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Stuck for a Father's Day gift idea?

Thursday, 17th May 2012

Father's Day is soon approaching, so read on to get some brilliant ideas for all types of dads!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have all sorts of gifts, gadgets and fun ideas in our Pics to SD Photo & Negative ScannerFather’s Day category for any dad on June 17th.
Whether your dad is sporty, a gadget lover, bookworm, musician, a keen gardener, or just enjoys a laugh and can take a joke we have great ideas to suit any dad this Father’s Day. 
Gadget lovers will love our range of practical, useful and fun gadgets. If your dad has old negatives and slides, our Pics to SD Photo & Negative Scanner will allow him to rediscover old photographs by turning them into digital images.
Dads who enjoy a good read will love our book collection. If he enjoys humorous books then why not buy him our popular Top Gear – The Alternative Highway Code, or how about 101 Things to do in a Shed for DIY dads. Personalised Year Blended Whisky
Are you looking for that extra special gift this Father’s Day? How about giving your dad a personalised gift? We have personalised whisky, wine and other spirits, as well as calendars that can start on the month of their choice, not forgetting personalised sporting books. These gifts can be personalised with a name and message- making the gift extra special. Make sure you order personalised gifts in good time.
Finally – if you are thinking that socks will make your dad’s day then we have a great collection of Sock Exchange Weekday Socksfunky socks that will brighten up any sock drawer. Choose from Cool Dad Socks, Long Distinctive Socks, not forgetting our popular Sock Exchange Weekday Socks.
Don’t forget we have plenty more gift ideas within our Father’s Day category to choose from. If you are struggling to think of an idea, why don’t you leave us a message and we’ll be happy to help.
We hope you find the perfect gift for your dad to make his day a special one.

Written By Fiona
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Introduce a Friend Competition Winner

Tuesday, 8th May 2012

Find out who our lucky winner of our Introduce a Friend Competition is!

We conducted a prize draw where Introduce a Friend cards were sent out with our Essentials Spring mailing catalogues, and if you completed the card – recommending a friend to receive a catalogue you were entered into the prize draw to win a fabulous £50 of gift vouchers.
We had a fantastic response with approximately 200 recommendations. So, the lucky winner of our Introduce a Friend Competition is Mr D Williams! Congratulations - your gift vouchers are on their way.
Thank you to everyone who entered and introduced a friend to our catalogues – I hope you all find some inspirational gift ideas!

Written By Fiona
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Celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012

It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next month, and we have some fabulous memorabilia to mark this special occasion.

Union Jack BuntingNext month the Queen will be celebrating 60 years as monarch with her Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday 5th June. In fact, other than Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II is the only British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. Around the country and the world people will be celebrating this momentous occasion with street parties, concerts, festivals and picnics.
So how you will remember this special day, and what unique commemorative gifts, souvenirs and collectables will you buy to treasure this special occasion?
We have a wonderful range of Diamond Jubilee commemorative items that we have handpicked ourselves, as well as some fun items to wear to get you into the party spirit!  
 Diamond Jubilee Traditional Plate
If you are a keen collector of royal memorabilia then you will certainly love our Diamond Jubilee Traditional Plate, Mug and Thimble which makes a beautiful keepsake to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The decoration on the china is actually inspired by The Queen’s Coronation dress which was designed by Royal Couturier Norman Hartnell.
Why not dress up over the Jubilee Weekend at a street party with our fantastic Royal Face Masks which made an appearance for the Royal Wedding last year. You can become the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry or William, or even Kate for the day! Plus our decorative Union Jack Bunting will add atmosphere at your street party or garden party.
 Royal Face Masks
Finally, we have various other royal memorabilia including books, jigsaws and toiletries to celebrate this remarkable occasion.
We hope you all enjoy celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and find a memento you love to mark this historic occasion.

Written By Fiona
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Sneak Preview of our New Essentials Collection!

Friday, 27th April 2012

Take a sneaky peek at our brand new essentials Collection – now online!

Exciting news this week! Our new Spring essentials catalogue has just been mailed and should be arriving on doorsteps any day now. However, if you can’t wait that long you can take a sneaky peek at our brand new essentials range online! We have over 80 new practical and useful gadgets and accessories for you, your house, garden, DIY and travel to choose from.Corkcicle
Some of my favourites from this collection include the Corkcicle® - the perfect way to keep your wine chilled without watering it down with ice. Just simply insert the frozen Corkcicle® into your wine bottle to maintain the perfect temperature! Any white wine and rosé wine lover should have one of these!
If you love flowers and plants, but don’t seem to have any floor space or window ledges available then our Sky Planter is just what you need! This upside-down planter hangs from the ceiling and saves space, conserves water and improves air quality – plus it looks great!
For anyone who is into their DIY, our 9-in-1 Carabiner Multi Tool & Wind Up Torch is ideal for simple DIY as well as camping, hiking and cycling. Pocket-sized, convenient and reliable it features a 3 LED torch, whistle, knife, saw, scissors and much more for any emergency which may arise.Sky Planter
Finally, our ingenious Collapsible Hangers are ideal for anyone who has trouble squeezing coathangers over high-necked tops without stretching the neckline. The clever design makes hanging clothing far easier and quicker and folds for travel and storage. We also have a great product video for the Collapsible Hangers as well which is well worth a look.
Make sure you take a look at all our new essential collection; we have lots more gadgets and accessories to choose from. Plus why don’t you tell us what you think of our products in the comments box below – we always love hearing from you!

Written By Fiona
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How to Wrap Wine & Champagne

Wednesday, 18th April 2012

Learn how to wrap wine and Champagne bottles the easy way with this video we just found!

Do you struggle to gift wrap wine and Champagne bottles so opt for the easy gift bag instead? I know I do.
We have just found a great video on how to wrap wine and Champagne, so watch this video and the next time it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary or another special occasion, you can amaze all your friends and family with your fantastic wrapping skills!

Written By Fiona
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What are you doing this Easter?

Friday, 30th March 2012

Whether you are going away over Easter or staying at home, we have lots of ingenious gadgets and accessories to choose from.

Easter is just around the corner and we have plenty of ingenious and fun gadgets and accessories for anyone who is going away for Easter, and for those who are staying at home.
 The Saress
So whether you are jetting off for a holiday in the sun, going on a mini break in the UK, or just planning lots of fun days out with the children, make sure you take a look at some of our fabulous travel gadgets that you won’t want to leave home without!
If you are off for a holiday in the sun, then the Saress is simply a must to pack. A cross between a sarong and a dress, it is perfect for the beach and leisurely strolls soaking in the sun.
Travelling by car this Easter? Any sat-nav users will love our Universal GPS Nav-Pack - a portable dashboard stand and travel case in one, so you no longer need to worry about dirty marks on your windscreen, or trying to fit your device into the cradle.
However if you are staying at home this weekend doing some much needed gardening, DIY or just chilling and having some ‘you’ time then we have lots of accessories for you toRelaxology Masko.
For anyone into their DIY, the Nail Gripper is a definite must, and is only £2.99! The Nail Gripper allows you to hammer away at nails with confidence, without the risk of hitting your thumb - ingenious!
If you are after some pampering time, then we have plenty of health and beauty items to choose from. The Relaxology Mask will do the trick of relieving tired, puffy eyes, and remove any tension, especially if you have been frantic at work lately.
Finally, if you have some time on your hands, how about learning a new The Art of Napkin Foldingskill? Why not learn how to make fantastic cakes with our Birthday Cake Book, or impress your friends and family members with your origami skills with The Art of Napkin Folding?
I hope you all enjoy your 4 day Easter break. Remember you can always leave us a comment and tell us what you are planning to do, or what you think of our products – we always love hearing from you.
Happy Easter!

Written By Fiona
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Check out our new Summer Travel Collection!

Friday, 23rd March 2012

Our brand new Summer Travel Collection ha arrived, full of great gadgets and accessories for any trip away.

New Summer Travel CollectionWe have just launched our brand new Summer Travel Collection full of all sorts of gadgets, accessories and clothing perfect for holidays abroad and days out in the UK.
Whether you are jetting off abroad this summer for an exciting holiday, or staying in the UK for a long weekend, or just going camping or off to a festival, we have a brilliant range of gadgets and gizmos that are sure to come in handy wherever you go.
We have also added over 40 brand new travel lines to the collection as well, so make sure you take a look at What’s New.Anti-Bottle Folding Water Bottle
Some of my new favourite products from the new collection include the Anti-Bottle Folding Water Bottle which is a reusable bottle that has been designed to fold flat when empty – and stands upright when full – great for walkers!
If you’re not such a fan of camping, perhaps our new book Glamping Getaways will change your mind! Glamping – or luxury camping is the new rage and this book provides a choice of extra special glamping spots across the UK. Maybe you could stay in a tipi or a cosy Mongolian yurt?
For anyone who enjoys reading and has an E-Reader, then our Really Tiny Booklight for E-Readers will make a great travel companion, and clips right onto your e-reader so you can read in the dark.
 Hammamas Wraps
Finally if you are jetting away for a holiday full of sun, sea and sand, then make sure you bring one of our Hammamas Wraps with you – the ultimate in beach chic this summer. Incredibly versatile – you can use it as a wrap, shawl, sarong, bath towel and more. 
We have plenty more fantastic travel items to choose from, so make sure you take a look at the new travel collection today.
Don’t forget to tell us what you think of our new products, we always love hearing from you, and you can leave your comments below. Happy travelling.

Written By Fiona
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How to Wrap the Perfect Present

Thursday, 22nd March 2012

Learn how to wrap the perfect present with this video we found!

Do you love celebrating people’s birthdays, but find wrapping presents utterly impossible?
We’ve just found a fantastic video on how to wrap the perfect present, so if you have a birthday coming up for a friend or family member make sure you check out this video and surprise someone with your amazing wrapping skills.

Written By Fiona
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Mothers Day Gift Ideas!

Tuesday, 6th March 2012

Mother's Day is nearly here, so check out our top 10 Mother's Day gifts for 2012!

It’s Mother’s Day on March 18th, and this is the day where we spoil our mums and show them just how much we really do love and appreciate them – even if they sometimes get on our nerves!
 Cake Soap Trio Set
So to honour this day, we have picked out some fantastic gift ideas which any mother will love, whether they are young, old, creative, sporty or just in need of some time relaxing away from the kids.
We have a whole range of jewellery to choose from including bracelets, earrings and necklaces to add to her collection, as well as beauty gifts for that much needed pampering time, not forgetting gadgets and decorative items for the house or garden.
However, if you’re looking for something extra special, take a look at our beautiful personalised Mother’s Day gifts, which can be personalised with a name and a message to make a totally unique and thoughtful present.
If you’ve not found that perfect mother’s day gift yet there’s still time. Why not surprise her with one of our Top 10 gift ideas for Mothering Sunday:
Top 10 Mother’s Day gifts Mother's Day Personalised Wooden Jigsaws

  1. Mother’s Day Personalised Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
  2. Personalised Teddy Bears
  3. Personalised Calendars – Best Mum
  4. Perfume Pendant
  5. Design Your Own Fragrance
  6. Cake Soap Trio Set
  7. Steiff Teddy Bear Necklace
  8. First Class Mum Mug
  9. 70s Retro Telephone
  10. Fun Phrase Cushion – Vodka

Perfume Pendant
Don’t forget we have plenty more Mother’s Day Gifts to choose from, so click here to see our whole collection.
Make Mother’s Day this year one to remember.

Written By Fiona
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Happy Pancake Day!

Tuesday, 21st February 2012

It's Pancake Day today, and we all love a pancake, or two, or three...but what is your ultimate pancake topping?

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or also more commonly known as Pancake Day due to the tradition of eating pancakes the day before Lent, and as a foodie, it is of course one of my favourite days of the year.
We had a little poll in the office to see what our favourite pancake toppings are, and without any doubt it has to be the good old traditional lemon and sugar – we absolutely love it! However, Nutella is also a firm favourite for all our chocoholics! 
So are you having pancakes today? Or had some for breakfast already, and having more tonight? Let us know what toppings you’re having, and if you are a flipper or a tosser!
Also let us know if you are having any pancake races, or doing anything bizarre –we’d love to hear.
Finally if you’re stuck for some inspirational ideas, here are my top 5 pancake topping suggestions…

  1. Lemon and sugar (who can beat it! TIP - use fresh lemons, and roll them first to get as much juice out of them as possible)
  2. Nutella (a chocoholic’s dream)
  3. Banana, vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce or maple syrup (or both!)
  4. Cinnamon, apple and maple syrup (great for breakfast and smells wonderful!)
  5. Bacon and eggs – I’ve been told that this is actually delicious – so if you’re brave enough give it a go!)

Happy Pancake Day!

Written By Fiona
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