Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shopaholic Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a gift for a shopaholic?   Trying to find something that they haven't already brought might be a bit tricky!   Instead of giving them some shopping vouchers to go and indulge their shopping addiction what about thinking of some other gift ideas for them.

There are Shopaholic T-Shirts which can add a bit of fun to the gift giving as well as providing them with a great tee to wear.   Check this one out and if you think it's a great idea there's a great selection at the link above.

Of course not everyone likes t-shirts (I can't think why as I'm a bit of a t-shirt Queen, but each to their own!) Luckily there are some other ideas for shopaholics which you can find at another great site - Shopaholic Gifts.

Gifts include Martini Glasses, travel mugs (after all coffee on the go means "no stopping your shopping") and more.   If you can't find a gift solution for your shopaholic friend/family member at these two links then it'll have to be another shopping voucher!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Disney Princess Barbie Dolls

If you're looking for a gift idea for a young girl who still loves to play with her dolls and listen to classic fairy tales then you can't go past a Disney Princess Barbie Doll.   There are lots of different Disney Princess dolls available, but the Barbie ones are classics that are played with for a far longer time than the plush dolls which are available.

Barbie dolls have been loved for generations so combine them with the classic Disney Princesses and you have a winning formula.

You can buy all of the Disney Princess Barbie dolls individually or in sets such as the one featured which has 7 of the Disney Princess Barbie dolls in it.   If you're not sure which Disney Princess is the favorite of the little girl you're buying for then a set is a great idea.

This particular set contains Rapunzel (one of my favorite stories growing up, I haven't actually seen the Disney movie version), Belle, Tiana, Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White and my personal favorite Disney Princess - Cinderella.

If you do know their favorite Disney Princess then I would check out this aptly named site - Disney Princess Barbie Dolls to see what individual Disney Princess Barbie dolls there are to choose from.   The site even has the not so often mentioned Disney Princesses Mulan and Pocahontas Barbie dolls.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Gifts for a Creative Child + We Got An Award!

First up we got given a Creative Blog Award which led me to the idea of looking for a 'creative' gift idea to feature!   Here's the award - isn't it cool?

Now if you have a creative child how do you feed their imagination and nurture their creativity?   I have always made sure that I have paper and art supplies on hand for my daughter and I've come across this set from Amazon that looks pretty cool and would be a great gift idea for a budding artist.

This set comes in it's own box which most young children will find pretty cool.   It also features color pencils, oil pastels, watercolor cakes, paint brushes, pencils etc.   Basically this art set will allow them to explore a few different mediums which is exactly what you want for a young child who enjoys art.

Of course art isn't the only way that creativity shows through, my daughter has always enjoyed writing as well and I used to get her to write on pieces of A5 paper and then to do a picture on the front piece of paper with the name of her story.   We would then staple the paper together to produce her own book.   This is something that children absolutely love.

Now it appears that you can take this process another step with an Illustory Make Your Own Story kit like this one here -

Now I must admit I haven't actually used this set, but I would've definitely brought one had I found them a few years ago as it's a great way to nurture a child's imagination.

There are lots of other gift ideas for creative children from cross-stitch kits, beading kits and the current favorite - children's cooking sets.   It seems as though there has been an explosion in the number of cooking shows on our television at the moment which has led to children wanting to show their creativity in the kitchen as well.

As far as I'm concerned if you can get a child interested in cooking from a young age there are no bad side effects, but maybe that's just me!

I'll leave you with this 19 piece kids baking set from the Food Network's Paula Deen.