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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 but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

Illustrate My Name

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.

Silver Birth Certificate Holder
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.


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

 metal picture company

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).


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 .





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.






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.





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!

Christmas Presents for All

While continuing to search for Christmas presents, I couldn’t help but share these adorable & practical ideas with you.

Hello Baby Gift Set by Green PeopleThis welcoming gift set is ideal for any new Mum & Baby. Say ‘Hello Baby’ by Green People is a trio of perfectly pure bath and skincare products, only the best mild and gentle organic ingredients are blended to create the purest baby products for tiny ones. Within the Hello Baby gift set, you’ll find: Soothing Baby Salve – Lavender (30ml),Dry Skin Baby Lotion – Scent Free (30ml) & Baby Wash & Shampoo – Lavender (100ml)
Check out what our reviewers think of this Hello Baby Gift Set.

Princess Play Tent


Forget the batteries and electrics with this fantastic Fairy Princess Play Tent. My Daughters would love this play tent in the style of a castle. Get out the fancy dresses and create lots of imaginary play. Once the winter is over his tent can also be used in the garden.



Personalised Football BedThis Ollie & Leila Personalised Football Bed would be ideal for any football fan. The Footy bed has a goal and football on the head end and a personalised shirt on the foot end. What more could any footy fan want to sleep in? They shoot… They score…. It’s a GOAL!!! (Made in the UK from Grade AB timber and FX High density boards, sealed with a 3 coat painted system, this furniture is very solid and comes with a 10 year guarantee.)

Jessops LogoWe’re all guilty of taking many photos. Are you like me and have most backed up on the PC…Why not use Jessops to display your photos in many different ways, Photo Calendars, Photo books and Wall Art to name a few. You can share these with family and friends or even a personal gift from your Children. Great for thank you cards too.

Personalised PosterLooking for a gift with a difference why not check out the unique & original ‘Likes’ poster. A personalised poster that celebrates every person’s favourite things. Whether you are buying this for a friend, partner or family member, because you supply the words. You provide the name & a list of ‘likes’ (between 10 & 15) and you also choose the order they’re displayed in. A number of colour options are available: blues, warms, pastels, brights, blues and browns, and retro brights. They also come in three sizes!

Check out some of our other ideas for Christmas Presents HERE

Ideas for Christmas Presents

If you’re looking for a present for your little ones which will stand the test of time then this Terrace Wooden Kitchen from Plum Products is a sure-fire winner. This is the sort of ‘toy’ which will set your children’s imaginations alight as they pretend to be Mum or Dad or the school canteen cook. They’ll play with this for hours. It’s bright and colourful with dials which click and turn, food can be stored in the fridge-freezer and the kitchen also comes with cooking pot, sauce pan and utensils. It’s not cheap at £169.99 but it will be a good investment and will stand the test of time.

If you’re looking for something most primary school age boys will love then how about a Spy KGB Invisible Ink Pen? Sshhh don’t tell anyone but I know one 7 year old boy who will definitely be getting one in his Christmas Stocking.

Ginger Citrus Luxury Gift Set ArbonneI was having a google around for nice beauty-type Christmas presents earlier and happened upon the Ginger Citrus Luxury Gift Set on the Arbonne Skincare site. It’s not cheap but for a high-end luxury product it’s not too expensive either. It would make a real pampering treat for just about any female relative or friend. Mums don’t get many opportunities to treat themselves and I know I always appreciate body scrubs and body butters. These Ginger Citrus ones smell soooo good! The luxurious Arbonne set has got everything you need for cleansing, polishing and moisturising including a Ginger Citrus zesty Body Wash, a gently exfoliating Sugar Scrub and luscious Body Butter too.

My little 2 year old niece Caitlin is going to be getting this bright cerise, snuggly Ava and Luclong-sleeved top with a zebra on it and no itchy label! It comes from Ava and Luc who sell organic t-shirts, PJ’s and Playsuits for girls and boys aged 0-8years. Their various collections have fantastic prints and appliqués that include penguins, butterflies, giraffes, elephants, zebras and dinosaurs in loads of vibrant colours!
The Ava and Luc brand was established 2 years ago by mums, Vicki Leaver and Janice Rokita who have created a memorable collection of eco dyed, ethically made organic childrenswear. Ava and Luc, (as you may have guessed) is named after Vicki and Janice’s children.

One of the things I’m most excited about this Christmas is my new Advent Advent BuntingBunting. Yup, you read that right! I’ve got Christmas Bunting to hang on my wall! And not only does it instantly Xmasify a room but it’s also an Advent Calendar. Mine’s got 24 fabric flag pouches which I’m going to fill with little bits and bobs. I’ve always had a bit of a thing about nice, reusuable Advent Calendars and have never been much of a fan of chocolate ones even though my alter ego is Mrs. Chocolate. My Advent Bunting can be brought out year after year and will become a kind of family tradition I suppose.  Each Advent Calendar Bunting comes in a lovely organza bag which makes it a perfect early Christmas present too. You can buy one from

Make a Wish Xmas PuddingSo many of us Mums say every year we’re going to make our own Christmas Pudding and then just don’t get round to it. Well there’s no excuse any more as Riverside Lifestyle have put together a fantastic Make-A-Wish Organic Christmas Pudding which comes with all the ingredients supplied including an old-fashioned sixpenny piece! Seriously all you have to do is add liquid to the ingredients and then you stir it all together and cook it in the bowl provided.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t!!) November 25th is ‘Stir-It-Up Sunday’, the traditional day for families to make their Christmas Puddings. I’ll be making mine then – will you?