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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For All The Family | 2018

I started collating this post back in August, I know no one wants to hear the “C” word in summer but I wanted to get organised this year as with a little one I wanted to spread the cost and spend more time with my family.  Our little boy will be able to enjoy Christmas a little better this year but we still don’ t know what to buy for him.

For the Kids

Personalised Blue Polka Dot Piggy Bank

Firstly I’m going to start off with a gorgeous piggy money box, which you can personalize with a name and personal message from Personally Presented. I can’t wait for Freddie to start filling this up with pennies he gets given.

So Free Chocolate selection

We don’t have any allergies in our family if you do know anyone with an intolerance these would be a perfect alternative as stocking fillers or presents.  Prices start from £1.99 to £4.95.

GEL-A-PEEL ACCESSORY KIT

Your girls will love this, making their own accessory jewellery.  Sadly we don’t have any girls in the family but one of my best friends has a little girl so I am gifting this for her birthday in December.

 

Crate Creatures

Crate Creatures Surprise- Blizz

There are four of these to collect in total, each creature has 45+ unique sounds.  They are available to purchase from Smyths Toys at £39.99

Rolling Ice Cream Grill

I have seen these and have always wanted one to try out and now I have and can’t wait to use it and make some Ice cream.  It’s priced at £29.99  which I feel is a good value and can be purchased from The present Finder.

Itty’s Bitty’s from Hallmark

We love Itty Bittys in our home. They are a super cute way to give a gift, of someone’s favourite character, and don’t cost a fortune. These little ones are ideal as a stocking fillers too and adorable!

For Him

Home Brewtique

Any beer lovers out there? How about a home brewing kit? I’m giving this my dad for Christmas to make.

Specialist Brewing Equipment – £35

Milk Stout – £22

12 x Swing Top bottles – £30

Gillette Razor Mach 3

A bit of a boring present but if your partners likes to look trim then this is a perfect little stocking filler for them.

Anti-snoring ring

My husband snores but thinks he doesn’t then I’m the same and he once recorded me just to prove it so I am hoping these rings do the trick and help us both.  It is priced at £29.99 which I feel is a little expensive but if it does the trick it may be worth it for a better nights sleep.

Simoniz Car Cleaning Kit

If the man in your life is as obsessed with keeping their car clean as my husband then this handy car cleaning kit will be perfect for them.

Cufflinks from Dobell

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My husband has to wear a suit to work everyday so likes to have a selection of accessories for it including cufflinks so these are a perfect gift for any man wearing a suit to work.  Starting price is £9.99

Reserved For Daddy Personalised Cushion

We have our own seats at home on the sofas, I don’t know why but it works so it’s fine.  This is ideal for my husband from our little boy as whenever I sit in his seat I get asked to move.  It is priced at £14.99 and can be personalized.

For Her

For all the wine lovers out there, how about a bottle of wine?

Botonique Blush

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If you’re after a sober Christmas, or just fancy a soft drink with a difference, the non–alcoholic wine from Botonique is one to try for sure.

If wine is not on her gift list then flowers are surely to put a smile on her face this Christmas with this bouquet below

Solid Silver Star Pendant in Personalised Box

I love jewellery so when I received this I immediately fell in love with it.  It is engraved with my son’s name “Freddie” on it and is perfect for any female as a gift with any wording on.  It is priced at £34.99

Christmas Fudge” Bouquet  from Appleyard London.

The beautiful vibrant colours in this Christmas bouquet is perfect for any women in your life.  Priced at £49.99 I think it makes it more pretty to give to a loved one.

Wax warmer Subscription

What about a Wax warmer Subscription from Wax & Melt with melts delivered through your door every month? Sounds like a perfect gift to me.  You pick your own melts every month.  I love nothing more than to lit a candle when I get home from work as it makes the cold evenings more cosy.

The Chameleon Bottle will be launching on Kickstarter in November.  What a good invention, a colour changing bottle that tells you when your water is getting warm and needs changing.  The starting price for these is £22, which I feel is good value seeing as it is reusable and helps prevent waste.

Olverum Bath Oil 

Olverum Bath Oil 125ml - Enough for 25 baths

We don’t have a bath but if we did I would buy this and use this as I’ve heard so many good things about this.  Priced at £32.00 for 125 ml or  £58.00 for 250 ml .

Design Your Own Fragrance – The Floral Collection

Do you love perfume? Would you love to design your own scent? Well now you can with this set.  It is available in: The Fresh Collection, The Exotic Collection, The Floral Collection, The Natural Collection and the Ultimate Collection. Priced at £49.00

Festive Boozeballs – 6 fillable baubles

Nutcracker Bouquet from Bunches

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Another beautiful bouquet, another supplier.  I have had several bouquets of flower from this company and you can’t fault them, beautiful in every way.  Order yours today.

Pets

We share our home with 2 rabbits and a dog and I always buy them Christmas presents.  Find gift ideas below for all pets

Hexbug Remote Control Cat Mouse Toy

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Your cat will love this, we don’t have a cat but I would love to re home one but don’t think our dog would.

Pooch & Mutt Christmas Dinner Dog Treats

Our dog will go mad when she smells these in her treat draw at home.  The tube is a perfect size to take out with you on walkies or put in a stocking ready to open on Christmas day.  They are priced at £2.99 per 125g tube.

To Share

The Happy Christmas Hamper

Who doesn’t love a good hamper, then you’ll love this one from The British Hamper Company filled full of lots of yummy goodies to share and priced at £89 is great value for money.

Monty Bojangles 

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar – £10.00

Winter Wonderland Truffle Assortment– £8.00

These make great gifts for yourself or for others in your family or friends and they are delicious.  I will be sure to buy these in the future.

Cards

Unique handmade Christmas cards from Kio cards there are lots of designs to choose from but I chose the below 5 to send out to friends and family.  They are priced at between £1.25 – £2.50 each.

  • We were sent all of these products for inclusion in this gift guide.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bakersday Cake | Review & Giveaway

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope you you all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year?

Right how about we kick the new year off with a Bakerdays cake review & Giveaway?  I know we are all probably sick of seeing and eating but who can refuse cake?

Cake is one of my weaknesses so when I was offered a cake from bakerdays to review I happily obliged. I was able to choose my own personal design to go on the cake or you can pick from their pre design options.

It came presented in a lovely little metal tin, with a note and a christmas cracker which I felt was the ultimate little touch.

The processing of the cake was so easy, choose your design, the flavour of sponge you want and then it gets delivered straight through your letter box hassle free.  The cake was delicious, fluffy and light and didn’t last very long. With some cake you can find that it is very sickly sweet but this wasn’t, the icing was perfectly gooey.

If you would love to be in with a chance of winning a cake for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member then enter using the rafflecopter link below.  You have until the 29th January 2018 to enter.  GOOD LUCK!

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  • We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Christmas Tag

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!!

The lovely Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids tagged me in her Christmas Tag post, and I thought it was a lovely way to talk about Christmas, what it means to us and how we celebrate it.  So, here goes!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Hmm, I think I would have to say Love Actually, Makes me feel proper Christmassy when I watch it.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Not that I can remember. I think there has been one where there’s been snow left on the ground from before, but I can’t actually remember it snowing on Christmas Day.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

When I lived at home with my parents we’d get up open our presents at home and then each year take it in turns to either have it at my parents, go to my Aunties or go to my Grandparents for the rest of the day. Since Moving out I have gone to my Parents and the other half has gone to his parents.  This year is different as we are now married and have a little boy, so we’re spending the morning at home, going over to my parents for Christmas Dinner then over to my hubby’s nans to spend it with his parents, Sister and our Nephews.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

It has to be Fairytale of New York by the Pogues.  I love a good Christmas song as it really gets me in the spirit of the build up to the big day.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope, Never.  Never will do either.  I may introduce Freddie to a Christmas Eve Box when he’s older.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Dancer, Dasher, Blitzen, Cupid, Comet, Vixen, Donner, Prancer. I think?

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Food. Family. Alcohol as last year I was pregnant. All the normal good stuff!

Is Your Christmas Tree Real or Fake?

Fake :(, I have always had a really one before I moved out but with our dog we didn’t want her to run into it and the get the needles in her paws etc so have a fake one.  Maybe when Freddie’s older I will persuade the hubby to get a really one as I love the smell and to me makes it feel really Christmassy.

What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

My Mums famous brandy truffles and Mint Matchsticks – Can’t get enough of them

What is the best present you have ever received?

As a child, Most probably my first hamster which I called Frisky. I had gone on for ages to my parents I would love a hamster and I got one. As a grown-up,

Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I love spending time with my family so wherever they may be.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I love wrapping presents I used to do all mine plus help my parents and In Laws do their’s.  I wouldn’t say I’m a pro at it but I certainly put lots of effort into it.

Most memorable Christmas memory?

Making a Christmas card for all the family last year to tell them we were expecting a baby.  I will never forget everyones reactions.  With the words ” Then there was four, Baby Cooper arriving July 2017″ printed on the front.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

What truth?

What makes the holidays special for you?

Spending quality time with my family, plus seeing my nephews faces when they receive their presents from us and Santa.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Christmas Gifts For Men & Women | 2017

I love shopping for Christmas presents and try to start after the mad rush of birthdays in October.  For me, gift giving at this time of year is all about the little things that you know someone will love rather than the big, expensive gifts. Each year it gets harder to think of gifts for the family especially the men.

For the Women

We’re starting off with this lovely Nivea Gift set priced at £5.00.  The box contains:
Express Care Hand Cream 75ml, Express Hydration Body Lotion 250ml & Hydro Care Caring Lip Balm 4.8g.

Initial Mug RRP £14.50

A lovely gift idea for family and friends, or anyone with a love of coffee and tea. Our high quality bone china personalised mugs can be printed with a name or message of your choosing. We have a wide range of unique and novel designs to create a personalised gift for any occasion, from weddings to birthdays. They also make great Christmas stocking fillers.

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Nelson’s Massage Oil -£8.59

Nelson’s Calendula Cream – £7.28

The Nelson’s bath and massage oil can be poured into a bath for a deeply relaxing soak – perfect for after all the stress of the festive season or used as a massage oil to soothe aching muscles. The Calendula cream is an absolute staple in my eyes. It’s a multi-purpose, highly moistering cream for rough, dry, flaky or chapped skin – ideal for winter skin care!

And for those Party Animals out there, this party ready set from Superdrug would be perfect.

Superdrug Honey and Almond Foot Pack £1.99

Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Foot Pack £1.99

Superdrug Intensive Foot Lotion £3.49

Scholl Party Heel Shield £4.99

Superdrug Brightening Eye Drops 10 ml £2.99

Superdrug Kids Plasters Tin Can x24 £2.99

Hairburst Healthy Hair vitamins 1 Month Supply £25.00

For the Men

How about some festive Ale for the men in your family?  I know my dad loves things like this so it’s a perfect gift.

Not a very exciting present but quite essential for the men in our lives, my husband was excited for these so he can trim him beard.

Gillette Mach 3 Start – £5.50

Gillette Fusion – £9.00

How about clothing? This Baby Dadmin T-shirt is perfect for any Dads out there.  The store also offers hoodies and many more items of clothing.

Baby Dadmin T-Shirt £22.00

  • We went sent most of the above products for inclusion in this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gifts for Under 5’s | Christmas Gift Guide 2017

We have finally finished the majority of our Christmas shopping for the family, just a few more to go then all the wrapping up to contend with.

My little boy is teething and is chewing everything he can possibly get hold of so this dinosaur teether toy from borngifted is perfect for your little ones.

They are priced at £8.99 and have a big range to choose from.

For those babies finding their feet, these Twiddle Ons would be perfect, they have bells, crinkle noises and different textures to help them learn.

Twiddle Ons £8.99

Children that are slightly older, how about a gorgeous personalised book from Wonderbly .  We have just received a copy of this and we love it and can read the full review here.

The Christmas Snowflake  £19.99

Good Bubble also have gift sets that are perfect for any baby or young child.  Their products smell great and the gift set includes a bath mitt as well – making it a really lovely stocking filler.  You can read our full review here

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For the kids that are learning to walk then these little sock shoes from Attipas would be perfect for beginners.

Blue Sneakers £9.99

How about a collectiable soft toy for your little ones? These adorable Christmas Mickey & Minnie Mouse Itty Bitty’s from Hallmark would be a perfect stocking filler for your Disney lovers.

Minnie Mouse £7.94

Mickey Mouse £7.94

And lastly, I suppose this could be for 5 and over aswell but will include it in here. Meet the Densters, they are den making toy monsters that act as clips/pegs and help kids build amazing dens with bed sheets and blankets.

You can buy them here and are priced at £25.00 for the set

  • We were sent some of these product to include in this gift guide.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Christmas Snowflake | Review

I love books, love reading them and I’m now making sure my little boy has the same by reading him stories and building him a collection up just like I had when I was a little girl.

Today I’m very excited to share something both beautiful and Christmassy with you – a wonderful, heart-warming and stunningly illustrated book The Christmas Snowflake by Wonderbly.

Wonderbly make the most beautiful, personalised books for children and we’ve been lucky enough to review one, So when wonderbly asked if we’d like to receive a copy of their new release for Christmmas, The Christmas Snowflake, I was only too happy to accept the offer.

We were able to personalise the book with a little note from ourself to our little boy Freddie for him to keep which I thought was lovely and is a perfect keepsake gift for anyone.

The Christmas Snowflake story centres around a snowflake, who is looking for a place to call home this Christmas – but only you and your loved ones can help her.  This is such a lovely, festive tale story.  The illustrations are absolutely stunning and you can add up to nine family members, which I think is great for thosee who are blessed with larger families – no one gets left out.

I decided to stick to just the three of us.  As an added extra surprise, the final page of the book contains a sweet little pull-out keepsake Snowflake ornament – perfect for hanging proudly on your Christmas tree.

The book prices start at £19.99, it is printed on luxurious, premium quality paper and available in hardback.

I would be sure to buy books from Wonderbly as presents for friends and family.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Zimpli Kids Product Review

With christmas fast approaching, a new baby, birthdays, a wedding and a honeymoon just around the corner I am trying so hard to be organised this year and starting getting my presents for birthday ‘s and christmas in advance so there is no panic like most previous years.  As the kids get older it gets harder to decide what to get them.

So when Zimplikids got in touch and offered to send me a selection of their stocking filler presents I was delighted.

What did we receive:

SnoBall Battle Pack – RRP £4.99

This is great because if you love snow as much as me & my nephew do you can play with it all year round.

Pack Includes;

4 x 20g bags of SnoBall Powder

1x Instruction Leaflet

Each bag will make approximately 15 snowballs

​Pack makes 60+ snowballs

Gelli Baff – RRP £4.99

My nephew loves anything messy so when he receives this for christmas I am excited to see him face and what his reaction to it is.

The 1 Use Pack contains:
1 x 150g Bag of Gelli Baff powder
1 x 150g Bag of Gelli Baff dissolver
1 x Instruction Leaflet

Slime Baff – RRP £4.99

As per the above Gelli baff I can’t wait to see my nephews reaction to having a bath with this product.

1 Box of Slime Baff contains;
1 x 150g Bag of Slime Powder
1 x Instruction Leaflet

Chocolate Picture Making – RRP £3.99

Jack loves chocolate and making things so combining the two together, he will love it.

The 1 Bar Pack contains:

  • 1 x 10g Bag Dark Chocolate
  • 1 x 20g Bag White Chocolate
  • 1 x 50g Bag Milk Chocolate
  • 1 x Tray
  • 2 x Stencil Sheets
  • 1 x Instruction Leaflet

We he receives these for christmas I will post pictures on social media, so Watch this space.

* I received these product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Bloom & Wild – Letter Box Drew Christmas Tree Review

The festive season is fast approaching upon us and with only 5 weeks till Christmas arrives and the man in the red suit comes and delivers your presents, it’s all very exciting but not to mention expensive.I have always had a really Christmas tree when I was living at home but since moving out we haven’t been able to have one which makes me sad, because our living room isn’t big enough and also because I worry about the needles that they will hurt our dog’s paws.

When Bloom & Wild got in touch as asked if I wanted to review one of their mini letter box Christmas trees I quickly said yes with Christmas fast approaching.

The drew Christmas tree

They hadn’t come into stock when they first contacted me so I had to wait a few weeks for it, a short time after I received an email to say my delivery was on it’s way to me and I could wait to see what it was like.

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The great thing about this company is their parcels fit through most letter boxes which are amazing, because if you are not at home they can just post it through your door, no trips to the post office, no knocking on neighbours doors or having to rearrange deliveries.

The Christmas tree came delivered in a lovely box all wrapped and very well presented.

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They also put a little note in the box too with instructions.  I love little touches like that.

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I carefully peeled the wrapping back and looked inside and the overpowering smell of pine and really fresh Christmas trees just hit you.  I love that smell.

Our mini drew tree

A day later when I had a bit of peace and quiet one evening I started to set my tree up,  I carefully took it out the box, untied the ribbon and set it gently into the little box it came with.  I did as the instructions told me and gently spread the branches out and lastly put the moss around the base of the tree and gave it a little drink of water and now it was ready for some decorations.

Our drew Christmas Tree

I left it for a few days to settle and to allow the branches to drop then decorated.

We then decorated our Christmas tree with mini baubles, sadly we didn’t have any mini lights to put on it or a small enough star to put on it either.

Our mini Christmas tree

Our mini tree is still going strong after well over a month of receiving it, so they are certainly a must buy for me for next year.  The smell of the tree is still strong and remind me of Christmas every day and has to be one of my favourite smells of all times.

*I received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review, However, all thoughts, pictures and opinions are my own.

Ensure Your Home Is Ready For Your Christmas Guests By Doing The Following Things

If it’s your turn to host Christmas this year, it can leave you feeling the heat. After all, there is so much you need to ensure your humble abode is ready. You want everyone to have a pleasant time in your property. And it’s important to also make sure it’s looking its best, so people think that your home is wonderful. Here are a few things you must do to ensure your home is ready for your Christmas guests.

Make sure the kitchen is clean and tidy

Your guests will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen this year. Whether it’s to make themselves drinks or to help you with the cooking, it will be one of the rooms they spend the most time in. Therefore, you need to make sure it’s clean and tidy before your guests arrive. You should give the sides a wipe down and get rid of any old items in the kitchen. Also, you might want to give the bins a thorough wash; the smells from old food might linger in your kitchen! And you should remember to give the oven a good clean before you before you stick the turkey in there this year! Here is an easy guide to cleaning your oven!

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Make sure your heating is working efficiently

There’s nothing worse than your guests feeling cold while they are at your home celebrating the holidays. After all, you want a warm home to have an enjoyable Christmas. Therefore, before your guests arrive, you need to make sure your heating is working efficiently. That way, you can turn it to a good temperature to keep your family cozy. If you are having trouble with your heating, it’s best to get it sorted now before your guests arrive. You can look online to find a company who provide heating services. That way, they can resolve the issue quickly, and you can ensure the home is toasty before your guests arrive.

Get your bathroom all set for the guests

One thing you should make spick and span before your guests arrive is the bathroom. After all, you want it clean for your guests. Therefore, you should make sure you give it a good clean before they arrive. It would be wise to put some towels in the bathroom for them to use while they are visiting. And if you are lucky enough to have another bathroom, it might be wise to move your own items in there while you have guests over for the holidays.

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Clear out your garage

Unless you want to start blocking your neighbor’s homes, it would be wise to sort out the car situation before your guests arrive. It would be a good idea to put your own car in the garage so that your guests can park on the driveway. Therefore, clean out your garage and put your car in there before the guests arrive. And make sure the driveway is in good condition before your guests arrive. After all, you don’t want them to end up with a flat tyre down to your drive!

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And remember to cozy up your property. You ought to add some cozy blankets and cushions. And you should add some scented candles in your living room. As I said before, there are tons of beautiful Christmas scented ones around at the moment!

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Break The Mould This Christmas And Do Something Different With Your Gifts

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With Christmas looming around the corner, the stress is on. You need to find dozens of unique and interesting presents, some of which, for people you barely even know. This time of year is hard for everyone, but the challenge shouldn’t take away the festive fun. It’s easier than ever to be creative when it comes to buying gifts. Using the Internet and the tips from this post, you will find Christmas shopping a breath of fresh air, this year.

  • Preplanning

The best way to start this great endeavor is by putting on your thinking cap. You’re not ready to hit the shops yet! Each person you’re shopping for is going to have an intricate array of interests and desires. Your job is to translate this into the perfect gift.

Think about what you know about a person. Their hobbies and interests are very important, as well as their age and gender. Once you have established the things they enjoy, you can start thinking of the actual gifts. With each idea, you need to run down a checklist.

  • Will they like it?
  • Does it match their current interests?
  • Is it appropriate for them?
  • And can you see anyone else buying the same gift?

Of course, some of these are hard to answer. The first two questions can almost be rolled into one. The first point is more to establish how certain you are that they will like the gift. If you are doubtful, and that “will” becomes a “might,” it’s probably not a great gift. You never want to try and force a new hobby or interest on someone. Which is what the second point is for; if the gift doesn’t match what they already do, it will likely go untouched after the big day. The third point is pretty self-explanatory, but the fourth isn’t. Think about the receiver’s social circles, and try to decide whether or not someone else might buy the same gift.

  • Inspiration

If you’re struggling with preplanning, you’ll need a touch of inspiration. Here is where the Internet first comes in. There are loads of quirky and unique gift stores online. Although a lot of them are expensive, they’re great to give you some ideas. There are loads of sites around to inspire unique and unusual gift ideas, like Cuckooland or Hawkin’s Bazaar. These sites will often allow you to search by hobbies and gender/age, making it super easy to find what you need.

  • Be Creative

Be creative in all of your gift hunting. Use things like social media, to find out what people talk to their closest friends about. Talk to as many people who know the giftee as possible. The more you know about a person; the easier it is to find a gift.

If your biggest concern is the budget this holiday season, well thought out homemade gifts always go down well. If you have any skill, find a way to use it. The weirder and more unique, the better.

Hopefully, this will take away some of that seasonal stress we all know too well. Remember to put the effort in before you buy a gift, and that price isn’t everything.