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Personally presented gifts

Published January 18, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Now that Christmas is well and truly done with, it’s probably no surprise to find that the shops are already filling with both Valentines and Mother’s Day cards and gifts. If you hate browsing shops or want something a little more personal then take a look at Personally Presented who have lots of unique gifts for both occasions.

Now I don’t have a partner so I don’t tend to do much for Valentine’s Day which is really sad I know, but I did think this mug was rather cute.

It’s not overpowering with mushy love and could even be given to a special friend or family member as well as a lover for Valentines. The personalisation is on the back and can be anything you want. In this case I kept it really simple.

And if your other half is worth more than a fancy cup then they have lots more Personalised Valentines gifts to suit most budgets. Items such as cute bears, watches, jewellery and much more.

As for Mothers’s Day, which for all you clueless men; falls on March 11th this year then you will also find many Personalised Mother’s Day gifs too. Us mother’s do a good all year round job so it’s nice to have a day where we get a little thank you gift for it. And this will certainly go down a treat on Mother’s Day.

Yes it’s a real full size bottle of Prosecco which happens to be one of my favourite tipples. Of course my children would not really be able to buy me this themselves as they are all under 18, but it’s a very nice touch with the added personalisation. I’ve not opened it yet, it’s being saved for a better occasion.

So this year make those special dates even more special with a gift from Personally Presented.

Scholastic books for Xmas

Published December 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Books always make excellent stocking fillers. My children have a mini library, a book case full of hundreds of different books and thanks to Scholastic books they now have some more.

I did not know which books we were being sent but I was really happy with this selection as each book is suitable to the age of my children.

Christmas around the world – for Izebella is a lovely festive read which follows the Christmas story around several countries and how different places celebrate. It’s not one that Izebella can read herself just yet but it does make a nice bedtime read.

The girl who saved Christmas – for Jordanna tells the story of a girl named Amelia Wishart who becomes trapped on Christmas Eve in a workhouse and needs to be found by Father Christmas. There is lots of magic, pixies and more in this story.

Refugee – This one is for Ryan but I was really inspired by the plot and have decided to read it myself. As the title states it is about refugees but tells the story of three child refugees from different countries and different decades and their harrowing escape to safety. It’s really sad in parts but a great read.

All of these titles are available on the Scholastic website to buy.

Last year Scholastic books hosted the #GIVEABOOK campaign. This meant many schools and nurseries could win free books. The campaign was a big success and is back once again this year.

This year, Scholastic’s Santa style sack is packed even fuller with enough books to donate to five schools or nurseries. Join the conversation on social media and tell us at Scholastic which is your favourite book to give to a child, and why, using the hashtag #GiveABook by 15th December and we’ll select our five favourite posts and donate £50 worth of books to a school or nursery of the winners’ choice.

  • To enter the competition, all you need to do is tell us which children’s book you’d love to give to a child this Christmas and why, tagging Scholastic and using the hashtag #GiveABook. The five winners will be able to nominate their chosen school or nursery to receive a £50 credit to their Scholastic account, which can be exchanged for free books. Entries need to be made by midnight on Friday 15th December.

Hersey & Son silversmiths

Published December 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s no better gift than a beautiful piece of jewellery, well not for us ladies anyway. A few days ago I received this stunning little piece from Hersey & son.

This is my Circle of life pendant. It costs £38.00 and comes with the option of added engraving.

It’s a really simple designed piece yet stung all the same. The necklace is made from sterling silver with the silver 925 stamp appearing near the clasp. Options of 16 and 18 inch are available.

It’s just so pretty. I’m sure this would bring a smile to the face of any lady on Christmas Day.

Gifts for teens & big boys from Find me a Gift

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Don’t you just love the novelty fun Christmas gifts, the ones that bring back memories from years gone by or perhaps something so silly but we can’t help but love it? Well Find me a Gift is full of those type of gift ideas.

We all know that teens and some of us grown up kids at heart love the retro gadgets. Well how about one of these in the stocking for just £12.99.

This being a plug and play retro TV game console. Yes it’s a console, it’s tiny and all I needed to do was plug it in. You do need a television with the correct connectors or an adaptor if it doesn’t have one .

For £12.99 I wasn’t expecting much at all, definitely nothing like the PS4 and Xbox of today. It does beat a few similarities to the old Atari system.

The main interface certainly resembles the old consoles of the 1980s, very basic and in menu form like the above. There are 200 games on this tiny system, some of them can be quite temperamental, again just like the old consoles.

This game here looks quite familiar!

Playing the games is done by the console. The plug in lead isn’t huge so it does mean sitting close to the screen to play (no witless here). I don’t think it would be much of a hit with teens as they all prefer the much faster consoles of today. I would say it’s more for the big boys, Dads, granddads who want to relive their memories of old style gaming.

I think this next product is perhaps much more suited to a teenager.

Keeping with the whole retro and gaming theme. This is of course a Tetris light based on the old highly addictive Tetris game. I’d spend ages dropping blocks, trying to get to higher levels back in the day.

The light comes as seven individual coloured plastic blocks. They can be built up in multiple ways to make different patterns. The blue block is the base block providing the main charge to the rest. It comes with a mains adaptor.

It’s quite impressive at how the light works. Only one block is connected to the mains, yet when other coloured blocks are built up, each one of them also lights up. Then as each block is removed, the light instantly goes off.

The one negative I have is that the light is very light and easily knocked over. It’s also tempting to play with it and constantly rearrange the lights. Tetris light costs £22.99.

Kids stocking fillers

Published December 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

For last minute stocking fillers, HMV has some good deals on their selection of stocking fillers for kiddos. Their pop vinyl figures are great. If you’re not familiar with pop vinyl then this is what they look like.

It’s figures created from vinyl. Many well known characters exist as pop vinyl and they are really collectible. I have a few myself. Characters from movies, games, comic books, fairytales along with pop and rock stars, the list of pop vinyl characters is endless.

These are great for all ages too, both young and old collectors or just a favourite one off figure as a small gift.

The prices vary, usually starting at £10 upwards, however HMV have greatly reduced the price of a selected few. The popular figures sell out very quickly tho as I found out myself from past collections.

Quirky gifts: Not for Ponies

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I so love receiving things for me rather than my children and especially when it’s something a bit more unusual, like this unique sweatshirt.

Of course I love unicorns so I sort of fell in love with this top when I saw it. I’m actually wearing it now too as I’m writing this.

My new unicorn top comes from a strangely named place called Not for Ponies. They have a few other animal themed tops for ladies like myself such a red panda and a cutie kitten but the unicorn did it for me. They don’t just stop at tops for ladies either as there are clothing items for both kids and men, including a few festive themed pieces and a few accessories to buy such as bags and purses.

As for my new unicorn sweatshirt- I love it.

I decided not to include my head or face as my hair was a mess.

I do find it hit or miss when getting the correct size clothing from the internet. For this top I went for the small fitting – 8/10 size. It fits surprisingly well, no tightness, snug but plenty of room left and warm but not so warm that I’m sweating. I do love the little unicorn motif too, so cute.

It costs £28 for one of these and they come in sizes small (8/10) to XXL (16-18)

Christmas stocking fillers: Smiggle

Published November 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Once the main presents are bought it’s time to buy those smaller/stocking filler gifts. The extra little additions which can include just about anything.

Most kids love stationery items, and kids at high school will be in need of extra stationery bits once the new school term begins in January. Smiggle have lots of new funky pieces for those Xmas stockings.

Record me watches work like a regular watch to give the time but they also have a cool recording option which can allow the wearer to record in secret and play back.

Ever remember doing firework pictures when younger, then covering it with black crayon and scratching bits out. They took ages but always looked so good. Smiggle have ready prepared scratch books. The pages already black, and the pack comes with a scratcher and stencil sheets.

And some mixed stationery bits. Race away car erasers, pens with pen erasers and snap bands. Those old retro bands that snap on the wrist and wrap around.

Smiggle stationery is so cool and funky. We all love it here.

Smiggle UK

Beauty gift guide: Oral B genius 9000

Published November 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I purchased my first Oral B toothbrush several years ago and have never gone back to a manual brush since. Since using Oral B, my overall dental health has improved greatly. Now all four of us all have our own Oral B electric toothbrushes and that’s all we intend to use.

There are many Oral B electric brushes to choose from. These range from the more basic and less expensive to the more powerful costing a few hundred. Each one does a great job it just depends which one suits.  



 I am now using the new Oral B 9000

This seems to be one of the higher end models and it’s easy to see why when you read all the specifications and what this brush does. 



 In the box, comes the brush in a choice of white or sleek shiny black design, you get the basic white two pin charger which if you don’t have a razor port you’ll need an adaptor. There’s also the black case which has its own special charger. A brush head holder, four brush heads and a mobile phone holder with mirror suction. So a fair few bits for one brush. 
 


I do prefer the black design on this, as opposed to the usual standard white brushes. I find the white ones attract more stains which make the brushes look dirty. The compact hard tough case also protects the brush from dirt and airborne nasties.
 


This charging case even comes with a usb charging port too. Meaning phones can be charged at the same time as the brush.

The brush has more than one brushing function. The down arrow button is used to activate each one. A normal clean does not need to be activated  this is standard. The button functions are – pro clean, sensitive, 3D white, Gum Care and Tongue clean. 



This brush is also Bluetooth enabled and connects to a free app. The app is really good. It tells me how good I’m brushing and how much of my mouth I’m covering etc, also if I press too hard. It provides lots of useful tips too.


 


The instructions suggest attaching the phone holder to a bathroom mirror via the suction cups. 
 


I haven’t done this with my phone because my mirror is just too close to my toilet and I have visions of it coming loose and bye bye phone! So I just position mine elsewhere and it still works fine. 

 The app even allows me to change the colour of the lights on the brush, from white to any colour of my choosing. Izebella insisted I had to have bright pink so that’s what it is. My brush came fully charged ready to use and charging is quick compared to other brushes tho I do wish Oral B would include charging adaptorsd and we aren’t all lucky enough to have bathroom charge ports.  

 Now the price of this one varies greatly across stores. The RRP is a huge £280 but Boots are currently selling for just £99 and Amazon £89.00. I’m not sure those low prices will last so it’s best to buy before they go.

ZacSmart – interesting gifts & home stuff 

Published November 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

ZacSmart certainly sell some unusual yet very practical gifts. A browse of their website is certainly worth it. Many of their items crafted from wooden with stunning fine detail.




 

We have one of these beautiful Cantilever wooden sewing boxes. They cost just £24.99. They are great for those who enjoy sewing and crafts for keeping needles, thread, bits of fabric in. However no one in this house really enjoys sewing much at all, but this box can be used for many other things too other than sewing accessories.
 


’s also good for storing stationary with many different compartments for pens and accessories. Or even a make up box or tool box. I’ve not quite decided what I’m going to use it for just yet but I absolutely love it. There is so much space inside. 


We also have a lovely wooden photo frame. The frames start at under £4.00. Frames with a photograph always seem to make nice gifts and especially when it’s family or friends you don’t see often. 
 


The frame can be positioned either way and has a rear strut stand to prop it up. 

Other gifts from ZacSmart include mirrors, money boxes, storage, trinket boxes and much more. 

Gifts for Girls: Gel-a-Peel

Published November 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Gel-a-Peel is still a fairly new product. It came out a few years back and my girls have enjoyed crafting with a few sets over the years.

 


Gel-a-Peel is a new way of crafting and combines a safe non toxic gluey substance with colours. Kids can they create all sorts of things, pictured. Jewellery, or decorating bags and other items.

The coloured gel comes in squeezy tubes along with applicators to attach. The gel comes out and then sets and sticks and goes harder.

One of the new sets is a special colour change kit. The coloured gel in this kit reacts to the light and will change colour.


 


This set contains 3 colour change gel tubes along with gel trays and templates. It’s easy to do but the finished designs don’t always resemble those pretty ones that appear on the box.

Gel-a-Peel kits vary in price. It keeps my girls busy for a while when the weather is too bad to play out. 


The kits are aimed at girls ages 8 and over. I allow Izebella to also use the kits with supervision as she does have a strange tendency to put things in her mouth at the age of 5.

 It doesn’t always work out how we intend it to. If the designs are too thin then they will just snap and fall apart. If they are made too thick, with too much gel then they take forever to dry and again end up breaking or never gelling properly so it does take practice to get better results. It can also get messy too so it’s best done on the floor, or on a cleanable sheet or surface.

 

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