Wednesday, October 19, 2016

20 Top Gift Ideas for Women

20 top gift ideas for women

I've written this article to help you find the perfect gift for all of the women in your life from your mother to your daughter!

Hopefully, you'll find the perfect thing for them.  These top gift ideas for women include make-up, beauty, coffee and novelty gifts along with lots more.

These gift ideas have been updated for 2023 so you can rest assured that they will be appreciated this year whether for Christmas, birthdays, or some other special occasion.

Please be sure to leave a comment below letting us know which gift ideas you think look like the best!

So, enough chit-chat, let's look at the top 20 gift ideas I've found for you - more information can be found below.

Top 20 gift ideas for ladies from candles to shower steamers and more

Check out these top gift ideas for women right here top row L-R; middle row L-R; bottom row L-R-

1. Star & Moon Cup & Saucer Set | 2. Facial Ice Roller | 3. Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones | 4. OCD Cutting Board | 5.Shower Steamers | 6. Savvy Infusion Water Bottle | 7.Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker | 8. Candles | 9. Gold Scratch Off World Map Poster 

The glass coffee cup and ceramic star & moon saucer set is absolutely gorgeous and I know a couple of moon-obsessed females in my life who would absolutely love it. It's availabe in four different colours - blue, black, pink or white. Perfect for either hot or cold drinks.

If you're purchasing a gift for someone who loves their beauty routines then a facial ice roller is a great idea (if they don't already have one). As well as being promoted as a beauty product this roller is also said to help with migraines and hot flashes.

Any music-loving lady in your life is bound to love the Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones. These are perfect for wearing when at the gym, doing housework, walking the dog or just chilling on the couch at home. I, personally, would use them to listen to audible books while cooking and for listening to music while relaxing on the couch.

If you know someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen then a fun appliance is always a great idea and this one is an OCD chopping board allowing your OCD to take over and create the perfect sized of just about anything you're cooking!

Shower steamers are absolutely amazing. So many of us don't have time for a relaxing bath using essential oils or bubble bath while our essential oils aromatherapy diffuser is going so whoever came up with shower steamers deserves a medal. Pop these essential oil shower steamers into the shower and enjoy all your stress disappear as your quick shower turns into a mini spa. Who wouldn't love these? Another great idea with these is to get a box and break them open to pop in as stocking fillers or to add to spa-inspired baskets for various ladies.

We're always being told to drink more, but sometimes the water tastes boring, introducing the infusion fruit infuser water bottle. A great gift idea for the woman on the go.

Who doesn't like ice cream? Make your own cold rock style dessert in minutes with the Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker. I think this would suit just about any woman on your gift list!

Candles are always a lovely idea for a lady, I know I've received some lovely ones over the years.

If you're buying for a lady that loves to travel then the Scratch Off World Map poster is an awesome gift idea that I think she'll really appreciate.

Wine Pearls - A Cool Gift Idea

Idea number 19 is perfect if the woman you're buying for enjoys a nice glass of wine. Introducing Wine Pearls because there's nothing worse than enjoying a lovely glass of chilled Moscato or Rose and it warms up before you've finished it.   Adding ice cubes to wine just doesn't work as it waters it down, wine pearls however are a great idea for keeping it chilled without any watering down of the wine.

Some people do suggest frozen grapes are a great way of keeping wine cool and I'll admit they can be great, but sometimes the grapes you have just don't suit the particular wine you're drinking so......

If the woman you're buying for prefers some other cool beverage then these will work just as well in any drink.  Check out my full review at Wine Pearls, Chilling Wine in Style.

Wine Pearls, just one of the top 20 gift ideas for women this year
Wine Pearls - Just one of the top gift ideas for women

20 great gift ideas for the ladies in your life

Check out all of these amazing gift ideas for the ladies in your life. Top row L-R; middle row L-R; bottom rol L-R -

If you're buying for a coffee-drinking Star Wars fan then do I need to say more? The R2D2 Coffee Press is a slam-dunk gift idea.

Socks can be a great idea and I love the bring me chocolate ones, but there are lots of other options to choose from including wine, beer, coffee, bacon, ice cream or tacos, to name a few. Just choose the most appropriate one and you're sure to impress.

If you're purchasing for a gin drinker then why not consider buying a Gin Maker's Kit so that she can 'design' her own gin. It's sure to be lots of fun creating her drink as well as drinking it!

A pink power drill set is perfect for any handy woman on your list (if she doesn't already have one that is). Personally no-one actually needs a pink one, but they are so fun that I'd love one .... it's also a way to make sure their husband doesn't use theirs!

The Ustour Eye Massager has three heat settings and also plays music. It is said to help reduce migraines, dark circles and eye strain as well as hoping to reduce stress and relieve insomnia. Most importantly she can put it on for 15 minutes a day and know that she won't be disturbed - pricesless!

Not all booklovers appreciate a Kindle, but it can be a great gift idea for someone who loves to read before going to sleep as they can read a Kindle without the light on allowing their partner to sleep. It's also a great gift idea for when anyone who has to commute to work on public transport or who enjoys traveling as it's lightweight and you always have another book on hand if you finish one.

Arbonne's Double Take Matte & Shine Lip Duos are a great gift idea as they have matte lipstick on one end and gloss on the other. A great size to fit easily in your bag - wear either or both. They come in a number of different colours.

A fun mug can be a great small gift idea for a co-worker or as part of a gift. I have seen a number of things given inside a mug from sweets to ingredients to make a mug cake, chocolate spoons and even non-edible ideas such as stationery.

An oversized Giant Martini Glass can be a fun gift for anyone that enjoys the odd cocktail or two

Now let's move on to the 20th gift idea for women and I absolutely love this one, heated gloves and slippers!

Heated Gloves & Slippers

Now I don't know about the females in your life, but I do not like being cold so when I see the words heated before gloves and/or slippers I'm already thinking - Yes!

The gift idea I featured above are Yeti USB Handwarmers and Footwarmers and I have to say I think they are absolutely gorgeous.

Heated hand warmer gloves and/or heated foot warmer slippers are definitely a top gift idea for women
Yeti Heated Hand Warmer Gloves & Heated Foot Warmer Slippers

This image above shows them off even better than the introduction image and I have to say that keeping warm never looked so cool!

BONUS! Tool Sets for Women

Now although we mentioned a pink cordless drill in the 20 gift ideas, I actually love the idea of giving a whole tool set so I just had to include this bonus idea. I don't think a woman needs 'special' tools in order to be handy, but I must admit I do love the look of the selection of pink tool kits for women that are available these days.   I also know that the way I treat tools and the way that my partner treats tools are very different so my own, special pink tool set seems to be a great idea.

I featured the pink cordless drill above, but there are lots of different pink tool sets available which are sure to make your handywoman very happy!

More Great Gift Ideas for the Women in Your Life

If you would like more gift ideas then why not check out the Facebook group, The Christmas Shopping List. There are lots of different gift ideas posted in this group and they try to cater for everyone on your gift list from women to men, babies to teens.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

25 Top Gift Ideas for Men

If you're looking for some great gift ideas for all of the men in your life then look no further than our round up of 25 top gift ideas.
25 Best Gift Ideas for the Men on your list

Whether you're shopping for a father, brother, boyfriend, husband, son or more I'm sure you can find plenty of cool gift ideas on this list.

In case you don't know what they are I've numbered them to make it easy for you to click and buy so here's the quick links (more information can be found further down the page.

1. R2D2 Coffee Press
2. Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker
3. Creed, cologne
4. Corkcicle Ice Whiskey Wedge
5. Converse Chuck Taylor's All Stars
6. Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
7. Digital Tape Measure
8. Bacon Flavored Coffee
9. Hooded Bath Robe
10, Meat Socks
11. BBQ Toolbox
12 BB-8 Droid
13. Funny Mug
14. Brew-Opoly
15. Ray Ban 'New Wayfarer'
16. Every Person in New York by Jason Polan
17. Batman Desktop Bat Signal
18. TV Remote Control Bottle Opener
19. GOT Longclaw Umbrella
20. Thug Kitchen Party Grub
21. Donut Warming Mug
22. Star Trek USS Enterprise Remote Control Drone
23. USB Cufflinks
24. The Beer Briefcase
25. Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Set

As you can see there's quite a selection of gift ideas at a range of different price points for you to choose between.  Let's have a look at the items in more detail.

R2D2 Coffee Press

If the man in your life loves the classic Star Wars movies then I'm sure he'll love this little fella, R2D2 has always held a special spot in my heart anyways!   Brought to you from the guys at ThinkGeek is this simply gorgeous coffee press -

R2D2 Coffee Press - a great gift idea
R2D2 Coffee Press

ThinkGeek do have a range of cool R2D2 gift ideas to choose from so if your man doesn't like coffee you could get him a tea pot, lidded mug or desk lamp just to name a few.

Back to the coffee press, R2D2 will hold 4 cups of freshly brewed coffee for you aka 32oz, which is sure to be enough to help you face the day ahead!

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

Whether the man you're buying for is into fitness, or just needs to feel inspired to do a little exercise the new Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker will certainly help to encourage him to increase his activity.

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker - a great gift idea available in a range of different colors.
Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker

Creed, Aventus by Creed Cologne

Cologne is a great choice as a gift idea and Creed is one of the more popular ones for this year so keep him up to date in the cologne department with a bottle of this -

Creed Cologne, a great gift idea for a man
Creed Aventus by Creed, Cologne for men

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

This was designed with whiskey drinkers in mind, but to be honest I think it would be just as good for bourbon or tequila drinkers too.   Now I haven't actually trialed this myself, but the idea behind it is really good.

The Corkcicle whiskey wedge makes a great gift idea for people who enjoy not just whiskey, but any spirits
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

Now this includes a double old fashioned glass and a silicone ice form and basically it means you make an ice wedge to keep your drink cool. Now purists will ask how on earth this stops your whiskey from being watered down like ice cubes and it's basically about science.

As the guys on the Big Bang Theory would tell you it takes longer for a large wedge of ice to melt than it would an ice cube. Of course it does melt so you may find the bottom part of your drink is a little watered down, but it's not nearly as bad as using ice cubes and it looks really, really cool!

Converse Chuck Taylor's All Stars

Now what can I say about this hi top sneakers that you don't already know?   They're hip now, but also have that retro feel so that if you're buying them for a dad or uncle then they also have a nostalgic feel about them.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Hi Top Sneakers make a great gift idea.
Converse Chuck Taylor's All Stars

Now this converse sneakers are a great gift idea, but if you're not sure they're quite right for the man you're shopping for you can find a selection of hi-top sneakers in a range of designs from patriotic to funny, even a cool zombie inspired walking dad pair on Zazzle.

Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

The Solo2 Wireless headphone's durable housing and compact, foldable design make it the ultimate on-the-go accessory for the man on your list.   They come in a range of colors, but if you're unsure I don't think you can go past the space grey color featured here -

Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones make a great gift idea for the music loving man in your life
Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Digital Tape Measure

What to get the handyman in your life?   What about a digital tape measure?   It's so much better than the old fashioned ones!

A digital tape measure is a fun gift idea for the man in your life
Digital Tape Measure

Bacon Flavored Coffee

Everything's better with bacon which is why bacon flavored coffee is a great gift idea......

Bacon flavored coffee is a great gift idea for any man because everything's better with bacon!
Bacon Flavored Coffee

Bath Robe

A bath robe is a great gift idea especially in winter where you want something warm and snuggly to slip into.

There are lots of different types of bath robe available depending on who you're buying for from Super Hero Bath Robes to other geek inspired robes and many more.   I've selected a very comfortable looking hooded robe for you to look at today -

Man's Hooded Bath Robe
Man's Hooded Bath Robe

Meat Socks

Socks as a rule can be a pretty boring, if practical, gift for a guy, but these 'meat socks' are anything but boring!

You have a choice of bacon socks (everything's better with bacon!) or cheeseburger socks (who doesn't love a good cheeseburger?)   The decision is really hard to make, but of course no one's saying your can't buy him both!

Meat Socks make a great gift idea for the man in your life
Meat Socks

BBQ Toolbox

This is a cool gift idea, it looks like a regular toolbox, but when you feel like some steak and sausages you have your own BBQ on hand.  

I know a couple of men that I'm shopping for who would love to have this in the trunk of their car.

The BBQ Toolbox is a cool gift idea for that man that has everything.
BBQ Toolbox

BB-8 Droid

This Star Wars inspired gift idea is a must have for any fan - your very own BB-8 App-enabled droid which you can control with your smartphone or tablet.    I can see hours of fun with this little fella.

I have to say that this has been available for a while now and is proving to be very popular - whether people are buying them as  a gift or to keep for themselves is hard to know though!

The BB-8 Droid makes a really great gift idea for any Star Wars fan, look how it's interacting with the fish in the fish bowl - so cute!
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid

This is a gift that is perfect for numerous Star Wars fans and not just the men on your shopping list, I can see a lot of women enjoying this droid as well.

Funny Mug

A mug is a great gift idea as I've said in the past, and I personally like funny mugs like this one from Zazzle -

Funny Mug for a Man
Funny Mug for a Man

If you don't like this particular mug I've got a few different selections of mugs for you to choose from including funny mugs, geek mugs, the Muppets mugs, Superman mugs and more.


The the beer enthusiasts out there, here's a game that they should enjoy....

Brew-opoly - a fun game gift idea for the beer lover in your life

Ray Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses

Available in polarized and non-polarized these sunglasses are an absolute classic.

The Ray Ban 'New Wayfarer' Sunglasses are a great gift idea for the man who likes to be noticed.
Ray Ban 'New Wayfarer' Sunglasses

Every Person in New York by Jason Polan

This coffee table book is a 408 page paperback book that is bursting with sketches of over 30,000 people.

The sketches are very simplistic, but the book itself is a great conversation starter.

Every Person in New York - a coffee table book by Jason Polan
Every Person in New York by Jason Polan

Batman Desktop Bat Signal

Any man who's a fan of the Dark Knight would love their very own Bat Signal (hell even a few women I know would love this including a certain teenage girl I have on my Christmas list!)

A desk top Bat Signal, a perfect gift for any Batman fan
Desktop Bat Signal

This mini Bat Signal runs off of 1 CR1632 battery which is included, also when you purchase this awesome Batman gift you also get a mini book packed full of info any fan would love.

TV Remote Control Bottle Opener

Now I don't know about you, but I've yet to find a man who doesn't hold the remote control in a death defying grip, it's as though they are hard wired not to let anyone else touch their remote control ever!

When I saw that you could get a remote control that also doubled up as a bottle opener I knew that at least one person on my list was going to want one!

TV Remote Control Bottle Opener
TV Remote Control Bottle Opener

Game of Thrones Longclaw Umbrella

Now it's always nice to get a practical gift for someone and what can be more practical than an umbrella?   However the universal black umbrella designed for millions of business men to use seems a little boring so why not spice things up with.....

Licensed Game of Thrones Longclaw umbrella - a perfect gift for any GOT fan
GOT Longclaw Umbrella

With a handle carved like the hilt of the legendary Valyrian steel sword that Jon Snow welds - Longclaw - you'll be praying for rain to have an excuse to use this umbrella!

Thug Kitchen Party Grub

This recipe book comes with a side of well as over 100 recipes.   A great cookbook for the man on your Christmas list.

Thug Kitchen Party Grub a cool cookbook gift idea
Thug Kitchen Party Grub Cookbook

Donut Warming Coffee Mug

If you love a donut with your morning coffee (or any time of the day coffee) then you'll love this idea - a donut warming coffee mug.

What man wouldn't appreciate this as a gift (and why not order two and keep one for yourself at the same time).   I know I've said before that mugs make the best gifts, but donut warming mugs ..... be still my beating heart!
A donut warming coffee mug is a great gift idea that will ensure a very happy morning for the recipient!
Donut Warming Coffee Mug

Star Trek USS Enterprise Remote Control Drone

If you're buying for a Star Trek fan then this USS Enterprise remote control drone looks like a whole lot of fun.  Not only can drones be fun, this one has 10 authentic sounds and lights that any Trekkie will appreciate.

Star Trek USS Enterprise Remote Control Drone

USB Cufflinks

I think the reason why most of the men I know enjoy Bond movies or Mission Impossible is because they have a secret yearning to be a spy and to have some of the 'spy toys' from these movies.

If you give them a pair of these USB cufflinks you're also giving them the type of secret agent 'toy' that Q could easily give 007 and I think that will be a big hit.

USB cufflinks make a great gift idea for the man in your life
USB Cufflinks

The Beer Briefcase

The beer briefcase is one of my favorite (this year anyway) of the selection of beer lovers gifts available this year.  If the man you're buying for loves to drink a few beers then this might just be the perfect gift for him (as long as you fill it with his favorite beer as well).

The Beer Briefcase - a great gift idea for a man
The Beer Briefcase

Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gift Set

This gift set speaks for itself.....

Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gift Set
Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gift Set

I hope you've enjoyed by selection of the 25 best gift ideas for the men on your list this year, please feel free to share this list with friends and family.

25 Top Gift Ideas for Men
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monster High Fright-Mares Dolls

The Fright-Mares

A Monster High School Doll Collection

Released in 2015 was the Monster High Fright-Mares collection, this doll collection comprised of ten different characters who are all half Centaur.

The ten dolls are Pyxis Prepstockings, Frets Quartzmane, Bay Tidechaser, Aery Evenfall, Fawntine Fallowheart, Skyra Bouncegait, Penepole Steamtail, Flara Blaze, Olympia Wingfield, Caprice Whimcanter, Leandra Dapplebrush, and Merry Trotabout.

They say that deep within the catacombs of Monster High are the dream pastures of the Fright-Mares. Fright-Mares are a hybrid of a nightmare and a monster and are created when an ordinary nightmare is caught in the place where dreams collide.

Fright-Mares deliver dreams to the monsters in the real world and can only communicate these dreams to the types of monsters they are crossed with. They also have the ability to change the path of a dream and luckily for the monsters at Monster High these Fright-Mares enjoy using their dream bending abilities for good.

Aery Evenfall

Aery is half centaur and half skeleton and considers herself the caretaker of the Fright-Mares. She is good friends with her fellow Fright-Mares, although she does have an unerring ability to know what they want to say before they say it!

Bay Tidechaser

Bay is a fusion of centaur and a sea monster. She loves surfing and her personality is one which reflects that aka laid back, casual beach lover.

Caprice Whimcanter

Caprice is half centaur and half dragonfly and has the most beautiful dragonfly wings on her body.

Fawntine Fallowheart

Fawntine is a fusion of a centaur and a deer which has resulted in some pretty cool antler eyebrows which a little girl I know really wants to emulate!

Flara Blaze

Flara was born when a phoenix had a dream that collided with a nightmare from the Dream Pastures which is why she is a combination of half centaur and half phoenix. Like the fire element that she's connected to Flara can be unpredictable and hard to handle.

Frets Quartzmane

Frets is a cross between a centaur and a gargoyle. She's a quiet, dependable and loyal friend who loves music especially hardcore rock music.

Olympia Wingfield

Olympia is half centaur and half vampire bat.

Penepole Steamtail

Penepole is a fusion between a centaur and a butterfly, we don't know much about her, but I do love how she seems to have a unicorn horn and I also think her glasses are simply gorgeous.

Pyxis Prepstockings

Pyxis is half centaur and half pegasus which makes her a natural at playing polo a sport she loves and is very competitive with. Pyxis has a special skill when she's channeling dreams in that she seems to be able to bring a sense of order to the most chaotic seeming dreams.

Skyra Bouncegait

Skyra is a fusion of a nightmare and a ghost which means she's half centaur and half (you guessed it!) ghost.

I hope you've enjoyed meeting the Fright-Mare dolls, now if you want to check out any of the other Monster High dolls you'll want to pop over to The Monster High School Dolls.

Monster High Fright-Mares Collection