Gift Ideas

Five Unusual Retirement Gifts

Five Unusual Retirement Gifts

When people reach retirement, the gifts that they’re given usually fall into a specific category; for men, it’s often a nice watch and a lot of retired women that I know get given vouchers for a nice shop. They’re both really lovely gifts and I’m sure anyone would be grateful to receive them, but it got me thinking about more unusual gifts that could be given to a person when they retire, as companies often spend hundreds of pounds on something that isn’t particularly personal. Here’s some of the ideas I came up with:

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Family · Gift Ideas

Need A Gift For Your Teenage Son? Try These Options

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Is your son’s birthday coming up? If it is, then that could be either an exciting or stressful experience, depending on what age they’re turning. For babies and toddlers, it’s exciting as you get to see them growing. In later years, you could stress with trying to find a gift for your teenage son.

They would have grown out of more traditional toys while having interests that are a bit scattered all over the place. Your son could even keep many of these interests close to their chest, making it hard to figure out what they’d like.

That could be more complicated than you’d want, although it doesn’t need to be. Instead, multiple gift ideas for teenage boys can be recommended.

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Christmas · Gift Ideas

Our Top Five Personalised Photo Gifts

Our Top 5 Photo Gifts
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If you’ve read Mum’s the Word before, you’ll know that one thing my family and I are really keen on is personalised gifts. In the past we’ve reviewed everything from jewellery to chocolate with personalisation in place but something we also love is personalised gifts where we are able to use our own photos to create something. With this in mind I thought I’d take you through our top five favourite ways to use your own personal photos to make a sentimental gift that your family will love.

Photobooks

These days, it seems as though people take more photos than ever, but rarely print them off or put them into photo albums. That’s why we love photobooks. They take the hassle out of sticking your photos into flimsy plastic pockets because it’s all printed straight into the books for you, and you can also choose your own colours and designs to accompany each page. We also love the fact that they can be made into chronological order so you’re literally watching time go by.

T-Shirts

This one probably depends on taste, but something we enjoy giving and receiving is t-shirts made with our favourite photos. After our beloved Chuck passed away, one of Husband’s favourite gifts was a t-shirt that the girls made him for Father’s Day. It’s a lovely reminder of our boy and gives Husband the chance to proudly show off one of his favourite photos. Plus, we get to take our biy with us wherever we go, which is always a bonus.

Cushions

Last year, on my birthday, the girls had a photo cushion made for me with a picture of Burrito Baby’s face on it, and as well as giving me a good laugh when I opened up the wrapping, it’s something that brings me joy every day! I even snuggled up with it on the sofa a few weeks back when I was feeling poorly and it helped me to feel much better. What’s not to love about that?

Calendars

My in-laws live in the US, which means that we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, and keeping them up to date with photos of the girls is really important. This year, we’re planning to take a photo of Sausage and BB every month and then make a photo calendar with an image of them on each page. It will make a lovely gift and you’ll be able to see how they change from month to month.

Personalised Cards

My Grandad lives in a care home, which means that the last two years have made it really tricky to see him. We try to make personalised cards for him for every occasion and it brightens his day so much to get pictures of Sausage and BB. In fact, because the cards are so lovely, my Mum usually buys a frame for each one when the occasion has passed and leaves them on his bedside table so that he can see their smiling faces every day!

Family · Fashion and Style · Gift Ideas

Lily Blanche Locket Review

We’re huge fans of personalised gifts in our family – we’ve got everything from mugs to cushions to canvases with photos of our favourite memories on them. We take a lot of photos and using them to make gifts is a thoughtful way of sharing them. Just recently, a company called Lily Blanche got in touch and asked if I’d like to review their range of personalised jewellery, and with my Mum’s birthday coming up, I thought it would be an amazing gift for her.

The range of necklaces to choose from is stunning, with most available in gold, silver or rose gold, and a choice of chain length so that you can have it made to your exact specifications. I chose the Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket in silver and chose two recent photos of Sausage and BB for the inside.

I’ve had lockets in the past where you have to place the photos yourself, which is a HUGE pain – getting the images small enough and cutting them up can be so fiddly. However, the beauty of Lily Blanche is that you upload the photos digitally during the ordering process and they place the images directly into your locket.

As you can see, the outside of the locket is intricate and ornate and the quality is stunning. The images printed inside are great quality, too, especially considering they’re so small! Here’s a little bit of info from the website:

“This Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket necklace features a heart-shaped, faceted-cut, high grade blue topaz gemstone at its centre. This heart locket necklace opens to take two photographs or a little keepsake.

The Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket is inspired by a necklace from the jewellery box of my grandmother, the original Lily Blanche. The heart locket necklace features as its focal point a faceted-cut, blue topaz gemstone surrounded by a collar of marcasite. Blue topaz symbolises sweetness and affection. Blue Topaz is known as the stone for happiness. The heart locket necklace opens to take two photographs or a little keepsake and is one of our bestselling locket.”

Something that I was also really impressed with was the packaging that the necklace came in – the tissue paper which is used to surround the box inside the ribboned gift bag was infused with essential oils which smelled just like Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle! There#s also a velvet bag included for keeping your locket safe.

Lily Blanche gift box and bag

My Mum was absolutely thrilled with her gift and I loved seeing her face when she opened it and saw the girls looking back at her. I would highly recommend Lily Blanche’s personalised jewellery if you want to create a gift with real meaning, and with Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time to check them out.

Thanks so much to Lily Blanche for making my Mum’s birthday so special. We’ll definitely be back again!

Gift Ideas · Happiness

Princess Cut Diamonds, All You Need To Know

PRINCESS CUT DIAMONDS, ALL YOU NEED TO KNOWPrincess cut diamonds are as romantic and dreamy as their name suggests. They have been very popular for they are classic and have a sparkly look that is very attractive to the naked eye. Princess cut diamonds feature an inverted pyramid with a square side and four oblique sides that allow for a brilliant sparkle because of the many facets they have. If you ultimately decide on getting a princess cut diamond or moissanites, here are some practical considerations to take into account.

  • Price: Princess cut engagement rings are less expensive compared to their round cut counterparts because there is less wastage in the creation of these diamonds. This is a great quality to look for especially if you are working on a tight budget.
  • Astounding Design: The square classic shape of a princess cut diamond makes it a very extraordinary engagement ring. They are considered to be a modern shape which is mostly preferred. This element makes it easier for the princess cut diamonds to be incorporated into different settings and styles which give you a lot of designs to choose from.
  • Clarity: A princess cut diamond is almost similar to the round cut as it is a decent hider of the inclusions. Recommended clarity on this diamond is a VS2 or SI1 which should be confirmed clean to the naked eye.
  • Durability: Princess cut diamonds fall short when it comes to this quality, compared to the round ones. This is caused by the square-shaped outlook that can easily chip hence the need to always protect it with prongs. Even though the round diamonds are likely to chip, they do not have a weak point as it is with the princess cut diamonds.

Princess cut diamonds or moissanites are quite versatile, here are some of the stunning options you can have;

  1. Solitaire: A princess cut solitaire can be placed parallel to the ring band. It is held securely by prongs so that it doesn’t fall off.
  2. Chanel set: Here the stones are set into a band itself rather than be held by prongs. Because the stones are square, they are aligned close to each other without any gaps bringing out a shimmery diamond fire.
  3. Three stone design: Princess cut diamonds are set with other gemstones for added brilliance. This frequency features only three stones using small variations of princess cut diamonds, emeralds, or even baguettes.
  4. Diamond with other stones: A princess cut diamond can be used as the center stone accentuated with other gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and amethysts.

Wrapping up, the above features are all you need to know about princess cut diamond engagement rings. This being a great decision to make, just don’t rush it. Availability of great designs and awesome settings, engagement ring shopping can seem overwhelming. Don’t panic, we are here to guide you in making the right decision and choosing an emblem to share with future generations. Trust your gut feeling and all other things will flow.