The Christmas Organisation Fail

Usually by this time of the year I feel pretty smug. This year I feel whatever the opposite of smug is. You see, for as long as I can remember I have been the most organised person when it comes to Christmas. With the exception of 1 year where I thought I would try doing all of my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve (I don’t know what I was thinking), I have always been done before December. My shopping is usually done, all of my wrapping is done and usually all of my Christmas cards have been written out and

Christmas Gift Ideas For Foodies

I don’t know about you but both me and John (and probably Erin) love getting something delicious to eat or drink for Christmas. I think the Christmas season is all about indulgence and treating yourself, or someone else to something special that they might not have otherwise. This gift guide is full of food and drink ideas for any foodie you’re buying for this year. Sweet treats I know that advent calendars aren’t really Christmas gifts (unless you want someone to open them all in one go). However, I do think they are a nice thing to buy someone ready

Christmas Gift Ideas For Pre-School Children

Last Christmas Erin was just about to turn 2 (on 1st January) and I found choosing her gifts pretty easy. Now that Erin is nearly 3 though it has become a bit harder as she has clear preferences and will say exactly what she likes and what she doesn’t. With that in mind, today I’m bringing you some gift ideas for pre-schoolers! Toys Growing up we always used to get one big present for Christmas every year and something I always remember wanting was a doll’s house, probably because my Nanna had one that was amazing. I’m loving the Bigjigs Blossom

Christmas Gift Ideas For Women

My family is one of mostly women and girls and over the years, I have had to think of a lot of different presents to buy. Today I’m bringing you ideas for gifts for women this Christmas. Gift Experience If you have someone to buy for who maybe already has a lot, doesn’t have many hobbies etc. or maybe it’s just someone you don’t know very well then Buy A Gift could be a great place to look for something. Buy A Gift sell a whole range of gift experiences and one of my personal favourites are the Smartboxes as

Christmas Gift Ideas For Men

Today marks the start of our Christmas Gift Guides this year and today we’re showing off some fabulous gift ideas for men. I have included items that my husband would personally like but I hope you will find some inspiration for the men in your lives. Technology and gadgets John cycles to and from work a lot and it’s 10 miles each way so having a good pair of earphones is a must have. If you have someone to buy for this year who is really active then the Brainwavz S0 Earphones could be a great gift. The sound quality is

Why We Won’t Be Raising Erin To Believe In Santa

Erin was born on New Year’s Day so her birthday is only a week after Christmas. Erin’s first Christmas meant that she was nearly 1 and really didn’t understand anything about it so at this point, we hadn’t really made up our minds about what we were going to tell her. Now that she’s nearly 3 and going to nursery with other children, we have had to make a decision. Although I was brought up to believe in Santa I think I realised quite early on that he wasn’t real. When you hear someone building your present downstairs on Christmas

How Not To Get Caught Up In The Cost Of Christmas

Christmas is probably the most expensive time of year for most families but it really doesn’t need to be. The media is full of stories about families going into debt, paying for Christmas on credit and generally making it a big thing that they really can’t afford… myself being one of these people in the past. However, there’s really no need for Christmas to be all about how much you spend, and what on, so I thought I’d share some tips on how not to get caught up in the cost of Christmas. Budgets If we were still buying presents

5 Ways To Save Money When Buying Presents

Speaking from personal experience, it is really easy to over spend or go over the top when it comes to buying presents for others. If you’re anything like me, and pick things up all through the year when I see them, the loft becomes a great hiding place but it always means I tend to forget what I’ve already bought. This means I end up with more presents than I need and spending more money than I should have. With Christmas in less than 100 days it’s really time to start thinking about ways to save money for Christmas so