Cigarettes and Calpol

Attempting to make sense of parenthood, life, love, and my own mind.



Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas time, mistletoe and far too much wine…and destroying your credit rating in an attempt to fulfill everyone’s wish lists. We spend so much time spending at Christmas that it can become more of a mad dash to fill the stockings with whatever is nearest the check out in Accessorize or what Amazon suggests than an actual attempt to find something our loved ones will not only like, but love. So here I am, my selfless self, to help cut down the stress and give you a nudge in the right direction (while hopefully giving a few clues for my own gifts, win win).

Also, everything listed here comes from small companies owned by real people who are working their arses off creating and curating wonderful and beautiful things. I am a firm believer in shopping small (although am swayed by Amazon far too often) especially at Christmas time. Some are bigger than others, some are featured in fancy gift guides and stocked in fancy stores, some still sell through Instagram and are in their baby stages. All are awesome.

So make everybody happy, the recipients of your gifts, the creators of your gifts, and you – for being damn awesome…

(None of this is sponsored, these are all brands that I personally love and happily spend my money on…probably too much money…)

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Last Minute Mum Gifts

If you’re reading this I’m going to suggest that you probably opened the link with a ‘FUCK! It’s Mother’s Day soon? So soon I’m having to use a last minute gift guide?!’. My answer to you is yes, dumbass. It’s on Sunday.

But worry not my little last minute idiots. I’ve put together a gift guide of things your mum/wife/girlfriend will not only actually want, but you can make sure you get in time. Mothers are awesome and deserve a day of being spoiled, like, really spoiled. Because mothers do so much. So quit slacking and get on it. Got that? Matt?

This list will not include anything Cath Kidston, compilation CDs that include Ellie Golding, baking sets, or flower-shaped egg rings. Because I’m a mum that doesn’t want that shit and I am surrounded by mums who don’t want that shit. Sound like the sort of thing the mums in your life would like alongside the hand-drawn card thrown at their face at 6am on Sunday morning? Perfect, follow me. Continue reading “Last Minute Mum Gifts”

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