Christmas Gift Guide | For Men

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It’s getting to that time of year again – the Christmas fever has hit and we are all picking up gifts for our loved ones. Here are a few gift ideas for the man in your life:

Anki OVERDRIVE – £149.99 (Buy from the Anki website here or it is available on promotion from Amazon(*)

I reviewed the Anki OVERDRIVE here and mentioned how it wasn’t just for kids and how much Steve enjoyed playing with it. Whilst the kids in the house will love it, this is the perfect gift for your partner, brother or father if they love some tech and car racing. It will keep them busy for hours!

Winchester Teak Double Oval Bench – currently £199 – available here

If your partner is a hard one to buy for but likes to sit out in the garden of an evening with an ice cold beer, just chilling out then perhaps this bench will be a great present. It may be on the more expensive side for a gift but it could just make their day. I reviewed the same bench here.

Encona Carolina Reaper Hot Chilli Sauce – £1.50 roughly in supermarkets, more expensive here on Amazon as limited edition (*)

Now some people would think of this as a horrendous gift as they just can’t handle heat but for Steve, his brother and his Dad? This is the perfect gift! They all love hot sauces and with the Carolina Reaper being so incredibly hot, they would be eager to try this hot sauce so it would make a great stocking filler for them. If you have any hot sauce lovers in your life, get them this while you still can!

Sugru Mouldable Glue – £12.99 – available from the Sugru store on Amazon (*)

I include Sugru in almost every gift guide and that is because it is just such a handy stocking filler gift for those DIY loving Dad’s and husbands in our households. It is a handy addition to any toolbox or shed for when required and the man in your life will always be happy to receive one of these as an extra little stocking filler.

The Art of Football football t-shirts – from £25

These Art of Football t-shirts make a great gift for any football lover. My father in law is a big Spurs fan and we received this fab Spurs shirt for him for Christmas. It makes a change from other football shirts out there, it is a much more unique and meaningful football related gift.

Still struggling? Why not pick up him up some of the fantastic River Island menswear if he likes his clothes? If he’s into golf, what about some novelty golf balls (*) or some chocolate golf balls (*)? If he’s a bookworm, why not get him one of the newer Lee Child novels (*)? No matter what the man in your life is into, there is bound to be the perfect gift out there for him!

What do you plan on getting him this year?

Santa Is Coming To Paradise Wildlife Park TOMORROW!

I am a Paradise Wildlife Park Blog Ambassador and have been gifted with an annual pass in return. From time to time, I will let you know what events will be coming up at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Christmas is fast approaching and as a blog ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxburn Woods, I am so very excited to let you know that Santa Claus will be arriving tomorrow from 10.30am (Saturday 26th November) and you are all welcome! He will then be in his grotto at Paradise from 17th December right up to Christmas Eve.  Tickets cost £4.50 for park visitors on top of your normal entrance fee.


Santa not only delivers to humans but also to all of the creatures at Paradise Wildlife Park too, did you know that? Let’s hope the animals have been nice instead of naughty!

In his sleigh pulled by snow white horses, Santa will be opening Paradise’s Christmas Craft Fayre before joining his reindeer in the Park and taking his place in his magical Christmas Grotto! Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Craft Fayre too!


You can visit Santa every weekend at Paradise from the 26th November and every day from the 17th December until Christmas Eve. He will be in his Grotto from 11:30am – 12:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm. He’s in major demand though so please book your place as soon as possible. Tickets cost £4.50 each and can be booked now on the Paradise Wildlife Park Website –  and everyone who visits Santa will, of course, receive a present. 


A note about Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise is an award winning, family run Wildlife Park set in the beautiful surroundings of Broxbourne Woods in the Hertfordshire Countryside. It has been voted Hertfordshire’s Top Tourist Attraction and has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. It is home to over four hundred exotic wild animals and Paradise also offers a huge range of family friendly experiences – On Safari Adventure Golf, Formula Fun, Woodland Railway, Paradise Lagoon, playgrounds, Tumble Jungle and lots more.

They are very proud to be the leading zoo in Europe for animal experiences with over thirty incredibly popular (pre bookable) exotic animal experiences, from ‘Feeding the Big Cats’, ‘Shadowing a Keeper’ and ‘Meeting the Meerkats’ to ‘Tickling a Tapir’! Getting close to the animals and educating through fun and they are deeply proud of its status as an active supporter of animal welfare and conservation.

They have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world and are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme with successful African Penguin, Lar Gibbon, Cotton Top Tamarin, Silvery Marmoset & Red Ruff Lemur births in the past year alone. They were also the first zoo in Europe to receive a double Platinum Award for funds raised for the EAZA Tiger Conservation Initiative and are Platinum Award winners for funds raised for the Lemur and Madagascan EAZA appeal and they are an active member of the British, European and World Association of Zoos.


Last Minute Gift Idea | Chatty Feet

Do you love vibrant socks? How about the people you are buying for? I know socks are a very cliche present but you have never seen socks like Chatty Feet socks before! Known as the ‘funny socks with cool faces’, we were recently sent some pairs to try out.

Jack, of course, loved them on first sight. Sock with faces on, what’s not to love? With Chatty Feet claiming to ‘make funny socks with witty names to make you smile and bring a little fun into your day. With cheeky characters for kids and adults, you’ll be sure to find an unusual gift to match your pal’s personality.’

Chatty Feet

I was sent the Frida Callus socks to wear and Jack was sent the Feetasso. I love how vibrant and different these socks are from other socks you find on the market. With socks available for men, women and children, these would make the perfect gift and if you sign up to their newsletter, you can get £2 off of your order!

The Frida Kallus socks for adults retail for £7.50 which I think is an affordable price for such fun socks. We all know that the cheap multipacks of plain boring socks never last very long so I am more than happy to spend a little more on good quality, colourful ones that bring a little more cheer to people’s lives. These are very good quality too, like I said. They are really comfortable, not scratchy at all as some poorer quality socks can be. After use, they wash well and don’t use any of the quality or colour vibrancy which is a big plus for me. I am always on my feet so I need a good pair of socks that won’t wear away or lose quality within minutes and Chatty Feet definitely seem to have delivered.

Chatty Feet

When it comes to Jack’s Feetasso socks, well…whenever he wears them he refuses to take them off so that probably tells you something! He says they are ‘comfy’ and much like mine, don’t seem to irritate him at all. We all know how children love things that aren’t plain and Jack’s already pointed out other socks he would like from the Chatty Feet website as they are ‘fun’. Children’s socks retail for £5 on the Chatty Feet site.

Do you ever wear colourful or characterised socks or do you prefer to stick to the plain and boring styles?

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide


If you are struggling when it comes to those last minute Christmas gifts, fear not as I have a last minute Christmas gift guide for you all. I’ve already shown you my children’s gift guide, my fashion & beauty gift guide and my food & drink gift guide but here are some last minute gifts for if you really have no clue.


First of all we have some last minute grooming gifts. Shaving gel and a new razor such as this Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor & gel are always handy little stocking fillers as they are affordable and cheap too – the men in your life would appreciate them as an extra gift. For the ladies, how about this Braun Satin Hair 7 hairbrush? The Braun Satin-Hair 7 brush is easy to use, 100% portable, fights frizz and removes static. You can directly see and feel the difference as your hair will look shinier and feel smoother. Braun products are available on these websites but you can also pick this up on Amazon here.

If the person you are buying for is looking for a better night’s sleep, why not pick them up the Lumie Bodyclock? Bodyclock is a range of dawn simulators – alarm clocks that wake you up gradually with increasing light. The light cues your body to set a healthy sleep cycle, get up, beat winter blues, and to feel alert, refreshed and energetic all day. Choose from the range here.

I was recently sent the Magnitone Barefaced to review and a full review will be coming soon but if someone you know is passionate about skincare and looking after themselves, perhaps the Magnitone Barefaced Daily Cleansing Brush is the item for them?


Perhaps a new book would be more their thing or a new DVD? I’ve recently purchased Steve a new PS4 game for Christmas alongside his main present – he doesn’t really want much so its far easier to stick to what I know. He knows which game he has got so he doesn’t mind me sharing it with you – especially on the great deal it is now on. When Steve looked last week or the week before, the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate game was £20 more expensive than it is now. I had to pick it up as he has wanted it for ages – so if someone you know loves video games, get checking shops for some fabulous deals.

These are just a few ideas for some last minute gift – have you finished shopping yet?

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I wanted to ensure that for my last giveaway of the year, one lucky winner would receive some tasty treats and that’s what I’ve got. A box of Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics just for you. These are super scrummy and would be the perfect addition to the Christmas treat selection.

As this is the last giveaway of 2015, I want to say a big thank you to you all for reading, I really appreciate it and I am looking forward to starting 2016 with some new ideas going forward with some fantastic people. Now…if you would like to win this, what do you need to do?


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