The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For Children

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With Christmas rapidly approaching and two children, you can bet I’ve been thinking all about the presents I will be getting them. With Jack’s birthday in early December and Olivia’s in early January too, it is an expensive time of year for myself and Steve so I need to ensure the gifts are perfect. Here are some gift ideas for the children in your life.

Young children always enjoy puzzles and jigsaws and this Dear Zoo Puzzle Tray from Milly & Flynn would make a great gift for a child over the age of one. Olivia has been loving this with eight chunky pieces, trying to fit them in the right place and learn the different animals. She keeps making the noises that each of them make too, which is super cute. This has an RRP of £12 and is available at Jojo Maman Bebe.

Want to make Christmas even more exciting? This personalised Christmas Eve Round Treats board (£17.49) from Personally Presented is absolutely beautiful and lovely to put out on Christmas Eve for Santa and Rudolph’s treats. Jack was ever so excited when he saw this and can’t wait to put the treats out over the festive period.

Due to the personalised nature of this gift, you’ll want to get your orders in asap so don’t delay!

Jack is big into football right now and so often needs football boots. He’s not very good with his laces so these Laceeze bands are a brilliant gift option for the discerning footie player. They make the perfect stocking filler and are also great for anyone who plays a sport which requires laces. Jack’s are perfect for his weekly footie practice and I’ll certainly be getting some others for other family members!

Playmobil is always a popular choice in my house and this Aquarium for ages 4-10 is a great gift idea. Retailing at £49.99, it is a great main or secondary gift for the child in your life and will provide hours upon hours of fun.

There are a vast variety of fantastic playsets in the Playmobil range that are perfect for Christmas gifts so do be sure to check them out – you’re bound to find one perfect for the child you are looking to buy for!

Do you have a bookworm in your family like my Jack? Then why not consider a personalised book from In The Story? They have an extensive range of books to choose from and it really will give a special touch to their gifts. Jack is obsessed with Horrible Histories and has been for some time so the opportunity to get a book personalised for him couldn’t be missed.

He loves it and shows everyone that comes in the house. I’m currently considering picking one for Olivia too as I believe it to really be a lovely gift idea as it has that personal touch.

Something that all the children in the house can enjoy is something like this fantastic Extreme Lounging Mini B Bag. We were kindly sent one for the purpose of this gift guide and it’s perfect – the size is just right for both the children to sit on it if needed but also perfect for just the one of them. When they have tablet time, they love sitting on it and chilling out and have barely been off it since it arrived – watching films together, reading books. It would make a great joint present for all of your children, no matter how many there are.

As you can see, Olivia definitely makes herself comfortable, haha!

Now if you’ve got sons anything like mine, then they’re probably really into robots and robotics right now. Jack is desperate for a robot and I am considering Botley, the coding robot. Not only is he super cute but he helps children to learn coding in a really fun way!

The Oregon Smart Globe Myth is a great gift idea if your child loves to learn. It has numerous features and is spectacularly beautiful. Be sure to click the link above to check out my full review.

Does your child love building things? Check out my full review of these Strictly Briks products as they are a great gift idea for the construction expert in your life and are super affordable too!

Finally, this gift is perfect for little ones. The Peppa Pig Laugh & Learn laptop is one of Olivia’s favourite toys and she’s always playing with it, pretending to use it just like Mummy uses her laptop. It is great quality, not too loud like some toys and affordable too. Definitely worth considering for Christmas.

So here you have my gift ideas for children for 2018. Do you find shopping for children easy or hard?

Christmas Gift Guide | For Him, Her & The Home

Some of the items in this Gift Guide were received to aid creation of the guide – as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Can you believe Christmas is creeping up so quickly? It seems absolutely crazy that it is only a few weeks away now! Have you started your Christmas shopping? Have you finished? Here’s a few gift ideas for him, her and the home that you may enjoy.

If the man in your life likes looking after himself, these products from Woody’s Grooming are definitely worth a purchase. They have an extensive range of fabulous products and they make products without compromise by focusing on only the highest quality ingredients to cleanse, nourish and protect. If the man in your life wants a no frills simple skincare regimen with products that get the job done, consider these. We were sent the 2 in 1 beard conditioner, mega firm gel and beard & tattoo oil but there is also multiple other products to choose from such as the daily shampoo, styling gel, pomade, black mask, cologne and many, many more. Their products are available to buy in Boots.

If you’ve got a mega foodie in your life then these spice kits from The Spice Pioneer might be worth checking out. Developed by The Seasoned Pioneers, The Spice Pioneer is a monthly subscription spice kit which aids customers in making authentic and amazing dishes from around the world such as paella or jerk chicken. The kits are all completely authentic and feature world class herbs, spices and chillies.

We use a lot of herbs, spices and chillies in our meals but struggle for inspiration some days. We were sent a couple of the kits to try and they have really helped to revolutionise our cooking experience, enabling us to try different dishes in the kitchen. If someone you love absolutely adores being in the kitchen cooking, buying them a subscription to this kit is certainly a brilliant idea!

Got a friend or family member who loves to ‘pimp’ their drinks? These PopaBall bursting juicy bubbles are the ultimate when it comes to ‘pimping’ your drink. They label the bubbles for certain drinks due to the flavour pairings – they will ultimately taste best with the alcoholic drink they’ve labelled it with but they can be used in any tipple of your choice!

They are a fun little stocking filler to add that little bit of glam when getting ready for a night out, those bubbles and shimmer really are a lot of fun. What is even better is that all of the drink shimmers and bursting bubbles are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs plus the bubbles and shimmers are also are also free from dairy, nuts, eggs and soya, meaning pretty much everyone can enjoy them. It is great to see companies such as this covering all bases to make sure everyone can enjoy their product.

Now many people enjoy a tipple at Christmas but there are some people who don’t drink but still want to enjoy a delicious tasting drink over the festive period. This Botonique Blush is a new and unique British-made natural, sparkling non-alcoholic drink, available in two sizes (250ml and 750ml). It has the same crisp dry refreshment as the original but is a touch lighter with notes of strawberry, rose and bramble. It’s a gorgeous colour and tastes great.

I do drink alcohol every now and again but nowhere near as much as I used to and sometimes when everyone else is drinking alcoholic drinks, I fancy something delicious but non alcoholic. This is a great alternative and is something I will certainly be purchasing for when I have teetotal friends over. You don’t need alcohol to have a good time, it is all about the company, right? They’ll certainly enjoy a bottle of this.

Love food? Then you’ll love the selection of food Opies Foods have to offer. Steve certainly does – there were also some cocktail cherries meant to be in the above photo but they didn’t last that long with him around – oops! I think that is testament to the deliciousness of their food, don’t you?

Opies Foods are a family owned firm, based in Kent, who make many Christmas and year round essentials. We were sent a variety of their jars and oh my, did they feel indulgent? I’m not usually a fan of gin but I love blackberries and the blackberries in London Dry Gin are most certainly the perfect pairing – they work so well together with the juiciness of the blackberries and the sharpness of the gin. The Tragana Black Cherries in Luxardo are also delicious and I have to stop myself from eating the whole jar.

They have such a great selection of products that you are bound to find something that everyone will enjoy. I’m definitely considering getting a few more jars of the cocktail cherries, the blackberries and black cherries for Steve – but I’m not too sure how long they’d last after Christmas, haha!

For the keen gardener in your life, a subscription from Lazy Flora might just be the right gift for them! They are a beautiful plant subscription company who are making gardening more accessible to people than ever before.

Launching just last December, they were named The Independent’s Best Buy for plant and gardening subscription boxes just six months later! Their selection are great ideas for Christmas gifts for the green fingered person in your life!

If these don’t tickle your fancy, how about something extremely unique? Why not buy the person you love a ticket to win their dream home for just £25? Just head to to give a ticket for a gift – all that needs to be done is registering and answering a question with the competition being drawn on the 31st of December 2018. You’ve got to be in it to win it, after all!

I hope this selection of gift ideas gives you some food for thought – what are you most hoping for this Christmas?


Getting Prepared For Christmas With The Smyths Toys Catalogue

Hands up if you’ve already started your Christmas shopping? Or in my case, birthday shopping for them both as well as Christmas shopping as Jack’s birthday is exactly 3 weeks before and Olivia’s is exactly two weeks after. I’ve got them both one thing each for both birthday and Christmas but am starting to panic about how quickly the festive season is approaching.

The problem now is that Jack’s changing his tastes on an almost daily basis so I’ve been struggling to know what he actually likes right now and what he wants for Christmas. Luckily we’ve been taking a look at the new Smyths Toys catalogue – you can request your own FREE catalogue here or pick one up in store from Friday – and Jack has been circling exactly what he would like.

It can be so difficult shopping for kids with their changing tastes so these catalogues are so useful – not only do they keep children quiet for a while as they decide what they want but it also gives you some insight into the things they are into right now.

I already knew Jack was into Minecraft but I hadn’t realised he had got back into superheroes with such a passion until I looked in the catalogue! I’ve now got an idea of the kinds of things he wants and he has also picked something out that he wants to get Olivia too!

The catalogue has over 328 pages of inspiration – with a great selection of toys (indoors and outdoors), video games and even baby products for your very little ones. There is something for all ages and you will find all the top brands with the most competitive prices.

I’ve now got a whole list of stuff he’s interested in, ready for me to hit the Smyths store whilst he is at school one day. I’m also planning on taking my Mum so I can get stuff for Olivia without her seeing – Nanny provides such a great distraction!

I’m a big fan of shopping early and being prepared for Christmas – after all, it is such an expensive time of year for me. You may have seen that I tend to always buy some things in the Black Friday sales and you can also find me entering competitions for things I know my friends and family will like to keep costs down. Looking through the Christmas catalogues is just another string to my bow – it helps me find out what my children want and sort out my budget accordingly!

Whilst I think Jack’s hopes for the LEGO Minecraft set at £249.99 is perhaps a little too much, I now know of quite a few things I’m going to be popping into my trolley in the next few weeks.

Are you anywhere near prepared for Christmas? Do you let your children circle what they want so you can have some insight into what is going to be on their Christmas list in advance of them actually writing it? I’d love to know!

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What to Get the Kids for Christmas When Working within a Tight Budget

No matter how organised you may think you are for the Christmas season, there is always that one person on your list that is just extremely hard to buy for. If you happen to be working on a tight budget, it can make gift buying even more difficult.

So, if that one tough person on your list is your own child, nephew, or niece, then you’ll appreciate these great ideas for kids. Not only will it make them happy and instantly put you in the good books, these ideas also work with a very limited and tight budget.

So let’s jump right into it!

Cash in on the Popularity of Star Wars

With the brand new Star Wars movie just opening, it’s the perfect time to cash in on the blockbuster’s popularity with kids. There are literally dozens if not hundreds of Star Wars-themed gifts available for kids. The great part about all these gifts is that you can find something in just about every price range.

Take, for example, the Star Wars Chewbacca Fur Backpack. Kids will love running around feeling like Chewie, plus it serves a practical purpose since it can be stuffed full of items. There is also the Star Wars RC Inflatable Doll. Many websites offer specific deals that can be used to your advantage, for example this kids deal features a radio controlled inflatable doll that spins, makes sounds, and is holding a Lightsabre.

The Ultimate in Fun – a Race Track at Home

What kid, both boy or girl, doesn’t love being able to race cars around on a race track? The Chad Valley Loop Race-Track is a great option that allows kids to challenge one another to high-speed race. This one is sure to provide hours’ worth of fun, which means parents will get a much-deserved break over the holidays.

Look for Small but Intricate Lego Sets

Lego is one of those toys that just never seems to fade into the background. Kids of all ages can find sets that appeal to them, and Lego is, of course, a great toy for encouraging imaginative play. While the large sets can tend to be quite expensive there are plenty of small and mid-sized sets that are reasonably priced. Depending on your budget you may even be able to get a couple of small sets, but make sure the sets you buy are age-appropriate.

Give the Kids a Game They Can Enjoy with Friends

In a time where everyone is attached to their digital devices, it can be nice to take a more traditional approach by gifting kids with a board game. There are so many fun options nowadays that will allow kids to play with friends and the whole family. Take, for example, the hugely popular Pie Face Showdown game.

No Need to Stress About a Gift for Kids

Sure, it can be hard to buy gifts for kids, especially on a budget, but these great ideas show you that you’ve got plenty of options out there that will thrill them.


Why A Personalised Gift Means So Much At Christmas

Why A Personalised Gift Means So Much At Christmas

Christmas gift giving can be extremely difficult – I know I find it hard to pick up items for everyone except my children, they’re the only ones who give a decent idea of what they want.

It can be tempting to buy the boring, basic and sometimes useful, sometimes useless gifts for people but sometimes you need something with a little more pizzazz and a personalised gift certainly offers that.

Personalising your gift means that it will be completely unique to that person – and personalisation has come so far that you now can personalise pretty much anything! We were given a credit to Bags of Love so we could personalise some items and show you what they truly have to offer.

At Bags of Love, they print and produce all of their 400+ products themselves by hand in their studio in North West London. These aren’t your typical mass produced personalised items – everyone has a personalised mug or mouse mat. They offer such a wide variety of things that you can’t get elsewhere.

You can opt for personalised clothing – want onesies, pyjamas, slippers, hoodies, dresses or underwear personalised? They’ve got you covered.

Want to personalise your plates, bowls, aprons, cake stands and tins? Your kitchen can be personalised to your hearts content.

Looking for some personalised homeware? Yes they offer bedding, cushions, blankets, armchairs, footstools and luggage too! It’s crazy the amount of items they have to offer and all will have your designs or photos printed on them.

There is a whole team of people working to create these bespoke gifts – why wouldn’t you want to get one for someone you know?

With our credit, we picked up two of their more unusual items – a cushion and a babies jigsaw puzzle. Now Jack loves the picture of him and his sister in the swimming pool and always wants to buy cushions when we are out so that he can be ‘more comfy’ so I thought this would make a lovely little gift for him. He shrieked when he saw it and hasn’t really let it go except to show my Mum who was quite enamoured with it herself – gift idea for Nanny, anyone?

I felt like I couldn’t leave Olivia out so when I saw that they even did baby jigsaw puzzles – something I have never seen on other personalisation sites, I just knew I had to pick one up – and what better picture to use than a picture of her and her beloved brother?

She has had great fun putting it together and taking it apart again and giggles everytime her brothers face appears once more. I think its safe to say both of these items have gone down a treat!

Personalised items are such a lovely gift to give at Christmas – especially when you think outside the box and manage to get them a really unique bespoke item. These are great quality and would make the perfect gift.

Do you buy personalised items?

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