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)

Food, food, and more food · It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas · Visits

Falling in love….with Liberty London

I feel like I should apologise for the space in between posts (as other bloggers tend to do) and I am sorry (mainly for myself as the views are yet to hit the tens of figures) as I love buying gifts and I really am going to end up scrabbling around for gifts in December… Continue reading Falling in love….with Liberty London

Alcofrolic alcohol · handmade or homemade

Homemade Cherry Liqueur or an attempt at Black Forest Vodka

I was recently given a small mound of sour cherries (or I guess dessert cherries?) with the suggestion I use them for Christmas (yes, I am afraid I am already thinking of that time) presents. And well, I liked that idea. I have previously made homemade raspberry vodka and homemade blackberry rum for Christmas gifts… Continue reading Homemade Cherry Liqueur or an attempt at Black Forest Vodka

handmade or homemade · Wrapping paper

Is it all about what you buy? Wrapping paper ideas to truly make a gift special

OK, so I might be over-selling it slightly with that post title BUT I do love looking at wrapping paper ideas and working out what I can put together myself. I like the gifts I am giving to not only be extra special for that person but to also be presented with a bit of… Continue reading Is it all about what you buy? Wrapping paper ideas to truly make a gift special

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)