Friday, December 11, 2015

Creating The Perfect Stocking Does Have To Be Hard

When you’re a kid, every year ‘Santa’ - aka your mum, makes you up a Christmas stocking, filled with lots of lovely little gifts. The magic that comes with those childhood memories is hard to recreate, but with a little luck, it is doable.

If this year, you have decided to make up a stocking for one of your loved ones, you may be struggling to get it quite right. You want to recreate the magic from their childhood memories, but just can’t quite put your finger on the best way to do it. Don’t stress, that’s why I’m here to help.

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To help you create the perfect stocking, I thought that I would share a few tips.

A clementine is a must

It’s not a stocking without a clementine, or some form of orange, at the bottom. So that should be the very first thing on your list of things to buy.

It’s not technically a present, but it’s still worth mentioning as, without an orange, a stocking isn’t a stocking. Perhaps ask your loved one what their favourite orange is - clementine, tangerine or satsuma, and get that to put in the bottom?

Sweet treats

As well as an orange, one of the most important things a stocking should contain is, of course, lots of sweet treats. After all, it isn’t Christmas without chocolate is it? The best generic stocking filler treats are chocolate coins, but you can get much more creative than that.

Look out for treats that your loved one likes - are they a chocoholic or a sweet lover, and pack them into their stocking. If you fancy surprising them with something different, look online for unique sweet treats. For this, websites like are ideal, as they have lots of quirky options to choose from.

Little bits and bobs

Socks, mini games, and cutesy little gifts are the things that make up a stocking. Well, when you’re a child they are, at least. For an adult stocking, the same rule applies, fill your loved one’s stocking with lots of little bits that you know they will love.

For some amazing stocking fillers, have a look online. You’ll find that sites like, have some wonderful stocking fillers. Even if you have no idea of what to get, go online and have a browse, and a couple of ideas should come to you.

Personalised items

When it comes to finding the perfect stocking fillers, personalised gifts can be ideal. When a gift is personalised, it shows the recipient that you chose it just for them.

Have a look online for websites that offer a personalisation service for gifts, and have a browse. Anything from personalised sweets to a pair of socks with a cute message on them makes a fantastic stocking filler.

I told you it didn’t have to be hard to put together a stocking that the receiver will love, did I? All you need to do is follow the tips above, and you can ensure that your stocking is a major success.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Perfect Gifts for the Modern Man

If you have a modern man in your life who you’re going to be buying for this year, this is the perfect gift guide for you! Christmas is just around the corner, so you have that to think about. But then again, there’s nothing wrong with treating someone you love for no reason, right? The modern man likes to look good. They enjoy taking care of themselves. They’re up to date with trends. Read on for a list of gifts that are just perfect for the modern man:

A Smart Watch

A man’s wrist is naked without a watch, but now there are so many to choose from. Of course there are regular designer watches, but there are also smart watches to choose from now. They can do just about anything from read out your text messages to get directions. You can also connect many of them with your iPhone. A smart watch is the perfect gift for the modern man.

A Quality Razor

The modern man usually likes to look after himself and take care of his appearance. A quality razor will help him to do just that. There are all kinds of brilliant razors on the market, so make sure you look for one that suits his individual needs.

Phone Charging Men’s Wallet

For the modern man who’s always on the go, a phone charging wallet could be just the ticket. They’ll never have to worry about running out of battery, and they get a stylish wallet too! This is one of the most unique gifts for him you’ll find. If he likes gadgets, you’re on to a winner.

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 Skincare Products

There’s no shame in using skincare products for modern men these days. A good cleanse, toner, and moisturiser can protect their skin and take years off them. Many brands ensure they make the packaging nice and ‘manly’, so men don’t feel like they’re using women's beauty products. He might appreciate a bit of a skincare lesson from you though!

A Salon Treatment

Why not treat the modern man in your life to a salon treatment? This could be a manicure, sport’s massage, or something completely different. There are all kinds of treatments to choose from, so there’s bound to be one to suit the man you have in mind. There’s definitely nothing feminine about having a sport’s massage - those things can hurt! Buy him an open voucher to allow him to pick the treatment for himself.

Tattoo Vouchers

Many modern men like to decorate their bodies with tattoos. You’ve probably noticed! If this is the style of the modern man you have in mind, he’s bound to appreciate a tattoo voucher. Tattoos can get really expensive. It’s art, after all!

If you have a modern man in your life, consider getting him one of the above gifts. Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or no reason at all, there’s bound to be something suited to him. Do you have any good ideas? Feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!