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Still Nil Nil – A Football Lover’s Perfect Gift

As you’ll know if you’re a long-time reader of Mum’s the Word, we’re fans of Liverpool Football Club. Husband has been a fan his whole life, and when we met I adopted LFC as my team, too. That means that there are many historical games from LFC’s football past that we revisit from time to time, and we’ve been to Anfield as a family for a special day of Liverpool FC hospitality (we also saw Luis Suarez score his first ever Home hat-trick while we were there, which made it extra special).

Perhaps one of the most relevant games to current Liverpool fans is the night of the 2005 Champions League Final, where Liverpool came back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win on penalties and become European Champions. It was an amazing night, and although it happened before I became a Liverpool fan, it was a night that Husband has rewatched with me MANY times, and one in his life that he’ll never forget. A Football Lover's Perfect GiftThat’s why, when I received an email about Still Nil Nil, I knew it would make an incredible gift for Husband. You see, Still Nil Nil have taken these special nights in sporting history and created beautifully illustrated books, containing original poetry, describing the events in detail. There are currently three titles available, costing £12 each; The Treble, based on Manchester United’s historic 1998/99 season, Invincible, revisiting Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 season; and The Miracle of Istanbul, retelling Liverpool’s epic Champions League final comeback in 2004/05.

The Miracle of Istanbul

Josh Clarke, founder and director of Still Nil Nil, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to finally unveil a true passion project, Still Nil Nil. Millions of parents and children bond over their football club – and our books represent the perfect way for parents to pass on their passion, and memories, to their children with an incredible shared experience.

“With Christmas fast approaching, the response to our initial three books has already been overwhelmingly positive. We are delighted to be delivering gifts that football-mad children (and, probably more so, parents) are going to love.”

I can’t wait to give Husband his copy and I think it will be something he’ll cherish. The books are aimed at kids, but I truly think they’re perfect for football fans of any age, and for Liverpool fans young and old, the night in Istanbul will be something they want to remember forever.

There’s still plenty of time to order your copy of a Still Nil Nil book from the website, so head over there and grab one now.

Tween and Teen Christmas Gift Ideas

Buying for a tween at Christmas can be notoriously tricky. Filling a stocking with sweets and LOL dolls is no longer an option and all of a sudden their interests can seem like a bit of a mystery! Thankfully, Sausage is actually SUPER easy to buy for, so with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you some tween and teen Christmas gift ideas. Everything on the list is available online and should be here before Christmas so there’s still plenty of time to grab them yourself.

Driving Lessons

Driving lessons

Okay, so Sausage is only 12, but if our experience with Young Driver last year taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early to learn to drive! Designed for 10-17 year olds to get a feel of what it’s like to be behind the wheel, Young Driver has over 70 venues around the UK and they’ll learn to drive, brake, change gear, steer, reverse and park. All the key things you’ll need out on the road! Sausage tried this out in Summer 2019 and she had an absolute blast, so it’s something we’d love to do again with her and their vouchers make a great stocking present.

Something Snuggly

Tween and teen Christmas gift ideas

If there’s two things my tween loves, it’s snuggling under a blanket and watching Anime. That’s why I think The Comfy would be another gift that’s perfect for her! She’s a little bugger for walking around the house in shorts and a vest and complaining she’s cold, so a blanket that she can literally wear like a hoody would not only be a godsend for her, but it would also help me keep our heating bills down!

A Unique Gift Box

Wild Hearts Gang First Period Box

Gift boxes and subscriptions are HUGE right now, and just recently we discovered Wild Hearts Gang gift boxes, which encourage period positivity for tweens and teens. The boxes are £29.99 and contain everything a girl needs to tackle her first period, from positivity cards and info leaflets to chocolate and bath bombs – as well as a microwave heat pack and a selection of day and night teen pads. It’s such a great way to help your girls to feel confident about what’s to come and help you to have a conversation which you may have found tricky before.

A Collectible

Teen and Tween gift ideas - Funko POP!Like many other people, our family are BIG fans of Funko POP! Vinyls and we have a pretty respectable collection between the four of us! For Sausage’s last birthday, her obsession was all things RuPaul’s Drag Race related, wheras now, anime is her main love. That makes life really easy as Funko make a huge range of characters from Japanese animation. Whatever your tween is into, you can guarantee there’s a Funko POP! for every occasion!

Art Supplies

POSCA pens

Sausage is a big fan of anything arts and crafts related, and this year she’s learned all sorts of new skills like cross stitch and embroidery, both of which she taught herself. She’s got huge amounts of supplies, but we love to get her things to help her to be creative, so something unique like POSCA pens are a great option. They can be used to write and draw on enamel, ceramics and virtually any other surface, and they don’t bleed through paper. I can only imagine some of the amazing things she’ll make with these!

I hope you found our teen and tween Christmas gift ideas useful and that you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Handmade Gifts for all the Family

Handmade giftsWhether you’re gifting for father’s day, a significant wedding anniversary, a birthday, or just because, everyone loves receiving handmade gifts, nothing shows love more than a thoughtful gift created by some of the smallest members of your family. Grandparents and great grandparents especially love receiving these gifts all year round! If they no longer live locally, sending these surprises in the post just shows them how much you’re all thinking of them, and if you have elderly family residing in care homes, these gifts can be perfect for decorating their space! 

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Paintings 

One of the simplest but most fulfilling activities for your children is painting; they love the experience and family love seeing the results! For younger children, try thick-handled paintbrushes to help them learn to hold the brushes and create mini masterpieces. For older children, provide them with items to print with, so they can experiment with different textures and the print it creates. For families with gardens, get your children to paint large stones with acrylic paints to gift as decorations for yards or windowsills. 

Mugs 

Everyone has a cupboard filled to the brim with cups, but gift your family members with their new favorite mug! You can get your children to create a design onto the mug with ceramic paints to create a masterpiece that will last a lifetime or have photos printed onto the cup so they can see their grandchildren every time they have a drink. 

Baking

Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, everyone loves home-baked cupcakes, muffins, or cookies. Let your child decorate their baking with chocolate buttons, sprinkles, and icing!

Salt dough handprints

These are brilliant gifts to capture your little one’s handprint to gift on an ornament to your loved one. Roll out your salt dough and cut out circles, then have your child print their hand in the mixture. It can take a couple of days to dry thoroughly but you can then finish the project by painting the handprint with acrylic paints. These handprints make perfect paperweights!

Key chains

A brilliant and inexpensive gift is to make key chains – we all use our keys every day, and this is a sure-fire way of bringing a smile to your family’s faces every time they open the front door. You can purchase rings relatively cheaply online and then let your children decorate string with beads. For younger children, any variety of color and textured beads will let their imagination go wild, for older children, purchase letter beads to let them spell out messages for their loved ones. 

Lastly, enjoy the design process with your child. Any handmade gifts will let your loved one know you’re thinking of them, no matter how simple the design, or small the project, this is a definite way of bringing a smile to someone’s face. 

 

12 Ways to Find the Perfect Gift for Anyone

When there’s a special occasion coming up, you’ll probably be wondering how to pick the perfect gift, as doing so can be somewhat stressful. No matter who you are buying for, it’s important to choose something which is just right for them – there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to buying gifts. Giving gifts can make us feel good, sometimes even more so than receiving them, which is why we have 12 top tips to help you find a great gift for someone you love.

  • What do They Need?

First and foremost, practical gifts are always great. If you know your friend or loved one really needs something at the moment, this would be a perfect gift opportunity. Even more so if they need something but are unlikely to buy it for themselves. You could even put together a hamper full of essentials and small treats to really make this a special gift idea

  • Think About Memories You Share

If you’re wondering how to find the perfect gift for someone you’ve known for a long time, think back on all the special times you have had together. You could create a photobook or a scrapbook filled with memories – they are sure to treasure this forever, and you can be sure they won’t already have the same thing.

  • Consider Personalised Gifts

Personalised gift ideas are great, they are one-off and really show that special someone how much you care. You can find something related to their interests, such as personalised kitchen gifts for someone who loves to cook, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for someone who loves wearing accessories. You can find the best personalised gifts online, and ordering them is a piece of cake. 

  • Give an Experience Gift 

Experience gifts are great for the person who has everything. Perhaps there’s something they’ve always dreamed of doing, such as driving a racecar or taking a flight in a hot air balloon. Their special occasion is the perfect time to give them such an experience, and it’s sure to be one gift they’ll never forget. 

  • Use Special Wrapping 

To make your gift stand out even more, you can present it really nicely. You could make your own wrapping materials, or choose out a lovely gift box in their favourite colours or patterns. Friends and loved ones are sure to appreciate this extra added effort. 

  • Find Funny Gifts

Everyone appreciates a gift to make them laugh, so if you know your friend’s sense of humour, this is a great option. It could be an in-joke the two of you have shared, or simply a novelty gift to bring a smile to their face – the possibilities are endless. 

  • Give Something Personal 

If you have some creative skills, now is a great time to use them. Friends and family will really appreciate the effort that goes into a homemade gift, whether it’s a special greetings card to accompany the gift, a cake you’ve baked or perhaps a scarf you’ve knitted, if you have talents, put them to the test in making a gift for that special someone. 

  • Food Gifts are Always Great 

You can’t go wrong with a food gift! Bake them their favourite cake or pick out a big box of their favourite chocolates. Or, get creative and gift them a box of fancy teas, coffees, or jams for example – the possibilities are endless. 

  • Teach Them Something New 

If your friend has been wanting to learn a new skill, help them out with a gift subscription to a service which will help them out. Sign them up to an evening or online class, or even sign yourself up to go along with them for added motivation! 

  • Subscription Gifts Will Last All Year 

If you want to choose a gift that keeps on giving, a subscription is a great idea. It could be a year-long supply of their favourite magazine, monthly deliveries of socks or other accessories, anything goes! There are loads of online subscription services out there, so there’s sure to be something to appeal to your friend. 

  • Consider Charitable Gifts 

If your friend is passionate about good causes, why not choose a gift which makes a donation to their favourite charity? Many companies donate a small percentage of profits on certain items to good causes. If not, consider a monetary donation on your friend’s behalf. 

  • Think About Who They Are

 Last, but not least, think about the recipient’s tastes and interests when choosing them a gift, rather than buying something you would like to receive yourself. Whether that means choosing personalised wooden spoons for a keen baker, or creating a one-of-a-kind memory book especially for them, it’s important to put your loved one first when choosing a gift idea. 

Mother’s Day with Funky Pigeon

With all the madness that’s going on in the world right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend. It’s a bittersweet one for me, because my Mum and I are properly back in contact and enjoying a lovely relationship again, and this would have been the first Mother’s Day since things have been good with us. However, between my pre-existing conditions and my little sister being in the middle of chemotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis, we aren’t going to be able to see each other this Mother’s Day. Huband won’t be able to see his Mum either (we’re even missing our nephew’s 16th birthday today, too), and we’re both absolutely gutted.

One thing that is worth bearing in mind is that, even if you don’t get to see your Mum for Mother’s Day, Funky Pigeon are still working tirelessly to get cards, flowers and gifts out to everyone’s Mums. You can still order something, right up to 6pm on Saturday, so it’s not too late!

Here are just some of the gorgeous gifts that you can have delivered straight to your Mum to show her you’re still thinking of her, even if you can’t be together:

Mother’s Day Personalised Chocolates

Mother's Day personalised chocolatesThese boxes of chocolates aren’t just a delight for the tastebuds – they can be personalised to feature any picture you want, and after you’ve finished the chocolates, it can be turned into a photoframe. I just know that my Mum and Mother in Law would love these, especially if it featured a lovely picture of Sausage and BB.

Mother’s Day Necklaces

Mother's Day jewelleryJewellery is always a lovely way to show someone you care and Funky Pigeon has something for every budget. I absolutely love this rose gold necklace and I think any Mum would be chuffed to receive this on their special day.

Mother’s Day Photo Gifts

Personalised gifts for Mother's DayThe clever chaps at Funky Pigeon can actually personalise a WHOLE range of stuff, from snowglobes to socks to aprons to keyrings and a whole lot more besides. Wouldn’t it be lovely to find pictures of you and your Mum and have them printed on something for her to cherish? You could even make a collage of pictures of you together from right back when you were a baby!

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day flowersWho doesn’t love receiving flowers? Luther Burbank once said “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” I know my Mum absolutely loves to receive flowers so this would be a really nice option for her, too. The bouquets from Funky Pigeon start at just £19.99, which is a really great price considering the quality of the flowers.

Mother’s Day Alcohol

A personalised tipple for Mother's DayMy Mum is like me, in the respect that neither of us are massive drinkers, but if your Mum enjoys a tipple every now and again, getting her a personalised bottle of whatever tickles her fancy could be a great way to show her how much you love her. And who knows? If you’re lucky, she might even share it with you!

Head over to Funky Pigeon to check out all of these amazing gifts, and more.

Ways To Surprise Your Partner this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just two days away, many of us will be thinking about ways to surprise our partner on the most romantic day of the year. Husband is insanely good at buying me gifts and getting me little surprises, and I’m pretty rubbish by comparison. With that in mind, I thought I’d look at a few ways that you can surprise your partner and make Valentine’s Day special.

Personalised Gifts

Husband doesn’t like big flashy gifts, but in the past I’ve had personalised gifts made for him, like the ones that you can get from Card Factory. As well as nice photo cards, I’ve had mugs made, large collage canvases and a few other things, and they always go down a treat.

A Nice Meal

For us, Valentine’s Day should be about spending time together, so a nice meal is ideal as you get quality time to talk. We like eating out, but as I’m a keen cook, I also sometimes surprise Husband with a nice meal at home. I think the steak with home made Diane sauce from a few years ago went down well as it’s one which has been requested again since.

An Experience

I’ve never bought Husband an experience gift but I think it’s something he’d like, providing I chose the right thing! He’s a fan of Islay whiskies, and I’ve always wanted to whisk him up to the Hebrides to visit some of the distilleries where his favourite tipples are made.

A Blast from the Past

Husband was a big fan of his Nintendo N64 back in the day, but never managed to complete  Goldeneye 007 on the hardest setting before his console died, so I’d love to find him the game and console to play through again. I’ve been keeping an eye on eBay and as soon as something comes along at the right price, I plan to scoop it up.

Male Grooming

Husband is, undoubtedly, the best-groomed person in the house. He always makes sure he’s well turned-out and loves an old-fashioned safety razor and shaving brush combo. He’s got a bit of a collection, in fact, and I’d love to find a really good quality addition to his current selection.

Do you have any big plans to surprise your other half, this Valentine’s Day? Do leave me a comment below, I’d love to know how it went!

5 Great Luxury Gifts for Your Man

Let’s be honest with each other here, as much as they wind us up, husbands and boyfriends are pretty great (usually). They’re our partners through life, helping us each step of the way! So when it comes to a special event, or when you’re just feeling grateful, it’s nice to get them something super special; a luxury item that they’ll be really thankful for.

These moments of love are great but equally, they come with a lot of pressure. You want to make sure that whatever you gift you choose is amazing and perfect but what are the options? How can you be sure it’s the best one for him? Fortunately, here we have a list of great choices to get your cogs turning, hope it helps!

Watches

Watches are a classic choice. Luxurious, stylish and suitable for both casual and formal events, you can’t really go wrong with a quality timepiece. On top of the general elegance, watches also serve a practical purpose that you can use all-year round (a rarity in most luxury items), so not only are you supplying your significant other with an exclusive piece of menswear, you’re also giving a gift they can actually make USE of. Everyone knows that practical gifts are the best ones.

Cufflinks

Cufflinks are an essential part of any man’s formal ensemble. They’re subtle, they’re fashionable and they can add that little bit of pizzazz to his look. The best part about giving cufflinks as a gift is that they come in so many different styles, making it easy to pick out unique designs that complement your spouse’s specific tastes. Tateossian cufflinks are some of the most distinctive and impressive available, definitely worth checking out to add that extra wow factor to your man’s outfit.

Cologne

Cologne is a typical gift option. Nowadays, designer fragrances can cost a fortune, bumping them up to the ’luxury gift’ zone, but boy are they worth it! There are few things as great as when your partner smells REALLY good, it just makes them more irresistible. On top of the great effects of cologne, as you’ll be the one buying it you can make sure you love the scent before purchasing. It’s a fool proof plan that results in a great smelling better half! Just to help you on your mission for the best fragrance, here’s Forbes’ nine best men’s colognes of 2018.

Sunglasses

The summer months have passed and we’re slowly edging into winter but that doesn’t mean sunglasses are a bad gift choice. Great for any bright day, sunglasses are versatile and useful all year round. One of the best things about sunglasses is the massive variety available. Everyone has different tastes, different styles and different looks, so why not look through your partner’s wardrobe and get a few ideas of the colours that might work? Alternatively, just ask him what he likes! Use articles that show off multiple styles to help you make an informed decision and you’ll find the perfect pair in no time.

Wallets

Last but not least, wallets are one of the few items that most men carry around everywhere, meaning they’re always going to appreciate an upgrade. Before you make your purchase though, it’s worth doing a little research. Take a look at what your partner’s wallet looks like already because clearly, they like that style, then find another that emulates it. It’s also worth keeping in mind the features available and the habits of your significant other. Does he carry change all the time? Then a coin pocket would be appropriate. Does he have LOADS of cards? Then make sure that whatever you pick has enough space to fit all of them. Regardless, there are so many styles of wallet available today that you should be able to find a suitable one easily.

These formal menswear gifts are great but there are hundreds of other luxury options, so don’t be afraid to experiment and pick out something your partner would love. Often the most unusual gifts are also the most thoughtful and the most loved.

Alternative Christmas Gifts for Tweens

There are members of our family who are easier to buy for each year, and then there are some who are just flat-out difficult every bloody year! This year, much to my surprise, one of the toughest people to buy for has been Sausage. Every other year, she’s been a doddle, but every time someone asks me for ideas of what to get her I struggle, and asking her is usually met with “I’m not really sure”. I guess it’s good that she’s either not a covetous kid, or feels like she has everything she needs, but it doesn’t make it very easy for the whole family to buy for her, so I’ve been trying to think outside the box for gift ideas for her. Here’s some stuff I’ve come up with:

Experience Days

Obviously she’s a bit small for supercar track days or afternoon tea, but there’s been a pretty big surge in experience days for kids, with things like kids paintball taking off. Sausage loves doing crafts and art, so a voucher for a ceramics studio would be the perfect gift for her as it would give her an afternoon of doing something she loves, with something to show as a keepsake at the end of it.

Band T-Shirts

Sausage seems to be one of the only 9-year-old girls on the planet who isn’t obsessed with unicorns this year, but she is finding her identity through music at the moment (her David Meowie t-shirt is probably her most prized possession!) so indulging her self-discovery with some cool band t-shirts would be much appreciated by Sausage.  

Books

Sausage has always had books for Christmas (last year it was Pokemon graphic novels!) and she’s at an age where books are still a cool Christmas gift, as long as we opt for the right ones! I’m thinking of getting her a set of The Hunger Games trilogy as I reckon she’s at an age where she’d really enjoy them.

Stationery

Sausage is 100% my kid when it comes to her love of all things pen-and-paper related. Rarely a day goes by when she can’t be found either drawing pictures or writing stories, and I know she’d love a proper hard-back journal for all of her writing, so we’re planning to find her something really funky.

Jewellery

Last summer, Husband and I bought Sausage a Pandora bracelet for her birthday, which means that charms are always a good option for gifts. She also had her second lobe piercing done and has a bit of a reputation amongst her classmates for wearing some really individual and cool earrings (I think today’s earings were BMO from Adventure Time!), so jewellery is always a really good option for us, even if it’s cheaper stuff which can be used as stocking fillers.

What are you buying your tweens this year?

Inspiration – Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's DayIf the men in your life are as tricky to buy for as mine, then you’re potentially going to find yourself lacking inspiration in the next few weeks as Father’s Day approaches. Husband AND my Dad are tricky to buy for which means that I get cold sweats at this time of year just thinking about finding decent gifts for them. This year, I’ve decided to be prepared a long way in advance and start thinking about what I can get them and I thought I’d share my ideas with you in case you need inspiration too:

Aftershave

I actually really like buying aftershave as a gift and I know it’s something that Husband likes to receive it, too. I’ve been having a look through the Hugo Boss sale and I’ve found some really nice options at some really decent prices, so this is definitely top of my list of ideas at the moment.

Experiences

Just recently, my little brother turned 18 and as he’s already been driving for a while, Husband and I bought him a supercar driving experience, and there are loads of other experiences too – my Dad’s partner paid for him to do a glider flight a couple of years back, so I know he’s up for doing that kind of thing, which means it could be the ideal gift for him if I find the right experience.

Sunglasses 

Sunglasses aren’t something that everyone wears but Husband and my Dad are both wearers of sunnies which makes buying them as a gift a really decent option. There are some great frames available in the Ray-Bans sale and I know that Husband loves an aviator and a wayfarer, which gives me several more options for him. His birthday is a month after Father’s Day too, so I need to be double-prepared!

Watches

Husband is a massive fan of watches and can often spend hours browsing and picking ones he likes. However, he’s not looking at brand new Rolex…he loves refurbished vintage watches! His favourite brands of vintage watches are Omega and Breitling and he also loves ones which have unusual numbers on the face – he’s had one with Hindi digits on his wishlist for ages!

Tickets

Both Husband AND my Dad are massive music fans and have several bands that they consider favourites. I’d love to be able to buy them tickets to gigs that I know they’d love, but often these things are a matter of the right time and place, as well as a decent budget. However, if tickets for the bands that your Dad likes are within your budget, I think they’d be an awesome gift. He gets to have a brilliant experience and keep hold of the memories forever.

Do you have any unique ideas for Dad gifts? Do leave me a comment below as a little extra inspiration never hurts! For more ideas and inspiration, head over to Love the Sales.

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Okay, I know that we haven’t even had Mother’s Day yet, but I’m already thinking ahead to Father’s Day so that I can be super organised about what to get for not only my own Dad, but Husband also. I thought I’d put together a little post with some ideas that you can share, just in case you’re lacking inspiration for the men in your own lives!

Fishing Gear

I know a ton of blokes who love to fish and although it’s not something I’ve ever done myself, I can see the appeal of relaxing by a lake! Husband used to fish with his Dad when he was younger and would probably love to go again (especially as we live by a huge fishery!) so getting him all the tackle he needs would be a great gift. Wet Wellies sell everything you need for carp fishing in the UK.

A Massage

Massages are a great gift for anyone and Husband gets a lot of muscle soreness because he lifts a lot of heavy weights at the gym. I’m pretty sure that he’d really love a rub down and an hour or so of peace for Father’s Day and there are loads of great offers online if you search around.

Shaving Kit

Shaving is something that is super personal for a lot of men. Husband prefers to use a proper, old-fashioned double-edges safety razor and brush to shave with, but I know that some of our other male relatives use electronic shavers. Buying your Dad or partner some really decent shaving kit is a great Father’s Day gift and it’s something they’ll get a lot of use out of for the whole year. You could also start off by using an electric beard trimmer to thin the hair out before you shave, if you don’t have one, visit Gear Hungry to find the best ones.

Photos

Last year for Father’s Day I decided to get creative and make something special for Husband. I too three photos, one each of the girls and Chuck, each holding pieces of paper with “BEST”, “DAD” and “EVER” on them and then framed them in a white box frame with three sections. The overall effect was really nice and Husband absolutely loved it.

A Day Out

I know that a lot of Dads feel like they miss out on a lot of fun with their families if they’re at work every day and a decent day out can be a nightmare at the weekend, when everyone else is trying to do the same. Ask him to book a day off of work if possible and plan a whole day of family fun for you to all enjoy together. Make some memories at the zoo, a museum or somewhere more adventurous, and it’ll be something you’ll all remember for years to come.

Haven’t found the right gift yet? Never mind because there are plenty of cool men’s gift guides on Look What’s Cool to help you decide what to get!