Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide

I love Christmas and absolutely everything about it!

I love Christmas lights, I love Christmas decorations, I love Christmas carols and I definitely love Christmas time with my family and friends, and Christmas feasting - YUM! 

I even love shopping for Christmas presents for my friends, colleagues and family.

I know many of my readers might not share my joy of Christmas shopping so I thought I'd help by listing some of my favourite Christmas gift suggestions for Christmas 2017. 

I've put together a varied selection of products and the majority are not beauty products!

Christmas Gift Guide  


My first Christmas gift suggestion is arguably the most useful gift I'm suggesting too!

It's the Marketeer Basket with a vibrant and fun Banjara Tassel attached, both from The Market Basket Co.

This versatile basket is a great gift for any female young or old to use on a visit to the markets, an outing to the beach, a picnic or on a shopping trip. The uses for this basket really are endless!

Marketeer Basket With Banjara Tassel


The colourful tassel is hand made by the Banjara tribe who reside in the deserts of Rajastan in India. Although they use it to adorn either themselves or their camels I think I prefer to  jazz up my basket with mine. It's an interesting conversation starter, people invariably seem to ask me about it!

For those of you who know me in real life be prepared to see this basket A LOT this Summer! I can see myself using it every. single. day. of my holidays!

Marketeer Basket With Banjara Tassel

For busy mums who are always rushing and stressed out looking after everyone else, one of the best gifts to give is something that will allow her to take time out, indulge and pamper herself. 

If a bath in Natura Siberica Revitalising Bath Salts doesn't totally relax and unwind her as she submerges in its exquisite healing aroma I don't know what will.

These bath salts are enriched with the extracts of calendula flower, rosehip and Siberian ginseng. They smell absolutely divine and leave your skin feeling nourished and gloriously silky smooth!

Natura Siberica Revitalising Bath Salts


If your intended gift recipient is either overseas, or from overseas, or someone who is currently feeling stressed (which is a lot of us!) my gift suggestion is G&M Cosmetics Lavender Oil.

This is a luxurious Native Australian Oil product made in Australia with indigenous Australian ingredients. The 100% pure natural oil is sourced from organic certified suppliers.

Lavender oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and also sedative and calming properties. 

Dabbing some lavender oil on your wrists, neck and chest will help reduce anxiety and emotional stress, and improve your sleep quality, something I think all of us would benefit from at this time of year!  

You can check out more G&M Cosmetics Native Australian luxurious skincare products HERE. The Native Australian Kakadu Plum Complex is also amazing!


G&M Cosmetics Lavender Oil 

I attended the launch party for The Crown Season 1 onto DVD recently and saw the first episode on the big screen. I highly enjoyed it. So much so that I binged watched all 4 discs over the span of four nights.

The Crown Season 1 begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen who ascended the throne, newly married, at the age of 25 after the death of her father King George VI.

This DVD set would be a great Christmas gift for lovers of British drama revealing the personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries behind the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

It's also a great prelude to watch this series before the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle next year. Protocols have certainly changed in some areas of royal life enabling Harry and Meghan to wed but I'm sure other protocols remain the same!

I have such a deeper respect for Queen Elizabeth II, how she juggled love and duty, and how she handled the much older and more experienced Prime Minister Winston Churchill after watching this first season of The Crown.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith are brilliant in their leading roles.

The Crown Season 1

If you have a friend or family member who is getting a new phone this Christmas or New Year, or has an old phone with a flimsy case why don't you gift them an Otter Box protective phone case

I have the Otter Box Mystic Crystal phone case. Not only is it covered in stunning Swarovski crystals it also has drop protection, a shock absorbing interior and glass front protection.

All very valuable protective features for this blogger who not so long ago did drop her phone whilst it was in a pretty but flimsy case and shattered the glass completely! Let me tell you from first hand experience Apple charges a fortune to replace the glass! I will always use an Otter Box case from now on! 

Otter Box Protective Phone Case

If you have a friend or colleague who is planning to travel over the Christmas and New Year holiday period they will love this Oblepikha Siberica Travel Set of hair and body products. 

If they love natural beauty products then they will definitely love it!

Containing the award winning Oblepikha Nutrition and Repair shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and body milk the lucky gift recipient will be able to continue using natural beauty products whilst on holidays without having to lug large bulky products along with them. 

This mini set would also be the perfect way to first experience the Natura Siberica natural beauty range.

Oblepikha Siberica Travel Set


At first I thought I was one of the few remaining people who preferred a paper diary instead of a digital version but I've discovered that a lot of my friends and colleagues are the same! 

There is something special about having a beautiful paper diary. Plus writing my goals down on paper helps keep me on track and accountable, and makes me more likely to achieve them.

The diary that I will be using for my blogging next year is the gorgeous Collins Lifestyle Diary

With monthly tabs, useful planners, it's stylish white and gold design with a protective plastic cover - what's not to love about it! I think this would be a wonderful Christmas gift to receive that will help keep the recipient organised throughout the whole of 2018.


Collins Lifestyle Diary (photographed without the plastic cover)

Finally one of my absolute favourite Christmas gifts to both give and receive are the spectacular Edible Blooms chocolate creations. 

It is so hard to pick just one favourite so I picked two. My first suggestion is the Chandon Poinsettia Garden

Isn't this the most delightful chocolate bouquet with the added Chandon bubbles turning it into a wonderful celebration!  


Edible Blooms Chandon Poinsettia Garden

And my second suggestion is the Large Traditional Christmas Tree. I'm actually tempted to buy this myself for our table centre piece this year! 

It comes in a variety of sizes and colours to fit any Christmas decor. There's a blue & white snowflake tree, a purple and gold snowflake tree and a golden snowflake tree. 

All Edible Blooms Christmas items also include free delivery.

Edible Blooms Large Traditional Christmas Tree

How is your Christmas shopping progressing?

Ingrid
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* The above products with the exception of the Edible Blooms items have kindly been gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
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38 comments:

  1. I LOVE that phone case!! I'd get one of those xmas trees when I'm retired and the kids are gone...

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    1. As soon as I saw this phone case I fell in love with it too!

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  2. I do love the bath salts. Not that I manage a bath too often but it's nice to feel pampered when I do.

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    1. Maybe in the holidays you'll have more time for a pampering bath.

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  3. The Natura Siberica Bath Salts are my fave, they're so relaxing! Also love the look of that cute Diary!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. My blogging will be so organised next year when I use this diary!

      My bath water is currently running as I type this! I need a relaxing NS Bath Salt bath!

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  4. I got MIL edible blooms for her recent birthday and she was well impressed!

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    1. Edible Blooms products are definitely impressive!

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    1. They're absolutely two of my favourite suggestions too!

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  6. I love watching the first season of Crown! That and Victoria are amazing

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    1. I was completely fascinated by the first season of The Crown. I can't wait to watch Season 2.

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  7. So many cute options! I absolutely love that bag! It’s so gorgeous!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. I suspect I will be using this basket every day of Summer! The size is perfect for beach outings and shopping trips!

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  8. I want that basket...now!!!!!

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  9. loving everything on here that bag and diary is stunning

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    1. I hope I've inspired you and helped make your Christmas shopping slightly easier and quicker!

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  10. Yes please I'll have one of each! I love these type of gifts because you don't necessarily buy them for yourself. I love the bag especially.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. I love thinking of gifts my friends and family will love but wouldn't necessarily spoil themselves with!

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  11. What a great list! Oooh, The Crown and The Lifestyle Diary please :)

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    1. Thanks Jo! I'm glad you liked my suggestions!

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  12. Champagne always works for me....! And the bath salts look amazing. I'm always on the lookout for bath treats. (Again, for me... I must remember that we're talking 'presents for others'.

    #teamlovinlife

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    1. I agree - champagne is always good! And when it includes added chocolates ;)

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  13. I love that basket with the charm tassel! Might have to self gift.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Self gifting is the best way to ensure you get exactly what you want! I have been known to add a sneaky self gift or two under the Christmas tree from Santa - lol!

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  14. Getting there! I like the Edible Blooms Christmas tree, think I might order one right now for a wonderful client x

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    1. I'm sure your client will love the Edible Blooms creation you choose! They are so spectacular, unique and yummy!

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  15. So many great gift suggestions there. I know my sister especially would love The Crown DVDs.
    #teamIBOT

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    1. I loved this so much, now to watch Season 2 which is just starting.

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  16. Some super duper ideas here! I reckon my MIL would love that basket!

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    1. Thanks Eva! I've used my basket multiple times since receiving it for so many different uses! I love it's size and the length of the handles.

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  17. I am so picky about diaries I couldn't take one as a gift! I have to pick my own and I have to see it in person first.
    I like the idea of the basket actually, could be good for beach trips.

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    1. I know what you mean about needing to see a diary first. I can be quite picky when it comes to diaries!

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  18. Is it bad that I'd totally buy 95% of these items for myself? They're great! I watched season 1 of The Crown and loved it. The only reason that I haven't started season two yet is because we're house sitting and I want to wait to get back to my Netflix to watch it on our TV as opposed to a tiny laptop screen.

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  19. I'll take one of the edible Christmas trees! Love my Market basket co basket, and I am all organised with a diary for next year, I would be lost without it!
    I only have three pressies to buy and one of those is something picked out by the kids for the dog!

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  20. I loved reading this. Otter boxes are phone cases I have used for years but recently changed to a covered one. The Crown..how good is it? Going to be watching series 2 over the next few weeks with my hub sprinkled between the cricket. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek47/52. Next week is the last link up and prompt for 2017 - Christmas Plans

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