Gifts for the Grown-ups

*We were given some of these toys for the purpose of this gift guide, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Although we often don’t need anything at Christmas, it’s still nice to get presents and so here is a little inspiration if you’re finding it difficult to buy for someone this year.

Kindle Oasis

I have had several Kindles over the years and absolutely love my e-reader. I had stopped using my generation 2 a while ago in favour of my Fire HDX 7” but every time I got it out to read, the kids wanted to use it to play on so for a while I went back to reading regular books. So, here’s where the new Kindle Oasis comes in. Going back to ‘just’ an e-reader, has been brilliant. The Kindle Oasis has brilliant screen quality and offers a premium reading experience. The Oasis has an automatic brightness detector with warmth settings offer brilliant adaptability of backlighting to help avoid eye strain too, especially at night. The metal back really adds to the quality and luxurious feel of the Kindle Oasis and the fact that it is water resistant is a real bonus for me. I have fallen back in love with my e-reader again as I’m not being pestered to hurry up and finish to let the children use it for their games. I can read it in the bath without worrying about dropping it and I’m also very much looking forward to taking it on holiday again when we are out of lockdowns!

But A Gift

We’ve really been getting into the spirit of giving experiences over the last year or two and this year we have several experiences that we haven’t been able to use yet but we are looking forward to using then in the not too distant future. Buy a Gift have a huge selection of experiences to choose from and what we love is that you can buy gifts to experience with someone else too. We are going to be enjoying a 3 course meal and cocktails at a top restaurant after looking out across London from the Shard. We also have a hot air balloon experience that we look forward to trying out when the weather gets a little less wet and windy!

VEX Gift Card

If experiences aren’t really your thing but you also can’t decide what to get, VEX Gift Cards offer your recipient a choice of gift cards from top brand names so they aren’t lumped with a gift card they are unlikely to use. With VEX Gift Cards, your recipient will be able redeem their card for another gift card of their choice on the Voucher Express website. There are around 80 different shops or gift cards to choose from. VEX Gift Cards can also be sent directly to the recipient so there’s no need to worry about getting it to them in time for Christmas.


If, like most of us, you are longing to get away on a lovely summer holiday and can’t wait to book your next beach break, have a look at Tesalate’s sand free towels! You can give someone the promise of a holiday by gifting them one of these amazing towels. Not only do Tesalate offer your normal sized sand-free towel but now, they have a double size towel so that you can use it as a beach mat for the whole family too. With so many different designs to choose from, there will be one to help you stand out on the beach. Tesalate towels are made of AbsorbLite fabric, which has a sand-free design which makes it impossible for sand to stick to the towel. It folds up into a compact and matching bag and will free up space in your luggage. I have both the gorgeous Is this love? design and yes, it certainly is as well as The Alchemist – XL for the whole family. It dries really quickly too and has stayed really soft (although not like your traditional fluffy towel). I love these towels.

Ohelo cup

The Ohelo vacuum insulated, double walled stainless steel tumbler is 100% leakproof and will help to keep your drink hot for up to 6 hours (not that I can resist drinking it for that long!). What I like about this cup is that you can drink from any angle with a simple twist of the leaf on the lid. If you like leaf tea or if you like to put fruits etc in your drinks, the steel mesh attachment can be used as a tea strainer, protein shaker mixer. The only slight downside for me is that it’s not quite as efficient at getting as much liquid through as quickly when the strainer is in. As a coffee lover, being coffee shop compliant is brilliant as I can just refill this without having to waste disposable cups.

ION8 The One Touch

This one stop shop of a bottle is 100% leak proof and is engineered from a vacuum insulated double wall stainless steel. Because of this, the ION8 1L Steel Bottle will keep your hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and your chilled drinks icy cold for up to 24 hours. With a handy ring hook to help you carry or store your bottle, this also boasts a one touch opening mechanism with extra lock for added peace of mind when throwing it in your bag! This is a great bottle and I tend to use it at work and leave it on my desk as a reminder to drink through the day. It’s also brilliant for taking on walks and family day trips. You can get these wonderful bottles in three different sizes: 320ml, 500ml and 1000ml and you can get them in a wide range of colours: rose, red, purple, navy, grey, green, blue and aqua. I’ve gone large and have the 1000ml bottle in aqua and absolutely love it!

Zippo Heatbank

The Zippo Heatbank is a great little stocking filler for my golf loving husband! He can use this Heat Bank 9S as a rechargeable hand warmer and to recharge his devices on the go. The Heatbank has a slim and ergonomic design to fit beautifully in the palm of your hand and offers a duel sided heat up to 50°C with 6 adjustable heat settings. If you need to charge up your mobile or other device, simply attach it to the Heatbank and your device will start charging – this will disable the heat function to prevent overheating. This device is easy to recharge once used so will be used over and over again.

Ted Baker perfume and Aftershave

Aftershave and Perfume are always a hit with us at this time of year. There is something about getting a new smell that just makes me smile. Although I will always have my go to favourite smell, I do love finding new smells too. The Amelia is a lovely scent; it’s not overpowering or too sweet and is perfect for autumn. With notes of rhubarb, almond and magnolia, this perfume has a strong but not overwhelming smell. As well as being a beautiful smell, I love the look of the bottle too. It just adds to the stylish look you’d come to expect from a brand such as Ted Baker. For the men, the Ted Baker Tonics Cu refill has a wonderful aroma to it. Featuring notes of smoky leather and eucalyptus this scent is a classic masculine scent perfect for work or nights out.

Hey Pots

If you’re looking for something a bit different, Hey Pots are offering some super sweet cacti or candles in little personalised concrete pots. These are fantastic instead of cards or as secret santa gifts. Locally sourced products and recycled, recyclable and biodegradable packaging makes this gift even better. There is a lasered piece of art on the front and then you can choose to write a message on the back. Each little Hey Pot with cactus comes with a care sheet so you know how to care for your new plant. Each handmade pot comes securely packed with little decorative stones to add to the pot once you have unpacked it.


For a fun family game aimed at the competitive, Taskmaster is brilliant. This will be one we will do on Christmas evening (keeping our fingers crossed that we can have some family around to play too!). Based on the TV series, the Taskmaster board game brings the very essence of this popular show to your front room. The idea is to complete absolutely ludicrous tasks in a certain time limit to be crowned Taskmaster Champion. If you love a challenge and don’t mind getting a little creative, this is definitely the board game for you.


This beautiful soft cover 100% recycled paper notebook is going to make any stationery lover’s Christmas. Sandra Vick’s long-tailed tit design has 100 pages of squared and plane recycled paper so you can make any notes you need.

Jose Eber Air Styler

For those ladies out there who love to style their hair in a variety of different ways, the Air Styler is a must have for your Christmas lists. The revolutionary Air Styler makes use of a high speed nano fan to propel cool air through the styler around the ceramic styling plates to help set your hair instantly. Having tried this out on both mine and my daughter’s hair, it works a treat! The Air Styler can straighten, wave and curl your hair. It makes use of spring-loaded floating plates for a constant and even contact with your hair. The Tourmaline ceramic coating on the ceramic plates decreases friction to help provide a less damaging experience. This has a 360° Swivel Cord so you won’t get all tangled up while you try and curl or straighten your locks.

Hair curler

If you are just after a curler, the Jose Eber Clipless Curling Iron creates large, bouncy and long lasting curls. The 25mm curling iron helps to create smooth and frizz-free voluptuous curls without causing a crease or crimped end. By curling from root to tip rather than tip to root, it reduces the heat transfer at the weakest point of the hair. The tourmaline ceramic barrel can heat up to 210°C and also makes use of the 360° swivel cord to help keep you free from tangles.

Engravers Guild Necklace

For something a little more personal Engravers Guild have some stunning Personalised Necklaces including this Swarovski Birthstone Disc necklace on offer. Made of solid silver and with general Swarovski birthstone crystal, these necklaces are simple yet stunning. You can choose to engrave your necklace with up to 8 characters so most names will fit. There are three different fonts to choose from too. The classic design mixed with a pop of colour from the Swarovski crystal adds to the beauty of this necklace. The solid silver chain is adjustable from 16-18 inches so will work with most outfits too! A gorgeous gift that can also be sent direct to your recipient will bring a huge smile this Christmas.

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