A Cosy Christmas Eve Night In #Review

A Cosy Christmas Eve Night In December 2020 #Gifted

As the sky gets darker earlier and the cold chills are setting in, I could not think of anything better than having a Cosy Christmas Eve Night in at home.

If you want to make your fun festive night in that next level and even more extra then carry of reading…

Also these brands are all perfect gifting ideas for all your fabulous family friends and loved ones too, so sit back, get cosy and enjoy.

A Cosy Christmas Eve night in begins with getting into some cosy comfort clothes so get the slippers and PJs at the ready.

Gumbies Slippers

Gumbies founder Michel Maurer has created the outstanding Outback Slippers made from 100% PET recycled plastic from post-consumer bottles for the upper, rubber for the sole and are fully Vegan too.

Each pair of Outback slippers takes approximately 8 recycled plastic bottles, so since launching the Outback slipper in 2017 Gumbies has helped to recycle more than 500, 000 bottles, impressive stuff!

Also, the Castorsoles insoles are made from 100% Caster Bean a naturally derived material which is them topped with recycled felt.

They are a good sturdy slipper perfectly practical, ideal for a cosy night in at home and they come in a range of colours such as Navy, charcoal with different colour trims so you are spoilt for choice.

Gumbies are an ethical eco-friendly brand that keep things simple, so you can keep your family, friends and your tootsies warm and toastie this winter.

Pyjamas Forever

Now nothing says Christmas cosiness like a good set of cosy Pyjamas and the Glasgow local independent team over at Pyjamas Forever have you covered with their amazing Pyjama Subscription service.

Each month you receive a lovely care package that includes a pretty PJ set, an accessory such as this super cute candle, a treat provided from another local independent and a motivational note to keep you on those positive vibes.

A perfect way to gift a care package to family, friends or treat yourself to a cosy night in without the stress of having to trawl the shops, as these are delivered direct to your door.

Now you’re all wrapped up set the snug scene by popping on the kettle, fill up your hot water bottle, pour a cup of Hoogly tea and light those stunning candles to get those Christmas vibes.

Yankee Candles

A leader in the candle making industry, Yankee Candles have decided to bring us some magic for 2020 with a whole range of new and exciting candle combinations.

Gorgeous gift sets include a small jar candle themed with Unwrap the Magic and 3 cute votive candle minis, that have up to 15 hours of fragrance, with fabulous festive fragrance such as Singing Carols, Holiday Hearth and Surprise Snowfall.

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It’s Cool to Care: Have a Cracking Christmas with Leiho Socks #Review

It’s Cool to Care: Have a Cracking Christmas with Leiho Socks Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Christmas can be both a hectic and exciting time of year, making plans to celebrate with family and friends as well as buying all those Christmas goodies.

However, we sometimes need to take a moment to stop and think about those people who are alone, vulnerable and don’t have the basic essentials, this is where you can make a difference with Leiho socks who have sent me these super samples to review

Leiho simply means ‘How are You’ in Cantonese and this sums up their ethos that it is ‘Cool to Care’ and all you need to do is ask someone how they are doing. 

Lehio believe no matter who you are or what your background that you should have access to life essentials such as water, sanitary care, food, socks and much more.

Leiho have committed their time to working with local projects and partners with similar values to improve quality of life for people in need.  Including donating cartons of water to outreach services and food banks, meals to local vulnerable communities and pairs of socks to homeless shelters and organisations.

In fact, Leiho match ever item sold with another donated, so your impact through a simple act of kindness and compassion, by buying these socks, means that you are making someone’s life that little bit better.    

Lehio’s lovely sock range will probably already have you ready and raring to order.  The beautifully boxed trio of eco-friendly Bamboo socks including the Happy Chappy, You Blue me Away and Orange You Kind are made with Bamboo fibre that is environmentally friendly, temperature adapting, hypoallergenic and odour resistant.

Christmas Crackers are a traditional family favourite for the Christmas dinner table, but why not switch things up for 2020 and try out Lehio’s plastic free Christmas crackers made out of brown recyclable kraft paper.  

Celebrate in style, as instead of finding plastic toys inside your crackers these impressively have a pair of socks inside each one, so all your guests will feel the care and love, so happy hugs to your feet!

Oh by the way, if you weren’t already feeling smug enough for every cracker sold, another pair of warm socks will be donated to a homeless person making your whole table feel like a bunch of Do-Gooders on Christmas day!

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Festive Foodie Christmas Gift Guide 2020 #Review

Festive Foodie Christmas Gift Guide 2020 Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Christmas cosiness has arrived, as I have been sent these super samples to review, so sit back by the roaring log fire and be prepared to get merry while you browse these fabulous foodie gift ideas. 

Get the sticky tape and bows ready, as after seeing all these brilliant brands you will want to get everything all wrapped up for sure.

Sacla

Bring some of the Italian pizzazz into your home this Christmas, as the sensational Sacla brand have a range of gifts to suit everyone.

Including this delightful decorative Chess Design Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml by Lamante and a colourful Sacla Patterned Tea Towel.

This gorgeous Gold Unicorn Carousel Tin of Jellies 150g by Leone is a pretty perfect gift.  The Gluten Free Pasta Meal Selection Box provides everyone with a little bit of the Italian dolce vita lifestyle at home this Christmas season.

Real Food Hub

The Real Food Hub is a fabulously family run online market place offering you a range of fabulous foodie gifts from various retailers, so you are practically spoilt for choice. 

My Vegan Travels: Comfort Food inspired by Adventure Book by Jackie Kearney a 2011 MasterChef UK finalist is perfect for everyone not just the veggies.

The sensational Spice Kitchen 7 Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set, storage Tin Silk Sari Wrap and Tea Diffuser is a delightful gift for any tea lover. and perfect to keep warm during the winter months. 

Impressively the Real Food Hub also stock Hawkshead Relish, jams & chutneys so make sure you are fully stocked ready for the seasons celebrations.  

Prestige Hampers

No need to look any further for your hampers, as Prestige Hampers have a fabulous foodie range to suit all dietary needs such as Vegan and Gluten Free.

The Vegan Treats selection is a tasty trio of Joe&Stephs Salted Caramel Popcorn 32g perfect to hang on the tree, a bar of Dark Valley Chocolate 90g and Gourmet Gummies Keats Of London Festive Mix 150g.

This yummy Gluten Free Goodies hamper packed with treats such as  Elderflower Presse 25cl, Triple Choc Farmhouse Biscuits 150g, English Garden Breakfast Tea 20g, Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Crisps 50g, Valley Confectionery Fudge 100g, Mrs Darlington Raspberry Jam 130g, Valley Chocolate Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Square 100g and Raspberry Creams 90g all presented in a lovely Kraft Hamper Tray is good enough for a place under anyone’s tree. 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020 #Review

Christmas Gift Guide 2020 Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Yes, it is that time of year, the sleigh bells are ringing and you can almost hear Santas Ho, ho, ho, but don’t panic as he ‘s not fallen through the chimney just yet.!

Grab a mince pie, enjoy a glass of mulled wine or two, sit back and scroll your way through my Santa sack of super duper samples, that I have been sent to review, which will give you all some amazing Christmas gift ideas for all your fabulous family, friends and loved ones. 

Prezzybox

Make sure you deliver some moments of happiness to your family, friends & loved ones this festive season with Prezzybox.

There’s a whole array of exciting, entertaining and an eclectic mix of offerings so you will be spoilt for choice.

Why not send your man this Personalised Pale Ale set where you can personalise the pint glass with a name and includes some brilliant Brewdog Punk IPA cans.

Give the Prince fans what they want with this cool Purple Rain Prince Tea Towel made with 100% cotton, a must have gift for sure.  

Get your art on and get all creative with this gorgeous Glass Making Kit, a fab hobby and fun activity.  

Ellis Brigham 

There is nothing more exciting than a mountain adventure so give the gift of hiking this Christmas with the help of Ellis Brigham, an out of this world outdoor store with all you need to start some amazing adventures.

Ellis Brigham has both walk in stores and online shopping, so feel free to pop in store or alternatively shop online and have your hiking goodies delivered direct to your door.

Getting the right kit gives you the right start and the first thing to kit out is your feet.  Choose from a range of both Male and Female Walking shoes and boots such as the Mens Morrells and the Salomon Women’s Gortex.

Prepare for the cold snap, don’t get a cold head and make sure you have some warm head gear.  This North Face Peruvian Beanie is a great way to keep warm and look super cool in the process.

Pro Cook

Love to cook up a storm in the kitchen…me too, so why not gift some useful pots, pans and roasting trays this Christmas.

Pro Cook has been in the business for over twenty years and impressively is still owned and managed by one of the original founding family members offering you savings of up to 50% off other leading brands.

Bag a bargain with the 16cm Gourmet Steel Saucepan with lid, with silicone handles this is a good all rounder with a strain and pour design, so perfect for all that fun Christmas cooking

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Christmas Countdown 2020 with Wilko #Review

Christmas Countdown 2020 with Wilko Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Frosty cold, darker nights and is that a light sound of jingle bells I can hear, so this can only mean one thing the exciting countdown to Christmas 2020 has begun.

Santa’s elves delivered us a gorgeous golden box packed with sample Christmas goodies, that have been sent to review, from the wonderful wilko’s with a few essential Christmassy must haves.

Christmas Countdown

Advent calendars are a time-honoured tradition to mark the beginning of Advent for the December Christmas countdown.

This wonderful Wilko’s design has 24 doors with a candle behind each one, a perfect way to light up those cold winter evenings.

Deck The Halls

Deck the house out with a range of super seasonal décor such as this slim candle stick and stags head design.

Go large with this huge sequin bauble and mark 2020 with this lovely Merry Christmas bauble – a personal fav of mine.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa #Review

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Built in 1889, the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Harrogate.

The hotel sits on eight acres of lovely landscaped gardens and is near to all that Harrogate has to offer.

The warm welcome was much needed and the stay got off to a flying start when handed some of the DoubleTree signature warm chocolate chip cookies to take up to our room.

The room had the Hilton Clean Stay guarantee, a breakable seal to show that no one has entered the room since cleaning which was great reassurance and along with the room view across Harrogate we knew our stay was going to be fabulous.

The super stylish Junior Suite with a cosy King bed with 250 thread count sheets, LCD TV, Seating area with sofa, vanity area/workstation, blackout curtains and a Nespresso machine is the perfect way to stay and play.

The bathroom with full standing power shower, complimentary toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, toothbrush, mouthwash made our stay even more relaxed and easy.

The beautiful bath was the ideal place to simply sit back, soak and unwind after a busy day in Harrogate.

Even with Covid-19 and some facilities such as the steam room and sauna not on, the onsite spa is absolutely next level and has a huge indoor poor to enjoy some swim time.

Importantly, the spa has been traffic controlled extremely efficiently and effective by the team, so there is never a ‘busy’ period.

Poolside is the perfect place to relax kick back and enjoy a book while enjoy some liquid refreshments.

Treatment rooms have different themes such as the amazing Aqua Marine and Jess who delivered me a full body and head massage could not have been more graceful delivering a gorgeous treatment.

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Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company #Review

Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company Review: October 2020 #Gifted

Worried about finding the perfect gift for a special occasion? Not anymore, thanks to The Champagne & Gift Company’s new online service that offers a great selection of customised Champagne gifts for everyone and every occasion.  Bottles can be individually personalised to make an extra special gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

The Champagne & Gift Company aim to create the perfect Personalised Champagne themed gift, beautifully presented and wrapped. So whether it’s to say a special “Thank You” to clients or friends, or for a romantic occasion, anniversary or corporate event you can be sure that the delighted recipient will treasure your gift.

The Champagne & Gift Company also provides distinctive own label Champagne for companies and organisations and have created bottles for some of the world’s leading names.

Whether you are raising your company profile, launching a new product, hosting a corporate event or just thanking your clients,  Champagne branded with your organisation’s name and logo on the label is a most effective way to get your message across.

The company can tailor make to your requirements to personalise your bottles of fizz, so you can create memories with that personal touch.  They offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options so they have you covered.

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Autumn Amazingness with Pikt Fresh Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies #Review

Autumn Amazingness with Pikt Fresh Organic, Plastic Free Fruit & Veggies Review: September 2020 #Gifted

With the Autumn weather firmly planting its roots it can be easy to head straight for the snacks and convenience foods.

However, Pikt fresh provide a perfect healthy alternative, as you can stay snug and warm inside, as they deliver plastic free, fresh 100% organic fruit and veggies direct to your door.

Family run, Pikt are a brilliant bunch and work hard to source all this lovely organic produce, so you can simply sit back, relax and wait for the sweet sound of your doorbell.

They have made the ordering process extremely easy.  Their online platform is user friendly, you can see exactly what you are ordering and you are not committed to a subscription, so you can enjoy a non-pressured shopping experience.  

Pikt are all about being healthy and ethical, as they are fully plastic free, deliveries are carried out by carbon neutral DPD and Pikt are B-Corp meaning that they are actively committed to social change taking care of both our planet and people.

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City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea #Review

City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Review: September 2020 #Gifted

City Cruises offer a whole range of exciting adventures aboard the river Ouse York, including Self Drive boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Self Drive Red Boats

Become captain of your very own vessel and cruise your way down the river Ouse York, in style.

Jack was an amazing chap, welcomed us warmly, provided instructions and our life jackets.

In your self drive motorboat, that can accommodate 8 people, explore York’s sights seamlessly, as the Vikings once did.

Hire is by the half hour or full hour and City Cruises York have fourteen Red Boats in total, their names are Josephine, Angie, Leonie, Sarah, Yvette, Kathryn, Alice-May, Lucy, Tina, Heather, Ellen, Rebecca, Emma and Penny!

Have fun and sail your boat all the way down the Ouse and you will even see the millennium bridge.

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A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York #Review

A UK Staycation with The Principal Hotel York Review: September 2020 #Gifted

The Principal Hotel steeped in history and old school charm and character.

The gorgeous and glowing golden building emits the feeling of warmth and the welcome from Christopher was even warmer.

A lovely Scottish chap who clearly had a natural flare and passion for customer service and the buildings historical heritage.

Check in with the concierge with their cute royal red-letter box in pride of place.

Pass the rather lovely lounge, a perfect place to read the daily news, people watch and enjoy a refreshment once you have checked in.

Make your way up the iconic stunning sweeping staircase with mirrored details and neutral colouring.

The Principal York provide a range of accommodations from standard rooms to suites, we visited on two separate weekends to check out what both room types had to offer.

The Royal Suite

The Royal suite located on the first floor is a fabulous experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The spacious Suite has beautiful period detail and a tasty tuck box filled with a range of complimentary yummy treats.

This is the perfect time to enjoy some you time have a break have a kit kat along with a good Yorkshire cuppa.

Things get even more marvellous with the magnificent Minister view, a perfect viewing point, as you kick back and relax in the lovely lounge area.

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