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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!

It’s The Thought That Counts: Meaningful Gifts For Mums

Mother’s Day is not far away, and it’s time to start racking your brain and trying to find that perfect present. If you’re looking for something meaningful, remember that it’s always the thought that counts. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.

Mother-daughter day

If you’re a mum yourself, you probably don’t get to spend as much time as you’d like to with your own mum. This Mother’s day, why not treat your mum to a day out or an afternoon together? You could hit the shops for some retail therapy, book afternoon tea at your favourite cafe or even go to a spa for the day. Think about how your mum likes to relax and what she prefers to do in her spare time. If you really want to push the boat out, you could make a weekend of it and stay overnight in a hotel or cottage. Sometimes, time is the precious and meaningful give you can give, especially if you don’t get to see each other very often.

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Jewellery

Jewellery is a wonderful gift idea because you can keep treasured pieces forever. Even if you don’t have the budget to stretch to diamond earrings or handmade pearl jewellery, you can choose something, which your mum will love and cherish for years to come. Think about her style and the pieces she already owns. If she’s a fan of dressing up and she likes to make a style statement, go for costume jewellery. If she favours a more modest approach, something simple like a gold bangle or a pair of elegant drop earrings could be just the ticket.

Classes

Does you mum love makeup or are they a keen amateur photographer? Does she enjoy spending time cooking up a storm in the kitchen or she is a fantastic baker? If so, why not investigate local classes? She could hone her culinary or bakery skills and learn some new recipes, develop her aptitude behind the lens or get to grips with some new makeup tips and tricks.

Photographs

Most mums have framed photographs all over the house. If it’s been a while since you sent some new photos of the kids or you haven’t had a family portrait since you were little, why not organise a photoshoot or order some more recent prints and get them framed or put onto canvases for the wall?

Mum makeover

Does your mum spend most of her time looking after her grandchildren or running around after others? If so, she deserves a bit of a treat. If you have siblings, club together and book a manicure, a soothing facial, and a haircut.

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If you’re looking for inspiration for Mother’s Day, and you want a thoughtful gift that your mum will love, look no further. Treat her to a day out or a mini makeover, order some family photos, some clothing printing with a picture or funny word or buy a piece of jewellery. If she has hobbies or interests, think about booking classes or experience days.

 If you’re still hunting for that perfect gift for your Mum we recommend visiting Gear Hungry to find the perfect gift for her!

Great Gifts To Make Any Food Lover Drool

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There are some people that are just always difficult to buy for. There are lots of different reasons why someone may not be the easiest person to buy gifts for, but it is usually because they already have everything you can think of or their tastes and personality just leave you feeling cold. Some people may be extremely picky, and you worry that they aren’t going to like whatever you buy them. Believe me, the pickiest people to buy for are foodies and food lovers! As we all have our own particular tastes when it comes to food, you can never be sure you are getting their gift just right. But, if you go with one of the following fab suggestions, you won’t ever go far wrong, and will certainly put a smile on your foodie pal’s face! That Sweet Gift is a great place to start.

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Superfood Taster Selections

Superfoods have been big news for the past couple of years. These are various foods, including chia seeds and kale, that are very dense in nutrients and low in calories. They are also very often excellent sources of antioxidants, which many people claim can help protect the body from various health conditions and diseases. Your foodie friend probably already knows all about the benefits of superfoods, and I am sure that they already have a few great recipes that they use them in. So, why not buy your friend a superfood taster selection? There are various online stores which now sell these hampers that include different ingredients and foods that are renowned for their health benefits. It’s a fantastic present option, especially for the health conscious among your foodie friends!

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Cook Books

Can a food fan ever have too many recipes? I’m sure your friend would think not! So, if you are struggling to think of ideas for your friend, why not keep it simple and just get them a good old cook book? There are new ones coming out into bookshops every few months, so I am sure that you will be able to find one that they don’t already have. If you know who their favourite TV chef is, you could even look out to see if they have recently published a new book. If you aren’t sure which chef’s cooking they prefer, simply look for a book that focuses on a specific cuisine or diet. For example, if you know your friend suffers from celiac disease, you could buy them a gluten-free cook book.

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Beer Hampers

Who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of beer at the weekend? I’m sure your friend does! There has been an incredible boom in the craft beer industry over the past few years, and now there are more and more new breweries opening up and down the country. So many beers, so little time! Thankfully, most of these craft breweries now sell beer/ale hampers, which give beer fans a chance to sample a few of their different brews. Know which beers your friend absolutely loves? Take a look online and see if you can find them in an attractive hamper!

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Homemade Treats

For a really personal twist to your gift, why not have a go at making your own homemade treats to give to your friend? I’m sure that they will really appreciate all the thought and effort that you put into them! There are lots of different ideas you could do. How about making some truffles? These are super easy to do and require remarkably few ingredients! If you would prefer to make some biscuits, chocolate chip cookies always go down well with people. Once you have baked your treats, you should package them in a cute way so that it looks like a shop-bought gift. One great way to do this is to wrap your biscuits or truffles in some clear plastic film and tie it together with a cute bow.

Professional Knife Set

If your foodie friend loves getting creative in the kitchen, you should think of some equipment that they can use when they are cooking and baking. One thing that no amateur chef should do without is a professional knife set. The difference between a basic kitchen knife and a professional one is huge! And the benefits of using professional ones in the kitchen is manifold. You will be able to find professional knife sets in the home and kitchen section of many department stores, such as John Lewis and Debenhams. You may even be able to find a brand that is endorsed by a celebrity chef!

Something Different for your Anniversary

rolexThere are so many gifts which are traditional to receive on an anniversary or special occasion, but if you’ve got a Husband like mine who is ridiculously amazing at buying gifts, sometimes you have to think outside the box. I’ve been thinking ahead to Christmas and trying to brainstorm gifts for Husband and I thought I’d share some of my ideas with you.

Vintage Jewellery

Jewellery isn’t just a  gift for women, and Husband is a real lover of antique watches. There are some really beautiful watches out there which have been reconditioned with new leather straps as well as some which have really unique faces and lettering. Obviously, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea and plenty of people would just go straight for a brand new timepiece, but there are some really gorgeous antique option out there.

Days Out

Husband and I often get mired down in day to day life but we’ve been trying recently to make sure we spend more quality time together. Just recently I found a deal for tickets to watch an Ice Hockey match, so we’re making a day of it and having a meal afterwards, too. There are loads of inexpensive options for days out; sometimes Husband and I will just go for a long walk together.

Booze

Okay, this one isn’t for the tea-totallers amongst us, but it is possible to buy nice bottles with sentiment attached. Look for local vineyards or something which is produced somewhere with sentimental value – I know that Husband has been hoping to visit the Scottish islands one day and I bought him a Whisky set from Islay last year.

Make Something

Making something with your own hands is always a winner in terms of effort and care, and there are so many beautiful options which don’t cost the earth. One of my favourite crafty things I’ve seen is Scrabble tiles arranged inside a box frame to spell out names or words which are important to you as a couple.

Vouchers

I’m not talking about vouchers for a shop, I mean personal vouchers which you’ve made yourself. Offer vouchers for back rubs, watching films of their choice for an evening, a romantic meal or anything else that your imagination can conjure up!

Gifts To Make Your Kids Think You’re Super Cool

kids gifts coolOkay, so let me just say that I’m perfectly happy with my role as ‘boring mum’ and I definitely don’t buy my kids gifts to make them like me, but every now and then it IS nice to buy them something to show that I’m not quite dead from the neck up! I’ve been thinking about what we could buy the girls which would show them that we do still have some street cred left (which has probably just been decimated by my own use of the phrase ‘street cred’) and here’s what I came up with:

Concert Tickets

When I was a kid, I didn’t get to go to a concert until I was 13, where I saw Alanis Morissette and The Who, which was pretty cool at the time (although not many of my friends really knew who The Who were!). We’ve been thinking about taking Sausage to her first gig soon and were hoping to take her with us when we see The Cure next month but sadly she was too young, so we’re still on the lookout for the perfect first gig for Sausage.

Heelys

I won’t lie; I watch my younger cousins using Heelys and I imagine all sorts of injuries befalling me if I attempted to use them, which is probably exaclty why the kids all think they’re so cool. Anyone can buy their kids a pair of trainers but super-cool parents buy their kids trainers with WHEELS in them!

Spa Days

Probably more one for the girls, unless you’ve got a boy who loves a bit of pampering, but not much will earn you Mum points by taking your daughters/nieces/cousins to a spa for a day of luxury. I know this is something that Sausage would absolutely love, and there are lots of great deals around so you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Experience Days

There are So many companies who do experience days now, ranging from falconry to Segway rally to recording a CD to so many other things. There’s an experience day out there to suit almost anyone and the photos and memories from a fab new experience will last SO much longer than smellies!

A Subscription

When I was younger, I had a subscription to The Beano and it was the highlight of my week, getting a new comic. These days, subscriptions aren’t limited to magazines or comics; there are SO many monthly box subscriptions from beauty to food to crafts – you can even subscribe to receive STICKERS on a weekly basis, which is something my girls would absolutely love! There’s something so nice about the delayed gratification of a weekly or monthly gift which lasts all year long.