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Thinking about Mother’s Day and the gifts that you give

By |2019-03-22T12:01:15+01:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Family, Gift ideas, Midlife, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |

I've been compiling Mother's Day gift posts for as long as I've worked in retail and as always, this year they're everywhere. So when Marks and Spencer approached me to put one together for them, I pushed back. But then they asked me to go beyond the clichés and do it with a difference and after spending some time looking through their site, I felt that I could. So, today I'm thinking about Mother's Day and the gifts that you [...]

Christmas finishing touches – little things that make it feel extra special

By |2018-12-11T11:35:14+01:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Interiors|Tags: , , , |

Please note that this is a sponsored post in collaboration with John Lewis and Partners. As such, links are affiliated and upon purchase, a small commission may be paid to Midlifechic. The retailer pays so this costs nothing to readers but it enables me to continue bringing you two posts a week. Now that Midlifechic is being viewed over half a million times a month, It costs into the thousands of pounds to keep it running and loading smoothly. I [...]

The Pyjama Fairy – a helping hand while the Cyber Monday offers are on

By |2018-11-26T16:38:51+01:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Style|Tags: , , , , |

Hello - it's a quick post from me today because the Black Friday offers have run on into Cyber Monday so I thought I'd bring my Pyjama Fairy post forward. If you're a longstanding reader you'll know that the Pyjama Fairy always comes to our house on Christmas Eve while we're out at the panto. Even now, as soon as we get back the boys regress and race each other upstairs to see what's been left on their beds. They [...]

Gifts for teens 2018 – little ideas to make them smile

By |2018-11-23T10:13:42+01:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Family, Gift ideas|Tags: , , , |

I really hope this Gifts for Teens 2018 is going to be a useful post - for me as well as for you. As I said yesterday, there isn't much around that's new. In addition teens, who have always been unbelievably difficult to buy for, now spend so much of their time in the digital world that 'stuff' just isn't on their radar. And yet they still anticipate the excitement of surprises as they look back at their childhood Christmases [...]

Chic treats for women and Black Friday 2018 offers list

By |2018-12-05T15:58:07+01:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I've had so many requests for both this post and tomorrow's gifts for teens that I'm feeling the weight of expectation! I've been compiling retail Christmas gift posts since 1993 and I have to say that this year has been the hardest. Why? Because as with partywear, retailers are being very careful with their inventories this year and they're sitting on the safe side to ensure that they're not left with lots of stock to clear at a loss on [...]

Everything Christmas at John Lewis & Partners

By |2018-11-16T16:50:50+01:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Interiors, Retail Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

You seemed to enjoy our last virtual wander round John Lewis & Partners in May so when I was thinking about my Christmas posts, there seemed no better place to spend a day. It has to be said that they really have become the kings of Christmas in the UK. Some of my friends now say that they refuse to even think about Christmas until the TV ad comes out - they see it as the official launch of the [...]

The Boden sale summer 18, gift ideas and a brainteaser

By |2018-06-29T16:52:41+01:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Accessories, Gift ideas, Sale|Tags: , , , , |

I can't imagine that many people are going to be sitting around reading blog posts this weekend - the sunshine is too glorious and so I'm not going to take up much of your time. There are just a few things I wanted to bring to your attention. First of all the Boden sale summer 18. There's something interesting going on at Boden - the sale's late, they haven't been doing as much discounting recently and a lot of the [...]

11 spring pick-me-ups: brightening the dark days

By |2018-03-02T16:37:42+01:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Gift ideas, Interiors, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Wow - what can you say about the weather that hasn't already been said across every news channel?! As I type, Storm Emma is blowing in from the sea. There is nothing to shelter us from the coastline and so the winds are whistling around us like something from a horror movie. In all of the years that I have lived here, I have never known the snow to fall so incessantly. So, I decided it was time for one [...]

Black Friday 2017 best offers compendium – updated all day

By |2017-11-24T18:04:53+01:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Sale|Tags: , , , , |

Black Friday 2017 best offers. Last year you told me you found it helpful to have a simple guide to the best offers on Black Friday. So, I've done my best to arm you in advance with posts on Christmas gifts ideas and outfits (they're listed at the bottom in case you need to refer back to them). I'll keep updating this as offers go live and change during the day. Here are the discounts you need. Black Friday 2017 [...]

Gift ideas for teens – who says they’re hard to buy for?!

By |2018-01-08T16:43:51+01:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas|Tags: , , |

Actually this gift ideas for teens post has been a challenge this year. Usually it's easy because the boys present me with lists full of ideas on the last day of the October half term, This year, despite persistent requests, I have only had one and it has the sum total of two ideas on it. Why? They tell me that there isn't much they actually want. Apparently there is a lack of newness out there - there are no [...]

Chic Christmas Gifts – gift ideas for women over 40

By |2017-11-16T17:29:17+01:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Fragrance, Gift ideas, Shoes, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gift ideas for women over 40. This is an important post. Why? Because quite a few of my friends' husbands shop from it so I feel a huge sense of responsibility. So, chic Christmas gifts. Ideas for the woman who doesn't really need anything but would quite like a little something to open on Christmas Day. Before I go on, I have a couple of apologies to make. Firstly if you read via Bloglovin, I have been having some compression [...]

Thoughtful gift ideas for Mother’s Day – Spring 2017

By |2017-03-10T14:42:06+01:00March 10th, 2017|Categories: Family, Gift ideas, Interiors|Tags: , , , |

Mother's Day (or Mothering Sunday as my mum would insist) is fast approaching in the UK. I always say it is one of my favourite days of the year, much nicer than a birthday because you have a lovely day without being any older. And as I'm writing this post, I'm smiling because a funny thing happened when we were having drinks with a group of friends after Christmas. As the women were discussing what presents they had unwrapped on Christmas Day, everything they [...]