A Christmas Gift Guide With Very

December 4, 2015

Giving presents is one of my very favourite things about Christmas. I love the whole process: from thinking hard about what my giftee might like through to researching where to buy their perfect pressie. I probably start the whole thought process in September before making the final decisions in December so It’s a pretty lengthly process but so much fun!

I always like to buy useful things that will be used throughout the next year; one of my favourite presents of 2014 was a sock subscription for my dad and it was a pleasure to see him receive them each month. It’s nice to know that whenever the recipient of the gift uses whatever thoughtful present you’ve bought for them they will think of you. It’s also nice to remind them yourself throughout the year of what a thoughtful gift-giver you are…

My friends at Very asked me to have a browse of their collections this year and pick out ideas for the people I love the most. Here’s what they can expect to receive this year (look away now, medicine mum and dad!)

For my mum:

My mum loves to walk and has been travelling a lot more than she used to – she’s going on a trek in Nepal next year – so I’m thinking about gifts that will suit this hobby. She walks long distances twice a week in addition to running so for her I’ve been wondering what might compliment her physical activities.


She loves to track her training progress so a Fitbit is perfect – £99.99. She also does a lot of outdoor training an it can be tricky to dress for that in the winter months – I love these Nike printed tights at £65 and this Nike hyperwarm hoodie for £55


For my dad:

My dad has had a mini midlife crisis this year and has bought a new VW California campervan. Despite my eyerolling at the prospect of camping it is pretty impressive and I can’t wait to try it out when the weather gets slightly warmer.


So he’s not wasting the VW’s battery on music, viagra order this Kitsound portable Bluetooth speaker at £199 is perfect. It’s going to get chilly at night! He can cosy up the new van with this cosy knitted throw for £70… and this iPad will keep boredom at bay ON SALE for £219! I can see my mum wondering now why dad gets all the pricey gifts ;)

For the kids:

We don’t watch a lot of live TV in this house (Netflix RULES) so I’m lucky that my two haven’t particularly been exposed to the deluge of toy ads that prevail at Christmas. As such, hospital they’ve requested presents that pertain to their interests: Hux is all about planes or the Minions movie and Elfie wants to start filming her own YouTube videos (I know, I know) and has longtime love for Frozen. Here’s what I’m looking at for them.


kids Elfie watches Shopkins videos FOR DAYS so she’d adore this £20 ice cream set. Even I quite fancy the Elsa magic ice sleeve for £30! How cool? OK, this one might be more for me rather than Hux, I think £50 Stuart Minion is pretty adorable. And a whole airport for £25? He would LOVE this to pieces.

Thank you to Very for sponsoring More Than Toast!





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  • Reply Eleanor (TheBristolParent) December 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t even know what Shopkins is but I’m looking, and I’m liking on the ice cream van. And bravo for considering any sort of tech for your pa. I’d just be spending the next 12 months as phone support if I did that!

  • Reply Molly December 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Oh god that Elsa ice glove – F has been going on about it FOREVER! I’ve told her she can’t have it (bad mummy) because I can’t face any more Frozen stuff in our house, but I know I’ll probably relent at the last minute!

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry December 8, 2015 at 8:28 am

    You dad’s campervan sounds amazing! Great ideas, especially the kid’s ones. I was looking at that Shopkins bus last night for Cherry and Tiger is obsessed with Minions! x

  • Reply Laura December 11, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Great gift guide – I’m always looking for inspiration as I keep forgetting what to get everyone. I know my little man would love the Minion

    Laura x

  • Reply Lia December 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Great ideas! I love my fitbit, (well I did before I lost it) and i’m super jealous of your dads camper!! Is it on original split screen?

  • Reply Adele December 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Great gift choices! I’d love a fitbit and I know a friend’s daughter who’s asked Santa for an Elsa ice sleeve.

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