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13 Sleeps until Christmas!

12 Dec

13 sleeps – two weeks – may seem like plenty of time to stock up on presents. But the early bird catches the worm so take today’s gift inspiration and find the perfect gifts to spoil your loved ones!


Grants Family Reserve Whiskey
Grant’s whiskey is Scotland’s oldest family run blend – I remember my Grandad used to keep a bottle of grants in the cupboard and have a little nip in the evening. It’s a timeless classic and a perfect gift for any whiskey lover. Grants Family Reserve 70cl is only £17.19 and available in most supermarkets too so super for any last minute present buyers as you can grab a bottle on your way even! I liked that it was very smooth and easy to drink – I’m sure there are ‘fancy’  whiskeys with a sharper woodier taste that a connoisseur may keep for special occasions, but actually for a Friday night tipple by the TV the mellow flavour works very well.

Verdict: 8 / 10


HoMedics Foldaway Footspa
Ah the footspa! A classic go to gift for your mam, dad, nana or grandad. But… they are usually so big and clunky really hard to store. HoMedics have the solution, with their foldaway footspa. It has a soothing vibrating massage, and raised acunodes for stimulating those tired tootsies. No more refills with the kettle either as it’s keep warm feature proves to be mega useful! Add some bath salts, and relax! Available at www.homedics.co.uk for £39.99


Verdict: 8 / 10

Stampin’ Up!
For the crafters out there I would recommend anything from the Stampin’ Up! collection. My favourite is the Forever Evergreen Project Kit, where for around £20 you can build your own gorgous table top christmas trees. The kit includes all of the ribbons, trims, dowels hooks and snowflakes as well as the high quality die-cut cardstock.

Verdict: A very fun 7 / 10


Wisdom While you Work
If you are looking for something a little different to gift to your children or grandchildren this year, Libbla Kelly has released a book ‘Wisdom While You Work’ a mindfullness gem full of core values and ‘pass me down’ pearls of wisdom with a tear and share section in the middle. The book is a culmination of Libbla’s life; being a nanny, having 12 godchildren, nephews and nieces, cousins, stepsons etc… There has not been one day without the presence of children in her life which makes her ideally placed to write such a book!
Priced at £10.00 (plus P&P), Libbla’s book may be purchased direct from www.wisdomwhileyouwork.com
Verdict: 7 / 10

Freedom Brewery’s Taster Box
British pioneers of craft beer, Freedom Brewery, has the perfect gift option for the discerning craft beer fan. Their award winning range of craft lager comes as a gift pack – choose from Organic Helles, East India Pale and King Koing to Boston Beech, Liberty Pils and Freedom Authentic.
Available at Freedom Brewery online and other specialist retailers – choose three bottles for £6, six bottles for £10 or a case of twenty four for £30.
Verdict: A very tasty 9 / 10

Cake Boy Hazelnut Ale
All your boyfriends sweet and beer dreams have come true this year, because Meantime Brewing Company has teamed up with the Master Pâtissier to create ‘Cake Boy Hazelnut Ale’, a nutty dark ale that’s perfect for the festive season.

The ale is really deep and refreshing, the nuttiness pokes through the 5% alcohol and gives you a lovely warm winter buzz! It would make a fab stocking filler, and is available at www.meantimebrewing.com for £2.10 per bottle

Verdict: 8 / 10

CHIKA’s Snacks
Fill your stockings this year with healthy alternatives that will help for a guilt free Christmas! (There’s enough calories in that big dinner never mind chocolates on top!) CHIKA’s is a flavoursome, gluten free, non GMO snack range, and they have launched ‘Snack4Change’, a new snack box initiative designed entirely to fund and support the schooling of underprivileged children in west Africa.
Each subscription purchased funds one child’s school fees and contains four delicious CHIKA’S snacks such as chili plantain crisps, smoked almonds and hand toasted peanuts. Priced at an introductory £4.99, one box sold sends one child to school. From spiced plaintain to salt and pepper cashews I have heartily nibbled my way through the collection – and can safely say that they are delicious!
Verdict: 7 / 10

Twist, Drink & Go – Zingo
Root7 have created a nifty little bottle that they call Zingo. Very catchy! You add your half lemon, lime, orange, whatever citrus fruit to the bottom, and it gets speared onto the reamer. You then add water to the main bottle and the flavours infuse as you drink. I love that this is a healthy way to enjoy a fruity drink, no chemicals, preservatives or sweeteners – just natural fruit and water.

Verdict: 8 / 10


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.

icVerdict: 8 / 10


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.

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.


Henry J Socks in Red and Blue

Verdict: 8 / 10


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.


Verdict: 8 / 10


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

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