My Last Minute (don’t panic) gifts for EVERYONE!

Flashback to yesterday … I was PANICKING!

I am usually THAT person that has everything beautifully wrapped in pretty papers and perfectly paired ribbons, placed under the tree with care and ready for Christmas by the first week in December.

Yes, I am usually THAT person that everyone does massive eye rolls at while they are loaded with coffee, armed with their shopping list and battling the crowd during midnight shopping hours.

This year, I am NOT that person!

Yesterday, I wrote out my list and cleared my calendar for the entire day to shop, I had 12 hours of uninterrupted shopping hours to get it done.
Yes, I was panicked, but I was a lady on a mission!

I started at the stores that have something for everyone, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm and I took you all with me in my Insta-stories, which is what brought me here … It seems I am not alone and the messages started flooding in –
What one is that?
What size does that come in?
Does that come in another colour?
Is that available online?
Do I still have time to order online?

Because we all know I believe sharing is caring, here I am, sharing all my last-minute gifts complete with links direct to the website for you to shop.

Let’s Go!

Starting with one of my favourite gifts for just about anyone – a lantern, pair it with a beautiful candle and tie it with a bow, no wrapping required!
I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a few that I love, but really, they are all gorgeous.

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TOP – Shutter Lantern
1 – Nantucket Silver Coastal Lantern
2 – Maxwell Lantern
3 – Malta Lantern, Silver

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a snugly blanket!
The Cosy Pom Pom throw was actually on my 16 year old daughters Christmas list, one of her friends has one and she was raving on about how soft it is, then she came in store with me and made me feel it … we bought it and now I’m the one raving on about how soft it is. It’s seriously softer than any blanket I have ever felt before!

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1 – Faux Fur Throw
2 – Cosy Pom Pom Throw

Christmas is entertaining season, buy one of your friends some bar tools and let them make you cocktails, it’s a win win!
I love this one finished in nickel with gorgeous leather accents.

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1 – Hudson Bar Tool Set
2 – Hudson Cocktail Shaker
3 – Hudson Ice Bucket
4 – Hudson Tray

Do you know someone who has a crown? Then I’ve found the perfect jewellery box!
The McKenna range comes in 5 sizes, there’s one to suit everyone’s  jewellery collection. It also comes in a few different colours including white, porcelain blue and blush pink.

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McKenna Jewellery Boxes

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love a personalised gift.
Monogram everything I say! These vintage print mugs are fun and easy to gift to just about anyone on your list.

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Vintage Print Mugs

For your funky friend or family member who has everything – I bet they don’t have a salad plate with a shark sporting a bikini? I have one of these awesome plates hung on my wall, but they are equally as fun to eat from.

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Dapper Animal Salad Plates

For the plant lover, these terrariums and planters would make a gorgeous gift paired with some fresh plants. Try some succulents or a fluffy fern.

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1 – Wood and Glass Terrarium
2 – Ceramic Turtle Planter

I didn’t forget the kiddies!

But seriously, can I have a tea party with this Kitty tea set?
It is absolutely adorable!
I’ve included a couple of options below, because honestly, how can you choose just one!

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TOP – Ceramic Kitty Tea Set
1 – Pink Ceramic Classic Tea Set
2 – Silver Tea Set

Jewellery Boxes are one of my favourite gifts to give to kids, they love to have somewhere special to hide their secret treasures. I used to find the funniest things in my kids … random buttons, shells, parts from board games and body parts from broken toys.

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1 – Crystal Laquer Jewellery Box
2 – Abigail Jewellery Box

I love wooden toys and Pottery Barn Kids has the best range around!

They have some fabulous train sets, Orly loves this one …

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Wooden Metropolis Play City Train Track Set 

This is a few of my favourite toys that my own kids had/have. They are tried and tested by my kids and they have been played with again and again, some of them for all 3 kids and they are well loved.
These are toys and games that I gift often because I know they will be favourites.

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1 – Learn To Tell Time Clock
2 – Dominoes Family Game
3 – PBK Blocks
4 – Doctor Kit

The Gotz Doll collection by Pottery Barn Kids is truly a gift your little one will cherish for years. They have a few Special Editions out for Christmas including the three below that I thought were absolutely gorgeous.
What I love about gifting a child with one of these dolls is that you pretty much have every birthday and Christmas covered for the next few years with all the fun accessories. You can add to their collection every year with everything from awesome outfits to doll size furniture and even a horse stable and pony!

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1 – Unicorn Sleepover Doll
2 – Lola Rockstar
3 – Natalie Princess

Are you lucky enough to be buying for a baby this Christmas?
Then you are going to go ga-ga when you see these animal chairs and rockers! They are super soft and snugly and come in a range of adorable animals, good luck choosing just one!

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TOP – Animal Chair – Bunny
1 – Fawn Nursery Rocker
2 – Arctic Hare Nursery Rocker
3 – Koala Nursery Rocker 

OK, So that was all the gorgeous gifts that I shared on my Instagram yesterday.
I hope that has answered all your questions!

Here’s a few more things I found while scrolling the websites that may have just jumped in my cart, or are currently on my wish list.

This jumped in my cart … because you can only get it at Christmas so you simply must make the most of it!
I know y’all go crazy for the Peppermint Bark and I get it, it’s pretty good …. but the TOFFEE!
The Toffee is something else and I may have just ordered 2 tins that I will be hiding and not sharing with anyone, yes I’m greedy like that!

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Williams Sonoma Handcrafted Toffee

On my wish list … because I want to feel like I’m in a fancy hotel everyday!

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Hotel Piped Trim Robe

And lastly, on my wish list … because everyone loves a good vase. I adore the organic feel of this range that is crafted by hand inn terracotta and finished with wrought iron handles.

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Marlowe Ceramics

 So here’s the low down –
The cut off for online orders to be received by Christmas is midday 21st December (Friday) for small parcel deliveries to Metro Sydney, Melbourne  and Brisbane only,
OR
You can shop in store until Christmas Eve with FREE gift wrapping.

Oh, and remember how I said I had 12 hours of kid free, uninterrupted shopping time … I got my list ticked off in just a couple of hours!
Do you think I went home to the kids?
No way, I made the most of those hours of bliss! I sat in cafes and sipped coffee, went out to lunch with my daughter and went clothes shopping, because I always need another pretty dress!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Little Ones

Buying presents for kids is so much fun, but if the children in your life are anything like mine the last thing they need is more plastic toys.

I’ve found some great gifts that the kids will love but that are also practical, pretty or useful.

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the COLOURED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Lets start with some pretty pink presents.

The Little Faces Slippers are super sweet with their pom pom ears and embroidered face. They are lined with sherpa to keep your tootsies warm and have an anti-slip tread on the soles. They are available in 2 sizes to fit older kids and teenagers.

What girl wouldn’t go crazy for a Unicorn Hair Turban? My girls love hopping out of the shower or pool and popping on a hair turban. They are made from thirsty microfibre to soak up water fast, and how fun is that unicorn horn!

Is your little one heading off to sleepovers yet? A Cosmetic Bag is so handy for them so keep all their toiletries together when visiting Grandma or their friends houses. This one is made with an easy-wipe fabric that is machine washable, so functional but fabulously fun with those cute bunny faces.
Fill it with pretty bows and hairbands for a gorgeous girly gift.

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Meet Ratsy …..
She’s a little fashionista with her cute outfit and fluffy collar. She is as pretty as she is cuddly and would be adorable sitting on a bed or snuggled under the covers. Every kid needs a bedtime companion, I think Ratsy is perfect.

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If your kids are as grubby as my littlest 7 year old, a towel comes in handy for so many occasions. I keep one in my car for cleaning up spills, wrapping him in when he’s been jumping in puddles and keeping him warm when he is positive he doesn’t need a jacket then complains of being cold the minute we leave the house.
Oh, and apparently you can only take ‘cool’ towels to your friends houses for swimming, this Beach Pareo is a little lighter than a plush towel so it folds up smaller, but it is still super absorbent and soft. This one has a large anchor on it and passes the ‘cool’ test with my kids.

Again, the Cosmetic Bags, smaller for the boys as they don’t generally have as many bits and bobs as the girls. Orly uses this one for his toothbrush and toothpaste for sleepovers, but he also uses it for his goggles and swimming cap at school swimming. Fill it with sweets and tie it in a bow for a fun gift.

I found these light-weight slip-on Shoes that can be worn in the water or on the land. I got them for Orly to wear for boating or jet-skiing, but he has found them so comfy that he has been wearing them everywhere. I would definitely recommend them for any kids that don’t like shoes, Orly says it feel like he is just wearing socks.

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If your child has a puppy on their Christmas list … I’ve found the perfect one, he’s much more affordable, he doesn’t eat much and you’ll never need to pay an expensive vet bill.
George also looks very handsome sitting on a bed or shelf.

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Maybe they take after their mother, but something that my girls always love is a room makeover. Choose some pretty new bed linen and a few key decor accessories for a fresh new look.

I love this hand block printed Kantha with it’s pretty pink floral design. It’s perfect for any age from babies to teenagers, my 16 year old has it in her room and still loves it.

C62FAA32-6AEC-4A12-82E4-4EDD3B20780AEvery little kid loves a special box to stash their treasures.

My daughter loves this sweet Jewellery Box, she’s had hers for a few years now and uses it everyday for her jewellery and secret girls business. She loves the fact that it has a key so she can protect her secrets, and it plays the music of ‘Swan Lake’ when it is opened.

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I’m not sure whether the boys would be as excited by a bedroom make-over, but my son loves a soft and snuggly blanket or bedcover. He doesn’t really care what it looks like, but he’s quite particular about how it feels. His latest favourite is this padded Kantha in patchwork shades of blue. It is a great weight for Spring through to Autumn and is great to layer in Winter.

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Boy still love somewhere to keep their treasures, but since they are always on-the-go I chose a Little Red Wagon on wheels so they can take it with them. Orly loves his, he wheels it around from room to room with his favourite toys and it keeps all his stuff of the floor, everyone is happy.

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I hope you got some ideas for the little people in your life.
If I find anything else that is super cute and needs to be shared I will add it to this post, so check back before you start shopping.

Happy CHRISTMAS Shopping!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Men

I find boys and men hard to buy for, is it just me and the men in my life?

I’ve searched high and low and found a few fabulous gifts.
If you are a man in my life, stop reading now, because this is what I’m gifting y’all this year!

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the RED writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item.
No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Let’s go!

A briefcase? With all the laptops, tablets and technology around these days, most men use a bag of some description. The Vespa briefcase is soft sided with an all-black ripstop tough fabric, an interior padded laptop compartment and adjustable straps. It is the perfect mix of sporty and sophisticated and comes in under $160.

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Most men love technology and this Wireless Charge Pad is pretty cool. Say goodbye to tangled cords and the constant hunt for a charging cable, simply sit your phone on the charging pad, it’s so easy! This brand also has a great range of tough, but stylish phone cases if your man is a little rough like mine! Find them here.

Is your big boy the master of the remote control? Then he’ll go crazy for the Smart TV Keypad. It goes beyond what a remote control can do by having the capabilities of a keyboard, you  can search for content, enter passwords or browse the internet all from the wireless keyboard. You can also toggle between devices such as your TV, laptop and mobile to watch TV, send an e-mail and reply to text messages all in one place.

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Socks? Every man wears socks, right? I know, they could be a boring gift, but theses Funky Feet Socks are anything but boring. Six pairs of spotted and striped socks in fun colours all gift boxed ready to go.

And every man drinks, not just for alcohol, great for water or soft drinks too, these Stemless insulated Tumblers hold 355ml and keep it cool for up to 12 hours. They are made from food grade stainless steel and have a splash-proof slide open lid, perfect for serial spillers (like my husband).

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If your man is the outdoorsy type, this is a great idea. The Drysak protects his belongings from the elements, it is crafted from a durable PVC fabric with a watertight closure system.
This is perfect for my husband who often jet-skis, but also for anyone boating or near the water.

Another great idea for the outdoorsy type, these Beach Throws are perfect for your proud Aussie men, or great to send overseas to your family and friends. They feature the names of some famous Aussie beaches in a gorgeous navy blue and white colour. The oversized 2m x 2m beach throw comes with sand pegs in a handy drawstring bag and is compact enough to keep in the car glovebox. I know I’ll be using this one for school sports carnivals and picnics in the park.

Do you have a gym junkie in your life? This Sports Towel is made from an absorbent microfibre and rolls up easily with the attached elastic strap, handy for swimming, gym or yoga.

While they are a being sporty, a drink bottle would be handy, the Watermate Stainless Steel bottle keeps your drink cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours.

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This next one is from one of the coolest local businesses around, they make fabulous home decor pieces crafted by weaving revived rope from crayfish fishing boats. The Mahi Mahi mat is tough and hardy, the rope is marine grade polyethylene which means it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use. My husband says the chunky weave is great to give your feet a massage too.

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We all know the way to a mans heart is through his belly, right? The festive Plum Pudding is delicious, but the real joy about purchasing this pudding is that it’s from the Australian Red Cross online gift guide. When you buy from them you are gifting twice the goodness, once to the man in your life and again to the people in need that the Red Cross helps.

I love a win win gift!

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I think this Bottle Caddy would be such a great gift for a beer drinker, or any drinker really! Fill it with 6 fancy bottles of beer, or 6 small bottles of anything and tie it with a big bow for the perfect Dad gift!

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For the football fan, or sports nut, this premium leather washbag is crafted just like an American football complete with the authentic stitching. It’s big enough for all the essentials and looks super cool in his bathroom.

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Last, but definitely not least … actually one of my favourite things, so much so I got one for myself, is this anatomical wooden hand. I love leaving it in different hand gestures, so fun!

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I hope you found something for the man in your life (or for yourself)!

I am still shopping and will add things to this post as I find them, so pop back next week and see what else I’ve found.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

Hx

Disclaimer : A few of these items were gifted for review, a few of these items I bought for the men in my life, so if you’re a man in my life … whoops … Sorry! I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Is your child getting their Forty Winks?

We’ve all heard the studies about how important sleep is. As adults we definitely notice our body slow down and our mood change if we have a few late nights, but what about our children?

The latest research says that adequate sleep can help children fight obesity, avoid colds, illness and increase their concentration at school. The studies suggest that sleep is essential to good health. Kids that get enough sleep have fewer learning problems and attention issues and when kids don’t get enough sleep it directly affects their mood and behaviour.

Last year we had so many problems with our youngest, Orlando. He’s 6 and due to our crazy lifestyle and hectic hours, he just wasn’t getting enough sleep. He had minimal self control and was constantly fidgeting at school. When the school teachers suggested his behaviour was not normal for his age, I started taking his terrible sleep routine more seriously. Wow, what a difference it made!

It’s obviously crucial to nurture their sleep habits, so how do we make sure our kids are getting what they need?

It’s not always easy, especially if your little one is a night owl or has trouble getting off to sleep.
There are definitely things you can do to help your children sleep. You can use lavender oil on the soles of their feet, you can limit their screen time, you can wear them out with sport activities and numerous other tactics. However, the most important tool to help your child have a good night sleep is to make them feel safe and happy in their bedroom.

Their bedroom should be their sanctuary, it should make your child feel comfortable and content, they should be surrounded by their special things and feel like their room reflects their personality. Kids love to be involved in the planning and decorating of their own space and by letting them help, they feel a sense of ownership and pride in their space.

So what do you need to create the perfect bedroom for your little one? Let’s start with the most important thing – the right bed.
Forty Winks have been the sleep experts for more than 30 years, they know beds and they can help guide you to the right one. The variety nowadays is vast and beds come in lot of sizes and styles. Consider the age and size of your child now, but also think of how much they will grow in 5 years and future proof your purchase by thinking ahead.

Before you decide on the bedroom furniture, have a good look at your child’s belongings, assess how much storage space he/she needs and how he/she will use their bedroom space. Does he/she need extra storage space for a large toy collection? Do you have teenager that needs somewhere to study? Do they have friends sleepover often where a trundle-bed or bunk bed would be handy? Do they have a small room that need to be multi-functional?

By simply choosing furniture that fits your needs and offers the right storage solutions you can create an organised and serene space.  Creating a place for everything helps your child to be neat and tidy and put their belongings away. Sleeping in chaos is not relaxing, having an organised space bring a sense of calm and makes it easier to relax.

Let’s have a look at some great furniture solutions for all your kids, from their first big bed, to shared spaces and the teenage years.

If you have a little bookworm, a bed like the Pluto would be perfect. It’s crafted from solid Victorian Ash and with its built-in shelves there is space for all your kids book right next to them in bed. It also has a trundle which is handy for sleepovers.

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PLUTO / Forty Winks

If your child shares a bedroom with a sibling or is simply a social butterfly who has lots of friends over frequently, the beautiful French style SNOW bunk bed might be the perfect option. It is a slanted design with a single bed on top and a double bed on the bottom, it also has a trundle for extra sleeping space.

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SNOW | Forty Winks

If space is tight, the Quantum Loft bed packs a lot into its smart design. It only requires the floor space of a single bed, but it is a complete sleep / work / study / play solution. With a loft bed, desk and utility area, wardrobe storage and toy storage it really is the workhorse of kids’ beds!

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QUANTUM | Forty Winks

The ODYSSEY is a great option for kids or teens. It has under bed storage and a ‘secret’ compartment in the bed head, perfect for stashing diaries and special things. This range has a fabulous range of matching storage solutions such as the 2-drawer bedside table, 4-drawer tallboy and study desk.

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ODYSSEY | Forty Winks

The ARC is a great choice for kids that don’t like the dark, it has a bookend bed head with built-in LED lighting so the kids can quickly and easily access the light without having to leave the safety of their bed. This king single sized bed also features a trundle and under bed drawers for extra storage.

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ARC | Forty Winks

As you can see, Forty Winks really do have you covered for all your children’s furniture needs.
Once you have determined your furniture you will need to choose a mattress. Take your child with you and let them lay on the mattresses and find what’s comfortable for them. Of course, you can be guided by the experts at Forty Winks, they will help you with the right fit for your space and budget. Keep in mind your child is growing fast and they will need the right support and comfort through these important growth years.

Bedlinen is also important, especially to some children who are sensitive to different textiles. Choose soft, warm and comforting layers that they can add or remove for their personal temperature control.

Lastly, finish with the decor. Ask them their favourite colour or talk about a theme for their room. We’re not talking about splashing Transformers or Barbie’s all over their room, choose a more subtle theme such as the ocean, the solar system or rainbows and unicorns.
If your child insists on a character theme, you don’t need to have licensed quilt covers and character cushions to get the look, think about the colours in that character and use them as your base to work from. For example, if your child chooses Mickey Mouse, you can work with red and yellow with a splash of black.
Personalise their space with family photos, framed art, baby mementos or special belongings. Give them a place to display their latest Lego creation or school art project.

Creating a bedroom with your child will give them a sense of ownership and make them want to spend time in there. Ultimately, that’s what we want, and that’s what will help them relax and sleep like a baby!

I’m happy to say, after making a few changes to Orlando’s bedroom like adding some comforting elements and removing some stimulating ones, he sleeps like a baby and is a much happier, calmer and attentive child.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Disclosure: This post was written by me in partnership with Forty Winks. I only work with brands that I personally love and think you will too. Thanks for supporting that brands that help me keep Mum Little Loves alive.

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