Boots Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Boots is most definitely a giant on the High Street.  It is far from just a chemist with it’s many services it provides.  At Christmas, however, they become a great source of inspiration for Christmas Gifts that you don’t see elsewhere on the High Street.  As far as I can remember they were also at the fore front of introducing 3 for 2 offers especially with gifts for Christmas, helping to reduce the cost for stylish presents.  I really enjoy the Boots Christmas Guide every year.  Even the front cover manages to mix the luxury end like Chloe and Clarins with their very own No 7 and Champneys.

Boots 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Boots 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

As I have previously mentioned, I love perfume for Christmas and I will certainly checking out the Boots offering this year.  I do like the perfume presentation boxes that you only seem to get at Christmas, and noticed the Gucci Bamboo set. I love Gucci perfume so will be getting myself into Boots to check it out.  You can also look for in their wonderful gift guide for further perfume inspiration.  It is useful to note which perfumes fall in to which categories as this really helps when matching gift to lucky recipient.


Boots Perfumes

Boots Perfumes

Not forgetting the men, there are pages of sweet smelling treats for them too, however, for the geek, I mean man, in my life I was drawn to their ‘Hit the Tech’ page.  I think the Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Bluetooth Printer looks great.  Expensive at £99.90 and definitely a bit of a luxury but generally speaking Christmas gifting is based upon desire rather than need.  I have no idea why the white version of this is £10 more than the black version – perhaps white is the new black!

Tech Christmas Gifts

Tech Christmas Gifts



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Toppings Pies

I was lucky enough to be sent some scrumptious pork pies from a company called The Topping Pie Company.  You can pick up their pork pies from several high street stores but I was particularly interested in their online ordering and delivery service.  I was very interested to see how they packaged their products to keep them in prime condition whilst in transit.

To start with I was impressed to see that Toppings used a 24 hour next day delivery service to make sure their products were not in transit any longer than necessary.



The Pies arrived in a sturdy polystyrene box to keep the contents insultanted in transit.


Taking the lid off revealed a double layer of bubble wrap and then a layer of ice packs which were still frozen solid when I opened the box.


Finally removing the layer of ice packs revealed the products we had ordered for review.

I was really impressed with the delivery service and packaging and certainly would have no hesitation in using Toppings for any fresh products. They have clearly given delivery a lot of thought and have got this all important part of online food delivery right.

They supply pork pies with a difference, whether is is their Dinkie Cranberry Topped Pork Pie, traditional pork pie or my personal favourite the Huntsman Pie you are sure to find one to make you say Mmmm!

Toppings Pies - Huntsman Pork Pie

Toppings Pies – Huntsman Pork Pie

I always think a pie is the ultimate in comfort food, and Christmas is simply the best time to indulge yourself.  I mentioned that the Huntsman Pork Pie was my personal favourite.

This pie has a delicious layer of pork followed by chicken and topped with a top layer of sage and onion stuffing.  It is a bit like Christmas Dinner in a pie, so a pie to make you feel Christmasy before Christmas Day.  Their traditional pork pie is the perfect example of to make a simple pie very well, which can’t be easy as so many people get it wrong.  It would seem that the main ingredients for The The Topping Pie Company success is the quality of ingredients, their pork is British red tractor pork pie meat and their hot water pastry case.  Often when you buy a pork pie, the meat doesn’t look or taste great and the pastry can be soggy.  The Topping Pie Company’s pastry and crisp and flavoursome bringing the homemade food experience to your home.

As I mentioned earlier there all several pork pie combinations to choose from.  For Christmas, the Dinkie Stilton Topped Pork Pie looks particularly festive as does the Christmas Pork Pie which adds chopped apricots to a chicken and two pork layers.  I think these pies make great Christmas Presents, as for example, the Christmas Pork Pie can be frozen for up to month allowing people to spread some Christmas cheer into the cold days of January.

Keeping it simple - Traditional Pork Pie

Keeping it simple – Traditional Pork Pie

If you are looking for something a little different then I’d recommend giving them a try and time of year.


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My recommended Shaving gift ideas for men

I think most men complain about having to shave everyday but most carry on with the same old routine and shaving equipment year after year.

If you think the man in your life might like a new shaver this Christmas then the top two best selling models at the time of writing are:

Philips S5320/06 Series 5000 Electric Shaver with Smart Click Precision Trimmer and Turbo Function for about £78.

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and the Braun Series 3 3040 Men’s Electric Foil Shaver Wet/Dry at about £40.

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On the other hand if he prefers a traditional wet shave then you might want to treat him to some luxury shaving cream.  This will help him get a closer shave and moisturise his skin.

Taylor of Old Bond Street 150g Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl under £10 from Amazon.

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I can’t think of many men who would not be pleased to receive an Edwin Jagger shaving set for Christmas.

Edwin Jagger Gillette Mach 3 Shaving Gift Set – Imitation Ivory from around £60 on Amazon.

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I gave my husband one of these Edwin Jagger sets a few years ago. It’s still in very good condition and he really loves it, and it looks really stylish in our bathroom.

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Tip: Create your own bespoke Christmas Hamper

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to give parents, friends or older relatives at Christmas. I always think that Christmas hampers are a lovely present that last well into the New Year. Searching through the catalogues to pick the right hamper can be difficult and if you leave it too late you may well find that the hamper you wanted has sold out.  So I was really pleased earlier this week when one of our readers contacted me to point out that Waitrose are doing a “Create your own Gift Crate” service this year for just £5.

Waitrose build your own crate

Waitrose build your own crate 2015

They seem to have a couple of designs but at the time of writing the one shown above is the only one currently in stock. Click here to see it.

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Starbucks Christmas 2015 – Gift ideas for coffee lovers.

Taking my role as “The Christmas Blogger” really seriously I do like to record the branding used by the major coffee shops each Christmas.  I stopped at a Starbucks last week and spotted their Christmas chocolate bars on the counter. I then turned around and they had a whole wall of coffee related Christmas gift ideas.

Starbucks Branding Christmas 2015

Starbucks Christmas chocolate. Festive mile chocolate with cinnamon crisp and spice. I think this would go rather nicely with a cup of coffee. 


Starbucks Viia Ready Brew Christmas Blend 2015. Spicy and sweet with rare aged Sumatra. 100% Arabica instant and micro ground coffee. 12 Sachets. Pictured next to their Gingerbread syrup.


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