The countdown to Christmas has began, and I have done my Christmas shopping with ten days to spare! I thoroughly enjoy buying gifts for people, but, the crowds and weather are enough to put me off shopping for awhile (well, until the new year). I did manage to buy a 'stocking filler' present for a few, as I could not resist these Alphabet Ampersand scented candles. The packaging is elegant and plush in a monochrome and gold design. These candles would make a truly, lovely addition to any home. In Marks and Spencer, it's 3 for 2 on many items. This deal gets me every time. So I went ahead and purchased three for £12 - not bad, right? The fragrance is uplifting and revitalisingwith bright zesty grapefruit and fresh invigorating ginger. It is a strong citrus scent, that hits you as soon as you open the box. It's not my favourite scent but I appreciate that the bold and distinct scent will surely fill a room. For me, the design on the box and the candle itself, is what makes this gift special. I actually ended up buying one for ALL my nearest and dearest. Luckily, the letters were displayed in alphabetical order. It's simply a great looking gift, at a great price! This is not just any candle, it's a Marks and Spencer candle... (sorry, I could not help myself!)
If you are looking for a present, that is both affordable and personal, then look no further. These two copper frames would make a lovely gift simply on their own. However, you could make it extra special by framing something special for them, as a surprise!
There are so many things that could be framed, memories old and new. Such as, concert tickets, postcards, flyers, passport photos, polaroids or a favourite verse or quote. You could even use washi tape, ribbon or fabric. Keep it simple with a photograph from childhood or make a collage of your favourite moments of this year. The options are endless. Let your creativity take over, and the end result will be a gift to be treasured.
I have a special place in my heart for all the photographs that were taken before I was born - I'm very grateful to my nan and mum for keeping them safe for all this time. I insist on hauling them down from the attic at least twice a year.
Below, are a few pictures that I plan to use. I also came across an old postcard from yours truly. The postcard reads...
To Mum, David, and Nicola
It took us 180 miles to get to Torquay. Then the next day we went to paighton zoo at paighton Zoo I bought a furry bunny. I called it funny bunny.
So, I plan to use the New Look frame (left) to share a few pictures that willbesure to stir some nostalgia, and the Paperchase frame (right), will feature a very festive photograph. These two presents did not cost a lot but I'm surethatthey will be appreciated and enjoyed.