Gifts for… Techies

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Selection of Christmas presents for techies

I’m a self-confessed gadget freak. If money was no object, the latest MacBook and iPhone would arrive by courier with each new release. No basic models for me either, I love all the bells & whistles!

Justin is much less of a computer geek, but he does love his hi-fi gear; he’s a vinyl junkie and Spotify addict. A quality music system, wifi speakers and pair of wireless headphones to match would make him a very happy bunny on Christmas Day.

Gifts for techies don’t have to look geeky. I love the USB stick masquerading as a Chanel lipstick (#2) and the ‘rubber duck’ wireless speaker for the bath (#6) tickles me!

The one item I’d be most happy to find under the Christmas tree this year though, is the Xperia™ Z2 Tablet (#1). It’s completely waterproof so I’d be able to use it in the bath to read, surf the net or watch the latest Scandi Noir offering!

  1. Xperia™ Z2 Tablet: from £369, Sony
  2. Chanel lipstick USB / flash drive: £67.13, Etsy
  3. Native Union Pop Phone soft touch retro handset – red: £9.99, Amazon
  4. Beats by Dre portable Bluetooth® Pill speaker, Nicki Minaj pink: £169.99, Selfridges
  5. Beats by Dre Pill speaker stand: £39.99, Selfridges
  6. iDuck wireless speaker: £21.95, Prezzybox
  7. Pebble smartwatch: £99.99, Currys
  8. Lomo’Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses: £129, Lomography
  9. Bose® SoundLink® around-ear Bluetooth® headphones: £199.95, Bose
  10. Slate essential lapdesk: £64.03, Etsy

Gifts for… Him

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selection of Christmas gifts for men

Yesterday we featured a selection of gifts for her – today we’re putting some lovely prezzies under the virtual tree for him. Justin suggested a couple of these without prompting – was that a subtle hint? 🙂

  1. Gentlemen’s Hardware shoe shine kit: £15, John Lewis
  2. Christmas men’s beard grooming gift box: £82.30, Etsy
  3. Hand-forged bottle opener: £12, Bodie & Fou
  4. Shaving tradition set: £67.00, L’OCCITANE
  5. Barbour AW12 men’s green Barbour Wessex olive wax jacket: £118, Masdings
  6. Black Peppercorn favourites gift set: £56, Molton Brown
  7. Sandqvist Carl Gustav waxed holdall: £156, ASOS
  8. Harris Tweed hip flask in a purple & blue check with purple leather trim in presentation box: £25, Etsy
  9. Pharrell Williams Stan Smith tennis shoes: £85, Adidas

Gifts for… Her

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selection of Christmas gifts for women

I think there’s no excuse for getting it wrong when it comes to Christmas gifts for ‘her’. What woman doesn’t like to wake up on Christmas morning to a show-stopping handbag? A pair of funky shoes? Some jewellery? Make up and smellies?

I know I’ve got excited in the past by a toaster as birthday present – just don’t think it’s all right to get me household electricals for every occasion!

OK, I confess – this more or less constitutes my own fantasy Christmas wish list. So Justin, I hope you’re paying attention! 🙂

Gifts for… Girls

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Christmas gifts for girls

Yesterday we mentioned that we have 8 nephews; we have 3 nieces too. Shop shelves are often filled to overflowing with the pink princess look, but it doesn’t always have to be pink gifts for girls and blue-for-boys. Here are a few alternative ideas for the little ladies.

  1. Wildfox Snowflake jumper 7-14: £53, Selfridges
  2. Vilac multicoloured giraffe umbrella: £17, Liberty
  3. All Aboard flight bag: £15.38, Paperchase
  4. Banksy girl with balloon iPhone hard case/cover: £3.99, eBay
  5. Vivi Bunny soft toy: £20, Designers Guild
  6. Printed wellies: £24-£28 depending on size, Boden
  7. Burts Bees gift tin mini collection: £5.99, Boots
  8. Strawberry body sorbet: £8, The Body Shop
  9. Children’s jungle wall sticker set by Parkins Interiors: £90, Notonthehighstreet

Gifts for… Boys

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selection of gifts for boys

Although we have no kids ourselves, we now have 8 nephews between us – aged from 4 to 24!  Buying gifts for boys can be a minefield –  what are they into now, what’s the trendy toy this year, are there any new hobbies???  It was much simpler in our day – a satsuma and a piece of coal (if wi wer lucky!). Here’s a broad selection to suit a range of ages & budgets.

  1. Astronaut freeze-dried space strawberries: £6, Urban Outfitters
  2. Silly Socks baseball boots socks: £6.99, Iwantoneofthose
  3. Mr Men Mr Tickle watch: £12.99, WatchShop
  4. OUCH! comic strip plasters: £3.95, Prezzy Box
  5. 3D spy glasses: £15, John Lewis
  6. Gift Republic Monopoly money box: £10.40, Amazon
  7. The original metal Slinky: £4.99, Maplin
  8. Animal antics t-shirt: £17-£19, Boden
  9. Lexon Buro desk set: £80, Designers Guild

Christmas gift faves

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'Purple Rebel' Swatch watch and black & purple Fred Perry plimsolls
We’ve not had the best of Christmases here in H is for Home world.

Frozen pipes for 10 days – followed by the inevitable burst pipes… and the pulling down of walls to find & repair the leaks.

The snow also caused some serious postal delays for customers orders, which we couldn’t do much about but still felt responsible.

Add to that train travel chaos and a dose of swine ‘flu – it’s been pretty miserable!

One of the few things that brought a bit of joy was the lovely array of Christmas gifts bought by loved ones – here’s a selection…

Main photo: Purple Rebel Swatch watch and Fred Perry black & purple vintage plimsolls

De'Lunghi espresso machineDe’Lunghi Espresso maker

hand thrown espresso mugs by Devon-based potter Lisa HammondHand thrown espresso cups by Devon-based potter Lisa Hammond

Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design

Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design
Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design

hand crocheted striped throw

hand crocheted striped throw hand crocheted striped throw
Hand crocheted throw by Justin’s mum aka Granny Glittens

Fudge the Weimaraner in his new Drizabone Apsley wax dog coat
…and Fudge wasn’t left out – shown here modelling his new waterproof winter jacket. (Drizabone Apsley wax dog coat).