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Christmas gift guide - for the kids

Friday 9 December 2022

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is choosing and gifting the children of the family. Their excitement is so contagious! Here are some of my buys this year if you need any inspiration. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Geomag Mechanics

This 35 piece Geomag magnetic building set helps children learn the basics of magnetism by building a compass driven by the invisible forces of magnetic attraction and repulsion. Stimulating creativity, imagination and learning simultaneously!

Available from Amazon priced at £9.99

Suitable for children aged 7+

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Dantoy - tiny pounding bench

Help your little one learn without them even knowing it this Christmas. In beautiful subdued natural shades, this pounding bench stimulates the fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and sensory exploration all while the child is having fun!

The pounding bench is a bioplastic toy from dantoy, manufactured in Denmark and made from sugarcane which is a 100% sustainable and 100% recyclable raw material.

Recommended age 10+ months

Available from Dylan + Dora priced at £23.40

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Dantoy bio-plastic truck

This eco-friendly toy has rolling wheels and a dumper that really tips! Kids can transport sand or small toys in the bio plastic dump truck, then lift the opening tailgate and see them tip out. This sturdy and durable toy truck is ideal for indoor and outdoor play.

Made with renewable plant-based materials, BIOplastic toys offer a greener way to play. Produced in Denmark and made from 90% sugarcane, these eco-friendly toys are 100% recyclable as well as 100% fun!

Available from Smyths toy stores priced at £8

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Kikkerland wooden animal puzzles

Made from FSC pinewood and FSC plywood these beautifully decorated animal puzzles will keep you little ones busy whiles helping them learn through play.

Watch as they use their matching skills or use their imagination and mix things up with these animal face puzzles.

Presented in a 13 x 14 x 4.5 cm wooden box for storage. Recommend age 3+

Available from Kikkerland priced at £20

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Spidey and amazing friends flip and jet

Look out here comes Spidey and his amazing Friends Flip and Jet. Even if he's low on webbing Spidey can still save the day with this incredible transforming vehicle.

Your little one can race to the crime scene in the Spidey Car then transform into the Spidey Jet to fly like a streak of light.

Just rotate the cabin in either direction while Spidey spins inside the cockpit. Then they can transform back into the Spidey Car and take a victory lap on it's free wheels. Endless amounts of fun for little Spiderman fans!

Suitable for age 3+

Available from Argos priced at £15

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Numberblocks Number Fun 

Numberblocks Number Fun helps kids to see how numbers work and allows them to master a new key maths skill with every adventure.

With 8 fun activities, such as:

Meet the Numberblocks - insert a Numberblock and find out some fun number facts, and

Let’s play hide and seek! - Find the correct Numberblock and insert into the cube and help Blockzilla.

Hours of fun to be had all while learning their colours. Suitable for ages 3+

Available from Argos priced at £25

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Star Wars fans

Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Assault Class Millennium Falcon

Allowing kids (and adults!) to make the jump to lightspeed, this Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Millennium Falcon is a great gift idea this Christmas.

Featuring incredible details and authentic scaling, this legendary CORELLIAN freighter is the absolute centerpiece of any Rebel fleet.

Loaded with features including: opening cockpit, rotating cannons, retractable landing gear, light up thrusters, motion activated sounds and much more, this vehicle also includes articulated 1 inch HAN SOLO, CHEWBACCA, PRINCESS LEIA, and OBI-WAN KENOBI micro figures.

Compatible with any Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron craft. Suitable for ages 8+

Available from Smyths priced at £39.99

Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Starship Class Razor Crest

Join in while your kids hunt bounties across the outer rim with the Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Razor Crest.

Featuring incredible details and authentic scaling, this 18cm pre-Empire assault craft is Mandalorian DIN DJARIN’s preferred ship.

Pursue any guild bounty with an opening cockpit, side door, and a rear boarding ramp, removable roof, engine and side panels, carbon freezing chamber with MYTHROL carbonite block, detailed armory, and retractable landing gear.

Vehicle also includes articulated 1" Mandalorian, Greef Karga, and Grogu micro figures – collect the Razor Crest, along with other Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron vehicles, and fortify your fleet!

Available from Smyths priced at £29.99

Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Scout Class Mystery Packs

Perfect stocking fillers, help your kids strengthen their battlefield with Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Scout Class Mystery Packs - 8 to collect

Each pack features an iconic Star Wars vehicle incredibly detailed, authentically scaled, and ready for action or display on the included flight stand.

They also include a 1" articulated micro figure, compatible with any Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron vehicle.

Available from Smyths priced at £4.99

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Disclaimer - some of the items featured where gifted for me to try before inclusion, however all opinion is my own.

All prices correct at time of publishing.

Christmas gift guide - for the teens

Arguably the hardest to buy for, here are a few gift ideas for the teenagers in your life. Happy shopping!

Top it board game

Something to keep them busy, brought to you by Cheatwell, in this edge-of-your-seat
family party game players race to place their cones on letter discs whilst calling out examples to teasing topics.

But beware, any other player can Top It with another answer and place their cone on top of yours! Only the last cone counts and bags all the points!

Suitable for age 10+

Currently price at £25.52 on Amazon

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Ekster key case & tracker

We all know how teenagers like to lose things - I was guilty too! - Ekster have come up with this genius easy-access key holder that organizes 2-8 keys in a silent stack, not only making their keys more streamlined but allowing one handed access too.

Made from stainless steel and premium leather to prevent scratches on your phone in your pocket. Easily modify your
Key Case with a D ring for larger keys or car keys. Add a Key Tracker to make it unlosable.

Available from Ekster priced at £35 & £23 for the tracker

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Nivea rainbow collection

NIVEA Rainbow Collection Gift Set - Live your life in colour with this vibrant collection. Rich in colour, this set of skin care products are tailored to making them feeling silky soft and looking beautiful.

The skin care gift set contains:
1 x Love Fun Times Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel 250ml
1 x Bye Bye Dry Skin Nourishing Face Mask Dry Skin 2x 7.5ml
1 x Soft Rosé Caring Lip Balm 4.8g
1 x Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash 150ml
1 x Soft Moisturising Cream 75ml
1 x Fresh Cherry Anti-Perspirant Spray 150ml
1 x Double Effect Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover 125ml
1 x Pink Shower Puff

Available from Savers priced at £9.99

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Kikkerland felt organisation

Felt keyboard organiser

Help them keep their desktop items organized in previously unused space, while still being able to easily access their keyboard underneath.

This keyboard organiser neatly holds all of your odds and ends, keeping your desk tidy and ready for work or play.

Available from Kikkerland priced at £35

Bedside caddy

With the Felt Bedside Caddy your teens can keep thing safe and within easy reach, whether that is their ear phones, remote, phone or book, they will all easily fit in the Felt Bedside Caddy. Simply place the flap between the bed frame and mattress and it is ready for use.

Easy to install, easy to use, and great to have around the house.

Available from Kikkerland priced at £20

Felt storage trays

For all of the little bits and pieces that seem endless in teens rooms, this set of 2 felt storage trays are stylish and practical. Making it easier to find things and also easier to clean.

The large tray measure 5.5cm x 22cm and the small tray measures 5.5cm x 18cm.

Available from a place for everything priced at £12

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COSRX – Acne Pimple Master Patch

Avoid pesky pimples hanging around this festive season with COSRX’s trusty Acne Pimple Master Patches. These little pimple patches are an overnight fixer to make whiteheads, blackheads and picked zits all but disappear by morning.

It can even stay on through showering and can be applied under makeup! With three differently sized patches in a pack, you can choose which one covers best.

Available from feel unique priced at £5.99

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Rubis – Classic Slanted Tweezers

Perfect for those beauty conscious teens, rust and corrosion resistant, these luxury tweezers have a non-slip grip, and the slanted tips provide the utmost accuracy for brow shaping and hair removal.

They are designed by experts, and aim to provide comfortable use without compromising on their effectiveness.

Available from Amazon priced at £25.50

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Extendable phone tripod

Great for both photography and video recording, this extendable tripod offers a height range between 35cm to 72cm. Perfect for use on a tabletop surface or as a hand-held camera prop.

Each leg extends individually for convenient use on uneven or outdoor surfaces, while the adjustable handle and a built-in level make sure the camera angle is accurately positioned and the picture is completely level.

Equipped with an easy-to-mount universal phone holder, this will be on the top of any video / photography enthusiasts list this Christmas.

Available from Kikkerland priced at £20

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TCL 20 5G android smartphone

We all know how teens love their technology! That’s why I’m sure they would love to be gifted this
TCL 20 5G phone. With captivating visuals and boosted audio experience the 6.67-inch screen turns SDR to HDR allowing them to watch Netflix content in high-quality HDR10

With inbuilt super bluetooth, this phone can connect up to 4 devices for example headphones or speakers.

As if that isn’t enough it also boasts real-time HDR visual enhancement powered by NXTVISION technology and industry-leading colour accuracy.

Included in the box is:
Phone, charger, plug, clear protective case and manual

Available on Amazon priced at £231.15

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Disclaimer - some of the items featured where gifted for mw to try before inclusion, however all opinion is my own.

All prices correct at time of publishing.

Christmas gift guides - for couples

Thursday 8 December 2022

For those of you still shopping like me, I have put together a few gift ideas for couples, I hope they help!

The Christmas express game

What better to get you in the Christmas spirit than a good board game! Climb aboard the Christmas Express and join this jolly journey through a winter wonderland as you race to be the first to get to the North Pole.

The aim of the game is to be the first player to travel along the train track from the Home Station to the North Pole Station. You'll have to avoid the Hustle Bustle, the Reindeer Crossings, the Snow Storms and maybe the naughty elf, but keep an eye out for Santa's sleigh as he could help you on your way.

Available on Amazon priced at £17.80

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Christmas tree personalised doormat

Perfect for the couple just starting out, newly married or just moved in together. This personalised doormat is the perfect personalised addition to any home.

A unique gift to help celebrate the holiday season or also available with a number of other image options suitable for all year round.

Made in Britain this 8mm nylon mat measuring 40x70cm is machine washable with an anti slip 100% recycled backing.

A available from boutique gifts priced at £29.99

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Zerowater filter jug

Perfect for couples moving in together, ZeroWater's 7-cup water filtration jug is designed specifically to fit in standard UK fridge doors and is the first in its class to have a sealed lid and reservoir, making it possible to pour water that has already been filtered without spilling water that's still filtering.

Using the premium ZeroWater filtration system, which combines FIVE sophisticated technologies that work together to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your water.

Better for their pocket and better for the environment reducing single use plastic water bottles.

Also includes a water quality meter.

Available from Zerowater priced at £29.99

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Cranes fruity cider bundle

Cranes Cider have the perfect bundle that is packed full of delicious ciders – it is ideal for a cider lover this Christmas!

All of Cranes Ciders are vegan and gluten free, and the bundle is also available on Amazon Prime so you can easily keep stocked up over the busy festive period.

The bundle contains:

2 x Premium Apple Cider. 100% fresh and natural, made with British apples

2 x Lemons & Kumquats. Fresh lemons combined with the most perfectly ripe kumquats

2 x Raspberries & Pomegranates. Sweet & delicious raspberry, with a unique twist of pomegranate

1 x Blueberries & Apples. Refreshingly natural, distinctive blueberry with a kick of crisp apple

1 x Cranberries & Limes. Crisp, sweet cranberries combined with a zing of lime

1 x Premium Apple Low Alcohol Cider. Same amazing fresh taste, with only 0.5% alc

Cranes are also offering our lovely readers a discount if you buy a bundle on their

Available from Cranes online store priced at £20.99

Even better use code: LIV10 for 10% off your order!

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Natural indulgence Nivea gift set

This gorgeous Nivea gift set full of fabulous treats makes the perfect gift. With head to toe pampering favourites to indulge the skin.

The full gift set contains: 

1 x Naturally Good Honeysuckle Scent Organic Oil Infused Shower Gel 300ml 

1 x Naturally Good Organic Aloe Vera Body Lotion,

1 x Naturally Good Organic Aloe Vera Micellar Face Wash 140ml

1 x Naturally Good Aloe Vera Sheet Mask 

1 x Soft Moisturising Cream 75ml

1 x Hydro Care Caring Lip Balm 4.8g

1 x soft bamboo face cleansing cloth.

Available from Nivea priced at £20

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Disclaimer - some of the items featured where gifted for mw to try before inclusion, however all opinion is my own. 

All prices correct at time of publishing.

Christmas gift guide - for him.

With just 16 days until Christmas Eve, I bring you my gift ideas for him. I hope they help inspire you, merry Christmas!

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Liverpool FC musical gift box, calendar, diary and pen.

For the Liverpool fan in your life I give you this 2023 Liverpool FC Calendar and Diary Musical Gift Box. This stunning collector's gift box set is the perfect present for any Liverpool fan. Featuring an official 2023 Liverpool top European moments square calendar, an A5 diary, and a pen, all beautifully presented in a gold foil-finished box. Plus when you lift the lid, the renowned Liverpool FC anthem plays.

Available from Danilo priced at £24.99

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Liverpool FC deluxe 2023 wall calendar

Perfect for football lovers, this calendar features incredible images. Designed with perforated edges to allow them to turn the stunning pages into frame-ready posters.

This official Liverpool FC 2023 Deluxe Calendar is presented in a special A3 envelope making it an ideal gift for Liverpool FC fans.

Other football teams are available.

Available from Danilo priced at £14.99

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Ekster limited edition parliament wallet

For a modern streamlined take on traditionally bulky wallets, Ekster is the place to go.

Using luxurious materials like full grain American hide, this hand stitched wallet also bears details like intricate golden accents to create unmatched beauty.

Treated with wax for a subtle shine, the leather is exceptional in its ageing.

The built-in aluminum cardholder fans out cards at the click of a button and protects them against skimming. Holds up to 12 cards.

Available from Ekster priced at £111

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Ekster modular bifold wallet

If the man in your life prefers a more traditional wallet then this is the one for him. Made from environmentally certified leather with 4 quick access card slots, this perfect bifold wallet will give him the freedom to travel light and the ability to carry more than just the essentials.

With a removable magnetic card sleeve, for those occasions when he just needs his cards to hand. Holds 1-12 cards and bills.

Available from Ekster priced at £52

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Nivea Men top tier gift set

No matter if he’s taking an exam, rushing to work or going to the gym, this Nivea Men Top Tier gift set for him contains all he need to feel clean, refreshed & protected.

This set includes:
1 x Nivea Men Sport Shower Gel 400ml,
1 x Nivea Men Dry Impact Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray 150ml,
1 x Nivea Men Protect & Care Deep Cleaning Face Wash 100ml.

Suitable for all skin types and the gift packaging is 100% plastic free.

Available from Argos priced at £10

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Cheatwell Brain Ache picture game

Brain Ache is the ultimate game of puzzling pictures. Guess the well-known phrase or word from the clever doodles on each card, from 'fighting tooth and nail' to 'top banana' and 'off your rocker'. The first to guess 10 cards correctly is the winner! With more than 350 quirky cards, this is a fantastically fun game for the whole family. Make sure you keep 'cool as a cucumber' and don't end up with 'egg on your face'!

Suitable for age 12+

Available from Wicked Uncle priced at £22

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White Water Rafting Experience for Two at Lee Valley

For the adrenaline junkies in your life, prepare them to receive the gift of their dreams - the ultimate water adventure experience!

They will dive deep into the thrilling action at River Lee Country Park, embracing the fear factor and taking on the rapids. This exhilarating experience is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. After a safety briefing and some helpful advice on tactics, they will hit the water using their agility and strength to navigate around this tricky course while holding on tight for every bump and twist along the way!

Available from buyagift priced at £100

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Disclaimer - some of the items featured where gifted for me to try before inclusion, however all opinion is my own.

All prices correct at time of publishing.

Christmas gift guide - for her

Welcome to the first of this year’s gift guides. I hope I help provide you with some inspiration. Merry Christmas everyone!

Nivea glowing radiant skin set

This Nivea skin care set is developed with the science of younger looking skin, to support your skin's own ability to improve its energy metabolism* by protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.

The skin care set contains:
*NIVEA Q10 Energy Day Cream with SPF 15 50ml, helps wake up your skin and provide intense moisture throughout the day

*NIVEA Q10 Energy Night Cream 50ml, Designed to work overnight to supercharge tired and dull skin by visibly reducing fine lines and first signs of wrinkles

*NIVEA Q10 Energy Sheet Mask 1pc, is a sheet mask charged with Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10 for when you need instant hydration to reduce the signs of fatigue.

Available from Amazon priced at £16.63

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Spot the intro game

This addictive spot the intro audio quiz game has teams compete around the game board in a battle to be top of the charts. Simply recognise songs from the last 6 decades, from just 10 second clips!

With 1200 tracks for every generation to try and identify

A mix of fun and nostalgia for anyone with a passion for music! Age 14+

Available from Toys R us priced at £26.99

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José Eber HST Cordless Flat Iron 

This Cordless Flat Iron’s unique design makes styling flips, waves and ends a total breeze, even for a complete novice like me.

Sporting a fast recharging, long life lithium battery and USB charger, it will be her go to styling tool for lightweight travel convenience.

With impressive thought put into every detail like quick cooling and a handy travel pouch to allow you to keep on the go in style, what more could you ask for this Christmas?

Perfect for all hair types, the tourmaline ceramic, floating plates are digitally controlled by the user with temperatures ranging from 165°C-210°C, meaning it can be customised to your hair. 

It really is a lifesaver when on the go, I couldn’t be without mine!

Available from Jose Eber hair priced at £225

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Jana Reinhardt tiny hummingbird necklace

Hummingbirds are small, dainty and incredibly busy birds. This necklace is in homage to the worlds smallest bird.

Hand crafted to give the detail of the wings and tail and hand polished to a high shine, this beautiful
hummingbird necklace has a flat back, so sits perfectly and is ideal to be personalised by being engraved.

Handcrafted in the UK in sterling silver, gold or platinum this necklace come with a 1.2mm trace chain and is available in with 16/18 or 20/22 adjustable lengths.

Available from Jana Reinhardt priced from £89

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Bedew skin essentials kit

For the Woman who loves to take care of her skin. This kit is perfect for those starting out with Bedew and is a power house routine to get her skin barrier healthy, nourished and hydrated.

Contains all the essential steps for healthy skin - cleanse, nourish, repair, hydrate and protect! Suitable for all skin types/tones.

This Bedew skincare Kit includes - The Almond Oil Cleanser, Cleansing Cloth, Instant Enzyme Peel, Peel Brush, Hyaluronic Hydrator

Moisturiser, heliocare SPF sunscreen.

Available from Bedew skin priced at £85

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Disclaimer - some of the items featured where gifted for mw to try before inclusion, however all opinion is my own.

All prices correct at time of publishing.

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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SHO food flask.

The new and improved version 2.0 of this popular SHO food flask was right at the top of Livs back to school list. She is the only person I’ve ever met that doesn’t like sandwiches so this container means as well as crackers, skewers etc, Liv can also take some lovely soup or pasta dishes for her lunch, perfect for those chilly months.

It can be used to keep food hot or cold, including soups, salads, pasta, and even ice cream! 

The 530ml is the perfect size for one person, while the 800ml will hold enough food for two. Also comes with it’s own integrated folding steel spork.

Available in 13 colour choices and two size options - 530ml for £14.99 or 800ml for £19.99

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Boss trunks fit for a teen.

We all know how fussy teenagers can be - we were too once! These Boss 3 Pack Trunks are perfect for even the fussiest teen this September. Made from stretch cotton - which brings breathability as well as flexibility, these signature trunks are topped off with an exposed waistband featuring the famous BOSS logo. The straight fit and regular rise are ideal for every day use and perfect to wear with trousers as they won’t ride up.

Currently reduced from £39 to £33

Available in a variety of colours and in sizes S-XXL

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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.