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The ultimate quirky gift guide 2019

*This post is in collaboration with The Gift Co and contains some affiliate links also 


1. The Personalised Smash Sweets Cup is made entirely from chocolate and filled up with gorgeous treats, similar to an Easter Egg once you crack it open the goodies inside spill out. The best part about this lovely gift from The Gift Co is that you get it personalised and you can also get it in a variety of colours too. It's a great gift for those sweet lovers in your life and the fact it is personalised shows you've gone the extra mile. 
   
2. Pixie Tears Gin for most adults alcohol can be a great present to receive, whether that's an expensive bottle of champagne, some pints at the pub or even a bottle of their favourite spirit. Thanks to Firebox you can get a variety of spirits with an additional twist. From Pixie Tears to Chocolate Orange and beyond. 

3. A gift which is pretty much certain to be unique is the David Attenborough Activity Book filled to the brim with amazing puzzles which are a tribute to the British Icon David. If an animal Wordsearch isn't your thing, don't worry, there are plenty of other surprises to come including David Hattenborough. It's only £8 so the perfect gift for those who are fans of Sir Attenborough. 
 
4. The Andy Warhol Soup Can Jigsaw is a fantastic gift for those puzzle enthusiasts out there or just for someone who enjoys something a bit more quirky as a present. This 100 piece jigsaw is an out of the box gift designed by Andy Warhol who is of course known for his pop art style. 

5. Grow Your Own Sunflower is a treat for anyone who doesn't have a garden or who fancies a little project over the year. With these grow your own kits popping up all over the internet, with everything from chillies to your own Christmas tree, there is one out there for everyone. Sunflowers are great as they're associated with happiness.
 
6. Top Trumps was my favourite game as a child and more recently Top Hunks has been in my top picks, however, make way for the Friends Edition of the game. Perfect for any friends enthusiast. As it is based on the friends top moments, we have to wonder what is on the cards. It better have Rachael getting off that plane (one of the tensest moments in TV history!) 

I hope you've enjoyed this post and I have a variety of other quirky gift guides if you fancy checking them out, including gifts that every student wants* and not your typical health and beauty guide.

Not your typical Valentine's Day gift guide.

Valentines Day Gift - Where We First Met Personalised Jigsaw
Valentines Day Gift - Where We First Met Personalised Jigsaw
*Contains gifted items* 

Valentine's Day deemed as the most romantic day of the year which started back in the year 496, it was thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, which is when their spring started. However, fast forward to 2019 and Valentine's Day is all about the romance if you're in a relationship or if you're not you can even have your own Galentines Day because all the power to you if you're single, why not celebrate it. As my not your typical health and beauty gift guide went down so well at Christmas I decided to do a similar idea for Valentine's Day. The idea is not to share with you the normal boxers, perfume and chocolate but to think outside of the box. Plus most of these gifts work as a birthday/anniversary present too. Do let me know in the comments what your plans are for Valentine's Day, as I currently have none apart from getting a blood test (exciting right?) and would love some inspiration of what Will and I could do this year. 

Where we first met jigsaw: 
This is by far one of my favourite gifts within the guide as it's such a unique, fun and interesting present to get someone. Plus, if you can't survive the many hours it takes to create a jigsaw together, then you're probably not meant to be. Only kidding. Sort of. The Jigsaw comes wrapped up a lovely bag in this adorable box, which on the back states when it was made and also how many pieces there are in the box (avoid that part, you probably don't want to know the answer). So the idea of the jigsaw is to get the address to where you first met, enter the details, choose the type of view you would like the jigsaw to be of. There is a choice of Ariel and OS Street view, OS Landranger and London Street View dependant on which you'd prefer. Then it is as simple as ordering it and in around 5 days you will have your puzzle ready to go. Will and I first met in the Starbucks in our town so I did the address of that. My favourite part of the puzzle is that some of it will make the words 'I love you' within the puzzle, which is completely adorable right? The jigsaw is £29.99 and you can get this from The Gift Experience.  


Knickerbocker Glorious Gift Set: 
Is it really a gift guide without something from Lush in it? Probably not! For Valentine's Day Lush have created some amazing products like the aubergine and peach emoji bath bombs, which I wanted so bad, but only having a shower *kind of* puts a damper on that (excuse the pun) however, the gift set which is featured is Knickerbocker Glorious, featuring American cream and American Pie. Two amazingly sweet, colourful and lush goodies, plus they're wrapped up in adorable packaging too. One is a body conditioner and the other is a shower gel, yum! This gift set is £12.95 and available from Lush, however, I am not too sure how much longer for, so if you want this you need to hurry! 

Avocado Wash: 
Part of the Bananarama gift set for £18.95 or on its own for £5.95, this shower gel is something to be raved about for sure. The sweet scent mixed with a variety of oils to give you the ultimate relaxed feeling, everyday of the week. 


Chocolate 'Sexy' Man:
Is it really a gift guide without a little jokey present, probably not. Flying Tiger has decided to stock this joyous gift of a chocolate sexy man which is a great present for just anybody, a friend, partner or even yourself. You can't argue with a good slab of chocolate, can you? 


Littlesmith personalised necklace:
This was a birthday present from my mum, however, it is so adorable and the company are amazing so I had to mention them within this guide. Littlesmith creates bespoke jewellery, great for all occasions. The concept behind this necklace is you can pick a bar or a variety of beads to make up your ideal necklace. The bars come in a variety of sizes and colours and can have printed on what you would like. For the bars, they'd be great to have a date feature on or your initials with the other person. I went for the beads which come in a variety of colours and shapes too for mine I decided to get my own name on it, I went for a variety of the colours and shaped beads but online they have a great form for you to fill in so every element is chosen by you. You can also get Littlesmith necklaces in some Selfridges stores if this is something you want to purchase for your Valentine this year. Prices vary dependant on what you choose to have on the necklace. Mine was £40 for reference and that includes all of the beads and the chain. 

Adopt a sloth:
For £19.99 you can choose to adopt a sloth which I thought was such a fun and quirky idea and donates money to a worthy cause, win. Will is obsessed with sloths and when I saw this I knew he'd love it. 

The Pack includes:
• Welcome letter 
• Your gift explained 
• Sloths Endangered 
• Sloths facts & figures 
• Sloth leaflet 
• Sloth poster 
• Sloth postcard 
• Registration sheet

Once you register your gift online you also get sent out a certificate to say you've adopted a sloth for 12 months, which I think is a great touch to the gift. To purchase yourself a pack to adopt your own sloth you can do so on The Gift Experience

Let me know which your favourite gift was in the comments!



The sweeter things gift guide.



Last year this was one of my most popular posts, so I knew I needed to bring back the sweeter things gift guide for another year. This year it features even more goodness and I hope it inspires you with what to buy for your loved ones who love the sweeter things in life. 

Iced Christmas Biscuit Tin £40 from the Biscuiteers.
Hands down one of my favourite things on the list, for £40 the tin contains 16 hand-iced biscuits which are great for re-packing as little individual gifts or for a loved one who loves biscuits. Everything from the tin to the way each biscuit looks, it's a must-have. There are a variety of other options on their site if you're looking for something in a lower price range. I've recently finished off my biscuits and the tin is great for storing crackers in. 

The Chocolate Cheeseboard £12.99 from Find Me A Gift
If you saw last years guide you will know I am a *little* obsessed with chocolate that looks like other items, last year I featured a biscuit tray where all of the biscuits looked amazing, and in the pictures even now I find it hard to figure out which are made of chocolate. Oh and some chocolate vegetables which looked scarily realistic. This year I've stepped it up and gone for a full cheese board made out of chocolate. The cheese looks so genuine and it's amazing how much it actually looks like cheese, the stilton being my favourite. The board is also edible, making it even more of an experience. 


Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Hamper £19.99 Find Me A Gift.
For £20 this is one the most 'worth it' presents on the list. For the cost and the quality, it's such a bargain. The hamper includes two pizza slices, one is salted caramel and the other is honeycomb. As well as chocolate popcorn and also a big box of chocolate gems. The gift is presented in a lovely hamper with a ribbon on, giving you the full hamper experience. For someone like me who is a HUGE pizza fan, this gift is ideal. 


Retro Sweet Hamper £35 from The Personalised Gift Shop
Finally, for the most colourful gift on the list is this personalised retro sweet hamper, full of your favourite childhood delights. This is a hamper not to be reckoned with, filled to the brim with 27 varieties of sweets! Great for sharing with friends or for a gift for a loved one, with a printed A5 card which allows you to personalise the hamper and give it that extra special touch. For £35 including the basket and tissue paper, I think it's a great choice for a gift and also can be gifted for any age, also it lasts for ages as the sweets are individually wrapped. My favourite thing about this hamper is that it included a pack of candy sticks which I didn't know were even a thing anymore! If this doesn't float your boat, also on The Personalised Gift Shop, they offer a variety of other hampers including one for coffee lovers and fizzy sweets. P.s. I was giving to give this to Will at Christmas but the goodies were just too much to endure waiting for! 





 *This gift guide contains items which were kindly gifted to me, all of my opinions are my own as usual, although I cannot promise no pizza were harmed in the process of this gift guide, sorry.  


Let me know in the comments which your favourite gift is. 

Not your typical health and beauty gift guide.


This post contains gifted items. 

The first week of December has flown by and we are heading to Christmas full steam ahead. For once I have actually been pretty prepared in my Christmas present buying this year, by either avoiding the shops altogether and shopping online or getting my in-store shopping mostly done in November with just a few bits to grab during December. I don't cope well with going out into busy places at the best of times and in December it's pretty damn mad. Plus those queues are not a fun place to be. This year I've gone with a variety of present ideas and decided it would be great to create a roundup of health and beauty products, instead of doing guides for him and for her as I've done these so many years in a row and fancied a change. This post is full of goodies which can be great for creating a hamper for a loved one, secret Santa gifts or even just to treat yourself, you know how it is. 

Haircare:
I am a huge fan of all things hair colour, I've dyed my hair a huge range of colours over the last 3 years. In this time I've learnt you need to have your hair in the best condition to keep being able to dye your hair. For reasons such as colour not taking and to stop it falling out (god knows I still have my hair!) For fellow hair dye fanatics, there are three things we always need: hair colours, hair treatments and a huge supply of dry shampoo. To keep our hair looking bright for as long as possible, dry shampoo is our best friend. I am constantly applying some sort of treatment to my hair, but Moroccanoil is my staple for after washing my hair and nothing even comes close to it, it's revolutionary. 

Included within my haircare gift ideas are some bottles of Crazy Colour which are all semi-permanent so great to experiment with they offer a huge range of colours. They also offer spray in colour which is fabulous for experimenting if you're not brave enough to totally commit to a colour. I've also included one of my staple hair care products which is Moroccanoil which comes in a variety of sizes, I've included the 25ml for £11.99 on Amazon or you can get it within a gift set from Look Fantastic for £28.00. A few other staple products worth taking a look into are the Living Proof dry shampoo (which is a little pricer for dry shampoo but really does the job), any Colour or Style Freedom products and also Primark offers some great hair masks which are budget friendly. 


Skincare:
This year I've fallen head over heels in love with skincare, I've been trying a huge variety of brands this year to make up the perfect skincare routine. Skincare can be a hard present to buy for friends and family, but a lot of products can be used on a lot of skin types. This year I was introduced to the brand Yes To who have completely changed up my mask game with a variety of sheet masks, peel off masks, night masks and even nose pore strips. Their products are super fun and brightly coloured so would look amazing in a hamper or for a secret Santa present. 

For a more luxury product, Skin Pearls have you covered with their four-step routine like no other. They offer a variety of different products for different skin concerns. I have recently been trying out the acne range and I am in love. The product comes in four jars which are a month supply each, and on their site or in the package you receive a step by step guide of how to use them. As these are skin pearls and I haven't tried anything like this before I was more than happy for the guide. Each pot is targetted at a different area on your face and so far so good for my acne, my skin is feeling smoother and a lot less oily and I haven't seen any new breakouts this week which is huge. Let me know if you've ever tried their products in the comments too! 


The 'man' stuff:
In 2018 and men love giving themselves a good old pamper, Will is into his skincare and loves looking into the new beard oils on the market. He also uses face masks with me *no shame* and enjoys helping me with my skincare routine. So a great present for most men in your life is some shower pals, I know I like to spend a lot on skincare and do on a regular basis but for Will it's not a priority in his mind. Fat Face offers a huge variety of products, which up until recently I had no idea includes grooming, pampering and accessories. I'd totally recommend the Moss and Amber collection, this includes a body wash and a soap and then as an add-on the beard oil. I love the smell of the body wash and would use it for myself for sure. For other cool gift ideas for men, I'd recommend checking out Iwoot and Firebox. 

Which is your favourite product on the guide? 

Gifts every student wants*


*Disclaimer so maybe not every student will want these but, a lot of students will enjoy these gifts. Unfortunately, I can't even share any stats as I don't actually have them, because they don't exist. So you'll have to take my word for it. P.s. This post includes swearing and other rude things, so if this isn't for you feel free to click off as I'd hate to offend anyone! xo

Present buying can be such a difficult task, so I decided to compile a list of gifts which I would have loved to have got as a student. I feel like when you're a student you spend most of your money on food, booze and bills so it's great to get a gift you wouldn't usually buy for yourself. As well as new socks, because although 10 year old me hated getting them, 23 year old me is game. So this guide includes some items which are a *little bit* of the box, and not for the fainthearted. All of the items on the list are under £20 and most of them are under £10. So it's a great guide (if I may say so myself) for students to buy students or family members to buy for students. Or, if you just like cats, games and random selection of books this guide may also do well for you. 

Power up washi tape
Personalised Nutella

Power up Washi tapes from Mustard £7 
These tapes are a great present for any stationery geeks in your life, to be honest, I've never needed a washi tape, however, they make studying more fun as you can cover most notebooks and pages in them. Plus forget ever licking an envelope again, you can just seal it up with washi tape, win. 

Personalised Nutella £4
This year Nutella has become of my favourite things to eat, and it pretty much goes with everything sweet, some of my personal faves are waffles, croissants and in a sundae. You can now get your own personalised jar from a number of places, I purchased mine from Debenhams but I know Selfridges also offer this service.  

Cat Chaos
Truth bombs

Cat Choas £8 / Truth Bombs £15/ Shit Happens £13
Games are coming back with full force, and not the console type. Good old-fashioned games but they're more out there than ever and appeal to the masses. Most games students do incorporate drinking into them, and as much as a deck of cards can be great fun it is awesome to have some alternatives. 

Cat Choas is an easy game to set up and requires quick thinking like snap, you need to attempt to swap the cards in the middle with your cards to make up a full collection. There are 4 cards of each cat celebrity and the winner is who completes their suits the quickest. It's an addictive game and will keep you entertained for hours, plus you can use the cards to make your own games out of too. 

Truth Bombs is a great game but can get pretty brutal, in a nutshell, a number of cards get drawn, enough for each player who is taking part and the questions can be anything from what would their online name be to who would they push off a cliff, and then at random every player writes down an answer to one of the questions for each person, the pad will get passed around and the person has to guess who wrote what, as these are done at random it's harder to guess. I wouldn't recommend playing this game if you're easily offended, but playing it whilst drinking seems even more fun, as long as you can still write. 

Shit Happens is a pretty simple concept. You get dealt a hand of cards and each card has a number between 1-100 on them, on a scale of shit to the shittest (which is buried alive) and you pick a card from the deck and then read it for the person next to you and then they have to decide where within the shit index the card would it go. I wouldn't necessarily agree with the lineup of all of these cards and it depends what you would find the 'shittest' but it's a great game and gets you thinking. 

Dungarees & Donuts gift guide.

Gourmet Popcorn from the Popcorn Shed £3.50
Who doesn't like popcorn? I mean I know I love it and it's a pretty easy crowd pleaser, for £3.50 you can get a shed load (excuse the pun) of popcorn in a range of flavours with everything from Salted Caramel to Cheese. They're a great stocking filler or lush to include in a hamper as they're so brightly coloured. Oh, and they taste pretty good too. Not too sure on the cheese one though, the jury is still out. 

The Very Hungover Caterpillar £4
A twist on the book the hungry caterpillar, a childhood favourite of mine. The twist is all about what the very hungover caterpillar gets up to. It's a short but humorous book, perfect for that bit of toilet reading or just something to cheer you up on a bad day. 

Images You Should NOT Masturbate To £7.99
I was drawn to this book as I knew it would be comical, and basically, the book is full of images you shouldn't/wouldn't want to Masturbate to. Perfect for that mate that never leaves their room or as a house secret Santa gift. 

Optional Fucks Calender
This calendar is a great desk buddy for when you're studying, especially when you have annoying housemates, it's a great way to warn them at their own risk to enter. Plus its great fun to spin the wheel and keep yano, dates in...


I hope you enjoyed this post and some of the items in this guide were gifted, however, they were all chosen by me and are only featured if I genuinely would recommend them to you. Let me know in the comments if you would buy any of these gifts!