Last minute gift guide featuring The Works

Having started my Christmas shopping in October, I won’t lie to you, I was feeling a little smug. I’d been squirreling away gifts for weeks, ticking off parcels as they arrived, stashing them away from the prying eyes of the children, and congratulating myself on another Christmas well executed. And then last week, having dragged out all of the presents from the many, many, hiding places across the house, I realised that actually, I had missed out several family members and certain items from my children’s Christmas wish lists!!

It’s funny how quickly you can go from smug to stressed, even more so when I made a dash into town today armed with my list. There is only one thing worse than trailing around the shops, and that is trailing around the shops…..the week before Christmas!! So thank God for The Works, a store that literally had everything we needed all under one roof, and with over 40,000 products available each year, there really was something for everyone. And even better, it didn’t break the bank!

Here are my top picks…..


1. Wooden Stationary Set, for Eva.

Since starting school Eva has developed a love of stationary and, at £10, I know that she will be over the moon with this set. Complete with 8 pencils, 60 colouring pencils, 1 Metal sharpener, 3 Glitter gel pens and 3 Gel pens it has everything she needs!

2. My First Treasury of Dinosaur Tales, for Harry.

I couldn’t resist picking up this book for Harry. He is dinosaur mad and with 16 tales to choose from I know that we will really enjoy reading this together at bedtime. Priced at £4 this is a fantastic little stocking filler!

3. Flash Light Friends Unicorn, for Megan.

I thought that I had finished shopping for Megan but, after our recent visit to Father Christmas, she randomly announced that all she really wanted for Christmas was a unicorn!  I was so relieved to find this Flash Light Friends Unicorn, with an automatic light that switches off after ten minutes, and at £8 it was worth it to see her little face on Christmas morning.

4. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, for Lewis.

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. At £15 Lewis will really enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to reading it after him!

5. Salter Soup Maker, for Gaz.

Salters Soup Maker provides an easy option of making soup, producing a healthy and delicious soup in around 20-30 minutes. Never did I think that Gaz and I would be buying each other kitchen appliances in our thirties, and yet we have both been wanting a soup maker for ages and it’s a great way of getting some hidden vegetables into the kids diet. Reduced to just £40 this was a real bargain!

6. John Bishops Autobiography, for my Dad.

At £3 I couldn’t resist picking this autobiography up for my Dad alongside his other gifts this year. He is a big fan of John Bishop and with he and my Mum away on holiday so often, he’s always on the look out for a new read by the pool.

7. Colour Me Happy Set, for my Mum.

I have heard that adult colouring books are all the rage at the minute, not that I ever find a moment to try them, but I think that my Mum will find this Colour Me Happy Set therapeutic. With 45 pages of beautiful illustrations, complete with 15 colouring pencils, at £7 I imagine that she will welcome a relaxing moment to herself after the Christmas madness with our children!

8. Jigsaw Puzzle Roll, for my Nan.

This Jigsaw Puzzle Roll is the perfect accessory for any jigsaw fans. Simply roll up your jigsaws and store away until next time! The puzzle roll extends to 85 cm and costs just £7.

9. How it Works – The Mum, for my secret Santa.

I LOVE these Ladybird books for grown-ups and The Mum is a great read for any parent. At £5 this was perfect for my secret Santa amongst a group of “Mummy friends” and I will definitely be buying the other books in the range throughout the year.

We also picked up various paints, pens and varnish to decorate our salt dough Santas, something which we finished last night. Every year we do a Christmas craft and The Works has such a great selection of art materials. I’m sure you will agree, this years project turned out lovely!


So there you have it, our last minute gift. I hope that it has inspired some of you with presents still to buy. Good luck!!

3 Little Buttons

We were gifted a The Works gift card for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are my own.


  1. December 20, 2016 / 8:32 am

    The Works have some great value gifts. Grace would love the art chest and hubby would love the new J K Rowling book x

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 10:04 am

      They are great value aren’t they! I am really looking forward to doing some art work with Eva this Christmas! xx

  2. December 20, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Fab round up hon and something for everyone! Now off for some last minute shopping arghhhhh!

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Agghh good luck Talya!! I am officially DONE!!!! xx

  3. December 20, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Oh my gosh,
    What a fabulous gift guide.
    My mum would love the John Bishop book, B would love the Dinosaur book & I want the colouring in!

    Absolutely fantastic ideas !

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Thank you, and such reasonable prices too! I didn’t realise The Works sold so many different things! xx

  4. December 20, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Oooops, I have maybe left my shopping to the last minute. Thanks for some suggestions – the John Bishop book is a must for my boyfriend!! x

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      LOVE John Bishop here too, and £3 is such a bargain!! xx

  5. December 20, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Some lovely little bits here

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      They have all sorts in there, I had no idea! xx

  6. Sophie
    December 20, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I love the Works for Christmas presents – my son has a long list from there!

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      It’s a fab shop, I had no idea they had such a huge range! I am officially done! xx

  7. December 20, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I love The Works! I’m always popping in there for everything from books and craft supplies through to thank you cards and balloon modelling kits (true story!!). Some great ideas here, you’ve got me thinking that I might need to have one last look during my lunchbreak tomorrow…! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #DreamTeam and Merry Christmas!

    • Laura Dove
      December 20, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Haha I keep saying I’m done and then I take another look and find something else that I HAVE to get! I’ve promised myself I’m finished now, I just need to get it all wrapped!! xx

  8. December 21, 2016 / 7:20 am

    great ideas! I’m sure they’ll love them! I would share mine in my blog but it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore haha x

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Haha true! My children can’t read yet and my eldest is far too busy with his friends and Fifa, phew! xx

  9. December 21, 2016 / 7:27 am

    I have got this wooden stationery set for Eliza however my friends have personalised it for me

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Oh that’s lovely!! It’s a gorgeous set! xx

  10. December 21, 2016 / 8:20 am

    I love The Works, you can pick up some great bargains. I love the fact Ladybird books have re issued those old books. We was having a laugh reading the Dad one a few weeks ago 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      They are hilarious aren’t they! Somebody bought me the gluten free one and it’s so funny! xx

  11. December 21, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Those ladybird books are hilarious and great stocking fillers. thanks for reminding me.

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      They’re great, there’s one for everyone! xx

  12. December 21, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    What a great list, I think I might need to pop to the Works now and pick up a few things

    • Laura Dove
      December 21, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      I definitely recommend it, although be warned, you’ll come out with more than you bargained for!! xx

  13. December 21, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    We love The Works! They do some great seasonal products too and we love their discounted book selection. Great selections

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Yes! In terms of books they are the cheapest around! xx

  14. December 21, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Oh wow I love the unicorn doesn’t it look great!!! I think my girls would love one too. I’d love to read Fantastic Beasts as I’ve now seen the movie.

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      They are fab, my girls are unicorn mad!! We haven’t seen the film yet but my son is going tomorrow with friends! xx

  15. Mackenzie Glanville
    December 21, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I love stationary kits!

    • Laura Dove
      December 22, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Me too! I LOVE stationary!!! xx

  16. December 23, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I think Ethan would very much like #2. My First Treasury of Dinosaur Tales, for Harry! 🙂 Thank you Laura for sharing your ideas on #FabFridayPost x

    • Laura Dove
      December 23, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Harry will love it, I’m looking forward to seeing his face on Christmas morning. xx

  17. December 23, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Fabulous selection! And what a great value!

    • Laura Dove
      December 23, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you! xx

  18. December 23, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Oh wow that Soup Maker is indeed an absolute bargain and if I had somewhere to put it, I definitely would x

    • Laura Dove
      December 23, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      I’m super excited to try it out, have been googling soup recipes. Rock and roll!! xx

  19. Bradley
    December 23, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I was able to complete my Christmas list thanks to items from The Works! They really do make fantastic stuff!

    • Laura Dove
      December 23, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      They are great aren’t they! I’m really impressed with how many gifts they had! xx

  20. December 23, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Lovely gifts, I’m sure you will see some happy faces unwrapping these. Merry Christmas from Coombe Mill #FabFridayPost

  21. December 25, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Some great suggestions here. Those ladybird books are hilarious x

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