14 December 2012

Gift Guide Christmas 2012

Those organised people will have all their presents ready, wrapped and under the tree ready for Christmas can sit smugly and ignore this post. 

However, you may be racking your brains for one or two last presents for your family and friends. It's not long now and the crowds of shoppers are making you lose interest and inspiration.

So I thought I would share some of the gifts I bought for my husband's family. They live over in Dubai and came back in November for a visit. We had a mini Christmas, complete with roast turkey and present giving. I didn't have the tree up though, I had to draw the line somewhere!

Here's what I bought...

1. Personalised Football Book

2. Personalised Glasses Case (similar); 3. Silver Engraved Golf Set;
4. The OCD Chef Chopping Board; 5. Love Hearts Tealights

6. Scratch World Map

Please note that the items were available to order at the time of publishing the post. Due to demand, some items may be low in stock. Most had delivery times of 3-5 working days but please doublecheck before ordering. Happy shopping!

1. Personalised Football Book - For Your Team

from £39.99

I have bought this book for my dad's 65th birthday at the beginning of the year. He supports Chelsea and loved his book and reading newspaper clippings about the team. My father-in-law is a massive Manchester United supporter and so it was a no-brainer to get him a book for Christmas. They were both impressed with them and makes a great keepsake to dip into read every now and then.

Each book has a detailed insight into their favourite team, everything from bank-breaking transfers to cup glory to last gasp winners. It's all here.

There's even a choice of three different covers and the option of embossing the recipient's name in silver or gold.

2. Personalised Glasses Case


We bought my mother-in-law a personalised handmade fabric glasses case. I chose the blue vintage floral pattern that's pictured above. Sadly the fabric is now out of stock but the makers have other patterns and fabric available so click on the link in the title above.

The case can be personalised by adding a name or short message for no extra charge. It's lovely gift for mums, sisters, aunts etc.

3. Silver Engraved Golf Set


Both my father-in-law and sister-in-law's husband are mad on golf and play all the time. Well, the weather is a bit better in Dubai, so you can't really blame them!

So we got them this set of three golf tees, a divot repairer and ball marker, with their initials engraved on the ball marker. Each set are hand-finished with silver rhodium.

4. The OCD Chef Chopping Board


I saw a picture of this chopping board and immediately thought of my mother-in-law. When we last visited her, she had just got an ipad and was a little bit too keen wiping the screen every five seconds. She had a bit of a mini fit when I stuck my hand print in the middle of the screen to take the piss! Oh dear, not very well behaved!

This chopping board is both a bit of fun and practical. It's etched with an array of angles for perfect paring and grid lines for truly precise dicing, the hard-wearing beechwood board will help impress guests with carrots crafted to a judicious julienne and scrupulously sculpted salads.

5. Love Hearts Tealights


These Love Hearts Tealights were for my sister-in-law who is mad about hearts and came packaged in a roll, just like the classic Swizzels sweeties.

6. Scratch World Map


This Scratch Map features a gold top foil layer that you can scratch to reveal a multicoloured world below. I thought it would be a perfect gift for Matthew's well travelled parents.

The idea is to use it to chart all the destinations you've been and create a personalised and unique map, one that's filled with vibrant colour and geographic detail.

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