Secret Santa £5 and Under

The festive period is vastly approaching, and I thought I’d start whacking out the festive posts! Although unfortunately won’t be taking part in Blogmas, as there is just not enough hours in the day for me, I will be posting regular festive content leading up to the Christmas period.

What better way to start than with a gift guide? Secret Santa is something we are going to be taking part in, in work this year. We have set ourselves a limit of £5 so I have been scouring the shops for deals and thought I’d share my ideas with you guys!

Rudolph Heat Change Mug | Blooming Gorgeous Relaxing Bath Remedy | Nivea Lip Balm Tin | Flutter Wooden Frame | Soap & Glory Happy Pamper Gift Set

I thought it would be really hard to try and find a decent gift for £5 and under but after looking, I realised there’s a huge variety to chose from! Are you taking part in Secret Santa anywhere this year? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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My Week in Pictures

So this week, Nathan had the week off and I was off work Tuesday through to today. I couldn’t get the Monday off but I was more than happy to go to work on that day as I knew I had the rest of the week off.

I know this post is a little late in the day but I have been out to various shops with Nathan picking up more Christmas bits and bobs. I thought it would be nice to show you my week in pictures this week, instead of just rambling on about it.

Here goes.

I admit, I probably could have taken better quality pictures and probably more! But I have been wayyy too busy enjoying life for that this week. Christmas just brings out something inside of me. I have been suuuuper crafty – I have made 3 peoples Christmas presents and a birthday present and my sister text me earlier asking me to make Christmas Eve boxes for my Nieces, and I can not wait to get stuck into that! I might even make myself one. 

I hope you have had a lovely week my wonderful little fairies.

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DIY Gift Ideas

So this year, I’ve decided that to save money on Christmas gift buying. I’m going down the DIY route, especially for gifts for the women in my family. I have already started making a few, and wanted to do a step by step DIY post on a couple. But then I realised I have a few family members that read my blog, and I wouldn’t want them to know what their gift was before Christmas.

So instead, I have decided to share a couple of idea’s which have inspired me along the way. That way I won’t be mentioning any names. I won’t be showing you an exact gift that I have made myself, and if said certain family members read this post, they won’t know exactly which ones are their own because the ones that I have made already are personalised with names etc.

I have to admit, Pinterest has been a life saver for DIY gift idea’s. Over the past few weeks it has been my best friend. So here we go!

Make your own candles 

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I got this idea from this pin, and then the step-by-step how to from Something Turquoise. You can easily get all of the supplies online, including a Christmassy scent. I like the idea of making the candles in vintage cups instead of mason jars and I’m sure 99% of the women in my life love candles.

 Multi photo frame 

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So, I have had this idea in mind for ages and not had the chance to make it. Here is the pin which inspired me. I haven’t really found a step-by-step how to on this, so I just winged it. I bought all of my supplies from my local Wilkinsons store for like £10. I picked up some white enamel spray paint (which I go ID’ed for!), a plain wooden photo frame, some string and craft pegs.

First of all I took the glass and back out of the photo frame and sprayed all of the exterior of the frame white, left it to dry outside for around 20-30 minutes. Then measured the length of string to go from one side to the other, with a little excess and then tied the ends. There’s lots of ways you can fix the string to the frame, I chose to do it with small tack pins from the back of the frame to make it look neater. Then all you need to do is hang your chosen pictures with pegs! You can add little bits of decor on the frame to make it a little more personal. The one above is one that I am making for our house.

Gifts in a jar

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If you search gifts in a jar on Pinterest, hundreds of different idea’s pop up. From food goodies to hot chocolate in a jar. There are so many different things that you put in a jar as a cute little gift for someone.

I think I’m going to go along with a Spa in a Jar idea (like here), where I’ll pick up some jar’s and pop along to places such as Superdrug and Boots, take advantage of offers such as 3 for 2 to get some travel sized items to fill them and then get hold of some cute decorative bits to give them more of a personal touch.

You can always look online on ways to create your own bath bombs, soaps etc if you’d like to go homemade with the products you fill your pamper jar with!

Wooden family tree frame

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I have seen these everywhere lately, I thought it’d be cheaper to make my own than pay £25+ for one. So that’s what I did, I ordered the wooden tree cut out, along with some hearts. I then had a look around the pound shops in my local town to get some buttons and ribbons to add to it to make it a little more creative. I picked the frame to mount it from Wilkinsons when I picked up my things for the multi photo frame, and some superglue to attach it all together.

Are you becoming a craft elf this year? If so share your idea’s and inspiration with me, I’d love to hear. You can either drop a comment below or tweet me!

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Christmas at Home, with Next

How quickly is this year going? I can’t believe I’m talking Christmas on the blog already, 2016 is going crazy quick. This year is going to be Nathan and I’s first Christmas in our own home and although I’ve already bought most of the Christmas decorations, the other day I was sorting my desk drawers out and I found a £50 Next voucher that we got for our engagement off my Godfather. Only one thing came to mind, more Christmas decorations!

So I’ve been having a little nosey on the Next website at the Christmas decorations, and here are some of my favourites!

 

Driftwood Effect Stag | Lit Red Bell Twigs  | Winter Spruce Fragranced Candles  | Wood Effect Buntin | 30 Pre Lit White Glitter Berry Garland

We’re going for a white and red theme! I wanted to have a blue and silver theme through out but Nathan disagreed. He wanted to go for warmer colours like red and gold. But he should know by now, that I hate the colour gold. I wont wear gold jewellery so why would I want my house filled with gold over my favourite time of the year? In the end we met in the middle and chose white and red!

I am so excited to put my Christmas tree up this year, I  am going to go all out. I’ve been eyeing up some Christmas bed sheets too!

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