Born Gifted – Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Back before Easter I was planning to compile and post a gift guide of ideas for Easter gifts and I spoke with Born Gifted, who had a great range of ideas. They offered to send me a copy of their Personalised Easter Bunny book which I gratefully received. Unfortunately the house move then took over and with over a month with no internet access I was unable to do the gift guide and feature the book. I can say though, that L loved the book, as did I. The story is lovely, and the personalisation on each page, and in some illustrations, was a huge hit!

So when Born Gifted contacted me recently with some Fathers Day gift ideas I was happy to share them. The thing that impressed me most about the selection was that there is really something for every budget. I particularly love this Personalised Owl Family Crystal Block for £19.99 and the Personalised Hardback A5 Notebook £13.99. Either of those would go down well as a Fathers Day gift here!

Many of the items in the range can be personalised which is a lovely touch for a gift to or from a child. I know L loves to see her name on things. Born Gifted also offer free UK delivery on all items which is brilliant!

While browsing the site I saw a couple of presents which would be lovely for a Christening I’m going to later in the year. Born Gifted really is a one stop shop for all gift occasions. Why not have a look?

Almondella Review – Monthly Box for Pregnancy and Baby

Ever since I found out I was pregnant again, I’ve been lusting over some fabulous baby products. A combination of not knowing whether a second baby was a possibility for us, and a house move/relocation had led me to selling lots of our baby bits on eBay, Facebook selling sites and through Nearly New sales. I figured that if I was lucky enough to find myself pregnant again I would have fun buying things again. And it would give me an excuse to try some different things this time! 

When I heard about Almondella gift boxes I was excited to try one, as I knew it would give me a chance to receive some unusual and gorgeous products. Almondella were kind enough to send me a box to review.

Launched 2 years ago Almondella is already a huge success across most of Europe and has now arrived here is the UK!  This exciting gifting concept is set to change the way new parents go about discovering inspirational new brands for themselves and their baby.

Whether you are a new mum yourself or looking for the perfect gift for an expectant loved one, trying to find that special something isn’t always easy. With so much choice and new brands coming along all the time it can be very overwhelming to know which brands to trust and which products to choose from. That’s where Almondella comes in. Almondella have done all the hard work for you, scouring the whole of Europe to seek out the most stylish and practical products from all the best designers before carefully hand-picking the most thoughtful gifts tailored to your baby’s age and delivering them direct to your door each month in a beautifully wrapped box.

 

So what was in my box?

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The box I was sent was a Grooming and Bathing themed box. As I don’t know the sex of the baby it was unisex. Contained inside were 5 products designed to make grooming and bathing baby easier and more stylish!

The contents were a hooded towel (excellent quality, thick and soft, and a gorgeous aqua colour), baby nail scissors with a rounded tip, natural hair brush (lovely feel and great for baby’s cradle cap prone scalps), a pot of Organic Baby Salve (perfect for soothing dry skin and from a lovely Cornwall based company) and a sweet pair of leggings (loved the raven design, and the cute cuff detail on the ankles).

Almondella have created 36 baby boxes with the most beautiful selection of care products, toys & clothing each of which has been thoughtfully put together to take you through all your baby’s developmental milestones.

Each box contains up to 5 products and has a retail saving of up to 50%

Almondella boxes make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, especially if they are living abroad. The boxes can be delivered anywhere in Europe completely free of charge.

You simply need to pick a subscription of 1, 3 or 6 months, tell Almondella the baby’s gender and age, or mother’s due date, and then sit back and wait for your Almondella box to be delivered.

Subscriptions start from £37 a month. You can even do a trial box for just £12.

I was delighted with the selection of products I received. An Almondella box would make a great gift for a mum to be or new mum, or a lovely treat for yourself and baby.

I made a quick video of me unboxing my Almondella box if you want to see the products in more detail.

Easter Gift Guide – No Chocolate In Sight!

Easter is well on its way now and the shops are full of chocolate in all shapes and sizes! But there are lots of non chocolate ideas for Easter gifts for those of us that want something a little bit different! Take a look at these ideas…

For the Kids!

Bunny, Chick & Egg crayons (set of 7 crayons) £3.99 + P&P


I just love these Bunny, Chick and Egg crayons from Colour Me Fun! A set of 7 cute crayons in red, blue, yellow, black, purple, orange and green. All Colour Me Fun crayons are hand poured using non-toxic, high quality melted Crayola® crayons.

Each crayon measures approximately 4cm x 2.5cm x 1.5cm deep (1 1/2″ x 1″ x 1/2″ deep), with the bunnies and chicks being the largest, which means they are great size for children’s little hands! Each set will be sent in their own small drawstring bag free of charge (normally 99p). This makes them easily transportable, would make great gifts and would also be fun party favours. Please supervise all children under 3 when colouring.

Last orders need to be placed by April 5th to guarantee delivery in time for Easter.

Munchkin Bath Toys

I love Munchkin bath toys and Pumpkin quite a collection now! Why not consider some fun bathtime products for an Easter gift? They will provide lots of entertainment and bathtime is great quality family time for us!  Munchkin’s range includes both fun and practical bath products. From interactive brightly coloured Dolphin Squirters to a handy bath scoop, you’ll find something perfect for your child. The range starts from £5.99 – great value!

New products in the Munchkin bathing range include

  • Snail Stacker: RRP £9.99
  • Dolphin Divers: RRP £5.99
  • Lazy Buoys: RRP £5.99
  • Baby Bath Ball: RRP £5.99
  • Daredevil Dolphin: RRP £5.99
  • Bath Toy Scoop: RRP: £12.99

Each item from Munchkin has been designed to excite and delight children whilst making parents lives easier and more enjoyable.

I have a fab Munchkin review coming up soon, so watch this space!

When I Was a Kid

Whatever the occasion, have a look at When I Was a Kid for great gift ideas for kids. Their range of wooden toys is fantastic and the customer service from Paul is second to none! One of my favourite brands stocked by Paul is John Crane, and our Easter gift suggestion is this fab John Crane Sorting and Teaching Clock.

This teaching clock features clear numerals with the number written out in words as well as letters which will help them to recognise the numbers.  The face of the clock is marked out with every minute as well as the colourful inner of the clock marking out quarters of an hour.

The sorting and teaching clock also has 12 shaped blocks in different colours which slot into shaped holes so you can do a different activity with the clock each time making the whole learning experience much more fun!

The clock is just £13.50 from When I Was a Kid and the last order date for Easter is Tuesday 3rd April.

Happy Feet Two

Out now on DVD and Blu-Ray just in time for Easter is Happy Feet Two. If you have the technology you can even watch it in 3D! This follow up to the successful Happy Feet movie is bound to be a hit with the kids.

Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem. His tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic and lacks the talent of all the other penguins. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model.

Things go from bad to worse for Mumble when the world  is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s guts and grit as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krills to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right. 

The film features an all-star cast including Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Knowing how much fun the first film was I have high hopes for this one! Look out for our review of Happy Feet Two coming soon.

Pillow Pets 

Mookie Toys are bringing the original Pillow Pets to the UK this spring. Pillow Pets are a premium quality plush toy made of ultra-soft and cuddly chenille but with a clever twist.  When a hidden strap is released underneath, the cuddly creature transforms from a toy into a soft pillow, making the Pillow Pet a perfect travelling pal, naptime buddy and all round snuggly friend.

The range includes Silly Monkey, Playful Penguin, Comfy Panda, Snuggly Puppy, Magical Unicorn and Wiggly Pig, not forgetting Ms Ladybug and Bumbly Bee!   And especially for Easter, Cuddly Bunny, Thumpy Bunny, Puffy Duck and Fluffy Bunny.

Pillow Pets will become a must-have for all ages; from toddlers to teens and expectant mothers to grandmothers.  Snuggle up with your very own Pillow Pet, catching forty winks has never been more fun!

Priced £19.99 RRP and available from Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon and other major retailers.

Pumpkin is reviewing a Puffy Duck Pillow Pet and we’ll be back with a review later in the week!

For Mum!

Well now I’ve given you some ideas on presents for your kids, here are a couple of ideas for Mum! (Devon Daddy, if you are reading these are definitely hints!).

Poppy Sparkles

I don’t think there is anything on the Poppy Sparkles website that I wouldn’t like to receive as a gift, but for Easter, how fab are these Friendship Bracelets? I love the bright cord colours and these would look fab with my sorry, your spring and summer wardrobe!

There are ten cotton colours available . The picture shows the freshwater pearl friendship bracelets, but they can also come with birthstone crystals. They’re priced at £10 each which is great value. The pearl or gem is on a large silver ring that will fit on most pandora type bracelets or it can be popped on a chain to create a simple pendant necklace too so its a really versatile gift!

Boots

This Easter, Boots have a collection of chocolate-themed beauty treats. As a confirmed chocoholic, these chocolate treats would be a welcome gift!

 

So that rounds up my Easter Gift Guide with only a little chocolate thrown in at the end there! I’ll be back to show you what I’m putting together for Pumpkin nearer to Easter! Let me know what you think of these products in the comments!

 

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