It's the most wonderful time of the year... but it can also be one of the most stressful. If you have still got presents to buy let alone wrap check out my round up of unusual Christmas gifts for all the family guaranteed to produce smiles on Christmas morning.
For Grown ups
Did you know standing while you work improves wellbeing and ups productivity? These portable and extremely sturdy desk convertors from Deskmate are extremely easy to use on your existing desk and simply fold up when you are done. At just £29.90 for the classic model it's amazing value. Buy online directly from Deskmate.
Eono Beauty by Amazon
Fabulous beauty products on a budget - yes please Santa! Amazon have launched their range of Eono budget beauty buys and they make perfect stocking fillers. The range includes a flat topped Kabuki make up brush, Duo eyebrow brush, a portable folding mirror, a Kabuki Buffing brush, a brush cleaning tool, a 6pc make up brush set, a stunning 15pc make up brush set with case and a super cute unicorn inspired 16 piece brush set! View the full Eono beauty range here.
Leatherman Free T4 Multipurpose Tool
Give the gift of capability this year. The Leatherman Free T4 is designed with everyday problem solving in mind. 12 tools packed into one handy tool. With one handed opening it has amazing ease of use so you'll be tinkering, mending and saving the day in a flash. £74.95 from leatherman.co.uk
Give Iconic Scandinavian design this Chistmas with a beautiful, sustainable watch from Nordgreen. Created by 2 Danish friends, Nordgreen watches have a modern yet timeless deign made to the highest standards with sustainability in mind. The watch straps are interchangeable so you can switch up your look effortlessly and you'll find vegan leather options amongst the many strap choices. The watches start at £134 with gift sets from £166 available direct from nordgreen.co.uk
Nutmeg Bear Family PJ's
I am am a sucker for matching family PJ's and Morrisons they have partnered with the charity CLIC Sargent on a capsule pyjama range for Papa and Mama Bear, to Bear Cub and Baby Bear which you can wear all year round! 75p from each pyjama sale and 15p from each fluffy sock sale will be donated to the charity who work with young people with cancer, supporting them and their families. All are under £15, and available at Morrisons stores as part of the Nutmeg range.
Do Your Gin - Gin Making Kit
This Do Your Gin home gin making kit was a hug hit with my Brother in Law this year and would make a fantastic Christmas gift. It is presented beautifully with a premium look and feel. The kit includes everything you need to create your own bespoke gin except some basic vodka to use as your base! Make a gin lover very happy this Christmas! £44.90 from Amazon with next day Prime delivery.
Raw Naturals Grooming
Raw Naturals is a range of body, skin and beard care products for men that is the brainchild of 3 Alpine skiers from Sweden who were looking for a high-performance moisturiser that would only need to be applied once and see them through a full day on the cold, windswept slopes. If the products work in the extreme temperatures of Sweden, they are sure to work anywhere! Each formula combines caring ingredients of vegetable origin with natural oils from oats, coconut and olives, as well as natural honey extracts. The range is available exclusively from Superdrug
The Sketchbook Project
This in an opportunity to take part in a highly unique project. The Sketchbook Project is run by Brooklyn Art Library and is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries. You order a blank sketchbook, choose a theme, fill it up and every single sketchbook that is sent back to is cataloged and placed on the library shelves for visitors to view. The perfect gift for creatives. Find out more here
Smiggle Lil' Scent Mega Box of Fun Stationery Gift Box
When it comes to kids, especially my kids, Smiggle is the perfect place for all those last minute stocking fillers guaranteed to make faces light up with delight on Christmas morning. We are huge fans of their scented stationery range and this huge Mega Box of Fun stationery kit is perfect to keep boys and girls busy well into the New Year. £28 from Smiggle online or instore.
5 Second Rule Jr
It wouldn't be Christmas without a good family game and there is now a Junior version of the quick fire party classic 5 second Rule. It should be easy to name three flavours of ice cream but can you do it under pressure! Great fun and fast paced for all the family to enjoy. Recommended for ages 6+. £12.99 from Interplay games
Tower Bridge Wooden 3D Construction kit
Taking jigsaws to the next level is the Tower Bridge wooden puzzle. Featuring the most famous bridge in the world the challenging kit is perfect for both adults and kids age 7+. This study puzzle is made from 100% responsibly sourced wood and fits together without glue - music to every parent's ears! Buy now from The Tower Bridge Shop for just £12
Autism with Lola
I love giving books as presents (and receiving them!) and this is a beautiful example of a book which is both fun and educational. The easy to follow, charming story follows the story of Lola Rabbit who is autistic and her kind, caring and accepting best friend Bourbon Badger. The book helps guide children through understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity with beautiful illustrations in in calming colours and tones. Pick up a copy from Autism with Love for £9.99
Personalised Micro Scooters
What kids doesn't love a scooter! My two are scooter obsessed and the best on the market, Micro Scooter, have just launched their new personalised Mini Micro Scooter deluxe and a whole range of accessories including flamingo, monster and unicorn patterns. Yes I said UNICORN patterns! The personalised Mini Micro LED scooters come in 4 different designs and have light up LED wheels (no batteries required). The fantastic scooter costs £109.95 and is suitable for ages 2-5yrs. Matching accessories such as helmets, gloves, bags and ribbons start from just £6.95. All available from micro-scooters.co.uk
Enter the world of SNAPSTAR, where fashion, beauty, music, photography and design collide with a trendsetting squad of six social influencer dolls who define the next big thing. Well, move over Barbie! Each doll has her own personality and style and using the Snapstar Studio app (free to download) you can create new and unusual styles using the green screen backdrop supplied. These dolls really are bang on trend and encourage imaginative play - even if you don't want your kids use the app they will have loads of fun playing with the dolls. And if you're not happy Available from Very £17.99 each
How much can you hang before he goes twaaaannnggg? Take turns hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan but watch out! Full of suspense this game is so much fun, this game is suitable for kids over 4 and will definitely produce squeals of laughter. No batteries required! £19.99 from Interplay games
Snoozzzy Weighted Blankets
My eldest daughter has real trouble falling asleep, always has since she was tiny. These luxury weighted blankets from Snoozzzy are filled with non-toxic beads to provide deep pressure touch stimulation. The pressure from the weight causes the body to produce seriotonin and endorphins which help us feel naturally relaxed and calm. In combination with a dark room the serotonin is converted to melatonin, our sleep enducing hormone - and voila! They come in a range of wright and sizes based on your child and you can choose from beautiful child friendly designs including unicorns, dinosaurs and stags. Buy directly from Snoozzzy online from £75.00
Johnson's Baby Bath Time Gift Set
The smell of a freshly bathed baby's head is addictive right? This gift set of classic Johnson's baby bath time range is all you need to create the prefect and nostalgic bath routine. It even comes with a bath puzzle to keep the little ones entertained while you reminisce about when they were small. £10 from your local ASDA
Nibble Protein Snacks
We have a vegan in the family now so I am on the look out for yummy vegan stocking fillers and they don't come much tastier than the Nibble range of low sugar brownies and protein bites. They come in a range of flavours including Christmassy Chocolate Orange and Gingerbread. Buy online from Nibble, with your Ocado shop or your local healthfood store.
Jelly Belly Holiday Favourites
Just when you thought jelly beans couldn't get any better Jelly Belly release holiday classic limited edition flavours: Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog and Candy Cane. Sweet lovers need to wake up to this selection on Christmas morning! Husband will definitely be happy! You'll find the Holiday Favourites selections on the Jelly Belly UK website along with loads more great gift ideas including sparkling wine flavour jelly beans!
Eat the rainbow. Do you know someone who is super busy but keen to follow a healthy diet? Pop some of these delicious Plantshakes from FOGA in their Christmas hamper. The shakes are super easy to make, simply shake them up with water or whatever milk you fancy for a fresh smoothie or rich milkshake rich in a diverse range of whole plant. Packed full of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to optimise your health and wellbeing, a box of 10 Plantshakes boasts as many as 24 different fruit and vegetables. There are loads of mouth-watering blends to choose from including Peach & Cayenne, Beetroot & Ginger and Kiwi & Greens. Find out more here
Some of the products in this review were sent to me 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.