Monday, 18th April 2016
Portable, versatile and a must for any home during the rainy season, this mini dehumidifier set is cordless, which means that it can be used anywhere with ease. Both low cost and energy efficient, the pods are recharged via the mains in 2-3 hours. Use it in a car, caravan, cupboard, or other places susceptible to excessive moisture and mould, or use the shoe dryer attachment to keep shoes fresh.
Salt, lemon, vinegar and baking powder – the time-proven solutions to everyday problems. Household Hints is a treasure trove of practical applications and recipes for chemical-free cleaning agents, cost-effective pest repellents, or natural personal hygiene products such as shampoos and antiseptics. Conveniently organised by chapters on Cleaning, Food and Cooking, Garden and Garage, Pets and Pests and DIY Beauty, you will be amazed at the multiple uses of everyday ingredients.
Paint walls like a professional with Paint Pal, a 5-in-1 roller set designed for mess-free, convenient use. This is an essential tool for any professional painter or DIY-er. Designed with a removable and adjustable strap, the paint tray can be filled with 800ml of paint and worn across the body, eliminating the need to constantly climb up and down a ladder to refill the tray. 2 styles are available: Emulsion, for all emulsion or water-based paints which comes with a 50mm paintbrush, or Shed which contains a 100mm specialist wood care block brush.
As the buds begin to open, give your garden a fresh, clean look with straight and ordered edges. Designed in the UK, the Kent & Stowe Border Spade has been beautifully hand crafted using 40% lighter Ash wood with a traditional YD shaped handle and stainless-steel shank.
Designed for use with grow bags where the soil level is shallow, keep your vegetable plants upright and supported using this clever FirmFix™ Cane Support System. Each support has a sturdy round plastic base with two 10cm high support tubes to slot your garden canes into. Small plastic wedges are supplied for inserting into the tubes to grip thinner canes.
With Spring in full swing, it’s time to prune the garden and clear away the winter blues. These 2-in-1 carbon steel Ratchet Secateurs are lightweight and easy to use, ideal for anyone with arthritis or hand immobility and weaknesses. The super sharp blades can cut through stems up to 18mm thick and, with a flick of a switch, these secateurs can change to ratchet mood for stems up to 22mm.
Stop mud and dirt being tracked through the house with this natural coir Door Mat. Printed with a quirky Wellington Boot design, this mat will add stylish functionality to your home. With a non-slip rubberised water-resistant backing, the mat will stay securely in place and prevent water damage. Available in a standard or large size.
Add a light, wherever you need one, without calling an electrician! Light up your room, a cupboard, shed or garage with this 1W white LED Pull Light. Hang it anywhere and, with one pull, it can be switched on or off.
Wednesday, 16th March 2016
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.
Top Gifts for Everyone
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.
Thursday, 18th February 2016
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!
Let mum feel like a queen and indulge in her very own Penhaligon’s collection. As the official perfumer of Queen Victoria, William Henry Penhaligon created beautifully exotic and sensual perfumes in the 1800s and their original recipes are still used today. These miniatures feature some of the most notable scents from the Penhaligon collection, such as Orange Blossom, Opus 1870, Artemisia and the Blenheim Bouquet.
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.
Let mum relieve tired eyes and tensions with the Relaxology Massage Mask. This battery-operated, clever and portable massage mask is based on Chinese Acupuncture techniques and Magnetics principles, targeting muscles around the eyes, temples, nose and cheekbones, effectively relieving tension and pain associated with eyestrain, headaches, and sinus and improving circulation in these areas.
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.
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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.
Here are our Top Bird Feeding Tips:
Feeders and feeding stations
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:
What type of birds would I like in my garden? Ground level feeders attract doves and pigeons; hanging feeders tend to attract titmice, goldfinches, and cardinals; while tree-trunk type feeders attract woodpeckers and wrens.
What is your budget? Plastic tube feeders can be a cheaper choice and are easier to clean and refill. Wooden bird feeders can look very attractive in a garden, but require additional care.
What is the best feeder size? Smaller feeders are an optimal choice as the feeder will empty quicker, leaving less possibility of seeds getting wet and spoiling. Try placing a few smaller sized feeders in your garden to avoid crowding and always have a supply waiting.
Bird seed and safe food
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.
Black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts, peanuts, white proso millet, nyjer seeds, mealworms and cracked corn are both high in fat and protein content, offering high energy meals.
Human food is not safe for most bird species. Against what we’ve always thought, bread has no nutritional value for birds. Stale bread could also potentially harm birds.
For variety in the seasons, sultanas soaked in water can be offered for ground feeding birds, while during Spring, fruits can be left out for birds to peck on.
It is imperative to keep bird feeders and feeding stations clean with a regular scrub and sterilisation. This not only keeps the bird population healthier, but it also reduces the risk of spreading bird-related diseases. Mouldy and spoiled food should be thrown away and replenished with fresh, dry feed.
Bird feeder placement
As mentioned in our first tip, placement of your feeder can play a vital role in the types of birds that visit your garden. Try experimenting with the height of feeders on tree branches, but be sure to guard the feeders against squirrels and other critters that can scare off the birds. Squirrel-proof feeders, metal domes or even cut hose piping segments on the hanging line can all deter squirrels.
Add a water feature
During the Winter months when water sources freeze over, birds rely heavily on garden water features to drink, especially after a banquet of dry seeds and nuts. Consider adding a small and simple water feature to your garden, preferably with clean, untreated running water, or a pond. It will save birds from a long trip to find other natural sources and they will use these water features to preen their feathers and rest up before moving on or migrating.
While bird watching can be a relaxing and enjoyable pastime, be sure to provide birds with a safe environment. Startled birds will often fly off in any direction simply to get away and, as a result, many birds have died from window collisions. Research has shown that placing bird feeders closer to a window reduces any impact, leading to a safer collision – or simply place them further away from windows. You could add colourful stickers to your windows so that birds can spot them from far.
What kind of birds can you expect?
In small town gardens, you could expect to see dunnocks, song thrushes, chaffinches, starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds, great and blue tits, and robins.
Wooded areas will have woodpeckers, nuthatches, marsh, coal, and long-tailed tits.
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.
Tuesday, 26th January 2016
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.
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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.
For the Traveller
If you are lucky enough to be travelling this year, then the Wheeled Budget Airline Bag
is the perfect travel accessory. Ideally crafted to conform to carry-on baggage allowance standards, it has a 44-litre capacity and fits perfectly in the overhead lockers on commercial flights. The bag also has padded shoulder straps, allowing it to also be used as a rucksack.
While this has been our mildest winter, there is still nothing more comforting than warming up with a hot bowl of delicious soup. ‘Soup’
is a 184 page treasure trove of truly unique and unusual, easy-to-follow recipes that inspire, make cooking easy and will leave you wanting more. Author Vava Berry opens up a new world of nourishing meals, versatile dinners using left-overs and healthy menu options at a really low price.
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.
For the organised
What couldn’t you find on the web? A Google search can lead you down Alice’s rabbit hole of suggested pages that will capture you for hours at a time. However, keeping track of these can sometimes be a daunting task. Our Internet Address and Password Logbook
has 144 alphabetically tabbed pages so you can record a website’s address, your username and password and any additional information. There is also room to include router, broadband and computer information. Available in Purple Paisley or Plain Black.
For the tech savvy
Always know who’s at your door before answering, with this Wireless Doorbell Camera and Intercom
. This little safety gadget is great for avoiding suspicious characters or unwanted visitors! The doorbell features night vision and a 20 photo memory so you can see if you’ve missed any visitors, during the day or at night. Incredibly easy to install, the doorbell works on 4 AA batteries, it has a 150m transmission range and is water-resistant.
Good Clean Fun
New year –New home! Make one of your New Year’s resolutions all about the home. We spend most of our time in our home, it’s where we unwind and relax, so why not spruce it up with a good scrub. The Household Sonic Scrubber®
is an ideal helper for those intensive Spring Cleans. With interchangeable heads to reach even the toughest spots, it rotates at 10 000 scrubs a minute, making short work of grime. Comes with 4 AA batteries.
Convenience at its best
While plastic boxes are the usual left-over storage solution for most households, sometimes they can be a bit too bulky and space-wasting in the freezer, so your only other option is to use plastic bags.. However, while they store flat and stack conveniently, filling them always feels like advanced kitchen physics and an inevitable disaster just waiting to happen! The Fill & Store™
is a simple, yet very effective helper in filling bags with no mess and no fuss! An essential tool in any kitchen!
Friday, 18th December 2015
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!
Friday, 11th December 2015
Christmas festivities are well underway! All the last minute Christmas gifts are being wrapped up and hidden away, and all that is left now is arranging the family party. Here is our selection of must-have dinner party essentials:
Nothing says after dinner satisfaction like a selection of everyone’s favourite chocolatey treats over coffee. If you are looking to add a bit of boozy fun into the mix, then these delicious Belgian milk chocolates are perfect for any occasion. Created by Master Chocolatier Duc d’O, the selection includes 4 pieces each of Grand Marnier, Rémy Martin, Mandarine Napoléon, Cointreau and Saint James flavoured bites.
Want to impress the guests at the Christmas table? Why not get a personalised bottle of late vintage Port from renowned shipper, George Sandeman. It’s the perfect drink to finish off Christmas dinner, and will be a hit with any port drinker.
The Whisky Wedge is a must for any connoisseur. This clever tumbler comes with a silicone wedge that divides the glass in half, diagonally. To use, simply fill the lower cavity with water through a spout on the top of the wedge and keep the tumbler in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, remove the wedge and enjoy undiluted, perfectly chilled whisky.
Made in the heart of the Cotswolds, these finest Italian truffles have been collected in the Sibillini Mountains by trained hunters and their dogs to ensure delicious authenticity. Perfect for pasta, omelettes and more, they make a fantastic gift for any aspiring gourmet chef.
Keeping up with the culinary wonder of Italy, impress your dinner guests with a fine selection of Italian cheese, all made by you. The Italian Cheese Making Kit is perfect for beginners. Makes Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Ricotta and more.
There is no better way to end of a great evening with family and friends than with a nightcap. The irresistible Rubis Chocolate wine is a perfect combination of fortified red wine and rich, velvety dark chocolate. Enjoy it as it is, or as a flavouring base for venison, game or beef dishes.
Friday, 13th November 2015
Earlier this week Qwerkity were delighted to sponsor the “Men’s Den” at a dazzling 25thAnniversary Christmas Shopping spectacular held at Arley Hall
The Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular
Earlier this week Qwerkity were delighted to sponsor the “Men’s Den” at a dazzling 25th
Anniversary Christmas Shopping spectacular held at Arley Hall, the Cheshire stately home of Lord and Lady Ashbrook. The Fair was held in aid of a wonderful charity, the Seashell Trust.
As hundreds of visitors entered via the magical Grade I timber framed cruck barn built in 1471, they saw our colourful table laden with many of the bestselling Qwerkity, Presents for Men gifts. Visitors were invited to enter a free prize draw to win everything on the table – worth over £700.
Congratulations to the winner Jackie Slater of Appleton.
We hope you enjoy your prize and thank you for supporting the Seashell Trust.
Well done as well, to the dynamic Arley Hall Fair Committee whose hard work made this glittering and magical occasion a huge success. We were thrilled to be part of it.
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
Our new Autumn-Winter gift catalogue is out – and we’ve sourced over 500 new and exciting gifts and goodies, practical gadgets and quirky must-haves! With too many great gifts to highlight here, we asked our customers to pick their favourite Top 10!
Follow in the foot-steps of our fashionable Princess! Or get the next best thing – the Kate Middle-toe Socks
! These cute and quirky socks feature the iconic Duchess, with a playful smirk. Made from a cotton-rich blend, one size (fits 4-8) and machine washable.
Everyone who has ever been interested in science and the workings of the world would have most definitely come across the iconic smile and enthusiasm of Professor Brian Cox. If you’re a fan or know someone who is, immortalise your favourite point Dexter with these cotton-rich colourful socks.
Few pocket tools available on the market these days offer as many uses as this one. Fitted with a quick release clip key ring, this multi-tool can be carried around on your house or car keys and on your person at all times to have at hand for those unexpected emergencies. Featuring 6 spanners, 3 flat head screwdrivers, 2 Phillips screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a cutting blade, wire stripper, box opener, nail cleaner, file, 5cm ruler and a pry bar, this is the only tool you’ll ever need.
Put a new spin on male grooming with this Leather Cricket Ball Manicure Set
. An ideal gift for any cricketer or cricket fan, the set is presented in a cricket ball-shaped leather pouch. It comes with both large and small nail clippers, tweezers, nail scissors and a 3-in-1 nail tool that includes a nail file, cuticle trimmer and nail file.
For anyone who has grown up around a farm that had a Massey Ferguson
tractor, this 1:32 scale model kit will be well appreciated. Easy to assemble, the kit comes with 700 pieces that are fitted together and held in place with screw-in nails, provided along with a screwdriver, making it less messy work and a lot more fun. The tractor also has a hitch up and tip trailer as well as soft rubber profiled wheels.
Indy, eat your heart out! Who needs a wild goose chase for mythical crystal skulls, when our Glass Skull beats them all! This Glass Skull Bowl
is a unique and quirky addition to any table setting or décor theme that is sure to get a few wide-eyed glances. Fill it with fruits, snacks, sweets or various knick-knacks – its cubic capacity is surprisingly vast!
This is one chocolate teapot
that most definitely is not useless. In fact, this might be the most useful chocolate teapot in the world – especially if you are having a chocolate fondue party! Hand made with deliciously rich Belgian chocolate; simply add boiling water to the teapot. The chocolate pot is thick enough to enjoy a few cups of luxurious sweet, dark chocolate hot chocolate, or as a marshmallow and strawberry fondue, then simply break it apart and eat up the left overs!
Whether it’s a hairstyle for a friend’s wedding, a first date or simply a night in, hair can be an artistic canvas with the right tools and a little guidance. The Braids, Buns and Twists
book features 84 sensational hairstyles for various lengths and types of hair and at varying difficulty. If you’re struggling to get your hair just right for that important work day, night out or just to look a little more stylish, then this book will show you how.
Switch off and lose yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Paris as you bring them to life. Colouring for adults is said to be the latest new craze, and an exceedingly popular alternative to therapy – and we can see why. It’s the perfect way to relax and destress after a long and trying day. Secret Paris features creative scenes and outlined drawings that will enchant and absorb you for hours on end, simply colouring away.
Keep your furniture safe from Mr Fluffy with this comic Cat Scratcher Turntable
. All cats love to scratch, very often ruining our favourite furniture, and yet we still love them! Now you can keep your upholstery intact and still have a good giggle watching your cat looking adorable, doing an all too human thing and spinning those decks to his own beat.