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Review: Photo Cufflinks From Ring Jewellery, Brighton

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 27-12-2012

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Little Man was very sneaky this Christmas, and managed to get Daddy a rather special gift. Okay so he had a little help from Mummy, but Daddy was very impressed with what he got to unwrap on Christmas morning. The wonderful Ring Jewellery in Brighton sent Daddy some new cufflinks to wear to work. But they weren’t any cufflinks. They were very special and very personal cufflinks.

This is one of Daddy’s favourite pictures of Little Man, which was taken on a recent holiday to the New Forest we all took in September.

It was a totally impromptu shot, but I think Little Man looks great and when Ring Jewellery contacted us, it became the ideal photo for them to use to make a very special gift for Daddy this Christmas. Here’s the finished cufflinks.

You simply provide Ring Jewellery with your image and decide whether you want the cufflinks to be round or square, or silver or gold. We went for a round silver style and I think you’ll agree they look brilliant.

Now Daddy isn’t the only person with his own set of personal cufflinks. Celebrity clients include Mark Ronson, Theo Walcott and Graham Norton, so he’s in pretty good company.

If you live in the Brighton area head into their shop to find out more about their bespoke pieces, or check out their website. You can also find them on Twitter @RingJewellers.

Product Review: Magnetic Rocket by Janod from Born Gifted

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 28-09-2012

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Born Gifted is one of the market leaders in online sales of toys and gifts for children, and their website is one of the easiest to navigate I have come across, and believe me, I’ve been on more than a few! Searching for that perfect gift is easy. You can either dive straight in and just look at everything, or you can search by the occasion you are buying for, a certain brand, or just take a look at their new additions. There is also a handy Gift Selector on the home page which suggests items based on who its for and what your budget is.

I was contacted by the lovely Jim at Born Gifted who offered me the chance to review something from their site. Little Man’s second birthday is fast approaching so it seemed the ideal opportunity to add to his already alarmingly large pile of presents, though in the end he got it pretty soon after in arrived! I was immediately drawn to the “Second Birthday Gifts” department – where better to look for something special for him – and this is what I picked out:

This bright rocket is from Janod, who I’ve featured on here before when I reviewed their toolbox. I am a big fan of Janod products as they are all beautifully made and so long lasting. What might look like an ordinary rocket to you is so much more exciting. This rocket separates into chunky pieces which are held together with magnets – these magnets are fitted deep into the wood so there is no danger of them falling out – meaning this is also a jigsaw. The propeller spins around with a gentle tap as well.

When I put this down in front of Little Man his eyes immediately lit up. He thought it was a great rocket and was picking it up and waving it around, spinning to propeller and trying to prod the astronaut inside. When I took it apart for him and showed him it was several separate pieces he seemed even more thrilled. He loves putting it back together and taking it apart, and seems genuinely pleased with himself when the pieces snap back into place.

The Magnetic Rocket By Janod is ideal for little boys and is suitable for children from 18 months plus. On the Born Gifted website you’ll find other magnetic toys by Janod as well as endless gift ideas for newborns and slightly older children. With Christmas fast approaching, Born Gifted would be a great place to start your shopping!