With not long until the big day, I thought I’d share my unique gift picks for this Christmas. If you’re still struggling to find that perfect gift, hopefully I’ve found something to make that buying process a little easier.

Festive Drinks

Who doesn’t love a festive tipple over Christmas and even better if they’re festive themed like these two from Greene King. Rocking Rudolph**, a full bodied beer with redcurrant and blackcurrant flavour, is available from Aldi whilst you can get your hands on Old Mulled Hen**, a warming cinnamon ale, from Nisa or Morrisons. These are great stocking fillers for those in your life that enjoy a good ale.

If you’re more of a spirits person, this gorgeous gin set** from The Lakes Distillery is for you. Each bauble contains 5cl of high quality gin and can be hung on your tree! The set contains x2 hand-filled 5cl gin baubles of The Lakes Gin, x2 5cl baubles of Lakes Sloe Gin Liqueurs and x2 5cl baubles of Lakes Damson Gin Liqueurs. They also do the same set but with vodka or whiskey. Such a lovely present, even if they don’t make it on your tree!

Beauty Products

The perfect beauty gift for myself would be these fab Lypsyl balms**. I’m always applying lip balm especially in the winter when my lips are dry. They’re really handy for keeping in your bag as they have a mirror in the compact too. The lip balm is SPF15 and is packed with shea butter, vitamin E and aloe vera. There are 4 flavours available – original, mandarin, vanilla and orange blossom.

Another option is of course perfume and I love these two new scents from Monsoon and Accesorize. Rose Gold** has the most gorgeous packaging along with the scent to match, juicy top notes of citrus to create a real feminine scent. The Lovelily fragrance** from Accessorize has fruity notes but the packaging is what steals it for me, it looks stunning on my dressing table. Both look so expensive but are so reasonable!

7th Heaven have also got some great gift sets available this Christmas including this Top to Toe Treats tin**. I’ve just included a few of the sachets but you actually get 12 sachets and a tin to keep them in all for under £10. As the name states, the sachets are for all over the body including foot masks, hair masks and face masks.

I’ve been loving Vichy** products recently too and they’re a great idea for that make-up lover in your life. I’ve particularly been loving their setting powder as I’m always rushing around it ensures my foundation doesn’t start running down my face! I’ve also been using their dermablend concealer that is amazing at covering up blemishes! It’s really easy to apply as it’s creamy and blends into the skin without looking cakey which I find with some similar concealers.

Technology

Who remembers when phones were just that and there was no social media distractions? The Nokia** 3310 allows you to talk, text and take snaps of your loved ones over the festive period. Not everyone wants an all singing, dancing phone so this is perfect for those that just want to make calls or have a cheeky game of Snake. The phone has had a 2017 makeover and is available in many bright colours including red, yellow and blue. It’s also great as a first phone for your children.

Azoomee is a great gift for the little ones. It’s an amazing app** for our little ones that gives access to educational films, tv shows and games all in one safe place. There are no ads and no in-app purchases which means we won’t receive any unexpected bills. Johnny has enjoyed watching the shows on my phone and it means I can do a few jobs whilst he’s occupied. Use the code FAMILY at checkout for 50% off a yearly subscription.

Children’s Gifts

As it’s Johnny’s first Christmas, I’m trying to start a few traditions this year. The first being his Christmas eve box that I made and his Christmas eve book** which I’ll read to him each year. Penwizard very kindly sent over a personalised Snowman book which is perfect. I could even pick his hair colour and skin tone, although I had to guess at his hair colour as he still doesn’t have much! Your child will love reading this traditional story even more when they actually feature in it! Use GLOSSY20 at checkout for 20% off personalised books (see T&Cs below*)

What’s on your Christmas list?

Ta Ta for now,

*Not valid in conjunction with any other offers or discount codes. Discount valid on personalised books only. Offer valid until midnight Wednesday 13th December 2017. Penwizard cannot provide refunds for unused discount codes.

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Yep I did it, I mentioned the C word in October but as it’s Johnny’s first Christmas I need to get organised! I’m so excited for Christmas this year but also slightly dreading it as it’ll be closer to going back to work and leaving JJ. Last year I was hoping Johnny wouldn’t arrive early as he was due on the 7th January but if he’d had arrived before Christmas I wouldn’t have been organised at all. It means this year I can really go all out on the baby’s first Christmas bits and make it one to remember! I know he’ll have no idea what day it is but it matters to me that we have the best Christmas, the first as our little family. I’ve loved Christmas ever since being small myself thanks to my family making it such a special time so I want to do the same for Johnny. I’ve already bought, made and been sent a few bits so I thought I’d show you what I have so far!

Betsy Benn Babys first Christmas

Betsy Benn Babys first Christmas

Betsy Benn Christmas Decoration

Betsy Benn Babys first Christmas

Christmas Eve Box 2017

Personalised Christmas Eve Box

I’m not really that crafty but I’m pretty impressed with my DIY Christmas box I just need to fill it with bits now! So far I’m thinking cute Christmas pyjamas (I’ve already bought some Christmas sleep suits!), a cute Christmas film, a cuddly christmas comforter or teddy bear and maybe some baby sweet treats. If anyone has any other ideas what I could include, do let me know! This box took a lot longer to make than I’d originally planned but its been worth being able to add my own touch to it. I may have also made one for my dog too…

Personalised Christmas Sack

I’m not planning on buying a lot for Johnny this year for a few reasons. He will get so much bought from family and friends plus if he needs anything I’ve just been buying it when he does. Also, it’s his birthday two weeks later so I’ll run out of what to buy! However, he still needs a personalised sack just to put his small presents in plus it can be saved for many years to come. I’m also considering a stocking just to start a tradition with but again I’m not sure yet as what to put in so please let me know any ideas. I really love the traditional hessian sacks, I can’t wait until Johnny’s old enough to understand all about Christmas!

Personalised Christmas Decorations

I really wanted to shed a tear when this beautiful decoration* arrived from Betsy Benn, they sell some amazing Christmas Ornaments and it was really hard to choose just one. I eventually went for the wooden tag that is a letter from the big guy himself. I love that it has the date stamped on too to show Johnny’s first Christmas. It’s just such a special keepsake that I’ll be putting on my tree every year. My favourite part of the letter is the mention of the man in the moon as when I was small my Grandad always used to mention the man in the moon so it’s so sentimental. I love that Christmas tree decorations can be sentimental yet still look gorgeous on the tree and Betsy Benn really have so many beautiful pieces. They have given Glossy Boutique readers 10% off their site, just use Glossy10 at the checkout. You can find many gorgeous gifts on their site for every occasion and family member.

Betsy Benn is a homegrown family business in London. I absolutely love their products including the many Christmas products as well as stunning prints and gifts. The quality of this decoration is amazing for just £14, you can tell each product is made with the greatest care. I can’t wait to get it up on our tree once December arrives!

Have you got anything special lined up for your little one?

Ta Ta for now,

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Its been too long since I blogged! I seriously don’t know where time has gone, my maternity leave is going so fast. At the moment, I don’t have much time to myself hence the lack of blog posts but I’m going to try and get better! Before we went away at the beginning of the month, the lovely people at CaseApp sent over my gorgeous personalised phone case* and a few skins* for my MacBook. They also want to give one of my lucky the chance to win their own case or skin too!

CaseApp Giveaway

I love my personalised phone case as it has all my favourites on it but I also couldn’t resist a marble and pink case with this matching MacBook skin! The personalised cases are so easy to design, I’d recommend doing it on a laptop rather than a mobile for extra control. You don’t have to choose what I picked, you can pick from all the amazing skins or phone cases from CaseApp. You can also get 20% off any purchases with code EMMA20.

The giveaway ends on the 17th October and CaseApp will send a special code for the winner to design their product. I can’t wait to see what the winner picks! Open to UK residents only.

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Ta Ta for now,

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Oh I’ve missed photographing beauty products! Don’t get me wrong, I love taking pictures of Johnny but it’s also nice to take photos of something that doesn’t wriggle about and that I don’t have to try and make laugh! I’m really excited to introduce you to a new skin care brand today, Willowberry. I’ve worked with many PRs over the last 4 years but Jenni Retourné is one of the nicest so when I head she’d launched her own skin care brand, I couldn’t wait to try her products.

Willowberry

Willowberry

Willowberry

Firstly, the products arrived presented beautifully in a box with straw filling and this cute tag – it’s just those little things! The three products I received were the day cream, treatment oil and cleansing balm. The Willowberry Nutrient Boost collection contains the nutritionally rich ingredients of ‘superfood’ chia seed, rosehip & vitamin E. I must admit I was the most excited to try the treatment oil* after reading Jane was a fan! I love facial oils as they really hydrate my skin, especially when left on over night and this one is one of the best. I don’t like to use oils in the morning, this is definitely a night time routine product for me. My skin feels smooth and hydrated when waking up plus my makeup applies so much better!

I was really thankful to receive the day cream* too as I’m rapidly running out off my trusty Elemis marine cream. Again, my makeup applies great over this cream and my skin is really hydrated. All the Willowberry products feel luxurious on the skin too and you don’t need much of this to cover the face. I’m not a huge fan of the floral scent but it doesn’t hang around too long once on the skin. I’m so glad I’ve found a great day cream to replace my old one!

The final product from Willowberry is the cleansing balm*. Again, I love cleansing balms and this has fitted straight into my current routine. I always find just washing my face with a cleanser doesn’t fully remove my makeup so I use this straight after to get rid of those last traces. Again, I’m not overly keen on the scent but I find this with a lot of skin care as I hate rose scents. I’ve loved using these products and I can’t wait to see what Jenni comes up with next!

Have you tried anything from Willowberry?

Ta Ta for now,

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Once Johnny reached 6 months old we started trying him with finger foods. I’ve always been certain that we would do baby led weaning with Johnny but after trying some great purées from Babease, I’m left wondering if it’s possible to mix BLW with traditional weaning. From articles I’ve read previously, it was mentioned that if you used any kind of purées then you couldn’t class yourself as BLW. However Johnny likes being spoon fed aswell as feeding himself with his fingers so who cares what you call it as long as the baby is enjoying this new experience.

Babease Baby Plan

Babease Weaning

Babease Weaning

Babease Weaning

I mentioned on an Instagram post last week that I feel a little anxious when Johnny’s eating solid food incase he chokes so I do feel more relaxed with purées. However BLW is super easy as he can more or less eat what we’re having which also means it’s cost effective. When Babease got in touch to see if we’d like to try a few of their products, I was eager to see how Johnny would react to them after we’ve done solely BLW for the last few weeks. As I said, as long as he’s enjoying weaning, whether it be traditional or BLW, I’m really open to trying all options.

Babease* sent some of the packs to try, a cute tote bag and also a USB pen which I love as I’m an IT geek! I absolutely love the packaging of the products. Some of my Mummy friends also agreed with this as we were discussing how luxurious and expensive they look at a Mummy date last week, so it’s definitely a popular opinion. Weaning was a scary prospect for me as I’m not the greatest in the kitchen but these pouches are so handy as they contain so many vegetables and are organic meaning its only good stuff going into JJ. At the moment Johnny doesn’t eat loads so we can get two meals from one pouch as he’s still having breast milk as well as other snacks during the day. There are a number of flavour mixes available so it means our little ones can try a variety of different foods.

I’m pleasantly surprised at how quickly Johnny has taken to weaning, both finger foods and the vegetable purées from Babease. When spoon-feeding him he does now want to try and do it himself but that just shows how independent he’s becoming. I think we will stick with giving Johnny what we’re eating most of the time but if we’re ever having a naughty takeaway or eating out, these pouches are ideal. So is it possible to combine finger foods and purées? Well for us, yes! I’m not going to put a name to the weaning we’re doing, as long as Johnny is trying a variety of foods, who cares?!

What’s your approach to weaning?

Ta Ta for now,

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