The best Christmas presents for parents are often one of the last things on a parent’s mind. As parents we focus on our children and don’t have time to think about ourselves, especially at Christmas. We rush around buying the perfect gifts for our kids, ensuring all the food is bought and organising the best activities for a lifetime of memories. What we might want is often one of the last things to be thought about. This gift list will help to inspire you for ideas of what you want and what to buy your partner, or friends who are parents.
Grab your favourite drink and some chocolate and sit down to find the perfect gift in my Best Christmas Presents for Parents gift guide.
At £179.99 the GoPro Hero 7 White isn’t the cheapest of gifts, but the GoPro’s are awesome! My only regret was not getting one sooner! This is a fabulous piece of technology and it records a lifetime of memories. Our favourite place to use our GoPro is under water to watch J learning to swim.
The GoPro Hero 7 White
is the cheapest model. It has a touch screen, is rugged and fully waterproof, has full HD video and a 10MP camera. It even has voice control! Treat yourselves!
I love my UGG boots
– I have 2 pairs now. They are just so cosy and comfy that I couldn’t imagine not having them. I have the Bailey Button which has a soft sheepskin innersole ensuring that my feet are snug and warm. The suede outer isn’t waterproof though so I then bought myself some leather waterproof UGG boots which are full of lovely warm wool. They get a good workout on muddy dog walks and hold up very well in the rain, so I would highly recommend them.
Christmas is a time for traditions, sentiment and family for most people. What better way to celebrate this than with a photo gift? Whether you give a photo of your children to the grandparents or you buy one for your own walls.
I got this gorgeous photo printed onto canvas for hubby a couple of years ago and it takes pride of place in our home.
I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty hectic! Juggling family life, plus work commitments means that sometimes my head can’t cope. Having a diary is a great way for me to keep on top of everything and ensure I don’t miss a deadline! This year I am trying out a bullet journal so some lovely fine liners, gel pens and a gorgeous notebook to inspire me to use it will be most welcome! I also love a good notebook as I am a list writer. I always have at least 3 or 4 notebooks on the go at once. There are some funky ones out there so really the only question is which one to choose? I love Getting Personal
as they are great value for money, have gorgeous designs and I love to personalise stationery with quotes and photos to make me smile.
For my 1st Mother’s Day, J very thoughtfully gifted me a beautiful Pandora bracelet with a pram charm which I love. Since then I have done a pretty good job of collecting charms, but there is just so much choice. I love the fact that it is a personal gift that can be treasured. A great gift to give your partner, mum, sister or drop enough hints to hope your partner buys one for the children to give you. The festive charm collection is beautiful and I have my eye on the Christmas selection. I can’t choose between the Mickey Mouse charm, the wintry delight charm, the snowy wonderland charm, the bright spark clip and the dazzling fireworks charm. Which is your favourite? View the full range at Pandora.
Daisy First Aid Course
I attended a Daisy first aid
course that focussed specifically on infants and young children, when J was just a couple of months old. He came too! I had really wanted to do a baby first aid course before he arrived but with work and buying baby bits I ran out of time. When he arrived, I still really wanted to do one but didn’t know how to fit it in with childcare. However, Daisy First Aid courses let you take your baby’s along to classes as long as they are under 12 months. In the class you learn about baby CPR and choking as well as other key techniques. It is a friendly environment and I highly recommend it. Either ask someone to buy a class for you or buy a class for a friend and go together.
What greater gift can you give than knowing how to save a life?
Adopt an Animal
My hubby adopted a dolphin for me. This was really special as we had been to see the dolphins playing and feeding in the sea while we were on holiday in Scotland and I was so excited! To adopt one of those dolphins really meant something to me. There are plenty of adoption schemes running to support animal conservation, or to support children in developing countries. A great gift that will benefit others and make both you and the recipient feel really good. If you’d like to adopt a dolphin click here
Paris, Bristol, Munich… where would you or your loved one like to explore? Take the children? Have a romantic weekend for 2? Visit with family/friends? Whatever you choose, a city break is a great opportunity to refresh and revitalise with culture, sports, shopping, restaurants and a change of scenery.
Hubby took me to Paris for my 30th and it is so easy to get there on the Eurostar or by plane. A couple of hours of travelling and you are in the city of romance watching the sunset from the Eiffel Tower or enjoying a show at the Moulin Rouge. We visited Munich a few years ago and I was surprised by how little I had heard about this fabulous city and beautiful Bavaria with it’s castles and mountains. Munich is a great base for a ski/city combination break. Closer to the UK, Bristol has some fantastic attractions for children (J adored the zoo and the science museum is fabulous for toddlers and older children). The Cliffton Suspension Bridge is a great morning/afternoon just outside the city and Bristol is my favourite place to shop.
Which city would you like to visit?
Christmas 2012, my husband chose 12 dates for me and presented them in envelopes (one to be opened at the start of each month). I loved it so much that I did the same for him the following year in a different format. Our dates included an evening star gazing, a trip to Stonehenge, a day out at Bath Christmas market, an at home movie night and a week away in Cornwall. The options are endless…
This is a fantastic way to make sure you put aside some quality time together, which as parents can be hard to find. So book in your babysitters for 1 night a month for the next year and get planning! Single? No need to be left out of the fun, why not make this as your gift for a good friend and spend some quality girlie time together?
What will you choose to do?
I hope you have been inspired to buy some great gifts this year.
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