Luxury Christmas Gift Guide For Her 2016

Well for obvious reasons this is always my favourite post to put together… With something for every price range, this is basically my ultimate wish list this Christmas!

Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon UK from £79.99

I’m a little late to the Kindle party, I just couldn’t get my head around never turning a page again, but the reality is – these are just soooo much easier to read from! And I realise now it is near on impossible trying to turn a page with a sleeping baby in your arms. This really has brought all the joy back to reading for me, I can easily take this with me when I am waiting for the girls to finish their after school clubs, read in the night without needing to turn the light on and I can make the font size bigger to avoid straining my eyes – it is just so convenient! The Kindle Paperwhite is the newest edition to the Kindle family and will inevitably be a popular choice this Christmas.

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Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Ageing Set, £235 

This is a pretty mega gift for the woman in your life… The Genius Ultra is a non-invasive hand held facelift device. It uses ultherapy technology to safely apply your skincare deeper into your skin for truly remarkable results. Only launched this year it has already won the 2016 Pure Beauty Awards for Best Electrical Beauty Device. I have been using this for about 8 weeks now, it is part of my bedtime skincare regime and the difference around my eyes is incredible. The set includes the RE9 Serum and Lifting and Contouring eye cream and until December 15th, Arbonne have a rather special Christmas offer on where you get the Nourishing Facial Oil (SRP £59) and a little ‘on the go’ bag for the device free with the set. That is £465 worth of goodies for £235. Remarkable!!! There is also a 45 day money back guarantee on this device so if you aren’t seeing the results you’d hoped for, Arbonne will give you a full refund – well as of yet, I am pretty sure there haven’t been any returns! Get in touch by email if you want more info🙂

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Willow of London Personalised Phone case, £39

This phone case is a popular choice with celebs, most recently I spotted Victoria Beckham with this style on instagram. Willow of London do a huge selection of personalised cases and leather goods, I think this makes a gorgeous stocking filler!

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Burberry, Cashmere Scarf, £350

Now if money is no object (what I mean by that guys is that you can’t put a price on love) then head straight to Burberry for the classic cashmere scarf. For those extra brownie points you can get complimentary personalisation on the edge of the scarf! This is super soft and this heritage check will never go out of fashion.

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Gucci bag, £560

Oh I love this. I have had my eyes on it for AGES. The perfect mini cross-body bag to take you through day to night. Just big enough for your phone, lip gloss and cards, what more do you need!?

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Kikki K Mindfulness Journal, £21

If you have a friend in to her personal development you must check out the Kikki K stationary, they do the most fabulous collection of inspirational journals and diaries. Mindfulness is a focus of mine in 2017 and I would love this in my stocking this Christmas!

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Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin Home Candle, £42

This is my favourite Jo Malone scent. It’s an extravagance not many of us would buy ourselves but there is nothing nicer than snuggling on the sofa and enjoying the gorgeous glow of a candle. All Jo Malone gifts are so beautifully packaged and this is the perfect gift for that £50 Secret Santa!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids 2016

Christmas ads are in full swing on TV, the Quality Streets are on offer in Sainsbury’s and the kids are already counting down the sleeps until the big day. Like it or not, iiiiitttt’ssss CHRIIIIISTMAS!!!!! I actually love this time of year, it can’t come early enough as far as I’m concerned, but with Savannah’s birthday just the week before, it does mean I need to start getting organised early doors if I am to enjoy the festive time!  This starts with the kids… I have 3 daughters aged 5, 3 and 19 months, there should be something from this little lot to keep them happy!

Tea Cup Play Cafe, GLTC £148

The only time all my girls get on is when they are in character! If they are just Scarlett and Savannah they can barely stand being in the same room as one another, but as soon as you give them a couple of fantasy names they are the best of friends! So, as you can imagine – I really encourage role play… I love this little cafe play set, and the best bit is whilst one is behind the counter, there are 2 stools to sit on so Anastasia can finally get involved in their games! Great Little Trading Company currently have a big sale on so check it out quick!

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Micro Trike, £69.95

We often go for long walks around Virginia Waters, Scarlett on her bike, Savannah on her scooter and Anastasia is currently stuck in the buggy. Well now she can be one of the big girls with the new Micro Trike! It has an extendable handle and is incredibly easy to manoeuvre. She’s going to love the freedom of feeling like she is riding a bike🙂

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Bernie’s Number Bus, GLTC £25.60

It’s an oldie but a goodie. I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love this bus, whatever age they are they just can’t resist sitting the little people on the bus and giving it a ride around the lounge floor. This is a perfect gift for very little people and will become a toy passed down to the future generations. L2340_BERNIE_BUS_SIDE1.jpg

Cinderella Dream dolls house, Kidcraft, Tesco Direct £154.99

OMG. Savannah is going to seriously lose her calm when she sees this Cinderella dolls house, just look at it!!! Even I can’t wait to get it set up! This is actually Savannah’s birthday present, she loves nothing more than playing with little princess figurines so there actually couldn’t be a better present out there for her! Kidcraft do a huge selection of giant dolls houses, I’d advise shopping around online for the best deals!

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Leaf it to Me Bath and Body set for Kids, £39

As you may know by now, I am very pro ‘safe’ products and since being introduced to the vegan friendly brand Arbonne I am very conscious of the ingredients in products and the effects they have on our health. I will never again use anything that includes SLS or Parabens on my families skin and as part of the Christmas range, Arbonne have introduced a bath and body set formulated for kids and designed for them to be able to apply themselves, the girls are going to feel very grown up receiving these in their stockings!

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Princess Poppy Troll, Tesco Direct, £47.49

So I suspect this is going to be the ‘impossible to get’ present of 2016, fortunately Scarlett hasn’t spotted it yet and I intend to keep it this way! She loved the movie so we have found some miniatures for the girls stockings but my advice to you is if you want this for Christmas day, register for notifications when it comes in to stock ASAP!!

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I love this gift, honestly I debated putting it on my own Christmas wish list… You download the free app on your phone and using the selfie stick you can create your own music videos singing in to the mic! AMAZING!!! For just under £16 I think this makes a fabulous stocking filler for all the little pop stars in your lives🙂

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Boden Bunny Slippers

There’s nothing nicer than new sleepwear for Christmas, so whilst the kids will get some little goodies on Christmas eve including chocolates and nighties, I’m going to save these gorgeous little bunny slippers for Christmas morning. Boden have a sale on right now and have a beautiful collection of nightwear.

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Fancy Dress, George at Asda

We have all been stung by the Disney Store prices at one point or another, but since I discovered George at Asda I will never look anywhere else for the girls fancy dress. The quality is just amazing and the details are better than any other I have seen but what is really amazing is the affordable price. Scarlett is after Rey from Star Wars and Savannah who believes she is a real life princess just needs Aurora to complete her collection.

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 Lego Friends Roller Coaster, John Lewis £71

Scarlett is really into Lego all of a sudden and it’s really lovely to have a hobby that she can do with Daddy for some quality one on one time, this set should keep them busy for a while!

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The Fairy Reward Box, £35

I think this is such a great take on the standard rewards chart (which had little effect on my girls…). With this beautiful little fairy house comes 20 small wooden stars, every time your child does something good they get to put a star in the house, once the house is filled with stars – the “fairy” replaces the stars with a reward! They do several designs including a gorgeous Pirate treasure chest. They come with a free personalisation and are currently on sale!

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Cuddlebug, £34.99

This is such a cute little stocking filler. These bath towels are made from the finest bamboo fibres so are super soft and the girls are going to love wrapping up in them after their baths. And hey, whatever encourages them to have a bath is good with me!

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Review: City Premier by Baby Jogger

Already a huge fan of the City Mini Double by Baby Jogger, I was delighted when they got in touch to ask me to review their latest design, the City Premier. We bought the double almost 4 years ago after having Savannah, and it has joined us on every holiday and every major outing since. It has never let us down and has seriously survived the test of time being battered in and out of planes! So did the City Premier live up to my high expectations?

Yes.

It is everything I loved about the double with the added bonus of a larger storage basket and a hand break (and of course the ease of pushing a single!!).

The large sports like wheels make it incredibly light and easy to manoeuvre and despite the large wheels, it’s incredibly compact which was the biggest appeal to me with the double.

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It has 5 seat positions for extra comfort. With just a simple squeeze of the handle under the hood the whole seat can be dropped back to a lie flat position which is perfect for sleeping babies. It can also be front or rear facing depending on what suits your little one.

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The Baby Jogger hoods are simply the best! They offer such good coverage plus a UV protection of 50. I was impressed with the hidden magnets to secure the covers on the peek a boo windows, it’s all these little details that makes it feel like a really well thought out design and quality product.

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The big wheels make for a super smooth ride for your baby and the front wheels can be locked for complete control on rougher terrains.

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I much prefer a break that can be controlled with my hands as opposed to my foot, I find releasing breaks with my feet really ruins the top of my shoes!

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You can extend and compress the handle bar easily with a large button on the inside of the bar.

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The seat can be released from the frame easily with the little grey buttons either side of the seat, this is how you can change the seat from forward to rear facing.

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I am SERIOUSLY impressed with the glider board that attaches to the back of the buggy for Savannah to ride on. I had previously used a generic board for this and found I was constantly smacking my shins on it with every pace I made! It was also very rickety and felt quite unstable when in use and was generally such a palaver to stow away I very rarely used it. In comparison, this board is absolutely brilliant. It feels so secure and to stow away, it literally clips up on to the buggy and you barely notice it’s there!

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The downside is that I do now have a very lazy 3 year old…

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Finally, we can cross the road safely! Normally it’s a “Right everyone hold on to something or someone!” situation, this little board has made life much easier when I’m on my own with all 3 of them.

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The basket is actually really deep, perfect to store your nappy bag and stuff the kids coats in!

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A sharp pull on this strap is how you collapse the buggy. It does take a bit of getting used to but once you’ve mastered it, it’s very simple and hassle free.

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You can see here how tidy the glider board is when not in use.

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Over all, I am very impressed with the buggy and absolutely recommend this as one to consider for your little ones! Another accessory I have but didn’t get photographed is the Premier Foot Muff which I would totally recommend in this freezing cold weather, it’s such piece of mind knowing how warm and cosy Anastasia is!

The City Premier is priced at £449.99, for more details on this buggy you can check out the Baby Jogger official site here.

My Journey With Arbonne!

Something rather exciting happened to me last month and I wanted to share this with you and also apologise for being MIA on the blogoshere these past few months. Hopefully this will explain why…

I, like many other mums, gave up my career to start a family. I loved my job in Digital Marketing managing some of the most high profile brands in the world and was truly gutted the day I handed in my notice. But the truth is, going back to the office hours and long commute to London meant missing out on precious time with my daughter and when a choice of the 2 had to be made, family obviously won. I have dabbled in many things since having Scarlett, from events management, digital marketing consulting, feature writing, even modelling! I had accepted that my time to relaunch my career properly would be when the girls were grown up. It turns out this is not something I have to wait for any longer…

I am now proud to say I am a Network Marketing Professional, back in the luxury beauty business and work alongside the most incredible team of inspirational and motivational people that make me raise my game every day. I have never before been a part of something this exciting!

5 months ago I said yes to this opportunity and I have never looked back. I actually wrote the basics of what this business involves in an earlier post Network Marketing: What’s it all about? I wrote this in my first month of setting up this business so had no idea of all the other immeasurable benefits this business offered. The personal development that comes with it surprises me every day. This business has given me so much confidence to meet new people and I can talk with complete conviction and passion when it comes to my work. I have been presenting power points for over 10 years back in the corporate world, and honestly I dreaded every single one of them. But now I am presenting to rooms full of like minded people and love every second of it. I am talking about something that matters to me and I hope that what I am saying will matter to them. My approach to work is so different now, I want to help people and have no agenda in doing so. I am learning every day and becoming a better version of myself in the process.

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Here I am presenting my ‘story to Area Manager’ at a multi region training event.

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This was taken at a recent training event, myself and Kate were awarded gifts as recognition for our achievements. Kate was Global Sales Director for an oil and gas company and is one of the newest members of my team and already a District Manager in qualification.

Last month, less than 5 months in to starting this business I celebrated my second promotion and broke records in our Region in doing so. I am now an Area Manager and Independent Consultant for Arbonne!

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Celebrating with my friend Hannah, a Solicitor specialising in family law and a District Manager for Arbonne. We both promoted in the same month!

I had so much support from the guys in my team and just as I am with them, they were rooting for me to achieve my goals. My wonderful sponsor Nina treated me to this beautiful gift for a job well done and I have been contacted by consultants around the world congratulating me or seeking advice which I genuinely love to give back.

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Not a diamond in site and yet still one of my most precious items of jewellery!

The next step is the one most recognised in the business, it’s Regional Vice President and that’s when you get the white Mercedes. I am so close I can smell it!

Network Marketing is a credible and reputable business endorsed by some of the top entrepreneurs in the world – Richard Branson for one! Every networking brand has a different approach, and whilst not all are an approach I would partake in, I support this industry whole heartedly and respect all brands that choose to sell through this platform.

When I joined this business 5 people close to me saw the potential and joined with me. Between us, we have 6 promotions and have grown the team to 30 professional men and women. This number will be even higher before the month is out! I can not believe how quickly this is growing, and can’t begin to convey in a blog post just how exciting this is! We are already making our plans for our trip to Vegas in April to attend the annual conference where over 22,000 consultants meet from around the world in a bid to succeed and grow our business.

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Celebratory dinner with these two network marketing legends, Regional Vice President Nina Alexander and National Vice President Ella Harper!

The best bit about this is watching the people you have introduced succeed. I couldnt believe this to be true when I first joined, but I get it now. Watching my friends and my sisters grow their business and love this as much as me is what keeps me going. Being able to offer the ultimate work life balance is what this business is all about. When you take in to account the cost of childcare and travel, just 5 months in I am already earning more than if I had gone back to work at Directors level! I haven’t needed 1 minute additional childcare to start this business, most of my “meetings” are carried out over play dates or lunches at pizza express with the kids, and monthly training and team strategy meetings can be accessed via zoom in the evenings once the children are in bed.

It’s wonderful being back in the driving seat of my career and contributing financially to the household once more, I wake up grateful every day for the life that I am now living and would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to my family, my friends and especially to my husband for supporting me every step of the way. xx

 

Top Outdoor Toys For Summer 2016

Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I’m trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together… So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys – all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!

Swingball First Basketball Set, Amazon, £22

Amazon have a huge range of competitively priced outdoor toys for all ages. Swingball was always a favourite of mine growing up – and now they have a basket ball set which is keeping all 3 of my kids entertained. There are 3 height options making it suitable for all ages and is even harmless enough to keep in the kitchen when outdoor play isn’t an option!

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Plum 7FT Junior Trampoline, £199.99

This is the perfect first trampoline for little ones up to the age of 10. The Junior Jumper uses Springsafe technology and has a lower height frame for safety whilst their confidence for jumping grows. This is available in pink and blue.

 

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Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox, £39.99

This is the perfect little sand pit for your little ones, it has a roof! So no more soggy sand on the inevitable rainy days. This is just big enough for all 3 of them to get involved, the littlest one can enjoy the full sand experience whilst the older ones sit on the flippers to play. It’s light enough to move around the garden to stay in the shade for endless hours of safe play and can be easily stored away during the colder months. Suitable from 12 months. 631566e3_sea_turtle_sandbox_5_.jpg

Maxi Micro Scooter, £109.95

The Maxi scooter is suitable from age 6 up to 12 and is by far the best scooter in terms of manoeuvrability thanks to its lean and steer technology.  Made from lightweight aluminium (so not the end of the world when they decide 5 mins into the journey that they no longer want to scoot and would rather you carry it!) and has an adjustable handle bar to suit the child.

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Kids Range Rover Electric Battery Ride On, Outdoor toys, £199.99 SALE PRICE

Wow. The ultimate outdoor toy has to be this mini Range Rover… Scarlett (aged 5) takes her friends around the garden in this fabulous electric car. She has quickly mastered the controls using the gear stick and pedal to stop, start and reverse, but for our younger children there is the option of a parental control to operate the cars movement. It even has a push button start that sounds like a realistic engine starting up and an MP3 player to listen to her favourite Taylor Swift songs as she cruises! With chrome effect alloys and working lights – this really is every child’s dream toy!

By the way, Outdoor Toys have a huge range of electrical Ride Ons if an Audi or BMW is more your thing😉

 

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TP Forest Double Multiplay, £299.99

Made from FSC® certified timber, this fun compact activity frame has two adjustable single swing seats and a wavy slide. The overall footprint is smaller than others I have tried so takes up far less space in our garden. Suitable for children aged between 3 and 10 but by switching one of the swings with the new QuadPod 4 in 1 swing designed for much younger toddlers, this is perfect for our whole family.

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GLTC Red Star Wigwam, £85

This gorgeous play tent has the added benefit of being easily put up, moved around or stored away but what I love most is that it has a fitted mat which stops it from closing in or  falling down. It’s currently set up in the bedroom (both girls slept in it for the first 3 nights!) but is also the perfect den for their picnics and play time in the garden.

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Well that’s the kids sorted, now to research a luxury sun lounger🙂

WIN the Prescott Changing Bag By Pacapod Worth £115!

It’s Giveaway time again on Scarlett and Me! And this time in the form of the fabulous Prescott Satchel Changing bag worth £115…

This bag is serious eye candy for any new mum, but the reason I am hosting this prize draw so close to Father’s Day is that it is also a favourite for the stylish dad! This bag has already been spotted on the gorgeous Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth so it would make the perfect gift for the new dad or dad-to-be. How wonderful for him to have his very own baby bag for him to fill with nappies and whatever else men put in their bags?! The beauty of all the Pacapod bags is that there are endless pockets and compartments to store different things. In my experience – Men appreciate this. My husband gets very frustrated rummaging through my bucket bag to find the wet wipes – it’s weird because I find them straight away every time?

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Prescott is a smart yet rugged satchel, with the option of a slim or generous profile. A striking blend of fabric adds a tactile element to the bag, with a gorgeous mix of coated cotton and soft supple canvas.

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It has hidden expansion panels with expandable side zips to increase capacity for those extra busy days, while the adjustable shoulder strap allows you to juggle baby and tots and keep hands-free.

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A changing bag, work bag (there is actually space to keep a laptop!) and cool bag all rolled into one, it’s a reliable ally that will work hard for you all day long, thanks to PacaPod’s signature 3-in-1 baby organiser.

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For your chance to WIN this super stylish changing bag worth £115 either for yourself of the dad in your life, you can enter in any of the following ways:

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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The lucky winner will be notified on Friday 17th June just in time for Father’s Day! 

Good luck! x

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

Whilst you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks and a bar of whole nut, if you fancy something a little different this Father’s Day – check out some of my ideas below!

Amazon Fire TV Stick, £34.99

There is nothing quite like getting stuck in to a good box set. Settling in to an episode of House of Cards once the kids are in bed is our new ‘going out’! With this little gizmo, you have access to over 50,000 popular movies and TV shows available to buy or rent as well as over 4,200 channels, apps and games. And if dad has Amazon Prime, he has unlimited access to Prime Video – a catalogue of over 15,000 shows and movies available on-demand. This is a very big gift in a very dinky package! 

 

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Pacapod Prescott Changing Bag, £115

A favourite with the celebrity Daddies, the Prescott satchel has been spotted on Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth. This gift is sure to be a hit for a stylish ‘hands on’ dad this Father’s Day. As with all of the Pacapod bags, it hits all the practical baby boxes without sacrificing on style and even has a hidden padded laptop section so is also great for commutes or off duty days out.

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Go Ape Experience from £33

I have heard such great things about the Go Ape experience, it just sounds perfect for families or couples – I have actually booked for Paul and I to do this for our day date next month! Children as young as six can monkey around on Tree Top Junior, while older children can fly through the sky on a zip wire, race through the forest on a Segway or swing through the trees like Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure. What a great Father’s Day out – it certainly beats staying indoors all morning slaving over his favourite lunch!  

There are 29 Go Ape adventures around the country – find your nearest course here! 

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RE9 Advanced For Men Set from £24

This is the ultimate in Mens skincare. Only launched in April it is already a best seller and has had unbelievable press coverage. The anti-ageing results are visible within 4 weeks (usually much, much sooner) but the smooth experience of using the products will be enjoyed immediately! As with the entire Arbonne range, the products are vegan friendly and totally botanical. If the Dad in your life takes care of his skin – this is the gift for him!

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Red Letter Day, Indoor Sky Diving Experience, £100

I recently did this with my husband and 4 year old daughter, it was AWESOME! Such a fun afternoon out as a family. You’ll be given full training on how to compose yourself and what to expect ahead of the flight, and will have the support (and peace of mind!) of a flying expert in the wind tunnel with you. If heights aren’t your thing, this is a great way to experience the sensation of sky diving. This gift will certainly have the wow factor this Father’s Day! Check out the full range of experiences on offer at Red Letter Day here.

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