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Christmas gifts for under £5 – the SDfiverChallenge

Hope it is not too early to mention the Christmas word. Britmums have challenged bloggers to take the Christmas #sdfiverchallenge to find some great gifts for £5. And as one of the first 100 to sign upto the challenge, I received a free £30 SportsDirect voucher to purchase my gifts.

Now I regularly pop into our local branch of SportsDirect to buy football boots for the boys and my running gear. So I have noticed other items like kids’ wellingtons but had no idea that they stocked toys and other gifts.

Sportsdirect.com is not just football boots and inexpensive trainers. It features fashion brands, leisurewear and more! Because of its buying power, Sportsdirect.com is able to get products you’d expect to pay more for elsewhere. Their range of £5 gifts for Christmas means you can shop for family, friends, teachers and even your book-club buddies for less!

I think I am trying to do my Christmas shopping too early, as this gift link wasn’t visible from the homepage menu. But that didn’t put me off and I chose the following gifts from their £5 and under range.

SportsDirect gifts

A Manchester City Fidget Spinner for £5

and a 4 piece Minions wash set for £2. I think I must have got the last one of these, as I couldn’t find it subsequently to add the link. Hopefully they will restock this. I did notice that most of the items in the gift range were aimed at children.

However sticking with the £5 price, I bought some other items, not from the Christmas range, but just as good for gifts in my opinion. These were
Star Wars mens underwear
I chose to buy 2 pairs of these as they were priced at £5 each or 2 for £8.

Marvel Civil War t-shirt
Minions trunks
The trunks are a tried and tested product as we already have a similar pair in a different design, which need replacing due to fading.

These all came to a total of £25 as I had saved the remaining £5 for shipping.

I then completed the checkout process easily but do have one complaint. When I added my voucher code, it automatically repriced my multi-buy on the men’s underwear back to the original price with no prior warning. This was disappointing, as I ended up paying £2 more than anticipated.

Standard shipping is a flat rate of £4.99, but I did notice that they do offer an alternative collect in store service, where they reimburse the shipping with a £5 voucher. Seems a rather cheeky way of enticing you to make another purchase. Why not just offer a free collect in store service.

SportsDirect gifts

I was pleased with the dispatch service as the items were delivered very quickly and the clothes were all individually wrapped in polythene. However a total failure when I tried to remove price labels from the fidget spinner and the wash set. When I buy something from a gift range, I expect to be able to easily remove the price, not end up with the result in this photo below.

SportsDirect gifts - Fidget Spinner

Also if I pay £5 for an item like the Minions swimming trunks, I’m not particularly impressed to receive them with a price label of £2.50, half the price I actually paid. At least son2 was happy.

SportsDirect gifts

Son1 wasn’t quite so convinced though as I had decided to get him a t-shirt in the next size up to ensure he didn’t grow out of it too quickly. But it was huge. Never mind, he will grow into it. So full marks to SportsDirect on sizing, as it looks like it would have been roomy enough if I had got it his actual age.

SportsDirect gifts

And I’ve already mentioned how I was disappointed to end up paying £10 rather than £8 for 2 pairs of men’s underwear. To rub salt into the wound, they arrived complete with “2 for £8” labels still.

SportsDirect gifts

So in summary, yes I succeeded with the #sdfiverchallenge of buying plenty of gifts for £5 or less, but I did have a few issues along the way.

I’d love to hear what you would buy from the SportsDirect Christmas range?

And subsequent to the delivery, I’m very pleased to say that SportsDirect refunded the additional £2 that I had paid.

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Disclosure. This post mentions products I purchased using a voucher I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com.

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All I want for Christmas is ….

Nude Jewellery is an independent London jewellers who stock a wide and varied range of contemporary jewellery. They are running a competition for bloggers to write a post, selecting a piece of jewellery as their Christmas pick from their website.

They have designer jewellery handmade by leading local, national and international designers, unusual jewellery and bespoke jewellery so plenty for me to browse around. There are some amazing items. I am really spoilt for choice, but I’ve finally decided that my Christmas Pick is this beautiful necklace.

Handmade Silver Garnet Flower Pendant

It is a handmade silver garnet flower pendant and I was attracted by how life-like the flower looks. Absolutely stunning in my opinion. I’m sure I would get some great compliments wearing something like this unusual beautiful piece.

The flower with gold detail and garnet gemstone centre has a 22mm diameter and 8.5mm depth and is on an 18 inch sterling silver chain. It has been handmade by British jewellery designer Andrew O’Dell and retails at £156.

Have a look around their website at the lovely handmade jewellery. What would you pick?

This post is my entry into the Nude Christmas Pick Blogger Competition.

My review of Sew Personal To You

A parcel arrived in the post which we had been eagerly awaiting.  Inside was a cushion beautifully decorated with my sons’ artwork drawing, embroidered into a hand-stitched design by Natasha of Sew Personal To You.  In fact it was even more than we expected, as I was assuming that we would just receive the cushion cover, but a cushion pad had already been inserted inside.

Here are my sons’ original designs, which they drew specially for the cushion, the day we agreed to do the review.  These are pictures that they think Daddy will love, as whisper, they plan to give the cushion to Daddy for Christmas.

Happy Face by son2

Happy Face by son2

Yoda by son1

Yoda by son1

And here is the beautiful cushion created by Natasha.

The finished result

The finished result

You can see how accurately Natasha has copied the boys’ artwork, even the gap where son1 didn’t quite join Yoda’s leg upto his body.  It is a wonderful way to preserve your childrens’ precious doodles by turning them into unique personal items either to keep yourself or as a gift.

Natasha has only recently started up Sew Personal To You as a small business, inspired by transferring her own childrens’ artwork onto polo tops.  She maintained excellent communication with me, letting me know when she was planning to start the embroidery and when it was finished.  And she explains in advance how line drawings, rather than coloured in, are preferable since she tries to match as close as possible what your child had drawn, line for line – tricky when coloured in but not impossible!

So if you’re thinking about Christmas presents take a look at Sew Personal To You.  Your childrens’ doodles can be transferred onto all sorts of personalised items – clothing, cushion covers, hankies, shopping bags, tea towels, wall hangings, bookmarks, notebook covers and much more.  And you may include extras such as the date and your budding artist’s name.

The boys were thrilled with the cushion and they even got a sticker each.

And I’ll let you into a little secret.  I’m planning to host a giveaway on behalf of Sew Personal To You early in the New Year, in plenty of time for Mothers Day.

Family Fever

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.