I never knew you could buy personalised wrapping paper, it is so cool! I came across Pretty Gifted and thought it was amazing.

For £7.95 you can design your own wrapping paper and there are so many options to pick form. I went for:

Paper Colour: pearlescent
Foil Colour: rainbow
Font: candy
Font Size: large
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM

It only took a couple of minutes to design and within a few days it arrvied and came complete with a tag and gel pen to use 🙂

It was so easy to use their website and you can pick every single detail, from the background colour to the font and of course what you want it to say.

I will definitely be using this site again 🙂

Sarah x

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

I recently came across a toy/gadget website that supplies things for children of all ages, you can select from lots of different categories or select by the age of the recipient.
I ordered a few bits, as gifts and also for myself and was really impressed at how easy the website is to navigate and also at how quickly the order arrived.
Wicked Uncle is more than just a toy shop. We’re a present finding service. Whether you know the recipient really well, or they are just a random child from your kid’s class at school, the many ways you can search our site means that the perfect gift is just a few clicks away. We personally test out every product before we stock it; we build the kits, play the games, bake the rainbow cakes, blow the giant bubbles, and test drive the remote-control spiders! We pride ourselves on our collection of fun, interesting and unusual toys, books and games; a lot of our stock you just won’t find elsewhere.

You can choose from our great selection of colourful gift wrap, and even select a card design to be handwritten by the Wicked Uncle Elves for that personal touch. Even more cleverly, if you add the occasion to your reminders, we can send you a birthday reminder each year with a selection of age-appropriate gifts to choose from, so you need never miss a birthday again.” – www.wickeduncle.co.uk

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The things I ordered were:

Hopping Chocolate Frogs – with Popping Candy – £4.95

These would be great for kids or adults, I personally love chocolate with popping candy! This would be a great gift for any chocolate lover.

Shamballa FIRE Jewellery – Make & Design – £10.95

This set was chosen as a gift. I know these bracelets are very popular and can be quite expensive to buy, so this set worked out really cheap as you can make 5 different products with it! I love the idea of being able to create your own jewellery. This would be suitable for both older children and adults.

Harmonica Set – £10.95

This I chose for my husband. He doesn’t play any instruments but for some reason wanted to learn the harmonica! He is really please with it and it is really good quality at a great price.

Think Outside the Box – Solve The Puzzle! – £5.95

This is actually a gift I chose to give to my grandad for his birthday. Even though it is meant for children I know he will really appreciate it as he loves games a puzzles. I think it is a great price and I think that Wicked Uncle really do cater for everyone, at any age.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popcorn – £3.95

Another item I just had to try! This tastes amazing and I had never heard of this flavour before. It is one of those “novelty flavours” that you can’t usually buy in the supermarket. this would be great for any popcorn lover.

They really do have a wide variety of products for anyone at any age so do check them out 🙂

It is a great idea that they can send you reminders for peoples birthdays and also send you appropriate gift suggestions.

Sarah x

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy. For me I have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone. I came across GiftsOnline4U that offer a great range of personalised presents. You can pick anything from watches, vases, wine bottles to key rings or rolling pins and have them personalised with a name or a message.

I picked the following two gifts, they can be given seperately or can be given together as they compliment each other well.

I Love My Mum Personalised Champagne Flute

For £18.99 I think this is a really great price, considering you can pick up to three lines of engraving and it looks really posh and sophisticated. It already comes with the I (heart) My Mum message on, you then can add whatever you want underneath. You can also choose to add a gift bag with ribbon and a tag for £4.99 and they have several designs you can pick from.

I think this would be a great gift for anyone that enjoys prosecco or champagne and it is something they can cherish and keep on display if they wanted. The quality of the engraving is amazing, considering how quickly it turned up after my order was placed. It was here in only a few days.

They also have a great range of Personalised Champagne Flutes for other occasions and with different designs on. It would be great as a birthday present or even as a Father’s Day gift, June will be approaching before you know it!

Personalised Mothers Day Prosecco

This is £27.99 so you may decide to just buy this, not with the flute, and on its own it is still a pretty amazing gift. Similar to the champagne flute, you can select up to three lines to add a personal message. The message its self is not engraved on this but instead is printed on a beautiful label on the front of the bottle. It then also says underneath your message “Happy Mother’s Day”.

You can also pay extra for a champagne box or bag, the prices vary depending what you go for. There is also the option to add a greetings card. They also have other great Personalised Prosecco products, again, it is worth looking at these for other occasions you may need to buy for.

I think the website is great in my opinion, if you have someone to buy for that doesn’t drink alcohol there are plenty of other personalised items you can pick from! I am really impressed with the quality of the products I received as well as how quick my order arrived. I will definately keep this site in mind for upcoming birthdays and also Father’s Day gifts!

What do you think about personalised presents? Are they something you would buy or you would like to receive?
Sarah x

I love writing gift guides, so here is a small collection of gift ideas this Christmas for family or friends, men or women.

Some of these were kindly gifted to me and others I have bought myself for my family or for myself.

I hope some of these inspire you!

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FOOD AND DRINK

Baker Days – Personalised cakes – Letter box cake

£15.99

The letter box cakes are a perfect treat for anyone that loves cake. You can by from a variety of designs and personalise them how you wish. You can also chose the flavour and they offer a dairy or gluten free option which is great for anyone with an intolerance to certain ingredients.

Choconchoc – Chocolate Sprouts Punnet

£9.99

I think these are amazing! They really do look like real sprouts. They would be the perfect stocking filler and they are made from delicious white Belgian chocolate, mmmm.

Choconchoc – Chocolate Mini Reindeer

£5

Another great chocolate gift is the mini reindeer. I personally love Choconchoc products as they are so yummy and taste like really expensive posh chocolate but at a really reasonable price!

Sweet Arrangements sweet buckets

£7.95 each

I LOVE these sweet buckets and they would be great for children(or adults!). They are all themed eg: sea world, over the rainbow, fizzy little creates or princess. You can see the full range here.  They have really a cute football based one too!

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I really hope you enjoyed reading and that I have given you some great ideas this Christmas!

Sarah xxx