Friday, 16 November 2018

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: For Parents 2018

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: For Parents 2018
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As soon as you become a parent your focus is suddenly on looking after your children, so Christmas is the perfect time of year to be treated yourself. This is the Gift Guide filled with present ideas for the parents in your life, whether that be parent friends, your partner, yourself or those that have been promoted to grandparents. The gifts that I buy my husband and put on my wish list have certainly changed a lot since becoming a parent with a lot more focus on capturing memories and making life easier. 

With that in mind, here is my Gift Guide for Parents 2018...

Moody Blue Little Note Photo Keepsake Box (£40) from Molly + Tom - Justin and Stacey are the lovely founders of Molly + Tom Creative Studio and they create the most skilfully made wooden boxes, album boxes, leather photograph pouches and art prints. All of which can be completely personalised to create the perfect gift this Christmas. The Little Note Photo Keepsake Box is a beautifully made wooden box filled with twenty five of your favourite photographs. Too often special moments are captured but not printed off and shared, so giving a keepsake box that doubles as a photo frame when stood up means that those moments can be enjoyed over and over again. The wooden box comes with a clear acrylic lid that is personalised with a laser engraved and metallic finish message, adding that extra special touch. You can also order this Keepsake Box in Sandstorm, Slate Grey or Subtle Rose colours.
Personalised Garden Shed Wooden Sign (£12.99) from Born Gifted - Pottering around in the garden shed is how many like to or wish to spend their days. This wooden sign comes with the Garden Shed message and then you can personalise the name that comes before. It's the ideal gift for parents or grandparents from their children/grandchildren, especially for those who spend hours outside during the year. When you order it you are provided with ribbon, so that it can be hung up on the shed door. Born Gifted also have a wide range of personalised gifts for the whole family, from mugs to books to boxes and Christmas baubles.
Ultimate Time Together Smartbox (£129.99) from buyagift -  Buyagift have an innovative range of Smartbox gifts that make gift giving easier, yet still as thoughtful and special. Their extensive range of Smartboxes are cover experiences for him, her and couples, including Happy Christmas, Cinema Tickets with Dinner, Charming Escape and Afternoon Tea. Their Ultimate Time Together Smartbox gives the recipient a choice of over 990 experiences to choose from, giving them the control and ability to book their own experience based on their availability and preferences. The majority of the 990 experiences are nights away in a variety of hotels across the United Kingdom, but there is also London Showboat Cruise, Spa Days, Zip World Velocity, Afternoon Tea, Jet Ski Experience, Zombie Infection Experience, 6 Course Michelin Meal with Champagne, Supercar Driving Experience, Whisky Lovers Tour and Cocktail Making Class to name a few. I've shared our experience at The Dower House with the Ultimate Time Together Smartbox here, if you want to find out more.
Personalised Keepsake Tin Box (£18) from The Little Picture Company - Special memories are made with fathers, grandparents etc. and this is the keepsake tin to celebrate those. You can personalise each line on the tin and the name at the bottom, so that it completely resonates with the lucky recipient. The tin is also a really good size for keeping a range of things, such as tools, letters, photos, sweet treats etc. You can choose from two tone blue (shown here), slate grey and orange or slate grey and orange for the text, making it that bit more personal to your loved one.
Personalised Photo Only Calendar in A3 (£8.99) from Funky Pigeon - Throughout the year many happy memories are made and captured between family and friends, so giving the gift of a personalised calendar is perfect for reliving those memories next year. Funky Pigeon may be best known for the extensive card range, but they also have an impressive gift range including photo gifts, toys, backpacks and flowers. When you order a calendar from them you are able to choose from lots of different templates, some that have more than one photo for each month and others that have pretty borders or colours to compliment each other. The Photo Only Calendar is the most simple design, showcasing one photo per month for the whole year. You can personalise the front of the calendar with a message and photo and choose which month/year you want it to start from. All of their calendar templates are also available in A3 (seen here), as well as A4, Slim and Desktop. It's such a special gift for children/grandchildren to give their parents/grandparents or for you to gift to your partner (then you get to enjoy it each month too!).
Personalised Biscuit Barrell (£33) from Jonny's Sister - Biscuits are a staple from the moment you become a parent, aren't they? They fuel the long night feeds of newborn babies, can be eaten quickly while your children aren't looking and are a well deserved treat after a long day at work. Jonny's Sister is the home to beautiful personalised homeware pieces that are timeless, classic and elegant. Their Personalised Biscuit Barrell comes with an airtight seal to ensure biscuits stay fresh and crunchy, as well as a loop handle for easy access. When it comes to the personalisation you can choose between four fonts, eleven font colours and up to 40 completely customisable characters. It is then hand-finished in their Somerset studio and can be sent worldwide.
Mini Stash Box - Pick Your Own 3 Flavours (£10) from Beanies - Coffee makes the early mornings that come with parenting young children that bit more bearable and Beanies vast range of unique flavoured coffee is certain to put a smile on someone's face this Christmas. They have a couple of Stash Box options with this one being pick your own flavours from over 24 choices, including Pumpkin Spice, Nutty Hazelnut, Mint Chocolate, Mulled Wine, Cookie Dough, Double Chocolate, Coconut Delight, Cinnamon & Hazelnut, Chocolate Orange and Cinder Toffee. Many of the flavours are either available in decaffeinated or caffeinated, depending on your preference. All of their coffees available for the Mini Stash Box are only 2 calories per cup, sugar free, gluten/wheat/dairy free, nut free, suitable for vegetarians/vegans and do not contain alcohol.
 Granada Camera Bag in Black and White ($99) from Johansen/Jo Totes - Jo Totes have an impressive range of camera bags that are not only stylish, but also convenient and practical. Their range includes bags of all sizes, shapes and designs, so that you can choose the camera bag to suit your life. The Granada Camera Bag comes in either Black or Black & White (shown here) and is one of the more compact designs in their collection. The cross-body strap, compact design and easy access front pocket make it ideal for parents who like taking photos or videos with their family. You are able to wear the Granada Bag alongside a backpack changing bag comfortably, allowing you to have easy access to your camera and any other lens you wish you use. Inside there is enough space for one DSLR camera with a lens and one additional lens or up to three lens. The two sturdy pads on the interior are adjustable, ensuring that your camera equipment is fully supported at all times. There is a removeable cross-body strap and waist belt strap, allowing you to adapt how you're wearing it depending on what you are doing. There is also a spacious envelope style pocked accessed by twisting the brass turn lock closure, as well a smaller zipper pocket, which are really handy for popping in your phone, keys, pens etc. Although the company is based abroad to keeping shipping costs lower they have a UK distribution centre, so you won't have to pay for overseas shipping.  
Recycled Wool Blanket in Bannockbane Silver Tartan (£35) from The Tartan Blanket Co. - Recycled Wool is made up of 70% wool and 30% mixed fibres from old clothing and other products that would have ended up in landfill otherwise. It is the most durable wool, making it really long lasting, machine washable on a gentle cycle and very warm. The recycled wool blankets are available in a larger size (150cm x 175cm - seen here) or in a slightly smaller Knee Blanket size (72cm x 150cm - £25). The Tartan Blanket Co. have a stunning collection of tartan and patterned blankets, made from a variety of wools. It's the place to go for affordable, luxurious and cosy blankets that are a real treat, especially as they come packaged so beautifully. 

Baby Carrier One (£139.99) from BabyBjorn - Behind each of BabyBjorn's carriers there is a lot of research, expertise and knowledge, so that they support our babies and we can trust them. The new BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One and One Air were designed with the help of 100 real families, as well as medical experts and baby wearing practitioners. Every feature has been designed with ultimate comfort and support for both parent and child, such as the new flexible shape and an ergonomic seating position. It also has an inbuilt infant insert, ergonomic leg position approved as hip-healthy by the International Hip-Dysplasia Institute, padded shoulder straps, pressure-relieving waist strap, adjustable head support and is made with child-friendly materials. You can change between forward facing, rear facing and back carrying as your child grows, making it suitable for longer baby wearing from newborn all the way until they are three years old (max. 15kg). It is really comfortable as a back carrier and a compact way to carry your child around on days out or holidays. You can pick the One in a variety of colours/designs, including Cotton Dove Blue/Confetti (seen here), Black, Dark Grey and Classic Denim. 
Massage Lotion, Massage Cream, Tummy Butter, Skin Therapy Oil and Body Lotion (from £3.99) from Palmer's - Stretch marks are a part of motherhood for so many of us, whether you're pregnant or given birth our bodies go through a lot while growing a little human. It is therefore important to look after yourself and you can do just that with Palmer's nourishing range of products aimed at improving the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Their Skin Therapy Oil is formulated with an exclusive blend of oils that is both lightweight yet deeply moisturising. It's non-greasy and quick to apply, making it ideal for busy parents. Their Massage Lotion and Massage Cream for Stretch Marks slightly differ in texture with the cream being richer, but they are both made with pure cocoa butter, shea butter, elastin, lutein, collagen and natural oils. The pump applicator makes the Lotion very easy to apply, while the Massage Cream tube makes it ideal for travelling with. If you're looking for a richer treatment for stretch marks, then the Tummy Butter could be the product for you. It's designed as an ultra-concentrated night-time treatment for pregnancy stretch marks. It warms up in your hands and becomes a nourishing oil to be rubbed into your tummy.

 Be Organized - Black Matrix (29.95euros) from Ju-Ju-Be - Travelling with children can feel like an overwhelming event at the best of times, with so many aspects to consider and plan. Ju-Ju-Be make our life easier with their range of beautiful changing bags, travel bags and accessories in a variety of colours, patterns and designs. Their Be Organized collection is the travel accessory all parents need to stay organised when travelling with children, whether it be going on holiday, visiting family/friends or short breaks away. The set contains three different sized organiser bags, which have mesh panels allowing you to see inside. Pack all of your children's underwear and outfits into the organiser bags and you'll thank yourself when it comes to unpacking at the other end. No need to spend ages hunting through suitcases for that one pair of socks you just can't find, quickly and easily find what you need and once they're empty they fold flat for compact storage. 

 Hamman Towel in Ice Blue (£20) from Sand and Seagulls - Sand and Seagulls' Hamman Towels are woven in Turkey from soft blue cotton with hand knotted tassels and are perhaps one of the most versatile addition to any parents life. Their super absorbent, quick drying, lightweight and easy to pack features make it ideal for days out, beach trips, holidays, picnics, swimming etc. It is a really generous size (180cmx90cm), so is big enough for both adults and children alike. You can also order this in Sea Green from Sand and Seagulls, which is a really beautiful deep green. 
Tulip Organic Cotton Beeswax Food Wrap (£14) from BeeBee - There is a big movement towards reducing our plastic usage at the moment and BeeBee are at the forefront of offering a plastic free alternative to beautifully fresh food. Using the heat of your hand the BeeBee wraps around food creating a seal that allows food to breathe, so they are perfect for picnics, leftovers, fresh bread etc. On the BeeBee's wesbite there are plenty of tutorials on how you can create pouches with the wraps, which are a plastic free alternative to sandwich bags. Their range of different patterned beeswax food wraps are versatile, plastic free and sustainable. The Organic cotton is better for the planet, they make their wraps in Cambridge and source their beeswax from local beekeepers and because the wraps are 100% natural once they have come to the end of their life (after about a year of use) they can be composted. You can use the code 'HappyBeeBee' at checkout for 10% off. 
 3-Step Ritual to Sleep Better/Energise/De-Stress (£11.95) from Tisserand Aromatherapy -Parenthood and sleep don't always go hand in hand, whether it be a newborn baby keeping you up or a toddler waking you up at the crack of dawn, either way not much sleep happens in those early years. Giving the gift of a peaceful nights sleep is probably the most requested gift idea from parents and although that isn't always possible the 1-Step Ritual to Sleep Better certainly helps. It contains a Body & Massage Oil, Pillow Mist and Pulse Point Roller Ball, that work together to create a relaxing and calm environment to get a good nights sleep. Each of the products is expertly blended with 100% natural pure essentials oils to stimulate your senses naturally with a combination of Jasmine, Sandalwood and Lavender. Tisserand Aromatherapy also have an Energise and De-Stress Kit within their 3-Step range, both of which contain a unique blend of natural oils. Inside the Energise Kit you'll find Lime, Grapefruit and Orange leaf, whilst in the De-Stress Kit there is Geranium, Orange and Nutmeg. 


Articulate Gallery A4 Double (£21.99) from The Articulate Gallery at 1TwoKids - As parents we are all graced with our children's beautiful art creations, sometimes on a daily basis from nursery or school. But displaying them and making your child feel proud of their 'art' can be a challenge, especially at the rate at which it is produced sometimes. The range of frames from The Articulate Gallery solve this problem with their side slots for 2D or 3D art to be displayed in. The sleek white design looks stylish in any room, whilst the wide slots mean you can slide in your child's art easily. The A4 Double is ideal if you have two children, as there is a slot for each child and it encourages them to take pride in their work. The frame are available in single A3, double A4 (seen here), single A4 or triple A4, so there is a size to suit either the number of children you have or the wall space available. 


I have also put together a Gift Guide for Babies and Gift Guide for Toddlers, if you're in need of more inspiration.  

What would be on your Christmas wish list?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x
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22 comments

  1. This is my favourite gift guide yet! You've given me so many ideas. I love that little photobox and the coffee set OH and the essential oils. BAsically everything on this list is perfect for me ha!

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  2. I love the idea of a "time together" smart box. As parents, we seldom have time to ourselves and I think this is what we need the most! Love the other ideas as well :)

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  3. Some great ideas here, I think gift guides are really useful to give you ideas. I love the camera bag, that's going straight on my list for sure

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  4. Fab ideas. Love the camera bag. I like to receive experience gifts so the gift from buy a gift would be ideal for me

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  5. I have always loved Palmers..it smells divine and of white chocolate!! The smart box idea is a great one too, with lots to choose from

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  6. This is such a gorgeous gift guide - so many lovely things for parents! I want them all! Kaz

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  7. These are some lovely gifts and would make anyone happy. I particularly like the idea of the flavoured coffees and it's a bonus that they are suitable for vegetarians/vegans and do not contain alcohol.

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  8. We buy my mum a photo calendar every year, its such a lovely gift and I love that camera bag!

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  9. I think you have covered gifts for the whole family here, some lovely ideas I will have to borrow

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  10. What a beautiful gift guide, your pictures are stunning. I think I would be happy to receive everything on here, the photo boxes are fab and what a great idea for the kids are too

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  11. Wow how lovely are all these gift items. Love the personalised calender a useful and nice item xx

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  12. Oh wow I just love all of these ideas, I have one of those art galleries and they are just fab! My kids love putting new artwork in it each week for me :) I adore that keepsake box and those luggage bags are amazing!

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  13. What absolutely gorgeous gifts you've picked out here. I adore the camera bag. And the Beanies stash would be right up my street. I don't drink coffee very often, but always choose a Beanies flavour when I do :)

    Louise x

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  14. Those cogfees sound awesome! There are some really nice gifts here, its given me lot's of ideas, thank you.

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  15. I love the biscuit barrel! I want one ... will look great in my kitchen!

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  16. This is such a wonderful selection of gifts. I really love your detailed review of them all. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. So many great idea's here! I would love to receive any of them but the calendar definitely caught my eye. Its a gift that lasts all year long and its a lovely idea to have family photos on a calendar!

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  18. What a lovely detailed gift guide. I love the bag its stylish yet looks so practical. I never thought of personalised calender, what a lovely idea will look into getting some

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  19. I love love all your ideas especially personalised ones, for this year I want to treat my parents to an experience present.

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  20. I honestly don't know what to ask for Christmas this year. Those beeswax wraps look lovely, but I don't think I'd want household stuff as a Christmas present. Maybe I'll just ask Santa for a surprise :)

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  21. what a lovely selection of gifts, something for everyone here x

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