3 Perfect Activities For The Day After Christmas

After the indulgence of Christmas Day, December 26th is a chance to recover, relax, and treat yourself to some well-deserved down time. As well as the usual vegging out and playing with presents, the ideas below are the perfect choice to help continue the festive spirit even when the big day itself has passed.

Play a board game

Board games weren’t designed specifically for Christmas, but they may as well have been. They make the perfect activity to enjoy with your family, especially the day after Christmas itself, when you’re not likely to fancy doing anything too active. You could try old favorites such as Monopoly, or opt for a newer concept such as the Destination board games, then gather the whole family around to enjoy a little healthy competition.

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time

It’s easier than it’s ever been before to keep contact with people thanks to social media, but there’s no true replacement for an actual conversation sometimes. Call and have a chat with someone you care about, and with whom you have only had a text-based friendship for the past few years.

Watch a Christmas movie

Christmas movies should have a place in your heart throughout the festive season, not just in the lead up to the big day. There are plenty of old favorites as well as new discoveries to enjoy. Of course, Christmas is a time of magic, so maybe one day this fantasy perfect Christmas movie will become a reality?


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Top Tips To Ensure A Laughter Filled Festive Season

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There are many ways to ensure that you have a holly jolly Christmas just like the song proposes. Making your festive season full of fun, frivolity and laughter will ensure that you have a holiday where the happiest of memories are made. There’s nothing better than sitting down with the family in front of a warm roaring fire, roasting chestnuts and enjoying some quality time together. When you think of Christmas, images of heavily gift-laden stockings, large Norwegian firs and advent calendars come to mind. Now it’s time to add jokes, laughter and giggles to those thoughts. Take a look at how you can bring more fun to your Christmas this year.

The Christmas Movie Days

On the run-up to Christmas, we begin to see the trailers for the movies showing on TV this season. There is a vast array of hilarious comedies for the entire family to enjoy. If you were born in the 1980s and can just about scrape into the early millennial category of human beings, you’ll remember the slapstick farce of Home Alone, Scrooged and Groundhog Day. If you’re now enjoying Christmas with your own offspring, why not show them the films that you used to watch as well as enjoying the modern classics of Elf and Arthur Christmas. Movies have an awesome power of bringing people together across a bowl of popcorn and a tub of ice cream.

For The Clown In Your Life

If your partner adores a particular comedian, why not bite the bullet and purchase some tickets as a gift that will allow them to see their favorite stand-up live. Even if your loved one’s comedy of choice is hugely popular, you can still investigate a service like TicketOffices to hunt down that elusive pair of tickets. People who want to resell their tickets because they can’t attend an event can make them available through reputable websites that act as a platform for people desperate to attend a concert or gig. You won’t be at risk of scammers, won’t have to rely on a tout and your ticket is 100% guaranteed.

Get Outdoors

It doesn’t matter whether it is sub-zero outside and you are knee deep in snow, or whether it’s mild and balmy, it can pay to get outdoors over the festive season. Head to your local park with your pals, have a festive picnic, enjoy a game of frisbee or kick a ball around, and relish the opportunity to have a laugh and a chuckle over a turkey vol au vent or two. Surround yourself with the people that bring joy to your life and help you find fun during the festive season. Moments spent reminiscing about college days or discussing the trials and tribulations of watching your little one’s first nativity play can leave you struggling to breathe through sheer laughter.

Moments of side-splitting guffawing become fewer and farther between as we get older. Use this Christmas as an excuse to try and achieve as many laughter-filled moments as you possibly can. Happy Christmas!

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

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Christmas is the perfect time to show the man in your life how much you love and appreciate him. Men can be very difficult to buy for. Most of the time you will ask him what he wants and he will simply say ‘i don’t know’. It can be a mission in itself trying to drill ideas out of their heads, let alone buy them.

Luckily, we feel your pain so we’ve come up with some ideas to give you a head start and hopefully a spark of inspiration for the man in your life this year. Whether it be your dad, uncle, boyfriend, son or cousin- these ideas suit any male of the species and will be sure to gain a smile on Christmas morning when they open them up.

Gadgets

If your man loves his toys, you can take this opportunity to feed his technological mind and buy him something he can build or play with in the evening on christmas day. You could opt for video games like Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire or Mario Kart; a console for him to setup and play with; or even a remote control drone he can fly over the garden. Make sure you find out what areas you are allowed to fly a drone in first though.

Food

The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Food is one of the greatest joys of the festive season… and every other season to be honest. There are a huge range of foods and food related gifts you could buy him this year:

Sweet: A box of chocolates,a giant ferrero rocher, a jar of retro sweets… the possibilities are endless

Savoury: You could buy him a pack of sauces for cooking, some peanuts and snacks, chips and dips and even a cheese board with some crackers

Cooking: a tagine for slow cooking, cooking sauces and chilli for experimenting in the kitchen, a novelty apron he HAS to wear when serving dinner

Drinks:whiskey, beer, ale, hot cocoa set, coffee for his machine… there are loads to choose from

An Experience

If you don’t know what to buy your man this year because he’s fussy; the best idea is to get him an experience day instead. You could be going wine or beer tasting for the day, becoming a zookeeper for a few hours or even indoor skydiving if you don’t want to do the real thing. Getting him something he will remember for years to come is just as special as buying something he can use.

Clothes

If you have a partner who takes more time choosing clothes than you do, then you could be onto a winner if you decide to buy him clothes for christmas this year. You could play it safe and ask him what he wants or needs, or failing that you can trust your instincts and pick something you know he will love. A shirt, tie, scarf and even a pair of jeans will go down pretty well with your man.

Fitness

If your other half has recently got into the gym or a sport: you have loads of different options to buy him this year for christmas. If they are playing football you can buy him a football shirt from his favourite team; if he’s into weights you could treat him to kettlebells for when he trains at home; or if he’s trying to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle you can buy him a water bottle or some new trainers for the gym. There are so many options and you can find some really great items around and about for your man.

Novelty

A stormtrooper whiskey decanter is the perfect gift if your partner has a love of star wars and alcoholic beverages. You can enjoy watching him pour himself a christmas drink out of a storm troopers head on christmas evening. What could be better? Novelty gifts can be found anywhere so you will never run short of ideas. If your other half loves game of thrones- you can buy them a funny tshirt, if they love superheroes you could find some funny boxers, and even if they love the old classic cartoons- you will be able to find novelty slippers and other gifts for the man in your life. A fun idea would be to buy him the most garish, tacky christmas jumper you can find and then make him wear it for the rest of the day. It will be sweet revenge for all those times you asked him to do something and he simply replied ‘in a minute dear’.

Psst Guys… Here’s What She Really Wants This Christmas

Judging by the awful gift I’ve seen some of my friends receive over the years, it seems that most men don’t know what they’re doing when buying for a lover. Sorry guys, but no woman ever really wanted that slow cooker or new vacuum cleaner. At least not from her S/O.

While she probably has a few items on her wish list, the products aren’t that important. In truth, she’s far more interested in the thought behind those gifts. Focus on these four points below, and you’ll be just fine.

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She Wants To Feel Special

First and foremost, every woman wants to feel loved by her man. Even if you’re not a guy that tends to show his emotions, this is a chance to do it in style. Personalized jewelry from Soufeel is a fantastic way to do this. Meanwhile, artistic creatives can make songs, paint pictures, or write poems. Your love means more than any price tag.

Being public with your emotions can be a very effective idea too. Knowing that you have pride in her can provide a warmth that no present ever could.

She Wants To Spend Time With You

Gifts are great, but there’s nothing quite like spending time with the person you love. The time you share on Christmas Day will be amazing regardless of the gifts you buy each other. So why not take things further by planning future time together through your gifts.

Whether it’s booking a holiday, a spa break, or a day out doing something you love doesn’t matter. Pick something that is built towards her enjoyment more than yours. That selflessness will be sure to score you extra boyfriend points too.   

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She Wants To Know That You Get Her

 Your lover is special and has many talents and passions that make he unique. Celebrating those individual traits and positive features show that you’ve genuinely put a lot of effort into the idea. These don’t even have to be gifts where she is the direct beneficiary. Sponsoring an animal at the WWF is a great example. Alternatively, you could do other charitable things in her name.

Other great solutions include doing something aimed to enhance her hobbies. Either way, doing something that is unique to her is key. Opting for something that’s clearly from the local Walmart won’t do.   

She Wants To See You’re Attentive

The emotional connection between two people is amazing. However, she still wants to know that you find her attractive and still notice everything about here. Therefore, treating her to things she uses in her beauty rituals can work wonders. Likewise, perfumes are a winning solution as long as you choose her scent.

Many men worry it’s saying “you aren’t naturally beautiful”. Even if a woman says this jokingly, she doesn’t mean anything by it. Knowing that her S.O wants her to look and feel her best is a great gift to receive. If nothing else, the practical element makes it a great gift.

Getting Into The Gift-Giving Good Books

It’s that time of year again, when the festive adverts appear on TV, and the aisles are packed with gift ideas, decorations, and all the seasonal treats imaginable. If you’re a fan of getting things done early and avoiding last-minute shopping stress, now is the time to start ticking those names off the list and putting presents away ready for Christmas morning. If you’re keen to get into the good books this year, here are some golden rules to follow.

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Take yourself out of the equation

You may want to treat yourself to a gift or two this Christmas, but when you’re looking for inspiration for others, take yourself out of the equation. Focus solely on that person’s interests and look for items or ideas that will appeal to them. Don’t buy a bag for your sister that you love if you have a completely different sense of style. Concentrate on finding something that they would pick out if they were there shopping with you.

Go for want over need

On Christmas Day, you don’t really want to tear open the paper to reveal a collection of essential items for the house, garden or car. Christmas is a time when we can spoil the people we love, so go for gifts that your loved ones would want, rather than things they need. You want to see a beaming smile when they open their present.

Channel their passions

Shopping for other people can be difficult, but you can make life a lot easier by channeling their passions and hobbies. How do they like to spend their time? What do they spend their money on? If you’ve got a fashionable man in your life, why not buy some new jeans, take a look at Dickies jackets or add to their sneaker collection? If your mom loves cooking, invest in a new gadget for the kitchen, a recipe book or some baking classes. If your dad is into sport, browse autobiography titles, book some tickets to a game or order a customized shirt or track top.

Get more for your money

For the majority of us, Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. Typically, the average American spends up to $900 on gifts alone. If you’re keen to buy brilliant gifts without breaking the bank, set a budget in advance, start buying presents early and shop around to get the best deals. At this time of year, you’ll find that retailers offer discounts and flash sales to try and outdo competitors. If you’re not already signed up to discount shopping sites or you haven’t subscribed to the mailing lists of your favorite stores, do this now, and you could save a fortune on your shopping.

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Christmas is coming, and it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. While shopping under pressure on Christmas Eve can be exhilarating, most of us would rather have our feet up in front of the fire. Use your loved ones’ interests and passions to get inspiration, shop around for great deals and offers, and try and put your own taste and style to one side.

Fashion Tip Friday

No really, I need to address this for Fashion Tip Friday.

 I understand that stores are selling all the Christmas apparel, but that does not mean we wear it yet. 

The holiday season is really close, let us be patient, and then we can deck the halls, as well as our wardrobes. 🌲

Holiday Look

  
This time of year is full of fun parties and get togethers. While some are a bit on the “fancier” side, others can be a little more casual.

I will hopefully start featuring this dress a lot more, as it can be worn many different ways. I wore it to a holiday party recently and took it a bit more to the “casual” side. 

Outfit Inspiration:

Raglan Shirt Sleeve Dress – White House Black Market

Tartan Blanket Scarf – NEIL Link on Amazon

Brown Riding Boots – Franco Sarto from Famous Footwear

Christmas Eve!

 

I can’t believe Christmas Eve is already here! I hope that you all have wonderful plans with family and friends.

This Holiday season, I just want to say how thankful I am for every person who follows me on any of my accounts, and engages with me website/pages.

You all mean so much to me! If you haven’t yet came across my Facebook page, I would be so grateful if you joined me there. 
If you already “Like” it, thank you! Please feel free to share it with anyone whom you think might enjoy it as well. 

Have a wonderful and safe season. 

Happy Holidays!