Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Christmas Gifts Guide and Giveaway 2016


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There is less than 7 weeks until Christmas! Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

Throughout the year, we've reviewed many products that we think are Christmas gifts worthy, so I've included them in this post. I've also included some new reviews here as well, and I'm sure you'll find something great to add to your Christmas list!

We also have an amazing Christmas Gifts giveaway at the end where you can win an extra gift for this Christmas!

Everything is under this one post this year for easy navigation, hope it doesn't take too long to load for you.

Regarding pegi ratings: Note that games with a pegi rating are listed under the corresponded age as I rather not put my own guess at age suitability for the games. All games are linked to their own full reviews however, so you can get a better idea of whether they are suitable for your child.


Happy browsing, and good luck if you are entering the giveaway! x

1. Categories by Age+
2. Christmas Giveaway


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mini club Children's Christmas Clothes (up to 6 years old)

Exclusive to Boots and co-created by Boots and Mothercare, mini club children's clothes has launched their new A/W 16 collection, which includes a range for Christmas. Their clothes has a lovely soft quality to them especially the onesie (it's like hugging a cuddly teddy bear!), and Clay really like their designs too, which is a surprise as he's normally quite particular with his fashion style! We were sent:

mini club Jingle All the Way Tartan PJ (£12.00)
mini club Star Wars Walk in Sleeper and Cape (£15.00)
mini club Christmas Jumper - Santa and Sleigh (£12.00)

and Clay likes them all. He had lots of fun posing in them! I think their PJs (Boots' 3 for 2 deals) will be perfect for a cosy Christmas Eve, and the Christmas jumpers (Boots' buy 2 and get the 2nd one 1/2 price deal) and Star Wars onsie will make great Christmas gifts too.


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Disney Princess Hair Glow Rapunzel Doll - RRP £34.99

An adorable Disney Princess Rapunzel doll, with her hair glowing like in the movie Tangled while she sings and her hair is brushed. How can little fans not like her? Unlike dolls with painted eyes, JAKKS Pacific used their special Royal Reflection (TM) eyes, making them gleam in the light! You can read our full review through the purple link, which includes a YouTube video showing you how her hair glows when it's brushed.

We highly recommend her for the little Disney Rapunzel fans!


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Fisher-price Octonauts Remote Control Gup K - RRP 39.99  

This has to be the Christmas gift for the Octonauts fans! It is the latest remote controllable Gup by Fisher-price, and Clay has lots of fun playing with it! It is one of the special toy that is allowed in his bed too.

The Gup K is shaped like an alligator, and when it moves, its mouth opens and closes as well. The remote control is easy for little ones to use, so they can have their own RC fun too! You can read our full review through the purple link, which also shows you a video clip of how it moves.


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Imaginext DC Super Friends - Transforming Batcave - £49.49

Another toy that Clay really loves is Fisher-price Imaginext's DC Super Friends - Transforming Batcave. It's an impressive size with plenty of features for the little Batman fans to play out Batman and The Joker scenes. The transformation of the Batcave makes it even more fun! The quality is quite good too, very sturdy but not heavy.

You can find our full review through the purple link.


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Magformers Intelligent Magnetic Construction Sets

That's right! These construction sets are suitable for age 3+! We first met Magformers at the Digital Kids Show, and we were really impressed with their colourful and easy to connect pieces like many other visitors. Their stand was never quiet!

What's clever about Magformers is that no matter how you connect the pieces, it will stick, because "the neodymium magnets which are encapsulated within all the edge surfaces of Magformers make Magformers rotate to any direction and connect to each other regardless of their position when 2 Magformers are brought together".

I don't quite understand it, but basically, you won't have any polarity issues here, and because they are fully encased by colourful hard plastic, they are safe for children age 3+ to play with.

Our kids had lots of fun building things based on their own imagination. I actually had to ask Abby to build me something based on an instruction for this review. I love it when the pieces can be connected in an angle without support, and they stay in that position too, so you can add wings to your creations for example!


We were given their bestselling Magformers Wow set (£29.99) for review, which came with a driver and a set of wheels (as well as 5 squares and 6 triangles), so you can make different vehicles using this set (it comes with a good quality stack of picture cards, showing you what vehicles are possible to build with the set, and another set of pictures for younger kids, to show them how to build 2D objects).

We were also given the Magformers 26 (contains 26 pieces of squares and triangles, and a booklet full of ideas) for review as well, which is sold out! You can however buy the Magformers 30 (£29.99), or any of their fantastic sets.

Both of the sets are fun, with plenty of pieces to use to construct. We especially love the accessories (driver and wheels), because they add fun features to the projects! We even saw legs at the Digital Kids Show, used for a 3D catepillar!

Each set comes with enough pictures to inspire the kids, so if they ran out of ideas, there are still plenty of projects they can build by following the realistic, easy to look at picture suggestions (there aren't any detailed instructions as children are encouraged to try it themselves, but pictures are really clear).

You can get Magformers from their online shop through the purple link, and they have many other styles to choose from as well.

Or if you like the Magformers Wow set and Magformers 26, I have the 2 to give away too below!


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Nintendo 3DS Disney Magical World 2 - RRP £34.99 (pegi 3)

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

We had lots of fun playing Nintendo 3DS Disney Magical World 2! We think that it's a great Disney game where you can "live" in the same world as your favourite Disney characters, to help them with requests and discover different worlds (called episodes in the game), look after your own cafe and design your home's interior and clothes for your character, etc. They have seasonal events too and we can't wait to see how Christmas is like!

Click on the purple link to find our full review.


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Nintendo 3DS Mario Party: Star Rush   


(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

Finally a party game for Nintendo 3DS handheld system players, and using 1 copy of the full game too! Other players can download the free guest copy to join in the fun, and I really mean fun! As everyone have their own screen, you can't see what others are doing, which gives the opportunity for Nintendo to create fun features like stealing other's coins right under their noses! See what a tantrum Clay threw because he kept missing on items he was eyeing on haha. He did have lots of fun though, and continued playing until the end.

Check out our full review for the game through the above purple link.


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Nintendo Wii U Paper Mario: Color Splash   

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

The kids have been playing this throughout the whole half term! We really love this adventure game that's full of humour, colourful and cute graphics with hilarious but realistic special items like the (toilet) plunger, quests that require us to go around the map and visit the stages again, as well as the turn-based card game combat. Clay is in primary year 1 now and can slowly read through the conversations, so he'll sometimes wake up early just so that he can play Paper Mario on his own (the kids sometimes fight over it!). I can't wait to get back into the game as well!

You can find our full review through the purple link. Definitely the game for those who love adventures, and it's not just for kids either, there are some hidden jokes that only adults will get!


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Num Noms Collectibles    

One for the stocking filler, these Num Noms scented collectibles smell absolutely delicious, and they look really cute too! We love the sweet smelling ones, but they have savoury flavours like hot dogs and burgers too!

We had lots of fun with them, and we've also created a few recipes that are inspired by them. You can check out our previous Num Noms posts through the purple link.

Abby has asked for the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Playset for Christmas, where she can mix her own lip glosses! That won't just be a stocking filler of course!


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Nintendo 3DS Teddy Together    

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

This adorable companion game is definitely suitable for the young ones to play. Not only do you have to look after the teddy bear by bathing and feeding it, you can also play dressing up (it's a unisex teddy bear because it is a toy, how thoughtful is that from Nintendo?) and grow really special plants (you can mix seeds together to grow something entirely different too!) to sell for money and buy treats, clothes and more seeds for teddy. You can also take teddy for a holiday whenever you've collected the travel outfit!

You can find out more through the purple link for our full review of the game.


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Radz Shopkins Candy Dispenser Keyring - £4.59 (or £14.25 for pack of 4)

I really love these as soon as I saw them on Blog On MSI 2016. They are so cute, and multi-functional too, perfect for stocking fillers! Simply twist the bow on the top to remove it and reveal the hole, and pour the sweets from the included packet into there. It should take about half a packet of sweets.

After you put the bow back on, pull it back to reveal its tongue and take the sweet!

You can also use it as a keyring for your bag too, just make sure that the kids don't get into trouble by bringing sweets to school!

You can buy sweet refills from Amazon UK as well. There are currently 8 flavours and they are all quite yummy!


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Gift' Ems Blind Pack - £3.99    

Another one for the stocking filler are these really cute gift boxes that opens up into a backdrop for the mini doll figurine inside. Each of them represent a country, which is printed on the box together with their names.

The gift boxes are really cute (don't need to remove the bow like I did. It was too tempting for me to untie the bow...), and you can store the figurines back into the boxes as well.

The Gift'Ems range also come with their own playsets too.


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Disney Star Darlings Fashion Dolls - RRP £19.99  

I'm in love with the Disney Star Darlings dolls! They are so pretty, and their JAKKS Pacfic Royal Reflection eyes make them even more attractive. Even if we haven't seen the Disney Chanel Star Darlings animation before, it doesn't stop me and Abby to fall for them!

They also have beautiful hair and shimmery skin, and their fashion style is very down to Earth, something kids can wear without feeling over the top or being adult like, which is another reason why I like them so much - they have a positive image!

We have bought the first Disney Star Darlings Book collection (book 1 to 3) after reviewing the dolls by the way, and both me and Abby are really enjoying it! We feel like we know the girls a bit more now! Someone even ordered the rest of the collection!

Do check out our full review for the Star Darlings dolls through the purple link, and if you like the girls as much as we do, I have one of each Starling girls to give away as well below!


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Interplay My Fairy Garden  

The kids really loved their Fairy Gardens! The kits come with a lot of things to help children with decorating their own Fairy gardens, and they are then encouraged to use other things they can find in the nature to personalise them, with plenty of inspirations featured in the instruction booklet.

The original Fair Garden (RRP £14.99) is more for us because it comes with a lot of things to create your own Fairy garden, and since we are those who need more inspirations, the additional decorations has helped us more. The Lilypad Garden (RRP £19.99) however comes with a plant pot that has a saucer which acts as a moat for the fairy, and it's deeper and bigger too, so you can plant more.

Either Fairy Gardens are great, so I'm sure the child (or adult!) will really love it! You can read our full review with more pictures through the purple link.


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Twozies      

Another blind packs with playsets that we really enjoyed playing is the Twozies, where you get 2 toys in a display box (not featured here) in each blind pack, so for RRP £2.49 these stocking fillers are a bit more value for money. Also, apart from collecting individual figurines (2 sets!), you can also go on the hunt for a matching baby and pet. That's triple the fun!

Playsets' (RRP £14.99) quality is quite good and they are very pretty too. We love it that they come with their own display boxes as well, so you can display them on the walls and put them together like wall art.

You can read more about our review through the purple link.


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Brainstorm Toys Remote Control Illuminated Moon     

One of the gift we recommend for the budding scientists who are interested in our planet and astronomy is Brainstorm Toys' planet range. We really like the illuminated moon in Abby's room as a night light, and the remote control means that she can change the moon's transition herself and turn it off without getting up from bed.There is also a mode where it will change itself!

If you hang the moon high in a dark room, it really looks like you are looking at the moon! More pictures and full review can be found through the purple link.


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Disney Princess Jelly Stickers Night Light & Projector - RRP £19.99

A gorgeous nightlight and projector for the Disney Princess fans! The 2 in 1 nightlight and projector is very easy to set up, you just need the adults to fit it with 3 x AA batteries and prep the painting area for the kids. The kit comes with 6 tubes of jelly paints, which has 3 glittery and 3 plain ones, and 3 strips of princesses for the kids to paint and use for the nightlight and projector.

Painting the strips are easy, but to get the best effect, we found that the amount of paint used is the key. If too little, the colour won't be strong enough after it has dried, but if too much, it might spread out of the area when it's still wet. But it's not that hard to control the amount, and you can always wipe it off if you aren't happy with it. There is plenty of paint to do all 3 strips plus more.

The 2 in 1 nightlight and projector looks gorgeous in the dark in nightlight mode, and you can still see it projecting a white flower pattern on the ceiling. It rotates in projector mode, so you can see your favourite Disney Princesses rotating in beautiful colours, and it'll also project mesmerising patterns on the ceiling!

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LEGO City Airport Air Show - RRP £69.99   

It's our favourite LEGO! And this LEGO City construction set has made everyone in our family happy because there are 4 main structures and vehicles to build, so each of us get to build something from it! If this is for one person, then they are in for a treat because it's like receiving 4 LEGO construction sets! Of course it'll be more suitable for those who love their LEGO City, especially planes! You get 3 solid planes to build! And it comes with 6 LEGO minifigures too, so I think that this is a bargain set in the £69.99 range.

Find our full review and more pictures through the purple link.


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Real Baking Sets

This one is for the ones who love to bake. Vivid Imaginations' Real Baking baking range is good quality, comes with plenty of tools inside each kit, and is value for money. They come with detailed instructions, so you just need to find your favourite recipe and ingredients, and can start creating delicious treats at home!

The Great Baking Set comes with the essential tools, as well as an egg cracker which makes egg cracking less messy and more fun. The cookie set comes with lots of cookie cutters to start the kids' collection, and come with a guideline to make rolling out cookie dough sheet easier.

We love the Chocolate pen set that comes with 3 chocolate mould trays, and you can make seasonal chocolates too like for Christmas! The Cake pop kit also comes with a silicone mould for donuts, so there is plenty for you to make.

The price range from £14.99 to £19.99, so they are really value for money. You can find out more details and how we used them in our creations through the purple link.


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Rory's Story Cubes

We first bought an original Rory's Story Cubes when we saw Abby's school mate playing with them. It's really clever, where kids use random pictures on the dice to create their own stories. The pictures are very inspiring, and there are plenty to collect for the kids to create stories they might not have thought of otherwise. It's really educational and fun, and will definitely help them with their literacy.

This year they've released some fun licensed versions, and we were sent the Batman (RRP £11.99) one to review. There was Moomin and Star Wars too, so that kids can use the pictures to create their own scenes for their favourite characters. We mixed our original story cubes and the Batman ones to give the kids even more pictures to work on, and the stories were fascinating!

You can find out what our kids has created and more info in our full review through the purple link. I think they are great as a Christmas gift or a luxury stocking filler (because of its size and price).


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Whizz Pop Bang Science Magazine - £3.75 each (bundles available)  

We have just reviewed it a couple of days ago, and we are still loving this magazine! We highly recommend the Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for any young kids (target audience in between 6 to 11 years old, but I know Abby would have loved it if she was still 5) who are interested in science.

This isn't like those children magazines you buy from the news stand. These are proper science magazines with science news and facts, fun experiments, knowledge from real scientists plus more. Abby dove straight into the magazine and couldn't stop her excitement, telling me what experiment she just did, or some fun facts she just learned.

So we've ordered a 12 months subscription and 4 back issues straight away! I think their 6 or 12 months back issue bundles will make perfect Christmas presents because the kids can unwrap all 6 or 12 issues on Christmas (or Boxing) Day. Their 6 or 12 months subscription will make great gifts as well if the kids don't mind to wait monthly.

You can find our full review and more pictures through the purple link.




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Googly Eyes - £19.99  

A silly party board game that will get those who doesn't like board games laughing too (at least my hubby did!) Players play in a team  (so a minimum of 4 players), with one or more from the team having to guess what the other drew on the paper, while wearing the silly looking wacky oversized glasses! It's not just funny to look at, but they have a blurring effect, so the one wearing it will have a harder time drawing too! And to make it even harder, they have to draw and guess within a time limit (the ticking sound really adds to the tension!).

It's a great party game and would be even more fun if there are more people playing. Definitely worth checking it out for this Christmas! You can find out more details and our full review through the purple link.


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Nintendo 3DS Kirby: Planet Robobot - RRP £34.99  

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

A really fun and adorable 2D platform game with the pink Kirby rescuing a planet from robotic army. He can copy enemy skills and use it against them, as well as take over their Robobot Armour to cause bigger destruction!

We love the colourful 3D graphics, as well as the bringing back of classic arcade games like Q*bert and Fly and Shoot. It brought back great memories, and is also a great opportunity for us to introduce the classics to the new generation, to show them what we used to play!

You can find the full review through the purple link.


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Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon - £39.99  

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

This is something unique on this Christmas gift guide, because our review won't be out until early December, after the games are launched. But because Pokemon is so big this year, and it's a highly anticipated game, I had to include it on my Christmas Gift guide!

What i can tell you, is that the games will be released on 23rd November 2016, and the games has slight differences. So if you are after a copy of Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Sun or Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Moon, make sure you check out the differences here before you buy it.

In the game, the player moved to the Alola region, so there is lots of opportunities for players to collect new Pokemons. You can find the game features through the main purple link.


There is currently a free demo downloadable from Nintendo EShop that you can try, and there is a special one off launch event at The Old Truman Brewery the day before the official launch, for which you can win tickets to attend! You can check the full details for the event and how to get the tickets here at Nintendo UK's official website.


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Ravensburger 3D Puzzle   

(Please note that the bigger kits are aimed for children 9+)

The 2 styles - Unicorn and Funky Owl from Ravensburger's 3D puzzle range are really cute and will definitely make unicorn and owl fans happy! The puzzles are unique, where you click them to form 3D objects that can be used, so they aren't just there for display! There is a water container inside the vase too so it will keep life flowers no problem. The quality plastic puzzle pieces are numbered with directions on the back as well, so children can put them together using the number and directions if they prefer, although some might still need a little help from adults.

I think that the puzzles might even make great gifts for adults. I know many unicorn fans out there and the vanity box will be perfect for them to store their pretty things!

You can find our full review through the purple link.


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Brainstorm Toys 2 in 1 Globe - Earth & Constellations - RRP £35.99  

Defnitely the Christmas gift to consider for the brainy ones! Or forget about the kids, buy one for yourself if you are like me and have always wanted a globe! This is a proper globe featuring our planet's map with all the geographical features. And as a bonus, you can see the beautiful constellations on the globe as well at night when the light automatically turns on through its light sensor! We spent ages excitingly discovering where all our relatives are on Earth, and what our horoscopes look like.

You'll make someone who's into astronomy and our planet very happy with this! To see our full review, click on the purple link above.


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DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal by DanTDM - RRP £14.99 (Hardcover) 

(Yes I'm showing Abby and DanTDM's picture off. It took us 3 hours of queuing to get it so I have to make the most of it!)

If you are like me who is way behind with the YouTubers fanatic thing, I can tell you one thing. This is THE book to get for children who are into games especially Minecraft and enjoy YouTube videos, because apparently DanTDM is a super idol in the little ones' world (dare I say a bit like the current Justin Bieber to the teenagers/ young adults?), and getting them this book (if they haven't got it yet) is going to make you the best parent or adult ever!

I'm not even exaggerating, from what we saw at the secret book signing in Manchester, the little ones are just as crazy as the fan clubs members (although a bit calmer, with adult supervisions). To be fair, Abby and many others who has read the book has said that the illustrated story is really good as well, so you won't be just buying the fame.


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Discovery Channel Discovery Smart Phone Microscope - £9.99  

Every year during this time, I'd discover a new gadget online store, but most of them focuses their sales on adult novelty gifts. This year I finally found one that is a true gadget shop - Paladone! If you are looking for gadgets, you will definitely find gadgets here, and a lot of it. The website is very easy to navigate with lots of categories to choose from, so you know you won't have missed out on The gift that you're looking for. I'm featuring several of their gifts here, and the first one up is the Discovery Channel's Discovery Smart Phone Microscope. A proper gadget for those (and I don't mean just kids) who likes to explore!

The microscope comes with battery for the light (turns on automatically when clipped on a device), so as soon as you switch on your camera mode and attach it on your phone's (or tablet's) lens, you are ready to go exploring. It's a pretty neat little gadget for devices to make outdoor activities with the kids fun!


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Gel-a-Peel Deluxe Kit - RRP £24.99

We had lots of fun crafting with these silicone gels! The colours are really pretty, where some are glittery and others are shimmery.With the designs provided plus those that are downloadable, you can make lots of pretty things from them. They also come with piping nozzels so you can pipe patterns!

They are meant for making wearable accessories, but I also attempted to make some Halloween decorations for our window, thinking that it'll be fine as they felt tacky but not sticky. It turned out that they aren't meant for windows hehe. But it didn't stop us from crafting with them, and we have plans for making more things too!

The Deluxe Kit also comes with materials for you to make a hairband, keyring and a pair of earrings, and if you get the 3D Design Station (RRP £29.99), there is even more projects you can do, with 3D accessories too!

Click on the purple link for our full Deluxe kit review.


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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Super Hero Airport Battle - £69.99  

This is the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes construction set to get for the Marvel Super Heroes fans this Christmas! It features the airport battle scene in Captain America 3: Civil War, and not only do you get a fancy control tower with exploding wall and boxes, a solid built Quinjet, plus 6 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, you'll also get a LEGO Ant-man microfigure (you get 2, just in case) and a constructable LEGO Ant-man "macrofigure"! There is plenty of features and characters in this one set for you to play out the airport battle scene and more!

You can see more pictures and details through the purple link.


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LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS

This range has been growing bigger and bigger, which I think have to do with the really exciting free game app and scannable power shields. The models in the range are exciting with vibrant colours too, and they are quite value for money, with smaller sets like Clay's Rumble Blade (RRP £29.99) and General Magmar's Siege Engine of Doom (RRP £34.99) coming with plenty of surprise features, hence providing hours of fun.

Clay basically have 3 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS sets on his Christmas wishlist!

Simply click on the purple links above for their full reviews.


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Star Wars Rogue One Death Star Lights - RRP £19.99     

Don't you think that this light looks really cool? And if you face the light directly, it looks even more 3D than shown here! As you can see, it's actually a 2D laser-cut acrylic model with LED light shinging up from the base. Just look at the details! You can find the other versions as well on Paladone's online shop, including the orange BB-8 and red Darth Vaders' head! They have a lot of other Star Wars gadgets as well, making them a perfect place to shop at for specific fans (read our review about Paladone under the Discovery Channel Microscope review above).


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Timeline British History - RRP £13.99   

Here I have something that's perfect for those who wants to know more about history, especially British ones. Timeline is a card game where players take turn to line up events according to their timeline. You don't have to know it all to play the game as guessing is allowed, but you will definitely know more after playing the game.

When I held the previous competition, lots of people mentioned that they have learned something new (I asked when Britain became an Island. You can see the answer in the above collage). And that's exactly how we felt when we played the game and picked up an event.

You can read our full review through the purple link, and if you are interested in winning one, Esdevium Games have offered me another copy to give away below!


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Nintendo Wii U Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD - RRP £39.99

(Please see note regarding pegi rating at the top of this post)

Definitely a game for older kids and above, as it contains some violence and creepiness, but I love Nintendo Wii U Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. The graphics is stunning, and I love the quests and puzzle solving. There are skills involved as well, so it can be tricky at times, but it reminded me of the time when I played Tomb Raiders, and I loved that game!

It's definitely a game for those who like RPG and adventure, and if you have played the classic Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess before, you should definitely give the HD version a go, which is also compatible with amiibo and with some slight differences than the original game.

If you are waiting for the much anticipated Nintendo Wii U Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that is coming out next year, Twilight Princess HD will be a great thirst quencher too!

You can read our full review with a lot more pictures and details through the purple link.


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PemGems Crystal Ballpoint Pen - US$9.00-10.00

What age would you say is suitable to buy a pen so pretty for? I think maybe above 12 as they will be old enough to appreciate the quality, but since they are affordable to collect too, they shouldn't be just for the adults either.

Not only are PenGems pens gorgeous, they glide smoothly on paper, making it a pleasure to write with them. I have accumulated a few crystal pens from assorted places, and found that PenGems' quality stood out, they have their own engraving (mine is a penguin, their usual ones have PenGems engraved instead), and they come in a wide variety of colours, with special editions designed by other people, and limited editions for special occasions.

So if you like these crystal pens but are looking for more affordable options, yet don't want to compromise on quality, I would definitely recommend PenGems crystal pens. They do ship from abroad but the delivery is much quicker than I expected!

I have 3 PenGems to give away to the winner of the Planner Kit below, if you like my Iced Mint, you'll love the Hollywood Boulevard Collection in the giveaway!


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ACDelco Heavy Duty 2-Speed Drill/ Driver - RRP £39.99
-10.8V Li-ion battery

An affordable DIY tool, perfect for the DIY lovers this Christmas! It:
  • comes with a set of 10 drills that are easy to fit onto the drill/ driver (just turn the head to loosen or tighten the top)
  • has a removable Li-ion battery (press on the 3 horizontal line pattern to release) and a battery charger (takes 1 hour to fully charge it), so it's cordless
  • can drill clockwise or anticlockwise to help you screw/ unscrew easily
  • has a LED light guide for precision

You can control the speed by how much pressure you put on the button to give you more control, and you can also adjust the power for different materials.

ACDelco is a worldwide known brand who has been around for over 100 years, so their quality is guaranteed. The 2-speed drill/ driver is from their DIY range, which targets DIY-ers at a more affordable price. It will be exclusive to Amazon UK around the end of November, so keep your eyes out for it!

My favourite feature as a newbie DIY-er is that you have full control over the power and speed of the drill/ driver. The last thing I want is drilling into my beautiful item (or plain wall), fearing that it'll break it with too much force! With the ACDelco drill/ driver, I can slowly adjust the speed and power I need.


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Batman Travel Mug - £10.99   

Another character gift from Paladone is the Batman Travel Mug (find my review of Paladone above under the Discovery Channel Microscope for 8 years+). It is made of silver Stainless Steel (15 oz capacity), and with the silicone outer that features the awesome Batman logo, it has kept my coffee warm!

It is a very stylish looking travel mug (do note that this isn't a thermal flask so it's not suitable for putting it in a bag) that is perfect for Batman fans! I also like their batman multi-tool, and other mugs I saw on Paladone's website that I thought I should feature here while we are talking about mugs.

The Nintendo Super Mario mug is fun because you can use the stickers to create your own level on your mug! And the Star Wars mug speaks! Can you imagine using it in the office and it tells you to concentrate?! Just thinking about it makes me want to laugh! Now that's a novelty gift worth buying!


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Braun Silk-Expert IPL Hair Removal System - RRP £399.99   

A high end beauty tool with a stylish and trendy look, and is absolutely worth buying for yourself or the lady in your life (mum?), because it works. I have spent 12 weeks testing Braun's Silk-Expert IPL (intense-pulse light) on one of my leg, and I had 1 leg growing hair much faster than the other. I'm not just imagining it either, I have shown my legs to my sister-in-laws and mum and they can all see (and feel) the difference!

The price doesn't just come with one tool either, it also comes with Braun's Sonic Body Exfoliator (another set comes with Braun's Face Cleansing Brush), which has helped me with my ingrown hair and Keratosis Pilaris problems. The tools themselves looks gorgeous and gleams under spot or LED lights, so I think that, as long as the person who's receiving them aren't going to think that you are implying something (make sure you clear that throught before they open their gift!), they will certainly love it! it's a perfect timing as well as they will have Spring/ Summer 2017 ready legs!

You can find my previous reviews through the above purple link, with more pictures showing how pretty the tools are, and one featuring my test result too.


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T3K Carbot USB Power Splitter - £9.99  

Isn't he cute?! Another one I found on Paladone's website! We have always struggled to have enough chargers in the car, especially when we have a SatNav to plug in while trying to charge up our phone. This Carbot is the perfect gadget for cars, and it looks quite cute too, with lit up eyes!

And he's not just all about the look! He charged my phone and the SatNav both to 100% much quicker than we expected! Just remember that he's a bit fragile so don't let children poke at his eyes and yanking it in and out from the slot. Other than that he's perfect, and will definitely make a great gift for car gadget lovers!


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BeArty Posters - Price starts from £12.00  

We were sent a couple of really good quality art prints to review from BeArty. The chosen styles here are Little Bunny by Ashraful Arefin and Pugadot by Domenico Principato, which came nicely rolled up like all art prints do.

I just wanted to suggest not to rush into unrolling these beautiful prints by turning them over and rolling it up (like the Internet suggest!), but try to flatten them out by placing something heavy on them. It takes longer but you will be able to avoid heartaches (luckily the damage done to the Pugadot wasn't permanent!).

Anyway, back to these quality and beautiful art prints! They are definitely gift worthy, especially framed up! But even if you don't frame them up, they will look gorgeous on the wall, like the Little Bunny we kept in the children's room. As soon as the kids saw it, they came to me and thanked me over and over again for putting up such a lovely print in their room!

I'm really impressed with the paper quality (like those that artists use for painting) and the ink saturation as well. The art prints looked just like before it's printed out (with the paper texture coming through), and the colour is true to what you see on BeArty's website, so you know exactly what you are getting.

If you prefer canvases for a gift, you can get them from BeArty too!

I also have a BeArty art print to give away below, which will make a lovely wall art for those who loves Chanel!


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Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 40 Flavour Gift Box (500g) - £16.00   

If you receive this as a gift, will you share? I was absolutely gutted that my favourite liquorice flavour has been devoured by Clay! I was trying to introduce him to other flavours but it just happened that his favourite colour is black! I'm definitely a no share person, and next time I see Jelly Belly's black jelly beans again, I'll have to hide them first!

But the 40 flavour gift box will make a great Christmas gift to the sweet lovers, or even just to share (grab your favourites!) on Christmas day! And! If you spend £30 or over this month on their website (through the purple link), you'll get a free Mr. Jelly Belly plush toy! Now that would make a great gift (for yourself?)!

I also have a Jelly Belly Jelly Beans 40 Flavour Gift Box to give away below!


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Paladone Festive Games - £4.99
Requires 3 or more players

A fun round of games (15) to play at Christmas, including:

Christmas Charades (act out something on the card for others to guess), Santa Says
Wish list (repeating and adding items to the list)
Memory Game, Christmas Film Quotes (for others to guess the film name)
Draw it! (pictionary), Guess the Christmas Song (from a line of the lyrics)
Present pickup (everyone try to pick up an object with arms interlinked with others')
Christmas Categories (see who can name most items from a category)
True of False (guess if a fact is true or false)
The Father Christmas Laughing Game (everyone take turn to stand up and say "Ho Ho Ho!" without laughing)
Christmas Anagrams (guess the anagram), Tongue Twister
Christmas Clues (players have to guess what Christmas person/ object is written on the sticky note stuck on their forehead)
Festive Tunes (Guess the song name)

The first person who wins all the game wins!

There is a lot to do and because each are fairly fast paced, there is plenty of fun without boredom to be had! Young children might need some help, but am sure they will be joining in with the giggles! We can't wait to play this during Christmas!



~ Christmas Gifts Giveaway ~

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you've found something you like, or something you know someone will like!


It's now time for the Christmas Gifts Giveaway! First up is 2 coupon codes with unlimited use until the deadline to give away to everyone! Both require no minimum spending (excludes p&p):

XMAS2016 for 20% off at my Etsy shop Fluffy Charms UK  (expires 15th December 2016)

THISISLIFE10 for 10% off at Kirsty's shop Just So Stationery (no expiration date!)

- Note that Kirsty is sorting out her website at the moment, so simply email your order and the discount code to her and she'll create a PayPal invoice for you. It'll be worth it, her stationery design and quality are brilliant!

You can also find our items donated to the Planner Kit prize!


There are 16 prizes here, and since it's for Christmas, I want to make it easy and fun. You'll find a lot of entries in the Rafflecopter widget below, and you can do as many or as little (minimum one of course) as you want!

  • I'll draw winners within 48 hours after it ends, and allocate prizes according to the order the winners are picked. Prizes will be based on winners' preference they will email me after I contact them.
  • So for example, the 4th winner emailed me their prize preferences in order, but his/ her first 2 choices were given away already to one of the first 3 winners, so he/ she wins his/ her 3rd choice instead.
  • I can't use Gleam for the giveaway this time as there are some limitations that's not suitable for a big giveaway like this.


And now the prizes! I want to start with the Planner Kit first, and then the rest in alphabetical order. (Note that my pictures has a blue tint because of lighting)


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Planner Kit worth over £100!!
(Note that all items are brand new unused, but taken out from packaging for picture purposes)
The ultimate planner kit that comes with almost everything you need to decorate your new planners and get started with your planning! Comes with quality hand crafted items donated by the amazing individual sellers:

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   LyraandCo Pursedori in Mermaid worth £15.00
  • Really well made fabric purse-size traveler's notebook that has pockets, zipper pocket, 2 bands to hold passport size notebooks and a pen loop. It's not sold in their shop so it's quite unique!

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   Just So Stationery Personal size Christmas 2016 Inserts (Booklet format) worth £4.95
  • Quality paper and prints! If you know Websters' Pages inserts, which is thick and smooth, Kirsty's inserts are just as thick, but even smoother than wp's! These Christmas 2016 inserts are double sided and has everything you need to keep Christmas organised. I really love mine, and as soon as I've finished sharing this post, I'll be planning Christmas on them! I'm also going to use the code she provided to buy 2017's inserts!

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   PenGems Hollywood Boulevard Collection (Rose Gold, Gold, Silver) worth around £24.00
  • Winner will win all 3 of PenGems' gorgeous chrome Hollywood Boulevard pens! I'm so jealous!
  • See full review of PenGems pens above

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   ThePensnicketyCo Diamond Rock Ballpoint Pen worth £2.95
  • Another gorgeous pen that fits to the frosty colour theme! With a big "diamond" on the top too! I haven't tried this pen out because I wanted to keep it brand new for you, but I love The Pensickety's pens!

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   Isabelle the Owl Personal size Stickers x 5 sheets worth £13.70
  • One of my favourite Etsy stickers shop because the stickers are so so pretty and with good quality too! Jemma has kindly donated 5 of her sticker sheets too, with 3 hole punched to fit into your personal planner!

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   OddlemaDoodles Personal size Sticker Kits x 2 sets worth £10.00
  • Another one of my favourite Etsy stickers shop! The quality and designs are amazing as well, and you can use the full kit to decorate your inserts to fit the Christmas and Winter themes!

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   FluffyCharmsUK (that's me!) Hand Needle Felted Pom Pom Charm in Frost worth £8.00
  • Hand needle felted by me! I use a needle full of tiny hooks to agitate loose wool and form them into all sorts of shapes including the basic pom poms and creatures like bunnies and squirrels.
  • This frosty pom pom is my new product, not launched yet in the shop! I added sparkling fibre to make the pom pom shimmery, and it looks amazing with the DokiBook in this prize!

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   LoveDoki Dokibook Personal size in Mint worth over £19.00
  • A beautiful personal sized planner I purposely saved for this giveaway! It comes with its own dividers, plastic transparent dashboard, page marker, plastic wallet, and plenty of pockets in the front for you to accessorise!
  • Comes with its original box too!

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   EXTRAS (just because it's Christmas!):
   - 2017 Pull Out Calendar x 1
   - Assorted Washi Tapes x 5
   - Project Life Cards x 9
   - Doodle Bug Paperclips x 6
   - Crown paperclip x 1
   - MAMBI Magnetic paperclip x 1
   - Tag x 1 
   - Assorted Stickers x 20+ (I lost count and already packed it up! I counted 23 on the picture though!)


Also a big thank you to all the amazing brands for donating the equally fantasic prizes, which are:

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Baby Annabell A/W 2016 Doll worth £49.99
Suitable for 3 years+
She weighs just like a real baby, with life-like functions such as sleeping, drinking, crying, sucking on her bottle. The new Baby Annabell has also a wetting function too, and needs to sit on her potty in time, or she'll be needing a nappy change!


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BABY Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon worth £54.99
Suitable for 3 years+
You can use the magic wand to make the super soft and cuddly dragon walk and watch her tail and wings move! She also makes noises, and her eyes and nostrils will light up too!


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Baru Handcrafted Marshmallows Heaven worth over £10.00
Includes: Milk Chocolate Dark Caramel Marshamallows, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Marshmallows, Sea Salt Caramel Marshmallow Bar, Strawberry & Cacao Marshmallow Bar and Raspberry & Vanilla Marshmallow Bar

Their handcrafted marshmallows are divine! You can read our full review here


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BeArty Chanel Art print by Mark Ashkenazi (61 x 61cm) worth around £25.00
See our review above about BeArty's art print quality


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Blaze and the Monster Machines: Riv Up and Roar DVD x 3, each worth £9.99
Pegi U
Just released on Monday, it comes with 4 exciting episodes that will make Blaze and the Monster Machines really happy! Episodes include: Zeg and the Egg, Dino Dash, Gasquatch and Dragon Island Duel


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Disney Star Darlings Fashion Doll - Libby Starling worth £19.99

Disney Star Darling Fashion Doll - Sage Starling worth £19.99

Disney Star Darling Fashion Doll - Scarlet Starling worth £19.99
See our review above
From left to right: Sage, Libby and Scarlet. 3 winners, each of them will win 1 of the 3 brand new dolls sent by the PR


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Interplay FabLab StyleLab worth £19.99
Suitable for 8+
Comes with 4 vibrant colour hair shadows, 7 solvent free varnishes, 5 glitter tattoo colours and 50 designs, as well as 16 page step-by-step instruction booklet
We are really excited about this kit and can't wait to review it!


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Jelly Belly Jelly Beans 40 Flavour Gift Box (500g) worth £16.00
See our review above


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Magformers Wow Set and Magformers 26 worth £59.98
See our full review above. These are their bestseller sets!


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Swizzels Matlow Christmas Hamper worth £15.00
Includes: Drumstick Squashies Carton, Sweet Shop Favourites Tin, Lots of Lollies Pack, Bumper Bag, Chew Crew Pack

Swizzels Matlow will also be hosting an advent calendar on their website and social media channels. Make sure you check back for more details on 1st December!


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Timeline British History card game worth £13.99
See our review above


Giveaway ends: Wednesday 30th November 2016 Midnight (where 00:01am is Thursday)

Terms & Conditions:
  • The giveaway is open to the UK and N. Ireland only
  • The prizes cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • Please make sure that your email account used to enter the Rafflecopter is active, and you do check the spam folder in case the email I sent you ended up there
  • Winners will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly. Prizes will be allocated according to the order of names drawn (first name drawn will be allocated a prize first, etc)
  • Winners will be contacted by Friday 2nd December through email. It is important that winners respond to this email by Monday 5th December 2016 noon. A new winner will be selected after this deadline.
  • Winners will be publicly announced by Friday 9th December 2016 on here, Twitter and Facebook.
  • 15 of the prizes, plus the PenGems' pens from the Planner Kit prize will be posted by the PRs. I have no control over missing and late parcels, hence do not accept responsibility for them. However, if you have any queries do let me know and I'll try my best to help
  • The Planner Kit, except the PenGems' pens, will be posted by me through Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed For. I will obtain a proof of postage and email this to the winner. However I am not responsible for any Royal Mail's delivery mistake, and there is nothing else I can do if the parcel goes missing as I can't replace the items. Do contact me regarding the parcel though and I'll try my best to help 
  • You can visit Di Coke's Rafflecopter Guide for Rafflecopter instructions
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