Eleventh Day of Giftmas: The Works Christmas Gifts Review

Eleventh Day of Giftmas: The Works Goodies – £Prices range from £2 – £10 – From stocking fillers to gifts, The Works have a well-stocked Winter Wonderland of wonderful gifts for all the family.  Both online and with stores on the high street, The Works has something for everyone and every pocket.  Stocking a massive range of toys, gifts, books books, toys, stationery and arts & crafts at discount prices.  Seeing continued growth, the brand serves over 22.5 million people each year…wow!

Why not “Make your Christmas gift personal with the Works” and using their fab tartan gift bags create your own themed gift selections.  I created for different options for you to enjoy.

The “Family and Friends Together” kit has a selection of Glitter loaded premium prosecco and glitter tree Christmas cards and the Downton Abbey – The Compendium of Parlour and Card Games.  A great game for after your celebration Christmas dinner.

It is all about the Snuggles and cuddles with the ‘Winter Comfort Kit’ which includes the Hot Water Bottle and Knitted Socks Set, Tartan Fleece and the brilliant Behave yourself elf.

The “Tea Lovers” kit is a fab bag of goodies which includes the Tea-Quila Time Mug, Volkswagen Beetle Multi-Coloured Coaster Set Of 4 and this lovely London themed traditional English tea set, that include teabags, but they are also money boxes too!

Now it may be cliché but why not try this “New Year, New You” kit which comprises of an Inspirational 2018 Calendar, Black 2018 Diary – Day A Page and a gorgeous Pencil Gift Set – 6 pack.  All you need to write your goals, aspirations and plans for 2018.  Give the Works this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Tenth Day of Giftmas: Hoogly Tea and Hygge Book Review

Tenth Day of Giftmas: The Little Book of Hygge and Hoggly Tea – £8.99/ 1 box of tea ranges from £4.25 – £5.25 – Fancy a festive cuppa, well Christmas blends such as Around the Fire and Spiced Orange will warm you up while you read about the Nordic way of life with the Little Book of Hygge.

Tina Gloggengieser, from Aarhus in Denmark, now living in Brighton, is a keen tea enthusiast and creator of the sensational Hoogly tea range.  Hoogly is the pronunciation of ‘hyggelig’.  ‘Hygge’ is all about the Danish way of life and having a feeling of wellbeing and warmth the whole year round.  Hence, a contributory factor, as to why they have been voted one of the happiest nations.

All the teas are ethically sourced, fair traded, made and packed in the UK using a range of luxury, healthy and natural ingredients.  Innovative tea flavours such as Around the Fire and Spiced Orange which really got me in the festive mood.

The brilliant baked apple chai with its unique blend of winter flavours such as apple, ginger, cinnamon and cloves makes an ideal non alcoholic alternative to a mulled wine and a great winter comfort sipper to enjoy while you read the lovely little Book of Hygee.  Give the gift of tea this season.

Merry Christmas and thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Ninth Day of Giftmas: Mia Tui Navy Olivia Handbag Review

Ninth Day of Giftmas: Mia Tui Navy Olivia Handbag – £49.99 – Hold your head up high this party season with this nice navy spacious handbag which includes a matching clutch and make up purse.  Store all those party essentials in this smart bundle.

Founded by Charlotte in 2010, while living in Vietnam, the award-winning Mia Tui is a bag brand with a difference.  Being a busy mother with 2 children juggling work, shopping, school runs, the gym and travelling, Charlotte found that bags seemed to be just one big empty space which could make finding a mobile phone tasking. Using this practical life experience, Charlotte designed a range of bags designed to be, “the busy woman’s best friend”.

The bags are still produced in Vietnam in her friend Van’s factory where team work is a core value and together they aim to provide quality products at affordable process and deliver exceptional customer service.  Their bag range are also vegan friendly, as they do not use any animal based products which gets big thumbs up from me.

The navy Olivia handbag makes for the perfect Christmas gift.  Stylish yet practical where everything had its place.  This was ideal for me, as I am often running from one side of the city to another or reviewing in rural retreats, so I need to stay organised and be able to find my reporter’s notebook, pen, camera, phone or business card at a moment’s notice.  Additionally, the Olivia bag includes a matching navy clutch bag which is ideal to go from daytime in the office to night time city cocktails.  Also, the clear makeup bag is perfect, as it is wipe clean, so no more worrying make up spillage disasters.

Sort out your stocking fillers with Mia Tui too as they have a range of cute essentials like this cute compact spotty Sue shopper bag and the lovely Lottie ice blue embossed small across body bag.

Bag your Christmas stocking fillers and presents with Mia Tui

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Eighth Day of Giftmas: Goodio Chocolates Makio Collection Review

Eighth Day of Giftmas: Goodio Chocolates Makio Collection – 49 Euros – Keep out the cold with this Merino fine Italian knitted Beanie.  Also, chow down on premium sea salt chocolate.  Be head smart and gift this cute comfort combination.

Inspired by Finland’s core values of well-being, transparency and sustainability, Jukka Peltola founded Goodio in 2015 with one core question, “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”.  Avoiding any of the sugar laden nasties, Goodio instead uses both nutritious and organic ingredients, such as raw cacao, to create a range of innovative and unique flavour combinations.  Goodio have created quality vegan chocolate bars, with ethical principles and have now expanded into three continents and 5 countries including; Finland, Sweden, UK, USA and Hong Kong.

Two Fab Finnish brands have come together to bring us this amazing giftpack which features a wonderfully warm Makia Beanie which has been knitted with fine Italian Merino Wool in Finland.

Also, included is the gorgeous Goodio gift is a Dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free, hand crafted, salt-infused raw chocolate bar, made with Icelandic sea sale and with sustainably-sourced cacao, minimum 77%

Exquisite, exceptional indulgence all in a cute crafted gift box.

Thanks for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Seventh Day of Giftmas: JIMBAG Navy Rucksack Review

Seventh Day of Giftmas: Navy & Cream Jimbag Rucksack – £49.95 – Whether it is work, play or training this Manchester based brand have created a stylish women’s rucksack suitable for everyone’s needs.  Bag yours before it is too late.

Jimbag: 5 reasons to buy.

Ideal for travel, work, fitness or street fashion.

Made in Great Britain with high quality and long lasting material.

Big, spacious and with a draw string to secure everything in place.

As seen in Selfridges&Co, GQ, Esquire, Heat and My protein fuel your ambition.

Gorgeous and stylish.

Made from 100% cotton canvas, fabulous full grain leather fastening straps, a front flap pocket with the stylish Jimbag logo and their signature but subtle Great Britain flag.  This Navy & cream rucksack is sure to be a winner.

A busy day in the city from morning until late evening means I need my gym kit, laptop, water bottle and much more.  This bag fits everything in with ease, as the spacious dimensions are, 47cm L x 30cm W x 23cm approximately.  There is a draw string lock system and two strong durable woven adjustable sturdy shoulder straps that provide comfort when carrying.

Got your phone, got your keys, all you need now is a Jimbag to play your day the easy way or why not gift away.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



Sixth Day of Giftmas: The Gift of Oil Balsamic Lovers Collection Review

Sixth Day of Giftmas: Gift of Oil, Balsamic Lovers Collection – £19.95 – Try some Italian, innovative infusions with these first-class balsamic condiments.  Be slick and give the gift of oil.

Located in North Manchester and started in 2001 by Phil Bianchi, The Gift of Oil, was launched because Phil realised that balsamics and oils in the UK did not match up to the same standards as the offerings in the med.  Phil’s passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle emerged after working for an olive oil company based in Athens.  Phil works with the Di Lorenzo, Verrini and Tagliavini families who produce some authentic oils and balsamics. Hence, why The Gift of Oil brand can deliver quality artisan products at affordable prices.

This fab kit includes 3 100ml bottles of infused blasamics; Pomegranate & Fig, Caramelised Onion and Garlic & Ginger.  I created two festive dishes one sweet balsamic berries on toast with the Pomegranate & Fig balsamic ideal for Christmas morning brunch.  Also, a simple fuss free fusilli pasta dish served with a handful of asparagus, a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and a splash of the garlic and ginger balsamic to boost this ideal boxing day dish.  Give the gift of oil this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Fifth Day of Giftmas: Sous Chef Deluxe Paella Kit Review

Fifth Day of Giftmas: Sous Chef Deluxe Paella Set – £24.95 – Turn up the heat and create a Spanish sizzle with a gourmet family evening in.  Hold off the Siesta and serve up a slice of Spain.  Sous Chef founder Nicola Lando, based in North London, started the business with her husband Nick in 2012.  Nicola’s passion for cooking and experience of working in a Michelin-starred kitchen inspired her to make high quality ingredients more easily available along with all the other tools of the trade such as equipment, tableware and amazing gifts all in one easy online shop.

Sous Chefs products have featured in many press publications such as, Observer Food Monthly, Vogue, The Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Radio Times, Stylist, Shortlist, BBC Good Food, Delicious, Olive, Good Housekeeping and Homes & Gardens magazines.  Sous Chef are all about bringing together a combination of Flavour, Discovery, Provenance, Excitement, Knowledge along with their signature Service.

The delightfully delicious Paella kit which includes high quality ingredients and chef tools such as, Fideo Noodles, Calasparra Paella Rice, La Chinata Sweet Smoked Paprika, Spanish Saffron, 8 Squid Ink Sachets, a 4-person Paella Pan and a Recipe Card & Sack went down a storm in our house.  We created this sensational Spanish family feast which was enjoyed by all.  Give the gift of Spain with Sous Chef this season.

Merry Christmas and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx