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Gift ideas for dogs 5

If you have a dog you’ll know that they really are family and my pet dogs have always had gifts. Since the internet happened it has been very easy to get a thoughtful gift for dogs or for the owner. Treat boxes. If you are shopping mainly for the owners then monthly boxes are a good idea, Pawsome box for example. It won’t arrive in time for Christmas now but just send a card saying that Fido will be getting a regular gift for however long you chose. Use code blg49x2a to get 25% discount on your first box. The Christmas Pawsome box *contains a squeaky vinyl Santa, a tennis ball on chewable rope, a seriously cute robin teddy, posh Biogance dog shampoo, chocolate orange treats, miniature Christmas pudding treats and some Trixie chews. As normal it has a little leaflet about the products, which is helpful. I had a nosey […]


Photo of Star Wars Lego taken by Dee.

Last minute gift ideas for boys 4

As a Mum of two boys I’ve had a lot of gift ideas mentioned to me. If you are a last minute shopper I might be able to help you avoid buying the dreaded socks, or worse still, petrol station purchases. Star Wars Lego. We were recently sent some Lego by George at Asda* and the lads do rather like it. Dee (age 13) chose the TIE fighter, whilst Jen (age 7) chose a couple of smaller sets. The TIE fighter took a while to build which is great for an older boy, or even a childish adult. With the size of the box and the RRP of £59.99 I was honestly expecting more, something bigger or with a smaller ship or droid in the box. Dee said he likes the set but that he also felt the price was too high, and he’s an avid Lego collector. I’d recommend […]


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Christmas present ideas – experiences not things

Are you struggling for inspiration for gifts? I’m going to share some gift ideas here and hopefully it will help one of my readers. Firstly presents don’t need to be something physical, they can be effort based or some kind of experience. Most people have too much stuff these days anyway. One of the family is getting a meal at a posh restaurant as a voucher from Wowcher. The good thing about this is its pre purchased at a set price, quite discounted already but it states clearly what is and isn’t included. Also check Groupon and Amazon Local. For my brother in law I’ve been tiling his bathroom. No offence to him but decoration and DIY isn’t his thing. I spent a few quid on materials but this gift will last years not just until January so you’ve got to do it properly. It’s taken me about 6 hours […]


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Toxic Fox – Be a gift hero 2

Toxic Fox are brilliant for quirky unique gifts like the TOL print below I had made for Blokey. TOL stands for Typography of Love*, a beautiful and personalised word art gift. The main ones are like this frame ToxicFox made for Blokey, but they even do mugs and cushions. This picture is blurred by me to hide real names, I swear it is not printed like that. In fact it is fabulously detailed, and even has little jewels in a couple of places. It still is manly enough for a guy, but if you want a really feminine looking TOL print they do a heart shape and a high heel shaped print.


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The pet present finder from More Th>n 1

Do you struggle to find gifts for your doggy or moggies? As Freya Woof has been here with us just over a year we aren’t struggling for gift ideas. I made her a new bed, and a Christmas jumper, she’s got lots of squeaky toys and some “filled bones”. She doesn’t need a kennel, we only recently bought her new food bowls, she has a new coat, 6 or 7 Kong toys and a few kilos of treats stashed away. She doesn’t need anything, but she knows all about Christmas now. She has already been caught sniff testing wrapped gifts, almost like she’s counting up how many gifts she has so far. If you are struggling though, help is on hand thanks to MORE TH>N* and their lovely little pet present finder* app. (They call it an app, I’d call it a mini site.)


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Christmas geek gift guide 3

So your partner is a bit of a geek, and you’re struggling for ideas? Hopefully this might help. Blokey is a geek, there is no better way to describe him. I like cute and fluffy, he likes sci-fi and computery. So here are some gift ideas. RavPower phone back up charger.* I can’t afford new iPads or tablets but I can suggest getting a RavPower 6000* charger. It is a cool looking rechargeable battery that can power mobile phones, tablets and Apple items. I was kindly sent two of these to test out, and I have had the pink one in my handbag most days and has come in very handy on days out when I have killed my phone battery by photographing everything. Geeky USB cufflinks. I found these on eBay and they vary in price by seller, generally speaking the slowest delivery imports coming from the dark side […]


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Gloucester Victorian market 5

This weekend my family and I went to Gloucester Quays Victorian market. Gloucester quays does events like this at various times of the year, and they do it rather well. There were lots of stalls, food huts and a few fair rides. We didn’t go with the intention of buying lots of money, more like browsing for ideas.


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Thoughtful advent calendars 6

For the last few years I have been preparing thoughtful advent calendars after deciding chocolate advent calendars are a bit dull and predictable. So I make prepare lovely felt calendars placing little toys and gifts in the pockets. I try to spend less than 25/35p per pocket but make an exception for Lego. When the local or national newspapers have “free Lego” I will pay about 60p for it. The paper just goes in the recycling pile or will be used as chicken bedding. Lego goes in weekend pockets, these take time to build. Little gifts like snap cards, miniature colouring pencil sets, wooden toys and tiny teddies go in the weekdays. These little beauties are mostly bought in pound shops and Wilko.


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Christmas presents for pets 4

Yes, I am one of those people that give my pets gifts at Crimbo. I have always done this, and I can remember walking around indoor markets and buying my pets very cheap toys with my pocket money at a young age. I consider the pets as family members – even Tan the chicken who hates me. It feels wrong to pile things under the tree for the children without getting them to give gifts to the pets. This will be Freya Woof’s second Christmas living here, and this time she knows what to expect. Ohhhh dear. Recently we received a parcel of pet products from Feedem and Freya has been stealing her bauble toy already. I haven’t actually given this to her but she knows it will be hers. Light pawed madame. Keep reading if you want to know how to make some nice pet gifts.


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The Christmas Boutique – review 8

I know, it isn’t Christmas yet. But it is the season to be shopping apparently. While I am not about to put the tree up just yet I do love to buy and plan early. That is the coolest thing about The Christmas Boutique, it runs all year. You can buy a Christmas stocking in July if you want to. Christmas Boutique were kind enough to send a parcel of festive cheer my way to review. My favourite item is the advent calendar.


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Thorntons The Snowman and Snowdog Chocolates

Bring a little bit of festive magic to someone special’s Christmas or New year with this extra-special range of choccy treats. The Snowman and Snowdog are favourite festive TV characters, and these gorgeous models are carefully crafted from Thorntons creamy white chocolate so won’t melt in the morning like snow but I can’t promise they’ll last too long as they are rather tasty!