Feel good gift giving · Food, food, and more food · handmade or homemade · The unusual

Random(ish) acts of kindness: a Valentine’s (or anti-Valentine’s) special

I think that kindness comes in many forms (I’ve blogged about being kind to yourself before), I also think that it isn’t always easy to be kind (whether it is to yourself or otherwise). Sometimes what seems kind to one person can actually seem like a poke in the eye to another. But that doesn’t… Continue reading Random(ish) acts of kindness: a Valentine’s (or anti-Valentine’s) special

Feel good gift giving

Be kind to yourself. Self gift and chase away the January Blues

I was very tempted to start this post with the classic ‘you would have to have been living under a rock to not have noticed…’ but I decided against it (while I do love brackets and the odd pun I think steering clear of classic cliches is a resolution for 2017 (potentially)). Anyway, getting back… Continue reading Be kind to yourself. Self gift and chase away the January Blues

Visits

Tea for two and two for afternoon tea at Balthazar London

It was a lovely bit of serendipity that was the inspiration for this particular blog post. The week before Christmas I was offered a single (first class no less) train ticket from London Euston to Birmingham New Street on the 6th January. Coincidentally this is the day after my 24th (again) birthday. I immediately said… Continue reading Tea for two and two for afternoon tea at Balthazar London

The not quite right · Turning trash into treasure

Turning trash into treasure (or what to do with unwanted gifts)

I don’t really think any gift is truly trash (but I do love a good attention-grabbing headline) and I don’t think there are truly any unwanted gifts. They might be gifts you already have (perhaps that book you wanted that you told too many people about?), that gift you have enough of already (there might… Continue reading Turning trash into treasure (or what to do with unwanted gifts)

Feel good gift giving · Finding gifts for the awkward · The unusual

What to gift for a ruby wedding anniversary (especially for those people who are a bit awkward to buy for)?

Luckily ruby wedding anniversaries don’t crop up that often (an average of 40 years if the couple make it that far) so this isn’t one I need to think of the unusual, bespoke gift for on a regular basis. However they are kind of a big deal. 40 years is a long time to be… Continue reading What to gift for a ruby wedding anniversary (especially for those people who are a bit awkward to buy for)?

Food, food, and more food · It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas · Subscription gifts · The unusual

Subscription gifts, they are not just for Christmas

A gift should be for life, not just for Christmas (apologies as I am paraphrasing the line that usually refers to dogs and they are definitely for life). Or at the very least it should be something that satisfies a want or need for more than one day. And there are gifts out there that… Continue reading Subscription gifts, they are not just for Christmas

Feel good gift giving · It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas · Wrapping paper

Keeping it green this Christmas with environmentally friendly gift wrap

The wife (who again I should point out is married to a man) was picking my brains on wrapping presents that didn’t result in a lot of waste (or mess). Now, I’m not 100% sure that I can help on the mess front but I do have a few ideas (based on my constant need… Continue reading Keeping it green this Christmas with environmentally friendly gift wrap