A slightly different gift guide today! I was asked to trial some products which really lent themselves to Spoonies (Meaning the chronically ill – See Spoon Theory) this Christmas so I decided to build a whole gift guide around them and make it a self care gift guide. That doesn’t mean that this guide is only for the chronically ill, though, this is a list of gift ideas for anyone in your life who needs to rest, to take it easy. Maybe it is someone who’s ill, or maybe someone who works too hard or just doesn’t know when to look after themselves – This Christmas you can give them some products to help them take the hint, to get them to slow down and put themself first.

I’ve split the guide, loosely, in to categories – I’ve got creams and other things which should help more physically, things to boost the mood, then comfort items and, finally, entertainment. So if you’re here for just one of those categories you’ll see them as you keep scrolling.

If you are a Spoonie then make sure you share this with your friends and family so they have some hints and tips for what to get you this year – Some of these are a bit obvious, but, not all of them are. I had a good time trying to think of things that could really help people this Christmas.

As with my previous gift guide I’ll mark any products that were sent to me with a *, anything else I bought myself.  And if you’re looking for a more standard Gift Guide then check out my previous post which contains a huge range of ideas for lots of types of people.

Melty Talented balm from Soap and Glory - Self Care Gift guide

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I wanted to do a Christmas gift guide, this year, that has ideas that cover most types of people in all families. Of course I won’t be able to include everyone (there’s less ideas for men because I really struggle to buy for the men in my life haha) but this is a pretty good all rounder which should, hopefully, be able to inspire people in a variety of ways.

This post contains products that we were sent to try out as well as products I’ve bought myself and really love – I’ll mark anything we were sent with a * for simplicity.

A collection of baby bath products from frezyderm - Christmas gift guide

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I think you’ll be hard pressed not to notice that it’s World Book day, today, there are children in costumes, photos of them with their favourite books and posts all over the internet about the best costumes to send them to school in (There’s some amazing ones out there), it’s everywhere! One thing I didn’t know, though, is that it’s the 20th anniversary of World Book Day which is really fantastic to think about, that so many people, over so many years, have been inspired to pick up, and enjoy, books.

When I was approached by Scholastic to feature a couple of their books for World Book day it was an instant yes. We love books, and by we I mean all of us. I expect you already know I’m a huge book lover but most of my family is and both of the boys already are too (yes, even the 1 year old).

Scholastic have a special, World Book Day 2017, Book Club (which runs until the 5th May) which has a fantastic selection of books in it. Including those for the littlest in your family up to books for your tweens and it includes so many recognisable characters, such as Wimpy Kid,  and well known authors, like David Walliams, that there’s bound to be a book for everyone.

The best thing is is that you can use your £1 World Book Day voucher online (throughout the book club), so even if you can’t get to a book shop or an in person book club event then you can still use your voucher! I’m looking forward to helping Ethan pick out another book (or two) when he’s home to use his voucher on.
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I love books. If you know me you already know that and if you don’t know me but have seen my blog or social media then you probably already know that too. Books are my main form of entertainment, of escapism and of relaxation, they are just a massively important part of my life.

Not everyone feels that way about books, though, and that’s fine, we don’t enjoy the same things. But sometimes people have things that stop them from reading even if they want to – Maybe they have health issues that prevent concentration, maybe they don’t have the time, maybe they don’t know what type of book they enjoy or maybe they find a long book a bit much to get started with.

And there’s where the ‘Quick Reads’ concept steps in. Every year they commission well-known authors to write short books and they release them for £1 (though sometimes they’ve even cheaper!) and you can get them in paper form or e-book. There’s 6 books, per year, and they make a great starting point for a new reader, or for the person with a busy schedule and only a few minutes to give to reading, or even just for someone who loves books but wants something short and sweet to keep them going.

I love the idea of Quick Reads, and what it stands for, so I was thrilled to be offered the chance to read them all this year. I was, also, accidentally, sent two sets so I also have a full set to send to one of you in a giveaway! (see the end of the post for how to enter)
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Another year, another book challenge. Thanks to one of my lovely friends I have been setting myself book challenges for many years, now, and it’s been encouraging me to read more than I ever used to (and I’ve always been a big reader). Before my health got even worse, and before there was an Oliver, I was reading hundreds of books a year, but that’s reduced somewhat now.

Still, I am continuing with these challenges because I like to feel that sense of achievement and I just love books. It’s one of the few things I can do on the bad days, maybe not the worst days but the bad ones, and it’s something that can, sometimes, distract from some of the harder things in life.

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