Flamingo Gifts || Cutest Gift Guide

I find I'm different from many of my friends when it comes to spending my money and what items hit my wishlist. Some of my closest friends think nothing of dropping hundreds on a top, shoes or the latest hair gadget - honestly the thought of spending so much on one items freaks me out. I much prefer little things that look nice, are functional to my day to day life or have multiple purposes. 

When I come across websites that house hundreds of products that make me go 'ooh' and 'aaah' then I know I'm going to become a long time fan, Flamingo Gifts are one of those websites. They stock many covetable brands such as Bombay Duck, Orla Kiely, Wu & Wu and Sass & Bell. 

This recent haul was made up of cute little items that are functional, affordable and look amazing. It's these types of items that I feel give any visitors to my home an understanding of my personality and style preferences. 
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Sass & Belle Roe Deer Jewellery Dish  // It's so cute and a great place for laying my favourite pearl earrings in once I'm home from work (adore pearl earrings) or my necklaces. At least I'll know where they are and hubster won't attempt to clear them up and lose them in the long run - he's naughty like that. This is also in the Flamingo Gifts sale guys.
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Enchanted Unicorn Plasters // Yes they're plasters but they're unicorn plasters! Let the magical unicorns heal your ouches. These come in 2 designs, in a cute metal [reusable] tin and a fee (non-magical) looking skin tattoo is included - yes, I also was slightly confused by the mean looking skull head?? 

True fact - Did you know the unicorn is the national animal for Scotland, no...? Well it is *big cheesy grin* 
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Pyro Pet Kisa Candle // This has been on my wishlist since before its conception, well kinda. It had been designed but hadn't hit creation stage when I started coveting it and now I have my own. Pyro Pet have since made quite a few animal variations and while this is a cool candle I can't bring myself to burn it. If you're not into grey tones this actually comes in two colours - pink and grey; I opted for the grey because grey goes with everything in my home. 

This is an image of what the Pyro Pet will look like once burnt...
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Ah scary! 

The inside holds a metal kitty skeleton. It's so awesome isn't it. 

The great thing with this is it looks cute and modern before it's burnt but once you've burned away the wax (apparently there's 20 hours worth of burning) it suddenly changes from being a cute kitty to an evil, jagged toothed kitty skeleton - if you watch your wall as it's burning you'll also see the change happen due to the shadows on the wall. 
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This Retro Kitten Makeup Bag has ample storage for my must have cosmetics and is wipe able too. I have no problem popping this in my bag and pulling it out when the need to boast about cuteness takes me. 
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I am that woman who takes her mug to and from work. My work call my Folk Owl Mug the 'barrel' because it's really large and circular and holds p-l-e-n-t-y of coffee which saves me having to continually refill it and make everyone else coffee (evil laugh) - a bit mean I know but I know that you're all now contemplating buying this to get out of coffee making  at work aren't you?

The Folk Owl Mug comes in two colours - this pretty pink and there's also a mint green option. 

The Enamel Folklore Teapot also comes in varied patterns but, this one called my name as it reminded me of a Rob Ryan design and I adore his work. It's perfect for filling up before I start work on my blog posts so I can just re-pour as I need to, the 950ml capacity means I can get about two barrel sized mugs out of it in one sitting. Honestly though I had planned to use it as a vase. Once it arrived I decided it was too cute to not use it as a teapot. 


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I have many jumbled cunning plans in my head which need to be organised. Will I take over the world? Who knows but at least I'll have my cunning plans down on paper. Of course you can use Great Ideas Notebook for project planning, learning, blogging and even business. 

These were all from Flamingo Gifts  who stock the cutest and most unique gifts. You know at Christmas when you've bought all of your loved ones gifts and you get to the wrapping part and there's always a few things you consider keeping for yourself... well this store has those types of gift. You have been warned guys, you have been warned. 

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* Items sent for review - all words are my own & I chose these items *
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Annick Goutal || Luxury Noel Festive Candle


It's definitely candle season guys. Candles make the perfect gift as well as being the perfect luxurious treat, as a mum to little boys I definitely feel that candles give me a time-out and I rarely get shoppers guilt when splurging on them as we all benefit from them being in our home. They make me feel house proud, happy and calm too. I adore all scent products especially a good perfume but the same rings true for candles - a good candle filled with gorgeous notes such as woods, earthy resins, blackcurrant (in autumn and winter rather than summer), tonka, mandarin and orange and cinnamon are by far my favourite and are an excellent way to fill your home and your life with scent. 

As far as design goes I like my candles to look good especially because they are used in place of ornaments in my house. You can't containers with metallic touches and simplistic labelling. I'm not a huge fan of coloured waxes and I will always opt for waxes that contain no nasties or synthetics where possible. I love Yankee Candles as do many people but these are my average buy candles, the labelling lends themselves to being average but, candles that have rose golds, gold tones and silvers automatically make me feel like I've really treated myself. I know it's silly especially as a good candle is based on scent and what it's made of but I can't shake the need to judge my books candles by their covers look. 

My latest candle addition is the Annick Goutal Noel Candle for 2015. This was another candle that was received before we moved two weeks back, again I didn't want to break it out before in fear of it breaking in transit or being scratched mid-move. 


There are a few Noel Annick Goutal Noel candles which vary in design but this is the latest one. The glass tumbler is thick and heavy which is deceptive because I presumed it would be just like any other standard candle tumbler. The design is made up of the Annick Goutal monogrammed initials and matching stripes in a gold tone and the candle holds 175 g of wax which apparently burns for around 40 hours. 

The Noel candles scent is made up of Siberian Pine, Orange, Mandarin and Citrus natural notes. Cold sniff this candle hits you with gorgeous resinous forest pine notes. The orange, mandarin and citrus notes come into play once you've sniffed and walked away as they sit delicately in the background taking the acid edge of the pine notes and warming the whole scent. 

Once lit, the warmth amalgamates the resinous pine and the bright citrus notes. The result is a beautiful but unique scent that's both warming and wintery. It doesn't sound like a typical Christmas scent but like the Neom Perfect Peace candle (link) this is definitely seasonal. The brand describe it as:  

''the clarity of snow and the warmth of a house filled with impatient, excited children on Christmas Eve'' 

While that's a bit of an OTT statement I would completely agree with the outside snow and the inside warmth parts - this is the perfect example of a candle that brings the outdoors and indoors together in one candle. 

It's expensive but then aren't all luxury treats. For me candles hold the same appeal as any branded fragrance product, the difference being is that I'm deciding to make my house rather than myself smell gorgeous. My sons even enjoy a good candle being lit in the living room and they have preferences over which scents we should buy. They weren't completely sold on this scent because it smells too ''perfume like'' (their words not mine) and especially because they're more into foodie and citrus scents but I personally love the complexity of this scent. 

You can purchase this candle from quite a few places but Amazon seems to be the cheapest place with it being sold for £13 under the RRP, I love to give gifts but I also love to save money, £13 is a pretty amazing saving in my opinion.  

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