Gift Guide- Women’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 girls stocking this festive season. Some of these are actually gifts which people got this festive season so I hope the person who these are gifts are for is not reading this post.

Something which I have seen a lot of people received in the is lovely plaques which you can hang up, however, a couple of months ago I saw a local company had been doing wooden tree ornaments which could be kept up all year on a wall. I had one of my friend in mind when I saw this because Jess calls her auntie I think this could be a northern where your children end up calling their mums best friend Auntie. I think this could make a great present because it could say special anything for example, special friend. It is so beautiful I would have something like this hanging all year long in my house.
These are actually children gloves because of the fact that I did not have any adult ones to hand, however, because of the fact that the weather does change a hell of a lot after the festive period and usually, in the UK we have very cold January and February. Primark does some nice gloves which do not have to break the bank it does depend on how much you want to spend and how much the person does actually spend outside. For example, if they spend a lot of their time outdoors you might want to invest in some more fleecy gloves because they do keep you warmer and places such as Amazon
sell them pretty cheaply as well. I think I paid £5 for a pair which I am going to be giving this festive period. 

Lip kits are something which has massively exploded this year and they are something which every single brand seem to have brought out. Primark is one which has made their own and they have done it in one of the most autumnal/winter colours which I think is going to rock this festive season. Primark is not a company which is going to break the bank they are only £3 which means that it would be great for secret Santa they come in a range of colours so this means that it does not matter if they are not going to like this shade I am sure there is a shade for everyone. I would love to receive another one of these because they are of such good quality.

January is a month when everyone is wanting to save money and because of the fact that Christmas is so expensive and taking lunch into work is something which everyone seems to love to do. One of my best friends is obsessed this year with unicorns so when I saw this lunch bag which is covered in this print I knew it was super amazing and this is something which I had to pick. This is actually from Sass and Belle and this is something which you do not have to use this as a lunch bag you could use this as anything. Lunch bags are something which I have got in to massively this year and this is something which I am sure that people who are saving really need. My best friend has just moved into her first house so needs to be able to save money for important things such as bills. 

The final item which I have in this gift guide is this unicorn slippers which are adorable these are something which I have had for a few months so I am unsure if they will still actually have these in stores but I am sure that they will have something very similar these are very fluffy which means that they are going to be great for the colder months when you just want to be super cosy. I think that these are only £3.50 from Primark which means that they are not doing damage your bank balance too much and they again could be a great secret santa present because we all know people do manage to do them in the offices and workplaces.  They have soft soles which means that you will not be able to wear them outside without trashing them.

A couple of other ideas which you could use to put in girls stockings:

  • Bath bombs you do not have to use Lush there are some other cheaper brands
  • Sweets/chocolate who does not love these
  • Face masks we all need treats
  • Jewellery you do not have to spend so much money Primark and Jewellery box do some amazing bits. 
What do you plan on putting in a girls stocking this festive season?
Charlotte xxxx

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