Great Gifts for Grandparents this Christmas

With less than a month to go until Christmas is here for another year, you’re probably making your way through your gift list as we speak, getting all kinds of presents that your loved ones have always wanted.

Our Grandmas and Granddads are really special people who have been there for the family throughout the years. This year, why not treat them to a present they will really appreciate?

Asides from the delectable chocolate box and something boozy for them to enjoy, Ability Superstore have offered up some of their favourite gift ideas for grandparents this Christmas. Read on to find some fantastic suggestions that your grandparents can enjoy throughout the festive season and all through the year, too.

Something to remember the past….

I don’t know about you, but I’m often amazed by some of the stories that my grandparents have to tell me about their past. The older generation have been through all kinds of historic events which they are proud to have been a part of. This Christmas, why not get them a piece of memorabilia from key parts of their lives that they look back on with a smile?

Alternatively, you could create a photo album full of memories that you have shared with them. This talking photo album offers the ultimate reminiscent experience. On each of its 20 pages you can record your own voice clip, to discuss the memories you’ve presented within each photograph. You can be sure to put a smile on your grandparent’s face as you look back and listen to some of your times together.

Enjoyable experiences to share together…

Speaking of memories together, why not get them a gift that allows you to create even more? There’s a wealth of experience gifts on offer that can give you and your grandparents even more quality time together.

Whether it’s a luxury afternoon tea or spa day with your grandma, or even a round of golf or a distillery tour with your granddad, think about what they enjoy and spend some time enjoying it together.

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Support and stability for independent living…

As we get older, we tend to find it a little more difficult to move about as we once did, thanks to those pesky bones, joints and muscles. There are plenty of mobility aids available that can help your grandparents to continue enjoying their independent living, so why not give them a supportive gift this Christmas?

Rollators are fantastic mobility aids that offer support as well as storage and comfort! Try to go for one that offers a seat for when they fancy a break from walking. It should also have plenty of storage to put their bags in, so they can keep both their arms free for walking.

Alternatively, a simple walking stick would suffice. They come in a variety of materials and some are even adjustable so both your grandma and granddad could use one! Some are even patterned for adding style, such as this floral walking stick that’s perfect for the glamorous gran.

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Home comforts for those chilly evenings…

We all love to get cosy and comfy during the winter evenings, whether it’s wrapping up in a fluffy dressing gown or sitting by a wood burning fire. Everyone appreciates some cosy knits for Christmas, especially our older relatives who feel the cold a little more than we do.

On top of the thick slipper socks and wooly hats, why not get your grandparents the gift of added relaxation? This heated foot warmer has an added foot massager, that along with the temperature, can be controlled by the user. There’s also this heated lap blanket to keep them warm in the living room whilst relaxing watching some TV or reading a book.

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If you’ve found an amazing Christmas gift for your grandparents, tell us all about them!

Christmas Gifts for Coffee Lovers

“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”
David Lynch

“Police work wouldn’t be possible without coffee,” Wallander said.
“No work would be possible without coffee.”
They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.”
Henning Mankell, One Step Behind

Do you remember the days before posh coffee? The days when you just put your instant Nescafe in a cup and added milk and water? It is really hard to believe that there was a time when coffee wasn’t about baristas, Lavazza Coffee beans,mocha-chinos and flat whites, adding Monin syrups in caramel or vanilla flavour, waiting for the Christmas cups and generally spending your time in Starbucks and Costa. These days coffee is not just a drinnk, it is a world of coffee roasters, it is a world of blends, a real passion, and I am totally guilty of being as obsessed as the next person, with a caramel cortado, my drink of choice.

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So, my latest gift guide is dedicated to coffee lovers everywhere. From Nespresso coffee machines that unfortunately don’t come complete with George Clooney, to coffee grinders, milk frothers and your own takeaway cups, complete with a snowflake design, Christmas is a dream come true to coffee connoisseurs this year. These are gifts that are affordable, practical, and guaranteed to produce great tasting coffee, which will be great not just for the receiver, but for the designated drivers this year.

So if you are struggling to think of a gift for a loved one, and maybe you’re discussing it over a well earned cuppa, it may just be that the answer is actually staring you right in the face.

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Coffee Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Coffee Selection, Box of 6, 120g £14 Click to visit John Lewis

Coffee Selection, Box of 6, 120g £14 Click to visit John Lewis

Lavazza Milk Frother, Black £29.95 Click to visit John Lewis

Lavazza Milk Frother, Black £29.95 Click to visit John Lewis

KRUPS F20342 Coffee Grinder £18 Click to visit John Lewis

KRUPS F20342 Coffee Grinder £18 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Snowshill Travel Mug £12 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Snowshill Travel Mug £12 Click to visit John Lewis

Liberty Ground Coffee, 125g £10 Click to visit John Lewis

Liberty Ground Coffee, 125g £10 Click to visit John Lewis

 La Cafetiere Cocoa Shake and Stencil Set£10 Click to visit John Lewis


La Cafetiere Cocoa Shake and Stencil Set £10 Click to visit John Lewis

 Krups Nespresso Inissia ruby red XN100540 £80.99 Click to visit House of Fraser

Krups Nespresso Inissia ruby red  £80.99 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Bialetti Moka expresso pots Product code: BIL_MOKA From £28.00 to £45.00 Click to visit House of Fraser

Bialetti Moka expresso pots From £28.00 to £45.00 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Starburst mug £8 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Starburst mug
£8 Click to visit House of Fraser

 

 

The best Christmas present ever

What is your best Christmas present ever? Currys have recently been asking this question and have come up with a list of the top ten greatest gifts of all time. These include the most expensive, which is apparently artwork that Roman Abramovich presented to his then future wife Dasha Zhukova (more than 61 million natch), and the most Romantic (David Beckham and a Bulgari necklace). You can view the complete list of the greatest, most expensive, most unusual, and even the most ridiculous gifts here. But I have to say my most wonderful gift was a Christmas surprise that money just couldn’t buy.

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My most precious, wonderful Christmas present is my little boy Joe. He was never meant to arrive for Christmas, his due date was 29th January, but due to pre-eclampsia, Bells Palsy and general ill health he arrived on 17th December, a little small but healthy, with a whole lot of hair, a big set of lungs and just about the most beautiful face I had ever seen.

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Perfect!

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Suffering from the effects of Bells Palsy but still so blessed.

Even the fact that Christmas started to edge ever closer and I was still in hospital, in a virtually empty ward, couldn’t take the shine of what is the most wonderful gift you can ever receive at any time, the gift of new life. I was eventually allowed home at around 10pm on the 23rd of December, whilst Joe had to remain in hospital for a further 6 days, so this became the strangest Christmas with much time spent to-ing and fro-wing between home and the neo-natel unit.

CIMG0782On Christmas Day, my whole family visited Joe in hospital. It was such a joyous occasion – the nurses had dressed Joe in his special Christmas day outfit of jeans and his very first Christmas top, and had also left us a gift on behalf of Joe. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, everyone was emotional but totally overjoyed. (I blame my hormones, but can’t speak for anyone else.).  The actual presents meant very little that year – Joe was everything, and he still is. No other gift could compare to that precious little bundle.

With Daddy on his first Christmas Day

With Daddy on his first Christmas Day

And now…

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My Joe on Match of the Day last Saturday.

My Joe on Match of the Day last Saturday.