Gifts

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.

Not On The High Street Promotional Code: 10% Off Including Sale

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 7 April, 2013 at 9:00 am

Not On The High Street Promotional Code: 10% Off Including SaleUse this Not On The High Street promotional code to get 10% off your order, including full price and sale items. Not On The High Street is an online marketplace selling unique and individual items from a large number of small businesses around the UK.

Click here to use your Not On The High Street promotional code*

  • Discount: 10%
  • Promotional code: SURVEY13
  • Expires: 22nd April 2013

To use your Not On The High Street promotional code you need to go through checkout. This means you will have to either log in or register. Once you are through to the Payment page, click on the link to pay with a 'gift voucher or promotional code'. Enter it in the relevant box and click on the apply discount button. It will be applied automatically to your order, and you do not need to enter your card details to see if it works.

I tested the code out on two items, one full priced and one reduced in the sale. The code took another 10% off both. However, be aware that you are paying for delivery on each item, not as a whole shipment, as this site deals with individual, independent retailers and isn't the actual shop itself.

Thanks to the deviants at HUKD!

Past Times Promotional Code: 25% Off

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 10 March, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Past Times Promotional Code: 25% OffUse this Past Times promotional code to get 25% off your order. It only works on full priced items I'm afraid. I tried it on an item from the sale section, but the code didn't reduce it any further. Which is a shame as Past Times codes we've run before have worked with sale items. Still it is a nice, sizeable discount anyway. Code expires at midnight on Monday.

Click here to use your Past Times promotional code *

  • Discount: 25%
  • Promotional code: SECRET25
  • Expires: 11th March 2013

To use this code, go to the shopping basket and enter it in the Discounts box. If it is accepted you'll see the discount appear immediately in your basket.

Delivery is £3.50 or free if you spend over £35.

I tested the code out on a large Hungry Caterpillar toy, priced at £20. The code took this down to £15.

Thanks to ji29zd at HUKD!

Hallmark's Recordable Artwork Review

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 21 September, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hallmark's Recordable Artwork Review

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat… and the best way to have a cheap one, is by planning ahead and doing things in advance, right? Well, Hallmark have a lovely keepsake gift idea for you: Recordable Artwork.

It’s very simple, really – a box containing a frame, a canvas and a speaker/recorder, along with a paintbrush and six paints.

There’s a ‘Try Me’ button on the box, and when you press it, a man’s voice says something like ‘What’s this a picture of?’ and a girl responds by saying it’s her rainbow (the picture on the packaging).

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Spring Blossom Charmed By Accurist Ladies Watch £27.50 @ Amazon

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 18 May, 2012 at 10:00 am

Spring Blossom Charmed By Accurist Ladies Watch £27.50 @ AmazonI was going to write about the Charmed by Accurist ladies watches as a 5pm review because I have one and absolutely adore it - however, a couple of deals have popped up that are quite simply too good to run the risk of missing out on if Amazon start putting the price up.

The usual (and genuine) retail price for the Spring Blossom and Cherry Blossom Charmed by Accurist ladies watches are £110, Amazon are currently selling them for £27.50!

If you're a fan of Pandora bracelets then you may just fall in love with this Spring Blossom Charmed by Accurist ladies watch - think Pandora, or Camillia and others, combined with a very unobtrusive watch face.

I love elegant bracelet watches and I also love Pandora bracelets, but I didn't want to wear something on each wrist so when I stumbled across the Charmed by Accurist watches (on a British Airways flight of all places) I knew it was the perfect compromise.

The Spring Blossom Charmed by Accurist watch comes with four round glass bead charms - two very pretty pale pink and two slightly darker - and four silver coloured metal heart-shaped beads with inset crystals.  The watch face is mother of pearl and has a crystal set at 12 o'clock.

The ends of the bracelet unscrew so you can add more beads and charms if you want to (it's compatible with all the main charm and bead brands) and has a lobster claw fastening.

There are a couple of things you should know about all the Charmed by Accurist watches

  1. They're not waterproof and
  2. They are REALLY tricky to do up on your own - however, with a bit of practice and finding the best way for you this does get easier.

If you're looking for a watch that's different and pretty, or a present for a special lady in your life, then really do go and take a look at the Charmed by Accurist watches - there are lots of different styles and most have discounts on them at the moment too, although not as low as the two Blossom watches.

Happy being charmed!

Hampton Blue - Hand Made Vintage Fabric Journal & Nicky James Make Up Bag Review

by Sarah Macdonald in Reviews on 25 April, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hampton Blue - Hand Made Vintage Fabric Journal & Nicky James Make Up Bag ReviewMy heart soars with happiness whenever I get assigned anything from Hampton Blue to review, let me explain why!

First of all you need to picture what Hampton Blue is like, close your eyes and take a little imaginary journey with me...

You're on holiday in a quaint little English village somewhere on the coast; you stroll through the adorable high street and stumble across a little shop selling things you'd use but aren't like all the usual run-of-the-mill versions you normally find.

THAT, is Hampton Blue and I feel it's only fair to issue a stern PlayPennies public service announcement:

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Paddington Bear Breakfast Set £7.57 @ Amazon

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 2 April, 2012 at 9:00 am

Paddington Bear Breakfast Set £7.57 @ AmazonAmazon are selling this Paddington Bear breakfast set for £7.57 instead of its usual £12.50 price tag; personally, I'd be happy to pay full price for it but all the while Amazon want to sell it for less I'm even happier!

I adore Paddington Bear! I'm often at Paddington Station as I catch the Heathrow Express from there when I fly, and can't help but smile at all the tourists happily clutching their Paddington Bear toys and having their photos taken under the Paddington station signs.

I'm also a bit of a fan of breakfast sets like this Paddington Bear breakfast set - it's made by Royal Worcester and would make a lovely Easter alternative to chocolate or a Christening, or other special occasion, gift.

The set includes a double-handled mug,  bowl and a spoon; the porcelain is dishwasher and microwave safe and everything comes presented in a lovely gift box.

All the usual Amazon delivery options apply; I'll keep my fingers crossed they leave the price alone long enough for you to grab a Paddington Bear breakfast set if you want one.

Thanks to wishihadadonkey at HUKD