Gift Guides


Perfect Gifts for Crafters 2

But what do you buy for a crafter? What could they possibly want? You don’t want to replicate what they already have. So I am going to share with you my tips and tricks on how to choose the perfect gifts for crafters for 2021. These gifts for crafty people are perfect for inspiring your maker friends—or grabbing for yourself! I adore crafting and I am not alone, so many more people realise that hobbies and crafts are key to a happy healthy lifestyle.


Perfect Gifts for Grandparents and In-Laws 6

Perfect Gifts for Grandparents and In-Laws has been updated for 2021. I always want to get the perfect gifts for the boys’ grandparents. One of the hardest people to buy for is the in-laws who are now the boys’ Grandparents, well they are in my opinion and even though I have been married over 25 years I still have difficulties in choosing what to gift them. I want it to be meaningful and tailored towards their likes.


Top Gifts for Teen Girl or Niece 2021 3

Top Gifts for Teen Girl or Niece has been updated for 2021. 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 16 and the other 19.


A Candle Lovers Gift Guide 2021 4

A Candle Lovers Gift Guide has been updated for 2021. Do you have someone in your life that loves Candles, but you are not sure what to get them, then this candle lovers gift guide is for you. I adore candles and now my boys are older I can use them when they are around rather than just late at night when they are asleep like I used to and I think over the years I have developed a keen eye and nose for a good candle.


Gifts people working from Home will really love 5

Gifts people working from Home will really love has been updated for 2021. I have been working from home now for 14 years and the husband has also worked from home most of the week since March this year, so I thought I would put together a gift guide for people that work from home – gifts that they will really love and appreciate, not ones that will go in the cupboard until they can re-gift them!


Great gifts for Tween Boys, aged 9-12 2021 14

Great gifts for Tween Boys, aged 9-12 2021 has been updated for 2021. 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 »