With Father’s Day coming up I wanted to share a few gift ideas with you. I always find presents for men harder to chose than I do presents for women. Here are a small selection of ideas (can also be useful for birthdays or other events or as presents for women too!)

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A great read would be this book by Martin Bailey:

The useful book of gadgets is only £12.99 and can be purchased from Amazon. It has some really great sections like how to recover delete computer files, check your heart rate with a monitor, how to edit photos and how to turn your car into a smart car.

It would be great for any gadget loving dad. I don’t want to give away too much but I have had a read of it and I think it is great and it has some really great reviews on Amazon!

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A tie or bow tie/accessory can also be a great gift and Dobell have a great range to pick from.

This bow tie is great at £9.99 and I love getting things from Dobell. In the past I have reviewed a mans suit and cuff links, they are always top quality and a really good price, you cant go wrong with something from their website.

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If he likes wine then you should check out Your Sommelier where you can purchase single bottles of wine or you can buy a subscription. The discovery box is £36/month so you could always buy this for one month as it is a great way to get three bottles of good quality wine. If they like the wine they can then get 20% off buying another bottle.

“Every month you will receive 3 bottles of French wine carefully selected by our Sommeliers. Your box will include matching tasting cards, which will provide information about the wine, regions, appellation and the ideal food pairing. You’ll also get our welcome binder to store your cards.” – www.yoursommelier.co.uk

I think the cards you get with the box are a great idea too 🙂

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If he is always on the go then a portable charger is a great idea. The slim power bank from Varta can be used to charge many different devices with its USB port. It is about £40 depending on where you purchase it from online but it is worth it as it can fully charge a mobile phone up to 5 times.

It would be handy to keep in the car if working away from home/office or to take on a camping trip or holiday so you can ensure your phone/camera/tablet were fully charged for the journey or if you were without a mains charger.

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If he is a car fanatic then these Armor All products will be perfect. Sometimes there is not always time to give the car a full clean so the wipes would be handy to keep in the car. I personally don’t know much about cars or cleaning them haha but my dad loves having a clean car and would really appreciate something like this.

You can buy the products online at various places or in Halfords. Most of the range are approx. £10 each depending where you buy them from.

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A new brand I have come across is CG Men they have such a great range of boxers and briefs, so something to suit anyone. They have a wide variety of colours and come packaged carefully in a stylish plain box. My husband has quite a few pairs from them and find them really comfortable and and soft to wear.

You can buy them in packs of 3 where all are the same or have a variety. They range between £20-£25 a pack depending on what colour/style you go for.

They make a great gift, everyone loves new underwear or socks!

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If he is a smoker or trying to quit then why not get a Ecigarette. The Ecigarette from Innokin is £25.99 and you can purchase different flavour e-liquids to go with it for £3.99 each.

These have been known to really help people quit smoking so if someone in your family needs help you could support them with one of these as a gift.

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Crabtree & Evelyn always have great products, they are one of my favorite brands for body products. I only recently realised they did specific products for men too.

These hair and body washes are £16 each which I think is a good price for a luxurious product like this. They have two ranges in which they offer these washes, aftershave, aftershave balm and colognes.

Moroccan Myrh – “Bring a little Moroccan sunshine to your morning with this rousing hair and body wash. Its stirring formula is enriched with naturally deodorising myrrh extract – plus some glycerine for added moisture. It works into a rich lather, sweeping away grime from your skin and leaving hair clean and soft. While invigorating scents of bergamot and cardamom will energise you for the day ahead.”

West Indian Lime – “Bring a little West Indian sunshine to your morning with this enlivening hair and body wash. Its punchy formula is enriched with naturally deodorising lime, ginger root and vetiver extracts – plus some glycerine for added moisture. It works into a rich lather, sweeping away grime from your skin and leaving hair clean and soft. While the invigorating botanical scents will energise you for the day ahead.”

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If he loves a BBQ/loves to cook then you could consider a Personalised Apron from www.funkypigeon.com for £14.99. It arrived in just a couple of days and I think it is great quality and it really is special giving someone a personalised gift.

Funky Pigeon are great for cards but they have so many other great products like t shirts, mugs, key rings etc. it is worth a look and you can order the card from there too!

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Another great idea would be a pack of good quality tea or coffee from www.coffeeandkin.co.uk

as they have such a great variety. My favorites are English breakfast and peppermint. I quite like simple flavours but they have so many others to pick from if he is more adventurous! They also have a subscription service that may be worth looking in to.

Each pack is a good size and they are £4.50 each which I think is reasonable for a good quality tea.

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Does he like gin? Have you heard of www.ilovegin.com? For £14 a month (or a one off) you will recieve:

  • A G&T tasting box delivered every month
    • 2 x Miniature Gins + 2 x tonics/mixers
    • A recipe card with tasting notes, history etc
    • Makes 4 x G&Ts
    • And a £5 voucher to spend on Gin!
  • Exclusive member-only discounts on other gin goodies in our shop.
  • Flash sales, competitions, recipes, and more.

I think this is a great way to try new gins/mixers and it is great you can buy a one off box and you aren’t tied into a subscription for a year. Pretty good considering you can make 4 drinks out of it 🙂

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Man Stuff have some really great toiletries at the moment. My husband loves using their stuff, he says they are one of the best mens brands he has tried. He got a great set from them last Christmas and loved all of their products. They are cruelty free, which I know is important to a lot of you. I really like their packaging as it seems to stand out and looks appealing.

The Man Can

£13

Contains: 100ml Face Wash, Shaving Brush, Shaving Cream and Face Towel

The Man Mug

£12

Contains: Enamel Mug, 75ml Face Scrub, 75ml Post-Shave Balm

Handy Manicure Set

£10

Contains:

Nail Clippers x2, Nail Scissors, Travel Toothbrush, Comb and Mirror

Each set is really great value and it is worth looking at what other products they have to offer.

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I hope this has given you some good ideas! 🙂

I have had to buy for my dad, my mums boyfriend, my father in law and my grandad so I have spent a while looking for ideas and wanted to share them with you.

Sarah x

A brand that is new to me is Organii. All Organii products are free from SLS, Parabens, Phthaltes, Silicone, Mineral Oils and have not been tested on animals and are Vegan.

The products I have tried are:

Natural care hand cream

£2.95

It smells nice, is non greasy and soaks in quickly and makes your hands super soft. I find if I apply this in the morning I don’t need to re apply any creams to my hands during the day as it keeps them soft and hydrated all day.

It is quite a big tube as well which is great value, but not too big if you wanted to carry it about in your bag 🙂

High Protection sun cream

£21.95

I am quite fussy with sun creams as I suffer regularly from heat rash a lot of sun creams just aggravate my skin, so the more organic and less chemicals the better!

Not only does it work great as a sun cream it also moisturised my skin at the same time and didn’t leave me as sticky as most do. It came with a free after sun but I haven’t trued that yet.

I always think it is worth spending a bit more on sun protection to ensure you find one that your skin reacts well with and one that will protect you the best. I never wear anything less than a 30 either as I have such sensitive and delicate skin I don’t want to burn.

Shower gel

£5.95

This shower gel smells so so good and is so refreshing. I prefer to use shower gels, even in the bath rather than a bar of soap. This one leaves you feeling invigorated and clean and you don’t need to use much. I have to hide it away so Nick won’t use it all up!

I really like the simply packaging for all of the products. I love how they use multicolours on the plain white background and the shapes they use are associated with the products. The hand cream has hands on, the sun cream has suns on etc.

Really impressed with all the products I have tried 🙂

Sarah x

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In recent years, the world pet market has started to get a lot more exotic. As demand increases, moving creatures around the globe gets easier, and products to support their ownership becomes available, animals from all four corners of the world are being sold as pets. Of course, though, when it comes to an animal which most people don’t even know about, it can be hard to find good resources to help you to raise them well. To support you through this, this post will be exploring some of the best places to find information about any kind of critter.

Around The Web

The internet has possibly the biggest driving force which keeps the pet industry adapting, as it provides people with the chance to learn about creatures from anywhere. In the past, books would be used for this kind of work, leaving you to deal with the animals which have been covered. There are loads of different types of site which can be used to achieve a goal like this.

Forums: Although they may seem a little old school, forums and message boards are still very popular around certain parts of the web, and this makes them a great starting point. Not only do they give you the chance to browse years worth of information, but they also make it very easy to ask questions and get direct advice which you won’t have to pay for. This is great for animals which are confusing or hard to understand.

Blogs: There are loads of passionate people in the world, and blogs give them the chance to talk about the things they love. When you’re looking for specific pet advice, nothing will beat this format, as you will be able to find websites which are ran by people with the same animals as you. This can make it easy to learn the basics of pet care, while also keeping up to date with the latest information to improve the life of your furry, feathery, or scaly friend.

Businesses: While it may seem like a lot of pet-based companies are simply out to get your money, with their overpriced products and awkward shipping arrangements, most of them can also be great sources of information. With this sort of organisation being responsible for the people they sell things to, they will have a lot of the line if they make a mistake which hurts you or your pet.

In Stores

The connection to businesses doesn’t stop online, though. In fact, in reality, pet stores can be some of the best places to learn about the animals you’re trying to look after. People who go for jobs in these sorts of places are often great lovers of pets. Some will like fish and birds, and others will prefer cats and dogs, but they will also be able to offer some insight into the world of animal care. If you have a very exotic pet, like a lizard or a frog, it could be worth going to a store which only sells these kinds of creatures.

Other Establishments

As the last are to consider, it’s time to think about the other establishments out there which can help you to learn about the pets you want to keep. There are loads of companies and other organisations which aren’t found in the store format. Instead, they will work in different ways, and this can make it incredibly easy to diversify.

Vets: Like doctors, vets spend a huge portion of their life working towards being able to help animals with their health. They will study, shadow professionals, and dedicate themselves to a life of care and compassion. Along with this, though, they are often animal nerds, and this makes them the perfect place to find advice when you’re struggling. Of course, it will be worth asking if you can have someone with experience with your type of pet.

Charities: Of course, some people don’t need to make a living to want to offer help, and this is where charities come in. You don’t need to be in some sort of strife to get the support of an organisation like this, though. Instead, as long as you’re willing to give something back, it should be very easy to find a charity with resources to share with you.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you will be feeling inspired to start researching the pet you’ve always dreamed of having. There are loads of beautiful animals out there, and the range of ethical choices is becoming wider and wider. Altogether, this makes for a great time to go out and look for an exotic pet.

Sarah x

Have you heard of Berber’s Treat?

How to use it

FACE PACK

To use it as a face mask, scoop some gel with your fingers, make sure your face and hands are completely dry. Then massage the gel all around your face, careful around the eyes. Wait about 5 minutes and you will feel a thin layer form. If you have dry skin, don’t leave it for long, just 1 minute is enough. Then, using the Kessa or a scrubbing glove, gently scrub your face while washing it off with warm water and moisturise.

EXFOLIATE BODY

When in shower or bath, scoop some gel and carefully rub into your skin. Once your body is covered it is best to wait a few minutes before using a Kessa exfoliating glove or sponge to really scrub your skin and exfoliate, before washing it all off with water. It can be a little tricky at first, it falls easily.

Benefits

Made from 100% Natural ingredients and suitable for all skin types. Contains antimicrobial bacteria fighting agent rich in Vitamin E.

Can be used any time. It will help to tighten skin, invigorate and the eucalyptus scent will help to clear the mind. Washes impurities and removes dead skin cells from face and body

If you suffer with clogged pores, dry skin, oily skin, eczema or psoriasis then using the soap as a face pack will make a huge difference to your appearance.

Sarah x

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Anxiety can make life really difficult to live. The things that once seemed so simple to you like going to the grocery store or attending a dinner party with good friends, suddenly become the most difficult things in the world. Your heart beats faster and your mouth gets dry just contemplating doing those things and your brain is constantly engaged in fight or flight mode, worrying about anything and everything.

It sucks. If you’re suffering from anxiety you know that, but you know what? It is possible to get through it. You should definitely see your doctor and maybe a therapist because medication and anxiety can help a lot. As well as doing that, there are lots of things you can do for yourself that will help to push anxiety a little further towards the door if not right out of it…

Learn Mindfulness

You’d be forgiven for thinking that mindfulness is the latest new age buzzword, but it’s so much more than that and it shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. There is lots of evidence to suggest that learning how to live in the moment, quelling your negative thoughts and putting them into greater perspective, which is exactly what mindfulness teaches you to do, can lessen symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and much more besides. If you can’t find a qualified teacher to show you the ropes, apps like Headspace and Calm are very effective. Give it time – mindfulness won’t get rid of your anxiety immediately –  and you should notice an improvement.

Get an Emotional Support Animal

You should never bring home an animal unless you are ready to take on the responsibility for its care, but if you have a safe place and lots of time and love to dedicate to a pet, getting a support animal could really help you. Animals have such a soothing and reassuring effect on us, that having one by your side when you’re most anxious can really help to soothe your mind and soul. Before you go out and get a dog though, be sure to check the esa laws to ensure that you’ll be entitled to have one and bring it along with you most places you go. If this is something you want to do, you need to be responsible about it.

Do Some Yoga

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise which helps to connect your mind and body and have both working in harmony together for a greater sense of peace. It also releases endorphins that will give you a happiness boost so that you will feel much better all-round.

Expose Yourself to Your Fears

Okay, so this is probably going to sound really scary to you and you might resist doing it, but if you take baby steps and slowly expose yourself to the things that are causing you anxiety (take a friend along if necessary) and you keep doing it, you will start to realise that it isn’t so scary after all and your anxiety should lessen over time. If you’re worried about doing this, talk to a therapist and have them guide you through the process.

Anxiety sucks, but it doesn’t have to be permanent and if you take some action (no matter how small) to fight it, things will get better, just you wait and see.

 

Sarah x