Christmas Gift Guide

December 14, 2016 in Christmas, Gifts

I’m somewhat late with my gift guide this year, but it’s finally here! Hopefully, this will help you out if you are struggling for those last minute gift ideas. I have some fab ideas to share with you, to suit a range of budgets!

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For the book lover…

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I think signed books make a great gift.  Last year I posted about places online to get your hands on signed books, so rather than repeating it, you can find the post here.

For the candle-loving bookworm…

meraki-candles

Large jars £8.95

I’m a huge candle fan, our house is full of them. Recently, I’ve added some bookish candles to my collection. Don’t know what I mean? Well, they are candles designed to smell like your favourite book settings or characters. Meraki Candles are the only ones I’ve tried so far but I’ve loved every one of them!

For the stationery fan…

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£11.79 at Hive

My sister gave me a 5 year Q&A a day journal a few years ago and it’s so much fun. It’s great to go back each year and see what you wrote in previous years! You can find one here.

For the jewellery lover

heart-of-gold

source                  £28 at Kate Spade

Mum bought her friend this gorgeous Kate Spade Heart of Gold bangle a couple of years ago. Personally, I think it makes a lovely gift.

For the book lover (part two)…

subscriptions

Illumicrate – £29.99 / quarter                                                    Fairyloot – £26 / month

You all know how much I love a good bookish subscription service. A subscription to one would make a fantastic gift. I subscribe to Illumicrate which is a quarterly service at £29.99 / cycle. I also like to treat myself to one off Fairyloot purchases, but you can opt for a monthly subscription for £26 /month plus shipping. I have a couple of unboxing posts coming soon, but you can find my unboxings to date here.

For the beauty lover…

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FOREO Luna Mini – £85

A couple of years ago I spent my Christmas money on FOREO Luna Mini and I’ve never looked back. This wee gadget is fantastic for skincare. FOREO actually have a huge range available now. They aren’t cheap, but they last and you don’t have to buy replacement heads or anything like you do with other skincare devices.

For the music lover…

currently £169

currently £169

Full disclosure as always, Electric Jukebox sent us one of their devices for consideration, but I wouldn’t share it with you if I wasn’t impressed. In fact, my Dad was round yesterday and he was in awe at this wee device. So what is it? It’s a product that turns your tv into a jukebox! There’s a wee dongle you plug into an HDMI slot, a Wii-like remote control and millions of songs. It was so simple to set up, you just need wifi! You get a year’s music pass with the product which entitles you to unlimited streaming (thereafter it’s £52/year).

I was showing Dad, demonstrating the voice search for Otis Redding and the ready-made playlists. He was impressed but he wouldn’t be convinced until I searched for Bing Crosby singing Tobermory Bay! Lo and behold, it popped up. So he started naming other searches – Bobby MacLeod, Trail West < can you see the kind of music my father likes? It had them all, it even has my sister’s partner’s debut single with his new band Tide Lines! Truth be told, even I was impressed by that.

TIde Lines!

Tide Lines! (excuse the poor quality photo)

Electric Jukebox are currently offering £10 off and free next day delivery on their website.

What about stocking fillers?

source £3.99

source £3.99

Yoda 3D Ear Socks?

door-stop

source £3.99

No words needed! Find it here.

 

source - from £1.30

source – from £1.30

My favourite peppermint tea.

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source   £6

No gift guide would be complete without Tobermory Chocolate!

Happy shopping!!

Full disclosure as always. None of the links provided are affiliate links. We’ve not been asked to talk about any of these products, however Electric Jukebox did send us a complimentary product for consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.

Roundup: UK Book Subscription Boxes

June 9, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Gifts

I was recently discussing bookish subscription boxes with a friend. There seem to be loads available these days, but many of them are based internationally and so the shipping costs are prohibitive (for me at least). So while I was browsing book subscriptions boxes in the UK, I figured I’d put together a wee list in case you, like me, are interested. These are all boxes that are available as one-offs (as far as I know), as well as longer term subscriptions.

To begin with, obviously I have to mention Illumicrate. I’ve been signed up since box 1 and I really LOVE this subscription box! You can find my unboxing posts for the first three boxes here. Oh and August sign-ups are open NOW.

ILLUMICRATE

illumicrate

International delivery also available.

 PRUDENCE AND THE CROW

Prudence

Selected international delivery also available.

 

MY BOOKISH CRATE

My Bookish

International delivery also available.

NERDY BOOKWORM BOX

Nerdy Bookworm

International delivery also available.

BOOK AND A BREW

Book & A Brew

European delivery also available.

FAIRYLOOT – I’ve ordered the July box so there will be an unboxing post then!

Fairyloot

International delivery also available.

Another UK book subscription service is The Willoughby Book Club. They have a range of subscriptions available, with something for everyone. I believe they have a minimum subscription period of 3 months, which is why I haven’t included them here.

Do you know any of any more UK based bookish subscription services?

Have you subscribed to any of these boxes? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

There are no affiliate links or anything like that in this post. I just wanted to help & save you all some time with a wee round-up.

Christmas Gift Ideas – Signed Books

November 26, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Christmas, Gifts

In my last post I talked about supporting independent bookshops by ordering online through hive.co.uk. It may seem like this post contradicts that one BUT stay with me.

I love to gift (and to receive) signed books. Being housebound, I have to source signed books online – I actually did a whole post about it here back in August. Finding signed editions can make it a bit harder to support independent retailers so sometimes, for these special editions, I have to branch out a bit.

I thought today I’d share with you some signed books available online right now that I think would make fab Christmas presents.

Since I’ve been talking about Hive, let’s start with them. They have a whole section of signed books here but I’m just going to pick out a couple of highlights that might make great gifts for friends and family.

 

Limited edition (1000 copies), signed hardback 10th anniversary edition

A signed, limited edition (1000 copies) of The Island by Victoria Hislop

 

You Are Here

You Are Here signed by author (and astronaut) Chris Hadfield

 

Foyles have a large selection of signed copies here.

 

Doodle A Day

Signed copies of Doodle a Day by Chris Riddell

 

Brief History of Seven Killings

Signed limited edition of Man Booker Prize Winner A Brief History of Seven Killings

 

You can find the signed copies from Waterstones here.

 

Assassin's Apprentice

Signed, slipcase edition of Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Signed, exclusive edition of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

 

Canongate have some signed & special editions on their website (here). Plus if you order before Sunday 29th November they will handpick one of their Canons and send it to you free of charge. You can find all the details here.

 

Reasons To Stay Alive

Signed edition of Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive < I read it recently & definitely recommend it

 

A Tale For The Time Being

Signed copies of A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

 

Forbidden Planet have a lot of signed editions, including Sarah J Maas! Full list here.

 

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Copies of The Sleeper and the Spindle (it’s stunning) signed by Neil Gaiman!

 

Starborn

Signed hardback copies of Starborn by Lucy Hounsom

 

Goldsboro Books specialise in signed, limited and rare editions so you could be browsing their site for a while.

 

HP

First edition copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) signed by Illustrator Jim Kay

 

An Ember In The Ashes

Signed & dated first editions of An Ember In The Ashes

 

Finally, Transreal Fiction still have some signed copies of V.E. Schwab’s books.

ADSOM

 

I could go on, but hopefully this post has given you some ideas for Christmas gifts. My advice is to snap up any signed copies you want quickly as they can often sell out. Also, check back on these websites regularly as they are always adding more stock.

 

Happy shopping!

 

EDIT – I just noticed that The Book People have a signed copies section now too.

As always, I do not include affiliate links, I just wanted to share these Christmas ideas with you.

Christmas Shopping: Supporting Independent Bookshops

November 21, 2015 in Bookish Posts, Christmas, Gifts

It’s that time of year again – Christmas shopping. If you’re anything like me you like to buy books as gifts. The thing is that I am housebound so I can’t get out to do my shopping in independent bookshops and, naturally, I want to support them as much as possible. Well this year I’ve made a new discovery, and to be honest I can’t believe it’s taken me so long. It’s a website called hive.co.uk. (Note – this isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share.)

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Hive.co.uk is an online bookstore that supports your local high street. Basically do your book shopping on the hive website, choose whether to have your order delivered or to pick it up in your local bookshop, and then choose a local independent bookshop you’d like to support with your purchase!

Personally I think it’s a fantastic concept, and a great way to support independent booksellers if you can’t visit their stores. What’s more, their stock is well-priced AND you can get cashback through Topcashback (8.92% cashback ends tomorrow)! Oh and they have signed books available to purchase (here) – I do LOVE a signed book as a gift, don’t you?

There’s more though. Hive have a partnership with Bookindy. Bookindy is a fantastic browser plugin that runs in the background. Say, for example, you are browsing Amazon for a particular book, Bookindy will pop up to remind you to support your local independent store. It’ll tell you your nearest indy store, the distance to it, how much the book costs and it’ll also give you the option to buy it online through hive. Pretty cool eh? Amy over at The Literature Life has a great post about Bookindy, so if you want more information about it be sure to check out her post.

I can’t believe I only found out about hive.co.uk this year – they’ve been around since 2011. However, I’m so glad I have discovered them. Together with the Bookindy plugin, I now have no excuse for not supporting independent bookstores… plus they offer FREE UK delivery! Yay!

Do you know of any other websites that offer a similar service? I’d love to hear about them.

As always, this isn’t a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links.

Buy British Day: Some Of Our Favourites

October 3, 2015 in Food and Drink, Gifts, Gluten Free

Today (the 3rd of October) is the second annual Buy British Day. So I thought I’d share some of the British products our family loves!

First things first, Tobermory Chocolates. Full disclosure, as always, let me say that this company is owned by my friend’s family. Regardless of this fact, I love their chocolates!! Handmade, luxurious and such a treat! If you’re ever in Tobermory they have a lovely shop and cafe.

When it comes to chocolate brownies, Gower Cottage Brownies cannot be beaten in my opinion. Plus she does gluten free ones too!!

Moving onto alcohol…

Mum is a fan of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Husband loves the beers by Williams Brothers

My favourite cider EVER is by Gwynt Y Ddraig

 

Ok, I need to stop with the food and drink!

One of my favourite stationery companies is Dots and Spots – Becky has such a beautiful range and I like to stock up on her cards & wrap so that I’ve always got some in the house.

When it comes to candles, the Isle of Skye Candle Company is a popular choice in our family. Personally, I love the Vanilla & Fig.

I could go on… and on… but that’s just a selection of our favourite British products.

I’d love to hear what your favourite British products are? 

Also, for today only Make It British has a HUGE Buy British giveaway running – be sure to check it out!

As always, there are no affiliate links or anything like that in this post.