Our Christmas Gift Guide…Pay Attention…This is Important

Christmas time at Queen B HQ and we are really getting into the swing of things! The eggnog is flying, the naff Christmas jumpers have been slapped on (over our leggings, natch!) and the office has been decked with so much mistletoe that no one stands a chance of getting out kiss-free!

With Mariah Carey ringing in my ears I can confirm that us Queen Bs, would like a lot more than “You” for Christmas, so as a massive nudge for all the present buyers in our lives, and some inspiration for anyone struggling with gifts this year we have put together our must have Christmas pressie list.

Think of it as our present to you, a small but thoughtful gesture to help make things more merry, an inspirational star guiding you towards the gifts we are all craving, an angel announcing to you what we want wrapped and under the tree, a blog version of a cherub faced Christmas elf helping and assisting.……(too much??!)

1. Queen B Athletics

We’ll keep this short because you know…it’s kinda obvs really but if you plan to be the absolute Christmas Champion, don’t mess around. Kit from queenbathletics.com needs to be your priority for the Queen in your life. Go, Go for the good of the city.

2. Carrie Skinner Fitness.

The hour of power run by Carrie Skinner Fitness challenged Katie P earlier this year and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since! Thankfully, Carrie has brought out gorgeous gift vouchers, so we know what we will be putting under Katie’s Christmas tree this year! Snap yours up and welcome in the New Year with a sweaty workout guaranteed to shift those mince pies in no time!

For more info: carrieskinnerfitness.com

3. Coleman Golf

You might have noticed that Queen B Athletics have a rail in the Coleman Golf pop up store on Patrick’s Street this Christmas and we really love being in the city centre as well as working with one of Cork’s loveliest business people. After our initial elation blew over into acceptable excitement we took the chance to have a nose around the shop and found so many brill treats for the golfers in our lives. Paul Coleman is making life really easy too for the present buyer of 2014 with fantastic hampers and even little stocking fillers. If you’re in the area do pop by. We would all love to see you.

For more visit: colemangolf.ie

4. Crunch Food Company

We never thought we would get over our obsession with Ottolenghi, and then Crunch Food Company came along and cured us forever – when healthy food tastes this delicious there really is no excuse not to indulge. For Christmas, Crunch are setting us all up for a very merry one by offering hampers that you just want to dive head first into. I have a feeling there won’t be a lot of sharing going on when it comes to these goodies! Orders need to be in by December 15th and there will be a cap on orders due to high demand. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. For more info: crunchfoodcompany.com/


5. Dennehys Health and Fitness

Our lovely friends in Dennehys Health and Fitness are selling vouchers for their fantastic gym as well as personal training. With our Katie P being a gym/PT regular as well as Brid vowing to have never sweated more than in their classes, we really do recommend a visit to this lovely, friendly gym. Dennehys will also be opening another location in Douglas, Cork soon. Yesssss. We will see you there. Check out: dennehys.ie

6. Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre

Our favourite yoga centre ever are offering gift vouchers this year (Wohooo!!!!!) and what better way to give a gift that is both healthy and indulgent than a trip to Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre – you will walk out a new person. The perfect gift for every age and every ability, a chic pressie that means you are racking up those brownie points without having to wash a single plate on Christmas day!

Check out: yogacorkireland.com/content/

7. Mianra Artisan Soap

We at Queen B Towers fancy ourselves as pretty sweet smellin’, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to indulge in the nicest soaps we can get our hands on and none are better than Mianra Artisan Soaps. Made in Cork, so practically our neighbours, Mianra Soaps soaps are so delicious, delectable and pampering they are a must for our Christmas stockings and yours!

Check out mianrasoaps.com

8. Performance Physiotherapy/ Reformer Pilates

If you saw our Challenge Katie P blog where we joined some of Ireland’s top rowers for a Reformer Pilates class in Performance Physiotherapy then you’ll know we just love Sinead Murphy and her team of Chartered Physiotherapists. Great news, they are selling Christmas Gift Vouchers this year that can be used for physiotherapy, Pilates or sports massage. They are recommending a gift of abs or glutes for a loved one this Christmas. Ohh YES please.

Check out: facebook.com/Performancephysiocork

9. The Ultimate Cookbook by Derval O’ Rourke

“Food in the Fast Lane” is topping our COO Aedin’s Christmas list this year. She hasn’t stopped hinting since the book was launched and who can blame her? With sell-outs all over the country and recipes that are as easy to make as they are yummy to eat – Derval’s first (and we sincerely hope not last!) book is a winner on every level. Our only problem is that Aedin is looking for a signed copy…how are we going to convince Irish sporting legend and domestic goddess Derval O Rourke to put “Aedin, you are the wind beneath my wings” on it??!! Hey, we all have dreams!