I have put together a few ideas for Christmas gifts this year in the following categories: Clothing, Homeware and Entertainment

CLOTHING

Dobell shirt

£24.99

Dobell are such a good menswear brand. Their products are high quality but at an affordable price. My husband has had quite a few products from them before including a suit and bow tie and a set of cuff links. This shirt is a great price considering the quality of it. I love the stripe design and this would be great for any man in your life whether they are your partner/dad/son/brother or a friend. Their clothing is true to size.

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Statement made necklace

Pricing depends on product/personalisation.

Statement made jewellery have some really beautiful pieces. They can add personalistion to their products, I have my husbands initial N on this necklace. They are such great quality at an affordable price and they really do have something for everyone.  The also have just released a range of Christmas ornaments.

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B.Tempted knickers

From £8 depending on colour/style

I personally love new pjs or underwear for Christmas. Knicker Locker have such a fab range of both, as well as swimwear and things for men. These particular knickers are by the brand B.Tempted and they are so soft and comfortable. Often lace underwear can be slightly uncomfortable but these ones are so soft! The fit is good and I opted for a Small, I am a UK 8/10 usually.

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HOMEWARE

Amphora Aromatics Mulled pear candle

£9.50

This time of year, I love candles. Amphora Aromatics have a beautiful mulled pear and spices candle. I have previously mentioned their Lavender one which is one of my favourite candles. Each candle can burn for up to 40 hours which is great if you only light it for half an hour at a time. The scent is quite strong but not too overpowering and the mulled pear really reminds me of Christmas. I like the neutral colour of the jar meaning it can look good in any room, no matter the decor.

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Personalised baubles

£7.99 each

I love personalised presents, I think it is a great way to show someone you have really thought about a gift. This year we bought our first Christmas tree, we previously had my parents old one and some of their decorations but we decided it was time to get our own and all new decorations. I wanted some special baubles to get for my husband. Funky Pigeon have so many personalised items but I opted for the photo baubles where you can upload any photo you wish and add words to them so of course, I got ones of of cats! They are such great quality and will look great on the tree.

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Personalised stocking tree decoration

£16.50

Another great addition to a tree is a personalised decorated stocking. I am really impressed with the quality of this and love how cute the little heads are and how neatly our names are written. You can get lots of decorations from Made with love and sparkle and you can personalise them with peoples name, whether it is for a couple, a whole family or if you want your pets names on! I wanted to just have it for Nick and myself. I think it looks super cute and would be a great gift for anyone especially if it was a first christmas in a new home or with a new member of the family etc.

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Warmies heatable soft toy

£14.99

Hot Water Bottle shop not only supply a massive range of standard hot water bottle covers, they also supply these cute heatabale soft toys. You put them in the microwave for two minutes to heat them up and then they are so warm and smell amazing as they have lavender in. This is perfect for adults or children to cuddle with or take to bed in the winter. In the summer you can even out it in the freezer! Lavender is my favourite scent and is so calming so this is ideal if you aren’t feeling very well to use instead of a hot water bottle.

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Entertainment

Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset

You can get some great boxsets on Amazon from £6, some of the most popular ones are:

Movie boxsets:
>  *   Fast & Furious 8-Film Collection (DVD £24.99, Amazon)
>  *   Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (DVD £19.34, Amazon)
>  *   Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £6.99, Blu-ray £18.00, Amazon)
>  *   Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray £17.99, Amazon)
>  *   Fifty Shades: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £11.99, Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)
>  *   The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration (Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)

I personally love pitch perfect and plan to spend a Sunday binge watching all three films in a row. It is great value to buy DVDs as a box set if you want to watch more than one of them.

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Fanatic football gift box

£45

Fanatic create these fab football gift boxes. You can select the box depending on what team you support and you can select if it is for an adult or child. They will also ask your clothing size. I received a sample box to review but if you were to buy one you would receive 5/6 items based on the selected team. My box featured a hat, bottle opener and socks. These are the kind of things they would feature, as well as tshirts, a mug, a calendar and various other products. I think this would be a great gift for a football fan and they have a great range of teams on there. I had to pick Arsenal obviously 🙂

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Let’s face it, as women we can worry a lot about a lot of things, am I right? We can worry about anything from money, our careers, our livelihoods, our families, motherhood, getting pregnant. In truth anyone of us can worry about anything, but men are perceived to not worry or let things get to them. Or so it may seems. You see men worry about all sorts, some very similar to us, and some you may be surprised to read.

I always think it is a good idea to be more aware of what our partner, boyfriend, or husband could be worried about, as it can help you to function through life itself as a team. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the biggest worries men can have, and perhaps it could enlighten you to how the man in your life could be feeling or worrying about right now.

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Hair loss

Hair loss is such a big worry for men. A lot of men get to a certain age and notice their hair thinning on the top or they begin to get a receding forehead where more hair is worn away. Some men embrace it, but others really struggle with the hair loss and find that they start to lose their confidence over it. However, there are things you can do to help. You can consider taking a hormone that can boost the productivity of the growth of hair follicles. You can have a look online the cheapest we found was on websites like online pharmacies. You could also consider things like hair transplants or other surgery options to encourage the hair to grow back.

The midlife crisis

Surprisingly, it isn’t just women that worry about this, men do to. The midlife crisis is known to hit a lot of men, and some women, when they hit a certain age and start to question things in their lives. It might be that they are worried about what they have achieved in life, or feeling like they haven’t done enough. The common scenarios is that you a man will buy a sports car or fast motorbike, leave their partners for a younger model, and reinvest in their youth. But more commonly a midlife crisis can just be a worry of where their life is going and even things like if they are providing enough. It is a worry for men and something that should be discussed rather than bottled up.

Their bodies and putting weight on

Yes you read that right, men worry about their beach bodies as well. In all seriousness though, just as much as women can threat about their weight and putting on the pounds, so can men and it can be a huge confidence knock to their self esteem if they used to have a muscular body and now struggle to keep the weight off. Thankfully, a lot of men can be very disciplined when it comes to what they eat and the exercise that they take so it could be that this is an easy worry to fix.

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Not excelling in their career or not providing

Years ago, it used to be perceived that the man would supply the income for the family and be what is known as the main “breadwinner” but in today’s modern society this isn’t always the case anymore. Women have risen the rankings and taken some of the top jobs and now when it comes to their careers and providing for the family men are starting to see this as a huge concern for them when they reach a certain time in their lives. While it isn’t about being the main earner, it is important to feel satisfied with your own journey.

Their health

Health can also be a big worry for men, and their are some health concerns particularly things like prostate cancer that can only affect a man that can be a huge worry to them. The health and their future health can be a concern as again men worry about being a main provider for their family or being the constant and solid entity of it. There are other health issues men worry about and now mental health is in the spotlight as lot more thanks to news and even major TV shows dealing with the raw subjects of mental health. However, it is now more common than ever before for men to come forward and speak about dealing with mental health issues. Years ago it just wouldn’t be spoken about, but with suicide rates rising more men are coming forward with their worries and concerns. It is definitely a huge step in the right direction, but will still be a worry for men to consider feeling and handling it.

Being a good father, husband and/or partner

Sometimes when it comes to matters of the family, it may seem that only women worry and get stressed about motherhood and parenting, and everything that comes with being apart of a family such as relationships and making time for every aspect of it. However, men worry about this to. They can worry about their relationship, whether they are good enough, but the big concern to them is whether or not they are or will be a good father. Perhaps not having a decent role model to look back on or simply wanting to be different, men struggle with this, and can also find it hard if the relationship breaks down and trying to be there for their family.

Money troubles

Finally, money can be one of the biggest stresses and worries people have these days and men more so than women can find that they are worrying about it on a daily basis. Ensuring they have enough to provide for their family and pay all of the bills, and keeping things afloat when money is tight or life throws a curveball. It is definitely one of the major worries a man can have and one that is always going to be an underlying factor of life.

I hope that this has made you more aware of some of the issues many men can face and worries that they have. We perhaps have more in common than we may once thought.

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 decided it was time for a new watch (see what I did there, haha!) as the only watch I wear at the moment is my apple watch but I don’t always need to track my activity and sometimes want a but of a nice looking watch for special occasions, not a big sporty looking one.

I picked up this beautiful Alienwork watch off Amazon and it was only £20.14 in the sale which I think is such a great price, especially as it was here the next day through my Amazon prime.

I went for the black version but they come in a variety of colours and are currently on a buy one get one 50% offer so great if you want to treat yourself and buy one as a gift.

The spec of the watch:

Item Shape Round
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type analogue
Clasp Type Hook Buckle
Case Material Metal
Case Diameter 40
Case Thickness 8
Band Material Stainless Steel
Band Length Men’s Standard
Band Width 20
Band Colour black
Dial Colour black
Bezel Material Stainless Steel
Movement Japanese Quartz
Water Pressure Resistance 3 bar

The watch is adjustable so can be suitable for both men and women and it is so easy to adjust as it is a milanese band. It comes in a cute little bag and case.

It is so comfortable to wear and looks really expensive!

Do you like the look of this watch? Want the chance to win one? Make sure you enter below:

Win an Alienwork Quartz Watch

Sarah x

I have previously reviewed a Globenfeld watch here and I think they are such great quality for the price! This one also came from Amazon and you can’t really go wrong with this brand.

The watch was £59.99 and you pick from three different faces: black, blue or white. I think the white will go with everything but stands out a lot more than the black.

Specifications:

Net weight 230g
Case diameter 51mm
Thickness 17.5mm
Functions

Water Resistant 30 M
12/24 time format
Day, date and month features
Alarm and chime
Stop watch
Watch back light function for night vision

I think you can agree its both stylish and functional. Do you always wear a watch?

My husband Nick wears one every day so it is nice to have a few to pick from!

Sarah x