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9 days Until Christmas!

16 Dec

With less than two weeks of shopping time left, check out my weekly round up of gifts – from the brilliant to the very strange but all unique ideas to wow your loved ones this Christmas.

 

The Hipster Colouring Book – by Charlotte Farmer
This would go down a treat with anyone anti-hipster as a bit of a joke present, or indeed anyone pro-hipster as a genuine gift. Either way I love it, it’s pages are filled with lots of quirky sketches to colour and will not only be relaxing, but humorous too!

Published by Ilex press, the book is available from £7.99 in book stores and online at Amazon

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Verdict: 7/10

 

Heavenly Cakes
I hate shop bought cakes and find them dry and unappealing, in my opinion if you’re going to splurge on calories at least eat the best! Cake lovers will love the Heavenly Cakes range. Launched 8 years ago by husband and wife team they hand make everything just outside of London in Stevenage. They do individual treats (perfect for stocking fillers!) such as billionaire shortbread and very berry flapjacks at £2.99 each. They also do bags of ‘bites’ perfect for sharing at work or home, and a lot of the range is gluten free too!

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Verdict: A delicious 8/10

 

 

Sidekick Hot Sauce
If you know someone who adores their spicy food, treat them this year with the Sidekick hot sauce gift set. It includes 5 different flavours all free from artificial additives. Having tried the hot pepper sauce I can vouch for its delicious flavour, it packed a punch but was also creamy and tasty (as opposed to hit for the sake of it)

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Verdict: A tasty 9/10

 

Trees Direct
I love gifting plants, trees, and seeds whenever I can as it’s a gift that can last forever and bring a lot of enjoyment. That’s why I’m a fan of Trees Direct where you can send a tree gift with next day delivery. Gift trees are sent, potted and dressed in hessian sacks, tied with a satin ribbon, planting instructions and a hand-written gift card – which makes them very pretty. I was sent a myrtle tree gift priced at £22.50, it was so well packaged, and all in tact. It looks well established and very healthy and will make a wonderful addition to my garden.

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Verdict: 9/10

 

All in One Bootsies
I have featured the gorgeous onsies from this company before – bespoke, high quality, warm and cute as hell they are a great gift. This year however they have introduced a fab range of ‘booties’ it’s a bit of a splurge at £30+ for the adult range, but I think that they will last a really long time. Available online at www.the-all-in-one-company.co.uk. Funnily enough this company is based in my home town in the North! If I was a fan before, I am even more so now 🙂

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Verdict: 8/10

 

Rock Knife
Gift an everlasting gift to a foodie or fledgling chef. Great gift for men especially who love a bit of manly kitchen equipment. The rock knife range starts at £9.99, it is made from study Zirconium Oxide ceramic which is stronger than steel, and is available in major stores and online at www.rocknife.com

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Verdict: 8/10

 

PG Tips
I love these little stocking fillers for tea lovers, the PG Tips capsules for the capsule style coffee machines. What a fantastic idea for the partner of a coffee lover – and then they get fun from the machine too. They come in a range of luxury flavours and are available online through Ocado with an RRP of £2.79 for a pack of 10.

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Verdict: A very yummy 7/10

 

Scarlett Jewellery
Every lady loves jewellery as a gift, it’s a luxury that we rarely buy for ourselves. Scarlett Jewellery offer gorgeous, elegant pieces, and I love the range of silver earring. Handmade in Hove, the stud earrings are made of solid 925 silver, with a very pretty design. Available for £34.99 from www.scarlettjewellery.com

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Verdict: 8/10

Frame Again

21 May

With anything new and quirky on the market often the hype outweighs the reality of the product. I was kindly sent a credit code to create and review the personalised photo frames from ‘Frame Again’ (www.frameagain.com) Frame Again are an e-commerce start up launched less than a year ago by two Camden Town Entrepreneurs who turned down Dragons’ Den funding and went on to successfully crowdfund the finance they needed. The concept behind the business is that the tradition of print is one that we should not give up – and I can’t help but agree. Nothing brings a smile to a face like a favourite photo and it’s much easier to view these around the house as opposed to logging  on to a computer or tablet.

I often look at the latest ‘crowdfunded’ ideas and wonder where they will go – and with Frame Again I am pleased that it is a success story as I can confirm that I absolutely adore their frames.
Firstly you choose the colour of the outer ring on the frame, then the inner ring. The frames are held shut by magnets, making the photo easy to replace, not that I would want to however as it was very high quality.

At RRP £9.99 I expected quite a small frame but they are much larger (pleasant surprise!) than I expected, and also due to the magnets they nestle nicely alongside each other. There is also a hole in the back to allow you to hang the frame on the wall.

I chose my favourite pictures of my boyfriend and matched the colour scheme to my duck egg ad teal bedroom. I cannot wait until Frame Again expands even further and introduces a multitude of sizes, as I think that some mini frames would work perfectly on a desk, or a bedside table.

Larger than expected

Larger than expected

Vivid colour and high quality

Vivid colour and high quality

Verdict: 9/10

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