Welcome to my annual Christmas gift guide! Forget socks and Lynx gift sets, this guide features some fab gifts for all the family - including your four legged friends. You can buy all my recommendations online while enjoying a cuppa. Let's make Christmas shopping easy peasy this year!
Mark Etron Business Backpack
Husband wants a new work bag for Christmas and we've been looking at backpack options to replace his old satchel style bag. There are loads on the market to chose from but this Mark Etron bag ticks a lot of boxes. Firstly it isn't too bulky which a plus when travelling on busy public transport. It includes 3 pockets and a hidden safety pocket at the back. And the best bit - it includes a USB charging port! No more texts from Husband saying 'Phone about to die! Buy online from Amazon
On Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service by Sir Michael Burton
Now this is a book my Father in Law would love to find in his stocking. Sir Michael Burton’s fascinating memoir describes interactions with four British prime ministers, an American president, an Arab king and a master Soviet spy – plus facilitating royal visits to several of his postings, which displayed Britain’s ‘soft power’ in action. Buy from Amazon or your local boookshop
Clckr Phone Case Stand and Car Mount
The most useful gift you can give the man who has everything this Christmas - a CLCKR phone case stand and grip. This phone case with stand or universal grip is just brilliant - and you don’t know you need it until you use one. It stands your device in landscape, portrait or telco mode. It allows you to video call handsfree, watch Netflix, see your favourite movie or workout at home without propping your phone up against a water bottle/thewindow/the pepper pot! Plus you can add the CLCKR car mount for easy phone storage while on the go. Genius. From £29.99 from www.clckr.com/uk
Now this may be a gift more for me than for my husband. I'll set the scene... I've just cleaned the bathroom and it's sparkling. Three hours later my Husband decides to have a shave. My clean bathroom sink and floor is no longer clean, in fact it is like someone has set off a hair confetti cannon. The Beard Buddy is the answer to mess free shaving. Simply attach to the mirror using the suction cups, wrap the other end around your neck and voila - the hair is caught. £12 from Menkind
Yonex Badminton Racket Set
Husband was a keen badminton player back in the day and has been promising to teach the kids (plus get back into playing himself). The Yonex GR505 is a great starter badminton racket set and includes 2 plastic shuttles and 2 durable, steel-framed rackets, perfect for hours of fun on the courts. £23.99 from badmintonhq.co.uk
The Castleby Series by J M Simpson
Books make great gifts. Intrigue, drama and a hint of romance... the Castleby series is based in a fictional coastal community in South Wales. Jesse Stevens needs to escape her past, start a new life and feel safe but she is in grave danger. Someone is watching her and trying to control her life. Will she ever be free? There are three books in the series so far and the nail biting suspense will keep readers on the edge of your seat until the final page! Buy from Amazon
Arran After the Rain 10ml Fragrance Rollerball
I love a fragrance rollerball as they are perfect for popping in your handbag or taking on holiday - and they make great stocking fillers! After the Rain is Arran's signature scent inspired by the unique, fresh scent of an Arran garden following a rainstorm. £15 online at www.arran.com
Lands' End Fleece Lined ThermoPlume Gilet
I recently reviewed a fab maxi coat from Lands' End and I now have my eye on this fleece lined gilet! Gilets are a great addition to any Winter wardrobe and I love the offset zip detail and oversized collar. Hopefully I'll find this wrapped up under the tree on Christmas morning! Buy online from Lands' End (make sure you check for discount codes as you can make huge savings)
Abbot Lyon Initial & Birthstone Droplet Necklace
I received this gorgeous necklace for my 40th birthday last year and it is one of my favourite posessions. Choose any initial and a birthstone charm to personalise this gift (there's a matching bracelet too which I received for my birthday this year!). All Abbot Lyon jewellery is luxury 18k Gold plated stainless steel. Nikel free, water, sweat and heat-resistant so perfect for busy lifestyles. £75 from Abbot Lyon - there is always discount codes available to dramatically lower the price.
Spellboda by Jo Clarke
My eldest has become a little bookworm and it tearing her way through books this year (we were up to 72 at the last count) Spellboda ticks her box as it includes a little magic. Since Trevor’s mum died his dad can barely look at him without yelling. Home is awful, school is worse. People just let you down, and Trevor only talks to Mrs. Bingo-Wings, his mum’s cat. But then he meets Midge, a peregrine falcon in danger, and finds out he has a gift that could change his life forever. Trevor is thrown into the heart of a magical adventure that could promise freedom – for Midge and for himself – but can he overcome his doubts and fears, and take on the destiny he’s only just discovered? Buy from Amazon or your local bookshop
Crisp Switch Stunt Scooter
My kids have always loved to scoot but now they are a little older they want to master all the tricks so need a scooter that can handle the stunts. Enter the Crisp Switch compete stunt scooter. This scooter features a 4.5" wide deck giving that crucial bit of extra space to help pull off the tricks. The suggested age for this scooter is 6-14yrs, so ideal for those who have outgrown their starter scooters. Currently £69.95 from skates.co.uk
Something Wild: Spiderman
Marvel is a sure fire hit with the kids and this Spiderman card game is the perfect stocking filler. A fast-paced, light card game featuring a collectible Spider-Man Pop! mover, as well as your favourite characters from the Spider-Man universe. Play Character Cards in sets and runs to score points. Combine with other Marvel Something Wild! games to add more characters, Pop! movers, and Powers to your game. £8.00 from Amazon
STABLIO Creative Set Arty
Both my girls love arts and crafts and this STABLIO Creative Set is the ideal gift to keep them entertained. The set includes STABILO's point 88 fineliner, STABILO’s premium felt-tip pen Pen 68 and STABILO’s wonderful aquacolor pencils. The perfect selection for every creative project! £25.23 from Amazon
Personalised Bubble Tea Kit
Bubble Tea is the latest craze and it certainly isn't going anywhere! I know whenever we go to the shopping centre I am going to be hounded for a bubble tea by the girls. This DIY home kit contains 6 bubble teas which you can choose from a range of flavours and personalise with text. Ideal for hard to buy for teenagers. £25 from Mixpixie
Disney and Marvel Pet Frisbee
Primark has a huge range of pet gifts this year. From food bowls to outfits there is something for your four legged friend. We really like the range of pet frisbees which you can also get as a Captain America shield! £2.50 from your local Primark.
Cupid and Comet Dog and Cat Treats
With so many furry friends in our family we are always looking for tasty treats for them at Christmas. Our first stop is usually TK Maxx who stock the Cupid and Comet range of Christmas themed treats! From pigs in blankets and sweet potato roastoes to meaty selection packs and advent calendars, you'll be spoilt for choice. Cupid and Comet range of dog treats is available from your local TK Maxx or online from pet retailers such as Viovet
Pet Sofa Bed
I am completely in love with this pet sofa bed from the Range! I can see our family Shih Tzus getting snuggly in this and looking like little princesses. The bed is suitable for small dog breeds, cats and other small pets. £34.99 from The Range
Rosewood Gnawable Gingerbread Man
We have hamsters in this house and they gnaw their way through everything. These gnawable gingerbread men were a huge hit last year to make the cages very festive - plus as they actually take a while for the hammies to gnaw through! We'll definitely be stuffing their stockings with these again this year. £2.50 from Viovet
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Some of the products featured in this blog post were gifted for review purposes 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.