Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide

Ok, so it’s Father’s Day this weekend, nobody panic…I’ve just been lucky enough to go away with the girls for the weekend and now I’m home I have a last minute panic to find Father’s Day gifts for Stu! I thought I would put together a little gift guide for anyone else who has left it to the last minute!


I absolutely love Amara for their vast selection of luxury gifts and collections which are perfect for that special person in your life (or just yourself!) They have a fab selection of Father’s Day gifts too, from Beard grooming to Barista kits & luxury bath robes to classic watches. Why not step up your partner’s indoor shoe game with these luxury suede Ugg slippers.

Amara offer next day delivery if ordered by 3pm AND they offer Sunday delivery – it couldn’t be more perfect for that last minute panic purchase!!

Men’s Ascot Slippers* £90

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My lovely friend Lucie and I were invited to a Lush event a couple of weeks ago to take a look at their new Father’s Day gift selection and we were super impressed. The range is really varied, and includes some really handsome smelling fragrances and products. You may think of girlie Sunday night pamper sessions when you think of Lush, but they are so much more and I was pleasantly surprised at the choice for chaps. From shampoos to shaving, gift sets and of course their iconic bath bombs there is something for all the special Dad’s in your life, and they are so bright and vibrant your little ones will love picking them out for him.

Lush Gifts*, from £3.95

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These personalised Football themed prints are perfect for the football mad Dad in your life. I think they are really cute and any man who loves footie has probably dreamt about playing football with their child since before they were born!

Personalised Football Shirt Print £10

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Stuart has been a big fan of the Fitbit for a few years and he’s upgraded a few times to the latest version at the time. They leap in price from the Flex at £60 up to around £160 for the Blaze, all with varying features for different needs. Top of his wish list is the Surge, as below.

Don’t forget your Boots advantage points, ladies, then you can spend them on beauty goodies for yourself afterwards!

Fitbit, From £60

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Sometimes we just have men in our lives who are SO tricky to buy for; they have everything they need or they just don’t want anything. These quirky biscuits are just perfect for such a man. Plus it gets you out of cooking the full english in the morning, right?? Next day delivery available and last order for Sunday delivery is Friday…go go go…

Biscuiteers Biscuits, from £6

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I’d love to hear what you’re thinking of going with!

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Last week I received a lovely email from a lady called Laura, (hi Laura!) who got in touch to say how much she enjoyed reading my blog and said that she uses reading the blog for some “me time”, explaining that since she’d had her baby and then recently gone back to work, time for herself was limited and it was nice to have a little escapism from Mum life. Obviously it was so lovely to receive (and nice to know it’s not just my Mum who reads my blog (hi Mum!)) but it really hit home and got me thinking…when you’re a Mum “me time” is such a rare commodity, something so simple and previously so readily available has become so important, cherished, bargained for!

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Gone are the days where I wake up on a Saturday morning (or any other day, for that matter) and think, ooh I’ll just pop to town to have a little look around or go and get my hair done. Everything I now do has to be pre-arranged, childcare organised. Spare time has to be shared equally, evenly. Of course this is parenthood, and obviously I wouldn’t change my job as a parent for anything in the world. Luckily, Stuart and I enjoyed a lot of time together before the boys arrived, we travelled, we socialised, we were ready to “settle down”. But that’s not to say we don’t need some time to be ourselves, albeit a slightly more exhausted, grey looking version of ourselves!

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Having gone back to work freelance when George was just a few months old, trying to carve out a new career in digital marketing around 2 small, and very demanding, humans the opportunity to indulge in “me time” is about as regular as a hot cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just directed at us Mum’s! Stuart has no more time than myself to go and get his hair done (!) or knowing him go on some insane fitness mission. But he does at least spend the day with adults, a lunch break to do as he pleases, enjoys a hot drink when he fancies it and hopefully goes to the toilet without an audience.

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Just by doing a few things for yourself can really make all the difference when it comes to feeling refreshed with life and ready to slip into those Mum shoes each day (or in my case milk sick and dribble covered slippers). Pour a glass of wine and call an old friend who you’ve not caught up with for ages, run yourself a bath and apply a fancy new face mask once the littles are in bed, or order that new lipstick you’ve been coveting.

If your budget allows, buying something for yourself can really perk you up. Especially something pretty which you can wear alongside the standard Mum uniform (breton, skinnies & converse, obvs.) every day to keep your pre-mum identity. I’ve been loving a newly discovered jewellery brand, Boho Betty, who are a UK company which create globally inspired jewellery; designed for women who want to express their individuality. There are sooo many different options on the website I could have shopped on there for hours (If I had the time…)

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I love how a lot of the Boho Betty Jewellery is stackable and you can create so many different looks with various combinations, all perfect for layering. I’ve got my eye on some of their gorgeous necklaces next. They come in luxurious little packages which makes them seem even more indulgent. They’d also make really lovely, thoughtful gifts for any new Mum or Birthday girl.

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Boho Betty have kindly given me an exclusive discount code for my readers so that you can get 15% off of their beautiful jewellery range! Just type in code AOAM15 on the website!

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What would you choose from Boho Betty Jewellery?

http://www.boho-betty.co.uk

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Christmas Eve boxes are fast becoming a firm family tradition across the nation. We’ve decided now that we have 2 young sons that we are going to do a family box, rather than one per child, because it’s going to be our special evening together as a family, before the madness of the following few days. The mountains of shiny paper every which way we turn, trying to fit in seeing all family members and feeling eternally sick on over indulgence.

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First up, an essential new pair of Christmas Pyjamas for the boys. New PJ’s are a must for Christmas Eve! I discovered Hatley during our time in the States and was gutted when Henry grew out of his PJ’s, but Little Blue House by Hatley are available in the UK and the boys are going to be matchy matchy with these cute bear print sets – Perfect for all those early morning photos of their excited faces seeing what Santa has been up to!

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A nice early Christmas Bath before settling in for the night – This Marili hair & body wash smells good enough to eat, they are great for sensitive skin and made with no nasties organic ingredients and I love the story behind Marili’s brand.

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Cuddledry towel – How cute is this Dinosaur print towel?! Perfect to wrap the boys up in after that special Christmas Eve bath. This is the softest towel I’ve felt, it’s made from bamboo and cotton and this adorable Dino print is my favourite in their range, have a look for yourself at all the different prints you can get, perfect for making bath time fun for little boys and girls!

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Family friendly DVD – Minions! Henry loved Despicable Me but mainly for the Minions, so I’m hoping he will really love snuggling up and watching this together – he’s at the age where the right film can just about capture his attention, so fingers crossed!

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Hot chocolate & marshmallows and popcorn! Perfect treat for a family movie night (Our first one, so I am hoping they play ball!)

Special Christmas books for bedtime stories. You can read my review of Henry’s personalised 12 Days Of Christmas book here. George has this lovely touchy feely Nativity story which he will love feeling over all the different textures.

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Bubbles for mummy and Daddy! Well, it is Christmas Eve after all!

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Stockings ready to hang for Father Christmas. I had these handmade for the boys by the highly talented Bev who designed them for Henry and George. You can get in touch with her through her Instagram account if you want her to make something similar for your little ones. I can’t wait to see Henry’s little face in the morning when he sees Santa has been!

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I’ve seen some really cute ideas for the things to get for the big man’s arrival – the usual plate for Reindeer refreshments, a magic key, letter from Santa, Reindeer magic dust to sprinkle and of course talcum powder footsteps – Not sure who’s more excited, us or the boys!

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I’d love to know if you do a Christmas Eve Hamper and what you put in it!

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Ok, so this beautiful delivery could not have come at a better time…The temperature has dropped suddenly and overnight it feels like winter has arrived – including having to scrape the night’s ice from the car windscreen. Meh. We have an exciting couple of days out as a family this week to celebrate my Birthday and I was beginning to worry that the boys are going to be freezing, miserable and uncomfortable. (Not the ideal components for a fun day out, as you may know.)

Enter Superlove Merino Base Layer Sets

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The science behind the “superwool” Merino is explained far better than I could do so here. But put simply it is the most sought after wool in the world, renowned for its quality, purity and luxe softness. It helps regulate children’s temperatures; keeping them warm in the cold and cool in the heat, it’s comfortable against even the most sensitive of skin and naturally repels water (extending the time being able to splash about in puddles and dare I say it, snowman building.) It is machine washable and can even be cool tumble dried **cue cheers from Mum’s who do not have the time to faff about** (me) It is antibacterial, UV resistant and even flame resistant – seriously, the list just goes on and on.

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Ok so enough of the science bit, the facts really do speak for themselves. The base layer sets have a lovely design, they’re not bulky and they come in some lovely bold colours (they stay bold too, despite all the washing they will go through)

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Soft, breathable, slim fitting and super-stretchy, they can be worn alone or as a thermal base-layer under clothing when it’s extra cold and they make perfect nightwear too. Completely versatile day and night, whatever the weather. I love the detail to the design too, such as thumb holes to use as built-in mittens, foldable waistbands for growing tummies & no itchy neck labels.

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Designed and made ethically in Great Britain. You can read more about the story behind the Superlove brand here. I’m off to lust after the rest of the range online…

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We have the 0-6m Superfine Merino Baby Base Layer Set at £45 & 2-3yr Superfine Merino Kids Base Layer Set at £55. The are a real investment purchase as they will last incredibly well, can be used every night as pyjamas as well as during the day in hot or cold weather and make the perfect gift for Christmas. 

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I wanted to bring you a separate gift guide to include purely children’s books because there are so many beautiful books available I didn’t want them to get lost within the other children’s gift guide. Henry is really, really into books. But I love mixing them up at Christmas to bring him the magic and get him excited for the big man in the red suit to arrive!

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Personalised 12 Days Of Christmas £23.

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This personalised book from I See Me is something to be treasured and bring out each year. It’s fully personalised with Henry’s photograph inside and his name on every page. The book content itself is a great way to get your child counting and even work on their memory. Each book is unique and you can include a personalised message to your child, making it all the more special.

(I See Me books are now available to UK customers with a turn around time of just 2 weeks so plenty of time for Christmas!)

Book-O-Masks by Curious Fox £5.99

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There are a few to the series including book-o-beards which bring so much fun to story time, encouraging young children’s imagination and role play skills. These are great fun for children and adults alike, you can even bring them out for some family Christmas games!

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Basingstoke-book

I got my hands on this book last year and was literally so excited that our little town had a whole book written about it! These are available for loads of different towns and cities and shares a brilliant story of Santa’s journey to deliver all the toys to all the children. The detail is brilliant, the text includes place names, roads, shops – really great for older children too who have more of an understanding of the places around them.

The Snowman Pop Up book £5.99

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This absolute classic has been given a revival with the addition of pop up & pull out pages. Featuring all original artwork of the book we all know and love ourselves about the snowman who comes to life.

Mog’s Christmas Calamity £3

(Exclusive to Sainsbury’s)

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Shooting back into fame thanks to the Sainsbury’s Christmas ad campaign this little cat has had a facelift for Christmas and has since topped the UK book charts. There’s something special about reading a book to my children that I used to have read to me over and over and I hope they will love it as much as I used to.

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