A Meaningful Christmas Gift Guide And Giveaway

I’m not very good at Christmas. In fact, my friend Stevie insists on calling me the Grinch. It’s not that I’m grumpy (I am a bit). It’s more that I would prefer Christmas to be more meaningful, less commercial and quite frankly, shorter. When all the shops put their decorations up in September, it doesn’t get me in the festive spirit. It just annoys me.

So when Christmas does arrive, I tend to look for meaningful gifts that are beneficial to someone. Whether that be an educational toy, a charitable donation or an experience. So here is my meaningful Christmas gift list and your chance to win a copy of Wise Words For Kids from The Book Of Everyone.

  1. SmartGames and SmartMax
  2. BrightMinds
  3. Red Letter Days
  4. Spa Breaks
  5. CalAid
  6. Book of Everyone – Wise Words For Kids

1. SmartGames and SmartMax

SmartMax are construction toys containing magnets and large pieces. They are the perfect way to get children interested in construction at a young age. Their large size allows little hands to build things without any help. SmartMax Construction Toys - ReviewSmartGames are puzzle games that are great for children and adults alike. Some of their games are for specific age groups, but many are aimed at everyone. There are different levels so that when you work out how it’s done, you can keep taxing your mind by tackling a more difficult challenge. We enjoyed the Three Little Piggies and the Smart Car. SmartGames: Review

2. BrightMinds

If you enjoy educational toys, you’ll love the BrightMinds website. It only sells toys that encourage learning and development as well as being fun. I personally feel that this should be true of all toys so it’s the perfect place to shop for Christmas presents. If you love the sound of BrightMinds and fancy winning a £50 voucher to spend on their website, check out my review and giveawayBrightMinds: Review and Giveaway

3. Red Letter Days

I’ve always been a fan of spending money on doing things rather than having things. Red Letter Days are the perfect gift for anyone who takes this approach to life. They provide a wide range of experiences for all ages, ranging from afternoon tea to bungee jumping to driving days. You can even enjoy a three course lunch for two at Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill complete with champagne. What a perfect gift!meaningful-gift-guide-red-letter

4. Spa Breaks

Whilst we’re on the topic of doing things rather than having things, this year I had my best birthday yet as an adult. I spent the day at the gorgeous Malvern Spa with my sister. A spa voucher is a perfect Christmas gift and my favourite thing about it was that I was able to enjoy my sister’s company all day. In our busy lives, it’s so rare to spend a whole day together. The Malvern have some amazing seasonal offers at the moment and if you’re in the West Midlands I can highly recommend it. You can also find spa breaks all around the UK via the SpaBreaks website.The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire: Full and comprehensive review.

5. Support A Charity

A couple of years ago, I had to buy for my brother in our family secret Santa. As one of five siblings, we do this every year so that we only have to buy a gift for one person rather than bankrupting ourselves buying four gifts. I found a couple of little things I knew he’d like, but with £5 left to spend of our £25 budget, I was stuck. So, I turned to Good Gifts. Through their website, you can buy something for someone who needs it in your recipient’s name. The charity gift for my brother was a resounding success, with all of my family saying that they’d appreciate a gift from Good Gifts too.

This got me thinking that there are so many charities that could do with donations at this time of year. I always donate to animal charities when I can, and they struggle a lot around Christmas with the tragic influx of unwanted pets. This year, CalAid are in desperate need of support. They help thousands of refugees and donations help them to provide basic supplies. They have an Amazon wish list, which includes items priced at under £2 such as a foil emergency blanket. This is a similar price to a Christmas card but so much more worthwhile. meaningful-christmas-gift-guide-calaid

6. Book of Everyone – Wise Words For Kids

A few weeks ago, I reviewed The Book of Everyone. It’s a brilliant book that can be tailored perfectly to the recipient, telling them all sorts of facts about themselves that they didn’t know. Wise Words for Kids is the latest offering from Book of Everyone. It’s full of funny, inspirational and heartfelt advice from adults to children. You can even personalise it with your own advice. wise-words-for-kids-meaningful-christmas-gift-guideTo win a hardback copy of Wise Words for Kids that you can personalise yourself, you can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please read my competition terms and conditions before you enter. Why not check out my other comps too? There are some great prizes available!

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  1. Agent Spitback
    November 18, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I’m with you about wanting Christmas to be meaningful. I’m a strong believer of “It’s the thought that counts”, however cliche that is.

  2. November 18, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    All look like fantastic presents! I love meaningful gifts rather than the rubbish that some people choose just because they feel they need to buy something. I’m sure you’re not really a grinch, but just in case you wish to know we played Christmas music today and listened to an audio cd of The Snowman! Hee hee! X

  3. Laura
    November 19, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Books. A book you honestly enjoyed is worth a lot.

  4. Danielle Spencer
    November 19, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    A meaningful gift is much nicer in my opinion, me and my partner don’t get anything for each other, we have everything we need. I often make gifts for people jewellery, set of cards, etched glasses and even baked goods, they always seem appreciated and it is lovely to see them being used or worn all year round. I asked my brother what he wanted last year and he said, nothing, although a poem would be nice, so I wrote him a poem, along with giving him some other gifts, he seemed to appreciate the fact I actually took the time and effort.

  5. November 19, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Love that you’re a bit of a Grinch – I’m the same! I can’t be doing with Christmas coming too early and I have a dislike of crap packaged in a Christmassy way, which then blinds people to the fact that it’s STILL ACTUALLY CRAP! I’d rather buy people things they need. It might not be the most exciting on Christmas day, but it gets appreciated much more in the following months and even years.

  6. Jennifer Toal
    November 19, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    The book of everything

  7. November 19, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I love christmas, but I do wish that it didn’t start so early in the year. It makes it really long for the girls. I love a spa treat for a present, my friend and I do this every year for our present to each other. It’s a nice treat. x

  8. November 19, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    These are great ideas, I especially love the educational toys! I always want to make Christmas meaningful and charity and kindness is a huge part of our Christmas traditions. When it comes to the presents though I struggle to walk the line between the educational, useful gifts I want to give the kids, and making all their dreams come true with the latest over prices plastic tat they have their heart set on! xx

  9. November 20, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Hi Nat, I do love Christmas, but think that all things Christmassy should be contained to December only. It’s not as though we don’t know it’s on its way, so we don’t need reminding with Christmas adverts from the beginning of October. Saying that though Christmas is a lot less commercial over here, but even that’s on the change.

    I like gifts to be thoughtful too. A spa break sounds good and the Wise Words book sounds like fun too.


  10. Ruth Harwood
    November 20, 2016 / 7:51 am

    I often buy books, my imagination is pretty awful lol!! I do wander TK Maxx in the sales aisles for toiletries and make up my own little toiletries pressies though, just because it’s a little less typical than your usual gift set xx

  11. Jodie harvey
    November 20, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    homemade gifts always come with a lot of meaning, plaques, pictures. I do love button pictures too

  12. Solange
    November 20, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Meiorigami. Folded book art with your name, surname or initials. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings or any special occasion. Very beautiful and unique.

  13. Stacey Carnell
    November 21, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I think anything personalised adds that extra personal touch, pyjamas, a book, a dinner set etc

  14. Stevie
    November 22, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I like how we can send pictures to be printed on mugs for about £6. I think pictures are really important.

  15. aj
    November 22, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Get the kids to do some baking, cookies or something and wrap them up nicely.

  16. Hannah Ingham
    November 22, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Anything personalised is sure to be a winner! A cheeseboard or baking kit would be lovely!

  17. Susan Smith
    November 23, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    As family members get older i find it harder to find gifts for them, but i do go for books alot, i dont think you can go wrong with a good book

  18. November 24, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Aww I love Christmas so much, I could do without them in the shops in September, I agree with you there. But I think it’s such a special time. I do like some of your present suggestions though and definitely think charity is important at Christmas.

  19. Kim Neville
    December 1, 2016 / 8:59 am

    My mum always asks for photo books from us all as she likes to show people and not too heavy to carry.

  20. December 2, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I find it difficult buying for my parents and in laws ass they really don’t want anything so I tend to make up a nice food hamper with things they like. I also buy theatre tokens so they can see a show

  21. December 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I try to give meaningful gifts and try to be practical too. I often ask Family if there’s anything they actually need. Clothes for kids in particularly are popular.

  22. Kirsteen Mackay
    December 6, 2016 / 7:53 am

    A perpetual calendar is a nice gift that is quite personal, because you can find one in many different designs, for example animal themed or contemporary, or old fashioned. It’s a useful gift that lasts year after year. Children love them too.

    December 6, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I enjoy making them handmade jewellery or cupcakes something that is personal for them

    December 7, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    I find bath and body products are a good bet, some lovely organic products

  25. Margaret Gallagher
    December 8, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Anything that is handmade seems to delight my friends especially if you can put a personalised gift tag on too

  26. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 10, 2016 / 3:52 am

    A mug with a cool quote

  27. Charlotte Hoskins
    December 10, 2016 / 8:32 am

    I think experience presents are the best. You can’t put a price on the memories that are created 🙂

    December 10, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    something handmade goes a long way

  29. Louise Crocker
    December 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    I like to buy gifts that bring the family together. Like games, karaoke and craft.

  30. Leanne Bell
    December 11, 2016 / 12:21 am

    I love buying gifts from local people or crafters – a lot of stay at home parents run small businesses to support their families, and every purchase helps.

  31. Tammy Neal
    December 11, 2016 / 11:32 am

    I like to buy gifts that bring the family together. Like games, karaoke and craft.

  32. tee simpson
    December 11, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    a personlised money box

  33. Janine Atkin
    December 11, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    books or games are always a winner

  34. Danielle Bassford
    December 11, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    In our family we only buy for kids under 16 theres only 6.
    I just think its nice spending Christmas with your family its not all about gifts etc 🙂 but when I do get asked what i want i always ask for pjs :):)

  35. Diana
    December 11, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I bought some little see through bags and red ribbon and baked Christmas biscuits for family and gave them as a gift 🙂

  36. Natalie Crossan
    December 11, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    The book of everything xxx

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