Monday, 11 November 2013

Christmas Gifts Guide 2013


Christmas Gifts Guide, Christmas Gift Ideas, Christmas Giveaway































After a busy year, this is exactly what we need, a warm and cosy Christmas spent in the UK hopefully with family. We are already looking forward to the day when we can put up our Christmas tree, decorate it, and then pile lots of gifts under it!

It's probably still too early for a lot of people (but it's next month!), but for those who need some inspiration for this year's gifts, why not take a look at my 3rd Christmas Gifts Guide and see what we've been trying and testing out, and what other gifts you can consider adding to your list? I'm really proud to announce that I'm featuring 4 toys that has made it to this year's Dream Toys list, with one in the top 10 toys too! Throughout the year we've also reviewed others that were included. If you are interested, you can check out the individual reviews here:

Barbie Mariposa (links to Barbie: Mariposa and the Fairy Princess Blu-ray review)
Fireman Sam Drive & Steer
Monster high: 13 Wishes Dolls (links to Monster High: 13 Wishes DVD review)
Squeeze Cup Slush Maker
The Zelfs (links to The Zelfs Venus Flytrap Spin Salon review)

Oh and then of course, there will be a Christmas Giveaway at the end of this guide, for you to win some additional presents to put under your tree!


I've split the guide as follows, but some gifts are suitable for other age group as well, so it's worth looking at everything:

Babies & Toddlers
Children
Teens & Adults
All
Giveaway

Happy browsing! x

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Baby & Toddlers


Christmas Bauble, glass bauble, keepsake gifts















Christmas Bauble, glass bauble, keepsake gifts

Christmas Bauble, glass bauble, keepsake gifts



















Born Gifted Clear Glass Personalised Christmas Tree Bauble with Angel £12.99

- Hand blown glass bauble with a glass Angel inside that has a gold halo; Can include an engraved message (3 lines, each with 20 characters) on the front of the bauble; may have imperfection because of it being hand blown; approx 8cm in diameter

The glass bauble is absolutely beautiful and makes a refreshing addition to any Christmas trees! Imagine the Christmas tree lights sparkling on the glass! I was really impressed with how they have hand blown an Angel with a gold halo, wings and ring and a lovely pattern on her wings and dress already, let alone wrapping her inside a bauble as well! Although as warned on their website that there will be imperfections due to it being hand blown, it really didn't matter as it's so mesmerising, and you can hardly tell unless you take a really close look.

The engravings make it really special. I have ours engraved with "Abby & Clay Merry Christmas 2013 (I accidentally asked for 2014 haha, glad that they kindly took the effort to check with me to make sure I got it right!)", and it's gonna stay in our family for as long as. It was meant to be a gift for newborns, but I think that it'll make a lovely gift for anyone.


cuddly nightlight, multi colour nightlight, stars projector

cuddly nightlight, multi colour nightlight, stars projector
cuddly nightlight, multi colour nightlight, stars projector

cuddly nightlight, multi colour nightlight, stars projector
















Cloud B Twilight Turtle Nightlight (Purple) £26.99

- Sold at Rachel's Toy Shop, which sells a great selection of bilingual toys as well

- Projects stars with 8 constellations in either amber, green or blue LED light that stays cool; switches off automatically after 45mins; requires 3 AAA batteries that are included; also includes a booklet containing story, adoption certificate and constellation guide; Suitable for 3 years +

To be honest I was a bit surprised with how popular this turtle was as we already have a couple of nightlights at home. The kids really love the projected stars that can be displayed in 3 different colours. Abby enjoyed spotting the moon and constellations with her daddy before bed, while Clay just loved looking at them and playing with the turtle itself as well.

At first I thought that it'd be even better if it can change colour itself every so often, but we soon noticed that the amber colour is most suitable to get the kids to sleep, as blue and green are brighter. For stars spotting we like to change it to blue or green. The turtle is mostly cuddly, even with the hard shell which is fascinating to look at.


hand printed blanket, swaddle blanket, baby blanket

hand printed blanket, swaddle blanket, baby blanket
















MoochicBaby Swaddle Blanket (Orange Chicks) £24.99

- Made with 3 layers of 100% fine cotton, and patterns were printed using the traditional hand block print method; it is approx 100cm square in size

A good sized swaddle blanket that's velvety soft. I once went to a museum and was amazed by the traditional hand block printing method, where printers used to apply colours to a carved wood block and print the patterns by hand one by one on the fabric. Just the thought of the blanket in my hand using fabric that was hand made makes it feel really special, I'm sure new mums and their new born babies will feel the same. And there are plenty of patterns to choose from too.


novelty baby bib, soft cotton bibs, large bibs

novelty baby bib, soft cotton bibs, large bibs



















Nippaz with Attitude - Mama Ain't Raisin' No Fool Bib (Black with Gold Foil) rrp £9.99

- 100% pure cotton, made in the UK

A funky and cool novelty bib that will sure make passerby chuckle this Christmas! Not only is it funky, it's really soft and thick, and the absence of Velcro strap means that babies won't get irritated by it. There is no openings, which isn't needed anyway as the soft cotton is stretchy enough for baby's head to go through the hole (no problem going over Clay's head!). The covered area is fairly big, and the gold on black is certainly unmissable.


Abney & Teal toys, Neep, soft cuddly Abney and Teal

Abney & Teal toys, Neep, soft cuddly Abney and Teal
























Rainbow Designs Abney & Teal Feature Neep Plush rrp £12.99

- 24cm plush toy that can say 5 "Neep" phases; Suitable for all ages

Now the Abney & Teal fans can own their own adorable, soft and cuddly Neep that says "Neep" in 5 different ways. Every time I pressed Neep's tummy it always made the kids giggle as the way he says "Neep" is really funny! Although Neep is a bit flat, just like himself in the show, with the beans filled bottom he has no problem sitting up. The size is perfect for babies and toddlers to give him a good cuddle.


Very hungry Caterpillar toys, wooden learning clock, wooden shape and numbers toy

Very hungry Caterpillar toys, wooden learning clock, wooden shape and numbers toy



















Rainbow Designs Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Shape Sorter Clock rrp £14.99

- Wooden clock with 12 removable numbered wooden shapes and movable hands; suitable for 3 years+

This clock is really useful for both Clay and Abby. Clay loves playing with the shaped numbers, removing them and fitting them back like playing with puzzle. Abby has been learning o'clock and half past in the last half term and the clock is really handy when I tried teaching her quarters, quarter to and quarter past as well. I'm glad that they included a really handy little wooden stand too so we can keep the clock standing. The quality is fantastic, and it's colourful and fun too.


Tickety Toc ClockHouse Playset, Tickety Toc toys, Tickety Toc Christmas

Tickety Toc ClockHouse Playset, Tickety Toc toys, Tickety Toc Christmas



















Tickety Toc Clockhouse Playset rrp £29.99

- Tickety Toc clock house where Tommy and Tallulah does the Chime Time. House includes tracks, Tommy, Tallulah and Pufferty; with unlockable doors and movable clock handles; suitable for 3 years +

A pefect Christmas gift for any Tickety Toc fans! Now they can help Tommy and Tallulah do Chime Time by helping Pufferty drive them through the clock house and opening the doors for them. Clay really enjoyed playing with it even though it's for 3 years +. It would be perfect if the house plays the Tickety Toc tune as well but it's still a great playset to play with!


Lamaze baby toys, Lamaze Cow Chorus, baby musical toy

Lamaze baby toys, Lamaze Cow Chorus, baby musical toy



















TOMY Lamaze Cow Chorus rrp £22.99

- Soft musical toy with sensory stimulation (bright and bold colours and different textures). Has day and night mode, with the tune quieter and gentler during the night mode. Musical buttons (musical note on the cow's belly and the bird's belly itself) add additional sound (cows mooing during the day mode, snoring during the night mode, and bird singing in both modes) to the melody; takes 2 AAA batteries (in the cow bell); suitable for 0 +

I'm seriously considering keeping this cow to myself! The melody is beautiful and the night mode has calmed my kids down almost immediately! Abby has been asking for the song to be played when she goes to bed! The tune is lovely, and more upbeat and cheerful during the day. Really love it when the cows moo-ed or the bird tweeted along to the melody. I think it'll be even better if the bird and the cows can sing along together with the tune (when you press the cow's tummy the bird's singing will stop), but it might just get too busy for a baby's ear! The cow and bird are adorable, with lots of sensory stimulation. The shape and size of the cow is perfect for babies and toddlers to cuddle at bedtime as well


baby puzzle blocks, toddler puzzle blocks, shape sorter

baby puzzle blocks, toddler puzzle blocks, shape sorter

baby puzzle blocks, toddler puzzle blocks, shape sorter
















TOMY Play to Learn Mr Owl Pop Out Puzzles rrp £12.99

- When owl's head is pressed, his eye's will half close and the puzzles will pop out from his tummy; 5 puzzles to make including baby owl, rabbit, hedgehog, squirrel and bird, and the 6th side of each puzzle cube (4 of them) is a shape sorter; suitable for 12 months +

This really cute puzzle and shape sorter will certainly keep the little people entertained while developing their logical thinking! The chunky puzzle cubes are colourful and easy to hold, and Mr Owl closing his eyes while popping puzzles everywhere is fascinating to watch too! There are 2 games to play with the toy to keep them busy for longer.


Winnie the Pooh toys, stackable bath toys, Disney bath toy

Winnie the Pooh toys, stackable bath toys, Disney bath toy
















TOMY Winnie the Pooh Stack, Pour, Post 'n' Play rrp £14.99

- 3 ways of playing, stack the cups, sort the shapes into the honey pot with lid, and water play by pouring water through the cups' holes; cups and shapes can be packed away into the honey pot; suitable for 6 months +

Simple yet multi use makes it a lovely toy for babies and toddlers. The material is durable and easy to clean, pictures are cute, and I really love it that the honey pot acts as a storage as well for tidying up. The stacking pots can act as sprinklers in the bath as well, bringing the fun through to bath time.



Children


artwork frame, gallery frame, A4 sized frames

artwork frame, gallery frame, A4 sized frames

artwork frame, gallery frame, A4 sized frames



















Articulate A4 Double Gallery £19.99

- White artwork frame that holds 2 A4 sized artworks, which can be 3D; measures 490 x 380 x 40mm and weighs 1.9kg

A high quality professional looking artwork frame that turns your wall into a gallery! It proudly holds and displays children's artwork, which is not limited to paintings only either! The wide gap in between provides enough space for artwork with texture to slide in and stay in place, for example Abby's crunched up tissue paper art she made for her daddy's birthday. We initially wanted to make something Christmassy but it made a perfect birthday gift for her daddy and made his heart melt! Especially great for family who have a wall full of lovely artwork!

Keep reading and there will be a chance for you to win a Macro Gallery worth £39.99 that holds 4 pieces of A4 sized artwork!


Build a Bear Workshop, Rudolf cuddly toy, rudolf the red nose reindeer

Build a Bear Workshop, Rudolf cuddly toy, rudolf the red nose reindeer

Build a Bear Workshop, Rudolf cuddly toy, rudolf the red nose reindeer













Build-a-Bear Workshop Rudolf & Clarice with Light Flashing Nose/ Heart £19.00 Each (Accessories not included)

- Build your own 38cm Rudolf or Clarice Reindeers that comes with red flashing nose (Rudolf) or red flashing heart (Clarice), which will stop flashing after approx 20 seconds; Clarice comes with a red bow and Rudolf his antlers; battery box and switch is located inside the tummy that can be reached from the side; requires 2 x AA batteries; suitable for children 3 years +

These quality soft and cuddly reindeers are perfect for a cosy Christmas! Both Rudolf and Clarice have really cute faces and fluffy ears and tails that almost feel like real ones, making me want to fiddle them all day long! Both reindeers are sturdy enough to stand, and they will look great under a Christmas tree, even unwrapped! You can personalise them with pretty clothes and accessories, but they look equally good plain, as their flashing nose and heart are their unique accessory that's really Christmassy. Abby's favourite is Clarice, where me and Clay had to fight over Rudolf (Abby won't share!). They are so soft and have been keeping me warm on a long night while I'm sitting in front of the computer typing away!

If it's a gift and you are a bit short of time, you can simply buy them stuffed from their online store. If you also want to have them dressed up but you don't know what to choose (they have a wide range of clothes and accessories to choose from!), they also sell them fully clothed and accessorised for £44.50, and you can even add a Christmassy song for £3.50. If you only want to include one accessory to get the child (or adult!) started, I'd recommend the Red Bell Collar for £3.50 as the ringing bells are so jingly!

They also have other cuddly toys, some smaller that will suit smaller hands better, in their Christmas range, all can be browsed at and bought from their online shop or in stores.


Dream Toys 2013, Crayola Creation Hot Heels, fashion design for children

Dream Toys 2013, Crayola Creation Hot Heels, fashion design for children
















Crayola Creations Hot Heels (Green and Pink) rrp £10.00

- Pack includes 2 mini shoes, sequins, gems, stickers, ribbons, double sided tape and designing guide; 9 shoes to collect; suitable for 6 years +

- Dream Toys 2013 Playground Banter

A perfect gift for children who are showing interest in fashion design. With 9 different type of shoes and plenty of materials, they can really show off their skills by designing each the way they like. The shoes are fashionable and colours are bright, making it really fun to decorate them with the equally pretty decorations!

Abby had lots of fun decorating her shoes, and the double sided tape really made things much easier. Her favourite were the butterfly stickers and she got a bit carried away with them! We are loving the decorated shoes, and I can imagine how nice it is to display all 9 designs together on a shelf!


Disney games, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Who Shook Hook

Disney games, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Who Shook Hook

Disney games, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Who Shook Hook
















Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates Who Shook Hook Game rrp £19.99

- Game includes a game board, spinner, 4 movers and bases, 2 tree trunks and tops, a hammock, 4 rubber bands, a Captain Hook figure, 3 barrels, 3 Tiki heads, 3 bags, 3 treasure chests, a leaf tweezer, fishing pole, shovel, sword and game rules manual; suitable for 4 years + and 2 to 4 players

- Each player takes turn to spin the spinner and move their movers. According to the picture they land on, they either have to use any tools to get the particular treasure, or use a particular tool to take any treasure, without dropping Captain Hook off the hammock. Players standing on the bridge when the spinner spinned the broken bridge picture looses all their treasure to the Tick Tock Croc under the bridge.

A fantastic Disney game that makes children squeal! It was hilarious when we had to try to pick a treasure with the shovel or sword without waking Captain Hook up! Us adults tensed up when we watched Abby grabbing the treasure with her tool without much care! Although the hammock shook a bit, she still managed to grab the treasure without pushing everything on the board, which we thought was very impressive (and made us feel old and useless at the same time!)  I can't wait to watch her and her friends playing this game, or with her cousins this Christmas!

The game set up includes balancing Captain Hook and the 12 treasures all on the hammock, which requires some skill and can be a bit difficult for young children. But with some help from the adults and some practising am sure they can soon set it up themselves (great balancing and hand-eye coordination training!). Abby is probably an expert now as she already knew that she has to spread the treasures evenly, she even bossed her daddy around with the set up!


Disney Princess games, Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game, Disney Princess jewellery

Disney Princess games, Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game, Disney Princess jewellery

Disney Princess games, Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game, Disney Princess jewellery



















Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game rrp £19.99

- Guessing and pretending princess game that comes with 4 sets of tiaras, bracelets and rings, 200 cards, 40 gems, 1 big heart jewel and a game rules manual; suitable for 4 years + and 2 to 4 players

- Each player takes a card, guess which Disney princess the card is related to, and with the help of the big heart jewel, see the answer and how many gems you can get on the back of the card if they guessed it right; if the player picked a Secret Princess Card, they have to act out who the princess is, and apart from the name, they can also say 3 things that is related to the princess. The player and the one who guessed it right can both get 3 gems to add to their collection. The first person with all their jewellery studded with gems win 

I never knew that a princess game can be so much fun, especially when you get the grown up males involved! The game gets the players involved by letting them play dress up at the same time, and collection is always fun, especially when it comes to gems that can sparkle up the jewellery. It was really funny when we made hubby wear the jewellery, but he had no problem with it. The only time he cringed and struggled was when he had to act out a Disney princess! The game is fun for both adult and child, and our play time was filled with laughter! Abby really enjoyed the game and she can't wait to play it with her friends when they come over for a play date! Together with the Who Shook Hook game above it'll make play dates much easier for me as well!

I was impressed with the use of the big red heart jewel for the game to reveal the answer. It acts like the red side of a pair of 3D glasses, revealing pictures on the back of the cards that otherwise look like a colourful QR code. We really love the jewellery and we've been fighting over for the gems! I felt that the game was a bit short, but then I am an adult and with children's short attention span the play time is probably just right for an all kids game.


Dream Toys 2013, Hasbro Nerf Rebelle Heart Breaker Bow, archer toy

Dream Toys 2013, Hasbro Nerf Rebelle Heart Breaker Bow, archer toy

The curl in the illustrated arrow does not mean anything. I drew it like that out of habit




Hasbro Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow rrp £19.99

- With "true" bow action and can fire foam darts up to 75 feet; includes 5 collectible foam darts, which can be placed on the detachable accessory rail for easy access; can be used together with Nerf Rebelle Mission Central App Rail Mount and its Augmentation Reality game on iTunes; Suitable for 8 years +

- Dream Toys 2013 Playground Banter

I've been looking forward to trying the bow out! I love fantasty and medieval backbone storyline in games, movies and novels, so when I heard about the Nerf Rebelle range I was really excited (though I'm not into Cosplay!). The bow looks futuristic with lovely wing patterns, and even the darts' design are really pretty. Abby looked really cool when she posed as an archer!

The dart can go quite far, though you do need to pull the string all the way back. Occasionally the handle on the string can swing sideways when you let it go, but as long as the kids are aware that it might happen I think it's pretty safe to play with. Although there is pink and purple in the design, I still think that it's a toy that boys can play with as well and they will look equally cool. There is however a blue and white version too if people are really bothered about colours.

I think this is great for those who aren't into guns but don't want to miss out on the fun (to fight back!) and kids who like to do some role playing as their favourite medieval/ fantasy character.


children card game, appCards, app for kids

children card game, appCards, app for kids

children card game, appCards, app for kids

children card game, appCards, app for kids
















Jumbo appCards Colour Slam rrp £9.99 (and free to download app)

- contains 36 cards and instruction to download app; app has a game rules section; suitable for 8 years +, 2 to 4 players

- Players need to match one of their 4 open cards with the app's random chosen card as quickly as possible, and put the matching card in a stack. During Colour Slam round players can slam at other players card as well and take away as many matching card as they can. Empty slots in the row of 4 cards will be replaced by a card from the stack of cards and the game continues until all cards are used. Player with the most matching cards win. 

Like Abby said, it's quite cool to play a card game that uses a mobilephone! Love the challenge to try to match the colours within the time limit, especially during the Colour Slam round where you need to look at other players' cards as well and slam as many matching cards on the table as you can! Just make sure that everyone stays cool even after a hand got slapped by another! It's great for training hand-eye coordination and quick thinking.


Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City

Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City












Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City

Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City

Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City












Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City

Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol, LEGO City












Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 toys, LEGO City Starter Set, LEGO CHIMA Chi Temple



















LEGO City Coast Guard Patrol rrp £59.99

- Box includes 449 pieces for the Coast Guard Patrol boat, helicopter and submarine, dinghy, lighthouse, 6 minifigures and 3 sharks; Suitable for 5 years +

- Dream Toys 2013 Top 10 and Grany Knows Best

LEGO is an all time classic construction toy collection that's worth collecting. They have a wide range of themes, with LEGO City being this household's favourite (next is LEGO Friends). Although the LEGO City Coast Guard Control contains only 449 pieces (comparing to the LEGO Forest Police Station at the same price but with 633 pieces), the upside is that both the Coast Guard Patrol boat and the dinghy floats on real water! And then there is the fact that the whole set is made up of 5 smaller ones, including the super cool submarine and the Coast Guard Patrol boat cabin (look at that classic computer piece!)! There is a reason why this is one of the top 10 Dream Toys!

To introduce the little ones that love cars to start on LEGO bricks, why not get them the LEGO City Starter set that contains 3 vehicles and 5 minifigures? Then there is the ultimate Lion CHI Temple for the CHIMA fans as well that contains 1258 pieces! We've also just finished building a LEGO Friends Heartlake City Pool set too, which is really fun to play with especially after putting them together!


Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket

Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket

Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket

Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket
















Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket

Moshi Monsters jacket, Moshi Monsters bag, children 3-in-1 jacket















Moshi Monsters T-shirt, Moshi Monsters PJ, Moshi Monsters



















Miioon Personalised Ruckjack (Moshi Monsters in Red) £29.99

- Water and stain proof (Teflon lining) reversible jacket that can turn into a rucksack in 4 steps; children can personalise the Ruckjack online, choosing the colour, characters and even the zip tags themselves; Inner 3M Thinsulate layer can keep children warm without the extra bulkiness, and underarms vents can stop them from getting overheated; high visibility white zips keeps the children safe; machine washable; Miioon character shoe laces included with each order; order receipt printed on sticker; Suitable for age 3+

Abby is a big Moshi Monsters fan and she absolutely loves her Moshi Monsters Miioon Ruckjack she personalised herself. She always wanted to wear it to school though we think that it's a bit too show-off! The Ruckjack really is something you can show-off though, not only is it reversible, you can turn it into a rucksack as well, making it 3-in-1!

And it's not just all novelty, it being water and stain proof, insulated without compromising their movements (although the little Michelin look is quite cute!) and machine washable makes it almost the jacket every child should have! I was told that the coat is warmer than most winter coats, and thinner than non standard technical jackets (weatherproof), which is great news as it'll give Abby more room for movement! I must try it out this Winter! The rucksack can hold things as well, though the child might get a full hand if they need to turn it back into a jacket, so I'd recommend bringing a foldable eco bag or something similar with them just in case.


There are currently 3 designs to choose from - Moshi Monsters, Animaru and the limited edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they also do capes (yes!), T-shirts (soft even after wash) and PJ bottoms. I think it's a great idea to get children involved in the designing process, and the KidSafe certified website is really easy to use as well.


myBunjee, mobilephone holder, children mobilephone accessory

myBunjee, mobilephone holder, children mobilephone accessory

myBunjee, mobilephone holder, children mobilephone accessory

myBunjee, mobilephone holder, children mobilephone accessory
















myBunjee Kidz (Glow in the Dark) £6.95

- As seen on Dragons' Den; grips the top of mobile phones, and can be hooked on bags, jackets or jeans with the other end to prevent lost and accidents; the approximate drop with a phone attached is 35cm

What a great idea! One of the things you'll be worried about when letting children walk around with a mobilephone is that they'll either lose it, have it stolen or accidentally drop it. With myBunjee phone holder you won't have to worry about this! The grip is quite tight, and although it looks really scary when I tried dropping my phone (a massive Samsung Galaxy Note 2) while having it attached to a myBunjee (the name is spot on!), it held on. It will hold any phones, though you'll have to adjust it a bit as depending on the phone, it can cover up part of the screen or the camera. Even so, it protects the phone well and the little bit of extra fussing is still worth it.

The glow in the dark version is pretty cool and the kids will certainly have no problem finding their phone and cord (I didn't let mine absorb enough light for the test, it should be brighter like usual glow in the dark products)


Nintendo 2DS, game console for children, Animal Crossing New Leaf

Nintendo 2DS, game console for children, Animal Crossing New Leaf












Nintendo 2DS, game console for children, Animal Crossing New Leaf















Nintendo 2DS, game console for children, Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 2DS, new Nintendo Wii U games, new Nintendo 3DS games


















Nintendo 2DS rrp £109.99

- 144(W) x 127(H) mm, 3.53 inch top screen and 3.02 inch bottom screen, weigh 0.26kg; 2 back cameras (for taking 3D images), 1 front camera, wireless functionality, parental controls, Nintendo 3DS built-in software; includes Nintendo 3DS power adapter, 4GB SD Memory Card, Stylus pen and 6 Augmentation Reality game cards; comes in either White & Red or Blue & Black; assorted package deals available; suitable for children 6 years+

Both me and Abby (although it says suitable for 6 years+) are absolutely hooked with the Nintendo 2DS! I think it'll make a perfect gift for younger children who are after a game console as Nintendo games are much less violent for young children (in fact a lot of them are really cute and even educational!), and the hinge-less (easy to break) and non 3D gameplay (bad for developing eyes) makes the console more suitable for them to play on. It's much more affordable than other brand new consoles on the market, yet it uses the 3DS system, making it compatible with all Nintendo DS and 3DS games. The Parental Controls allow you to restrict their Internet access (ie you can easily protect them from playing with other people through the Internet) and restrict the games they can play by setting the acceptable game ratings.

If you are thinking of buying a game console this Christmas that a young child will be playing on, do consider the Nintendo 2DS, both me and Abby highly recommend it! For a full review click here. There are a lot of bundles as well to choose from. If you never own any DS games before, and would like one that comes with the console to get them started, have a look at their website for the choices. Our favourite game at the moment is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which is a very cute game that teaches children how to look after a town (while having fun!) and save up money for bigger houses (after paying off a mortgage!) and better items.

If you are buying a game console for an older child, their bigger 3DS XL is equally good with the additional function of playing games in 3D format. There is a fantastic new games choices as well including Super Mario 3D World and Pikmin 3.


puppet making kit, ballerina puppet, how to make a puppet with cardboard tubes















puppet making kit, ballerina puppet, how to make a puppet with cardboard tubes



















Paul Lamond Crafty Kids Puppet Kit (Ballerina) rrp £14.95

- Puppet kit comes with all materials for making a puppet, including enough paint for 2 layers coating, paint brush, glue and felt tip pen, stored in a high quality sturdy box; finished ballerina puppet stands approx 35cm tall; 6 puppet kits in the range; suitable for 6 years +

A really good quality puppet making kit! Just the quality of the box itself impressed me as usually they are made of thin cardboard materials. This one is sturdy enough to be reused! All the materials were included, you just need water and kitchen towel for the painting bit. The paint is thick and the pearlescent pink is beautiful! The paintbrush is of good quality as well, very easy to use and didn't lost a single bristle during our painting session. Do read the instruction first before you start though, we accidentally painted 2 of the inner tubes to white instead of pink. Could easily paint it over of course but Abby couldn't wait to play with the Ballerina! Although suitable for 6 years and above, they might still need some help from the adults especially for the threading part. A great crafty project for this Christmas!


children overnight bag, children sleep over bag, children bag

children overnight bag, children sleep over bag, children bag

children overnight bag, children sleep over bag, children bag
















Pink Lining PL Child Overnight Bag (Dinosaur Walk) £25.00

- 42(L) x 26(H) x 22(W) cm overnight bag with dinosaur pattern; wipe clean 100% cotton canvas laminated with EVA coating (excluding trims), 100% nylon inner lining; 2 zip pockets, one at front the other inside; dinosaur walk pattern with blue lining inside

Depending on what a child brings and what their age are, the spacious overnight bag can be big enough for them to have a sleep over for more than a couple of nights. There is plenty of room for cuddly toy, towel, toiletry bag and other not so essential items (more toys, books and games, etc), which is perfect for a fun filled weekend! For us, it can easily fit both Abby and Clay's essentials for a sleepover plus a set of clean clothes each for the next day, or longer if we don't fill it up with towels. The bag is strong and good quality, and if you already love Pink Lining bags, it will match your other bags too!


B.Duck, rubber duck money bank, Christmas coin bank

B.Duck, rubber duck money bank, Christmas coin bank

B.Duck, rubber duck money bank, Christmas coin bank
























Rainbow Designs Christmas Dress Up B.Duck Savings Banks (Reindeer) £16.99 

- 16cm tall coins savings bank; insert coins at the back of the head, and twist and turn the head to remove it for withdrawal; suitable for 3 years+

Have you seen the hype of the yellow duck this year? I've seen quite a few places giving them away to customers so that they can bring the yellow ducks on holiday with them and take pictures, and then there is the giant duck that's been touring different cities, appearing at their harbours! We've always wanted to keep our own yellow duck, but they are mostly bath toys. This B.Duck savings bank is absolutely adorable and is just what we want! Not only does it sit happily on our fireplace and swallowed up every single penny from Abby's previous coin bank), it's dressed up as a reindeer as well, waiting with us for Christmas. It's a bit violent when I had to twist its head to open it up, but I guess it's probably a good thing so we wont open it often!


Skribbies shoes, children Hi-Top trainers, children personalised shoes

Skribbies shoes, children Hi-Top trainers, children personalised shoes
Skribbies shoes, children Hi-Top trainers, children personalised shoes



















Skribbies High Top Trainers (Neon Black) £39.99

- Designed in Britain high-top trainers that can be personalised with children's own drawings using the included magic pens and reusable stickers, then wipe clean with the included Skribbies Wristband so they can change their customisation; wipe clean only, not machine washable; UK shoe size ranging from infant 10 to adult 3

Another product that allows children to design themselves, Skribbies goes even further by allowing children to change their design by wiping it off and draw again! We really love the idea as it gives children an opportunity to get creative and make their Skribbies truly their own. Abby really likes the shoes, even though it has a neon green and black base colour. With the right colours, she can easily customise them into something girly and cool.

The shoes are sturdy and well made. The tough base and thick padding protects children's developing feet, and it's mostly waterproof. Although the design can be wiped away, the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove it, so there is no fear of rain washing away the design or it being accidentally removed. On the other hand, if the design has been left for too long but the child is ready to change the design, they can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth. These shoes will certainly make a practical, fun and creative present!


2D and 3D construction toys, make your own 3D shapes, Triqo

2D and 3D construction toys, make your own 3D shapes, Triqo

2D and 3D construction toys, make your own 3D shapes, Triqo
















Triqo Box Mix (100 pieces) rrp £29.99

- Includes 60 triangle and 40 square construction pieces in 10 bright colours; made from strong and flexible plastic

A great way to teach children all about 2D and 3D shapes, Triqo can be built into almost anything using just 2 different shaped pieces - triangles and squares. Their edges can be folded in or out, giving each design different patterns. Apparently in Australia some schools use it to teach Mathematics to their students! It certainly encourange creativity and shape understanding.

We have reviewed their 50 piece starter pack before, and combining the 150 pieces together we can built almost anything from their suggestion leaflet. Although there isn't a limit to age, I would say that it's best for age 5 or above, as it can be tricky for anyone younger to click the pieces together. The colour is bright and attractive and the constructions looks really colourful and impressive. With enough pieces you can build things like castles, animals, trees and flowers, robots and anything else you can think of. Abby is learning all about 2D and 3D shapes and our Triqo will certainly help her become more creative with shapes!

I'm also giving away a box of Triqo Box Mix (100 pieces) in the giveaway section! Keep reading!


Triqo Deco Box Mix (30 Pieces, small) £9.99

- Includes 30 small decoration pieces for Triqo construction toy in 4 shapes 10 colours

Something new from Triqo to make constructions even more impressive to look at! With these decoration pieces to cover the holes up, any models will stand out more and grab attention easily with their equally bright and fun colours as the construction pieces. The Triqo deco isn't just all about decorating however! With 4 different shapes you can do so much more with patterns instead of just covering the Triqo pieces up!


children radio control tractor, John Deere radio control tractor, John Deere tractor

children radio control tractor, John Deere radio control tractor, John Deere tractor

children radio control tractor, John Deere radio control tractor, John Deere tractor
















TOMY Radio Control John Deere 6430 Tractor £49.99

- 27MHz remote control 1:16 scale John Deere 6430 Tractor with lights and sound (engine start up and running sound); can move forward and backward, and turn left and right; remote control can control up to 3 vehicles from TOMY's British Big Farm range through different channels; tough enough to be played either indoor or outside; takes 4 AA batteries and 1 9V battery; suitable for 3 years +

The first children remote controlled vehicle we have that can be played on our thick carpet, yay! The wheels are big, powerful and with good grip, making it possible to drive smoothly even on rough surface, hence making it suitable for outdoor play as well. The sound of the speed immediately changed when our tractor drove off the carpet on to our laminated floor, it sounded like it was gonna zoom away! The tractor can be turned on in 2 modes, one with light and sound when the tractor isn't moving, and the other without. The one without works really well for parents!


children diary with lock, Moshi Monsters Poppet Secret Diary, diary with lock for girls

children diary with lock, Moshi Monsters Poppet Secret Diary, diary with lock for girls
















Vivid Imagination Moshi Monsters Poppet Secret Diary rrp £19.99

- A locked hard plastic diary that comes with a key, secret compartment, mirror, photo slot, notepad, pencil and eraser; name can be written on the cover and a mood wheel reflects the owner's mood; suitable for 4 years+

- Dream Toys 2013 Get Busy

Moshi Monsters Poppet (she seems to be really popular!) fans can now write their thoughts and keep them safe with Poppet Secret Diary! The hard cover protects everything inside, and it can be locked too (although hackable, hehe. No of course I won't! *ehem*). I really like the Poppet notepad included, and wish that it was a bit thicker. But then I also remember that I used to like buying thin packs of letter sets so that I can change to a new design sooner! The mood wheel is fun as well, and even if I cant unlock Abby's diary, at least the mood wheel can tell me whether she's happy or not.


Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall, Moshi Monsters playset, Moshi Monsters Christmas

Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall, Moshi Monsters playset, Moshi Monsters Christmas

Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall, Moshi Monsters playset, Moshi Monsters Christmas

Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall, Moshi Monsters playset, Moshi Monsters Christmas

Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall, Moshi Monsters playset, Moshi Monsters Christmas
















Vivid Imagination Moshi Monsters Moshling Mall rrp £49.99

- Large moshling playset with light (mirror lights up)  and sound (spa unit, bubbly sound) spa zone, Gro-Store (rotating shop shelves, various sounds cashier), Spinning basket lift, Play Zone (Wow! moshling sounds), disco room (light up disco ball with music and cheers) and stairs that can turn into a slide; includes 2 exclusive moshlings and 3 Moshi Monsters secret code to be used in the game; takes 3 AAA batteries; suitable for 3 years +

As soon as I opened the box and tried to put things together for pictures, both included moshlings were kidnapped and I actually had to bribe them to get the moshlings back and get the above pictures done! It doesn't happen often as my kids know very well that mummy needs to take pictures first before they can play! The Moshling Mall is really fun and I think that the kids would love to live in a house like that! It was great that we have a whole set of Moshi Monsters Collectible Series 8 to play with the playset, it helps keep peace between the kids for a bit! A perfect Christmas present for the Moshi Monsters fans!


children backpack,wow pack, Cutezee the Kitten

children backpack,wow pack, Cutezee the Kitten



















Wow Pack (Cutezee the Kitten) rrp £35.00

- Interactive remote control backpack; remote located on shoulder strap, with buttons controlling animated character's eyes, eyelashes, whiskers, as well as sound; suitable for 3 years +

We've reviewed this a while back, and thought that it's a really cool backpack. Abby brought this to school and has attracted a lot of attention, and we thought that it'll be a great Christmas gift as well. You can click here for a full review.



Teens & Adults


test tube shot glasses, multi colour shot glasses, Christmas shot glasses















test tube shot glasses, multi colour shot glasses, Christmas shot glasses



















Find Me a Gift Test Tube Shot Glasses and Rack £8.99

- 6 brightly coloured plastic drink shooters shaped like test tubes, each can hold 25ml of liquid and sits in a black plastic test tube rack; each test tube measures approx 2.2 x 11 x 2.2cm; hand wash only

These test tubes will make any party drinks attractive and looking like tubes of mysterious potions, perfect for this Christmas! To make it children friendly (any Harry Potter fans??) you can of course fill them up with non alcoholic drinks, and pretend that they are polyjuice potions! Eurgh!! Honestly though, love the novelty and the bright colours! Them being plastic also makes it safer for any type of party!

I also have another one to give away to one of you, so keep on reading!


garden multi-tools, Friskars Cut+More Scissors, florist scissors
















garden multi-tools, Friskars Cut+More Scissors, florist scissors
















Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors rrp £18.99

- A multi-tool scissors that can cut wire with wire cutter, twine with twine cutter, light rope with power notch, and tape (on cardboard box for example) with tape cutter on the sheath; also have bottle opener, scissors sharpener (on blade sheath) and splitable blades to use it as a knife; titanium nitride blade coating and comfortable ergonomic handles; dishwasher safe

I can think of a lot of people who can benefit from the multi-tool scissors - gardeners, warehouse staffs, florists, crafters, etc etc. From the people behind our garden tools, this quality guaranteed Cuts+More Scissors would make a great gift for tool gadget lovers and especially gardeners. I really like the idea of having a sheath for safety purpose, and it acts like a sharpener too! Although it's a multi-tool, Fiskars still have design in mind and didn't turn the scissors into an alien claw with pointy bits sticking out from everywhere, and it's really comfortable to hold too. Perfect for dads and grandparents!


illusion bead bracelet, Glowbeads, Christmas silver white bracelet

illusion bead bracelet, Glowbeads, Christmas silver white bracelet
















Glowbeads Glow Bracelet (Silver White) £12.00

- Elasticated adult one-sized bracelet made from beads, elastic cord, charm separator and a Glowbead tag; beads reflect lights during the day and the dark; different colour options, with necklace and bracelet sets for children (children size); suitable for 3 years + 

The beads they used have been my favourite since I was a kid. The way they reflect light is very mesmerising and I used stare at them for a very long time! The Glowbeads jewellery are perfect for Christmas as they reflect any light, even in the dark, so you can be certain that they'll look great at parties. Do take a look at their website as there are some really stunning pictures that shows off their products. There is quite a lot of colour choices too!

Keep reading as you'll have a chance to win one of their bracelet in Fuschia, which is another Christmassy colour!


handbag2handbag 11 pocket organiser, reversable bag, orange bag

handbag2handbag 11 pocket organiser, reversable bag, orange bag
















Handbag2Handbag Reversable Tote and Organiser Set (Tangerine and Leopard) £64.90

- Reversible tote bag, priced at £39.95, measures 40 x 30 x 10 cm, drop strap 27 x 1cm; made with soft but hardwearing material that is wipe clean only. Award-winning 11 pocket organiser with matching pattern, priced at £24.99, is made with high quality durable and light material and measures 2.6 x 1.5 x 0.6 cm; contains 11 pockets and 2 key clips; machine washable at 30 degrees

Love the idea of a reversable tote bag! You can change it to suit your mood and style for each day. As there are no pockets (and this is where the 11 pockets organiser comes in!), they have made it possible to design their bags this way. The bag closes with 2 hidden magnetic clasps, keeping it looking simple and stylish without sacrificing safety. My favourite is the leopard side, but this Autumn/ Winter orange is a trendy colour so I might just be a trendy mum for once and wear the orange side out!

Normally if you buy a bag they can only give you so many side pockets before it ruins the design. With the 11 pocket organiser, not only do you get more pockets in your bag to organise your belongings (no more searching for keys deep inside the bag!), you can also easily transfer everything from one bag to another simply by moving the organiser to the other bag, how handy is that! I also love the idea of the key clips. It really make sense to hang up keys instead of chucking it into a pocket! It can be easily clipped and unclipped, so no hassle at all, which is perfect for anyone especially busy mums!


Wasgij? puzzle No 9, 1000 pieces puzzles, guessing game

Wasgij? puzzle No 9, 1000 pieces puzzles, guessing game
















Jumbo Wasgij? Mystery Puzzle No. 9 - Great Train Robbery! rrp £10.99

- 1000 pieces puzzles; player is supposed to use the image on the box and given clues to guess what happened next, which will be the image they have to put together; finished puzzle measures approximately 68 x 49cm; suitable for 3 years +

Wasgij? puzzles are more challenging in the way that, apart from some patterns along the border, almost everything else is different from the image on the box, so for people like me who likes to occasionally look at the box for help, more effort is needed for putting the puzzle together, which also makes it more fun! I found myself occasionally putting some pieces together, thinking that they belong to a corner, then later on realise that it belongs to a different area and isn't exactly what I thought it was!

When i finished the Mystery Puzzle No.9, I felt really proud as I didn't use the clues given, and spent time really trying to fit pieces together instead of peeking at the box. Although I found out half way through who the culprit was that has been robbing people on the train (I just happen to piece together that area first), there were still lots of surprises to uncover right until the very end, and I found myself constantly wondering what happened to each individuals and chuckle when I found out the answer. When I finished the whole puzzle, I stood (it was a bigger puzzle than I expected so I had to stand tall to take everything in) there for some time studying the whole story. The whole process was really amazing!

I can't wait to start my next Wasgij? project and I definitely recommend it for those who loves a challenge!


large curls curler, 1.5

large curls curler, 1.5

large curls curler, 1.5
















Paul Mitchell Pro Express Ion Curl XL rrp £69.95

- 1.5 inch aluminium barrel curler with double ceramic heaters, up to 210 Degree Celsius; with power button, digital temperature control and temperature lock; ceramic heat delivery system prevents cold spots for faster styling, ensure long-lasting and hydrated curls with shine;

For the big curls and waves lovers like me! I like it that Paul Mitchell's Pro Express Ion Curl XL has a thicker barrel, creating bigger curls and waves. As a newbie in curling hair myself, as soon as I got the hang of it (YouTube tutorials helped!), the curler is quite easy to use. The temperature lock is very handy as my fingers were definitely all over the place! Even without the help of hair products, the waves (would be curls if I did use hair products to give them a better hold) lasted, even on my permanently straightened hair. The barrel does get quite hot (I use the maximum of 210 degrees on my hair which was probably too high for me), so I'd recommend the use of a heat resistant styling glove (for any hair styling tools really), which are quite cheap on Amazon UK.

I'm also loving other Paul Mitchell's Christmas gifts! The gifts packaging are quirky and there is a lot to choose from! They even do a gift set for children, including no tears shampoo and hair taming spray. Apparently they also sell John Paul Pet shampoos that are suitable for cats to horses. How considerate!


Philips Airfryer XL, Healthy fry, Actifry

Philips Airfryer XL, Healthy fry, Actifry

Philips Airfryer XL, Healthy fry, Actifry
















Philips Avance Collection Airfryer XL rrp £200.00

- Low-fat fryer com multi cooker with digital touch screen; comes with recipe book and mess wire basket; Rapid Air technology; 1.2kg capacity

This is one of the best gadget we've got this year! We aren't keen in using deep fat fryer as it leaves behind a big amount of oil that we don't know how to dispose of, nor are we keen to store it for next time's use. And with a small amount of oil, sometimes none as the food itself contained enough fat for frying, it makes the food much healthier than using a deep fat fryer. Comparing to the oven we also get a much crispier and hence tastier food too.

If you like crispy fried food like we do but also dislike using a deep fat fryer, then you should really consider getting Philips Airfryer. Ours would be perfect for frying up some party food this Christmas! The Airfryer XL can hold more food than the original version, and suits a family of 4 very well. For a full review click here.


jewellery organiser, jewellery sorter, jewellery display

jewellery organiser, jewellery sorter, jewellery display

jewellery organiser, jewellery sorter, jewellery display




















RedCandy Umbra Little Black Dress Organiser £24.00

- Jewellery organiser shaped like the classic little black dress, it has 39 clear pockets in the front and 24 hook and loop tabs on the back; measures 45 x 102cm

Although I always tease people who have a thing for shoes and bags, I do love buying and making jewellery, and I have to admit that I have a LOT of them. It's quite hard to store them without forgetting about them completely, but if I display them they get oxidised as well. The Little Black Dress is the perfect solution for me! It slots into a wardrobe easily without taking up a lot of space, and with 39 clear compartments I'll have no problem storing my earrings and bracelets away without forgetting about them. All I need to do is to pull the Little Black Dress out, and have a look at all 39 pockets to see what suits me for the day. The tabs at the back is also very handy for hanging up long necklaces (those that wont get oxidised) and belts. Such a handy organiser! Although, the above picture just shows you that children can take over your everything!

I also have one to giveaway to one of you so do remember to keep reading and enter the giveaway for a chance to win it!


13 inch laptop bag, girls laptop bag, red bag

13 inch laptop bag, girls laptop bag, red bag

13 inch laptop bag, girls laptop bag, red bag

13 inch laptop bag, girls laptop bag, red bag



















STM Maryanne Small Laptop Tote (Berry) rrp £74.95

- Tote with adjustable tote handles for shoulder or hand carry; has a soft-lined padded compartment with pocket to hold and protect most 13" laptop or tablet, an organisation compartment with 8 compartments for accessories, cables and/ or paperworks, a back pocket with a smaller pocket inside, front pocket, and a zip quick grab pocket with 2 compartments and a key clip for frequent use items including phone, pen and key

A fashionable tote that protects your gadget at the same time! It is slightly on the sporty side but still works on office wear, and it has all the practicality needed for executives (or busy mums!). The soft fleece like lining that protects the laptop is just so soft and nicely padded! The useful pockets in the organisation and front zip compartment are great for keeping everything tidy. The last thing we need is to carry both a handbag AND a laptop bag, and the STM Maryanne provides the perfect solution!


Swarovski Crystal hair clips, blue purple hair clips, Made in France large barrette















hair clips, dog hair clip, Made in France small barrette
















Stone Bridge Cosmos Crystal Large Barrette £119.00

- Hand made in France exclusively for Stone Bridge; deep 2-tone shimmering violet blue colour, studded with 18 large and 9 small Swarovski crystals; suitable for medium to thick hair, or for large amount of long fine hair; measures 9.5 x 4cm

This is a really stunning and glamourous hair clip, in my favourite colour as well! You can tell that it's a really good quality hair clip, hence the price. With it's unique design, it'll certainly attract a lot of attention, especially at parties! For someone who loves hair accessories, this would make a really lovely gift. There are a lot more high quality hair accessories on their website, categorised by the type of the accessory as well as the thickness of the hair, making it much easier to find something that's suitable for your hair or for the lady you are buying for.


Stone Bridge Three Westies Enamelled Barrette £89.00

- Handmade in France with a high quality clasp that ensures a firm yet comfortable hold that last for years; suitable for fine hair in a twist or ponytail, or medium to thick hair n a half-back style; measures 7 x 2.25cm

A bit more casual than the Cosmos Crystal Large Barrette, this cute Three Westies add fun to any hair dos, making it great for day to day wear. It'll even suit the teenagers! A perfect gift for any Westies (or any dogs) fan!


spa treatment at home, paper face mask, aloe vera face mask

spa treatment at home, paper face mask, aloe vera face mask

spa treatment at home, paper face mask, aloe vera face mask

spa treatment at home, paper face mask, aloe vera face mask












spa treatment at home, aloe vera gel for dry skin, skin repair
















VitaBella Spa Treatment in a Box £20.00

- Janey Lee Grace Platinum Award 2013 for Best Natural Face Mask; contains a compressed face mask tablet, 13ml anti-aging Aloe Vera oil; 15ml Aloe Vera hydrating facecream; made in Italy

Simple, mess free and fun natural anti aging face mask! Unlike other paper masks (my favourite), this one let you add the Aloe Vera oil yourself to the compressed face mask, and you can watch it pop out from the little pot within a second! Apply for a short 10 mins (mine need 15 minutes) and a quick patting on the face to let the rest of the oil sink into your skin after removing the mask, then apply their hydrating face cream really makes my skin felt freshened up and soft! It'd certainly make a lovely beauty gift. Both mask and cream smells gentle and lovely. The cream is thick but not greasy so I didn't have the "can't breath" feeling at all.

Another product (though I would buy something else together with it to make it look more like a Christmas gift) I really like from VitaBellais their Aloe Vera based Repair & Protect Gel (50ml, £20.00)! It's great for the whole family to use to sooth dry and damaged skin, and it really works. It's like massaging blobs of water into your skin and it become instantly plump and soft! I sometimes use it on my chappy lips as well, perfect for this Winter!


All


Christmas gift box, hamper, monthly box

Christmas gift box, hamper, monthly box

















BoxDelux The Homely Box £30.00

- Box contains Full size (250g) Epicerie Lion Sweet Rice Pudding Making Kit (Cherry & Noughat), Full size (150g) Bittersweet Sugar-free sweets (Blissful Strawberry Creme), Full size (108g) Orli Massage Candle (Shimmer Me Sexy), 2 teapigs tea samples (everyday brew), 2 we are tea samples (Gunpowder Supreme and Moroccan Mint), 2 Monbana Chocolate in Powder and 2 Blend Collective bodycare 5ml samples (Concentrated Hand Cream and Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion); flavour, fragrance and type varies; comes in a high quality box

Unlike other monthly subscription box companies, BoxDelux has much more to offer their customers. With BoxDelux you can select a box with preference. They have a wide range of boxes, each containing assorted full and sample sized products according to price and type of box (Foodies, Lifestyle & Home, Her, Him, Wedding and Christmas). On the other hand, you can also make your own Gift box by choosing specific products to add to the box, all packed nicely in their posh high quality box, which can easily be used as a keepsake box.

The Homely Box I was sent contains some really interesting products such as the Rice pudding kit which was absolutely delicious, and the lovely scented and shimmery massage candle, which look exactly like a candle, but once melted, the "wax" is actually a massage oil you can use on your skin, just make sure you let it cool down a bit before dipping your fingers in the tin!


caramelised nuts, salted caramel nuts, Christmas snacks

caramelised nuts, salted caramel nuts, Christmas snacks




















Cambrook Caramelised Nuts (Cashews, Sesame Peanuts, Macadamias and Mixed Nuts) 
80g bags, rrp £1.79 to £2.99 each

- Nuts caramelised using traditional Artisan method; each nut is coated with a fine honey caramel glaze and a pinch of salt

Some special snacks for Christmas! Cambrook Caramelised Nuts with a hint of salt, unfortunately mine are all gone already! Salted Caramel is the new thing, and the nuts look great being served as snacks at a party. Out of the whole range, my favourite was the Mixed Nuts, as they have my favourite Almonds in it! But I honestly love them all, and think that people who love caramelised nuts will love to receive these as well.


Christmas decoration, nature decoration, hand made decoration

Christmas decoration, nature decoration, hand made decoration
















Caroline Parrott Spring Bird Hanging Decoration (Purple) £6.95 each

- Hand printed, dyed and cut anodised aluminium hanging bird decoration; bird measures approx 12 cm (widest) x 7cm (tallest)

I really love Caroline's artwork, they look so delicate and pretty, and look fantastic in clusters. This spring bird is perfect to hang on a Christmas tree, but is also great to hang around the house throughout the year. There is a lovely choice of colours that should match any colour theme you have in your home.


Caroline Parrott Wall Butterfly (Green) £7.50 each

- Hand printed, dyed and cut anodised aluminium butterfly wall decoration; comes with brown plastic tip nail; butterfly measures approx 7cm (widest) x 4.8cm (tallest); suitable for interior or exterior walls and fences, etc; display away from direct sunlight

These wall butterflies looks fantastic on the walls, let it be in your garden or inside your house. These also comes in assorted colours, giving home owners a great selection to use to personalise their home.

If you like to feature a gorgeous butterfly on your wall as well, keep on reading as I'll be giving away one too!


award winning chutneys, greate taste chutney, Curry Cuisine chutney

award winning chutneys, greate taste chutney, Curry Cuisine chutney
















Curry Cuisine Chutney Gift Set rrp £12.50

- 5 best selling chutneys in 130g jars, including 4 award-winning flavours: 2010 2 star Great Taste Gold award Spiced Plum Chutney, 2012 1 star Great Taste Gold Award Rhubarb & Mango Chutney and Indian Tomato Chutney, 2013 2 star Great Taste Gold Award Luxury Mango Chutney, and Limited Edition Yorkshire Rhubarb Chilli Jam

These chutneys are really delicious! We had great fun playing taste testing, and even the kids were really interested in trying them out, finding which their favourite is. Out of the 5, our absolute favourite are the sweet and savoury Indian Tomato Chutney (Abby has claimed it hers! Poor Clay had no say of course, but he's been happily dipping his fingers in it) and the sweet with a peppery kick Spiced Plum Chutney (my favourite!). The sharp Luxury Mango Chutney, sweet and spicy Yorkshire Rhubarb Chilli Jam and Rhubarb and Mango Chutney are also very nice, and the 5 chutney selection will certainly make a great addition to the Christmas Dinner table, even if you are eating the traditional Turkey Christmas dinner! Not only are they great dippings for poppadoms, they go really well with meat too! Think about that awesome Christmas sandwich on the day after, filled with left overs, salad and Chutney, yummy!


downton abbey, racing demons, playing card game

downton abbey, racing demons, playing card game
















Demon Playing Cards Racing Demon (6 pack) £35.00

- Includes 6 packs of playing cards in 6 bright colours, 2 Demon pencils, 1 Racing Demon Rule sheet and 1 Racing Demon score pad; suitable for 5 years + or for those who can start counting from 1 to 13; can be played by more than 2 players

If you've been following Downton Abbey this season, you should have seen them playing the Racing Demon card game. It seems like they had lots of fun! Demon Playing Cards, a company that makes high quality playing cards, have a wide range of different playing card designs (really nice ones too!), and they sell them in really stylish box sets, making them perfect for the Racing Demon game, which would be the game to play this Christmas (to induce screams and laughter and perhaps the odd fights!)!

The game seems complicated at first, so it's good to practice with 2 players if you can't quite grasp the idea (like me at the beginning, even after Googling for other instructions! YouTube definitely helped!) The game gets faster and more intense when more players participate, and there really is no limit to how many people can play, as long as there is space on a flat surface and a deck of cards (ideally with different pattern) for each player.

The game doesn't require players to take turn, it's all about who's the fastest, so keeping an eye on your own cards as well as the cards in the middle, and hand-eye coordination is the key to success! Playing with Abby feels much more casual (perhaps a bit too slow haha) of course, as I had to slow down to give her time to look and think. If children are involved it's best that the majority of the players are children to balance the speed out. I'm looking forward to playing this with my family, it's gonna be fun!


vintage cheddar cheese, oak smoked cheddar, rosemary water biscuits

vintage cheddar cheese, oak smoked cheddar, rosemary water biscuits




















Godminster Oak-Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar Cheese (200g, rrp £7.00) and Godminster Rosemary Water Biscuits (135g)

- Godminsters 12-14 months vintage organic cheddar cold smoked for 12 hours over oak-chippings from sustainable woodlands, then hand wrapped in a muslin cloth to keep the cheese at its peak, has won 2013 1 star Great Taste Gold Award
- Locally produced Rosemary water biscuits using locally grown ingredients including Rosemary from Godminster's farm, created to compliment their cheese and chutneys, has won 2013 2 star Great Taste Gold Award; available as part of Godminsters' Party Pack


We are a big fan of Godminster's Vintage Organic Cheddar Cheese. It's strong and creamy, with lots of salt crystals around, making them one of the best cheese we ever had. This was the first time I tried Oak Smoked cheese and it was just as good, if not better! I was born in Holland and was brought up with smoked food, so the smoked cheese was right up my street (I don't know why I never tried smoked cheese before!)! The Rosemary water biscuit really compliments the oak smoked cheese and we couldn't stop eating them! The cheese is so full of flavour, a small piece of it on a bigger piece of biscuit is sufficient enough each time, so the 200g cheese did last us for a bit, although it's very hard to resist eating more!


jelly belly beans, jelly bean gifts, sweeties bin and scoop















jelly belly beans, jelly bean gifts, sweeties bin and scoop

jelly belly beans, jelly bean gifts, sweeties bin and scoop
















Jelly Belly Beans Mini Bean Bin (99g) & 300g Assorted Bag £15.00

- Clear mini perspex storage bin that comes with a 99g bag of assorted flavours Jelly Belly beans, now also come with another 300g of 50 assorted Tie top bag; comes with a mini scoop as well

Now isn't this fun! We love Jelly Belly beans and what better way to show off the colourful beans than putting them in this clear bin? It's like your own Pick n' Mix shop! The mini scoop is just too cute, and the kids love using it to try to scoop their own favourite from the bin! It's a great novelty gift that most people will love, and now it comes with an extra 300g bag as well, making it a total of 399g of yummy Jelly Belly beans! For that price it's a real bargain so grab yours before it runs out of stock! I'll have to think very hard whether we should be sharing ours for Christmas, maybe... not...


ginger fudge, christmas marmalade, christmas hamper

ginger fudge, christmas marmalade, christmas hamper
















The Bay Tree Festive Hamper rrp £17.95

- Hamper includes 113g Ginger Fudge, 300g Coronation Sauce with apricots, apples and subtle curry spices, 340g Christmas Marmalade with Moroccan oranges, fresh lemons and luxurious spices, 310g Christmas Pickle with a mix of cranberries, currants and apples, 40g award-winning Whisky Marmalade and 40g award-winning Morello cherry and Port jam

If you don't know what to get for someone, a gift hamper is always a good idea. For someone who likes jams and marmalades, The Bay Tree Festive Hamper could be the perfect gift for them. The ginger fudge is like eating a gingerbread cookie, only in a fudgy texture! Out of the 3 full sized jars our favourite is the Christmas Pickle, which would go perfectly in a meaty sandwich! The Morello Cherry and Port Jam is absolutely delicious as well and I could eat it every day on buttered bread or toast! There is a hint of bitterness from the orange peels in the marmalades, for people who don't mind that, they really are quite lovely, especially the award-winning Whiskey version. The Coronation sauce is quite light and fruity, hence they suggested to mix with either Greek yogurt or mayo for a lovely sandwich filling.


great Cornish food book, Cornwall food guide, Cornish food recipe

great Cornish food book, Cornwall food guide, Cornish food recipe
















The Great Cornish Food Book rrp £17.99

- Soft cover book with 170 pages; £1 from sale will be shared between the Fishermen's Mission and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, charities that support farmers, fishermen and their families during troubled times

For foodies and chefs who are keen in knowing the stories behind food and would love to know more about Cornwall's food, this is definitely the book for them. It isn't just a recipe book, although there are plenty of mouth watering recipes in it. There are also plenty of tales from Cornwall chefs, producers and foodmakers that tells you all about Cornish food.

Just looking at the pictures and reading the tales makes me want to go there now! When we visit markets we can hardly find the seafood we wanted, yet there are plenty in Cornwall! Like what people always say, the seafood is "so near yet so far"! If you are planning to tour Cornwall as well, you might want to get your hands on this book too as they've collected all the great food places to visit, exactly the book me and hubby like (tour guide books are too boring)!


Disclosure: We were sent the above products (unless stated otherwise) for review purposes; all opinions are honest and our own



Christmas Giveaway

This year's Christmas I'm giving away the following prizes:



1. Hotter Shoes x 1 pair of the Winner's Choice* from the Autumn/ Winter 2013 Collection

- The super soft and well padded made in the UK leather shoes for anyone who love fashion and comfort! Now you can win a pair from their Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection, which has a great selection of trendy shoes that doesn't give up comfort for fashion!


Discount Code:
Hotter Shoes has also kindly offered a 10% off discount plus Free delivery to any new customers, simply enter this code: PJATLB at the checkout. Expires on 31st December, 2013

Discount Code T&C: Applies to first orders only. You are entitled to 10% off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus Free delivery. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers.


2. Fun 4 Kids Rocket Xtreme BMX Scooter, colour of the Winner's Choice*

- Featuring a retro-style oversized frame and 12" wheels with pump-up tyres for extreme effect. Real calliper brake, 12" large footplate and side stand. Handlebar height can be adjusted from 29" to 33.25" and is suitable for riders up to 60kg in weight; suitable for 5 years +. rrp £79.95












3. Honestech  VHS to DVD 7.0 Deluxe Software for PC

- Convert your precious memories from older analog and digital format onto new platforms and media including DVD, Blu-ray, YouTube and SkyDrive. The new version adds new features including cloud storage on SkyDrive and enhanced Blu-ray menu capabilities. rrp £59.99









4. Articulate Macro Gallery Art Frame

- Similar to the one I reviewed above in the Children section, this Macro Gallery Art Frame can hold 4 A4 size artworks (2D or 3D), both landscape and portait, turning your wall into a proud gallery. It measures 610 x 610 x 40mm, weighing 2.8kg. Original price £39.95











5. Kensington Comercio Black Soft Folio Case & Stand for Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1" (Tablet not included)

- The soft folio case and stand features strong corners and edges to protect the tablet. The functional soft screen cover provides display protection and storage for papers and business cards. The built-in 2 position securely holds the tablet upright for hands free video viewing and chats, while the low angle position makes it easier for typing and reading. It also has a built in business card slot to identify the tablet. £34.99


6. Essential Parent Essential Baby Care Guide DVD Set

4 DVDs in the set, including 160 clips, narrated by Professor Robert Winston and featuring leading experts talking about feeding, care and development, sleeping and first aid and accidents prevention. Unlike books, the clips shows you how to look after a newborn baby instead of describing it with words, giving new parents a better idea of what they mean. rrp £29.99














 7. Curvety Trendy Laced Satchel

- A small (W26 x H20 x D08 cm) PU leather satchel with PU lace decorated half flap and classic belt drops, briefcase handle with detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. Zip top opening under the flap with spacious and PU leather inner compartment. Inner pockets include rear suspended zip pocket and external spacious 3D front pocket. £30.00











8. Triqo Box Mix 100

- The same Triqo Box Mix 100 pieces as the one reviewed above in the Children section. rrp £29.99












9. RedCandy Umbra Little Black Dress Organiser

- As the one reviewed in the above Teens & Adults section. £24.00














10. Heat Holders Thermal Socks for a Family of 4, Size and Colour of Winner's Choice*

- A pair of Heat Holders Thermal socks per family member (family of 4, a total of 4 pairs of socks), keeping you all cosy and warm this Winter! Total £24.00







11. Jelly Jamm Radio Goomo DVD, Scarf and Gloves

- Includes a Jelly Jamm Radio Goomo DVD worth £5.99 (click here for full review), and a one sized scarf and gloves (should fit children up to 5-6 years old) that are available only in Spain at the moment, and might not even be sold in the UK at all!






12. Born Gifted Tiny Tatty Teddy My 1st Christmas Scented Bear

- Part of the Me to You Tiny Tatty Teddy range. Smells strongly of lavender to sooth and calm babies down especially at bedtime. The cute bear with big head and bright red bow sits at approx 21cm tall and is presented in a red display stand. Suitable from birth. £19.99









13. Personal Planner Gift Voucher for a Personalised Notebook or Planner in Any Size+

- Through Personal Planner you can design your own notebook or planner from size and cover design down to the type of paper (lined or not lined) and sections. The gift voucher allows you a free notebook or planner of whichever size and design you choose!



14. Glowbeads Bracelet in Fuschia

- The same bracelet as the one I've reviewed above in the Teens & Adults section, but in a festive Fuschia colour! One bracelet will be sent to the winner; £12.00



- Same as the one reviewed above in the Teens & Adults (although really just for adults not teens!) section. £8.99











16. Caroline Parrott Wall Butterfly in Pink

- Handprinted, dyed and cut Anodised Aluminium. A pink one will be sent to the winner. For full review please see above in the All section. £7.50













Interested? Enter the Rafflecopter below now to get your hands on one of them!

Deadline: Sunday 1st December, 2013 midnight (where 12:01am is Monday)

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  • Winners will be announced by Wednesday 4th December 2013 on here, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Winners will have to respond to my email by Sunday 8th December, 2013 noon. If I haven't receive a response by then, I will have no choice but to choose another winner for that prize.
  • * Prizes that allow winners to choose type/ colour are subject to availability. There might be a delay in stock, or they might go completely out of stock. Winners will be allowed to choose a different type/ colour of the prize in this case
  • + Gift voucher will be emailed to the winner by the PR 
  • All prizes apart from the Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1" tablet case and stand, which will be posted by me, will be posted by the PRs. Unfortunately I cannot be held responsible for missing parcels, but if you have any enquiry do let me know and I'll try my best to help. For the Samsung tablet case and stand, proof of postage receipt will be obtained
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