More Christmas Gift Ideas | 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

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For someone who loves a snack

Abakus FoodsIf you are buying items for someone who loves snacking, why not consider getting them some of these fab snacks from Abakus Foods? Choose from a variety of items such as jujube crisps, hickory nuts, stuffed jujube with cashews and so many more. They have some lovely gift jars here from just £12.99.

When you need an on the go essential

XO Balm, £12.50 for 45ml, is available from XO Balm. It is a multi-use balm you can’t live without.  This natural beauty solution  has many other uses, making it an ideal on-the-go essential. It comes with an applicator and is housed in a mirrored compact tin. The unique formula is designed to soothe and strengthen the skin, as well as moisturise and nourish all parts of the body, face and hair.

Each of XO Balm’s four ingredients has fantastic benefits, but combined they deliver a unique blend of hydration, protection and nourishment. It contains Coconut Oil which hydrates and protects the skin, keeping it plump and rejuvenated. It also contains Beeswax which acts as a protective and breathable layer for the skin; locking in moisture and protects skin from damaging environmental factors. Also included is Olive Oil which softens the skin and prevents moisture loss while protecting from environmental damage and finally, Chia Seed oil which soothes irritation and reduces inflammation, and contains vitamins and minerals. This would make a lovely stocking filler

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For the pets Britain’s finest grain free dog and cat food, Canagan recently released a range of wet food pouches for cats, one of which you can see above. With 80% meat or fish and an array of chelated minerals, the new range offers a complete and balanced grain-free meal for kittens, adults and senior or sterilised cats.

If you pride on feeding your pets with decent quality pet food and want to involve them in Christmas gift giving this year, why not get them some food that they can enjoy whilst you are tucking into your Christmas meal?

For the beer lover

HofmeisterHofmeister Beer would make a fabulous gift for any beer lover. The Hofmeister brand first hit the UK back in the 80’s when it was a 3.2% ABV pale lager produced by Scottish Courage. It was famous for the cool and loveable Bavarian ‘George The Bear’ and the iconic advertising line ‘For great lager, follow the bear’. Following a 13-year hiatus (the original brand was axed in 2003 by then owners Heineken), the new Hofmeister brand is back and has been made over into a 5% ABV Helles lager, slow-brewed in Germany by a fourth generation family-owned brewery located on the edge of Ebersberger Forest in Bavaria. They even recently won best lager at the World Beer Awards which tells you how good it is!

We received some bottles for inclusion in this guide and let me tell you, they went down a treat. We’d been planning on taking some to the in laws for my father in law and brother in law to try (as they love trying different beers) but there may not be any left for them to try….

If you would like to gift them some Hofmeister this Christmas, why not pick up this Hofmeister 2 Pack Selection and Glass for £16 or this Hofmeister 5 Pack Selection and Glass for £22? Alternatively you can purchase from Amazon here. Happy drinking!

For the bookworm mum

the supermum mythmum hacksI reviewed The Supermum Myth here and Mum Hacks here and mentioned how I think all mums should check them out as they are great reads and really make you think. If you are buying for a time starved mum who tries to be supermum all of the time then why not gift them these books this year? You can buy The Supermum Myth from Amazon here for £9.39 (*) and Mum Hacks from Amazon here for £9.99 (*).

For the one who wants a calming and relaxing Christmas

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Christmas can be a hectic time, so help friends and family take a moment to unwind and enjoy the festivities, by putting NEW RESCUE® Spearmint Chewing Gum (£4.95)  in their stockings. With the act of chewing suggested to help calm and relax the mind, the chewing gum, with its liquid flower essences centre, is both a handbag and desk essential.

You can even keep a cool head over the busy festive period with NEW RESCUE PLUS Lozenge (£3.99). Whether you’re doing final checks on the turkey or flitting between family members ensuring their Christmas spirit is still going strong, the lozenge has a soothing orange and elderflower liquid centre and contains pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps support normal mental performance. These are both available from Sainsbury’s, independent pharmacies and health food stores, grocery stores nationwide and online at Amazon (*).

For the one who loves unique gifts

twenty fingersIf you have someone who loves something a little different, why not gift them a bespoke product from Twenty Fingers. I reviewed mine from Twenty Fingers here and gifted it to my mum who absolutely loves it. It is something a little different from the norm which makes it feel even more special.

For someone who is eco-friendly

Do you have an eco-friendly family member or friend who loves cooking? Why not gift them a Wonderbag, the award winning eco friendly slow cooker. The product is basically a non-electric heat-retention cooker. It continues to cook food that has been brought to the boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of additional fuel so it’s super eco-friendly and portable. It comes in two different sizes – small for £35 and large for £45 – and a variety of colours. They are even currently offering free shipping. This would make the perfect gift for someone who loves cooking.

The one who loves scented stuff

Who doesn’t love a Yankee Candle or two? If you know someone who loves scented candles, why not purchase some for your friend or family member – especially some of their festive range right now? You can purchase Yankee Candles in a variety of scents and sizes from Amazon here (*).

I hope this has given you some great gift ideas for this year. What are you purchasing for your friends and family members?

Christmas Gift Guide | The Perfect Gifts For Children In 2017

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Wanting to find the perfect gifts for children this year? Here are our top picks for gifts this Christmas for children aged 0 all the way up to 16.

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

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!

awesome little green menAwesome Little Green Men – £10.39 an assorted starter pack from Amazon (*) and £24.99 for a deluxe battle pack from Amazon (*)

We recently reviewed the Awesome Little Green Men and they went down a treat. If you’ve got a little boy or girl that loves battling, these will prove very popular, I’m sure. The men may be small but their characters are larger than life and serious about the mission ahead. This fresh take on little green army men raises the bar by infusing battle and game play with 100 unique characters to collect in Series 1, including four super rare figures in the green army and the blue army. They all have their own expression and you can collect figures such as Sgt. Juliett and Major Zoomie, each figure with different stats.

BabeaseBabease Baby Food – between £1.20 and £1.50 a pouch

We talked about Olivia’s experience with Babease here and if you are buying for a child that is a little too young to appreciate Christmas but is weaning, these could be a fab present. The Babease range is available in Tesco, Boots and Ocado and you can also buy them from Amazon too  (*), retailing at between £1.20 and £1.50 per pouch. There is such a wide variety of flavours!

Jumbo Games CARS Piston Cup Race Game – RRP £24.99, available here on Amazon (*)

If you’ve got a Cars fan in the house, then this new game from Jumbo Games is sure to prove very popular – Jack loves his, it keeps him occupied with friends for ages!

Detective Dot: A heroine with a mission to get kids coding – Available to buy at www.detectivedot.org for £18.99 RRP. available at www.detectivedot.org and Amazon for £12 RRP (*), and an Ebook is available to download at www.detectivedot.org and Amazon for £6.99 RRP (*). Membership to the CIA is also available at www.detectivedot.org for £7.99 RRP.

Detective Dot is a nine-year-old coder and part of the CIA: Children’s Intelligence Agency, a global network of young spies who assemble to solve worldwide problems. She must investigate teenage trillionaire Shelly Belly and her global tech empire. Alongside her flying robot sidekick Drone, and selfie-loving, Tumble. Dot must utilise all her gadgets and sharp skills to solve the case! Detective Dot knows a smartphone is nothing without a smart brain to use it.

Created by UK startup Bright Little Labs, founded by Sophie Deen in 2015, Detective Dot brings a storytelling approach to teaching coding and analytical skills, complementing the computing curriculum now running in primary schools. As well as being adventure packed, Dot is a role model for all kids. In today’s children’s entertainment and media, 0% of princesses are coders, boys are twice as likely to take the lead, less than 3% of characters are people-of-colour and 92% of females are underweight! And not one superhero recycles.The world of Dot brings a creative breath of fresh air to children’s characters and escapes this “norm”. Bright Little Labs believe that the media has a critical role to play in shaping how our children learn and think.  We want children to believe they can achieve anything and that they should question everything – this is where Detective Dot and her friends come in. Making computer science more accessible to both kids and parents. Jack loves his- he is big on using the computers at school and he loves this book. He will be passing this onto Olivia when she is old enough too.

Kids can become a part of the CIA and Dot’s world with the MegaPack, which includes a Detective Dot book, a CIA membership card, six fun missions, a personalised CIA letter, a CIA Sticker Sheet and a lifelong CIA membership.

Hatchimals Surprise – RRP £74.99, available from Amazon here (*)

We reviewed and unboxed this here so is it any wonder we are including it? Hatchimals are a popular gift at Christmas time and these are no different. I am sure everyone knows the surprise by now – but just which ones will you get? Jack and Olivia still love playing with theirs!

Hugzzie Children’s Wheatbag, variety of designs – £9.99, available here

Not sure if you want to get a toy for Christmas but would like to give the child a nice warm hug? Invest in a Hugzzie for them – we reviewed ours here – it’s a nice cuddly friend for them to have.

Its Your Story Personalised Dressing Up Box children’s book, from £17.50, available to buy here

We love personalised books in our household and this is no different. Jack and Olivia loved hearing about all the adventures Jack got up to. The dressing up box isn’t the only book available, there are so many other stories or occasions such as birthday and Christmas that you can choose from. We will definitely be picking up some more in the future for children of our friends.

Hallmark Itty Bittys Christmas Collector’s Edition, £6 – see the range here and shop on Amazon here (*)

We love Itty Bittys in our house and we were so chuffed to be sent some of the Star Wars range and some of the beautiful Christmas Collector’s Edition featuring Mickey and Minnie. These are so cute and cuddly, they are sure to be the perfect stocking filler for any child.

Kurio Watch 2.0 Smartwatch – £79.99, available on Amazon here (*) and from other retailers

We reviewed Jack’s Kurio watch recently and talked about how great the features are and how he, as a 6 year old, loved it. There are games to play, pictures to take and they can even message friends too. It makes for a great gift.

L.O.L Surprise dolls – £10, available from The Entertainer here

These are very popular in my household! The surprise is the appealing element of it, you never know which one you will get and whether it is rare or super rare. There are plenty to collect so the child you are buying for is sure to keep themselves busy building their collection.

Despicable Me 3 3D Backpack – £10, available from Amazon here (*)

This backpack is sure to be popular with the kids – doesn’t every kid like Despicable Me and Minions? Jack loves his and uses it for trips to his grandparents. It’s so affordable too!

Monster Trucks Smash-Ups Rhino Remote Control Truck – RRP £34.99, available from Amazon here

We talked about our experience with our Monster Trucks recently and we raved about this product. It is so much fun to drive – especially when the driver comes flying out with an ‘AGHHHH’. Jack and Steve have spent hours playing with it and even Olivia finds it fun!

My First Scalextric, RRP £30, available from Amazon here (*)

Scalextric has been around for as long as I can remember and I think it was around even before I was born. It always appears on Christmas wishlists so this may be the perfect present for any budding car drivers. We reviewed ours here.

My Golden Ticket book, from £19.99, available from Wonderbly here

We talked about our copy here and I said how much Jack loves the Roald Dahl story so knew he’d love this. We love personalised books in our house as I’ve mentioned before and this was no different. It is a lovely story of Jack’s experience in the chocolate factory with his Nanny.

Paddington Spot The Difference – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*) and Paddington Colour On – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*)

Jack loves Paddington, he’s obsessed in fact. So these went down a treat when we reviewed these a few months back. These are a great stocking filler for kids who love Paddington and games in general.

PJ Masks Time To Be A Hero DVD – £7.99, available from Amazon here (*)

PJ Masks seem to be becoming so popular nowadays with their playset being a popular Christmas choice. Looking for a decent stocking filler? Why not pick up this DVD for them? We reviewed our copy here.

Oregon SmartGlobe Adventure AR – £54.99, available from Amazon here (*)

Want a gift that encourages their learning? Then this is the gift for them. Packed with amazing features, this globe enables them to learn about the world around them whilst still having fun. What could be better? See what we thought of ours here.

Summer Infant Wild Safari Deluxe Superseat – £49.99, available from Summer Infant here

The Lion Guard Rise of Scar Playset – £49.99, available from Amazon here (*)

You can read our review here. This is a must have gift for any The Lion Guard fan and is super fun to play with many different features. Jack loves his – although Olivia is a little scared of Scar!

Wave Racers Super Helix – available from Smyths here

If the child in your life loves cars and racing, then this is surely the gift for them. Get racing round the helix and get your friends involved too. Jack loves his and Steve loves it too!

Wise-ish Words For… personalised book – from 23.95, available at The Book of Everyone

This is a fun book, packed full of fun quotes and wisdom for Jack. He loved reading through it and got a real chuckle from plenty of the pages – especially the don’t eat yellow snow part! He is keen to get his friend one for his birthday which I think is so sweet.

Here are just a few gift ideas for Christmas…will you be picking any of these up?

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.

Dobell Burgundy Dupion Tie – £6.99 – available here

What man doesn’t need a new tie? Steve has tons of ties and this would be a fab one to add to his collection. He seems to have one in every colour!

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?

My Mother’s Day Wish List

Now that I have two children, Mother’s Day this Sunday is going to be even more special for me. Of course, the best presents are the ones they make themselves – I can’t wait to see what Jack brings home from school on Friday as they always make something for us at school – but I’ve been thinking about what I would love if they were to buy me something. Here are my top picks:

  • A good book – I may not have been able to get any reading done this year so far with everything that has been going on but I’m determined to get back into reading and I’d love the kids to get me a good book.
  • New pyjamas – I love new pyjamas and I may have seen some I absolutely adore in Primark the other day. I’m also after the Beauty and the Beast t-shirts too, haha!
  • A new Tangle Teezer – I’ve had a Tangle Teezer for a while now but I would love a new one – especially this Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash  which is ideal for use in the shower. Anything that saves me a few seconds of my time is ideal for me!

 

  • A box of chocolates – So I may be on Slimming World but Mother’s Day is totally an excuse to have a few syns, right?
  • A nice bottle of wine – I don’t really drink when breastfeeding but I don’t mind the odd tipple and a nice bottle of wine would go down a treat
  • External hard drive – Not very glam but extremely practical and would really help. work-wise

If I get just a picture and card from the kids, I will be happy. Mother’s Day really isn’t all about the gifts, it is about spending time with the family. However if they wanted to get me any of the above, I definitely wouldn’t complain!

What are you hoping for this Mother’s Day?

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My Top Black Friday Picks From Amazon

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When it comes to Black Friday, you are either a lover or a hater of it. I love it but I definitely don’t go as crazy as other people do. I tend to stick to one website in particular, Amazon, to find my deals as usually they cannot be beaten on price and what we want to get. I nearly always manage to grab some Christmas presents for family and friends in the sales which we wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford at any other time of year so I always keep my eyes out for some good deals.

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With Black Friday here tomorrow, I thought I would share my top Black Friday picks from Amazon this year. To see the products on the website, just click on the pictures (these are affiliate links & I will receive a small commission should you purchase anything).

We probably have enough tablets in our household right now but this Amazon Fire tablet is something that has been on my wishlist for ages and is currently down to just £29.99 from £49.99. I don’t have a need for it right now so probably won’t purchase but I bet I will be kicking myself in a couple of months time!

 


Articulate is a very very popular game so this Articulate Your Life game from the same range is a total steal at £11.99 down from £32.99. If you have a friend or family member who loves board games, this is definitely worth picking up!


I’m quite shocked at the price of this – this My Friend Teddy Freddy Bear Soft Toy is reduced from £39.99 down to £6.39 – a saving of over 80%. The bear is interactive, connecting with an app so this super low price is absolutely astonishing!


If a trike is on your list (and I know it is on many!), this Little Tikes 4-in-1 Sports Edition Trike is half price, down to £50 from £99.99. Trikes can be so expensive so grabbing one on a deal like this is a necessity if keeping to a budget.


As always, you can find some Kipling bags in the sale and this one is currently £26.49, down from £74. Steve’s mum loves handbags and we’ve picked her up a Kipling bag each year for the past few years – it may happen again this year!

Finally my last pick is something to pick up in preparation for the New Year. We all go on our fitness kicks once the New Year rolls around and the sales of fitness trackers goes through the roof. Get ahead of the crowd with this fantastic deal on the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker which is currently half price at £39.99 down from £79.99.

Will you be shopping the Black Friday sales? What bargains have you seen?