This gift guide contains items we were sent for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
If there is a show I could watch over and over again, it would be Friends. If I’m being perfectly honest, I do watch it over and over again. It is always on in my house – if we can’t find anything else to watch, we switch onto Comedy Central and enjoy our favourite episodes once more. We’ve even got the children enjoying the show now – Olivia has even started singing along to the theme tune recently!
It is hard to believe that Friends is now 25 years old! However, as a 29 year old, it does make sense as I don’t really remember my life without Friends being on the TV. I even remember that the final episode was broadcast in the UK the night before I went on holiday and whilst going on holiday, it was all me and my cousin could talk about – plus many of the people around us. It is a show that nearly everyone has watched at least once and can quote at least one line from.
I’ve been loving the recent range of Friends items out there and was kindly sent some by Pyramid Shop which I am including in this gift guide. I have many friends who adore the TV show as much as I do, perhaps even more, and I just know that they would love these gifts. When these arrived, even Steve was excited by them – he’s as much of a Friends fan as I am.
Most of my friends are a sucker for stationery so this notebook with Friends quotes on the cover would definitely go down a treat! I can’t wait to scribble down blog ideas in it, with Friends blaring the background. The notebook features some of the most iconic phrases from the show. I find it so hard to choose my favourite quote, there are just so many good ones!
Coffee plays a major part in the show and with most of my friends enjoying coffee, this eco travel mug is a fantastic gift idea. Retailing at £9.99, this reusable mug has a double walled body to keep your drink warm or cold and also has a resealable non drip lid. This is also BPA free! With such a focus on using reusable travel mugs when buying coffee nowadays, I can certainly see this being a popular gift choice for fans of the show.
There are also a variety of coloured mugs in the range with different quotes from the show on – we were sent the blue We Were On A Break mug which retails at £8.99. There are plenty to choose from! I love a mug of tea whilst working and a girl can never have too many mugs – this might just become my favourite mug of choice!
This was perhaps Steve’s favourite Friends gift of all – a Central Perk mug. After all, who doesn’t want one of those? This 22oz mug retails at £11.99 and is the oversized mug we all know and love from the show. Dishwasher and microwave safe, these are an absolute must have for any fan of the show. Central Perk is such a central part to the show that their coffee mug is a must have in any fan’s home.
We were sent some of the items included in this gift guide to help with creation of this post.
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 Book?? 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.
Does your child love science? Then a monthly subscription to Letterbox Labs may be the perfect gift – let them experiment away under your watchful eye! Jack had great fun trying out different experiments from the box he was sent – full review coming soon!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?
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 sixmonths 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 https://www.winamegahome.co.uk/ 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?
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For someone who loves a snack
If 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 whichhydrates 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
For the petsBritain’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
Hofmeister 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….
I 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
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
If 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?
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!
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.
Babease 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!
DetectiveDot 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! DetectiveDot 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, DetectiveDot 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 DetectiveDot 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 DetectiveDot book, a CIA membership card, six fun missions, a personalised CIA letter, a CIA Sticker Sheet and a lifelong CIA membership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?