If your home is going to be full of the latest gadgets this Christmas, whether it’s a GoPro (like the one I featured in this Christmas gift guide for him) or an e-book reader, it’s really important to make sure you’re protected as the festive period is unfortunately a lucrative time for thieves.

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to review your home insurance policy and ensure you’re fully covered. Some insurers automatically increase their cover over the festive period, but others don’t, so if you’re unsure just ask. It’s also important to ask those insurers that do have a temporary increase in cover, how long it lasts for. Alternatively you can purchase ‘gadget insurance’ specifically for your new gadgets.

Chill Insurance have kindly created this infographic to show how much you need to insure your gadgets for to ensure you don’t lose out this Christmas.

Gadget insuranceDon’t forget to insure your pricey presents this Christmas and in addition here are a few other tips for keeping your gadgets safe:

Stay off social media //

If you’re going away this Christmas, don’t advertise this on social media sites such as facebook and twitter.

Ensure you lock up //

Double-check that all doors and windows are locked securely when you leave the house this Christmas.

Hide your gifts //  

Keep your Christmas presents out of sight rather than under the Christmas tree where they are an easy target for burglars.

Be careful with your ribbish //

Ensure you dispose of the packaging to your fancy new gadgets carefully. Leaving the packaging by your rubbish bins will highlight your new purchases to thieves.

Photos, Serial numbers and receipts //

Don’t forget to take photos of your lovely new gadgets and make a record of the serial numbers in case of loss. It’s also really important that you keep the receipts of expensive items as proof of purchase for your insurers.

Disclosure: This Post was written in collaboration with Chill Insurance.

The fourth instalment of my Christmas gift guides brings you a selection of lovely gift ideas for new parents and their little bundles. From beauty must haves to baby carriers, I’ve tried to include a variety of gift ideas to suit every budget and taste.

christmas gift guide new parents

1 // Anorak Rabbits Grobag, from £32.99

I have a slight obsession with British design brand Anorak and their gorgeous wares and swear by Gro bags for the little lady, so when I came across this pretty Anorak Rabbits Gro Bag and saw the two combined, I was over the moon! There are three other designs in the collection; Rolling Hills, Kissing Squirrels and Trundling Tractors that are as equally charming.

2 // Baby milestone cards, £12.95

These baby milestones cards are perfect for capturing precious moments such as baby’s first smile and first steps. This pack contains 30 beautifully illustrated cards featuring all the major milestones. Simply fill in the date and take a picture of your baby together with the card to create the perfect gift for friends and family or a lovely keepsake for yourself.

3 // Patternology Chevron Knitted Blanket, £14.98

I’m a big fan of Mamas and Papas blankets. Not only are they pretty to look at, they are also exceptionally well made and this chevron blanket is no exception.

4 // Sophie The Giraffe Original Teether, £11.20

Relieving sore teeth and gums since 1961, Sophie the Giraffe is the classic, must-have teether. Brilliant for little hands and featuring a little squeak too, Sophie will go down a storm with any baby that can get their hands (and gums) on it.

5 // A Little Lovely Company DIY Letter Banner, £11

I adore this multilingual DIY letter banner. Containing 138 letters, symbols and metal clips, these fantastic reusable banners are perfect for birthdays, announcements or to uniquely style your home and they look fantastic in nurseries, bedrooms and play rooms.

6 // BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier We, £70.01

This versatile baby carrier from BabyBjorn offers both comfort and security for parent and baby. With three carrying positions (front and back), it can be used from birth until 3 years and has been acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by International Hip Dysplasia Institute. It’s not only easy to put on and take off, it’s also incredibly comfortable to wear as a parent and comfortable for baby too.

7 // Babymoov Lunch Set , £18.74

Make mealtimes fun with this adorable, five-piece lunch set for baby. Each lunch set contains a colourful plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork and is beautifully packaged in a stylish gift set box.

8 // Mummy Mitts, £19.85

Mummy Mitts are ingenious and are definitely my saviour in the winter months. Cleverly they attach to the handle bar or handles of any pram or pushchair, so you can slip your hands in and out easily whilst tending to your little ones. Easy and convenient, Mummy Mitts are the perfect buggy accessory for the winter months.

9 // Original Kids Rule Height Chart, from £110

These gorgeous softwood growth charts are designed as giant vintage-style rulers and make the perfect personalised present for new parents. Available in 3 colours (Aged Oak (dark), Mid Oak (light) and Washed White), they come in either Imperial or Metric and make a brilliant focal feature in your home.

10 // Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo, £99

With its 360 degree spinning seat that allows your baby to explore 5 different toy stations including the main toy with light up friends, fun spinning balls and activity play, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is a must-have for any parents. Little ones love jumping like mad and playing with all the different attached toys and they are so distracted, new parents might even have a few moments peace to drink a hot cup of tea!

11 // Kiehls Baby Products, £various

Kiehls is a brand I adore and trust and their exclusive product line for babies is fab. Not only does the range smell great, it’s also paraben free and perfect for baby’s delicate skin. This Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face and Body is formulated with Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil and Purified Honey and is brilliant to even out dry patches.

12 // Liberty Print & Denim Mix ‘queue for the zoo’ romper, £42

There is nothing cuter than a baby in a romper and they don’t come much cuter than this liberty print romper from Coco & Wolf.

13 // Babymoov City Changing Bag, £74

For me, a changing bag has to fit two criteria; stylish and functional, but with a plethora of bags on the market, it can be a huge undertaking finding the right bag. When I was kindly sent the City Changing Bag from Babymoov, I was blown away with the quality and style of the bag. For starters it doesn’t look like a changing bag, it looks like a ‘real’ handbag, which garners a huge tick from me. Secondly it’s incredibly spacious and feels like it should belong to Mary Poppins thanks to its seamlessly never-ending space and multiple pockets. The Babymoov City will make the perfect present for your stylish ‘new mum’ friend.

14 // Mamas & Papas Comforter, £5.45

Both Jack and Phoebe have Mamas & Papas comforters (or three actually, I stocked up when they were born just in case we lost one!) and they have been the perfect companions for them. Jack and ‘Mr Ted’ are truly inseparable and Phoebe and ‘Pixie’ are fast becoming firm friends! They wash well, are pretty to look, have a teething ring attached for the early years and a gentle rattling sound when shaken. They are also super soft and snuggly, making them the ideal comforter.

15 // Babymoov Nutribaby, £79.56

The only food processor that you can use right from birth, the Nutribaby has been a godsend since Phoebe was born and I can’t recommend it highly enough. With 5 functions; steam cooker, blender, bottle and jar warmer, steriliser and defroster, it’s incredibly versatile and is a must have for all new parents.

16 // Dream Big Little One Fine Art Print, £24

I’m a huge fan of Freya’s quirky works of art and Phoebe’s walls are covered in her gorgeous prints. These charming, whimsical illustrations make perfect presents for little babies and their parents.

17 // Don’t Buy Her Flowers Recovery Package, from £41

Perfect for weary new parents, this gorgeous recovery package will go down a storm with its worthy recipient. Containing a host of lovely products including Skin & Tonic Gentle Facial Scrub, Sister & Co Coconut Oil, Laughing Bird Shea & Cocoa Butter Body Cream, Laughing Bird Lemon & Walnut Body Scrub and Love & Peace Tealights, this recovery package should definitely be up there if you are looking for a ‘thoughtful’ gift.

18 // Frugi Muslin Squares, £12

Never underestimate the importance of a muslin square, or ten. Every new parent knows that these soft pieces of fabric will be your constant companion over the next twelve months or so, so they may as well be pretty to look at! Made from organic cotton, little one’s will adore these fun and vibrant Frugi muslin squares and they are also super soft on your skin too!

I hope you found this guide helpful, do you have any other Christmas gift ideas for new parents and babies that you’d like to share?

Does your Christmas present list contain a gourmand or two? Is the answer is yes, this food-driven gift guide hopefully has something they’ll love.  Whether you’re buying for a baking lover or a bbq lover, this roundup covers everything from stocking fillers to investment buys.

christmas gift guide foodies

1 // Brass salad servers, £40

These beautiful Ferm Living brass salad servers will look perfect on any table.

2 // KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, £404.10

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is the ultimate kitchen gadget. It’s available in a variety of colours and comes with a whole host of accessories for whisking, beating and mixing. I recently won one in a facebook giveaway and I’ve been blown away by it! Despite the heavy price tag, it really is a must-have for all bakers and cooks and will get you some serious brownie points!

3 // Boxed heart shape vintage organic cheddar, £14.95

Christmas wouldn’t be christmas without cheese and this Godminster heart shaped cheese makes a perfect gift.

4 // London Landmarks bone china serving platter, £45

You can never have too many serving platters and this gorgeous Snowden Flood number will make a beautiful addition. Combining lots of London’s most notable buildings, it’s a work of art on a platter, but sticklers for detail beware, the buildings are drawn in a random order rather than their actual geographic location to each other!

5 // Personalised BBQ Tool Set, £44.95

This personalised barbecue tool set makes the perfect gift for those who enjoy cooking al fresco. Your choice of up to 26 characters can be engraved onto either the tongs, fork or spatula.

6 // Set of three herb pots, £12.95

These gorgeous Sophie Conran herb pots are a great gift for a cook or gardener and will instantly brighten up their kitchen.

7 // Montezuma Vegan Truffle Collection, £14.79

A beautiful box of organic truffles will always be a hit, and despite these being suitable for vegans (they contain no dairy ingredients), I’m pretty sure anyone would be happy receiving these beauties, whether they have dietary needs or not.

8 // Grow your own lemon tree plant kit, £9.95

The ideal present for those with a penchant for a G&T or two! All you need is a greenhouse or conservatory and this lemon tree kit contains all you need to grow your own lemons.

9 // Large ridged glass biscuit jar, £18

I adore these eye-catching, versatile jars. Not only do they look super pretty on kitchen worktops whilst keeping biscuits nice and fresh, they can also be used in bedrooms and bathrooms to store knick knacks or cotton wool.

10 // Kale sweater, £32

This Kale jumper is the ideal present for a real health goddess. They can show the world just how much they love that yummy green veggie!

11 // People who love to eat print, £6.73

This print will be gratefully received by all real foodies!

12 // Egg shovel and plant pot cup, £20

This is the perfect present for all ‘dippy egg and soldiers’ loving gardeners.

13 // Carving and Condiments set, £64.95

The perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook. Each set includes a carving knife, matching carving fork, meat spices, salt and pepper, black olive and rosemary ketchup, basil olive oil and a pure garlic paste.

14 // Bonne Maman Limited Edition Christmas Tin, £3.99

Who wouldn’t love a tin of Madeleines. These yummy, buttery French sponge cakes make an ideal snack or are often served at breakfast with a vat of coffee!

15 // Multi cooka, £69.99

This nifty machine looks like a slow-cooker but it’s so much more than that! It can slow cook, roast, stew, saute, steam and it has a stir function so you can easily make dishes such as risotto and porridge without slaving over the pan for ages. This is the perfect present for a time-strapped cook.

16 // Anorak kissing stags picnic blanket, £36

Anorak is one of my favourite brands and this kissing stags picnic blanket is not only pretty to look at (and sit on), it’s also incredibly practical. Waterproof backed, super lightweight and machine washable, this pretty picnic blanket rolls away into adjustable carry handles and is the perfect present for your picnic-loving buddy.

Do you have any other Christmas gift ideas for foodies you’d like to share?

  • KateNovember 20, 2015 - 10:05 am

    Oh I would LOVE a Kitchen Aid mixer, that’s definitely on my Christmas list!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 20, 2015 - 9:00 pm

      They are so fab and so pretty to look at!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca UNovember 20, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    I’ve had the kitchen aid on my list for a number of years – I’ll keep trying though!! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 20, 2015 - 9:01 pm

      I’m so glad I won one as they had been on my list for many a year too! Play the ‘investment’ card :) xReplyCancel

  • Ickle PickleNovember 20, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    Great list – that multi cooker looks amazing. I might actually cook if I had one of those ;) Kaz xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 20, 2015 - 9:02 pm

      It’s incredible! I’ll be doing a review on it soon xReplyCancel

  • Natalie RayNovember 20, 2015 - 10:16 pm

    Great post! I definitely have a favourite from this list, I love the look of the multi cooka. I so need a slow cooker and I love the idea of getting one that does other things as well.xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 21, 2015 - 7:26 am

      It’s brilliant Natalie. So versatile. XReplyCancel

  • Angela at daysinbedNovember 21, 2015 - 2:37 pm

    I’d love to grow a lemon tree! That would be fab! We used to have a massive grapefruit tree at my old house and it was fab for making marmalade!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 23, 2015 - 1:09 pm

      A grapfruit tree would be amazing! I presume you were abroad to grow those yummy beasts? xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca SmithNovember 22, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    Some fab picks here, my OH would love the carving and condiments set!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 23, 2015 - 1:08 pm

      Thanks Rebecca, great shout. It might be appearing in my husband’s stocking too :) xReplyCancel

  • PollyNovember 22, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    would love a kitchen aid – and those bonne maman madelines!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 23, 2015 - 1:08 pm

      The kitchen aid is so amazing isn’t it! I don’t want to use mine and make it messy, it looks too pretty! xReplyCancel

  • Aimee FosterNovember 22, 2015 - 9:03 pm

    I want the Kitche Aid Mixer! But unfortunately I think it’s a bit too expensive… Great suggestions, I also love the Bonne Maman tin – that’s going on my list xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 23, 2015 - 1:07 pm

      Great choice, they look yummy don’t they! xReplyCancel



For those of you that don’t know me, I have a slight weakness for a fabulous boutique hotel. After spending some wonderful weekends at the likes of The Samling, Hipping Hall and The Grove, when we manage to sneak a few nights away from the littles, I would much rather spend nights away in a boutique hotel over a larger, more impersonal hotel (unless it’s Gleneagles of course, quite possibly my favourite UK hotel!).

With sumptuously soft bedding, chic decor and an abundance of fancy amenities, who doesn’t enjoy staying in a boutique hotel room? However, there’s no need to spend a fortune on a lavish city break or countryside getaway to experience the lap of luxury. In just a few simple steps, you can transform your everyday bedroom into a space that exudes comfort and indulgence. Here’s how to recreate the boutique hotel look at home.

Tone down the colour palette //

Boutique hotels notoriously keep the colour palette on the walls and floors muted in natural tones. Think greys, from the very subtle paler shades, down to the dark and dramatic shades that ooze sophistication. Farrow & Ball is the supplier of choice for many a boutique hotel and shades such as Downpipe and Plummet are a perfect choice. If you’re feeling a bit daring, you could add some wallpaper and bring in splashes of colour with art and soft furnishings too.

For further inspiration check out Homify for more brilliant bedroom decorating ideas including these beauties:

Roman House : Modern bedroom by The Manser Practice Architects + Designers
Industrial style bedroom by INSAITdesign
by INSAITdesign / Homify

Update your bedding //

If you want to spruce up your space and relax in style, upgrading your bedding is a must. After all, nothing says boutique-style splendour quite like Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down duvets and plump pillows that you can sink into at the end of the day. To complete the lavish look and make those weekend lie-ins even more of a treat, scatter a selection of textured cushions and drape a throw across the bed. If you’re in need of some style inspiration when creating your hotel-worthy sleeping space, you can visit sites like Julian Charles who have a brilliant range of luxury threads.


Clear the clutter //

Another effortless way to transform a dull, uninspired bedroom into a tranquil haven is to make your odds and ends look organised. Using artfully placed trays, containers and baskets to hold jewellery, perfumes, magazines, accessories and other knick-knacks will instantly make your bedroom feel more put-together while giving your everyday items a new lease of life. Also, remember to keep those less elegant objects (phone chargers, ear plugs, house keys – yes, we’re looking at you) well out of sight. These contemporary The White Company Lacquer dressing table trays will do just the job.


Create a comfy seating area //

Ok, so having a seating area just a few steps from the bed is a feature more commonly found in fashionable hotels, but there’s no reason why you can’t recreate this look at home. You don’t need to splash out on a designer armchair with matching pouffe either. Covering a simple chair with a throw and adding a thick cushion can do the job just as well. If you don’t have the space for a designated seating area, slide an ottoman at the bottom of your bed. Not only will this add a stylish element, but it will also offer a handy spot to sit and unwind after a long day.



Don’t forget the finishing touches //

No boutique hotel room would be complete without some beautifully-styled finishing touches. When it comes to your bedside table, having a vase of fresh flowers and a stylish lamp on display can make all the difference. Adding some mood lighting and hanging a piece of art above your bed can also help to turn a lacklustre bedroom into a serene sanctuary with minimal hassle.


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Once you’ve completed these simple home-improvement steps, you can sit back, relax and look forward to enjoying that holiday feeling every single day.

What would be your essential item to get a boutique hotel style bedroom?

It can be really tricky to know what to buy your loved ones at Christmas, especially if they have no idea what they want themselves! So over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a variety of gift guides with you to provide a little inspiration.

I shared my gift ideas for bloggers with you last week and today it’s all about treating the men in our lives. Without further-ado, here are my Christmas gift ideas for him….

christmas gift guide him1 // Child’s Artwork Cufflinks, £39.95

What could be a more special or unique gift than to have a pair of handmade bespoke cufflinks of your child’s artwork? Sentimental gifts are always a winner and the man in your life will love them.

2 // Grey Stag Hanky Box, £14.95

Hand printed in London, this pack of three handkerchiefs by Thornbeck and Peel would make a wonderful gift.

3 // Nike Free Trainers, £100

A pair of Nike Frees are a fantastic present. Comfortable and durable they are suitable for multi-sports and come in a variety of colourways.

4 // Barbour leather briefcase, £249

This Barbour leather briefcase oozes class without it being too formal. It’s a timeless gift and will look equally good slightly battered as it does brand new.

5 // Aesop perseus set, £60

Aesop is one of the ultimate man brands when it comes to beauty products. This set contains a really lovely refreshing facial cleanser, a revitalising shower gel and a soothing post-shave lotion to minimise irritation and aggravation.

6 // GoPro Hero 4, £289.95

I’ve had my eye on a GoPro for a while now and know that it will go down a storm with the man in your life too. There are a fair few GoPro’s on the market so check out GoPro’s website for more info.

7 // Mulberry eight card leather wallet, £195

Why do men always refuse to buy wallets until their current wallet is falling apart?! If this sounds like your man, treat them to this little beauty and they’ll be most grateful!

8 // ‘Spruce Up’ wash bag, £24.

I love this fabulous canvas wash bag from Alphabet Bags. The handy size is perfect for travelling but also makes a great everyday was bag.

9 // Garmin Forerunner 920XT, £279.16

This multisport GPS watch is the perfect present for your active loved one. Sleek and light, the 920XT transitions between sports at the press of a button and the high resolution screen combined with smart notifications lets you see emails, texts and other alerts on the watch.

10 // Bertie Aston suede derby brogues, £85

Every guy loves a new pair of shoes and there is nothing better then a good quality pair of brogues.

11 // Mr & Mrs Smith Gift Card, from £50

Treat him to a relaxing break at one of the coolest boutique hotels on the planet. Mr & Mrs Smith Get a Room! gift cards make the perfect Christmas gift and can be used towards booking any of Mr & Mrs Smith’s 1,000 boutique hotels / houses around the world.

12 // Kiehls ultimate man facial fuel, from £21

This vitamin-enriched, non-oily moisturiser, helps waken tired-looking skin and helps improve skin’s look and texture. With use the man in your life will soon be feeling refueled, re-energized and revitalized!

13 // No Pirlo, No Party T-shirt, £29.99

This fun Dead Legacy t-shirt will be a hit with your football-loving man.

14 // MVMT Chrono all black watch, $140

What is it with men and watches?! They can never have too many, or so my husband keeps telling me! This MVMT offering is a great addition to my guide as it looks great but is brilliant value.

15 // Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum, from £57.60

I know aftershave is such a predictable gift for a man, but this Tom Ford Noir is seriously lovely!

For some additional inspiration and more Christmas gift ideas for the man in your life, check out this Father’s Day Gift Guide from last year and 2015’s Father’s Day Gift Guide too!

What will you be buying the men in your life this Christmas?

  • IngaNovember 19, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    Ha never mind the GoPro for Matt, I want it ;-) am sure Matt would like most of these!! Great list xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyNovember 19, 2015 - 10:18 pm

      Ha thanks lovely, I know what you mean, I really want one too! xReplyCancel

      • IngaNovember 20, 2015 - 8:54 pm

        A friend of mine got one recently and really rated it! So wanted to get one for our holiday this year so could take video of Isabella in the swimming pool! Hopefully next year :-) xxReplyCancel

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