Christmas Gift Guide for Sports Lovers

We are now firmly entrenched in November. Halloween has gone, Bonfire Night is now a distant memory, so we can now firmly turn our thoughts to the most wonderful time of the year, at least in my eyes. Yes, Christmas is now just over a month away, and for some, this might mean that the panic is starting to set in. Because, although some people are very easy to buy a gift for, others can lead to many sleepless nights.

I have been writing a series of posts giving pointers to gift ideas that may be a little different from the norm. This post is some ideas for gifts for sports lovers. This can be an idea for something for those who partake in sports, or those who just enjoy it from the comfort of the stands, or even just get a thrill from watching it on their TV. There is just a football in this post – look out for a full football gift guide coming very soon, but there are other ideas that may just tick the box this Christmas.

A gift for a golf lover

Golf is one of the most popular sports and there are a range of gifts for the golf lover. A really popular and practical choice is a golf sweater. These come in a range of designs, from thin knits using Merino wool, to thicker, more winter friendly designs of lambswool. There are a range of patterns to suit all tastes, or you can opt for a plain version. If you know someone who truly loves their golf, this could be the perfect gift idea.

 

A Gift For a Darts Fan

Now, this could be something obvious, like a dartboard, or a set of personalised darts. But Christmas is the time of major darts tournament, with both the PDC and BDO hosting huge tournaments at the Ally Pally (Alexander Palace) and the Lakeside respectively. Tickets to watch these events could be a much appreciated gift  that is welcomed far more than chocolates or aftershave yet again.

Football…

Season tickets for your favourite teams can be very expensive, but many teams will sell a half season ticket as a Christmas gift idea, obviously this is much more affordable and you still get to see the rest of the season. This might be a good idea for someone who has only ju

st got into football and so may not have thought of getting a season ticket before.

 

If you are interested in woman’s football, the team is currently playing a series of qualifiers for the World Cup. Tickets are so much cheaper than for the National Men’s game, and in every likelihood the game will be better and more exciting. A family ticket could be a great idea for a Christmas gift to a sports loving family.

There are many more Christmas gift ideas that have a sporting theme. These range from novelty socks and slippers, rugby ball shaped washbags, replica retro football shirts and even aftershave that gives you the chance to smell like Beckham and Ronaldo. Whatever you give, the chances are that you will put a smile on someone’s face this December 25th.

Stylish Sleepwear from Hunkemöller

Hunkemöller is a name that I have only just become familiar with, but it is actually one of the largest lingerie specialists in Europe. A luxurious treasure trove of lingerie, leisure and sleepwear, Hunkemöller designs its products in house, and has a focus on quality and luxury when it comes to its designs and fabrics used. Currently supermodel Doutzen Kroes is a face of the brand with the range ‘Doutzen’s Stories’ which is sure to be very popular this Christmas, but the brand is so much more than sexy, sensuous undies, it also has sleepwear that is both beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear, plus it all comes boxed in such a way that it would be a thrill opening it on Christmas morning,

I was recently asked if I would like to review a piece of sleepwear from Hunkemöller. Now, I do have a few rules when it comes to sleepwear. The first is that I am most definitely a PJ girl, I rarely wear a nightdress as I find them impractical and uncomfortable – when it’s warm in Summer I just wear a vest top instead. I also like jersey fabrics or stretch cotton – I am a fairly restless sleeper so my pjs need to move with me, rather than tying me in knots. Crisp cotton is cool and stylish, but it doesn’t move when I do and I have ruined so many pairs of pyjamas by ripping them when I was not sleeping well. But even saying all this, I do like prettiness rather than cute prints.

The Limited edition Pyjamaset Modal lace is a beautiful two piece set that successfully combines luxury softness and style with practical stretch fabric (viscose and elastane) that makes it super comfortable to wear.

It combines a beautiful lace and jersey style top, with adjustable back straps, a lace bodice with an empire line style. The top is slightly longer in length than usual pyjama tops, which should stop in riding up when you are asleep. The V neckline is attractive, especially if you are a woman with a larger bust. This is teamed with long length pyjama bottoms that are loose fitting and have an elasticated waistline.

This limited edition pyjama set comes in classic black, but also in coloured options in red and blue. If, like me, you like to have new pyjama’s at Christmas, this could be a perfect gift idea for a loved one, or for yourself, and will certainly look more glam on those Christmas morning photographs than Primark fleecy efforts.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas: The Golden Ticket

Christmas can have a tough lead up if you are unsure of what to give to different people. So, over the next month I am going to be giving you lots of gift ideas for men, woman and children, hopefully covering all bases and all tastes. Today I am starting with a wonderful personalized gift from Wonderbly, who you may already know from their ‘Lost my Name‘ series of books.

Wonderbly books place your child at the centre of the action and story, they are personalised and can also feature images like your home to make the book even more unique. The latest adventure from Wonderbly is very familiar to anyone who is a fan of Roald Dahl. It is called ‘My Golden Ticket’ and takes the reader on a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, putting your child into the role of Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The book is beautiful and makes the personalisation suitable for older readers. It has lots of things that make it of interest to an older, independent reader, with maps, instructions, song lyrics and experiments that are all illustrated with wonderful pictures that are both informative and funny. If your child loved the original Roald Dahl stories, they will be sure to fall in love with this book.

Another aspect of this book which makes it a perfect gift idea is that the personalisation extends to a personal message to the recipient.  This can be a message from Mom and dad to their child, or a message to any relative or friend. The book also has a bookplate in the form of a journal where your child’s name is also printed.

 

Fostering a love of books and reading is always a good thing, and there is no better way to get your child involved in reading than by having them actually in the story as a character. The Golden Ticket allows this in a wonderfully creative way,