The Ingenious Gifts & Gadgets Blog
Welcome to our blog, where we bring you the latest in gifts, gadgets and accessories.
Tuesday, 24th March 2015
This is the time of year when our buying team are flat out visiting all the Trade Shows and talking to our suppliers to find the best gifts we can for our Spring Gift and Christmas Gift catalogues. And we haven’t been disappointed! There are so many gorgeous and quirky Presents for Men and Gifts for the Girls to choose from that we are really excited about putting our new collection together.
To add to the excitement, our Founder and Buying Director, Jane Hudson, was recognised by the Spring Fair as one of the 2015 ‘Power 30’, namely the top 30 gift buyers in the whole of the country!
Here is a quick preview of some of the best new gifts we are launching next week:
For the Chocolate Lover
Our delicious Biscuit Assortment Belgian Chocolates look incredibly realistic but are actually solid chocolate - you will be amazed, and they’re absolutely delicious too!
For the Foodie
Seeing is believing! These Carrot Salad Servers
are a fun way to serve some of your 5-a-day and are remarkably realistic.
Or, for the carnivorous cook, our Meat Cuts Apron
is a fun and practical present for the man who doesn’t know his flank from his rump!
For a Wedding or Anniversary
As you can buy any combination of these 3 cushions, these Mr & Mrs Cushions
are perfect for all couples, conventional or otherwise!
Or for a Christening
The adorable china Wrendale Nursery Collection
will delight children, parents and grannies for years to come.
For young Boys and Girls
Utterly irresistible, Dave the jumbo-sized, talking remote-control Minion
is highly manoeuvrable and can be used indoors and outside. He is a huge hit in our office!
For Teens & Twenties
Play 6-a-side Table Football with a difference, with the Zombies vs Soldiers Table Football. The perfect gift for a zombie-mad teenager.
For those who love their Rugby
Enjoy a scrummy packed lunch away from home with this official Size 5 insulated Gilbert Rugby Lunch Bag.
And best for a joke
Whodunnit? Two quick mists of No Sh*t, Sherlock Loo Spray
will erase the evidence of any offensive smell!
Wednesday, 18th February 2015
She gave you life, which is a pretty big deal, so it is only right that you find the perfect gift for your Mum this Mother’s Day.
We have made it easy for you this year by compiling a list of great gifts for Mums of all types in our fantastic Mother’s day gift guide. Whether she is an aspiring Nigella Lawson or idolises Kirstie Allsopp, there is something here for her.
For the Mum… who enjoys cooking
This Cake Tin
is the perfect gift for the Mum that loves baking delicious cakes. It can be personalised with your choice of words and you’re only limited by your imagination, making it even more individual and special for your Mum this Mother’s Day.
For the Mum… who has asked for peace and quiet
If your Mum craves some relaxation time, these ingenious LED Candles
would be the perfect gift! Almost identical to real candles but with no naked flame, they’re perfect for creating atmospheric lighting.
For the Mum… who loves to be pampered
For the Mum who would love to be pampered this Mother’s Day, look no further for the ideal gift! Transport her to an exotic paradise with these beautifully sculpted Soap Flowers
that dissolve to create an enticing bath smelling of sandalwood, citrus and cassis.
For the Mum… who is house proud
For a truly special gift for the house proud Mum, these Photo Coasters
are just fantastic! Simply place photographs of you, your family or special memories under the glass of these coasters to create a unique set of personalised drinks mats just for your Mum.
For the Mum… who enjoys a tipple
If your Mum has a love of red wine and a passion for chocolate, our Rubis Chocolate Wine
will send her into raptures! Deliciously rich, velvety and indulgent, your Mum would enjoy it with any chocolate-based pudding or even as a liqueur after dinner, chilled over ice.
For the Mum… with a sweet tooth
This Choc-o-lait Hot Chocolate Gift Set
is the perfect gift for the Mum that loves chocolate! Included are 3 delicious blocks each of Milk, Dark and Hazelnut Belgian Chocolate on sticks to steep in mugs of hot milk, for the ultimate indulgent hot chocolate experience.
For the Mum… who has a creative streak
If your Mum has a flair for art, she’ll be thrilled with our Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups
book. There are over 100 stunning patterns to colour in, each one incredibly detailed and beautiful for her to unleash her creativity. Who said colouring in is just for children?!
For the Mum… who is all about glamour
Our Flying Pig Charm Necklace
is the perfect gift to convey a special message for the Mum that is glamorous. The stunning necklace is made from Sterling silver with an attractive matt finish. Your Mum will always think of you when wearing this good luck necklace.
Thursday, 22nd January 2015
With St Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may want to treat the special man in your life to the perfect gift… We’ve got a fantastic selection of romantic, quirky and personalised St Valentine’s Day gifts to choose from.
Here are 5 great suggestions, to give you a little extra guidance and help make your choice easier!
For the Chef
If the man in your life is a whizz in the kitchen, he’ll love our Personalised Bamboo Chopping Board
which comes with the words ‘King of the Kitchen’ printed on it. It can be personalised with his name to make it a gift to remember!
For the Connoisseur
If he likes to think of himself as a whisky connoisseur, he’ll love our Whisky Tasting Kit
complete with 5 miniature bottles and tasting cards! Presented in a luxury box for the perfect Valentine’s gift, he’ll love impressing his friends with his knowledge of whisky!
For the Stargazer
Does your man ever gaze up at the night sky and wonder which star is which? If so our Stellarscope Star Finder Telescope
would be the ideal gift! It’s a fantastic gadget that allows you to discover 70 constellations and 1,500 stars! Just perfect for gazing at the stars together on Valentine’s Day!
For the Golfer
The golfer in your life will love our novelty Golf Bag Pen Pot Set.
It’s a miniature replica of a golfing bag and trolley complete with 3 golf club shaped pens! Your man will love practicing his swing with little paper balls!
For the Petrol Head
Any man that enjoys his motors will absolutely love to customise his own dream car with our Design Your Own Lamborghini
sketchbook, licensed by Lamborghini. With outlines of 30 Gallardos to customise, it’s almost as good as designing the real thing!
Friday, 16th January 2015
We have a Catalogue Code Prize Draw winner for January! Find out who the lucky winner of a £250 shopping spree is…
Our latest Prize Draw was made on 15th January 2015. We’ve been busy collating all of the catalogue codes you submitted with your online orders over the past 6 months and we now have a winner… Huge congratulations to Mrs Charmaine Anderson! We hope that you enjoy your £250 shopping spree on our website.
Thank you to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for the next prize draw in July for your chance to win!
Monday, 15th December 2014
Buying a gift for your boyfriend, partner, fiancée or husband can be the trickiest Christmas hunt of all, not least of all because you want to get it right! We have a range of truly special presents, jokey, serious, romantic and fun, all unusual, quirky and bound to be unexpected!
For the Connoisseur
If your man fancies himself as the next Jamie Oliver, say goodbye to all those other cheesy gift ideas and surprise him with our Italian Cheese Making Kit. Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Mascarpone are some of the cheeses you can make with this indulgent set.
For the Gadget Man
Any gadget lover or budding treasure hunter will be smitten with our Metal Detector! Has the man in your life always fancied hunting for treasure?! For boyfriends and husbands who want the thrill of finding buried treasure, they’ll be hooked searching for hidden gold!
For the Artistic
Our Build Your Own Camera Kit is a really personal gift – something he can build himself that will also capture the events of your future together. It’s a piece of art that creates art, for anyone who loves to build and make things of their own and take charge of recording their destiny.
For the next Jeremy Clarkson
Does he know it all about the world of cars and harbour a secret aspiration – to be the next Jeremy Clarkson? If so, put him to the test! Our Top Gear Quiz Book is perfect for any motoring enthusiast. If he likes to be the centre of attention, it’s also the perfect quiz book to get the whole family debating over Christmas dinner!
For the Music Man
Make a practical gift into something unusual and fun – our Guitar Chopping Board is perfect for guys who will be chopping to the beat as they rustle up a meal. A great gift to help him accessorise the kitchen and make it his own.
For those with Record Style
If he’s in tune with vintage style as well as his music, he’ll love our Record Mats, which bring an artistic twist to any dinner party. The Record Mats are perfect for those who want to make an individual statement and show off their style.
For the Adventurer
Our Light Up My World Globe is a truly special gift for someone you love. When turned off, this ornamental globe lamp shows the world in silver, and when illuminated provides an entrancing golden glow. If you’ve been travelling together it’s an even better way to recall your experiences, or if all that is yet to come, it provides you with a romantic way to plan your dream destinations for the future. Perfect for the man who lights up your world.
Thursday, 4th December 2014
If you’re on the lookout for the quirkiest and most unusual gifts for your friends and family, we've got 15 great suggestions for you – perfect for when ordinary just won’t do!
The Indoor Allotment
If conventional plants aren’t for you, you can grow a stunning herb display with our Indoor Allotment.The perfect way to make a statement display without a garden to mow – for those who prefer something a little more modern than a floral display!
Day-dreaming of a glass of wine at the end of the day – a favourite pastime of many people we know! If you know someone who always asks for a large glass when ordering their wine, our Wine Bottle Glass is the perfect present for them!
Less than subtle statement
This not-so-subtle message is bound to bring a smile or cause a raised eyebrow among those around you, or a laugh to the one you choose to present it to! Our Ick Mug is for anyone who wants to make a statement as they sip their cup of tea.
For half pints
The Half Pint Glass is the perfect gift to torment any lightweight friend who loves his beer, just not very much of it! Our Half Pint Glass Looks like an ordinary glass face on but if you turn it, you’ll see it has been cut precisely in half.
Head in the clouds
If you know someone who loves their computer but whose physical world needs some storage, we’ve the perfect play-on-words gift for you. Our Cloud Storage is the perfect desk accessory for any computer whizz, but also makes an ironic tidy hole for someone who’d rather stay away from the web!
The magic of Christmas
Let them know the magic of Christmas is here with our Coca-Cola Lorry! It’s an unusual gift that will appeal to so many people, as it’s symbolic of Christmas finally on its way! An iconic 1:76 scale die cast model – the perfect Christmas keepsake.
Zombie in the Garden
Shake up the traditional, no-nonsense gnomes in a friend’s garden with our Zombie Gnome; an unconventional garden addition bound to be a quirky gardener’s pride and joy!
Stiff Upper Lip is a wonderfully quirky game for anyone aged 8 or over. If you’re missing Movember, this is the memento for you! Wearing your moustache, just guess the celebrity you have been assigned – a hilarious game for Christmas day family fun!
Man’s Best Friend
Our Luxury 'Dog Hoggers' Pillow Cases are perfect for anyone who knows what it’s like to find they’re sharing the majority of their bed with the dog! Me & the Dog, and Me, You and the Dog available, dependent on just how overcrowded your bed happens to be!
Perfect for teens who can’t get enough fast-food! Our Burger Cushion and Fries Cushion are quirky decorations to brighten up a room and give it an unusual edge! Buy both and save £2 with our Star Buy Offer.
Our Bluetooth Extendable Selfie Stick will help you take the perfect selfie! Great for events such as weddings, it gives you the ability to get the perfect angle on a self-portrait or group photo and extra reach to get everyone in the shot.
In the mood for dancing
Look dashing in our Dancing Reindeer Ears! They’re great for bopping along to Christmas tunes and will cheer up any conversation as they move to any sound. Dancing Rabbit Ears also available.
Crafty and Cute
Our Crafty Cat Moneybox is certainly unusual and adorably cute. Place your coin on the top of the money box and watch as the kitten peeks out of the top and swipes it inside the box! Watch the video for the full effect.
An old favourite – the obligatory Christmas socks – with a difference! Our Sock Exchange Weekend Socks feature bold designs for those who allow their feet to rebel once they’ve stepped away from the office! An instant way to brighten any outfit and turn it from the conventional to the quirky.
Suit with a Difference
Our Worn to be Wild Testival Suit is a firm favourite andbound to be a winner this Christmas. Taking its inspiration from the BBC’s colour test card introduced in the 1960s, the Testival Suit is sure to turn heads at every occasion!
Wednesday, 26th November 2014
When it comes to the office secret Santa, it can be hard to strike a balance and get it right – with a set budget, you want to bring a smile to the face of someone you may or may not usually buy for. We've selected a range of gifts to help make your choice easier. Read on to find funny, quirky and unusual gifts to suit all kinds of personalities.
For the Perfectionist
If your Secret Santa is the owner of the tidiest desk in the office our Henry Screen Cleaner
is the perfect gift for them. A practical little gift that will make them smile, Henry will help keep their screen clean and keep your tidiest colleague happy.
For the one the Perfectionist can’t take their eyes off…
…The one with the messiest desk in the office. Our One Day This Desk Shall be Tidy Mug
– perfect for the person who strives for tidiness, yet continually fails, or for the one who is totally under control in their messy state, with full knowledge of exactly where everything is ‘filed’ under the mound of paper, boxes, catalogues and Flying Headless Chickens
on top of their desk.
For the person with Potty Mouth
If you have a colleague who just can’t stop swearing, whether this be through a passionate rage to get the job done or the continuous use of swear words in casual conversation, the I Swear Tin
will give them reason to curb their language and keep it clean – meanwhile providing the office with an excellent new biscuit fund!
For the one who loves their wine
If dreaming of the glass of wine at the end of the day is one of your colleagues’ favourite hobbies, our Wonky Wine Glasses
will certainly be of use this Christmas. A quirky, light-hearted gift.
For the pessimist
A gloomy outlook can sometimes be the very thing to keep the office entertained. Celebrate their bah-humbug approach as Christmas nears with our favourite Grumpy Cat, who shares his world view with us in our Grumpy Cat Book.
For the one who is always on the go
If they’re always on the go, with a thousand things to do and the ability to do them all with the help of a few mugs of coffee throughout the day, our Superman Energy Drink
may just give them the extra boost they need to take it one step further!
Wednesday, 19th November 2014
We’ve got a vast range of fun gifts for the whole family here at Qwerkity – there’s no Auntie too outrageous and no Dad too distinctive for us to handle. From Teebage Dirtbags to Pigsaws we’ve got a range of gifts that will have everyone covered this Christmas.
For Mums who love to cook
For Mums who find they’re most at home when they’re serving up a delicious feast, our To Brie or Not to Brie Cheese Board
is a quirky yet practical gift that will add a little drama to the table!
For the Comedian Dad of the family
Help him spice up his Dad jokes with some retro comedy! Our paperback book, Fork Handles
, is perfect for any fan of the Two Ronnies and ideal for reading aloud after Christmas dinner.
If your Grandma loves her jigsaw puzzles our Pigsaw
may be the gift you’re looking for! It’s a ‘pig of a puzzle’ that creates an adorably cute piglet image – once she’s sorted all the varying shades of pink!
For a cider loving Grandpa
If your Grandpa loves his cider, our Apple Cider Home Brew Kit
is the perfect kit to encourage a new hobby! With this kit home brewing is simple but special.
For the Auntie who loves her ornaments
Our Teapot Bird Feeder
is a beautifully ornamental yet unusual feeder in the shape of a teapot. Perfect for anyone who loves to show off beautifully delicate designs in unexpected places.
For the sporty Uncle
Our Build Your Own 3D football Stadium
kit is a great gift for anyone who loves their football! Fun to build and a great 3D model for any fan to display.
For the cheeky Brother
The Liar Liar Board Game
is great fun for teens and adults. A great excuse to practice your fibbing in front of the parents and get away with it!
For the stylish Sister
Our New Cork New Cork Memo Board
is great for keeping your reminders, photographs and memories in order and in style! A beautiful addition to any room, it’s a stylish gift depicting New York’s iconic skyline.
For the Teenage Dirtbag
For your teenage dirtbag we have… a Teenage Dirtbag
! Even if your teen is the cleanest of the clean they’re bound to appreciate the humour in this practical laundry bag.
For the Cousins
Our Kids Sneaker Slippers
and our Noisy Jugglers
are popular yet unusual gifts for kids! Far from boring, our Noisy Jugglers will keep them entertained while our Kids Sneaker Slippers are all about comfortable style!
When you’re next out for coffee don’t let baby feel left out! With our Sippy Cup
she’ll certainly look the part!
Wednesday, 12th November 2014
Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and create the biggest surprises! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Stocking Fillers that will make someone’s Christmas – it’s a list jam-packed full of quirky gifts they’ll never expect!
Trick their taste buds
For those who think the traditional chocolate Santa is over-rated, our Chilli Bacon Jam
is far from typical! For anyone who’d rather try something a little different this Christmas. Bacon Jam
and Chorizo Jam
Trick or treat
Give someone a shocking wake-up call when they shower with our gruesome Zombie Shower Gel
, paradoxically scented with sweet-smelling pine. We hadn’t realised Zombies were so delightful! For those who are partial to a strawberry scent, our Blood Bath Shower Gel may be the preferred gruesome option to help you stay clean and fresh!
Dare to… cover up!
are the perfect stocking filler for the joker in the family – they’re bound to bring smiles all round and get everyone in the mood for Christmas dinner. Each Lapkin is printed with one of four designs; you’ll have the option to cover your lap with frilly pants, Y-fronts or even a daring Lapkin printed with a single leaf, depending on just how outrageous you, your Mum, Grandpa or Aunt Edith are feeling.
Spice it up!
Spice up someone’s stocking with our Tabasco Jelly Beans
! For anyone who’d rather have a spicy kick than indulge their sweet tooth, this is the tasty treat for you. The Tabasco sauce style bottle is small enough to fit in a stocking of gifts but holds a flavour they won’t forget!
The ever popular ballet bun can be given an even more feminine twist with our Heart Shaped Bun Hairstyle Maker
. For any girl who loves to accessorise and make a classic look her own.
For bacon addicts everywhere! Our Bacon Toothpaste
will keep their teeth and gums healthy, and they’ll be craving the chance to brush their teeth again. It’s a practical stocking filler to brighten up a daily task.
Keep it clean!
Our R-Swash Shower Gel
is the deftly named stocking filler for those who like to read the packaging of their gifts aloud… Place it on display in the shower to entertain family members and friends who pop by!
And to keep up the spirit of Christmas…
Everyone’s favourite Grumpy Cat
stars in this witty book of worldly observations; the perfect stocking filler for cat lovers and anyone with a wry sense of humour and a bah-humbug! approach to Christmas.
Wednesday, 5th November 2014
If an ordinary gift just won’t do for the man in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve got something extraordinary for those who are anything but average. We’re here for all the eccentric Dads, quirky boyfriends and remarkable husbands that you love.
For the unusual foodie
If he’s one for sneaking a ketchup sandwich, or appreciates the pleasures of our celebrated Marmite Chocolate, you may want to check out our Chorizo Jam as the next unusual treat for him! It’s certainly an oddity, and may not be for the faint-hearted, but if he likes to merge his flavours and break the rules when it comes to food this is the perfect smoky treat for him.
For a man who loves to laugh
If you want to bring a smile to his face and, like many men we know, the passion in his life is his shed, we’ve found something for him! Fifty Sheds of Grey
is a fantastically funny spoof book that will keep him laughing for hours.
For the musician or artist in him
If he’s into making his own music he can do literally that with our Make Your Own Ukulele
kit! Perfect for anyone who is musical and artistic, and loves to make original things for themselves.
For the film critic
If he loves a cosy wintry night in with a film we’ve got the perfect companion for him. Spuddy Batman
is a couch potato who will tend to all his needs – providing pouches for drinks, snacks and, of course, the TV remote! Everything he needs for a great night in.
For a man who loves his motors
If his ideal car is always on his mind, this is the gift for him! Help him take it one step further and design his own dream car with our Design Your Own Lamborghini
sketchbook, licensed by Lamborghini.
If he’s your hero
If he’s your hero and he knows it, we’ve got the perfect gift for him! Treat him to our Superman Cape Towel
or our Batman Cape Towel
, whichever hero is more his style. This super-soft towel can be worn like a cape with the handy Velcro tab that fixes it around the neck. Whichever hero he chooses to be it’s a practical gift that’s bound to cheer up his daily shower (or even a trip to the pool if he’s one to show it off and blow his cover) in no time.