DIY: A Last Minute Gift Basket

Last Minute Gift Basket

I have been known to previously give out baskets of goodies as gifts – just this past January I made a care package for a loved one going through a difficult time, and I shared about it here. So, when I was thinking about what would make a good last minute gift for someone I thought about the idea of a gift basket and all the little stocking fillers that can come together to make a really great, thoughtful gift for a special person in your life. I think I’ll go into this in more detail another time, coming up with baskets that have specific themes for different occasions through the year, but for now I’m going to show you one that’s perfect as a last minute Christmas gift idea.

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To put one together is about as simple as it gets really.

  • Find a container – this can be a cardboard box you can wrap with pretty paper, or a more attractive basket or container you can pick up inexpensively at home stores.
  • Grab together a little bit of everything of what the person might like – set a budget for the whole thing, then start buying reasonably priced items and have them to hand.
  • Line the container with paper and / or confetti, anything to make it a little festive.
  • Place things inside, placing as you want to so that you can see most things but have to delve a little deeper to get to it all.
  • Wrap up the box as attractively as you like and enjoy the feeling of handing over something thoughtful and practical.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Him)

And now it’s time for him. If you’re still looking for something to buy that special mister in your life, then you’ve come to the place where you’ll find ideas for most budgets. You can order until the end of this week (into next week in some stores), so you’ll still got plenty of time to get your orders in – you could even visit shops in person (oh, the shock). Take a look at what I’ve collated here and see if there’s anything that suits him just right.

Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Him)

Under £10

£10 – £50


The Ultimate Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Her)

You’ve still got a few more days (until the end of next week in a lot of stores) to buy Christmas gifts, so I thought I’d give anyone still struggling to find the perfect gift a bit of help in picking up some ideas on what to buy that special someone. You’ll find a ton of bits and pieces here for all kinds of people, so I’m hoping you’ll see at least of couple of suitable items, from cheaper stocking fillers to the more expensive, special items that you can totally justify gifting at Christmas time. Here’s the first part – with everything you want for the ladies.

Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Her)

Under £10

£10 – £50

£50 – £100

Gift Guide: Cozy Clothes

Clothing is always a good idea when it comes to gift-giving. Hopefully, it’ll be a piece that the recipient can wear again and again, and will last them for a couple of years, at least. This is an especially a good choice if they do not buy clothes for themselves a lot, as it shows that you are really thinking about something that they would want, need and appreciate, at a time of year when we want nothing more than being a little cozy and protected from the cold. Some of my favourite things to open on Christmas Day include a fluffy new jumper or a warm pair of gloves, and I’m sure there are plenty of your loved ones who feel the same. Here are a few of my favourites.

Gift Guide 2014: Cozy Clothes

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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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