Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Christmas Countdown: Perfect Gifts For Mums & Dads!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Christmas Countdown: Perfect Gifts For Mums & Dads!

Each week, I'm going to be bringing you a gift guide showing some of the wonderful gifts available this year for all your relatives!

I am going to be trying and testing each and every thing I recommend, and only the items that I feel are worthy will be featured.

This Week I am featuring my pick of the Top Gift Ideas for Mums & Dads!

For Dads

Braun Series 3 Shaver

My Dad is very old-school - he still uses a non-electric razor and one of this weird soap-stick things, I don't even know where you'd buy them from in this day and age!
But assuming that YOUR father is more willing to step into the modern age than mine - I think an electric shaver is the perfect gift for any man!

Jon tried one of these out and he hasn't looked back since, he is a big fan!

The Series 3 Shaver has lots of cool features including a 3 stage cutting system which shaves progressively closer for smooth, comfortable shave in one stroke - they can also be used wet or dry, with foam or gel - and are even shafe for use in-shower!

Available from Boots, Argos and all good retailers from £149.99

For more details, please visit

Lord's Cricket Clothing

If your Dad is a cricket fan then look no further - Lords (The HOME of Cricket!) have launched an Official Online Store where you can purchase all manner of top quality merchandise!

Just look at this gorgeous Ashes Urn Polo Shirt (£25.00)

I think is so stylish, I love the colour and the quality is fantastic! I love the little details:

The Lords Online Store sells a wide range of Mens clothing including the traditional Cricket jumpers, as well as ladies & childrens clothing (They sell some very cute baby items too - if your man is a cricket fan, you need to check them out!!) and many many other items.

To see more of the range, go to

Moonpig "Condiments Of The Chef" Hamper

If your Dad is a budding Heston in the kitchen, this is the gift for him!

It comes beautifully presented in a lovely red satin-finish gift box and looks extremely pricey....I was amazed to see how reasonable the price tag actually was!

Containing all the perfect added extras for any meal, such as: 
  • Besmoke BBQ Sauce 280g
  • The Curry Co. Jalfrezi Curry Sauce 475g
  • Ouse Valley Chilli Jelly 227g
  • Relish in Spice Beer Mustard 145g
  • Besmoke Piri Piri Spices 57g
  • Chef’s Hat
  • Ouse Valley Mango Chutney 340g
  • Gordon Rhodes Slow Comfortable Stew Mix 75g
  • Besmoke Smoked Garlic
  • 100% Pain Sauce 210g
This really does make an unusual gift that will be all the talk over Christnas Dinner - dare you try a little Pain Sauce with your turkey drumstick this year?!

For Mums

Oxo French Press

A revolution in coffee, this new French press is the ultimate gift for coffee drinkers and ideal for using after Christmas dinner. 

Designed to make life easier by making the process of cleaning up after a cup of coffee an absolute breeze, the innovative groundskeeper in the body of the carafe simply catches and contains the ground coffee once brewed and removes it in one easy step. 

The sturdy stainless steel housing contains a traditional glass carafe to ensure a pure brewing and serving experience every time.


Moonpig "Indulgence" Hamper

Coming just as beautifully presented as the Dads version, this beautiful Indulgence hamper is the perfect gift for any mother!

Containing all the treats needed for a blissful Christmas pampering treat, including:

  • Heyland & Whittle gift box for her - Citrus & Lavender massage oil, soap & bath melts
  • Heyland & Whittle gift box for him - Soaps, soap saver & nailbrush
  • Coconut, vanilla & black pepper scented candle
  • Strawberry Champagne truffles
  • Chilli, Butterscotch & Dark mini chocolate bars 30g

  • Any mother would be grateful to receive such an indulgent treat!

    Available from Moonpig for just £40.00!

    Bronnley Body Wash & Gift Sets

    Anybody who knows me well, knows that I have a secret geeky quirk - I am absolutely besotted with the Royal Family!
    And as such - anything that I know is used by them product-wise, I just HAVE to try! I always look out for the Royal Seal on any item!!

    Bronnley has been a Royal Warrant holder since 1943 - so of course I was intrigued to try some of their delights for myself!

    I tried out the Honey Blossom Body Wash (rrp £10.50) and the Lavender dusting powder (£8.95) and was so impressed by both!

    The packaging is timeless and elegant, and immediately lets you know that you're in the presence of quality - and the scents are just beautiful.

    Delicate but there is no mistaking what product you are using - the honey blossom really does smell like pure honey!

    The whole of the Bronnley range would make gorgeous Christmas gifts for a Mum of any age this Christmas, check out their full range at

    Merumaya Face Mask

    Every mum needs the Pure Radiance Mask by Merumaya Integrative Effective Skincare in their lives this party season!
    The treats and delights of this time of year are of course all too tempting - but don't they play havoc with the skin?!

    The Pure Radiance Mask is the perfect pick me up treatment for rapidly improved radiance, luminosity and plumping. F

    I found this mask to be the perfect way to un-wind and de-stress, and it left my skin looking and feeling radiant.

    The perfect treat for your Mum's Christmas Stocking this year!

    RRP £19.50, available from Debenhams & John Lewis

    What will you be buying for Mum & Dad this year?! As always, I'd love to hear from you!

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    1 comment:

    1. Ohh great ideas!! I love hampers of any


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