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5 favourites from our new essentials by post autumn collection

Wednesday, 7th August 2013

We have just launched our brand new essentials by post autumn collection and have over 140 new gadgets and accessories to choose from. Here are our favourites…

New essentials autumn collection
Great news this week. Our brand new essentials by post autumn catalogues have launched and are packed full with over 140 brand new practical, fun and unusual gadgets and accessories for your home, garden, DIY and travel. Be the first to view the new collection online (

There are so many new gadgets to choose from this autumn including home gadgets. One of my absolute favourites is the Oh-So Light Expanding Hose which automatically expands up to 3 times its original length when the water is turned on and contracts when the water is turned off. Take a look at the fantastic video we have of it below.

New essentials autumn collectionIf you love to cook, but always end up having to serve cold food due to the lack of room in the oven, then our Microwaveable Hot Plate is the answer. You can keep food piping hot as well as beautifully chilled for up to an hour with this clever hot plate.

Prevent draughts this autumn and winter when the nights start to draw in with our beautiful Sheep Draught Excluder which features a family of 8 woolly sheep complete with tails, eyes and endearing expressions. It will guarantee a smile even on the chilliest of nights.

If you like to start the day with a strong coffee or a good cup of tea then our Coffee Press and Tea Infusers are for you. Just add coarsely ground coffee or tea leaves to the Infuser, dip it into the boiling water, allow to brew and press to release the full flavour – delicious!

Finally, have more fun in the shower with this brilliant Light-up LED Shower Head which lights up the water in different colours depending on the temperature. Eau so clever!

Don’t forget you can see all of these new products and the rest of the full collection online now.

Why not let us know your favourite new gadgets and accessories by leaving us a comment in the box below – we always love to hear from you.

Written By Fiona
Filed under New

Who is our latest Introduce a Friend Winner?

Monday, 5th August 2013

Find out who our latest Introduce a Friend competition winner is!

It’s that time of year again and we have just drawn our latest winner from our Introduce a Friend Competition, where we sent out Introduce a Friend cards with our summer Essentials catalogues.
Congratulations to Lucy Millar, our latest Introduce a Friend Competition winner who has won £50 of vouchers to spend with us. We hope you enjoy spending your vouchers.
Thank you to everyone who entered and filled out the cards recommending a friend. We hope that you all find some great gift ideas for yourself, friends and family for any occasion.

Written By Fiona

July Catalogue Code Prize Draw Winner

Wednesday, 17th July 2013

We have a winner! Find out who’s won a £250 shopping spree in our latest Catalogue Code Prize Draw.

Exciting news! We have been busy collating all the catalogue codes that you have submitted with your online orders over the past 6 months - and we finally have a winner. The Catalogue Code Prize Draw was made on 15th July 2015. Huge congratulations to Mr Robert Collier. We hope you enjoy your £250 shopping spree on our website.

Thank you to everyone who entered their catalogue code into the prize draw. Keep an eye out for our next draw in January for your chance to win.

Written By Fiona

Massive Summer Sale Top Picks

Thursday, 4th July 2013

Our team of expert buyers choose their favourites from our Massive Summer Sale.

Massive Summer SaleSummer is finally here (or at least it’s forecast to be sunny this weekend) and we have over 600 gifts, gadgets and accessories with up to 70% off in our Massive Summer Sale to choose from.

Whether you love a bargain (who doesn’t), are stocking up on birthday and Christmas presents (not forgetting your pets) or just need an excuse to shop, we have a great range of gifts and gadgets, not forgetting accessories for the home and garden plus essential travel accessories you won’t want to miss out on.

Three of our favourites include the Photo to Canvas Kit - now a massive 70% off! You can print off your favourite pictures, or maybe a perfect holiday snap, in a matter of minutes and turn it into a beautiful canvas display for your wall.

As it’s looking nice this coming week, maybe you want to fire up the barbeque and make the most of the sunshine. Make sure you’re kitted out with our Grillslinger Sport BBQ System, ready to take charge of the cooking!

Finally if you’re in festival mode, get in the music swing with our Silent Disco Starter Kit that will keep the party going without annoying the neighbours.

Our Buyers’ full Top 9 include:

  1. Photo to Canvas Kit
  2. Grillslinger Sport BBQ System
  3. Union Jack & Floral Windbreaks
  4. Dog Bone Food Bowls
  5. Protect your iPad Covers
  6. Bobble Jug Water Filter
  7. Silent Disco Starter Kit
  8. Black Labrador Matchbox Holder
  9. Folding Secateurs
Make sure you grab a bargain from our Massive Summer Sale before it’s too late – there’s over 600 items to choose from. Sale must end Sunday 14th July 2013.

Happy shopping!

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Call Blocker puts an end to nuisance calls

Monday, 10th June 2013

Make unwanted calls a thing of the past with the clever Call Blocker.

Call BlockerNuisance calls and unwanted voicemail messages are becoming an increasing problem for many people. As well as causing frustration and annoyance, these calls can also be intimidating, particularly to the elderly.

Now you can put an end to these nuisance telephone calls with the Call Blocker. This clever device comes pre-programmed with all rogue calling telephone numbers known to the Call Prevention Registry and can block up to 1,000 callers easily at the touch of a button.

The unwanted caller’s number is then logged into the unit’s memory and is blocked permanently, allowing you to get on with your daily routine without worrying about getting cold callers.

Click here to find out more about our Call Blocker and let us know if you suffer from cold callers.

Written By Fiona

It’s Festival season!

Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Are you off to a music festival? Make sure you check out these Top 10 essentials you don’t want to leave home without!

Festivals & CampingFestival season is here at last with the Isle of Wight Festival, Download, Glastonbury and T in the Park just around the corner. Whether it’s your very first festival or your 50th, we have all sorts of gadgets, accessories and groovy camping gear which you shouldn’t leave home without.

Here are my Top 10 picks…

  1. Festival Feet Shoe Covers – look cool and protect your shoes from the wet and mud
  2. VW Campervan Tent – stand out from the crowd with this groovy tentFestival Feet Shoe Covers
  3. Mystical Fire Magic Colour Changing Flames - brighten up your camp fire with a colourful display
  4. Multi Colour LED Headlight - don’t get lost in the dark
  5. Waterproof Money Belt - keep your money and belongings safe
  6. Stardust Wellies - essential footwear in muddy conditions
  7. Stick-On Boot Bling - jazz up any pair of wellies
  8. Shewee Extreme Set - an essential piece of kit for ladies
  9. Emergency Ponchos - just in case it rains!
  10. Folding Insulated Mat - no-one likes a soggy bottom
Don’t forget to check out even more of our Camping & Festival items.

Happy Festival-ing!

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

How does our new Sonic Skin Care System compare with the high end brand Clarisonic?

Friday, 31st May 2013

We put Gemma to the test to try out our new Silk’n Sonic Skin Care System. Read how she got on…

Silk’n recently put out their version of the motorised skin care brush, a gadget made popular by the high end brand Clarisonic. I have been using the Clarisonic now for the past 4 months and so was interested to know how the Silk’n version stacked up against the Clarisonic. I will be comparing the Sonic Skin Care System with the Clarisonic Mia 2. Sonic SKin Care System

  1. Price - this is where the most dramatic difference occurs. The Silk’n brush retails for £49.99, which is a whopping 58% cheaper than the Clarisonic Mia 2 (£120). Clarisonic very rarely discount and the retailers they work with are generally not big discounters so you would be lucky to find any Clarisonic unit at less than the SRP.
  2. Brush Head – The head of the Silk’n unit is slightly larger than the Clarisonic brush and the bristles slightly coarser.  There are various different brush heads you can buy for different skin types for the Clarisonic – I have just compared it with the standard head that comes with the unit.
  3. Body Size – The body of the Silk’n is slightly longer, larger and shinier in finish.  It’s nice – it fits in the hand well and comes with a handy charging station on which it can sit.  The Clarisonic is slightly more compact with a textured finish.
  4. Power – Both are mains charged.  Silk’n docks into a holder, the Clarisonic has a clever magnetic charger and feels like it vibrates faster.
  5. Performance – Silk’n has vibrating and pulsating modes, and 2 speeds for each.  The vibrating mode is said to clean and exfoliate the skin, while the pulsating mode improves skin elasticity.  It has a 60 second timer.  Clarisonic has 2 speeds and a 60 second timer which stops intermittently to let you know to move onto the next section of the face. 
Overall, the effect on the skin is very similar from one device to the other.  They both clean and exfoliate extremely well.  The faster vibration on the Clarisonic and softer head makes it feel a little less abrasive and gentler on the skin. £120 is a lot of money to spend on a facial cleanser without having tried it and knowing if it will suit you and your skin. For £49.99 you can get a very similar result.

Take a look at our Sonic Skin Care System and don’t forget to let us know your opinions – we always love hearing from you.

Written By Fiona
Filed under New, Product Reviews

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Father’s Day will be here soon. Here are my Top 10 gift ideas to suit any dad.

Father’s Day is celebrated on 16th June this year and if you haven’t a clue what to buy for your dad this Father’s Day and are in a hurry, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Gifts to suit any dad.Personalised Father's Day Message Mug

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  1. Cool Dad Music Socks
  2. Personalised Whisky Gift Set
  3. Guitars: 500 of the Most Seductive Instruments
  4. Man Bowl
  5. Personalised Father’s Day Message Mug
  6. Sandals Silly Socks
  7. Personalised From Russia With Love Kindle Cover
  8. Habanero & Chipotle Chilli Chocolates
  9. Whisky Bath & Shower Gel
  10. Back Up iPhone Charger

Don’t forget to check out our Father’s Day category for over 100 more gift ideas for dads of all ages and interests including gadget-loving dads, sporty dads, gardening dads and much more.

You can always leave us a comment if you need some suggestions – we always love hearing from you and helping out.

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

It’s National BBQ Week from 27th May until 2nd June 2013

Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Don't forget it’s National BBQ Week from 27th May until 2nd June. The perfect excuse to have a BBQ.

Fire PitsDid you know it’s National BBQ Week from Monday 27th May – Sunday 2nd June 2013? It’s time to fire up those barbeques (if you haven’t already) and hopefully enjoy the sunshine and lighter evenings with some al fresco dining with friends and family!

We have a wide range of BBQ Accessories to make any barbeque a success, and if your barbeque has seen better days, then why not upgrade to one of our stylish Fire Pits which can be used as a barbeque as well as an outdoor fire to keep you warm on chilly evenings.

My Top 5 Recipe Ideas…

  1. Chicken Drumsticks – marinated in BBQ sauce
  2. Home Made Beef Burgers (TIP: Only turn them once, not several times)
  3. Chicken or Lamb Kebabs – with lots of pineapple, peppers and onions (and tzatziki sauce)
  4. Sizzling Sausages – topped with Piri Piri Sauce
  5. Corn on the cob with lots of melted butterReusable Thermometers
Whatever you’re cooking, you might want to look the part by wearing our Grillslinger Sport BBQ System now £24.99 and if you never know when your meat is properly cooked, then our Reusable Thermometers will come in handy and now they are only £12.50!

To make your outdoor dining experience even better, don’t forget to take a look at our full range of Al Fresco Dining accessories.

Happy Barbequing!

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

New Essentials Summer 2013 Collection – now online

Thursday, 16th May 2013

We’ve just added over 100 brand new items to our new Essentials Summer Collection – now online. Take a sneaky peek now.

Summer is nearly here and we’ve been busy bees in the office adding over 100 brand new lines to our essentials Summer Collection including practical and useful gadgets and accessories for your home, garden, DIY and travel. Our essentials by post catalogues will be landing on doormats any day now, but why not take a sneaky peek online ( and be the first to view the new collection.

Some of my favourites from this collection include the Willow Insulated Picnic Basket which can hold 2 bottles and is perfect for picnics or garden parties – all we need is some sunshine.

I also love the ’Shabby Chic’ Indoor or Outdoor Mirror which can be used to increase the size of your garden or conservatory, and makes a lovely decorative item.
Willow Insulated Picnic basketZoku Instant Lolly Maker

When the sunshine does appear (which I hope will be very soon), then you will definitely want to make use of our Zoku® Instant Lolly Maker to make tasty and refreshing ice lollies. Why not get our Zoku™ Lolly Recipe Book as well to create 40 different, quick and delicious recipes with wonderful flavours.

If you’re anything like me and struggle to add or remove keys, then our Free Key® System is a must buy. No more broken nails – just a simple press down function and your key slips on.Indoor or Outdoor Mirror

Finally – if you’re fed up with receiving nuisance telephone calls and lots of pointless answerphone messages, then our Call Blocker is what you need. This clever device has the ability to block up to 1,000 callers at the touch of a button. Peace at last.

Don’t forget we have over 100 brand new products to view in our essentials Summer Collection.

You can also let us know what you think of the collection – we always love hearing from you.

Written By Fiona
Filed under New

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