It’s time to get in the festive spirit with Christmas only 4 weeks away! Cuddle up in your festive knits and break out the mulled wine it’s Christmas time. Unlike me, you may be prepared and do your Christmas shopping in enough time. I always have good intentions but find that doing everything in one day is more of a challenge! This year I’m adding a personal touch to my gifts so realistically I need to start hmmm …. yesterday!

Over the past few years it’s become more difficult to buy the perfect present, my family and friends already have their own houses and everything they need. So what do you get someone who says they don’t need nor want anything?

Today, I’ll be sharing some ideas for the festive gift giving season that are different to the usual Toshop giftcard.


1: Plan a weekend away to the Christmas markets

Have you ever been to the Christmas markets in Europe or in a different city in the UK? Neither have I, that’s why I booked a long weekend in Amsterdam. It’s a great way to get in the festive sprit with a great atmosphere, new sights to see and food to discover.

Photo: Amsterdam Christmas Markets

This was a spur of the moment trip for me and am so excited, I can already smell the chestnuts roasting and taste the delicious hot chocolate. Why not book that last minute trip yourself? Take your pick of the beautiful destinations which have a great Christmas atmosphere that is sure to get you in the festive mood. Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Brussels, Strasbourg or maybe somewhere more local? Manchester, Birmingham or London.

2: Plan a day trip

Having an experience can be the best gift. Whether that be Afternoon Tea or Cadbury World, there are so many day trips you can do! For my birthday this year, my friend Ema took me to Bakewell for Afternoon Tea at the Lavender Tea Rooms. I loved this experience, a different town, great food and amazing company it was the perfect day!


Photo: The Lavendar Tea Rooms, Bakewell 

Here are some great day trip ideas:

  • Harry Potter World. Due to the high demand throughout the Christmas season tickets are sold out for the run up to Christmas on weekends but weekdays are still available. Otherwise, why not go after Christmas? The festive theme is still live and an added bonus, your Christmas presents last through January!
  • Cadbury World
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Alton Towers
  • Spa day at Eden Hall
  • Hike’s with a pub lunch
  • Rent a bike and go around the city

The list goes on and on!

3: See a Musical


Musicals are becoming more and more popular with our favourite childhood stories coming to life on stage. I recently saw Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London and was blown away by the amazing talent of the entire cast. There is something about Musicals that puts a smile on my face! **hint hint


I know this isn’t the cheapest option so if you’re on a budget and both want to go why not use it as a Christmas gift to one another?


4: A box of goodies

I love to get creative don’t you?! Why not make/decorate a box and fill it with your friends favourite goodies. This adds a little personalised touch to your gifts.


Photo: Bridesmaid box I received from my friend Ema

I loved this little box of goodies, such a nice gift idea and works on many occasions. Here’s a list of items I would include for a friend at Christmas:

From the content of this box you can assume my friend loves to stay warm and feel cosy while eating her favourite sweet treats. The content will change depending on the person, but there is something for everyone! If you’re really creative why not knit the mittens instead of buying them? If you can’t knit, you best learn quick!

5: Do a course

I love learning and take every opportunity to discover something new. Whether it be creative like a flower making course or a cooking class. This is a great way to have fun while exploring a new talent you may have.

Photo: Cake Decorating Company Cookie Course 

In the past I’ve done a few classes with The Cake Decorating Company in Nottingham. If you love cakes and decorating them you’re in the right place. At the minute they have a very festive Royal Icing Christmas Cookie course on, I might attend myself!

Sincerely, Kimberly.



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