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Last minute shopping ideas - my Christmas gift guide.

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Anyone else still gift shopping? There is ALWAYS that one person left on the list that you just cant think of anything for isn't there? If this is you too, I have put together some of my gift ideas this Christmas, I hope they inspire you!

Merry Christmas!

For your other half.

My Mum and I both love this wonderfully festive gin. We simply pop some in a glass with tonic or lemonade, however you could cover the rim in crushed candy canes or even add a small candy cane into the glass to make them really stand out at a party.

This gin is not as minty as the name and colour would suggest! Using mild peppermint for flavour, and bilberry and hibiscus for colour this delightful gin is sweet on the palate, with a subtle juniper and berry taste. This will definitely be featuring in our household every year!

Priced at £26 for a 40% ABV, 70cl bottle.

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This light and fruity whiskey is finished for eight months in Port pipes from Porto Cruz, the N°1 Porto company in the world. The spirit picks up intense embellishments of summer fruit, dark chocolate and cinnamon, ending with refreshing spice with a citrus lemon tang. A definite seasonal favourite with the whiskey drinkers.

Priced at £25, ABV 40% , 70cl

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This beard trimmer is the must have gadget of many men this year. With beards more popular than ever, easy grooming is a must! This beard trimmer features a precision dial, 3 attachments and comes with a Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor. Boasting lifetime sharp blades, you can be sure this trimmer will deliver ultimate precision for an even cut.

Available at Boots, Amazon, Argos at around £40

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The Silk-epil SkinSpa is a complete 4-in-1 epilation, exfoliation and skin care system, complete with a SensoSmart pressure sensor to guide and help remove more hair per stroke.

Cordless, rechargeable and usable wet and dry you can use this safely in the bath or shower for more gentle hair removal. Complete with 2 body exfoliation brushes to reduce ingrown hairs, 2 speed settings and an integrated light to reveal even the finest hairs. Accessories include shaver and trimmer cap for sensitive areas, bikini trimmer, skin contact cap, facial cap. storage pouch, cleaning brush and more.

Priced at around £150 from Argos, Amazon and Boots

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For the Dog lovers.

You can’t beat a comfy festive bed for your furry friend can you? I love this Santa Paws mattress from Scruffs. Featuring is a subtly festive fairisle pattern, this lovely bed will be suitable all year around.

The mattress is filled with recycled PET fibers to ensure optimum cushioning, resilience and insulation. Topped with two tone faux fur and has a non slip base and importantly is machine washable.

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Gtech K9 pro vacuum cleaner.

All us dog owners understand the constant battle of trying to keep your floors clean. Gtech have come to our rescue this year with this unique bagged pet vacuum.

With no cords holding you back, and no need to change plug sockets while moving around your home, the Pro K9 not only lets you roam free but there’s no temptation for pets to chew power cords.

The K9 pro is lightweight with a rotating brush bar, specifically designed to pick up pet hair from carpets and hard floors, while the unique AirLOC system lifts large debris as well as embedded dust and hair.

The airflow from the vacuum compresses the dirt and continually pushes it down, giving each bag increased capacity and with no filters to maintain due to the triple layered bag trapping all dust, maintenance is also kept to a minimum.

I'm hoping to find one of these beauties under my tree on the 25th.

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For the Dads

The Nextbase 122 is a standard entry level Dash Cam, ideal for the young or first time drivers.

The exclusive Nextbase Click&Go Pro mount is magnetic so ideal for easy installation with just one hand. The power cable installs directly into the mount, allowing the Dash Cam to be free from wires.

Featuring parking mode, auto start with the vehicle, a bright and clear 2-inch high resolution screen, this is the perfect gadget gift for Dads!

Priced around £40 at Halfords, Curry, Argos, Amazon and other retailers.

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If your Dad is anything like mine, I bet he is outside doing something in all kinds of weather. My Dad is usually washing the car or strolling around the caravan site at the weekend, getting a telling off from my Mum for coming inside with muddy shoes and wet feet.

Well no more! Wrapped under the tree this Christmas morning he will find his very own pair of lightweight waterproof boots.

With sealed seams and a gusseted tongue to keep water out, he could easily hose them down or wash them off at the tap to get them clean. Finishing touches to these rugged boots include a soft faux lining around the collar and the comfortable cushion of Dual Crocs Comfort

Available from www.crocs.co.uk for £89.99

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For your Mum

If your Mum is anything like mine, she will always be on the lookout for a better skincare range. Now she is past 50 she has noticed a few changes to her skin and some pigmentation patches that have appeared. When I came across this Re-Gen range that is described as a regenerative oil which is suitable for the face and body, I immediately decided to gift some of the range to my Mum this Christmas.

Consisting of an anti-ageing facial serum, a non-greasy face and body cream, a convenient continuous spray and a dry skin gel, the range contains the active ingredient PCL Liquid which protects skin from drying out and improves its natural elasticity, leaving you with radiant looking skin.

The combination of subtle floral fragrances, essential oils and vital vitamins helps to ensure the correct care for your skin.

Available from Primark, Asda, B&M and Amazon and other retailers.

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This Weekender kit contains all your tanning enthusiast needs on the go! The gorgeous gift bag is stuffed with a bottle of Tan, Primer, tanning mitt and Tan remover. 

Over the festive period you will be able to maintain your optimum tan colour, whether you are at home or away, simply pop the gift set in your luggage and you are covered. Prep, tan and maintain your glow using these perfectly sized products.
Priced at £15

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This Brush Kit features six specially selected brushes to help beauty enthusiasts create their look, their way. Containing a powder brush, foundation brush, contour brush, eye shadow brush, blusher brush and a precision eye brush, this is the ideal gift for any make up lover, from beginners to experts.

Wash the brushes regularly with warm soapy water, rinse well and leave flat to dry.

Priced at £20 at Boots

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Sleek make-up advent calendar.

Now we are well into December, a lot of advent calendars are being sold off cheaply. 

This Sleek makeup calendar was £40 but has been reduced to £15 in Boots. 
An absolute bargain!

Lip Dose Soft Matte Lipclick Controversy
I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Storm
I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette All Night Long
Lip Shotgloss Impact Behind Closed Doors 4ml
Lip Shotgloss Impact Brutal Honesty 4ml
Lip Shotgloss Impact Corrupted 4ml
Matte Me Lip Cream That’S So Fetch 3ml
Matte Me Lip Cream Roasted Almond 3ml
Matte Me Lip Cream Velvet Slipper 6ml
Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Platinised Plum 3ml
Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Electroplated Nude 3ml
Black Utopia Volumising Mascara 9ml
Dip It Eyeliner Black 4ml
Glitter Eyeliner Steel 4ml
Glitter Eyeliner Gold 4ml
Blush Rosegold 6g
Blush Pomegranate 6g
Loose Pigment Trance 1.9g
Shattered Glass Glitter Effect Lip Topper Bad Moon
Shattered Glass Glitter Effect Lip Topper Usual Tricks
Lip Laminate Chaos 9ml
Lip Laminate Extra Sauce 9ml
Lip Brush
Eye Shadow Brush

It could be an idea to buy a nice make up bag and pack it full of the 24 products from inside this calendar, an ideal gift for makeup lovers and your purse too!

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If you have a primary school age girl in your household, I am pretty sure you will already know about Frozen 2 and the bright and sparkly wonder that is Smiggle! They have joined forces this year to make your Christmas even easier. From Lunchboxes and drinks bottles to headphones and keyrings, Smiggle have got you covered.

Whats even better, they currently have 20% off the whole range.


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Girls 6 - 8+

Slimelicious Station

The new Slimelicious range brings scented slime to So Slime DIY, the original no mess, no glue, no fuss, just add water slime. Make your own fantastic scented slime creations with the Slimelicious Station by just adding water to the powders and then shaking! You can even add decorations! A great gift and guaranteed to keep little hands and minds busy.

Priced at £19.99

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Jewellery making Studio

Cryst-a-Gel Jewellery Studio is the new creative solution for any budding fashionista who loves to accessorise in style. This deluxe Style 4 Ever Studio uses a unique flexible material that lets you make your own pendants, bracelets, rings & charms with the amazing Cryst-a-Gel moulds. Create your own innovative jewellery that matches your personal style and design. The fantastic material has been designed for the Studio and lets you create bespoke designs, simply add your own colour and glitter. Everything you need is in the box with easy to follow instructions you will be designing your charming collection in no time. Once you’ve completed your first Jewellery collection the fun continues with the Cryst-a-Gel Refill kits, which work brilliantly as party bag alternatives and top ups for your luxury Cryst-a-Gel Studio. Perfect for budding designers aged 8+

Priced at £19.99

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So Magic DIY Wonder Garden

Make your own So Magic DIY Wonder Garden and watch it transform throughout the day. Simply mix the Magic Powder with water, plant your Magic tree, add sand stones and decorations and wait as your magic tree blooms into a colourful display. Add the finishing touches to your lake with cute stones, decorations and figures Sprinkle coloured sand and draw patterns using the tools then protect it with the special case. Collect all the themes and show off your unique creations. Age 6+

Priced at £19.99

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So Bomb DIY Factory

Get ready to create six large delightfully fizzy bath bombs with the So Bomb DIY Factory. Everything you need is in the box and you will be astounded by your gorgeous creations. Design your own bath bomb in three easy steps; mix the ingredients, pour in your chosen coloured powder, confetti and cute surprise, put it in the mould and let it set. Make six bath bombs with this incredible So Bomb DIY Factory, treat yourself or give them to friends and family as gifts it’s up to you!

Priced at £19.99

Available at Argos and other retailers.

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Starbucks lovers!

We all know a Starbucks lover! My Aunty pops into our local daily and sometimes takes Liv for a toasty and hot chocolate, yummy!

Next time you are in store check out their range of gifts. From mugs to use at home, refillable Starbucks cups, coffee beans and gift cards, its easy to make a Starbucks lover happy this Christmas!
Find your local store here: Starbucks store locator 

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Please note, some of the items featured were sent to me for consideration, however all opinion is my own.