The Perfect Gift for Daddy

I’ve mentioned before that I find men extremely difficult to buy for, and that Spencer is particularly difficult. We don’t have a big budget and he doesn’t just want ‘things’. I love trinkets and pretty little things but if it isn’t functional Spencer isn’t interested, referring to my trinkets as tat. He has a tendency to think that money grows on trees and will purchase the things that he wants as and when throughout the year. Making gift buying extremely difficult.

personalised ruby port

I’ve now resorted to buying him edible gifts. He isn’t a big drinker but he loves his port at Christmas time, and in similar style to my own father, he will go through a whole bottle in one day. Which leaves me thinking that while it was an appreciated present, it was maybe a bit of a waste as it’s gone in a day, leaving him with no presents to show come Boxing Day.

personalised ruby port

I guess my conundrum was that I wanted a gift that he would appreciate, but I didn’t want to just buy any old throwaway present from Aria, I wanted something special, something personal. Eventually I discovered GiftsOnline4U, the home of a huge selection of personalised gifts and my problems were solved.

When I saw the personalised Port I knew that it was the one. The gift of all gifts. A gift that he will actually appreciate and enjoy. A personal, special gift. This special fine ruby port comes personalised with an exclusive pewter label in the shape of a shield with an embossed design and it looks fabulous! The message is engraved onto the pewter plaque using a diamond cutter and it is recommended that you have a maximum of 70 characters spread over five lines for best results.

Yes, it is port. Yes, he will drink it all in a day. But, he will really appreciate it (maybe he’ll even crack a smile!) and when he is done I can wash the bottle out, pop a candle in it and keep it forever more.

personalised ruby port

GiftsOnline4U stock a very wide range of bespoke gifts for every special occasion, specialising in personalised champagne gifts and other personalised alcohol options, they engrave in house meaning that they are able to offer engraved gifts such as their extensive engraved pocket watch selection.

Port is not the only perfect gift that they sell, I would personally love to receive the Taittinger Champagne Gift Set with Ferrero Rocher Heart, I would savour every single sip and every single bite! The personalised chocolate bars would make for the most perfect children’s stocking fillers as would their personalised pencil cases and crayons.

There is still plenty of time for Christmas delivery, you have right up until 1pm on Thursday 21st December, so if you are struggling for the perfect, personal gift this Christmas be sure to check out GiftsOnline4U, and while you’re there, pick up the engraved pendant twisting heart design for me!

*Disclosure – I received the port in exchange for a feature – as always, all opinions are my own 
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

I’ve saved the most important gift guide until last, jokes(ish). Personally I think us women are quite easy to buy for, or most of us are at least. I know that some people will struggle which is why I have compiled some Christmas gift ideas for her.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Cocoa Couture Christmas Oval with Luxury Belgian Chocolate chocolate for chocoholics

Chocolates are one of my absolute favourite gifts to receive, I love chocolate and my eyes light up when presented with a fancy box of chocolates. Both the box and the chocolates are show stoppers, and with chocolates such as orange cupcake, cappuccino tart, fluted salted caramel cup, and my personal favourite, fluted raspberry cup, there is something for everyone!

The Cocoa Couture Christmas Oval with Luxury Belgian Chocolates is available here for £11.75.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her 7th Heaven super skin essentials face mask gift set

What better way to treat her this Christmas than with some pamper time! The 7th Heaven Super Skin Essentials contains nine easy to use face masks and a headband, presenting the perfect excuse to take half an hour to relax.

You can purchase the 7th Heaven Super Skin Essentials here for £4.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her letterbox gifts chocolate gift set

More chocolate because you can never have enough chocolate, ever. The beautifully presented chocolate gift set by Letterbox gifts come stuffed full of luxury British handmade chocolates and is designed to fit straight through your letterbox.

The chocolate gift set is available here for £24.95 with free delivery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her - personalised monogram mirror - gold hexagon

This etched glass monogram mirror is beautiful, and would make the perfect gift for pretty much anyone and would look the part in most homes.

The Personalised Hexagon Monogram mirror is available here for £30.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised floral wreath cushion cover for mum grandmum

This personalised floral wreath cushion cover is beautiful, it can be personalised with a name up to 12 characters and a message up to 30 characters, allowing you to get as creative as you like!

The personalised floral wreath cushion cover is available here for £14.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Not For Ponies twinning unicorn tops mother and daughter

Twinning is winning so why not give the gift of winning with these fab matching unicorn jumper/tees.

The women’s unicorn sweater is available here for £28.
The children’s unicorn t-shirt is available here for £9.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised hardback notebook from TOAD

TOAD sell a wide range of notebooks, diaries and organisers, all of which are super quality and can be easily personalised.

This personalised hardback notebook is available here for £8.95.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her - grumpy cat in petlandia - personalised grumpy cat book

If she loves animals she will most likely love this personalised Grumpy Cat book in which your animal can star alongside Grumpy Cat!

The personalised Grumpy Cat in Petlandia book is available here for £19.99 with free delivery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Beauty And The Beast is set to be huge this Christmas and with cute accessories such as this Chip mug I can see why!

The Beauty and The Beast Chip mug is available here for £9.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Helly Hanson limelight beanie - port beanie with fur pom pom

We’re smack bang in the middle of a icy, snowy spell and everyone is thinking about keeping warm. Help her to keep warm in style with this Helly Hansen beanie with removable faux fur pom.

The Helly Hansen Limelight beanie is available here for £25.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her handmade in Wales daffodil jewellery earnings and brooch

100% designed and made in Wales this beautiful jewellery featuring the patriotic daffodil is sure to be a welcomed gift.

The daffodil droppers earings are available here for £12.95.
The daffodil lapel pin is available here for £12.95.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised metal street sign family name

With a range of personalisation options this metal street sign can be personalised in the very best way to suit the recipient. It can be adapted to suit family homes, uni halls and so much more!

The personalised metal street sign is available here for £17.50.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her quirky jewellery wooden layered triangle necklace

How about some quirky jewellery with this wooden layered triangle necklace? Handmade in Brighton using sustainably sourced wood, the walnut and alder wood look perfect together hanging from the sterling silver chain.

The wooden layered triangle necklace is available here for £31.50.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Purepotions all natural skincare winter essentials bundle

Natural skin care brand Purepotions have put together a Winter essentials bundle to give your skin some extra care in the cold weather. The products are free from perfumes, parabens & petrochemicals but packed full of natural oils and tinctures to care for sensitive winter skin. Perfect for those prone to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other sore, dry or itchy skin conditions.

The Purepotions Winter essentials bundle is available here for £25.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her affordable rose gold jewellery from jewellerybox

As with chocolate, jewellery is always a winner so why not treat her to some of the delights from JewelleryBox, an online jewellery retailer based in South London selling real jewellery at costume jewellery prices.

The rose gold karma circles bracelet is available here for £66.
The rose gold dipped sterling silver infinity bracelet is available here for £7.95.
The rose gold dipped sterling silver arrow necklace is available here for £9.45.
The rose gold triangle stud earings are available here for £21.

Take advantage of my discount code and get 20% off site wide – XMAS20

*Disclosure – tems received for inclusion in a gift guide*

The Family Christmas Gift Guide
*Items marked with an * were either gifted to me for the purpose of this post or have sponsored this post*
It’s November, which in blog land means CHRISTMAS! I have been working on this Christmas gift guide for a little while now and am super excited to finally be able to share it. The guide includes gifts for everyone, so the little ones and the big ones, something for the whole family. If you’re looking for Christmas treats for mam & dad and fun for the children, then look no further.Christmas gift guide - presents for mother-mam-nan-nanny-mum - Weleda gift set

This Weleda Pampering Gift Bag* includes body wash, body lotion and a bath scrunchie. The Pomegranate body care includes organic pomegranate seed oil which is an antioxidant that protects the skin from dying out and premature ageing. This is the perfect gift for the busy mam or nan.

Great British Bake Off fridge magnets - Christmas gift guide for the gbbo lover

These Great British Bake Off fridge magnets* are super cute and make the perfect little stocking filler for the GBBO fans out there. The Bake Off range is currently stocked at Debenhams.

wooden christmas pudding coaster set from create gift love

This Wooden Christmas Pudding Coaster Set* from Creategiftlove is ideal for the Christmas fanatics! The coasters are made FSC Certified wood and are super high quality.

personalised white boards and glass boards from teacher boards - notice board supplier

These personalised whiteboards Teacher Boards* make a fab gift for pretty much everyone. You can purchase standard boards or send in your own art work to create a unique and personalised whiteboard or noticeboard. I quite fancy a blogger daily task list for myself.

bright pink selfie stick from Primark

The selfie stick is a present for my seven year old niece who is currently considering setting up her own YouTube channel. Selfie sticks are suitable for pretty much anyone of any age, provided that they like selfies! This particular selfie stick came from Primark. I am planning to buy some Shopkins and use my glue gun to transfer this into a unique Shopkins selfie stick. If I manage to pull it off there will be a blog post.

hot pink action camera - 1080P full hd - less than £15 - GoPro alternative

This hot pink action cam is a complete bargain at less than £15. It is available in a range of colours as well as pink, I’m currently awaiting delivery of the pink version for my selfie crazy niece. The action cam and selfie stick are a great gift for a budding YouTuber!

Messy Monster Talking Soft Toy from Messy goes to Okido Christmas gift guide for the whole family

The Messy Monster Talking Soft Toy* is great for Messy Goes to OKIDO fans. Squeeze him to hear some of his favourite sounds and phrases from the TV show. He is super soft to touch making him an ideal comforter and friend.

DinoSaur DNA kit TyRannoSaurus Rex - excavate and re-create with augmented reality - make your own life size dinosaur

The Dino DNA Kit* aimed at ages eight and over is perfect for the budding palaeontologist. Bring your very own dinosaur to life by excavating and re-creating with augmented reality. Once you have completed the code and downloaded the app a life size dinosaur will appear and you can film your very own mini movie!

menu-u selection box - box of mini toiletries - christmas gift guide for dad/ grandad

The men-ü selection box* contains a 100ml shower gel and six various 15ml tubes, the perfect gift for the man who travels or the man who is simply looking to trial a new skin care regime.

pull along wooden toys dog and elephant from hape - toddler Christmas gift ideas

Hape stock the cutest range of wooden toys, including this beautiful pull along elephant* and walk along puppy*. As well as stimulating the imagination these toys will help your child to learn balance.

shabby chic wooden toy kitchen cut out hearts pretty - toddler Christmas gift guide

Talking of beautiful wooden toys, we will be buying this shabby chic style wooden toy kitchen for Aria’s main present this year. Kids love kitchens and as it has to go on display in my house (probably the dining/living room) I want to ensure that it looks good. This kitchen ticks all boxes as it has draws and doors to open, knobs to twist and it looks super pretty. We will also be buying some cute wooden kitchen tools to go along with the kitchen.

Christmas gift ideas for the whole family - Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit personalised little guide to life books

Historic Newspapers have recently launched a beautiful collection of personalised Beatrix Potter little guide books*. These well presented books are perfect timeless keepsakes and come in a choice of the guide to harmony, guide to virtue and guide to life. These books are perfect for adult and child alike.

If you’re still struggling for ideas then why not download Zeek and purchase some discounted gift vouchers? If you download via my link you will receive £5 off your first purchase.

Before doing your Christmas shopping don’t forget to sign up to cash back sites such as Quidco and KidStart.

Review : Children’s Personalised Encyclopedia

Regular readers will likely know that I absolutely love personalised items, I think that personalisation adds that little bit more to an item making it extra special. Teaming personalisation with education is a huge bonus which is why I couldn’t resist the beautiful My Personalised Encyclopedia*.

blog review of children's personalised encyclopedia

colourful personalised children's encyclopedia for Aria

We will be giving this Encyclopedia to Aria for her first birthday, some may think that one is a little bit young for an Encyclopedia but I personally think starting them as young as possible is a good thing. It is illustrated beautifully with plenty of bright colours that will capture Aria’s attention. She may not yet fully understand it but it is a great way to teach her new words.

A for Aria inside of personalised encyclopedia

When Aria is a little older we will start to read out the facts to her as well as the words. She can also have fun spotting her name hidden in amongst the illustrations. I am certain that this Encyclopedia will grow with Aria and be used time and time again throughout the years. From looking at pretty, colourful pictures, recognising letters and words, learning the alphabet and discovering fun facts it has something suitable for most ages, even mummy & daddy are sure to learn a thing or two!

name hidden throughout personalised encyclopedia for children

My Personalised Encyclopedia is available in a choice of softback and hardback cover, I opted for the hardback as I intend this to be a well used book for many years. The book can be personalised with your child’s first name up to 12 characters and you can also add a personal message up to two lines of 40 characters each.

imagery inside children's personalised encyclopedia

My Personalised Encyclopedia can be purchased from I Just Love It.

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Personalised Gifts for Baby’s First Christmas with Treat Republic

Personalised items have been massive over the last few years, and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. I am a huge fan of them, I believe personalisation makes a gift or a keepsake extra special. This year I will be going personalised baby’s first Christmas crazy! The personalisation will be seen in my decorations, my gifts and my cards.

baby's first christmas personalised gift and decorations guide

personalised oak photo cube from treat republicPersonalised oak photo cube £17.99*

This personalised photo cube is lovely for storing keepsakes in, or just about anything, I’m currently storing Aria’s hair accessories and sock ons in ours! The cube can be personalised with 40 characters on both the top and bottom. I’ve been quite boring and gone for Aria’s name at the top and date of birth at the bottom. You could be a little more creative and personalise it with a quote or something more meaningful. There is space for five photos around the outside of the cube. This would be a great gift for many occasions, such as a new baby, Christmas, weddings and more.

personalised baby's first christmas wooden hanging tree decorationPersonalised wooden first Christmas tree decoration £12*

I love this rustic looking personalised tree decoration. As well as this gingerbread man design there is also a Christmas bell design available. I can’t wait to get my tree up and get this on there! The only downside with this item for me personally is that there is no where to add the year, if it had the year on it is something that I would hang on the tree year after year, without the addition of the year it can’t really be hung again. I will probably attempt to write the year on it myself above Aria’s name.

Be sure to visit Treat Republic for personalised items and gifts for every occasion.