Browse Category by gifts

Great Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

Great Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

Perfect gift ideas for him

If you have a landmark, special wedding anniversary on the horizon and you are struggling for ideas of what to surprise him with then we have some ideas that you might be interested in. Whether you want to give him something personal that he will be able to keep forever, or you simply want to spoil him rotten, there are plenty of unique gift ideas that will no doubt go down a treat:

A new watch – Whether he appreciates designer watches or prefers something more subtle, a classy watch with a personal engraving is a thoughtful gift. You could get the date of your wedding engraved on the back of the watch or even add a time-related message like ‘I want to spend all of my time with you’ etc.

Jewellery – If he likes to wear men’s bracelets then you could pick him out something that suits his style, again perhaps with an engraving with a special message or your wedding date. Alternatively, if he is a stylish dresser who appreciates a nice set of cuff-links from a luxury jeweler then this could be a more relevant gift for him. There are different ways of incorporating personalisation from having his initials engraved, to choosing a theme that is relevant to his hobbies, or sentimentally linked to your relationship.

A surprise trip – Who says that men do not like to be surprised with a trip away? You will probably know your husband well enough to know whether he will appreciate you surprising him with a trip away. You can plan a romantic weekend break somewhere or you can even treat him to a golf weekend with his friends. You know your husband better than anyone else, so whether a dark London tour looking at each of Jack the Ripper’s victims or sampling international cuisine is more up his street, this will be a day that is his certain to love.

His favourite drink – If he has a favourite drink but it is too expensive to buy other than for special occasions, your anniversary is the perfect time to surprise him with it.

Decanter – If he loves his whisky then why not buy him a beautiful crystal decanter? You can also have a special anniversary message inscribed on some of the beautiful designs and they do make nice ornaments in the home.

Favourite vinyl – Depending on the era in which you met, you could surprise him with some musical memories. Perhaps you remember the music you first danced to, the first concert you went to or simply his favourite band at the time. If he is a vinyl collector you could try and locate the vinyl version of a song. Even if he does not have any way of playing the music, you could frame it for him instead. Maybe you could even write some special song lyrics next to it in the frame to make it even more personalised.

Luxury tie – If he has a nice collection of ties then maybe you could get him a lovely silk tie. You could even match it to your wedding colours, if you had a specific colour theme. Alternatively, just select a high-quality tie that he would never want to spend the money on himself; it is a special occasion remember!

***Collaborative post***
easter, Gift Guide, gifts, teenageer

Easter Ideas For Teens

Easter ideas for teens

Easter Gift Ideas For Teens

The time of the year my boys LOVE. They love the fact that they get loads of what we all enjoy…..chocolate! I sat thinking of other Easter ideas for teens other than chocolate. Things that will last longer, lets face it chocolate only last’s a few minutes, well with my boys anyway!

I don’t mind my boys having chocolate at all, but when it comes to visiting the dentist that’s when the fun begins.

I tend to put a £10 budget down for the boys gifts at Easter as I think this is enough, especially when there is more than one child to buy for. Perhaps I give too much but this is what I have always done.

Easter ideas for teens

My Top 10 Gifts Other Than Buying Chocolate Are:

Gift card’s: if your kid’s are like my boys they will always have an endless list of things that they want, so one thing we often do is get gift cards. They can then go off out with mates and pick from their list and get what they want.

When kid’s get older they are harder to buy for and the want lists get longer and more expensive. So when asked by family what can they get the boys we now say gift vouchers, we prefer that to them carrying cash around.

Shower set/Fragrances: they always love a box of their favorite shower sets and fragrances. You tend to smell my boy’s before you see them as they get a little carried away with their fragrances. I swear they put on most of the bottle.

Money/Cheque: they never say no to money so they can go off out with their mates, or if they have been or are saving for something every penny helps. If the boys are saving for something big and more expensive than they may like to go and put the money in their savings account. They like to do this themselves as it gives them independence and responsibility where money is concerned.

Theory disc/Learning: We love to buy anything to help with learning. A theory disc will help them when it comes to taking their theory test. All teens seem to be talking about getting their driving lessons so this gift would really help them towards that.

Games/Arts & craft’s: kids love games, whether it be a computer game or board game. Brad loves to draw pictures and is always found making things too so we love to encourage this as much as we can. He always welcomes new art books or products.

Book’s/Magazine’s: I don’t know where they get it from but my kids love reading and is always on the hunt for that new magazine or book. Whether it be a monthly football magazine or book, they enjoy reading it and we love to encourage reading.

Add to a collection: My boy’s have games that they can add to so we sometimes add to the collections and help them build on this.

Novelty gift’s: Kids love anything funny or with a difference. Our boys love anything slimey, scary or anything they can use to play tricks on us or visitors.

CD’s: kid’s do love to have their music up loud and always appreciate the newest CD out. our neighbours soon know when the boy’s have a new CD.

Movie’s: either a cinema trip to watch the new favorite film out, or a DVD/Blu-ray afternoon/evening with friends.

These are some of our Easter ideas for teens that doesn’t involve chocolate. These ideas are based on a £10 budget per child. We like to treat our boy’s to something other than chocolate. Family always turn up with enough of it for them, we like to buy them something else that they can enjoy whilst eating their chocolate.

Do you have any other suggestions on Easter ideas for teens with a £10 budget per child? 
chocolates, food, gifts, homemade, Homemade Gift's

Festive Homemade Truffles


Homemade Treats

We have been busy in the kitchen again, we have made homemade truffles this time. We love homebaking and fancied making something different other than a cake so we thought why not try to make some truffles.

We love truffles and thought why not try to make some ourself, we have family visiting christmas evening and would love to put out some fancy nibbles other than the normal old stuff we have out on offer. The kids really enjoyed helping to get stuck in and yes there was the usual arguments over who is going to lick the spoon and clear the bowl….Ian won that one! (big kid).

Ingredients used:

250ml double cream

50g butter

300g dark chocolate

Brandy enough to taste

1tbs Peppermint essence

Hundreds and thousands

Desiccated coconut

Butterscotch pieces

Chopped mixed nuts

Neon sugar sprinkles

Icing sugar

How we made the truffles:

IMG_0078We started off by putting the cream and butter in a saucepan, heated until the butter had melted and the cream started to gently boil.

We broke the chocolate into small pieces and melted in a dish over boiling water until fully melted.

We then poured the cream and melted butter into a mixing bowl, added the melted chocolate and then mixed the mixtures together.

Brandy Was Then Added

We then added brandy to taste. (we made two lots of these truffle mixes, an adult’s mix and a kid’s mix) for the kid’s mix we added peppermint essence to give it a minty flavour.


Whilst I was mixing the cream and chocolate together Lee lined a large size oven dish that was deep enough to hold all the mixture in with greaseproof paper.

We then poured the mixture into this dish, allowed the mixture to cool and then placed in the fridge for roughly just over an hour.

While we was waiting for the chocolate to set we prepared the sprinkles and nuts by pouring them into Separate bowls.

The Fun Then Bagan

When the chocolate was ready we got a tea-spoon and spooned out some chocolate, rolled it into a ball and then rolled the ball in a chosen covering, either nuts, sprinkles etc until fully covered, continuing the process until all have been made, placing the truffles when covered on greaseproof paper on a plate. We placed the truffles when made in the freezer ready for christmas. We separately boxed up the adult’s truffles from the kid’s.


Doing this was a very messy process, we was hand washing in between making each ball, we all got stuck in at making the truffles so they did not take to long to make. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making these, they loved getting all chocolateley and choosing what to cover the truffle in.

Very Messy But Fun

After all our hard work we have some lovely festive truffles all ready for christmas evening when family come to visit.


What are your favourite food’s to have over christmas?