Christmas Gift Guide: Pampering

By the time Christmas has rolled around each year, we are all so frazzled that normally all we really want to do is kick back and relax for a few days. Pampering Christmas gifts are the perfect presents to really show you care about your loved ones’ well-being and enables them to have that well-deserved rest.

Luxurious pampering gifts are ideal for fatigued mums or workaholics, so treat them to divine bath oils or scented candles to help the stress melt away. A fluffy dressing gown is a must for any chillout lovers, the higher the gsm the better! Go for top designer brands such as Missoni Home or Orla Kiely which will also satisfy their label lust.

Give them the perfect night in this winter with chic throws and cosy hot water bottles, which are ideal for snuggling up with to watching classic Christmas films. Of course let’s not forget designer loungewear to make the experience evening more decadent and to ensure that even though they are relaxing, they still look fabulous!

Will you be pampering your nearest and dearest this Christmas?

Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day

All mums like a bit of extravagance, this Mother’s Day why not treat her to something really special? Here are our 5 luxury top picks….

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Pip Studio Tea Set Big Flower Pink/Blue

With this beautiful and girly tea set you can hold your own afternoon tea party for two. All you need now is cucumber sandwiches & macaroons and you’re all set for your afternoon tea party, no 5* hotel needed!

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Missoni Home Nacimento Patchwork Cushion

This Missoni Home cushion will brighten any home with its bold floral and stripe print on the front and bold block fuchsia colour on the back.

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Cath Kidston Antique Rose Bathrobe

The luxuriousness of this Cath Kidston bathrobe will force your mum to take the break she deserves. It features a classic Cath Kidston design and is perfect for snuggling up in after a long bubble bath.

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L’Object Platinum Python Frame 4×6″

This chic frame adds sophisticated style to any room and would be a fabulous Mother’s Day gift if you added a photo of the two of you. The 4×6” frame is platinum plated and features a snake skin design. 

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Delonghi Vintage Icona Espresso Coffee Machine – Azure Blue

If you can’t afford a trip to Italy for Mother’s Day how about bringing a touch of Italy to her? This iconic vintage style coffee machine would brighten anyone’s morning and comes in a variety of colours.

Which item will you splurge on?

Gift Ideas to Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is that perfect time of year to show your mum how appreciated she really is. If you’re stuck on how best to show your love, Amara has fabulous gift ideas to suit every budget. Here are our top picks for smaller budgets…

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Pip Studio Singing roses Address Book

This Singing Roses Address Book by Pip Studio is perfect for organising all of their many friend’s addresses and telephone numbers in style.

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Emma Bridgewater Sampler Shopper

 

Emma Bridgewater’s lovingly designed prints always make for beautiful items and this Sampler Shopper is no different.  It makes the perfect versatile gift for Mother’s Day.

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Neom Scent With Love Body Care Gift Set

 

This gift set which comprises of Sensuous body wash, Sensuous lotion, Tranquillity bath oil and Complete Bliss hand cream is the quintessential relaxation gift for stressed out mums. Sensuous, Tranquillity and Complete Bliss all have different but wonderfully complementary scents.

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LSA Coro Wine Glass – Berry

 

If your mum loves entertaining how about these gorgeous LSA wine glasses for Mother’s Day? The fun coloured glasses add style and glamour to any occasion and are also available in lagoon blue and leaf green.

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Kew Gardens Fruit Diffuser – Wild Fig

 

Kew Gardens’ Fruit Diffusers are the perfect way to bring the aromas of summer into your home. These environmentally friendly diffusers come in a variety of scents (our favourite is Wild Fig) and last for 10-12 weeks.

 

What will you treat your mum to this Mother’s Day? 

Say Thank You in Style

January is a busy month for everyone but make sure you set aside time to say a proper thank you for all of your Christmas gifts. In today’s technology filled world it is easy to send a quick text or email, too easy, make an effort and say thank you properly with a hand written note or letter. Choose one of our favourite note card sets and get scribbling…

Riviera Correspondence Cards by Christian Lacroix

 

As featured in The Independent earlier in the week these Riviera cards by Christian Lacriox are sure to make a great impression on any recipient.  

 

Floral Notecards by Ted Baker

 Write your thank yous in fabulous floral style with this set of twelve notecards by Ted Baker.

 

Writing Set by Jan Constantine

Need to say more than just a quick thanks? This Jan Constantine writing set is just the ticket, it includes 30 sheets of writing paper and 20 envelopes & envelope seals.

 

Boxed Notecards by Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely’s box of notecards is a great must have for any occasion, and the magnetic closure box can be reused after you have sent out all the cards for stylish storage.

How are you saying thank you for your Christmas gifts – do you think it’s OK to just send a text? 

Secret Santa Success Stories

We cannot believe Christmas is over already! As always it went way to quickly, in the Amara office we are still revelling in the plentiful chocolate supply and the fabulous array of gifts that still adorn our desks from the annual Secret Santa. Every year we pick names out of a hat, and with a budget of ten pounds we buy a Secret Santa gift, each December it gets more interesting as the team expands. Here are our top picks…

Don’t get too close – he does bite.

Sam Hood is now the proud owner of a pet rock. He doesn’t say much, but we think he is just getting used to the team.

Who said that USB sticks weren’t thoughtful?

Hardworking Tom got the gift of a USB stick – with the adage he can now take his work home with him. How exciting.

Stylish yet practical – an accessory that keeps on giving.

Adam received the practical yet stylish glow in the dark drinking straw glasses. A classic gift that never gets old…

Jack was the lucky recipient of this handy gift.

 Many of the office are West Ham supporters, so it was no surprise that there was some Hammer merchandise doing the rounds in this year’s Secret Santa. Jack got the handy oyster card holder, perfect for travelling to Amara’s idyllic country setting every day.

Did you receive anything extra special this year? What was the peak and pit of your Christmas haul?

Charity Christmas Jumper Day

The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived – it’s the Amara Charity Christmas Jumper Day! The efforts have all been amazing, and each and every jumper has its own individual ‘charm’.

It was tough but everyone placed a vote with 1st and 2nd choices, 1st choice received five points, 2nd three. The results are in- the five photos below have now been posted on facebook – make sure you like your favourite. The person with the most likes by 5pm will win £100 courtesy of directors Andrew & Sam Hood  – the competition is on!

MY jumper – complete with jingle bell trim, snowflake & tinsel embellishment and mutlicoloured lights- ALL hand sewn!

 

Dave has made a great effort, we especially love the thumbs up look!

 

A controversial entry – as it is not a jumper – and today is not Amara’s fancy dress day, but Freddie made it into the top five!

 

Andrew’s effort is probably my favourite – I am loving the bow tie!

 

Emily’s jumper is awesome, we love the ‘AMARA’ part – but I would like to point out her mum made it! Go Emily’s mum!

Who’s jumper is your favourite? Head to the Amara Facebook page now – make your vote count!