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

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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

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas · The unusual

Finding gift inspiration (also known as I’m making a list and I’m checking it twice)

Everyone I know has been (reasonably) nice so that is the first thing off my list. The second is (hopefully obvious by now) that I want to find those shiny, happy gifts that come from independent businesses making bespoke handmade, homemade, or different gifts. Of course I do buy from the big retailers as well.… Continue reading Finding gift inspiration (also known as I’m making a list and I’m checking it twice)

Feel good gift giving · The unusual

The gift of feel-good gift giving (if that’s not a tongue twister I don’t know what is)

I love discovering new places for gifts through any means possible. If I go to a craft fair my handbag can become a collection of business cards and flyers of places where I need to buy gifts from (sometimes I do buy but sometimes they do get a second look and end up in the… Continue reading The gift of feel-good gift giving (if that’s not a tongue twister I don’t know what is)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas · The unusual

Putting on my elf hat (also known as helping out with gift ideas)

So, you might have figured out by now that I donate a (very) significant amount of time to buying presents and gifts that are that bit different, that bit unique, and that bit (hopefully) right for the lucky (again hopefully) gift recipient. I do, on occasion, help other people think of ideas (or I end… Continue reading Putting on my elf hat (also known as helping out with gift ideas)

handmade or homemade · The unusual · Visits

I love you more than cheese (potentially)

I recently took a trip to Liverpool (it being only 30 minutes away from Mum and Dad’s in North Wales) and this is where I discovered that I love you more than cheese. Wait no, that’s not quite right, it is where I discovered a hidden gem (to me anyway) of a shop called MYNE… Continue reading I love you more than cheese (potentially)

handmade or homemade · The unusual

A Welsh passport (because sometimes one is needed!)

I think I have mentioned that I have two adorable (yes I am biased) nephews who live Oop North with my Big Brother and Sister-in-Law. And they are of the age when a little fun goes a long way – such as a Welsh passport. I made my eldest nephew (the adorable Benjamin) a Welsh… Continue reading A Welsh passport (because sometimes one is needed!)

Food, food, and more food · The unusual

Chocolate crackling, the ultimate bacon gift?

I’ve definitely taken the element of surprise out of the content of this post with that title but perhaps the idea of chocolate crackling is enough of a surprise as it is? To be honest this was a complete impulse buy when I spotted it in the farm shop at Battlefield 1403 in Shrewsbury. Perhaps… Continue reading Chocolate crackling, the ultimate bacon gift?

The unusual

Shark gifts – because such a thing actually exists!

Prior to December 2015, I had little idea that shark gifts were an actual thing but when I started doing some research during that month I became very glad it was! Shark Week – the start of the shark gifts I like taking the casual remark, glance at an item, or mention of a thing… Continue reading Shark gifts – because such a thing actually exists!