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A picture is worth a thousand words

I’m usually pretty organised when it comes to choosing Christmas presents but this year I kind of left it all to the last minute.  Last week, while I was browsing online in the hope to find some original ideas for my family, I realised that what they would like the most, it is something that reminds them of their niblings. In fact, they always go on and on about not having enough pictures of them, so I thought a personalised gift with the picture of my children was a perfect gift choice.

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A couple of years ago,  they really appreciated having their presents wrapped in personalised wrapping paper, so this year it had to be something different. In Italy, you would find that it is still quite common to see a calendar hung in the kitchen (I haven’t seen many over here) so we thought that making one with our children’s pictures was just what they’d wish for.

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I opened my laptop and started looking for the most current pictures we could use and I put them all together using Snapfish.

I have to say I was impressed by the quality received and by the quick delivery. I thought I wouldn’t receive it on time so imagine my joy when the postman pushed it through the letterbox a whole week before Christmas!

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The website gives you many options to arrange the pictures on the calendar. You can choose to add more than one per month and their size. You can pick a simple background like I did or you can get creative with different options available.

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And while I was browsing their website, and noticed that there were many offers on, I decided to order another few personalised items which will be perfect stocking fillers.

Beatrice at the moment is obsessed with having her own keys. We told her that it’s a bit too early to have the keys for the house so we agreed to give her a “fake” set of keys to put in her own bag and pretend she’s a grown up.  I think even a better idea would be to use the photo keyring for her secret diary’s little keys so that perhaps she won’t moan about losing them anymore.

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My mum, on the other side, needs to have as many keyrings as possible. She likes to put them all together so that when she reaches for the keys in the bag, she can easily find them. And what better idea than give her a keyring with the picture we recently took when we went to visit her?

She’ll be thrilled!

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And while I was playing around on the website, I added a couple of personalised fridge magnets…

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And a lovely phone case for my busy sister who is always on the go chatting on her mobile.

phone-case Done! By spending only one evening online, I sorted out many of my Christmas presents! It was actually good fun as I got to see many pictures which I take but never go back to check.

So if you are still stuck on Christmas presents ideas then check out the Snapfish website as there are still many great deals on most products and 2 x 1 on personalised mugs and Christmas ornaments.

Happy Christmas shopping!

Stylish gifts to impress

A few weeks ago, while I was checking out new Instagram accounts, I stumbled upon these gorgeous products and quickly fell in love with them.

goos-mugWrendale Designs is a company founded by Hannah Dale who inspired by the glorious Lincolnshire countryside and the outdoor life, started to paint hares. Her passion for painting animals quickly became a successful business and it’s not hard to understand why.

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Her creations which now includes illustrations of pheasants, ducks, dogs, hens, are incredibly stunning because they capture the personality and character of these beautiful animals.

It didn’t take me long to fall in love with these stylish greeting cards! I particularly love the one with the foxes as it reminds me of  the beautiful fox I used to feed in my back garden last year.

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And what about their fine range of china mugs… Look at this beautiful one featuring a hare.

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and there is a message inside

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If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas presents, you must visit their website to see all their wonderful creations.

Not only you will find the finest greeting cards and prints but many more products like the new range of gorgeous kitchenware – from cake tins and canisters to Royal Worcester mugs and cake stands, they are just so unique!

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I really hope I inspired you to find the perfect stylish gift for any occasion really. There is so much to choose from all the products that I’m sure you too will be amazed by their quality and quirky attention to detail.

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I’m in no way affiliated with the company, I just love its products and wanted to share them with you

Cool Christmas gifts for Toddlers

Here we are again thinking what Christmas present will be the perfect gift for our children, the one which will leave them “ohhhhhh” jumping around the room, full of happiness. I’ve been browsing online and found a few gift ideas which would definitely suit my daughter. Have a look and see if they would make your child happy too 🙂

Bee loves taking pictures and she often askes me to borrow my iPhone or our little camera. This camera toy would be the perfect present as Showcam is 2 in one digital camera and projector.  Have a look at this  youtube video which explains better how it works.

Everyone knows that toddlers love stickers! Stickers for rewards, to put on a chart, so why not give them a giant stickers to decorate their room? I think it’s a fantastic idea especially if like us,  you are renting a house so you are not really supposed to paint the walls to make the room more personal. I love them!

This is actually going to be Bee’s Christmas present this year. She has another tiny bicycle but apparently a balance bicycle is what you want for you kids to teach them cycling the easy way. Plus this one has the advantage that after learning  to balance on two wheels, you can then add the pedals and it becomes a real bike.

I find this cardoard castle just gorgeous! We had a smaller version of this Castle for Bee’s 3rd birthday.  All her friends had fun playing inside it and colouring it as well.

Bee actually owns this play kitchen and she spends ages pretending to bake and cook . The kitchen is great for storing all her toys too as it has many cupboards where you can hide bits and pieces.

This may probably look silly but I’m seriously petrified every time Bee has a bath and pretends to swim and does little jumps. I always fear she can bump her head against the faucet. Thanks to this rubber whale, if she did, she would be fine 🙂

I just adore this lovely play tent! I remember when I was little I used to make a tent with old bed sheets and pegs.  It was always a struggle to keep it up. I wish I had one of these!

These shoes are so cool! And the fact that you can personalised them with your child’s initials make them unique!

Then if you have around £1600, this GORGEOUS treehouse bed is a must! Who doesn’t like to sleep in a treehouse!??! Just dreamy!

I hope I inspired you a bit. In the next post I will show you some adorable Christmas gifts ideas for you little babies.

Happy shopping!