Five Amazing & Affordable Gifts For The Doctor Who Fan In Your Life

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After the success of last year’s Doctor Who gift guide and seeing that Sarah really liked her birthday gift last week, I thought I would share my top ten gifts for the Doctor Who fan in your life. I love Doctor Who and quite a lot of my friends do so things related to the programme or the actors always end up being given as gifts throughout the year on special occasions. Do you like Doctor Who – who’s your favourite Doctor or in fact, your favourite sidekick or villain?

If you see anything perfect for the fan in your life, just click the picture to be taken to the relevant website.

This Weeping Angel talking plush toy is one of the presents I bought Sarah this year and I just couldn’t resist. Priced at just £11.11, its a must have for any new Who fans and I am debating whether to get one for myself. Ask anyone to name a villain from Doctor Who and Weeping Angels are always one that crops up. I bet the majority of us also can’t look at statues the same since watching DW, am I right?

 

This hardback book, priced at just £9.09, is a collection of illustrated stories and a lovely Christmas gift. Only released in October, its very likely the recipient has never read these stories and will love sitting down and spending hours poring through them.

 

Another book but an absolute steal at £4.99 and quite fascinating! This cookbook caters to all skill levels and offers recipes for things such as Ood Head Bread and a Peek-a-Boo Pandorica Cake. I may be asking for this myself this year!

If the person you are buying for already has a Funko Pop collection then this 12th Doctor with guitar would make a fab addition for just £10.53. If they haven’t, why not help them to start one? This is so cute and I know plenty of my friends with Pop collections will be picking him up.

Finally something for the more gadget minded DW fan. If you think a remote controlled flying Tardis would go down a treat, then look no further. This one is just £14.99 and will provide hours of fun for fans young and old.

Do you have a particular TV show that both you and your friends seem to love, like I do with Doctor Who? What gifts are you planning to pick up for them this Christmas?

Christmas Gift Guide | Mother & Baby

Being almost eight months pregnant, I felt that I should end my gift guides with one for mother and baby. Featured below are some fantastic items for babies or their mums who deserve a little bit of TLC. What would you add to the list?

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Paediatrician and dermatologist approved and suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin, this handy little kit for newborns and babies contains a 50ml baby bedtime bubbles for sweet dreams, a 50ml baby wash for hair and body, a 50ml baby moisturiser for precious new skin and a 15ml nappy cream for happy bottoms – products that are definitely essential when you have a newborn, I can assure you. Child’s Farm have a lovely range of products for your child so why not head over and take a look?

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As the UK’s premier perinatal brand, they have come across so many mothers who have unknowingly purchased poorly made, cheap and toxic wraps that quickly fell apart and provided no support for their baby. The YogaBellies® Baby Wrap was designed to overcome these problems and provide reassurance for mothers everywhere. Their organic stretchy baby wrap slings are manufactured in the UK from 100% cotton and are hand-finished in the UK which means they can verify exactly how it was made, what it is made from and most importantly, they know that it meets stringent safety standards for you and your baby.  A perfect gift for you and baby for just £49!

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If an expectant mum you know is suffering from nausea or morning sickness, perhaps a SeaBand would be a good gift – I talked about my experiences here and I found it really worked. Natural and discreet, this would be a great stocking filler.

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Perhaps Cocofina Coconut Oil would make a great stocking filler? At just 79p per sachet, it contain the perfect volume of oil for the busy on-the-go mum. Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so is the ideal natural skincare cream for baby and mum. It contains Lauric acid which when ingested (in coffee, tea, salads, cooking) naturally enhances the quality of Monolaurin found in breast milk and fr new mums that are breast feeding this adds an extra benefit for baby’s developing immune system. It is also a miracle cream that effectively soothes soreness after feeding and is a highly effecting nappy rash cream. A great all rounder, right?

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Colief Mum To Be Moisturising Cream is a pre- and post-pregnancy rich moisturiser, which helps to soothe dry, itchy skin as it stretches, and helps skin to recover in the important months after birth. Its gentle hypoallergenic formula is packed full of pro-vitamin B5 – a powerful natural skin healer and protector – as well as almond, avocado and grape seed oils. Colief Mum To Be Cream also contains vitamin E and soothing calendula to ensure that the skin is kept constantly moisturised. This would make a lovely present for under the tree.

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A Theraline pregnancy/feeding pillow is probably high up on expectant mum’s Christmas list this year – we all want to be super comfortable both before baby is here and after birth when feeding. Priced at £44.95, this would make a great gift for any expectant mum – I know I would be ecstatic to find one under my Christmas tree!

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This Dr Brown’s gift set (RRP £49.99, available at Boots) is an ideal gift for any mum, whether breast or bottle feeding. Bottles are always useful – when expressing or bottle feeding – and this set reduces colic, has a wide neck and has everything you could ever need to start feeding your baby. I would be happy to find this under my tree this year.

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Launched just today and available for around two weeks, the Lidl baby winter collection is adorable and priced very well – most items come in at under £5 each, bargain! I don’t have a Lidl near me but I desperately need to find one to take advantage of this collection, I think!

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Bobux Soft Soles are always a lovely gift option for a baby’s first Christmas as they usually can’t walk by then so soft soles are quite novel. Priced at £20 and including a range of styles (from the more traditional character designs to the vogue collection, they are simply adorable. A full range of Bobux shoes can be found here.

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Bookabees is suitable for kids aged 0-11yr and it’s the only kids book club where the kids and parents are actually involved in the curation of the book lists and decide which books get delivered each month. Delivery comes in a personalised named box along with other fun, surprises each month. There are three different subscription types available or alternatively, prepaid gift card options.

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Made from soft, safe silicone with handles that are thin enough for your little ones to hold and use from a young age, the Matchstick Monkey is just £9.99 and perfect for small hands looking for something to hold with ease. Perfect for teething little ones, its a revolutionary teething lifesaver.

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Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment that we all know of – designed specifically for babies – that offers triple protection against nappy rash at every nappy change. It creates a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants. It conditions the skin – Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 help to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised. It guards against infection – as well as sealing in the good stuff, it acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing. It is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives and it also won Product of the Year 2015 in the category of ‘Best Nappy Cream.

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Available from £27.99, this offering from Cheeky Chompers is the ultimate chewy combination and gift for the little teether in your life! A stylish matching Neckerchew and Comfortchew in a handy pack. Available in multiple designs, it adds a stylish touch to any baby or toddler outfit. It is fully reversible and made from super-soft jersey cotton that is delicate on young skin but highly absorbent, making it suitable for all day wear. A special absorbent middle layer locks dribble and moisture away from small chests and reduces irritation.
Machine washable at 40 degrees, BPA and phthalates free and 100% safe to chew on. Suitable from birth, the Comfortchew is a soft, soothing and stimulating ‘blankie’ designed to bring together baby’s favourite essentials in one – a comforter, a teether, tags, and the feel of their favourite teddy. Perfect for teething stages and beyond, the soft chewy textured Hippo-teether gives a great ‘bite’, using an innovative, dimpled design to massage and soothe tender gums and encourage new teeth to break through.

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A luxurious treat for Mum now, this Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment (£45) is the perfect gift this Christmas to any exhausted mum to a newborn.  This firming eye mask is the first in a new line of professional treatments from Dr Murad that he uses in his dermatology office in LA. It’s designed to give filler like results with zero down time! All you need to do is simply apply three pumps of the mask formula under each eye, apply the eye pads to lock in the ingredients and help them penetrate the skin. Hyaluronic Acid filling spheres attract moisture deep in the skin for an instant plumping effect while Firming Polymers firm and tighten. You see an instant results in 10mins and results continue to improve with regular use!

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Nothing beats a relaxing bath so these bath salts from Rhythm of Beauty would be a lovely gift to find under the tree on Christmas Day. I’d probably go and take a soak before Christmas dinner!

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This New Mum Gift Set from Letterbox GiftShop, priced at just £27.95, has only been launched a few weeks and is already incredibly popular. It is so easy to see why – a new mum is treated to a loving selection of gifts, all beautifully wrapped in their letterbox friendly gift sets. If you’re interested in buying one, my readers can get 10% off any gift set (including this one) plus free delivery with the code FUTURES10. Happy ordering!

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The Scout Count & Colours Band from Leapfrog is the perfect gift if you’re looking for a colourful and engaging way to help discover colours, names and numbers. It eatures five colourful instruments, plus a light-up piano played by popular puppy pal Scout. Every press or tap gets Scout bopping, playing and singing along to music, helping babies to connect their movements to each fun effect. Three modes help little ones to discover colours, names, numbers, musical genres and instruments, all accompanied by rock star Scout! (RRP £14.99, 6m+)

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This storage from Little Helper is both a cute and practical gift that will make every new mum’s life easier – after all, she will be overwhelmed with cuddly toys and similar once baby arrives!

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The Musti Eau de Soin fragrance from Mustela is alcohol free, suitable for your baby from birth. This gentle scent will help baby senses to develop. Its calming fragrance is made from cornflower and light extracts, with the most delicious aroma.

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The Baby Relax Balm with five 100% natural essential oils will help soothe fractious babies, totally naturally and harmlessly, truly a godsend for fraught parents. All it takes is a gentle massage on your baby’s body with a small amount of balm, a couple of times a week, and your baby will relax and sleep more easily. Puressentiel is the European leader of aromatherapy products sold in pharmacies.

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With an RRP of £16, this personalised heart name bodysuit from Sgt Smith is a gorgeous present for a newborn baby. If it wasn’t for the fact my babies surnames are Keene after their Dad, how good would this be for me?

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If someone you know is into apps, consider the Baby2Body iOS app. Although different from your typical stocking-stuffer gift, this is the ultimate gift for pregnant women and new mothers looking to stay healthy and happy during their pregnancy or newmotherhood while looking and feeling fabulous themselves. It is a woman’s daily guide to a healthy pregnancy and a happy motherhood. When a woman signs up with her baby’s due date or date of birth, she’ll immediately get digestible and actionable tips personalized to her needs on that day. The content is focused on her wellbeing, fitness, food and look, and every day she’ll get an update on baby’s growth.

The app also offers an upgrade to premium content for £9.99/month that includes nutritional recipes, exercise video tutorials, in-depth articles, meditation podcasts, checklists, top tips, helpful reminders and more! People can give the gift of premium Baby2Body content to expecting and new mums through our website here.

These are just a few of my gift ideas for mother and baby – what would you pick?

Christmas Gift Guide | Home & Tech

If you love home and tech stuff, perhaps this is the gift guide you’ve been waiting for. Here are my top picks for home & tech gifts this Christmas.

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Something we all need is pretty oven gloves and these gorgeous robin adorned oven mitts from Ulster Weavers would make a lovely gift for someone. They’re so well illustrated and so comfortable, they’d make a great addition to any kitchen. Ulster Weavers have been designing kitchen textiles for over 135 years now and have a great range of items to choose from. They’re based in Northern Ireland but ship all over the world. Their oven gloves retail for £13 – a bargain in my eyes.

20161112_133828 20161112_133806If you are anything like me, you are absolutely useless at lighting stuff with matches. You either burn yourself or panic about burning yourself. I always have to get Steve to light my scented candles for me so something like this Zippo candle lighter (RRP £13.75) would make an amazing gift for someone. I know I would be chuffed to see one wrapped up for me as it would mean I would be able to light stuff without Steve being at home – I’d actually feel like a proper grown up!

Zippo are such a prestigious brand too – a gift from them will always be well received.

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How gorgeous is Dyri? He is a cute reindeer candle with golden antlers but if you  simply light the wick and watch as the candle melts, his delicate golden skeleton is revealed. As well as uncovering the gold within, the lit candle reflects an enchanting shadow against the wall as the shape becomes clear. Dýri is  short for hreindýr, which means ‘reindeer’ in Icelandic and is available in two colours: blue and white. He is just one of the animals in the Pyropets collection. It also features: KISA the cat, BÍBÍ the bird and HOPPA the rabbit. They last for approximately 22 hours and retail at £25.

This gift is simply stunning and some people would probably prefer not to light it if receiving as a gift – use it ornamentally instead. Others will want to see the beautiful golden skeleton. What would you choose?

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If someone you know is serious about their exercise or even just their hydration in general, perhaps a Brita Fill & Go bottle (RRP £15, comes in pink, purple, lime or blue) would be a great gift. It can be filled up at any tap and the filter disk will reduce the levels of impurities, leaving you with fresh tasting water wherever you are.

I’ve been keen to keep as hydrated as possible during this pregnancy so mine has been in constant use. I would have loved to receive mine as a gift as health is so important and what can be as healthy as drinking water?

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I’ve spoken about the Ricoh printer in more depth here but this is a fantastic affordable tech gift for anyone who works from home or prints a lot of stuff in general. Even if I didn’t work from home I would be printing numerous things off for Jack’s school so I need something that does the job but is affordable too. This definitely ticks the boxes.

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I raved about the Lumie Bodyclock Iris here and it certainly seems like plenty of readers were keen to grab one for Christmas if the giveaway was anything to go by. This would make a great gift for anyone who is looking for a great nights sleep and/or who loves aromatherapy oils. The Lumie Bodyclock Iris has done wonders for my sleep, even now I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and I would recommend it to everyone.

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Finally, what kind of home/tech gift guide would this be without some fabulous Yankee Candle Christmas gifts? These three offerings are sure to make any Yankee Candle fan shriek with joy. The advent calendar (£24.99) and the Party Pavilion advent calendar (£29.99) are breathtakingly beautiful and the polar bear votive holder (£7.99) is the perfect stocking filler.

I love a good Yankee candle and especially love the wintery/Christmas scents. Why not treat someone you love this Christmas?

If you’re still looking for great presents you can always view sites like Gear Hungry to browse some of the coolest & latest gadgets on the market

Christmas Gift Guide | Food & Drink

When you ask many people what they like about Christmas, plenty of them will say the food and foodie gifts are always a popular choice when it comes to presents under the tree each year. Here’s my selection of the best food and drink gifts to give someone you love this festive season.

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This Gnaw Hot Choc Shots gift set (£5.99) is a great gift this winter for those who love a good old mug of hot chocolate. With a variety of flavours to choose from, they can enjoy a tasty hot chocolate in style.

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These tea selections from O-Teas will certainly go down a treat. The festive flavours will bring joy to anyone’s day and who can refuse a little bit of zesty tropical goodness in the morning with the tropical flavours? They taste absolutely delicious and are perfect for any tea connoisseurs in your life.

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If someone in your life has a really sweet tooth, why not consider Mr Stanley’s? They have a fantastic range of gifts available to suit any tastebuds. The Caramel & Sea Salt fudge (£5.99) is perfect for fudge lovers and the Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel Chocolate Matches (£6.99) are super tasty. You can even grab some Popping Candy Chocolate Matches (£6.99), some Caramel & Sea Salt Toffees (£5.99), some Crystallised Stem Ginger (£6.99) if someone in your life particularly likes the stuff and even a Bauble with Chocolate Coins (£4.99) for your child to hang on the tree.

All their products are super tasty and very affordable – and I would totally recommend them.

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If someone you love likes a festive tipple, how about some wine or liquor?

The Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2014 (£12) is a full bodied Chardonnay with aromas of white pear, fig and toasty hazelnut. Perfect for pairing with turkey.

The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc (£13.99) is the perfect aperitif, no food required. If you do want a nibble, try alongside crushed fish cakes with lime and chilli mayonnaise. It has a lime zest and citrus blossom fragrance with more exotic elements of pink grapefruit.

The De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat (£14) is perhaps for the more acquired taste but is something the men in my life absolutely adored. Oak barrel aged 8 years, this fortified wine has a bouquet of raisin, fig with spicy notes. Muscat caramel, toffee and vanilla oaky flavours develop on tasting. It will also keep for several more years in the bottle.

If red wine is more your thing, then this Masi Campofiorin Rosso Del Veronese IGT 2012 is a bright ruby red with delicate purple edges. It has hints of cherries on the nose, with cloves and vanilla particularly as part of the spiciness. It has a long, lingering finish. This was a major hit.

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Perhaps someone in your life prefers whisky. A great gift would be a whisky from AnCnoc, such as the 12 year old vintage, RRP £34 for full size and available at Master of Malt. We always buy my father in law some whisky so it always makes a great gift – and sometimes the more vintage, the better!

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Every year I look forward to the Christmas products from Cadbury and of course – every year I am not disappointed. There is always such a great selection of products for both the run up to Christmas and to give as gifts too and as always, they taste absolutely delicious. Cadbury are such an important British institution and I would be a little upset if I didn’t receive at least one thing from them in my stocking each year, wouldn’t you?

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Love marshmallows? Then perhaps something from the Baru range will be a great gift? These Strawberry & Cacao marshmallows (£3.25) are super tasty and a handy stocking filler.

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If you are looking for something that little bit different, how about these offerings from ScandiKitchen? Reindeer Salami doesn’t sound like your usual gift but if you’re looking for something unique, perhaps it would make a cool present. Or perhaps some Blossa Glogg, some Scandinavian alcohol, would tickle your fancy more?

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We all love a tin of biscuits over the festive season and once again, McVitie’s are offering some fantastic products. The NEW McVitie’s Victoria Collection (RRP £6) is a tasty gift in such lovely packaging and the NEW McVitie’s Snow Globe Tin (RRP £10) has such a beautiful scene with tasty treats inside. I can see both of these being very popular gifts this Christmas.

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I’ve mentioned my love for Raisthorpe Manor’s products before and this Sloe Port is definitely a fantastic gift to pick up this Yuletide. Priced at £16.45 for 35cl, it is a Great Taste Gold winner and something I can see being a very popular gift this year. After all, everyone loves a tipple of something over the festive season, don’t they?

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My final gift idea would be some of these fantastic travel inspired chocolates from Cocoa Hernando. With super cute packaging, amazing and intense flavours at an affordable price, someone would sure love to find these in their stocking this year.

What food or drink items would you most like to receive this year?

Christmas Gift Guide | For Kids

With an almost five year old who likes pretty much everything and a baby on the way (who is luckily due after Christmas), kids gift ideas have been on my mind for a while. Here are a few items that I think the children in your life would love.

One of his big things recently has been trampolines. After visiting our local trampoline park in August and finding an old trampoline in his grandparents garage, he’s been keen to get his own one for our garden. Finding the best trampoline for kids can be tricky but this handy guide is making the work a little easier.

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Clothing perhaps isn’t the first thing children expect to find wrapped up under the tree but if they’re anything like me, they will love the new kids range of headwear from Buff. Jack adores his fox knitted polar hat and has already got his eyes on a few other items from the Buff website which I may just have to pick up for Christmas.

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If your child loves books, especially books with their name in it, then perhaps you will consider getting them a book from Lost My Name. Priced from £19.99 with free shipping, The Little Boy Or Girl Who Lost Their Name is the UK’s best selling picture book and is a totally unique, personalised gift based on the letters of a child’s name. Suitable for ages 0-8, it makes for a fab gift as they can really immerse themselves in the story – after all, it is all about them.

The books are fantastic quality with a great story and beautiful illustrations. What’s not to love?

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If your child is a Lalaloopsy fan, why not pick up this fantastic Lalaloopsy Mini Style & Swap Peanut Big Top (RRP £9.99)? She is picking the perfect costume for her next big show so you’ve got to help her choose the perfect outfit.

The great thing about this is that whilst some people may say it is a ‘girl’s present’, my son absolutely adored playing with it – switching and swapping Peanut’s outfits to make different combinations and has already asked for some more in the range. It is a simple, affordable gift that will keep children entertained for ages. For ages 4+.

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If your child (or even an adult in your life) is a big fan of Roald Dahl (like everyone in my household!), then The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake and available from Carlton Books for £16.99, would make the perfect gift. It is perhaps the only thing I have on my own Christmas list which will be beloved by the whole family.

I’ve recently been introducing Jack to the wonders of Roald Dahl and he even dressed as Charlie Bucket for World Book Day, drew a picture of a golden ticket for his home learning about his favourite book and won’t stop going on about chocolate factories. Its amazing how much Dahl’s legend lives on and let’s hope this continues for a very long time to come.

Warner Bros. has the ultimate selection of films this year and this Scooby Doo boxset (available to buy here) would make a great Christmas gift for the little one in your life. Jack adores Scooby Doo so he’d love these!

And if you would like to enter to win it for yourself, just follow and retweet this tweet on Twitter for your chance to win:

 

 


These are just a handful of items that you could pick up for the kids in your life this year for Christmas – books, clothing and toys are always popular. What’s on your child’s Christmas list this year?