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Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are WAY Better Than Chocolate And Flowers

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whilst we are aware it may well be yet another well-marketed way of cashing in on the customer, we need something to cheer us up on the frankly freezing cold and dreary winter mornings – and what better way of doing this than imagining the postman falling over as he struggles to carry a tonne of cards and presents to your door? For anyone wondering what to gift the love of their life this February 14, read on:

1.Personalised Wood Memory Box For Couples by DUST AND THINGS, £17.49 (Was £34.99), notonthehighstreet.com

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As far as romance goes – this is way up there. Made from solid pine wood, this rustic-looking personalised memory is the perfect gift for you to keep tokens of your sweetest memories and experiences safe, so they can be treasured forever.

2.Return To Tiffany Bead Bracelet, £145, tiffany.co.uk

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OK, so maybe there is something that beats the memory box; behold the Tiffany’s Bead Bracelet. As a true sucker for all Tiffany’s jewellery, I may be slightly biased – but I think this beautifully elegant bead bracelet featuring a mini heart tag in pink would be a winner this Valentine’s Day.

3.Personalised Plaited Leather Bracelet, £14.99, prezzybox.com

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Whilst it might not go down to well should he buy you an expensive Tiffany’s bracelet and I return you gifted him this – something has to be said for the romantic gesture this man’s bracelet evokes. Featuring a matte metal engraved charm, he doesn’t need to be a hippie or surfer to appreciate this gorgeously stylish band. After all, each time he glances at his watch/Fitbit/sleeve he will (hopefully) smile at your thoughtful declaration of love.

4.Personalised I Love You Candle, £8.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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Everyone loves a candle, don’t they? Even if they aren’t at the top of your fave list, come the most romantic night of the year, these little gems are a must-have. So, what better way to show your adoration for that special someone by making them their perfect meal, amidst candlelight that is that little bit more special?

5.Multi Photo Upload Framed Print – Photos With Message, £19.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Nothing says “I love you and I made a real effort this year” more than this Multi Photo Upload Print. Available in either a black or white frame, simply add up to 20 gorgeous pics of your choice and a message of up to 30 characters, then click preview to make sure it is right – and boom – you have one of the most romantic presents you can think of. This is so special, it is bound to earn you brownie points for the rest of the year, too!

What are your thoughts on Valentine’s gifts? Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a happy Friday people xx

 

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The Oscars: Discover The Latest A-Lister Facial Beauty Treatments

Hey Lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly, but on February 25th the world will be watching as A-listers make their way to the highly anticipated 91st Academy Awards ceremony, otherwise known as the Oscars. Each year, celebrities seek-out the latest facial beauty treatments to ensure they stun on the night. Check out some of the amazing (and unbelievably costly) beauty procedures celebs undergo to make sure they are red carpet ready. Sadly, for us mere mortals, flawless certainly comes with a hefty price tag).

1.LED Facial And Light Therapies, Cost Varies Considerably Depending On Clinics.

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LED facials are ever-growing in popularity – so I’m thinking they work quite well. Utilising wavelengths of light, these facials are touted for successfully healing, treating and rejuvenating the skin. Whether you are looking to diminish acne and pigmentation, or simply want a firmer, more plump and luminous complexion, LED facials are fast, non-invasive treatments that promise excellent results. (The Kardashians are said to be huge fans).

One of the newest trends is to have what is known as a Hybrid Energy Lift (£6000 available at Harrods). This method of facial rejuvenation involves using ultrasound, infrared, light and laser in one single session to stimulate collagen reduction and treat all layers of the face. Wow!

2.Oxygen Mist Facial, From £200

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So many celebrities love this procedure and after hearing Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan (and seeing a recent picture of her clear and dewy complexion) I will be booking an appointment for this ASAP! N.B: Apparently Madonna and Kim Kardashian own an Oxygen Facial machine – and if I had a spare £15,000 so would i!

This facial actually makes a lot of sense. Oxygen is needed for the body’s cells to work at optimal level. The procedure is basically being blasted in the face by pure oxygen. Not only does this improve hydration, reduce pore size and diminish toxins, but it also involves administering high-performance skincare products that are then absorbed that much better, achieving incredible results and undeniable radiance.

3.Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty, From £1000.

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This procedure is performed to reduce the appearance of hooded or droopy eyelids and may well be a popular  choice when preparing for the Oscars. Often using nano plasma technology, the treatment is delivered to the superficial skin cells and can reduce excess skin on both the upper and lower eyelids and can also reduce any excess skin around the eyes, so crow’s feet are diminished too.

4.Microneedling, From £300

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Although this treatment isn’t new, it remains a hit for many and is bound to be one of the favoured beauty procedures pre-Oscar night. It consists of puncturing the skin with many tiny holes to trigger the skin’s own healing response, thus increasing the production of collagen and elastin. This effectively delivers a more plump and youthful complexion (and it isn’t as painful as it sounds). Great microneedling pens are also available to buy (see image above) and are a fab investment if you adhere to the instructions.

5.The Penis Facial, £500.

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If you thought the Vampire facial was freaky (I’ve actually tried this, and it is), then check out the latest beauty treatment loved by Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale – behold the Penis Facial. The proper name given for this facial – to make it sound a little less gruesome than reality dictates – is the EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor Serum) and is made from cells cloned from new-born foreskins. Ugh! This costly hour-long procedure consists of cleansing, followed by a chemical peel, electrifying mask, during which the serum and a few peptides are applied via a microneedling wand. Probably the grossest way of spending £500 in an hour.

6.Ruby And Diamond Facial, £7000

Allegedly loved by Mila Kunis (and for some reason I can’t quite fathom, not many other people), this insane treatment is referred to as an HD Diamond and Ruby Peel. It involves putting an ice cube (or two) in your mouth and sucking it to reduce the ensuing inflammation of having these precious stones rubbed all over your face. Hmmm. Not so sure about this one!

Have you heard of any other new facial treatments or tried any of the above procedures? Let me know your thoughts.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!xx

The 10 Best Films To Watch During The Christmas Break

Hey Lovelies!

Well the festive season is drawing to a close – but there’s still time to get in a few more awesome classic films during the Christmas break. All of the following films are a must-watch, and although I must have seen them 100 times, they NEVER get old.

1.Heat (1995)

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This film is one of my all-time faves and with a cast comprising of Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Al Pacino, the movie will never go out of style. One question – why, oh why did the baddies not get away (apart from Val of course)?

2.The Usual Suspects (1995)

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Excuse the low-res image. Another classic, this very clever film will keep you guessing right until the end. Furthermore, you notice more clues each time you watch it.

3.War of the Worlds (2005)

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Love this sci-fi film which was originally a sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells – and if aliens were to invade, this is probably the way it would go. Also, Tom Cruise never seems to age! What’s that all about? What can I say, other than this is an awesome film everyone should see?

4.Oblivion (2013)

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Are we an effective team? No, we are no longer an effective team. Brilliant.

5.The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Matt Damon, oh Matt, how I love you. Why don’t I have a Matt Damon (this version) in my life? After seeing is, I sadly go back to realising life is crap.

6.Deadpool (2016)

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Probably the funniest film ever. Ryan Reynolds couldn’t have played this part better. I know everyone raves about Deadpool 2, but in my eyes, it is more of the same. However, the first one was so funny, it would be impossible for the second to be a flop. N.B: A good idea to wait until after the kids are asleep to watch this one.

7.Forest Gump (1994)

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I used to adore Tom Hanks – he was an incredible actor. This tear-jerker gets me every time I see it.

8.The Green Mile (1999)

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I hadn’t seen this film in years and then it was on the TV the other day and immediately drew me in. Warning: prepare for extreme heart-rendering tears.

9.Oceans 11 (The Original, 2001)

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All of my favourite actors doing what they do best – when I watch this I am literally in heaven. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Andy Garcia – what more could a girl ask for? Apart from to do another – with the same damn cast! Grrr.

10.Ps I Love You (2007)

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This romance film is my favourite but I am left crying for days afterwards. Don’t watch this unless you have a mountain of comfort foods to the ready.

What are your best films? Leave your comments below and have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! xx

The Cruelty Of Dementia

A thief, lurking in the shadows of time, waiting for its moment of victory. Carefully creeping further and further into the brain. Whilst you are sleeping it is silently eating away your reality. Each time I look, chunks of you are gone, eroded, consumed by this sick cancer they call dementia, until one day there will be nothing but your shell.

Sat facing you, I am forced to watch your death in slow motion. “Don’t let your tea get cold,” but my throat constricts as I try to smile reassuringly. I watch your Confusion – you pick up the same letter over and over, trying to piece together some logic, some sense – as If your life depended on the answer to a letter from some random posted charity request. For a brief moment I notice a flicker of realisation – the way the sunlight breaks past permanent cloud to shine in through the window onto metal – a stark glimmer of unwanted light, blinding, painful – from which we both recoil.

How ironic that this knowledge and reality I crave for you to cling to is worse, because we somehow both know it is slipping from your hands. Then I have to join in, pretend I don’t notice you noticing that you are no longer you. Don’t see the confusion, instead I turn it into my confusion to make you feel better and hope you aren’t aware that is my aim. Because that would be worse still. It doesn’t matter now; ten minutes has passed and I get another chance to better deal with it as the conversation has begun again. Who sent the letter?

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“It has come a long way – from Halifax” you say.

Who sent the letter?

“This if from a charity, nan.”

“But what about this one?”

“That is a card from your son.”

“No, I don’t know who that is from, I think it’s from one of the neighbours.”

“It was your son saying he loves you nan.” I try

“No, because he doesn’t live near Halifax, it must be for someone else.”

“it’s written from your son, look how nice the words are inside.”

“it’s very strange.”

“Nan let’s have a cup of tea.”

Who sent the letter?

You feel like a burden because today you seem to know how much is lost. But you could never be a burden on me. And as your memories of sunny days fade, and you don’t recall loving me at all, I will paint them brighter. As the thief moves about taking everything you were and are, I will move faster still, replacing and reminding you how much you mean to us all. In this deepening darkness the light of your love and kindness will illuminate forever more.

We will always love you.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide For Gadget Fanatics

Hey Lovelies!

Wow, it’s literally days until Christmas and there will be some of you out there (like me) who are still searching for that perfect gift. Do not fear – I have compiled a list of the best gadgets and tech that are guaranteed to make Christmas day a spectacular one for all the family:

1.For Your Child: Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit, £79 (Was £99), Argos

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Should your son or daughter love Harry Potter this is one of the most awesome gifts to buy. With a combination of Harry Potter magic together with learning creates a perfect formula for getting to grips with this key skill – no problem.

2.For The One Who Has Problem Teeth: Oral-B Pro 7000 Smart Series Electric Toothbrush, £154.04, Amazon

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Always wanted a dentist on tap? Discover this innovative electric toothbrush that not only ensures a deeper clean but also includes sensors that monitor your brushing habits and problem areas – amazing!

3.Fitbit Versa, From £151.99, Amazon 

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By 1st January, just about everyone will be reflecting over their accumulation of festive weight, which makes this an excellent gift for almost anyone. Offering way more battery life than some more expensive versions, more style and various features such as calorie and step counting, the Fitbit Versa makes for an incredibly useful pressie.

4.For Mum: Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser, £97.70, eBay

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For the one who is never out of the Yankee Candle shop – this amazing gift will save them hundreds of pounds whilst ensuring they are never without a beautifully calming scent. Available n oth black and white, all you have to do is choose your essential oil, plug it in and enjoy!

5.For Mr./Mrs. Clumsy: Urban Armour Gear Galaxy S9 Smartphone Case, £29.97, Amazon

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Know someone who is continually dropping their phone? Then check out this must-have ‘pretty impossible to ever break your phone again’ case. Apparently ‘military drop tested,’ compatible with the Galaxy S9 and available in a range of colours, the Mr or Mrs Clumsy of the family will greatly appreciate this gift.

6.For All Phone Lovers: The Google Pixel 3, From £639, store.google.com

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Looking for the best phone on the planet, then you may just have found it (and that’s saying something coming from an Apple lover). Featuring awesome tech updates and an outstanding camera, Google has created something truly unique.

Happy last-minute shopping xx

The Best Luxury Christmas Gift Ideas For Her (A Girl Can Dream)

Hey Lovelies!

With less than a week to go until Christmas day, most people will have already bought their nearest and dearest some fabulous presents. For those who are still searching for that perfect present (for her) and want to utterly spoil their loved ones, here are some truly luxury Christmas gift ideas of which are guaranteed to make that lucky someone special beam until next year.

1.Tiffany & Co.Tiffany Hearts™ 18ct gold and diamond pendant necklace, £8,875.00, Selfridges

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“And she said what about breakfast at Tiffany’s?” What could be more romantic (and extravagant) than treating her to this beautiful Tiffany & Co.’s gold and diamond necklace? Whomever receives this stunning gift will feel like the luckiest woman in the world!

2.Range Rover Evoque, (From £31,600), www.landrover.co.uk

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With a sleek design, off-road capabilities and advanced technologies such as the Touch Pro Duo and Interactive Driver Display, this Christmas luxury would be a driver’s dream (well, mine anyway…after the Bugatti of course – but we need to be a little realistic).

3.Aerin Jade Stone Bottle Stopper, £135, www.harrods.com

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Financially speaking, this is a little more realistic and super stylish to boot. Should you know a champagne/wine lover the ornate jade bottle stopper is the perfect gift. An exquisite design of which features a polished rose-gold finish, this would also be ideal for all those who love to throw dinner parties.

4.The Turenne PM in Monogram, £1,100, www.louisvuitton.com

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What can I say…? Louis Vuitton, it’s Louis Vuitton people. Featuring rounded handles and front pleats, this luxury bag is SO on trend. And, um, not that I love designers, but who the HELL wouldn’t want this on Christmas morning? Need I say more?

Do you have any luxury gift ideas you would like to share? Leave me a message or comment below.

Happy Dreams people xx

Discover The Best Stocking Fillers For All The Family

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost Friday again (yay), but that does mean we have somehow found ourselves less than 3 weeks to Christmas. Yikes! Fear not, I have compiled a list of some awesome Christmas stocking filler gifts for all the family, of which are certain to make everyone’s Christmas morning even more special.

1.For Your Little Brother, Nephew Or Son: Mini Volcano Lamp, £14.99, prezzybox.com

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Like most other 8-year-old boys, my lad absolutely LOVES volcanoes – so this would be a super-hot gift for him (excuse the pun). This unique lava lamp actually spews out ‘lava beads’ into the lamp, thus creating the red glow of an erupting volcano. Awesome.

2.For The Child At University: Mug Cakes, £7.99, prezzybox.com

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OK, so we aren’t expecting them to mirror the Bake Off but alternating from burnt beans on toast and pasta would be a welcome change. Unlike other recipe books, this is likely to actually be used – fast and easy cakes that take zero effort (perfect for the uni student). All you need to do is plonk the ingredients in a mug and place in the microwave. Et Voila!

3.For Your Nan: Engraved Silver Heart-Shaped Bookmark, £12.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk

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This gift would be a winner for grandparents who love to read. Treat them to this beautiful bookmark engraved with a personal message of your choice – a loving reminder of how much they mean whilst ensuring the pages remain in perfect condition. Beats the garden fork you were considering.

4.For The Girlfriend, Wife (Or Me): Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Experts Set, £42 (Worth £69), lookfantastic.com.

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I will let you in on a little secret – when it comes to anti-aging, resveratrol is going to be huge! This wonder ingredient has undergone extensive tests and shown to deliver outstanding rejuvenating results. Caudalie’s set is formulated with stabilised Vine Resveratrol and micro Hyaluronic Acids to firm, lift, plump and smooth the skin. Included in this kit is the Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum, Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm. Believe me, any woman who knows of Caudalie will be over the moon to find this in the Christmas stocking.

5.For The Fella: Vintage Leather Personalised Notebook by the British Belt Co. £30, notonthehighstreet.com

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This Christmas gift him something he can use every day. Check out the vintage leather notebook (including an embossed personalisation in the bottom corner that will also remind him of YOU). Containing refillable A5 pages, it is ideal for work notes and makes a great stocking filler gift.

6.For Mum: John Lewis & Partners Fleece Lined Gloves, £22.50, johnlewis.com

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Ensure your mum stays chic, stylish and super warm this Christmas with the help of these gorgeous Italian leather gloves. Designed to fit perfectly to the shape of your hands over time, the exceptionally comfortable and soft gloves are a real treat.

Happy Shopping! xx

Christmas Jumpers Everyone Will Love

Hey Lovelies!

Whether you love them or hate them, the fact is there’s no escaping them – no, I’m not referring to the cycle of Christmas songs, I’m talking about Christmas jumpers. They are everywhere you look – even retail staff have swapped their uniforms for a festive jumper. Take a peek at these Christmas jumpers that are so cool they will make the most Scrooge-minded of people smile.

1.For Her: Festive Jumper by JD Williams, £28, jdwilliams.com

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When it comes to funny-as-hell Christmas jumpers, this one does the job. If there ever was a perfect adult Christmas jumper, this would have to be it. Genius.

2.For Him: Jack & Jones Originals Knitted Christmas Jumper With Super Fly Santa, £30, asos.com

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Why not gift your brother, fella or friend this awesome Santa jumper? I’m loving this!

3.For Younger Children: Peppa Pig Red Christmas Jumper, £13, tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

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Everyone (young and old) love Peppa Pig, so this jumper is bound to be a winner.

4.For Older Kids: Knitted Reindeer Christmas Rudolph Jumper, £5.49-£12.50, amazon.co.uk

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Available in sizes 2-14 years, this awesome reindeer jumper would put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Besides, Rudolph is the most-loved of all the reindeers (does anyone know the name of any others?).

5.For The Dog: Christmas Pudding Pet Jumper, £4.99, aldi.co.uk

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Oh my God, how funny is this? Everyone who has a small dog should go out and buy this jumper for their pet. Hilarious.

6.For Anyone: MerchDistributor The Grinch Christmas Jumper, £29.99, amazon.co.uk

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With the recent release and subsequent popularity of the film The Grinch, it is no surprise this jumper will go down a treat for practically all the family (8 years and upwards).

Have you seen any funny Christmas jumpers? What are your favourites? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Christmas jumper shopping.

Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost December and my chocolate advent calendar has survived fully intact (a first for me). To celebrate the sheer excitement of ensuing festive celebrations I have compiled some of the most luxurious gift ideas that will guarantee an unequivocally joyous and pampered Christmas, that’s nothing short of amazing. Should there be someone in your life who has gone the extra mile this year, why not show them your appreciation by treating them to one of these amazing presents?

1.Noise-Masking Sleepbuds, £229.95, www.bose.co.uk

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Oh My God – this invention is truly priceless and Bose, I can’t thank you enough. TV on so loud the floor vibrates? Neighbours music so deafening you want to go on a killing spree? Partner’s snoring so painfully ear-splitting, you regularly mistake it for a burglar smashing up the house? If you have added any of these to your list of reasons to die, hang fire. These wondrous gifts from heaven (known as Bose) will at long last, give you back your precious sleep (and sanity). Happy sleepy Christmas.

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399, johnlewis.com

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Should you know someone with troublesome hair, why not gift them the ability to achieve incredible locks in minutes? Behold Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airdrop Styler. This innovative styler is a literal game-changer for anyone who struggles to smooth and tame their hair or whose tresses are on the limp side.  Using air instead of heat, the Airwrap achieves beautiful waves and curls or simply creates smooth and volumous locks without the dreaded shadow of split-ends peering over your shoulder. Dyson, you are a true genius!

3.Sony PS VR Starter Pack, £179.99, game.com

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If gaming and virtual reality is your loved one’s obsession, check out Sony’s VR Starter Pack. The PSVR pack offer everything you need to become totally immersed, enabling you to experience gaming like never before. The Pack includes:

1 x PSVR Headset

1 x PS Camera

PlayStation VR Worlds

N.B: You need to connect this to a PS 4 to play.

4.Veuve Cliquot Brut Personalisation Tin (750ml), £56.99, selfridges.com

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This has to be my favourite champagne and the fact that Veuve Cliquot has now jumped on the personalisation train makes it that much better. Who wouldn’t love this?

 

Happy Shopping! xx

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