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Giving money for Christmas: When and how to do it right

I do a similar post every Christmas, as this question keeps coming up in conversations I have with my friends and readers. First of all, let me demystify something: it’s perfectly normal to have people in your life you simply struggle to select a gift for. So don’t panic 🙂 With the rise of individual wish lists on websites like Amazon and Pinterest, it’s no wonder that many of us would actually prefer to get cash and spend it on something we truly want, instead of receiving an item we would bury at the bottom of our storage cupboard (or for more entrepreneurial spirits out there – sell of on Ebay). Even Martha Stewart agrees in an interview on Bloomberg (the full article is here) that it’s better to give cash than a bad gift. Here is my very quick guide to giving cash for Christmas: Wife/ Girlfriend – Not a good idea. She’ll be upset that you didn’t listen to her hints about “those shoes I showed you on my iPad a few weeks …

Summer season party gifts – Zazzol wine aerator

My social life has been very outdoorsy recently: barbecue get-togethers, Pimm’s garden parties, Sunday picnics in the park…London is fully enjoying an unprecedented amount of sunny days, so even the grumpiest of us all seem to be taking a little break from traditional weather whining and are embracing the atmosphere of one big celebration of summer! This brings me to my No.1 summer party gift which has been blamed for so many embarrassingly funny Facebook videos with my friends, that it has to be shared with you lot. Please welcome your new best drinking buddy – Zazzol wine aerator (this is an actual technical term, I nicknamed it “the bubbly hero”). What this mighty little thing does is simple yet genius – it adds oxygen to wine (wine experts would say “it lets the wine breathe”), so even supermarket bottles of Merlot or Pinot Grigio instantly taste like their pricey restaurant “siblings”. Let’s admit it, noone wastes money on wine for summer parties, it’s simply not the point. This thing makes any wine much more …