Many people will be hoping for a new phone/tablet/other, and if that's in your budget fantastic. But I'm afraid I can't offer much advice on that! I can tell you about a great case though, this cute little number from Lente Designs. Available in a variety of styles, this beautifully made range of cases are both eye-catching and stylish, and all priced at under £20. The perfect addition to her Christmas stocking!
If the lady you are buying for is like most of us, falling into bed exhausted, but sometimes unable to sleep for all the brain-whirring still going on, then groaning at the dreaded pip-pip of the alarm seemingly moments later, then the perfect gift could be a Lumie Wake Up Light. Not just for sufferers of SAD, for whom it would make a great addition to light box therapy, but perfect for mums and any busy person always on the go, the Lumie Bodyclock has been around for over 20 years now.
New addition to the range, the Bodyclock Iris 500, also incorporates an aromatherapy function, designed to improve both sleeping and waking, ensuring restful sleep, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels. It has a fading sunset to help you unwind naturally with the production of melatonin; and a gradually brightening effect for morning, readying the body and mind for the day ahead. We have been trying it with lavender and lemon essential oils, which smell divine, and found it has also helped with Lara's SPD-induced bedtime issues. Highly recommended for making mornings easier, you really do feel more energetic after using this, we love it! RRP £160
Men, you cannot go wrong! A flower delivery will always hit the spot for wives, girlfriends, mums, grannies, everyone! We were sent this beautiful Designer Ruby bouquet which features my favourite flowers, scented Oriental lilies, as well as very fashionable deep purple Calla lilies and deep red Grand Prix roses, which lasted for ages. This bouquet made such a beautiful display and really cheered up a grey time of year, just lovely! Priced at £44.99 this would make a very welcome gift, but of course it is just one of the stunning bouquets in the Christmas flowers range from Debenhams Flowers. They are also kindly offering Attachment Mummy readers 40% off! Just enter the code DFBLOG40 at checkout.
Don't groan! I don't mean bog-standard carpet jobbies, these are the ultimate slippers of gorgeous fluffiness from Ruby+Ed, in faux fur, velvet and wool. Just divine! You can see the full range online at www.rubyanded.co.uk, prices start at £28. Your only problem will be choosing which of the gorgeous designs to go for, although I highly recommend the ballerinas!
Oh stop your moaning, there's a reason these gifts are classics, it's just making sure you get the perfect examples that's key! For example, this glorious essential oil enriched gift set, the Sandy Bay Spa Gift Box. It contains Rose & Jojoba Bath Salts which contain Dead Sea and Epsom salts, organic jojoba oil, pure rose geranium essential oil and real rose buds. It can also be used as a scrub and will leave skin radiant and velvety. It smells divine too! The Lavender & Chamomile Multi Balm helps heal dry, cracked skin and is perfect for jumper-encased elbows. The 2 Blushing Rose Candles will enhance your at home spa experience and fill your room with an intoxicating tuberose, gardenia, narcissus, white jasmine and lily scent for up to 15 hours' burn time each. This delightful gift retails at £35.00.
This Lovely Vintage Bodycare Set from Lloyds Pharmacy is the perfect relaxing treat for those lazy days between Christmas and New Year. Beautifully packaged and with a lovely scent, it retails at the bargain price of £4.99, and contains:
• 1 x 250ml shower gel
• 1 x 450ml hand cream
• 1 x 100ml body lotion
• 1 x 250ml cream bath
• 1 x 100g bath salts
Bronnley has a delightful range of gift sets this year, all beautifully packaged. We love the Christmas gift range which includes this lovely Pink Bouquet Body Wash & Body Lotion set, which retails at around £20. It smells absolutely lovely, and these two large size bottles will last for ages.
If you have a beauty queen to buy for, there are lots of wonderful treats around, from the highest tech to the simplest. We have been trying out the Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Set, a Christmas exclusive and perfect for ensuring your giftee waltzes into the new year with perfect feet. Available exclusively at Boots for £40 (MRRP £80), the set contains everything needed to achieve salon quality results, including:
- Microfibre towel
- Glass nail file
- Cuticle sticks
- Toe separators – soft and comfortable
- Beauty bag to store everything in - and leaves room for your favourite nail polishes too
- Velvet smooth express pedi electronic foot file
- Velvet smooth intense serum
The star of this show is of course the Velvet smooth express pedi electronic foot file which buffs away hard skin in minutes leaving fabulous feet that you’ll want to show off. With a comfortable ergonomically shaped soft touch handle, specially designed Micralumina replaceable head, and gentle, effective rotating action, the foot file comes with 4 batteries so is ready for use.
Follow your pedicure with the serum for velvet smooth, soft beautiful feet in an instant and visible results. A great little kit. Feet look great and feel smooth without any hassle.
For smooth, hair-free skin it is worth investing in the Philips Lumea Comfort IPL Compact, RRP £200. The Lumea Comfort IPL hair removal system works wonders to prevent the reappearance of hair on the face as well as the body. Gentle pulses of light are applied to the hair root which results in the hair shedding naturally, with inhibited regrowth. Repeating the treatment regularly will keep skin smooth.
Using an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons, Philips Lumea technology has been adapted for effective use in the safety and comfort of your own home. Following over 10 years' research, and testing on more than 2000 women, the IPL technique is suitable for several different hair and skin types, working effectively on (naturally) dark blonde, brown and black hair. Unfortunately, as with other light-based treatments, Lumea Comfort is NOT effective on red, light blonde or white/grey hair. It is safe and effective even on sensitive areas, and can be used with confidence to remove hair on the face (upper lip, chin) and body parts including legs, underarms, bikini area, belly and arms. Clinical studies have shown significant hair reduction in as few as four bi-weekly treatments. Philips Lumea SC1981 is the smallest and lightest device in Lumea range. It comes with an extra-long cord and has an ergonomic design, making it easy and comfortable to use. By treating the skin every two weeks for 6 treatments, women can experience a 70% reduction in hair growth, then top up as necessary to prevent the hair from growing back.
You wouldn't think much could be done to change the nature and effectiveness of the humble hairbrush, but the Braun Satin Hair 7 Brush with IONTEC is a revolutionary innovation in the world of hair care. Helping you look your best at all times, the brush uses active ions to create instant shine and smoothness from the very first brush stroke, anytime and anywhere, just at the push of a button. The Braun Satin-Hair 7 brush is easy to use, 100% portable, fights frizz and removes static. I was quite frankly amazed, you can actually see and feel the difference from the very first use, with shinier and smoother feeling hair straight away. Having naturally wavy hair which can be prone to frizz in damp weather, this brush is a godsend for me!
The active ion jet releases millions of active ions, which work very much like conditioner, creating a halo around your hair. They instantly tame frizz and fly-away hairs for touchable smoothness compared to brushes without active ions. With a removable extra soft cushion pad specially designed for a sensory experience on the scalp, and enabling gentle brushing without snagging your hair. The seamless bristles with a super smooth surface also enable exceptionally gentle brushing to help prevent damage to the cuticle. The Braun Satin-Hair 7 brush has an automatic switch off function to prevent it from accidentally being switched on when carried in a bag. RRP £28.99
For the ultimate in indulgent relaxation, buy her a box-set, a bottle of bubbly, and an Elle Macpherson The Body 3-in-1 Luxury Foot Spa by Homedics. Featuring 3 in 1 micro-circulation benefits, with Hydro massage, Vibration massage and Magnetic therapy, not to mention double the bubbles of a regular foot spa, being delivered through 4 bubble strips, this is the Rolls Royce of foot spas! It also has two inter-changeable pedicure attachments, an ergonomic angled base for a more comfortable massage, and 4 integrated massage rollers. It is suitable for up to UK shoe size 12, and also makes a fantastic swimming pool and spa for Playmobil figures! RRP £49.99
Finally, give the gift of organisation this Christmas. Not perhaps the most obviously exciting gift choice, but believe me she'll be thanking you for it all year long! We love the fantastic range of beautiful but eminently practical diaries, address books, planners and notebooks from MUM’s Office. The indispensable diaries are available in an array of beautiful colours with luxurious reptile-effect glossy covers. The unique format has a whole page on the left for mum, and a four-wide grid opposite for everyone - and everything - else.
Designed to reduce scheduling chaos and help busy mums keep all the juggling balls in the air, this is the diary you will find you can't do without. 2015 is already shaping up to be our most organised year yet! Mum's Diary is large enough to write everything in but small enough to carry around with you, RRP £14.95. Smaller and larger versions are available.
We also love the Family Address Book, a birthday book, address book and organiser rolled into one. Perfect for recording whole families' names and birthdays, rather than trying to squeeze it all into one tiny space. With 176 pages, a useful pocket on the inside back cover for stamps etc, a satin ribbon page marker and an elastic strap to keep it closed, this book will keep all the information you need in one place. It even has a space for recording the sending and receiving of Christmas cards; a Dates to Remember section, and lots more. Well worth the £12.95 price tag.