Checkout Halfords Christmas Wheel Deal!


Bikes tend to feature highly on Christmas wish lists!  Halfords have launched their pre-Christmas Wheel Deal to help ‘wishes’ become ‘reality’.

With offers of up to 50% off kids bikes, an additional 15% off extras and free accessories it is a good deal to take advantage of.

If that isn’t enough the deal is on all ‘wheels’ so that includes ride on toys, scooters and car related accessories and gadgets.

If you are worried about how to keep it hidden in the lead up to the big day, they also offer options for storage!  So don’t delay buy some new wheels today!

Posted in Christmas, Family, Shopping

Advent Calendars for all the Family!

Advent calendars do not have to be just for the kids!  This Christmas why not treat the whole household to a ‘countdown’ to remember!  Here’s a whole bunch The Penny Fairy has found online at Amazon to inspire you!

For the kids

For the adults

For the animals

Check online for the current deals, Boots have quite a few options on 3 for 2 and Amazon quite often put some of offer.  Keep your eyes peeled and snap up a bargain, or two!


Posted in Christmas, Family, Price Comparison, Shopping

Toy Kitchens – Christmas Shopping Countdown!

It may only be October, but panic buying season will soon be in full swing!  Over the coming weeks The Penny Fairy will be posting ideas to help you in your festive quest in buying the perfect present for your loved ones.

Week 1:  For your little bakers…..toy kitchens!

Duktig_IkeaDuktig Play Kitchen – Only £59 @ Ikea

This great value wooden kitchen has a light up hob and adjustable legs, so it can grow with your little ones!  Genius!

The simple design fits into any home decor, and the ‘cupboards’ on the bottom are ideal for storage of play food when not in use.


retro elcRetro Diner Kitchen – RRP £160, currently £80 @ Early Learning Centre

With a 50% saving at time of publishing this page, this is a great pre-christmas saving.  The cool retro design will be the envy of all their friends, and maybe the adults too 😉


little tikes food truckLittle Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck – RRP £149.99, currently £129.99 @ Smyths Toys

If you are looking for something different, maybe wanting to keep more than one child entertained, why not buy a food truck!  Not only can they pretend to cook, they can also sell and drive!  More like 3-in-1, rather than 2-in-1.

Currently on offer this is selling fast, with reservations being taken for next stock delivery, so you may need to be quick if this is going under your christmas tree.

Chad ValleyChad Valley Deluxe Large Wooden Kitchen £74.99 @ Argos

Equipped with a fridge, freezer and a chalkboard this stylish silver kitchen has it all going on.   Sit back and relax on Boxing Day whilst your little homemakers busy themselves with all the ‘kitchen duties’.


George @AsdaGeorge Home Wooden Deluxe Kitchen RRP £40, currently £32 @Asda

It might be the cheapest wooden kitchen The Penny Fairy could find online, but it is certainly doesn’t disappoint.  The simple, neutral colours makes it ideal for boys and girls.


There are obviously lots more to find online and in stores, hopefully our small selection above may give you some inspiration when choosing!

Until next time… PFx


Posted in Blogs, Family, Halloween

Don’t be tricked into spending a fortune this Halloween!

Fancy dress costumes, trick or treat goodies, decorations…the list can seem endless, don’t be tricked into spending a fortune this Halloween!

Here are our suggestions on how to make Halloween a treat this year without raiding the piggy bank!

Supermarket Fancy Dress

Costumes don’t have to be expensive.  All supermarkets have fancy dress outfits instore in the lead up to the big event.  It is possible that buying from a supermarket may actually be cheaper than hiring or making?

Here are a few links to current collections we have found online:

DIY Decorations

You don’t have to be a creative genius to whip up some creepy crawly creations.  The internet is full of inspiration, whether you are looking for some adult sophistication or childish fun you will be spoilt for choice.

Our go to place for creative make ideas is Pinterest.  Here are some finds we found in a 1 minute search (literally).

Party Games

A Halloween party is not complete without games.  How about adding some of the below to your itinerary or go equipped to a friends party to get the party going!

  1. Apple Bobbing – apple in a bucket of water and person has to try and get it out with hands behind their back, using their mouth (head) only.
  2. Rice Treasure Hunt – Washing up bowl filled with uncooked rice, with small Halloween items mixed in (could be small plastic spiders, basically anything small), and then using non-dominant hand (left if right handed etc) give the person 30 secs to find as many in the rice and take out.  Person who gets most is winner.
  3. Pinata – No party is complete with a goody filled pinata!  Fill with Halloween sweets, and maybe if you are feeling particularly evil, fill it with some tricks!
  4. Donut eating – tie some donuts to a horizontal pole suspended from floor.  Get people to lie underneath and first person to eat donut off string wins.  (Again no hands allowed)
  5. Team Mummify – In teams choose your ‘mummy’ and then using toilet rolls wrap them up like a mummy.  Best wrapped wins after allotted time.

Ghouls, Ghosts and Gremlins – Tasty!

Don’t buy ready made party food for Halloween, have fun making your own.  More than likely you will already have all of the necessary ingredients in your weekly shop.  Just be adventurous.  The fun is making things, not what they seem.

Again here are some of our favourites found on pinterest.


Have a freaky fun Halloween.  The Penny Fairy wold love to see what you get up to, share your pictures on our social media accounts.


Posted in Blogs, Christmas, Family, Holidays

Swap the expected for the unexpected this Christmas!

doorIn the lead up to Christmas the pressure is on to make it magical and memorable. Each year it is easy to slip into routine, and do ‘what you always do’.  This Christmas whether you to choose to spend it with friends or family why not mix it up and add a mini-break to add some variety, excitement and most importantly new experiences to the festivities.

The sooner you book the more choice you will have, so to help you start your festive break search here are 10 suggestions the Penny Fairy has found online for this Christmas:

1. Forest Holidays 

Luxury wooden cabins set in a magical forest, ideal for unwinding after the madness of December.  Celebrate Christmas morning round the tree, knee-deep in wrapping paper, then head for a brisk winter walk through the silent forest, then back for turkey and all the trimmings and a wonderful family evening.

2. Wigwam Holidays

There is something about glamping at Christmas that is a lot of fun. Usually, Christmas is spent indoors, with central heating and wooly jumpers, but with glamping – you have to be outdoors, it’s just the nature of it.

Imagine having a barbecue on Christmas Day. Having your favourite sausages and chicken drumsticks, or if you’re vegetarian, kebab skewers with halloumi and vegetables. Imagine swapping presents around the camp fire, under the moonlight and stars – it’s so different and so much fun.

Snowball fights and building snowmen, instead of arm chairs and Christmas crackers.

3. Centre Parcs

Surrounded by nature, nestled in the middle of a forest the magic is all around!  With deer wandering among the woods and squirrels jumping from tree to tree, you may even see the ‘main man’ during your winter wonderland stay.  Sit back and relax, get your adrenaline pumping with thrilling activities, a late-night swim or dining out in on of many great restaurants, your break can be anything you want it to be.

4. Classic British Hotels

Whether you want a traditional Christmas Day lunch complete with trimmings, or a black-tie gala dinner with a champagne reception to kick-off the celebrations, Classic British Hotels extend a warm festive welcome to all their guests at this magical time of year. Restful. Luxurious. Make this Christmas a break for everyone. Or celebrate the New Year in style. And if you can’t escape for Christmas or New Year, then, that’s what Twixmas is for! –

5. Waterways Holidays

Don’t miss out this season, many of the marinas are running narrowboats throughout the winter months and even through the Christmas and New Year period. It’s a perfect retreat from all the hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shoppers and overcrowded supermarkets.

The canals during winter are simply picture perfect, with misty mornings, snowy branches and tranquil waters. A great way to experience the British countryside at it’s most peaceful.

6. Farm Stay UK

Wake up in the country!  With so many different options to choose from what will be your choice?  Will you wake up Christmas morning in a Farm B&B, Self-Catering, Glamping or something else?  Get choosing today.

7. Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels know exactly how to make Christmas breaks or New Year extra special. It might be the perfect romantic break for just the two of you, or a Christmas party with all the trimmings. Stay with  your whole family for a magical (and restful) time, catch up with your friends at a relaxing spa break or get your dancing shoes on for that work night out and dance the night away at one of our many party nights.

Choose from a wide range of great breaks including a Family House Party at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa near Ascot, a relaxing few days at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Northumberland, sightseeing in Oxford at Macdonald Randolph Hotel or fun packed Santa Weekends or Festive Week Breaks at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

You’ll find party nights and breaks to suit everyone at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, just have a look at the hotels dedicated Christmas pages.

8. Butlins

With a variety of breaks to choose from including Just For Tots Christmas Fantasy, Christmas Day and New Year, you can treat yourself to a pre-Christmas getaway to really get the family into the spirit, or post-Christmas to continue the family celebrations. Either way, put your feet up and relax, and enjoy Christmas at Butlin’s.

9. Darwin Escapes

Luxury breaks in an assortment of settings.  Choose from woodland lodges, homes by the lake, beach retreats and countryside location the choice is endless.

10. Boutique Retreats

What could be more romantic than shaking off the hordes and escaping to your own cottage, just the two of you, far away from the high street chaos (and your in-laws..) or perhaps you fancy booking a big house for everyone to spend a truly Cornish Christmas together by the sea? We are on hand to help with trees, decorations and even turkey ordering in advance. Celebrate in super style for big groups or just for two. Mistletoe and wine optional.