Summer Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

best summer gift ideas l'occitane gift sets, the body shop ramadan and eid gifts, personalised cadbury's

With summer looming (slowly!) I've started looking for gifts to present to my daughters' teachers for the end of the school year and for my family and friends with Ramadaan and 'Eid around the corner. Not everyone likes makeup the way that I do and so it calls for broadening my search and coming up with ideas and gifts that will make someone smile on any occasion. Here are some summer gift ideas for friends, family and colleagues from luxurious body pampering, home fragrance, a tailored advent calendar and personalised goodies.

One of my favourite body and skin pampering brands is L'Occitane which specialises in bringing the beauty of Provence into our lives. By using select regional ingredients from the south of France, L'Occitane has several lines of natural skincare and body care products that fill the senses with their signature scents and effective formulas. L'Occitane Gift Sets* is a beautiful selection with something for everyone and is a great place to shop for your summer gifts. There's a mix of pampering sets, skincare gifts, luxury basics and gifts for the home. My personal favourites are:

  • Delicious Almond Tin which would make a great gift for any guy or girl and contains four travel sized products all in a cute illustrated tin
  • Personalised Shea Butters is a fully customisable gift, giving you the choice of which colours you want for each label, a choice of main messages and a 17 character space on the bottom of each tin for your own message
  • Shea Butter Hand & Foot Duo is one that anyone would appreciate with full size tubes of their iconic rich, luscious creams
  • White Blossom Home Diffuser Set is designed to keep the scent of a fresh bouquet indoors and would be ideal for someone who loves adorning their home 
  • Zesty Verbena Hand Duo is a lovely set that would brighten up any bathroom with its clean zesty scent

Gift giving is a huge part of celebrating throughout the holy month of Ramadaan and especially for the day of 'Eid so I am super impressed to see The Body Shop create a dedicated line of gift sets for the occasion. The Body Shop Ramadan & Eid Gift Sets features the incredible Eid Treats Collection which is a 30 day advent calendar, said to contain 30 full size products, though I am struggling to find details of where to purchase it from. There is also a range of smaller gift sets decorated with geometrical designs in the style of Islamic art. Any of these gifts would be great for friends or colleagues celebrating the holy month or for 'Eid and the super cute tailored touch would make it all the more memorable.


For someone in your life who loves books and reading, Penguin Clothbound Classics is a great option. It doesn't matter if they've read Jane Eyre or Great Expectations a million times, they will love to be on the receiving end of these gorgeously bound and decorated collectors' editions of these classics. I know how much I cherish my Jane Austen book set which my sister kindly gifted me after the birth of my second daughter. It doesn't matter that they're too pretty to read, I love them and I know any book lover would appreciate a gift like this.


I don't think you can ever go wrong with personalised gifts because they have the recipient's name on them so of course it's perfect for them. There really is no limit to what items you can have personalised these days but my favourite pick is one that anybody would appreciate, because who can say no to some chocolate eh? Personalised Cadbury's Chocolates offers you the chance to choose which size bar or box you want and what message you'd like printed on the box. It's bound to make anyone happy seeing their name and a loving message on the nation's favourite chocolate. Also, a cute addition to any of the aforementioned gifts could be a Personalised Vaseline Tin. We all have them in our handbags or bathroom cabinets and I think its a small but cute item that would accompany any gift perfectly.



Is there anything here that tickles your fancy? What kind of summer gifts do you tend to give/receive? I'd love to know...



Sal xxx
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30 comments

  1. What a gorgeous selection of gifts and a great idea for a post. I had no idea I could have my name on a Vaseline tin and am now a bit over excited as I have one of those names you never find on anything! I often get teachers personalised notebooks from places like notonthehighstreet.com and gettingpersonal.com as I think having your name on something is such special touch. Lots of love xxx

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    1. Yes, you should definitely get your beautiful name on your own tin of Vaseline. NotOnTheHighstreet is such a great place for gifts. Though I do want most of the things for myself ;) xxx

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  2. I love that The Body Shop has created an advent calendar for Ramadan and Eid - I hope you can find one!

    I adore L'Occitane products, especially the almond range but I love the Verbena range too! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

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    1. Its really great to see such a large brand recognising that we love to celebrate and we love beauty! Haha! My faves are Verbena and Pivoine xxx

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  3. Sal, your photography never ceases to impress me time and time again, I'm obsessed! The penguin book set would work so well for my sister, that's been bookmarked! xx
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. You're too kind hun, thank you. Yes, I'm sure she will love them xxx

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  4. This are amazing ideas and i loved the gifts from the body shop.
    GlamupGirls

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    1. Thanks for reading. Yes, isn't it so great to see? xxx

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  5. I love that you're already thinking of ideas for the teachers, that's so nice of you. I can't even imagine how stressful it must be looking after children all day so I bet they are really grateful for a lovely gift. Also didn't realise you could get personalised Cadbury chocolate what a cool idea! xoxo Sarah from Iheartcosmetics x

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    1. Yes, I have 2 daughter's in school & nursery with 6 teachers between them so I need to be prepared ;) I know right...best box of chocs ever xxx

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  6. That's so cool that The Body Shop have created a gift calendar for Ramadan/Eid! I love personalised gifts too, they are so cute but makeup and skincare gifts are my favourite :P xx

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Hahaha...same here. I get more use out of beauty gifts though I do love receiving knick knacks too ;) haha! xxx

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  7. I had no idea that The Body Shop actually has gift sets with advent calendar for Eid! Eid is huge back in Malaysia as we have a huge population of Muslims and I love visiting friends then. Some of us also fast with friends, ohhh, you just made me a little homesick, Sal. LOL!.

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    1. Awwww...Sorry hun! I've always dreamed of visiting Malaysia because it seems like such a beautiful place with the friendliest people :) xxx

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  8. I'm surprised to see that TBS has an advent calendar for Eid, haven't seen that before. That would make any beauty lover happy, at least they have something to enjoy while waiting for Iftar :) Personalised gifts are the best! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I know right. I am so impressed to see such a large brand look into Ramadan and Eid. I would love to open up each window after iftaar each day ;) xxx

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  9. Personalised chocolate sounds amazing!! x

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  10. Fingers crossed you manage to find one of the Body Shop gifts. I'll let you know If i spot one! I've never actually tried anything from L'Occitan, maybe I'll treat myself :) xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Aww thanks love. Lord knows I don't need any more products but its such a great thing to see on the market. xxx

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  11. It's great that The Body Shop have created gifts for both Ramadan and Eid. I love the sound of the advent calendar so hope you can track one down.

    Kristy | The Violet Blonde

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    1. It really is such a great product and range. Thanks love xxx

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  12. Thee are some great gift ideas here. I want them all for myself! Let alone give them to anyone else. I love the Body Shop gifts

    <3
    perfectfixations.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hahaha I always feel like that when I find cool gifts ;) xxx

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  13. How nice that The Body Shop had created set gifts for Ramadan and Eid!
    I just give chocolates to my boys' teachers and there's not much gift giving during Summer for me :) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. You can never go wrong with gifting some chocolate. I'm sure they are always well received xxx

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  14. I find it so hard to buy for people when they don't like makeup as much as me I get stuck in a rut haha! Chocolate is always a good gift (I've still got my easter chocolate sat in my bedroom) I didn't know that Cadburys did personalized items though
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Mmmmm....secret chocolate stashed away!!! I agree with you...makeup is so much easier xxx

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  15. What a fab post. I haven't tried anything from Locctaine before but would love to. That floral bottle looks so pretty 😍

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. You really must try their products. One of my faves for years xxx

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