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SM reviews… Gifts from Personally Presented

Editor writes: “I struggle with gifts for my mother. Not only because she travels such a lot that her house is stuffed full of ‘curios‘ (ie tat!) from far-flung countries but also because she is prone to the dreaded ‘gift rehoming’ if something you’ve bought isn’t to her taste. In short: a nightmare! 

So when I was invited to check out Personally Presented – a website which is filled with lovely items which can all be personalised – I thought ‘heck, let’s start with the toughest cookie. 

The website allows you to search by person (ie Dad, Grandad etc) or by interest, occasion, gender – even by price if you’re doing Secret Santa. 

I started in the ‘foodie’ category of interests (cos even fuss-pots need to eat, right?) On the first search page, I spotted a lovely kids’ baking set with those hipster metal pails for ingredients and uber-cute engraved rolling pins. In short, an amazing gift for my kids, or any of their cousins, my godchildren or my kids’ friends. But not for their grandmother.

Next I spotted a really cute tray for dips, which my other half has been asking for since we were at a (child-free) friend’s house and they produced olives and nibbles on something similar. Snack envy, as it were. My mother would most likely just banish it to the back of the kitchen cupboard.

Then I saw a slate two-tiered cake stand, which I really coveted for myself. So many times I’ve presented cakes at mums meetups on the pop-up cardboard thing the bakery supplied and essentially have just ended up with soggy cardboard. This might have worked for my mother, except that she’s on some crazy no-sugar diet. #Whatever.

But then – the holy grail of gifts – I have literally never seen one of these anywhere before (and I’m sure my mother wouldn’t be able to say she could have got one cheaper in a streetmarket in Marrakech). What was this amazing thing? Well – a rolling pin. How is that so special? It could be personalised (in my case with the kids’ names) with inverted writing so that when you roll out pastry the message appears! Genius! And only 15quid with no extra charge for the engraving. 

I’d definitely go back to Personally Presented’s site (even for easier to shop for people!) – I do dabble with personalised gifts from Not On the High St but the product quality varies so much and I do find wading through all the options quite draining… “

Slick Mummy readers can get a 10% discount on all Personally Presented personalised gifts by using the code: slickmummy10

The code expires on 10/12/17

 

 

Celebrate National Baby Swimming Week with a 15% discount from #MMHA17 Nominated Splash About

To celebrate National Baby Swimming Week, our favourite kids’ swimming brand Splash About is offering a 15% discount on its New Improved Happy Nappies (offer valid 16th-22nd October 2017 inclusive) and 15% off its range of full price baby wetsuits (offer runs 16th-31st October 2017) – just visit www.splashabout.com and enter code BSW17 at the checkout.

If you’re wondering what is ‘new and improved’ about the Happy Nappy design, well (apologies if you’re still eating toast) it all comes down to the leakage of poo. Basically, remove the stress of being that poolside parent shamefacedly confessing to their child’s ‘faecal accident’ from your life by dressing them in one of these. And they come in a whole range of gorgeous designs, to suit little ones with big personalities too!

Get a 10% Shopping discount from Letterbox Gifts

Hands up if this is you: you realise that there are a few relatives you won’t see over the Xmas period, so you choose and wrap a few thoughtful gifts – and even remember some bubble wrap so that they don’t break in the post. You head to the post office, your toddler wets his pants in the queue and starts crying. You bribe him with chocolate, then he gets the *red mist* and tips over a rack of DVLA forms. You leave without posting anything.

Then you completely miss the last posting date and are still carrying said items around in your bag mid-January.

But Letterbox gifts, it seems, are the salvation to the above Xmas #fail (plus also birthday, new baby, Father’s Day – and many more situations where the queue in the post office defeats you…)

Not only does the box fit snugly though letterboxes (so no ‘missed delivery’ notes for your loved one to negotiate) but the gifts inside are really lovely; super stylish and well presented, with a mixture of edible, practical and pampering bits and bobs inside.

Their Xmas box comes with gorgeous scented candles (we lit one now and the whole room smells of Xmas eve already!) plus tea, handmade chocolates, a tree decoration and mulled wine spices – all made in Britain and super luxe.

Sounds like a great idea, huh? Well – even better – our readers can get a 10% shopping discount by using code SLICKMUMMY10 at the checkout.

Get 25% off at French Sole

We’re huge French Sole fans at Slick Mummy.  From providing stylish salve to sore pregnancy tootsies to fabulous simple school run chic, nothing beats a pair of their ballet flats and jeans…

So we skipped for joy at the exclusive discount code we can offer our readers – just use code SLICKMUM for 25% off when you shop online!

Be sure to check out the adorable children’s range – like the jaguar calf hair leather love heart shoes pictured (right) – as well as some of the new arrivals and classic colourways.

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We’re loving the striking metallic blue India flats from the new collection and the Jane Winkworth Lavinia bucket bag from French Sole’s handbag collection.

SM tests… Charnos Velour Lined Leggings from The Tight Spot

Every gal knows the virtues of great leggings. And – for that matter – the terrible woes caused by inferior ones. For anyone who has every suffered the indignity of ripped crotches, saggy knees or fraying hems, spending a little more to get leggings that hit the mark is the sort of sensible economics that by rights should have us vying for a role at the Treasury. Well, that is, if we weren’t thinking about making our legs look nice…

Charnos are one of those erstwhile English brands whose tights one’s Granny probably wore; one’s own relationship with them might be synonymous with thick 60 denier hold ups cheekily masquerading as school socks or pearlised white bridal tights. Either way, Charnos hosiery represents paying a little bit more for quality, comfort and …dignity!

We were delighted to test out some of their Velour Lined Leggings, courtesy of The Tight Spot.

Editor writes: These leggings are billed as ‘the perfect Winter accessory’ and are opaque on the outside whilst lined with super strokabley-soft velour on the inside. It’s a bit like wearing a basket full of warm kittens – just the thing on a chilly morning! 

For anyone (me included) worrying that lined leggings will simply enhance their chunky thighs (years of lacrosse) or less-than-Dita-like waist (years of babies) then fear not – the 6% elastane kicks in to hold everything in, with a bit of sculpting to boot. 

The leggings are thick enough to be worn on their own – not just in terms of etiquette but they also do a damn fine job of keeping one’s botty toasty. Mine were my lifesaver during a blustery walk on a windswept beach on New Year’s Day and I’ve even worn them as jodhpurs. 

Really easy to wash – just bung them in the machine (does anyone actually hand wash their delicates anymore?) – and quick to dry, with no creases, bobbling or bagginess. They come in S/M or M/L sizes, I tried the S/M, I’m a 10 but had seconds of Christmas pudding. They fitted fine, before and after. Go figure…

The only downside? At the moment they only come in black, which might have worked for Henry Ford’s wife, but we’d love to own these snuggly leggings in a few more colourways – rich plum or muted taupe, perhaps? 

Order yours now from The Tight Spot using discount code SLICK10 for 10% off – or – one lucky reader can WIN a pair of their very own. Simply follow us and @thetightspotuk on Twitter and RT the competition message to be in with a chance.

Winner will be announced on 29th Jan, no cash alternative prize.

Becky Mantin’s Nappy Grab Bags – now half price at Amazon and Ocado

Becky Mantin’s Nappy Grab Bags are not only super practical (and of course MMHA15 winners) but they are also half price at the moment at Amazon and Ocado.

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So go and er… grab yourself a bargain!

They have also just won Gold in the childcare category of the Practical Preschool awards – this means the testers scored them 90% or above! Congrats guys!