To some of us, associating Valentine’s Day with lavish gifts, romantic trips away or expensive meals just isn’t realistic or doable. Unfortunately, we’re not all in a position to be splashing that sort of money out on one day. If you are, then that’s great and I hope you find an amazing way to celebrate the day but for everyone else, I’ve compiled a list of either cheap or free and generally easy and low-key ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year if you’re a bit stuck for ideas. I’m not a huge lover of Valentine’s Day (maybe if I was being whisked off to Monaco, I would be!) but it’s always nice to do something nice, right?
I know Christmas has been and gone but it’s never a wrong time of the year to support small businesses and buy unique and personal gifts for those you love! We all have birthdays after all! I’ve always found personal gifts the best; to give and receive. Something that no one else in the world is going to have. I also love supporting small businesses when the time comes for gift buying, whether that’s Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday. Being a small business myself (albeit not one that sells gifts), I know how important the support is. Not just the purchases but the word of mouth, the positive feedback and even the shout outs and retweets.
As I’ve said time and time again I bloody love buying gifts for people. It’s one of my absolute favourite things to do and I love it when someone’s birthday or Christmas is coming up because I know I can spend hours and hours browsing and researching and brainstorming ideas for their gifts. I always try and go for something personal or personalized. Something that is a bit unique and different which will mean something to them. Of course I’ll also add in little bit and pieces which I know they will like but the main bulk of presents I buy are often personalized or something along those lines.
Despite the fact I might not like my birthday very much and that 25 seems to be this big ol’ daunting year for me, I do love a birthday gift haul. I love reading them myself because I’m nosy and love to see why other people got for the birthdays and the kinda stuff they like. I also love writing them myself and taking photos of my presents as it gives me a chance to reflect and be grateful all over again for the gifts I received for my birthday. So here’s my 25th birthday gift haul!
I’ll start with a selection of gifts which I actually asked for. Despite being 25 now, my mum still goes “all-out” on my birthday even though I tell her not to spend a lot of money on me. So this year I had in mind a few items which I really wanted that I knew she could get me which wouldn’t break the bank. (Also, sorry about the not-too-brilliant photos, I still haven’t got the hang of this picture taking lark).
Guys, guys, GUYS… It’s August and I have my first Christmas post up. Me… the person that hates Christmas – has a Christmas post up. In August. I’m actually really surprised at myself because I’ve been thinking about Christmas more than is normal for me lately – maybe because I am just so sick of summer, I’m willing it to hurry up and leave so we can get back into Autumn and Winter, fluffy jumpers and socks and Christmas shopping again. Anyway! I’ve mentioned before that I adore buying gifts for people. The whole process of finding the perfect gift is so special and I put so much time and energy into gift buying. I’d love to start my Christmas shopping earlier this year as well, so here is a small gift guide; sponsored by Uncommon Goods, so you can find all these gorgeous products on their website!
Through the Woods Tealight Holder
My mum absolutely loves candles – the more candles in the house the better! And you can bet during the evening, she always has at least one candle lit. This is always amplified at Christmas and that’s not surprising, as Christmas is the perfect time for lots of pretty candles to compliment the tree and the fairy-lights. I absolutely adore this tealight holder – tealights are so easy and cheap to get hold of and you can usually buy them in huge packs so you don’t run out for a long time. This tealight holder is absolutely stunning and although it’s not officially “Christmassy”, I think it could look so gorgeous lit up on Christmas Eve. This would be a perfect present for my mum! Continue reading
I’ve seen bloggers on Twitter taking part in blogger box swaps, snail mail swaps, happy mail swaps and all sort of cute swaps ever since I started blogging really. I’ve had a couple of pen pals but I’ve never done a gift swap before. Until now! Lydia asked if I wanted to do one with her and I loved the idea and joining in with something like this so of course I said yes. Our budget was £5 and we chose ‘stationery’ as our theme. So it was going to be a challenge but that’s half the fun right?
I absolutely love other people’s birthdays. I hate my own but someone else’s, I am all down for spoiling them, making a fuss of them, presents, cakes, balloons, decorations – you name it, I’ll go all out for someone else. I just love someone knowing that it’s all about them for that one day and it’s never a bad thing to show someone how special they are! It was my boyfriend’s 29th birthday at the beginning of the month and I wanted to do just that this year because I knew how much he was dreading turning 29. So I wanted to share a bit of it with you as well!
On a whole, I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. And this year it was pretty similar to every other year I can accurately remember; same old routine and equally as stressful and ultimately underwhelming. Our family aren’t particularly close, we’ve never really done anything special or celebrated Christmas particularly elaborately. But… I am always incredibly grateful for the presents I recieve and buying gifts for other people is actually one of my favourite things to do. Yes, Christmas has become a materialistic spectacle but I got some lovely gifts and want to share them with you! Albeit, almost a month too late.
I’m not known for being particularly knowledgeable about make-up or beauty products. I don’t know what I’m doing with half the things I own, I can’t contour and I still apply my foundation with my fingers. I’m also, notoriously awful at looking after my own skin, never having committed to a full skincare routine. Over the past few years, my skin has been worse than when I was 16 (probably because I keep applying my freaking foundation with my fingers but hey ho) but I’ve just not been in the position to splash out on new, fancy products which may or may not even work. My mum has seen how much my skin has been bothering me and she surprised me with some Liz Earle products for my birthday a few weeks ago and today I wanted to talk about these products and let you know how I’m getting on with my brand new skincare routine!
10 days ago, it was my 24th birthday (I wrote a post here) and I’ve never done a birthday present haul before due to a fear of it appearing show-offy or something but I figured it’s my blog and I can post what the hell I like. Yes, it’s taken me 3 and a half years of blogging to actually realise that. As I said in my birthday post (which you should have read by now, if not I’m totes disappointed), I’m not a huge fan of my birthday and I didn’t ask for much. In fact, of all my presents I actually only asked for 2 of them, the rest were surprises which I am very thankful for.