Archive: Dec 2014

  1. Need a little present-buying inspiration? Look no further

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    I work on the gifting buying team at Sainsbury’s, where I spend my time sourcing and developing gifts for all your loved ones. We really do live and breathe Christmas all year round so it’s really exciting when the range finally launches in store!

    I love finding the perfect gift, but I know that Christmas can be a hectic time and sometimes you just need some help with those difficult-to-buy-for people. I really do think we have something special for everyone in store, so here are some of my favourites.



    Every parent deserves a lie-in now and then, so treat them to breakfast in bed with our beautiful breakfast set. I also think a nice gardening set is always a winner for those green-fingered parents!



    One of my favourite pastimes is chatting with my grandma over a cup of tea and a biscuit. A pretty biscuit barrel is a perfect present and might mean you get extra tasty treats next time you visit!




    I always think teens are by far the hardest to buy for, but they will love kitting out their bedrooms with a wall-mounted Coca-Cola bottle opener and retro Marvel comic mood light.


    The love in your life

    What better way to say ‘you’re my hero’ than with a Lego Superman clock? Super-fun and light hearted.
    For any lady in your life I would recommend a cute cosie sheep – perfect for keeping toasty this winter.

    Gardening tools


    My top tip for last-minute shoppers:

    Don’t panic if you can’t decide on one perfect gift. When you’re under pressure it’s sometimes easier to pick up a few smaller gifts that you know they will love.


    Three key pieces:

    Copper Coated Cookie Cutter Mini Tagine Heat Stamped Oak Cheese Dome


    Heat Stamped Oak Cheese Dome, £25; Mini Tagine, £6; Copper Coated Cookie Cutter, £2 (available in selected stores).

  2. Make your own simple and stylish Christmas wreath

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    Thanks to our three children, aged four, six and eight, the family home is a riot of bright colour at Christmas time. The tree sparkles with homemade decorations coated with heavy doses of glitter in blue, green gold and red. And while I wouldn’t have it any other way, I wanted to make a beautiful but simple wreath that would act as a stylish contrast.


    20 white battery operated LED lights, Pinecone tree decorations, White clip-on bird tree decorations, Rosemary stems, Twine string, Wire ring, Green floral wire Vintage clip-on candle holdersI used:

    20 white battery operated LED lights
    Pinecone tree decorations
    White clip-on bird tree decorations
    Rosemary stems
    Twine string
    Wire ring
    Green floral wire
    Vintage clip-on candle holders



    1. Attach the rosemary stems to the ring by coiling the green floral wire to around each stem.
    2. Clip the white bird decorations and vintage candle holders around the frame alternately at regular intervals.
    3. Tie the pine cone decorations the wreath (they come with twine hanging loops attached).
    4. Cut four lengths of twine and tied them at quarterly intervals around the wreath, in order to hang it. Alternatively, you can skip this bit and use the wreath as a table decoration instead.

    And there you have it! A simple but satisfying wreath that not only looks the part, but will make your home smell like Christmas too.

    To find out more about Catherine, head to where she writes about the fun and frolics of family life.


    Three key pieces to create your wreath

    Ronin decorations Pinecone Decorations White Battery Operated Led Lights

    Pinecone Decorations, £2; White Battery Operated Led Lights, £2; Robin Decorations, £2