Gifts

MASSIVE Clearance: Items From 40p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store

by Nada in Deals on 22 May, 2015 at 12:05 pm

MASSIVE Clearance: Items From 40p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store

I get all excited when Internet Gift Store have FREE delivery on and they do for this weekend. IGS is one site that I love browsing. It's like one of those independent gift shops you see on little town's side street. You know the ones, full of unusual bits and pieces. Internet Gift Store boast an impressive clearance section jam packed with bargains. Items start from just 40p delivered.

Think Father's Day, what will you get Daddy Dearest? How about a Superman Neon Light* for his man cave? It's just £19.99 delivered. £12.99 delivered for this Superman Jumpsuit*. This Dr Who Tardis Bathrobe* is just £11.99 delivered.  Have a look there's heaps of goodies that would be ideal for Father's Day.

This One Direction Lunch Bag* is only 75p, that would even be handy to keep as a spare. My boys have lost more lunch boxes than I can count. I might buy a couple of these ones and I bet they would remember theirs all the time.

One thing I will say about Internet Gift Store is that prices can fluctuate at the drop of a hat so just watch out for that!

Yankee Candle Clearance: Items From £1.04 @ Yankee Direct UK

by Nada in Deals on 15 April, 2015 at 9:53 am

Yankee Candle Clearance: Items From £1.04 @ Yankee Direct UK

Yankee Candles are not just about those melt-able, scent loaded candles - nope, they actually make some very pretty home accessories too. Yankee Direct UK have a clearance on just now and items start from only £1.04. If you are a Yankee fan, then you will know that they don't tend to come cheap, unless you shop around. The clearance at Yankee Direct means that you can try them out for the first time or stock up on some essentials for less.

I am a fan of Yankee Candles and I like the votive holder from Yankee that I own too. I have had a good look through the clearance and it looks great. Think of any birthdays you have coming up, there's plenty of items that would make nice gifts.

Here's my top picks: Yankee Candle Turquoise Water Votive Holder* only £3.99, ideal for a bathroom or en-suite. Got a wedding soon? The Yankee Candle Wedding Day Medium Jar Candle* is just £12.74. I highly recommend Yankee Candle Beach Walk Reed Diffuser* at just £9.99, a nice fresh summery scent.

There's lots to choose from and delivery starts from just £1.95 for spends of £9.99 and under, £2.95 for orders of £10 to £24.99 and £3.95 for any order of £25 and above.

Cadbury's Chunk Mug With Free Bar Of Dairy Milk £6.99 plus p&p @ Applause Store

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 11 April, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Cadbury's Chunk Mug With Free Bar Of Dairy Milk £6.99 plus p&p @ Applause Store

This has nothing to do with babies, kids or parenting but I'm still going to tell you about it. And chocolate does play a big part in my parenting strategy - for me, not my children. It's a Cadbury's Chunk Mug and I want one.

It's £6.99 plus delivery from The Applause Store, meaning in total it will set you back around £9.98, but I think it's worth it. I didn't say it was a bargain, but it would make a great gift.

Not convinced? This will swing it - you get a free bar of Dairy Milk with every mug, so you can settle back with a brew and some chocolate as soon as your parcel arrives (children willing).

I remember there being one of these mugs in our house when I was a kid, but whose it was my memory won't say. I don't recall if it was acquired on our infamous family trip to Cadbury World (remember that Dad?), but hubby seems to think that you got them from the milkman (?).

Either way, I think that every house needs one of these, whether it's for a birthday, Father's Day or just because you love chocolate. Thank you for indulging me. Now where are those Easter eggs...

Clearance Hello Kitty Jewellery & Gifts from £2.99 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 March, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Clearance Hello Kitty Jewellery & Gifts from £2.99 @ Argos

New to the Clearance section at Argos online are these Hello Kitty bits and bobs of jewellery and gifts, all of which are pretty big reductions, as all are less than half price.

Here's what they have in the clearance:

All of these seem to have really good stock levels, and all feature the same strawberry Hello Kitty design, so you can mix and match them as well. I imagine there will be plenty of little girls who would love these, and at up to 60% off they are a good price too.

As always from Argos, reserve and collect is free, or home delivery charges are from £3.95

Clearance Gifts From Just 49p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store

by Nada in Deals on 5 February, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Clearance Gifts From Just 49p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store

Internet Gift Store has a great variation of items in their clearance section. From Children's Slippers to Yankee Candles, all with big savings. From now until the 14th February you can get FREE delivery on any order. When considering that clearance items start from 49p you can get something for under 50p delivered to your front door. How amazing is that?

With Valentine's Day just around the corner you may be looking for gift ideas that are too expensive. Here's my top picks of gifts for grown-ups in the Internet Gift Store: Yankee Candle Season of Peace Large Jar* was £19.99 now just £14.99, Carrie Elspeth Midnight Gold Rush Necklace* was £12.99 now £6.99 and Dr Who Salt and Pepper Tardis Shakers* was £14.99 now £9.99.

For the kiddiwinkles there are heaps of quirky gifts: Sew Heart Felt Slippers in Budgie* now £7.99 delivered and Guinea Pig* now £8.99 delivered. Hello Kitty Diamond Rim Bowl* is now only 79p delivered.

There really is lots to choose from and something different for those that are hard to buy for. Think upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day and other events.

70% Off Food Gifts @ Debenhams

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 16 January, 2015 at 2:19 pm

70% Off Food Gifts @ Debenhams

I've been loving the Debenhams Blue Cross Sale, but with all the toys and kids clothes I missed this - there's 70% Off Food Gifts! If you're on a diet you'd better be gone now.

There are a few Christmas themed things that are unlikely to be in date for next year, but there are loads of biscuit tins and boxes of chocolates that are not festive at all, that you could buy as cut price gifts to pop away in the cupboard or to scoff yourself.

I need the Cupcake Biscuit Tin*. Not only does it look wonderful, but it's full of Belgian chocolate cookies too. This was £10, and is now just £3. How amazing would a giant cupcake look in your kitchen?

I also love the retro Radio Cookie Tins*, the Fridge Biscuit Tins*, and the Cookie Time Clock* is fab too. There are also some boxes of Thorntons at knock down prices, and jars of sweeties too. And apart from a couple of half price things, most of it 70% off.

So your main choice is do you go for Chocolate or Biscuits? It's an important decision. I usually say both. ;)

Oh, and there's a couple of boozy gifts in there too. I forgot about those, when I saw the chocs and biccies. Priorities you know.

You can pay the £3 for home delivery or you can click and collect for free.

Spend £50 Get £20 Off ANYTHING @ Bargain Crazy

by Nada in Deals on 12 December, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Spend £50 Get £20 Off ANYTHING @ Bargain Crazy

Right, you are on the final stretch and you have got most of Christmas sorted out, BUT there's still those few odds and sods still to pick up. Money is running out, so here's a wee tip from me to you, since Christmas is the time for sharing and all. Get yourself over to Bargain Crazy. They sell a right jumble of bits and pieces. Whether you need to buy that sexy Christmas dress, or a gift set for your cousin Catherine, they will have it. Spend just £50 at Bargain Crazy and you can get a MASSIVE £20 off. Just enter Bargain Crazy promo code W2050 at the checkout and your discount will be applied.

There's some amount of junk on there but persevere and you can find some hidden gems. I once got a pair of junior Adidas trainers for £7.99 and a Ted Baker dress for myself for only £3.99. It's all ex catalogue "stuff" so the RRP tend to be on the high side, but there's plenty of bargains to be had.

If you are after a party dress then they start from just £2.99 and can be found here*. You have to check out the Gifts for Her section* where you can pick up things like a Versace Watch* for just £30 if you use the code (providing you add a cheap £1 item to hit that £50 mark). I could go daft buying for myself on here! You can also find cheap toys* and Gifts for him* at great prices too.

3 For 2 Gifts From 75p @ Wilko

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 8:13 pm

3 For 2 Gifts From 75p @ WilkoWilko has a sale on at the moment with 3 for 2 on gifts from 75p.  Delivery is from £3.50, depending on item size, but store delivery is free.

We love kids and kids stuff, here at PlayPennies, but we know that sometimes mums (and dads) need to buy gifts for other people too, so Wilko's 3 for 2 offer looks great to us for that!

The Wilko Garden Gift Cardboard Boxis 75p, which is a pretty cool way of giving a gift. There's soap for £1, the Classic Gent Mustache Grooming Kit* is a great Secret Santa gift too.

If you are after something for the kids though, there's a range of Frozen goodies - who doesn't have that these days! - with the lower priced items out of stock, but there's Glitter Bath Sprinklesfor £2. There are other Disney bits & pieces too, from £1.

Definitely the place you want to go to pick up stocking fillers and small gifts!

Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD

Review: Almondella Monthly Surprise Boxes

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Reviews on 2 July, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Review: Almondella Monthly Surprise Boxes

Almondella is a little like Graze but for babies and new mums. So instead of getting a box of delicious, healthy snacks, you get a box, delivered every month, of 'surprises' for you and your baby.

Your Almondella box is delivered to your home at no extra cost, and every month you get a preview of the contents, and you can skip a box if you don't fancy its contents. The Almondella team tailor each box to match your child’s stage of development during their first 3 years, and there are also boxes for mums-to-be. Almondella also promise that in your box you will find organic, safe and 'hip' products from small boutique labels, mainly from Scandinavia.

They currently have an offer on a trial box for €15 (about £12) instead of €30 so if you like the sound of Almondella, it's worth starting with one of these. Otherwise the boxes cost €45 a month (about £35) for 12 months, or €59 euro (about £47) for a one-off gift box.

The contents of our box was adorable - we got a really lovely baby toy from Lilliputiens (the Tom Activity Cube) which is currently priced at £24.43 at Amazon, although the accompanying product description said its RRP is £16. It features a rattle, rustling paper noise, a mirror, and plenty of knots to fiddle with, as well as a cute little character who can be popped away to hide or pulled out to play with.

This is the sort of toy that I just wouldn't buy for my baby because it's significantly pricier than other similar products, but it's hands-down one of the loveliest baby items we've come across. If the quality of the contents of all Almondella boxes is this high, and consistently so, then I can definitely see their appeal.

Review: Almondella Monthly Surprise Boxes

Also in our box was a 'Lukas' striped long-sleeve t-shirt by Iglo & Indi.  Made from 100% cotton, its RRP is £24 and once again, although the quality and design are really exquisite, it's just much more expensive than any other t-shirt I would buy for my baby. For a 6-12 month old who is just getting to grips with finger foods, I tend to stick with cheaper basics when it comes to clothes, just in case!

Our Almondella box also came with a handy print-out relevant to my baby's age, all about how to help her develop her pincer grasp, and an art postcard which would normally cost £3.

We also received a tube of water-resistant natural sunscreen which normally costs £15.

Overall, I don't think I'd buy an Almondella box for myself simply because it's more of an indulgence than my average monthly budget would allow. With three children in our household, I also couldn't really justify spending £35 a month one just one of the kids. That's more than I spend on clothes for my older two children in the average month!

But I do think that a subscription to Almondella or a one-off gift box would make a really lovely, memorable gift for a new baby or an expectant mum.

Review: Almondella Monthly Surprise Boxes

Almondella has its roots in Finland, where it's traditional for mothers to get a “starter pack” in a box, to help them care for their newborns. Almondella wants to bring this tradition to mothers across Europe, introducing environmentally-conscious and creative new brands as an alternative to mass produced goods. They pride themselves on selecting gorgeous, long-lasting products, and I think it's a really commendable business idea and a lovely sentiment.

I love the idea of signing up for a little mother and baby gift each month, and the joy of opening your box together each month must be lovely. It's really just a shame that the idea isn't a little more affordable for families on a budget.

Pros: Absolutely gorgeous products, a really original idea, and a lovely treat for any mother and baby.

Cons: Not particularly affordable, and the items included in the box are luxuries rather than essentials. I'd love to see a less expensive version available, containing more 'basic' baby essentials such as a book instead of the postcards, and a range of baby skincare / bath products in place of one expensive item of clothing.

Overall verdict: Money well spent if you're looking for a very special gift for a new baby or expectant mother, and do snap up one of the trial gift boxes while they're still on special offer - they seem like very good value.

Silver Stud Earrings set with SWAROVSKI Crystal £2.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 May, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Silver Stud Earrings set with SWAROVSKI Crystal £2.99 @ Amazon

You know when something sounds to good to be true? This seems like one of those situations - but yet, it does seem true. Amazon seller Pewterhooter is selling these lovely Silver Swarovski Crystal stud earrings for £2.99, delivered.

Reviews on these earrings are overwhelmingly positive. The majority of people have had good experiences and love them, but there are a few that look like they may have come from a faulty batch. Most owners loved them.

As sparkly crystal earrings made with SWAROVKSI crystal stones, these are set in silver settings and stamped 925 - which I believe is a mark of real silver.

The earrings measure 0.6cm x 0.6cm so are a nice size and they come in a gift box. I love the idea of these for a young girl who may fiddle with them and stands the chance of losing them, so not costing the world is a bonus. I think they're also lovely Secret Santa or similar gifts for under £5.

Picanova Canvas Review

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 2 May, 2014 at 1:00 pm



Picanova Canvas ReviewHaving your photos made into large enough canvases to fill your walls is definitely the thing to do these days, and there are deals and offers around almost all the time. One of the problems with offers however is using a company you've not used before and having no idea about their picture quality or reliability. Well, we tried out new-to-me Picanova for a canvas photo print for my livingroom wall, so read on to find out what we thought.

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My 1st Years Promotional Codes: 15% off and 20% off £50

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 30 November, 2013 at 7:00 pm

My 1st Years Promotional Codes: 15% off and 20% off £50Use one of these My 1st Years promotional codes exclusive to get either 15% off items on the site, or a 20% discount when you spend at least £50. My 1st Years specialises in really lovely, baby gifts that are personalised. You will still qualify for free UK delivery when you spend at least £30, personalisation and a gift box. Would be a fabulous place to shop for that special Christmas gift.

Click here to use your My 1st Years promotional code

  • Discount: 15%
  • Promotional code: BLKOFFER
  • Expires: Monday 2nd December 2013

2nd offer code:

  • Discount: 20%
  • Minimum spend: £50
  • Promotional code: BLKDEAL50
  • Expires: Monday 2nd December 2013

To use these codes, go to the My Shopping Bag page and enter the relevant offer code in the My First Years discount code box. It will be applied automatically to your order, and you will see the discount appear in your totals column.

According to the website, all gifts come in a luxury gift box. A really nice touch, along with the personalisation, and with that in mind if you get something in the sale you'll have beautiful present to give someone without too hefty a price tag.

Voucher codes don't come along that often for this site, so we're thrilled to get a discount code exclusively for our readers. You can see all My First Years discount codes in our Vouchers section HERE.

PlayPennies Exclusive My 1st Years Promotional Code: 15%

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 11 November, 2013 at 8:00 pm

PlayPennies Exclusive My 1st Years Promotional Code: 15%Use this My 1st Years promotional code, exclusive to PlayPennies, to get 15% off items on the site. My 1st Years specialises in really lovely, baby gifts that are personalised. You will still qualify for free UK delivery when you spend at least £30, personalisation and a gift box. Would be a fabulous place to shop for that special Christmas gift.

Click here to use your exclusive My 1st Years promotional code

  • Discount: 15%
  • Promotional code: PLAYPENNIES
  • Expires: 15th November 2013

To use this code, go to the My Shopping Bag page and enter it in the My First Years discount code box. It will be applied automatically to your order, and you will see the discount appear in your totals column.

According to the website, all gifts come in a luxury gift box. A really nice touch, along with the personalisation, and with that in mind if you get something in the sale you'll have beautiful present to give someone without too hefty a price tag.

Voucher codes don't come along that often for this site, so we're thrilled to get a discount code exclusively for our readers. You can see all My First Years discount codes in our Vouchers section HERE.
PlayPennies Exclusive My 1st Years Promotional Code: 15%

DIY Gift Wrapping

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 30 September, 2013 at 10:00 am

DIY Gift WrappingWhat a lovely, colourful idea for wrapping birthday presents! It's cheap and cheerful and looks great. The website is Romanian, but the photos are self explanatory enough, even without Google Translate.

 

PlayPennies Exclusive Mama Jewels Promotional Code: 15%

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 29 August, 2013 at 11:00 am

PlayPennies Exclusive Mama Jewels Promotional Code: 15%Use this exclusive PlayPennies Mama Jewels promotional code to get 15% off your order. Mama Jewels is founded and run by jewellery designer Amanda. The site sells gorgeous jewellery items that are specifically designed to be baby friendly, and durable (so baby can gum away with it breaking) while at the same time not looking childish.

Click here to use your Mama Jewels exclusive promotional code

  • Discount: 15%
  • Promotional Code: PLAYPENNIES15
  • Expires: unknown

To use this Mama Jewels voucher code, go to the Shopping Basket page and enter it in the relevant box. The discount will be applied automatically to your order.

We reviewed some of the Mama Jewels jewellery and you can read all about it HERE.

The necklaces are not only pretty, but they're strong enough for baby to grab hold of and even pull on while feeding, handy whether you are breastfeeding or using a bottle. The bracelets are specially designed to help mums remember which side they fed from from.

This Mama Jewels voucher code, and all other promotional codes for the website, can be found in our vouchers section.

PlayPennies Exclusive Mama Jewels Promotional Code: 15%

 

Emergency Father’s Day Ideas On A Budget

by Tamsin Oxford in Features on 13 June, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Emergency Father’s Day Ideas On A Budget

My friend and colleague, Lynley, wrote a very clever and interesting feature on Father’s Day gift ideas, unfortunately, I didn’t read it until it was a little bit too late for me to do any of these ideas without it looking, well, like I did it a bit too late. It got me thinking about how there may be others out there, like me, who were faffing around and waving their arms in despair and figured I should try and find some quick and easy ideas.

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28 Days Later Blu-ray £4.99 @ Game

by Tamsin Oxford in Deals on 11 June, 2013 at 4:00 pm

28 Days Later Blu-ray £4.99 @ Game

You’re probably wondering why I am writing about a zombie infested disaster movie on a parenting site. Well, this is because it is nearly Father’s Day and most of the chaps I know have a fondness for zombies and disaster movies. And this is a really good deal with the brand new Blu-ray costing only £4.99.

The Blu-ray usually sells for £19.99 so you’re saving a pretty penny on this price and it is still cheaper than pre-owned versions that are selling for £5.99! This is the first part of the series as director Danny Boyle keeps you on the edge of your seat as you track the virus across England.

The population is devastated, London is deserted and the undead are violent horrors that move with unbelievable speed and really do scare the pants off you. So, grab the movie and some popcorn and cuddle up this Father’s Day with some rather terrifying movie moments.

Thanks to gerrymig at HUKD!

Clarins Muscle Ease Body Massage Only £47 @ House of Fraser

by Tamsin Oxford in Deals on 11 June, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Clarins Muscle Ease Body Massage Only £47 @ House of Fraser

This Father’s Day give your dad something that will ease away life’s everyday stresses with one of House of Fraser’s relaxing treatments. Choose from energising massages to men’s facial treatments and let dad feel those stresses melt way. House of Fraser are offering this 60 minute Clarins muscle ease body massage for only £47 and with Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June you’d better hurry!

Whether your dad has overdone it at the gym or work, this intensely therapeutic massage eases tense shoulders, back knots and aches. Aromatic essential oils supercharge the stress-relieving benefits, restoring your dad’s sense of well-being.

The healing power of massage has been proven time and time again and even macho men are seeing the benefits of massage in their lives. This Clarins body massage is suitable for all skin types and at only £47, not only will your dad feel like a million bucks, he’ll think you really pushed the boat out to appreciate him. So check out House of Fraser’s mens gifting line – you’ll find something for every kind of dad!

Up to 20% off Father’s Day gifts @ The Brilliant Gift Shop

by Tamsin Oxford in Deals on 11 June, 2013 at 12:00 pm

 Up to 20% off Father’s Day gifts @ The Brilliant Gift Shop

Make you dad’s Father’s Day with a Flying Discovery Activity Day from The Brilliant Gift Shop for only £127! And if flying isn’t your dad’s thing, The Brilliant Gift Shop offers hundreds of fantastic ideas so you're sure to find the perfect gift to make your dad's day! Plus, you can even save up to 20% on selected lines!

Whether your dad’s a foodie, a thrill-seeker or a gadget geek, The Brilliant Gift Shop has the perfect present for him for Father’s Day on Sunday 16 June.

Let your dad feel the adrenaline rush as he takes the controls of a light plane and soars across the sky! He gets one-to-one training with a Civil Aviation Authority licenced instructor, and his flying time counts towards a Private Pilot's licence.

This experience includes an introduction to flying, aircraft controls and safety. Then dad gets one hour’s worth of flying lesson which will include approx. 30 minutes flying time with the opportunity to take the controls. The Experience gift pack includes a smart wallet, personalised voucher and message card. PA cover to a value of £50,000 plus cancellation indemnity.

The Tea Gift Company Review

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Reviews on 20 May, 2013 at 5:00 pm

The Tea Gift Company Review

Have you ever wanted to send a little something to a loved one, but drawn a total blank on what to choose? Flowers don't last, not everyone will thank you for chocolates, and a bottle of something bubbly just isn't always appropriate.

If so, look no further than the Tea Gift Company - who can arrange for a small but beautifully-presented package with a difference to be sent to your lucky friend or family member, from as little as £5.75 plus postage.

Founder Pip Gorst explains the inspiration behind the Tea Gift Company: “In Brisbane the heat can be relentless, meaning traditional gifts such as flowers or chocolates just don’t last. As an alternative I created unique tea-related gifts. Everyone commented on the beautiful packaging and the originality of the gift. Then back in the UK I realised that tea gifts are the perfect alternative to flowers or chocolates – especially as we are such a nation of tea drinkers."

Pip selects only the finest ethically-sourced, quality teas (available loose or as pyramid teabags) from specialized Tea Masters. Each tea blend is chosen carefully for its individual characteristics relating to special events or celebrations. I love the Mr. & Mrs. tea caddy - perfect for newlyweds - which combines a fine Chinese speciality black tea blended with layers of rose petals. Or choose from a range of tea gift sets including: Mother, Birthday, New Baby, New Home, Thank You, For Him, and For Her. And for Father's Day look out for the Strong Man gift set (£19.95). Also new are the Baby Boy and Baby Girl gift sets.

The Tea Gift Company has also created a selection of teacups and mugs to complement their teas. All gift sets are beautifully wrapped in a presentation box and will arrive on your loved one's doorstep with your personal gift message included. The packaging alone makes for a real 'statement' gift, but the tea I sampled - Darjeeling - was delicious; so refreshing, and full of flavours you just don't find in your average brew. The accompanying fine white china mug with a delicate leaf pattern was really pretty too - just right to send to a friend if you're looking for a fresh, original way to send love or congratulations.