I thought I'd kick off my festive gift guides with my favourite, One For The Boys. I know the brothers, boyfriends, friends and dads in our lives can be a bit tricky to buy for, but when you do find that perfect gift it's so much more satisfying! I had a little help with the product selection for this one, from my friend Alex. If you like his picks, give him a follow on Instagram here.
Here's a selection of my favourite gifts for the guys this year, let me know which are your faves:
My very first Christmas post of the year, how crazy is it to think we're nearly at the end of 2014?! Before you can get excited about giving and receiving lots of lovely, thoughtful gifts though, the best way to kick off the festive season and really get in the mood is by buying an advent calendar. Fact.
I know this year has very much been about the must-have sold out everywhere beauty advent calendars, but I don't think the magic of a chocolate every day of December has quite lost its charm yet. I love this Advent Calendar to Share by Hotel Chocolat, which gives you not one but TWO delicious festive flavoured truffles in each window. That means you can share your second chocolate with someone special, or maybe just have one in the morning and one when you get home! Tis the season after all.
Flavours include salted caramel, gingerbread, almond and nutmeg, cinnamon, raspberry and hibiscus, and mulled wine. So basically everything remotely Christmassy! And in the theme of sharing, Hotel Chocolat have kindly offered me one to giveaway to one of you guys.
The giveaway is open to UK readers only & closes midnight 19th November,
If I could recommend anywhere to go for a walk in Manchester/Cheshire, it would always be Lyme Park in Disley, Stockport. It's one of those places with such varied terrains and an abundance of wildlife, a place you can get a bit lost in for a few hours.
This weekend Mat & I headed there with a couple of passengers in tow: his niece, Georgie, and Dobs (aka Dolly) the chihuahua. We trekked up through the woods, where we spotted lots of really cool twiggy dens, and eventually got to a point where we could see the whole of Stockport (or the whole of England, if you're Georgie!). The views were beautiful, even if we had to stop ourselves from blowing away in the gale force winds to see them for a few minutes.
We even spotted a few deer on the way down, which really made me wish I'd brought my zoom lens! Then it was off to the playground for a little while before the rain came pouring down. The best way to spend a Saturday afternoon.