Christmas Gift Guide | For Her

I am one of those people who never knows what she wants for Christmas – I actually have no clue what I want this year so if the lady in your life is the same, then here are a few gift ideas for that special someone.


This Olverum bath oil, made with essential natural oils, would make a lovely gift if you want to get the lady in your life to relax. It smells absolutely divine and currently retails at £26 for the 125ml size (enough for 25 baths) and £48 for the 250ml size which is enough for 50 baths. Available at Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Conran and House of Fraser.

This bath oil is great for easing those aching or sore muscles and is also a fantastic soother for colds and flu. It is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work together. For years it was a cult product surviving by word of mouth and has recently relaunched. Recently quoted as ‘bath nirvana’, why not treat someone you love to this?


Janiro are a brand I’ve worked with plenty of times in the past so how could I not include some of their products in a gift guide for ladies? Their Ginvera Marvel White Zero Blackhead Marvel Gel (£16) and their Bio-Essence Bio Platinum BB Cream (£18.90) would make great additions to any females cosmetics collection.

Its easy to see why Janiro products are beloved by so many people. Not only do they do the job but they’re good quality and affordable too. What’s not to love?


An affordable and simple gift that you could pick up for the lady in your life is the Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Bath & Massage Balm. A dual purpose balm enriched with Evening Primrose and rich Sweet Almond oil to naturally hydrate the skin, it is designed for massaging into tired muscles or for use in a relaxing bath. At just £8.55, it makes for a great treat after a long day.


If the woman in your life likes her make-up, perhaps a palette and some brushes from Blank Canvas Cosmetics would do the trick. The Master Series Palette One (£31+) is a great palette for eyeshadow lovers – the palette has the perfect balance of 11 velvety matte shades ranging from a gorgeous vanilla base colour to a dark brown shade. It also contains 1 shimmery champagne highlighter shade. It also contains their bestselling vegan friendly E40/41 Double Ended Tapered Crease Blender/Smudger. The stiff flat shader end (E40) can be used dry/damp to apply eyeshadow. The fluffy dome side (E41) can be used to blend seamlessly.

All makeup lovers need some good brushes so these F20 (£13+) and F05 (£9) would make a great addition to the palette as an extra gift.

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If the lady in your life loves looking after her hair, then this Carmen by Samantha Salon Glamour Styler (RRP £54.99) would surely make her smile. Part of the range by ex TOWIE alumni Samantha Faiers, this styler lets you experiment with your look without having to visit the salon while the 47mm ceramic coated barrel and advanced Keratin Protech technology maintains and protects your hair during repeated styling. With two temperature settings, this is the perfect hair styling product for any female this Christmas.

This Murad Merry & Beautiful Gift Box (RRP £60, worth £121.50) is the perfect skincare gift box to give to someone this Christmas. Containing the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and the Rapid Collagen Infusion products, you can ensure that the lady in your life looks after her skin luxuriously this winter.

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If jewellery is more her thing, perhaps some items from DIWAH would be perfect? They are a fairly new jewellery brand which specialise in semi-precious and their online platform allows customers to design their own jewellery. All of the jewellery is then handmade in the UK by one of their very skilled jewellery design team members. There is a choice of over 1000 components, so the design options are endless when creating the perfect gift for someone. If struggling to choose, they also have gift codes – so the person you gift it too can design their jewellery for themselves!

Their bracelets and necklaces are just beautiful and I would love to receive one under the tree this year – wouldn’t you?

These are just a few ideas for Christmas for the ladies in your life – what do you like best?

Christmas Gift Idea | MegaBleu Games

Items sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We were recently contacted by the team behind MegaBleu, a French toy retailer with a range of fantastic games that are available in the UK  for children ranging from  4years+. We were asked if we would like to review any of their games and Jack opted for two in particular – the Alien Mission Evolution game and the Ghost Hunt Evolution game. Both are for ages 5+ but since Jack is 5 in just a matter of weeks, I wasn’t overly concerned about the age rating.

We first tried out Alien Mission Evolution. A game for 2 or more players, Jack has been playing with Steve. The description of the game is as follows:

Strap on your alien detecting goggles, grab your laser blaster, and eliminate the aliens in Alien Mission Evolution.

The hi-tech goggles show where the aliens are on the screen, but be quick… they move fast! You’ll need speed and accuracy to eliminate as many as you can before the time runs out.

Be sure to move from room to room – these extra-terrestrials could appear anywhere! Look out for different coloured aliens – some are worth even more points!

Test yourself by trying to beat your previous score, or compete against friends to see who can zap the most.


The game comes with 1 pair of goggles, 1 electronic gun and the game rules. Beware – as with most toys, you will need a select amount of batteries for this game so make sure you have some to hand before opening the game up – this game in particular requires 6 AAA batteries.

Steve and Jack both love a good alien film or game so it was quite funny watching them competing against each other to see who could zap the most. I think Jack looks rather cool in his attire too, don’t you?


The aliens only appear in the goggles so for an outsider, it can be quite hilarious to watch the players shooting at things that you can’t see. Jack and Steve don’t get to spend a lot of time together now Jack is at school full time throughout the week and that Steve is pretty much at work all the time so getting to see them enjoy these special moments and times together is absolutely priceless.

The game is available at a number of different retailers including Argos and Amazon for just £34.99. If you love an interactive game, then perhaps this is one for the Christmas lists this year – or perhaps you want to put it under the tree as a surprise. It will definitely keep everyone entertained.

We were also sent the Ghost Hunt Evolution game. Also for ages 5+, this is a game for one or more players and is described as:

Billy Bones is terrified as now he not only sees ghosts but he also sees bats flying all around.

Put on your MULTI-VISION-glasses and you can see them popping up everywhere

It is up to you to aim your gun as soon as they appear. Score 1 point each time you hit a ghost. But beware! The bats fly around at lightning speed and whoever hits them scores 3 points! Do not forget to reload your gun after 10 shots.

Whoever gets the highest score wins! (3 difficulty levels)


Containing 1 Billy Bones electronic projector (who Jack couldn’t resist taking a picture with!), 1 electronic gun, 1 pair of MULTI-VISION glasses and the rules of the game, this game requires 4 AA batteries and 3 AAA batteries, not included.

Much as Jack likes aliens, this was definitely his favourite game of the two. With a similar concept to the alien game, Jack would pop on his MULTI-VISION glasses and see ghosts and bats flying around everywhere. Whilst Jack likes to play games with his Dad, its nice that he can also play something like this by himself – its a little different to the usual things he may play by himself.


I can certainly see why the Ghost Hunt Evolution game is so popular. Retailing at £29.99 in various stores such as Argos, Amazon and Smyths, its an affordable game which offers something a little different to other games on the market.


I definitely think that’s the case with all MegaBleu games though. They are a brand new name to me as I hadn’t heard of them before I was kindly approached but they have such a wide variety of products available, all which offer something unique compared to other games out there right now. One that I’ve noticed is particular popular with children right now is Piggin’ Boogers – Jack himself has even asked for it after seeing an advert – so it is clear to see just what impact MegaBleu are having on the children’s market.

I sure hope they are here to stay as I love that they offer unique gaming experiences for children to enjoy not only by themselves but with friends and family too. The interactive side of their games that we reviewed and others they produce are a major plus point and I will definitely be picking up more MegaBleu products in the coming months for Jack (and Steve!) to enjoy.

Have you played any MegaBleu games?

Christmas Gift Guide | For Him

Buying for the man in your life can be ever so difficult. Steve, my Dad and his Dad are notoriously hard to buy for and I struggle each year to not buy them the same thing yet again. Here are my top items to pick up for the man in your life this Christmas.


Clothing is always a good bet and with it getting super cold, something warm is a great idea. I am particularly liking the knitwear range at House of Fraser – especially their golf jumpers right now as I’m pretty sure both Steve and his Dad are in need of new ones. One thing to tick off the Christmas list for each! Prices vary but are always affordable – this golf jumper is currently reduced to just £25! ^


This UnderArmour Health Box may be a little on the pricier side of your budget at £349 but if you have a man in your life who likes to measure and monitor their fitness, perhaps this is the present for them!

I know of plenty of men who like to measure their fitness – whilst Steve currently uses an app on his phone, I would certainly consider getting him this if I had the spare cash.

I’d also grab him the HTC 10 if I had the spare ££ – he’s already wanting to upgrade his phone and this looks fantastic – in fact I even want one for myself!

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These beard oils from Power Health are just £8.99 apiece and come in two fab blends – the citrus blend or the warming blend. I love the packaging and think that getting 50ml of product for just £8.99 is a total bargain!

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I mentioned above that Steve and his Dad – even his brother – love a good round of golf so the Pocket Bunker™ would potentially be a fab gift for any golf loving man in your family. It is the perfect training aid for any golf fan – whether they are a novice or a professional – to practise that tricky bunker shot anywhere, anytime. The portable, pocket-sized gadget closely resembles the look and weight of a PGA (R&A) approved golf ball, except it has legs that act as sand simulators. Played from just about any surface, it reacts with the resistance and feel of bunker sand, resulting in an unparalleled bunker practice experience.

Starting from $25 for a pack of 3 here and also currently available on Amazon and Etsy too, this would make a great gift for a sports lover.



If the man in your life likes taking care of himself, perhaps one of these kits from Bulldog Skincare may be an option. The Skincare Duo Set (RRP £10, available at Tesco, ASDA and Co-Op), Beard Care Kit (RRP £12, available at Boots exclusively) or the Shaving Kit (RRP £15, available at Boots exclusively) are all fab gifts for the skincare loving man and you can ensure that he gets to look after his skin whilst you’ve managed to grab his gift on an affordable budget.

These are just a couple of ideas of what you can buy the man in your life this Christmas – keep your eyes peeled for my food & drink gift guide, gift guide for her, children’s gift guide and home & tech gift guides coming soon. What ideas have you got for the man in your life?


What Should I Get My Grandparents For Grandparents’ Day?

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.breakbarriersMy 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?

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Last Minute Fathers Day Gift Guide

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..

Gin Explorer


This fabulous subscription box is perfect for any man who loves a tipple in your life! Gin Explorer say that they are a brand new and exciting way to sample, explore and learn about gins from across the globe. Receive a selection of 4 different 50ml gin miniatures, each and every month direct through your door.

The gins are hand selected by your personal tour guide to take you on a culinary journey; thrilling your tastebuds and awakening your senses. You’ll also learn all about the heritage and origin of the gins increasing your gin knowledge, and passion, along the way. Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by delectable mixers and everything you need to explore, with extra treasures along the way!

Subscription packages are: Open Ticket (1 Month) : £24.99 | 3 Months : £69.99 | 12 Months: £279.99

So what did we think of the box we received? We were very impressed – there is a nice selection of gins and a mixer, a spoon and even some sweeties. Whats not to love? This is great for any gin lovers that you know and I am definitely going to be mentioning this to everyone I know who loves a spot of gin!

Sign up to the newsletter on the website today to receive £5 off your first box.

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!

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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

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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!

An engraved pen from Pen Heaven


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?

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