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Lynne’s top twenty-ish christmas gift ideas

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It’s really 22 top christmas gift ideas because I am sneaking in

It’s Good 2 Give gifts –

how about making a small donation of just £1 or £2  for a message on our wishing tree – if you pay a wee bit extra we will even put it on our facebook page so you can share it with whoever you wrote it for!

or…..we have 2012 wall calendars with gorgeous photos of Scottish landscape scenes by Donald Ford – just £8 each or an insulated mug for these chilly mornings – £4 each.  Got a runner in the family?  Buy them one of our running vests – a great buy at only £12.

and if you like our events – how about buying a gift voucher for one of our afternoon tea events – £25 each and the recipient can choose from any of our 2012 afternoon tea dates once they are announced in January.  Email me if you’d like to buy one

Gift vouchers make splendid gifts – they are always welcomed and are easy to purchase (often possible to do online)

As you know, I love to promote local businesses  so, in no particular order, here goes-

1.   Hamilton & Inches, incredible jeweller in George Street.  Yes, they have utterly divine and expensive pieces of jewellery but they also have utterly divine and affordable silver jewellery – fantastic bracelets, earrings, charms, cufflinks.  And friendly, charming, wonderful staff.

2.   Renideo – what a wonderful gift to give or get – a voucher for time with Karen Finlayson a style coach who is, quite simply, fantastic and very interested in the self belief and self confidence of the person.

3.  Orocco Pier – great food and awesome views of the Forth Bridges

4.  Fifi Wilson – stunning clothes and accessories from this gorgeous boutique in the heart of Bruntsfield

5.  More gorgeous clothes – this time from Kakao by K inThistle Street

6.  All things kilt-y – and contemporary 21st century Kilts – just across the road from Kakao by K

7.  Food again – consider a voucher for one of the Fishers restaurants – Fishers, Fishers in the City or The Shore (my personal favourite is The Shore)

8.  Books your thing?  Consider a visit to the Edinburgh Bookshop at Bruntsfield – personal service and once you’ve been once or twice they will start to recommend books to suit you.  And if you need any recommendations for books – I thoroughly recommend Sara Sheridan‘s Secret of the Sands or The Secret Mandarin, Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First held Mine and for younger readers any of Cathy Cassidy’s books.

9.  Bruntsfield again (well it is a fantastic shopping area) – if you like Stollen then you must visit Falko’s bakery – and why not have a coffee while you are there.

10Craigie’s Farm has a huge range of products for christmas dinner and more.   Who wouldn’t like to receive a hamper as a gift?   Plus there’s the cafe too!

11. Keen photographer?   I can highly recommend the Kolo range of albums available at 50% discount from me.  They are truly stunning albums – lots of different sizes and colours

12.  Personalised stationery – how decadent.  and luxurious.  And gorgeous.  And available from luxury online stationer Magenta Ink

13.  If  you have relatives visiting Scotland in 2012, Timberbush Tours has a huge range of tours they could go on and in luxurious style too.

14.  Maybe you need to get fit in 2012 (yes, I know that’s got to be top of my list with the Kilimanjaro trek coming up in 2013) – if you live north west edinburgh consider joining Curves Barnton gym.  if you live south east then consider contacting Pamela Stafford of Fitness Bodies and enlisting her help.

15.  We all love a bit of pampering so consider a voucher for a treatment at one of the Zest health and beauty salons – the treatment list is long and there is something for everyone, even teens.

16.  Talking of teens, how about a voucher for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in George Street, Edinburgh?

17.  More clothes talk – at the West End of Edinburgh we have two stores to highly recommend – Sam Brown in William Street and The Cupboard in Stafford Street.  AS well as amazing clothes the personal attention and service is second to none.

18.  Still at the West End, how about a voucher for a hair treatment -the fantastic Charlie Miller salon in Stafford Street though there are also salons at Ocean Terminal, Bruntsfield and South St David Street.

19.  What about stocking fillers?  Lily -Mo has a lovely range of bracelets and if you mention It’s Good 2 Give she will give a donation to us for each sale- she can be found on facebook or email her lilymosparkle@yahoo.co.uk

20.  My ‘office in town’ and for me, the best coffee in town too.  (I’ve seen the hot chocolate and it looks sublime too) – Victor, Carina and their staff will make you feel like family.  Try Centotre in George Street and the Scottish Cafe at the Gallery on Princes Street.  Both well worth a visit.  You can buy a gift voucher for here too.  A pressie I would love.

21.  Last and certainly not least if you are in town around Frederick Street visit Dickson Reid hair and buy the lady in your life a voucher for a hair or beauty treatment or a set of GHD’s.  Super friendly and they are also promoting our Christmas Wishing Tree tags!

Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Caledonian

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I have so much to tell you but you will have to wait – I am going to do it in little bites…

It’s been a hectic week or I would have told you all about our Afternoon Tea earlier!  What a triumph.  Rebecca and Robin at the Hilton Caledonian  look after us so well and the Pompadour room is simply made for elegant Afternoon Teas.  Our guest book is filled with compliments and most of the guests have re-booked for our Christmas Afternoon Tea. 

How to paint a picture for you so you can feel as though you were there?  The Pompadour room has the most beautiful elegant wallpaper with birds – herons perhaps in a dusky pink and the arched windows overlook the Castle, Princes Street gardens and the West End.  Table sizes are from 2 right up to ten and set with starched white linen. Our guests are given champagne glasses filled with rose sparkling wine (or Bottlegreen soft drink if they are under 18 or non drinkers and it looks every bit as gorgeous and bubbly as the sparkling wine does) and the afternoon tea is delivered on old fashioned three tier silver stands – with little sandwiches on the bottom, scones and clotted cream and fruit cake in the middle and tiny beautiful mouthfuls of cakes on the top tier.  There is a choice of tea too – and plenty of refills.

I did a quick welcome (ok, maybe not ‘quick’ but not a long welcome) then our wonderful Tonya took over and introduced Marie from Fifi Wilson.  Marie described new trends and introduced our models who then wandered round the tables showing off the gorgeous clothes.  Our way of allowing the models to wander is very old fashioned – I remember only too well when I was a little girl going with my mum to Patrick Thomson’s store on North Bridge and being allowed to join her and my aunt for afternoon tea with models wandering around – actually I remember them often wearing fur coats and hats – not so pc now, I guess.  This method lets guests continue chatting with their friends and enjoying the foodie treats as well as being able to see the clothes up close and personal.

A charity event wouldn’t be complete without a raffle and ours are always special.  First prize was a £100 gift voucher from Fifi Wilson with a personal styling session with Marie out of hours to include a glass or two of champagne.  One of our good friends and s upporters won this voucher and we were all delighted for her.  Imagine our surprise and pleasure when she gave the voucher to one of the mums (from ward 2 at the Sick Kids). 

By 4.30pm it was all over for another Afternoon Tea.  I had unwisely worn high heels and three hours of wearing them had me almost in tears!  lesson learnt there – flatties for me from now on. 

It looks as though we have raised about £600 from this event which is fantastic – we will have a confirmed figure soon.

Meantime though many guests have booked for our Christmas Afternoon Tea on Sunday 4 December – but more of that later……

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It’s really heartening to know that our first event is sold out!

Oh and of course so is our second – Blingo sold out in a matter of hours.  22 of 26 tables are paid in full so we really know where we are financially.  I keep on begging for goody bag items and sparking mineral water as the more we can get of items like that the less we spend and the more we bring into our coffers as our guests feel well pampered.  Sunday’s event – afternoon tea at the Hilton Caledonian is such a nice relaxed event and I am so looking forward to it.  Think I have everything I need for it.  Sparkling wine – check, Bottlegreen soft drink – check, prizes – check,  merchandise for sale – check, list of our lovely guests – check.  Have they all paid?  Almost!  Our models are going for fittings in the next couple of days – its the very latest stock they will be wearing – Marie at Fifi Wilson is just waiting on it all arriving from London.

Today is a day full of event planning – the Afternoon Tea, Blingo (need a lot more prizes for this event!  and 500 choc bars too ), the Fashion Show and our very first Ball.  My head is spinning from all that there is to do and that is on top of working on my fundraising plan for 2011/12.   As the aim is to raise £200k this year I need to focus on encouraging others to join me in fundraising!  I have found a perfect Word template to put my event plans on and am learning Bento for the Mac too – its a great tool and once I have mastered it will save me carrying around a load of paperwork – just need the gorgeous Ipad!

Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Caledonian Sunday 6th March

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I know I’ve already covered this event in my blog but I don’t think I gave you links to Fifi Wilson – this gorgeous shop in Bruntsfield Place is worth a visit for the decor as well as the clothes.   Marie who manages the shop is a great supporter of It’s Good 2 Give and for that she has my gratitude but I wouldn’t ask anyone along to show off their clothes unless I thought they were outstanding .  Fifi’s clothes are fantastic.  And goodness me they fly off the shelves and hangers.   So I am delighted to work with Marie on our first afternoon tea of 2011 – our models will meander around the Pompadour room chatting with guests and showing them the clothes ‘up close and personal’!   And to go with the clothes we have the enchanting Jennifer Port playing clarsach.  (in case you don’t know, a clarsach is a scottish harp.  I think).  Jennifer has been all over the world representing Scotland and is a truly world class musician.  There are still tickets available for this lovely afternoon out but not many.  If you’d like to come along do get in touch soon!   £20 per person gives you full afternoon tea and a couple of glasses of sparkling wine.  Such a nice way to spend a winters sunday afternoon…….