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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.

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.

Wise words from the book of everyone.

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This book would make a brilliant stocking filler or small gift this Christmas!

Wise words comes from the creators of The book of everyone. Wise words is designed for the younger people, not tots or pre schoolers but more towards young teens and older children like my ten year old.

It’s a personalised book with the child’s name and who it’s from (mum). The books pages are full of quotes and funny tips which may just prove useful one day.

These quotes and tips can be chosen from a list and even altered to suit the child and the situation, just like this.

The quotes are all placed where an animals head should be and the pages are all designed with colour and themes.

It’s an absolute buzz to read through it. I would have loved for someone to give me a book like this when I was younger. I chose the quotes which are relevant to Jordanna and her current behaviour. Hopefully she will take some of it in.

Wise(ish) words for kids supports the Well child charity who’s aim is to support seriously unwell children at home.

Wise words comes as many formats to purchase – digital, soft back, hard back and deluxe and all the prices and options can be viewed on the website.

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)

Churchill’s retro tins for Christmas

Published November 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love my tins from Churchill’s confectionery and especially so at this time of year. If you’re reading this and are not familiar with the Churchill’s brand then take a look at their website. The majority of their confectionery products come in special highly decorative tins which makes them more unique than the rest. Festive, flowers, Art Deco and fairground are just a few of the themes on the tins.

This Christmas we are going all retro on the tins, with a touch of the USA too. I am amazed at just how realistic these tins look.

These tins resemble retro American gas pumps. They look really authentic and if i didn’t know better, I would never guess there is confectionery inside them.

Not one, but two big bags of creamy English toffees all in golf wrapping. The toffees are delightful and the tins reusable. Once the toffees are gone they can be used to store other things or just put out on display.

These retro phone booths don’t have a load of wires or change inside, but instead are full of cookies.

These look fab placed on a kitchen unit or table as everyone asks what they are? No one suspects that cookies are inside. They even have an attached little retro phone too.

Plus many other features of old retro style phone booths like the coin slots, coin return and the phone maintenance door ar the bottom.

And of course the cookies taste lovely too.

All of these retro tins and many other themed tins from Churchill’s confectionery would make amazing unique and very festive gifts for anyone young or old this Christmas

Churchill’s products can be purchased from their online shop, their London store, Amazon and a selection of other stores across the UK.

Christmas stocking fillers: Bic stationery

Published November 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Bic stationery have lots of inexpensive items that could be used as stocking fillers and small gifts this Christmas, as well as stocking up for the return to school in January.

These two packs of coloured pencils are both very different. The Bic Kids pack are made super solid with kids in mind. Easier to sharpen and no splinters, should they ever split. A perfect addition to any youngsters stocking.

The Conti coloured pencils double up as conventional pencils and watercolours. The watercolour effect is done by dipping the pencils in water. It gives a totally different effect when wet. These are probably more suited to older children, teens and artists.

Bic have pens and products to suit all ages and all occasions, such as school, college, work etc. In this picture I have 3 packs of different types of coloured pens.

Again beginning with the Bic Kids (kid couleur) pack. This contains 24 coloured block tip pens for colouring and writing. They are easy to wash off skin, clothes and furnishings. Combine them with a Christmas colouring book for an inexpensive small gift.

Bic intensity fine 20 pack, gives us 20 coloured fine liner pens. These are great for writing with as well as underlining and outlines.

Finally a huge pack of Bic permanent markers. It’s probably not a good idea to give these to young children unless you want to be redecorating in the new year. Permanent usually means just that and therefore very tough to remove if not impossible. These 36 coloured markers don’t just work on paper but on just about anything else – glass, plastic, foil, metal, wood, coated papers and even oily surfaces. Teenagers who enjoy lots of crafting and know how to look after markers like these would be the better recipients.

Bic products can be found in many supermarkets and all stationery stores. See more at Bic world UK.

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.

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

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. 

Hasbro: Olaf’s Frozen adventure

Published November 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you thought for a minute that the whole Frozen hype was slowly fading then you could not be more wrong. The new film in the Frozen franchise named – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is due to hit cinema screens later this week. This means young fans of Elsa, Anna and Olaf will no doubt be wanting everything Frozen again this Christmas.

It’s not surprise that the new toys are already here for this movie. A collection of dolls and other items featuring the movie characters with slightly new features.

Here is our snacking talking Olaf. He eats the supplied snacks which include yummy cakes and treats, plus he says a few phrases and talks whilst being fed. Because Olaf is a snowman it means his snacks just slide out of him. This Olaf is a bit bigger than the previous solid Olaf figures that are usually really small.

No Frozen movie would be right without a certain princess and that princess is of course Elsa. We have two Elsa dolls from Hasbro’s new Frozen collection.

This Elsa is dressed in a stunning long dress and fur lined cape. Her dress has snowflakes on it which light up and glow as she sings the well known theme tune – let it go. This doll also looks very much like the movie character.

And to make Elsa even more special, a doll that turns into a melody maker. The Play a Melody gown Elsa.

Her long blue dress is designed like a mini keyboard with hidden notes across it. The snowflakes light up and transform into musical keys to play Let it Go. There are three modes of play including an easy guided mode and free play to play own tunes and melody’s. Izebella says this one is her favourite doll out of her new dolls set.

This seems to also be the most expensive out of the three, costing upwards of £34.00. Olaf and the other Elsa doll figures starting at £21.00 upwards.

So this Christmas be prepared for more Frozen wants and buys.

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