Children’s Birthday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again when both my youngest children have their birthdays – 9 days apart! It can be hard work and expensive. When you ask what they’d like you’re either answered with a 4 page list or a resounding “I dunno”. Here I list a few inexpensive items that make great present ideas for both boys and girls. giftpup-emoji-notebook-little-brian-paint-sticks-tangle-angel-tangle-cherub-find-me-a-gift-chocolate-chops-smiggle-goo
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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

If you’ve finished your Christmas shopping – well done you, I’m impressed! If you’re a bit more like me though you’ll be rushing around to get some last minute bits. Here I list some suggestions for you!


Art of Football Coutinho T-Shirt £14.99

Art of Football create hand crafted designs try to emulate the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical kick of a football. They only produce a limited number of each design, so your t-shirts & prints, like any good piece of art, are exclusive and completely original.

For the little (or big) football fan in your life these t-shirts are perfect. These are not your average football tops, these are something special. These are pieces of art. That artwork captures the excitement of the game, I’ve seen all the men in my family laugh, cry and maybe even a few expletives slipping out while watching and it’s hard not to get caught up in the moment with them too. Champions League 2005 is a stand out for me, watching from behind a cushion with my teen. Choose your team – in our case Liverpool- and then your  item, available are great quality t-shirts, sweats, prints/canvases and also other sports such as rugby and boxing. So if you’re looking for something a little bit special I’d definitely recommend having a look at these guys.

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Childrens Gift Ideas

Christmas is creeping ever closer and if you’re anything like me you haven’t finished (or even started even) getting all those presents, so here are a few ideas for childrens gifts. I don’t like to say whether they are boy or girl as my daughter loves being a superhero one minute and Elsa the next so I personally think you can buy them for either.


1 Mitre Personalised Football £30

This lovely personalised fooball come in 3 different colours  (Green, Red and Blue), just add add in your recipients name on ordering and it will be added to the front of the ball. Think it’s going to be a mission to wrap up? Worry not, it comes in an easy to wrap gift box! Phew! Your fab footie present will be delivered fully pumped up within five days, making it the ideal gift for any footy fan – no matter what their age! Kids love to have something with their name on it don’t they!

2 Super Mario Bros Pixel Craft Magnets from Paladone £5.99

720 magnetic pixels for your little Mario fan (if you let them get their hands on them- how much fun?!) to create Mario characters or designs such as the easily recognisable coin, mushroom or flower  as illustrated on the packaging. Hours of fun.

3 Butterkist Christmas Popcorn range from MRRSP £1.49*

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to add to the little one’s stockings and fancy giving something a bit different then these new Butterkist flavours are just the thing! They come in Gingerbread, Salted Caramel and Choc Mallow flavours and are perfect for that lazy afternoon over the Christmas period watching a family film. The Choc Mallow ones are my faves. Yum!

LEGO Star Wars Episode VII Keylights £6.99

Light up the ‘dark side’ wherever you are with these cute minifigure keylights featuring Star Wars – The Force Awakens characters. Just press their chest to light up their feet! The perfect gift for LEGO or Star Wars fans of any age! Lots of different characters to choose from. Who’s your favourite?

Detective Dot Megapack £16.99

‘Detective Dot’ aims to inspire the next generation of kids to be coders, it’s the perfect gift for smart kids aged 8+ this Christmas and will inspire them to learn more about coding and the world around them using cool female role models, stories and personalised missions. The pack is delivered in a Top Secret envelope addressed to your child – the face is a picture when it comes through the door –  with a personalised invitation to join the CIA.  Kids can become lifelong CIA members and the pack gives them cool agent stuff and secret missions to complete which gets them thinking critically about the world around them.

The Megapack contains:

•Detective Dot Book
•CIA Membership Card
•7 fun missions to complete
•A personalised letter from the CIA
•CIA Sticker Sheet
•Lifelong CIA Membership (for a limited time, the first 500 applicants will become founder members of the CIA

6 K’NEX K-FORCE K-5 Phantom Buildable Blaster

K’nex is always a hit for us and now you can blast darts with it too! Build your blaster, load the clip with up to 10 darts, and the new motorized rapid fire chamber will fire darts as fast as you can pull the trigger! This set comes complete with one motorized rapid fire chamber, a 10 dart clip, 10 foam darts, one quick fit grip and downloadable instructions for six additional custom blasters and targets. All in fun, bright colours. Great for running off the Xmas dinner with the kids!


* Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn 170g available at Tesco, Sainsburys & Asda
Butterkist Salted Caramel Popcorn 160g available at Tesco & Ocado
Butterkist Gingerbread Popcorn 150g available at stores nationwide

*Some of the items were gifted for the purposes of this guide however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

The Big Man isn’t so far away now is he? I certainly haven’t finished my Christmas shopping yet and here are a few gift ideas (hint, hint hubby) for the lady in your life be it your significant other, Mum, sister, bestie or anyone you fancy buying a gift for really!



 Homedics Rokit Salon Gel Nails system from £69.99

This nifty little kit lets you get Christmas perfect nails in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost and without having to make time to go to a salon. As a busy Mum time is precious so being able to sit and do your nails whilst enjoying the soaps is spot on. I never have the time or inclination to do my nails every couple of days so the best part is they stay glossy for up to two weeks. The kit comes with:

•Professional LED Curing Lamp (mains powered)
• Built in treatment timers
• 5ml All-In-One Gel Polish – Postbox Red and Shock Pink (10 applications per bottle). Additional colours of the All-In-One Gel Polish available at £14.99 each
• 50ml ‘Ready’ nail remover, nail file, buffer & cuticle stick and 20 x lint free nail cleansing pads


 S+ from Resmed £129.95

One thing us parents would really love for Christmas is a decent nights kip. So this is the nearest thing I could find to help with that little wish!! The S+ is the world’s first non-contact, fully comprehensive sleep tracking system, which features patent-protected SleepSensor technology. The S+ makes it possible to track, analyse and improve sleep at home without a wristband, electrodes or mattress strips. Place the pod at a suitable place above your mattress and it will work it’s magic tracking your movements to assess whether you are for example in light or deep sleep. You can sync it with your Smartphone to give you lots of information on how you can improve your sleep, such as lighting and give you an overall sleep score which you can then use to start improving your quality of sleep.


Lindt Maxi Ball from Wilko  £10.00

Serious brownie points to be earned if you get one of these for the lady (or anybody else) in your life. It’s a huge 550g worth of the gorgeous chocolate balls with the melty middles. Hard to leave alone once you’ve started!


Jaeger Flat Circle Ring £25

I like my jewellery to be a bit unusual so I thought this flat circle ring in brushed sterling silver was lovely. I don’t personally like gold jewellery but if that’s more your thing it also comes in gold and also has matching bracelet, necklace and earrings.


Selfish Mother MAMA Sweatshirt £45

Selfish Mother clothing is always something I lust after and this in particular is great as 50% of the proceeds of the sale go to Cancer Research UK. So you get a gorgeous, stylish warm jumper and a good feeling that you’re giving money to a great cause.

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Hardback Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding from Asda £7.00

If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know how hilarious it is. If not this is a must read before the DVD comes out in January. Bridget as per has a chaotic pregnancy and the theme throughout is ‘whodunnit’? Laugh out loud funny.


*Some of the items featured were gifted for the purpose of this guide however all opinions and other gift ideas are my own*