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Christmas Guide 2018 – Product review Gift Suggestions

Well its the time of year, where we are again are scratching our heads wonder what to get a member of the family for Christmas.   I have a few ideas that may help.  Things you may not have though of.  So here we go.

Gifts for Her

Sudocrem Skin Recovery Cream

After months of sun and saltwater, skin needs time to recover. Autumn is the time for transition, and the best Autumn skincare routines will help to correct any summer damage that’s occurred and help you get back into your daily skincare routine. Enter centre stage, the new Sudocrem Skin Recovery Cream.

 Using a combination of soothing & moisturising ingredients from beeswax to lanolin, Sudocrem’s new Skin Recovery Cream helps skin to look fabulous and healthy every day. Apply in the evening before bed, to help soothe and restore the skin and to help treat break-outs and spots. So, in the morning, you can rise and shine! It’s simple,  and effect. Sudocrem Skin Recovery Cream is 2018’s must-have beauty skincare product.

This perfect stocking filler can be purchased at the following link

Sudocrem Skin Recovery Cream

Retails at a price of £5.99

Vie Epsom Foot Soak and Bath Salts

While increasing your magnesium levels, Epsom Salt also delivers sulphates which are extremely difficult to source through food but which readily absorb through the skin.

Medical research indicates sulphates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulphates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body’s residue of medicines and environmental contaminants.

Ideal for a full bath or for a pleasant foot soak.

You can buy these from the following link     VIE  and the retail for £8.95 for 1.8kg.

Gifts for him

Zippo

Hand Warmer

When you’re outdoors, you’re focused. Whether hunting, fishing, camping, or simply enjoying ice time with your buds, you don’t want distractions like cold hands. Zippo’s® new and improved filling process for its hand warmers keeps you in the game! Fill the cup. Light the burner. Done! Up to 12 hours of heat for your hands and fingers. Now get back out there.

  • Includes Easy Fill Technology
  • Improved Fill Cup Helps Reduce Spills
  • Perfect For All Cold Weather Activities
  • Flameless Gentle Warmth
  • Rugged & Durable MetalConstruction
  • Lighter Fluid Refillable – Environmentally Friendly & Reusable

You can buy a Zippo Hand Warmer via the following link :-

Zippo Hand Warmer

Retails at a Price of £23.95

Zippo Leather Wallet

Genuine leather credit card wallet de-bossed with Zippo logo. This vertical credit card wallet holds up to 13 cards. Includes a transparent plastic pocket. Comes packaged in a gift box.

  • Genuine Leather
  • Mocha

You can purchase this super wallet from the following link :-

Zippo Leather Wallet

Retails at £21.50 

For more amazing products from the Zippo line visit via this link

Zippo UK

A Gift for Techies, Students and Gamers

Soylent

Created for those striving to be the best they can be at work, in life or even at play, Soylent provides a tasty way for time-strapped consumers to fill up and get the nutrition needed when a hectic schedule may otherwise cause them to make unhealthy, unsustainable or expensive on-the-go choices.

As well as being an accessible and convenient choice, Soylent has also been developed with the planet in mind. A vegan and nut-free drink, Soylent uses plant-based protein to ensure less water is utilized and less CO2 is produced compared to the process to source protein from livestock. The innovative drink design also reduces food waste – with a year-long shelf life from manufacture and no need for refrigeration until opened, Soylent is able to stay fresh and tasting great for longer.

It is a meal replacement brand which has been designed to make students more productive, healthily, by providing them with a nutritionally complete and convenient solution to fill those  food voids  caused by a lack of time, knowledge or opportunity.   This would make an ideal stocking filler if you bought as single bottles or as a main if bought as a case.

You can purchase Soylent via Amazon UK.  This is the link to the case of Chocolate Soylent

Chocolate Soylent

This retails at £39.00 for a case of 12

Gifts for the Creative Minded

HunkyDory Crafts

Hunkydory Crafts

There is something very special about the magic that happens when Prism Watercolour Pencil pigment is activated with just a touch of water. The myriad effects that can be achieved with watercolour pencils can be simply stunning, with colour literally transforming before your very eyes.

The Prism Watercolour Pencil colour palette includes a wide range of 48 wonderful colours which have been chosen especially to blend beautifully together.

The rich and deep pigments in Prism Watercolour Pencils allow for a rainbow of colour to be simply and easily added to your projects. This colour can be laid down in a number of different ways and the intensity can be reduced simply by adding a larger volume of water to the pigment.

The carry roll contains a massive 48 pencils, each with their own different 3mm coloured lead at the centre. Chosen to ensure you have the widest array of colours possible, Prism Watercolour Pencils can also be blended to create an infinite number of colours, guaranteeing you the perfect tone or shade for your project each and every time.

Prism Watercolour Pencils

Retail at £24.99

The professional, textured card is 280gsm, so won’t buckle or warp with water application.

Its A5 size is ideal for cardmaking, the sheets are easily torn out from the pad and you can even die cut the card for fabulous watercolour creations!

Ideal for all water-based colouring mediums, including our new Prism Watercolour range.

The beautiful watercolour splash cover adds the final Hunkydory touch!

Prism Pad Of Watercolour Card

Retails at £9.99 

The new Premier Craft Tools Waterbrushes from Hunkydory are designed to work perfectly with watercolour pencils.

This pack includes three brushes, each with different sizes tips: small, medium and large, suitable for a variety of watercolour techniques from washing the page, to more intricate detail.

Each brush contains a reservoir for water, and water flow is controlled by simply squeezing the brush. There’s no need for messy cups of water that you have to keep cleaning out. You can even ‘wash’ the colour out of your brush by just squeezing.

The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold, and the water reservoir is easily replenished, so you can get on with crafting!

Watercolour Brushes

Retails at £7.99 

Bicmas

 

Struggling to find that perfect stocking filler that’s not going to break the bank? BIC, in partnership with Design and Shine competition winner, 13-year-old Evie Sherry, have launched the ultimate limited-edition BIC® 4 Colours Décor.

The brilliantly decorative and colourful design was created by Evie, who won this year’s BIC Design and Shine competition after her design was voted as the nation’s favourite by a public vote. The competition to redesign the barrel of the iconic BIC® 4 Colours pen, open to anybody aged 13 or above, received thousands of entries from across the UK and Ireland.

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Evie’s design features a host of crazy characters and vibrant colours, which will brighten any pencil case when the new term starts in January. Featuring black, blue, red and green ink in four medium 1.0mm ballpoints, the limited-edition pen can write for up to 8km and is the ultimate stationery stocking filler this Christmas.

You’ll have to hurry though; this pen is a limited-edition special, so make sure to get your hands on one before they’re gone

You can buy your own pen in Evie’s design from the following link;

Design and Shine 4 Colour Bic Pen

Retails for £3.99

In the photo are also some other amazing Bin products that can be purchased as gifts or stocking fillers

Merejka Cross Stitch.

If you have a friend of relative who cross stitches, or even as a gift to yourself, the Merejka Cross Stitching company have a fabulous collection of Charts and Kits.  Based in the EU, they post really quickly to the UK.  Varying prices and themes.  There is something for every taste.  I chose the Hedgehog to show you.  It has the most amazing detail on the design,  the threads are all sorted for you and the chart is in black and white with symbols for the colours.

You can find out more about this company if you click on this link :-

Merejka Cross Stitching

Gift for a Book Lover

Bohemian Rhapsody

This is the official book of the 20th Century Fox and Queen epic movie Bohemian Rhapsody,published in paperback by Carlton Books. It includes photographs and biographies of the band members and their entourage, behind the
scenes pics and stills, as well as images of the band from the 1970s to 1990s. The author has had unprecedented access to interview key cast and crew members to reveal how Freddie Mercury and Queen’s incredible story was brought to the big screen and shares how the story, events, music, props and costumes were developed for the film.
Fantastic book for Queen fans and Book Lover alike.  Super photos and lots of information
You can purchase a copy of this book from the following link ;-
Retails at £20.00 

Novella Nostalgia

These stories are ideal for the homeward journey after visiting relatives at Christmas, or for those breaks in-between the festivities and checking on the Christmas lunch! And if time is limited for reading the whole novella, do not fear as the memorable story-lines will remain in your thinking until you pick up and read again.
“Lunch with Harry”transfers the classic romance ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to Regent Street, London in 2016. Audrey Hepburn is recreated in the desirable shape of Dr Ella van Houten who has stood on a man’s foot outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. Ella was imagining that she was Holly Golightly, the character that Hepburn played in one of Hollywood’s most romantic films in New York- the most Christmassy city of them all.
“Twelve Troubled Jurors” follows an explosive Crown Court case which creates nerve jangling tensions among members of the jury. The weakness of the evidence of financial “insider dealing” is offset by Vicki Rollins’ resentment of the wealthy classes in a courtroom drama echoing the strains of“12 Angry Men”, the film that gave us one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances.
“Forever on Thursdays”is based on the unforgettable British film “Brief Encounter” and tells the tale of Carey and Mark, who meet unexpectedly when Carey is the victim of an assault at a railway station. Mark is her saviour and whisks her away for a coffee; the pair get on well and soon they are meeting every Thursday.
“The Man who Hated”is inspired by the 1993 release of Michael Douglas film Falling Down. The protagonist,            ex-police officer Milton Grant, appoints himself hero to correct what he feels is wrong amongst humanity. Grant’s estrangement and anger is fuelled by difficulty with his daughter and his diagnosis with terminal cancer. Paradoxically, Grant’s quest is carried out through acts of violence that become ever more intense as the novella progresses.
In “Gloriana”dispute resolution lawyer turned author, Oliver Richbell takes from his extensive knowledge of European politics to create a drama inspired by the current socio-political aftermath ofBrexit. Taking its theme from the 2008 Tom Cruise filmValkyrie, where conspirers plotted against Adolf Hitler, Richell’s novella tells the tale of those who voted remain plotting in Downing Street with international deals and hopes to kill the Prime Minister.
The Novellas have been described by many as so gripping that they can’t be put down. With many
five-star reviews across the board, you can’t miss out on these original reads this holiday time.
You can buy all 5 copies via the following link ;-
Retails at a price of £10.95 

Gifts for Family Fun

Ravensburger Jigsaw – A Visit to Santa

This super 1000 piece jigsaw by Ravensburger is a must have.  It depicts the scene of a family visit to Santa.  Lots of detailed scenery of toys and the animals who would be in Lapland.    Beautiful jigsaw which all the family would love to sit and make together.  A quiet reflection of memories in the past for parents and grandparents.  This jigsaw is also limited edition.

Lets visit Santa can be purchased  via this link    Lets Visit Santa

Retails at a price of £13.99 

Triominoes

Tri-Ominos has been one of the most played-and enjoyed-games for so many years. The whole family can play together-and anyone can win! It’s a great game that combines strategy with luck. Simply try to match one side of a Tri-Omino tile that’s already on the table to one that you have in your hand … and you score. Tri-Ominos is easy to learn. You can start to play.in less than 5 minutes! But you can also develop strategies and learn to play competitively. Take it -and set it up- anywhere! No game board is needed, so Tri-Ominos is a terrific game to take with you on trips and visits.

You can buy a copy of Triominoes via this link

Triominoes

Retails at a price of 29.99

Rummikub

Rummikub Classic is the numbers strategy game that’s never the same!Played with 106 tiles (1 to 13 in 4 different coloures), the object of the game is go “Rummikub” being the first player to place all the tiles from their rack onto the table.Lay down sets of “groups” (three or four tiles in the same number but different colour) or “runs” (three or more consecutive numbers of the same colour).Bring excitment to your game by “manipulating” the tiles already on the table to a player’s advantage, rearrange or add to existing sets in or to use up a tile from their rack!For 2-4 players

You can purchase a copy of this game via the link below

Rummikub

Retails at a price of £24.99

Othello


Trap and capture your opponent by placing your disks on the board.
“Sandwich” at least one of your opponent’s pieces to turn their disk to their colour….but look out, your opponent will do the same to you.
The lead can change with a flip of a disk in this classic fast paced strategy game.

Othello

Retails at a price of £24.99 

Break Free

Can you break free? you’re locked up in handcuffs, how fast can you escape? use your lock-pick and break out fastest. Don’t waste time. If you’re not the first, you’re last. Be the 1st to solve the maze and escape. With 3 levels of difficulty with 12 unique mazes it makes for exciting game every time! this game includes 4 x handcuffs, 4 x lock picks, 12 x unique mazes, 12 x victory coins, 1 x set of instructions. This game is suitable for 2-4 players. Suitable for ages 6 years and up. Playing time: 15 minutes

You can but a copy of this game via the link below

Break Free Game

Retails at £24.99

 

Thank you for reading my Gift Guide and I hope that it has helped give you some ideas on those last minute gifts.

May I take this opportunity, from both myself and my family, to wish you the compliments of the upcoming season and to hope that 2019 will be a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous one for you all.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I was sent samples of these products and all opinions are 100% my own. 

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