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Back to school guide 2022

Monday, 8 August 2022

Yes it’s that time of year again! The summer holidays are fast disappearing and the return to school is on the horizon. I can’t quite believe how the years are passing so quickly!

Anyway, I’ve put together some of my top picks for back to school this year. I hope they help!

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Personalised drinks bottle from Boutique Gifts

Made from top quality aluminium, this stylish personalised water bottle has a 600ml fill capacity and features a flip up straw top with the top unscrewing for refilling/ washing. It has a strong seal and does not drip when shaken upside down.

This simple design can be personalised free of charge, making it easy for your child to know which bottle is theirs.

Priced at £9.99

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Classic Jotter Parker pen from Boutique Gifts

A design we all know, love and trust, this Parker pen is ideal for your child’s return to education. With the added option of laser engraving, you can really make it harder for your child to lose!

Presented in a stylish gift box, this pen also comes with a patented QuinkFlow ballpoint ink refill.

Priced at £9.99, the full range of luxury pens are available to view at www.boutiquegifts.co.uk. 

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Black Henley Helly Hansen trainers

With most kids wearing black trainers for school or PE now, the Henley really is your ultimate hybrid, providing all the features needed for a long day in school. 

They are well-cushioned, stable, protective and have a flexible, breathable and quick-drying upper. 

Stylish and sturdy, what more could you want from a black school trainer?

Priced at £100 

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W Blume puffy parka from Helly Hansen

With its stylish look and practicality, you really can’t go wrong with this beautiful parka coat ready for the season change.

Featuring a waterproof fabric combined with high loft synthetic insulation for extra warmth, this coat will keep your child dry and comfortable on those wet winter morning walks to school.

Available in sizes XS - XXL

Currently reduced from £210 to £147 

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Quick dry board shorts from Helly Hansen

Perfect for swimming lessons, these board shorts are comfortable and versatile.

Designed with quick-dry, stretch fabric, they have an inner brief, a partially elasticated waist and a thigh pocket. Also with a drawstring fastening at the front for extra adjustability.

Available in waist sizes 28 - 38 and in five colours.

Currently reduced from £55 to £44

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Solen T-shirt from Helly Hansen

Designed with sun protection and comfort on hot days in mind, this sun protection T-shirt is perfect for PE.

The shirt’s fabric is infused with used coffee grounds, giving it UPF 50+ sun protection without the use of chemicals.

Also quick-dry, odour-resistant and durable, the active fiber technology is excellent at wicking - moving moisture away from the skin so you stay dry.

As if that isn’t enough, this T-shirt is also made from 60% recycled polyester – another win for you and the environment.

Available in sizes S - XXL

Priced at £35 and available in 4 colours

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Let me know what you think and what you would add to the list!

*Disclaimer* some of the items featured were sent to me in consideration for this feature, however all opinion is my own.

Father’s Day gift guide 2022

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Did anyone else blink at Christmas and now we’re almost half way through 2022?? Honestly not sure where the time has gone but here I am to show you my Father’s day ideas if you are struggling with what to buy, I hope I give you some inspiration.

Hally Hensen

My Husband and Dad have always got a good sized wish list for Helly Hansen. We find the quality is unmatched. My Dad has items that are older than me from his days in the service that are still going strong.

When you couple the world of outdoor with a casual leather upper you get a winning combination of style, and performance. The Highland Boot feature waterproof nubuck leather with HH Pro Guard toe and heel-cap, and marrying that with fully sealed seams you have a very well protected upper. 

The Midsole features a power stride compound for great cushioning, whilst the max comfort insole adds to the comfort. The outsole has been designed with surround grip system, and we combine that with the Helly Hansen max grip rubber compound for superior grip.

Available in black, whisky & coffee bean and sizes 6.5 - 12.5.

Priced at £77 - currently on sale from £110.

Your Dad can have limitless sunny adventures in this Solen T-shirt, with 50+ UPF protection and lightweight, wicking LIFA® Active fabric.

Designed to keep him dry and sun protected on those hot summer days, this t-shirt is ideal for any adventure with long sun exposure, including sailing, spring skiing, hiking and beyond. As a part of the Solen collection, it combines high-performance wicking fabric, LIFA® ACTIVE, which moves moisture away from your skin, and planet-friendly S.Café® technology which infuses the T-shirt fabric with used coffee grounds, boosting the 50+ UPF sun protection. Not only is it chemical-free sun protection, it’s quick-dry, odor-resistant and it will never wash out. This T-shirt is also made from 60% recycled polyester – another win for you and the environment.

Priced at £35 and available in cloudberry, navy, white or ebony in sizes small to XXL

These hardwearing cargo shorts are designed for all his outdoor adventures. Made from a quick-dry ripstop fabric, they are a versatile pair of shorts that works for whatever your Dad’s hobbies are on water or land.

Featuring a zip fly with single flat button for minimum bulk, mesh lined pockets, belt loops and adjustable waist, they look good as well as being functional, your only problem will be choosing which colour!

Priced at £60, available in uniform green, deep fjord, grey fog, ebony and navy and in waist sizes 28 - 44.


Whatever hobby your Dad has, he will love this everyday backpack. A stylish classic with a modern silhouette, this polyester backpack has synthetic leather trims for that extra detail. 

The shoulder straps are well padded, adjustable and have air mesh backing for comfort and ventilation for those long hours of carrying.

Available in green or black, priced at £50

Buy-a-gift experience voucher.

Is our Dad ready for a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience? With this voucher he can take the wheel of a huge monster truck called the 'Grizzly' and unleash the full potential of a quad bike. After a briefing on safety with an instructor, he will hit the track and take on both courses for an exhilarating thrill. 

After climbing up into the driver's seat and get strapped into an iconic American monster truck he will have a starter lap to get warmed up before learning to reverse park. Next he will be challenged to power over a duo of saloon cars! The fun continues when he climbs into the saddle of a quad bike and puts it through its paces on the course. Tackling the tricky obstacles and facing the ultimate challenge!

Don’t forget all experiences can be swapped on Buy-a-gift’s website.

Priced at £149 reduced from £190


Ekster say their mission is simple - to make good looking gear tyat saves you time. After reimagining the traditional wallet and adding technology to make it safe and trackable, Ekster are now upgrading the rest of his carry essentials. Called “the most successful smart wallet brand in the world” by Forbes Magazine, the man in your life will no doubt love these wallets.

A premium milled leather smart wallet treated to a light natural beige colour , perfect for slim storage and quick card access. The built-in aluminium cardholder fans out his cards at the click of a button while also protecting his cards against skimming. Add a tracker card to make it incredibly hard to lose as he can call his wallet if he misplaces it.

Priced at $71 reduced from $89 and available in 9 colours

Eksters flagship smart wallet has now been refined with the very best design philosophy. Luxurious materials and golden accents come together to create this limited edition design. Handstitched with full-grain American hides and treated with wax for a subtle shine, this leather is exceptional in its aging. My Dad loves his Ekster wallet, not only is it very slim in his pocket, it’s also very easy to find a card as you simply press a button to fan out the cards. It is also safer as your cards cannot be skimmed and with and added tracker he can even call his wallet should he misplace it.

Available in blackwood, oak & chestnut prices at $151 reduced from $189

Is your Dad always losing his wallet? Finish off his new Ekster wallet perfectly with this credit card-sized wallet tracker, which is the difference between stress and calm. Next time he is stressing trying to find his wallet he can just use his phone to ring his tracker card, or see where he last had it on a map.

Priced at $39 reduced from $49

*Disclaimer* some of these items were sent to me for placement consideration in this gift guide, however all opinion is my own.

***Christmas gift guide 2021***

Monday, 13 December 2021

Hello everyone! It's that wonderful time of year again where I get to bring those of you still shopping some Christmas gift ideas via my annual Christmas gift guide! I hope they are of help! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

For the Mum to be.

Natural birthing company - Mama's Moments birthing essentials kit

This is a lovely gift idea for any of your friends or family that are about to experience giving birth. The birthing essentials kit includes a selection of Natural Birthing Company products that will support the Mum to be during their birthing journey.

Cool It Mama spray to help calm mood swings and ease headaches
Relax & Breathe Massaging Oil helps calm, soothe and relax the body & mind
Bottoms Up spray for instant cooling and calming vaginal relief
Sleepy Mama lavender & chamomile pillow mist to help the new Mum sleep
All kept organised in a lovely zipped toiletry bag.

Available from Natural birthing company priced at £20.00

OGX argan oil Gift Set

Argan Oil of Morroco Hair Care Gift Set with Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask and Beauty Bag £15 Amazon Indulge your hair with all things Argan oil! 

The perfect Christmas Gift set comes in a re-usable beauty bag and contains a mini Argan oil of Morocco Shampoo, conditioner and a full size extra strength hair mask. 

Lather hair with the mini Shampoo & conditioner set, a precious blend infused with Argan Oil sourced straight from Morocco and silk proteins. This thick and creamy combo will help protect, restore and strengthen leaving it lush, soft and shiny. 

The luxe, extra strength hair mask is enriched with Argan Oil and silk proteins to help revive dry and damaged hair, leaving it smelling stunning, feeling luxuriously smooth and looking incredibly shiny.

Available from Amazon priced at £15

For him.

Personalised Man cave bar mat 

This Man Cave bar mat is a great addition to all home bars. Personalised with the recipients name and a few words of your choice, you can really make sure this is the perfect gift. 

Made from nonslip fabric laid upon a rubber backing this mat would be perfect for either serving drinks or a place to put cold  or hot drinks while they work or exercise.

Please note the bar mat doesn't come with any drinks accessories shown in the photos.

Priced at £21.99 from Boutique Gifts

Parliament Ekster wallet 

A premium leather smart wallet, perfect for slim storage and quick card access. 

The built-in aluminium cardholder fans out your cards at the click of a button, making them easy to view and chose the right one. This modern wallet not only looks stylish, it isn't bulky under clothes and it also protects your cards against skimming. Add a tracker card to make it unlosable!

Available from Ekster in 6 colours priced at £69 

Nivea men sensitive gift set

Instantly soothe and provide all day relief from 5 signs of skin irritation; burning, redness, dryness, tightness and itchiness with the NIVEA MEN Sensitive skin bundle. The products contain 0% alcohol to care and soothe skin and prevent irritation. The post shave balm, shaving gel and moisturiser contain soothing Chamomile and Witch Hazel for instant relief, and the moisturiser has the added ingredient of Vitamin E to nourish your skin. 

Provide sensitive skin care to not only your face but your body too with the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Protect Anti-Perspirant, with 5-fold protection using chamomile extract and avocado oil against; odour, sweat, burning, itchiness and signs of dryness for a boost of comfort. You can also soothe and refresh your skin with every shower using the NIVEA MEN Sensitive shower gel enriched with bamboo extracts to care for skin. 

Currently on sale at Nivea for £24.08 

Helly Hansen hiking shoes

Waterproof, lightweight, HellyGrip outsole for the best traction on rough terrain mixed together with a well cushioned midsole, is there anything more you need in a low-cut hiking boot?

Switchback Trail HELLY TECH® is a lightweight, low-cut performance day-hiker, fully waterproof, featuring our very own HELLY TECH® waterproof/breathable membrane. It boasts beautiful weathertight suedes, and protective HellyWear toe and Heel-cap. I know my Dad will love opening these on the big day!

Available from Helly Hansen in 2 colours priced at £100

Young children.

Baby shark sing & snuggle teddy.

Sing & Snuggle Plush Pinkfong Baby Shark Toy is a cuddly a teddy with a difference! Not only can it play all day but it can also help your little one sleep safe and sound at night.

When in day mode your little one can have fun singing the baby shark song or use the play mask to play the peek-a-boo game. When in night mode turn off the lights or cover baby sharks eyes with the play mask to sing the goodnight lullaby. 

Available from Amazon priced at £25

Dantoy coffee set.

Dantoy's Bioplastic Range is made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, and is 100% recyclable. An eco-conscious range that has the same quality as traditional plastic toys. Pretend Playsets engage your children for hours of creative play. The design encourages your kids to create endless imaginative games together and independently. Building children’s confidence and physical development through play.

Available from Amazon for £21

Flexi-Neck Tablet Holder 

Perfect for long car journeys, this super handy tablet holder with a flexible neck bends to position it where you most need it. It holds tablets and iPads between 13 cm and 20 cm wide and clips to tables and desks etc up to 3 cm thick.

Available from Men Kind for £9.97

Science Mad Planetarium Star Globe 

The Planetarium Star Globe features a light-up globe of the star constellations that projects onto the walls and ceiling. The electronic base rotates the globe and a light pointer enables particular constellations to be pointed out. 

Turn out the lights and explore the wonder of the night sky moving above you! 

Available from Smyths toys priced at £24.99

Geomag Elevator Circuit 

This 207 piece mechanics set allows the user to build an elevator circuit and learn to use gravity to turn the motor, running the metal spheres up and down the track in this innovative Geomag set. 

With no need for electric or battery motors, this clever construction uses the repelling forces of the magnets to magically create movement, with no contact. Swiss-made from 86% recycled plastic, a fascinating build project for inquisitive minds to harness the forces of gravity and magnetism. Magnetic fun with the laws of physics!  

Available from Wicked Uncle priced £49.95

Kikkerland make your own periscope 

Build & use the periscope to teach your kids about mirrors, reflections, submarines and much more! 

Great hands-on learning experience! 

Let's see what's around the corner, over walls, or play submarine. 

Designer: Hector Serrano 

Product Measurement: (Assembled) 6,4 x 14,5 x 32,3 cm 

Material: kraft paper, acrylic mirror  

Available from Kikkerland priced ££10

Science mad digital metal detector 

YOUNG DETECTORISTS: Great for budding explorers, the child-friendly length and light-weight design make this a perfect choice for children. Metal detecting can be an exciting hobby, helping to develop a child's exploratory skills, curiosity, and patience. 

FEATURES: The detector emits a beeping sound when close to metal, and the flashing indicator lights speed up & change colour. For ages 4 plus 

Available from Very.co.uk priced at £24.99


Thumbs up mini arcade machine

Relieve hours of video game nostalgia with your kids this Christmas with this Micro Arcade Machine. Loaded with 240 fun games and sporting an integrated enhanced screen rear light to suit both bright and dim lighted environments, this is the perfect gift for gamers.
Available from Thumbs up priced at £24.99

Kikkerland felt ibed lap tray

This felt iBed Storage lap tray is a convenient bedside or couchside companion that organizes pens, papers, notebooks, cords, and anything else you need at hand for easy access wherever you are! 

The compartment is big enough for travel and work needs, and the lid can be used as a surface for laptops, tablets, notebooks - even snacking! A great way to help your teens keep their belongings neat and tidy.

Available from Kikkerland priced at £40


A cozy, water-repellent winter parka, this stylish puffer-style parka will keep your teens snug while looking good on those extra cold days. It has a PFC-free, water-repellent outer fabric to keep moisture out combined with super-soft High Loft™ synthetic insulation for warmth. With the environment in mind, the insulation is made from 40% recycled fibers. The detachable faux fur on the hood, adds style and creates a warm microclimate around the face.

Available in 4 colours from Helly Hansen priced at £220.00

RUBIS Six-Star Tweezers 

Add a festive twist with the Rubis Six Star Tweezers in Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold. A celebrity and professional make-up artist staple, Rubis is nicknamed the king of tweezers, made from resilient, anti-acid stainless steel that won’t rust or corrode. Originally used in the watch industry for brands like Rolex and Cartier, achieve immaculate precision for the perfect 

Available from Allcures.com priced at £29

Eve large bedside pocket 

This large bedside pocket made by the very clever peeps over at Kikkerland is a tidy bedroom must-have! With its Scandi-inspired look, it holds all of those bedside essentials including gaming controllers, remotes and cables within reach while fixing neatly and easily under your mattress.

Available from Eve sleep priced £25  

SOS serum cleanser

Gentle but thorough, this lightweight soothing cleanser gel flushes the pores and dissolves makeup whilst removing daily atmospheric pollutants.  Without the use of alcohol, acids or aggressive surface active agents, the non-greasy, non-comedogenic formulation glides over the facial skin to completely remove surface impurities and contaminants. 

Use every morning & evening for best results.

Available from SOS serum priced at £15 for 50ml

SOS H20 Day Cream SPF 30 

A non-greasy, lightweight daily moisture boost with SPF 30, this day cream has a silky texture which is rapidly absorbed by the skin. Full of active plant stem cells to stimulate new skin cell production and improve skin elasticity for smooth, soft, healthy-looking skin. 

Available from SOS serum priced at £15 for 50ml

New homeowners.

I fondly remember getting some lovely household items when my Husband and I first moved in together. While not many people would be happy with an iron under the tree on Christmas morning I think these items would a lovely welcome gift to most households.

Sous chef Sakura Ramen Bowl Set 

The sakura blossom ramen bowl set is a gorgeous gift for anyone who loves Japanese food. The gorgeous set contains two sakura ramen bowls, two ramen ladles, and a full colour ramen recipe booklet. All packed together in a reusable drawstring cotton gift bag. 

The sakura design represents 'cherry blossom' - sakura - which is revered for its beauty and how it heralds the start of the new season across Japan. Each ramen bowl is imported from Japan, and carefully chosen with the perfect size and shape for ramen. The full-colour ramen recipe booklet gives you a brief introduction to Japanese ramen. You'll have all the recipes at your fingertips to become a ramen expert at home! 

Set includes:
2 x Bamboo Ramen Ladles
2 x Sakura Ramen Bowls 
Sous Chef Ramen Recipes 
Sous Chef Drawstring Gift Bag 

Available from SousChef priced at £45

Soil Organic Essential Oil and Burner Set 

This SOiL Organic Essential Oil and Burner Set is the perfect selection of organic essential oils for the home. The festive scents of sweet orange and cinnamon organic essential oils are the perfect festive scent!

The set is easy to use, just add a few drops of the uplifting and warming orange and cinnamon organic essential oils with water to the burner, insert a lighted tea light to the bottom of the burner and sit back and enjoy. 

Set includes: 1 x Ceramic Burner 1 x Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil 1 x Organic Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil 

Available from Soil Organics priced at £19.95

Zerowater 12 cup jug

ZeroWater’s 12-cup water filter jug is the first in its class to benefit from a sealed lid and reservoir which allows filtered water to be poured while water which hasn’t yet been filtered remains in the reservoir. This adds a further 2 cups of capacity to the 10 cups of filtered water in the jug. 

It also features a one-handed, pull and pour button spout for easy pouring or filling bottles without removing from the fridge. Unlike other water filter jugs, ZeroWater has a patented, 5-stage Ion Exchange Filtration system which removes virtually all dissolved solids from your water. This provides great tasting water without the dissolved solids which may include Minerals, Salts, Metals, Chemicals and Runoff. Moreover, it reduces 99% of all Fluoride and other inorganics, such as Nitrates, from your water. Four additional stages of water filtration ensure larger particles and other contaminants are removed, ensuring the filter delivers a “000” reading on the included laboratory-grade water quality meter.

Dimensions (L x W x H): 29.5 x 15 x 28 cm

Available from Zerowater priced at £39.99

For her.

Jose Eber HST air styler 

The revolutionary Jose Eber Air Styler utilizes a high speed nano fan that propels cool air through the tool length expelling it through a grid around the tourmaline ceramic styling plates. This cool air instantly sets the hair in the desires style of curls or waves. 

The Air Styler's unique air cooling feature allows you to bring the barrel right up against the scalp with no fear of burning. The Air Styler also straightens hair faster than most conventional flat irons.  

Available from Jose Eber priced at £195.00

Two Night Superb Stays Gift Box 

I know what I'm hoping to find under the tree on the big day! Nothing beats a luxury short break and this voucher is packed full of an exciting range of fantastic getaways in boutique city hotels, country houses fit for a queen and divine seaside retreats.

Why not treat someone to two nights of rest and relaxation with an unforgettable trip away in a choice of stunning locations across the UK and Europe. Build sandcastles along the coast, explore the culture of a busy city or relax in the picturesque countryside. This getaway is a great way to recharge those batteries and escape. 

Simply decide on the perfect getaway from hundreds of locations in the UK and Europe, book online and arrive!

Available from Red Letter days priced at £179.99

Nivea smooth skin pamper 

This stylish cosmetic bag, is packed with Nivea essentials, making it the perfect gift! This set has everything to help keep skin feeling super smooth and cared for. 

This full gift set contains: 
1 x Diamond & Argan Oil Shower Cream 250ml - with a delicate lily scent  
1 x MicellAIR® Skin Breathe Micellar Water 3-in-1 Make-up Remover Sensitive Skin 200ml
2 x nourishing Face Mask with Honey Extract and Natural Almond Oil 
1 x Moisturising Cream 75ml, a revitalising cream for everyday use on face, hands & body. 
1 x Soft Rosé Caring Lip Balm 4.8g, enriched with Rose extract instantly melts into your lips  All presented in a lovely cosmetic bag.

Available from Nivea priced at £9.38 

Campo Viejo Winemakers Blend 

You cant go wrong for me with a lovely bottle of wine. This 2019 Winemakers' Blend is is the celebration of three winemakers coming together to craft an expressive blend of smooth, silky, dark red fruit. It's approachable and elegant - a versatile wine that you can enjoy on its own slightly chilled or served with dishes such as salmon, omelettes, burgers, a charcuterie board or baked tofu. The perfect wine for any occasion, from everyday get-togethers to celebratory dinners. 

Tasting Notes: On the nose the wine is rich in notes of red fruit, cherry, strawberry, plum, blueberry, as well as soft toasted notes that give the wine depth and complexity. On the palate we find a perfumed wine; smooth, fresh and full of vivid red fruit flavours, with a long finish of toasted notes. 

Available from Morrisons priced at £8.25

Family games!

Taskmaster board game

Based on the hit entertainment show hosted by the mountainous Greg Davies and his assistant Little Alex Horne, Taskmaster the Board Game brings the very essence of this peculiarly popular show to the comfort of your own home! I predict a lot of laughs with this game after dinner, I cannot wait to break it out!

Available from John Lewis priced at £19.99

Catchphrase card game

A classic for a lot of us, but also loved by youngster since it's re-release, Liv absolutely loves watching Catchphrase. Simply answer the question What is Mr Chips doing in this image? Gather the family and say what you see! 

Based on the beloved Catchphrase TV show this card game is great fun for all of the family, hours of fun to be had.

Available from Waterstones priced at £7.99

Who wants to be a millionaire board game

Bring home the nation's favourite game show and go head-to-head with your family and friends in the race to reach £1 million. Relive classic moments from the show and tackle the iconic money ladder using only your wits and digital lifelines (accessible through a smart device) to reach the top. 

But watch out! Get a question wrong and you fall back to your closest safe haven. We have a small prize ready if anyone is clever enough to reach the jackpot! I foresee a lot of competitiveness between the Dads with this one!

Available from Smyths toys priced at £24.99

For the Disney Princess lover.

Smiggle has partnered with Disney to create an exclusive and limited edition collection featuring your favourite Disney Princesses. Be kind, be brave, be curious and be 100% you, just like a Disney Princess!

Disney Princess Ariel Weekender Bag priced at £42

Get ready for a trip away with this magical Weekender Bag! It features a roomy main zipped compartment, two carry handles and a handy shoulder strap to bring everything you need with ease. This bag is also full of mermaid magic with its fabulous iridescent fabrication, shimmering shell sequins and awesome starfish zips! Ariel is the perfect travel buddy for sleepovers, sporting activities and more!

Featuring loose sequin shapes that move around behind bottom PVC panel, a padded starfish zip pull, adjustable and removable shoulder strap, main compartment with zip and an internal zip pocket

Measurements: W 45cm x H 28cm x D 18cm

Disney Princess Ariel Character Wallet priced at £10

Safely store their pocket money away in this adorable Ariel Wallet! Open the shell flap to reveal two zip pouches and plenty of card slots for everything they need. Featuring internal transparent ID and card slots, and a large zipped compartment for notes & coins. This purse is just adorable.

Measurements: H 21cm x W 15cm x D 4.5 cm

Disney Princess Ariel Shoulder Bag priced at £24

This Ariel Shoulder Bag will transport you right under the sea into the fantastic world of Atlantica! Its super shiny sequin scales glimmer as you move like reflective sea glass! Plus, all your favourite characters including Flounder, Sebastian and more, are featured on this exclusive under the sea inspired print.

With loose sequin shapes that move around behind bottom PVC panel, and a padded starfish feature zip pull, this bag is truly fit for a princess!

Measurements - H 16cm x W 15cm x D 7cm

All items are available from Smiggle, and are currently at 30% off the prices listed above!

Disclaimer - some items were sent to me for consideration for this gift guide, however all opinion is my own. All prices correct at the time of publishing.

Last minute Christmas gifts guide 2020

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Well here we are everyone, Christmas 2020! What a year we have had and will continue to have next year I fear. I hope you and yours are all fit and well.

It's that time of year again where I try to help you with those last minute gift ideas, I hope my suggestions help! 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.


Braun series 7 shaver.

Number one on my Dads wish list this year was this super stylish electric shaver from Braun. Mainly due to the 5 minutes quick-charge which provides enough power for one shave, as he is terrible at remembering to charge his current one!

Suitable for wet and dry use, you can always trust a Braun shaver to not only look modern but to give a good shave too.

Available from Argos for £129

Lynx set.

The good old Lynx set just cant fail! My Dad has traditionally had one of these from me every single year. I'm sure this is a tradition in many other families too. Available in most shops, supermarkets and in a huge range of scents these days, you really can't go wrong!

The Lynx Ice Chill Duo I have featured is available from Asda for just £3

Ekster Parliment wallet.

This modern wallet is perfect for slim storage as well as quick card access. At the click of a button your cards will appear before your eyes! Made from aluminium to prevent skimming and finished in beautiful leather, you could make him very happy this Christmas to find a super stylish wallet under the tree,

Available from www.ekster.com and priced at $66.75

Cranes cider gift set.

Available in 3 flavors - Blueberries & Apples, Cranberries & Limes and Raspberries & Pomegranates - Cranes Ciders contain 30% fewer calories than brand leaders as they only use the natural sweetness of the super fruits. Gluten-free and suitable for vegans, this gift would be the perfect gift to give this Christmas.

Available on Amazon Prime for £16.99


Making a lovely stocking filler this Christmas, these lovely car fresheners come in a range of colours and styles as well as scents. How lovely do they look?

Priced at just £9.99 and available from www.carfume.co.uk 

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BuyaGift voucher

Every year I buy my Mum one of these. It allows her to choose a weekend away, a fancy meal or a day being pampered at a spa. The beauty about it is that whichever option you choose. the recipient can simply log in to the website and change the experience to whatever they would like, you literally can't go wrong!

Valid for 20 months and FREE to exchange experiences, take the stress of yourself and buy the best gift this year.

Easy to purchase from www.buyagift.co.uk with a variety of prices to suit every budget.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

A triple-distilled spirit, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches this Gin’s recipe is derived from the ancient Indian knowledge of herbs. Seven of the 11 botanicals used in the distillation come from India. Darjeeling Green Tea leaves from Eastern India and Lemon Peel from Western India, Angelica Root, Liquorice and Caraway Seeds which lend a spicy, slightly anise-tinged flavour to the gin. This is in my top 3 gins I have ever tried - and I have tried a lot! It has such a fresh unique flavour that it really stands out. Any gin lover would appreciate this gift.

Available from the Whiskey Exchange priced at £34.99

Silk-épil 9 Flex

From being busy with work, fitting in the fitness regime, to looking after the kids and the other half, a beauty and grooming routine can feel almost impossible. Everyone can agree that flexibility in its many forms offers greater choice, more freedom and more time for enjoyment. Braun’s latest innovation is here to offer some flex appeal to beauty routines. Braun know from its years of experience that women want lasting hair removal without the need for daily upkeep. With the Silk-épil 9 Flex, there’s one less thing to worry about.

No more messy wax kits, creams or razors, instead smooth, hair free skin in no time, which lasts up to four weeks. The Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex is the latest staple beauty tool for women looking to minimise on time, without having to sacrifice on results. The epilator also comes with a body exfoliating brush, which helps to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin softer and smoother to touch. As well as the Braun FaceSpa – an innovative facial cleansing brush which leaves skin looking revitalised for total body care.

I am personally hoping to find this tucked under my tree on the big day!

Available from www.braunshop.co.uk for £134.99

Joe Browns Gatsby velvet art deco bag

How beautiful is this bag?

Channel Gatsby vibes with this elegant Art Deco bag. In plush velvet with sparkling metallic sequins, it's perfect for bringing a little glitz and glamour to your outfit - even in lock down!

With secure zip fastening and either a wrist or shoulder strap, this really could accompany many outfits.

Dimensions are 20cm x 30cm x 2cm. Strap Length: 110cm

Available from www.joebrowns.co.uk for £40

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Parents to be.

Sea Arch Coastal Juniper set 

Sea Arch is a crisp, complex, alcohol-free spirit. Bursting with seaside botanicals, the Coastal Juniper blend has all the deliciousness of gin with none of the alcohol. A perfect guide for Mums to be who want to avoid alcohol but still have a special drink this festive season.

Available from www.seaarchdrinks.com Gift set 25cl Sea Arch Coastal Juniper and 2 light tonics: £19.95

Baby book from Quarto publishing

The perfect gift for all new parents, this lovely baby book will be lovingly looked through for many years. 
Containing everything you need to record special moments, including structured record pages, charts and guides.  Beautiful modern design and compact format with ribbon marker, internal storage pocket and elastic enclosure.

Available here for £13.16.

ASKA maternity movement bracelet 

This bracelet is not only beautiful and easy to wear, but also helps play a critical role in pregnancy. The theory behind the bracelet is that - starting from the pearl - the mum to be simply moves the charm over one bead every time she feels the baby moving around.

The silver or gold plated charm is attached to the bracelet by an elasticated loop which, allowing it to easily be moved across the gemstone pearls.

Available in 3 different designs from www.askamaternitymovementbracelet.com Priced at £30

BabyBjörn baby carrier move

Designed for use from day one, this carrier allows parents to wear their baby close while having use of both hands.
The baby carrier’s thin and flexible 3D mesh fabric ensures that a newborn baby is sitting in a perfect position and the size of the baby carrier can be adjusted as the baby grows. The soft fabric hugs the baby’s back, legs and hips, and provides good support.

The superior back support and an ergonomic waist belt makes the Baby Carrier Move super comfortable for parents too. It will quickly become a firm favorite for new parents.

Available from www.babybjorn.co.uk from £119.99

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Scootasoot is a unique breathable, portable, waterproof all-in-one for children aged 18 months to 7 years. The Scootasoot opens down the whole of one side and closes via magnets sewn into the seam. It is incredibly easy to get on and off – you don’t even need to remove shoes!

The hood is designed specifically to go over a helmet, and reflective tape is sewn onto the suit to help them be seen.

When you take the Scootasoot off, you can simply stuff it into the hood through the zip. There’s plenty of space, you don’t have to faff around or fold it a certain way, then you can carry it round in the bottom of your bag.  

Available in red, yellow and blue from www.scootasoot.co.uk priced at £24.99


Woody 3 in 1 pencils

STABILO woody 3 in 1 is multi-talented as it combines a colouring pencil, watercolour and wax crayon all in one. With its high opacity and colour intensity even on dark paper it is a favourite for every child. 

Its XXL lead is perfect for large areas and suited for children's hands as the chunky pencil allows a good grip. Plus, its thick and soft lead glides smoothly onto the paper and is suitable for nearly all painting techniques. Water soluble and easy to remove with a damp cloth, it is the ideal pencil for creative freedom at the highest standards and is recommended by teachers, occupational therapists and special needs experts. Comes with a pencil sharpener.

Available from Stabilo priced at £15.33

Trio deco

The STABILO Trio DECO metallic pens make drawing with 8 sparkling colours truly exciting. Ergonomic triangular grip zone makes the product suitable for children encouraging them to hold the pen with the recommended tripod grip. 

The robust XL tip makes colouring in larger areas fun and easy whilst adding a shimmer to the final master piece. A clever gift idea for children and adults! The metallic fibre-tip pens are perfect for colouring and are also great for do-it-yourself projects. 

The pens create magical glitter effects on paper, cardboard, wood and other absorbent surfaces. Great for decorating gifts and designing cards, letters and photo albums. Trio DECO - great effects for brilliant moments of colouring!

Available from Stabilo priced at £7.99

Paw Patrol alphabet pad

Let your child learn while having fun with Ryder and the Pups. Hear the phonic alphabet with three different activities with question on letters, sounds and words.

Have fun learning about letters with the Alphabet Pad using different activities. Your child will learn letter recognition using fine motor skills.

Size H12, W17, D8cm. Batteries included.

Available from Argos priced at £13.50

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Fabrikid construction kit

Fabrikid is a construction line combining tools and wood like material allowing kids to saw, nail, screw, and build anything they can imagine.

Each set contains all the building material required and some blueprints. Additional blueprints are available online. You can easily build 2 out of the 6 various objects described in the instructions manual. Just use the tools to build an airplane a chest or even a robot!

Allowing kids to saw, nail, screw, and build anything they can imagine safely, Fabrikid would be a great Christmas gift this year.

Available from Argos priced at £20

Na Na Na surprise Pom Doll

On Livs list this year, she will be one happy girl unboxing the cutest new friend ever with the Series 4 Surprise Pom Doll from the Na! Na! Na! range (styles vary).

There are so many amazing surprises in this Pom Doll set! First, blow up the pink balloon and pop it for a beautiful confetti shower. Then, open up the pack to see which Pom Doll you have received! Each doll is wearing a stylish outfit and has beautiful long hair.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Your Pom Doll comes with an adorable pom-pom pal, who can be clipped on to your school bag or used as a decoration in your room. Collectable accessories are included too.

For ages 3 and over.

Available from the Entertainer priced at £19.00

Spy X set

The Micro Spy Gear set is perfect for mobile Spy Surveillance! Featuring a utility belt with 4 micro tools, including a Micro spy light (with an ear clip for hands-free), an Invisible ink pen (decoder light reveals secret messages), a Micro Motion Alarm (beam detects movement or vibration) and a Micro listener (features ear piece).

Everything a spy needs for surveillance on-the-go!

Perfect for little secret agents, this kit encourages kids to explore their surroundings and increases spatial awareness.

Available from Argos for £20

Poopsie sparkly critters

If your little one was a big fan of the original Poopsie, this gift would be a huge hit this Christmas.

Open your can and discover which sparkly Critters you have. Give the figure a drink made with slime powder, shake and squeeze. Which surprise slime is waiting for you? 

Includes 1 sparkly Critters with slime powder, 1 dummy, 1 can, 1 slime storage bag, 1 bag of special powder, 1 bag of glitter and 1 spoon. 

Assorted designs Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Available from Amazon for £14.01

Science mad rock tumbler

If you have a science or rock mad little one, this set allows them to polish rocks to create semi-precious gemstones. 

Includes all the accessories you’ll need to start polishing dazzling gems. Use the included ring fastenings to create beautiful homemade jewellery! Rock tumbling is a fun activity for children of all ages and promotes an interest in geology and science.

Includes a selection of rocks, 2 ring settings and a key ring. 

Available from Smyths for £39.99

Marvins Magic box of tricks

Become a magician with Marvin's Magic Made Easy Tricks, with 130 different tricks to learn you will be able to wow your friends and family in no time. With this set comes an illustrated instruction booklet so you will be able to master tricks and play pranks, and remember this is an Argos exclusive!

This is not just magic, it's Marvin's Magic made easy for young magicians, only at Argos!

Easy-to-perform magic tricks with a clearly illustrated instruction booklet - perfect for any budding young magician.

Includes membership to Marvin's Magic Club.

Available from Argos for £12


You really can't go wrong with childrens gifts from Smiggle. Liv absolutely loves all of the bright colours and sparkles found on a lot of their items.

With a huge sale on at the minute, you can really find gifts to suit all budgets, even some unique stocking fillers.

This year Liv has 
Smiggle splats for £1.40
*Sleepy sprouts scented markers and glitter glue for £6
Graphic scissors for £1.95
*Smiggles collectables gift bundle for £4
*Unfortunately these items have since gone out of stock.

All of the above was purchased for under £50 and made quite a large pile of gifts. You can't go wrong with Smiggle!

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Typically the hardest to buy for, here are my Teenage gift recommendations for this year.

Skullcandy lucky Indy Evo earbud

As well as fabulous sound quality, these wireless earbuds look absolutely stunning.

With a genius charging storage case, you can easily charge your ear buds on the go. They also come with three different sizes of ear gel to ensure the best fit possible for the user.

When you buy any Mood Boost bundle, you’ll be helping people find hope and treatment for mental health issues through our friends at To Write Love on Her Arms. Get to know them @twloha.

Available from Skullcandy priced at £89.99

Thunder glow drone

Possibly the only "toy" older teenagers would be interested in is a drone. These are actually great fun for the whole family, you will even find Nan waiting for a turn!

The Thunder Glow is a medium size Drone with LED lights all around it. Including 6 axis gyro stabiliser, long range 2.4 GHz control, low/medium/high speeds and an automatic trim function. 

Includes: back to home and headless mode. 

Available from Buzz retail priced at £50

NOW that's what I call music 107

The NOW series is back with the final numbered NOW of the year. The legendary compilation includes 2020’s greatest chart-topping hits and latest releases. Get your copy of this year's winter soundtrack - the perfect gift for Christmas.

Available from Amazon priced at £12.99

Loop ear plugs

When the norm returns and your teens are back at gigs, worry no more about there hearing with these fantastic ear plugs. 

Loop Experience Pro offers flexible attenuation of between 20-25db through the addition of Loop Mute. Loop Experience Pro is a high-fidelity earplug that delivers superior sound quality and flat attenuation. Ideal for audiophiles, musicians and music enthusiasts. Reduce the noise, not the sound.

Available on Amazon for £22.95

Helly Hansen

Look no further for quality, fashionable winter wear. Whether you are heading off on a skiing break, doing some hiking or just out and about at home, Helly Hansen have the perfect outer wear.

I have got my Neice this absolutely beautiful waterproof outfit for her upcoming skiing trip. Comprising of a lightweight quick dry Hybrid insulator jacket with softshell panels in the colour melon for £140,  and the comfortable elasticated waist W seven J pant for £70, he will look super stylish and be kept lovely and warm and dry while she is hitting the slopes.

JOSE EBER trio curling tongs

The next generation of styling tool, José Eber’s HST Curling Iron Trio features three interchangeable barrels to create a multitude of waves. 

Designed to focus heat longer at the roots and less at the tips to prevent damage, this innovative styler is clipless to achieve a natural-looking finish and provide more freedom and flexibility.

Available in www.joseeberhair.co.uk for £210

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For the home. 

Neos smart cam, motion kit and leak sensor.

Is there anything quite as scary as having to go out and leave all of the christmas gifts unatended? It always terrifies me! The thought of being burgled at any time of years is horrendous of course but at Christmas it would just be 100 times worse.

This Neos smart cam is a little peace of mind in a box! Unbelievably easy to set up this little camera alerts you to any motion and noise detection with alerts straight to your phone. With night vision and the availability to download clips straight to your phone or even view in real time, this little camera really is a god send. 

Alexa compatible.

Now available with an additional smart motion kit consisting of 2 Smart Contact Sensors, 1 Smart Motion Sensor and 1 Smart Bridge. When placed on doors you will receive notification when they are opened.

The sensors are small, battery powered with a powerful range, so you can fit them almost anywhere and can be installed in minutes.

Add a leak sensor kit consisting of 3 Smart Leak Sensors and 1 Smart Bridge.
The Neos water Leak Sensor detects a single drop of water and sends notifications straight to your Neos SmartHome App. You can even monitor your home's temperature through the Neos SmartHome app from anywhere in the world, anytime. Set parameters to receive alerts if your home is too hot, or cold for you.

Your worries will be eased all year round!

Available from Amazon:
Neos smartcam for £29.99

Crosskey Avenue candle

I think we can all agree that nothing makes a house smell as good as a high quality scented candle.

New for 2021 this unisex Langkawi fragrance will appeal to both women and men and will fill your home with a rich tropical, sultry, floral perfume.

Inspired by the relaxing scents of Malaysia’s tropical island paradise. Breathe in and take a walk along white sandy beaches as the warm waves gently lap at your feet. Heavenly frangipani combines with milky coconut and fresh lemongrass to create this irresistibly luxurious fragrance. 

This exclusive and original Langkawi by Crosskey Avenue perfume uses only the highest quality ingredients, including blends of essential oils.

Presented in a quality box, this really is the perfect gift this Christmas.

Available from www.crosskeyavenue.com for £39

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Skin care


Nivea skin care gift set

Who doesn't love a Nivea gift set for Christmas, well any time of the year actually! These are my favourites with the added bonus that they are on 3 for 2 in Boots at the moment.

Containing a sensitive shower gel, sensitive anti-perspirant roll on, sensitive  moisturiser and a toiletry bag, your man has no excused not to be preened this festive season!

This ultra-stylish cosmetic bag, is packed with NIVEA essentials, making it the perfect gift. This set has everything to help keep skin feeling super smooth and cared for. 


NIVEA Soft - a highly effective, revitalising moisturising cream for everyday use. The light formula with Vitamin E & Jojoba Oil is quickly absorbed and refreshes the skin.

NIVEA Original Care Lip Balm

NIVEA Clay Fresh Body Wash Hibiscus & White Sage Shower Cream. Feel the power of kaolin clay in every shower in a daily shower gel that perfectly balances deep cleansing, freshness, and care.

NIVEA Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel with Vitamin E cleanses and hydrates by supporting the skin's own moisture balance.

The lucky recipient will feel fully pampered after using these luscious products.

This fabulous NIVEA skin treats trio is the perfect stocking filler gift. It has everything you need to give your skin a beauty-boost and comes in an attractive star shaped keepsake tin.

NIVEA Soft is a highly effective, revitalising moisturising cream for everyday use. The light formula with Vitamin E & Jojoba Oil is quickly absorbed and refreshes the skin. Enjoy the invigorating feeling of soft and supple skin.

Good Morning Fresh Skin Refreshing Face Mask
The refreshing formula with Natural Aloe Vera & Vitamin E provides skin with instant freshness and an intensive moisture boost.

NIVEA Hydro Care Lip Balm

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Not forgetting the Dog!

"Reserved for" dog bed cushion 

Manufactured from a sturdy yet soft 340gsm canvas material with black backing on the reverse, this cosy cushion with zip means the cushion filling can be removed for washing.

The cushion is available in three sizes, small medium and large. The size changes with the dog breed, e.g.small cushion for Chihuahua. Simply select 'Personalise this gift' and create a unique personalised cushion your pet will love!

A good quality bed that is well made while also being comfortable for your pup!

Available from www.lovegifts.com priced at £29.99

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Christmas from Life with Liv.

Disclaimer - some of the items featured have been sent to me in consideration for this guide. All opinion is my own. No payment has been taken. 

All prices correct at the time of publishing.