Showing posts with label gift guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gift guide. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide // South Aylesford Retail Park

Today we visitied South Aylesford retail park to check out some gift ideas for Mother's Day.  I always find it so tricky choosing the perfect gift for my Mum and Mum-in-Law but I managed to come up with 9 great choices (admittedly a couple were more things I would like).  These are my top Mother's Day picks from the retail park . . . 

I love the cute patterns on these water bottles from Halfords, the whole range was really pretty with cool bags and bike seats too.  These would be perfect for summer picnics and I think both Mums would appreciate the spring colours.

They are a classic Mother's Day gift for a reason and Marks and Spencer's food hall had an amazing array of flowers to suit all tastes and budgets.  I don't know many mums that wouldn't appreciate a beautiful bouquet. 

Marks and Spencer's food hall had a great selection of gifts by the front door and this bottle of pink sparkling wine with chocolates caught my eye.

 Homebase had a great alternative to a bunch of flowers with their selection of potted plants.  The colours were stunning and I can really imagine these in my Mum's garden.

We also noticed this sign whilst we were in Homebase (although they were still finishing it off).

This may be a bit out of my budget this year but Finn and I both agreed that Grandma would love this for her garden.  We got a bit carried away admiring the garden furniture (and testing it all for comfiness).

Ok so admittedly this one was more something I would want, a new camera from Currys PC World.  This is a step up from mine with built in wi-fi and would make a tempting Mother's Day gift from me to me. 

These tablet cases were on sale in Currys PC World too and I know that both Mums love their tablets.  My favourite is the map print but I can imagine they would both choose the floral.

I popped into Smyths toy store not expecting to find much for them, but I think that the boys would love to buy a new board game for Grandma.  They love playing Bingo when we go round and I think as they get older this would make a lovely gift - something they can do together.

All this window shopping got a bit much so we stopped for coffee and a sandwich at Costa - Our final gift idea is a voucher for here - who doesn't love an excuse to go out for cake?

All of these items are available from the South Aylesford retail park near Maidstone, Kent.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide [For a Mum with Young Children]

Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday 26th March and I have put together some lovely gift ideas if you have a Mum to spoil (or to casually leave open on your laptop to give the kids (or Daddy) some help!).    

I have recently discovered there is such a thing as Chocolate Pizza, who knew? It combines two of my favourite things and the Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company are selling a special Mother's day edition with a beautiful white chocolate flower sitting in the centre.   To make sure I can wholeheartedly recommend this pizza, I did of course have to try some and it gets my seal of approval!

The Mother's Day pizza is available direct from the Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company's website for £11.50

Cath Kidston prints are so beautiful and feminine and the Watch Shop now sell a stunning selection of watches.  I chose this delicate bird print and I love the rose gold details and the slim strap.  As with everything Cath Kidston, these watches are beautifully made and a lovely gift for a Mum of any age.

Cath Kidston watches are available from the and there are over 70 to choose from.  The one pictured is £60.

Nothing has aged me quite as much as having children, and after years of sleep deprivation I am starting to realise that I really should  look after my skin better.  Skin Doctor's luxury products are designed to do just that, looking after the Queen Bee in your life.  Bee lift is a luxurious facial hydrating treatment containing bee venom and natural Manuka Honey to combat fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin. Younger hands claims to take 10 years off your hands in only 6 weeks and I am really enjoying testing both of these! 

Beelift has an RRP of £38.99 and Younger Hands retails at £30.60.  Both are available direct from Skin Doctors as well as selected retailers including Boots, Amazon and Ocado.

If you want Mother's Day laughs then the latest Mills & Boon book, 'Turning into your Mother' guarantees them.  With talk of Mummy's special Calpol and all the things we don't say but are definitely thinking this book is amusing and about the only kind of book I can actually find time to read with small children around too!

Available for £6.99

One of the highlights of Mum Life for me is getting to drink a hot cup of tea and have a biscuit all to myself.  It doesn't happen often but when it does it is blissful. I don't think you really appreciate getting to eat a whole biscuit in peace until you have toddlers trying to grab a bit!  This little Mother's Day tin from Walkers is the perfect size to hide from little fingers and is full of mini versions of the iconic shortbread shapes.

This tin is available exclusively from Walkers Shortbread and costs £5

Nelson's Arnicare Bath and Massage Balm is a great multi purpose product for pampering.  Whether you want a long soak in the bath or to soothe aching muscles this balm is enriched with evening primrose and rich sweet almond oil to really hydrate the skin.  I can't decideI which is more appealing at the moment, a warm bath to unwind or a back rub!  I love how you can use this liquid balm for either and I think it would make a great Mother's Day gift.

Available from Boots for £8.55, find out more at

ferrero rocher tree, chocolate tree

Chocolate is ALWAYS a great gift in my eyes and I have been admiring these Ferrero Rocher trees for ages.  They are an incredibly unique and deliciously divine gift and you can buy them with a Mother's Day glass too.  I love that they come with a tealight so that you can reuse the glass afterwards too.  This gift is perfect for Mums of all ages and looks really impressive (if it lasts long enough to actually admire it).

Available from Find Me a Gift for £26.99

Ergobaby have recently released their Sophie La Girafe carrier and this is a wonderful gift from baby to Mummy - something they can both enjoy.  We still have our first Ergo from when Dylan was little over 5 years ago and it is a much loved carrier and brand we trust. This new design with the bunting and iconic giraffe is so lovely and I can't wait to try it out with the little two.

ergobaby, sophie la girafe sling

And if you can't find the perfect gift here then you can't go wrong with the classic breakfast in bed!  I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day whatever you choose

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers day is very nearly upon us and if you haven't started shopping for the man in your life then you are not alone.  The bloke has very kindly offered to test a few fathers day gift ideas (it is really hard work living with a blogger sometimes), so check out his reviews below.

The Braun 380s-4 Electric Razor

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Top Toddler Gifts for Christmas

With a two year old toddler in the house, we are on the look out for the perfect Christmas gifts and we have been busy testing some top toys that will be hitting wish lists this year.  I am delighted to share with you some lovely gift ideas that we have personally tested, and I would love to hear what you would add to this list? Here are our top ten . . .

Rocket Tent
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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Baby's First Christmas Gift Guide

A first Christmas is a magical time, a time of wonder, of lights, of gifts and of love.  The baby may not have a clue what is going on, but everyone around them enjoys it that little bit more with a tiny one around.  Archie will be 10 months on his first Christmas, old enough to join in with Christmas dinner, have a go at ripping some paper and playing with the boxes, but not old enough to care what exactly is in the boxes.

That doesn't mean to say that he won't get utterly spoilt by family, friends and of course the big guy in red.  Whilst we are putting a limit on how much we spend on him this year, I am still looking forward to buying him a few treats.

So, I have put together this gift guide for baby's first Christmas, with toys, clothes, keepsakes and cuddles.

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