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06 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide - The Adults Edition

It's often the adults that are particularly difficult to buy for at Christmas but hopefully these ideas will help you to purchase something magical for the loved ones in your life this December...

It's always a good idea to have a notebook laying around for writing shopping lists, jotting down important things to remember or even by the phone for taking messages, and this one is a quirky and fun alternative to the norm. 

With a hardcover and 96 pages of lined paper it would make a great gift for anyone that might be known for being a little forgetful or just someone that loves their stationery! I use mine as a 'to do'.

This superb new kit from Rokit creates stunning nails in the comfort of your own home that last for up to 14 days! It also saves you a fortune in the long run as you will no longer require a pricey visit to the salon for a salon quality look. It's the perfect present for the ladies this Christmas. 

The kit contains:
  • 5ml Rokit One Step Gel Polish in Shock Pink
  • 50ml Rokit Ready (to prepare nails for polish and offer optimum results)
  • 50ml Rokit Remove
  • Nail file with buffer and cuticle stick
  • Lint free nail cleansing pads (20 pack)
  • LED Lamp
There is no need to add a primer, base or top coat, you only need to prepare your nails by shaping and cleaning (fingers or toes if you wish) then polish and cure. The LED lamp even has a treatment timer enabling you to keep track of how your nails are doing so you don't need to clock watch; It really is that simple. 

There is no need to worry about the condition of your nails afterwards as they will remain strong and healthy which is definitely beneficial and far better than many other types of manicure I've tried. I love the hot pink colour which provides a bold, statement look although there are other colours available too from the website to try. The Purple Couture in particular is lovely. 

I've used this kit on myself a few times and Minxy was keen to have her nails done too. It is really quick to complete and totally hassle-free. I've even invited round a few friends to give it a go as my nails look so shiny and have been noticed, and complimented, while I'm out and about. 

Finished in a soft leatherette wrap in one of 14 beautiful colours, including 3 Emma Bridgewater patterns, this quality gadget is a must have for any home. Whether you like to sing a long to your favourite songs in the shower, listen to music when cooking or have a dance when entertaining, the Retro Mini is functional yet stylish and will bring modern sound to your ears with a classic look. You can even take it on holiday too!

The carry handle makes transporting it easy and you can opt for a power mains supply or batteries - whichever is most convenient to you. Despite being retro in appearance, you can connect your latest bluetooth devices to it and stream your tunes wherever you may be, something that many of us will appreciate. Alternatively feel free to use the 3.5mm aux connection. 

You can listen to any analogue or digital stations due to the FM, DAB and DAB+ reception and with the headphone jack and USB sockets to the rear you can listen without disturbing others while charging your phone from it! It's a useful piece of kit. 

If you would prefer to have this on your bedside table the dual alarm system will come in handy for you and your partner when it's time to rise. You can alter the bass and treble too for perfectly customisable sound. The rubber legs to the base protect your surfaces so you don' need to worry about scratches on your worktops. 

The Mr adores this and has taken it into the garden on more than one occasion while cleaning out the shed and doing his exercises. The Mini Mes like to listen to the Frozen soundtrack while sat at the table whereas I like to pop on some relaxing music while baking. It's very versatile and several people have already asked where they can get their own. Minxy is after the Hot Pink one for her room!

If you are after some stocking fillers or something low cost this Christmas, the range of gifts available from Vaseline are ideal. Everyone wants kissable lips for the mistletoe! The reusable bag in this set comes complete with a Hand & Nail Lotion plus a Lip Therapy Rosy Lips balm to prevent and sooth chapped skin; handbag essentials. 

The Pouch with popper shutter and mirror in the lid also contains Vaseline's Lip Therapy for soft tinted lips on the go. Once the tin is empty you can use the case to store your blush, lipsticks or even refill with another Vaseline product, like the Aloe or Original versions - my personal favourites. 

Braun Water Flex - £159.99
This essential for men in vibrant blue, features a contour-adaptive swivel head for an amazingly close shave. It adapts around the neck, jawline and chin with ease, due to its flexible head pivoting up to 33 degrees and ergonomic design, for a smooth finish. It is incredibly versatile and can be used both wet or dry to suit your needs and as it's 100% waterproof too it's certainly the ultimate product in shaving. It can be used in the bath or shower cordlessly for your convenience! 

The Optiblade catches even more hair than before and cuts deeper for the best shave yet. The three elements make cutting long hair just as easy and comfortable as short plus there is the option of trimming sideburns, moustaches or beards by sliding the long hair precision trimmer out from the reverse side. 

The handle is easy to grip and the product itself is very straight forward to use with a simple on and off button to activate it. The Mr has used Braun razors before and he has always been impressed with the quality and results. It is no different with this; he thinks it works well.

When it comes to charging, the light on the WaterFlex will blink green when running low then after just 60 minutes on charge it will light continuously signally that it is ready for use once again. To clean it can be placed directly under a running tap but there is also a cleaning brush provided to brush off any extra hair. The foil release button can be pressed to allow better access so you can prepare it for the next use in seconds.

A SmartPlug and protective cap are also included in the set- everything you need for the perfect shave.

With the colder weather upon us our skin can get quite dry and sore but the Heel Smoother created by HoMedics keeps feet soft and healthy all winter long (plus the other seasons too!). Four batteries are included which is always useful and it is fairly simple to assemble with easy to follow instructions supplied within the box. 

After soaking your feet in water for 10-15 minutes you are ready to begin. For those a little more sensitive or with less callused skin the lower setting is recommended but there is a second, higher powered setting which works wonders on tougher patches. Once complete you finish by applying your favourite foot lotions or moisturiser.

Apart from the smoother itself and batteries, there is also a cleaning brush to keep the product in top condition and 6 buffing pads to polish toes, heels, the sides and balls of your feet after the abrasive plate has been in action. The results are noticeable straight away and after a few sessions my feet were dramatically improved. With the summer months on the way this is a great gift idea for anyone that loves gadgets, beauty or travel.

This gorgeous gift set is created with mums in mind, whether they are waiting for a beautiful bundle to arrive or already have them in their arms it will leave them pampered top to toe.
Containing lots of natural ingredients the set will help to moisturise, firm skin and reduce stretch marks, something that most women will appreciate. 

Each of the four items smell lovely with scents including passion flower, sweet almond, white water lily and Shea butter. A little goes a long way too so these will last a while. 

The Marvellous Mummy Kit Contains:
  • Soft & Creamy Body Smoother, 25ml
  • Silky Soft Body Wash, 50ml
  • Super Stretchy Miracle Oil, 50ml
  • Splendidly Soothing Bath Soak, 50ml

It's not just for Christmas however, you could give as a gift at a baby shower or as a birth announcement too.

Lanolips collaborate with leading Australian fashion illustrator Kelly Smith to bring you this pretty vintage style tin which is ideal for tweens or adults that have an interest in beauty. I'd quite like one for myself! 

The limited edition beauty tin is now exclusively available at the Whole Foods Market and it contains their hero products of 101 Ointment, which is natural multipurpose balm and also the Intense Hand Balm to deeply moisturise dry hands and nails. The tin is reusable so you can keep all of your makeup products securely inside and it comes lined with pretty pink paper for presentation. Get your mitts on one quickly as they are bound to sell out fast. 

Some of the sets available from the collection

 If relaxation and a little pampering is required this Christmas, the Relaxing Bath Box from Aromatherapy Associates is perfect. It contains Relax Body Wash (200ml) to sooth away aches and pains and Deep Relax, Light Relax and De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oils (7.5ml) to provide peace and calm. Something most could do with I'm sure.

You can wash away tension and stress and follow it with a great nights sleep by using the products within which have been specially selected to support and aid you after a busy day. They leave skin feeling soft and hydrated and your mind fresh and clear. A great buy for the workaholic or anyone that needs a little TLC. 

If you want to discover a wide range of tops and hoodies for the fashionistas in the family look no further than T-shirt Grill. They have a huge selection to choose from for men, women and children with everything from retro car prints, funny slogans and your favourite celebrities. They are great value too! 

With the Mr being a motorbike fan, and a rider himself, he really liked this 50% cotton 50% Polyester heavyweight hooded sweatshirt as worn by Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders). It's really comfortable against his skin and keeps him warm in all conditions. The front pouch pocket is also really useful for his belongings when he is walking the dog. 
Jamster has his eye on a few of the funny kids versions now for his Christmas wish list.

What is on your Christmas wish list this year?

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