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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.

Utopia 360 

Published November 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The Utopia 360 from My Retrak is a virtual reality headset which works with most mobile phones,
The box contains everything we needed to get up and running. To use this device, all that’s required is a smart phone.
 


The 3 parts all slot together to make a useable VR headset. The main part, being the goggles has a slot for the helmet part and the earphones slot in at the back. There is a small remote too which required batteries.


 There are many similar items already out there which give similar virtual reality experiences. They all come with varying price tags, sometimes going into the hundreds for a better one. The Utopia 360 sells between £70-£85, so how does it compare to others out there?
 


I’ve had a try of both a PS4VR and the Occulus rift, but those are in a completely different league to this. If you’re wanting something similar then you need to pay a lot more for the same experience they give you. I’ve also tried a few similar type virtual reality sets in which a phone is required and this one certainly seems the best so far. 


 The goggles open up to reveal a chamber where the phone goes. It’s important to place the device in the correct place, aligned right in the middle otherwise the image will look distorted or I’ll see double. The phone stays in place well oncd aligned and the headset has a good adjustment strap for those with larger heads. A dial on the goggle part  adjusts the focus and zoom.


In order to watch or play anything in VR, I had to download apps. My retrak have a page full of suitable apps, many of them free. These apps can be a bit hit or miss. Some of them just won’t load, some crash half way and some are okay. Again this is never going to be as powerful as the PS4 even tho the headset does look slightly similar.


There’s a good few rollercoaster type apps and I also got an app where I was floating in space but could go to various zones and access hundreds more apps and games which was quite cool. I did this evil doctor type ride which was like a ghost train rollercoaster. I sat on my sofa and by the time it was over I was in a very strange contorted position. 
The  sound is okay. It’s always a good idea to turn off any background noise when using any type of VR headset to make it more real.

Some of the apps feel real whilst some don’t seem to be VR at all so it really is hit and miss when trying to find a good one.

The headset once adjusted feels comfortable enough on. I can’t work the remote out tho. It connects to the phone via Bluetooth and has various play buttons but it’s quite hard to use with goggles on and it doesn’t work with every app. 


It’s  not bad for a mid range headset. It certainly beats the standard cardboard type models and a few cheaper sets. I think it’s a good one for teens and big boys and those considering a more expensive model in the future. 


 VR headsets are not suitable for young children under 12 or those with epilepsy. It’s important to limit time spent using one of these headsets and to take regular breaks.

Gifts for teens: Superloot

Published November 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Finding small gifts and stocking fillers for teenagers is no easy task, but if they are a bit on the geeky side and enjoy their gaming, computing, movies and superheroes then Superloot may just be up their street.

Superloot can be purchased as a subscription box service or as one off boxes . The boxes come filled with unusual geeky, nerdy type bits and pieces with changing themes each month. Superloot monthly boxes are divided into three choice categories being mystery, sweets and comic. The mystery speaks for itself, it’s a box full of surprise items. The sweet box comes with surprise world and USA sweets and chocolates and the comic box is surprisingly full of comics each month.

All the boxes including the one off purchase box will contain between 5-7 items each, all brand new products including t-shirts, toys, collectibles, key rings and much more.

To show an example of the type of products in the boxes; this is the box that I recently received.

This was the October mystery box and therefore themed around Halloween. A ghostbusters coaster, which I’m afraid to admit, I love it. I have a small collection of pop vinyl figures already so this was an unexpected surprise to add to my growing collection. Also a ghost keyring and a set of walking dead figures which look like the sort of thing that will be much sought after in many years (or so i hope! 😀) and finally the T-shirt. You can choose the size of t-shirt you want, kids, adults and sometimes between a male or female design too so you always get one that fits.

The subscription is cheaper than the one off box. The subscription cost £16.99 per month and the one off boxes are £24.99. Either way I’d say the products inside are worth what you pay. The pop vinyl figures alone start at £9.99 upwards.

Get your box here!

Gifts for teens: wall racer

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So teens are probably the hardest people to buy for and most definitely the teenage boy; mine being no exception. I thought it may be a good idea to list a few gifts that many teens (and boys in particular) may just be happy with.

I’m beginning with one from one of my favourite gift store – Hawkins Bazaar.

This is the wall racer and a gift that I expect to be popular with most males, whether young or old. Of course it’s a car, of some sort and so instantly a big hit with the men. There will of course be a few females who like this sort of thing too. I didn’t want to seem one sided by saying it’s just for the lads.

It actually looks more like some sort of space craft or a car of the distant future than an everyday car. And it’s no normal RC car either as this beauty literally climbs the walls. Yes it’s fast and rapid and glides the walls and moves along the ceilings. How? I have no idea, tho I can only assume it’s all to do with some sort of gravity technology.

Well I guess it’s not classed as the “gravity defying car” for nothing. Oh it moves along the floor too, just like any other RC car would, but you’d find it hard to find a similar priced vehicle that moves like this one. It has some sort of powerful suction that enables it to stick to walls and ceilings whilst still being able to move at speed. I’m baffled by it, we all are. However I put down strict rules whilst playing with this. No playing in newly decorated rooms, it may wreck the wallpaper (untested), no playing whilst pets are about and careful around Izebella and younger children in the house as it’s so fast.

With this space style car, you do get a choice of red or blue. You need 6 AA batteries to power it. The stronger batteries are highly recommended here. For £15 I don’t think anyone can grumble when you take into account what this can do and how much normal RC vehicles can cost. It’s a small car but comes with so much power.

Electric jukebox Roxi

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is one amazing gift that all the family can and will enjoy this Christmas. A gift that turns a television into a fun interactive music jukebox. This is Roxi by Electric Jukebox.

The Roxi is a small simple hub which connects to most televisions via a HDMI lead. All new flat screen televisions (sold in the past 8 years) should have an HDMI port. Some older models may also have one and there are some adapters which enable connection for some without the port. It’s easy peasy to connect and comes on instantly. It needs a minimal set up too, mainly WiFi connection and a few other bits of jiggling around to suit. The screen interface menu looks like this.

Now for the music. Roxi gives instant access to a whopping 29 million tracks. I was able to find some very rare gems that I hadn’t heard for a while along with many that take me back to my childhood. As well as individual tracks there’s also over 3 million albums. Wow just wow.

I guess many of you are reading this and thinking it sounds good, but how much is it, how much per month will I be billed etc? Well surprisingly unlike other music streaming apps and devices, there is no monthly fee. Yes that’s correct no fee and access to all that amazing music, You don’t even need to sign up or add passwords or cards or anything along those lines. It’s a one off purchase cost and that’s all for a whole year. If you want to renew after a year them it remains very low cost compared to similar services.

Roxi does a whole lot more than just play and search for music too. There is a karaoke mode where the included remote turns into a microphone.

Kids will enjoy the karaoke part and it saves buying an extra karaoke unit too. It can access worldwide radio, picking up thousands of radio stations that we never knew existed. It’s not just pop, dance, rock and oldies either. Other types of music and sound exist via this one device such as chilling and ambient sounds, nature sounds and meditation tracks etc. A few strange songs exist on this too.

Then many games and quizzes which are great for parties and entertainment, kids or adults or the whole family and again, all include in the one off purchase price.

The purchase price for the Roxi music streaming device is a one off £199 which includes the device, remote/microphone, leads and a years unlimited streaming, game playing and all the above mentioned.

It comes as red, blue or black to suit decor and it really is lots of fun. When I first hooked it all up, I was so addicted to it, trying to find old rare songs that I’ve not heard in forever and messing around testing out the radio stations. Now I like to put in on when I’m cleaning and doing housework or coming in after a night out. My kids like the karaoke mode and the games are fun too.

It does sound a lot to pay out, but I think it’s worth an investment. Imagine buying all those fave songs on cds over the years. That would cost more than £199 I think.

My tile slim

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m often panicking last minute having misplaced my keys or worse still my purse just before going out. I also put my phone down in random places too but can usually locate it by ringing on the house phone, that is, so long as it’s not on silent.

There are a fair few “locate it” gadgets available and I was recently sent one of these to try out.

This is the Tile slim from Tile Inc. It costs £30 and works via Bluetooth and an app. The tile itself is really small and slim, meaning it easily fits into even the smallest of purses.

The app is free and very fast to download. It’s compatible with most devices, be it iOS or Android.

Bluetooth needs to be enabled but the device is connected by a simple button push which then plays a tune.

This device can be kept anywhere be it purse, keys, toys. The device can be located by the app and it even gives a precise street location. To find a lost phone, it works the opposite way. The button on the device gets pressed and the phone will ring. The tile app will always show the last place and time that the tile device was located.

As the tile is incredibly slim and small, it did make me wonder where the battery was and how it would need changing. Well there in the small print of the instructions it informs me that tile has a non replaceable battery that should last at least a year and then I have the option to buy a new discounted device.

The Tile Slim is not the only device sold by Tile inc. They have other designs that do similar jobs, including the new Pro series featuring a tile sport and style designs.

Now there’s no need to lose your phone Xmas morning under the mountain of wrapping paper.

Mu worldwide travel adaptor 

Published November 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Many are familiar with this scenario. You go on holiday, you need to charge your phone. You have your regular charger and plug, but then you realise – Different country means different shape of plug, usually a 2 pin plug as opposed to the UK 3 pin. The hotel is in the middle of no where and the one shop there doesn’t sell UK adaptors! What a nightmare.

Well it won’t be for me and my family as we have one of these!


This is the worlds thinnest universal charger. It doesn’t look much from the outset but it’s one handy little gadget that frequent travellers won’t want to be without. 

This charger has three popular plug heads, our 3 pin UK plug, USA and European. It also has 2 x 1.2 amp dual USB blocks meaning any device usually charged via a USB lead can be charged on this. This includes most devices such as smart phones, tablets, MP3 players and even some cameras. 


The plug heads all seem to fold and blend into the device so fro the outset it doesn’t look much like a plug. 

Inside the device is a clever little chip which enables the Mu device to identify the connected device and deliver the correct charge. 

It’s not the cheapest charging device, costing £30 upwards but it does save on buying various international adapters each time you go away. 

Mu UK have many other types of charging devices on their website. 

Luci Light

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is the new Luci Light. It may just come in useful for Halloween and Christmas as a nice decorative feature but it’s also really good for the dark evenings or nighttime.

It does not look like a light to begin with. It’s inflatable so I had to manually blow our up. No batteries are needed for this light as it runs off solar power. Placing it by a window during day time (even if minimal sun) should be enough to make it last the majority of the night.

It’s a nice soft glow with two modes. A still light and a flickering candle like mode. My children thought the light was faulty when they saw it flickering but this is part of its features that imitate a candle. The only downside is the air vent at the top which makes the light look a bit strange. This would be much better elsewhere.

As well as a cool Xmas and Halloween decoration, this would be a good product for camping as it does not need any power source other than the sun and takes up no space.

Luci lights are available via First Ascent

Vremi kitchen gadgets + giveaway 

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Vremi is a kitchen supply store based in New York. They sell their products via Amazon uk. Vremi’s selection of kitchen supplies includes those little gadgets which help with every day things as well as looking quite funky or even a bit stylish. Products such as bakeware, knives, mats, bowls and glassware can all be found by searching Vremi on Amazon.

 I have two Vremi gadgets. One for wine and one for coffee! 

This strange looking set is the Vremi wine preserved which costs just £9.99. 

My first thoughts were to wonder why anyone would need one of these, but as luck happens it’s actually come in quite useful. 

See I’m not a huge drinker, but when I go for a night out; I do like the odd glass of wine or prosecco before I leave the house. Now these drinks come in big bottles and once the popper is popped, it rarely goes back in, meaning flat wine next time. 
This handy set of stoppers and a pump preserves the freshness for up to 10 days meaning the drink stays fresh and fizzy longer. 

 It’s an easy gadget to use. An Airtight Stopper goes into the  neck of a wine bottle until firmly in placeThe Preserver Pump fits over the Stopper, pump the pump up and down by hand  to vacuum seal until resistance is felt and then attach the silver ring for the data marker. 


Then pop the wine back in fridge to enjoy the week after. 


Not bad for £9.99 and certainly cheaper than a new bottle of Prosecco. The parts being small can easily be stored in a kitchen drawer too. 


 And for coffee is the Vremi stovetop espresso maker.


This could be classsed as a more decorative kitchen accessory as many people have the electric coffee machines.  However it does give a more richer flavour to the coffee than my machine would. Six small cups of espresso can be poured at anyone time and it only takes five minutes too. I think this would be a lovely Christmas gift for coffee lovers. It does not cost the Earth either like a few other coffee machines do. It’s just £14.99.




GIVEAWAY 

 If you would like to win both of the above Vremi gadgets then please enter my giveaway (hosted by Gleam). Entries will close November 13th 2017.

ENTER HERE!

The mini Hornit

Published October 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If a bike or scooter is on your young child’s Christmas list this year, then you may want to consider one of these as a stocking filler.

It’s called the Mini hornit and costs £14.99. There’s a few colour choices and it attaches to most bikes, scooters and probably a few other outdoor type toys.

Mini hornit has multiple functions. It acts as a bright safety light which can be set as still or flashing, the light can also be changed to a green funky flash light too. The best bit however are the many sounds that come from this device. There are 25 sounds in total, it’s fairly loud too so does get a little annoying if pressed constantly. These sounds include fire engine, magic carpet, fart, train, truck, animals and a fair few more.

And here’s a short demonstration. I said it was loud!

The mini hornit can be controlled by the buttons on its base or via a remote trigger that Izebella can hold whilst riding.

It is a fun novelty device which provides an element of safety via the lights. It also means parents know that their child is close as no one can mistake those noises.

I think this would be a great build up stocking filler gift for a child to open right before the big present of a bike or scooter.

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