Ideal gifts for the festive season.

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I know it is early to start planning for Christmas, however I thought that I would write a post today highlighting a selection of ideal gifts for the festive season. Several of them would come in handy immediately, for example, a subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine.

These days I know that many of us get our news and information from the Internet. Yet sometimes it is lovely just to slow down and curl up on the sofa with a good book or an interesting magazine. Taking time away form our digital devices, getting inspiration and savouring the information in the colourful pages. Admiring the fashion ideas and trying out some new recipes for the holiday season.

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Brightening up your home

Christmas star lights

Who knows what we will be doing this Christmas. Whether we will be able to have friends and family around as normal. Whatever happens, I still intend to decorate our house with a tree and some Christmas lights. Ours are getting a bit old and as we won’t be having a large tree this year I am very tempted by these pretty Star Christmas lights from The White Company

Winter diffuser. A selection of ideal gifts for the festive season.

Another thing I like at this time of year is a spicy scented diffuser. I love the cinnamony, orange spicy smell of the Winter diffuser from The White Company.

More ideal gifts for the festive season

A selection of ideal gifts for the festive season.

If you are an early planner and like to start buying your holiday gifts in November. This 12 days of beauty advent gift set from Marks&Spencer would be an excellent idea. Or maybe just buy it for yourself. I have used Autograph products in the past and have found them excellent quality.

Advent Calendar 2020

Talking of Advent Calendars, last year I left it too late to buy one. They were all sold out. JohnLewis&Partners have some excellent ones at the moment so I intend to get in early this year. They are already beginning to sell. JohnLewis&Partners Advent Calendars


  1. Sara
    30th October 2020 / 16:08

    I was about to post a Scrooge-style comment as I dislike, more and more each year, the earlier and earlier advent of Christmas. I decided instead that my contribution would be to keep any further such thoughts to myself! Having said that, the Star lights from the White Company do look rather nice..

  2. 30th October 2020 / 17:06

    Hello Sara
    I know I feel a bit the same however this year is a bit different apparently as we are all spending more time at home our thoughts are turing to Christmas already so we are starting our planning earlier than normal.

  3. Helen Howes
    30th October 2020 / 17:38

    I’m quite happy to start early for Christmas, especially since most of our gifts are ordered on line and deliveries are not always on time. The books for my grand children are always ordered early, not to disappoint with their latest interests. I loved the Advent calendars but unfortunately the Milan Cathedral one is not mailed overseas. I just may do something about the diffusers this Christmas. Thank you for the timely tip.

  4. Debra Schick
    30th October 2020 / 18:09

    I have already purchased 2 gifts as I am going on line to shop. Some items are already sold out. I am keeping the amount around $50 Cdn so I have to be creative. Our Christmas gathering will be very small due to COVID. Our numbers are up in Canada due to our Thanksgiving celebration. We need to sacrifice for the safety of others. Your emails are a welcome delight. Hope to make it to Britain when this is all over. Stay safe.

  5. 31st October 2020 / 01:15

    I like to do my shopping early to alleviate stress closer to the holiday. Due to Covid, our Christmas plans are up in the air at the moment. It may be just hubby and I alone for the first time in 44 years of marriage!

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