Anniversary

Unique Anniversary Gifts for the Couple Who (Seem to) Have It All

Picking out an exceptional anniversary gift that’ll thrill both halves of a couple is no easy feat. After all, no one wants to be responsible for that gift that’ll sit at the back of the wardrobe forever. So, what do you do when you’re faced with buying a spectacular anniversary present for a best friend or parent that already seems to have everything? Easy — just consult this list of unique anniversary gifts for the couple who has it all! A Milestone Gift Did you know that every anniversary is traditionally marked by a set theme? A milestone gift is …

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6 Children’s Party Ideas That You Should Have

How do you ensure that your children’s birthday party is the best in the neighbourhood? There is no right answer, other than simply making sure that all of the kids who attend have a great time and in dire need of an early night! When you are tasked with throwing an unforgettable birthday party for your young son or daughter, you, of course, want the day to be perfect. Although the party will only last a few hours, the planning goes on for weeks as you look to collate all of your ideas into the party of the year. So, …

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Summer craft ideas for you and the kids

Sometimes the weather doesn’t always allow those promised days of sandcastles on the beach or walks in the park so you have to improvise with some crafty days inside, sticking fingers together and getting generally messy. But if you’re stuck for projects for you and the kids to undertake, try out some of these great ideas: Pretty pinwheels Is the weather looking particularly breezy out there? Then take advantage of it by making pinwheels and placing these in the flowerbeds to watch as they spin round. Dig through your Home Crafts Craft Supplies and pick out brightly coloured or reflective material …

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12 Great Gift Ideas for Older Relatives

Buying presents for older relatives such as grandparents or great aunties and uncles either for special occasions or just to say thank you can be difficult. They may have accrued a lot of possessions in their lifetime to cause you to ask ‘what do you get the person who has everything?’ Well, there are avenues you can go down. Below is a list of suggestions, one of which could make for the perfect present, if not, they will at least provide inspiration. Take a look. Gardening Gear If you are buying for a gardening nut, the opportunities for presents in …

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Budget busting activities for children

Coming up with imaginative ways to keep the children entertained can seem an uphill struggle.

You’d think it would be easy. Access any local listings site and you’ll be bombarded with loads of interesting activities that your children will just love.

But everything comes at a cost. Exciting days out to theme parks, adventure breaks at outward bound centres, and even a family excursion to the cinema all come with a hefty price tag.

You don’t have to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer to understand the importance of a budget and, let’s be honest, most of us can’t make it stretch beyond the occasional family treat.

But that’s no reason for the kids to be bored. There’s plenty to do right on your own doorstep and it’s absolutely (or nearly) free.

The fact is that you will have heard this all before – take the kids to the park/on a walk/to the library. Chances are you’ve been doing this parenting thing for a while and you’re familiar with all the tricks of the trade.

But sometimes we get a bit jaded. A bit stuck in a rut. Looking at our favourite freebie haunts through different eyes might just give them a new lease of life.

The first thing to remember is to keep your outings short. Planning a whole day at a museum is probably unrealistic if you have a toddler with a limited attention span. Anything lasting over an hour is a bonus.

Freshen up a walk in the woods by devising a treasure hunt. Before you go, get the children to make up a checklist of things they have to find like red berries or a squirrel and things they have to do like jump in a puddle or balance on a log.

Depending on the ages of your children, you can attach points to each challenge based on its difficulty.

Take a kite to the beach. Running along the shore, dragging a kite behind them, is one of the most joyful things a child can do. But the novelty wears off in about 15 glorious minutes.

That’s the time to make sand sculptures. No boring old castles for you. Help them build a car they can sit in. Or, even better, build several and pretend to have a race. Make a dinosaur, a giant crab or a life-size mermaid.

Catch a bus around town. Jumping aboard and holding tight is often a novelty for young children who are used to being strapped into car seats with a limited view. Paying the driver, choosing a window seat and watching the world go by can while away a merry afternoon.

If your children are young, introduce games like counting how many lorries or yellow cars they can spot. Try and guess where the other passengers are going or concoct your own fantastical destination.

Finally, be kind to yourself. Spending time with your children is wonderful, but it can be a drain to keep up with their eager minds and boundless energy.

You’re allowed five minutes of alone time to drink a cup of coffee – even if that means locking yourself in the loo!