Posted by Emma Jones on Wed 20th November 2013 at 05:37 AM, Filed in Baby Shower Gifts IdeasUnusual Christmas Gift IdeasEaster Gifts IdeasFamily Gift IdeasGifts For HerGifts For HimGifts For Kids

Carte Blanche has just extended their extensive ‘My Blue Nose Friends’ collection with an additional four delightful new little characters.  The new characters consist of the eager Puffer Fish Pout, a cute little pink critter with a well-rounded attitude; the pale-blue and white, well-bred British Cat Abbey; pale grey, pink and white Crest, the timid Pterosaur, and Glide, the adventure-loving, well-groomed white and pink Pegasus.

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If you are not already collecting the ‘My Blue Nose Friends’ characters, now is the time to start. These little furry friends are simply adorable and will be loved by girls and boys of all ages (up to around 95 years or more!). Cute, cuddly and affordable, they make excellent stocking fillers, birthday presents and ‘just because I can’ gifts. With more than a hundred characters to choose from, ‘My Blue Nose Friends’ will want you to keep adding to your collection. They are definitely worth it, whether you collect them for yourself or buy them for your children, grandchildren or friends.

Available at just £5.00 each, all four friends can be purchased directly from Carte Blanche or from Amazon, WH Smiths, Clintons and an array of nationwide independent retailers.

Posted by Emma Jones on Mon 4th November 2013 at 07:50 PM, Filed in Unusual Christmas Gift IdeasCooking GiftsEaster Gifts IdeasFamily Gift IdeasGifts For HerGifts For HimWedding Gift Ideas

I absolutely love the peacock colour palette that Scott Inness designs has used for this wonderfully evocative and graphic tea towel design-Bramble Thistle.

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Scott Inness is a Scottish based homeware design company that create artistic gifts and homeware collections in bold and contemporary yet iconic designs. All their products are made with top quality materials, 100% premium cotton in this case.  With many products to choose from, such as bone china crockery, table mats and coasters, textiles and stationary, finding that perfect present for someone is easy! It seems to me that their designs completely capture the beautiful and dramatic essence of Scotland.

This Scott Inness tea towel would make a fun and striking gift perhaps for a party hostess, teacher or how about a whole Scott Inness Christmas stocking! My first thought was that it would be lovely framed as a piece of artwork in my kitchen as its almost too pretty to use!

Scott Inness Bramble Thistle Tea Towel costs £8.50 and is available from http://www.scottinness.com.

Posted by Emma Jones on Mon 4th November 2013 at 11:05 AM, Filed in Chocolate Gift IdeasUnusual Christmas Gift IdeasCooking GiftsEaster Gifts IdeasFamily Gift IdeasGifts For HerGifts For HimGifts For Kids

Show some love with this 8 pc Mini Heart Baking Set from Premiere Housewares!

Comprised of a shaped tray, 6 heart moulds and a patterned spatula, this adorable little kit would delight practically anyone. Surprise cupcakes or individual cheesecakes for a loved one, parent and child baking sessions, pretty desserts and jellies for parties, this set is freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe so can be put to almost any use. It is made from silicone, celebrated among bakers for its flexible, practical and non stick properties. Apart from looking very cute, it is also durable and of excellent quality.

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It would make a great, original gift for any little girl or even anyone who’s a little girly at heart! It could be complemented by other designs from the range such as the large heart baking set (24” heart shaped pan and spatula) for those times when a cupcake just isn’t enough. Also available is the Cupcake Shaped Baking Set (shaped tray, trivet and spatula) so boys and macho men can join in the fun too!

Mini Heart Baking Set £12.98, available here.

Posted by Emma Jones on Mon 4th November 2013 at 10:40 AM, Filed in Unusual Christmas Gift IdeasEaster Gifts IdeasFamily Gift IdeasCool Gadget GiftsGifts For Kids

Bath specialist H&A (HandA) recently launched three exciting bath-time gift ranges for little boys and girls, just in time for Christmas!  Great fun for kids and invariably priced under £15.00, these bath and pamper sets make excellent stocking fillers. Kids will love them, and once the bath/ pamper products are used up they will still have something to hang on to/ play with. This is definitely good value for money – ideal for that hanging stocking!!

HandA for Boys - Products in this range include ‘Disney’s Planes, which includes bubble bath with a Dusty Crophopper wash puppet; ‘Jake And The Neverland Pirates’, a colour-change bath time set designed to teach kids about mixing primary colours and the relationship of cause and effect; the ‘Thomas and Friends’ Trains and Counting set, and a Mega Wash Pack featuring a Ben 10 Alien Attack.  The ‘Disney’s Planes set is available from Boots, Morrisons, Sanisbury’s and Tesco;  ‘Jake And The Neverland Pirates’ can be obtained from Morrisons; ‘Thomas & Friends’ are available at Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons, and the ‘Ben 10 Alien Attack’ can be found at Morrisons and Boots. All packs are available at RRP £5.00 and are suitable for 4 to 5 year old boys (Ben 10 is suitable up to the age of 6).
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HandA for Girls - This range includes the ‘Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Pamper Bag’ filled with bath fizzers, shower gel, shimmer lotion and body puff; the ‘Juicy Lucy Pretty Party Set’, which consists of peel-able nail polish (lilac), fairy shimmer powder (pink), two glittery hair clips, a breaded bracelet and strawberry lip balm, and ‘Cinderella’s Sparkling Bath Sprinkles’.  Every little girly girl will adore these!! This collection is a Sainsbury’s exclusive. The bath sprinkles cost £2.00 and are suitable for 3 to 5 year olds, while the Pretty Party Set suits 4 to 7 year old girls and has an RRP of £5.00. Minnie’s Pamper Bag is aimed at 9 to 12 year olds and is priced at £8.00 RRP.

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HandA Minnie’s Must Haves – This super cute collection includes the ‘Must Have Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Pamper Bag’; ‘Minnie’s Minis’, a keepsake box crammed with mini bath/ body treats, and ‘Fashion Nail Art’.  Love them all!  HandA Minnie’s Must Haves - All sets in this collection are available from Boots and are designed for 10 to 12 year old girls. The Pamper Bag has an RRP of £14.00; the other two sets cost £10.00 RRP each.

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For futher detail of products from HandA, please visit http://www.handa-uk.com.

Posted by Emma Jones on Mon 4th November 2013 at 10:36 AM, Filed in Unusual Christmas Gift IdeasEaster Gifts IdeasFamily Gift IdeasGifts For Kids

Ahh, the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared as a videogame character in June 1991 and is still a favourite on our screens today!  SEGA’s wonderful Sonic has also gone on to enjoy incredible success in many licensed areas, such as toys, apparel, comics and animation, and now Wall Art!!

The New giant Sonic the Hedgehog wall stickers from SEGA will be sure to delight many young fans.  Say goodbye to boring bedrooms and hello to a room full of character in which many a friends will be envious!  They feature Sonic himself, plus his faithful friends in tow - Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Blaze the Cat and Big the Cat. 

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These fabulous stickers are available in six different designs, are incredibly easy to use and are removable and reusable – perfect for transforming any wall or room.  My own two boy’s bedroom has been instantly made over with these stickers, and I can’t thank Peelze more!  They are delighted with the transformation.

The stickers are available to buy separately or in a pack of five, priced from £20 and are available from http://www.peelze.com.

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