Hello!  I don’t know about you, but I’m really starting to feel the Christmas vibes now.  The weather is crisp and blustery (with snow on the way!), the tree and decorations are up, the Christmas shopping is well underway.  So I reckon it’s high time for my third gift guide to keep up the momentum on your festive shopping!

This week’s gift guide content is probably the one we often overlook or rush into – the small gift for a friend or relative who has kindly invited you in over the festive period.  Whether it’s a morning coffee, casual drinks soiree or a candlelit supper for friends, it can be difficult to think beyond the bottle of wine or box of chocolates that we so often grab at the very last minute.  That’s not to say these gifts aren’t gratefully received, because I for one love my sweet treats and glass of nice wine, however with a little extra consideration, you can gift your host or hostess something that little bit different that they’ll remember.

All these gift ideas come in under the £20 mark and are also entirely suitable for the ‘difficult to buy for’ person in your life… we all have one of those, don’t we?!

As ever, details of where to buy are included below.

Christmas gift guide for the host


1  Set of 10 Notecards // £6.50 // Paperchase

2  ‘Bling’ Trinket Dish // £9 // Oliver Bonas

3  Winter Candle // £16 (was £20) // The White Company

4  Tin of Traditional Soft Amaretti biscuits // £4.50 // Sainsbury’s (for similar)

5  ‘Bellagio’ 2 pack Champagne Saucers // £19.50 // M&S

6  Avoca Soaps // £6.95 each // Avoca

7  Metallic Print // from £12.50 for A6 size // White Chalk Studios

8  Set of 4 Black Marble Coasters // £4.99 // TK Maxx

9  Marrimekko pencils (pack of 10) // £10 // John Lewis

10 Madagascan Vanilla Caramel Sauce // £4.99 // Lakeland

11 ‘How Not to Kill Your Houseplant’ by Veronica Peerless // £9.99 // Waterstones


Other gift ideas include a small succulent in a pretty pot, a mini Christmas tree for their table (try IKEA), a festive wreath, some linen napkins, a beautifully embellished pack of cards (ideal for those after dinner games), a bottle of good quality olive oil (try Lidl or Aldi), or (for that coffee or brunch morning), some home baked goodies wrapped up in brown paper and tied with a length of coloured twine.

Why not stock up on a few of these ideas and have them ready and gift wrapped for those spur of the moment invitations out.

As ever, happy shopping!

K x








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