Friday 3 July 2015

My New Favourite Gift Ideas - Summer 2015

One of favourite parts of being part of the Facebook and Twitter Community is you have opportunity to meet new people, discover new yummy treats, and able to promote small businesses.  Since it almost time to say "goodbye" to Teachers and Summer Wedding Season is upon us, it is perfect time to share some of my favourite new discovers.

Lily O'Brien's Chocolate

I was very excited when I received a box of Lily O'Briens Chocolates to share with my family and give away to my Daughter's Nursery Teacher.

This award-winning Irish chocolate company has three chocolate collections to discover and enjoy. The Ultimate Collection contains chocolate varieties such as Double Chocolate Truffle, Simply Chocolate, Le Crunch Chocolat, Sticky Toffee, Death By Chocolate, Zesty Orange Chocolate, Lemon Meringue Pie and Praline Perfection. Petit Indulgence Collection contains recipes include Sticky Toffee, Simply Chocolate, Raspberry Creme, Chocolate Orange, Le Crunch Chocolat and Praline Perfection.
I was personally excited to try the Petit Desserts Collection selection of much-loved desserts including Creme Brûlée, Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Infusion, Passion Fruit Posset, Banoffee Pie and Hazelnut Torte. The "Key Limey Pie" chocolate is described as "zesty lemon curd topped with soft lime infused truffle, smothered in dark chocolate and topped with a drizzle of white chocolate". I love the favour of lime and my husband loves dark chocolate so this was definitely our favourite! My husband tried all the 6 different favours in the 230g box (18 pieces in the box) and they were all truly delicious and a taste of luxury.

Lily O'Brien's Chocolates box of  can be found at selected UK supermarkets for £6.00 - £7.00 or sample boxes (4 pieces) £1.50.

Visit the Lily O'Brien's website for range of hamper, wedding favours, and even a box of all dark chocolates (Idea for my Hubby for Christmas).  

Lavender House Gift Company 

This small-business was founded by Sarah Milligan and I have the pleasure of calling her my friend. Not only is she the mother to two adorable boys but she also works 3 days a week for a USA company from home and has now started this business to create personalised wall-art for all occasions. She has a great selection of personalised apple design for Teacher's Gift but also beautiful gifts for wedding, christening, or just to decorate your children's playroom or bedroom. Lovely birthday gifts for someone special.
For more information and to find out about new designs and promotions, visit Lavender House Gift Company Facebook Page. Sarah is constantly developing new designs and will work with you to create on a customised personalised framed artwork.  


I am currently working on creating a little desk area in the corner of my living room for my blogging and working for home. I wanted a personalised piece of artwork that I could provide me inspiration and summaries my blogging journey and life priorities. The generous Melanie from ThreeFriedMonkeez worked with me to create a complete bespoke a print. She used my logo as starting point and then we brainstormed a list of words together.

She looked through my blog and took works out that respected parts of my life that was important to me. There are words that represent my family, hobbies, favourite places, blogging and life goals. Below is the print that was created. She was very kind and sent me two printed copies and also the artwork electronically so that I can re-print or use on personalised items for my desk area.

Melanie runs an Etsy Business and will work with you to create a personalised print and is perfect a gift for all occasions or for your home decorating project.

I have truly enjoyed discovering these new businesses and gift items for my love ones the next couple months. I will share my new finds in the Autumn 2015.

Thank you!

Linking Up with Aby and Hannah for #TheList

* Please note I was given an assorted boxes of Lily O'Brien's Chocolate in order to taste and provide an honest review. Thank you! 


  1. Those buttons pictures are absolutely beautiful, what a wonderful gift! x


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