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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.CafĂ©® 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.