A Pamper Gift Guide (mini-series)

After having a baby a mere 11 weeks ago, I decided I would do a mini-series gift guide this year and work it around something close to my heart; pampering. It will feature a selection of my favourite gifts from different brands and new posts will be going live every 3-4 days. First up on the brand list is L’Occitane and some excellent Christmas presents for her.

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What I got for my Birthday

Just under 2 weeks ago, I aged a whole year. Yes that’s right, I turned 26! As my fiance keeps reminding us, we are closer to 30 now than 20, nice bit of reality eh?

I thought I’d do a little birthday feature and share some of the lovely gifts I received from friends and family.

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A selection of bath bombs from Yorkshire soap company, a fish in a bag soap, a happy birthday cupcake soap and a rubber duck lip balm.

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An Opi nail recovery set to help me with my mission to grow my nails for my wedding.

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A selection of posh soaps which smell amazing. I actually love the box they came in as well.

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A gorgeous handmade vase which looks stunning on our wood dining table.

I also was spoilt and got tickets to a ballet opera from my fiance which is one of my dream things to go see, and lots of money to treat myself with. So far I haven’t spent much but do plan to treat myself to a nice dress for the ballet from John Lewis that I’ve got my eye on.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my birthday post. If you’ve had a birthday lately and done a similar post then leave me your links in the comments, would love to read them.

Laura x

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Key Things to Consider When Buying A Gift

Is there anything as rewarding as seeing a loved one smile as they open a special gift that you’ve bought them? It’s certainly up there with the greatest feelings that we ever experience. As they say, giving is easily better than receiving.

However, buying presents for friends and family can be a daunting prospect. You don’t want to disappoint them or buy something that will end up in the cupboard under the stairs. A lot of thought is required to find the right gift.

Think about these things first, and you should get the ideal presents time and time again.

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The Recipient

The most obvious starting point for any gift-giving venture is the recipient. After all, it’s the person’s happiness that will be the most important factor.

Buying a present for your boyfriend is a lot different to buying one for your boss. If it’s the thought that counts, showing appreciation and understanding of your relationship to the recipient is a must. This is another reason you should refrain from just putting money in a card. That shows no thought whatsoever.

Giving gifts is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your relationship with a friend, colleague, or lover. Take it with open arms, and your presents will be all the better for it.

The Occasion

An equally important thing to remember is the landmark that you’re celebrating.

If it’s a specific landmark, then you should opt for a gift that is aimed at this occasion. Engraved photo frames are a great idea for anniversaries, birthdays and plenty of other events. You’re looking for something that won’t just make the recipient smile but will also remind them of the special day.

Likewise, if it’s a housewarming present, you should buy something to improve the new home. Leave clothes and perfumes for Christmas.

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The Budget

In an ideal world, we’d all be buying everyone a new Ferrari. However, a little thing called money means that isn’t possible. It’s not just your budget that needs to be considered, though, it’s also theirs.

While your intentions are good, buying expensive presents can make friends feel guilty. They want to repay your kindness with a similar level of gesture. But if money doesn’t allow them, it can make them feel awkward. Our suggestion would be to go big on the thought, and modest on the budget.

There are times when this isn’t true. For example, treating your children on birthdays is a time when you can go overboard. When treating friends, though, be sure to have a little consideration for their situation too.

The Practicality

Giving gifts presents an opportunity to provide the recipient with an item that they wouldn’t buy themselves. Priorities can be thrown out of the window, and you can treat them to something that is solely for their benefit.

However, there’s no point in buying something that won’t be used. This would just be a huge waste for everyone. It’s far better to buy something practical that will enhance their life. A novelty item that will stay in the box for a few years before being sold at a garage sale is pointless.

If you’re sure that your funky item will be appreciated, go for it. If not, it’s better to take the safe option.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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