Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Alternative Christmas Gift Guide

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift for someone? maybe you have been buying presents for a partner,friend or relative for so many years that you have simply run out of ideas. 
Fear not here are some of my tips for gifts which will be very well received and are all from independent businesses, writers and creatives-whats not to love.

The  Magpie and the wardrobe book  Buy Here

This beautiful book, a gorgeous collection of crafts and recipes interwoven with folklore and magic is an absolute joy to behold. 

Full of rituals and traditions it is just totally enchanting and as a coffee table book nothing holds a candle to it.

If you have someone in your life who loves all things magical and folksy this is the perfect gift.

A subscription to Slink magazine Buy here
Magazine subscriptions are such a treat. No matter how tight your monthly budget may be, receiving a glossy magazine through the post never fails to cheer you up and make you feel indulgent. 

Rather than opting for a magazine you can buy from the corner shop why not consider treating someone to Slink. This beautiful magazine covers all things plus size particularly fashion, beauty and lifestyle and has the most stunning fashion editorials.

Its only ten pounds for six issues at the moment so a great idea if you are working to a small budget. 

 A Crystal from Angellina Gems Buy here
Not too far from where I live there is a really magical little shop called Angellina which sells crystals. Its in a tiny place called Parkgate overlooking the marshes and their is something very special both about the shop, the owner and the crystals from there. 
I own a few and they radiate such good energy I am slightly obsessed. The shop has a website and you can buy crystals including pendents for less than ten pounds.

Crystals have all kinds of properties, some are healing, some are energizing so whatever you think someone in your life needs you can match a Crystal to that. They also look incredibly pretty. 
My friend Lilly brought me a beautiful Rose quartz recently and it sits on my desk (great for cancelling out all the energy spewing out from my PC) and it brings me so much pleasure, firstly because its a gift from my best friend but also because its so lovely to look at as it catches the light. 
Check out this website and if you are Wirral based pop into Angellina gems, its gorgeous.

Pamper Parcel Subscription Buy here
If someone in your life has had a really tough time lately and needs reminding that self care is an absolute must then a subscription to Pamper parcels is perfect.

This lovely little company do all kinds of  parcels.You tell them what kind of things you like and they send a monthly box crammed full of organic treats all with the aim of encouraging pampering.

They sent me a box and it is simply wonderful. Beautiful chocolate, geranium and rose body lotion, lemon and ginger bath oil as well as a lovely to do list memo pack (I love lists and stationary so much) and a fab"inspirations and aspirations"journal.
My pamper parcel arrived on a day when I wasn't feeling that great and it really lifted me. 
I ran a bath using the oil,filled out a few pages of the journal,ate some of the delicious chocolate with a cup of tea and actually I felt wonderful.
There are all kinds of themed boxes, restorative, uplifting,de-stress so whatever you think someone needs you can consider it covered.

The Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook Buy here
If you look doodling fashion designs or planning your outfits these sketchbooks are perfect. 

The very clever Jenny Rushmore has created a set of sketchbooks featuring model outlines of curvier plus size body shapes. 
I have always been fascinated by designers sketches but they are traditionally of very tall, thin mannequins so to be able to create designs on outlines that relate to my own body shape is so uplifting.

Yep this is my body shape-I can design outfits knowing exactly what they will look like on me
Even better than that if you send Jenny a photo of yourself in something fairly fitted she can create a bespoke sketchbook with the outline of your body on it. She created one for me and I absolutely love it.

This is such a good gift for a curvy fashionista or budding designer.

A Nicky Rockets Tee-Shirt Buy here
It would be remiss of me to do a guide on gift ideas from independent designers without including Nicky Rockets. 

This year we have tees-shirts, pants, beanie hats, postcard sets and canvas bags. All hand printed by us, no slave labour (except for me) and all celebrating the beauty and strength of all body shapes. 

Our designs are in sizes small-5XL and we even have designs for the Starwars lover or Whovian as well as our usual B movie inspired fare.

We still have our Curvy Santa tees in all sizes so if you are wondering what to wear on the 25th, pop on over.

So there you have it-a few last minute ideas for Christmas gifts. I hope these have inspired you if you are struggling or reminded you that you dont just have to shop at the usual places.

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