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Last Minute Gift Ideas from Buyagift.com

Last Minute Gift Ideas, Secret Santa and Stocking Fillers – it really is never too late to shop at Buyagift.com! 

buyagift Christmas logoBuyagift.com is the UK’s leading provider of gift experiences and activity days and with over 4,500 gifts to choose from on their website you are sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one!

If you are stuck for ideas and tired of getting the same presents year after year, why not treat your friends and family to something a little different with a personal experience they’ll never forget. Whatever your budget, Buyagift.com has something for everyone!

It’s never too late to buy in time for Christmas….

It’s never too late to shop for Christmas gifts at Buyagift.com, even the very last minute of shoppers can order an e-voucher as late as Christmas day which will go straight into their inbox! The new range of Smartboxes by Buyagift can also be ordered as e-vouchers, providing lots of choices and locations all across the country in one voucher!

Here are just a few of the ‘experiences’ you can buy…….

Mini Beauty Treatment at a Beauty Group Salon, £15

Buyagift manicure

 Indulge in a quick pick-me-up with a mini treatment at a salon near you. Choose from six express pampering experiences that will fit easily into your day. The menu includes a facial, pedicure, manicure, massage, waxing treatment and tanning session. With over 200 locations available across the UK, you’re never too far from pampered bliss. This flexible gift voucher is valid for 10 months so you can use it at your convenience.

Full Day Paintballing for Two – Special Offer, Was £20, Now £15

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You and a fellow adrenaline junkie will be taking to the field for a day full of thrills courtesy of Paintballing Limited. Available at multiple locations across the UK, you’ll be given a full safety briefing and training before you’re set loose on the field to take part in up to 10 games of paintball madness! Get your game face ready to run, duck and dive as you avoid being hit by the enemy team’s paintballs, then take aim and fire to claim your revenge.

The Ted Baker Tommy ‘n’ Turkish Grooming Experience with Free Shave Gel, £22.50

Men grooming experience

Turn heads with a slick new look from Ted’s Grooming Room. Take your pick of Ted’s locations in Central London for a classic Turkish hot towel shave and removal of neck fluff. Your experienced barber can either maintain a trimmed and neat beard, or leave your face smooth. Get your eyebrows trimmed where required and ear hairs flamed off with a painlessly efficient traditional treatment. Finally, your hair will be washed and styled to perfection and you’ll leave the salon feeling smooth and sleek, ready for anything from a job interview to a hot date.

A great pick-me-up for the dashing man-about-town, and what’s more, you’ll also receive a

Last minute gift ideas from Smartbox by Buyagift

Not sure what ‘experience’ to buy? Well the new Smartbox by Buyagift range is the perfect solution. For starters they are valid for two years and offer loads of options and locations in one box… give the gift of choice!

Each Smartbox comes with a beautiful presentation box, with a detailed guide of what’s included, and with 35 different themed boxes to choose from, we cater for all ages and interests, making your Christmas shopping easy. At the checkout you’ll have the option of choosing a gift box or an e-voucher, so even if you have left it a little last minute, you can still get an e-voucher in time for Christmas!

Pamper Treat – Smartbox by Buyagift, £29.99

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We have compiled a truly fantastic list of our most luxurious pamper treat experiences that are sure to make you look and feel gorgeous. Featuring a selection of over 120 Relaxing Spa Day and Beauty Treatment experiences, we’ve got you covered. From soothing spa days at top-class London retreats, to men’s grooming experiences and hair styling at renowned salons, there is something for everyone. Manicure or pedicure, facial or mud scrub, massage or makeover – the choice is yours!

NEW Afternoon Tea – Smartbox by Buyagift, £34.99

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This wonderful afternoon tea treat is the perfect way to celebrate traditional British culture whilst spending some quality time with a loved one. With many wonderful UK locations available you will be spoilt for choice. You can relax in the cosy comfort of a quaint tearoom, or embrace rural grandeur and enjoy an indulgent afternoon in a country manor house.

In a nutshell if you’ve left your Christmas Shopping till the last minute again, then pop over to Buyagift for last minute gift ideas – No-Brainer!

 

 

 

 

Some Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re one of those super-organised people who did all their Christmas shopping in the January Sales 11 months ago then you won’t need any last minute Christmas Gift ideas.  However if you’re still running around like a yoyo wondering what Christmas gifts to buy, then read on

We’re massive WELEDA fans here at TheBabyWebsite and there are so many lovely gift sets on their site. We can’t imagine there isn’t a woman out there who wouldn’t like the Weleda Body Lotions Gift Set –  a selection box of smoothing, indulgent, fragrant lotions made from pure natural oils.Weleda Body Lotions Gift Set The organic body lotions are specially formulated with plant extracts and the set includes mini travel sizes of all five Weleda lotions: Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Citrus & Evening Primrose. As an added bonus they’re even suitable for vegans!

Now we all want our house to smell good and home fragrance has become big business over the past few years. Castell Apothecary Reed Diffusers smell divine and come in at a very reasonable price. You couldn’t go far wrong buying one for anyone you know who likes their living space to be fragrant and smelling good all the time. The Wild Fig & Guava Diffuser is gorgeous and we currently have the Honey, Pomelo & Grapefruit one in the office and it smells absolutely amazing.

Castell Apothecary diffusers

Our lovely Mum Blogger Laura has put together a few different Gift Guides for us.

If you’re looking for gifts for toddlers and young children then take a look at Laura’s Christmas Tots Guide.

posh Percy penguinBuying for mums, sisters, aunties, grandmas, teenage daughters etc.? Then you’re bound to find something here in Laura’s Beauty Gifts Guide.

And obviously a visit to Argos is pretty much a staple for most parents when they’re doing the Christmas Shopping so here’s her Argos Christmas Toys Guide.

If you intend buying a bike for any of your children then here’s what Laura thought of the Halfords Bikes that she bought for her little ones!

Meet  Noozie® Electric Hot Water Bottle – the safe and fast way to enjoy cosy heat without any contact with boiling water or kettles. Noozle Electric Hot Water BottleQuick and easy to charge, the Noozie® Electric Hot Water Bottle is a pre-filled cuddly fleece heat pad which can stay warm for up to 6 hours. Its gentle heat combined with a soft luxury feel can soothe aches and pains, relieve stress and encourage a good night’s sleep.  Whether you’re looking for a gift for a gym-goer with niggling aches and pains, a new mother waking up to do the nightly feed on a cold night, a teenage daughter who gets bad period pains or someone just looking for some rest and relaxation at the end of a long day, a Noozie would be perfect!Traidcraft Money Box

The Traidcraft website is definitely worth checking out for Christmas gifts too. This set of two leather owl money boxes are perfect for learning how to save for a rainy day. and we’re loving the Zaytoun Fair Trade Hamper too – what’s not to love?!

FairTrade FoodHamper
Looking for a great gift for a Mum with a new baby? Rachel Waddilove’s new book, The Baby Book Journal , is a unique combination of keepsake album and invaluable information, packed with checklists, charts and Rachel’s warm advice and wisdom. Gwyneth Paltrow praised internationally-renowned babycare expert Rachel Waddilove’s advice as ‘invaluable’ and our reviewers loved her Baby Book too . An ideal Christmas gift for new or expectant mums, the Baby Book Journal will help mums to organise their days and their thoughts so that they have more time to relax and enjoy their baby’s first year.

Rachel Waddilove Baby Book Journal

We’ll be adding some other Christmas Gift Ideas to this page as and when we see them…….

The Woodland Trust Family Membership – A Fab Christmas Gift!

As Christmas approaches and the days are shorter it can be hard to find ways to keep your kids occupied.  After you’ve watched a film, let them play on their iPad for a while and negotiated a few sibling battles over a board game or two everyone is usually ready for some fresh air.Woodland Trust trees

So it’s time for hats, scarfs, big snuggly coats and a pair of wellies so you can explore autumn in all its glory. As the trees turn different colours it’s a perfect time to explore your local woods, our kids love identifying the different trees and spotting wildlife, they never fall to be amazed at the speed of squirrels!

My local woods were an important part of my childhood, building dens, climbing big oaks and finding conkers and treasures to take home and turn into art projects. And I want to know that those woods will still be there when my children are taking their children on autumn walks.dedication tree woodland trust

The Woodland Trust Family Membership

The Woodland Trust is Britain’s largest charity protecting our woodland and the wildlife that lives there. Over 250 of our most threatened species depend on our native woods for their survival. Yet in the past 70 years, more than half of our ancient woodland has been destroyed.  So it’s vital that families get involved and help them protect woodland and nature for future generations.

Just £5 a month contributes to saving woodland locally and nationally. children Woodland Trust

If you love nature and getting outdoors with your children then Woodland Trust Membership is perfect. As a member you’ll help The Woodland Trust protect the countryside by buying threatened woods to save them from destruction by development. And you’ll help give homes to the endangered birds, insects, plants and mammals that depend on the woods. The Woodland Trust doesn’t just protect the woods we have but also plant millions of trees, creating important new habitats for rare plants and wildlife.

Woodland Trust flowers

As part of the new Woodland Trust Family Membership each child (9 and under) in your family will become a Nature Detective with their own welcome pack. Grownups receive your own pack including a directory showing all Woodland Trust woods, plus a unique guide to native British trees, a quarterly publication and more.

You can visit The Woodland Trust website and find out more about their festive events. You can also find The Woodland Trust on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter@WoodlandTrust

Find out what SusanKMann and her children think of The Woodland Trust Family Membership
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And if you’re on the hunt for Christmas presents The Woodland Trust have a fantastic shop crammed full of nature-inspired gifts

by Nicola Cooper-Abbs

GALT Christmas Gifts

Christmas is on our doorsteps and my present-buying is almost complete.
This year is no different to any other and I have bought quite a few GALT gifts. This brand is reliable and affordable especially at such an expensive time of the year and there are some pretty good online discounts around too. GALT products are creative and crafty and always have something to suit each of my children. Whether it’s a stocking filler or a project for a rainy day, the GALT sets I have chosen this year will keep us all busy during the Christmas holidays.

GALT First Pottery (6+) Making & painting is a great way to create an object to be proud of. My 6 year old daughter will love this. And no doubt, whatever she makes will take pride of place somewhere in the house!GALT First Pottery

 

GALT Robo Slime Factory (5+) Slime and boys always make a good combination. This is why I’m sure this will be right up my son’s alley.GALT Robo Slime Factory

 

GALT Sewing Case (7+) This set is a simple introduction into sewing and comes in its very own carry case. I’m sure this will inspire my older daughter. She is always keen to learn new skills. Who knows maybe I’ll see her on GB Sewing Bee next…

 

Take a look on the Galt website and you’ll find plenty of GALT Christmas gifts for children of all ages!

 

GALT Christmas

by

Sian Laycock – Mum to 3 children 6 to 10

Rylan Does Christmas Carol-oke for BuyAGift.com

Buyagift.com give X Factor star Rylan Clark-Neal a Christmas challenge he will never forget as he takes on ‘Christmas Carol-oke’!

The UK’s leading gift experience provider, Buyagift.com specialise in offering unforgettable experiences so they wanted to treat (or should we say challenge?) a very special guest with an experience he will never forget!

Rylan’s task was to sing Christmas carols whilst being driven around Brands Hatch by a pro racing driver at over 100 miles per hour. Hair-raising stuff!

It’s pretty safe to say Rylan failed the challenge but as usual he was a good sport.

Rylan said, “Singing Christmas carols whilst being driven around a race track at over 100mph was certainly an experience I won’t forget in a hurry! It was harder than I thought it would be to sing at those speeds and even though I was worried about getting helmet hair, it was definitely an adrenaline rush!”Rylan Clark BuyAGift gift experiences

Gift Experiences

So why don’t you make your loved one’s Christmas even more special this year and give them a Christmas they’ll never forget with a gift experience from Buyagift.com’s extensive range of over 4,500 gift experiences, with everything from adrenaline fuelled days including the longest zipwire in Europe, sky diving and car racing, to relaxing spa days, afternoon tea and hotel breaks.

Rylan said “Experiences are the perfect gift for Christmas as the sentiment lasts longer than other gifts and they create long-lasting memories. Its experiences like I had, speeding around a top race track in a supercar that you can give to your family and friends this Christmas, which are sure to be remembered for years!”

Buyagift.com and Rylan are making it easy for people to give their loved ones a Christmas they’ll never forget by offering a discount of 25% off the Buyagift.com website, just enter the code RYLAN25 at the checkout.*

BUYAGIFT COMPETITION

buyagift logo gift experiencesBuyagift.com is looking for some more Christmas Carol-oke stars!

Send a video of you or your friends singing ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ carol and you will be entered into a competition to win £300 worth of Buyagift.com vouchers, just in time for Christmas. Not only that, but you will also be in with a chance of starring in the Christmas Carol-oke video made from the entries!

Just go to www.buyagift.co.uk/christmas-caroloke to enter

*Expires midnight 7th December 2016. Exclusions apply

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Release : December 21, 2016
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Production Company : Columbia Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Original Film, Company Films, Start Motion Pictures, LStar Capital, Wanda Pictures.
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Handpicked Christmas Gifts

There are so many options for buying Christmas gifts on the high street and online, that it’s great when you find one or two sites where you can buy something for just about everyone you want to buy for.

Reindeer Born GiftedBornGifted is one such site. Apart from the wide range of personalised gifts you can buy there are also some very distinctive products that you won’t find everywhere else.  This stripey crocheted reindeer is made by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit.  He stands at an impressive 45cm high and is made from 100% organic cotton.  This colourful, baby-safe toy has floppy arms and legs and makes the ideal luxury Christmas gift for any baby!  Not cheap, priced £54.99 from www.borngifted.co.uk but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from handpickedcollection.com seems to suit every situation and every age range! We love its ethical credentials – handmade from leather dyed using extracts of bark and plants by a Fair Trade cooperative of 40 families in Rajasthan. The leather is not “corrected” to hide its natural marks so it’s full of character. It’s not a bad price at all for a leather bag and we can see it lasting for many, many years. Women of all ages would love this bag to bits, so it’s a brilliant gift!

Artisan du Chocolat's No 1 Sea Salted Caramels

 

Artisan du Chocolat’s No 1 Sea Salted Caramels are unbelievably good. They have just the right balance of flavours and textures sweet and salty, crunchy and liquid and velvety. These chocolates are very special and perfect gifts for any chocoholic. The Handpicked Collection also have the most delicious Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry White Thins and we’re big fans of ‘Montezuma’s Chocolates:The Discovery Library of Bars’ – to die for……

Long Olive Wood Chopping Board

This beautiful and brilliantly versatile board in gorgeous, satiny olivewood is perfect for serving all manner of festive foods.  Great for cheese, a whole side of salmon, cold meats or for canapés. We love the fact that each board looks individual and unique and that they can be personalised too. A lovely and original gift for men, women, young and old alike and at £26.99, a veritable steal!

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An awful lot of bags and sleeves for laptops and tablets aren’t very stylish at all but the Grace Deluxe Sleeve is quite the opposite. It’s very slim, very chic and has room for a few other essentials too. The main compartment has a super-soft protective lining and the magnetised front flap makes for easy access. The front zipped pocket is perfect for pens, your mobile, cards and more! The Deluxe Sleeve retails for £39.95 and is available in four different colour options: night sky, dark purple, coral/dove and teal dot/night sky. nutribullet

So, after Christmas most of us decide we want to go a healthy-eating regime of some kind. Faddy diets come and go as they rarely fit into our everyday lives but this revolutionary machine, The NUTRiBULLET  means you can stay healthy for good. We know plenty of people who’d love one of these Nutribullets for Christmas! There are colours to go with most kitchens – we like the aqua one best. The recipient of your gift will be able to blend up delicious healthy smoothies in a matter of seconds and will be forever in your debt for giving them such a useful present!Toad Diaries

You can’t go far wrong with a  Personalised Diary from TOAD® DIARIES  either. TOAD Diaries have an extensive range of covers to suit all ages so it’s dead easy to create a personalised gift to suit your mum, dad, husband, teenager or just about anyone. They’re flexible date diaries too so you don’t have to start on January 1st – you can create it to start and finish when you want so miles better than a high street diary.

Buy Gifts For Christmas & Help A Charity At The Same Time

RNLI Teddy BearI love Christmas to bits and always have but I know there are an awful lot of people who rail at the over-commercialisation of the annual food-and-gift-fest. And yes, of course I understand where they’re coming from!

However there are ways to buy a little something for friends and family and ‘do good’ at the same time. I often buy my Christmas Cards from charity shops and this year I’ve already bought some presents from the RNLI Christmas Shop.  The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), is the charity that saves lives at sea and has some gorgeous, reasonably-priced and unusual gifts for all the family.

The cuddly teddy bear above is a snip at £4.95 and comes in pink too. I really like the Pop-Up Lifeboat Station too which makes a change from the usual Wendy Houses out there. Talk about playtime with a purpose.

Pop Up Lifeboat Station

 

This year instead of buying my Mum a tin of biscuits from M&S to go with her other gifts. I’m buying her this lovely Lifeboats Biscuits Tin and it’s only £7.95! Incredible value!

Lifeboats Biscuit Tin

I have also bought a Relax By The Sea Candle Set which at £14.95 is very competitively priced and has three different scented candles in an attractive gift box. A perfect gift for virtually any woman and many a man too no doubt!

Relax By The Sea Candle Set

Now I know I might be in a minority here but I ‘do stockings’ for everyone in the house and it’s much harder buying stocking fillers for a dad/husband than the girls in the family. I did pick up this Body Bar from the Gifts For Him section of the RNLI website. It’s a sort of woody, spicy scent and comes gift-boxed.

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This is just a small selection of gifts you can buy from the RNLI Christmas Shop. Take a look yourself – you’ll be surprised.

Who are RNLI?

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea and provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations. The RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands and operates a specialist flood rescue team too.

The RNLI relies on public donations to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity!

  • The RNLI was founded in 1824.
  • The RNLI rescued 7,964 people in 2012 – an average of 22 people per day.
  • The RNLI charity also offers free safety advice to sea and beach users to help save lives at sea.
  • Most of the lifeboat crews are volunteers on-call while having other careers.
  • Lifeguards are paid a wage, as they have to be in place on the beaches to carry out their role. The local authorities make a contribution to the RNLI for the service provided by the charity to help fund their wages
  • The RNLI (Sales) Ltd company raises profit for the charity through catalogues, an online shop and high street shops.