Christmas Gifts

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Re-gifting Unwanted Presents

Beth Searle | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Searle

Look around your home. How many unwanted/unused gifts do you still have hanging around from Christmas? Do you really have to display that ugly bowl you got from your aunt? Are you ever going to use that shower gel, or light that stinky candle?

Are Thank You Letters Still Important?

Susie Weaver | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Weaver

When I leave the children at the kitchen table, new Christmas notepaper and pens laid out, ready to go, I naively hope that I'll come back to a pile of beautifully written letters. But instead, I come back to bored, grumpy faces and doodles of Pokémon characters.

My Anxiety At Returning To School After Christmas

Mark Thomas | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Thomas

It's only since becoming a dad I realise where the strength must have come from. You've told me countless times "you'll know what it's like when you have your own", and you were right.

A Winter Wormer

Lorna Hayward | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lorna Hayward

Whilst we are knee deep in winter and the lead up to Christmas - I am in the throes of worms. Not me personally. Nope, so far I have managed 35 years on this planet without those offensive, miniscule, vile vermin crawling around my asshole, but sadly our eldest daughter became their latest casualty.

Give Them The Greatest Gift At Christmas

Helen Miller | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

It's not that I don't want to spend the money on them. It's that I think in the eyes of a child, innocent and simple, all that matters is that the are loved. Something every child has a right to. For me the day is about making memories to smile about and that doesn't cost a penny. Surely happy memories are the greatest gifts of all.

Giving The Gift Of Financial Education

Clint Wilson | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Clint Wilson

Giving money is often contemptuously referred to as 'sticking a fistful of notes into a card'. Yet this is a slightly unfair characterisation, and there are some benefits to this approach. Firstly, it allows a child to choose a present that they actually want.

How To Buy Art As A Gift

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Gordon

Buying art as a gift can seem like a daunting prospect and one that many people might shy away from, but remember, the brave will always be rewarded! With a bit of research and careful consideration, it is a beautiful, often unexpected, gift to receive, which will last a lifetime and certainly shows more than a little effort from the person giving.

How To Minimise The Stress Of Picking The Perfect Christmas Present

Sara Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Griffiths

Sometimes it's difficult to find the right time, the place or the words to express how we feel about someone, but don't wait until it's too late. Maybe Christmas is the perfect opportunity! Heal that rift. Say it while you can and put the 'Happy' back into Christmas.

As Christmas Day Toy Joy Fades To Boxing Day Boredom, Is A Huge Pile Of Presents Ever Enough?

Roderick Stuart | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Roderick Stuart

So while many of us understandably feel the pressure to provide at Christmas, it's worth taking the time out to stop and think about what really matters. Show-stopping gifts are great, but there's more to life than the latest big ticket items which, according to our survey at least, bring just a short-lived sense of joy.

Christmas Lust List: Fitness Gift Guide For Her

Alana Gray | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alana Gray

I've finally had time to put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) after a month of blogging hiatus. Recently it's been all work, work, work, work, work,...

Give A Diary This Christmas And Inspire A Child To Write

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

With Christmas around the corner, we're encouraging parents, families and anyone buying a gift for a child or young person to give the gift of a diary. You'll be giving them a platform to express themselves and the tools to become a better writer, which will help them now and long in to the future. And you never know - your child might just produce the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

No One Should Face Christmas Alone: Why We Parents Need To Show Elderly People We Care

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

giving back.jpg As parents, we owe it to our children to show elderly people that we care. One day, we too will be old and who knows if we will be lucky enough to still have family and friends around us? We will be extremely lucky if we do.

Greatest Gifts

Caragh Little | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe I need to forget about the artificial construct and endless to-do lists of 'the festive season' - constructed piece by piece to generate the best income of the year - and focus on the glimmers of light Christmas brings to dark months and bleak times.

Christmas Gift Ideas For A Gentleman

Adam Tanous | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Tanous

The festive season is upon us; the scent of mulled wine and pine rich in the air and the streets aglow with lights. All of this is, of course, merely distracting when you're on a mission to buy the perfect gift for the discerning gentleman in your life.

A Consumerist's Christmas

Sam Williams | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

It's that time of year again. The mountain at the back of the house is powdered with snow, and silence fills the village. My grandparents are in the k...

How To Help The Homeless In London This Christmas

Charlotte Long | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

giving back.jpg Rough sleeping, as with homelessness in general, is a particular problem in London. According to the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database 8,096 people slept rough at some point in London during 2015/16, an increase of 7% compared to 2014/15.

How To Buy Gifts For Other People's Children

Toni Hargis | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Toni Hargis

Don't harass said parent into giving you a list within 24 hours of receiving your e-mail/phone call. Parents are busy, and they may even have to have a few sneaky conversations with the child to determine what would be a good gift suggestion

The Beginners' Guide To Church At Christmas

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

It is entirely possible that sometime in the next month or so you might venture into a church. It may be a concert that tempts you or a carol service ...

Gifts And Parties - Do Kids Get Too Much?

Tamara Spurway | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

Now that he is two we have been invited to his playmates' parties and they have been fun. If I start organising parties for him now, as an Event Organiser I have to go all out. It won't be cheap, it will be over the top and I'm not sure I will know when to stop. Then next year I will have to top that and so it goes on.

Drone Safety A Key Factor Ahead Of Christmas

Jonathan Nicholson | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Tech
Jonathan Nicholson

It's for this reason that the Dronecode was first developed. It's a set of rules laid out to ensure safe, responsible use of drones to maintain the UK's excellent air safety record. Over the last few months we've been conducting research into the first Code to see how well it has been adopted and recognised and on the back of this, we've created a new version to further ensure safety remains as important as fun.

A Mindful Gift Guide For Christmas

Dorte Lange | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Style
Dorte Lange

With this Christmas gift guide, it is not my intent to lure you into joining the omnipresent shopping frenzy that also rules this season. I would rather like to encourage you to invest only in clothes and objects that you truly fall in love with, that light up your day (or years to come) and that you look forward to cherishing and having around you

Christmas Shopping: How Early Should We Start?

Jess Melia | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Melia

Gone are the days when Christmas used to start on December 1st, now we are lucky if we make it to the beginning of November without any mention of Chr...

Top Seven Conscious Christmas Shopping Ideas

Samantha Leigh | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Leigh

Halloween has now passed and so the Christmas festivities begin. Christmas shopping starts and we go to more parties than our livers would like. We start to become consumed in Christmas. Buying more, drinking more, spending more, eating more. Hey, it's Christmas right?

18 Foolproof Christmas Gift Ideas For Women

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re looking for gift inspiration for the wonderful woman in your life, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of 18 Christ...

11 Awesome Men's Grooming Gifts For Christmas 2016

Alexander Dalley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Style
Alexander Dalley

Give the ultimate gift of confidence this Christmas and make sure he's looking on top form for all those restive functions, as I take you through twenty-one awesome men's grooming gifts