Welcome to our blog, where we bring you the latest in gifts, gadgets and accessories.
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.
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!
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.
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.
It's time to reveal the lucky winner of our Introduce a Friend Competition!
An exciting update; the lucky winner of our latest Introduce a Friend Competition has been drawn! Congratulations to Peter Jackson! Peter is lucky enough to have won £50 of vouchers to spend with us. We hope you enjoy your prize!
Thank you to everyone who recommended a friend and entered the competition. We hope that you all find some great gift ideas for yourselves, friends and family members,
To enter a future Introduce a Friend Competition, simply fill in one of the Introduce a Friend cards sent out with our catalogues.
Summertime is here!
From grown-up summertime indulgence to treats for children’s Summer holiday fun, we’ve got the perfect gifts to see the season through with the whole family in high spirits.
Keep the Wimbledon tournament going!
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and play some sport. Good for your health, and a great way to spend time with the family, tennis can be played gently with Grandparents and little ones, or played as a high energy tournament between teens. Our Jumbo Tennis is great for a quirky game while our Portable Tennis Net is perfect for those with the competitive edge.
Get ready for al fresco dining and dinner parties! It’s time to make the most of your garden for relaxed, sophisticated gatherings. Our Aegean Tray is ideal for serving drinks, while our Fire Pit is the ideal centre piece for those cooler evenings.
If you’re going on holiday this summer we’ve got all kinds of nifty gadgets to keep you and your family safe! Our Secret Money Belt is just one great idea. Hide your cash in this belt to keep it out of sight, away from pickpockets and separate from your bags and luggage, so you can stay safe and simply enjoy the sun and sightseeing.
The perfect picnic season is here! Our Qwerkity Picnic Bag and Bottle Bag are ideal for taking on trips to the woods, the park or the beach to make a family meal into a special outdoor treat! Our Qwerkity Picnic Bag and Bottle Bag are insulated with a Flectalon lining that keeps drinks or food at the same temperature it goes into the bag, for up to 6 hours.
If you’re looking for a quirky summer game that the whole family can join in, our Full Size Croquet Set is for you. Croquet is one of Europe’s oldest pastimes; it was first played in France in the 13th century and by the 17th century was popular with British royalty. Suitable for children 3 years and over.
Get into Gardening
We’ve got lots of gifts that will help you get into gardening and make the most of the sunshine. Our Personalised Trowel and Fork Set, for example, is printed with a first and last name, making this Set a unique gift. Alternatively, you may prefer our Ladies’ Floral Leather Gauntlets. Made in Shropshire using traditional techniques and the softest leather, these feminine Garden Gloves are a stylish way to protect hands.
Summer Wedding Gifts
There is always an abundance of weddings in the Summer. We’re here to help you pick something particularly special for the happy couple. Our Personalised Slate Heart Cheeseboard and Personalised Heart Bowls are practical luxuries with a romantic twist. If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for but you love the idea of a unique gift, take a look at all our Personalised gifts.
Our Double Surname Coat of Arms is new in – we love the idea of giving newlyweds a gift that is representative of their joining in marriage and personal to them.
The perfect Father's Day gift can be hard to find - but we are here to help!
Stuck for gift ideas this Father’s Day? Look no further, we’ve got a great range of quirky gifts to suit every Dad out there!
If your Dad thinks he’s the next Jamie Oliver and loves to make the kitchen his own, our King of the Kitchen Chopping Board is for him!
Our Labrador Glass Worktop Saver meanwhile is perfect for all dog lovers, while our Enamel Mussel Pot is the perfect way to make an unusual treat more accessible to those who love their seafood.
Consider our Chilli Mill for a Dad who likes it hot!
Dads who love their sheds
The shed: a place of happy solitude for an awful lot of Dads. Help him claim it as his own with our personalised Man Cave sign, or give him a laugh with 50 Sheds of Grey.
If your Dad loves his food and is always up for trying something new, we’ve got the answer! Marmite Chocolate is a sweet treat with a quirky twist, while our Hot Sauces Gift Set will bring spice to any Dad’s life.
Looking from the outside in, it would seem that many of our Dads hold Homer Simpson in great esteem. If your Dad loves his beer, our Probably the Best Dad in the World Tankard is personalised, making it particularly special, while our Brew Your Own Ale Kits, (Golden Ale, Dark Ale and Bitter available) are perfect for those who love the idea of brewing at home.
If your Dad loves the outdoors and spends as much time as he can out in the garden, our Gardener’s Gubbins Pots and Tool Stool may be just what he’s been waiting for.
But we haven’t forgotten the ultimate garden experience – our Golf Bag BBQ Set will help your Dad turn the garden into his own alfresco meat-eating extravaganza… what more could any Dad want?
If laughter is the best gift for a Dad who’s a little unusual, we’ve got the perfect collection of gift ideas for you.
From our I am Your Father Darth Vader Mug to our Man Bowl, from our Sock Exchange Weekend Socks to our Secret Agent Alarm Clock, we’ve got a selection of gifts that’ll make him smile throughout the day.
Our Leather Rugby Wash Bag is one of our most popular men’s gifts; made from soft, good quality leather this is a stylish gift for anyone who loves sport.
Our Subbuteo Bottle Opener was launched in our latest gift catalogue and is the ideal fun and quirky gift for lovers of the round ball game.
For more unusual, practical and fun Father’s Day gifts, take a look at our Father’s Day page!
Come rain or shine, we have a great set of ideas for how to keep your kids entertained over the upcoming Bank Holidays!
From creative gifts designed to inspire, to practical build-it projects and outdoor activities, we’ve got it covered. With kid’s games as well as activities suitable for the whole family, there’ll be no more wondering how to bring the family together!
4. Horse-OpolyThis classic family game with a twist is the perfect gift for a whole family of horse lovers! This game is a great way to get everyone practising their maths, showing off their bargaining skills and learning about new horse breeds.
Looking for an inspirational new gardening blog? You've come to the right place!
The clocks have moved forward and the British weather is getting warmer by the week – summer is nearly upon us. For many of us, that may give us the opportunity to relax in the garden or enjoy a barbeque or two.
Not everyone maintains their garden over the winter period and, as a result, they are left with the large task of mowing the overgrown grass, tidying and generally sprucing up in time for summer.
And then there are those who are passionate about their garden all year round…
This month we would like to share with you our favourite gardening bloggers who inspire and teach us how to make the most of our gardens.
The Smallest Smallholding
The Smallest Smallholding is written by Lucy from Bedfordshire, following her journey as a Smallholder from her 20s and now into her 30s.
Lucy’s beautifully designed website is full of well-written articles about general gardening, growing fruit and veg, as well as following her life as a (mostly) vegan gardener.
Keen Oxfordshire based gardener, Emma Cooper, blogs regularly on a whole host of topics – from topical book reviews, recipes and, of course, gardening.
Making compost is one of Emma’s passions, as well as growing plants and food. This includes a number of brightly-coloured weird and wonderful edible assortments, of which she has written about in her recent blog post.
The Compost Bin
The Compost Bin follows the life of an organic family based on Herefordshire, growing their own food, living with a variety of animals (including cats, chickens and guinea pigs), and generally living a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Oh and they make a lot of compost too!
The Compostwoman, Compostman and Compostgirl have four acres of land consisting of a garden, woodland, small orchard and veg plot. Some of the food they grow includes fruit and veg, as well as making their own chutneys, jams, ciders and wines, which all-in-all makes it a very enjoyable and interesting blog to follow.
This blog follows the life of a gardener who decided to challenge herself to discover new things and work them out on her own, becoming an independent woman on a mission. She was faced with her first battle when she moved to Chippenham in 1999 and looked upon her 15mx15m plot. Her journey is captivating and she has many stories to tell, stories which date back to 2007 (so you better catch up!).
Real Men Sow
After being shown the ropes by his mum Jan, Jono, the author of Real Men Sow, has managed to sustain both his garden and his blog for a number of years.
Taking over a redundant allotment plot back in 2007, Jono has a passion for gardening and clearly enjoys the benefits of his labour in the form of fruit and veg.
Jono even created a money saving spreadsheet for all savings made from growing food in his allotments!
Hillwards is a diary written by Sara on her hilltop garden in rural south Wales.
Sara’s blog highlights the beautiful array of flowers and plants grown in her large garden, accompanied by a rather awesome banner. Her garden is well looked after even during the winter seasons, as demonstrated by her blog posts all year round.
Out of My Shed
Naomi Schillinger is behind Out of Shed – a blog following the life of a gardener in north London. Naomi is a talented grower of vegetables, making use of small spaces and a front garden in urban London.
Out of My Shed has several blog posts on beautiful plants, the food Naomi grows and even some stories and images of wildlife being taken care of.
The London Vegetable Garden
The London Vegetable Garden follows the tales of Callum Saunders who is on a mission to show the people of England that anyone can grow vegetables, no matter how small the space they have to work with.
Callum is a passionate gardener who has been blogging for more than four years.
Vertical Veg is a great educational blog for helping to grow food successfully in containers. There are several tips on Mark’s blog as well as training courses for container growing.
Mark learned his trade when he lived in a London flat by growing on his balcony. After starting small, Mark ended up eating fresh food off his London balcony nearly every day of the week. The he moved up North to Newcastle and started all over again.
The Blackberry Garden
Gardening in the evenings and on weekends, it is a happy obsession for the Blackberry Garden blogger…
Blog posts are filled with images of flowers and trees – the main components of this Leicester garden. And there are lots of bright and colourful flowers to be seen on the Blackberry Garden blog, even during winter.
The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
Helen, the author behind The Patient Gardener’s weblog has helped plant an RHS Chelsea Flower Show showgarden and previously written for Yell as their gardening expert.
Each blog post is well-written with high quality photos of Helen’s garden and all her beautiful plants and flowers on display.
Two Thirsty Gardeners
Authors of Two Thirsty Gardeners, Rich and Nick acquired a neglected allotment plot a couple of years ago. This blog follows the tales of their battles with slugs, weeds and even yeast infections as they continue to produce fresh fruit and veg. And from their fruit, they make alcohol, which makes us wonder why they’re still thirsty?
Mark’s Veg Plot
Mark’s Veg Plot in his back garden consists of six fully-stocked raised beds. His garden is so big it even contains a patio with deckchairs and a table, as well as space for a few trees and of course the standard garden shed.
With the garden being well-kept, Mark blogs about the flowers and food he grows, each accomplished with some fantastic photography.
Noel’s Garden Blog
A garden writer and researcher, lecturer and teacher, Noel’s Garden Blog doesn’t just focus on his own garden but also history lessons as well as trips around the world.
The Garden Smallholder
The Garden Smallholder follows Karen in her North Bedfordshire garden. A blog about keeping chickens and growing fruit and vegetables mainly.
Karen fell in love with gardening and keeping chickens when she lived in Bristol prior to moving to Bedfordshire in 2008. As well as a garden of her own, Karen also owns an allotment where she grows fruit and veg.
Tidy Gardens by Jane
Passionate gardener Jane keeps her blog updated with her work and her own garden – including a large number of photos in each blog post of the beautiful, brightly coloured flowers she has grown.
Alistair has been gardening for more than four decades and uses his blog, Aberdeen Gardening to profile the plants he and his wife Myra have been growing in Scotland.
Moving to Cheshire last year, Alistair continues his plant growing and continues to document the work he does in his back garden, including the blossoming Primulas, Crocus and Daffodils.
Alternative Eden follows the story of Mark and Gaz’s garden in Bedfordshire. Using mostly hardy plants with some more tender accent plants in pots, the pair have taken wonderful photos to accomplish their blog posts.
Aside from just plants, Mark and Gaz have also built a Koi Pond in their garden and documented their visits to many public gardens visited both in the United Kingdom and across the world.
Going by the name of Flighty, Flighty’s Plot follows a 30 by 60 feet allotment in Harrow.
Most things here are planted or sown directly, including Daffodils, Rhubarb and Crocuses. The allotment also has its fair share of wildlife making an appearance!
The Anxious Gardener
Save the biggest ‘til last! David Marsden, the Anxious Gardener looks after six acres of grounds and a sixteenth century priory in East Sussex.
David’s beautiful and mesmerising work is documented on his blog as well as some of the wildlife he has the pleasure to spend time with. Be sure to check out some of the photos of cute animals David has published on his blog.
A few simple gift ideas to help you make this Spring extra special!
We hope you are enjoying the first few days of Spring! The bright sky is bringing a smile to our faces here at QWERKITY – as is the launch of our new Spring Gift collection, which is online now! Here’s a taster of the new products we have to offer:
Ferrari Ballpoint Pen
It might not be the dream car itself but our Ferrari pen, made by Schaeffer®, is finished in the unmistakable Rossa Corsa red gloss, to create a professional yet undeniably cool look. For an extra-special, unique gift, have your pen personalised. One of our ultimate gifts for him!
Available Plain and Personalised.
Telephone Box Bird Feeder
Our Telephone Box Bird Feeder is the star of our latest catalogue cover and has already become extremely popular with bird-lovers everywhere.. It’s the perfect way to add a little British quirkiness to your Spring garden!
Waterproof Action Video Camera
Do you want to capture every special moment this Spring? This tiny Video Camera takes superb quality action shots, and at 2 x 5.5cm, you can take it with you wherever you go!
It comes with a waterproof plastic case that allows you to film under water, up to a depth of 10m, and you can use the attachments to clip it to your snorkel, helmet, bike or boat so you can film hands-free; you’ll never miss a moment!
The camera is so easy to use and affordable that it’s fun for adults, kids and adventurous students alike!
The Wine Wizard is perfect for dinner parties or everyday family meals, or you can use it to display bottles on a sideboard or side table. It holds 3 slim wine, whisky or other similar-shaped bottles, and rotates smoothly on its base for easy viewing and selection.
RHS Floral Kneeler & Gloves
The daffodils are blooming and you may be keen to get gardening! Our RHS Floral Kneeler & Gloves will brighten your garden in an instant with their beautiful bold blue design. The perfect gift idea for any gardener, they are practical and stylish.
Sack Race Set
Spring is time for family fun as the sun starts to brighten our lives a little and the air is still crisp enough to enjoy running around with the kids! Our Sack Race Set is the perfect kit for hours of energetic outdoor fun.
Take a look also at our Giant Pick-Up Sticks, another great Garden Game idea.
Personalised Steiff® Bear
A truly memorable gift and an heirloom for future generations, this personalised Steiff® Bear is a sentimental classic that will be loved by young and old.
Ensure your gift is like no other by choosing exactly how to personalise your bear, creating an ideal Christening or birthday gift that will watch over the recipient for a lifetime.
And one old favourite…
Lid Sid is not a new product but is certainly an old favourite! Lid Sid is an ingenious little device that’ll stop your pans from boiling over as you cook – plus he’s definitely got the cute factor! Lid Sid is a simple, quirky gift for a friend who loves to cook, or for a student leaving home and cooking for themselves for the first time, and who could use Sid’s helping hand in the kitchen.
Struggling to come up with an original, quirky idea for your Mum this Mother’s Day?
Everyone is different. Why should you be stuck with the same ordinary gift ideas when your Mum is extraordinary? We offer quirky products for quirky people, providing you with the perfect way to show your Mum how much she means to you.
We’ve chosen 10 of our very best products to make Mother's Day even more special.
1. One Line A Day Book
Busy Mums are creating memories every day, but often don’t have the time to record them. Don’t let your Mum miss a single special day with our One Line A Day Book; it’s like a diary, but gives you the chance to make a note of just the very best bits.
2. Relaxology Massage Mask
Relaxation – something Mums never quite have enough time for! Our Relaxology Massage Mask is more than a simple gift to brighten her day – it massages the temple to remove tension, eases headaches and sinuses, and relieves tired, puffy eyes – perfect for helping her relax and keep on top of her well-being all year round.
3. Devilishly Different Drinking Fudge
Mother’s Day is definitely a day on which our Mums should treat themselves. Our Devilishly Different Drinking Fudge is a real sweet treat for your Mum – but is something a little bit different from the usual box of chocolates. It’s unlikely she’ll have come across something quite like it before, but if she has a sweet tooth this is a treat like no other!
4. Gin & Tonic Bath & Shower Gel
Bath and shower products are classic Mother’s Day gift ideas that we’ve taken a quirky stance on! If a Gin & Tonic is your Mum’s favourite treat and she loves to relax in a hot bath, why not give her the ultimate relaxing experience and combine the two with our Gin & Tonic Bath & Shower Gel!
5. Personalised Family Rules Slate Board
Many Mums take great pride in the family they have brought up, so a reminder of your happy family’s attitude to life may be the perfect gift! Our personalised Family Rules Slate Board will brighten the day of everyone who reads it.
6. Penhaligon’s Scent Library
Perfume is another classic Mother’s Day gift – but our Penhaligon’s Scent Library is a little different, providing your Mum not with just one new scent, but a range to choose from!
7. Pug Door Stop
Handsome but practical, Bogart is a wonderful gift for any dog loving Mum! His presence will brighten up any home and certainly put a smile on her face, not only on Mother’s Day but throughout the year.
8. Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups
Colouring in is something many of us loved as children. This is your chance to pay back an act of Mother’s love and give your Mum the grown-up version of something that once meant so much to you. Our Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups allows adults to get creative and enjoy being artistic just as much as they did when they were young.
9. Pink Champagne Lip Balm
If you’re looking for a simple beauty treat to put a smile on your Mum’s face try our Pink Champagne Lip Balm. Instilled with an all-time favourite flavour, it is a little beauty gift that will quickly become an everyday favourite!
10. Personalised Queen of the Kitchen Chopping Board
If your Mum is a dedicated cook, and responsible for all your childhood family meals, give her the recognition she deserves with our Queen of the Kitchen Chopping Board, personalised with your Mum’s own name to make it extra-special.
View our full range of Mother’s Day gifts.