Found It: Gifts for Your Best Pal


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Of all the people you need to buy presents for at this time of year, I think best friends are the easiest. Chances are you know them very well (I hope you do, anyway) and they probably have fairly similar tastes to yourself. So, if you see a gift you'd like for yourself there's a high chance your best gal pal would like it too. This year Debenhams are encouraging everyone to share their Christmas present gems with #foundit, so here are a few of my festive picks.

First up, if your best pal is a girl who likes makeup, you can't go wrong with a Benefit gift set. Not only is the little box adorbs, but the products inside are great too. The Feelin' Dandy Gift Set* includes mini versions of a few of Benefit's cult products including High Beam highlighter and the perfectly pink Posietint. Top it all off with a Dandelion blush and matching lip gloss and hey presto. Wrap the set up along with a comedy mug (this motivational Britney mug is from Urban Outfitters) so your pal can enjoy a big cup of tea whilst they're getting dolled up each morning.

If your best friend is into relaxing (ummmm stupid question, who isn't?), they're sure to love a new pair of cosy winter pyjamas. These Lounge & Sleep Navy Fairisle Pyjamas* from Debenhams are the perfect snuggly option. They're made from fleece and are so soft and cosy, and the festive pattern is an added bonus. Put them together with a mini pamper package including a scented candle, like this Winter Scent Candle from the Tartan Blanket Co, and a good book. Novels can be quite a tricky thing to buy for other people, but I think memoirs, biographies or comedy/non-fiction books always make great presents. Personally, I'd go for Why Not Me? by my favourite funny lady, Mindy Kaling.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Check out Debenham's Christmas gift ideas and #foundit for your friends.

Gillian x

Edinburgh: Tartan Blanket Co Pop Up Shop


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If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I love blankets. Seriously, they are everywhere in my flat. You might remember the Tartan Blanket Co from my Home Comforts post back in August so I was very excited to hear they were opening a pop up shop for the festive season. Last week I headed along to the new shop, which is located on Great Junction Street, for the launch night to see what's on offer.

As the name might suggest, the Tartan Blanket Co's pop up shop is full of cosy blankets. As well as classic tartans there are block colours, traditional herringbones and modern patterns in various sizes and types of wool and cashmere. There were far too many beautiful blankets to choose a favourite, but a couple that caught my eye the most were the Aqua Herringbone Blanket and the Coral Stripe Blanket. Ahhhh, please Santa, bring me more blankets!

But it's not just blankets you'll find in the beautifully decorated pop up shop. There are also lots of lambswool scarves, quirky prints, little home accessories and decorations, scented candles, notebooks, jewellery and more. I love the wide selection of products in the shop, they all compliment each other perfectly and you could get a big chunk of your Christmas shopping done all at once. At the launch event, we each got to pick a little gift card from the Christmas tree and mine contained a £10 voucher - so I promptly treated myself to one of the scented candles! The Winter Scent candle I chose is beauuutifully sweet and fresh, and I loved the equally festive Mulled Pear & Spices scent too.

So, whether you're a huge blanket fan like me or just fancy checking out a new shop full of lovely lifestyle pieces, you should definitely head down to Leith to have a browse through the Tartan Blanket Co's pop up. You can find them at 170B Great Junction Street and they're open from now until the 23rd December. Find out more on the Tartan Blanket Co blog.

Will you be popping in?

Gillian x

Christmas Gift Guide: Cocktail Connoisseur


It's Christmaaaaaas! Well, not quite but this year I'm am totally in the festive mood already and I have been keeping my eyes peeled for gift ideas over the past couple of weeks. I've got a few gift guides coming up, and first on the agenda is one for cocktail connoisseurs.

How pretty is this Copper Cocktail Set from Urban Outfitters? A nice little set like this makes a great present, and it would be perfect packaged up with a couple of copper Moscow Mule Mugs to sip your creations from. Don't forget a book full of cocktail recipes; I love the look of this 1920s inspired Speakeasy cocktail book. If money was no object, I would definitely be adding the beautiful Oliver Bonas Luxe Bar Table to my Christmas list this year... a girl can dream!

A bottle of booze always goes down well as a Christmas present, but for something a little different why not try one of Edinburgh Gin's flavoured liqueurs? The Rhubarb & Ginger one is my favourite, and their Raspberry version is lovely too. I love making cocktails at home, but I'm always short of the little extras that bars have to make their cocktails special. Put together a little kit with some useful essentials or fun accessories for a DIY cocktail fan; everything from lemon squeezers to fancy bitters or even edible glitter would all go down well.

If you're looking for a few stocking fillers for a cocktail connoisseur, opt for something like a cocktail scented candle or lip balm. I love the art deco style of these Cocktail Collection Lip Balms from Bath House and these vintage inspired Mixology Cocktail Candles. For something a little bit different, try this cute wee Cocktail Garden Kit to grow your own herbs and plants to use in your cocktail creations.

Have you got any cocktail themed gifts on your Christmas wishlist this year?

Gillian x