Christmas Gift Guide 2017 – Around the House


Sometimes you need a gift with a difference, perhaps someone has just moved into their first home, maybe you don’t know them particularly well or you may just think buying practical gifts for the home is the way to go.  Whatever your reasons, we have some great gifts for the home to share with you this year.

Photostory Deluxe

photostory-dlx-2017-int-400If you know someone who loves their photography, then Photostory Deluxe is a fantastic options for gifting this year.

In this day and age, it is not just people who have a snazzy camera that love their pictures, almost everyone has a smartphone and it is not uncommon for us to all be snapping everything that catches our eye.  Unlike in days gone by, we don’t get our photos developed anymore as everything is instant, so instead they sit on our phones or flash drives.  This is a real shame, the fact that we no longer have physical copies to share with people.  However, with the progress in photography, comes the progress in related technology – smart TVs, digital photo frames, computers etc.  How we present and share our images has changed with the way in which we take them.

Photostory Deluxe is a fantastic program  that allows you to create cinematic slideshows using your favourite images and videos, whether they were taken on a camera, smartphone or camcorder.  The software is easy for all ages to get the hang of and allows people to share their most treasured memories right form their TV or computer!

The program creates slideshows in 4K, HD and even 3D and is suitable for all video formats.  when you import your images and videos, you can optimise their appearance from right within Photostory Delux.  That’s not all, because you can even add your own commentary, music and sound effects, the software will even adjust the volume so video sound isn’t hidden beneath some music!  Once everything is just how you want it, you can burn the slideshow to DVD or Blu-Ray, export to your smartphone or tablet, even upload to Facebook or YouTube.


The software is very easy to use:

  1. Import photos & videos. Just choose the photos and videos you want to use. The Photostory
    wizard imports files from cameras and hard drives directly into your slideshow.
  2. Add effects & music There are hundreds of effects to choose from. You can use
    screen-ready animations, adjust colours, match a scene’s appearance, or select the perfect background music from hundreds of songs & sounds.
  3. Share slideshows Share your finished slideshows on TV, on the computer,
    projected on a screen, on the go on mobile devices or worldwide on the Internet.

MAGIX Photostory is available online.

Lumie Bedbug

Lumie_Bedbug-nightlight-web_1024x1024The Lumie Bedbug is a brilliant way to give your little one a cute night light in the shape of an adorable little bedbug.

It can be a struggle to get baby to sleep sometimes. Lumie uses the fantastic advances in technology to create ambient environments that encourage baby to fall asleep and wake up naturally.

The low-blue white light setting is exactly the right kind of light needed to read to your little one, whilst helping them to fall asleep as it does not stimulate their senses, but rather prepares them to go to sleep.

Lumie Bedbug also has a gradual fading light setting that mimics the colours and dimming light of a real sunset. This means that even during the summer nights when your child needs to go to be at a regular time, with the curtains closed they can be given the same sensation and environment as the darker winter nights, as the bedbug gently sets the sun over 15 minutes!

Another clever setting is the nightlight. This allows you to leave the light on for your child if they wake in the night, or indeed if you need to feed or change them. This is done by using specific parts of the light spectrum that are more conducive to sleepy eyes than stimulation.

Beautifully designed, this fabulous fully adjustable light that allows you to fade to off or to nightlight, will make bedtimes a breeze and give comfort to little ones during the night.

Available from Lumie for £59.95

Humax HB-1100s Freesat Smart TV Box

HB1100AppListA fantastic choice for gifting when it comes to the home has to be the gift of TV, the freedom to watch hundreds of channels.  The Humax-1100s Freesat Smart TV Box is just the ticket.

With the ability to watch over 200 channels, including HD, with no subscription at all or set up fees, the freesat box from Humax is a brilliant way to get your regular TV fix.  It connects quickly and easily via your satellite dish, simply connect the box to the dish cable, plug your HDMI into your TV and then join your wireless network.  

There is an on screen TV guide that allows you to search for your favourite shows, catch up on the last seven days worth of TV and plan what you want to watch.  It is not just live TV though, the Humax HB-1100s Freest Box allows you access to many On Demand players, such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Demand 5, meaning you have even more choice.  If that wasn’t enough you can also add your pay on demand players such as Netflix, (you’ll need a subscription for it of course), keeping all of your TV choices in one place.

It comes with a remote, but if you prefer you can use your smartphone to plan your viewing and control the box with the Freesat App!  

Easy to use and set up, the Humax-1100s Freesat Smart TV Box is £99, and allows you to give the gift of everyone’s favourite type of TV- Christmas telly!


Beldray 3000W MAX Steam Pro

downloadEveryone needs an iron, it is one of those items that you can find in every home.  The Beldray 3000W MAX Steam Pro is the perfect choice for a home gift this year.

The iron has a number of fantastic features that make it a top pick to gift this Christmas.

The iron comes with a variable temperature control, allowing you to tackle various fabrics at the right temperature, reducing the risk of accidents happening to your favourite top!  

The steam control is also variable and has a vertical steam burst function which enables you to sort out tough creases and even use the iron on clothing that is still hanging, such as suits, curtains or jackets.  The steam generation is automatic and has four different settings, water spray, burst, dry and steam.

The iron is a clever thing too, it comes with a self clean function, so that the upkeep of your new kitchen addition is easy, there is also an anti-drip element and the ceramic soleplate is non-stick, even coming with an anti-calc function, making maintenance a breeze!

With a 3m power cord and a large 380ml tank, the iron can be used with ease, not to mention is really comfortable with the easy grip handle.

Available from Beldray via Amazon for £37.75


3 Piece Kids Dining Set

BimBamBoo-Kids-3-piece-dining-sets-Transport-600-900-Kids-Tableware-9e8b712a-0b64-485e-a641-66e7e1f32fe3_1024x1024These adorable sets are perfect for the little ones this year, especially if they are able to enjoy their first proper Christmas Dinner!

Brightly coloured and covered with fun designs including animals and cars, the 3 Piece Kids Dining Set from Ecoffee Cup comprises of a fabulous divider plate, matching bowl and matching handled cup. Everything that your kids could need to tuck in to dinner this year!

Made from sterile, organic bamboo fibre and non-GMO corn starch, the sets are eco friendly, biodegradable and made from safe materials to ensure your little one has a safe and enjoyable eating experience. They are even suitable for the dishwasher, making cleaning a breeze (well for the plates anyway).

Available from Ecoffee Cup for £15.00

Nest Cam IQ

We recently reviewed a fantastic item for the home, in the Nest Cam IQ and think it would be perfect for a gift for the home. 

The Nest Cam IQ is absolutely packed full of incredible features that will leave you assured that your home is well protected when you are away, by checking in on your smartphone and receiving alerts and make you feel much safer when you are at home, whilst knowing that it is connected to the mains it will always be watching.

You can find out more about it here.

About Author

Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.


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