Welcome to December! I’m still ready to file a theft complaint for the rest of the year. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the generously kind comments left on my last post. I’m not taking a break from blogging, I’m just a bit behind and very much on a ‘go slow’. I’m still more poorly than usual, but it matches my current outfit : Grinch chic.
Despite feeling less than festive, I’m having to admit that it’s coming up to Christmas and there’s no stopping it now. So, without further do, here’s a mini round-up of a gifting ideas, not just for the chronically ill, for all budgets. And self-gifting is also encouraged as a means of self-care 😉
Are you buying presents this year, and if so, have you started your shopping yet or are you leaving for a last-minute festive frenzy? Enjoy!
Stocking Fillers : Under £10
Also, for those in the UK but without Amazon Prime, just a heads up that it’s free delivery on Amazon at the moment without any minimum spend (usually £20) until 5th December, as long as it’s sold by Amazon (not 3rd party), just enter ‘FREEDELIVERY’ in the discount box at the checkout.
Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Point Roller Ball
Make Your Own Hamper
Wicker hamper basket set with cellophane, wood wool filling & bow.
You could theme your hamper (such as ‘retro’ and include all sorts of retro & nostalgic sweets & treats) or just mix and match a few things you think the recipient may like, from massage oils, mini jars of jams, make-up and facemasks, to art supplies and hand made gifts. The Works have a few sizes of these, but even the small one I think is perfect for several small trinkets or foodie gifts.
Notebooks & Organisers
A6 Rainbow raindrops organiser.
Staedtler Noris 20 Fibre Tip Pens
Staedtler 24 Colouring Pencils
Staedtler Aquarell 24 watercolour pencils & paintbrush.
These can be used wet or dry. You can check out YouTube for a video of an artist using these for inspiration here.
Kindle or Tablet Case
There are some lovely designs available as close-tab cases or with magnetic closures for all tablets and Kindle devices. Just make sure it fits the right model as some can vary slightly by size (ie. old Paperwhite vs new version).
Lollipop Tree Bookmark (very pretty bookmark, I’ve bought this previously for my mum)
Shoot For The Moon Inspirational Quote Bookmark
Therapearl Hot or Cold Eye Mask (microwavable & freezable)
Microwavable Heat Pad
Zhu-Zhu Unscented Wheat Bag Body Wrap
For Fox Sake Mug
Thumbs Up Colour Changing Heat Unicorn Mug
There are a few other ideas for Winter Warmers in my earlier post.
Heat Holders Men’s & Women’s Thermal Gloves
Oddsocks Armwarmers (various designs)
Something for Giggles
Calendar for keeping on track of 2019 & a reminder that yoga doesn’t discriminate.
Budget Friendly : Under £20
Electric Heat Pad
Basic Laptop Tray / Book Stand
Mind Reader adjustable laptop desk with cushion. Perfect for not getting a pain in the neck looking at your laptop or sore joints holding your favourite book.
Tenswall Wood Grain LED Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential Survival Kit of Aromatherapy Rollerballs (Containing De-Stress, Sweet Dreams & Energy)
Mid-Range : Under £40
Andrew James Bamboo Lap Tray
Oral B Pro 2 2500N
After much deliberation (and a nightmare dental appointment recently), this is the one I’m going to invest in, just be aware you need to pick up a cheapy (around £5) adapter wall plug if you don’t have a 2 pin bathroom socket to charge it. Works with various Oral B replacement brush heads.
Splurge Gifting : Over £40
Revitive Circulation Booster
Wake Up Light & Alarm
Amazon Echo & Echo Dot
Both of these are currently reduced on Amazon. For those who like tech and those with illnesses who find it can help make things a little easier, these are great gift ideas (Dot for lower budget, echo for splurge).
Levoit LH132 HEPA Filter Air Purifer
Previously reviewed and recommended here.
Something A Little Different?
❊ Try something personalised, like a cushion, mug, pen or wall calendar. It’s the thought that counts, and having a name or photo added to a small gift makes a big impact.
❊ DIY gifting. Google is a haven for crafting ideas, so if you’re having to be thrifty this year you could check out hand made ideas. Like to draw or paint? Try something you think the recipient will like and pick up a frame cheaply in a homeware store to give it a finishing touch.
❊ Think experiences. If they have chronic illness, it’s usually best to not pre-book anything, so try a voucher that they can use when they feel up to it. Perhaps a voucher bought for a local coffee shop or restaurant. A cinema pass for a month. Check out Groupon for lots of variety when it comes to things like spa days, adventure gifts from chocolate making to gin tasting, beauty treatments, massages, or an overnight hotel stay.
❊ Audible – Fancy a discount on audio books? You can get 50% off for 4 months at Audible here, making it £3.99 a month (£7.99 thereafter, cancel anytime).
❊ Adopt something! I got adopted a penguin for my brother last Christmas. These gifts come in a tin so you can still wrap it, but it’s a gift of care and giving, so you’re helping adopt an animal for 12 months, which is a wonderful present for the recipient and the penguin / donkey / giraffe / sloth… you get the picture. You can find them on Amazon UK (usually a little cheaper than elsewhere).
❊ Consider a subscription if you can afford to splurge a little, either for a month or longer – Amazon Prime for free quick delivery & video, Netflix for chilling out, or a favourite magazine to indulge in.