While Christmas might be nearly here, the gift buying process isn’t necessarily over. Between your family members and friends, you probably find yourself scouring the internet and rushing around the shops looking for birthday gifts all year long. From your brother to your dad to your boyfriend, finding the perfect present can be difficult. So, if you find it tricky to come up with the goods, here are a few ideas for the sophisticated, techy and sporty guys you might know.
Have you ever wondered about the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world? It’s quite an interesting topic to discuss with the kids, to help broaden their horizons and think about different cultures and traditions. Since they have some friends in Australia, my boys are quite fascinated with the idea that Australia has Christmas in Summer while we have it in Winter.
But climate is not the only difference in Christmases between the countries. Some places celebrate on slightly different days, for example a lot of places – including Argentina, Austria, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Quebec, Romania, Uruguay, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic – all traditionally open their Christmas presents on Christmas eve, while Russian Christmas is actually much later on the 7th January!
For even more interesting Christmas differences, have a look through this Christmas infographic and you can even learn how to say “Merry Christmas” around the world
There’s not long until Christmas – exactly one month to go! But if you’re still stuck for ideas for the kids, don’t worry: I have a few suggestions to help you out.
Here are a few of the things that have been hits with my kids this year (boys aged 5, 6 and 8), with a mixture of video games, educational toys, stocking fillers and family board games. If you have kids, nieces or nephews in the similar age ranges then you’re sure to find something that will suit!
The Snowman is one of the most iconic and timeless Christmas stories, and is one I always enjoy watching over again with the kids. The Snowman now also has a canine companion and no Christmas would be complete without The Snowdog! This week, I’m taking part in The Snowman and The Snowdog blog tour together with a group of other bloggers, to share with you some of the lovely The Snowman and The Snowdog products that are available, and show off our own decorated snow dogs!
With Christmas party season around the corner, a fun and festive hair style is a great way to make an outfit really stand out. There are so many clever ideas and tutorials out there, so I’ve gathered together a few of my favourites – from the simple to the intricate, and the sophisticated to the silly!
Click on each of the links to get the full instructions, or watch the videos that are included in this post to get your full step by step.
When I was a kid, opening up the smaller stocking filler items were one of my favourite parts of Christmas – even more so than the big presents under the tree. There’s something really exciting about a whole sack full of surprises, and it’s a great way to give some useful things, and include something a bit quirky too!
There are some people who have all their Christmas gifts wrapped and prepared by the end of September, and have everything done and dusted super early, but if you’re like me and most of the mums I know then you probably still have loads to do at the last minute!
Check out TSB’s Christmas tips guide for some quick and easy inspiration to help you get everything under control, ready to relax and enjoy your festive season. I’ve put together a list of my own too, of all of the best Christmas tips and hacks that I’ve stumbled across this year.
It’s always fun to take part in secret santa, and this year I took part in a blogger one thanks to George at Asda who organised this and offered the gifts for us to choose for one another from their Christmas Gifting range
I still don’t know who my secret santa was, but thank you blogger secret santa whoever you are!
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