The Spice Pioneer

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Spices - The Spice Pioneer

The Spice Pioneer is a meal kit delivered to your door, complete with spices and recipes along with a postcard from the meal inspired location. There is even a playlist to accompany your cooking! When I was asked to take a look at a couple of these boxes for inclusion on my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide I jumped at the … Read More

Yippee Adventures

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Yippee Adventures

I love receiving parcels through the post, especially when they are boxes packed with activities for my boys. I think that gifts like this give a wonderful opportunity for active, hands on learning, and quality family time. Yippee Adventures bring together everything that you would hope to find in a box for children and so much more. Their ethos is … Read More

Calendar of Goodwill

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Christmas boxes for the homeless

Every year, for the past seven years, we have undertaken what we call a ‘Calendar of Goodwill’ through the month of December. The idea is that during this busy festive period we shift focus from receiving, to giving. We consider our cosy home with radiators and fresh linen, and take a moment to think of those who have nothing more … Read More

Christmas Stars

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Star hanging with ribbon from a door handle

OK, OK I know it’s still November, and autumn, and I confess that I am nowhere near ready to bring the tree down from the loft yet. When I do though, it will most certainly be adorned with these stars that I have been making with my boys this weekend. We love doing craft things together and I’m finding that … Read More

Pretty Gifted

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For the final touch, be sure to check out Pretty Gifted for your wrapping paper. With a range of colours, font styles and icons, you can personalise these to each recipient. The order process is remarkably simple. Enter your text (up to 60 characters), choose your preferences and voila! A few days later your gift wrap will arrive, carefully packaged, … Read More


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bakerdays slice of cake

bakerdays provide such a wide range of cakes and styles you would be hard pushed not to find one that you love. You can personalise them with your own words and designs, or use one of theirs. The order process is so simple and the cakes are delicious. They turn up when expected and, in the case of the letterbox … Read More

Emma Lord Photography

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Obi cat with a red bauble

Creating a lasting memory of loved ones is so important and with Emma Lord Photography you can do that in the most beautiful way. Not just for the people in your life but, importantly, for your pets. The Christmas pet product market is booming. You only have to walk into a pet shop to see shelves stocked with treats, toys … Read More

Hopping Hare Candles

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Hopping Hare Candle

I met these ladies behind Hopping Hare Candles at a craft fair in Leamington Spa earlier this month, and quickly snapped up one of their ‘Relaxing’ candles. Hand blended with essential oils, the team were so knowledgeable about how each candle works to create different moods. Of course, being hand made they can tell you exactly what has gone in … Read More


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Hopster on the iPad

Combining TV shows, games, books and more in a child friendly, ad free app, Hopster has been a huge hit in our household. Using one subscription* we have downloaded it onto multiple devices – our phones, iPads and our Amazon Fire Sticks**. The app is aimed at pre-schoolers, although all of our boys (aged 7, 5 and 2) are enjoying … Read More

Mindfulness Gift

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Mindfulness Gift feet card

The positive effects of practicing mindfulness have been widely documented. One thing that they are said to help with is reducing the stress that long term ill health can bring on. Having had a tricky year with my health, I was delighted to be gifted a set of cards from my friends for my birthday this year. I didn’t start … Read More