My Christmas Gift Guide is out now!

I was really disappointed when ill-health forced me last year to abandon my Merryn magazines. As I was feeling better, I decided in August this year to put together a Christmas gift guide featuring some of my favourite independent UK and Ireland retailers. They certainly didn’t let me down!

You can find the gift guide here.

After all, it is only 12 weeks until Christmas tomorrow!

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My favourite Christmas adverts!

Ah, ’tis the season to be jolly, and time again for the battle of the Christmas adverts! John Lewis had everyone tweeting like mad about their #ManOnTheMoon, but I have to say that I much preferred their Monty the Penguin advert from last year. These are my favourites 🙂

Vodaphone
We’re going vegan this month, so this advert pleases me! I thought it was genius that they used “Flying Without Wings” 😀

Sainsburys
Mog the cat is so cute! Mog was created by Judith Kerr who also wrote The Tiger who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as well as the Mog books. Judith even appears in the advert as a neighbour. To coincide with the advert, Judith wrote a brand new Mog story, which is being sold exclusively in Sainsbury’s stores. Proceeds from the book will go to Save the Children’s efforts to improve literacy in children.

Irn-Bru
Haha, if they don’t sell this jumper in real life, they’ve lost out. This is Irn Bru’s first new Christmas advert in nine years, and it’s a corker!

BHAFC
I must admit that I don’t know anything about football, but this Brighton & Hove Albion promo for half season tickets starring Bobby Zamora, David Stockdale, Kazenga LuaLua, Bruno and Gordon Greer is pretty cute.

Pieces For Places
My, my, my, I wasn’t expecting the second half of the advert at all! I laughed so hard and it really made me want to jump in the car and drive straight down to Wales to buy scarves a plenty. Incidentally you can buy the scarves in the video, with money from sales going to charity Age UK.

Vision Direct
I love pugs so I was so excited to see Gizmo the pug in Vision Direct’s advert. So so so cute!

If I don’t get the chance to blog before the big day, I just wanted to say that I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year! xxx

Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glass

Christmas is coming, which for me signals the start of the Baileys drinking season. Oh, sweet sweet Baileys. I also love marshmallows. So imagine my joy at finding the below video! I cannot wait to try it 😀

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you 🙂