Tag Archives: stocking fillers

17 Sleeps until Christmas!

7 Dec

The London No.1 Gin
For those gin lovers out there, The London No.1 Gin  has launched a gift pack which includes a stirrer in a London-landmark inspired design and is just so pretty you willalmost not want to drink it. Almost. Launched in 1771, when the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, built his London townhouse on the southeast facing corner of Hyde Park it’s a really smooth gin with great heritage. It pairs well with a plain tonic – or if like me you like to fancy it up try a dash of elderflower. Delicious! It can be purchased nationwide from Ocado and Oddbins for RRP £34.00.

london-no-1-gin

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

PHIZZ
If you are gifting alcohol this Christmas, do your family a favour and attach a little tube of the miracle that is PHIZZ. It’s a pocket size, Swiss made effervescent tablet combining a rehydration formula with a mix of essential vitamins and minerals. I tested this after a Christmas party – and it really helped to perk me up. I think it would make a really useful stocking filler. Available from Ocado, Amazon and select independent pharmacies.

21xzy8nzqal
Verdict: 10 / 10

Pusheen Cat Watch
For the emoti-lover in your life you will be very pleased to know that they can now see their favourite Facebook cat, Pusheen in watch format. These cute watches from www.WatchShop.com are a bargain at £11.99 and would make a perfect gift for children or anyone who is a fan of the cue and quirky!

If only they did one for men – my dad loves this emoji – a cat with kisses, a cat with hearts, a cat with wool. Pusheen really does get about on her travels!
unnamed
Verdict: 8 / 10

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle
When buying gifts for children it can be a fine balance as they proabably have a lot of toys clogging up the house already. The solution is to keep it educational too! I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar – 4 in 1 Puzzles aimed at Preschoolers it contains four colourful jigsaws of 12, 16, 20 and 24 pieces. Each puzzle features a different image including: The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the sun, The Very Hungry Caterpillar with some of his favourite fruits and also the lifecycle of the butterfly. It’s great fun, but the box isn’t very sturdy, so make sure its not squished in your pile of presents before you give this away!

acof

Available from Amazon at only £8.95, great for a last-minute gift if you have prime.

Verdict: 7 / 10

 

Four Legged Fancies
Best not to forget your loyal pets this Christmas morning – at the very least it will not be worth the hassle of fighting them away from your mince pie! Joking aside, if your furry ones are part of the family why not give them the best. Four Legged Fancies (FLF) has some gorgeous handmade, natural and wheat free treats for dogs this Christmas. I would ask my dogs Bob and Harry what they thought of them – but unfortunately they gobbled them down so quickly that I’m not even sure they took a moment to taste! 😉 Treats start at under a fiver and are available at www.fourleggedfancies.co.uk

image002

image003

image004
Verdict: I love how they look, that they are healthy and the dogs certainly approved. 10 /10 

Gifts for Children

16 Dec

London Zoo

In London there is often a huge emphasis on luxury, bespoke or not on the high street gifts. London Zoo’s children’s range is certainly something a bit different. This Christmas bring storytelling to life with one of ZSL’s hand-puppets, and a matching foam mask to go with the book, on a special offer of just £12 for all three.

Lion: I really love this hand puppet as it reminds me of hand puppets from my own childhood. It’s very plush on the outside but a little scratchy on the inside!

Book: A brilliant little book filled with vivid colours. The storyline looks at what would happen if a lion came to stay over. How would you look after it? Where would it sleep? By Lisa Regan.

Mask: While a lot of fun, I would question the sturdiness of these masks. The elastic quickly breaks and that’s without a child pulling at this!

lion2 lion

Verdict: 7 / 10

 

Kiddicare

When buying gifts for toddlers it’s always a little more complicated. Not only does the gift have to be interesting it also has to be safe and educational too. Kiddicare has a great range of ‘Brain Buzz’ gifts this year, and it’s a brand that is well known and trusted. My two favourites are:

Buzzing Brains pull along caterpillar

This cute guy can be wheeled along, all the while flashing lights and playing funny sounds and melodies. it encourages toddlers to practice walking. Priced at £12.99

Verdict: A fun and useful 9 / 10

Buzzing Brains Pull Along Caterpillar

Buzzing Brains Pull Along Caterpillar

Buzzing Brains Xylophone

A twist on the classic xylophone as this item is completely wooden. It still makes a beautiful dong noise when hit with the wooden sticks bit has a retro and old school feel. Priced at £14.99

Buzzing Brains Xylophone

Buzzing Brains Xylophone

Verdict: not too imaginative but certainly a well received classic 7 / 10

 

 

Christmas for Cat Lovers

27 Oct

Ok, let’s talk about the elephant in the room… My name’s Rachel and I am a cat-oholic.  Since becoming single I find myself sort of saying it under my breath like “yeah I have two cats” because of the crazy cat lady stigma. But after much soul searching I decided to come out as a cat owner as it were and deal with the consequences. After all – any man I meet will have to like my cats if they are going to be with me. “Meh, I think cats are alright” will no longer be my tagline.

So…I love cats! What is not to love? Their cute little paws, the way they give you a little nudge with a nose when you cry, as though to say ‘hey! Why are you crying, come and play instead?’ The way that you can provide complete bliss for your furry friend just by waving a ribbon creates lovely times and lots of giggles, and while I don’t run home thinking cats, cats, cats I do think that my house became a home the day that these spiky little bundles arrived. Cats are inherently selfish creatures, so to gain their love feels like a reward and humans do ponder over their ways – that much is clear from all of the literature out there.

My Cutie Dexter :-)

My Cutie Dexter 🙂

Today a new book has launched called Meow – A book of happiness for cat lovers. By Anouska Jones it currently retails at £12.95. This glossy hardback is a compendium of quotes that aim to capture the essence of this fascination. I actually really recommend this book for those cat lovers who hate books about cats. Rather than looking at the authors experience of carts, or god forbid doing it from a cat’s perspective. I actually hate those books with a passion (and trust me I have been given a few, the curse and blessing for a cat owner is cat related gifts) and much prefer books such as Simon’s Cat, which give a bit of a comedic angle on the crazy little things that cats do. This book has a feel of that about it – in that it collates the ponderings of many people.

meow
Verdict: 7/10 definitely a one to get for cat owners if you are stuck for ideas!

 

 

BECAUSE CATS…

While I am the topic of cat related gifts I must quickly mention another product I spotted recently on Amazon and have instantly ordered. Firstly it felt like it sums everything up in two words, secondly it is an absolute bargain at £1.79. Be aware as with all international orders this takes ages to arrive, so order early!

Because Cats

Verdict: 9/10 does what it says on the tin!

%d bloggers like this: