This blog post is in paid partnership with TK Maxx but all opinions are my own. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year aka time to switch from regular everyday anxiety to festive Christmas anxiety. Or maybe not! This Christmas (and every other before that) I’ve been choosing TK Maxx for all my gifts. The experience is always stress-free and the range of products on offer is simply mind blowing. And because gifting different is as important to me as are great value gifts, I know that TK Maxx is the place to shop for big labels, small prices and ridiculous possibilities that are not to be missed out. 

TK Maxx has something for everyone and if you want a smooth shopping experience like mine, as well as great gifts under £50, then make sure you head in store or online at tkmaxx.com now, because great product doesn’t hang around for too long. Below, I’m talking about some of the great gifts I got from TK Maxx and the amazing shopping experience I had. 

As you can imagine the first weekend of December is when stores start to get busy with frantic shoppers, making last minute purchases and ticking off gifts on their lists. I had no idea what I wanted when I first arrived in store but I trusted that TK Maxx will inspire me and offer a variety that no other place does. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Even with the shop being as busy as it can get, all the Christmas gifts were displayed and organised in a perfect way, making it easier for a clueless person like me to find the best presents. Read on to find out what I got.

The gift of comfort

I had a £50 voucher and my aim was to get as many wonderful gifts as possible. I wanted to get my mum something that she can use on a regular basis, rather than a gift that just sits on a shelf or in a cupboard. And I found the perfect one! 100% cotton duvet cover set in white, so she can feel like she is sleeping on a cloud. The price was only £24.99, which is great value considering the quality.

The gift of cosiness

I decided that slipping into extra comfort on a daily basis would be ideal for my stepdad, which is why I picked a super soft pair of slippers as his present. With plush lining for extra comfort and memory foam insoles that provide superior cushion in every step, I knew this would be the ideal gift for him. And with a price tag of £9.99 how can you possibly go wrong? The original price was £39.99, so that’s a huge saving of £30, that I can spend on some other gifts. Or why not put towards my next trip?

The gift of a beautifully scented home

I always get a scented candle for my flatmate Irina. She loves them and I love them too. The good thing is, when I buy one for her, I benefit from it too! With TK Maxx’s range of stunning designer candles, reed diffusers and lanterns it’s easy to achieve a beautifully scented home. Most of the candles come in beautiful packaging and stunning jars, that can be used for other purposes, once the candle is burned. For example, Irina loves makeup, and so the jar would be perfect for her to store all her makeup brushes.

All of these gifts came to less than £50 and I even managed to get some Christmas wrapping paper to round up the value of my purchase. With most of my presents now sorted and wrapped, I can put my feet up and relax with a cuppa. Have I convinced you that TK Maxx is the best place to get all your Christmas presents?  

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This blog post is in paid partnership with TK Maxx but all opinions are my own. 

With Christmas well underway and gift shopping in full swing, I’m once again as confused as ever when it comes to making my loved ones happy. I’m not really the person to buy gifts. And it’s not because I don’t like giving. There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing the person across me excited as they rip that beautiful gift wrap that took me so long to do!  I love the idea of giving but I’m more about the non-material gifts such as experiences and memories. A box under the Christmas tree is great but will you remember what was inside in two weeks? Not really. Unless the person giving it to you has really put some thought into it and made it a little more memorable.

This year I came to a decision. Since my family loves Christmas a tiny bit more than I do (well a LOT more actually) I have to make the effort and create a truly personal experience. Each and every gift is carefully selected and has a special meaning to both me and them. And let’s be honest, that’s not an easy task! It’s much easier for me to do what everyone else does, get a jumper and some socks and get it done with. But people who do that are just doing Christmas the wrong way! To me the meaning of gift giving goes far beyond any ritual or tradition and it has more to do with who you are as a person and what the person receiving the gift means to you.

 

While looking for inspiration for my list of top meaningful things to give this Christmas, I came across a few quotes that really inspired me to be more creative with my gifts and go the extra mile this year. Here is what I discovered:

The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in the presence.

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Each day is a gift. Don’t send it back unopened.

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you’re giving a portion of your life that you’ll never get back.

And that last one really got me thinking. Is there a better gift than time? We’re all short on time. If you ask the person next to you if they have time to grab some coffee after work, chances are they don’t. They have to pick up the kids from school, or go to the gym, or do some shopping. The lack of time is something that we all experience. So when Henry London approached me to collaborate on this post, I knew right away, it was the perfect TIME!

As I said above, I want my presents to be meaningful. It’s not just about a watch in a box. What’s special about Henry is not only the watches arrive beautifully packaged but they also offer the opportunity to have your watch personalised through their exclusive engraving service. Personalised? Sign. Me. Up. There’s nothing better than having the option to make a gift that extra bit special by customising it with initials, a special date or a personal message. There is so much you can do with engraving and I decided to give you a few ideas and hopefully make it easier for you.

 

Dates:

The date that you met that person; Their birth date; The date you’re giving them the watch

Initials:

I wouldn’t go just for the first initials like M.N for example. If you want to make it special, either have their full first name and second initial or the other way round. In my case it would be Mihaela N. Anyone could have the initials M.N.

Quote:

I asked Henry Watches to engrave “All we have is now” on mine as I really thought this goes perfectly with the watch. If I was to give this as a present, I know it has a special meaning. It’s like saying to the other person, here’s a reminder that you shouldn’t waste your time on things that are not worthy. Also remember that yesterday is not coming back and tomorrow is not here yet, so focus on the present moment.

The engraving service is available on their complete watch collection but the length of the engraving depends on the case size of the watch. If you’re unsure, just get in touch with them and they will be more than happy to help.

Check out there amazing new collection here.

Michelle x

Photography by Olga Kim. Find her on Instagram @olgakimphotography

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