Price: £18.99 RRP
Available from: online and shops
Initial Reaction: A great looking book that spans 3 generations of two traditional Italian families which not only provides a record of their family recipes but a great inspiration to get men in the kitchen!
- A great range of recipes from quick weekday meals to sensational desserts and everything in between
- A collection of real traditional Italian recipes
- Simple easy to follow recipes
Cons: I would have liked a bit more on how to make some of the sauces rather than just using “Sacla” sauces
Value for money? Yes but look online to find the best deals
Overall Reaction: T his book makes a great addition to even the most seasoned of cookery book collections and with a great mix of traditional Italian recipes that can be cooked by the whole family it is a must for anyone that enjoys Italian food.I can’t wait to try out the recipe for Polpette alla diavola or meatballs with Diavola Sauce
Product: Baby Changing Bag (universal range)
Available from: www.themiraclebox.co.uk
Initial Reaction: A nice well made bag that didn’t’ scream out I’m a changing bag!
- Wide shoulder strap
- Waterproof interior with removable sections
- Small changing mat with Velcro and zip on each end
- The Velcro flap down top/mat often came undone when we were out
- I found the strap clips small and fiddly (probably more as a man with big fingers!)
Value for money?Yes but personally I have cheaper bags which have been better overall
Overall Reaction: This is a great looking bag which has some great features but I found that the Velcro flap, as it was only attached at the bottom left the top of the bag often gaping open when both on the shoulder and pram.
Overall a nice bag that is well made and looks great but I didn’t work for me practically as a day to day bag but works really well in the house or car.
Product: Beer Bottle Fragranced Candles
Price: £8.20 plus p&p
Available from: St Eval Candle Company
Initial Reaction: It’s nice to see a candle aimed slightly more at the male market. A great looking product that is well packaged
- Once you have used the candle you can use the glass!
- Packaging is sourced from recycled materials
- 60 hour burn time
- Scent balance is good
- I would have liked to see an option to buy the glasses as a pair as well as the individual candles.
Value for money? Yes
Overall Reaction: This is a great looking candle that has all the attributes for a great gift for the eco conscious dad. Hand made in Cornwall, its packaging is made from recycled materials, the glass made from an upcycled beer bottle which is then filled with a lemon and thyme scented wax, which I felt was just right in terms of strength (I often find scented candles to strong and artificial smelling)
I use a lot of candles and love recycled/upcycled glassware and so for me this would make the perfect addition to the home.
Product: Design a Dad Mug
Price: £4.99 for a pack of 4 (paints/pens sold separately)
Available from: Yellow Moon
Initial Reaction: I was very intrigued by the prospect of being able to put my own design on a mug and eager to put my creative juices to the test!
Pros: Enables you to create a unique design…either for yourself or as a gift. In fact, I had such good fun doing it my husband also couldn’t resist either! It kept us amused for a good couple of hours while our twins slept.
Cons: Do wear old clothes when decorating, as the ink can (and does) stain…especially if you accidentally touch your mug before the ink has set.
Value for money? Yes, great
Overall Reaction: It really is great fun for all the family and makes for a super gift and keep sake.
- Smells nice.
- Easy to use.
- Left skin feeling fresh and very cleansed.
- Just the right size of packaging to take into the shower and for in a toilet bag for easy transporting to and from work.
- The moisturiser is lovely after shaving. Scrub is great for dry skin.
- Hot cloth polish was a bit of an effort and didn't see much of a result.
- Great packaging – looks manly and more expensive than it is.
- 100% fragrance and colour free minimises skin irritation
- No nonsense skincare range
- After using the 4 stage routine skin felt amazing - smooth and soft
- Lovely clean smell
- More products in range eg scrub would be fantastic!
Product: Tinc Black Stationary.
Price: I was sent the pencil case £8.50, ipod splitter/stand £9.50 , and touchy feely paperclip holder £5.00.
Available from: www.tinc.uk.com
Suitable from: School age
Initial reaction: Not sure what to make of this stationary
- Really modern and funky looking.
- Easy to handle. Looks good on desk or at school. Reasonably priced.
- Bit more appealing for older kids/ adults.
Value for money: reasonable
Overall reaction: Initially I was a bit baffled by the appeal of this stationary but after a good look at the website and playing around with it we love it. The splitter for the ipod is really fun and means that both kids can listen in the car to one ipod or the dvd players. The stand is fun and my teenager loved it.
The pencil case and paperclip holder look really chunky and funky. My Dad has the paperclip holder on his work desk and loves the magnetic outside and finds it cute to use.
My daughter likes the pencil case especially as she can put her pens for school in and it also fits all her lunch money AND the hard outer case means she can put her phone in to keep it safe too and stops it getting lost in her school bag. All in all I'm super impressed with the Tinc stationary and will be looking on the website for more come back to school after summer.
- Most of the range smell lovely and fresh.
- Scrubbing particles in the scrubs remove dead skin and wake you up.
- The lemon one smells a bit like bathroom cleaner so wasn't a favourite here.
- Slightly more expensive.
Product: Pint & Half Pint set
Price: £32 plus delivery
Available from: www.twistedtwee.co.uk
Suitable from: 0-24 months / S - XL
Initial Reaction: From the moment the parcel arrived through the letterbox I loved this product. The packaging was bright and fun but still practical and has obviously been well thought about.
Pros: printed on 100% organic cotton using organic inks
Value for money?More expensive than 2 average t shirts but these aren’t 2 average t shirts so definitely yes
Overall Reaction: I love this product and think that this, along with many other items from twisted twee make perfect gifts for all dads (and kids too). I love the design and colours; they wash up well and look like they will last. I also love the fact they are on organic cotton too so no nasties for either of you.
They are also available in twin sets (dad and 2 kids) / family (dad, mum and kid) / single kids and so should cover every families needs!
Styling 0-6 at 4 weeks hence the baggy look!
By Howard & Son
Price: from £79.99
Initial Reaction: Really bright, great for running outside.
- Light Weight
- Seamless so they don’t rub
- Supportive around the ankle
- Comfortable to run in
- Cushioned in side
Value for money: Yes, I have paid over £90 for good running trainers
Overall reaction: Really comfortable to run and work out in. I have been running and to the gym in them. They are supportive around the ankle and the cushioning helps with shock absorption from running. Great running shoes.
By Carol's Dad
Product: Powermat 2x Mat with Powercube
Initial Reaction: Big package , lot of components , looks complicated to use.
Pros: Can charge multiple devices at once, energy saving
Cons: none that I have found as yet!
Value for money? 5 out 5
Overall Reaction: This is a genius product which anyone has i-pod, mobile phone, DS or any modern electrical device needs in their life. Not complicated to use at all and I now charge my mobile and i-pod together from 1 plug!
By Carol's Other Half
Product: Freecom Databar XXS 2GB USB Stick
Available from: Amazon and various other outlets
Initial Reaction: Good lord, it’s tiny
Pros: Ultra small, ultra thin USB memory stick, compatible with PCs, notebooks and Macs. Comes with key ring attachment that is easily separable for convenience.
Value for money? Yes
Overall Reaction: Disproving the proverb that size isn’t everything, this is very much the USB stick with a difference and at a reasonable price. The version reviewed is 2GB, but it’s also available in differently priced versions storing up to 32GB of memory – all on a robust, super-convenient and very, very small stick that sits almost un-noticed amongst your keys.