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Thank you presents for amazing teachers

Friday, 19th June 2015

Summer holidays are around the corner! Find the perfect Thank You present for an amazing teacher with our collection of quirky and fun gifts.

 


Biscuit Assortment Belgian Chocolates

These delicious Belgian Chocolates are a great gift to say ‘thank you’ to your favourite teacher. Hand-made and moulded to look just like everyone’s favourite biscuit assortment, they are made from the highest quality solid milk and white chocolate and are sure to be received well.



Teacher’s Tin

Decorated with a contemporary and quirky design, the Teacher’s Tin is the perfect gift for any teacher. Help them keep their desks clutter-free and tidy by giving them a place to keep their bits and bobs in.



Flower Power – Floral Pen & Pencil Set

This beautifully floral patterned black ballpoint Pen and Propelling Pencil Set is ideal to give to your favourite teacher and will add colour to their desk.

Crabtree & Evelyn® Pampering Gift Set

Treat your teacher to a Pampering Gift Set from Crabtree & Evelyn®. This set contains Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Nail Varnish, all scented with a Summer Meadow scent of wildflowers, Ivy, Lily, Blackberry and Bergamot.


3-in-1 Gadget Pen

The 3-in-1 Gadget Pen is the ultimate ‘must have’ tool for any teacher. It has a black ballpoint pen, a 2GB memory flash drive and touchscreen stylus that is ideal for use with smartphones and tablets.


Apple Soap

Hand-made in Turkey using traditional artisan techniques, this Apple Soap is painted with food colouring and has the scent and look of a real apple.


Quentin Blake Wonderful Teacher Mug

Made from fine porcelain in Scotland, this Wonderful Teacher Mug features the beautiful and worldwide-recognised illustration style of Quentin Blake, the talented illustrator and cartoonist of many Roald Dahl books. This mug is a perfect gift to say ‘thank you’ to a teacher.

Written By Fiona

National Bike Week 2015

Thursday, 11th June 2015

You dont have to be a Tour De France champion to join in this National Bike Week. Taking place over the week of 13-21 June, National Bike Week is the annual promotion of choosing cycling over driving and promoting a healthier, fitter lifestyle. Weve found the perfect collection of cycling accessories and gadgets to get any cycling fan started.


Bike Multi-Tool

The Bike Multi-Tool is an essential addition to any cyclist’s arsenal. This handy and practical gadget features an array of different sized Allen keys, a puncture repair kit, spanners, screwdrivers and a spoke adjuster, all neatly fitting into a Velcro-closing pack, designed to be worn on a belt or stored easily in a backpack.


Best 100 Mile Bike Routes

The Best 100 Mile Bike Routes is an ideal gift for all cyclists of any ability. Giving an in-depth look at some of the best cycling routes the UK has to offer, from the North of Scotland right down to the South Coast. This inspiring book also covers the geography, people, points of interest and special events specific to the routes, while providing clear mapping, directions and a few statistics.


Sealskinz® Cycle Gloves

Lightweight, waterproof and breathable, these Sealskinz® Cycle Gloves are designed to provide protection, comfort and dexterity while cycling. Pressure point padding on the palms and silicone fingertips serve for added grip and comfort during a ride. The gloves have a Grade 3 thermal rating, which means hands will stay warm in cold weather.


Signal Pod Bike Indicators

Any cyclist can tell you that sharing the road with motorists can sometimes be dangerous. Most biking accidents are caused due to motorists having poor visibility of a cyclist signalling. The Signal Pod Bike Indicators, when used in conjunction with hand signalling, will leave no doubt in any motorist’s mind as to a cyclist’s intention. They are easy to mount and display a clear LED signal on the back of your bike. They are controlled wirelessly by a battery-operated controller attached to the handlebar, allowing you to still keep control of your bike while signalling.


The Nutter Cycle Multi-Tool

Presented in a stylish leather pouch, The Nutter Cycle Multi-Tool is an ideal gift for any bike owner. A pocket-sized bike gadget that includes a tyre lever, spoke key, screwdrivers and more, it can be fastened to the crossbar or beneath the seat so it will always be close at hand in any cycling situation, even if just to open a bottle cap at a rest stop. 


Madeleine Floyd Cycling Mug

A perfect gift for any cycling fan having a break between training sessions or events, this fine bone china Cycling Mug is decorated with the works of one of Britain’s most loved artist, Madeleine Floyd. Made in the UK and printed with motivating biking terms inside the mug.

Written By Fiona

BBQ Week! 25-31 May 2015

Wednesday, 27th May 2015

Forget the weather, it's National BBQ Week! Bring round the family and get that fire roaring!

Wine Bottle & Glass Holder

Beautifully designed, this Wine Bottle & Glass Holder can carry a bottle of wine and 4 wine glasses in one go, making it ideal to use for drinks in the garden around a good BBQ.  It is made from metal with a wooden handle that can be dropped down for compact storage.

 


Perfectly Drinkable Tap Water Bottles

Bring a vintage feel to your BBQ with these beautiful glass water bottles. Store tap or filtered water straight from the fridge in them, ready to hand for guests. These 1 litre bottles have ceramic airtight flip lids. 2 per pack.


BBQ Branding Iron

Lay claim to your steak this National BBQ week! This fun Branding Iron will bring the cowboy out in just about everyone. It comes with 50 letters, 8 blanks and 2 rows of spacing, allowing for endless possibilities on words to sear into burgers.


Meat Cuts Apron

Featuring a striking white butcher’s print on a charcoal background, and a comfortable 85cm long, the stylish Meats Cuts Apron is a perfect gift for any creative cook, meat lover or BBQ champion. 100% cotton.

 
 


Chilli Mill

This beautifully designed Chilli Mill will spice up any dish, while the added decorative appearance will bring colour and culinary glamour to your kitchen or BBQ! Thanks to a unique stainless steel blade design, the Chilli Mill cuts dried whole chillies instead of grinding them, in order to release their full flavour and aroma. Use over a pizza or in a meat marinade for that extra bite.


 


Golf Bag BBQ Set

There are no two better leisure activities than golf and a BBQ – now you can combine them in a single gift, perfect for the golf and BBQ lover. Each tool in this 3 piece, stainless steel BBQ Set has a golf club like grip and slots into a nylon, easy-to-clean Mini Golf Bag for storage.


Looftlighter® 

Light a BBQ in mere seconds with this innovative Swedish patented device. Simply plug this revolutionary gadget into the mains and hold it closely to your wood or charcoal for 20-30 seconds, then pull it away slightly. It will ignite the charcoal in under a minute due to the super-heated concentrated air. Easy to use and simple to clean. No more hassle with lighting your BBQ or fireplace again.


 


Written By Fiona

Get ahead of the game this Father's Day!

Thursday, 21st May 2015

Get ahead of the game with our great selection of Fathers Day gifts that every dad is sure to love!


For the Rugby fan Dad!

This high quality, soft leather Rugby Ball Wash Bag is a great gift idea for any sportsman. Finished with beautiful stitching and a nylon lining, the wash bag also has an internal zipped pocket that can hold a face cloth or toothbrush, making it the perfect travel accessory.



For the Cycling Dad!

If your dad loves to cycle, then this playful T-shirt is the ideal gift. Made from high quality pre-shrunk cotton, it features a bicycle and the word Cranky on the front and back. Safe for machine washing and available in 3 sizes – Medium, Large and Extra Large.

 


For the Golfing Dad!

Is your dad the type of man who would rather be walking the greens swinging at some golf balls, than being stuck in meetings all day? Give him the perfect gift that ties both business and leisure! This novelty replica Pen Set comes with 3 golf club-shaped pens; one black ink, one blue ink and one red ink, presented in a foldable trolley and removable bag.



For the Fisherman Dad!

Give your dad his own catch of the day soap as an everyday reminder of his passion! Made in England and beautifully presented in a box of sea blue shredded tissue paper, this freshly scented, rich cream soap on a rope is perfect for any angler.



For the Shooting Dad! 

These miniature Dram Cartridge shot glasses are the perfect gift for any gun enthusiast. Fill them with everyone’s favourite tipple over a dinner party or family gathering.


For the Cricket fan Dad! 

There’s no greater love than the love of Cricket and that of a father, so treat your Cricket fan Dad to his very own pair of Personalised Cricket Cufflinks. Presented in an elegant box, they have a polished chrome finish and can be customised to include the recipient’s name.



For the Football fan Dad!
 


This is a great gift for any Football fan Dad. Made from the softest leather and beautifully stitched with a nylon lining, this Football Wash Bag opens flat into 2 equal halves with each compartment fully zipped to keep the wash bag contents in place.

Written By Fiona

Celebrating Wine Week 2015

Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Sometimes called the nectar of the Gods, wine has had its popularity as the drink of choice for much of human history. This week, we celebrate National English Wine Week with a few of our favourite picks:


Aegean Tray

The Aegean Tray is a perfect gift for any gracious host. This practical and clever design allows you to carry a tray of drinks without spilling a drop. It is perfect to use at parties when carrying an additional serving dish, holding onto a child’s hand or negotiating steps. Thanks to a simple law of physics, the Aegean Tray can be swung at almost impossible angles without the glasses or their contents spilling.



Good Day Bad Day Wine Glass

We’ve all had ‘those’ kind of days. The good ones, the bad ones and the don’t even ask ones… and sometimes, words don’t suffice to sum up the day. This wine glass is measured in degrees of Good Day, Bad Day and Don’t Ask – and is ideal for any workaholic or wine lover who enjoys unwinding at the end of the day with a glass of wine.



Rubis Chocolate Flavoured Wine

An indulgent combination of fortified red wine and premium dark chocolate makes Rubis Wine an exceptionally luxurious gift. Infused with rich notes of cherry and red fruits, this wine is an ideal companion to many desserts.  Serve it at room temperature or chilled as an after-dinner sensory treat – especially over vanilla ice cream.



Personalised Red Wine

There’s no better gift than to receive something that is unique to you. Spoil your next gift recipient with their very own Personalised Red Wine, perfect for any stylish occasion. A scrumptious, medium-bodied wine with a well-balanced palate of ripe, dark berry fruits with hints of vanilla and cherries. Choose from 3 red wine label designs, available in Red Frame, Vineyard or Gold label.


1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die

1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die is the Holy Grail book for any wine lover, or a top class venture into the world of Wine tasting and appreciation. This extensive guide features expert knowledge and experiences on the best wines in the world – both readily available or old and rare, costing guidelines, tasting notes, history and facts about the wines and vineyards and beautiful photographs.
 

Wine Bottle Glass

It doesn’t matter if your glass is half full or half empty, as long as you have the rest of the bottle. Share a bottle of wine and a good laugh with a wine-drinking friend with this quirky Wine Bottle Glass. Printed with the words ‘Finally! A wine glass that fits my needs!’ this glass can hold a whole 750ml bottle of their favourite wine.


Lasso Wine Bottle Holder

Bamboozle your guests with this gravity-defying Lasso Wine Bottle holder! This completely stable and clever optical illusion is a great addition to any kitchen or bar and will make a stunning first impression. While both ends of the lasso are just rope, the rest of it is sneakily reinforced with metal tubing – but there’s no need to let the guests know that!

Written By Fiona

New For Summer 2015

Friday, 15th May 2015

Its time to shed our winter drowsiness! Weve handpicked some of our best items and gifts to get you into the swing of Summer!


Jumbo Storage Bags

Get rid of household clutter with these Jumbo storage bags. They are ideal for storing seasonal clothing, children’s toys or bedding and are designed to fold flat so they can conveniently be stored away when not in use. Available in a range of stylish patterns.


Tap Water Bottles

Bring a little simple style into your home with these charming glass water bottles. Keep them in the fridge, filled with tap water or filtered water, ready for any occasion. The litre bottles have airtight ceramic flip lids and come in a pack of 2.




Stay Cool Ice Towel

This innovative, lightweight microfibre Ice Towel will provide instant relief from overheating. Simply soak it, wring out the excess water and shake it out to keep it cool for up to 2 hours. This towel is ideal to use with any physical and gym activities, warm travel and holiday locations, or when experiencing hot flushes. 




Universal Tablet Mount

Have stress-free journeys with the family with this Universal Tablet Mount. No more arguing about who gets to watch the iPad! Designed to install in seconds, this innovative gadget latches between the driver and passenger headrests, allowing for full view tablet viewing for every passenger in the back seat.


Giant Beach Ball

Nothing says summer fun like a beach ball, so why not add even more fun with a Giant Beach Ball which inflates to over 1 metre in diameter. Take it along to the beach, the park or play at home in the garden.

Hands-Free Carry Clip

The one thing about the British weather is how unpredictable it can be. Cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons – you’re never too sure what to wear and what to take with you on a day out. This Hands-Free Carry Clip is an ideal solution to that very problem. This multi-purpose Carry Clip attaches to your bag and can be adjusted to hold anything from sweaters and jerseys to gloves and water bottles.




Pet Remedy Diffuser & Spray

Some unavoidable situations such as moving house, fireworks, visits to the vet or travelling can sometimes be an overwhelming ordeal for our pets. Available in a Diffuser or Spray, Pet Remedy is a safe and natural formula made from Valerian oil, blended with Vetivert, Sweet Basil and Sage, that soothes your pets and helps keeps them happy and calm.



Telescopic Tri-blade Shears

Made from stainless carbon steel and lightweight aluminium handles, the Tri-Blade Telescopic Shears will reduce the time it takes to trim hedges, leaving more time to enjoy your garden. The Tri-Blade design features twin blades that cut simultaneously, with the central blade providing a static guide for stability and accuracy, and the ability to extend to 88cm.

Written By Fiona

Pants to the Election!

Tuesday, 5th May 2015

With one of the most important dates drawing to a close this week, weve decided to take a walk on the Quirkier side of the Election with our very below the belt special offer.

Now you can show your honest and true (or secret) support for your favourite (or not so loved) Politician with these election underpants. Available as a pre-order only.

Sizes available:

  • Men's White Y-fronts: M, L and XL
  • Woman's Navy Blue Briefs: XS, S, M, and L
  • £14.99 per pair

 

Pants to the Election
 

Written By Fiona

In The Driving Seat - Essential Motoring Must-haves

Thursday, 23rd April 2015

With most of our time spent driving to this place or that, a lot of us could say that we practically live in our cars. So why not kit out your four wheel ride with must-have motoring accessories that no one should be without.


Sun Blaster

Driving in the early morning or late afternoon can be hazardous, especially when the sun shines low in the sky. Avoid dangerous situations with the Sun Blaster – designed to clip onto any sun visor larger than 28cm, it reduces blinding glare and harsh reflections, without obscuring your vision.


CD Slot Mount

Worried about your windscreen or dashboard? Keep them clear with this award-winning CD Slot Mount. Whether you need to mount your Sat Nav or mobile phone, you can fit this mount into most single disc CD players. And the best part about it? Your CD player can still be used when the CD Slot Mount is inserted. Perfectly adjustable to multiple positions and angles for a perfect view.



Henry Car Bin

Keep your car clean and rubbish-free with the iconic Henry pop-up Car Bin. Ideal for sweet wrappers, parking tickets etc when on the go and fully waterproof for leaky bottles. Simply wipe it clean to clear it of any muck.



Universal GPS Nav-Pack

Both a portable dashboard stand and a protective travel case in one, the Universal GPS Nav-Pack is ideal for taking on holiday or for carrying your Sat Nav around without the worry of it getting damaged. Featuring a weighted base to keep the case in place and a soft cushioned cover to protect your Sat Nav, this Universal pack can be adjusted to 3 different angles for the best view.



Near the Motorways

Missed the turn off to the motorway service station, or just fancy a change of scenery? Near the Motorways – Affordable Alternatives to Service Stations, is a brilliantly informative guide that features over 200 pubs, restaurants, hotels and petrol stations just 5 minutes from the motorways, with special mention of those which are child and pet-friendly.



Magnetic Windscreen Cover

An essential for any car owner – this magnetic Windscreen cover boasts extra-strong magnets to keep the cover in place. Keep ice off of your windscreen in winter or cool your car down in the summer. Made from durable, washable material, this cover also has new side flaps that can be secured inside the doors.



Professional Tyre Pressure Gauge

No need to wait in long queues at the garage to check your tyre pressure. Now you can test your tyres comfortably at home. Properly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption up to 10%, reduce tyre wear and improve car handling. Now you can always be sure that your tyres are in peak condition.

Written By Fiona

National Pet Month 2015

Thursday, 16th April 2015

This month, we celebrate our furry friends and companions in National Pet Month! Whether they uproot our new gardens or redecorate our sofas with their fur, our pets will always give us unconditional affection without compromise (unless you own a cat, of course!)

Wallace Dog Toy

Give your pup a goofy Wallace grin with this Wallace Dog Toy! With a squeaker inside, your dog will have hours of fun with this chew toy; and you will too every time your pet brings it back to you! Suitable for medium and large-sized dogs.

Dog Friendly Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs

Don’t want to leave your best friend in a kennel over the holidays? Perhaps you couldn’t resist those pleading eyes… A Good Guide to Dog Friendly Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs is an informational and newly-updated guide that features over 1,000 places in the UK where both you and your furry friend will be welcomed to drink, eat and stay in comfort.

Personalised Pet Blanket

This supersoft, faux sheepskin Blanket is the perfect way to keep your pet warm in winter, or when they get older; or use it to cover your upholstery and keep mud and fur off. This Blanket can be personalised with up to 12 characters and is machine washable.

Why Does My Dog/Cat Do That?

A comprehensive book that answers more than 50 questions that every cat and dog owner have about the behaviour of their pets. How you behave around your animal affects the way they react to you. Why Does My Dog/Cat Do That are  insightful and informative books that every pet owner should read.

Travel Water Bowl

This Travel Water Bowl is a must have for any dog owner who enjoys travelling. Keep your dog hydrated when you’re out and about with this portable water bowl. It features a 12cm opening that allows dogs to easily lap up water. Easy to fill, it has a screw-on lid to keep it watertight. Dishwasher safe.

Funny Fetch Toys – Dog Lips

The hysterical rubber Fetch Toy for dogs – our model would not put it down! Bring a smile to everyone’s lips when out for a walk – even your dog’s. It has a comfortable grip for you to throw and him to carry. As with all dog toys, play should be supervised. Suitable for medium to large breeds.

Microfibre Doggy Bag

Keep your dog warm, and your car or home clean, after walks. The super-absorbent Doggy Bag® absorbs 10 times more water, mud and sand than a regular towel. The long zip makes it easy to use and it is machine washable. Available in 4 sizes.

Written By Fiona

Music-related gifts that hit the right notes!

Wednesday, 15th April 2015

Throughout history, music has been used to communicate, express ourselves and bond family and friends together in celebrations! This April, were featuring our top music-related gifts that will hit all the right notes.

Guitar Wall Clock

For the muso who has it all, what better gift than a replica Fender Stratocaster Wall-mounted Clock for their collection. Realistic and well finished, this wall clock is ideal for any music lover, teenager or student.

Memphis Record Player

Dust off those old vinyls and enjoy the great collection of the music you’ve always adored, with the Memphis Record Player. This wonderful music centre allows you to play 33, 45 and 78 rpm records and
also incorporates a USB recorder, CD player, FM Radio, and integrated speakers.

 

Guitars: 500 of the Most Seductive Instruments 

A must-have picture book for any guitar aficionado. This book covers 500 of the most loved guitars including their players, makers, legends, myths and more about each one - a 528 page feast of captivating guitar history and ingenuity.

 

Personalised Guitar Plectrum

Give your musician the gift that keeps on giving and keeps you on their mind. Personalise their very own Plectrum to use every time they want to play some groovy jams.

 

Gareth Malone’s Guide to Classical Music 

For the fan of classical compositions – BBC’s The Choir star,  Gareth Malone’s Guide to Classical music takes you on a journey that follows the careers of great musicians, their masterpieces and the impact they had on history’s movement of classical music. Informative, funny and evocative, this book will not disappoint.

 

Guitar Chopping Board 

Rock out in the kitchen with this Guitar Chopping Board! Dinner time will always be a stellar performance with this cool accessory to the kitchen. Made from natural, eco-friendly bamboo, this chopping board is scratch-resistant which means it will always look great, and features a lip for collecting juices and crumbs.

Music Lover’s Socks – Manuscript 

Who says that socks need to be a boring gift? These soft, cotton-rich Manuscript Socks will make the perfect present for any music lover! One size.

 
 

Written By Fiona

 
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