Gift Ideas for boys and girls.

5 Best Gift ideas for your precious ones

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Are you stuck on gift ideas to show your loved ones just how much you appreciate them?
Whether you are looking for a gift for the holidays or for birthdays or to just to celebrate accomplishments in the lives of your loved ones the gift ideas you will find here will always deliver.
We know that gift giving is a very thoughtful process, so what you must always keep in mind here is what the gift you are giving is saying to the receiver. The value of a gift is not in the price attached to it but in the joy it gives both the giver and the receiver which then makes the gift a treasure.
Keeping this in mind, we have researched and put together 5 best gift ideas for boys and girls that will best communicate and show the people in your life just how much you value them. These gifts will keep on giving, year on year, no matter the occasion as it will serve as a reminder to your loved ones that you care.

To help you further, we have also divided the ideas in accordance to gender and age so you will never be short of ideas on what gift is appropriate to give.
We have put together gift ideas for children and adults, from single parents to couples, whether is for house warming, wedding presents, anniversaries, birthdays or simply to celebrate one another, we are confident that you will find a gift idea that you will love or that will inspire you. Please click on other post for gift ideas for teenagers, parents, newlyweds, and couples.
No matter what your budget is, we have also put together quality gift ideas that won’t break the bank, and if you have a little more money to splurge you will also find practical and memorable gifts that will please every persona.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
5 best gifts for boys age 0-9 under £20
Toy cars, Trucks and buses– Boys love cars no matter what age they are, for some reason as they grow their taste for luxurious cars grow too. So you won’t go wrong here. The trick here is to look for a car or truck that speaks to their personality, or a car that will aid their learning. Something that is both fun and educational, it shows that you care about their development in both aspects. Here are a few inspirations, click on image for price.

• Toy car inspiration ideas above £20

Pyjamas and Robes: As children grow in size, they will definitely need new sets of night wears and bathing robes. So you see you can’t go wrong here. Night wears are always needed because of its daily use which means they can never get enough use of this gift. Think about a special character that is important to them at this age or their favourite colour and incorporate it when buying this gift. Doing that will make it more special to them and brink joy to their hearts and yours.
Here is a list of boys’ pyjamas and robes ideas. Click on image for price.

LEGO – Lego allows children to develop their mental ability to create, to build something from scratch to completion. This gift is a very good way to help keep them busy, while it is also fun. The focus and what it says is that if they want to see what they can achieve which is the end result, then they have to see the building through to the end, either by doing it all on their own all by asking a friend or an adult for help which also a form on mental development that is okay to rely on others and work as a team when things are difficult to see through a project. A skill that if developed well, will serve them well as adults. This can also be a choice between a favourite screen character or an activity see them engage in most, either cars, aeroplane, trains or houses. The list is endless in the case and you are spoilt for choice here.
Below are our Lego Inspirational Gift ideas. Click on Image for price.


Educational and science toys:

These gifts help children to learn more about the world they live in, how things are made, and everyday things are created which will also help them in school.


Musical instruments: These gifts help children learn and decide quickly if they have any love for music, and if they do it will also help decide which musical instrument they might end up specializing in and becoming maestro at as they grow. Giving these gifts very early contribute to their developments and although you might have to endure a few out of tune sounds at the early stages, we are convinced that it will end up becoming a gift that keeps giving.
Below are few Musical Inspiration Gift ideas. Click on image for price.


5 best Gift Ideas for Girls

Dolls and Doll houses: Just as boys love cars, girls are known to love dolls. And what is not to love about dolls, these gifts help girls to understand the differences between genders. While boys might lean towards figurines, most girls are comfortable with playing with their dolls. Whether its combing and plaiting their dolls hair, arranging and prepping the doll houses or doing their dolls make up all the skill learned at this stage will help them manage their image better as they grow. Which for us, is for sure gift that will keep giving. Like most gifts and as we explained in the boy’s section, it is important to link gift giving with the child’s current favourite character.

Below are our best inspirational doll and dollhouses ideas for your girls.


2. Pyjamas, Robes and Night dresses: Just as we explained in the boy’s section, this is a gift that will never be turned away as it will be needed on a daily basis. So getting new sets will always be welcomed.
Inspirational ideas, please click on image for prices.



3. Educational and science toys: Just like boys, all children need to develop their brains and learn about the world they live in. These educational gifts help them do just that, while educating them on scientific facts or helping them be better readers. In ours eyes, you can do no wrong with these gifts.

Below are some more inspiration gift ideas. Click on image for price.


4. Jewellery and Jewellery box: Unlike boys, girls appreciate jewelleries from a very young age. You can get them a personalised necklace or bracelet with their initials on it, or while not get them a jewellery making set, so they can get creative. Either way, you will be giving them a lot of joy with this one.

Inspirational jewellery gift ideas. Click on image for price.


5. Dresses, Tutu’s and Sparkly shoes: There is nothing that can top a very beautiful dress, a sparkly shoe or a pretty tutu, to make your princesses feel even more beautiful. You will gosh, when you see them dress and look so pretty. This for us is the ultimate gift, as you know if you are a girl, you cannot have enough dresses or shoes.

Ideas for Dresses and Tutu’s. Feeling inspired? Click on Image for price.


We hope that we have been a able to inspire you with ideas that will become valuable to you and your loved ones, if you like our ideas please share this post your friends and families and visit again for more great gift ideas for every occasion.

Sewing Machines

5 best Sewing Machines and reviews

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Are you looking for quality sewing machine to fulfil all your sewing needs that wouldn’t break the bank? Or you might be looking to buy it as a gift for a loved one, a spouse, your child, nieces, nephews or for your grandchildren.

We have put together 5 best sewing machine and reviews after an extensive  research, perfect for the beginner and the professional tailor that will meet all your needs.

We’ve also put together 5 books for beginners wanting to know ins and outs of sewing to get on their way to sewing perfectly. These books are also good for those who already know their way around the workings of a sewing machine. If you have never sewn a stitch, or been around someone who has and are overwhelmed by the prospect of sewing and how to begin then theses books are your perfect companion.. The guides in these books takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to sew using hand stiches as well as sewing machines. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing techniques. Every tool and every technique you require for making your own home furnishings or clothing is closely and sharply photographed, carefully annotated, and clearly explained. Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside these books for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

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Most people do not think themselves capable of sewing their own clothes, especially because we live in a world where everything is done for us and all we have to do is go to the store and pick a size, however if you are one of those people who like a challenge, or have a passion for fashion, you have created an image in your mind and want to bring it to life then the first thing you will need to put all your fantastic ideas together is a sewing machine.
We are going to discuss five best value sewing machines that deliver more than their price tag, that you can use to begin your passion as a fashion designer.
Perhaps you have a simpler approach to sewing, you don’t want to sew for the world, just for you and your immediate family, and you are in search and in need of a strong money for value sewing machine that we do the job of constructing a simple attire or for just stitching and repairing, then look no further.
Below is a list of 5 best value for money sewing machines. (Click on Images for prices.)

1. Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW 50-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine.
This sewing machine is ultra-light and convenient to carry from room to room with LED-lit work area that gives you a bright area to view the details of your project, and is perfect for sewing on darker fabrics. The Brother project Runway, is not only affordable but very easy to learn if you are a beginner and in no time, you will be creating high end fashion outfits for yourself or for any project you desire.
Experience easy, reliable threading of both top and bottom threads; virtually effortless sewing on a wide range of fabrics, and the ability to add professional quality buttonholes, zippers, decorative top stitching and neat, overcasting edges to your favourite creations.
It includes 50 built-in stitches that cover a wide range of utility, decorative, heirloom and quilting stitch functions, and your entire selection of built-in stitches is printed on the front your machine, for easy reference. Simply select your desired stitch on the informative LCD display screen and adjust the stitch to your specific needs.
The CS5055PRW offers you not just a great selection of individual sewing feet and stitches – but complete solutions to give you that true designer edge. Use the included zipper foot and built-in zipper insertion stitch to help ensure neat, even stitching close to each edge. The special overcasting foot and overcasting stitch are designed to you give you a clean, serged-like edge, perfect for home decoration and knit projects.

Pro: Perfect for the beginner, very easy and understandable user interface

Cons: The heavy seamstress that need it for very frequent and intense project may need to invest in some other machine that will endure and last for heavy use.
2. Brother CS6000i (Bestseller with over 6400 reviews)

This sewing machines offers features for sewing and quilting, all a very reasonable value for money price. It has 60 built-in sewing stitches, including decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. With the touch of a button, you’ll select your stitch, and then see the stitch you’ve chosen on the convenient LCD display screen.
you can also choose from the 9 included presser feet; use the detachable, oversized table for larger projects; and transport your machine with you to anywhere you desire with the included hard carry case. The CS6000i is designed for ease of use, with its easy-to-view backlit LCD display, automatic needle threader, easy-to-follow threading diagrams, and adjustable sewing speed control.
Pros: Sews like a dream and can handle heavier material.
Cons: it is not an industrial heavy duty machine so if you push it too much, it may give you tension. Plus it really depend on how intensely you use it and how you care for it for it to last.

3. SINGER 7258 Stylist

100 Stitch Sewing Machine with 10 Presser Feet Perfect For Crafting, Sewing and Quilting The instruction manual is incredibly detailed. Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in just six seconds. The automatic needle threader is sewing’s biggest timesaver. The bobbin loads from the top, so it is easy to insert the bobbin and easy to monitor due to its clear cover. LED light illuminates the sewing surface for optimal viewing and stays cool no matter how long you operate it. Create perfectly sized buttonholes every time from six different one-step buttonhole styles. It has electronic Auto Pilot that allows you to sew without the foot pedal and easily adjust maximum speed.

Pros, it pros all the way for this one, value for money enough to deliver all you need in a machine, and can handle heavy duty sewing.

Cons: None we can think of.

4. The Janome 2212:

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The Janome 2212 is a great sewing machine, especially for beginners and those who are looking for a less complicated machine. It is affordable and mechanical and it can be used for quilting and other projects that require several layers. The Janome 2212 sewing machine features 12 built-in stitches, an easy to use four-step buttonhole, dial pattern selection, and zig-zag stitch width adjustment and stitch length adjustment that ensures ease of use. It has great features like a free arm and drop feed that makes the machine versatile for all types of sewing. The Janome 2212 is lightweight and easy to use.
Pros: Very good for a beginner and can handle heavy duty sewing.

5. SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Extension Table

The SINGER Quantum Stylist sewing machine has everything you need and more. Its 600 built-in stitch patterns including five alphanumeric fonts and 13 fully automatic one-step buttonholes with exclusive buttonhole under plate, mirror imaging, and stitch elongation options that give you the freedom to customize your projects. Start-up is a breeze with quick-and-easy threading. Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye, in just six seconds. A start/stop button, and direct button stitch selection. Buttonhole sewing is a one-step simple process providing reliable results every time. The sides of the buttonholes are sewn in the same direction to prevent gaps in stitching or fabric distortion. With additional features like programmable needle up/down, slow sewing speed option, LCD screen, electronic twin needle control, automatic tension, extra-high presser foot lifter, free arm, drop feed, and warning animation, this machine truly has it all.

Digital Information Advisor.

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Stitch information including selected built-in stitch, stitch length and width settings, and recommended presser foot are displayed on the crystal clear LCD screen.

600 Built-In Stitches with Stitch Reference Chart.

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This chart located on the upper lid of the machine allows you to quickly see all the 600 built-in stitches and choose the perfect stitch for your project.

Free Accessories Including 18 Presser Feet.

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Allows you to expands your creative possibilities.

Extension Table.

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Provides extra-large sewing area for large projects including quilting.

Hallway

 5 Top Tips to Style out any Hallway.

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Is your hallway tired looking, dark, and cluttered? Are you looking for ways to spruce it up so that your hallway will impress your guest and  regain style. Well, look no further, we are going to dive into must have’s to create drama and make your hallway the talk of the town.

Your entrance hallway is the first place your visitors are going to see once they enter your home. Your hallway, gets so much traffic that it is important to not only make it a stylish welcoming place for your home but also a place where dirt from shoes and clutter are not dumped.
Your hallway speaks volumes about your house, you can know a cluttered house from the way the hallway is presented. Also if you are greeted with a beautiful hallway, it sums up the impression you give of the rest of the house because you know that if the hallway is very well presented then the rest of the house must be great. We are going to discuss ways to liven a dark entrance and make it more impressing, each tip discussed should be used with your personality and personal style in mind so your entrance speaks true to you.
If you have been dealing with a cluttered hallway, or a tired dreadful hallway and you are looking for ways to make your entrance grander, stylish and welcoming, then keep reading because I am going to share with you 5 must have tips to style out your hallway.
We are going to look at making the most out of a small entrance hall and getting the best out of a bigger entrance hall.
If you have a narrow entrance, and you can’t really do much with it because of the space, or even if you have a large entrance way the first must have to style out your hallway is,
1. Mirror: Mirrors create a classic statement and gives a dramatic impact. Mirrors also reflect light which  makes your hallway seem bigger if you have a narrow entrance. Not only that, having a mirror at the entrance functions well to your favour as you can always have one last look at yourself to ensure everything is in place before dashing out.
If you have a bigger space to play with, the better, placing a dramatic mirror as the main focal point of your entrance will add drama and beauty to your space. Not only that if you have arts or pictures on the wall, the mirror reflects them. If your entrance is small go for a smaller but dramatic mirror that will fit with the whole setup of your entryway, if you have more space to spare then dare to go big and make your mirror the focal point. Another tip is to use several mirrors and frames hung on one side of the wall to create effective art and to stream light in.
Below are image samples of the effects of mirrors in a narrow and large hall entrance way.

Bright and Welcoming Hallway
Miami-Hall
Advantage Basements London

Dramatic and Must Have Hallway entrance mirrors.


 

2. Painted walls or wallpapered:

Neutral colours are best and more inviting for a stylish classic and inviting entrance way. However, some people prefer darker colours. to make darker colours on your walls work well for you, it has to contrast with everything else in that space. For example if you have black walls then keep the door crisp white and the line straight. If you want to only paint the walls, then choose your colours wisely, because darker colours tend to make darker hallways. If you are looking to wall paper your entrance hall, how about just papering one side of the wall alone, doing two walls in the same colour or pattern can make your hallway seem very busy and not as classy.
You could also consider painting your walls in a colour of your choice and then adding framed large wall panels with a wallpaper of your choice as the focal point that is, if you have the space. Doing this will create and give a luxurious and opulence feel to your entrance. To successfully do this, ensure your walls are painted in a neutral colour, so you can contrast it with a darker coloured panelled wallpaper or vice versa.
Another idea is to wallpaper the top half of both walls and paint the bottom half in a matching or complementing colour. If you do not have enough space for book shelves you may want to go for a wallpaper that gives the illusion of books on shelves to make you seem like the book worm

Below are sample images of neutral coloured painted hallways and wall papered hallways.

Classic Coastal Colonial Foyer
T Eatons Loft Entrance
South London Victorian Home
Wall paper inspiration ideas, click on image for price.

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3. Lighting: Hallway lightning is very important to the overall setup of your hallway, not only as a functionality but also a statement piece. As you know, first impression counts so your light should be all about wowing and making your guest gasp.
If you have the space and height, then, placing a chandelier that cascades down into your hallway, big enough to make an impact speaks of luxury and opulence. However, if you don’t have the height and space then a repetitive ceiling light pattern might be the way to go to create drama.
When it comes to lighting any room, it is important to incorporate ambient, task and accent light and this applies even in your hallway. If you have the space for a console table (Which we would discuss latter on in this post) then, add a dramatic table lamp. Most hallways do
not have windows, so ensure you have enough light to brighten and light up your hallway. All in all, do not forget to choses a light that is in keeping with the style of your home.

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Wildlife
Cavendish House, London
Kensington Penthouse
Malaga

Must have Lighting Hallway inspiration ideas, click image for price.

 

 

4. Rugs, Runners or Tiles: Whichever one you are thinking of going for should not only be durable and stylish but easy to clean as well.
If everything else is neutral, or too dark add colour to your hallway by either using a colourful tile for drama or a bright rug to brighten up your entrance and make it more inviting. The rug or tile you choose could also act as a connector to other designs in the rooms leading into your hallway so choose carefully so that it ties in with the overall setup of your home.
Putting rugs in your hallway generally warms up your space, making it more intimate. For tiles, use patterned tiles and tie the colour in with your theme or stair carpet to create an impactful stunning entrance.
Note if you are using patterned tiles, it is important to keep your walls simple so that your floor can become the focal point. As you know, too much of everything is bad, so keep it classy and tasteful. Also remember if using tiles, that tiled floors can become slippery when water accidentally pours on it or if wet shoes and umbrellas are allowed to spill on the floor so ensure your tiles are dry at all times to avoid accidents.

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Shelgate Road
Beach House
Malvern East

Rugs, Runners and tiles Inspiration Ideas. Click on image for price

5. Console tables: Console tables are important additions to any hallway. If you have a very narrow hallway, use a slim console that doubles as a storage system underneath to hide away slippers and shoes. Console tables are useful for keeping unopened letters, keys, hallway telephones, vases for decoration and even a table lamp. If you can’t get a console table with storage, it’s alright, just get yourself a basket that fits under it, to house all your stuff away. Every console table should be carefully placed under a stunning mirror or art work for visual effect and uniformity. If you have more space to play with then, splurge on a thicker and more dramatic console.

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Beach House - New Construction
Old Joinery Workshop

Hallway console inspiration ideas. Click image for price.