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Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide: The Crafter

November 22nd  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Second episode of my Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide, covering interesting and unique gift ideas for any crafters and creatives

Second episode in my Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide, covering gift ideas for any crafter and creatives

Being such a lover of crafts and homemade myself, buying gifts for any crafty friend is one of the things I love the most around Christmas time! This is why today’s Unconventional Christmas Gift Guides episode felt so spontaneous to put together and it’s one between my favourites out of them all!

Today’s Christmas gift guide is a selection of items any creatives will adore, including DIY kits, paper and stationery gems, and handmade items from small independent businesses a crafter can’t *not* appreciate!

01. Wool & The Gang Knitting Kit
I was recently introduced to Wool & The Gang thanks to Instagram and everyone starting to knit because of it, but it is such an interesting brand really! They provide yarn, patterns and supplies to properly get into knitting, whether you’re a pro or you’re just getting started. This kit contains all the basic necessary for any new knitter as well as their Zion Lion Pom Hat pattern to get started. I especially love the pink option, but they have a lot of different colours (as well as patterns) to pick from – and they also sell ready made knitwear if your gift recipient is lazy instead!

02. Christian Lacroix Journal + Desk BoxGarden Collage
Chances are your creative or crafter is a lover of stationery and paper too! If you plan on spoiling her this year, Christian Lacroix does some pretty incredible notebooks and diaries, that, as a stationery lover myself, I bet would make for a well-welcomed luxurious gift for anyone who loves to take notes! Pair it with one (or all) of their Desk Boxes and you’ll get the perfect dream gift for any stationery lover.

03. Petite Mila Rosy Trousse + Pentel Aquash Watercolor Pens
Calligraphy and brush lettering are big trends this last couple of years, and if your crafter is someone who’s getting started or is a pro already, she will surely love a nice selection of calligraphy tools or these watercolor pens for a change!

Also, you might remember Petite Mila from my Etsy Favourite Finds series; well, she has just released a whole new collection of handmade organic cotton pouches with the cutest patterns ever. Make sure you check her Etsy shop out because her products always impress when given as gifts, whether or not paired with pens really!

04. Miel Café Design x Casetify Lemonade Phone Case
I hope you won’t mind a tiny bit of self promotion, do you?! Because not only this phone case features my own design (I have a whole collection here if you fancy a peek), but I’m very partial to Casetify’s phone cases just in general. So far they’re the best I have ever tried, very solid, protection is amazing and apparently you can drop your phone as much as you like with them on (although I’m not very keen in testing if it’s true), and their New Standard cases come with interchangeable backplates so that you don’t have to invest in a new case everytime you fancy a new pattern/design!

05. Deer Zoofold Animal Hat ℅ Zoofold
I was recently introduced to Zoofold and I’ve immediately thought they’d make for such an interesting and different gift idea, especially for crafters and creatives! They are eco-friendly folding animal masks/hats that will involve a bit of DIY when putting them together as well as a lot of fun wearing or styling your room with them (yes, you can get some use out of them as designer wall art as well!). Thought for parties and festivals especially, they come in a lot of different interesting shapes and are hand-designed by lovely architect India Aspin!

06. Watercolor Wishes Card Kit ℅ Stampin’ Up!
I have talked about this DIY card kit already in the past and I’m still a huge fan. This kit comes with all the necessary tools to create custom-made greeting cards, including stickers, paper, envelopes, stamps and everything in between! But at Stampin’ Up! they have a whole lot of different kits and products all worth checking out!



That concludes today’s Christmas Gift Guide! Don’t forget to come back every other day for more guides and make sure you check the tag to see them all. Remember, there’ll be an amazing surprise at the end!
Covering ‘The Homebound’ next… x

Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide: The Sporty

November 20th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

First episode of 2016 Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide, with five thoughtful gift ideas for the sport lover in your life.

Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide
Unconventional Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Gifts for the sport lover

Ah, christmas gift guides! In the past I’ve tried a whole lot of different formats, but this year I wanted to create something a bit more ‘me’ and personal, sharing a selection of unconventional gift ideas, that will include, between the rest, lots of handmade items from small independent businesses I am lucky to partner with (because we gotta support freelancers this time of the year especially!). But between those, there’ll also be ideas for different but thoughtful gifts, and each guide will feature options for any budget!

Instead of focusing only on the gender or the relationship one might have with the recipient of the gift, I thought it might be handier to subdivide my guides into categories this time… because yes, chances are the people in your life will somehow fit into at least one of the categories I’m going to share gift ideas for! This year my gift guide will actually be an entire blog series walking us towards Advent, because it’ll be December 1st when these posts will be over – perfect time to start shopping! Make sure you come back every other day for a different guide each time and you stay tuned until the end for a little surprise!


So for day 1, let’s start with the sporty! This is a little selection of gifts any sport lover, or anyone who is getting started with a new fitness routine, would be pretty excited to get…

01. Nike Juvenate Sneakers
… or any pair of sneakers really! A runner especially, doesn’t ever have enough sneakers in her life: did you know you’re supposed to throw your shoes in the bin after 0.9-1k kilometres? That seems a lot but it really isn’t if you think about it, so a pair of extra sneaker can be handy even if you know for sure your sporty has a little collection already. You know I love my Nike Juvenate Sneakers, I talk about them all the time – but this sneakers are not only the softest and comfiest to walk in, but are also aestethically pretty making them the perfect everyday option too!

02. H&M Soft Bra (Similar)
Whatever the sport in question is, a nice sport bra will always end up being well-loved, you can be 100% sure about that! There are options for any budget out there really, but this can also be quite an inexpensive but much-appreciated gift idea, for that sporty friend or collegue, if you have a limited budget. H&M has some pretty lovely options, totally worth checking them out!

03. Jawbone Up Move Fitness Tracker
I have talked about this little gadget in details recently already, but I love it that much that I couldn’t help but add it to the list! This fitness tracker helps you keep track of the steps you do in your days, as well as the hours of sleep and the quantity of calories you’re eating, and you can bet any fitness lover (or even anyone new to fitness but wanting to get started) will be enthusiastic about it!

04. Teatox Set ℅ Teagime
If you’re looking for something a bit more personal and totally unique for your health lover, you definitely want to introduce her to Teagime: they create customized teatox programmes and sets based on some information about the recipient (so you should know your friend quite nicely for this one!), providing three different tea blends, morning, afternoon and night, to target specific health goals with 100% natural and gentle ingredients. You can read more about my experience over here if you’re curious!

05. Adidas Performer ClimaLite Leggings
Lastly but not at least, of course any sport lover will adore to get some new nice-quality fitness gear! I can’t suggest the Adidas ClimaLite Leggings enough really – especially great for walking, running and yoga in my opinion. They’re the most comfortable I’ve ever tried and I love the ClimaLite technology so much!


Remember to come back for a new Christmas gift guide every other day!
Covering ‘The Crafter’ next… x

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

November 28th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

Today’s post is all about gift ideas for all the men in your life! I know for a fact that buying gifts for men is one of the most dubious yet fun thing to do, but finding something they would really appreciate is a whole other thing, isn’t it? That’s why I asked for the help of a man to put this gift guide together – so that I knew either me or any of you won’t be wrong! Most of these are super cute yet very inexpensive, some great if paired and others just perfect stocking fillers, but there’s something for any men here! So hopefully this will inspire your shopping (especially now that most things are discounted!) ;).

H&M Flannel Pajamas + H&M Deer Socks Set – Friend/Brother

You can’t really go wrong with nice, soft, high quality pajamas especially if paired with a nice festive-themed socks set, don’t you? I’ll be honest, this is one of my picks for the gift guide, but I’m sure anyone wears pjs and socks! Especially if they’re cute and have some snowflakes and deer printed all over them. They will appreciate, I’ll tell you!

Woodbuds iPhone 6 Phone Case – For his stocking

If you’re looking for a great stocking filler, you can’t really go wrong with a phone case! Now, everyone has his own tastes on the subject, but chances are most men will love a handmade wooden phone case like this one from Woodbuds. It makes for a very unique and different gift idea that your man will surely appreciate!

Kahuna WatchLush Lord Of Misrule Shower Gel – Boyfriend/Dad

These can be both great as stocking fillers or just gifts on their own! The Kahuna Watch is just a great casual gift idea for both boyfriends and dads, while Lush Lord Of Misrule has just the perfect warming unisex scent men will love (a mix of sweet and spicy, vanilla and patchouli with a touch of black pepper!) – and it’s actually one my boyfriend adores and uses all the time, so I’m not making this one up! ; )

Nespresso Capsules SetIndependent Coffee Book: London – For Coffee Lovers

Lastly, if you know someone that loves coffee as much as we all do (right?), it’s the perfect excuse to buy him coffee related gifts! I love the Independent Coffee Book, as I love a pretty café when I spot it, and if I don’t spot it I want to know where to find it! And the book contains a very huge amount of beautiful independent coffee shops in London – and it can be an excuse to visit them together as well! While if know someone who loves Italian coffee I bet it would appreciate a set of Nespresso Capsules a lot (it’s always such a treat to try out new flavours!).

For more gift ideas make sure you check out my ‘Click-n-Buy Gift Guide’!