Stocking fillers for teenage boys

Hello!
So, I’m onto the final stocking filler suggestions today, and that’s for teenage boys. Hopefully if you have a teenage boy to buy for, you’ll find something from my selection below.
Stocking presents - teenage boys

D-ring belt, £10 from Topman

FCUK body spray & wash, £8 from French Connection

Grey beanie hat, £8 from River Island

So Cal bracelet, £5 from Hollister

Chalk “Wake Me” sign, £9.99 from Strawberry Fool

My Cuppa Tea mug, £7.50 from John Lewis

Ted, the movie, £10 from Amazon

Gummy bears in a tin, £9.99 from Selfridges

Coldplay Live 2012, £8.99 from Amazon

Creative noise isolating headphones, £8.99 from Amazon
Look out for more festive posts!
With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo
PS only 1 more day left to enter the giveaway!

Stocking fillers for teenage girls

Hello readers!
Can you believe that two weeks today, Father Christmas will be back home enjoying a well-earned rest?!  Me neither.  Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday, but I was travelling from India to the UK.  Today’s post is continuing with stocking fillers, and this time for teenage girls.  Please excuse the different layout, the software package I normally use to do these kind of posts is unfortunately only installed on our Mac Pro, which isn’t very portable!
Teenage girls stocking fillers

Black lace purse, £8 from Accessorize

Handcuff ditsy bracelet, £6 from ASOS

Touchscreen gloves, £7.95 from Prezzybox.com

Lipgloss set, £10 from Topshop

Crystal dot nail varnish strips, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Mushroom mug, £10 from Topshop

Daisy-dip candle, £8 from John Lewis

Toffee & fudge hot chocolate, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Chocolate smiles, £3.99 from Thorntons

Zebra glitter nail files, £3.75 from Accessorize

I’ll be back tomorrow with some stocking filler suggestions for teenage boys.

And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you only have two more days to enter!
With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking fillers: Ladies & Gents

Yesterday was all about stocking filler ideas for the older generation.  Therefore, today’s post is for a slighter younger generation, although having said that, there were pressies I suggested yesterday that I would love and there are gifts on here today that I have no doubt the Grannies and Grandpas in our lives would love too.  Please let me know if anything you see grabs your fancy.

Stocking Fillers for Ladies

  1. Made in England tea towel, £9.95 from Go British
  2. Bliss Marvelous Mittens handcream set, £10 from Feel Unique
  3. Head massager, £3.99 from Strawberry Fool
  4. Prestat salted caramel truffles, £10 from John Lewis 
  5. Skinny adjustable headband, £8 from Sweaty Betty
  6. Gu chocolate cook book, £7 from Amazon
  7. Nicolas Feuillate Brut, £10 from John Lewis
  8. This Works Beauty Ball Sleep Balm, £10 from Ocado
  9. Burt’s Bees lip balm, £2.95 from Luxury Hair & Beauty
  10. Silicone tea bag, £3.99 from Lakeland

Stocking Fillers for Men

  1. Photocube, £4.50 from Cox and Cox
  2. I am the secret footabller, £8.96 from Amazon
  3. Multi-tool keyring, £8.50 from Cox and Cox
  4. Naturally European shower gel, £7.50 from Oliver Bonas
  5. Decision dice, £3.50 from Marks & Spencer
  6. Biscuit pocket mug, £6.99 from Amazon
  7. Why I really like you pad, £8.95 from Liberty
  8. Bobble water bottle, £7.99 from Amazon
  9. Single malt lollipos, £8.50 from Love Your Larder
  10. Espresso martini, £3.60 from Heals

Tomorrow, I’m moving onto the little people in our lives – I told you it was going to be a bonanza week!  Plus there will also be an extra special post tomorrow…!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking Fillers: Glamorous Grannies & Gorgeous Grandpas

Happy Monday readers!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I can’t believe that three weeks today, we’ll all be excitedly awaiting the arrival of the big man – where has this year gone?  In light of that, today’s post is the start of my mammoth gift guide for Christmas 2012. I’m kicking it off with stocking fillers for the older generation and to have qualified as a stocking filler, it had to cost no more than £10.  Happy shopping!

Stocking Fillers for Gorgeous Grandpas

  1. IQ Challenge puzzle, £8 from John Lewis
  2. Key ring, £6 from The Pod Company
  3. Spiced cider kit, £6.40 from Heals
  4. Shaving cream, £9.60 from Marks & Spencer
  5. Silver Surfer mug, £9.99 from The Big Tomato Company
  6. Deep Sleep CD, £10 from Andrew Johnson
  7. Farrah’s butter fudge, £6 from John Lewis
  8. iPad for the Older and Wiser book, £5.85 from Amazon
  9. Scarf, £10 from Marks & Spencer
  10. Blackboard garden labels, £7 from Notonthehighstreet.com

Stocking Fillers - Grannies

  1. Personalised lavender hearts, £8 from Jonny’s sister
  2. Charbonnel & Walker chocolate ginger sticks, £9 from Heals
  3. Glamorous Granny mug, £9.99 from The Big Tomato Company
  4. Baking teacups, £6.95 from Dotcom Gift Shop 
  5. Eat Me cookie stamp, £8.99 from I Want One Of Those
  6. Room diffuser, £10 from John Lewis
  7. Limited edition elephant caddy with Early Grey tea, £8.95 from Williamson Tea
  8. Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream set, £6.40 from Marks & Spencer
  9. Seychelles soap, £6 from The White Company
  10. The Ten-Minute Gardener Collection book, £4 from Marks and Spencer

Check back tomorrow for more great ideas for stocking presents!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

The holidays are coming!

No, this is not a post about the Coca Cola holiday advert, but the first Christmas themed post on The Domestic Princess! I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I ADORE Christmas. The Domestic King and Queen always used to make Christmas so magical for me, and in my adult life, I’ve continued to embrace the holiday season with as much gusto! I’m kicking off the Christmas themed posts with something super close to my heart: Christmas trees. Coming home and walking in to see a gorgeous Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights, shimmering decorations, and the wonderful scent of pine, never fails in making me feel Christmassy. The Domestic King and Queen always had a real Christmas tree and when I had my own home, I carried on the tradition. We always used to go to our local Christmas tree farm to pick one on the Sunday before Christmas and would decorate it whilst munching on mince pies with brandy butter. The Domestic Queen was always very particular about the type of tree we chose, and unfortunately for The Domestic Prince, thanks to The Domestic Queen, I am as well. So today, I’m sharing with you my hints & tips on picking a Christmas tree.

Decide where the tree will go and what’s the maximum size tree will fit there.

Last thing you want to do have to do is try to hack the tree to make it fit, or drag it back to where you purchased it from.

Choose which type of tree is most suited to your requirements. Here’s a little summary on some of the more popular varieties that are available.

Nordmann fir – this is the best at needle retention and Britain’s most popular Christmas tree. It has a conical-shaped tree that has open branches and long, shiny dark green needles. The real clincher for most people is that it will stay fresh for a really long time, especially if you keep the water that it stands in topped up.

Fraser fir – choose this tree if you need it to fit in a small space. It’s a narrow, dense tree with short, flat dark green needles. Branches are strong and needle retention is pretty good and unlike some other trees, survives being planted in the garden after the festivities have finished.

Norway spruce – if decorating a tree is your downfall, then opt for a Norway as it’s perfect for decorating. It has short, sharp needles and is a lighter colour than the Nordmann. It does have the tendency to drop needles, so watering it regularly is an absolute must.

Noble fir – the Noble has stiff, short branches that at the bottom, snap off easily, making them ideal for making wreaths and garlands from. It also boasts, broad, thick needles with a silver underside.

Grand fir – if you want a tree that has a sublime scent, then this is the tree you should be clamouring to buy. The Grand has lustrous dark green needles that smell wonderfully citrussy. If you’ve got heavy ornaments, you might find that a Grand isn’t able to accommodate them, but the prettiness and fantastic smell will more than compensate.

Scots pine – if you have a biggish area to fill, a Scots pine would be perfect, owing to its bushy shape. However, a word of warning, hanging decorations on a Scot can be tricky as they have quite long, twisty needles. On the plus side, they have a lovely pine scent and generally good needle retention.

Lodgepole pine – the Lodgepole is probably a good all-round option, as it has a terrific pine scent and really good needle retention. It’s quite similar to the Scots pine, but has darker and straighter needles.

Blue sprucefor a beautiful coloured tree, look no further than the Blue spruce. With its blue tinged foliage, it’s a striking tree, although quite hard to find. It retains its needles quite well and has a mild pine smell.

Choosing which one to take home

  • A fresh Christmas tree should be able to last around 6 weeks inside, if cared for correctly.
  • To check if a tree is fresh, run your fingers along one of the branches and see how many needles come off in your hands. If it’s super fresh, there shouldn’t be many on your hands.
  • If a tree feels light when you pick it up, then it could be a sign that it’s dried out, therefore, not very fresh and unlikely to see Father Christmas drop those pressies off!
  • If a bent branch doesn’t bounce straight back, that’s another sign it might not be the freshest on the farm.
  • Don’t buy a tree that has been blocked in a block of wood. These trees have no way of drinking water and will dry out very quickly.
  • Once you’ve picked the perfect tree, ensure that they cut about 3 inches off the bottom befor eyou take it home.

Settling your Christmas tree in

  • Before taking it into the house, give it a good shake – if you did the branch test, there hopefully won’t be many falling out!
  • Take it through the door stump end down.
  • Plunge in water and leave outside in a cool shaded place, that’s not windy, for a couple of days.
  • Before you take it in, take off 1/2 inch off the bottom to open up the pores.
  • Place in a water holding stand.
  • Display your Christmas tree in a cool place out of a draft.
  • Water, water and water. Don’t ever let the water go below the base, as this will cause the base to seal and start to dry out.

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Water the tree every day – a fresh Christmas tree can drink up to a gallon of water a day.
  2. Turn the Christmas tree lights off at night.
  3. Don’t place the Christmas tree in sand or soil, as this will block the pores in the tree’s bark preventing it from drinking up the water.
  4. If the only place the tree can go is next to a radiator, either turn the radiator off for the holidays, or if that’s not an option, place a vessel of water on top to help keep the air moist.
  5. If you don’t own a specialised Christmas tree holder, I’d highly recommend buying one, which can save hours trying to balance it in a bucket with stones and pebbles!
  6. Consider buying a container grown tree, which has been grown in the container you purchase it in. Whilst a more expensive option, they can last for a good few years, thus proving to be a saving in the longer-term.
  7. If real trees aren’t your thing, there are some amazing artificial ones available these days – we have a gorgeous one from John Lewis that we use whilst in India.

Is Christmas your favourite time of the year? Do you have a favourite type of Christmas tree, or are you an advocate of the artificial ones?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

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