This could be the best day of the year! An entire day dedicated to glorious chocolate. Hallelujah! Qwerkity has you covered for the whole day, from breakfast through to a night cap. And remember: chocolate comes from a plant, and is therefore salad. Bon appétit!
Is it time for elevenses? These delicious hand-made Belgian white and milk chocolates look exactly like every family’s favourite biscuit assortment. Share your biscuits with the office, or keep them tucked away in your desk drawer! I’ll have a pink wafer, please.
We all have a photographer in our lives, whether they’re a professional or a budding amateur. Why not treat them (or yourself!) to any of the photography inspired gifts below?
This quirkily delightful cup is made in ceramic with a rubber grip, is generously sized, and is just the thing for a perfectly exposed cup of tea, coffee or soup! Both microwave and dishwasher safe, this realistic reproduction will make the perfect gift for Camera Day!
Whether you’re a seasoned Instagrammer or just want to get some decent shots of the grandchildren, this Camera Clip Lens set will help you to take professional-style photos from your smartphone or tablet. The clip comes with three different lenses: a wide angle lens so you can get more into your shot; a fisheye lens with a spherical distortion that allows you to get everything in the picture; and a macro lens for the perfect close-ups.
We all know the heartbreak of losing our photos: if you’ve been burned before, you’ll want to invest in the Picture Keeper. This brilliant gadget can automatically find your photos and save them under the same folder names as on your computer. It will also remind you to back-up each month. Compatible with both Mac and PC, and available in 8GB or 16GB.
Beat the rush this Father’s Day and show dad some love with these great gift ideas!
If you are looking for a great gift for Dad, this Parasol Light with Wireless Speakers is a terrific first choice. Bluetooth enabled, the little gadget can seamlessly stream your music from a phone or Bluetooth enabled laptop in stereo mode, right from your garden parasol. The rechargeable USB battery means that you can have hours of lighting and entertainment. Plug it into a USB slot when not in use to charge it.
Is there any better combination than the rich fruity taste of red wine and deliciously indulgent dark chocolate? Spoil Dad this Father’s Day with his very own bottle of our luxurious Rubis chocolate flavoured wine. The perfect gift for any chocolate or wine lover. It can also be used as a base in savoury dishes to give them an intriguing aftertaste, or serve it chilled over desserts.
Both practical and beautiful, the Aegean tray is an engineering masterpiece and a must for any Dad who enjoys entertaining. The simple design lets you carry the tray in one hand while negotiating steps, allowing you to tip or swing the Aegean tray at unbelievable angles without spilling a drop!
This 3-piece barbeque tool set will strike a chord with any rock star Dad or BBQ master Dad. Made from stainless steel with pine handles, the set consists of a spatula, tongs and a fork – all shaped like guitars.
If your Father is a golf lover, this Wash Bag is the perfect gift. Made from high quality PU leather, it is shaped just like a real golf caddy. Both practical and stylish, it has a waterproof checked lining with 2 internal pockets and 3 external zipped pockets.
Both practical and informative, this Haynes® styled Barbeque manual is a perfect must-have essential for any budding BBQ master chef. Learn the secret techniques of buying, using and cooking on a barbeque. Clearly written and neatly laid out with colour illustrations, this manual covers everything from classic BBQ meats, vegetarian dishes, puddings and desserts – and even how to roast a whole hog.
Let Dad show his wild side with this stylish, top quality Sheaffer ballpoint pen. Licensed under Ferrari, the pen is finished in the unmistakable Rosso Corsa red gloss and features the ‘Cavallino Rampante’ prancing horse shield. Gift boxed, this is the perfect gift for any Dad who loves driving in the fast lane of life.
Treat dad to a well-deserved cold pint with a slight sarcastic twist this Father’s Day. Printed with the message “Probably The Best Dad In The World”, this solid glass tankard can be personalised with his name to make it even more personal and special (20 characters max).
Our new Spring /Summer collection has arrived! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hand-picking some of our favourite gifts, gadgets, home and garden, travel and DIY lines to share with you.
With its palette of neutral pastels and browns, this Stag Country Cushion features a beautiful watercolour painting of a Stag’s head on the front, and tweed pattern on the back, that uniquely captures the British Country fashion. Add it to any sofa, chair or bed for an instant elegant country style. Designed in the UK, it has a cotton-mix cover and zip to allow for easy washing. Hedgehog and Owl patterns are also available to complete the style.
Illustrated by the award-winning country artist, Hannah Dale, and capturing both the country spirit and the quirky personality of her subjects, this trio of chicks print, mounted in a distressed cream frame, will look perfect in a country home. It includes hooks on the reverse, ready for hanging. Browse more of the charming Wrendale collection here.
This generously sized Weekend Bag is the perfect gift for the jet-setter with a sense of style. Featuring a beautiful, neutral tone tapestry country floral design, the bag is accented with sturdy faux leather carry handles and matching trim, has a strong inner nylon lining, reinforced base and zipped internal pocket.
This Gourmet Cheese Baker will be an undeniable hit with any cheese lover and foodie. Presented in a matching blue and white gift box, this Ceramic Baker has a decorative vintage Cornish design printed on the lid and a blue and white trim. Bake Brie or Camembert and serve it straight from the oven to the table to really impress your dinner guests.
Designed by the talented British artist, Emma Bridgewater, this melamine Nursery Set is a stunning and original keepsake for young children. Made from durable melamine plastic that is dishwasher safe (top rack), this set contains a plate, bowl and mug – all beautifully decorated with the well-known Men At Work pattern. A matching Cutlery Set is also available.
Give someone special a one-of-a-kind gift to celebrate their birthday in the best way possible. The Sign It Photo Frame lets friends and family write personal messages or leave their signature as a permanent reminder of the day. The frame holds a 6 x 4” photograph and includes a permanent black ink pen.
Lose yourself in vintage Victorian charm with this Royal Horticultural Society Floral Colouring Book. Featuring 90 pages of beautiful gardening and flower illustrations specially selected from the Lindley Library, this book is a must-have for anyone who enjoys gardening, art or loves flowers.
Mothers are superheroes. They are impervious to the common cold and never get flu. They fought off the monsters under our beds and sang us to sleep. They put up with our teenage angst and rebellion and supported us through our first career choices. Mothering Sunday is just around the corner! Show mum your appreciation for all she has done, with these indulgently pampering and relaxing gift ideas!
If you are on a budget but still want to pamper mum this Sunday, why not get her these beautifully crafted Tropical Rainforest Bath Flowers. Sculpted from soap infused with the essential oils of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Pink Grapefruit and Amber, she’ll only need to dissolve about 8-9 petals in her bath water for an enticing aromatic experience that will send her on a relaxing trip that will feel out of this world.
Everyone knows that Chocolate really is a girl’s best friend, and what better way to make mum’s day than with a delicious, handmade Belgian chocolate teapot. Fill it with hot water to make an indulgent and rick hot chocolate drink, or as a divine chocolate fondue!
There is nothing quite as relaxing as a long, hot bath at the end of the day. It is a perfect time to unwind and soak up a peaceful few moments. Give mum the best gift this Mother’s Day with Olverum Bath Oil. With a unique, restorative blend of Lavender, Pine, Rosemary, Verbena and Eucalyptus essential oils, Olverum is both aromatically enticing, relaxes muscles and leaves the skin feeling baby soft, perfect for dry skin.
Colouring-in is not just for children anymore. Adult colouring activities are gaining popularity as the most relaxing way to destress and unwind in-between life’s busy moments. Let mum put her feet up and enjoy the benefits of colouring-in for adults with this Glorious Gardens book that features over 100 beautifully hypnotic floral patterns and designs for her to unleash her creativity on.
We have made gift giving easy this Mother’s Day. Our Manicure Gift Box is ideal for the mother who loves having beautifully manicured nails. Contains 2 of our most popular nail products: The Nail Buddy is like a third hand and holds your nail polish bottle steady, so no more worries about nail polish spills or finger acrobatics trying to hold the bottle upright. The Stylfile is a buff, nail file, and polisher all in one. It also has a cuticle pusher and cutter when pulled apart.
This Hair & Beauty Gift Box is our favourite best seller for mums and is the ultimate pampering package! Beautifully packed in a silver gift box with purple ribbon, this box contains our best hair and beauty sellers. The Make-up Eraser effortlessly removes make-up, using just clean water while still being gentle on the skin. The Quick Dry Volumising Gloves are made from super-absorbent microfibre fabric that removes excess water from hair and creates a bigger, fuller style while drying. Make mum feel like a teen again with the Sweet Treats Lip Balm. Flavoured with a delicious Red Velvet cupcake aroma, this tiny lip balm is perfect for popping in a handbag to always have to hand.
In today’s busy lifestyle and on-the-go living, bird feeding is one of the most popular and enjoyable ways to observe the local wildlife and a bit of nature. Bird feeding is also an inexpensive activity that can help sustain bird populations through the seasons, if done correctly.
There are many different varieties of bird feeders and feeding stations available these days, from the more traditional wooden feeders to platform, suet or tube feeders – and each design can attract a different species of bird into your garden. When choosing a feeder, bear the following in mind:
While most store-bought seed mixes might be adequate, always make sure the brand is a reputable source. Giving wild birds options of nutritionally higher quality foods can be a wonderful self-rewarding choice.
Did you know– if you notice that not many birds are visiting your garden in the winter, this is a good signal for a mild Winter. Other food sources are available to birds, so they have no need to scavenge.
Bird feeding is both a relaxing and worthwhile hobby. By leaving out bird feeders with nutritious seeds, many a migrating bird will benefit from the readily available meal. This saves the bird population and ensures a healthy one. Keep an in-depth field guide ready with a pair of binoculars and become an expert in identifying some of the UK’s most iconic bird species.
January is Hot Tea month! If there’s anything we British know about – it is our tea. So get the kettle on for your favourite brew – and keep warm this winter!
Tea first appeared in ancient China, dating back to around 3000 BC. As the legend goes, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting under a Camellia sinensis, or Tea tree one day when the wind rustled the leaves. A few of the leaves landed in a cup of water his servant was boiling for him, and so the first cup of tea came into being. But Tea wouldn’t be considered Britain’s “national” drink until 1662 AD, with the arrival of Catherine of Braganza - the future wife of King Charles II, who is said to be responsible for making tea a fashionable drink in England.
So how do you celebrate Hot Tea Month you ask? – By making your favourite brew!
Never be without Tea! This Emergency Tea Bag Tin is ideal for tea drinkers who always need their fix. Decorated with the grunge-styled print art of Rachel Bright, this tin is small enough to take with you when travelling, for keeping in a handbag or in your pocket for those must-have-tea emergencies!
Add a little rock ‘n roll to your cuppa with these Rockstir Teaspoons! Made from stainless-steel and available in three designs (Electric, Classic and Lightning), these teaspoons will be a hit with any tea drinking musician.
Looks like Mr Tea has the right idea… Made from heat-resistant silicone, this quirky little man can have his trousers filled with your favourite tea leaves and then simply hang around in your mug for that perfect drink. He is also microwave and dishwasher safe.
Not a tea drinker but don’t want to be left out for Hot Tea month? No problem, our delicious Chocolate Teapot is the perfect substitute for the non-tea drinker, while still keeping to the spirit of it. Made from solid Belgian milk chocolate this will be a guaranteed hit at gatherings! Make hot chocolate or a chocolate fondue simply by adding boiling water – the chocolate is so rich and decadent, you won’t even need milk!
Add nostalgic appeal to afternoon tea with this functional china replica of everyone’s favourite range cooker. This quirky teapot looks just like an AGA and even has some additional novelties, such as a cat snoozing on the hotplate and a kettle, which is the lid. Pair it up with our Aga Biscuit Tins, available in red, blue or cream! This is a great gift for any tea-drinker.
2015 seemed to pass by in a flash – and we’re already into the second week of January. To get this year started with a bang, our latest catalogue is filled with new and exciting Travel, Practical Home, Garden and DIY products, as well as our top selling gifts.
Look smart in the kitchen with our Hinchcliffe & Barber Apron. Made from top-quality cotton, this beautiful apron is printed with the award-winning Songbird block-print design. It also has an adjustable neck strap to allow for comfort, and is gift boxed. If you are an AGA owner, pair up this apron with our Hinchcliffe & Barber Range-top Covers.
In November, we were thrilled to sponsor the “Men’s Den” at the 25thAnniversary of the Christmas Shopping Spectacular, held at Arley Hall in aid of the Seashell Trust charity.
We are proud to say that over £45 000 was raised at the event for the Trust. The money will go towards installing a sensory room in one of the newly built residential houses, which will make a huge impact on the lives of the children they support.
We would like to congratulate the Arley Christmas Fair Committee for organising such a successful and fun Fair, and we will hope to see you there next year!