Gift Guide: For the Home

Our next gift guide contains ideas for those loved ones who you think would like new things for their home – I, for one, sincerely appreciate any gifts which we can use in our home. They’re a nice reminder of the person who has given us the gift and means we have a home filled with thoughtful and appreciated pieces which mean a lot to us. With the selection of homeware stores now on offer, this is also a great budget-friendly choice for your loved ones, as your funds can be stretched further than with things like beauty gift sets or items of clothing. See if anything below suits anyone in your life.

Gift Guide 2014: For the Home

1. Personalised House Portrait / 2. Christmas Pillows (1) (2) (3) / 3. Openwork Lantern / 4. Mercury Moonglow Candle / 5. Set of 4 Vintage Rose Design Canvas Prints / 6. Set of 4 Shimmer Wine Glasses / 7. Astrid Bowls / 8. Hexagonal Magnetic Memo Board / 9. Cohen Lamp / 10. Dominoes Throw / 11. Dancing Water Speaker / 12. Knowledge is Beautiful / 13. Sheridan Etta Bedding Range in Papaya / 14. Enjoy the Little Things Plaque / 15. Sorting Office Parcels and Packets

Gift Guide: Beauty Buys

Our gift guides this year are going to start a little different. Yes, we could give you the ‘for her’, ‘for him’ style compilations, but we also want to give you something that might be more specific to those loved ones that have particular interests or things they enjoy. To start off today, I’m bringing you gifts for the lady in your life who likes to be pampered – here are some gorgeous beauty buys for anyone who loves their make-up or beauty items and love Christmas as an excuse to stock up on those special items. Here are a selection of my favourites.

Gift Guide 2014: Beauty Buys

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Shopping for Unicorns

Hana loves unicorns, in all their forms, so I really enjoyed buying a few related birthday presents for her this past week, looking all over for just the right things that she would enjoy. In the same way that I’m often treated to Disney goodies when people buy me gifts, I always know that Hana will appreciate unicorn-related items and I have a great time online shopping to find useful and fun things that she can use, wear or have in her home. Plus, they seem to be pretty popular at the moment, which is always helpful, as there are lots of choices out there. So, if you have a unicorn fan in the family, then take a look at some of the special items I’ve found.

Shopping for Unicorns

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Book Wishlist: November 2014

I’m always making lists of the books I want – whether that’s novels to read through the Summer or new cookbooks I want to try – and my Amazon wish list is always full of various titles. Today I’m bringing you my current wish list, a mixture of delicious sweet treat cookbooks, success stories, entertaining advice guides and stories of happiness. This just about sums up my interests during any given month really, always hoping to learn a bunch of new things, from skills in baking to how to better myself as a person. You never know, one or more of these may strike a chord with you and might make it onto your Christmas wish list, in which case, my job at spreading something good is done.

Book Wish List - November 2014

Camille Styles Entertaining [Amazon]

Filled with dozens of delicious recipes, approachable DIY projects, and tried-and-true tips for menu planning, creating a playlist, table and bar settings, the perfect wardrobe, and most important, staying stress-free, Camille Styles Entertaining helps you celebrate major holidays, milestones, and even everyday moments in a fun, stylish, and creative way.

Homemade Decadence [Amazon]

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. Her world is pretty sweet: she dabbles daily in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. Her new book, Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence, is packed with 125 of Joy’s favorite, supereasy, most over-the-top, totally delicious treats.

I Am That Girl [Amazon]

In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What is your passion? What is your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you are not broken nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it. Stop listening to that voice inside your head that tells you are not good enough. Stop worrying that you dont have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter. Stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life. And start living the life that you truly want (now!), the one you did not think you had the courage to imagine, but the one that is absolutely possible!Including stories from thirty incredible women, Alexis has compiled everything she has learned into one complete guide to being That Girl, the best version of you.

The Happiness Project [Amazon]

In the vein of Julie and Julia, The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

#GIRLBOSS [Amazon]

#GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It’s deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

TrEATs [Amazon]

Whether it s Christmas or a birthday, Father s Day or a baby shower, there s no better way to say I love you than with a homemade gift, straight out of your kitchen. In trEATs, April Carter shares 50 stunning gift recipes that will make recipients drool with delight. From Cherry Cinnamon Bundt Cakes to festive Mini Mince Pies, Halloween Gingerbread Bats and Chocolate Salami, there s a sugarlicious treat for every celebration. For savoury snackers, try your hand at Oatcakes with Pink Peppercorns that are perfect with cheese, or a hearty Fig and Goat s Cheese Cake. And if time is of the essence, whip up a batch of impressive White Chocolate and Pistachio Popcorn, a bottle of fancy Rosemary Oil or some Smoked Paprika Salt. As well as this, April shares tips on how to package your goodies to make them look just as stunning as they taste. Making your own gifts doesn t have to take ages or cost you lots of money, and trEATs will teach you how.

DIY: Frosted Quote Mirror

A friend of ours is in the process of buying her first house so we have been thinking of ideas of presents to buy her as a moving in gift. She is someone who really appreciates homemade gifts, I think because she doesn’t possess the same creative capabilities as Lucy and I. Having seen a can of frosting spray when I’d been out shopping for crafting supplies, I came up with the idea of creating a piece of wall art using a mirror and a thoughtful quote. It turned out exactly as we’d hoped and we know our friend will absolutely love the thought and effort that we have put into it.

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What You’ll Need

  • A mirror
  • Frosting spray paint
  • A4 white sticker

Instructions

  1. Type your chosen words on to an A4 sized page in Photoshop. I used Brannboll in size 160pt.
  2. Print these words on to your A4 sticker and cut them out.
  3. Clean the mirror thoroughly and stick the words on in your chosen position.
  4. Take your mirror and frosting spray outside or to a well ventilated area. Completely cover the mirror using the frosting spray, following the instructions on the side of the can.
  5. Apply approximately 3 coats of the frosting spray, making sure that the paint is completely dry before applying each.
  6. Once the last coat is dry, slowly peel off the words one-by-one to reveal your masterpiece! 
  7. Fix your mirror on your chosen wall using the fixings provided.

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