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Gift Guides 2019 – Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

This coming Sunday will be the first of advent. For most, it is the invitation to bring out the Christmas Decorations. Putting on some festive music, lighting the first candle, eating a few treats, and turn the house into a magical wonderland.

Ok, the wonderland part may seem a little farfetched, but Christmas is the only occasion where we actually go a bit out and beyond in our house. How is it in yours?

We did put up some balloons and a spiderweb for Halloween, we will do something for Easter… but it is all nothing compared to Christmas. The tree of course, but I really like to decorate throughout the house. Of course, it has a lot to do with the season and the short days. We want our home to be extra cosy. Therefore I created a guide for Christmas Decorations this year as well.

Personally, I like to add a few special pieces every year. For example, our tree is decorated with the beautiful little hangings from Maileg. So, every year I buy another one or two and our collection looks pretty nice by now. (once our Christmas box is down I may take a picture)…

Enjoy decorating and yes, fabulous Christmas Decoration makes for a great gift:

1. Festive Reindeer Globe Ornament

2. We have this one already up and I love it! So colourful, stylish and sparkly. This chandelier is full of shimmering stars and moons crafted from foil and glitter and looks amazing at any celebration.

3. Hang this on your door and you will be the highlight of your street. Such a fantastic wreath*, bursting with pops of candy colour. Perfect for adding a touch of cheerful delight to your home. You can of course hang it on a window, above a mantel piece or on the wall too.

4. Christmas crackers are huge here in the UK. And so much fun. These cute woodland creatures* are filled with adorable key rings which is fantastic because many only include plastic stuff that goes into the bin shortly afterwards.

5. Maileg Winter Friend.

6. JUL, Scandinavian for ‘Christmas’ is a richly spiced candle with bold notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves, and warm gløgg.

7. One of the collections where I buy a piece every year. And the rich red is such a great colour and looks beautiful on the table. Folklore and fairy tales alive through functional, simple design. The Taika collection blends with a vibrant palette of colours to highlight the intricate owl pattern.

8. Pretzel embroidered ornament.

9. A mistletoe* that can be used year after year. Beautiful hand painted wooden mistletoe with the words “Christmas Kisses”.

10. Elegant baubles* made from paper.

11. Gingerbread House musical Snow Globe. (I love snow globes!)

12. Beautiful Christmas Tree base* that is a decoration item at the same time.

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

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Gift Guides 2019 – grown ups

Gift Guides 2019 – grown ups

 

Oh the adult gift guide. My favourite, because I basically bookmark everything I would also love to receive.

Ha! Simple as that. Because we all the know the saying “Gift something that you would love to receive as well!” (of course there are exceptions and you can veto with a gift the other person specifically asked for).

So instead of writing a wish list for Santa, I am sharing mine here today.

Fabulous grown up gifts for men and women:

1. Life is Fantastic tea towel! Such a cheerful design that will brighten up your kitchen and motivate you to wash the dishes.

2. Can you have too many cool t-shirts? No, you can’t! Hairy Styles*!

3. Hand wrapped tassel earrings* made from upcycled fabric in a floral print and mercerized cotton. Quirky and charming!

4. High performance power bank*. Suitable for smartphones, tablets, PSP, MID, MP3 and similar devices. And it has the capacity to fully charge your smartphone up to three times.

5. Beautiful and good sized glass teapot*.

6. I love a luxurious hand cream but would never spend that much money myself. And yet, I would be delighted to receive it as a gift. The Apothecary hand lotion provides a naturally fresh and aromatic hydrating experience that softens the hands. Bottled in custom coloured Italian glass bottles.

7. Organic Merino wool mittens*. Extremely warm and wind resistant!

8. The fun and fashionable stainless steel travel mug* keeps tea, coffee and hot chocolate warm for ages.
Comes in cute designs which wrap all the way around!

9. The Bowie Backpack has a unique closure inspired by a vintage music case as well as a unique design which makes for the perfect bag to hold your purse, phone and 15″ laptop.

10. Beautiful trinket dish* for all your accessories, keys, coins, or office accessories. Fantastic gift for minimal design enthusiast.

11. A love letter to London! This Cookbook* reflects the contemporary energy and culinary rebirth of this very international city. And an insider’s guide to its most delicious haunts, as well as a highly curated and tested collection of the city’s best recipes.

12. Delightful and unique table lamp*.

 

 

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Christmas Decor

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

 

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Gift Guides 2019 – Stocking Fillers for the whole family

Stocking Fillers

Hello new week. With sunshine and a beautiful crisp morning! I am ready continue my gift guides and today it is all about stocking fillers for the whole family!

Which is quite a multi-functional guide actually. And somehow the word ‘stocking filler’ implements small gifts, advent calendar gifts, a little treat for somebody special, or indeed when shopping around for stocking fillers.

I grew up in Germany and Christmas Stockings were not a thing. But we would celebrate Nikolaus on the 6th of December. A tradition where children clean their shoes on the night of the 5th and put them in front of the door. The next morning we would find a small gift or some chocolates inside the shoes. Therefore, if you are a Nikolaus person, this guide is good for you.

At the end of the post you can find a list of all Gift Guides that will be published for this year and I will update the links once they go live.

Ho Ho Ho and some lovely festive weeks until Christmas from me to you!

Please find now my Gift Guide for Stocking Fillers for the whole family:

 

1. Socks can be a boring present. But not these and their brothers and sisters. Cool socks* are a thing!

2. Wooden toy camera*. Adorable and simply beautiful.

3. Beautiful hand made and hand painted wooden figurines* for endless play!

4. So fun! Apple teething ring*. Hand made, ecological and biodegradable. And it can be can be used for teething, as a bath toy or a decorative object.

5. A must-have for environmental conscious friends. These reusable straws* can be used with hot or cold drinks. The set contains 6 straws and a straw cleaning brush.

6. 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil* that is both cold-pressed and organic.

7. Great little box of shapes* that is easy to bring along when out and about or on a holiday.

8. Cute mouse in a baby moses basket. Too adorable.

9. Cute cross stitch kit* with everything to get started right away.

10. These fun animal wash clothes* will make bath time endlessly fun. So cute!

11. The healthy Kinder Surprise in a Christmas Format! The PLAYin CHOC ToyChoc Box contains 2 x 10g individually wrapped, deliciously creamy, organic dairy free chocolates and a delightful Christmas card toy to assemble

12. These crayons* are double-sided. On one-side you can find block colours and on the other a multi-coloured pattern. Giving your little ones twice as many options!

 

Happy gifting and stay tuned for more gift ideas over the following days…

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

 

 

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Christmas 2019: The best personalised gifts for the whole family!

The best personalised Christmas gifts for the whole family!

Good Morning!
We are starting the week with a blue sky and it is just what I need. Because one child is home with a very sore throat and I feel a little under the weather too. So bring on the sunshine and we will be back on our feet in no time.

And we are also starting this week with Christmas things. Or better: The very first gift guide of the season.
Normally I am not that early but this one has a very good reason. It is all about personalised items and to make sure that these arrive on time, I am sharing some ideas early.

Personalised gifts are so ON at the moment. And it is very clear why – everyone loves a nice gift, and by adding a personal message, a memory, or make it their own with a name or special date, it just adds so much value and love to it.

I put a lot of time to find some lovely personalised Christmas gifts for you and I hope you enjoy my selection. And there is something for the whole family:

 

personalised christmas baubles

Personalised Zodiac Keepsake Christmas Bauble

A beautiful hand-painted ceramic bauble*, personalised with the name of your choice on one side and their zodiac constellation on the other. A lovely family Christmas heirloom gift! Also perfect for a baby’s first Christmas bauble!
Extra: There is a cool black dots bauble* with gold lettering as well. Have a look!

 

Personalised Santa Sack

Personalised Santa Sack

Make your Christmas Eve tradition personal with a custom Christmas bag* ready to be filled with treats for your little one (or Christmas morning as a stocking alternative!)
The bag is the perfect fit for a few little gifts for the kids and can be used year after year. Loving the minimal design and simple aesthetic.

 

personalised toddler purse

Personalised toddler purse

A handmade small leather bag* for the mini fashionista in your life. This leather bag is the perfect gift for the special little girl in your life. And you can add her name for an extra personal touch.

 

personalised baby teether

Teething toys with your child’s name

The perfect baby gift – these cute teething toys* are made from BPA free silicone beads, natural unfinished wood, and lots of love. And they will definitely be the keepsake of baby’s first year!

 

stamp your own cookie kit personalised cookie stamper

Stamp your own cookie kit

This cookie decorating kit* allows you to stamp any message into a biscuit, cookie or icing, and can be used over and over again. It is perfect for all sorts of occasions, from birthdays to Mother’s day, Christmas, Easter, baby showers to weddings. And therefore either the perfect gift for bakers and/or people who love to bake. Or to prepare personal and edible gifts!

 

personalised wooden christmas box

Personalised Christmas Box

This bespoke and sophisticated Christmas Eve Box*, is made from natural pine wood and fully customisable!
Individually designed, this box will create a lasting Christmas Eve tradition year after year.
Your personalisation will be engraved onto the top of the box. On top, you can also add a personal message that will be engraved to the bottom of the box or inside of the lid.
This really pushes a sustainable Christmas too!

 

colourful keychain personalised

Colourful name keyring

Absolutely lovely engraved and hand-painted name keychains*. Perfect stocking filler or teacher gift. You can select the tassel colour as well.

 

Personalized Christmas Ornament Name

Personalised Christmas bauble

These custom snow globe tree baubles* are so perfect to gift to the people you love. Hand-crafted to fit your custom wording! And you will get a glass ornament with a sisal tree, white snow confetti, hanging twine, and a bow. Gift boxes are available if you would like to send this directly to the lucky receiver.

 

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

Custom Cross Stitch Family Portrait

These beautiful hand stitched pieces* make wonderful gifts for Christmas as well as basically any other occasion.
You can capture your family in these beautiful hand stitched hoops, even add the pets. And then you either gift it to your beloved husband or wife or your parents / grandparents. Instead of a framed photo!

 

custom wooden seed box

Garden Seed Box

These floral garden seed boxes* are the perfect gift for any passionate gardener!
These are hand-crafted, and each box displays a name of your choice within a seasonal floral design. Each seed box contains four wooden dividers ‘Veg’, ‘Herbs’, ‘Flowers’ and one left blank for you to personalise yourself at home.

 

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Personalised Leather tidy tray

Cool tidy tray* made from vegetable tanned leather. And this is such a versatile product – the perfect accessory for the contents of your pockets, everyday jewellery, office accessories or keys.
You can personalise it with initials, a name or a date and make it unique to you.

 

custom Wooden letter nursery decor

Wooden letter with felt balls

This Alphabet letter* will make a stunning addition to the nursery, playroom or any room in the house! You can choose the letter and the felt ball colours. And then you can either hand it on the wall or put it on a shelf.

I hope you got inspired by these personalised christmas gifts! Ho Ho Ho!

 

And pssst, it is not too late to get this year’s Advent Calendars in the house before December 1!

 

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Stylish linen clothing and accessories for the whole family

linen clothing

A couple of years ago I bought a bedding set made of linen. Gradually, we added a couple more sets. And by today it is the only linen we put on our beds. It is so comfortable to sleep in and gets more soft with every wash. Pretty amazing!

One of my favourite shops to buy linen bedding is actually on Etsy and it is called MagicLinen*.  A pretty accurate name because linen is indeed magic. It looks great, it feels luxury, it gets even better every time you wash it, it is very durable, and the colours usually only look so cool because of the fabric.

The brand is based in Lithuania (which seems to be the linen capital) and run by a family. They specialise in bespoke linen home textiles as well as linen clothing.

‘MagicLinen grew out of our own passion for natural materials. Thus, we make our products from high-quality European linen fabric that is certified under the OEKO-TEX standard. We strive to be an ethical, sustainable, and transparent business that remains true to its values and appreciates customers as members of our own family.’

And there is more than just linen bedding:

 

linen clothing
linen clothing

Cute clothes for big and small that you can wear all year round…

Did you know that linen has magic powers? It is known to be the strongest natural fiber in the world. Therefore linen items are incredibly durable and can last for generations. They absorb and release moisture very fast, making it perfect for bedding, towels, and similar items.

On top, linen has a unique temperature regulating ability to keep you both cool and warm depending on the weather. That is why linen clothes* are so popular in the summer, and should not be overlooked in winter! One of the reasons I included a good amount of linen pieces in my autumn styles for mums article.

 

linen clothing

linen clothing
Pure linen on your bed makes for a very pretty bedroom, just look at these pictures!

Vita and her team take care of all products and give them the personal attention they deserve. She started the business the moment she realised how good her mother’s and even grandmother’s linens looked good as new after a long time in the family.

Today MagicLinen threads the needle between traditions and a more modern, contemporary design.

And one little extra note, the gray blue bedding set* looks stunning! I can vouch for it personally…

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