Sunday, 24 January 2016

Valentines Gift Guide & Competition #valentines

With valentines upon us, I wanted to be well prepared to ensure I treated the Mrs right, while ensuring that I leave enough clues about for the Mrs to know what to get me!

As you know I already have a few valentines recipes up my sleeve ready for a romantic setting, so I have now done a bit of research and have found some great places for gifts this year:



I chose a lovely valentines candle from I Just Love It RRP £12.99, the candle itself is quite an impressive size for the money, with a burn time of around 150 hours it will be a regular feature on a romantic night.

The candle has a sweet Chilli & Bubble hugging characters on the front emphasising your romantic and loving feelings, what make this candle that little extra special is the personalisation factor, you can have up to 4 lines of 20 characters which is ample room for an extra special message!



Now we have kids the opportunity to go out for a romantic meal on Valentine’s day is few and far between but, when we do have to opportunity the Mrs wants to make herself up and feel a million dollars!

As we are on a tight budget it’s not always as easy to just book in to get your nails done, luckily KISS USA have some fabulous products so you can get a salon quality finish from your own home.

Their range of acrylic nails, lashes and eye brow kits include everything you need to give yourself a great makeover ready for a night of wining and dining! So what better gift to give than a gift of beauty!

For one lucky reader I have the pictured sets to giveaway, so do make sure you enter my competition.



The Beanies Stashbox RRP £22.50 is a great gift for any coffee lover or parent that needs that little extra boost this Valentines! With 9 different flavours to try you are not without choice, I was amazed at the aroma bursting to get out once you break the foil seal!

Currently my favourite flavour is chocolate orange, I usually take sugar with my coffee but the additional flavour seems to take away the need for me to add anything extra! My wife is very keen on coffee cakes and to make this Valentines the best she has ever had this coffee has allowed me to create an awesome cake – to mix it up a little I used my favourite and the cake was so moreish!



If your loved one is interested in crafting hobbies then a Card Making Kit from Stampin’ Up is a great idea. The kit includes card bases and accents for up to 16 cards and there are four designs to choose from.  You do need to ensure you have plenty of adhesive to ensure the cards come together nicely, but the end results can be very impressive.

The kit retails for £24.50 which works out around £1.60 a card including your own incidentals, not too bad as you are also spending time doing something you enjoy and homemade cards are that bit more special.



Now I can introduce the second part of my Valentines giveaway and a lovely one at that! With the weather still being as cold as ever with no sign of it changing anytime soon. I thought it only be right to giveaway a Pashmina Scarf, which can be used as a comforting warm shawl.

Each of these are beautifully hand-crafted and elegant, I was surprised with the amount of colour variance there is on offer, I am sure once you have felt how ultra-soft they are you will have more than just one at home!



Another of the Mrs favourite things is wine! Not that she is completely devoted to it, she usually ends up watering it down with lemonade, much to the amusement of her friends!

I found a perfect gift for her, a unique wooden wine box (complete with a bottle of wine) inscribed in the front was her name you can have up to 12 characters and a little message up to 25 characters long.  The box itself is well made and sturdy the price tag is £16.99 without the wine and £24.98 with wine included, for me it was a no brainer, always give a gift as its intended, it can only be money well spent!

Now not to be left out I was so impressed with Getting Personal that I put several hints about that I might need a nifty tool to ensure I can carry out my "manly" duties! I was in luck that I came across the multi-tool!  Again you can get this lovely present personalised, with up to two lines of 24 characters, I decided to opt for just my name and “No Stopping You Now”.

I must admit since getting it to review its been with me always! I cannot count on my hand how many times I have nipped it out to do a job, I even had a radiator leak at work and I got my multi-tool out and fixed it! The tool has pliers, screw drivers, knife, bottle opener and a saw! RRP £26.99.



While we are on the subject of me! I must leave another hint for the Mrs, as she seems to be using my headphones all the time! I need another pair so I can continue to listen to music whilst drowning out the sound of the children fighting (not to mention the Mrs nagging!) I do my house hold chores!

Sennheiser’s Momentum In-Ear headphones are sleek and ergonomic, the headphone s come with several ear-adapter sizes which I always find useful there’s nothing worse than a headphone that falls out of your ear!

Quite handily there is a three button remote located on the wire making really easy to multitask, I hate having to drop everything to get my mobile phone out of my pocket to change tracks!

The sound quality is superb which you would come to expect from the brand and price tag of £89.99, no tinny sound at all, but a real in depth experience!

Echo Falls Limited Edition Fusion

A Bottle of Echo Falls Limited Edition Fusion

What better way to kick start a romantic night but enjoying a bottle of Echo Falls wine, to go with the dozen red roses that you will obviously be lavishing on your loved one, this limited edition bottle is actually blended with the natural flavour of roses. The taste leaves you wanting more, it has a unique Turkish delight feel on your taste buds!

Available from both Morrison and Asda, why not stock up on a bottle or two! The RRP is £5.99 making it a perfect fit for a modest budget.

Thank you for reading this Valentines Gift Guide, as mentioned above I am giving away a few of the products featured, please enter below via Gleam below, the competition closes on the 10th of February.




287 comments:

  1. I guess I have to say my husband! Xx

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  2. I would have to say the significant other

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  3. my husband is still my valentine crush after nearly 38 years of marriage

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  4. My hubby. He's the love of my life x

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  5. i love my boyfriend but i got a big crush on Tom Hardy and Alexander Skarsgard lol. My boyfriend knows and he thinks its funny lol :D

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  6. My hubby wouldn't want anyone else!

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  7. Obviously my hubby is my 'number one crush' but if I have to pick another (I can feel you twisting my arm!) it would have to be Max Beesley.

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  8. He is a bit young but wouldn't mind a date with Prince Harry!

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  9. Shemar Moore , he is criminally gorgeous.

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    2. From Criminal Minds? He blooming is as well!

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  10. I only have fictional book based ones from romance novels these days really! I'm very boring. :)

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  11. Has to be my husband - we've been married over 30 years.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  12. It was Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran :D that was the past.Now,my partner

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  13. When I was a teenager I used to have a crush on the lead singer from aha - Morten Harket.

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  14. The actor Paul Rudd. Unashamedly have a crush on him

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  15. The actor Paul Rudd. Unashamedly have a crush on him

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  16. my husband in real life but fictional is david boreanaz

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  17. Richard Hammond!!!!!
    Claire D

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  18. I have always had a thing for Gary Barlow!!!!

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  19. It would have to be the hubby although Brad Pitt is still hot!

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  20. David Beckham ...a girl can dream haha

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  21. Back in the day it was Christiano Ronaldo. Now of course its the hubby :)

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  22. My wife of course - although before I met her it was Olivia Newton-John (pre Grease days)

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  23. I have a bit of a thing for Seth Rogen. Not a conventional choice but I can't help it.

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  24. Donny Osmond, but now Iam showing my age

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  25. 1. My husband 2. Mads Mikkelsen (well, his character Hannibal) and 3. Gene Hunt ( character played by Philip Glenister ;-)

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  26. Gerard Butler

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  27. As a teenager I was totally in love with Suggs from Madness

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  28. I should say my husband but it's actually Johnny Depp :)

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  29. My lovely husband x

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  30. That has to be my other half, though Robbie Williams comes very close x

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  31. totally crushing on John Cusack (since I was 14)

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  32. My Partner :) is and always has been.

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  33. My boyfriend, of course! (Well, and Olivier Giroud...)

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  34. my gorgeous husband

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  35. Michael Buble but in reality my lovely Hubby

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  36. My first crush was at school,he was the year above me,was really good looking,funny and very popular and I did go out with him on and off for a couple of years.I would say he was my first love but when I last saw him,well,he hasn't aged well.He's balding, got a bit of a paunch and looks quite old,my first crush was well and truly crushed !

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  37. My fabulous hubby.

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  38. My crush is Jared Leto :) mmmmm yummy

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  39. My wonderful Hubby. He was the first man to ever spoil me on Valentines & he buys the best gifts, not expensive but thoughtful. He even made me a card one year as we were short on cash.

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  40. my amazing husband, he is just so thoughtful and caring

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  41. My lovely hubby :) but if its fantasy, can I have Ryan Reynolds please ;)

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  42. My crush is Zak Bagans, i gotta say i'm obsessed with him! Haha! My hubby2be knows it too :P

    I talk about him non-stop literally!

    *dream man*

    x

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  43. An old school friend, no names as I'm with someone else now

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  44. Has to be my hubby, been together since I was 14, married 30 years xx

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  45. My lovely husband (and Johnny Depp!!)

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  46. The love of my little fe my boyfriend xx

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  47. Don't help hubby but it would be Ronan Keating. I even sent him a Valentines card when I was younger!

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  48. My hubby ������

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  49. I thik this year Im going to say me- Im putting a lot of effort in to loving myself more :)

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  50. Ooo well as i'm single i can have my pick ;) would have to be either Shayne Ward or Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii five O) at the moment that is, changes weekly lol :)

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  51. Oooh would have to be handsome Johnny Depp;)

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  52. Apart from my husband my crush is Tom Hardy

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  53. A crush has to be on someone unobtainable really doesn't it? I always had a thing for Jim Morrison from 'The Doors' and that certainly isn't gonna happen now is it? ...but he certainly lights my fire. x

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  54. As sad as this sounds, my Valentine's Crush has always been and still is my gorgeous husband x

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  55. A school teacher (Ruth W)

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  56. My pookie bear! My partner and best friend! We were destined xx

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  57. i used to have a big crush on Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) :D ohh my he is gorgoues

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  58. My first "Crush" was as 30 years ago-Tim Curry in Rocky Horror show-haha Don't ask! x

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  59. It was my gym teacher, he was lovely x

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  60. My lovely other half (of course) :)

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  61. Other than my hubby? It's got to be Channing Tatum!

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  62. My husband, we have been together over forty years

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  63. Aside from my other half, Shaun Evans, well his character anyway. :)

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  64. Daniel Craig he makes me go giddy :)

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  65. Single, so Im gonna say the guy that goes to the same coffee shop as me, hes gorgeous, havent spoken to him yet though !

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  66. I'm s got to be my OH. He is amazing!

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  67. My husband he still gives me butterflies

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  68. My boyfriend Stephen when he's not driving me insane

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  69. My Valentine's crush was Al Pacino.

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  70. my boyfriend and newly baby daddy joseph :d

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  71. Brad Pitt has still got it in a big way! But when you go back to a film from nearly 20 years ago like 7even...yum

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  72. I know I should say my partner, but we're all allowed a celebrity crush! So I'm saying George Clooney!

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  73. Always my husband!......And never David tenant as doctor who 🙄😏

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  74. Not got anyone for Valentine's Day so I'd treat them to myself to give me a little love lol

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  75. Back in the day it was ALL of New kids on the block but now its my fiancé Jim :)

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  76. Gotta be my loving rottweiler with lip gloss aka wifey. Although we would argue over the multi tool lol.

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  77. My lovely husband and maybe Jon Bon Jovi ;)

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  78. My lovely other half - don't think anyone else would put up with me!

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  79. Jason Statham Hot! My hubby knows I have a crush on him lol! X

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  80. When I was a teen I just adored Adam Ant. There. I've said it.

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  81. Lead singer from the bay city rollers

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  82. Debbie Henderson2 February 2016 at 16:28

    when younger was my pe teacher! lol

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  84. My fiancée he's my soul mate

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  85. Alex O'Loughlin from Hawaii Five-O

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  86. I must say my husband, but there was this cute boy when I was 6...

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  87. I have to say my husband with whom i celebrate my silver anniversary with this year xx

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  88. It is my wonderful, kind, hard-working, hilariously funny and sooo sexy :) !!!! I love him to bits...

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  89. My hubby of 18 years X x x

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  90. I'm single at the moment, so probably Jensen Ackles from Supernatural.

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  91. My husband, I fancied the pants off him when I was 16 and him 19 and now we have been happily married for 6 years

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  92. Michael Kitchen wearing his Foyle's War hat and coat would be my crush. Very nice!

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  93. My husband to be Tom Bell, 3 weeks and 2 days to go!! xx

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  94. Tom Hardy at the moment lol!

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  95. My partner, followed by Jensen Ackles!

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  96. I only have eyes for my hubby - and we're coming up to our 20 year anniversary :)

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  97. Sarah-Louise Thompson5 February 2016 at 14:52

    My husband! Although he knows I like Cristiano Ronaldo & Daniel Craig aswell as him ;)

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  98. My husband - we have been married for almost 50 years!

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  99. lad called lee douglas when i was 12 i loved him forever,hes still a very handsome chap nearly 30years later and single.....oooo!!!

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  100. My hubby, we have been together for 20 years now x

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  101. after 28 yrs deffo my hubby
    from samantha price

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  102. Andrew McCarthy Still Gives Me Butterflies 30 Years After Pretty In Pink xx

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  103. Tom Hardy. I like looking at his pictures for a minute or two! lol

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  104. my partner of course x

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  105. Bradley cooper and my boyfriend of course

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