Hopping Hare Candles

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Hopping Hare Candle Christmas

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on social media you may have guessed that I am completely taken with these candles! They just had to have a place on my gift guide. Handpoured Claire and her sister Justine work so hard to get the combination of oils right and use a high percentage of oil in each candle so that the … Read More

Micro Trike

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Micro Trike foot

We have had the pleasure of trying out the Micro Trike this year. Different from other trikes aimed at the toddler or pre-schooler age in that it doesn’t have pedals for use by the child I wasn’t sure how my three year old would take to it. The Micro Trike is principally aimed at helping toddlers transition between using a … Read More

Panda Post

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Panda Post Christmas

I wrote about Panda Post earlier this year and the adventures of Panda have really supported Munch and increased his interest in reading. As a child I used to keep an ear out for the flip of the letterbox, always wondering if it was something exciting for me. Usually it was a bill for my parents but what better way to engage early readers than through … Read More


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Posterlounge wall art

You may recall that I wrote about Posterlounge earlier in the year. My love for this company has not diminished since then. The quality of the world map that we received is superb and gets lots of appreciative remarks from our guests. By way of a quick recap, Posterlounge is an online shop for wall art. There are thousands of motifs to chose from … Read More

Sparks and Daughters

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Sparks and Daughters apron

Sparks and Daughters are a mother and daughter business who have been running for over ten years. Specialising in personalised gifts, there is something for everyone on their website. For the purposes of my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide I was sent an apron to review, but their product range covers so much more. From personalised baby clothes and blankets, to … Read More

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

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