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Presents don’t have to be super expensive to be super memorable or super meaningful. To inspire you this silly season, we asked the haven team about their most memorable gift experiences – both given and received…

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What is the most memorable gift you have ever given?
I gave my mum a gorgeous gold watch for her 60th birthday that she absolutely adores. 

What is the most memorable gift you have ever received?
I’ve been spoilt over the year by my husband with some very special gifts. One year he gave me a pendant with our son’s fingerprint and another year he gave me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings for Christmas. I treasure both dearly.  

KEELEY

What is the most memorable gift you have ever given?
This would have to be surprising my family (hubby and kids) with a trip to Fiji. I made a box of clues and they had to guess. It was such fun (and the best holiday!).

What is the most memorable gift you have ever received?
I adore all the kids’ creations and love notes over the years however a GHD hair straightener tops my list to tame my fro!

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EMMA

What is the most memorable gift you have ever received?
The most memorable gift would have to be when I paid for my Dad and Step mum and I to go and see Simply Red in concert in Manchester – my parents had never been to see a live concert and it was the best night ever! The most extravagant would have to be the Rolex watch I bought my ex-husband on our first Xmas together – he thought it was aftershave and boy did he get a surprise!

What is the most memorable gift you have ever given?
The most memorable gift I have ever received was probably my Nana’s bracelet that my Grandad gave me when she passed. He had given it to her before they married and it’s a silver bangle with the inscription “To Audrey Love Ken”. My Nan wore it every day and now I wear it every day and never take it off. 

BELINDA

What is the most memorable gift you have ever received?
I have so many! I pressed and framed the very first bunch of ‘flowers’ my toddler daughter randomly picked and gave me (they were in fact clover weeds!). I treasure the handmade stuff – my dad built an amazing wing-back upholstered armchair for my birthday one year and it takes pride of place in my bedroom. I would enter a burning house to retrieve the patchwork quilts that mum has made and gifted me over the years.

What is the most memorable gift you have ever given?
A beagle puppy in a box for my husband when he turned 30 – he requested an air rifle (?!) and thought I was buying him a barbecue. A surprise kid-free week in Seminyak, again for hubby, when he turned 40 – we were standing in the International Departures lounge just hours after he received that pressie! #stunnedmullet

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