Gift Guide- Men’s Stocking Edition

I am all for stockings I think sometimes the small useful presents mean a lot of more than huge items which for some people might think is very strange but that is just me. Today I am going to share with you a few ideas which I have on what you could stuff in guys stocking this festive season.

What would Christmas be without getting socks I am sure man gets socks over the festive period. These are a pair which I love and these are from heat warmers which have these grips on the bottom which means that you can grip to flooring such as laminate flooring because I know how easy it is to slide on that type of flooring. These are actually the Hulk one which would mean that they would be perfect for any kind of Marvel fan I know that they do actually do them in most of the Avenger’s characters. I think these would be great for people who have cold feet a lot because for sure these are thick. Of course, you could buy them socks which is their preference

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Bath bombs might be something which you think of girls instead I know a number of males who do actually use them. Due to the rising trend of males actually using them they now do once a which are a lot masculine than those you used to be able to get. For example, the bomb cosmetics do this one which as you can see is the shape of a grenade and this one does actually smell like it is a scent which lynx could use it is that nice. I am so tempted to use this one very soon because I am sure I would get a lot more love out of it than the males I have in my life. I know lush do some amazing bath bombs as well and they start at £3.50 so do not have to break the bank however if you are wanting to save a little bit bomb cosmetics ones are usually a little bit cheaper.

A fragrance is something which does not have to be super expensive. Depending on what the man in your life your purchasing for likes, for example, I know some men do not likes ones could be classed as too Floral. Fragrance is not really something which I have purchased for many people in the past however, I have purchased a few this year due to the novelty element for example I know a few weeks back that Zara has some captain America fragrances and someone pretty close to me loves the Marvel films which meant that I could not resist purchasing. I had a quick sniff of it and I feel like it is one which could be used every single day and it was very cheap I feel like it was only a maximum of £5. Which means that it could be great for teenage boys as well it doesn’t have to be the adults always having the fun.

Cufflinks are something which I feel like every man needs to own a lovely pair of but due to the fact that people that most people do not actually wear them frequently. If you have a car nut in the family like I do you might want to check out gears cufflinks I feel like they are very stylish and are not super tacky. These ones which I found were only £4.99 which I feel like is a gift which could be great for a secret Santa as well. These ones are of great quality as well which means that they are not going to break when you used it at them the first time.

Other ideas which you could use for male stockings such as:
Sweets
Toiletries
Accessories such as belts
Wallets

What are you going to put in the male in your life in your stocking?

Charlotte xxxx

Gift Guide – Toddler Stocking Edition

Toddlers are one of the easiest people I have to purchase gifts for this Christmas, of course, I have a two-year girl, however, some of these you could use for different ages or girls boys as well. I have decided that this year I am going to only going to do stocking gift guides the reason behind it is because I prefer to purchase people smaller gifts which mean so much to them. I will say that Jess this Christmas is going to get a toy kitchen I think from us as her main present because this is something which she adores at nursery and she loves pretending to cook for us all of the time as well.

In this gift guide, they are items which Jess already owns nothing is actually her presents the reason behind this is she was with me when I was photographing and some of her presents are actually hidden already.

Toy ducks are something which we love in this house I think on last count we had 13 however, some of the ones which we have are starting to get all manky and horrible. They are something which Jess loves to play with in the bath and has a great amount of fun with. We have had it where we have been squirting each other while in the bath.  I think this is something which Daddy has taught her actually because I know she has the squirt ones at the grandparents as well as having some normal ones as you can tell we are a huge fan of ducks. I usually pick them up on Amazon or cheap shops because the quality does not matter as they still go mouldy after a period of time anyway. I think I might have to inspect Jess’s and see if she does need any more this year as I know this is something she loves playing with.

Flannel’s might not seem like something you would think about when you are thinking of what to purchase for a toddler stocking, however, if it has their favourite tv show on I am sure it will be a hit. We have a sponge which used to have Marshall from Paw Patrol on and every time Jess is in the bath and doesn’t want to put her body wash on I say well should we put Marshall all over your body and she loves it. I remember when I was a child there was nothing that I love more than putting the flannel on my head when it was wet. I know there is a picture of this somewhere don’t worry Joe I will show you on it I look the double of Jess. Flannel’s can be great if your toddler wants to wash the other toys they may have in the bath or something like this. You can pick them up for around £1 and they are something which could bring a lot of fun to bath time. I know Jess will lose her tiny mind when she see’s this one. The glove ones are also good which they sell in Primark for around the £1 mark and would make a great gift as well. 
These are the gloves which Jess had last year so there is a chance that you will not be able to get these exact ones however, gloves are something if your toddler is like mine and loves to be outside is something which we could not do without. I know some people manage to lose gloves easy so it would be a good time to replace them I am lucky that my toddler at the moment does not seem to be one of these people. You can purchase some gorgeous gloves I seem to remember these ones being from H&M however, you can pick them up anywhere including places such as Primark and they can be pretty inexpensive. I know at the moment Jess for some reason is obsessed with gloves maybe it is because she travels a lot when it is cold, however, they would be a good present which she would love at the moment. 
Having a mum like me means that Jess is loves sniffing bath bombs and shower gel I think this could be the start of an expensive addiction like Lush for the little monkey. So for Jess receiving something which she could use in her favourite place the bath or the splashy splashy as she calls it would be great. I found this one in Home Bargains I think it is around 69p and of course, it has her favourite people on the front Paw Patrol which is something she loves. I recommend getting one which is going to be suitable for your child you do not have to get ones which have their favourite characters on you could purchase one which smells good I know Jess would like that as much as one with her favourite set of characters on. 
Bath crayons are another item which we seem to adore in this house this is because of the fact that we can draw on the bath while we are in the tub. Jess loves to draw this is not something which she only likes to do in the bath she likes to draw anywhere. Last Christmas I actually purchased her these bath crayons I think I purchased them from Amazon however, I have since sene them in cheap shops such as poundworld. These have lasted us all year and we have actually been using them moth bath times you get them in a pack of 6 ours are starting to run down so I think I might actually have to repurchase some for her stocking this year.  To find them on amazon all I did was search bath crayons I think they are around the £1.25 mark so they are not that expensive should your child not be that interested in them. 
 

Books are another thing which I think would make a great gift for your, child I have to choose Dear Zoo because this is a cult classic and one which Jess is still obsessed with, however, you can purchase books which are more appropriate for the age of your child.  I will not be putting any books well maybe a couple of books in Jess’s stocking the reason behind this is even though she loves to read I am making her an advent calendar which is a book one if you haven’t seen about it I have a post which went up a couple of weeks ago.  I have listed the books which I have purchased so if you are looking for a book gift for a child around the same age as Jess I would recommend checking it out. Reading before bed is something which we love to do because it gets her interested in books at a young age and it gets me back reading because this is something which I do not seem to have as much time for any longer and it is something which upsets me.

The final item might seem one which is a little bit strange however, it is a bobble hat again hats are something which Jess likes to keep her head warm as well as play peek-a-boo with. This is one which was actually hand knitted by her great nan and this is something I am very thankful for. If your toddler does a lot of playing outside this is something which they at adore because it means that they are still able to play outside even when the weather turns a little bit chilly. I have seen some beautiful ones from the like of Next and even Primark this year so there is a hat for every budget. 
These are just some ideas what you could fill your toddler’s stocking with. I have not fully thought about what Jess is going to get this year however, I am sure this is going to be something which will change during December once my assignments are handed in.
What are you putting in your toddler’s stocking this year?
Charlotte x

Supporting Small Business

Tomorrow is actually shopping small business Saturday I think it is a day which has come over from the US and it is always the first Saturday of December. If you have read my blog, previously you will know that I like to support smaller companies whether that should be companies who make bows or toddler clothing to beauty products and candles.

As Christmas approaches quickly and many of us are still yet to purchase gifts so those who we love why not have a look at some of the smaller companies. Today I am going to share with you 9 of my favourites who I have either used this festive period or have used in the past don’t forget some of these people run them as a hobby on top of the full-time job and the majority of them are also parents.  These companies can change people’s lives forever so please support them.

If you are looking for a blanket for a toddler or a baby this festive season I would recommend checking out gladragscustomcloths. This is a company who I used very recently and Jess adores her buggy blanket so much that she actually gets very annoyed if I do not pick it up when we go in the pram. She has a wide range of fabric so you can customise what you have it does not have to be Marvel like mine and the fleece on the back can be changed to be brushed cotton and the colours can be personalised as well. We have has so many compliments on our blanket in the few weeks we have been using it so if you want something a little bit different I would recommend checking them out I think this cost me £20 so it will not break the bank. 

 A company who I know I have mentioned previously is a bow come true I actually got some bows for the rugby final back in August and Jess’s Birthday bow from this company. Along with a handful of other bows, I have not actually purchased her Christmas ones yet however, there is a penguin one which I have my eye on and a few more so beware I am sure a bow haul will be coming up before Christmas. If you want your little girl to have something pretty in her hair these would make an amazing gift, they would be great in a stocking you do not just have to get festive ones she still is making normal ones which you can wear all year along and they are such a reasonable price of around £2.50. You do not have to be a toddler to rock a bow either.

 Another, company that I have used a couple of times now and would recommend is Pretty penguin clothing. Recently, I purchase Jess a children in need skirt from this store and she has so many compliments on it when I took her to nursery. They are such good quality fabrics in a lot of different designs I think we currently own about 4 different skirts they also do bibs, leggings and rompers. I am unsure what size they actually go up to so this is going to have to be something which you might have to contact them about. I have my eye on a few more skirts for the future which after Christmas I think I am going to purchase. These skirts wash so well I could not be more impressed they are only £8 for the size which Jess needs which is crazy as that is cheaper than some of the high street stores.

Surviving Society is a company which allow you twin with your child because they do the same designs for adults as children. They are actually unisex as well so you could have the whole family matching which is very tempting. Twinning is not something which I have yet done with Jess however, it is something which I can see myself doing in the future. These are such high-quality t-shirts which would make a great gift for a child or adult I think they are a company which I will be purchasing off again in the future I might even have to get this top for myself and I have my eye on another one but who knows I might be lucky enough to receive it as a gift this Christmas. I think the children’s tees are around the £12 mark and the adult ones around £22. 
Cards a something which we all seem to send at this time of year, of course, the picture above is the one of Jess’s birthday card, however, Handmade by Bubblestorm is a company that I adore for cards. They have some beautiful ones which they have launched for Christmas which even can include a picture and a calendar inside of course this is something which I have had to order. The people have not seen them yet or I would have shared them. This is a company who I will be using more in the future I think they would be amazing at weddings and other big occasions where you want something perfect cards are £3.99 each so not the cheapest but I can tell you they are of such high quality and they do discount for orders over 2.
Dot Creates they do some of the most amazing stationary that you have ever seen. I technically could not show you it as it is part of my own Christmas present but it got delivered to my house. If you are a blogger you might want to check out the new blogger planners. I am someone who needs to be actually very organised I need to know when I have my posts going up and as well as knowing how I am actually growing on social media. Dot creates do actually some other items which you do not actually have to be a blogger to use they even do phone cases. These products are something which I would recommend I used the ultimate blog planner all of last year so I really can not wait to start using my new one. Everyone love stationary after all right? 
Hunter and the three bears is a company which I discovered this year and actually ordered a present for they do the most beautiful necklaces.Which you can have personalised with your children’s name or any other name you want to. I love the idea of been able to have personalised jewellery they also key rings which says things such as this daddy belongs to and then the name of the children. I have actually ordered one of these for Jess’s great nan as I think this is something which she will really enjoy don’t worry she will not read this post at all. They are super reasonable as well they are cheaper than I found them on Etsy with postage a necklace and keyring cost me I think less than £15. Making things personalised always means so much more right.
Happy place cosmetics is a brand which I have been looking at for a long period of time however, I have not purchased them before Christmas. One of the reason is that I have so much Lush things which I would love to use up. I have decided that some people who are on my Christmas shopping list would love to receive some of the items they do which include bath bomb, soaps and body and shower whips. I love receiving gifts which have has some effort put in them rather than the something which has just been picked up. This company do some different scents which I have not thought of in the future, I would love to receive some of these but they sell out so fast. They are the same price as Lush so not too expensive. 
Paiges sweet treat shop is another small business that I would recommend of course as the name suggests they sell a lot of sweet treats. They have items to make hot chocolate like the picture above, they also do wine glasses with your names with gummy bears in them. Of course, you can get a lot of pick n mix and chocolate treats I think that with sweets that it is nice to sometimes get things which the person may not purchase for themselves or something which they maybe have not seen for a long time. I have ordered something for Jess’s key worker from this store however, I can see me having to make a couple more orders from this site yet before Christmas shopping is over. 
Do you have any favourite small business if so let me know in the comments I always love checking them out?
Charlotte x