Looking for Christmas gifts with a difference this year? Forget scouring the internet for an alternative to that boring Lynx gift set (which you know he'll receive 3 of) and take a look at my favourite gifts for all the family in this convenient roundup:
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Personalised golf tees bag. Golf mad partners, dads and grandads will love this cheeky little golf tee bag. You can personalise with any name and it comes with 10 wooden tees. Made it the UK. £6 snapdragononline.co.uk
Rainsthorpe Manor liquors, jams and jellies. Made in Yorkshire using locally sourced fruits, there is an abundance of different award winning tasty treats whatever their tipple. The raspberry gin is my favourite and apparently it is amazing over Eaton Mess. You can buy in singles or fab hampers and presentation boxes. From £3.50 rainsthorpemanor.com
Anti-Snore Pillow. A good night' sleep for all the family, possibly the best gift ever! Super soft foam core supports the head and neck to encourage better breathing and reduce snoring. Fingers crossed! £9.99 thebeddingcompany.co.uk
Top Gear track experience. Be the star in a reasonably priced car, race hot laps and even drive with the Stig! Make him part of the action instead of watching from the armchair at home. The perfect gift for a wannabe racer. From £70 topgeartrackexperience.com
Computer game inspired Xmas jumpers. Buy him a novelty jumper he'll love for a change this year! Choose from retro Street Fighter, Sonic or Playstation designs. He'll still be wearing it come the New Year... Sizes up to XXL. £34.99 yellowbulldog.co.uk
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I'll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton. Do you know someone who loves a thriller with a racy edge? This book has all the right ingredients. Murder, intrigue, scandal and suspense with just the right amount of romance. £7.99, Avon
The Royal Palaces Collection from Briers. Green fingered ladies will love this range of stylish and practical gardening gear. There are 3 designs to choose from all inspired by Royal Palaces. The Baroque collection in a deep purple design (pictured) is my favourite. From £7.99 briersltd.co.uk
Diva Chromatix hairdryers and straightening irons. Look at the amazing range of colours! I nearly had a fit when I saw them. The hair dryers use ionic technology for glossy locks and are super light with 4 heat and 2 speed settings. The irons have argan oil infused plates for super smooth styling. Did I mention the colours? From £49.99 divapro.co.uk
Rokit gel manicure nails kit. Save her a fortune by bringing the salon home with this new gel manicure kit. The easy 1step application promises a rock hard finish which lasts up to 14days. My nails lasted a week which was very impressive considering the bashing they took. It comes with 1 hot pink polish but you can buy more separately. £99.99 (currently on sale for £63! Bargain...) debenhams.com
Scholl Energy Percussion massager. This 3in1 handheld massager is perfect for gym bunnies to ease overworked muscles or frazzled mums who need to relax and wind down. The 3 interchangeable massage nodes mean you can choose intense deep tissue, relaxing massage or warming infared heat therapy. Plus you can control the speed to your requirements. £39.99 amazon.co.uk
For big kids...
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The Original Sound Asleep Speaker pillow. Perfect for teenagers. Simply rest your head to learn a language, listen to music or revise in comfort. The speaker is undetectable inside a hollowfibre filling. £8.99 thebeddingcompany.co.uk
Lazer cut butterfly necklaces. I couldn't have a gift guide without a butterfly somewhere and these are simply stunning. Made in the UK these wooden necklaces come in a variety of beautiful designs. I want one in my stocking! £14 ladybirdlikes.com
Clippy tote bag. Help them stand out from the crowd. These clever bags allow for personalised styling with photos, fabrics and mementos. And the best bit is it can be changed whenever the mood strikes, which is bound to be often! £24.99 clippylondon.com
Spotify premium subscription. Give the gift of music. Unlimited, ad free music they can download to their iPods to listen to offline. Premium subscriptions cost £10 a month and gift cards are available in 1,3,6 or 12mth denominations. You can buy an e-card for instant delivery or buy a physical gift card to wrap up under the tree. spotify.com
'Not awake' tshirt. Ever attempted to speak to a teenager before midday? This tshirt says it all! £24.40 notonthehighstreet.com
For little kids...
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Chicco Musical Tales Singing Bear. This was Little E's favourite toy when we visited Chicco HQ and she is still talking about him! The interactive bear's mouth moves as he sings and speaks. Kid's can select a new tale by choosing a story from bear's backpack and press his feet to learn letters and numbers. £40 boots.com (currently part of their 3for2 mix and match gifts promo!)
Philips Spider-man 2in1 Projector Light. This exciting light will make storytime interactive and exciting. Simply choose one of the 3 film wheels and watch it project Spidey action scenes up onto the ceiling. When it is time for bed it becomes a comforting nightlight. Cool touch LED's make it kid safe. £19.99 philips.co.uk
Whizzimals. Whizzimals start life as a pull back car base, some magic foam and stickers. Your imagination does the rest creating whatever magical animal body shape you fancy. You get different colours to add patterns and designs. The magic foam sets hard overnight so you can add googly eyes and stickers the next day to give your creation personality. Then pull back and watch it whizz! £5 tobar.co.uk
Vtech Ziddizoom smart watch. Hotly tipped to be a Christmas best seller, this smart watch takes photos, video, voice memos, plays games and more. Plus it tells the time in digital or analogue format. Guaranteed to keep them entertained. Available in a variety of colours. £39.99 argos.co.uk
OMY Design and Play giant poster. Colouring in was one of my favourite hobbies when I was little. Now the whole family can colour together with these giant posters. There are lots of designs to choose from including the cities of London, NY and Paris. They really are exceptionally detailed and there is an adult design if you don't fancy sharing the kid's! £9.90 stonegift.com
HEXBUG Nano V2 Hurricane. My Nephews love HEXBUGS and this new tubular track system showcases the little robots' climbing ability perfectly. The track is completely customisable allowing the kids imagination to run wild. It would make a great starter kit for those new to HEXBUGS. £39.99 amazon.co.uk
Baby Born Dr Doll. Standing out in the crowded doll aisle this Chistmas is the doll who moonlights as a Doctor. Not only does she drink, wet and go in the bath, she has a full doctors outfit including a stethoscope headband! Plus she doesn't require batteries, perfect for Christmas morning! £44.99 smythstoys.com
My Magical Mermaid. First there were RoboFish, now there are RoboMermaids! They are great fun at bathtime and Little E adores hers. She swims around in the bath or you can buy an aquarium for them. If you place the little metal band provided on different parts of her body she swims in different directions. There's three different magical designs to choose from! £12 tobar.co.uk
Some of the products in this gift guide were sent for review but all opinions are my own.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.