Having a blog can be really fun at Christmas- all the gift guides, new products, festive posts and excitingly this year the East Midlands Bloggers Christmas Calendar Swap.

If you live in the East Midlands and you blog/create/write then you really should be a part of East Midlands Bloggers.  You can join in on Facebook here.

This year I took part in Jay and Jess’s Christmas Calendar Swap where you’re paired with another blogger from your region and create an advent box to send them full of little gifts to open in December.   It’s such a fun idea- the box had to include 25 presents with everything costing between £15-£30 in total and everything had to fit inside a shoe box.

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I was paired up with the lovely Kirsty from Derby.  You can check out her lifestyle, beauty and books blog here.

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At first I thought it would be easy but it’s actually quite a challenge to find 25 different gifts.  I read up on Kirsty’s blog to find out a bit more about her and then cracked on with the fun part- shopping.  I have a feeling we’ve probably bought each other similar things, as we’re both very much into our products and cute things! It was good fun hunting around lots of different shops to find enough items for the box, and I wanted to make sure there was plenty of variety in there too.  From a colouring book to beauty products, chocolate treats to stationary.   The swap is also a great way to get to know another bloggers in your area and it’s always nice to discover new blogs and posts to read.  Everyone in the East Midlands Group is super supportive and there’s always social events and topics of discussion on their Facebook page.  It’s a great way to meet other likeminded bloggers and connect with people with similar interests as you.

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I was so excited when mine arrived and it’s been fun every day having a little present to open.  I’m going on holiday next week so I might have to save the rest until I come back- surely it’s bad luck to open them all before I go.  Tempting though…

Can’t believe it’s only two weekends until Christmas!  Happy shopping…

Jem xx

The John Lewis Christmas advert has hit our screens, which means one thing- it’s now perfectly acceptable to get excited about Christmas!

I’m going to be having a very different Christmas this year so I’m trying to be a bit more organised with my shopping. By ‘trying’ I mean looking at stuff online, mentally buying it, and then having a mad panic when I realise it’s a week until Christmas and I’ve done no shopping!

I always look online for gift guides- lots of influencers get sent really cool stuff so youtube and blogs are great places for a bit of festive inspo, especially for things you wouldn’t necessarily see while you’re out and about. I do love a good Christmas shop with chums but shopping in a city gets kinda stressful at this time of year.  Besides why gets stuck in the crowds when you can nail all your shopping online snuggled next to a fire with a large Gin in your hand?!

If you have sensitive skin and want to drop some mahoosive hints, or you’re looking for present inspo then I hope this helps- of course Elemis and Caudalie had to feature in my suggestions, and there’s items for all budgets.  Alongside skincare don’t forget all the good stuff- and by that I mean chocolate!

All items are linked below.

If you do go out and about I’d recommend shopping with a rucksack- leaves your hands free for a mulled wine… Good luck out there!

Jem xx

blog-post-gifts

Khiels seasons treatings £30 http://bit.ly/2fFDR6v

Yumbles Rawr chocolate £9.95 http://bit.ly/2fUoNXq

Best Face Forward, Sensitive Skin set, £39.90, Elemis http://bit.ly/2eNnfMo

Holiday Skincare Cracker, £10, Nuxe http://bit.ly/2g10ztI

Vine Body Gift Set, £22, Caudalie http://bit.ly/2fhdnva

Winter Icon Orange and Clove Hot Cloth Cleanser, £22.75, Liz Earle http://bit.ly/2fFicga

Deliciously Ella Cookbook, £9, Amazon http://amzn.to/2emmj36

Ren Stop Being So Sensitive, £34 http://bit.ly/2eNGWn8

Merry Moos selection box, £3.99, Real Foods http://bit.ly/2fFQNcj

Relief Repair Replenish Cream, £14.95, Bria Organics http://bit.ly/2fFUjnb

 

 

Not many sleeps to go now! I LOVE Christmas so much; I love the entire build up.  The food, the shop windows, the music, the mulled wine, seeing old friends, partying into the small hours and buying something special for the people you care about the most.

I tend to do 90% of my Christmas shopping online.  Since losing my Mum Christmas shopping just isn’t the same.  To be fair when we went shopping it was more about the coffee and cake stops than the actual shopping but she was always the most excited person to be around when it came to Christmas.  Her attention to detail was second to none, as was her ability to buy really amazing gifts.  Most years Mum would buy me some sort of skincare.  She practiced aromatherapy and
was really into good quality, organic products. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in that department!

There are a bazillion beauty products and gift sets on offer at Christmas but if you’re shopping for someone with extra sensitive skin (like moi) then it’s always a bit trickier. There are so many high street store products that CLAIM to be for sensitive skin, but will rip your epidermis off faster than a bad wax.  Or those ‘natural’ products that, despite containing every plant extract found in the jungle, leave you feeling like you’re on fire.

So here’s my top ten sensitive skin festive gift sets for all budgets; and for good measure ten gorgeous Christmas decorations worthy of replacing that ten-year-old tinsel.  All links included below.

Happy shopping- don’t forget to treat yourself too ; )

J xx

Ren gift set, £34 (35% off!), ASOS

Emma Hardie Moringa Gift set, £8.90, Feel Unique

Aveda Sensitive starter pack, £15.30, Look Fantastic

Sensitive Essentials Collection, £83 (worth £127), Elemis

Sweet Cecilys skin care gift box, £25.95, Not On The High
Street

Burt’s classics pomegranate tree hanger lip set, £6.99,
Burt’s Bees

Beauty Elixir, £11.50, Caudalie

Eczmaid ointment, £15.50, Feel Unique

Moo-Zing skin
holiday gift pack, £35, MooGoo skincare

Prime and define lip collection, £25, Green People

Lily Lolo palette, £19.99, Lucy Rose Organics