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The Ultimate Gift Guide

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GIFT GUIDE BLOG POST

Gifts for Mum

Best Mum Collage Mug

Create a gift that celebrates just how special your mum is with this collage mug. Personalise with 7 photographs as well as a message, for a  sweet sentimental gift she is sure to love.

Personalised Gardening gloves

Does your mum have green fingers?? Why not treat her to these luxurious gardening gloves so that she can be stylish and practical all at once. Choose from a range of 3 colour options, and personalise with a monogram of her initials for that extra special touch.

Personalised rolling pin

There is nothing better than when your mum gets the flour out, so why not give her a reason to get her bake on this Christmas! Customise with her name and a special message that will bring a smile to her face with every cake she makes!

 Gifts for Dad

Personalised Drumsticks

For all the Dad’s who love to bang a drum, why not get him his very own set? Add a message or personalise with his name, and make him the envy of all his friends.

Personalised Brown Leather Wallet

How about this super suave brown leather wallet to show your dad just how much you care. Personalise with his initials and he will never have an excuse to lose it!

Personalised Beer Trug

Why have one beer when you can have 6? This personalised beer trug holds 6 large beers, so that he won’t have far to reach for the next one!

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Teenage Boys

Time to be an Adult Mug

Give him a poke in the right direction with this personalised message mug. Add your message to the back, the perfect place to remind him to do his washing!

Boys

Always be yourself Print

For all your superhero loving boys! Choose from Spiderman or Ironman and keep their dreams alive

 For the girls

Teenage girls

Personalised Cherish Heart Necklace

For all the girls who love to accessorise, why not treat her to this little gem? Personalise with her name, and make her day on Christmas.

Girls

Gardening Tool Kit

The perfect present to inspire your little girl to get messy in the garden. The set includes a fork, trowel and a pair of gloves, which can be personalised with her name.

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Awesome Nan Mug

Show your Nan just how sweet she really is. Personalise with a special photo to create a perfect memento from your happiest moments.

Personalised Sentiments Glass Vase

A vase perfect for filling your home with beauty and beautiful flowers, perfect for any nan who loves beautiful things. This can be personalised with any message to make it that extra bit special.

 For Grandad

Personalised Brandy Warmer

For making his evening tipple a little more indulgent. Personalise the glass with initials and his name, and be sure he will be delighted come Christmas morning.

Family Tree Print

A lovely way to celebrate your loving family. With the option for 4 generations of family, choose from a range of colours for a beautiful print that any family member will love.

10 Rubbish Christmas Gifts

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Rubbish Christmas Gifts

Although it’s the season of giving, it’s a wonderful feeling when you receive a well thought out gift. However now and again Santa doesn’t quite deliver the goods, and you’re left with gifts that will just clutter your cupboards. We’ve put together a list of all the rubbish Christmas gifts we have received over the years.

1. Obviously Socks has to be number one on this list (although they are useful, you could buy these any old day of the year yourself)

2. Christmas Jumpers (as you have to wait a whole year to wear it again, unless you like to start early on the festive cheer)

3. Chocolates (as Christmas is already an over indulgent affair)

4. Shampoo or Shower Gel Gift Sets (same principle as socks and also these never get used, even though you keep meaning to use them)

5. Car Accessories (again same principle as the socks and shampoo, gifts like car mats, car tidies or touches not really gifts)

6. Gifts that aren’t meant for you (when someone buys you a gift that’s really for them)

7. Books (related to topics you aren’t interested in and end up on a bookshelf unread)

8. Book Tokens (if you aren’t a big reader, and will probably expire before you think to use it)

9. Badly made knitted clothing (that you feel you have to wear when the knitter visits)

10. DVD’s or CD’s (that you wouldn’t watch or listen to in a million years)

Go the extra mile this year and get your loved ones gifts that are especially made for them, why not try giving personalised gifts.

Awful Christmas Cracker Jokes

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Awful Christmas Cracker Jokes

After you’ve opened all your gifts and before you’ve eaten a single Brussel sprout, it’s time for the retelling of some awful Christmas Cracker Jokes! Sometimes they can be so bad that they’re good. Here are some of the most awful cracker jokes that we could find! They might make you laugh but probably not…

 

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

Claustrophobia!

 

What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?

Freeze a jolly good fellow

 

Why does Santa have three gardens?

So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

 

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker!

 

What do you call a cat in the desert?

Sandy Claws!

 

What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk?

Jingle Smells!

 

What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?

The elf-abet.

 

What do you call a three-legged donkey?

A wonky donkey.

 

There are plenty of these jokes around, we’re not sure who writes them or even how they have become rooted into one of our Christmas Day traditions. But we have to admit that we love them, no matter how bad they are.

Extra Special Bonfire Mug Cakes

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Especially for Bonfire night, we have tried and tested some gorgeous Mug Cakes. We found that there are lots of amazing recipes you can try for a truly scrumptious cake in seconds!  All you need is a microwave and a mug to get started!

So, grab your ingredients and a mug and you’re all set. Whether you fancy something extra chocolatey or something a little bit indulgent, you’re minutes away from a real treat!

Bonfire - Mug Cakes

Questions You Can Only Ask Your Dad…

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We all have those questions we can only ask our Dad’s, and they usually start with “can you…?” Or “how do you…?”  Some questions are you just asking for stuff, others require a little bit of “Dad know-how” for example “how do you change a car tyre” or “how do I put up a shelf” or “can you put this shelf up for me, Dad?”

Here are some more classic examples of questions you can only ask your Dad, questions that we have all probably asked our dads from time to time…

  1. Can you lend me a tenner?
  2. Can you give me a lift to…?
  3. Can you check the oil in my car?
  4. Dad there’s a leak from the shower/bath/kitchen sink… can you take a look?
  5. Dad what can I get Mum for your Birthday/Mother’s Day/ Christmas?
  6. How long would it take to get to…? (because dad’s just know this kind of thing)
  7. What’s better a … or …?
  8. Can you help me put together this flat-pack furniture?
  9. What’s the best way to get to…?

Father’s Day – How to Make Your Dad Feel Special!

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Father’s day is all about making your Dad feel like a very special guy. So with this in mind here are a few ideas, to help you achieve the ultimate Father’s Day experience. It’s worth remembering that you don’t have to spend the earth to do this.

So here’s a few tips:

  1. Try your hand at making a homemade card – going to the effort of creating something that’s one of a kind.
  2. Tickets to an event that you know they’ll love, whether it’s a football game (don’t forget the pie at half time!) Or perhaps a comedy gig.
  3. Get a personalised gift – going the extra mile with a personalised gift. From Mugs to cufflinks the possibilities are endless.
  4. It could be that you ask your Dad what he’d  love to do on Father’s Day – it might be that he’d love to just spend the day with you.
  5. Take him out for some nice nosh! And let him pick where he’d like to go, and make sure it’s on you!

Classic Dad Jokes

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Father's Day - Classic Dad Jokes

In the spirit of Father’s Day, we thought we’d take a look at the classic dad joke, and what makes it great. They’re a mixture of funny and not so funny. And they don’t often get a laugh they mostly get the slightly annoyed or embarrassed “Daaaaaaaaaaaaad” response.

Here are some classic dad jokes:

1. What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a tricycle and a well-dressed man on a bicycle? Attire.

2. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fshhhh.

3. “I’ll call you later.” Don’t call me later, call me Dad.

4. “Dad, I’m hungry.” Hello, Hungry. I’m Dad.

5. To a pizza delivery person: “Hey, you wanna pizza me?!”

They just keep getting better and better….

6. A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. Bartender says, ‘Sorry we don’t serve food here.

7. “Me: ‘Hey, I was thinking…
’ My dad: ‘I thought I smelled something burning.’

8. Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.

9. Two pears on a table. Dad picks one up and says: they’re not a pair anymore

10. Two guys walk into a bar, the third one ducks.

What are your favourite dad joke is? Let us know on our Facebook page! 

10 Lies Your Mum Told You When You Were Little

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Remember this classic little lie “eat your carrots, they will help you to see in the dark?” That’s the kind of thing we have all heard as kids. One of the best ones has to be “we’ll see” it’s not even a full lie, it’s a simple yet very effective way of way dodging an outright no. That also goes for “because I said so” another timely classic, that never seems to disappear from generation to generation.

Here are some more lies you may have heard as a kid…

  1. They don’t sell replacement batteries for that toy
  2. If the ice cream truck is playing music it means they ran out of ice cream
  3. The dog/ rabbit/ hamster/ cat went to live on the farm
  4. We’ll come back later and buy it
  5. I saw that because I have eyes in the back of my head
  6. Santa won’t come if you don’t go to bed
  7. If you cross your eyes they will stay like that
  8. I’m leaving without you!
  9. We’re almost there!
  10. I never would have done that when I was your age [insert parent woe story here]

What are your favourite little lies your parents told you as a kid? Let us know on our Facebook page! 

Weird & Wonderful Christmas Traditions From Around The World…

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We all have our own seasonal traditions whether it’s to open a little present on Christmas Eve or if it’s to put your Christmas tree up on the 1st of December.  Amongst the chaos of Christmas, there are lots of traditions from all over the world that aren’t universal and many countries and cultures set their own weird and wonderful traditions.

Whether it’s having additional magical gift givers such as La Befana from Italy or the Yule Lads from Iceland, to unusual decorations like the Christmas Pickle from America or the Christmas spider web from Ukraine there are lots of exciting traditions that might make ours look a little boring!

Christmas around the world Checked again!What are your Christmas traditions? Why not tell us on our Facebook Page, we’d love to hear from you!

12 Ways You Knew it was Christmas When You Were Young

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We all have those magical Christmas memories from when we were younger of how the Christmas season used to be. And every year at one moment or another we find ourselves reminiscing.

Remembering the anticipation of Christmas day, not being able to sleep Christmas night, then fearing that Santa wouldn’t turn up because you were still wide awake. And in the morning being completely surprised that he’d eaten the mince pie and Rudolf had eaten his carrot. That was all the proof you needed, well that and the fact that he’d left presents under the tree. The magic lived on…

Which ones do you remember?  

  1. When writing your Christmas list you included page numbers and product codes from a certain catalogue.
  2. Starred in your school nativity wearing a dressing gown and a towel and not being able to resist waving at your parents.
  3. Trying to wake up your parents at a ridiculous hour and getting sent back to bed, waiting for your parents to wake up felt like an eternity.
  4. Breaking at least one new toy on Christmas day
  5. Watching lots and lots of Christmas films back to back
  6. Being forced to eat at least one Brussel Sprout on Christmas Day
  7. When you were very little being terrified of visiting Santa’s Grotto, you’re not sure what terrified you all you know is that something did.
  8. Skipping ahead on your advent calendar, then feeling instantly guilty
  9. Showing off your new bike to the kids in your neighbourhood.
  10.  Last day at school you just played lots of board games and watched films and it was the best day ever.
  11. Having to wait until after Christmas dinner to open your “main presents”
  12. Weeks before Christmas Day, going on a hunt to find your presents. Then instantly regretting it once you’d found them!

What are your favourite memories from Christmas when you were younger? Let us know on our Facebook Page