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Stocking Filler Gift Guide

This Matalan wine glass put a smile on my face and I knew the perfect person to get it for. If you've got someone who enjoys a glass of wine after a long week (or day!) then this little bargain would make a great stocking filler for them. I think I might match it with a mini bottle too.

Zoella Gingerbread Village Diffuser
So the Zoella candle and diffuser range is huge and well priced, the only hard part is choosing which one to go for. Gingerbread village is the Christmassy option and so far is a big favourite in our house. 

Prosecco Quote
Lovely little plaques, signs and ornaments, like this Pretty Little Presents one, are great to suit any person and personality. There's ones to suit a man cave, a family house or a dressing room. 

Nyx Liquid Suede Lipstick
Liquid lipsticks are so popular right now and NYX ones are so affordable. Now that NYX is available in the UK this would be a great stocking filler to kick start a NYX obsession. There's a colour to suit everyone.

Instant Photo Coasters
A personalised gift is good fun but getting it right isn't always easy. These instant photo coasters mean you can print out some photos to go with them and they can choose exactly which ones they want to tuck inside. One coaster for every season?

Raspberry Prosecco Humbugs
What's a stocking without some sweeties? But why do normal sweeties when you can do Prosecco sweeties! This cute little jar is packed full of pink, stripey, tasty, fruity humbugs. 

Yankee Candle
My Mum's favourite stocking stuffers is always Yankee Candles. The Christmas range is massive with one to suit every taste. I'm loving the Sparkling Snow scent, what's the chances of getting real sparkling snow this year to match? 

Chocolate Prosecco Caramels
More drink inspired treats. These M&S chocolate prosecco caramels are amazing. A definite Christmas luxury. My Mum would love these... as would all of my friends! Can you tell Prosecco is a favourite of mine too?

Statement Necklace
A bit of bling is fab but when it's a stocking stuffer you don't want to go overboard on the price tag. Statement necklaces are still so on trend and they're in all of the high street stores. This one is from Tesco but New Look and Dorothy Perkins both have gorgeous ones.

Gift Guide for Guys

Anker Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers are a must have for any house. You can connect up without wires to phones, ipads and ipods. I've bought this one for my Dad. He'll be able to charge this up then take it into his garage and blast out the music while he works on cars (and other bits of DIY that he gets up to). There's loads of brands to choose from but Anker have got great reviews and suits loads of price ranges.

Amazon Fire Stick
This is probably one of my most talked about gadgets on my blog. I love my Amazon Fire Stick, it's so good for Netflix, Youtube, catch up TV and some of the extra apps. If you've got any boys to buy for that don't have a smart TV then this is a must-have. It's not too expensive either. Perfect for winter nights in or hungover days on the sofa.

Bedroom Atheltics Slippers
Boys are no different from us girls, they love their home comforts too! I 100% know that the person receiving these slippers wants a new pair and after he got Bedroom Athletics boots for the past 2 years I knew this would be a brand to check out. Bedroom Athletic are really high quality. These slippers are going to last and they're super cosy and comfortable while they're at it!

Fitbit Flex
I've bought this for my Dad after he's shown a bit of interest in my Fitbit and he's mentioned needing to get a bit more active after changing job. The Flex is a good option if you've got a smaller budget or if it's more for step tracking, rather than exercise and heart rate. If your budget is bigger then I'd recommend checking out the new Fitbit Charge HR 2.

Silicone Guitar Spatula
One of my Secret Santas this year is a music lover. I could have gone down the actual instrument accessory root but unfortunately I had zero knowledge of this area. Instead I went for something a little outside of the box... a guitar spatula. A practical present but with a little bit of fun.

A bit of a joke present or an added extra, these hangover ice packs are amazingly practical. I'll be adding this in to a gift of drink and might add a bottle of lucozade and a packet of crisps too. A nice little emergency hangover kit.

Football Manager 2017
Games can be an easy option for a boyfriend, brother or friend if you know what they've already got. It became a bit of a tradition for me to buy Football Manager at Christmas for my boyfriend as a new one comes out every year at the start of November. This seems like a popular one for football fans. If they're more into their XBox or Playstation then Forza Horizon 3 is a good one for motorsport fans.

Chocolate Controller
Another little extra to throw in with a game (or maybe a giftcard if you're really struggling) is this milk chocolate console controller. It looks really effective and isn't likely to last long once they start nibbling!

Gift Guide for Girls

True Friends Bottle Light
Doing a friends Secret Santa or have someone special to buy for? These bottle lights are such a sweet present with an extra sparkle. There's so many different messages to choose from so there's bound to be the right one for between you and your friend. There's sister, mother and daughter ones too. I think this would be a good present for a pregnant girly who won't be receiving other bottles this Christmas. 

New York Colouring Book
Got plans to take your girlfriend to New York? Or maybe you've got a friend who's in love with the city. This New York adult colouring book is the best! This could either bring back amazing memories as she relaxes with her felt tip pens or it could have her jumping up and down with excitement thinking about all the amazing places you could visit together. Romantic points right there.

Boots has fantastic gifts for girls but my favourite this year is the Jack Wills Scarf Set. Who doesn't love a tartan scarf at this time of year?! The colours on this one are perfect for any girly girl. The gift set is also packed full of beauty products including a body butter, some fragrances, nail varnishes and face masks. An amazing box of goodies to pop under the Christmas tree.

Who doesn't love a bit of glitz and glam under the Christmas tree? Pandora is a jewellery brand that has gorgeous packaging, beautiful pieces and is well known for it's quality. It doesn't break the bank like some jewellery designers but you can still be sure to put a smile on her face. These sparkling pink earrings are a perfect choice.

I love this doormat, the message applies to so many of my friends! If you've got a friend who's just about to move into a new house or flat, or maybe they've just recently moved, then this is an amazing present. Who'd have thought homeware would be an exciting present? I'm definitely in my 20's.

If you're buying for someone who has already got a Cinema light box then a bundle of letters, numbers or emojis would be a great gift. Or maybe if you've got a bigger budget (and she's not already got one) you might go all out and buy the lucky lady a light box and extra pack. If you're buying the lightbox you've got to put a Christmas message on it before you wrap it up!

If you've got a fashion forward girl to buy for but don't want to get it wrong then don't take the risk and go for an edible shoe instead! This is a stunning chocolatey gift that tastes amazing. You could be the first person to buy her red soles!

Have you got a friend whose phone always runs out of battery? This phone charging clutch bag would be perfect for her! This navy leather(ish) one is from TK Maxx by the Adrienne Vittadini designer. It's a really good size for a night out and would look perfectly stylish with any outfit.

November Favourites

A post that doesn't need too much of an introduction. November started off with an on-going cold, which required lots of pick-me-ups and plenty of paracetamol. The festive switch was pressed in the middle of the month with Christmas Show rehearsals starting at work and the Christmas movies starting on the TV (and Netflix, Amazon and on DVD). Then the month ended with my birthday and it's celebrations. I'm looking forward to trying out lots of new things from my lovely selection of presents. As for the favourites there's lots of classics and products making a reappearance. 

This hairdryer is amazing. It's literally halved the time it used to take for me to dry my hair and with that it means I can actually dry it and go, which was a huge no-no before. It wasn't until I was speaking to my hairdresser about the Dyson hairdryer (which isn't amazing by the way) that I began to appreciate the ghd air again. Time for a little bit of love and appreciation in November.

Another hair tool that I rediscovered my love for was my Lee Stafford round brush. This is so good for at home blow-drys. I'm able to get volume and sleek hair without relying on my straighteners. It's taken me a while to perfect it and there's still room for improvement, I'd love to be able to do a curly blow out, but for now I'm happy with the results.

I bought this gorgeous looking Real Techniques brush in July, featured it in my September favourites and have used it nearly everyday since. Instead of using it for blush or bronzer I've been using it to blend concealer. It's such a good size and shape, working well for blemishes and under my eyes.

I reviewed this bronzer in the month of November after using it day after day. It's such a lovely colour that's wearable for daytime and can be built up for a night time look. I'm loving the healthy glow look, especially while I've been under the weather.

This was a pre-black friday sale purchase so I've not had it all month but since it arrived I've been loving it. I bought it when Missguided had their 50% off code and I wanted something a bit glitz and glam for Christmas time. Rather than spend a few pounds on a proper Christmas themed case I opted for one I can use well into the new year. It's really good quality too.

Another product that's done the rounds and ended up back in my favourites this month is the Benefit best selling mascara. This is a nightmare to get off and can easily lead to panda eyes in the shower but while it's on it looks fab. My eyelashes look much longer, thicker and curlier with this lovely little mascara.