At the beginning of the year I sit back, open a new, fresh and beautifully empty diary and start to fill in all of the special occasions. Every year it quickly dawns on me that I’m going to have to get moving as this week alone I have four birthdays (we have a big family, I have 5 siblings, Roy has four…). Thankfully shopping for special gifts no longer involves a stressful trek to a shopping centre and hours of frustrated buying (all hail the internet!).

There is nothing nicer than handing over a gift you know your friend or family member will love and I always try and look for something a little different, a little special. Living in a rural market town the shopping opportunities are few and far between, and with numerous other siblings all shopping in the same place moving elsewhere or going online is the online way to find something unique.

Finding Gifts That are Different

For the grown-ups on my list I try and find something a little luxurious, something that person would love and yet wouldn’t necessarily treat themselves to. Luxury at 1 offers a wide range of handcrafted gifts that tick all of my gift buying boxes perfectly (and I’m quite excited to have found it!). From ethically sourced Alpaca yarn items to Native World silver possum merino wrist warmers (these may be on the list titled “things Roy should buy Nicki”) and much more there are plenty of gorgeous items to choose from.

Thankfully this is one of those sites where I can find something for everyone, from the awkward to buy for blokes (At least one of my brother in laws will be getting one of the fabulous Russian hats Luxury at 1 have on offer for Christmas) to the much easier to shop for sisters.

Home Related Gifts

Not everyone wants clothing and accessories, bags or indeed anything fashion related. Personally I adore home related gifts (yes pretty or stylish ones) and so these make great choices for my family and friends. Quirky items like pretty soaps which can be used for display and use, gorgeous ornaments and even toiletries which look as great as they smell are perfect for my extensive gift list and the beauty of shopping at a place like Luxury at 1 is that the hard work in sourcing something a little different has already been done for me.

Gifts For Me

As Roy does from time to time read this blog, especially when pointed towards it I thought it only fair that I use this opportunity to let him know that this a site he absolutely may consider worthy of buying anniversary presents from and the likes. I adore the handcrafted nature of many of the items here and ethically sourced products are important to me and something I’ve written about before.



Enjoying The Shopping Experience

I’ll be honest, I hate shopping. The mad rush, the heat, the endless busy and stressed atmosphere; it really isn’t my thing. I really do appreciate being able to find what I want online without having to leave my home and am extremely grateful that finding luxurious gifts without joining the shopping hoards is no longer a dream, but a very affordable reality.


Keep it clean all of you who are now letting your mind wander to weekends away with your favourite celeb!

Today I’m asking what you would say is the thing that is your indulgence, your naughty pleasure or your treat. The obvious answer for most of us would be time with our families, date night with the partner etc but I’m thinking something that’s just for you.

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke (10 years off the cigs in November) and I have something of a home bod however there are still plenty of things I can (and do) enjoy and five of these are listed below.

  1. Walking
    Boring I know but sometimes I just want to grab my boots, camera (phone) and set off out for a walk, taking pictures or just enjoying the fresh air. Sometimes I go alone, sometimes we walk as a family. Fortunately we live in a gorgeous area in North Yorkshire on the edge of the N Yorks Moors so have plenty of fabulous walks around us to enjoy.


  1. Reading
    There’s nothing better at the end of a hard day after the kids have gone to bed than getting into my baggies, grabbing a blanket and the sofa (or snuggling down into freshly washed bed sheets) and getting engrossed into a good book. I’ve read some corkers recently, one being the Photographer’s Wife by Nick Alexander and Daughter by Jane Shemilt. Do comment below if you have any recommendations!


  1. Cookery
    I’m very fond of cookery and love my kitchen. I like challenging myself to create new and inventive recipes and at the moment have an on-going love affair with my vegetable spiralizer (I will blog more about this at some point!).

Veggies Noodles

  1. Gaming
    I live in Thirsk which has its own very popular racecourse (horse racing) and yet I’ve never actually been to the races! I’m more of a sit at home in your PJs (there’s a common theme here) and enjoy a flutter kinda gal. I’m not a die-hard gambling expert or anything however do enjoy the odd game here and there on sites such as Euro Palace and if I win some, all the better (and all the more to spend on my other indulgences). I used to enjoy the National Lottery and some of their games however gave that up when they put all of the prices up – tsk!


  1. Pinterest
    I am very much a Pinterest tart and can happily send relaxed hours pinning and viewing my own and other users’ boards. My main interests are anything interior design / homes related, vintage stuff, amusing things and basically anything that comes under the label “pretty”. You can find my boards here (do share yours!).



These are probably my five main pleasures or indulgences at the moment, what are yours?

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