Gift Guides


Top Gifts for Teen Girl or Niece 3

Cool Ways to Gift Your Favorite Niece Who Has Everything with our Top Gifts for Teen nieces even the pickiest teenager will love these. I have two amazing nieces and being a mum to boys it is brilliant to be able to buy girlie gifts and be the greatest Aunty ever. I take so much pleasure looking for the perfect gift for my wonderful inspiration nieces, one of whom is 15 and the other 19.


Great gifts for Tween Boys, aged 9-12 2020 14

What is it about tweens?   They really do not want to write a gift list.  I am just supposed to know what they want, but I know that I am not alone on this as Master Frugal is the same.  So I have been researching what gifts tween Boys really want and there really is something special about giving and receiving just the right gift.

tween gift guide

Must have books for Tween Boys

Must have books for Tween Boys 12

Do you have a reader?  I am not going to pretend that my boys are always found with their noses in a book, but I have now got two readers.  One was a reluctant reader and the other was and still is prolific, especially at bedtime!  It is only when I came to put together this list that I realised just how much they both read and how many books we have purchased this year, so here is our must have books for tween boys.


Star Wars Books for Kids

Fab Star Wars Books for kids 1

I have talked before that it can sometimes be frustrating as a parent when you want to instil a love of books and reading in your kids and they are reluctant readers.    Over my years as a parent I have struggled to reconcile the fact that Maxi is not a book worm like I am and that Mini has become.  However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t read,  just that he reads in different ways.  I have also learned that I need to find something that engages him and with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this year these Star Wars books really did.


Yvolution Y Fliker Lift Review 12

I am really lucky that I have two boys that take no encouragement to be sporty and active.  They love being out playing with their friends and often only return home if they are hungry or it is dark!   For the last three weeks the MiniMads have been testing out the Yvolution Y Fliker Lift.  Want to know what they thought of it?  Read on…

Yvolution Y Fliker Lift

Save the children club

Save the children club – The MUST HAVE Christmas gift 13

How much do your children know about how other kids their age live in different counties?  I am going to admit that my boys are somewhat sheltered when it comes to poverty and the rest of the world.  I am also going to admit that it is my fault that this has happened, that I have protected them from a lot of the things in the news.  But now they are nine and ten, I feel that they are old enough to learn more about the world and the people in it.


Top comics for ten year old boys 13

I love reading and I am so pleased to have been able to pass that love of reading on to my boys.  Mini has always been a ferocious reader, but Maxi was a reluctant reader up until the last year or so.  One of the things to remember as a parent is that reading doesn’t always have to equal books and comics are a great way to encourage readers.  So here are our current top comics for ten year old boys.


Teacher appreciation gift ideas 21

Do your kids give their teachers a gift at the end of the year to say thank you for teaching them?  My boys have always made something as a token of their appreciation to their teachers.  At Christmas we are renowned for our thumbprint robin or reindeer mugs, so we like to shake it up a bit each year depending on the sex of their teachers.


Homemade Gifts – #FabulouslyFrugal 15 Feb 2015 18

Who does love a homemade gift.  They are much more thoughtful that a purchased one.  I love the thought and love that goes into them, plus they are often less expensive too.  We have some amazing links to last weeks Fabulously Frugal, so please do keep them coming.  I know that these gifts would make a wonderful Mothers Day present. Homemade Gifts


5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is usually a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can involve stress, exhaustion and frayed tempers from time to time. Valentine’s day represents the perfect opportunity to express your love to your pregnant partner, but it’s important to send a message of love and thoughtfulness. These five Valentine’s Day gifts are certain to give the love of your life something to smile about during her pregnancy.   Prenatal Massage If you think that your partner would appreciate a practical gift this year, why not treat her to a prenatal massage? A massage by a fully trained professional may help to alleviate many of the aches and pains that more »


Great gifts for Mums 75

When I was younger I would have got really upset at receiving something for the house as a present, but now it thrills me to get something that I want! I also have found that the older I have got the more expensive my tastes have become!   The Mad House’s guide to great gifts for Mums, but it really is Great Gifts I would Want to Receive, so I hope you are reading boys! Smellies


5 fantastic Kid made gifts 23

Is there anything better than receiving a homemade card……. yes, a homemade gift and I love receiving gift a child has made.  Over the years the boys have made lots of gifts, in fact it is something that we have become know for.  We make the Grandparents and family gifts and also their teachers get a kid made gift at Christmas too. 5 kid made gifts that you would like to receive!