6 non-physical gift ideas to give this Christmas.

Burberry high tea

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas count down has officially started! The John Lewis advert is on the TV, the Christmas lights are now turned on everywhere and the stores have suddenly transformed into full on festive mode. So now is a good time to start planning your Christmas gifting.

I really love buying gifts for people, but it can sometimes be tricky to know what to get everyone. Usually if we want things we will just buy them for ourselves during the year. So instead of buying actual items for someone this Christmas, another great idea is to get them a ‘non-physical’ gift, or an experience. In a world where everything is focused on consumerism and we are all consistently buying ourselves things, stepping away from that and spending more time with the people we love and having a special day out that you will look back on can be worth so much more.

These are my top 10 non-physical gift ideas:

1 – A Spa or beauty Treatment 

This would be the perfect gift to give to a new mum, or someone that has been stressed with work. A voucher for a lovely massage, facial or a day of getting away from it all in the spa could be just what they need, and not something that a lot of people will often buy for themselves.

2 – Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea experience is always so much fun! If you’ve followed my blog or Instagram for a while, you’ll know that I love trying out new places for afternoon tea. Often they are held in beautiful hotels and there is something really lovely about tasting all of the delicious cakes and treats, as well as receiving a great service, making it a special way to spend time with family or friends. I will leave a few links below for some of the places that I have tried this year.

Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel, London

My favourite Instagrammable coffee shops

Elan Cafe, London

Peggy Porschen, London

3 – Theatre tickets

Another lovely gift idea is theatre tickets to go and see a musical or a West End show. You can get some really good deals for theatre tickets online these days and there is always something great to go and watch, especially around the Christmas period when they have all of the beautiful ballets and festive shows. You can get tickets to London shows on various websites and I have found some great deals with London Theatre Direct HERE

Ballet

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4 – A magazine subscription 

Ok, so I know this is more towards a physical gift but I wanted to include it as it’s a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. If you know someone that loves fashion or interior design for example, a magazine subscription is a great idea as they will receive a copy of the latest magazine delivered to their home. It’s a little treat to look forward to and means they don’t have to go out and buy it each month themselves. We are all on our phones 24/7 these days so to take half an hour away from that, to sit down with a good magazine and cup of tea is really lovely and relaxing.

Vogue Magazines

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5 – A hobby inspired course

If you know someone that has been saying for a while that they would like to do a photography course, learn a new language or has a genuine interest in something like cooking for example, then you could get them a voucher towards a course. It might just be that encouragement that they need to get started on something that they will really enjoy working on and be good at.

Cooking flat lay

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6 – A special Train journey

Even though I spend a lot of time travelling on trains during the week, I really want to go for a day out on one of those old steam trains where you are wined and dined in luxurious surroundings, whilst travelling through the English countryside. It looks like such a fun experience and not something that you would get to do every day! This would be a really nice gift idea for mums or grandmas where you can sit together and enjoy being waited on, relaxing. You can pick up tickets for this sort of experience HERE

If actual gifts are more your thing though, I will be putting together some gift ideas in an upcoming blog post so make sure you keep an eye out for that! I really enjoyed putting together some gift ideas last year which you will find HERE and HERE  so I’ve been looking out for new things to recommend for this year too.

What is your favourite non physical gift idea from this blog post?

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Christmas Gift Guide part one: Home & Lifestyle

It might not be December yet, but Christmas is definitely here. The festive Starbucks cups are out, the John Lewis advert is now on the TV…I don’t know about you, but I am feeling festive already!

So, I am starting my Christmas shopping and there are so many fab bits out there at the moment that will make gorgeous gifts. This is part one of my Christmas gift guide series and I am starting it off with gifts for the home and items that can be used every day. These are my top picks:

Goal Digger planner by MiGoals

I am a huge stationery fan and MiGoals is one of my favourite brands. They have the best planners and journals out there. What better way to start the new year with a fresh planner book. This will be a great gift for someone who has a busy, active lifestyle or for someone you know that has a goal for the new year, such as to lose weight or start a new business. It’s a well known fact that if you write down your goals you are more likely to stick to them. Plus when you start working through everything on your list, you will feel such a huge sense of achievement when you look back at your planner and see everything that you have done.

The MiGoals planner is a great way to stay organised and inspired every day as well as helping to make real progress towards goals and empowering you to dream big. I absolutely love these!! The planners come in a gorgeous box that has a positive message printed onto it in shimmery lettering. These are not your ordinary planners, these are such gorgeous quality and will make an amazing gift. The tricky part will be actually giving it to someone else and not keeping it for yourself!

You can buy these HERE – but check out the rest of the MiGoals website for the rest of their fab stationery range.

Cute and Quirky tea cups by Yvonne Ellen

I have been a huge fan of the tableware range by Yvonne Ellen for ages. Her quirky designs are so much fun and would make a fabulous gift for someone, especially these stylish little tea cups.  These vintage-style teacup and saucer sets are decorated with gilt gold detailing and of course, Yvonne Ellen’s famous bee motif. This would be such a great set for someone who likes a cheeky cocktail or two, as well as having a love for a good cup of tea!

Each tea cup is also beautifully boxed and you can purchase them from John Lewis or directly from the Yvonne Ellen website HERE.

Sassy candles by Flamingo

I love burning candles at home and the Flamingo candle range is the sassiest of them all! I love all of their cute designs and these would make such a great Secret Santa gift or stocking filler for someone. You wont be able to resist the scents of these either. From cheesecake Crunch, to Strawberries and champagne, to Parma Violets. The names and scents are all divine and are good enough to eat! The price point on the Flamingo candles is great as well. They are £12 and for a quality candle with up to 50 hours burn time, this is a really good deal.

All of their candles are free from animal testing or palm wax and are made from natural ingredients also.

You can purchase the range on Asos or directly from the flamingo candles website HERE.

Cocktail making by Oliver Bonus

For all of the mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts out there, Oliver Bonus have the most stylish equipment that would be perfect for a gorgeous Christmas gift. I have a real thing about rose gold kitchenware at the moment and I absolutely love their bar accessories range. My favourite are these pineapple themed items such as this ice bucket and cocktail shaker. Perfect for making those perfect tropical summer drinks and hosting your own cocktail party at home!

You can purchase in the Oliver Bonus stores or directly from their website HERE

I hope you enjoyed part one of my Christmas gift guide series. Up next will be my top beauty and make up products which you will not want to miss! Hit the subscribe button and you will be notified every time a new blog post is uploaded. Thanks for reading xx

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