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Handy Last Minute Gift Guides

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Handy Last Minute Gift Guides

Leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute is something a lot of us do but don’t like to admit (shhh, we’ll keep your secret!). It may controversial, but we’ve kindly put together a last minute gift guide to give you a few ideas if you’re really not sure what to get for those tricky-to-buy-for people in your lives!

Gifts for Your Mum

    Most mums love anything that’s sentimental and had some love put into it. So a personalised gift is usually a good choice.

    Personalised Family Names Necklace | Not On The Highstreet | £79.00

    Mums across the country will love a personalised family name necklace and it’s a gift that they can wear around their necks for months to come.

    Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Creme Brulee Deut | Liberty | £35.00

    All mums enjoy being pampered from time to time, so this Laura Mercier duet with the famous Creme Brulee range is a winner. It comes with a Souffle Body Creme and Honey Bath for soft, luxurious feeling skin and one happy mum.

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    Personalised ‘Mum We Love You’ Wooden Photo Frame | I Just Love It | £16.99

    Did we tell you mums love sentimental gifts? How about your favourite photograph of you and your mum? You can add your own personalised message which makes this gift extra lovely.

    Gifts for Your Dad

      Dads can be quite hard to buy for if they don’t have a hobby. Maybe they’re one of those types of people who say “Oh you don’t have to buy me anything!”. We’ve found some gifts for even the trickiest of dads.

      Off-Road 4×4 Driving Experience days | Into The Blue | £125.00

      If your dad has ever dreamed of driving a Landrover offroad then this is the perfect gift for him. He can get the opportunity to race around an original jungle track dating all the way back to 1956.

      Dad’s Real Ale ‘Pop Up Pub’ Box | Not On The High Street | £28.50

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      Bring the pub to your dad this Christmas with this fun box full of all the essentials you’d need for your own pub at home. It comes with two craft ales, a selection of snacks and some fun beer mat games to get the real pub experience without having to leave the house!

      SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Smart Sound Multi-Room Speaker | Currys | £149.00

      This SONOS PLAY:1 speaker will not only play out your dad’s favourite songs through the SONOS app, but you can also connect more than one speaker and you can use it as an alarm clock too!

      Gifts for Your Sister

        If you’re struggling to find a gift for your sister then we’ve got you covered! From beauty to fashion, we’ve picked a few of the best gift ideas for sisters across the country.

        Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Feel Unique | £38.50

        Every makeup lover needs the second offering in the Naked Palette range from Urban Decay. With a mixture of both shimmer and matte shades, it’s the perfect eyeshadow palette to create either a natural or smokey eye look.

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        Cashmere Scarf | John Lewis | £50.00

        Treat your sister this Christmas to a beautiful 100% cashmere scarf from John Lewis. There are fifteen colours to choose from, meaning there’s a colour to suit your sister’s taste.

        Tea and Books Typographic Tote Bag | Not On The High Street | £9.95

        If your sister is a lover of tea and a bit of a book worm too, this is the perfect gift for her. She can stylishly carry around her belongings in a durable tote bag. It’s as trendy as it is useful.

        Gifts for Your Brother

          Whether your brother is a tech, beard or music enthusiast, we’ll help you find the perfect gift for him!

          PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console | GAME | £349.99

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          If you really want to treat your brother this year, the new PlayStation 4 Pro is the thing to buy. The most powerful PlayStation ever made, the new console has double the processing power, greater connectivity and advanced 4k technology to make his gaming experience amazing.

          Premium Mens Beard Grooming Kit | Not On The Highstreet | £34.99

          Help him keep his beard in check with this premium beard grooming kit. It comes with all the essentials to condition, groom and moisturize his beard. All his facial hair needs in a handy keepsake metal box.

          Nes Retro Bluetooth Speaker | Firebox | £34.99

          If your brother is a both a music fan and a gaming fan, this is the perfect combination gift for him! This Nes Bluetooth speaker incorporates the retro gaming console into a handy and stylish speaker.

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          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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          A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

          To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

          1. Camping

          A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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          2. Staycation

          You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

          3. Island Getaway

          People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

          4. Fancy Resort

          Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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          5. Road Trip

          The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

          6. Charter a Boat

          If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

          7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

          If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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          8. Themed Retreats

          There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

          9. Working Honeymoon

          Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

          10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

          Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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