A Practical Gift Guide

Christmas, Gift Guide

Right that’s it… it’s almost mid December and Christmas preparations are in full swing. This may mean some of you are entering the stage of panic. If your not the type of person to have everything wrapped up by December the 1st, you may be starting to get your Christmas shopping done now.

Each year I end up spending ages trying to think of gift ideas. I often end up panic buying items at the last minute and regretting it afterwards. So this year, I wanted to do something a little bit different. Choosing gifts that people wouldn’t just open and pop in the cupboard… probably never to look at or use again. But practical gifts, that would be used and loved for days, weeks and even years, if i’m lucky. Items that may not initially spring to mind, but will nevertheless bring a bit of joy, to the everyday.

1. Reusable Mugs

Who doesn’t like a nice cuppa at some point during the day? Reusable/travel mugs are becoming more and more popular as the love of a hot drink continues to grow and we try to cut down on the use of single-use plastics.

You can build around this gift idea if you wish, adding the mug to a hamper of goodies such as special teas/ coffees and tasty treats. Or, treat them to a Costa Coffee gift card!

Above are a couple of mugs that I have come across recently, but you can find lovely, reusable mugs, in many places. I found the pink floral one on Amazon, from Cambridge. The lovely personalised ones from Not on the High Street. and the last design is a sophisticated one from ecoffee cup.

2. A Calendar*

I absolutely love starting the new year with a fresh Calendar. Go for one with a little something extra! One that is not only great for staying organised, but is also stylish and fun. After all, you look at them every day!

I love the Family Home Planner from Boxclever Press* It’s got such a pretty design and with a unique 16 month layout, it’s perfect for organising a busy family. The calendar also comes with some cute reminder stickers and a helpful storage pocket.

Boxclever Press

3. A Glasses Case

What better way to keep your glasses scratch free, than with a pretty glasses case. An ideal gift, that will make you smile, day to day. You can get some beautiful designs, compared to the standard ones you get from the opticians. This floral case is from Cath Kidson and comes with a handy zip and cleaning cloth.

glasses case

4. A Weekend Bag*

Know someone whose travelling over the Christmas period or who likes to take a weekend break? A lovely weekend bag would make the perfect gift for them. This Astrid Flower weekend bag is the perfect size for weekends away, gym trips or even a luxury changing bag!

5. Reusable Shopping Bags

Know someone who loves to shop? Why not gift them a stylish reusable shopping bag! Much like the reusable travel mugs, these shoppers are becoming increasingly fashionable. Not only are they super handy and look fab, they’re helping to cut down on our plastic bag usage.


6. A Lanyard

This gorgeous, Midnight Star print, lanyardmakes the perfect work accessory. If just adds a little something to your work attire, a personal touch. This would be perfect for someone who has to carry their ID, pass or keys with them daily.

7. A Woolen Hat

A good woolen hat is a must have for any winter wardrobe. I’ve picked these gorgeous beanie hats up from Mountain Warehouse so my mother and mother-in-law can keep warm, snug and stylish in thr colder weather.

9. A Notebook

As a self confessed lover of lists… I have to say, you can never have enough notebooks! From jotting down important ideas, to making lists and plans, notebooks can be used daily. So why not have one that makes you smile.

10. A Baking Tin*

Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked mince pies and gingerbread men at Christmas! This beautiful Nordic Baking Tin makes the perfect festive gift, keeping all your sweet treats fresh! Why not make some homemade, festive treats, to go along with it?

So that concludes my Practical Gift Guide, 2019. I hope these ideas help you to make someone’s Christmas special, this year.

If you have any practical gift ideas, please share in the comments section below!Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,

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*Some items in this blog were gifted to me for review. They have been marked with an *. However, all content and opinions are that of my own.