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Fun Christmas gift ideas and a giveaway with CoolStuff

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s time to grab those last minute gifts. The problem is, most of us put off buying the difficult gifts until the last minute then spend ages wondering what to get the person who has everything. Thankfully, CoolStuff have some great ideas. This online gift and gadget store was originally from Sweden and they’re now expanding to the UK. The variety of products on their site is excellent, ideal for those last few awkward people whose gifts you can’t quite decide on.

Portable folding hammock

There’s not much that brings me more joy in the warmer months than lying on a hammock. But unless you are lucky enough to have an orchard in the garden, it can be a bit of a pain to put one up. The portable folding hammock from CoolStuff is the ideal solution. The frame goes up easily within a minute, then you just hook on the hammock and climb in. If you want me next summer, I’ll be lying in my hammock. 

Pizza stone made from Mount Etna lava

Last summer, we spent a week at Pencarnan Farm in Pembrokeshire. Whilst we were there, we enjoyed fresh pizzas from their pizza oven. It’s something I’d love to replicate at home, but as a house move is on the horizon, I’m not ready to build a pizza oven in the garden. A pizza stone is a great alternative. Simply warm it slowly in the oven, then slide the pizza dough onto it to cook. The pizza base will cook slowly from below, making it crispy in the same way as a pizza oven. It can also be used on a grill and to cook crispy breads. 

Slackline kit

Balance is a great skill for both children and adults to learn and improve. A slackline can be used anywhere, simply string it up between two points. Then, jump on and try to walk along it. It’s more difficult than it looks! This is a great outdoor activity for children, because you can take it anywhere with you and put it up between any two points. Ours will be going in our camper van to keep the children occupied when we’re camping.  

Sorbet maker

For some parents, getting children to eat enough fruit can be a real struggle. But persuading them to eat ice cream or sorbet is usually a lot easier. This sorbet maker allows you to create a healthy sorbet using frozen fruit. It’s easy to use and comes with a manual that includes recipes to give you some inspiration. 

Denver wake-up light alarm clock

The Denver wake-up light alarm clock serves as both an alarm and a bedside lamp. It provides cosy, soft lighting whenever you want, and wakes you up gently to the sound of birdsong and a light that gradually increases in brightness. A much better way to start the day than being startled by a noisy alarm.

Towel dress

Whether you’re into open water swimming or just looking for an easier way to get changed after a shower, a towel dress is a revelation. Simply put one arm through the strap, wrap it around you and put it the other arm through. The towel stays around you, drying you off while you carry on with whatever else you need to do. For me, this is a godsend when I get out of the river. It makes getting dry and warm a much quicker process. 

Kitchen tools

Some fruits and vegetables are delicious to eat but a complete pain to prepare. The 3-in-1 avocado slicer peels, removes the stone and slices an avocado, removing the hassle so you can get on with eating it. A pineapple peeler is equally useful, removing the skin and core and cutting the pineapple into rings. We have had one of these in the past and completely stopped eating pineapples after the dog ate it. Thankfully this one is made from metal so I suspect even Bubbles won’t be able to destroy our new-found love of pineapples. 

Stocking fillers

We’ve picked up some lovely little stocking fillers for the girls from CoolStuff. They’re enjoying Harry Potter at the moment, so we’ve got them some Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans. They’re going to be delighted but I’m fairly sure one of us is going to end up eating an earwax flavoured sweet on Christmas morning! We’ve also got them a fidget spinner each. They used to have them and were gutted when they broke, so they’ll be delighted to see a new one in their stockings. 

For Lia, we’ve got a colour-changing unicorn mug. Like many little girls at the moment, she is a huge unicorn fan and she’s going to love watching its mane change colour when she has a hot chocolate. Lastly, I got a small stocking filler for my husband. I just know we’ll argue over the folding hammock, so I’ve got him a Vagaborn super hammock. This one is small enough to fit in your pocket, and easy to hang up. 

Win a Denver Wake-up Light Alarm Clock

CoolStuff have kindly agreed to give away a Denver Wake-up Light Alarm Clock to one lucky winner. If you’d like to wake up naturally to light and birdsong every day, you can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


These items were provided to me free of charge by CoolStuff to allow me to create this blog post. CoolStuff are providing the giveaway prize to the winner. All views and opinions are my own, as is the folding hammock. Please feel free to remind me husband of this whenever necessary. 


  1. December 10, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Another great read Nat! I love the Harry Potty Jelly beans!! xxx

    • December 10, 2018 / 10:47 pm

      Ahh thanks Amy! I think I’m going to either end up loving or hating those jelly beans!!

  2. Carole Smith
    December 10, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Some good pressie ideas here.

  3. nearlydead
    December 10, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I love the iFetch Frenzy Ball Launcher

  4. m1ssingsleep
    December 10, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    I love the ifetch toy for dogs it would tire my energetic dog out! x

  5. Lynn Hughes
    December 10, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Nice prize

  6. Darrell Perry
    December 10, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    My other half has been wanting a Hot Stone Massage Set for ages. This would be ideal

  7. Susan B
    December 10, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    The Utenu® LED Lamp Stool is particularly appealing and useful.

  8. Kathleen marsden
    December 10, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    I’d buy myself the Body Pillow from Zenkuru. It looks so comfy

  9. Stephanie Coals
    December 10, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I love the iFetch Automatic Dog Ball Thrower, would be great for our little monster!

  10. MM
    December 10, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I quite like the “The Small Viking Axe Game”. Though may not be suitable for the kids!

  11. nicola dean
    December 10, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I would buy the hot sauce challenge for me and the hubby.

  12. Charlotte
    December 10, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    the popcorn machine is awesome!

  13. emma walters
    December 10, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    the Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster would be fab for hubby x

  14. Sean eccles
    December 10, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    The pocket hammock:)

  15. Leanne V McKenna
    December 10, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Popcorn Machine Cinema Style for us to enjoy as a family on movie night!

  16. KEV C
    December 10, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    the Popcorn Machine Cinema Style looks great fun for film night 🙂

  17. Fiona Timms
    December 10, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Yay the popcorn machine!

  18. Tracy Hanley
    December 10, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    iFetch Frenzy Ball Launcher , save my arms

  19. Rich Tyler
    December 11, 2018 / 2:07 am

    Darth Vader Toaster

  20. Margaret Gallagher
    December 11, 2018 / 2:12 am

    Sorbet maker sounds rather cool

  21. Solange
    December 11, 2018 / 3:35 am

    I’d buy the Popcorn Machine Cinema Style for myself.

  22. December 11, 2018 / 9:13 am

    would love the ‘Love is Art’ kit!!

  23. Alica
    December 11, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    I quite like the Snug Rug Blanket with Sleeves!

  24. Helen Tovell
    December 11, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Go Retro Portable Game Console

  25. Anthony Harrington
    December 11, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    I like the Llama Powerbank

  26. adeinne Tonner
    December 12, 2018 / 6:02 am

    I think i would have to treat myself to the home soft serve ice cream machine

  27. Sheena Batey
    December 12, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    The iFetch Automatic Dog Ball Thrower which would keep our black Labrador Pepper happy

  28. Marc H
    December 12, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    The Small Viking Axe Game. Maybe i’ve been playing too much God of War, but i really fancy giving that a go!

  29. December 12, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    The Body Pillow looks so nice.

  30. Emma Walton
    December 13, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I think I would get something star Wars themed.

  31. Kim Neville
    December 19, 2018 / 10:20 am

    My daughter would love the Snug Rug Blanket with Sleeves for Uni

  32. Emily Fraser
    December 19, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I would love to try the Brewbarrel Brew Your Own Cider kit 🙂

  33. Gary Topley
    December 21, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I would love to win the Body Pillow, thankyou for the competition. ‘Merry Christmas’. x

  34. Gary Topley
    December 21, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Would love the sorbet maker, thankyou for the competition. ‘Merry Christmas’ x

  35. Arabella Bazley
    December 22, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I love the Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets. Mentioning no names, I am always finding the fridge door open and a little nudge would not be a bad thing!

  36. MrsBambi2
    December 23, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    I’d buy sleepPhones for myself and my husband. The yare a great idea

  37. Patricia Avery
    December 26, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Lightning Reaction Reloaded Reaction Game would make a great addition to this Nan’s games cupboard that I keep for when the grandchildren come to stay

  38. lorraine kirk
    December 27, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I love the Star Wars Death Star Cat Bed – my cat would love it too!

  39. December 27, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    the Vooni® Stone Power Bank it would be so handy for me and anyone really. The amount of tech we take out of the house, such as phones and tablets this would be so handy for when we think they have charge and they are actually dead.

  40. justine meyer
    December 27, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I would actually buy this clock as it would be perfect for my kids as they have a heart condition and cannot wake up to the noise of an alarm clock

  41. A S,Edinburgh
    December 29, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I’d buy the NetAtmo WiFi Weather Station, because I think both myself and a few people in my life would get a lot of use out of it.

  42. Sally Metcalfe
    December 29, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    The iFetch automatic ball launcher for sure!!

  43. Sue Robinson
    December 29, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I would buy the Star Wars Death Star Toaster – we love star wars and this would make us chuckle every day!

  44. Ian Campbell
    December 29, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I’d buy the Star Wars Death Star Toaster – what an inspired idea! Love its aesthetics, and the toast X-Wing design imprint is simply out of this world! 😉

  45. Caroline Hunter
    December 29, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I’d buy the Collapsible Foot bath from Zenkuru for myself 🙂

  46. ellie spider
    December 29, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Vooni® CityRocker looks really good would be perfect for family gatherings and also for when we go skating outside

  47. December 29, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    It has to be the Popcorn machine

  48. Theresa Thomas
    December 29, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    I love the ifetch toy for my dogs

  49. Jessica Nightingale
    December 30, 2018 / 2:36 am

    I’d like a Giant Wine Glass

  50. Ellen Stafford
    December 30, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    The iFetch Automatic Dog Ball Thrower would be fab for my dog!

  51. Sandy Ralph
    December 30, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    I would get the Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster for my son

  52. December 30, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Giant Wine Glass would be perfect

  53. Jennifer Turnbull
    December 30, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Definitely the iFetch Automatic Dog Ball Thrower! Been wanting one for Buster for ages.

  54. James Travis
    December 30, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Upright Go Posture Trainer

  55. Diana
    December 30, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    The popcorn machine 🙂

  56. Lynne OConnor
    December 30, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    The sorbet maker would be top of my list

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