Every year, the last few weeks before Christmas are a bit fraught with suspense and anguish as we all run out to the shops to find the perfect gifts for the loved ones in our lives. Searching high and low for those gifts that they'll love and that suit their personalities.
Today I thought I'd show what's on offer for the mums in your life. So here is my 2016 gift guide for mums...
Design Your Own Jewellery | DIWAH Jewellery | Prices VaryFind jewellery that's your own style can be a task so how about designing your very own pieces, or a gift for someone else, with DIWAH Jewellery and their design service. You can choose a necklace or bracelet base, choose all the components and style you want and use the template to create the exact piece of your very own design. This design is the Chunky Flower Motif Chain Necklace and is priced at £29.
Leigh Suede Wedge Bootie | Crocs | £55.99 down from £79.99Elegant and on-trend, the Leigh Suede Wedge Bootie has a refined, feminine shape and pairs beautifully with a lot of different looks. The genuine suede uppers are soft and supple, and the zip closure on the medial side makes getting them on and off easier. Inside, there’s a soft foam footbed on top of a shock-absorbing wedge and rubber outsole for a smooth ride wherever you’re going. Finally, the wedge heel gives you the lift you want without taking you out of your comfort zone. This is an essential style for the season, with Dual Crocs Comfort™ inside.
Baylis & Harding Wild Blackberry & Apple Bag | Lloyds Pharmacy | £19.99For the ultimate gift of indulgence, look no further than this weekend bag, which includes everything a girl could possibly need for a weekend of pampering, all contained within a stylish berry-toned bag. A 200ml Balancing Body Wash, 100ml Shower Gel, 100ml Bath Milk and 100ml Bath Crème gently. The Nylon Body Polisher helps buff and rejuvenate any dry skin areas before the 250ml Body Butter provides the finishing touch - locking in moisture for long-lasting silky smooth skin. And for softer, younger looking hands and healthy looking nails, there is a 50ml Hand & Nail Cream.
I AM WOMAN Signature Duo | Timeless Beauty | £25From an Icon of glamour and sophistication, Joan Collin's now has her own iconic fragrance. A reflection of her personality, I AM WOMAN has presence and the power to inspire and seduce in equal measure. This gift set comes with I AM WOMAN Eau de Parfum and I AM WOMAN Fragrant Essence to give off a beautiful scent where ever you go.
proto-col baked mineral shimmer | proto-col | £27.95There is nothing more endearing than blushed cheeks from an icy winter walk. Create this look without having to brave the cold weather by using proto-col's baked mineral shimmers, enriched with essential minerals and oils that can be used on cheekbones and eyes for a blushed or bronzed look. Enriched with essential minerals and oils that are kind to your skin.
Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect | DK Books | £20.00Over 100 of Mary Berry’s foolproof recipes all packaged up with an exclusive tote bag to carry your ingredients home in. For every delicious recipe Mary identifies the crucial part to get right to guarantee best results, and then demonstrates it with step-by-step instructions. She reveals the secret to crisp pork crackling or melt-in-the-mouth salmon, how to bake a feather-light cake, or the key to a super-crunchy crumble topping.
The Stars | DK Books | £20.00From glittering starbirth nebulae to spectacular supernovas, explore the celestial wonders of our universe. The Stars lets you explore the awe-inspiring wonders of our universe and discover the most fascinating objects known to astronomy. Stunning 3-D graphics chart all 88 constellations from Andromeda to Virgo, forming a complete map of the night sky. With incredible new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, and an array of focus topics including the Milky Way, the Big Bang, and the timeline of the telescope.
Festive Punch Bouquet | Appleyard London | £29.99Flowers are always a beautiful gift to give and so you can spread the festive spirit with this stunning Christmas bouquet this Christmas time. Packed full of fragrant oriental lilies, roses with silver foliage and seasonal berries, it just oozes Christmas cheer and looks truly stunning.
Snow White SB Bracelet | Sailbrace | £15This white banded silver look Sailbrace takes a step towards a classic and elegant daily look with a powerful symbol of strength and stability. The anchor is a beautiful design and looks so simplistic and minimal. Handcrafted, they flow seamlessly into your everyday life but are still a small but mighty reminder of the moments you should never forget.
Heated Hair Straightening Brush | Qwerkity | £29.99Have salon straight hair in the length of time it takes to put a brush through it! A quick, easy and gentle alternative to hair straighteners. Heating up to 230 degrees, the brush has a large base plate and ceramic bristles that glide seamlessly through your hair. There are several heat settings to choose from, and there's no worry about leaving it on, either, as it automatically shuts off after 60 minutes of use. Supplied with a heat-resistant travel bag, it's perfect for styling on the go.
DermaSpa Goodness Range | Dove | From £4.99Add a touch of the spa experience to your skin care routine with the Dove DermaSpa range. The Goodness Body Oil and transforms dry skin, leaving it silky soft. The luxurious skin care from the DermaSpa Goodness Body Cream and Body Lotion, for triply glorious skin: luminous, even-looking and velvety soft. Help transform dry skin and make it velvety soft with Dove DermaSpa Goodness Hand Cream.
Williams Chase Trio Book | 31Dover.com | £14.95The Chase Book Trio Gift Set contains three miniature (5cl) bottles of Chase signature range - Chase Original Potato Vodka, Williams Chase Elegant Gin and the delicious Chase Marmalade Vodka. All perfect miniatures of the standard 70cl bottles, the trio are hidden in a secret compartment in this beautiful Union flag book box. A great gift for book lovers.
Cotswolds Dry Gin | Cotswolds Distillery | £34.95Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals. The result is a classic well-balanced juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice. This gin is delicious on its own and over ice. It’s robust enough to stand up to tonic and smooth enough to craft the ultimate gin martini.
Toffee & Caramel Shimmering Vodka | Raisthorpe Manor | £24.95Raisthorpe Manor’s 9ct and Toffee & Caramel Shimmering Vodka combines top-notch vodka with luscious toffee – as well as real edible gold. Raisthorpe Manor’s Toffee Caramel Shimmer Vodka Liqueur is a smooth and tasty shot bursting with flavour and a hint of shimmering sparkle. The Toffee & Caramel has even more gold – thanks to its Gold Star win in the Great Taste awards!
1882 Spumante Sparkling Wine | Piccini | £9Piccini 1882 is a light Christmas bubbly made from a blend of 75% prosecco (glera) grapes and 25% Chardonnay grapes resulting in a delicate sparkling wine. Perfect to have with Christmas dinner or mix with orange for a festive Bucks fizz.
Nicolas Feuillatte Grande Reserve Champagne gift boxed | Nicolas Feuillatte | £25The Brut Grande Réserve is aged in the cellars for a period of 3 years, giving rise to intense aromas and a rounded quality worthy of Vintage Champagne. A range of different crus make up the blend - 25% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier. A champagne that makes the perfect gift to mark any celebration and comes gift boxed, ready to be opened.
Bloom & Wild Posy Party Subscription | Bloom & Wild | £25Bloom & Wild has introduced a new Posy subscription service allowing customers to send and receive a different selection of fresh, seasonal flowers through their letterbox every month. The Posy subscription makes for a wonderfully unique Christmas gift as it allows people arrange their own Posy each month and teaches them to admire and appreciate raw and natural beauty. The Posy subscription provides the perfect excuse to spend some quality time experiencing a hands-on, craft- based activity that is fun for all the family.
CushPad | MobileToyz | £29.99From the makers of the iCushion comes the revolutionary new CushPad. A top gift for all iPad users, the CushPad perfectly props up your tablet, reducing the risk of developing neck strain and what doctors are calling iPad Hand and iPad Shoulder. Just like its iCushion cousin, but specifically designed for the iPad, the CushPad holds your tablet at the optimum angle whilst freeing-up your hands, making hunching, holding and looking downwards a thing of the past.
Choco Leibniz Gifting Tin | Bahlsen | £5The ultimate chocolate biscuit, Choco Leibniz is a guaranteed favourite for all biscuit lovers. This year, Bahlsen is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new gorgeous Choco Leibniz Gifting Tin. Not only is the tin filled with a selection of delectable Choco Leibniz biscuits, but the beautiful artwork makes it a tin for keeping. Whether as a gift, to pass round the table for family and friends to munch on, or even to keep hidden away for your own indulgent treat, it’s the perfect addition to your celebrations.
Dairy Diary 2017 | Dairy Diary | £7.99The Dairy Diary is famous for its weekly triple-tested recipes; easy-to-prepare dishes that everyone will love. And with sales of over 30 million since its first edition, it’s Britain’s favourite home diary by far! It’s packed full of useful information, important dates and is a must-have for anyone organising a busy life.
Personalised Chocolate Bar | Green & Black's | £5Green & Black’s have made the gift of chocolate more personal with their personalised bars. The online personalisation service allows you to make a unique gift with the name of your loved one written across the top of the bar. So that you can really express your special Christmas message, there is also space to write on the back of the bar, meaning the bar can also double up as a Christmas card! Available for eight of the most popular Green & Black’s flavours, such as Sea Salt, Butterscotch or Ginger, this personalised touch is the perfect small gift for friends and family alike.
Ecoffee Cup | Ecoffee Cup | £11.95For an original, beautifully designed, yet practical gift or stocking filler, which also happens to help reduce consumer waste, look no further than Ecoffee Cup. Made with natural, organic and biodegradable bamboo fibre, the Ecoffee Cup is sturdy yet light, is naturally sterile, has a resealable and ‘drip proof’ lid for easy storage in bags, and is fully dishwasher safe.
Festive Nail Wraps | Jamberry | £15Jamberry nail wraps are thin, vinyl sheets that are pressure and heat activated to adhere to your nail for a long lasting and beautiful look. They are made with durable materials, so smudges and streaks are never an issue. Lasting around two weeks on fingers and four on toes, they are the perfect addition to any outfit this party season.