating kessa glove and an ethically sourced coconut spoon, this gift set is all-natural and has no nasties hiding inside. Moreover, it's suitable for all skin types.

Now Mum can have a professional Hammam Spa experience in the comfort of her own home. 

The set is available on Amazon.

 

Black Poppy and Wild Fig pleasure…

Let mum indulge in some ethical luxury with this elegant gift box from The Soap Co. Free of artificial colours and parabens, and never tested on animals, the Soap Co pride themselves on making body care products that are good and do good. These gift sets are handcrafted in the Lake District, by people who are blind, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged.

 

The gift box contains matching Hand Wash and Hand Lotion (both 300ml) in Black Poppy and Wild Fig scent. Presented in statement monochrome packaging, it looks chic, smells awesome and does wonders for the skin. 

Lifestyle

Sand-repellent, fast-drying, super-absorbent beach towel

Up mum's gym, yoga or swim routine with this vibrant and innovative beach towel from Tesalate (all the way from sunny Australia). It's super-absorbent, fast-drying, sand-repellent, lightweight, compact and comes in a range of gorgeous colours and designs. Don't be surprised if she will want to go to the pool or gym just to show it off!

What's more, it's also brilliant for the beach and picnics, so she will be asking to book a summer holiday very soon…

 

Ski Goggles

Is mum the sporty kind? Then this range of ski goggles will make a practical and snazzy gift for her. Check out the entire collection – there's something for every type of ski enthusiast.

Warmies microwavable slipper boots

I was gifted these super cosy microwavable winter slipper boots and my evenings have never been more comfortable. Perfect for those who feel that extra chill, or even for mums to relax and give their tired feet some TLC (after the kids have gone to bed, obvs). Filled with millet seeds and softly scented with lavender, these boots will make for a unique and much appreciated gift for mum. Coz as they themselves claim, it feels like a big, warm hug and a foot massage rolled into one. What more could a mum ask for?!

 

 

Home

The Secret Pillow (sshhh)

This one's another of my personal favourites. It's not just a cushion/ pillow, but a secret pillow – that magically unfolds into a cosy blanket!

Besides being multi-functional, useful and adding a spark of colour to those dull winter evenings, ordering one helps you do your bit of 'giving' this Christmas. For all the products by Secret Projects are made and sold to empower socially and economically challenged women in India, who are trained in making these lovely creations. Each item comes with a certificate of production, stating the name of the maker and where she is from.

 

 

The cushion…

 

… that unfolds into a blanket

VonHaus Copper Fire Pit

Yes, I know it's winter and it's bloody cold, but what better way to warm up than with your very own Fire Pit? Imagine a Christmas where you and your family are snuggled around a fire pit/ bonfire sipping hot chocolate and listening to Christmas carols. In your own garden. Sounds like bliss?

Then check out the VonHaus Copper Fire Pit. It's 29" (perfect size for a back garden); the copper and black contrast makes for a smart garden centrepiece; it can be used with logs or charcoal and the protective dome spark guard keeps it safe when little children are running around. Comes with a heat-resistant poker too.

Christmas, sorted!

Ozeri Thermo Glassware 

Which mum doesn't enjoy some fancy kitchenware? I know I do!!! And these thermo glass sets from Ozeri are quite lovely. Simple yet chic, practical enough for day-to-day usage yet pretty enough for a party. What's more, they can be used for hot and cold beverages (loving them even more!!!). Made of durable, heat-resistant, fine quality borosilicate glass, the double wall keeps your hands cool even with a hot drink. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe – these are sure to bring a smile to any mum's face!

The glasses come in two sizes and in sets of 2, 4 and 6.

 

 

 

Food (Goodies and  more…)

Flavoured Panetonne that is sooooooo good!

Can Christmas be complete without a mouth-watering Panettone? In my opinion, nope! The range of Panettones from Sous Chef is varied and absolutely delicious! Add an unusual twist to your store-bought panetonne with these mouth-watering flavours – citrus and saffron, sugar-iced dark chocolate and orange/ fig/ pear, chocolate and salted caramel, panettone with Amarena cherries/ rose/ chamomile, and many, many more…

Each box is beautifully wrapped and you can see that attention to detail has been painstakingly taken, in both the presentation and the product. If mum has a taste for Christmas goodies, then this will be the perfect gift for her (and the family).

 

Cocoa and Heart Christmas Chocolate Truffles 

You can never go wrong with chocolates for mum. These handmade artisan Limited Edition Christmas Chocolate Truffles – a selection of 12 handmade chocolate truffles with fresh ingredients from Kent – would make mum very, very content this Christmas…

Especially made for the festive season, the box comprises Christmassy flavours such as Christmas Pudding Truffles infused with orange, cinnamon and pudding wine, Spiced Winter Berries with mulled wine, Madagascar Vanilla and Baileys Milk Chocolate and Zesty Lemon White Chocolate with Limonchello, among others.

Cocoa and Heart are offering a 10% discount (which also includes their Chocolate Courses). Use the special code XMAS18 to avail of your discount. The code is valid until 31 January 2019.

 

 

The Spice Pioneer subscription spice kit

This is a rather unconventional Christmas gift, but perfect for a foodie or a mum who loves to cook!  The Spice Pioneer is a monthly subscription spice kit which enables customers to make authentic dishes from around the world. Be it fragrant Thai curries or Jamaican Jerk Chicken; Spanish Paella or Kashmiri dal, there's something to suit every tastebud.

The kits are developed by the Seasoned Pioneers – famous for their world-class herbs, spices and chillies and are sure to cook up a storm in your kitchen!

The Spice Pioneer Kit – comes in a compact box complete with ingredients and instructions

 

Entertainment

The Snowman

If theatre and the arts is mum's kind of thing, then I suggest tickets to The Snowman. Celebrating its 21st year at The Peacock (London) this year, this show remains one of the festive staples of the family Christmas calendar. The perfect theatrical gift for Christmas…

Picture credit: Tristram Kenton

 

Stocking Fillers…

Venus Embrace Sensitive Gift Set

This gift set is both practical and luxurious, and would make a much-loved gift for mum. Including a Venus Embrace Sensitive handle, 3x refill blades, a Satin Care Shave Gel and some warm fuzzy socks, this is the 'smoothest' and 'cosiest' stocking filler mum could ask for.

 

Bahlsen biscuits

These biscuits make for the perfect stocking fillers. Choco Moments in Crunchy Hazelnut and Crunchy Mint by Bahlsen are delicious, and would make any mum very content (I've yet to find a mum who doesn't enjoy her biscuits!!!). Lovely to accompany that hot chocolate on Christmas Eve…

 

 

 

So there! Bet you're spoilt for choice. But hey, this is for the woman in your life – your own mum or the mother of your child, so it's got to be special, right?

 

Disclosure: I was given some of the items listed in the gift guide to review; however, all opinions are my own.

 

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