My head is filled with Christmas at the moment and I am always looking for new ideas. I have the bulk of my presents bought, but still have a few to figure out. I thought it might be nice to share some gift ideas with you. They are only a few foodie gifts thrown in, because lets face it, not all of our friends are foodies, as much as we would like them to be. Oh and I have highlighted gifts from the UK and the US, although most will ship and there is still time.
1. Olive Wood Mortar & Pestle
I visited Muji when I was in Birmingham last weekend and if I wasn't traveling with hand luggage only, I could have gone crazy.
I have one of these pestle and mortar sets and I love it. It is a joy to use and such a beautiful thing to have out on display in your kitchen.
My mortar in pestle is bigger than this one, but this would actually be big enough. I bought mine from Provender Brown a wonderful deli in Perth, Scotland.
2. Next up are three choices from Prezzybox. I first came across them when they sent me an egg cup set for Cooper. You can see it over at Little Tums. I could just spend and spend and spend on this website. So much to choose from. Here are three gifts I particularly like.
Homemade Cookie Stamper £4.95
The staff over at Prezzybox tried out the stamper and they have included their recipe for chocolate cookies and photos of their attempt. It looks like great fun. This would be a great stocking filler.
Super Egg Cup £4.95
"Kick your day off to a super start with the Super Egg Cup. But wait! Don’t crack it open just yet because hidden in the box are the last pieces of your egg’s hidden identity. The Egg Cup itself already features a heroic, billowing cape, snazzy red boots and a symbol on its chest, but the egg is not super until the finishing touches are there. Find the mask, headband and weapons in the box to complete your breakfast time hero."
Russian Doll Measuring Cups £9.95
I was quite tempted by these myself, but I already have two sets of measuring cups, so this would just be overkill. The dolls measure out 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 and 1 full cup, and they’re built from heavy-duty, food-safe, long-life plastics and of course they stack inside each other, so they don't take up too much room.
3. I always turn to Folksy when I want something a bit individual. Folksy is the British equivalent of Etsy. Here are three brooches that took my fancy.
Bird Brooch by Andrea Berry in her Polka shop.
This brooch measures 10cm across.
Foxy Brooch by Kirsty Elson Designs.
This brooch measures approx. 7cm x 5cm.
Ceramic Brooch by Beverley Gee.
These brooches measure: length 60mm, width 25mm, depth 5mm
4. Now on to Etsy itself. Here are some ideas:
Bird Lariat Necklace by LadyKJewelry.
On sale at $22.86 USD. Usual price $24.85 USD
Copper Wallet Inset Card by SnappinStudio.
I thought this was a lovely keepsake. This company stamp personal messages on metals. There are bookmarks, wallet inserts, jewellery, pet tags and various other items. Prices start at $0.20 USD for a stamped keyring fob. I have bookmarked this page!
Handprinted Leather Journal/Sketchbook
Dimensions: (journal inside is 4 ix 6)
7 inches tall
5 inches wide
Journal/notebook inside is removable, and can be replaced with refill books. Different leathers and designs can be chosen.
$25.00 USD smaller journals are priced at $14.00 USD.
5. We are visiting Find me a Gift now. An online gift shop. Another one with endless gift ideas. Those nice folks at Find me a Gift have kindly offered me a voucher code for my readers. Over November and December you can expect a 15% discount at the checkout if you use the code CHRISTMASGIFTS15. I will also be working with them on a giveaway over at Little Tums, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Animal Skittles Set with Carry Case
On sale at £19.99.
The Animal Skittles Set includes six soft animal skittles to bowl down with the rattling bowling ball. Each animal skittle is 20cm by 8cm complete with a handy carrying case. The animal skittles are CE marked and designed to exceed the most demanding of safety standards. Suitable for ages 18 months+.
Lunch Box & Spork by Black & Blum
I have one of the Black & Blum lunch boxes. A square one with a dressing compartment and dip area and I use it a lot. They are really attractive lunch boxes and the seal on them is good, so no leaked dressings dribbling into your bag.
After a query, I decided to add a little more info about this one.
The lunchbox comes with two stacked watertight containers- the smaller one fits inside the larger one when empty
Both food storage containers have a watertight locking system
The lunch box comes with a nifty spork and carry strap
The Black and Blum lunch box and spork is microwave and dishwasher safe
Spork and lunchbox are made from polypropylene and copolyester (BPA free)
The Black & Blum pot measures 19 x 11.5cm
Smaller lunch container holds 300 ml/10 floz
Big lunch container holds 550ml/18.5 floz
Food Face Plate
My cousin Claire who blogs over at A Kiss of Cookies, bought me a set of these for Cooper. What can I say. Fun with food for little ones. Mind you, I am not giving Cooper his dinner on one of these until he has gotten over his habit of tipping his dish of his highchair once he has finished eating.
I hope I gave you some good ideas. Try not to let Christmas stress you out. It really should be fun and a time for families and friends to get together.