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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.

A letter from Santa

Published December 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When little Izebella came home from School last night, she was so happy to see a letter with her name on it. This letter came with an official North Pole stamp and was from the big guy – Father Christmas his self.

Father Christmas knows all about Izebella. He knows she lives in Bolton, a place that he likes to visit first when dropping the presents off, he even knows the name of Izebellas friend and what presents she wants this year. Izebella even got her own nice child certificate for being so good and has proudly made it onto Santa’s nice list.

Izebella can’t read the big letter herself as she can only read small books with bigger letters, so I read it to her and her little face lit up with delight.

The elves and Santa even sent Izebella a few activities to do before the big day.

Lots of things to make a colour in.

These special letters come straight from The Lapland mailroom. Each letter is made just for every individual child with names, places and wanted gifts. Santa knows everything.

Letters start from £8.95 each.

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.

My Busy Bots

Published November 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My Busy Bots founded by two friends who are also mothers, sell specialty created Busy Bags, which look like this.

The Busy bags contain various themed activities which can be done at home or when travelling. The bags are for young children aged 3-8 years, therefore Izebella is a perfect age for the Busy Bots.

The contents of each bag vary but there will not be any pens, glue or craft items, so no need for me to worry about any mess or stains.

Izebella has two bags. One of them contained several cards, each card with a letter of the alphabet surrounded by four pictures. Also in the bag – several small pegs.

To begin Izebella had to say the letter and then work out which picture begins with the letter and peg the picture.

In her reception class they practice the alphabet and phonics daily so she really enjoyed doing this. After the first suggested activity there are other slightly more difficult things she can do. Such as name other things beginning with the letter, or say what the other images begin with.

Her other Busy Bag contains cards with colourful bugs and sparkly (non sticking) gems.

The cards all have numbers on so she has to place the correct number of gems on each one. Other activities on this include matching the gem colours and putting cards in number order.

It’s all about learning at home or away from school. Izebella sees them as extra toys or fun activities so she doesn’t even realise that she’s learning whilst playing. These Busy bags also mean less time on a tablet or watching DVDs. The supplies bags means she can pick everything up when finished and store it all away until next time.

The Busy Bags cost £7/£8 each or they can be purchased in packs of 3 for £15/£21.

Tumball

Published November 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

No Christmas could be complete without throwing in a few family games. Like this one from Megableu.

This is Tumball – The nerve wracking bead stacking game.

It’s a very minimalistic easy set up and easy play game. No batteries needed, no board, no counters or even cards. Just a frame and a whole lot of balls and beads.

The coloured calls are suspended in a cradle and the object of the game is to each place a smaller white bead onto the cradle of balls.

It’s not quite as easy as it sounds, as the white beads have to be carefully placed using a thin stick/straw and not with hands or fingers.

If the bead stays on, then the next player goes. However the cradle of balls gradual gets weighed down with the beads on top and begins to come apart meaning the white beads will fall down. If the white beads fall on a go, then the player must pick all the beads up and add them to their own pile. The winner being the one to get rid of all their white beads first.

It takes a steady hand to place the beads correctly and it gets more difficult as the more beads get placed. I think it works best with more players too, as this again adds more beads, building up more of a suspense on each turn. Up to four can play and it’s recommended for ages 5 and over, It’s all about trying to work out the best position to balance the ball cradle out.

I can just imagine this being played on Christmas Day with children and one or two slightly tipsy adults attempting to place the beads with a straw.

Tumball retails around £17.99.

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.

 

Gifts for Girls: Piggy Paint

Published November 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Most little girls long to be like their mummies with make up, nail polish and hair products. When I was a little girl, products like this were strictly just for adults and bigger girls, there were no kids safe nail polish and I don’t recall any hair products just for little girls. Either these products did not exist, or they were too expensive or my parents just did not want to buy them. I’m thinking the first is correct and they just didn’t exist back in the early 1980s.

Well fast forward 30 or so years and they certainly exist now and don’t I know it with having little girls myself. Girls who want the make up and nail polish and great locks even at a very young age. Now I get the whole media debates about allowing young girls to wear make up and nail polish and the arguments against it, but the way I see it, is if they are at home and want their nails doing then what’s the harm? And I’d rather buy and use the child friendly safe stuff then have them sneaking in my room and using my “not so safe” products.

Piggy Paint sells both kid friendly nail polish and have their own hair care product line called Rock the Locks.

The Piggy Paint nail polish comes in so many wonderful bright colours. It’s non toxic with almost no odour. It’s a water based formula but unlike a few other kid polishes we have used, this one doesn’t peel off or wash off straight away with water.

Each bottle of nail polish costs £7.99 and they each have really funky cute names such as Brand Spank’n blue and Angel Kiss.

As well as the coloured nail polish there is even a shine top coat, basecoat & sealer and nail polish remover which also cost £7.99 each. The nail polish remove smells a little similar to the stuff I usually use but it’s free of acetone and the odour not quite as strong.

Rock the Locks is all about the hair. The products include – Shampoo & Conditioner, detangler, curl boost, textured paste, hair spray and a style gel. These products are all individually priced and again made without any harsh chemicals or nasties.

We have the curl boost costing £9.99. This acts as both a detangler and curl enhancer. Both my girls have very curly hair. Jordanna’s also being extremely thick and bushy too. Without products like this, doing their hairs in the mornings gets very stressful and sometimes with a few tears whilst trying to detangle as gently as possible. These products really help to make hair brushing much easier and enjoyable for us all.

Curl boost helps the curls to relax, so the hair looks less scraggly if that makes sense.

Piggy Paint products make perfect stocking fillers for mini princesses who love to be pampered.

http://www.piggypaintuk.co.uk/

Gifts for Girls: Aquabeads

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Aquabeads make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas. Most girls like crafting and making things and it’s even better when it’s all about well known characters such as Disney.

Aquabeads sets come in all sizes and themes and involve placing tiny coloured beads onto clear trays over stencils. The beads contain a special coating which enables them to stick firmly together once water is applied. The sets come with enough beads to make all of the templates and refill bead packs can be purchased later.

Our Finding Dory Aquabead set enabled the making of Dory, Nemo and the octopus which I have no idea of its name. This was the first time that Izebella took it upon herself to make her own aquabead design alone and with zero help from any of us and she has not long turned five.

I was quite surprised at just how fast she did it with zero mistakes or frustration. It usually takes me much longer when I try and that’s with beads constantly popping out of place which is extremely annoying.

The Finding Dory set costs approximately £15 and comes with 3 template sheets, bead palette, design table, bead pen, water sprayer and hundreds of coloured beads.

Gifts for girls: Mc2 pixel purse 👛

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Over the next few days I will be featuring and reviewing some toys and gifts designed with girls in mind. Having two girls, and being female myself means these types of gifts come almost second nature to me.

I’m Starting with a new and unique gift which is part of the Project Mc2 girls range.

Project MC2 is of course the Netflix series focussing around a team of girls who love science and all sorts of experiments and attempting to highlight that science can be enjoyed by girls just as much as boys.

We have had lots of Mc2 dolls and accessories, this pixel purse being the latest one. The purse can be used as a normal everyday purse or mini bag. It easily holds most standard size phones inside and comes with a shoulder strap attached. This however is no ordinary purse.

The front of the purse is essentially a light display. A bit like having an automated light box on your bag. It comes with 10 pre programmed animations ready to use without any extra device. When those 10 start to bore, more can be created using an app. Girls can spend hours creating their very own unique animations to light up their bags.

Animations can include lots of colour, stamps and even words to create names and swapped again and again.

The app has many different modes and the designs all begin with a blank pixel screen meaning it’s completely down to the owner what the animation turns out like.

Jordanna very much enjoyed trying out different colours and patterns and experimenting with the app to make all sorts of animations. The purse fits her phone in along with a few other small accessories.

The age guide level is 6-12 years and the purse costs around £39.99 from all good toy retailers.

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!

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