I love trying new things out so I was excited when Printkick contacted me and asked if I wanted to review an item from their site along with one of their goodie bags. I love technology and stationery so was looking forward to seeing what they would send.
Printkick are a company that provide branded marketing products mostly to businesses, however, they often do personalised things for birthdays, promotions and weddings etc. Their website is easy to navigate and they have a wide range of products to choose from.
A bit about the company:
“Printkick is a platform enabling customers to configure, price and quote on a huge range of personalised products instantly – including print options, without the need for the back-and-forth with a salesperson. It’s simple, efficient and transparent – just how it should be.

We’ve streamlined the entire buying process, from receiving visuals and proof images, to signing off and paying securely. Make repeat orders with the click of a button. All your order history, artwork and information is stored within your account.

We’re using our 20+ years of experience as a promotional products supplier ​to source effectively, print great products and provide a seamless customer experience.” – Printkick.com

What I received:

A Bluetooth speaker – you can either use this via Bluetooth or plug it in the a headphone socket. It has a cable inside the box and this is also used to charge the device. This is great for music on the go as often listening to things on your phone aren’t loud enough. It is very powerful but small enough to carry about.

As well as the Bluetooth speaker I chose, Printkick very kindly sent me a goodie bag that contained:

Tablet sleeve/bag – this is ideal for carrying around a tablet in, it is a good quality fabric and would be perfect if you then wanted to put it inside a larger bag like a laptop bag or handbag but wanted to protect whatever was inside. You could also use it to keep cables in if you didn’t have a tablet but were fed up of cables getting tangled inside your bag! I love that it has a cat on that looks like my Gizmo, but of course, you would be able to pick a design or logo yourself if you were to purchase them personalised.

Pen – everyone loves a good pen. It is easy to hold and I like the texture and feel of it. Often promotional pens feel cheap but this one is great quality and writes really well.

Notebook – the notebook is a good quality and looks very professional with the padded look on the outside and the elastic to hold it shut and a ribbon to keep your page. It has lined paper inside which I prefer to plain pages.

Coaster – the coaster is quite thick and is the perfect size for a mug or glass. It has a simple embossed design in and looks very professional.

3 in 1 screen saver cloth – this can be used to either clean your screen, put it in your laptop when you shut it to protect between the screen and they keyboard or as a mousemat.

3 in 1 cable – this is great as it can plug into a usb on a laptop or computer or into a plug for the mains. It then has three adaptors so it pretty much fits anything! Great to use for a phone or camera/go pro. Makes life easier as not everything has the same charging cable!

You can literally get anything personalised as you can see. From bluetooth speakers, pens, notebooks, coasters, cables, there are so many other products on their website too.

It would really help a business to get promotional items like these to spread the word. Their products are really great quality too. I am so surprised at how good the speaker is, so powerful for a small unit!

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

Yes, you read correctly, office MOT. Your car has an MOT so why not adopt the same concept for your body?
You really need to think of ways to keep your mind and body healthy if you are sat down in front of a screen for the majority of the day. It could be as simple as getting up to have a drink at certain intervals during the day or making sure you stand up at least once an hour.
Furniture at work have put together a really great asset that you can find more about here. It is aimed at people that work full time in an office. I work full time and then most evenings I sit at my computer at home too so I really do try to walk about as much as I can.
They make a really great point that the colour of your surroundings can make a difference. Have you noticed how a lot of social media platforms use blue? Blue is apparently recognised as a safe and social colour. I like to think that pink makes me more motivated.
You may not be able to adapt the colour of your surroundings to how you like but many ways I have incorporated my favourite colours into my line of sight at work is by changing my background and taskbar, using colourful post-it notes and highlighters.
It is interesting to hear that 50% of people can’t find time to exercise when working full time. I myself like to try and exercise most evenings when I get in but there are small steps you can take throughout the day. You can stand up regularly to get yourself a drink, you can walk over to someone else in the office to talk to them instead of sending an email or you can go on a walk during your lunch break.
It can be easy to fall into a trap with eating bad snacks during the day, especially if you have a food van that comes round like we do. The warm sausage roll sounds a lot more tempting than the apple on my desk… It is important to try and eat as healthy as you can and if you are like me and you like to snack then pick up some healthy snack bars to keep in your drawer.
A lot of the tips mentioned can relate to other jobs, whether you you do physical work or work in retail, it is important to eat well, drink plenty of water and take breaks.
We really do take our bodies for granted and it is important to respect them and take care of them as after all, we want them to last as long as they can…
Sarah x

I wanted to share with you the latest Jelly Belly release as I think the app is so fun and the mixed emotions flavours are so good!

Jelly Belly Launches Emojis in a New Free Mobile App

Users can choose from 45 branded Jelly Belly stickers including Mixed Emotions faces and favourite flavours of Jelly Belly jelly beans.

App features:

·         45 branded Jelly Belly stickers comprised of Mixed Emotions Jelly Belly beans, Mixed Emotions recipes and favourite Jelly Belly jelly beans.

o   Mixed Emotions Jelly Belly beans include Happy, Angry, Playful, Sad and Love.

o   Mixed Emotions recipes feature a combination of emotions associated with universal experiences such as:

1 Sad + 1 Angry + 1 Love = Series Finale

1 Happy + 1 Playful = Summer Holiday

o   Popular Jelly Belly bean flavours such as Bubble Gum and Very Cherry are featured.

·         Slider to change the stickers’ size from small to large.

·         Can be used with text message, email and social media.

Flavour meets feeling in new Mixed Emotions Collection of Jelly Belly jelly beans

“We’ve toyed with connecting feelings and flavours in various ways in the past,” explained Rob Swaigen, vice president of global marketing for Jelly Belly. “Emojis are a big part of how we communicate with each other through text, social media and in email, and their popularity gave new life to this idea.”

Traditionally, Jelly Belly jelly beans are stamped with the Jelly Belly name in white food colouring. In the Mixed Emotions Collection, instead of the logo, the Jelly Belly beans are stamped with a matching face to represent one of five feelings:

·         Happy tastes like refreshing Lemon on a sunny day

·         Playful teases the taste buds with Sour Apple

·         Angry sears like Hot Cinnamon

·         Sad envelops you in Berry Blue

·         Love warms the soul with Bubble Gum

Recipes:

** Information supplied by Jelly Belly **

Do you like Jelly beans? What do you think about food companies creating apps/games like this?

Sarah x

I love my new mirror from Hamswan. It was so easy to set up as you can use it either via USB or install batteries and then at the touch of a button it lights up. It is pretty swish and it includes two magnifying mirrors too(2x and 3x)

When you arent using it, you can fold the front in if you prefer, so it is easy to put away or you can just fold it closed to look neater.

This is what it looks like without any light. You can tilt the main mirror up and down as well as move the side mirrors in and out, so you can really have it how ever you want. You could also use the stand to store a few small items on 🙂

The lights are really good, they are a lovely soft white light. They are bright enough to light up your face but they aren’t going to hurt your eyes.

I got mine from from Amazon, they are £21.99 which I think is a great price, considering it has nultiple mirrors and lights up!

Sarah x