Have you ever heard of Grandparents’ Day? I must admit that I never had until I started working in a greetings card shop. Since then, the day has grown in prominence and this year it will be celebrated on the 2nd of October.
Now my grandparents probably have no clue what it is so it will be a nice surprise for them if they get a nice little present from me. But what do you get for grandparents who probably have everything? Here are some gift ideas for the special people in your life.
My Nan would be super easy to buy for. She is super stylish, even at nearly 80 years old, and I am sure that she would love some new makeup, jewellery or even a clothing voucher. She tends to visit charity shops for her clothing more now so it would be nice to treat her to some brand spanking new clothes from a high street store.My Granddad is a lot harder to buy for – and since my Dad is a granddad too, lets not forget him – he is also notoriously hard to buy for! Socks, pants and crossword puzzles are what I or Jack tend to opt for as you can’t really go wrong but it can get a bit boring after a while. I’ve been taking a look at the range available of Chums menswear and I can definitely see some items I would be happy to pick up for my dad or granddad – unlike us ladies, the men in my life much prefer us ladies to do their clothes shopping for them so I can guarantee that whatever I pick will be much appreciated and well used.
my mother. She should be the easiest person to buy for but over the past 26 years, I think I have exhausted every option especially as I now have to buy her presents from Jack too. Bags, clothes, perfumes, books, music – she’ll always be appreciative and use them constantly but the problem is remembering what I haven’t bought her – I have to check in with her and see if there is anything in particular that she wants otherwise I am bound to buy her something she already has. Since having Jack, gift buying has become so much more difficult!
Have you ever heard of Grandparents’ Day before today? If so, do you celebrate it? What sort of things do you buy for your grandparents to show them how much you love and appreciate them?
Is it me or has Fathers Day appeared out of nowhere this year? I have only just realised that both myself and Jack were yet to buy cards, let alone presents – and I ended up buying one for Jack to give to Steve as I don’t think his nursery have made them for their Dads unlike they did for us mothers on Mother’s Day which is a shame if so. I know Steve will be disappointed if so!
Here is my last minute gift guide on some fun and some practical gifts you can get the man in your life this Fathers Day..
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Sugru Starter Kit – £10
I think I mention Sugru in every gift guide I publish and there is a reason for that – the stuff is fab! My Dad swears by it now since I introduced him to it and this starter kit would make a fab gift for the man in your life. With 5 packs of Sugru and a booklet on some easy home hacks, this moldable glue will transform your life – and my Dad can’t wait to get his hands on some more!
Thinking outside the box here but we all know someone whose Dad is completely young at heart so why not consider getting him a skateboard? Its not the most obvious or cliche gift and will potentially get used a lot more than others…what do you think?
Zippo Lighter – £16.25
For as long as I’ve known Steve, he’s owned Zippo lighters. You mention lighters and everyone knows the Zippo brand. They stand for quality, they’re prestigious and they make a great gift for Fathers Day. Whether the man in your life is a smoker or just uses a lighter for everyday use around the house, Zippo are definitely the best option as they will stand the test of time.
Deco London fragrances
I recently received a sample bag (£12) like the one pictured above with a couple of the fantastic gentlemen’s scents from Deco London in sample sizes included. With the bottles of scents being £75, this is a great way of distinguishing which one your father or partner would prefer before committing to buying the full size. I don’t even know if I can pick a favourite, they all smell so good!
Steve is always saying how it would be nice to have a pen of his own, a nice one rather than the cheap biros we have scattered around the house. Pen Heaven offer this very thing and recently sent me this gorgeous pen engraved with Steve’s name. Of course, now that he’s got a nice pen he hasn’t used it yet because its so nice but this would make a nice present for someone who uses pens throughout the day on a day to day basis.
Vileda Windomatic- £49.99
Car stuff will always go down a treat and this Vileda Windomatic helps to clean car screens and windows with a streak free finish!
With its flexible head and rubber lip for getting into hard-to-reach corners and edges, the Vileda Windomatic is lightweight and ergonomically designed to suck away the dirty water from car windows and screens.
It doesn’t just have to be used on cars – all types of glass can be cleaned using the Windomatic which makes this a very useful gadget that would definitely get plenty of use should your father receive one this year.
This is just a selection of the fab gifts available for Fathers Day this year – what are you planning to buy?
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.’
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.
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?
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?
Jack is so terribly hard to buy for when it comes to Christmas. With a birthday exactly three weeks before, I seem to exhaust all ideas of presents and really struggle with what to buy him. I’ve compiled a Christmas gift guide of some items I think most children will love.
First up is the fantastic LEGO Star Wars Poe’s X-Wing Fighter Set. If your child is anything like mine, they love both LEGO and Star Wars so this is the perfect gift for them. We were lucky enough to be sent this to build and a full review will be coming soon!
The Frozen Hama Beads are sure to be a much loved present this Christmas. Hama Beads are quite popular as it is and with such a popular film on board too, I can see this selling loads in the run up to Christmas.
I reviewed this recently but why not treat your child to a bird in a cage from Hawkin’s Bazaar? Jack loves this still and although the noise may drive you mad after a while, it is sure to be treasured by your child.
If personalisation is more your thing, how about a personalised Christmas book from Penwizard? If you’re quick, I even have a giveaway for one running until the 28th of this month, get entering! We will be reviewing our own one very soon.
I’m definitely considering getting Jack a Fire Kids Edition with 7″ Display as the iPad is sometimes very hard to prise from his hands. His screen time is limited but I think the £99.99 for this (potentially cheaper on Black Friday) may be worth the investment.
If you wanted to treat your child a little early to a non traditional advent calendar, this Play-Doh Advent Calendar for just £14.99 (currently on sale for £8.75!!) is definitely worth picking up. Jack spends half of his days playing with Play-Doh so he would really appreciate something like this.
Jack is desperate for this Toy Story Rocket Blast Buzz Light Year Doll and I have been seeing lots of deals on this recently – it seems to be a very popular item on Christmas lists this year. I will definitely be picking it up, how about you?
Finally…what would a gift guide be without some books? Here are a selection of book sets to span the ages featuring some of my favourite stories and authors from when I was a child!