All posts filed under: Gift ideas

End of Term Teacher Gift Ideas

In a fortnight’s time, my chicks will be back in the nest for the summer; a notion that fills me with equal measures of warmth and dread.  For now, though, their days are marked by reports and sports days and special assemblies and choir practices.  This means that there is not much time left to source a special teacher gift.  Now, you may not buy gifts for your child’s teacher, and that’s fine, but definitely hang around as some of the items I’ve found are great for other occasions too.  And if you do like to send along a token of your appreciation on the last day of term, and you’ve yet to find a suitable offering this year, I’ve found a handful of beauties.  I’ll start with the gifts I’ve chosen for the teachers of my own children and finish off with a few other gems. Personalised Wine Label from Milabel (Etsy) These labels are one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made online and their appeal never dulls.  I’ve bought two of these this year – one for my …

Five Cosmetic Gift Ideas

Christmas may be within touching distance but there is still time to sort last minute gifts (thankfully). If you’re struggling to find a pressie for the friend or relative who has everything, it might be worth considering a beauty treatment or other cosmetic procedure. Of course, these won’t be for everyone and be warned, some of those outlined below are a little on the unusual side! Cellulite treatment This clearly isn’t going to be a gift that goes down well for everyone but you may have a friend or sibling who you know is keen to try this procedure, in which case it could be a very thoughtful and well-received present. Pulse Light Clinic are just one centre who offer cellulite treatments in London and can be contacted on info@pulselightclinic.co.uk Alternatively, if you are looking for yourself, contact Pulse Light Clinic to book in a free consultation and patch test on 0207 523 5158 today. Facial Facials include a variety of skin care treatments for the face; every facial is different but the treatment may offer …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner and, with James’ birthday also in June, I like to plan ahead and have plenty of gift ideas ready. As always, he has not asked for anything in particular so I try and source items that are one of a kind or are things he will use daily. Here’s a few of my favourites for this year: Personalised cufflinks, £25, Etsy   These cufflinks are such a lovely idea and a special gift as they can be designed by your children. One of my favourite gift ideas in a long time. Three month coffee club subscription, £29, Not on the High Street    Perfect for our coffee-loving Daddy, this subscription would introduce him to new flavours and potentially find him a new favourite! London Skyline Chess Set, £80, Not on the High Street   Almost too beautiful to play with, his could easily double as an ornamental feature in the most stylish of homes. Skagen Analogue Watch, £86.70, bablas.co.uk   Classic timepiece and not a bad price considering …

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Five Non-Edible Easter Gifts

I’m ashamed to say that chocolate is one of the first things that springs to mind when Easter is mentioned, but I am also aware that traditional eggs are not perfect gifts for many people. A lot of parents are keen for their children not to have too much chocolate, and some people cannot eat chocolate due to dietary requirements – for example, we buy for vegans, diabetics and one person who is lactose-intolerant so regular chocolate eggs are not appropriate gifts. Of course, you may simply want to think outside the box this year. Either way, here are five of my favourite non-edible Easter gifts: Books     Books make great gifts for every occasion and Easter is no different. Anything from a traditional book about the story of Easter to fun titles featuring rabbits or chicks are perfect for any child. The boy has a copy of the Easter Bunny Story (pictured above and available from Buy a Gift for £9.99) which is personalised and really lovely. He likes me to read the cute rhyming …

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Mother’s Day Activites at Squires Garden Centres

I am never really sure what to say when my children ask me what I would like for Mother’s Day, but continue to ask they do (particularly Miss J who is keen to make a fuss of me, thoughtful lass that she is). I am not one for material gifts as such, not from my children anyway. I far prefer the homemade touch – a card they’ve made themselves without prompting trumps any lavish gift picked up in a mad panic the day before. I think that is why I so love the Mother’s Day activity that Squires Garden Centres have come up with this year – a container of flowers that your little ones choose and put together all by themselves.    We were invited to preview this activity last weekend and I now have two beautiful tubs of flowers on my windowsill, for which I am very grateful. The children’s experience began with a mooch round the garden centre to choose their own ribbon and flowers. The boy wanted blue-ish colours whilst Miss J …