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15 Thoughtful Gifts for any Recipient 

Everyone loves receiving a gift, be it from a friend, a family member or a work colleague.

Gifting another is a great way to show your appreciation for them, although knowing what to gift is often the hard part… That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide on thoughtful gifts to provide you with some inspiration.

15 Thoughtful Gifts for any Recipient

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A bouquet of flowers

You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers! They brighten up the office and home, adding an instant injection of colour to an otherwise minimalistic space. From traditional roses to more exotic variants, there’s a bouquet to suit all. Before gifting the recipient, earn extra brownie points by finding out what their favourite bloom is.

A hamper 

Whether you create a DIY hamper or choose a pre-made version, this is a great gift for all. Today’s hampers don’t contain food alone and can be filled with the likes of lotions and potions in the shape of bath oils and scented creams, or gardening goods – perfect for a green-fingered connoisseur. If you prefer to stick to the traditional food hamper, there are a variety of taste-tantalising items to choose from, including everything from artisan cheeses, to fine wines, hearty ales, homemade scones, loose leaf teas and more.

An experience 

If the person you’re gifting has everything they could ever wish for, choosing an experience is a great idea. They may even take you with them! From getting behind the wheel of a super car to taking to the skies in a helicopter, there are a number of options perfectly suited to the adrenaline junkie! Looking for something a little tamer? Opt for theatre tickets, dinner at a Michelin star restaurant or a delightful cocktail making experience.

A playlist 

It may be old school, yet this is another great gift for those who have all the gadgets and gizmos they could ever need. You can make it as personalised as you wish, with each song relating to a specific memory or past event.

Chocolate making class

If the recipient has a sweet tooth, why not treat them to a chocolate making class! Learning how to create (whilst sampling) a series of moreish chocolate delights is guaranteed to put a smile on their face!

A personalised photo book

Creating a personalised photo book is not only fun for you, it’s a great gift to give your nearest and dearest! Whether you fill it with memories from a recent holiday you’ve shared together, or with childhood antics captured on camera, this gift will make the recipient laugh and cry (happy tears). When it comes to capturing your magical moments, there are a number of sizes and layouts to choose from, and you could even write a personalised message alongside each photo.

Custom coasters 

Custom coasters are a fun present that can be tailored to all! From adding a photo to the coaster of the recipient, their favourite actor or pet, to creating a coaster adorned with a personalised message – there are a number of websites that allow you to fashion your own designs. You can make them as stylish or as humorous as desired, meaning it could be a fantastic opportunity to dig out some photos from days gone by.

Candles

Consider gifting a scented candle to someone who enjoys taking bubble baths by candlelight. Aside from creating instant ambience, scented candles are also renowned for their aromatherapy properties. When choosing a candle, try and pick a scent you know the recipient will love. Certain blends, such as spearmint and eucalyptus are said to help you relax and refocus, whilst the likes of mandarin and sage are said to awaken the senses.

Cupcakes 

Whether you’re shopping for a beginning baker or a master pastry chef, cupcakes and cupcake making tools are a trending gift for 2018. Such a gift will help them to transform homemade cupcakes into bakery-ready masterpieces. From liners to sprinkles, to decorations and embellishments suited to all occasions, there is something for even the most discerning of bakers.

A gift voucher 

If you’re really unsure of what to gift the recipient, a gift voucher is a great idea as it will allow them to choose exactly what they want to buy. If you can, pick a shop you know they love! This could be their favourite interior store, fashion house or book shop. Don’t forget to include a personalised card and perhaps a handwritten message to show you’ve given it plenty of thought.

A wine subscription 

Allow those who enjoy their fine wines to become an expert in the many regions and flavours with a wine subscription kit, complete with tasting notes. From whites, to reds to rose – there is a wine to suit an array of personas and dishes.

A weekend getaway

A great gift for a partner or friend, be it a relaxing spa trip, a city break or a romantic getaway. From sampling the local area to the local cuisine, taking time out from a busy schedule is a great gift for all!

A plant 

If you’re looking for something that will last a little longer than the average bouquet, opt for a plant! From cactus to orchids, there are a number of picture-perfect species to choose from – all of which promise to add an instant injection of colour and fragrance to the home or office. If the individual you are gifting boasts a busy work or social life, choose something low-maintenance.

Artwork 

Whether they’ve recently moved house or fancy themselves an art collector, a print or original painting is a thoughtful gift that can brighten up any interior. Asides from adding colour and character to an otherwise blank wall, this is something you can personalise, through buying a painting in a colour the recipient adores or choosing a print by their favourite artist.

A book

Whether it’s your favourite booked or a signed hard copy of theirs, novels and coffee table books make a great gift for all. Just remember to pick a topic you know they’ll enjoy. For example, you may wish to buy your father or brother a book listing every classic car in existence, your culinary connoisseur of a sister a recipe journal, or your travel-enthusiast friend an itinerary planner.

When it comes to thoughtful gifts you really do have a lot of choice, although those with a personal touch are always likely to be well received.

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10+ Engagement Gifts that Really Impress

Engagement gifts are not mandatory, but if you’re attending an engagement soirée or the couple in question are particularly close to you, you may wish to buy them something special to remember the occasion by. The question is what to buy…

It’s important to choose a gift that is both practical and meaningful. Here we’ve listed a few of our favourites…

10+ Engagement Gifts that Really Impress

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Something for those who want to capture every moment

Memories of an engagement are something the soon-to-be newlyweds will wish to cherish forever! Booking a photographer to capture these moments is therefore a great gift to give. The happy couple may wish to have the photos taken where they first met, where he or she proposed, at one of their favourite restaurants, on the beach or in the countryside! At the end of this photo shoot, they’ll be presented with an entire portfolio of snapshots.

For the whiskey Connoisseur

If your brother, father or uncle has just announced his engagement, and is a big fan of whisky, why not treat him to a nine-piece set (compete with Italian crystal glassware) comprising four designer tumblers, a decanter and six linen cocktail napkins – all of the ingredients you could ever need for a great night in. Complete this set with a bottle of the recipient’s favourite whisky blend.

One for the ceramics enthusiasts

Ceramics are a great present to give as an engagement gift. In fact, a number of designers have their very own bridal lines. From handmade organic-clay serving bowls, to plates embossed with the couple’s initials, there are a sum of options to choose from. You can even try your hand at creating your own ceramic wear, which can be customised with your choice of lettering, the date she or he said ‘yes’ or a message wishing them well for the future.

For the interior buffs 

Now that they’ve announced their engagement, it’s likely the couple will move in together (if they don’t already share an abode). With this in the mind, interior items make a great gift. Whether you choose a particular piece of art, a vase, a chunky throw or an ornament, there is something to suit all. Try to pick something that will match the happy couple’s existing decor. If you’re unsure of their tastes, gifting them with a gift card for their favourite interior design store is always a good idea.

A gift card 

Present them with a gift card for their favourite shop, this may be an interior design store, a fashion house, a stationary shop or a food emporium! Such a gift will allow them to purchase exactly what it is they want. It’s also something they can do together on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday! This is a good gift to send if you’re unable to see the happy couple to say congratulations, as it can easily be organised from further afield. At the same time you could add note to accompany the gift card that sends your best wishes.

A voucher for their favourite restaurant 

If they have a favourite restaurant, treating the couple to a voucher to use at this restaurant, will allow them to celebrate in style. This is the ideal option for those who already have everything they could ever want! They may have already shared a home together for many years, which makes this engagement gift option the perfect present!

For those who enjoy snuggling 

A cosy throw is a great engagement present for those who enjoy nothing more than snuggling on the sofa and binge-watching their favourite TV shows!

A bottle of their favourite wine 

Gifting the newly engaged couple a bottle of their favourite wine, or a bottle from a vineyard they may have visited on a special holiday, is another good gift option! You may wish to choose something quite young, that can be kept and savoured at a later date, such as on honeymoon or on the big day itself!

One for the health conscious

If the newly engaged couple enjoy keeping fit and are conscious about what they put in their bodies, a juice subscription is a great idea. Many companies will even deliver a daily juice to their place of work. This is a good one for those wishing to trim down and get in shape prior to the big day! Alternatively, buy them a juicer – this will allow them to make their own juices whenever they please!

For the new homeowners

If they’ve announced their engagement and purchased a new home, why not kill two birds with one stone and buy them a joint engagement come house warming gift. This can be in the shape of a gift card towards their favourite interior design shop or the likes of a vase, dining set or lamp – the options are endless!

One for the bookworms

For the modern-day couples who enjoy to read, a Kindle makes the perfect engagement gift. This device will allow them access to an entire library of their favourite books, all at their fingertips! You may even wish to add a few titles to get them started! Prefer something a little more old school? Gift them with a hardback version of their favourite read!

A personalised photo book

Whether you’re a family member or a friend, creating a personalised photo book featuring an array of the happy couple’s favourite moments is a thoughtful and unique engagement present. You can even add a message to sit alongside each image. This is something you may wish to create with a few friends, as all will likely have different memories! Such a gift can be created by hand or online. There are a number of retailers offering a service that allows you to design photo books from the comfort of your own home; they’ll even print and deliver the item to the chosen recipient.

Flowers

If your best friend has just announced his or her engagement, buy them a beautiful bouquet to celebrate the moment! Want to create a fuss? Have it delivered to their office!

As you can see there are plenty of options when it comes to engagement gifts and you should find you can tailor them to the couple in question.

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13 Ideas for Housewarming Gifts

Whether you’re helping to set your son or daughter up in halls or wish to congratulate your favourite first-time homeowner on the purchase of their new house, these practical housewarming gifts will be a welcome addition to any abode.

But first things first, what makes a great housewarming gift? If you’ve moved home yourself, you’ll know that it can be a stressful time.

From having to go without a kitchen for the first few months, especially if you’re revamping the new house, to forgetting which box holds the bed linen, your work attire or a particular charger, there are a number of issues that can arise.

With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to tailor the gift to the individual…

Housewarming gift etiquette

Although gifts should not be expected, they’re a great way to help others celebrate their new home. If you’re invited to the housewarming party, this is the perfect time to gift the recipient.

However, not everyone will throw a party. If this is the case, you can send the gift via post, or take it along when you pop around for a coffee.

There is no set amount of money you should spend on a gift. In fact you can make the gift if you wish too – it’s the thought that counts!

From store bought presents, to gifts purchased online to baked goods, there are a number of options to choose from.

One general rule to keep in mind when purchasing or making a housewarming present is to tailor it to the recipient. A personal gift that matches the individual’s style and taste is always a welcome gift.

Housewarming Gift ideas…

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A vase: Fresh flowers add an instant injection of colour to any room in the household, they do however require a vessel!  A pretty vase makes a great housewarming gift, and if you’re feeling particularly generous, why not add a bouquet of flowers too!

A doormat: Today’s doormats come in a range of colours, shapes and sizes! Many feature cute slogans such as ‘welcome home’, ‘hooray you’re here’ or ‘I’m so happy to see you’. They’re an ideal housewarming gift for those who are close to you, as you can make them as personal as you wish!

Plants and Green Gifts: If your host is a bit of a green fingered connoisseur, housewarming gifts such as gardening tools or a gardening gift basket are great ideas. Orchids, ferns, bonsai trees and cacti are all good options, especially when teamed with a complementing plant pot. Specialty plants such as the above do require special care, which means it’s wise to include handwritten care instructions.

Alternatively, if the recipient wishes to grow their own vegetable garden, gardening gifts such as a starter kit comprising saplings, seeds, planters and how-to gardening guides will make the perfect housewarming present!

Bamboo plant: A bamboo plant is a popular housewarming gift, as it’s symbolic of good fortune. The number of stalks symbolise different meanings – three to six stalks mean happiness, five to seven stalks encourage good health and eight and nine signify wealth and good fortune.

A Wreath for the Front Door: Wreaths add instant homeliness to a front door. Opt for a wreath that is tailored to the season, the homeowner’s style or the colour of their new front door. Real wreaths can last for many months, which makes this particular present idea a gift that keeps on giving.

The Gift of Food: This is a great gift to give those who are still unpacking! It’s likely they haven’t even thought about how they are going to prepare their next meal or which box their culinary equipment is stored in! From picnic baskets complete with plates, cutlery and glasses, to a homemade casserole, the gift of food is always welcome, especially when teamed with a bottle of wine or champagne!

Scents: Decorative scented candles, incense sticks, fragrance oils, or bubble bath will add instant ambiance to a new home. If you’re unable to visit the house in person, this is a good gift to send as it’s not too bulky.

Something special: A quality serving bowl, crystal glasses or silverware can leave lasting memories and is a gift friends and family are likely to keep in their home forever. Tailor this gift to the individual’s personal style and their home décor, to ensure it complements their new house.

Gift hampers: Gift baskets containing everything from artisan chocolates to gourmet coffee, cheeses and a variety of tea leaves make the perfect housewarming presents. When everything is finally unpacked, this is something the recipients can enjoy whilst admiring all of their hard work.

Dinner and a Movie: A gift voucher for dinner and the cinema is a great idea! It’s likely the recipients are getting a little tired of unpacking boxes and trying to find pots and pans to cook with – this housewarming gift offers the ideal escape!

Custom Mailbox: Create a custom mailbox for the new homeowners! This is a great housewarming present and one that promises to create instant curb appeal.

Artwork: If you’re gifting someone very close to you, such as your son or daughter, a piece of art is a great idea – particularly if this is their first home, as it’s likely they’ll have few belongings and lots of empty walls to decorate. It’s also something that is likely to increase in value.

A voucher for an interior store:

If you’re unsure of what to gift a new homeowner, opt for a voucher. This could be for a department or homeware store. This will allow the new homeowner to pick out something they really love, and an item they don’t already have but need. This is a good option for a new friend, as you’re less likely to know their style.

If you’ve sent or received some fantastic housewarming gifts we’d love to hear from you so we can share those experiences with our readers.