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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 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.

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 Gifts and Toys

Annoying MonstersThese Annoying Monsters from 50 Fifty Toys really are infuriating and well …… annoying! They burp, they fart, you name it, they do it! Each of the bright, cheeky characters has its own name and has seriously irritating habits that will annoy the hell out of Mum & Dad and endear them forever to your little ones. These gobby Annoying Monsters are fun Christmas presents to give to kids and I would say if you gave one to say your 6 year old nephew you would be the World’s fave Aunty! Our reviewers’ children loved them too! Read what they think of Annoying Monsters.

Freya Design Sewing BoxLove this Sewing Box from Freya Design .  Let’s be fair, most of us have sewing stuff around the house but how many of us actually have a proper sewing box? I have an old Quality Street tin and my Mum has an old Roses tin. (There’s a theme here I think.) Freya has some really lovely boxes for all sorts of different occasions and the best thing is that they can all be personalised. Am considering getting a Jewellery Box for my niece from Freya!

Dinosaur ClockI love this Friendly Dinosaur Wall Clock from Kids’ Rooms . It doesn’t just look good but it’s useful too and us Mums love buying toys with a dual-purpose. It’s a lovely accessory for a boy’s bedroom although even as I type that I can hear how sexist that sounds. It’s hand-painted and as it’s got a silent mechanism, your little ones won’t moan about the ticking keeping them awake. And we all know how much children love any excuse not to go to sleep.

BrainBox Games have got so many brilliant games that it’s difficult to single one World History Brainbox Gamesout really. Their games tend to bring plenty of fun to learning and help teach vital skills along with a bit of healthy competition! Children love learning about stuff that happened in the ‘olden days’ and World History is a brilliant way for the kids to learn about everything from the Greeks capturing Troy to the first moon landing!

If you’re one of the many people tightening the pursestrings through necessity this year thPaolo Penguin Thorntonsen Wilkinsons  is a really good shop to try and visit. Whether you’re doing Xmas on a Budget or simply being sensible, then it’s worth taking a look. Some incredibly good value-for-money toddler toys in particular there!

Paolo ThePenguin from Thorntons would make a lovely little stocking filler. He’s a cute & cuddly penguin toy full of Thorntons milk chocolate penguins and not a bad price too.

Bjorn BearThe IKEA Soft Toy Campaign aims to raise funds for children’s educational programmes across the world. For every soft toy, kids meal and book bought in stores up until December 23rd, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to UNICEF and Save The Children!  The soft toy range has loads of really cute products including this year’s special bear, BJORN who even has his own Twitter feed – @Bjorn_Bear . Bjorn’s a snip at 99p!!!