Hey Qwerkiteers! We’re sure you’ve noticed anyway, but today is the first day of December, and we all know what that means: Christmas!
Have you got your stocking fillers sorted yet? If you haven’t, don’t panic! We’ll be doing a few posts to give you some super stocking stuffer ideas. Today, we’re looking at the best little gifts for foodies!
This is a splendid gift for any budding stargazer! They can sleep beneath the stars in the comfort of their own bedroom (until they’re old enough to visit the Isle of Saark!). The all in one projector, planetarium and night light comes with 3 discs featuring 24 colour images from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope and three interchangeable domes.
Your little ones can discover the wonders of space, our solar system, the galaxies and the universe with this fascinating set. They can put together and paint their very own model solar system and use the colour information booklet to learn about the planets, volcanoes on Mars, the craters on our moon, living in space, the raging storm on Jupiter that seems to go on forever, and much more.
Chow down space style with this freeze-dried ice cream. We may not be able to take you to space, but we can let you eat like an aspiring astronaut! Originally developed for the early Apollo Missions, this ''space treat'' is freeze-dried so they will last forever. As you eat them your mouth rehydrates the contents to its original delicious state. Choose from Neapolitan Ice Cream or an Ice Cream Sandwich.
This brilliant book is perfect for any star gazer. Containing month-by-month chapters, you can learn to identify stars and constellations at any time of the year. Each chapter features a map detailing which stars you will see, information on the stars, moon and planets for that month and a calendar of celestial happenings.
You’ll be starry-eyed with this fabulous stellarscope (wonderfully modelled by Michael…). This amazing gadget allows you to view the stars with one eye whilst identifying them on an illuminated built-in star map with the other. It allows you to discover the magic of 70 constellations and 1,500 stars.
Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon in 1969 with this challenging Jigsaw. Featuring a classic Haynes manual style anatomical drawing of the infamous space rocket, Apollo 11, it’s a great gift for any space fan or puzzler. With 1,000 pieces to fit together, it’s sure to keep space fans quiet for a while!
Take a tour of the universe with this fascinating collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. With over 100 breath-taking photographs of Earth, our solar system and deep space, all with explanatory information, this book cannot fail to impress! This mesmerising book will have you contemplating the wonders of the universe.
Are you facing that pre-Christmas gift buying panic yet? Stuck for ideas for some unusual presents? No more room in your dad’s sock drawer? Fear not, Qwerkiteers, we’ll come to your rescue with our Top Ten Christmas Gifts!
This gorgeous coffee table book will move you in to gift giving pole position! Written by leading motor sport expert Bruce Jones and featuring over 350 colour photographs from Google Earth, this is the perfect gift for any Formula One fanatic.
What is teatime without a little opulence? This full-size Chocolate Teapot is hand-made in the UK from dark Belgian chocolate. Fill with hot water to create an indulgently rich fondue, perfect to dip in everything from strawberries to marshmallows.
This is a fantastic gift for enquiring minds and engineers. The tram will move along its tracks, and even has a secret compartment for passing along messages. Set one up in your office to collect the tea order!
Get the kids (and the grown-ups!) to blow off some steam while waiting for Christmas dinner! The Laser Tag Shooting Game can be played inside and outside, and is sure to keep everyone entertained for hours.
Well, it's that time of year again, Qwerkiteers: the nights are drawing in, the leaves are dropping all over the place, and our excuse to pig out on all sorts of confectionary is nigh! That's right, it's nearly Halloween! Here are our top treats for this tricksy night!
Definitely just for the grown-ups! These deliciously boozy sweets are just heaven if you like a sweet tipple. Each pastille contains half a shot, so eat responsibly! You can choose from vodka, whisky, or a mixed cocktail flavour. Cheers!
Continuing with a gummy theme, check out this awesome Gummy Bacon! It’s great if you’re a fan of strawberry laces, but it’s bacon flavoured! Weird, but strangely wonderful, these bacon sweeties are suitable for vegetarians.
Coffee and/or Beer fiends, unite! Now you can spread your favourite flavours on to whatever takes your fancy (keep it clean, Qwerkiteers!). The Spreadable Coffee is made with high-quality Arabica beans, and smells amazing. You can add it to homemade cakes, spread it on toast or (my particular favourite) spread it on some breakfast pastries! The < http://www.qwerkity.com/spreadable-beer-prod18145/>Spreadable Beer makes a great alternative to Marmite or chutney: try it with meats, hard cheeses or chestnuts.
Not only are these bubbles super tasty, but you and your friends will have great fun running round the room trying to catch them! Sadly (ahem!), there’s no video evidence of us testing these in the office, but let’s just say gin was our favourite flavour! Hic!
Words cannot express our love for Monty. We can tell you that there are no samples of these chocolates left in our office. Each new box was empty within five minutes. These choccies have our affirmative seal of approval!
We hope you have a spook-tastic Halloween, Qwerkiteers! Tweet us some pictures of your Halloween costumes!
We all know the dilemma: you’re wrapped under a blanket on the sofa, and it’s a toss-up as to whether you’re prepared to get chilly again by taking your arms out of the blanket nest so you can drink your cup of tea or if you sit and watch said tea get cold while you stay warm. Whoever came up with the idea of adding sleeves to a blanket is an absolute genius, and we salute them. Snug Rug for the win(ter).
Not only are these fingerless gloves super snuggly with their fleece lining, they’re available in three different styles (Berry, Navy, or Natural). Handmade in Nepal, these wool gloves are perfect if there’s something of a chill in your office. Some of us at Qwerkity HQ like to wear them while driving, so our hands are nice and toasty!
We don’t give a hoot about the cold when we have this little guy to snuggle with! He’s so soft and cuddly, and he has a pocket for you to slip your hands in to warm up. He’ll also double up as cushion. This sleepy looking fella makes the perfect cuddle companion.
It may be a “Matter of Loaf and Death” if you don’t have this cuddly Gromit Hottie. Filled with lavender and millet seeds, he heats up in the microwave as a snuggly alternative to a hot water bottle. The lavender scent and warmth will help your little ones (or you!) fall asleep in no time.
We’re fast moving in to log fire season, and this Fireside Companion Set will help to keep your hearth tidy. The set includes a metal ash shovel, hearth brush, poker and long heavy-duty gauntlets to protect your hands. There’s also a wrought iron stand to hang all your new tools on. Come on, baby – light your fire!
Keep your fire lighting tools to hand with this Scandinavian style Kindling Bucket. Minimalist but stylish, the bucket is ideal not only for storing your kindling, but also for keeping firelighters and old newspapers in.
With the cold comes talk of Christmas, and this Santa hat is perfect for the run up to winter’s highlight! The knitted beard will keep your face wonderfully warm and cosy; it’s ideal for a stroll on a chilly day (and if your face is getting too warm, you can detach the beard!).
Check out our Get Cosy category for more winter warmers! Stay toasty, Qwerkiteers!
Qwerktiteers, if you’re anything like us you’ve been hit hard by the colouring craze. We’re running out of space on the bookshelves for all of our colouring books, and our pencil cases are bursting with the prettiest colouring pencils. But, as they say, you can’t have too much of a good thing, so we’ve picked out our best books and pencil sets for you. Colour yourself happy!
First thing’s first, you’ll need some gorgeous colouring pencils. We have two new beautiful sets in Neon and Metallic. With vibrant shades like Sugarplum Fairy and Flaming Fuchsia, your pictures will really pop!
Colour Quest is a beautiful book. You may need relatively keen eyesight or good light to see the numbered shapes, but there’s some fantastic pictures to be found! Each page is has a number/colour code on the left hand side (if you want to follow a set colour scheme) and a perforated margin so you can display your results proudly. Who said the fridge door was exclusively for children’s art?
The Ultimate Dot To Dot will keep you entertained for hours. Perfect for some unwind time towards the end of the day, you’ll uncover thirty amazing creations simply by joining up the numbers. Once complete, you could colour your pictures in too. Double value!
Extreme Colouring – The Great Outdoors features landscapes from forty-seven National Parks across the USA. Each page has an informative description of the park, from Yosemite to Yellowstone. Extreme Colouring – Wonderful World allows you to express yourself through colour and imagination and stretch your creativity to the max. From the Hong Kong skyline to Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss, these books are a fantastic way to add to your travel bucket list!
If you find the garden a relaxing place, then the RHS Floral Colouring Book is for you. There are forty-five inspirational images for you to lose yourself in for hours. Each image is accompanied by the original full-colour illustration taken from the RHS Lindley Library of historical gardening illustrations; you can use it as colour guideline, or let your imagination run wild.
So, as the evenings are drawing in, Qwerkiteers, get yourselves snuggled up on the sofa with a good colouring book. Enjoy!
Well, Qwerkiteers, the weather has definitely turned (if our shivering is anything to go by). But with the return of winter comes the permission to indulge in all forms of comfort food (hurrah!) and we've decided that the best comfort food is a good old Sunday roast. You just can't beat it!
We’ve thrown together some of our favourite products to help you make the roast-ess with the most-ess. Aunt Bessie has nothing on you…
First up is the Roasteasy. As seen on Dragon’s Den, this chainmail sheet is a perfect alternative to all the reams of kitchen foil you’ll use over a lifetime of roast dinners. Just lay the chainmail over your bird, meat or veggies and it will retain your food’s natural juices for a succulent main! It will also keep your roast hot while it rests. Do feel free to drape yourself in the (cold!) Roasteasy and prance around the kitchen quoting Monty Python. Obviously, we haven’t done that. At all… Come, Patsy!
An alternative (or companion!) to the Roasteasy is the Highlighter Baster. Stop your roast from drying out with this quirky basting brush! Highlight your cooking skills and serve the best roast in town. Squeeze the body to suck up your marinade, oil, or sauce, then gently squeeze and brush to apply. Juicy!
Next is the Multi-Purpose Non-Stick Tray. If you’ve been following Bake Off, you’ll need one of these for sure; we’re still drooling over Jane’s Yorkshire puds! Made of silicone, there’s no need to pre-grease this tray, so you can at least pretend you’re being healthy as you scoff down your fourth Yorkie. It’s also incredibly easy to clean; you just run it under the tap, no scrubbing or elbow grease required.
Moving on to another fool proof way to ensure your roast dinner is the best in town, we have the Pre-Programmed Meat Thermometer. This is a roast saver if ever there was one; just select the type of meat you’re cooking (beef, veal, poultry, lamb, pork or fish), how well you’d like it cooked, and insert the probe into the thickest part of the meat. When you’re meat is at the recommended temperature the thermometer will beep. Perfect roast, every time.
Now what you need is a gorgeous board to serve from. We recommend our solid Wooden ‘Sunday Roast’ Carving Board. The board has a groove all around the edge to collect any juices (perfect for the tastiest gravies) and leaves you in no doubt as to its use! It would make a gorgeous centre piece for any Sunday table.
By far and away our most popular Sunday roast accessory is the Carving Tool. A great alternative to a carving fork, it has an easy-grip ergonomic handle and 4 super sharp spikes that hold all sorts of roasts firmly in place, even during the most enthusiastic carving! It also has a fork at the end for transferring
meat from board to plate.
Well, we don’t know about you, Qwerkiteers, but our mouths are watering now. Do we have to wait 'til Sunday for a roast dinner? Can we make Tuesday roasts a thing?
We’re sure you’ve all heard at least one person mention that it’s only 13 weeks and 4 days(!) until Christmas. It may make some people grumpy, but we’re excited, Qwerkiteers, particularly as our new gift catalogue launched this week! We’ve been having fun picking out our favourite products to share with you. Take it away, team!
Jenny: “My favourite new product is the Queen Bee Necklace. It’s so dainty and pretty, plus it comes in a beautiful gift box. It’s on my Christmas list! I might even ask for the earrings to match!”
Ben: “I want the Skull Tidy! I’d have fun putting random sunglasses and hats on him.”
Chloe: “I love the Hare Doorstop; I’ve got one in my house already! It was a gorgeous housewarming gift from the buying girls, and I’m just in love with it. My cat’s rather fond of it too…”
Mandy: “I’m a little in love with the Highland Bull. In my head he’s called Hamish.”
Nic: “It has to be the Build Your Own Working Safe. I had to build the sample our supplier sent for a photo shoot, and it was surprisingly easy and really relaxing!”
Katy: “My favourite is the Robin Nesting Box. What could be more British than robins and teapots?! And it’s frost resistant, so it can stay out for your robins all year round.”
Patti: “I really miss getting great pizza in America, so I’d have to go for the Pizza Maker!”
Laura-Anne: “I love and adore the Hair Chalks! I’m a bit obsessed with hair chalk; I get bored easily with my hair style and colour, so these are great for mixing it up!”
Ameila: “There’s a new love in my life, and his name is Cyril Sloth. I keep sneaking in to the samples room to give him a cuddle. I need to smuggle him through to my desk.”
Michael: “I really like the Motor Racing Signs. I may drop a hint or two to my wife about Christmas presents!”
Jane: “My favourite is definitely the Bluebell & Wood Anemone Scented Candle. It smells just delicious and would make a beautiful gift. Plus, 3% of the profits go to bee conservation, which is highly important.”
Em: “I’m really fond of the Lurcher sculpture. He looks so content!”
Darren: “It’s the Bi-Plane all the way. I keep trying to get it to land in Em’s cup of tea, but no luck so far!”
We know we're all in mourning for the future of GBBO, but let's bask in the excellence that remains for the next few weeks. And on that note, it's batter week. Oh my.
Who on earth has ever tried to make uniform Yorkshire puds?! Surely the beauty of them is that they're all over the place and somewhat wonky? Never before have we heard the word 'finesse' linked with yorkies; although 'mind over batter' may now be our favourite phrase, along with 'batter the devil you know'. Oh, Mel and Sue, whatever will we do without you?!
Our favourite Yorkie Pud: Jane's Meat & Two Veg. Could you beat it? And they look beautiful.
The Technical: Lacey Pancakes. Sure, it's very pretty, but we'd be wondering where the rest of our pancake was...
Candice - "It's a heart shaped pancake. I’m not sure who would wear it..." We agree, Candice. We’re not sure lace belongs in the context of food!
The winner: Benjamina. She's one of our secret favourites! Seriously pretty pancakes!
The Showstopper: Churros (forever more to be known as Churros Kemp). How on earth are you supposed to make a showstopper out of these? Spanish doughnut origami?
Our winner: It's Benjamina again!
Selasi, we're desperate for you to pull your socks up.
Kate, we've rather enjoyed your company, and we'd much rather you'd stayed than Tepidly Toxic Tom.
Next week is pastry week, and the return of the Soggy Bottom!