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Steps In The City with BuyAGift

buyagiftWith obesity on the rise, we want to encourage people to get active by getting the recommended 10,000 steps a day, and what better time than when the Olympics are on, to add to the motivation to get fit.

Studies show that by increasing our daily steps up to 10,000 a day we can reduce mortality by 46% and by walking more we can almost halve our death rate.

Our friends over at Buyagift.com have a brilliant guide on their website called ‘Steps in the City’ which they have created in response to this.  BuyAGift map

In a nutshell, it’s a selection of great days out in London that guide you around themed routes of must-see landmarks such as The Shard and London Bridge and many lesser-known hidden gems. The best part being that all the routes will take you past the magic mark of 10,000 steps, a great way to get active without even realising!St Pauls cathedral

And even better, for anyone on a budget, all of the routes created in this guide are free; with paid options highlighted for those who would like to add a little extra.

The guide can be used on mobile to follow the directions and each route can be opened with Google Maps to keep you on track, whilst including factual information about points of interest along the route.

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BuyAGift, incidentally is a great place to go for gift experiences so check it out some time!

A Weekend Break in London

Make Your Dad’s Day with an Experience of a Lifetime from Buyagift.com

Whatever your Dad is in to, you’ll find the perfect gift for him at Buyagift.com

Is he an adrenaline junkie? If so, why not send him on a Supercar Driving Blast, where he can take his pic from the world’s most famous supercars? If he’s more into good food and drink, you could whisk him off to one of the Michelin awarded restaurants around the country.  With Buyagift.com’s brilliant range of Father’s Day gifts, it’s the perfect place to find your Dad a Father’s Day present with everything from Skydiving and Segway rallies to VIP football stadium tours!

NEW Driving Thrills – Smartbox by Buyagift, £99.99

SmartBox DrivingYour Dad can enjoy speeding around a rally track or race around one of the UK’s famous tracks in a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Aston Martin if supercars are his thing. BuyAGift has an amazing selection of over 200 phenomenal Driving Blast, Passenger Ride and Off-Road experiences for Dad or indeed any other ‘speed freaks’!

For the Surfer Dude

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NEW Beginner Surf Lesson for One in Conwy, £49

Nestled amongst the rivers and mountains of Wales, exists an exclusive surfing haven! Creating the largest artificial surfing waves on the planet, the fresh water lake is great for water sports! The size of 6 football pitches, this artificial lagoon is in a league of its own, thanks to the 2-metre waves that peel for 150 metres at the push of a button. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full wetsuit and begin with a 30 minute dry session. Once you’re ready to go, you’ll enjoy an hour surf lesson in the water against a stunning backdrop of the green Conwy Valley.

For the Flying Enthusiast

30 Minute Introductory Flying Lesson – UK Wide Selection, Was £125, Now £109

http://images.buyagift.co.uk/common/client/Images/Product/Large/en-GB/clifton1.jpgIf your Dad has ever wanted to become a pilot, this is his big chance. This incredible flying lesson will give your Dad the knowledge he needs to fly a real light aircraft for the very first time. The day will start with an introduction with the expert instructor who will be responsible for teaching him all the basic manoeuvres required. Then it’s Dad’s turn to put what he has learned into practice. When he lands, family and friends can be on hand to welcome him back down, making this a wonderful day out for the whole family to enjoy.

NEW Champagne Balloon Flight for Two, Was £218, Now £198

hot air balloon rideExperience an elegant and tranquil flight with this fantastic ride over the stunning British countryside. You and a friend will reach a height of 2,000 feet as you soar over a beautiful location of your choice. Prepare to be amazed by the mesmerising sunrise, valleys, quaint villages and endless fields below, and don’t forget to bring a camera as you’ll most likely want to capture these moments! Before departure, you’ll prepare the balloon for flight with the assistance of other members in your group. Then it’s up, up and away into the serene sky for an hour ride with a glass of champagne!

NEW Bungee Jump for Two, Was £120, Now £99

bungee jumpThe perfect extreme sport to share together! After a quick safety briefing and induction, you will be harnessed before being slowly hoisted up to the required 160ft whilst your nerves are tested to the limit. Then there is nothing left to do but jump! We guarantee that once you have done one, you will be gagging to give it another go as soon as possible!

For the Foodie Dad

3 Course Meal and Cocktail For Two at Marco Pierre White Restaurant, Was £98.50, Now £49

 

https://images.buyagift.co.uk/common/client/Images/Product/Extralarge/en-GB/10725739-2_extralarge.jpgThere is a mouth-watering selection of fine quality House cut steaks on offer, together with Marco’s unique interpretations of other traditional recipes such as Smoked Haddock Fish cakes. With the choice of melt in the mouth puddings to enjoy, such as Caramelised Lemon Meringue or Sticky toffee Pudding, you’re sure to leave your taste buds tantalised. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail and three-course meal; inclusive of a starter, main course and pudding, at either the Kings Road Steakhouse and Grill in South Kensington, or The City’s MPW Steak and Alehouse on the other side of the capital. Remember, this is the man who taught Gordon Ramsay!

 In a nutshell, there’s an ‘experience’ on Buyagift.com to suit every Dad out there!

 

Handpicked Christmas Gifts

There are so many options for buying Christmas gifts on the high street and online, that it’s great when you find one or two sites where you can buy something for just about everyone you want to buy for.

Reindeer Born GiftedBornGifted is one such site. Apart from the wide range of personalised gifts you can buy there are also some very distinctive products that you won’t find everywhere else.  This stripey crocheted reindeer is made by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit.  He stands at an impressive 45cm high and is made from 100% organic cotton.  This colourful, baby-safe toy has floppy arms and legs and makes the ideal luxury Christmas gift for any baby!  Not cheap, priced £54.99 from www.borngifted.co.uk but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from handpickedcollection.com seems to suit every situation and every age range! We love its ethical credentials – handmade from leather dyed using extracts of bark and plants by a Fair Trade cooperative of 40 families in Rajasthan. The leather is not “corrected” to hide its natural marks so it’s full of character. It’s not a bad price at all for a leather bag and we can see it lasting for many, many years. Women of all ages would love this bag to bits, so it’s a brilliant gift!

Artisan du Chocolat's No 1 Sea Salted Caramels

 

Artisan du Chocolat’s No 1 Sea Salted Caramels are unbelievably good. They have just the right balance of flavours and textures sweet and salty, crunchy and liquid and velvety. These chocolates are very special and perfect gifts for any chocoholic. The Handpicked Collection also have the most delicious Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry White Thins and we’re big fans of ‘Montezuma’s Chocolates:The Discovery Library of Bars’ – to die for……

Long Olive Wood Chopping Board

This beautiful and brilliantly versatile board in gorgeous, satiny olivewood is perfect for serving all manner of festive foods.  Great for cheese, a whole side of salmon, cold meats or for canapés. We love the fact that each board looks individual and unique and that they can be personalised too. A lovely and original gift for men, women, young and old alike and at £26.99, a veritable steal!

Grace Deluxe Sleeve Grace Deluxe Sleeve
An awful lot of bags and sleeves for laptops and tablets aren’t very stylish at all but the Grace Deluxe Sleeve is quite the opposite. It’s very slim, very chic and has room for a few other essentials too. The main compartment has a super-soft protective lining and the magnetised front flap makes for easy access. The front zipped pocket is perfect for pens, your mobile, cards and more! The Deluxe Sleeve retails for £39.95 and is available in four different colour options: night sky, dark purple, coral/dove and teal dot/night sky. nutribullet

So, after Christmas most of us decide we want to go a healthy-eating regime of some kind. Faddy diets come and go as they rarely fit into our everyday lives but this revolutionary machine, The NUTRiBULLET  means you can stay healthy for good. We know plenty of people who’d love one of these Nutribullets for Christmas! There are colours to go with most kitchens – we like the aqua one best. The recipient of your gift will be able to blend up delicious healthy smoothies in a matter of seconds and will be forever in your debt for giving them such a useful present!Toad Diaries

You can’t go far wrong with a  Personalised Diary from TOAD® DIARIES  either. TOAD Diaries have an extensive range of covers to suit all ages so it’s dead easy to create a personalised gift to suit your mum, dad, husband, teenager or just about anyone. They’re flexible date diaries too so you don’t have to start on January 1st – you can create it to start and finish when you want so miles better than a high street diary.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Crabtree and Evelyn Gift SetWith Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, Laura Mason aka Laura Loves, has come up with some great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for us and you…….

Mother’s Day is an opportune time to show just how much you appreciate the mother figures in your life.  While recognition doesn’t just need to be limited to the one special day, I personally take the occasion to make my mum feel special.  Take a look at some of the following gifts that I think would be lovely presents for mummies-to-be, mothers or girlfriends….

Mum's NotesThe Mum’s Notes journal is a stunning book available in a blackberry, raspberry, silver or peppermint shade with reptile-effect hardback cover.  This striking journal is carefully designed to record thoughts, daydreams, inspirations, words to remember, you name it.  A great keepsake for treasured memories.  Priced £12.95 from www.mumsoffice.co.uk

Because mothers are the often the queen of hearts, the sentiment of Whittard’s Queen of Hearts biscuits is a genuinely adorable gift from one to another.  At just a fiver it’s a great gift for children to spend their pocket money.  Priced £5 from Whittards.

Protecting your phone is a key necessity whatever your kids or your age.  Proporta recently released the Ted Baker Audio SS15 Ted Baker iPhone Covercollection, meaning an iPad and iPhone can look stylish in a funky new case wile having the practicality of leaving it safe and protected from little hands.  Prices start from £24.95 from www.proporta.co.uk

Photobox has so many customisable gifts featuring images of your choice.  The personalised ‘Mum Book’ is an amazing gift that can bring to life the thanks for all the wonderful things they do.  It’s simple to do and can be treasured forever.  The books start from £16.99 with a range of finishes from www.photobox.co.uk

Foot SpaGive mum’s feet a break with the Elle Macpherson Aromatherapy Foot Spa.  Mood boosting LED lighting along with aromatherapy mist and oils make this the ultimate luxury when it comes to foot therapy. The innovative design allows for both integrated hydro and vibration massagers and acu-pressure nodes that stimulate reflexology points.  Priced £74.99 from Amazon.co.uk

For a Mother’s Day gift with a difference the Lumie Bodyclock Starter could be the best gift a mum will ever receive!  It is a clever clock that helps sleep deprived mums to get back into a regular sleeping routine with the introduction to waking with light.  It’s a medical device clinically proven to promote a better sleep Photobox Photobookso once baby is in a routine it should improve mum’s sleep quality allowing her to wake brighter and feel more energised and productive throughout the day.  Priced £59.95 from www.lumie.com

For time out for a new mum at home, the MamaBabyBliss Pamperng Gift Bag contains a few small essentials to help restore some inner peace.  The set comes with ‘Ooh…’ – a lush healing bath soak, ‘Bliss Stick…Uplifting Oil’ designed to give mums an instant boost, ‘Aaah…Soothing Mummy Baby Balm’, a natural rescue balm for mum and baby and a little book of hints and tips to help relax.  Priced £22.50 from www.mamababybliss.com

Many parents will be able to relate to the ever so popular Peppa Pig TV programme.   The good news is the merchandise doesn’t stop at little ones and with a wide range of Mummy Pig gifts you Best Mum Hamperare spoilt for choice.  The Mummy Pig ‘Mum in a Million’ Socks are a nice discreet nod to the pig family!  Priced a great value £2.50 from Asda.

For a thoughtful gift of the chocolate variety the Best Mum Chocolate Hamper from Bath chocolatiers, Choc on Choc, is a must. This decadent hamper features a selection of finest Belgium boxes of chocolate including a ‘Best Mum’ pack as well as a selection of strawberry champagne truffles and the brand’s best-selling flower, cupcake and vintage teacup designs.  Priced £24 from www.choconchoc.co.uk

The Rose Tree Organic Relaxing Gift Set is a beautifully presented gift in a stunning box containing an organic hand poured candle and a bath treatment oil.  The brand specialises in luxurious all natural skincare products jam-packed with nurturing vitamins.   The luxury candles are made from 100% pure vegetable Rose Tree Organic Gift Setwax and are scented with pure essential oils and the uber indulgent bath treatment oil leaves skin subtly scented and silky soft, made with 98% organic ingredients.   The set is priced £50 from www.therosetree.co.uk

There’s something special about personalising a gift so for a wide range of jewellery Love Silver has a choice of silver and gold items including pendants, key rings, initials, bracelets that can be adapted by their tem of craftsmen with a name or special message.  Prices start from £9.99 from www.lovesilver.com

For anyone that craves some organisation within their crazy lives, British designer Victoria Green has some fabulous bags bursting with compartments and practical features.  The Love Hearts Traveller bag features vibrant red hearts for mums to wear with pride and comes with two roomy compartments, one for mum’s stuff and another for their child’s.  Priced £14.99 from Debenhams.

Being a mother is a celebration every day so share a toast with a glass of the finest Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne.  This delicious rosé is produced under a meticulous process called maceration, whereby it is aged for at least four years in the LaLaurent Perrier Cuvee Roseurent-Perrier cellars, creating a mature and fine Champagne.  Priced £42 from www.31DOVER.com

Sometime as a mum you struggle to get out the house for your weekly shop let alone your nails so a nice DIY pick me up is the Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit.  The gel manicure kit provides a salon quality without the effort with a one step process to ensure shiny nails that last up to 14 days.  Priced £99.99 from Debenhams.

A really lovely gift is the new Crabtree and Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Luxury Fragrance Gift Set.  This indulgent gift offers a selection of travel-sized fruity and floral fragrance Pear & Pink Magnolia treats, perfect for a pampering.  Priced 25 from Crabtree & Evelyn.

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Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. ‘Continuously trying to get a ‘grip’ of motherhood and back to a size 10!’

Personalised Word Art

personalised word art from Illustrate My NameI’m going to rave about something now and everyone is going to assume that this is a paid-for post, but it’s not – I promise you!

Illustrate My Name is a company I came across recently when looking for a unique piece of personalised word art for one of my children’s birthdays. I’d seen the company advertising personalised baby gifts and christening gifts and wondered if they covered all ages and all celebrations. Turns out they do – yay!

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In other words, you could be looking for a unique gift for a 21st birthday or a New Illustarte My Name personalised jarBaby, a Wedding or a Christmas present and you’d be able to find it at Illustrate My Name. Whatever you choose to have made, it will be very individual, tasteful and timeless and even more unbelievable it won’t break the bank. Or at least from my experience it won’t anyway.

Now I’m not going to share a pic of the framed print that I actually bought as the words and sentiments are very much my daughter’s and for her walls (her friends and family) only. Suffice to say, it’s perfect and she loves it! In fact her sisters love it personalised christmas cardsso much that they want one too so I can see that I’ll be returning to Illustrate My  Name regularly when I’m on the hunt for ‘different gifts’!

I love Illustrate My Name and can genuinely recommend them – great gifts, easy to order from, reasonable prices, excellent service and top quality results! What’s not to like?

Gifts For New Mums and Babies

Do you wish to spoil a new mum and her little bundle of joy with a gorgeous gift? Well below are a few special ideas for gifts for new mums and babies too!
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Your mum-to-be friend or relative’s due date is fast approaching and you still haven’t managed to find the perfect present, take a look here….

Gorgeous Hampers
A hamper packed with essentials is the perfect gift for a mum-to-be. Either make your own or buy a hamper already generously filled with must-have products including gorgeous garments and soft toys.
If you’d prefer to create your own hamper, why not include items that the future mummy has had her eye on. Perhaps she has seen an adorable soft fleece comforter which you could have personalised (once a name has been chosen of course) or maybe you could include a baby record book to track the baby’s progress. A new mum is certain to love this truly thoughtful gift.
Congratulatory Flowers
Send your congratulations with a beautiful arrangement of flowers for new babies. Whilst it’s only natural to want to shower the newborn with gifts, it’s important to spoil the new mummy too! Welcome a beautiful new baby with a stunning bouquet of flowers. A new mum will be overwhelmed by gorgeous scented garden roses in sumptuous pastel hues, hand tied with aromatic herbs and foliage. Beautiful blooms are the ultimate way to welcome a new arrival and are sure to make any new mum smile. Why not throw in a special message card to send a loving note to both mother and baby. The Real Flower Company online have a stunning range of flowers for new mothers and babies.
Thoughtful Gift Vouchers
Are you unsure about what’s been ticked off the newborn baby checklist? Why not buy some vouchers from mum’s favourite baby shop. Gift vouchers are the perfect way to allow the recipient to choose a gift whilst also showing more thought than simply shoving some cash into a congratulatory card. Give a new mum a special treat by allowing her to stock up on whatever she needs with a generous gift voucher.

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A Silver Something
Mark the arrival of a newborn baby with a stunning silver gift. There are a number of silver keepsakes that new mums will love and cherish.
A silver plated birth certificate holder is the ideal way to celebrate a birth and means that the baby’s birth certificate will always belong in a special place.

An adorable silver plated photo frame is the perfect present too. Proud mums can select a picture of their choice (perhaps one from the hospital) to put in a beautiful frame that is sure to compliment any baby’s nursery.

My Personalised Christmas Tree Bauble

Personalised Christmas Keepsakes

Xmas BaubleIt’s just over ten weeks until Christmas Day. I plan to be super organised this year and actually enjoy the build up and festive celebrations. I’ve been doing quite a bit of my online window-shopping when my children are tucked up in bed and I’ve already managed to get an awful lot of my Christmas presents.

Personalised presents always mean a great deal to me so I wanted to make sure that my order got in early enough.

One of the things I decided to buy was this beautiful Clear Personalised Glass Bauble with Christmas Tree. My gorgeous personalised Christmas tree bauble is made from carefully hand-blown glass and lightly engraved with your choice of words. The clever design incorporates a glass Christmas tree featuring a gold star at the top! It really is a fantastic festive keepsake gift for anyone young or old.

I love our special bauble which will be given to our children when we decorate our Christmas tree this year. They each have their own personalised tree decoration and now they will have one from Mum & Dad too. I’m also thinking of ordering more for the Grandparents.

(We bought it from Born Gifted who also happen to have many other personalised baubles!)

The Metal Picture Company

My six year old son is always drawing family pictures so I decided to bring one of his pictures to life with the Metal Picture Company.

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The Metal Picture Company transforms your photographs and pictures into works of art. This is a great idea for personal gifts, and keepsakes and can be organised simply from your pc.

We emailed a jpeg image of te drawing and chose our size and finish (you can also download your image online) – they do the rest!! Our masterpiece arrived in under a week, quicker than the 7-10 working days as stated.

We chose one of the smallest sizes, A5 which only set us back £15 which I think is very reasonable. The picture was lightweight, clear and bright, and we are very pleased with the high gloss finish. We are also told that the coating is resistant to fading, stains, moisture and scratches, which should make it a lifelong keepsake. Our picture arrived with magnetic stickers on the back to allow it to attach to other metals i.e. fridge freezer. There are also accessories available from only £2.95, so you can display your masterpieces on a stand or on a wall.

The bonus with our piece is that it is made of 100% recycled metal so it won’t bend to distort the picture at all like some photos do if you don’t keep them flat.

This ‘masterpiece’ will be kept for generations – a lovely keepsake of our family through the eyes of our six year old son x

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

For romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts or maybe just a treat for all you ladies, I’ve been searching the web to bring you some different ideas (with hearts and flowers in mind).

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I love personal and home made items and especially love this fused glass & wood set by Claire Waters. Each piece created is unique and hand crafted by herself. The timber used for frame work and bases are from a local timber merchant using traditional British timbers. Look at Claire Waters products online .

 

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Jewellery is always a romantic Valentine  contender. Without knowing a ring size you can feel sure this will be a winner. Blooms of sterling silver dangle from beautiful blue lace agate beads to create a Gypsy Rose bracelet. Matching items are available from Kit Heath.

 

 

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Why not set the tone with this chic cream trinket box. This is a handmade box with a weave heart detail to the top ideal for keeping those special pieces safe.
Available in store and online from Pia Jewellery.

 

 

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Not too naughty but very nice Strawberry Signature Selection Gift Box. Twelve large, fresh strawberries hand dipped in a variety of dark, milk and white chocolate designs and presented in a distinctive gift box by Berry Scrumptious. Freya___Duck_Egg_5108145b94b66

 

 

Finally a lady can never have enough of these…. a quality leather handbag. The Freya Mini Tote is the perfectly sized every day bag uniquely designed by Oushka. This versatile bag has a removable inner lining section with a secure zip fastening to the top, this can easily be removed from the bag to give more space for documents or a Netbook. This stylish little tote has a beautiful punch-out panel design and a versatile removable shoulder strap and finished with light gold hardware.

Christmas Books for Children

Christmas in my house is all about the children and their toys. But just as important are the books. In the lead up to Christmas, I’m always  looking about for new Christmas themed books on the market. This time of year can be so magical and really capture their imaginations.

Here are some books I’d like to share with you:

Santa and his squeaky red noseSanta‘s flying in his sleigh, bringing gifts for Christmas day. Squeak santa’s red nose and meet all of his bright, colourful friends who have squeaky noses too. Watch the cheeky elf making toys, for all the good girls and boys – maybe this can be a lesson for good behavior. (Suitable for 1+ years age)

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas is a modern Christmas classic with a strong moral about the dangers of being greedy and truly appreciating the value of Christmas. My son’s going to love this one! Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out…Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life! There’s poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast! Check out what our reviewers think of The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.

Diary of a Christmas Wombat is a colourful diary of an unexpected journey (read what other reviewers think).

Christmas comes but once a year, and it?s just as well for Santa?s reindeer, who have to fight with Mothball the Wombat for the carrots left out for them by the local children. Follow Mothball when he takes an unexpected sleigh ride (Age 3-5 years).

When I Dream of Christmas will take children on a magical journey of discovery, whilst helping them and their families appreciate the joys that a traditional Christmas has to offer (Age 3-5 years). See what our reviewers think of When I Dream Of Christmas.

The Snow Bear As the snow begins to fall just days before Christmas, Grandad helps Sara build an igloo in the garden, and Sara sculpts a small polar bear to watch over it. And what could be more exciting than sleeping outside under the stars? But when Sara awakes in the middle of the night, she finds the igloo is no longer in the garden but lost in a world of ice …and her snow bear has transformed into a real live polar bear cub. Sara and the cub set out on an enchanted journey through the wilderness – will they ever find their way home? (Age 5-7 years)

So that’s just a few of the new Christmas Books for Children that I’ve discovered this year. If I find any more good ones then I’ll be sure to let you all know!