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20/09/2016

Don't commit another Gift Crime




With my eldest birthday this week and my birthday last week it has been a time of both giving and receiving in our household. When it come to Birthdays (and Christmas) we are very much about Less is More and rather pick a few quality gifts than hundreds of plastic toys which will break in a matter of hours. This means that the few gifts we do pick have to be both meaningful, practical and of course perfect for the individual receiving them, this does however causes some pressure on us to get it right, as it can be really easy to get it wrong.

I have to say I am pretty lucky as John has really good taste when it comes to clothes, books and music and I am very rarely am I disappointed in anyway but that doesn't extended to everyone. I have always been brought up to be grateful for every and any gift received because at the end of the day it's a wonderful thing to be given something by someone else no matter how large, small or useful it is although some have in the past left me scratching my head.

I think some of the most perplexing Gift Crimes I have been on the receiving end of are when I was given a very pretty dress which in all regards was lovely except it was a size 16 and I am a size 8 and even with bringing out the sewing machine there was no way to get it to fit my shape. Other small items are bright pink socks, used pencils and a floral recipe book stand which lets just say was not my style.

The thing is we are all pretty busy people and finding cool and unique gifts for both children and adults can be time consuming so what would be better than a well curated website of the most stylish and unique gifts on the market, don't know about you but that sounds like a fantastic idea to me. A place that is time saving but will guarantee you to not commit any future gift crimes and also be known as the cool creative mom in the school yard. Well I would like to introduce you to Gift Wink, a website set up by mums for mums who want to nail the next birthday party they attend.



It's so easy to use and you can setup a birthday calendar and reminders so you don't forget those all important dates as well as wish lists which you simply add your favourite presents to if you want to reference back to them at a later point. I have put together a little wishlist for my youngest 2nd birthday next year as well as gift ideas for my eldest this coming Christmas but you can also curate and shop for the early teens, late teens and adults in your life.




Do you have any fun Gift Crime stories you want to share? Why not share it with Gift Wink on either Facebook or twitter using #giftcrimes before the 25th September to be in a chance to win a £50 Gift wink wishlist. Check here for more info




12 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting! I'm always forgetting birthdays, I like the fact that you can create gift list too

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  2. I've book marked this site. These present ideas are fab. Gus would LOVE soooo many of these. Love that they're not too gender specific either...lots would suit either. I have too many gift crimes to go into! My family calls them "oh" presents because when my nana used to open something she didn't like she'd exclaim "OH!"....heheh! Xxxx

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  3. I'm notorious in my family for being difficult to buy for, so much so that I have already bought myself Christmas presents and given them to my mum to give me! I figure if I do it early, I'll probably forget, and they will be a surprise!

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  4. Love this idea! I am always the one that has to remember birthdays (which I have issues with but that's for another time!) but I'm rubbish at it so this will help! Thanks Laura! x

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  5. This sounds like such a brilliant website - I NEVER know what to get kids for their birthdays, and asking the kids mums never seems to help ;)

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  6. Love these ideas! Especially the best and bear print xx

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  7. Like you, I hate to sound ungrateful but I have had some gifts that aren't me at all. Clothes that are way too big, scarves that just aren't my taste at all. My children are in the class party zone at the moment and one year my daughter had six pencil cases! Love the sound of this website x

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  8. Some lovely ideas there. I always struggle getting great presents but not blowing my budget.

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  9. I am a firm believer now in quality over quantity. My mum is brilliant at gift crimes, she always gives my husband character socks!

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  10. That little hello baby vest is just the cutest!

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  11. Oh it's so difficult buying presents this is such a good idea

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  12. This is a fab idea!!! Going to check it out asap xxx

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