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Introducing our Favourite Beauty Bloggers

Thursday, 6th March 2014

Whether you’re looking for a new beauty blog to read, or inspiration to start your own, you’ve come to the right place!

Introducing Our Favourite Beauty Bloggers

We all like to look and feel our best.  At Presents for Men, we all like to dress up and try on a bit of make-up.  And we’re sure you’re just the same.  We even have our own Make-Up, Hair and Nail Products section on the website.

This March, Presents for Men have selected our favourite beauty blogs.  We’d like to say a special thank you to each blogger for inspiring our style, and we hope you enjoy these blogs as much as we do!
 

Makeup Savvy

Fiona is very enthusiastic about her makeup, mainly focussing on nail art.  “Fee”, as she is known to her audience, writes a number of nail art reviews, often focussing on the low-cost products found both on the High Street and online –  products that all of her audience can afford.

We first came across Fee more than a year ago when one of our employees was looking for Hallowe’en inspiration and this blog provided exactly what they were looking for!

If you’re looking for nail inspiration for a special occasion, you’ll find a number of designs and tutorials at Makeup Savvy.
 

Forever Amber

Amber is a brilliant, self-employed writer spending her time doing what she does best - blogging! A self-proclaimed shoe addict (she owns 109 and counting), it comes as no surprise that you’ll be reading a lot about shoes!

In addition to this, Amber also writes about a whole load of other interesting topics, from travelling to ‘Random Acts of Stupidity’. This blog has it all. Amber’s blog attracts over 26,000 visitors per month, which is a sure sign that the blog is nothing short of fantastic!

Head over to Amber’s blog for some fantastic beauty ideas, here
 

Elle Yeah

Born and raised on the French Riviera, Elodie, the author of the wonderfully named Elle Yeah, guides us through her travels; from London to France and recently, her trip to Morocco.

Elodie always dresses up on her adventures and takes the time to show us photos of what she’s been wearing recently and what makeup she has in her handbag.  We love everything Elodie wears and her impressive photography skills too!

Check out what Elodie is wearing today at Elle Yeah.
 

Zoella

When we discovered that Zoe is only 23 years of age, we were certain that she deserved a place in our top 20 best beauty bloggers list. Why? Well, at such a young age, not only does Zoe write engagingly, she also has a large following on Youtube - people want to listen to what she has to say!

One of our favourite posts from her blog is the one titled “What's On My Holiday Beauty Shelf?” This informative piece talks about what Zoe took with her when she went on holiday and makes the reader realise that sometimes you don’t need to carry a heavy makeup bag - sometimes minimal makeup is better!

For more helpful beauty advice, be sure to visit Zoe’s blog!
 

Katie’s Beauty Blog

Katie’s Beauty Blog follows the life of a girl who spends her money on beauty products and makeup more than anything else!

A photography graduate, Katie regularly blogs about her adventures, reviewing products as well ‘vblogging’ (video blogging) tutorials. We love Katie’s work, particularly the 2013 roundup of her favourite eye products.

Read more of Katie’s work here.
 

Vivianna Does Makeup

Anna is the brains behind Vivianna Does Makeup. A lover of lacquer and a maven of makeup, Anna really knows her stuff! What sets Anna apart from her contemporaries is her unique style and wit, which comes across through her unique style of writing. 

The blog has a good collection of various types of posts, such as reviews and news on the latest looks. Anna receives many replies to her posts from fans; a sure sign of an expert in her field.

Are you in need of beauty expert? You know where to click!
 

A Little Obsessed 
 
Sabrina B from London is the fashion blogger behind ‘A Little Obsessed’.  Sabrina reveals her passion in reviewing a number of makeup products, including a number of nail art kits.

We especially like Sabrina’s suggestions for 5 must-have items in your handbag for a city break.  That blog coincided with Sabrina’s trip to Paris!  Alright for some…

Find out what fashion and makeup products Sabrina has been obsessed with lately.


Sparkly Vodka

Hailing from Yorkshire, Caroline is a graphic designer by trade. Alongside this, she also provides superb views on makeup on her blog, Sparkly Vodka.

When reading Caroline’s blog, we liked her initiative of going through her favourite products for each month. For example, we know that in January, Caroline really liked a number of products, such as Bleach London Silver Shampoo.

If you want to find out about some worthwhile products, Sparkly Vodka is the one!
 

Sophie etc.
 
Sophie is an 18-year old style and beauty blogger who is currently a student of English literature and creative writing.

Dressing up and reviewing makeup products comes naturally to Sophie who runs this blog in her spare time.  Sophie regularly takes photos of herself in outfits and putting on makeup.  Sophie looks like she had a lot of fun during this photo-shoot titled “Carry Me”.

Find out what else Sophie has been taking photos of recently, here.


Ever So Juliet

Yep, you’ve guessed it. The owner behind this fabulous blog is Juliet. While Juliet may write about baking and lifestyle, she also writes about beauty - and boy, does she do it well! 

As a creative enthusiast, it is no surprise that Juliet enjoys nail art and hair styling. One post in particular that we enjoyed is “GHD Style & Protect Gift Set”.

If you are looking for creative self-styling ideas, you wouldn’t want to miss this blog.
 

British Beauty Blogger

Jane, the author behind ‘British Beauty Blogger’ is a prolific blogger who reviews a number of makeup products each week.

As well as running her own blog, Jane has her own beauty channel on YouTube where she reviews products by ‘vblogging’, too.

Find a review of any beauty product you can think of over at British Beauty Blogger.
 

Pearls & Poodles

Originating from the town famous for its sense of style (Essex), Pearls and Poodles takes advantage of her natural flair for style and shares it brilliantly with her reader base.

From the many posts written on fashion and beauty, we picked the “YSL Peach Passion Rouge Volupte lipstick” as our personal favourite. Why? Because, not only has it been written very well, but we love her choice of imagery too.

We are confident that you will enjoy the blog just as much as we do. Go on, visit the blog!
 

Charissa Rae

Regularly styling a number of outfits on her front doorstep, as well as reviewing the odd beauty product, each week we look forward to seeing what uniform Charissa Rae is sporting.
Charissa is so popular that before Christmas she was invited to the opening of a brand new fragrance shop in Newcastle – which she blogged about.  We hope they gave you some freebies Charissa!
See what Charissa is wearing this week by visiting her website.
 

Glowstars

As soon as we came across this blog, we immediately knew that Glowstars had to be on our list of top beauty bloggers. The striking colours and the use of images really impressed us.

Glowstars focuses a fair amount on nail art and rightly so as Vic, the author behind the blog holds a number of qualifications in this area. For example, she covered a course on Gelish Gel Polish. So you can be confident that she knows what she writes about. 

If you’re looking for tips and pointers about how to look after your nails, be sure to check out Glowstars!
 

Vipxo

A graduate in fashion design and production, Victoria mixes her own fashion shoots with product reviews on her blog, Vipxo.

We’re very jealous of Victoria who recently went to Indonesia and took photos of her latest outfit in the pool at her hotel.

See what Victoria has to say about makeup products and what she’s wearing this week on her blog.
 

Lily Melrose

The blog, Lily Melrose, covers everything beauty related, from skincare to eyebrows and even eyelashes! This is a refreshing take on blogging as it focuses on one area and does it well.

Lily’s latest blog titled “How To: Update Your Skincare For Spring” was extremely helpful and informative as it advices readers upon the type of factors they should take into account when getting ready for Spring. For example, did you know you should be wearing SPF all year round?

If you are interested in finding out more, head over to Lily Melrose!
 

Let’s Talk Beauty

One thing we love about Vicki’s blog, Let’s Talk Beauty, is that she always writes an in-depth review of the beauty products.

Mainly focussing on beauty and skincare related products, Vicki reviews a number of products from bath foams, cleansers and anti-aging creams.

Find out what skincare products you may be missing out on as Vicki talks beauty.
 

We Shop Therefore We Are

Although the blog started in 2010, it has already been shortlisted for ‘Best High Street Blog’ three times! And that is why ladies and gents, we had to include the blog within our list! In addition to this, the blog has gained much exposure through a number of well-respected articles and magazines.

One of the latest posts is geared towards preparing for your holidays and really makes the reader prepare for their own adventures. The article tackles issues such as the type of clothes and accessories one ought to take with them when going abroad.

If you are planning on going on a holiday and are not sure what to take with you, click here!
 

Emma Belle Fashion

Predominantly reviewing fashion and beauty products, Emma also enlightens us on her personal life and the occasional recipe.  Those aside, we love Emma’s opinions of all things beauty related.

As a welcome distraction from Emma’s fashion advice, last month she posted this adorable photo of her cat, Treacle.  We hope you love the kitty as much as we do!

Read more of Emma’s fashion advice here.
 

Dinosaur Dances

Interested in fashion and beauty, Lucy took up blogging to channel her interests on a useful platform - and she’s doing it well!

While blogging about lifestyle and food, you can also expect information on the latest fashion and beauty products.  For example, in the post “Eyeliner Week: The Tools”, Lucy provides helpful tips on the required tools (in this case, brushes) in order to create that perfect eye definition. 

Are you also looking for tips on how to look glamorous? Then, Dinosaur Dancesis the one for you!
Are there any fashion bloggers we missed out on the list that we should be taking tips from each week?  Please use the comment box below for suggestions!

Written By Fiona

Take Something Up This Lent!

Wednesday, 5th March 2014

This Lent we challenge you not to give something up – but to take something up!

 Are you struggling to think of what to give up for Lent, or looking for a new challenge that you haven’t haven’t tried before?

This Lent we challenge you not to give something up – but to take something up!

It’s the perfect way to embark on those projects and learn the skills you’ve always wanted to but never quite found time for.

In case you need a little inspiration, we have a list of our top 10 products to help you on your way:
 
Learn a new language
How often have you wished for better language skills, as someone passes you by speaking fluent French, and wondered why you never took as much interest when you were in school? There’s no time like now to set aside some time and get the skills you’ve always wanted. Next time you’re on holiday you can surprise your family with your new-found skills – feeling more secure in speaking a new language might even encourage you to travel!



Destination French with Paul Noble 
Destination Italian with Paul Noble 
Destination Spanish with Paul Noble 
 
Take up Yoga/ Pilates
Fitness is one thing we all struggle to find time for, but it is genuinely important for our health and well-being. Yoga and Pilates are popular with many people who do not like the idea of vigorous exercise but are keen to keep on top of their fitness. Our Yoga and Pilates Book and DVD Sets allow you to boost your fitness from the comfort of your own home.

Yoga Book and DVD
Pilates Book and DVD

 
Improve Your Computer Skills
If you aren’t so computer savvy, this can seem an intimidating task to take on – but it’s well worth the effort. If you’re a stay-at-home Mum or Dad looking to get back into work, computer skills can boost your confidence and improve your chances of getting a job. If you’re a dedicated Gran trying to keep up with your gadget-loving grandchildren, you may find this challenge equally rewarding.



Computer Guides for The Older Generation - Get Started In Computing
 
Go Somewhere New Each Day
If you’ve lived in a certain area for a while, you may have forgotten that there are bound to be many fascinating places that surround you, within driving distance of your own home. Why not get out and explore somewhere new each day? One day you may find a new walking route, another day you may find a new restaurant. Whatever you come across it’ll make this year’s 40 days of Lent more stimulating.



Near the Motorways - Affordable Alternatives to Service Stations

Get Back Into Reading
If you love reading but don’t find time for it, maybe slot in half an hour a day especially to read over Lent – we all have favourite classics we’ve been aspiring to take on, or recommendations from friends that promise hours of intrigue once you’ve made the commitment and you’re a few pages in. You may find you’re widening your imagination, learning more about people and altering your perspective on the world as you read about people and events you had no concept of before. If you want to broaden your scientific or historical knowledge, choose a couple of factual books to work your way through.



Ultra Bright Book Light
 
Complete a DIY project over Lent
We all have DIY projects we put off, why not select one big project or several small ones and give yourself the full 40 days to get it done – we’ve got the tools to help you!


25-Piece Mini Tool Kit
 
Have a big sort out/deep clean
Set yourself a different small area of your home – a chest of drawers, an overcrowded bookcase – to sort each day for the 40 days of Lent and you’ll have your home looking perfect by Easter! Give old, unwanted items to charity shops and you’ll be helping others as well as helping yourself. We’ve got plenty of home products to help you with storage:


Jumbo Storage and Shopping Bags

 
Do up your garden over Lent
As Spring is approaching, you might be wondering how to get your garden ready to make the most of it in time for Summer. Try making a plan that will help you get everything sorted by Easter, assigning yourself a small task each day. Plant flowers, get your paving moss-free, or re-design – we’ve got plenty to help you get your garden perfect for whatever you have planned, whether that be a place for children to play or somewhere to host Summer garden parties.



Rectangular Wooden Planter

Learn a new recipe every day, or just alter those you love
Maybe cutting out one food isn’t the answer for you this Lent – instead, try to to make your meals more varied or more healthy. We’ve got plenty of books and products for foodies that are bound to inspire you!



The Flavour Thesaurus

Start a diary
To really treasure your time this Lent, why not keep your memories safe and start a diary. This might seem an intimidating task if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, but our Line a Day diary will help you record just the most important moments.



One Line a Day Book
 
 

Written By Fiona

2 Quirky Valentine's Day Gifts

Thursday, 6th February 2014

Stuck for ideas this Valentine's Day? Take a look at our top 2 Quirky gift ideas!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’ve got plenty of quirky, romantic and personal gifts so that you can treat that special person in your life.

We’ve selected just two of our favourites to give you a little extra guidance, should you feel spoiled for choice!

1. Choc-o-lait Hot Chocolate gift set.



Choc-o-lait Hot Chocolate Gift Set


Our no. 1 favourite is our Choc-o-lait Hot Chocolate gift set. What could be better than spending a frosty February evening curled up with someone you love and a mug of hot chocolate? This set is a real treat – not your regular, powdered hot chocolate but a block of pure Belgian chocolate melted into milk. Just make sure your other half is willing to share!


 Find it here

2. Leather Rugby Wash Bag


Leather Rugby Wash Bag

Our Leather Rugby Wash Bag is a consistent favourite and an ideal present for a partner who wants their passion for sports to shine through. Excellent quality, made from the softest leather and detailed with beautiful stitching, it’s a luxurious gift that is both practical and personal.

Find it here

Written By Fiona

Introduce a Friend Competition Winner

Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Find out who our lucky winner of our Introduce a Friend Competition is!

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of our latest Introduce a Friend Competition has been draw; congratualtions to Sarah Benedict! Sarah has won £50 of vouchers to spend with us. We hope you enjoy your prize!

Thank you to everyone who entered and recommended a friend. We hope that you all find some great gift ideas for yourselves, friends and family members,

To enter a future Introduce a Friend Competition, simply fill in one of the Introduce a Friend cards sent out with our catalogues.

Written By Fiona
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Introducing Our Favourite Family Bloggers

Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Whether you're looking for a new blog to read or some inspiration to start your own, you've come to the right place!

 Introducing Our Favourite Family Bloggers
There is little in this world more important than family. At Presents for Men, we like to feel like we play a little part in spreading happiness to families, with Christmas and Valentine’s Day gifts and other special occasions covered, our gifts for him & her have brought joy to many.

This month, the Presents for Men team have selected our favourite family blogs. Thanks for keeping us happy!
 

Playing by the Book

 
We all love to read a good book. But what happens when we take the story or theme of a book and apply them to play time?

Zoe shows us how books can be used beyond storytelling, using them as inspiration to learn and play through activities related to the story’s plot, themes and content. This might be painting, cooking or conducting science experiments.

“One of my favourites is Zoe’s review of Handmade Christmas. The decorations she created with Red Ted Art’s help were beautiful and inspired my family to make our own Christmas decorations last year” –(Sarah)

Read more on Playing by the Book
 
 

Red Ted Art

Red Ted Art

This blog publishes instructions for arts and crafts to keep children busy, and to encourage their creativity. With lots of activities for all seasons, there is something suited for all ages and skill levels, there are even projects for mums and dads to work on with the kids.

We love the way Maggy seems to be able to make something beautiful from anything around the house. She has certainly inspired us to think twice about what we can do with what we throw away.

“I tried my hand at Maggy’s knitted hearts, but wasn’t very good. This blog inspired me to take up knitting as a hobby.” – (Robin)

Get crafty now with Red Ted Art
 
 

Mediocre Mum

Mediocre Mum

Don’t let the name fool you. Mediocre Mum is a wild one! She has jumped out of planes, ran marathons, travelled the world and… sleeps with her eyes open!

Oh, and she’s not long turned 40. But that doesn’t mean she wants to sit down just yet. Mediocre Mum (AKA Chrissie) has great recipes for those who love to use the slow cooker, tips for staying fabulous (for those turning 40) and some great posts exploring arts and crafts. Chrissie has so many strings to her bow, and this is why we love her. Honest, opinionated and not shy to try new things, Chrissie is a great role model.

“I love Chrissie’s dry humour and her funny anecdotes. She’s a gifted writer who’s always sharing her clever ideas in a comical way.” (Barrie)

You can catch up with Mediocre Mum here.
 
 

Patch of Puddles

Patch of Puddles

An exploration into the heart warming, yet sometimes challenging world of ‘The Puddlechicks’.
Merry’s beautifully written posts cover home education, health issues and outdoor fun with the family. She’s not afraid to tackle difficult, personal issues and many rely on her blog as a form of support – thank you Merry!

This blog is colourful and insightful, and we love the way Merry shares her wealth of knowledge with her readers. Keep up the good work!

“I came to Patch of Puddles because I wanted to home school my girls – the resources on Merry’s blog were paramount in me reaching my decision.” – (Zoe-Lee)

Catch up with the Puddlechicks over on Patch of Puddles.
 
 

Metropolitan Mum



The blog name itself may have the word ‘mum’ in it, but it is far from what one may expect. Topics ranging from fashion to travelling – with a touch of humour - the blog certainly keep the readers on their toes! 

What amazes us is how Deborah doesn’t shy away from trying her hands at new things. For example, her illustrations are definitely something to look forward to. From models to sketches, they definitely get our creative juices flowing.

“I enjoy visiting Metropolitan Mums blog for a number of reason, namely to see what she gets up to with the adorable family of hers as well as to get inspired by her life journeys”. – (Syeda)

If you’re also looking for inspiration, this blog is the one!  
 
 

Carrots and Kids


An intriguing name for an intriguing blog. Having blogged for 5 years, Deb’s really knows her stuff, especially when to comes to gardening.

With the use of great images coupled with well written words, any reader will be compelled to visit this blog time and time again. ‘Sew, make, grow, bake’. That’s the tagline used in the blog and appropriately summarises the site.

“I thoroughly enjoy visiting Carrots and Kids and reading the latest posts. I think it’s because, Deb keeps her posts varied and it’s always a pleasure getting the latest gardening tips and tricks” – (James)
 
Looking for gardening tips? Click here.
 
 

Housewife Confidential


The name would suggest that the blog might be highly secretive, but it is anything but secretive. In Kat’s own words, the blog is an ‘open-hearted diary.’ Not only this, but Kat is a creative and a professional individual, and that shows throughout her blog.

We absolutely love this blog for various reasons. As well as being vibrant and colourful, it can also be rather adorable. For example, take a look at this post. Cute, eh?

“It’s always interesting to see what Kat writes about. The fact that the blog is light hearted and not too serious always makes it joyful to read.” – (Justin)

Feel free to click here for more posts.
 

 

English Mum


English Mum AKA Becky is a food, travelling and parenting writer with an hilarious writing style. Not only will you see recipes on her blog, but she is also a member of the Disney 7. How cool is that?!
We chose this blog as one of our favourites simply because it never fails to make us smile. Read this post and tell us you didn’t have a little chuckle. We’re waiting. See, you did laugh, didn’t you?!

“English Mum has an English sense of humour, which is why I have made it a point to visit the blog every now and again.”  - (Rachel)

If you’re looking to de-stress, we highly recommend visiting English Mum.
 

 

Jo Beaufoix



Along with holding competitions and writing reviews, Jo also writes about general matters, which are interesting to read - especially with a pinch of dry wit.

It was hard to choose a favourite post as there were so many great examples, but we finally chose this fun post. Well done, little Johnny Depp!

“With her witty writing style, I know I’ll never get bored of visiting her blog. Keep up the good work, Jo!” – (Sarah)

We recommend everyone visits Jo’s blog. Too good to be missed!
 
 

Asperger’s Info



An extremely informative blog written from the point of view of someone who deals with Asperger’s syndrome on a daily basis.

We at Presents for Men chose this blog simply because we admire how open Calire is about her syndrome online. No doubt, it must be difficult to write about mental health issues on a public platform, but Claire does this superbly. At the same time however, Aspergers Info has the right balance in writing about other stuff that life has a tendency to throw at her too.

“Claire’s posts are interesting and enjoyable to read. With a clean looking blog, the content is never too overwhelming”. - (Robin)

Take a look at Asperger’s Info today.
 
 

Juggle Mum


The title says it all really! Nadine is a successful professional, with a number of businesses, projects and blogs under her portfolio. She manages all this while looking after her family- she really does juggle her life well!

We liked the Juggle Mum blog as it is so refreshing and exciting. A particular post we enjoyed reading would be the one in which she announced her new business. It is always encouraging to see mothers doing well in their professional life even after having kids!

“Juggle Mum is a brilliant blog. Along with doing what majority of what other bloggers do, Nadine also uses it creatively for new ventures. Good luck with your new business, Nadine!”  - (Zoe-Lee)

Head over to Juggle Mum’s blog.
 
 

At Home with Mrs M


Mrs M lives in the countryside with her family, eight cats, two dogs, two in-laws and a number of squirrels! No doubt, she has a lot of interesting stories to tell through her blog, ranging from travelling tales to banoffee pie shots…yes, you’ve read that right!

We really enjoy this blog; one of the reasons being that she knows the way to our stomachs with her delicious recipes. For example, if you’ve got a real hankering to bake, this post is very helpful.

“I always visit At Home with Mrs M, especially when I need inspiration in the kitchen. Thank you for the help you have provided so far, Mrs M!” - (James)

Check what’s going on at Mrs M’s Home
 
 

The Newhouse Family



Hazel over at The Newhouse Family has a whale of a time with her two girls. The family get up to all sorts of fun from gardening to cooking, from painting to photography.

Hazel’s observations section often takes a look at controversial issues, or humorous things that we can all relate to.

“I love the way Hazel takes serious issue such as breastfeeding, and creates a fun and energetic post, while not shying away from making her opinions clear” – (Syeda)

Take a look at what’s going on in the Newhouse Family right now.
 
 

Bringing Up Charlie


Funnily enough, the blog isn’t just about bringing up Charlie, although that plays a major part. Tim writes about other stuff too, like the education system in Great Britain and how to start writing that novel you always wanted to.

We really like this blog. Firstly, because some of the posts are provocative, especially the one in which Tim discusses whether children’s TV is really good for them. You can read more here. Additionally, with the blogging scene being mistaken for ‘mummy’s space’, it is nice to see someone challenging the status quo.

“Tim really knows how to write well and pique your interest from the first sentence of the post. Also, as some of the posts are provocative, it is always a pleasure to see what Tim writes next”. - (Barrie)
 
If you’re looking for some writing inspiration, click here!

 
 

Being A Mummy



This blog carries out numerous product reviews to a high standard. Also, living a suburban, family life, the blogger provides an interesting insight.

We think this blog is very trustworthy, especially with the reviews being so honest. For example, after having read the review on Turbo, I will definitely treat the kids to this one. It sure seems like it will go down a treat with them…and perhaps save me from a headache!

“One of the reasons Being A Mummy blog is great, is because it is helpful and straight to the point. I know I can rely on the blogger to provide me with helpful suggestions.” - (Sarah)

Find out what life’s like Being a Mummy.
 
 

Single Parent Dad



It is wonderful to read this blog, especially knowing that Ian has brought his son up all by himself after his wife sadly passed away. The blog strikes the right balance between general posts and personal experience. All this makes it pleasant to read when there are interesting images and videos to see!

After seeing this informative and educational post, we decided that Single Parent Dad deserved to be one of our favourites! Did you know that Robins (the birds) don’t usually travel more than three miles? I sure didn’t! 

“Single Parent Dad is one of my personal favourite blog, because it consists of very good and worthwhile content. Always a pleasure to read!” - (Rachel)

Find out some more facts here.
 
 

Violet Posy



This blog consists of a variety of posts, mainly on design and home style. The perspective the blogger gives on interior design is inspirational!

We liked this blog, because of the design ideas it gives from different types of furnishings to full-blown makeovers. This particular post has inspired me to do my own room up, which I have been avoiding for a while now due to lack of ideas. About time I made a move!

“As the blog is specific to design, I think it works well. It has carved a niche for itself.” - (James)

Read more here.
 
 

All Baby Advice



Mirka shares parenting tips (as you probably have guessed by now) and she does it well! In one of her posts, she noted some interesting facts and figures on accidents caused by hair straighteners. A must read for those who regularly use hair styling equipment in the family home.

We chose this blog as we believe some of the information, if not all, can come in handy for parents. We understand how difficult and equally overwhelming it can be for new parents.

“All Baby Advice is wonderful to read and the images are just as wonderful to see. Being a new parent myself, I always make sure to see what Mirka has to say in her posts”- (Sarah)

Find out more Baby Advice here.
 
 

Transatlantic Blonde



The blog is beautifully constructed and gives an insight into the life of a first time mummy who is several miles away from her family. She writes about a wide range of topics from what she wears to suitable toys.

A unique feature of the blog is how some of the posts are part of a sequel, which makes it all the more exciting to look forward to the follow up post. For example, the blogger shows what she wears for each day of the week and you just want to know what she will wear the next day!

“I look forward to reading the posts. As I have been a regular reader, I feel as though I personally know the blogger and that’s an indication of how well she writes!”- (Rachel)

See what Transatlantic Blonde is writing about now.
 
 

Sleep Is For The Weak


“Stories and pictures from a creative life”, that’s the blogs tagline and it lives up to its name. Going through the blog, the images used catch your attention and compels the reader to click on them to find out more.

We chose this blog, because not only does it showcase the family life of Josie, it also gives an in depth insight into the lives of children in need. The blog also promotes the Save the Children charity and always keeps us updated on recent issues.

“I enjoy visiting Josie’s blog from time to time to get my creative juices flowing. We all know how hard that can be!” - (Zoe-Lee)

Click here to see those stories and pictures from a creative life.
 

Written By Fiona

Festive Nail Art Challenge

Wednesday, 18th December 2013

Feeling festive? Give your nails a Christmas makeover with our nail art challenge!

We are throwing down a Challenge!



Here at PFM HQ, we’ve been testing our bestselling Nail Art kit. The kit includes 10 fashionable colours, each with a brush and a ‘micro pen’ nozzle, allowing you to create your own awesome nail art!
 
The kit is super easy to use and so much fun. It didn’t take long before the whole office was painting their nails!
 
We all look a million dollars thanks to our nail designs. But we want to know if our customers can do any better.  Here are some creations the Presents for Men team came up with:
 

Sarah’s Snowmen

Are you ready for snow? Apparently we can’t wait - we’ve started building our snowmen already! Can you do better?



 

Robin’s Black and Gold

We're all familiar with the staple little black dress. Black nails can be just as classy. We think this black and gold design featuring presents, baubles and bows is simple - but will still get lots of compliments at the office Christmas party!


 

Zoe-Lee’s Presents

Speaking of presents, these nails have been spoilt this Christmas. We wish our wrapping paper looked this good. Can you improve on Zoe-Lee’s design?





 

James’s Christmas Trees

Those presents will need to go under a tree or five. James has got it covered with expert nail art handiwork.



Barrie’s Festive Noel greeting

How about a traditional inspired design? With some practice, the micro pens will allow you to get creative with typography. Old fashioned Barrie thinks he’s got this one in the bag.



Syeda’s Love Heart

This pink heart is adorable, reminding us that the spirit of Christmas is all about love.



Justin’s Christmas Holly

These nails feature a striking white base coat with red and green holly. It kind of looks like the Christmas cakes our granny used to make us.



The kit includes instructions for several designs, including fireworks, flowers and geometric patterns - and a pin for cleaning out the nozzles.

Based on the brilliant customer reviews for this kit, we probably haven’t done the nail art kit justice, so we’d love to see what you can do.
 
If you have some fantastic nail art creations, especially if you’re feeling festive like us, why not share them on our Facebook page or on Twitter? If we think you’ve done better than us, we will feature your designs on our social networks so you get the glory you deserve!

Take the nail art challenge now!
 
 

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

20 Funny Secret Santa Gifts

Friday, 6th December 2013

Struggling to find a Secret Santa gift for a colleague, friend or family member? Get them something funny - making them laugh is always a winner! Check out our top picks from our Secret Santa gift selection.

 Are you playing Santa Claus this year? Do you want to purchase a quirky, memorable Secret Santa gift for a cheeky colleague, or a friend who likes to giggle?

Look no further. Presents for Men has the funniest Secret Santa gifts guaranteed to raise a smile and stick around longer than the festive season. Say no to rubbish Secret Santa gifts. Get some inspiration here - all for less than £30!

Seeing as it’s Christmas, all gifts featured below can be snapped up with an extra 20% off. Simply like us on Facebook to get this week’s exclusive discount code.

1. Whoogles Book

We’re sure you’ve asked Google some outrageous things. Now you can find out the bizarre and silly things people have typed into Google. This book encapsulates the most genuine and funniest of them all. Maybe you’ll see one of your embarrassing Google searches?


 
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2. Instant fancy dress outfits

Oh dear. Did someone forget to send you the fancy dress memo for your work’s Christmas party? Never fear, the instant fancy dress outfits are here. One box includes five pull over tabards for an instant transformation. Dress- up themes include, Pocahontas, Cowboy, Superhero, Pirate and Hula Girl.


 
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3. Rudegami

Strictly for grown-ups: create impressive paper sculptures that are of the rude persuasion. There are 18 rude models to create from this 64 page hard back book. Just don’t get too excited and let off a pair of paper boobies during an important office meeting.


 
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4. Duel Combat Gladiator Game

Feeling full after too many mince pies? Did someone steal the last roast potato at Christmas dinner? Battle it out on this gladiator style combat game and burn off those extra pounds. The set includes two blow up podiums and pummel sticks, plus a puncture repair kit in case things get out of hand.


 
Find it here

5. Cat and Pug Accessories

An assortment of gifts centred around two of our favourite furry friends.

   
   
 
  • Tabby Cat Make-Up Bag – feisty feline eyes guard a cat lover’s most prized make up essentials in this cute make-up bag.
  • Tabby Cat Spectacles Case – Get the eye of the tiger (or the eye of the tabby) with this tabby cat spectacles case! It’s waterproof and fits inside your handbag.
  • Pug Wash Bag – Take your toiletries on holiday in this garishly awesome pug face wash bag. It’s waterproof and contains two inner pouches to keep your toothbrush away from your flannel!
  • Pug Spectacles Case – For the dog lovers who like to protect their glasses in style, this pug face case will keep glasses safe. It’s durable in case it inadvertently becomes a dog toy.
  • Pug Make-Up Bag – Keep your make-up in a neat and tidy fashion inside this pug face make-up bag. It’s an irresistible design for any dog lover.

6. The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups

Fun for doodlers and for those of us who never grew up. This colouring book is filled to the brim with intricate and hypnotic patterns waiting for you to add some colour. All designs are at an adult level, so expect each page to be challenging and stimulating.


 
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7. Cat-Opoly and Horse-Opoly

 
  • Cat-Opoly: Instead of being a London property tycoon, you’ll trade in cats, collect litter boxes and swap these for fish and bones. Puurrfect for crazy cat lovers.
  • Horse-Opoly: The equine version of the game lets you buy horses instead of houses, build stables instead of property and trade your collateral for barns. Get rich on the horses!

8. Space Rug Fleece

Chill out like the pros from a galaxy far, far away. This hooded space rug fleece keeps the wearer warm with all over coverage and protection from alien invasions. Cover up and relax to the max.


 
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9. 50 Sheds of Grey

This spoof of the famous best seller will have you in stitches from start to finish. If you thought the passion between man and woman was fiery, get a load of one man’s immutable love for his garden shed. It’s quotable and laugh out loud funny!


 
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10. Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Game

This game makes you work hard for your treats. Spin the dial and receive a treat – couldn’t be simpler. But beware, will you “bean bamboozled” with a nasty surprise instead? Will you get Toothpaste, Rotten Egg or Dog Food-flavoured jelly beans?


 
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11. Bubble Wrap Suit

Want to look irresistible - even good enough to touch? This bubble wrap outfit will do just that. People won’t be able to resist popping your bubbles all night long. One size easily fits all with elasticated trousers and Velcro jacket.


 
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12. Soldier Egg Cup & Cutter

Taking egg and dipping soldiers literally, create a regimented affair at the breakfast table with this cute soldier egg cup and soldier toast cutter.


 
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13. Crap Christmas Present Socks

For a funny cliché Christmas gift, get this literally crap Christmas present of socks for your unknowing recipient. One size fits all from 6-11.



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14. Marmite Salt and Pepper Pots

Love it or hate it, these salt and pepper Marmite pots will make a great addition to any kitchen and dining table set. They’re the same proportions and colours as the real thing!


 
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15. 3 in 1 Nasal Trimmer

A funny and functional gift for a male (or female, if you’re prepared to receive a telling off!) who’s in need of a trim. Give someone the gift of grooming this Christmas.


 
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16. Rifle Style Crossbow Set

Battle it out medieval style. This crossbow can fire darts up to 20 metres away, so it’s ideal for target practice (in an outside location, of course). All darts are suction-capped so there won’t be any casualties!


 
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17. Manly Food Cookbook

Do you know someone who takes their masculinity to the extreme, but is an average Joe in the kitchen? This manly cookbook makes any meal male orientated from strong masculine flavours through to preparation of food. It even contains a butchery and TV dinner section.


 
Find it here

18. Personalised Calendar - Dogs

It’s such a nuisance when you remember that you need a calendar half-way through the year. Well, this calendar can start from where you want it to – and you can personalise it to include the recipient’s name and a personal message. This one is for dog lovers, but there are plenty more themes to choose from.


 
Find it here

19. One Direction Stand Ups – Harry Styles

Every teenage girl’s (and many older ladies) heartthrob of the moment: Harry Styles in cardboard cut-out form! Instead of stalking him on Twitter, you can prop him up on your desk, in your bedroom, in the lounge or even in the car seat next to you – anywhere that’s legal!



Find him here

20. Power Nap Pillow

Cleverly disguised as a ring-binder, this cushion will let you catch forty winks whilst your boss thinks you’re working hard. Surprisingly comfortable and portable.


 
Find it here


Seen something you like? Don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like our page to claim your 20% discount code.

Written By Dev Dev
Filed under Product Reviews

20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

Monday, 2nd December 2013

We've got a fab selection of Christmas gifts for ladies of all ages. Don't forget to claim your discount code for these items!

If you’ve missed the post-it notes in catalogues or subtle hints dropped into conversation - don’t panic! We’ve put together an excellent selection of fun and tempting Christmas presents that she'll love.

As we’re feeling festive, you can get 20% off this selection using a discount code - get yours here

1. Gourmet Popcorn Gift Box

This popcorn gift set is both decadent and low in fat, making it an ideal snack in between cooking the turkey.



 
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2. Choc-o-lait Hot Chocolate Gift Set

What every chocolate fiend craves! Stir generous blocks of Belgian chocolate into a mug of hot milk for a chocolate sensation.
 


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3. The Cocktail Kit

Is she a budding mixologist? The kit includes all the essentials for making cocktails, including the infamous cocktail shaker that makes anybody look like an expert!


 
Find it here
 

4. Animal iPad Cases

We love these animal face iPad cases - perfect for animal lovers who need to protect their tech from cat scratches and doggy dribble. Available in two styles: Tabby Cat iPad Case and Pug iPad Case

   

5. Help for Heroes Locket

Each sale of this beautiful sterling silver Locket raises money for the Help For Heroes charity. A beautiful present for a very good cause.



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6. Nail Art Kit

We have the perfect present for nail artists!  These 10 nail polishes have two different applicators to achieve the professional look; a standard brush applicator and a special micro tip pen for creating intricate designs. Choose from bold colours or glitter for the wow factor.


 
Find them here
 

7. 50 Shades of Hay Nightshirt

Bright pink comical night shirt based upon the bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” - have a giggle this Christmas.


 
Find it here
 

8. Pug Door Stop

One of the most adorable gifts we have in stock this Winter: meet Bogart the pug door stop who can hold doors open and stand guard. Woof!  



Find him here
 

9. Chocolate Lovers Gift Set

Make a chocolate lovers Christmas with this luxury gift set. A triple pack of plain, white and milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies and a deliciously gooey chocolate curd make for a deliciously  indulgent gift.


 
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10. Greatest Granny Mug

Because everyone’s Granny is the Greatest!


 
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11. A Dyslexic Walks Into A Bra

For ladies that enjoy a giggle; keep her amused for hours with this gag-filled joke book.



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12. Photos that Changed the World

An incredibly moving collection of photos that changed the world. A brilliant gift for photography fans.



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13. Gardener’s Gubbins Pots

Keep gardening tools in order with these nine individual pots designed by Sophie Conran. Because who said gardening can’t be glamorous?



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14. Personalised Merlot

For an extra special celebration, personalise this bottle of merlot with someone’s name, the year and a message. The palate of the wine is jam-packed with ripe dark berry fruits, with hints of vanilla spice and cherries. Some of our favourite messages include:  “Sheila’s Wine – Hands off!”



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15. His Lordship / Her Ladyship Bath Towels

Ensure you each use your own bath towel with these fluffy offerings from Lord and Lady Tottering; the characters from Annie Tempest’s Tottering Hall.



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16. How to Trace Your Ancestors – Computer Guide

Tracing your Ancestry has become easier since the birth of the Internet. Learn how to trace the colourful characters of your family tree using a computer with this brilliant step by step guide – a perfect gift for Christmas.



Find it here

17. Labrador Personalised Cushion

This cushion is the best way to let visitors know who rules the roost!



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18. Crabtree and Evelyn Ultimate Hand Cream Therapy

Give her hands a break with this set of rich moisturising hand creams. There are six fragrances to choose from and they all smell so good we couldn’t possibly choose our favourite!



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19. Puppy Feet Slippers - Hound

We aren’t fans of boring slippers! These are perfect companions for cold toes this winter. Available in sizes 4-7.



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20. Really Tiny Booklight for E-readers

Keep pages turning with this smart and lightweight booklight.  Ideal for travel, the booklight clips easily onto any brand of E-reader.



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Make sure you check out our more of our best selling gifts for her!

And don't forget to like us on Facebook for more prmotional offers in the run up to Christmas.

Written By Fiona

20 Perfect Stocking Fillers for Men

Monday, 25th November 2013

Find the perfect little stocking fillers for Men this Christmas.

Everyone knows good things come in small packages. That’s why we’ve put together the best small gadgets and quirky little gifts to fill his stocking this Christmas.

To receive 20% off all stocking fillers featured, simply Like us on Facebook for your exclusive discount code.

1. Mini Digital Video Camera

This tiny thumb-sized camera captures all the action in superb detail. It’s back clip makes it a sturdy accessory for the more adventurous men. With up to two hours of recording time, it’s a mighty piece of tech.


 
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2. Fuel Can Hip Flask

Replica of an old jerry can, this hip flask provides fuel for the history enthusiast – and the tipple enthusiast!


 
Find it here
 

3. Remote Control Space Man

A perfect small gift for teen males, this remote controlled space man defies gravity. Charge him up and watch him soar.


 
Find him here
 

4. I’m a Celebrity Witchetty Grubs

Gruesome bugs from the “I’m a Celebrity” jungle have made their way to the UK. Play Russian roulette with your taste buds; some are sweet and some will be a surprise. These are great for parties!


 
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5. Manly Food Cook Book

Simon Cave brings together masculine flavours in his cook book. Create meals for Barbecues and mix up manly cocktails. It’s what all men who love food need.


 
Find it here
 

6. Gerber Multi - Tool

This is man’s best friend. This pocket-sized companion includes 12 essential tools: a fine edge blade, a bottle opener and the all-important nail file. Men do love a manicure.


 
Find it here
 

7. Dining Table Ping Pong

Let him claim the dining room as the games room he’s always wanted. This Ping Pong Table Set attaches easily to table tops and it can be packed away just in time for Christmas dinner.


 
Find it here
 

8. Star Wars Mugs

The dark side excels at keeping drinks warm. These fun Star Wars mugs are perfect for fans. Choose between the Darth Vader Mug and the Storm Trooper Mug



 

9. Catapulting Animals

Ping these critters through the air and hear them croak on landing. Careful not to get them in the gravy boat! Choose from two different animals: the Catapulting Flying Frog or the Catapulting Flying Pig

      
 

10. Indoor Basketball & Blaster Target

Beat the cold weather and numb fingers with this Indoor Basketball & Blaster Target. Hook it over a door and shoot some hoops.


 
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11. Duff Beer Drinks Bottle

Homer Simpson’s favourite beer is now available as an aluminium drinks bottle. Chug juice, water or even beer from this iconic brand.


 
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12. Whisky Tasting Kit

Do you know someone who thinks he’s a Whiskey connoisseur? Test out his knowledge with this Whiskey Tasting Kit and information flash cards.
 


Find it here
 

13. Personalised Christmas beer

Nothing beats topping the day off with a great tasting beer - and this beer will have their name on it.


 
Create a personalised Christmas beer here
 

14. 50 Ways to Kill a Slug

Do you know someone at loggerheads with a slimy enemy devouring their prized plants? This book gives 50 of the silliest and serious ways to kill a slug.


 
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15. Star Mug

Stargazers can get closer to the night sky with this heat-changing mug. Constellations appear magically when hot water is added.


 
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16. Science Museum tie

The intricate and ambiguous pattern is actually a micrograph of a Formula 1 car’s brake lining. I bet you wouldn’t have guessed. Perfect for men who like to make a statement.


 
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17. Tree Christmas Cards

Who is the greenest of them all? You will be, and the receiver of this incredibly ethical card. It contains one Norway Spruce tree grown from a seed from sustainable forests, presented in a  card made from recycled materials and printed with vegetable inks.


 
Find it here
 

18. Personalised Whisky Set

Not only do we have a set of prestigious tasting whiskies, you can also personalise a Whiskey Gift Set for a whiskey enthusiast. This set comes with 5 single malt whiskies.


 
Find it here
 

19. SleepPhones

These SleepPhones are like pyjamas for ears. The comfortable fleece headband allows you to listen to your favourite tracks without disrupting your sleep.



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20. Name that Movie Book

Perfect quiz time fun for the family whilst they’re in a Christmas dinner food coma. There are 100 films to guess from quirky black and white drawings.


 
Find it here

Don't forget! As we're feeling festive, you can get 20% off these stocking fillers by liking our Facebook Page.

Look out for next week's featured gifts and further discounts in our Countdown to Christmas!


Written By Fiona
Filed under Product Reviews

20 Awesome Christmas Presents for Teenagers

Monday, 18th November 2013

Teenagers are a troublesome bunch to buy for. Luckily, we've got a whole host of awesome gadgets and quirky gifts suitable for boys and girls this Christmas.

Teenagers’ interests change as often as their moods. One minute they’re desperate for the latest quirky gadget, the next minute they’re after some new clothing to freshen up their look.

Thankfully, Presents for Men have searched high and low for the ultimate Christmas gift selection for hard to please teenagers.

And to get an exclusive 20% off these gifts only, simply like us on Facebook. Sorted!

1.     iMusic Pillow



Teens can listen to their favourite tracks from the comfort of their own pillow. The pillow has a built in speaker, so there’s no need for headphones. Find it here

2.     Touch Speaker



This portable speaker for mobiles means they can listen to music anywhere, anytime. Find it here

3.     Waterproof Earphones



For keep fit teens, these can be worn when out jogging in the rain. Find them here

4.     Snow Scooter



At the first sight of snow, boys and girls can whiz down the slopes or simply use this scooter to get about. Find it here

5.     VW Camper Van Cushion



Fans of the classic camper van will love this comfy homage to the stylish automobile.  It has a superb finish with high quality tapestry. Find it here

6.     Big Face Animal T-shirt: Pug



Pug lovers can show their appreciation of the feisty pup with this all-over printed pug face T-shirt. Find it here

7.     Design your own Umbrella



Young ladies can express their creativity by placing their designs on their very own umbrella. Find it here.

8.     One Direction Stand-Ups

Teens can get closer to their favourite member of One Direction with these stand-ups. Why not  collect the whole band for a private gig! We've got the whole set (in this order), Liam, Niall, Zyan, Harry and Louis.



9.     Retro Sweets



A near infinite supply of fruity chews, sherbet fountains, love hearts, lollipops, blackjacks, refreshers, stingers fizzers and many more of their favourite retro sweets. Find them here

10.   Inflatable Chair and Footrest



If getting them to do their homework is a tall order, this comfy chair will persuade them to swot up. Find it here

11.Glow in the Dark Star Map



This showcases all the constellations in the night time sky. It glows in the dark too, making for awesome bedtime reading. Find it here

12.  Big Face Animal T-shirt: Labrador



This incredibly detailed image of a black Labrador is a real statement piece of clothing. Find it here
 

13.  Naked Laundry Bag



Measurement markers show teenagers how long they’ve got until they’re out of clothes. This might encourage them to do their washing more frequently! Find it here

14.   Space Rug Fleece




The ultimate lounging accessory, complete with hood, full length sleeves  and two pockets to store the TV remote and a mobile phone with the local take-away on speed-dial. Find it here

15.   Where’s Stig Book



Who is the Stig? Where does he go when he’s not cruising around the track? Find the elusive Stig in this Glovebox edition book. Find it here

16.   Scratch Travel Map



Perfect for the nomads among us. As they collect their experiences across different lands, they can scratch off each destination on their very own world map. Find it here

17.   Dining Table Ping Pong



Turn your dining room into the Ping Pong World Championships. Metal posts clamp easily to your dining table. Complete with professional, high quality bats and sweat bands for when the game gets intense. Find it here

18.   Ultimate Survival Manual



Survival expert Rich Johnson shares survival tips for many scenarios, covering tsunamis, coping in the wilderness to driving on black ice. Perfect for any teen with a keen interest in survival mechanisms and tactics. Find it here

19.   Wild Sling Giant Water Balloon Launcher


Water balloon fights have reached a whole new level. Teens can channel entire body strength to launch water balloons further with this sling launcher. Find it here

20.   Back Up iPhone Charger



No teenager is ever too far from their mobile phone. With up to 250 hours extra standby power, this will keep them texting, uploading photos and checking their social network accounts for longer. Find it here

In the run up to Christmas we’ll be releasing new discounts codes every week for a different range of products. So don’t forget to Like us on Facebook, to claim your code!
 

Written By Fiona
Filed under Product Reviews

 
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