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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!

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 CottonBunting.co.uk

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?

 

Christmas Presents For Him

Men are always more difficult to buy for in my experience. In fact I’d go as far as to say that looking for Christmas Presents for him can be a bit of a nightmare! See below my ideas for Men’s Christmas Presents this year.

Apple iPad mini

You Know He’d Love It!

 

Apple iPad Mini is everything you love about the iPad — the beautiful screen, fast and fluid performance, FaceTime and iSight cameras, thousands of amazing apps, 10-hour battery life – all this and you can hold it in one hand too. This is a smaller yet cheaper version of the iPad we all know and love! If he hasn’t got one and you have the money then it’s a bit of a no-brainer…..

 

Scholls Handheld Massagers

Pain or Pleasure

Scholl’s range of  handheld massagers are the perfect winter treat, they are all about relieving muscle aches post-workout, relieving stress and offer the ultimate in body relaxation when you can’t have your own masseur!
The I-Pop Vibrating Massagers are powerful deep infrared heated massagers; ideal for use on a variety of areas including upper/lower back, shoulders, neck, arms and legs. These battery operated massagers offer powerful vibrations essential for targeting muscle tension, whilst the infrared heat element gives deep muscle relaxation.

Trivia Boxes

Friendly Family Christmas Challenges

These fantastic Family favourite trivia boxes are bound to be a huge hit with young and old and there are so many different themes to choose from. Whether it’s the fast cars from Top Gear, deadly creatures from Deadly 60, football fanatics for Match of the Day or funny stuff for The Simpsons you’re bound to find something you like. There’s even a trip down memory lane with Now that What I call Music Trivia Box.
The Trivia Box is ideal for Boxing Day or that normally dull bit between Christmas and New Year – Twixmas. It’s a great ice-breaker for parties where relatives or friends don’t know each other.  You can either divide them up and get the teams competing or play as individuals to really show your trivia knowledge. Each box contains 400 brain teasers and players have to try their best to answer as many questions right in a knock out style quiz. The more trivia you know the further you progress until finally there’s just one winner – the true Trivia Champ!

Sassoon For Men Titan Series Rechargeable Clippers

Mens Grooming

Sassoon for Men TITAN Series Rechargeable Beared Trimmers a down-to-Earth electrical grooming range for modern men who want a no fuss approach to their grooming regime. Check out what our reviewers think of The Sassoon For Men Titan Series Rechargeable Beared Trimmer.

 

 

Adopt A Shark

Looking For Something A Little Different

 

Adopt a Blacktip Reef Shark for 12 months at one of three UK Sea Life Centres, an organisation committed to marine conservation and marine animal welfare with its programme, Save Our Seas. Once you have registered your gift box online or by post, you will receive a personalised supporter certificate, a colour Blacktip Reef Shark photograph and one free ticket to a Sea Life Centre of your choice, where you will be able to experience these fascinating animals in their full magnificence.In association with SEA LIFE, adopt a blacktip reef shark for 12 months and find out all about sharks!

Boys Confectionery

He Who Has A Sweet Tooth

Know someone who’s been a good boy lately? Then this Good Boys Sweet Jar is a little vintage treat that will show them you’ve noticed. A square, screw top glass jar, filled to bursting with treats themed for boys – skulls, mojos, chocolate footballs, lollies and crocodiles are all in the mix. This makes a great stocking filler, wedding favour treat or party gift. Neatly packaged with a retro design label, it looks just the part.

Christmas Presents For Her

There are so many new and lovely Christmas products on the market for us women, the list is endless. Buying ‘Christmas presents for her’ has never been easier! Here I start with my personal favourite (I hope Hubby reads this….)

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A beautiful keepsake for a special occasion

Gorgeous Fine Silver Stacking Rings made by Ghazal’s (GGS Design) range of personalised jewellery for Soremi.
These delicate fine silver stacking rings allow you to choose as many rings or as few rings as you like depending on the text you would like adding and final look you want to achieve.
Ring options are – Plain silver band, embellished with heart band and finally 18ct plated gold band. Lettering can be oxidised (blackened) or left clear (gold plated rings cannot be oxidised).

 

SPAtopia 100% Dead Sea Salts

Relax And Hydrate Those Aching Limbs

Every lady needs time out to relax and recover but usually hasn’t the time or money. Why not stay at home and pamper yourself with SPAtopia 100% Dead Sea Salts. Transform your bath into a relaxing hydrotherapy experience with these pure mineral-rich salts which help cleanse and hydrate and soothe aching joints and muscles.

 

 

LIsa Bliss Terrier Silk Scarf

Stylish & 100% Silk

If it’s a great look you’re after this Christmas, then the Lisa Bliss Terrier Scarf is great for any dog & terrier lover. Lisa Bliss’s stunning terrier design digitally printed onto 100% silk. From her ‘Man’s Best Friend’ collection. 90cms x 90cms. It’s Dry Clean Only and designed and made in the UK.

 

 

Cath KIdston Hand Cream Set

Handbag Size Designer Hand Creams

 

Moving back to the theme of treating ourselves again, the next one’s a must. Our hands always suffer with the weather at this time of the year and this lovely Set Of Hand Creams by Cath Kidston will make all the difference. There are 3 x 30ml Mini Tubes in Wild Rose, Bluebell & Honeysuckle flavoured hand creams.

 

 

Jellephish Mood Lamp

Create Your Own Mood Setting

The Jellephish Mood Lamp doesn’t need an occasion to make the most of its visual delight. Use it to relax after a long day or set the mood for any setting, the versatile lamp produces the perfect atmosphere every time. The Jellephish takes it name from its resemblance to the umbrella-shaped marine animal, it even comes with a variety of colours. The light can be operated using a remote control to choose the colours and visual effects that you want to beam. The design will offer a contemporary touch to your home, whether you keep it freestanding or mount it on the wall. Check out what our reviewers think of the Jellephish Mood Lamp.

Alphabet Truffles

Eat My Words And Enjoy Every Mouthful

Last but not least my final suggestion is for all those ladies with a sweet tooth (me included). The Personalised Alphabet Truffles by Thorntons. Write a personal message on these and enjoy every bite, naughty but very nice. Free from artificial colour & flavouring.

 

Christmas Presents for Girls Three and Over.

 

Hi all, I have been at it again, researching the market place looking for the best ideas for Christmas presents for Girls three and over. Check out my top six below:

My Dressing Table by Djeco

Fit For A Princess

Every young girl loves to dress up and My Dressing Table (by Djeco) gives them the prefect opportunity. It sits pretty on any table top and this adorable & functional mirrored dressing table will brighten up any bedroom.  There are plenty of colourful flowers & leaves to hang your Daughters jewellery and two shelves for holding things. The Dressing Table will engage your child in hours of creative and imaginative play. This set includes a hairbrush, hair slide, matching hairband and bracelet.  A set ideal for getting ready for the finest occasions!   (Measures: 34cm x26xm x 18cm   Age: 4+)

 

Bow Cup Cake Handbag

Sweet And Pretty Satin Bag

Pink Poppy Bow Cupcake Handbag (Hot Pink) -This gorgeous little handbag looks good enough to eat! Shaped like a cupcake, complete with a cherry on top, and decorated with sequins, ribbons and jewels, it’s the perfect gift for a little girl who needs somewhere to keep all her important bits and bobs and girls do have many. The bag and handle are made of soft hot pink satin and the bag has a zip fastening to keep everything safe inside.

 

 

This Personalised Peppa Pig Christmas Book is a must for any Peppa Pig Fan. Your child can be created within this book as you can choose gender, hair, eye colour, skin tone and even glasses. A personalised message can also be inserted inside the front cover. A great present from any relative near or far as this is ordered online. The story is based on your child having a Christmas party & inviting Peppa, George and all their friends. A lovely idea! Check out what our reviewers say on this Peppa Pig Personalised Book.

 

 

 

Lekue Childrens Muffin Baking Set

Share some time with your child in the kitchen

For those not into reading or dressing up, there is always baking. Lekue Muffin Kids Baking Set is funny, easy and above all very tasteful! Cook, decorate, and share the 6 suggested muffins. Any occasion is perfect to share your muffins! Making children participate in the cooking provides positive advantages such as helping to develop creativity, imagination and language. Kit for children over 4 years old. See what our reviewers think of the Leuke Muffin Kids Baking Set

 

SKOOT Ride on luggage compartment

SKOOT Around This Christmas

If its an alternative gift you’re after, SKOOT by Worlds Apart is a 2 in 1 fun retro styled ride-on with handy internal luggage compartment. It has a full steering column which makes it easy for kids to steer, easy for parents to tow and with a handy carry strap, easy to carry. It is sturdy, with chunky rubber wheels ensuring a smooth ride. The robust tow strap doubles as a carry strap making it easy to throw over your shoulder when your child gets tired of pulling it themselves. The SKOOT stores up to 13 litres so more than enough room for a weekend away with clothes and much loved teddy.  Kids will love having a special storage space all of their own.  Read what our reviewers think on this SKOOT Ride-On Luggage. Suitable from 3 years

 

Lelli Kelly Pewter Glitter Girls Shoes

Sparkle This Christmas

Last, but definitely not least in my top 6 Christmas presents for girls is something that every young girl would have asked for at least once. You’ve all heard those catchy adverts for the Lelli Kelly brand and these party shoes complete the look and don’t break the bank. The cheapest Lelli Kelly style I’ve have ever come across. These Lelli Kelly Adele Glitter Pewter Shoes come in a stunning silver glitter sparkle.  The upper edge of the shoes and heel counter has a grey patent trim.  Grey patent velcro strap fasteining has Lelli Kelly silver embroidering.  Black sole unit.  Textile lining completes the look. Comes with Lelli Kelly Free Gift – light up pen with little rabbit