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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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4 Days until Christmas!

21 Dec

With the rainy weather beating down upon us and less hours of sunlight per day, it would be easy to get a little down. I have reviewed some lovely festive pick me ups to help you along until Christmas arrives!

Grab a Christmas Lunch at EAT
I don’t care that it’s only the 21st – today is officially the day that Christmas has begun for me. Part of that is spoiling your self at work, especially if you have partying planned this week afterwards.
EAT. have given the menu a yuletide makeover with brand new Christmas food offerings. My favourites are the Pigs in Blankets (a dollop of cranberry sauce really makes this!) and the Festive Full Works Bloomer (a combination of sliced turkey breast, smoked ham, finished with pork and sage stuffing. I find the food at EAT. to ber fresh, but filling and the service is always speedy so that you can be on your way for a bit of Christmas shopping after!

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Verdict: 9 / 10  

 

Coco Pots
creativetops have an amazing little invention that they call a ‘coco pot’ it has an sturdy aluminium body with a non-stick inner coating and even comes with its own silicon matt. It feels very old-fashioned (in a kind of trendy way) popping it onto the hob to make your delicious hot drinks. You need some chocolate (whether that be drops, flakes, powder or buttons) some warm milk and the clever Coco pot with its integrated frother will create ‘the most luxurious treat of rich and uber-bubbly hot chocolate.’ I certainly enjoyed it and it also felt a lot nicer knowing it was home made and I could choose my ingredients.  Visit www.creative-tops.com to look for stockists in your area.

Verdict: 9 / 10 (this would have been a 10 if not for the fact it wobbled about on my hob a bit)

 

Keep cold sores at bay
I am a firm believer in keeping a well stocked first aid kit ‘just in case’ and there is nothing like the winter weather for becoming run down and getting dreaded cold sores. Zzip is a natural way to do this: paraben free, not tested on animals and contains no alcohol. It costs £12.95 for 3ml and is available nationwide from Boots stores and at www.boots.com

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looks just like a lip balm!

Verdict: 8 / 10 I love the snazzy packaging and wouldn’t feel embarrassed at all to pick this off the shelves in the supermarket.

 

Cheeky Gift
If you are looking for a joke present for somebody, you may like the Rather Cheeky Map of Great British Bottoms. Available exclusively online, it is presented in a traditional wall map print (A3 from £18) and a handy tea towel (£12) both from www.stghq.com

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Verdict: 7 / 10 

 

Bluebeard’s Revenge Gift Sets
I have reviewed the Bluebeards Revenge shaving range before (with the help of my boyfriend of course!) and love the range which provides quality grooming solutions for men. This year my boyfriend is kind of loving his beard, so I thought to try the eau-de-toilette gift set the gift comes in an easy to wrap box, with the eau de toilette and a shower gel to match. The smell is really fresh and yummy, and with the combination of the products actually lasts a really long time. The various gift sets start at £21.99 and are available at www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

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Verdict: 8 / 10

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
These gorgeous little 50ml bottles of hand cream will leave you feeling silky smooth this winter. The hand cream is available until February 2016 and can be found at all major retailers for £3.90.

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Verdict: 8 / 10 – fantastic product, perfect, for the handbag!
Nourish your skin with E45
If you have sensitive skin like me – or even if you don’t but like the idea of something that is tried and tested, E45 is a no brainer. their range has expanded massively of late, I love the E45 Body Lotion Intense Recovery for Very Dry Skin At £4.89 for a large 250ml bottle its great value too!

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Verdict: 8 / 10

 

Griffin Survivor’s Journey iPhone Case
Keep your iPhone safe through all the season’s partying with this ultra-thin, ultra-tough, phone case from Griffin Technology. It’s built to withstand 2 metre drops, and absorbs impact. At £24.99-£34.99 it’s not the cheapest case out there but it’s worth it if you know that you are a clumsy drunk to save replacing your mobile!

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Verdict: 8 / 10

 

Bahlsen biscuits
Make getting ready for the festivities an occasion with a nice and easy spread of festive biscuits. I love the Bahlsen seasonal range – they taste just like Christmas! They are in cute packaging, and perfect as a gift too. With headquarters in Hannover the family-run biscuit enterprise has been around for over 125 years. Available from most supermarkets (including Ocado and Waitrose) also very reasonably priced.

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Verdict: 10 / 10 yes that’s right 10! They are just so delicious!

Christmas Crafts Moodboard

14 Dec

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