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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.

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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

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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.

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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
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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.
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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

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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!
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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.
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Verdict: 8 / 10

 

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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!

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

Yum!

Yum!

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

Yum!

Yum!

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

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