Christmas 2018 Gift Edit

As Christmas approaches, I am finalising my gift shopping for my friends and family. Chocolates, wine and socks are always good but what else can you get to make the people you care about happy? As a result of my search, I put together a shortlist of products that I could consider for my closest family members-my husband and my parents and my sister. I hope you find my suggestions useful and if you decide to buy any of the items listed below then I hope that the person you get them for will appreciate them.

Firstly, as we’ve just moved into our new home, I wanted to get some luxury, personalised Christmas sacks for me and my husband. Harrow & Green offers a unique range of personalised festive sacks and stockings which were previously snapped up by Kate Middleton for Prince George and Princess Charlotte a few Christmases ago. It is a London-based studio that designs original, modern and stylish gifts. It is the creation of stylist Tanya Taylor and graphic designer Philip Taylor. I got us 2 personalised sacks which were designed and printed in-house. Not only they look really exclusive but they also are made from the high-quality materials.

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Secondly, I decided to get some get something for my parents. I normally get them a joint present in addition to some other small bits such as a bottle of their favourite perfumes. I recently came across some lovely hampers from Hawkshead Relish’s and ordered a Chilli lovers hamper for my parents. This hamper is the perfect gift for any chilli lovers as it includes a range of chutneys, pickles and spicy sauces that will make the foodie in your life happy this festive season. Hawkshead Relish’s hamper is presented in a hamper tray and includes:

  • Hot Garlic Pickle 195g
  • Chillililli Pickle 290g
  • Chilli Jam 220g
  • Mango Chutney 200g
  • Cheeky Chilli Salsa 195g
  • Black Garlic Pickle 200g
  • Kashmiri Tomato Chutney 190g
  • Bonnie Sauce Co Smoky Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • Bonnie Sauce Co Fiery Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

For more gift ideas, please check their website:

https://www.hawksheadrelish.com/shop/

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Thirdly, as my sister is only a few years older then me, I decided to get her some skincare. I have recently discovered an award winning skincare range from Angela Langford which I personally really liked so I thought that it would be a great gift for her. All Angela Langford’s products are based on natural ingredients including: almond oil, apricot, safflower and jojoba (to nourish) are blended with chamomile and cocoa (to soothe) and eucalyptus & lemon (to cleanse and brighten). I ordered 2 of the award winning products from the range:

  • the Radiance Restoring Face Oil which was named by the Good Housekeeping Institute as their best facial oil for 2018. The oil is perfect for all skin types (even sensitive) and leaves skin feeling silky smooth and radiant. This beautiful natural face oil contain blends of chia seed & sea buckthorn specially chosen for their therapeutic effect on your skin – they also smell divine. The oil comes in a handy 15ml bottle and costs £20.50.

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  • Clean Sweep Natural Organic Cleanser blends together glugs of almond, apricot, safflower & jojoba are blended with chamomile, cocoa, lemon & eucalyptus to cleanse your skin. It comes in a 5ml jar which lasts around 3 months and if used regularly it makes skin softer & smoother.

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To purchase any of Angela Langford’s products please visit:

https://www.angelalangford.com/

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your dad

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Pauline

 

Father’s Day Gift Edit

I am very close with my parents so every year I put a lot of thought into any of their celebrations. As Father’s Day approaches, I wondered what he would appreciate receiving and so I got him quite a few little treats. If you are still thinking about what you should get for your dad then I put together a shortlist of products that might be of interest for you. If you decide to buy any of them then I hope that your father will like them.

Firstly, My father is almost 70 but he is probably one of the most active guys I know. He used to be an army general and he still likes to do exercise and stay in shape. Whilst doing my research into Father’s Day gifts I came across Me and My Sport which is aimed at men who like sport. My father loves cycling so I decided to get him a cyclist sculpture from www.meandmysport.co.uk It is made from metal and has an antiqued bronze finish so it looks very sophisticated. I am sure that it will look great at his bedside table and it will bring back memories of the Olympic Velodrome and the Tour de France, which he enjoys watching. There is a ton of other interesting gifts on offer on this website so if your father likes to stay active then I am sure that you will find something there. NOTHSfiona336a

The sculpture costs £24.

Secondly, I found a similar website Me and My Car https://www.meandmycar.co.uk/ that offers gifts for anyone who likes cars and let’s be honest which guy doesn’t ;-)? The gift shop offers a range of products such as classic gifts, food & drink gifts, stationery, toys, games and tech. My Father always has a cup of coffee in the morning so I decided to get him a spanner cutlery set of 4 Coffee spoons. Don’t they look amazing?

 

The set of spoons costs £30.

Thirdly, I decided to get him Salter Neck and Shoulders Shiatsu massager. As I mentioned above, my father is very active and this Shiatsu massages is perfect for anyone taking part in sports as it helps to relieve sore and aching muscles. It has 3 adjustable speeds and an integrated easy control panel. It also auto shuts off after 15 mins so it will relieve any tired muscles in almost no time. I am sure that he will love it!

This Shiatsu massager costs £59.99 and you can get it from Amazon.co.uk or Salter’s website.

My father loves high-quality leather accessories. My younger brother bought a new wallet for him so I decided to get him a nice belt. I have recently ordered a decorative purse from Berber Leather and I was really impressed by a high quality of its design and its affordable price. I remembered that Berber’s website (https://www.berberleather.com/shop/handmade-leather-belt-black) also stored the belts so I decided to order a handmade wide black leather belt for him.

It is extremely strong and durable as it is made from 2 pieces of leather stitched together to create a strong and lasting piece. Once again I was very pleasantly surprised by its price of £25 only – a bargain for such a high quality.

Lastly, my father enjoys an occasional drink with his friends so I got him a bottle of Black Cow Vodka made locally in Dorset from the milk of grass grazed cows.

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Black Cow Vodka has an exclusive bottle design and distinctive logo. It is also known to be “the worlds’ smoothest vodka” and it was launched a while ago by dairy farmer Jason Barber using his secret recipe. I am sure that my father will like it and enjoy it with his friends.

Black Cow Vodka prices start at £31.75 for 70 cl. and you can buy it from a few retailers (i.e. Marks & Spencer, Majestic, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges) or you can order it online from:

https://www.blackcow.co.uk/shop/

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your dad.

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Paulin

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

As the Mother’s Day approaches, I decided to spoil my mum a bit and get her a few little presents to make her feel loved and appreciated. We are very close and she means a world to me so I always go through quite a bit of an effort on that special day. As my mum is 60 this year (in June), I decided to get her a hamper with a few carefully selected items.

As a result of my search, I put a shortlist of products that you could consider for your mum. I hope you find it useful and if you decide to buy any of the products featured below then I hope that your mum will love them.

Firstly, I thought about getting my mum a bottle of perfumes. As you are probably aware, there is a massive trend of personalisation nowadays – from handbags with initials to fragrances. I came across The Perfume Studio that offers many fragrance gift sets and allows anyone to create their perfect, signature fragrance at the comfort of their own home. They have various perfume making sets available i.e. the fresh, the exotic or the natural collection. I didn’t want to compromise so I decided to get my mum a luxury Ultimate Collection which includes almost all of the fragrance accords offered by the Perfume Studio.

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Your mum will have an opportunity to create her own sensational signature fragrance from 18 exclusive perfume blends carefully selected by Master Perfumer, Francois Robert. The set comes in a beautiful box and in addition to all lovely perfume blends it also includes a beautiful small purse atomiser and a 30ml glass dressing table atomiser.

What I like about it the most though is that you can add a special touch with a personalised message to which will be printed on the bottle. The bespoke fragrances normally cost fortune but The Perfume’s Studio Ultimate Collection is only £95. In addition to beautiful sets of fragrance making sets, you can get some Gift Experience Vouchers. If you would like to order anything then visit the website:

https://www.theperfumestudio.com/

Until the end of this month my blog readers can get 10% discount on their order by applying the code FIRSTCLASS at the checkout. Don’t forget to adhere to the delivery dates listed below:

  • Engraved items: Order by Midnight 06 March 
  • Everything else: Order by Midnight 07 March
  • Gift and Experience Vouchers: …anytime!

Secondly, as my mum loves skincare so I got her some SAMAYA’s skincare. SAMAYA brand is based on Ayurvedic principles, which helps anyone to achieve samadosha or a ‘perfect balance’ in your life, beginning with your skin. SAMAYA’s range includes cleansers, creams and treatment oils. As my mum uses Elemis moisturiser, I got her a Kapha Treatment Oil from a range of 3 high-performance all natural oils: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

All SAMAYA’s Oils contain a concentrated blend of active compounds that visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles by using some clinically proven active anti-ageing ingredients. All SAMAYA cosmetics are made in England and have a quick-absorbing formulas which aid skin to appears youthful and radiant, whilst their calming aromas impart a deep sense of tranquillity. The oils come in attractive frosted glass bottles with convenient pumps that dispense the perfect amount in one go. SAMAYA’s Anti-Ageing Treatment Oils make a very thoughtful and (again) personalised present because in order to choose the right oil for your mum, you have to take into consideration the person’s constitution type. I am sure that my mum will appreciate that I took the time to find her a unique and luxurious gift that is high performing, stress-alleviating and all-natural.

The oil costs £79 for 30ml and you can order the oil from SAMAYA’s website:

https://www.samayaayurveda.com/

Thirdly, as my mum has lots of jewellery and travels a lot I decided to get her a Caroline Jewellery Portfolio from Wolf – a luxury British leather-goods company established over 180 years. They are known for designing the world’s most beautiful jewellery cases, watch winders and boxes. The Caroline Jewellery Portfolio is defined by its distinctive quilted exterior and classic shape. It looks just like an elegant wallet and is made of high-quality quilted black leather, anti-tarnish LusterLoc™ lining, zip lock closure, gold finished fittings and leather tassel.

It has 13 earring holes, 1 ring roll, 2 compartments and 4 necklace holders with pocket. It is definitely a perfect gift for anyone who pursuits perfection, luxury and style and I am sure that my mum will love it. After opening it, I now want one for myself as well. The prices of the range start at £49 so if you are interested in ordering a jewellery case or portfolio for your mum then visit:

https://www.wolf1834.com/

Lastly, I decided to get my mum a couple of products from the Scentered range – a portable mood therapy collection of 100% natural, fragrance therapy balms and candles, designed to help busy people cope with the challenges of modern day living and achieve their best at all times. As I mentioned above, my mum travels a lot as my parents have 2 houses so she spends most of the week in the city where she works and them spends the remaining part of the week at the countryside with my retired father. She loves all travel versions of any products so I got her Scentered Mindful Aromatherapy Minis Tin and a Sleep Essential Set.

Mindful Aromatherapy Minis Tin contains five of Scentered best-selling 100% natural balms:

  • Sleep-well – a bedtime ritual to quieten an over-active mind and relax the body, at home and away.
  • De-stress – a calming balm to ease everyday tensions, soothe the mind and lift the spirits.
  • Be-Happy – an uplifting ritual, perfect for days when you’re feeling less than your best and in need of an extra lift.
  • Focus – an ability boosting ritual to help you perform your best at work.
  • Escape – an Escapism ritual to stimulate motivation and creativity, and enhance meditation practice. Recharge the batteries in a moment and go.

The tin is travel-friendly and perfect for transporting the balms.

All Scentered balms are formulated with a blend of moringa and shea butters, to ensure a non-greasy finish and long-lasting fragrance delivery. They can be used individually to target a specific need or together as a ‘booster’ kit. They come in a handy 5g non-drip mini version and a whole tin of 5 balms costs only £26.

In addition, I got her a Sleep Essential Set which contains:

  • a super soft, 100% silk eye mask to block out unwanted light;
  • Scentered’s Sleep Well Therapy Balm (5g) .

The sets aim is to help you to let go of everyday stress and tension and encourage deep sleep. As my mum have had some sleeping problems recently, I hope that it will help her to get a restful, good night’s sleep.

Visit https://scentered.me/ to order any products from this range. 

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your mum.

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Pauline

 

Christmas Gift Edit

As Christmas approaches, I started thinking about what to get for my friends and family. Chocolates and socks are a necessity but what else can you get to make the people you care about happy? As a result of my search, I put together a shortlist of products that I could consider for my closest family members-my husband, my parents and my sister. I hope you find my suggestions useful and if you decide to buy any of the items listed below then I hope that the person you get them for will appreciate them.

Firstly, I wanted to get something special for my husband. He is going to get a few small presents and as he loves his roast dinners I decided to get him the ‘Christmas Roast Dinner Box’ from Ross & Ross. Ross and Ross is a small, multi award winning fine food company based in the Cotswolds. It specializes in Wedding & Event Catering and Handmade British food gifts.

The owners Ross Bearman and Ross Whitmill share a passion for great British food. They have worked in the fine food industry for over 15 years. Their website offers a range of fine-food gift boxes and last year they expanded the popular Man Box collection to include a cider variety in addition to launching The Homemade Curing Kit. I have previously bought my husband The XL Man Box from their website and he loved it so when I saw this limited edition Christmas Box, it was a no brainer and I bought it for him immediately. Christmas Roast Dinner Box has everything you need to make your Christmas dinner that extra bit amazing and more tasty. The box contains:
– Roast Potato Oil
– Pigs in Blankets Dust
– Roast Turkey Rub
– Brussel Sprouts Dust

For more gift ideas, please check their website:

https://www.rossandrossfood.co.uk/shop/

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What’s more, as we both love traveling I decided to get him the Adventure Map from Firebox. If you like scratch maps then the adventure map offers a new twist and is aimed at explorers who are willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences.

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The Adventure Map features over 280 adventurous bucket list experiences, which can be uncovered as they’re completed. It is a perfect gift and I am sure that my husband will love it. What’s most important though we will be able to experience and share these experiences together-I cannot wait to decide where to go and what to do next!

If you would like to order your own Adventure Map then go to:

https://www.firebox.com/Adventure-Map/p7996

Secondly, I thought about my parents. I always get them a joint present that they can enjoy together in addition to their favourite perfumes. I recently came across The ‘Happy Linen Company’ that produces beautiful bedding exclusively designed for them. The business was founded at the beginning of 2017 by a team passionate about the unique prints and linens. The company offers a range of exclusive bed sets made from the finest blended cotton, 100% cotton flannels and fantastic children’s curtains. The goal of its owners is to establish an affordable, ‘go-to’ brand for bed linen. I decided to order a beautiful duvet cover & pillow case set with a Nordic inspired festive Scandi print. I love the fact that this set is reversible so my parents will get 2 great designs in one set. All Happy Linen Company’s goods are created using a blend of high quality natural cotton and polyester ensuring a soft, durable, easy care finish. Nobody can ever have too much bedding and my parents love changing theirs regularly so I am sure that they will be happy with it.

For more beautiful bedding, please check their website:

https://happylinencompany.co.uk

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Thirdly, I wanted to get something personal for my older sister. I have recently discovered Scrumpies of Mayfair-a British brand that got their name from going to ‘scrump’ apples from an orchard – a very unique British form of mischief. A range of Scrumpies knickers caters for every personality and each of 8 unique styles are named after a different apple. The brand was established by a married couple who retired from their careers as international lawyers to design these stylish knickers. I have instantly fell in love with their designs which only use the highest quality fabrics like British silk, French lace and Czech crystals. Scrumpies of Mayfair are a perfect Christmas gift and they come beautifully packaged in a blue box. Each of the boxes also contains a unique collectable charm which can be worn in many ways. How many charms will you collect?

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I decided to get a pair of Northern Lights knickers for my sister as they are very chic and elegant. They look absolutely perfect and I am sure that she will like them.

To purchase any Scrumpies of Mayfair’s knickers visit their website:

https://scrumpiesofmayfair.com/

In addition, she loves to watch box-sets and Netfix with a cup of tea whilst being wrapped up in a warm blanket so got her some traditional English tea, some shortbread biscuits to go with it and a super-soft blanket from Heat Holders. It will not only make a superb Christmas gift, but make the perfect addition to any home. The blanket comes in 16 colours and it is sized at 180cm x 200cm. I decided to get it in Cherry shade. What I like about Heat Holders blankets is that they have adapted their unique thermal technology to produce these luxury premium fleece blankets, which achieve a toasty 1.4 tog rating. In addition Heat Holders blankets are fully machine washable so easy to care for.

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For more information and to purchase visit www.heatholders.co.uk

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your dad

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Pauline

 

Ross & Ross – Wedding Anniversary Foodie Gift Idea

It is our first wedding anniversary next week. My husband is a git of a computer geek so he requested some vouchers so he can buy a new gaming equipment. I wanted to also get him something he can enjoy straight away and as both myself and my husband are massive foodies I decided to get him The XL Man Box from Ross and Ross.

Company:

Ross & Ross is a small, multi award winning fine food company based in the Cotswolds. It specializes in Wedding & Event Catering and Handmade British food gifts. The company has just won 2 stars in The Great Taste Awards for their BBQ Salt and The Cotswold Pig-the beer that goes into a lot of the hampers. In addition, Ross and Ross won some other awards including:

  • Winner of ‘Gift of the Year’ Food & Drink Award 2017 (Homemade Curing Kit, Salmon)
  • Finalists of Best Independent Retailer Award at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

The owners Ross Bearman and Ross Whitmill share a passion for great British food. They have worked in the fine food industry for over 15 years. Their website offers a range of fine-food gift boxes and last year they expanded the popular Man Box collection to include a cider variety in addition to launching The Homemade Curing Kit.

Who are the boxes for?

The boxes are suitable for any male that enjoy a quality food and beverage. Ross & Ross range ranges from themed Father’s Day and Wedding boxes (for Ushers, Best Man, Father of the Bride) to generic boxes suitable for any occasion.

I decided to get my husband The XL Man Box described on the website as:

‘It’s BIG, it’s spicy and totally separates the men from the boys.’

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The XL Man Box contains:

  • Premium Cotswold Lager, 5.0% 330ml Made by The Cotswold Brewing Co, Bourton on the Water. A smooth, subtle lager with a soft, fruity flavour. Additive free, preservative free and unpasteurised for the freshest, truest possible taste.
  • Cotswold Pig Ale, 4.4%, 500ml Made by Stratford-upon-Avon Brewery
  • British Charcuterie 100g – Original Salami Made by the Cotswold Curer, Cirencester. Artisan producer of salami and chorizo made from locally sourced free range pork in the Cotswolds.
  • British Charcuterie 100g – Spicy Chorizo Made by the Cotswold Curer, Cirencester. Artisan producer of salami and chorizo made from locally sourced free range pork in the Cotswolds.
  • Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling – Original 60g Pork Scratchings made from 100% prime British pork skin from the finest British pigs.
  • Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling – Jalapeno Chilli 60g Pork Scratchings made from 100% prime British pork skin from the finest British pigs.
  • Plum Chutney 115g jar Slow cooked Cotswold plums with spices and apples. A great all-rounder for cheeses and terrines.

Prices:

All Ross & Ross boxes are reasonably priced and offer a great selection of gifts ranging from £20-40.

Please refer to the website for more details.

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Pauline

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

As the Father’s Day approaches, I started thinking about what to get for my father. Most of us owe so much to our parents so it is always nice to spoil them on their special day. Since I was a small girl, I have always had a great relationship with my dad. As he is turning 70 this year I decided to get him something special and considered lots of different products.  Every year, I get him a pair of socks and some other small gifts like his favorite aftershave- it is a tradition that we must keep but what else would be a good gift that he would enjoy and use?

As a result of my search, I put a shortlist of products that you could consider for your dad. I hope you find it useful and if you decide to buy any of them then I really hope that your father will like them.

Perhaps a new suit? My father is a President of a local Paratroopers Association so he goes out quite often on the official meetings. I decided to get him a suit from Dobell Menswear that is a home of stylish, high quality and affordable formal and smart menswear. Their products, value and service are 3 things they really pride themselves on. Their website features a great range of elegant menswear ranging from casual suits to tuxedos and tailored fit wedding suits in addition to some accessories. They currently have a sale so you can get some amazing bargains:

http://www.dobell.co.uk/

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Secondly, I decided to get him a sweater from Afield. Afield is a really nice contemporary menswear collection. For SS17, Afield introduces their debut collection, ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ with the beach / pool in mind. The collection boasts an array of bold and vintage style prints. I really liked its relaxed tailoring and retro knitwear. It is great when casual meets classic, with a contemporary twist. It is made from a high quality 100% cotton that breathes easily due to the waffle knit technique.

https://www.afield.uk/product/joe-waffle-knit

Thirdly, as my father lives abroad, I decided to get him some small gifts to add to the parcel. Little Mill House has a wide range of great gifts. It is an online interiors brand with a focus on all things upcycled… They source a wide range of gifts for the home from all over the world. All gents need beer glasses. I really liked these Corona Extra Upcycled Mexican Beer Glasses. These glasses are eco-friendly and have been transformed from used beer bottles. They arrived presented in fabulous gift packaging. There were lots of other amazing presents available on the website that would please even the most demanding dads.

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Rewined Scented Candles are made from used wine bottles and transformed to luxury candles. They are filled with a premium soy wax scented with fragrances that mimic the tasting notes of our favourite wines. The candles have an 80 hour burn time and come in a variety of fragrances. As Father’s Day is an occasion deserving the celebration I got my father the ‘Champagne’ candle, which has light scents of white grape, honey & bread.

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For more gift ideas, please check their website:

http://www.littlemillhouse.co.uk/

Lastly, I decided to get my father some crackling so he can enjoy it whilst drinking beer from his new beer glasses. The Snaffling Pig Co. are makers of the award-winning crackling and pride themselves on using only the finest ingredients. The Snaffling Pig’s cooked pork crackling provides a unique twist on the classic pork cracklings and they come in a variety of flavors. I decided to get my father a Black Pepper Gifting Jar which is re-fillable and comes with a gift tag so it is perfect for a gift.

Visit www.snafflingpig.co.uk for more information.

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your dad.

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Pauline

 

The perfect last minute gift ideas with Treatwell

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With Christmas just around the corner, if like many of my friends and family you are struggling to decide what to get for your loved ones, I might have a suitable gift idea for you. As some of you know, I am still on my honeymoon in Asia and will be returning to London next week. As I didn’t have time to get all presents before I left, I decided to get some beauty gift cards from Treatwell.

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I really like to receive gift vouchers as my gifts as it means that I can decide what I want to spend them on and I get exactly what I want. In addition, I don’t need to pretend that I like something when deep down inside I hate it… Everyone loves a bit of pampering and Treatwell offers a range of great treatments for anyone, no matter if you are 18 or approaching your late 90s, no matter if you are a woman or a man.

So what exactly can you get from Treatwell as the perfect last minute gift? I bought a few last-minute gift-cards as they can be used at thousands of beauty clinics, studios, hairdressers, barbers etc.

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You can redeem the gift cards against any treatments for hair, nails, face, body in addition to a vast list of spa breaks around the UK.

The voucher values vary from £10 to £250 so they are perfect for any budget. What’s more you can either have it delivered by post or by email if you are in a hurry!

So, what are you waiting for? If you still need a few gifts, then let your family and friends decide how they would like to spend them and give them the opportunity to pamper themselves and unwind at the location and time that is convenient for them.

Website:

https://www.treatwell.co.uk/gift-card/

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Sending you all greetings from Hong Kong! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of love, happiness and lovely presents!

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Pauline