Christmas gifts for parents

Two colourful jumpers.

Last week, I looked at ideas for the kids so this time it’s time to turn my attention to Christmas gifts for parents. I hope I’ve managed to include something for everyone! Here goes…

A grey T-shirt depicting Ricky Villa's iconic Cup Final goal for Spurs.

Art of Football T-shirts

I love T-shirts almost as much as I love the beautiful game, so was pleased when Art of Football got in touch and even more so when I discovered that they’d produced this one of Ricky Villa scoring the best FA Cup Final goal ever for the mighty Spurs! The designs attempt to capture iconic moments like this one and I think they do so with aplomb. Most of the big-name teams are included in the range.

RRP: £22

A gift box of Scaramouche & Fandango products.

Scaramouche & Fandango [Skin]3

Bet this product gets Bohemian Rhapsody stuck in your head! Consisting of a face scrub, a shave cream and an award-winning hydrator, this gift set by Scaramouche & Fandango aims to reintroduce simplicity to premium male grooming products. All of the skincare essentials in the pack – which share one fragrance – have been made entirely in Britain and are suitable for travel too.

RRP: £25

A female model wearing a V neck grey cardigan.

Wool Overs women’s cardigan

Kate loves cardigans and has been limited to wearing wrap-style ones during the later stages of pregnancy. She’ll soon be able to wear a wider variety of designs though, so this V neck cropped cardigan from Wool Overs caught my eye. Made of cashmere and merino, it’s soft and, I’m reliably informed, will be very comfortable! It’s machine washable too – on a wool programme – so it’s functional as well as fashionable.

RRP: £40

A gift box including a T-shirt, zombie sign and graphic novel.

My Geek Box

I’ve always said that the geek will inherit the earth, but what can we get our hands on while we wait? My Geek Box is a great idea for the proud geek in your life. In short, it’s a mystery box of gifts that arrives every month on a subscription basis. Several one-off gift ideas are also available. The My Geek Box team were clearly aware of my love of the horror genre as they sent me the ‘Afterlife’ themed box, containing a graphic novel, T-shirt, zombie wall sign, gory handprint tea towel, 3D Dracula puzzle and ‘Zombie Outbreak Response Team’ sticker. Bloody marvellous!

RRP: £17.99 per month

Two colourful jumpers.

House of Fraser jumpers

You can’t go wrong with a nice jumper and House of Fraser have got loads to choose from. I’m often guilty of sticking in my comfort zone of blues and greys so decided to comment on something different when they asked my opinion on those in their jumper ideas guide. Some of the more colourful winter sweaters caught my eye – the two I’ve featured here in particular. I really like the blocks of colour in the Howick jumper on the left, while the Paul Smith one on the right offers the kind of design I normally go for albeit in a different colour palette. Very nice too!

RRP: from £33.75
Live Coffee Co. Coffee gifts.

Live Coffee Co. Hamper

Most parents I know depend upon coffee to get them firing on all cylinders each morning, so the Live Coffee Co. Coffee Lover’s Hamper, available from the friendly folk at Moonpig, turns this necessity into a treat! As well as two fine coffees – namely Rio Rio and Santo Domingo – the hamper includes some sweet treats to complement the flavours. Toffee waffles, cappuccino shortbread and dark chocolate by Montezuma’s complete the line up. That’s tomorrow’s breakfast sorted for me then!

RRP: £30

Two portrait canvases and two personalised mugs.

Photobox personalised gifts

Personalised presents always go down well and Photobox has plenty of fantastic ideas in its range, including wall art, calendars and phone cases. We don’t have enough pictures of the boys, so went for a canvas of Xander’s recent preschool picture and another of Dylan’s from when he was the same age. We also ordered them a personalised mug each while we were at it – a sure-fire way of avoiding fights!

RRP: canvases from £10, mugs from £6

Brew Barrel kit.


The last time I tried making homebrew, it took ages, the equipment was cumbersome and the end result was pretty horrible! I was very pleased, then, to hear about Brewbarrel. Everything you need – apart from water, of course – comes in a sensibly-sized box and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare and a week to be ready to drink. As it hails from Munich, I thought it would be rude not to choose the Oktoberfest style beer. It’s now brewing in my kitchen and I can’t wait to try my first glass or two!

RRP: £29

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition.

Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition

I have to admit that, despite being a seasoned gamer, I’ve got a little out of touch with the virtual world since becoming a parent – I don’t even own the latest FIFA; oh, the shame of it! Dylan and Xander are just getting into games now though, so I need to swot up. Enter the Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition. It’s packed with facts, quotes, trivia, tips, tricks and, of course, records. I’ve found it a great reintroduction to a hobby I’ve missed.

RRP: £9.99

A neat pile of colourful socks.

Henry J Socks

They’re often on the list of what not to get people for Christmas, but it’s become a running joke in my family to give a pair of socks as a tree present. These colourful offerings by Henry J Socks put the fun back into functional and are available to gift on a subscription basis, making them a gift that keep on giving. A nice change from the plain black ones I buy from sports shops!

RRP: from £5 a month

Close-up of a Christmas tree.

Need a tree?

Of course, you’re going to need a tree to put all your gifts underneath! If you prefer a real one, check out Pines and Needles‘ range. I’ll be reviewing one of their fine looking trees soon.

Disclosure: the featured gifts were provided to me by the brands.

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