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Christmas Gift Guide: Top Gifts for Him

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Christmas Gift Guide: Top Gifts for Him

It’s that time of the year again – Christmas is nearly here, only 10 days away!

I love Christmas, it’s such a wonderful time, but I usually get a bit lost and I’m not too sure what to get for the ladies and the gents in our family. This year, I put together a list of gifts that we have been tried, tested and loved.

Hubby reviewed the gifts for him and I reviewed Top Christmas Gifts for her. Together we are hoping to give you some inspiration and suggestions to make your life a bit easier this Christmas, so you can relax and enjoy it!

Here is our list of top men’s gifts, in no particular order – all of those gifts have our seal of approval!

Top Christmas Gifts for Him:

Gourmet Bluebasil Chocolate Brownies

Gourmet Bluebasil Chocolate Brownies are gorgeously fudgy, rich and dreamily decadent brownies.

Bluebasil Brownies has a lovely Christmas selection of gourmet brownies including: Dark Orange & Ginger Brownie, Coffee & Irish Cream Brownie, Classic Chunky Chocolate Brownie and Rudolph’s Rumnut Brownie.

Bluebasil Brownies

Bluebasil brownies look lovely, are beautifully presented and delivered, they are also full of flavour and unique. It is great idea for a Christmas present – not just for guys, I’m sure the ladies will love it too.

You can choose the flavours and personalise the gift box. The brownies will arrive beautifully wrapped in a snug box, tied with string and an old fashion luggage tag

Bluebasil brownies gift box are available from Bluebasil website from RRP £14.50 for 9 piece, £17.50 for 12 piece and £21.50 for 16 piece. You can follow Bluebasil Brownies on Twitter and Bluebasil Brownies on Facebook

Tia Maria Liqueur

Tia Maria is a dark and rich Caribbean liqueur combining exotic Jamaican rum and superior coffee. You could enjoy it with cola or make a cocktail out of it. Since it is Christmas, cocktails are more appropriate and festive! I have shared two Tia Maria cocktail recipes: Tia Espresso Martini and Tia Ginger.

Tia Espresso Martini is a rich and smooth cocktail. The aromatic notes of Tia Maria add depth and smoothness to the mix, whilst the coffee, vodka and Tia’s liqueur gives a depth of flavour that will appeal to those with opulent tastes.

Tia Maria Dark Liqueur

Tia Maria and ginger mixed drink will keep you warm from the inside out during the frosty, winter months, and the combination gives a real twist to the spicy taste of ginger beer, a traditional Christmas flavour.

Tia Maria has a new elegant bottle, making an ideal gift for friends and family. Tia Maria is stocked in all major supermarkets, RRP £14.69 for a 70cl bottle. For more information, visit Tia Maria website. You can follow Tia Maria on Twitter and Tia Maria on Facebook.

e-auto Dual Action Mitt

e-auto Car Cleaning Kit by e-cloth has everything that you need to clean, dry and shine your car. We are a fan of e-cloth, you can clean without chemicals by using just water. We have previously reviewed e-auto Dual Action Mitt and e-cloth Bathroom pack.

The car cleaning kit includes deal action mitt, dry & shine cloth and glass & chrome cloth. e-auto car cleaning kit is ideal for paintworks, glass, lights, chrome and interiors. It is the perfect solution for keeping your loved ones ‘ car clean and sparkling by just using water.

e-auto Car Cleaning Kit

The Dual Action Mitt will clean and remove grease: the orange fronded side will handle all the tough initial cleaning, while he soft grey side gently gives a final clean..

The Dry and Shine Cloth quickly dries and shines all the bodywork. The Glass & Chrome Cloth removes light grease and finger marks from glass, mirrors and chrome, leaving them completely streak-free.

e-auto Car Cleaning Kit (RRP £14.99) is available from TK-Maxx and e-cloth website. You can follow e-cloth on Twitter and e-cloth on Facebook

Running Shoes by SportsShoes

Nike Free Run+ V3 Running Shoes is soft, comfortable and lightweight. Not only it is very stylish, it offers barefoot feel with a natural fit and enhanced flexibility. It has a breathable mesh upper built with synthetic upper for greater durability. Besides, those shoes have modified inner sleeve for a snug fit as it is meant to fit the foot like a second skin.

The dynamic fit system and moulded sockliner comforms to the shape of the foot for comfort and support.

Nike Free Run+ V3 Running Shoes

Nike Free Run+ V3 Running Shoes (RRP £71.99) is available at SportsShoes website. SportsShoes has a wide selection of running shoes, which are perfect for an active 2013! After all the gorgeous food and drinks enjoyed over Christmas, nothing better than getting more active in the New Year. SportsShoes offers also a large range of Ladies and Junior shoes.

You can follow SportsShoes on Twitter and SportsShoes on Facebook.

Merry Christmas Everyone! 🙂

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this guide are honest and entirely my own.

Day1 #12DaysChristmas Giveaway: WIN Gourmet Bluebasil Brownies

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Happy December and welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

First Day of Christmas: Bluebasil Brownies

On the First Day of Christmas, Lilinha Angel’s World gave me a selection of Chocolate Brownies by Bluebasil.

Bluebasil has a wide selection of handmade chocolate brownies, gorgeously fudgy, rich and dreamily decadent.

Bluebasil Brownies has a lovely Christmas selection of gourmet brownies including: Orange & Ginger, Coffee & Irish Cream, Rudolph’s Rumnut and Classic Chunky Chocolate.

Beautifully Wrapped Gourmet Brownies

I have reviewed Bluebasil Brownies and recommended in my Christmas Guide: Top 5 Festive Food & Drink. They are truly scrummy and I can’t wait to try the other flavours!

Not only Bluebasil brownies look lovely, they are beautifully presented and delivered, they are also full of flavour and unique.

Bluebasil brownies are delivered with a personal message, beautifully wrapped in a snug box, tied with string and an old fashion luggage tag.

Yummy Bluebasil Brownies

It is great idea for a Christmas present, you can choose the brownie flavours and personalise your gift box. Bluebasil brownies gift box is available from RRP £14.50 for 9 pieces, £17.50 for 12 pieces and £21.50 for 16 pieces.

Great News! Bluebasil is offering a gift box to one of my readers. I loved my brownies (the whole family did) and I’m sure you will love them too!

In order to enter for a chance to win a Bluebasil brownie gift box, please follow the simple instructions below.

Gorgeously Fudgy, Rich and Dreamily Decadent

Compulsory:

1. Follow my blog by email AND please visit Bluebasil website and leave a comment with your favourite flavour

Extra Entries:

2. Follow Bluebasil Brownies on Twitter

3. Like Bluebasil Brownies on Facebook

4. Follow Lilinha World on Twitter

5. Like Lilinha Angel’s World on Facebook

6. Tweet the following message:

I would love to win yummy brownies from @BrowniesbyBB at @LilinhaWorld blog #12DaysChristmasD1 https://lilinhaangel.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/day1-12dayschristmas-giveaway-win-gourmet-bluebasil-brownies/

You may tweet daily for extra entries. Please leave one blog comment for each extra entry. If you have followed all the steps above, please leave 6 comments.

Competition open to UK residents until 23.59pm on Saturday 8th December.

Good Luck everyone! x

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*WINNER* Congratulations Shelley Jessup @sjess82 !

Christmas Guide: Top 5 Festive Food & Drink

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I put together a selection of lovely food and drink that I have been trying and I will be enjoying during the festive season. My suggestions below have been tried, tested and loved!

In the morning, I will wake up to a cup of Douwe Egberts smooth caramel flavoured coffee.

Douwe Egberts launched The Flavour Collective, a new range of delicious flavoured instant coffee, premium coffee infused with a variety of tantalizing flavours.

Douwe Egberts The Flavour Collective is available in three flavours: Delicate Vanilla, Smooth Caramel and Roasted Hazelnut.

I should add I am more of a tea person, but I have been enjoying flavoured coffee instead.

Douwe Egberts The Flavour Collective comes in an elegant glass jar and there is a burst of beautiful smell once you open the jar.

The lovely flavours add a different twist, making flavoured coffee a great alterative to tea and hot drinks in general.

Smooth caramel is by far my favourite flavour as it has a sweet hint of caramel and it smells gorgeous.

I also like Roasted Hazelnut full-bodied nutty flavour and Delicate Vanilla rich and smooth flavour.

The Flavour Collective range from Douwe Egberts is available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores, RRP £2.99 for 50g jar (25 servings).

For more information, visit Douwe Egberts website. You can follow Douwe Egberts on Twitter and Douwe Egberts on Facebook.

Mid-morning, I will be enjoying Sakata, light and crispy Japanese Rice Crackers.

Sakata rice crackers are oven baked, gluten free, low in saturated fat (less than 3% fat) and made with 100% natural flavours and colourings.

Sakata is available in four different flavours:

  • Original – lightly seasoned with salt
  • Classic Cheddar – full bodied authentic cheddar taste
  • Sizzling Barbecue – tangy and sweet mouth-watering BBQ
  • Sour Cream & Chives – smooth and creamy flavour

My favourite flavour is Sour Cream & Chives, it is light and very tasty.

I was surprised to find out that there are only 8 calories per cracker and just over 100 calories per serving.

Each serving consists of a row of crackers and they are 4 servings per pack. You could enjoy Sakata as a snack or also have it with dips.

Sakata crackers are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op and Amazon, RRP RRP £1.99 per 100g pack.

For more information, visit Sakata website. You can follow Sakata Crackers on Twitter and Sakata crackers on Facebook.

After lunch, when we fancy a sweet treat, we will be enjoying Swizzels Matlow’s Squashies.

Squashies is a new sweet range that transformed favourite brands into a fun, squashy gum format. Squashies is a soft version of iconic sweets with no artificial colours.

Squashies is available in four flavours: Drumsticks, Refreshers, Love Hearts and Double Lollies.

We have been trying Squashies Love Hearts and they are soft and light. Not only that, Squashies Love Hearts are also delicious and fun.

Squashies Love Hearts is popular with the whole family, so I can’t wait to try the other flavours. Who doesn’t like sweets anyway?

Squashies Love Hearts is also colourful and bright. I tried to make a Christmas tree using the sweets!

I don’t even need to say that my Christmas tree didn’t live long – it was quickly eaten!

Squashies is available from Asda, Sainsbury’s and Co-op, RRP £1.49 for a 160g bag and RRP £0.45 for 45g mini packet.

For more information and to download the new free Squashies World app, visit Squashies website.

You can also follow Swizzels Matlow on Twitter and Swizzels Matlow on Facebook.

Afternoon tea with gourmet Bluebasil chocolate brownies – gorgeously fudgy, rich and dreamily decadent brownies. Bluebasil has a range of handmade brownies, delivered with a personal message, beautifully wrapped in a snug box, tied with string and an old fashion luggage tag.

Bluebasil Brownies has a lovely Christmas selection of gourmet brownies including:

Dark Orange & Ginger Brownie is made with chocolate, dark orange and ginger chocolate, orange blossom water and ground ginger. It has a fruity orange and clean ginger flavour in the rich chocolate brownie, it was hubby’s favourite flavour.

Coffee & Irish Cream Brownie is made with chocolate, Irish cream, alcohol and coffee. It is full of flavour and it goes down really well with a nice cup of coffee.

Classic Chunky Chocolate Brownie is made with dark chocolate and milk chocolate chunks. It is a delicious rich and creamy classic brownie, simple and delicious!

Rudolph’s Rumnut Brownie is made with chocolate, raisins, dark rum and mixed spices, topped with Brazilian nut flakes. It is nutty and fruity, very tasty! It’s my favourite flavour.

Bluebasil brownies look lovely, are beautifully presented and delivered, they are also full of flavour and unique. It is great idea for a Christmas present, you can choose the flavours and personalise the gift box.

Bluebasil brownies gift box are available from Bluebasil website from RRP £14.50 for 9 piece, £17.50 for 12 piece and £21.50 for 16 piece. You can follow Bluebasil Brownies on Twitter and Bluebasil Brownies on Facebook

The evening is here, so what better way to enjoy than with liqueur and cocktails!

Tia Maria is a dark and rich Caribbean liqueur combining exotic Jamaican rum and superior coffee. You could enjoy it with cola or make a cocktail out of it. Since it’s Christmas, cocktails are more appropriate and festive!

Tia Maria has a new elegant bottle, making an ideal gift for friends and family. You could also impress them with the cocktails below:

Tia Espresso Martini

This rich and smooth cocktail is our version of this classic cocktail. The aromatic notes of Tia Maria add more depth and smoothness to the mix, whilst the delicious combination of coffee, vodka and Tia’s dark liqueur gives a depth of flavour that will appeal to those with opulent tastes.

  • 25cl TIA MARIA
  • 25cl espresso coffee
  • 25cl vodka
  • 10cl sugar syrup to taste
  • Coffee beans to Garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients together with cubed ice in a Boston and shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Tia Ginger

This Tia Maria and ginger mixed drink will keep you warm from the inside out during the frosty, winter months, and the combination gives a real twist to the spicy taste of ginger beer, a traditional Christmas flavour.

  • 35cl TIA MARIA
  • Half a fresh lime
  • Ginger Beer

Instructions:

Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice, squeeze in the juice of half a fresh lime and garnish with fresh mint

Tia Maria is stocked in all major supermarkets, RRP £14.69 for a 70cl bottle. For more information, visit Tia Maria website. You can follow Tia Maria on Twitter and Tia Maria on Facebook.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this guide are honest and entirely my own.