#apovgiftswap – Part 2

First off, a belated Merry Christmas to you all! I have been enjoying the festive season to the max, spending time with friends and family, eating(!) as well as decorating my first real tree. It’s been nice to have a few days to catch up with myself and to reflect on the year too – something which I explored back in my Achievements and Resolutions post for 2016/17 which you can read here. Back to this one though and I recently wrote about the #APOV Gift Swap. We were each swapped with fabulous bloggers, we shared an idea for budget and a few things on our wish list before hitting the shops. I had a fantastic time choosing for my blogger, The Trendy Orange, and had a great time reading her fashion and lifestyle blog too. In turn she sent be a box of gorgeous goodies which I was so excited to open on Christmas morning!

So what was in my box of goodies? I opened it up to find the cutest little card from Ashley with a gorgeous glitter Merry Christmas. Underneath I spotted the Pusheen Cosmetic Bag straight away. I love anything Pusheen – the cutest cat – so I was so excited to see this. Pusheen has plenty of room for storing all my make up and is so furry. His little face is gorgeous and can brighten anyone’s day!

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Next up, I spotted bright pink flamingo paper clips. I love cute stationery especially when it involves animals or fun things. I’ve just created a new desk space to enable blog and writing for 2017 so these will definitely brighten up the space!

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The next gift I could smell as soon as I opened the box – a gorgeous Lush bath bomb in the shape of a parcel. I must admit I went in Lush just before Christmas just to smell all the beautiful bath bombs! I also jumped in on the online queue for the sales on Boxing Day and spent my day waiting from 75,000th in the queue! By the time I got onto the website there was nothing exciting left! Do let me know if you grabbed a bargain though!

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My final gift was the most gorgeous candle I’ve ever seen. It’s a little pine cone with snow decorating the base inside a pretty glass jar. The most perfect Christmas decoration which I am planning to save until next year as it is far too pretty to light!

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To complete the box Ashley included a number of yummy chocolates which I can’t wait to indulge in! You can never have too much chocolate at Christmas – Yum! Thank you Ashley so much for all of my fabulous gifts – even though we have never met the gifts you bought were so special and truly wonderful.

My advice to those who are thinking about a bloggers gift swap is totally do it! It’s such a lovely way to meet new blogging friends, learn about others’ interests and in turn it’s so fun to go out and choose unique gifts for someone.

Happy Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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20. Alfie Moon Designs

This week my featured business is… Alfie Moon Designs!

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I came across Alfie Moon Designs on my Twitter feed this week when a fellow small business retweeted their cute designs. I instantly fell in love with Slouchy the Penguin, Pete the Panda and the Alfie and Tommy Moon cats! These designs are printed onto mugs, tote bags, clocks and money boxes and are the perfect addition to any shopping trip, coffee table or desk at work.

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There are several collections to choose from including the loveable characters, woodland animals and a mix of modern twists on vintage classics! I especially love these tote bags below featuring a fox and a print from Alice in Wonderland.

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If you love your pet there is also an option to personalise a mug or tote bag with your favourite photo! These are very reasonable at only £7.50 for either a tote bag or mug.

If you are looking for a wedding gift this Summer then check out these cute printed ‘The Perfect Pair’ mugs, a cute gift for animal lovers!

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There is also a fantastic range of wall art available on the website including the loveable characters and other prints. I especially like the music notes and Pete the Panda!

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Click here to view the full range of characters available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Alfie Moon Designs website.