Well it’s approaching that time of year again when we have to dig deep, get our thinking caps on and find our loved ones that special gift for Christmas. Every year I spend hours and hours wandering around the shops in amongst the hordes of other Christmas shoppers (at the last minute, is’nt that what Christmas Eve is for?) getting very frustrated and very sore feet!!
However this year like many of my friends I have decided to buy all my gifts online as it saves me a lot of time and stress. My only issue is that I normally like to shop locally and help support local businesses so for this reason I will be shopping at local online stores that are based in the North Wales area.
If you are like me and struggle to find the perfect gift for certain family members every year then hopefully my blog will inspire you.
For the women in your life why not treat them to a beauty treatment or pamper day, what women do you know who doesn’t enjoy a bit of pampering. TH1 Beauty Salon in Bangor offers a wide range of treatments at their stylish and contemporary salon where you can totally relax and enjoy the opulent surroundings. As well as a wide range of beauty treatments available they also have ‘Monday Pamper Days’ running throughout the year where you can enjoy any 2 treatments for £50.00.
If you have jewellery in mind for your special lady then you must check out Italian World in Llandudno. They have a wonderful selection of gifts sourced from Italy exclusively for Italian World including some lovely pieces of Murano Glass Jewellery, Tedora Bracelets and a wide selection of unique Tedora Charms to accompany the beautiful bracelets. They also have a great range of Venetian Masks which are perfect if you are planning on going to a Masquerade Ball this Christmas or New Year.
Duckworths is another great online shop that stocks a wide range of Ladies Gifts including handbag mirrors, purses, lipstick cases and perfume bottles along with a great selection of Mens Gifts such as silk ties, cuff links, hip flasks and wallets. They also stock a wide range of Welsh souvenirs and smoking accessories.
Is anybody in your family thinking of learning to drive? Then why not treat them to some driving lessons. Glan Conwy School of Motoring is a local driving school offering Driving Lessons in North Wales at competitive prices. They also offer Residential Driving Courses for those that live further away and fancy a nice break in beautiful North Wales whilst learning to Drive.
For the Gardeners in your home who enjoy pottering in the greenhouse for hours on end, how about some Greenhouse Staging. Greenhouse Staging is a great solution for making the most of your space for potting plants. Greenhouse staging comes in a variety of sizes and is a great way to keep your pots and plants organised in a safe and secure area. Great Garden Products are based in Llandudno and stock a wide selection of Greenhouse Staging and other Wooden Garden Furniture.
Wine…. I don’t mean to sound like an absolute Lush but I never get bored of receiving a nice bottle of Red Wine as a gift, especially a good quality Natural Wine. If you are not familiar with Natural Wines then check out Good Wine Online, this North Wales based online retailer stocks a wide selection of Natural Wines as well as other quality Red Wines, White Wines, Rose’s and Champagne. They also have a wealth of information about Natural Wines on their site which explains the benefits of drinking Natural Wine. The great thing about Natural wines is the fact that you can drink more of the wine without suffering with a hangover headache the next day.
The Christmas break for many people is a great time to get on with DIY and a time to spend time with your family and discuss future projects including renovations to the home. If you have some spare time over the Christmas period and want to move forward with your plans then why not have a chat with Barry Richards from BR Architecture. This North Wales based firm of architectural designers specialise in luxury house designs, extensions, garage & loft conversions and Eco Design Houses in North Wales.
For those that like to get away from it all at Christmas then why not stay in a wondel Hotel Snowdonia. Ty’n Rhos Country House Hotel is a magnificent 5 star hotel nestled between the foothills of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. They have some wonderful Christmas breaks offers on their website.
As it’s approaching the Christmas break many of us will be thinking about the Christmas parties and nights out. The problem many of us have if we venture further a field is getting home after a drink. Well no need to worry any longer as Castle Mini Coaches is a local firm that caters for nights out. Their Minibus Hire North Wales service is fantastic for big groups, they will literally pick you up, drop you at your destination then wait around for you whilst you party the night away and then drop you all the way home again, talk about a stress free night.
Well I hope I have managed to inspire you with some gift ideas from the above list of reputable local businesses that trade online. Now sit back relax and start browsing from the comfort of your own home, just think you could have all your presents sorted by the weekend!!
TH1 Hairdressing – Beauty Salon Bangor
Italian World – Murano Glass Jewellery & Masquerade Masks
Duckworths – Ladies Gifts & Mens Gifts
Glan Conwy School of Motoring – Driving Lessons North Wales
Great Garden Products – Greenhouse Staging
Good wine online – Natural Wines
BR Architecture – Eco Design Houses in North Wales
Ty’n Rhos Country House – Snowdonia Hotel
Castle Mini Coaches – Minibus Hire North Wales