• How to give the perfect gift
    How to give the perfect gift

    How to give the perfect gift

    How to give the perfect gift is almost as important as what present to give, depending on who you are buying for.

    There’s a lot to be said about what you actually purchase for that person.

    Giving money, especially to young children, has often been deemed as the lazy option as no real thought has gone into the purchase.

    After all, children like to open presents. They like the idea of unwrapping a box or a parcel.

    How to give the perfect gift

     

     

    Even as we get older, it’s always nice to receive something that we can open. Receiving an envelope with money is almost a quick way out.

    As adults, sometimes giving money is the only option, especially when that person is very difficult to buy for or they have no idea what they would like.

    Teenagers sometimes prefer to have money because they can buy what they like as opposed to what Nan and grandad think they like. Money is great to put towards something that they actually want.

    I’ve received money as a present for many years from certain members of the family. Especially having a birthday close to Christmas. It can be hard to find two present ideas when there is a birthday to buy for too.

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    As we get older, it can become more difficult to know what to buy.

    Peoples taste changes over the years, they become more fussy and what they may have liked 10 years ago may be of little relevance now.

    Sure enough the gift sets appear with body shower, soap, face scrub etc that only seem to appear at Christmas time.

    The kind of sets that many people will reach for because they simply have no idea what else to purchase.

    Everyone will use a body spray, body wash and a bar of soap.

     

    It’s almost classed as an easy option. Whichever shop you go in to, whether it be a supermarket or a beauty store, there will always be a selection of gift boxes containing body scents.

    They are normally reasonably priced too so this is another factor that people go for when it comes to buying a gift for someone.

    Nowadays, I find myself trying to find more unique presents. It’s always good to go with the right mindset when present shopping. If you had the item given as a gift to you, would you like it?

    So many times when we go gift shopping, we’ve picked up an item that we’ve thought would be suitable and questioned if we would like it. Any doubt and it’s placed back on the shelf.

    Sometimes we’ve walked out of the shop and returned half an hour later. Our minds have been made up.

  • Candles,  Reviews

    Yankee scented candles review

    There’s not many of us that don’t like candles. Especially when it comes to Yankee scented candles.

    The first time I noticed these wonderful creations was several years ago, at my local village garden centre at Christmas.

     

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    Taking a visit to a garden centre is always a delightful place to visit during the festive season, with their collection of tree ornaments, garlands and unique gifts.

    Head over to the candle section and the shelves were full from the ceiling to the floor of an array of colours, styles and gorgeous smelling scents.

    You could definitely smell the fragrances as soon as you walked through the door.

    With so many to choose from, the decision was often made difficult.

     

    Which candle to choose

    A classy design is just as important as a gorgeous fragrance when it comes to candles. After all, it’s on show in our homes so it’s good to go for one that looks elegant and homely.

    If you’re looking for cheap candles, then the Yankee will overstretch the budget.

    We do get what we pay for so I’m a firm believer in spending a little more to have a product that will last and is of better quality.

    Whenever tea light candles are on sale, which is pretty much all year around now, they are often cheap to purchase.

    Some will last fairly well and you will get a good burning time but some may not last as long or not burn in the correct way.

    The Yankee candle does come in three different sizes so if the price of a large one is more than you’re prepared to pay, then the smaller options are great too.

     

    Having such a good burn time for all three size jars really does give the home the opportunity to smell gorgeous whatever the season or reason for purchasing them.

     

     

    Why are Yankee candles so expensive?

    From experience Yankee candles are more expensive when purchased from small businesses/gift shops. The smaller companies will often have a higher price tag so it pays to shop around before you buy.

     

    Yankee candles do burn more evenly than some candles on the market and therefore this quality reflects in the price.
    As it’s often said, we get what we pay for and I feel that paying a little more for a candle that will last a long time and burn evenly is something that every home needs.
    It also needs to burn safely.

    Always pay special attention with candles when they are lit.

     

    Although the Yankee candles burn safely inside their jar, don’t leave them unattended or around small children who could knock them over or scald themselves.

    There’s definitely something about having candles burning at home that gives a sense of warmth, calmness and a wintry feel once the curtains are closed for the evening.

    They can be used all year round too, not just for cosy nights in. Remember to prep your candle first before it’s first lit.

     

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    Yankee scented candles review

    Yankee candles available on ebay 

     

    Sizes range from small, medium and large

    Large jar has a burn time of up to 150 hours

    Medium jar- up to 75 hours

    Small jar- up to 30 hours

    My rating : 9 out of 10

     

    Once you’ve used your candle and it’s burned away, it’s a great idea to reuse the jar. Dress it up or pop a tea light in the bottom. The jars are very sturdy and there are several fragrances that they come in.

    The jars also come with a lid which is a great way of holding onto the scent when the candle is not lit.

    If you’re prone to headaches around strong fragrances, try to choose the more delicate scents.
    Some winter scents can be a little overpowering if they’re sat in a small room in the home.

     

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    Have you tried Yankee candles ?

    Let me know your thoughts below.

     

  • Christmas gifts,  How to give the perfect gift,  Perfumes

    Perfumes for Christmas

    There’s a particular group of scents that come to mind when shopping for perfumes for Christmas.

     

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    Perfumes for Christmas
    Cinnamon is a very traditional fragrance note for winter perfumes

     

    Woody, spicy, pine, cinnamon and orange scents will very much remind us of the festive season.

    Perfumes for Christmas
    Orange notes are a popular choice when choosing a winter fragrance

     

    It’s a wonderful time of year, full of colour, crisp air and busy shops.

    Just walking through woods during the winter months gives a sense of calm and happiness.

    Perfumes for Christmas
    Winter scents

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Beautiful colours are seen on the leaves during the Autumn, as they lay a thick covering on the ground.

    A truly wonderful sight.

    Perfumes for Christmas
    The stunning Autumn/winter colours on the ground

    Along comes winter and we are transformed into a whole new world of frost on the leaves, ice under foot and everyone is wrapped in winter clothing.

     

    Perfumes for Christmas
    Pine smells are a reminder of winter and Christmas

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Christmas

    Many people all over the world would say that Christmas is their favourite time of year.

    Not just for the gifts but for quality time with family and the happiness on children’s faces as they open their gifts.

    Everything about Christmas is wonderful.

    Having a birthday in December also, means that those of us do feel the magic of Christmas twice.

    Along with the scented candles that are in the shops at this time of year, there are also rows and rows of gifts in every shop.

    Customers are spoilt for choice with what to purchase for loves ones, friends or work colleagues.

    Walking up and down the gift aisles and seeing every shelf rammed full with Christmas colours and wonderful gifts is purely magical .

    Many women will write that they would like a new perfume from ‘Santa’ and even men like to open a new aftershave by the tree.

    So what fragrances do we search for during winter?

     

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    Perfumes for Christmas

    Spicy and woody fragrances are very popular during the winter months and heavier notes are often chosen during this season.
    It’s almost the opposite end of the fragrance wheel when looking for and purchasing summer scents, like floral and oriental scents.
    Both fragrance families have their own unique style and suitability.

    When the shops have scented candles on sale during Christmas, they are usually made up of spicy, orange and woody notes.

     

    Winter perfume notes

    So when looking for the perfect perfume for a gift or for ourselves to wear during the winter months, we are drawn to the heavy, warm and deep notes.

    Perfumes for Christmas
    Many popular fragrances contain woody notes

    Such fragrances tend to be more powerful that the light and floral scents that are work through the spring and summer months.

    With this is mind, it’s worth noting that the perfumes should be sprayed sparingly as they will be too overwhelming to wear.

    They’ll also leave a heavy perume sillage for those around.

     

    A light spray is all that’s needed with a new winter fragrance, so always try samples before a purchase if available.

    Fragrances will smell very different on the scent paper in store.

    Arriving home to try the new spray only to find that it doesn’t smell the same as in the store, is disappointing.

    There are so many winter fragrances to choose from and one to suit men and women.

    With the cost of perfume, especially around Christmas time, a good purchase is a must.

    Here are some of the most popular fragrances during winter.

  • Advent calendar

    Perfume advent calendar

    The perfume advent calendar has become a popular alternative to the chocolate advent calendar.

    Every year there are companies who create advent calendars. Woolworths, Superdrug and Sainsbury’s to name a few.

    The shops design would normally consist of chocolate behind each window with each number sealed with a perforated edge.

    Every child at Christmas would open each window to gain the chocolate behind the foil.

    Twenty four windows to open with a small chocolate inside and then behind window number 24, would be the largest chocolate.

     

     

    Perfume advent calendar
    The ever so popular advent calendars containing chocolate treats

    Chocolate advent calendar

    As a child, this was always an excitement at the beginning of December.

    Growing up, we find ourselves still excited to get a chocolate advent calendar.

    In our house, we have one each for our boys and one to share between myself and my husband.

    As my birthday landed on an even number during December, I always opened the even numbers so that I had a chocolate to eat on my birthday.

    This was how I remember Xmas back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

    Modern advent calendar