This year has been far from normal, and Christmas isn't as 'Christmassy' as it should be, either. Yet, it is the season of sharing and giving, and we all need a little cheering up this year! So why not give the special woman in your life – be it your wife, mother, daughter, sister or any woman who deserves something extra – a gift that she will not only remember but also treasure. This gift guide is packed with options to suit every taste and budget… all you have to do is take your pick!
These handmade scarves by Shereen Syed are so soft and feel so luxe, you won't want to take them off! And with a selection of gorgeous colours from neutrals to pastels to muted to bright, and designs including striped and chequered, you will have a tough time deciding which one to pick! And what's not to love here! These beauties are hand spun and hand woven by artisans in Kashmir, using 100 per cent pashmina wool (the warmest naturally occurring fibre and still the lightest), making them the cosiest, most stylish accessory you'll have this winter!
Leggings are a woman's best friend, especially during winter, and Love Leggings have a wide range of amazing leggings in various styles and colours. From Everyday Classic ones (perfect for the school run) to fashionable jeggings (great for a casual chic look) to tights, and available in a range of colours, these will be a gift that will be very much appreciated.
You can never go wrong with Christmas hampers because who doesn't love a basketful of Christmas goodies?! This year I was lucky enough to be gifted two (I'll need to do some serious dieting and detoxing in January!) and I recommend both.
The Bradfords Just Food Gift Box has a selection of quality goodies from the Bradfords range, along with other things. Their Traditional Farmhouse Sultana Cake, Farmhouse Chocolate Brownie Cookies and handmade Belgian Chocolates were all delicious. Add to that a pack of Walkers All Butter Shortbread Fingers, a jar of Fine Cut Orange Marmalade and a bottle of Strawberry Jam, and you have yourself a perfect little Christmas hamper that doesn't cost the earth (£23.99).
The Season's Greetings Hamper from Red Letter Days comprises a bottle of Shiraz, absolutely delicious Elizabeth Shaw Raisin and Hazelnut Biscuits, Buiteman Baked with Love Cheddar Cheese Biscuits, Christmas Nuts, Popcorn Shed Pop 'N' Choc Popcorn, Yorkshire Crisps Sweet Cured Ham and Pickle Crisps, Laura's Confectionery Chocolate Collection Chocolate Honeycomb Bites, The Secret Truffletier Chocolate Truffles, Stas Decorative Milk Chocolate Tree Slab Lolly and a Gold Crown Christmas Pudding. This hamper is priced at £46.
If jewellery is on your Christmas list this year, then there's ample choice of some gorgeous antique jewellery and silver jewellery (see more images on Instagram) for the special woman in your life. Gemstones, vintage pieces, silver embedded with precious stones, you will be spoilt for choice!
Looking for an all-natural, eco-friendly alternative to beauty products? Then look no further than Tropics skincare for make-up and beauty essentials. There's a wide range of scented and unscented products to choose from, and every one of them is lovely!
Perfume – a gift that all women love, but unless you know the personal preferences of the recipient really well, selecting the right perfume can be difficult. But we've got a solution – these miniature perfume samples from Subscents (available in sizes 2 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml and 20 ml) make for the perfect testers or you could even gift a range of perfumes for the cost of one!
Food and Drink
Spice Pots Festive Food Survival Kit is a thoughtful Christmas food gift, especially for busy mums who have a lot on their hands in the run-up to Christmas. Comprising four Indian spice blends, the kit helps make delicious, healthy, easy Indian food either for weeknight dinners, a special weekend treat or a Christmas get-together. The kit comes with a festive food recipe book too, and there are loads more recipe ideas on their website. There's also a sweet spice tin for dessert, because no meal is ever complete without dessert, correct?!
Another great food-related gift to give mum or busy women is a Five Dinners gift voucher. Five Dinners is a new online meal planning service by celebrity chef Theo Michaels. Once you sign up (or receive a gift voucher), you receive 5 recipes and 1 shopping list for the week. The aim is to minimise the stress of deciding what to cook every night; and because of meal planning, you also reduce food shopping bills and food waste. It makes life a little bit easier, and don't we all need less to do in the run-up to Christmas?
I'm also running a giveaway for a lucky reader to win a 3-month subscription for Five Dinners – enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win!
If you're a gin-lover (which you most likely are) then Warwickshire based duo Emma and Nicola have you sorted this Christmas with The Little Gin Company's artisan Happy Hour and Home-Tasting kits. These miniature bottles of various gins (London Dry, Elderflower, Old Tom and Rhubarb with a Twist of Lime) along with some unique tonic water flavours including Earl Grey and Ginger Ale, make for a fun gift or stocking filler.
Vodka lovers, here's something new for you to try this Christmas – Salt vodka! The Isle of Wight Distillery has come out with an amazing looking new bottle – the Mermaid Salt Vodka – which is infused with island sea salt for a uniquely flavour like, in their words, 'the subtle kiss of a mermaid’. Vodka with a hint of sea air, perfect for cocktails or to have on its own.
Homemade with love…
The Crafts Junkie makes a delightful selection of things including personalised facemasks, labels, storage containers, baubles, T-shirts, baby rompers, cake-toppers and more. If it's personalisation you're looking for, then do check out her lovely options.
Rhythm a Hope is so much more than just gifts, it's about gifts with a purpose, a vision, to create hope for those with special needs. Started by a girl with Cerebral Palsy with a vision to prove that those who are differently abled can also live a life with purpose and financial independence, the colourful and eclectic home decor products are all hand-crafted and made out of environment-friendly materials. From earthen aroma diffusers to wind chimes to wooden painted magazine holders to key hooks, you're sure to find something vibrant for every nook and corner of your house, or to gift.
These hand-painted champagne flutes, wine and gin glasses, and tumblers by Hand-painted by SC are absolutely beautiful, and would make for a fabulous, sparkly and useful gift. They can be personalised on request too.
Add some fun to your gift list with these super cute and colourful adult onesies. These will definitely be appreciated by mums – after all, what's better than cosying up by the fire with a Christmas movie and a hot chocolate (or mulled wine), wearing one of these snug onesies?!
Who wouldn't want stylish and sparkly yet sturdy and protective mobile accessories? Check out Speck's range of protective phone cases (with Microban technology) and mobile accessories which make lovely and practical stocking fillers.
I love a nice smelling hand cream, especially during winter. I discovered the lovely Talk to the Hand that nourishes, moisturizes and has a gorgeous rose scent. It's 50 ml size makes it perfect to carry in your purse or handbag and use through the day. And yes, it also makes a great stocking filler!
Martha Hill's Evening Primrose Moisturiser available at Beauty Naturals is a refreshing day cream with oils of evening primrose, rose geranium and avocado. It's light and is easily absorbed, making it suitable for the day and has a delicate rose fragrance. Cherry on the cake – it has a low protection sun filter too!
Check out these fun and colourful Christmas-themed facemasks from idohandmade – sure to brighten up the current mood! Another stocking filler that will be much appreciated. What's more, you can avail of 15% off your purchase online (on any products on the website), using the code MAMAVILLE15.
Some more 'presents with purpose' – these handmade, embroidered make-up bags, purses and spectacles cases are made from recycled cotton are created by women of Stitch Sainte Luce (a Madagascar-based women’s co-operative supported by the charity SEED Madagascar to help women from lower stratas of life become self-sufficient). Every item is unique and sustainable, and quite lovely to add to that stocking!
Disclosure: I was gifted some of the items listed in the gift guide to review; however, all opinions are my own.
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Looking for gift ideas for kids aged 5-10 years? Then check out my 2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Kids; there are tonnes of amazing gift ideas in there.
And if it's Elf on the Shelf ideas you're looking for, then Helen from Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee has 24 smashing ones for you!
And for a mammoth post on all things Christmas (movies, traditions, crafts and more), have a read of 40+ Ways to Celebrate Christmas 2020 by Carly from Mom of Two Little Girls.
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