Box of practical things

By |November 22nd, 2015|

Stamps, batteries, selection of new birthday cards, seeds, sweets, biscuits, de-icer, scarf , insoles, toothbrush, soap, hand cream, gas alarm, candles, matches – basically all the little things that you want handy/ emergency supplies of. It’s a thoroughly useful present and one that’s quite fun to compile. This is a really good present for kids to get for grandparents.

I’ll cook you….

By |November 21st, 2015|

Write out a menu card, with Starter, Main and Dessert, but leave the foods blank. Your recipient can fill in the menu card with their favourite foods, and you will promise to cook it for them. Probably only works if you have a bit of a cooking repertoire.

Paint a room for them (include or exclude paint based on your budget!)

By |September 13th, 2015|

This year (because my brother had no money) mum suggested he could paint a room in grandmas house as his christmas present to her. Mum bought the paint, so this wasn’t something he had to buy. Seemed to work out well for all involved.

16 things for 16 years old

By |September 5th, 2015|

Bought my boyfriend 16 token things for his birthday in one big box. Was quite fun to do – did things from socks, to a cd. Each one had a meaning. Works for any age (although it does get more expensive 😉


By |September 5th, 2015|

Instead of the latest X-box I bought my son some wood and some nails and a cloth for a flag. I helped him do the basic structure but it is now a very good looking treehouse. Great gift idea and good for quality time. Either get a ready made one or attempt to make one yourself!

Get it now

Make dinner

By |September 2nd, 2015|

My boyfriend and I agreed not to spend more than £10 on anniversary gifts, so I made him a home cooked meal – three courses and all. Was actually really nice and he really appreciated the effort… the important thing to know about me is that my usual idea of cooking involves a microwave

Buy them their name as a website

By |September 1st, 2015|

Great if you have a cyber geek to buy a present for – buy their name in website form eg. [email protected] – my cyber geek has filled it with lots of info about himself and sends us weekly newsletters…

Also, here’s a picture of the cat

Stadium tour (football/ rugby etc)

By |September 1st, 2015|

Go into Englands changing rooms and walk through the tunnels. Took my son and nephew as a birthday treat. £15 pp (£40 for a family) we’re going to do the Emirates as well

LEGO (for grown up kids)

By |August 31st, 2015|

Bought my boyfriend Lego for his 27th birthday – I kid you not – he and three of his mates spent all last Sunday building a Star Wars themed fight scene. GOOD TIMES! You can pick this up at bootfairs or charity shops really cheaply. Pirate ship next ?

Write you memoirs template

By |June 28th, 2015|

If you have ever seen the film The Notebook you will love this idea – provide someone with the template to write their memoirs. We bought it for my granddad, now 70, for his birthday and he has really enjoyed writing. It is nice to read about his experiences as a refugee from the war. For the guidance see, but you can also buy them nice stationery

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