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  1. 5 Safe Gifts for the Man in your Life 

    We know what it is like, that birthday has sprung up on you suddenly and you do not know what to get him or you are organised and go to get a present extra early but hit a brick wall on what to get. Here at Beautifully Gifted we know what we are talking about, and will not judge you - we too struggle to buy for the men in our family! That is why we have compiled a list of 5 safe and fool-proof gifts to get any man in your life. Hopefully some of the ideas will give you a starting point.

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    1. THE TRUSTY WALLET: You have been out with him and notice that the wallet he carries is tatty and falling apart or worse he has not got one! Bingo! Perfect for you, a gift idea straight in the bag, literally! Wallets are perfect go to gifts for guys, often they do not think about such a simple, but necessary accessory. They are great because they can suit any budget too! Be it splash the cash on an expensive leather masterpiece or less on a sturdy, reliable contraption. Whatever you go for they will love it!

    *TIP: to add something a little special, slip in a photo of family members or a beloved pet to show you have put some thought into it *

    2.  CUFFLINKS: Perfect for any businessman or just general suit wearer. Obviously check first that the shirts they wear require cufflinks or it could become a bit awkward! Spruce up their suit with quirky designs or go for simple and suave, and just like the wallet these can come in a range of prices from high street favourites to expensive designer. Simple and thoughtful.

    3. A MUG: Every man drinks right? Every man has humour? (most of the time). Then combine the two with a novelty mug for the home or office. Sure to brighten their day and have a practical side too!

    4. CHOCOLATE: Again everyone eats right? Every man loves chocolate? Okay not every man, but then why are you friends with someone who does not like chocolate? We do not need that kind of negativity in our lives (these people need re-training)…. Chocolate is the ultimate safe gift from a big hamper of it to a little stocking filler it’s a firm favourite. Nowadays you can get all kinds of quirky designs and flavours or just pick a last-minute box up at the local shop!

    5. A HOBBY ORIENTATED GIFT: If you are buying this person a present then you will probably know their hobbies or something about them? If not find out! Hobby-orientated gifts are great go too presents, be it gardening or skydiving!

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    Whatever you decide to get that man in your life, they will love it. Why? Like we have said before it is the fact that you got the gift, and you put the thought in, and remember the thought usuallymeans more than the gift itself.

  2. We all know that generations are ever growing and changing. Children nowadays have a very different upbringing to those growing up 50 years ago. We do not believe there is a right or wrong way to go about parenting, everyone is different, and after all, babies don't come with an instruction manual! rocking-horse-402393_1280We do believe though that technology is have an impact on children's lives. Some good, some bad. With perspective and hindsight we can make all say, 'I should have done that differently'.

    Here at Beautifully Gifted we would love to help add a little more imagination into the minds of little ones. Have you visited our baby corner yet? Buying for children can be even more difficult than buying for grown-ups as they can be extremely honest telling you whether they like the gift...or not!

    Toys, story books and cuddly animals are a vast source of imagination and something to be treasured forever. Lucy still has her cuddly rat called Rattie from when she was born and he is still going strong nearly 20 years later. Even though she doesn't take him to bed anymore he still brings back happy memories.

    Many of our customers that visit us in the shop absolutely love our range of Jellycat toys and we're not surprised. Who couldn't resist their fluffy, cute faces and range of colours. From Truffles the Highland Cow who has ambled into our shop and our hearts, to the not so scary Bashful Dino who will soon become a prehistoric friend. J2G - Joey GiraffeThe all-time favourite Fuddlewuddle Unicorn is ready for any magical adventure. Many are suitable from birth, and many a lifelong friend can be found amongst these fluffy creations. A cuddly toy can be the source or addition to any imagination - just look at the likes of Winnie the Pooh.

    We are on a mission to bring back traditional toys because we love them and want to share them with our amazing customers. We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject? Why not leave us a comment below!