Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: For Grandparents

As I mentioned in a previous post, buying gifts for grandparents can be notoriously difficult.  But we have a few ideas for you, although a personalised gift often goes down well, so look out for our personalised gifts post coming soon!

As the weather is getting colder and the predictions of a bitter winter escalate, what about a pair of Heated Gloves from Betterlife at Lloyds Pharmacy?  They have a fantastic range of products, including lots of ideas for the less mobile or those elderly people with special needs around the home.  the heated gloves are a great idea, waterproof yet breathable and with a rechargeable battery which can heat for up to 10 hours.  Perfect for wintry walks, work in the garden, or taking the grandchildren sledging if we get some snow.  Steve has been trying these out on hiss walk to work these cold mornings and loves them!  Think we'll be sending a pair to his dad too, they should really help with his arthritis too.

Another fantastic idea are the lovely gift sets from Baylis & Harding, we love the Baylis & Harding Men’s Sport Citrus Lime & Mint Weekend Bag, £19.99 for grandad and the Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Slipper Set, £9.99 for granny.  The bag contains a great selection of products, including shower gel, aftershave balm and much more; whilst the lovely soft furry slippers are accompanied by jojoba and almond oil-enriched foot products.  A lovely treat.

If you're looking for an indulgent sweet treat, look out for the range of beautiful tins of sweets and biscuits from Churchill's Confectionery Ltd.  Their range of high quality confectionery and biscuits in beautiful, collectible tins has been a Christmas staple for 30 years, and this year's range is a delight.  From the embossed poinsettia tin of delicious chocolate-chip shortbread, to the adorable carousel tin, these make fantastic gifts, and of course the tin can be endlessly re-used after the delicious contents have been eaten.  You can find these iconic tins in many department stores, garden centres and supermarkets, or you can buy Churchill's on Amazon.

The small snowman tin containing 200g of wine gums, the Poinsettia tin of 250g of chocolate chip shortbread, Carousel tin containing 400g vanilla fudge and English toffees, and the Winter Wonderland tin with 400g of delicious biscuits in three varieties, fruit & lemon biscuits; shortbread rounds; chocolate chip shortbread, would all be fantastic grandparent gifts or stocking fillers.

If granny or grandad is a jigsaw fan, why not introduce them to the anarchy that is Wasgij?  These double-sided puzzles are fiendishly difficult but great for that essential brain work out!  The Wasgij Only Fools and Horses This Time Next Year Jigsaw Puzzles is a great introduction to the range, although there are many other designs available.  Each retails at £19.99 and they are available from Argos, WH Smith and Amazon.

Another must-have for any dedicated jigsaw puzzler is the Puzzle Mates Portapuzzle Deluxe 1000.  This jigsaw puzzle storage case is perfect for keeping your puzzle exactly where you want it, but also keeping your dining table clear.  RRP £34.99

We love supporting small businesses and work from home mums, so this lovely design from Ceridwen Hazelchild Design is a real winner for us.  Available as bags, t-shirts, notebooks, pencil cases and more, the range of designs also includes animal and retro prints.  We love this teacup design for a tea-drinking granny though!  Have a look at the Etsy shop for more great designs and lovely products.

Masters of design and fragrance for over 40 years, Crabtree & Evelyn have a wonderful selection of Christmas gifts this year, including the Scentsational Six Hand Therapy Musical Tin £25.00, a delightful keepsake tin which can be wound up at the bottom to play a lovely tune, Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.  It contains six 25g hand creams in favourite fragrances, perfect for slipping in your handbag for soft, supple hands all year long.  The lovely traditional design of the tin makes it a delight to add to the Christmas box, to be brought out for years to come, and it would look equally at home stood on granny’s dressing table as a lovely keepsake.

Also in the range is this lovely large bauble, full of 150g of yummy chocolate fudge, and 300g super-long tin of Christmas pudding biscuits, £7.00 and £8.50 respectively.  Steve is the biggest Christmas pudding fan out and is completely addicted to these biscuits!

If you are buying for a Scrabble or crossword fan, why not get them the fun Bananagrams Game? This fast and fun anagram game has many famous fans, including Dame Judi Dench who has penned a foreword to the new Little Collins Book of Bananagrams. The game is perfect for anyone aged 7 to 107. Created by three generations of a family obsessed with word games, this little game in its banana-shaped pouch is totally addictive, and perfect for family fun at home or on the go. Available from independent toy and book shops, as well as John Lewis, WH Smith, Waterstones and at, priced £14.99.

If granny or granddad is already a Banagrams fan, why not get them the Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS in which various top bananas reveal all their secret hints, tips and winning ways.  Written by BANANAGRAMS fanatic, and the brand’s creative consultant, Deej Johnson, along with word-game champion, Mark Nyman, Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS is packed with curious words and fascinating facts. It's the perfect gift for word lovers and BANANAGRAMS players of all ages, the BANANAGRAMS® (Collins Little Books) retails at £6.99.

And finally, a real treat for everyone is this gorgeous tin of biscuits from Tesco.  One of my favourite things from the July shows, this lovely embossed tin contains a delicious assortment of milk, dark and white chocolate coated coconut biscuits with a variety of toppings.  The finest* Hand Finished Biscuit Selection is now on offer at Tesco for £7.99.


  1. Your ideas for Grandparents are great. We always go for the biscuits or chocolates but I may look at the heated gloves this year.

  2. the heated gloves look great, will have to see if I can get some for my dad


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