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Gift inspiration from Life with Liv!

Tuesday 11 December 2018

If like me you are still Christmas shopping, I have put together some gift ideas for inspiration. This guide consists of things I have gifted or would like to receive (if Santa is reading!) I hope it helps you! 

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For the drink lovers!

Jawbone gin

Jawbox is triple distilled very slowly in a traditional copper pot, with eight of the eleven botanicals infused in the spirit. The final three botanicals are put through the vapour extraction method to preserve their delicate flavour and aroma. Local heather from Black Mountain, which overlooks the city of Belfast, is amongst its distinctive blend of botanicals. Created in 2016, Jawbox Gin takes its name from “when the front door was left unlocked and in the kitchen stood the Belfast sink, clothes, dishes and children got washed there, a lot of craic was heard around the Jawbox. It still is.”

PRICE: From £30.00 for 70cl ABV: 43%

Available in Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, masterofmalt.com, thewhiskyexchange.com, drinksupermarket.com, Amazon & other good retailers. 

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Glen Moray Port Cask finish Whisky.

The Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish combines the best of the soft gentle Glen Moray Classic Single Malt with the spicy, plum, wine-like, tannic elements from the port casks from Porto Cruz in which it is matured. On the nose, toasted vanilla and subtle oak is followed by rich dried fruit, along with subtle hints of dark chocolate and leather. This port cask finish has a lemony tang to it which progresses into a caramel-like taste with dashes of cinnamon. Finally finishing with a honey sweetness combined with spices and dark chocolate.

RRP: £25 FOR 70cl ABV: 40%. Available from Majestic, Spirited Wines and Whisky Specialist Retailers.

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King Cobra beer

Unique among lagers, King Cobra is brewed using ale yeast and is double fermented in the bottle, giving it a super-premium, full-bodied taste and pleasant, hazy appearance. This unorthodox approach gives King Cobra its warming, powerful depths. King Cobra is served in a champagne bottle, making it a striking and unusual gift for the festive season, perfect for all beer lovers. My Husband will definitely be popping this after his lunch!

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, it’s available both online and offline across the UK, and retails for around £5

Available online and at most supermarkets.

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For the little girl in your life.

With Liv turning 7 this year, we decided to get her some more grown up jewellery. These have been sent to Santa ready for the big day!

A personalised bracelet.

This beautiful identity bracelet features a genuine opal and the signature Molly Brown London adjustable double chain design that will grow with her every step of the way. Liv will be so happy that she has a piece of jewellery with her birthstone in, she has been admiring some very expensive and quite inappropriate pieces for her age so we were very pleased to find this perfect bracelet.

This personalised October Opal Birthstone Bracelet is a lovely age appropriate design that can be engraved to create a bespoke gift that is truly hers. Have her name or a special date engraved onto the sterling silver identity bar for jewellery that makes her heart sing. 

All birthstones are available. Priced at £52

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A penguin necklace!

I fell in love with Jana Reinhardt’s lovely handmade penguin pendant as soon as I saw it! It is absoltely adorable! Ever since THAT John Lewis advert, these cute little creatures seem very Christmas-y but also able to worn all year round. The beautiful solid silver penguin measures 15x11 mm and the chain can be worn at 16 or 18 inches (41 or 46cm) and is handmade in the UK . We chose 925 sterling silver, however there a re more precious metal options.

The necklace costs £89 and is available from: www.janareinhardt.com

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For the lucky Lady in your life.

100% Merino wool throw 

This super soft 140cm x 180cm merino wool throw from Made to Last is made in a contemporary animal print design using oxford grey and white wool and finished with a rolled fringe. Stylish enough to add a touch of class to your living room while draped over the back of your sofa, cosy enough to snuggle up under too! I would love to find this under my tree on the big day.

Currently on sale for £79 at www.made-to-last.co.uk

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Stay safe with a dashcam

The Nextbase 312GW Rose Gold Dash Cam records in Full 1080p HD using 6G glass lenses to provide a wide 140 degree view and amazing image clarity. In-built Wi-Fi allows you to quickly view footage on your phone and share it with your insurer or friends with the Nextbase app. The 312GW also comes with the Click and Go Powered Car Mount and GPS and G force recording are also inbuilt to provide important evidence in the event of an accident. Click & Go GPS Magnetic Mount - This allows the Dash Cam to be free from wires and offers easy installation. A stylish way to help them stay safe while driving.

Currently available in Argos and Halfords for £79

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For families - Why gift things when you can gift memories?

Go ape outdoor experience.

Go Ape are firm believers that outdoor experiences make people happy. Whether it’s zipping through the tree tops, whizzing along the forest floor, or bouncing on super springy bounce nets – at Go Ape there’s an adventure for everyone! 

With 33 locations to choose from in the UK, your loved ones are in for one memorable experience when you gift them this day out.

With vouchers from just £10, this idea fits all budgets too, go on, they'll love you for it!

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Red letter days

For those busy Parents, make their gift extra special with a one-night break for two people. 

With a range of mostly of small, independent hotels and inns across the UK, each unique in character and temperament alongside a few chain hotels, this gift is perfect for that romantic weekend break. You can be assured of a solely distinctive and unique stay in every location. Breakfast and a delicious evening meal at the property’s restaurant are included.

You could make it even more special by offering to babysit the kids!

Hotel Escape with Dinner for Two - £149

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If like me you have teenage Nieces and Nephews that are difficult to buy for, take a look at theses gift sets from Nivea.

For the make up lover - Pro make up kit 

Help her keep her skin looking flawless and ready for make up with this Pro Make Up Kit. Containing a selection of NIVEA skin products designed to create the perfect base including NIVEA Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, NIVEA Daily Essentials 3 in 1 Refreshing Cleansing Wipes, NIVEA MicellAIR Micellar Water Sensitive Skin and NIVEA 1 Minute Urban Detox Mask Refine as well as a mask applicator and a stylish perspex organizer to keep it all tidy. This gift gets you make-up ready at any time, just like the professionals. My Niece will love this!

Available in Superdrug for £30

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For the sports mad teen - Travel in Style.

For the guy on the go, this travel kit ensures his skin is smooth and cared for skin no matter the destination. Including all the NIVEA favourites for his face and body in one wash bag: NIVEA MEN Active Clean Shower Gel; NIVEA MEN Black & White Anti-Perspirant; NIVEA MEN Sensitive Shaving Foam; NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm;and NIVEA MEN Creme – the kit provides ultimate freshness all day every day. these brilliant products come inside a stylish navy and grey toiletry bag - far easier to wrap too!

Available from Sainsburys for £30

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Stylish phone cases.

A recent survey found that phone cases are now a popular gift. Understandably so since virtually everyone has a mobile phone of their own.

Very reasonable in price, these beautiful cases are perfect stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts.

You can find the whole range of cases - including personalised phone cases - at www.tiritacase.com

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A cosy Winter bundle

Everyone loves a cosy cushion and blanket! This adorable winter set is super soft and subtly festive featuring a beautiful Robin design.

With a large and small pillow, they stack beautifully on a chair or bed. The set also features a super soft red tartan blanket and wheat filled hottie ready to be heated up in the microwave and help keep you toasty warm through Winter.

1 x Large Robin Cushion
1 x Red Tartan Fleece Throw
1 x Robin Hottie
1 x Small Robin Cushion

Available for £17.49 from Cancer Research UK

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Disclaimer - some of these above have been gifted to me for inclusion, all opinion is my own.