Christmas is a time for celebration; being with loved ones, friends and family. But it can also be quite stressful if you are the one planning it, preparing and cooking the Christmas dinner and, last but not least, buying and wrapping all the presents!
With less than 2 months to go, Christmas is fast creeping up on us (we are positive that it gets earlier every year, especially when shops start putting out Christmas items in September), so it is time to start planning the Christmas festivities, writing gift lists and purchasing those all-important presents.
Planning a wonderful Christmas can be quite demanding hard work with all the preparations; you not only have to pick the right advent calendar (who knew kids could be so fussy when it comes to a cardboard calendar filled with chocolate or treats) but you have to plan the Christmas dinner (another task working out who likes/dislikes and eats/doesn’t eat what), then there is cooking the dinner itself and then of course there is the wrapping of any presents you have put a lot of thought into. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to organise everything, no matter how organised you are or how early you start, before the big day hits. But we all know that it will be worth it in the end.
Finding the perfect gifts for your family and friends can be quite difficult. You have to work out your overall budget, how much you want to spend on each person, will the recipient even like the gift, will the kids play with what they have received?
Buying for younger children is quite easy (although they do have a habit of changing what things they are in to at the click of your fingers). Getting nearer teenage years is a nightmare (they don’t seem to have an interest in anything unless it’s a phone or TV screen), and then buying for your partner, don’t even go there, how do you get the perfect present for your partner who doesn’t need anything as they buy what they want when they want it?
At Our Family Reviews we have been trying out some gift ideas for the kids and adults that we think that our own family would like and hopefully yours will too. We hope that it will making gift buying for the kids (including pre-teens who seem to have little interest in anything at the moment), him and her a tiny bit less stressful.
We have tried been trying out a Wahl Electric Shaver for him, games like Pass the Pud and Out of Order that are perfect for Christmas game nights, gaming headphones from Edifier for the teenage and adult gamer, a challenging WASGIJ jigsaw that has a unique twist over traditional jigsaws which is suitable for adults, a 3D jigsaw of the world-famous Buckingham Palace, a sit-down and ride Swayer scooter from JD Bug that kids will just love, a DIY leather keyring set from Artisans and lots more. And for those that have received (or given) new phones, tablets or other handheld tech for Christmas, we have been trying out the Tech-Break box to give the recipient a much needed break from their devices (and we found that it does work).
We hope that the items we have reviewed for our Christmas Gift Guide will make it just that little bit easier in inspiring gift ideas for your family or friends.
So before you hit the shops or the internet, make some time to grab a brew, sit down, relax, have a browse through our gift guide and see if there is any inspiration for that special little something for the your nearest and dearest.
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Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year