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Fathers Day Gift Guide

12 May

With Father’s day only a month away, I’ve tried and tested some really unique products, to help with your gift buying decisions!

Janjira Grapefruit & Tangerine Therapy Massage Candle
A lot of people only give candles as gifts to women. My dad for one, certainly loves them too – as does my boyfriend, so they should be a versatile gift for everyone!
I love the Janjira range of candles, as they are spa-inspired they have a glorious scent that is made from natural ingredients including beeswax, soybean and coconut oil  that is paraben and SLS free.
As it heats, the candle also produces an oil that you can use for massage, I love that this then doesn’t waste any of the wax at all. it comes with a handy lid too, which if like me you have pets running around is useful for after you blow it out.
Available to buy at www.janjira.co.uk at £30 each.

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Verdict: Such a strong fruity smell 8 / 10

Jockey Everyday Socks
Before designing underwear in 1935, Jockey originally began as a sock production company, with its origins dating back to as early as 1876. their ‘everyday’ sock range are a great Fathers day gift, really useful but also of such a lovely texture that they do feel special too. They’re made of cotton, to help the feet breath but have a tight top which will keep them held up also, and I love the striped ones in particular!

Available to buy at www.jockey.co.uk/collections/socks £9 for three pairs.

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Verdict: really good quality, nice and easy gift giving! 8 / 10

ChariTable Signature Dish Book
For the father who has every standard cook book, why not treat him to a book that is filled with the signature dishes of 365 top chefs (including John Williams at The Ritz)

ChariTable Bookings is a philanthropic restaurant booking platform that raises funds for UK registered charities at absolutely no cost – when making a booking through charitablebookings.org £1 for EVERY diner will be donated to charity. They have launched this book just in time for fathers day, and the recipes are amazing! I love how full and sturdy the book is, it would take my dad months to cook his way through this.

Available at https://charitablebookings.org/signature-dish/about for £40, of which £5 will go to the charity of your choice.

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Verdict: A little pricey, but given the sheer volume of recipes, it may be worth it 7 / 10

Lyons Coffee Bags
For the coffee loving dad, surprise him with a new product, Lyons Coffee Bags – they’re just like a tea bag but with freshly ground coffee beans! Available at major supermarkets for under £3, I think that these are such a handy idea when you are in a ruch for delicious coffee and no more terrible instant. One thing that I would say however, is tht they really do take up a lot of room in the mug – they are 4x as large as a teabag! So have a big mug ready or there will be spills.

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Verdict: A delicious 8 / 10

Last minute Fathers Day Gifts!

18 Jun

It’s never to late to buy your dad a bit more for Father’s Day. Don’t bankrupt yourself, but do spoil him! Here are a few of my faves:

 

SodaStream Power

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Give your dad a blast from the past – only reinvented. We had a SodaStream as kids, and it seemed so magical and fun. As an adult wow have they come on – they are nifty little gadgets. By using tap water you keep all the fluoride to protect your teeth, and can add any flavour you want. What’s more big bottles of water goes flat in a blink, this means you can make your own whenever you want.  I love that you can choose three levels of fizz – so if like me you want mildly sparkling and not super fizz you can make to fit.

There are so many new flavours that you can add including Elderflower, Cloudy Lemonade, Cranberry Raspberry and Pink Grapefruit with a large bottle spreading a long way at £3.99.

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SodaStream is available at Argos, The Range, Lakeland, Robert Dyas, Dunelm Mill, Ocado, Amazon, Selfridges, ASDA and Sainsbury with prices ranging from £89.99 – £149 for the Power model featured below.

Verdict: 10 / 10

 

 

HAIG CLUB WHISKEY
aaaaTreat your dad to HAIG CLUB’s unique blend of butterscotch and toffee notes, with this super fancy whiskey. In a gorgeous bottle and tastes superb too!

A 70cl bottle is available from Selfridges and Waitrose stores, nationwide at around £45, and a mini 5cl bottle is £4.50 from The Whiskey Shop.

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

Animal Frieze High Ball Glasses

To go along with that whiskey why not add a high quality glass? The Animal Frieze High Ball Glasses from Peach Perfect are handsome, and the perfect size for a short drink and room for ice.

stagPriced at £9.50 each they don’t come cheap – but if you’re having a fancy whiskey you must have a fancy cup!

Verdict: 8 / 10

 

 

 

*Note: these products were sent to me by the retailer in exchange for an impartial review. However this northern lass is quite opinionated, and all views are my own. Honestly, if I hate something I will tell you and if I love it I will rave about it!

Fathers Day Gift Guide: 12 Days to go!

7 Jun

With 12 days to go until Father’s Day don’t be a last-minute diva, and get your gifting sorted. We all have busy lives and I think birthdays, Christmas and occasions like mothers day and fathers day is an opportunity to be truly thoughtful. As a child I loved making them breakfast in bed and carrying it up precariously – it felt very grown up! Now as an adult living far away I don’t have that luxury, so if I am going to jump on the consumer bandwagon I may as well choose products that they’ll really love!

McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes
McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes have launched a personalised range this year, where you can type in your own personalised message for on the front of the box. My parents love Jaffa cakes, so I thought that this was a really cute idea!

The McVitie’s Sweet shop can be found at www.mcvities.co.uk and delivery is free for orders over £20.

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Verdict: 8 / 10 (this would be a 10 if they were a little cheaper!)

 

Ripped up Art
I think that cards should fall into one of two categories to be genuine and heartfelt:

1) Home made – awesomeness!
2) Really unique, bespoke shop bought, something really different.

If you run out of time, and buy a standard (some may say dull) convenience store style card, just make sure that you fill it with reams of personal commentary to compensate!

Ripped up Art sent me a gorgeous card to review – they implant seeds into the card so that the card can be used afterwards in the garden to grow wildflowers! Very cute designs to and at £4 a card (with free delivery if you by three) they are not badly priced at all.

The cards are available at www.rippedupart.co.uk/cards

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Verdict: 9 / 10 (this would be a 10 if you could choose your seed type!)

 

LIC frozen cocktails
If you’re making a Father’s day lunch – add these ‘grown up’ frozen lollies to your shopping list. Using their closely guarded secret formula to create a frozen drink with the strength of a regular drink (10%ABV) and completely natural ingredients LIC (Love Iced Cocktails) have created new pina colada and mojito flavours that are absolutely delicious! You can buy them over at www.havealic.com

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Verdict: A tasty 8 / 10

 

Millie’s Cookies – Bake at Home
If you have children and want them to put a real effort into Fathers day for your partner – but don’t want all of the mess that comes with home baking – the Millie’s Cookies bake at home range will be perfect. Bake at home Millie’s Cookies are just £3 at Iceland stores you simply push them out and flatten out onto a tray, bake in the oven and enjoy warm and gooey! They can also be used to make milkshakes, cheesecakes or even ice cream cups.

A lot more cost effective than the cookies form a Millie’s stall too!

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Verdict: Get me some more they are addictive! 9 / 10

 

 

Aux Anysetiers Du Roy – Chocolate Fondue
For the chocolate loving dad, why not try the deliciousness that is the Aux Anysetiers Du Roy chocolate fondue pots. The chocolate comes in a stoneware pot to maintain the heat – simply remove the lid and microwave. The special stoneware jar keeps the Chocolate Fondue warm and melted on your table for 45 minutes minimum, and contain a delicious minimum of 70% cocoa.

I was sent a variety to review, and my goodness, it was heaven! Chocolate heaven! I even used half a pot to ice some cakes for a charity bake sale so versatile too. I think it would be best enjoyed as a family (or on your own!) with a platter of fruit to dip.

They are available at www.bmcglobal.com and prices start at £6.50, going up to £20 for the larger gift sets.

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Verdict: These are AMAZING. Never mind dad, can I eat them all now? 9 / 10

 

 

Fathers Day: The Perfect Card

25 May

It’s all about the card on father’s day – the one time of year that you can actually put in pen how amazing your dad has been and how much you appreciate him. Here are a few of my favourites this year:

Cardology
Cardology do some amazing pop-up cards that are a bit different to your classic 2D card. With a range of ‘dad’ hobby designs to choose from, and prices starting at £4.50 they are a good deal too. Using the ancient Japanese art of Kirigami (also known as paper engineering) all cards are beautifully handcrafted – a unique offering.

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Fathers Day Gift Guide: 26 Days to go!

24 May

Ice Cava
Not all dad’s like beer! My dad, much like me is a massive wine and fizz fan. With summer upon us (rain and all!) and the opportunity to test out Freixenet Ice Cava I was delighted. It’s suggested that you serve it with mint or cucumber over ice and this is how I tried it – but after a sip of it on its own I can say that it’s just as good without! A perfect blend of sweet but not cloying and tiny fizzles that promise to refresh on even the hottest of summer evenings, I will certainly be getting a crate if this in for my next BBQ party!

The Freixenet range is available at Morrison’s and other UK supermarkets.

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Grants
Sometimes it’s the old classics that become the favourites and Grants is certainly a whiskey steeped in history. This would make a fab Father’s Day gift for those on a budget and is available at most supermarkets – even better package this up with his usual mixer and a posh bag of nuts and make your own Father’s Day hamper!

The Grant’s Family Reserve Whiskey (70cl) is priced from £16.49 and is available in most supermarkets.

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Verdict: 7 / 10

 

Henry J Socks
Spoil your Dad with something useful, this year – and matching too! Henry J Socks do the cutest matching sets, and they feel so soft he will thank you for the comfort factor (and your Mam will thank you as it’ll be an excuse to throw some holey old ones away!)

Henry J Socks is a really cool subscription idea – for as little as £13.99 a pair of designer socks and matching boxer shorts direct to your dad’s door each month. Each gift-wrapped package contains a pair of socks sporting stripes, spots or bold block colours, as well as a complementary pair of boxer shorts. To send as a gift just sign up for a subscription at www.henryjsocks.co.uk and enter your dad’s name and address. He will receive six packages – with gift-wrapped pairs of socks and boxer shorts arriving on their doorstep each month.

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Henry J Socks in Red and Blue

Verdict: 8 / 10

 

Kopparberg
Kopparberg always makes a fab gift, for cider lovers that is. Fruity, light and perfect over ice in the summer. But what about beer drinkers? Well your time has arrived – Kopparberg have launched a new Fruit Lager, flavoured with Lemon and Lime! I found this to be a lot less sweet than the cider offering, but pleasantly so. The lager is very drinkable – perhaps a bit too much as I had both bottles that they sent me to review in one night!

It is available in most supermarkets for £5.99 for 4 bottles.

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Verdict: 8 / 10

 

Erasmic
Keep dad clean-shaven this year (or for the bearded ones keep their beards nice and fresh!) Get them moisturised and pampered, men may not have a beauty regime as intensive as women, but they do love a good toiletry set! Erasmic do a great range, available in savers from £1.50.My dad has personally tested the shaving range for me, and said it gave a good clean shave with plenty of lather – grab a few of your favourites and put these into a gift box.

Great value

Verdict: 8 / 10

Best of the Bunch – Fathers Day gifts 2015

14 Jun

Oscars Boutique ‘Dad’ photo Frame
I love the shabby chic look (needs less dusting right, as ‘old’ is part of the style?) and this photo frame is gorgeous. The frame holds one 6″ x 4″ photo and comes with a stand at the back for displaying.

Oscar’s Boutique is an online shop specialising in shabby chic home accessories, unusual gift ideas and beautiful furniture. They specially select products to be representative of themes including shabby chic, vintage, country cottage and French Boudoir. The frame costs £14.95 and can be bought on the Oscar Boutique website at www.oscarsboutique.co.uk. A little birdy tells me that there are often discounts on certain ranges as well as regular sales, so it may also be great for those with a limited budget.

Shabby chic - I love it!

Shabby chic – I love it!

Verdict: 9 / 10

Practical Dad
Often the most practical gifts are the most useful, hence you can often find yourself buying boxer shorts and socks for father’s day! if you are going to resort to this old classic, you couldn’t go far wrong choosing from the stylish jockey range. Try the classic trunk available at www.jockey.co.uk in a variety of colours, sizes and prices.

Classic design

Classic design

Verdict: 8 / 10

ZPM Weekend Bag
If your dad has too many toiletries, but nowhere to store them treat him to this weekend bag, by ZPM. At £25.99 it is not cheap, but it does feel very sturdy and is certainly large enough to fit everything in. I particularly love the swivelling hook, making it easy to hang anywhere.

Folds away neatly

Folds away neatly

Easy to hang

Easy to hang

Verdict: 7 / 10

Cool Dad

If your dad is one of those fashionable sorts, and spends more time in front of the mirror than your mam, he would probably appreciate a good hair mousse. Moosehead produce a range of styling products from putty, paste, dough and clay, perfect for men with all different types of hair thickness and style. Available at Superdrug for £3.99.

In funky colours too!

In funky colours too!

Verdict: 8 / 10

When in doubt, ply them with booze!

Dubliner have launched a tipple, the Irish Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur. With a blend of honeycomb, caramel and whiskey flavours all in one liqueur it is a nice twist on a classic. Available at around £19.99 from the Whiskey Exchange

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Verdict: 6 / 10 (while I think this is a must try for whiskey lovers, I found it hard to find a suitable mixer, and I am simply not hardcore enough for ‘on the rocks!’)

I have reviewed a lot of floral, pretty and exotic looking gins of late. Gin is a massive favourite of mine, but I have noticed the tendency to gear these towards a female audience. That’s why I love The King of Soho’s London dry gin as a father’s day gift. Very fittingly, The King of Soho was launched by Howard Raymond as a tribute to his legendary father, Paul Raymond. Affectionately called the ‘The King of Soho’, due to his role in revolutionising the district, Paul Raymond played a pivotal role in the cultural and  social liberation of British society. Prices range from £11.95-£34.95 from most retailers, and in a glorious bottle, with a lovely dry flavour it’s a real winner.

A handsome bottle

A handsome bottle

Verdict: 10 / 10

I scream, ice cream!

For the dad who is a whizz in the kitchen, I can’t imagine anything better than the gift of limitless home-made ice cream and gelato. I tried the Swan Come Dine With Me Ice Cream & Gelato Maker (Available at Argos for £39.99) I found the machine easy to use (and that is a big must in the Mullaney family!) and not too large, which makes stashing it away in my tiny kitchen all the more bearable. Even better, this is a gift for the family – who will get to sample the finished product!

Perfect for the summer

Perfect for the summer

Verdict: 8 / 10

Super Dad

For a Dad who is the whizz in the kitchen, the Genie Gadgets Superhero Oven Glove, is certain to go down well. Priced at £6.95 it won’t break the bank either.

Very funky

Very funky

Verdict: 7 / 10 as cute as these are, I think I would need to buy two so my dad doesnt burn his other hand!

Weather Station

Tech loving dads will have hours of fun with the Archos weather station. Definitely a ‘splurge gift’ at £79.99, but very fancy nonetheless. With a module for outdoors, a module for indoors and the ability to run this from your smart phone it is a unique gift. From the app you can view the reported information from a number of sensors including Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, CO2 and Noise. Cross checked with national data users can know exactly what to expect when they leave the house. Available from www.Archos.com

Great kit

Great kit

Verdict: 7 / 10


Erasmic Toiletries
If you are looking for good value toiletries to fill a gift hamper or toiletries bag for dad, The Erasmic grooming range from Savers consists of shaving foams, creams and brushes all designed to help soothe and moisturise the skin with each shave. Prices start at £1.50

Great value

Great value

Verdict: 8 / 10

The gift that keeps on giving
If your dad likes to read, treat him to a Readly subscription  I absolutely love the idea, and after trialling this for a month I’m addicted. For £9.99 per month you have full access to thousands of magazines, you can read online, on your iPad/tablet, and on your phone. And because you press download and bank the magazines you can even read without an internet connection which is so very useful. A full list of titles can be viewed here but my favourites are heat, grazia, chat, that’s life, craftseller, vegetarian magazine, good food and dog world. Though your Dad may prefer Xbox magazine, T3, Men’s health and the like! I also love that while on the iPad I can easily ‘print screen’ little recipes from cooking magazines to share with my friends!

Thousands to choose from

Thousands to choose from

Verdict: 10 / 10 and it saves the trees with all that paper too!

Zap yourself to number one
If you have siblings, you will know that it most certainly IS a competition as to who gets Dad the best present. And I have a felling that this little gadget could give you a head start!

One For All’s new Smart Zapper is a nifty little gadget that sits anywhere near your TV and translates Bluetooth Smart signals into Infrared. This will convert a tablet or smartphone into a universal remote control for home cinema equipment. You can use the Nevo iOS or Android app to use full functionality. Nevo app is free from the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store (search for Nevo under ‘Universal Electronics’). Priced at £34.99 you can find the Smart Zapper in Maplin or at www.oneforall.co.uk.

Compact and easy to use

Compact and easy to use

No need to get up from your sofa

No need to get up from your sofa

Verdict: 8 / 10

Bored of games? Try a new board game
The Really Nasty Bankers Game” from rascals is a game with the aim to squander billions without getting caught and earn a big fat bonus along the way. I’ve added this one into my father’s day feature as I think it could make a good joke present! The Really Nasty Bankers game is available from Amazon for £19.99 and while I am not sold on the title, the concept is actually quite good (think monopoly modernised!)

Family fun

Family fun

Verdict: A tad on the dull side 5 / 10


Green fingered Dad

If your dad is more of a floral fan, you can’t go wrong with Lavender. The deep purple flowers attract bees and butterflies to the garden, whilst giving off a sweet scent for year-round interest. Best4Hedging deliver right to dads door and the potted lavender is established and ready to add to any garden.

Lush Lavender

Lush Lavender

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

 

Wallet Ninja
Most dads love a little gadget, and they do not come more useful and pocket sized than the Wallet Ninja from menkind. The small credit card shaped tool includes 3 screwdrivers; 6 hex head nuts and bolts; bottle, can and letter opener; box cutter; ruler, phone stand and peeler. it’s also TSA approved for carry on during flights. Made from 1.5mm of heat treated steel – the creators claim that it will never chip, rust or bend. Priced at £ it is fairly reasonable too!

Fits in wallet

Fits in wallet

Great functionality

Great functionality

Verdict: 8 / 10

 

Give the gift of time
For the green fingered dad who is pushed for time, try giving one of Lechuza’s beautiful self-watering planters. The perfect gardening or home accessory, Lechuza helps Dads have lasting plants that thrive without much effort at all. Each Lechuza planter comes as a complete kit including a water level indicator and nutritional substrate layer. This will give the plant all the water and nutrients it needs for up to 12 weeks.
Lechuza is available online at http://www.lechuza.co.uk with prices from £9.99 up to £174.99

The Puro 20 pot, £14.99

The Puro 20 pot, £14.99

The technology inside

The technology inside

Verdict: 10 / 10 (I love anything that saves time – as you cannot put a price on that)
Freedom Gift Box and Glass
Posh ciders and beers have taken the UK by storm this past year. Give dad a lager with a difference – Freedom craft lager. This lovely gift box has a bottle of each Freedom Beer (6 x 330ml), as well as a Freedom half pint tankard glass. At £12.50 it is also a bargain!

handy gift set

handy gift set

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Yum!

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

Fathers Day 2013

4 Jun

There are two great fathers day card offers this year. First is Tesco Cards – they are currently offering half price on all fathers day cards with the added option to pre pay and get 30% extra credit. This offer can be viewed at www.tesco-cards.com.
Second up is the current deal from Funky Pigeon – 50% off their top 50 Fathers Day card designs. There is also the option to pre pay and gain 25% extra credit and I have landed a discount code for an extra 25% off all cards (up to three cards per code) just visit www.funkypigeon.com and enter FUNKYASP2013 in the ‘Promo Code’ box. An added extra with Funky Pigeon is the option to add a note to the envelope to say ‘Do not open until xxxx’ which is really useful to keep the suprise for special occasions but ensure that your card arrives in time.

See the card that I made below for £1.49

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Verdict: Funky pigeon is 10/10 for choice wheras Tesco Cards are only 6/10 for choice, although they are a bit cheaper.

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