Friday 30 September 2022

Christmas Morning Marmalade Buns

This is another wonderful festive recipe from our friends at Cottage Delight. It uses their Winter Warming Thin Cut Marmalade

Prep: 1 hour (including rises): 4 hours 30 mins  

Cook: 25 mins

Makes: 12 buns

For dough: 

240ml whole milk

135g dark brown soft sugar

2 tsp mixed spice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 sachets instant yeast (7g per sachet)

115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature, cut into 4 pieces

2 large eggs, lightly beaten at room temperature

½ tsp salt

563g strong white bread flour, plus more for surfaces

2 tsp oil for bowl 

For the marmalade filling: 

1 x 340g jar Cottage Delight Winter Warming Thin Cut Marmalade, at room temperature

100g unsalted butter, very soft/room temperature

For orange cream cheese frosting:

55g full fat cream cheese

250g icing sugar

2 tbsp double cream

2-3 tsp orange extract (taste for desired flavour) 


Grease a large bowl using 2 tsp of oil, set aside. Heat milk to just below boiling point to scald. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature (must still be warm). 

In a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment, combine all dry dough ingredients. Add eggs, followed by the warm milk. Mix at a medium speed for 10 minutes before tipping onto a lightly floured surface. (Dough will be soft).

Knead dough into a ball and place into a large, greased bowl. Cover tightly with cling film and move to a warm spot to prove for 2 hours, or until double in size. 

Once proved, knock back the dough. Tip onto a lightly floured surface. Gather into a neat ball and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 50x35cm rectangle, making sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick as possible. 

Place the rectangle of dough with a long edge facing you. Spread the softened butter all over the dough, ensuring you go right to the edges. Spoon over jar of Winter Warming Thin Cut Marmalade (reserve 1 tbsp for dressing) and spread over the top of the butter. 

Starting from the long edge furthest away, roll the pastry towards you, keeping the dough as tight as possible as you roll (make sure the seal is on the bottom). Take a sharp knife and trim the ends (roughly 1-2 inches each side). 

Cut the rolled dough in half, then halve your two halves again (leaving you with 4 quarters). Slice each quarter into 3 equal slices and place on their cut side into a greased and lined 20x30cm baking tin. 

Cover the rolls tightly with cling film and allow to rise until doubled in size (approx. 1 hour). 

Pre-heat the oven to 200°/180°C fan/gas 6. Once doubled, remove cling film and place in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden on top. Place tin on wire rack to cool. 

In a medium bowl, using a hand-held or stand mixer beat the cream cheese on a medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add double cream and sifted icing sugar. Switch to high and beat for 1 minute. Add orange extract and beat on high to combine. (Taste for desired orange flavour).

Spread the icing over warm rolls in swirls and serve immediately. 

Dust with cinnamon and decorate with reserved Winter Warming Thin Cut Marmalade. 

I have a feeling that these buns will not make it to Christmas morning at our house as they'd be chomped down with some festive tea as soon as they were baked!

Fuze: An ideal Christmas gift for the gamer in your life

Debut 'Made with FUZE' game release, SUPER FUNKY BOWLING for Nintendo Switch™ opens the gates for budding game developers, Bedroom Coders and Homebrew Heroes everywhere. 

FUZE Technologies removes the barriers to entry, making the process of games development and publishing more accessible than ever before!

FUZE Technologies are the creators of FUZE4 Nintendo Switch, an application designed to make learning real coding as accessible and beginner-friendly as possible. With its comprehensive suite of features and tutorial content, users can learn the fundamentals of coding in a forgiving environment, therefore removing the barrier to entry often found in professional platforms.

Made with FUZE is a channel for FUZE4 Nintendo Switch users to get their games on the Nintendo eShop, allowing them to start earning money for their games and leaving the complexities of publishing to FUZE.

The debut ‘Made with FUZE’ release is the incredibly awesome ‘SUPER FUNKY BOWLING’ by FUZE community member Nathaniel Strub (aka. Scrubz). The game was created for a high-profile competition judged by video game veterans (including Jeff Minter, Eugene Jarvis and the Oliver Twins) and exemplifies beautifully what is possible in FUZE!

David Silvera, FUZE Product Manager, said: “This is all about lowering the barrier to entry for new developers, celebrating hidden talent and opening doors for people with less access to the support they need to get started.”

Over the past several years, FUZE has seen the creation of a thriving community of coders at every stage of their journey - enthusiastic beginners and seasoned programmers alike are sharing their knowledge, lifting others up and collaborating on awesome creative projects. Their work is celebrated by both FUZE and the community alike, fostering an environment of support and empowerment.

“Game development has always just been a fun hobby for me. I’ve never made a game expecting to make a profit from it. Sure, I’ve dreamt of publishing and selling my games somewhere special, but the process seemed too convoluted to be worth it. Then the FUZE team came along, took a game I made with FUZE, and did the hard work of putting it on the eShop for me! How awesome is that!” – Scrubz, Super Funky Bowling Developer.

Super Funky Bowling is available exclusively on the Nintendo eShop from October 14th 2022 for only £2.99 

Who are they? FUZE Technologies Ltd, Oxfordshire, England has a core focus on making learning to code as easy, accessible and enjoyable as possible.  As well as local Coding & Gaming activities, FUZE provides award winning, curriculum-mapped, computing workshops to schools and STE(A)M events country-wide.

FUZE developed FUZE4 Nintendo Switch, an application designed to bring accessible coding, and even games publishing, to the world’s best-selling games platform and will soon announce versions for additional platforms.

Supporting its activities, FUZE offers freely downloadable teaching content, a vast number of YouTube coding tutorials and operates the FUZE Arena, a community driven platform for coding advice, creative inspiration, and events such as Game Jams and competitions.

To find out more about FUZE Technologies Ltd:

FUZE Arena, YouTube, Twitter & TikTok / @fuzearena

General & Education enquires:


Meet tonies® - This Year's Fastest Growing Preschool Toy Brand - Set to be on Every Child's Christmas Wish List

tonies®, said to be the world's largest interactive audio platform for kids, is readying itself for a bumper Christmas season this year. 

The latest NPD data for July 2022 has revealed tonies® to be the fastest growing preschool toy brand in the UK for the year to June 2022. 

Their iconic Toniebox ranks as the fastest growing toy in the overall UK market*, making tonies® the toy brand to watch this Christmas.  

No wonder families across the world love the Toniebox so much, it gets played 148 times more than the average gifted toy.

Lucia Kreuzer, the General Manager for the UK and Ireland at tonies®, said: "We are thrilled with the latest NPD results. Being the fastest growing preschool toy brand over the last 12 months is a testament to the team's hard work and commitment to create a product and content that children love. 

"These results are also proof of the strong collaborations we have with our wonderful retail partners and licensors. Knowing we are the top toy brand on gift lists this Christmas is something we're obviously very proud of. But we're far from complacent and we will continually strive to find new,  exciting ways to bring joy and happiness to families and children via the magic of audio entertainment."

Designed for children to replace bright and overstimulating screens, the Toniebox is a robust, softly padded musical storytelling box, designed and built exclusively for kids.

With an extensive range of accompanying hand painted figurines, called Tonies, they are simply placed on top of the Toniebox to play music, songs and also educational content. 

The award-winning, intuitive audio system with its child-safe, wireless,  screen-free approach is transforming the way in which young children independently play and learn.

tonies® has taken the toy world by storm since they were launched back in 2016, developing over 600 different Tonies and selling in excess of 3.9m Tonieboxes and 47 million Tonies globally.  

To date, every second child in Germany owns a Toniebox.

On Black Friday last year, tonies® was the third most searched for brand in its home country Germany, and sold out within hours in the UK. 

tonies® have won multiple awards worldwide. tonies® partnerships have included the launch of educational Tonies with National Geographic and the CBBC favourite, Horrible Histories, besides expanding the growing portfolio with British storytime favourites from Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Enid Blyton and Michael Rosen. 

The brand has also launched collaborations with the UK's top educational resources platform Twinkl, and a partnership with Moshi, the sleep and mindfulness app for children, launching this month, demonstrating their strong commitment to supporting parents and caregivers with content that helps enhance children's educational and emotional wellbeing.   

tonies® has attracted a worldwide fanbase, with celebrity fans in the UK including Millie Mackintosh, Giovanna Fletcher, Martine McClutcheon, Cath Tyldesley and Helen George, to name just a few. Loved by the whole family, it's easy to see why the Toniebox has developed a cult following since its launch.

For parents, grandparents and others looking for Christmas shopping inspiration, the tonies® collection is the ideal present to light up little faces and is the gift that keeps on giving.  With a raft of screen-free content, the Toniebox (£79.99) and accompanying Tonies (from £11.99) provide hours of entertainment for different ages, making it a cost-effective purchase which will be loved for many years. With a range of matching accessories including headphones, carry cases and a car organiser, the tonies® collection is perfect for travel too, allowing kids to enjoy the magic of tonies® at home or away.

To buy your Tonibox visit them at

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‘Enchant,’ the World’s Largest Christmas Light Spectacular, Announces U.S. Event Locations

Opening officially everywhere on Black Friday (Nov. 25), the sprawling 10-acre event is produced annually on the playing fields of major league sports stadiums and iconic outdoor spaces. Featuring an immersive walk-thru light maze created with over 4 million stunning and sparkling lights.

Enchant also includes an impressive 100-foot-tall holiday tree, a unique ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits, and a holiday shopping marketplace with crafts, gifts and culinary treats including festive holiday beverages and cocktails.

“We’re looking forward to hosting millions of guests again this year and introducing Enchant to millions more as we expand to cities across the U.S.,” said Enchant Christmas founder and CEO Kevin Johnston. “We bring a new story and elements to our featured light maze each year, so guests always have something special to experience when returning to enjoy a holiday night at Enchant with family and friends.”

This year Enchant will string its incredible light displays coast to coast from Florida to California and will be joined by first-ever national sponsor, the Hallmark Channel.

“Hallmark Channel’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ is synonymous with the holidays, bringing warmth, connection and happiness to millions of viewers,” said Lara Richardson, chief marketing officer, Hallmark Media. “Lights are such an integral part of Christmas magic, whether they be displayed on your house, strung throughout your favorite hometown spots, or featured in grand, eye-opening light displays like Enchant, and this partnership creates a new way to spread Hallmark Christmas joy.”

The popular television network will be offering guests a variety of custom experiences, including a “Hallmark Cozy Christmas” lounge, photo opportunities, Hallmark Channel wine tasting and a chance for fans to win a set visit to a Hallmark movie while in production.

“Hallmark Channel is the perfect partner to join Enchant across America this year. It’s an amazing brand fit in every way with the premium, experiential holiday celebration we’ve created,” said LeeAnne Stables, chief marketing officer for Enchant. “We have so many fun surprises waiting for their millions of fans, including that Hallmark classic—delicious mugs of Enchant hot chocolate ready to go.”

Returning cities for the holiday extravaganza include Dallas; Washington, D.C.; St. Petersburg; and Las Vegas. Debuting Enchant events in 2022 are Sacramento, San Jose, Scottsdale and Nashville.

Tickets for all Enchant cities are on sale at

Enchant is the world’s largest holiday light event experience encompassing over 10 acres, featuring a dazzling installation of over 4 million sparkling multicolored lights creating a one-of-a-kind, story-themed walk-thru maze, with holiday trees over 100 feet tall. 

Produced on the playing fields of major league sports stadiums and iconic outdoor spaces, the event offers an ice-skating trail, live entertainment, interactive games, Santa visits and a charming holiday marketplace featuring local artisans, along with holiday foods and festive drinks. Founded in 2016 by Canadian entrepreneur Kevin Johnston, Enchant has since delighted over 3 million guests in major cities in the U.S. and Canada. Visit Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

If any readers of That's Christmas live in the USA or are on holiday in the USA this looks like a fun event to attend.

Gracias Choir Brings the Joy of Christmas to the City of Los Angeles this October

If you are going to be in LA next week, please remember that The Gracias Christmas Cantata is happening on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater (777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015) for free. 

The City of Los Angeles gave a Certificate of Appreciation for the Gracias Choir & Orchestra for their combined efforts.

Founded back in 2000, the Gracias Choir is an internationally award-winning, non-profit choir and orchestra that has taken the highest prizes at the world’s most prestigious choral competitions. Since 2011, the Gracias Choir has performed its world-famous Christmas Cantata in major cities in the U.S. every year.

The Christmas Cantata features cherished music through three unforgettable stages: the Opera Act will present the Nativity, the heart-warming Musical Act based on the “Gift of the Magi,” and the Traditional Christmas Act will showcase a glorious rendition of Handel’s Oratorio, “Messiah.”

To request for free vouchers or to make guaranteed reservations for a donation of $20, please call 310-779-6392 or go to and go to Request Tickets and find the Los Angeles performance on October 3rd, 2022.

To ensure the quality of the event, no children under the age of five years old are allowed to attend. Also, the free seats are given on a first-come, first-serve basis so please be sure to arrive early.

Collecting Seashells has some exciting Christmas Gift ideas

 Collecting Seashells has some exciting Christmas Gift ideas at their online shop

Here are some examples of what delectable Christmas gift ideas are available:-

Bone China Zodiac Mugs £9.95 These are the utterly perfect personalised gift. 

A white ceramic mug with Beautiful Gold detailing of each star sign.

Or what about some lovely Handmade Soy Candles? 

And Emperor Pillar Set Of 2 £21.95 individually hand poured soy wax candle, the perfect addition to any dining table, coffee table, or your side board/ These are bound to make a beautiful statement in your home whilst complementing your interior. 

Happy Luxe Bee Cushion £17.95 A truly bee-utiful soft velvet effect cushion in grey.

And nicely finished with four yellow pom poms, one at each corner, and some exquisite embroidery.

Heart Sentiment Vase - £4.95 This dainty, beautiful small glass vase, detailed with a wooden love heart neck and is the perfect size for a couple of stems or some tiny posies.

Bamboo Heart Spoon - £4.95 Cooking with love, taken to the very next level! 

This super cute love heart design bamboo spoon makes a lovely gift. Why not pair two together to make the perfect salad servers? Ideal for a Christmas side salad.

Jewellery dish £14.95. In the form of a cat, a home a dog or a bunny.

 These delightfully wobblw edged porcelain jewellery dishes come with either a 3D cat, bunny or house sitting within the dainty dotted trinket dish.

Christmas scented candles - £12.95 available in Jasmin wood & vanilla, Christmas pudding, Christmas pear, spiced berry, Ginger, and vanilla. (available on the website from late September). Fill your home with mouth water scents of Christmas. 

Glass Ornament - Starfish £19.95 Crafted from specially hand blown glass, this beautiful green starfish shaped sculpture with swirl detailing is utterly majestic.

Our Happy Place Wall Plaque £31.95 lovely handwritten text paired with a rustic wooden frame. 

An ideal gift for someone who is moving into a new home at this festive time of year.

And what about their new range of special items released just for Chirstmas? Amongst these you will find an utterly delightful  Traditional light up frosted Gingerbread House at £32.95.

Thursday 29 September 2022

Christmas is coming. Just ask for Mizzie the Kangaroo!

Mizzie The Kangaroo was born to help your little ones develop in a fun way! From birth to toddler years, every single Mizzie product is designed specifically to help your children learn through play.

Stimulating the senses, developing fine motor skills, teaching cause & effect and encouraging the love of reading and singing are among the many benefits your children will gain during their Mizzie play time! All Mizzie baby toys and toddler toys were designed with love by parents.

Mizzie The Kangaroo Original Natural Teething Toy, is carefully crafted using 100% natural rubber, Mizzie The Kangaroo baby teething toy is designed for infant's sensory development and sore gums. 

Stimulating babies’ sense of sight, touch, smell and hearing. And of course, she squeaks, too! 

Mizzie The Kangaroo baby teething toy is specially tested and certified to all Toy Safety standards in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe. Soothes on gums. Water-based non-toxic dyes. Free from PVC, BPA, nitrosamines and phthalates. Carefully designed by parents.

Stimulates and develops Babies’ Sight through her playful colours and features Touch, with her soft and rubbery texture.

Hearing. Because Mizzie laughs with a ‘squeeze’ when she is hugged hard!

Smell. From her 100% natural rubber form the Hevea tree. RRP £14.99, John Lewis, Amazon and

But there's more! The New Mini Mizzie Teething toy is made of 100% natural rubber and is safe for your little one to chew on, soothing those sore little gums, naturally!

A mini 'on-the-go' version of Australia's original Natural Teething Toy - Mizzie The Kangaroo, mini Mizzie is sure to ease bubbas little sore gums with her soft rubbery texture, naturally. Perfect for sensory development, mini Mizzie develops the senses of SIGHT, TOUCH, and SMELL - this little teether has NO HOLE and NO SQUEAK. Mini Mizzie is perfect for travelling, for the pram, the car, or as your go-to at home too. RRP £9.95

'Sing with Mizzie - Nursery Rhymes' is the best nursery rhymes SOUND baby board book on the market! This wonderful and interactive SOUND BOOK was designed especially to awaken and ignite children’s love of singing, listening skills and to encourage the love of reading. PRESS the button and HEAR 6 favourite nursery rhymes, all beautifully sung by school children! RRP £12

Musical hop out Mizzie is a classic and fun, developmental toy with so many learning benefits! Also known as a ‘Jack in the box’.

Learn to turn the level. Listen to the music and wait. Learn about timing when smiling soft toy Mizzie The Kangaroo hops out and charms you, to the music ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ Musical hop out Mizzie Boost baby’s cognitive skills:-Increase fine motor skills-Teach children cause and effect-Encourage curiosity and discovery-Discover sensory play and spatial relationship-Enrich the love of music from a young age. RRP £25

Mizzie Puzzles – Hopping Around Australia, is the first of a series from around the world. Increasing in difficulty with either 4, 6, or 9 pieces. Mizzie Puzzles are a great development tool from 2 years of age and can help: Increase fine motor skills and problem solving. Teach patience while increasing hand and eye coordination.

This gorgeous Mizzie Puzzle box set includes 3 puzzles and features a sturdy, sleek designed magnetic box to keep all pieces together. Each puzzle has a different coloured backing to help your little ones sort the 3 puzzles. The Mizzie Puzzles are 3mm thick board designed especially for little hands, using colourful designs to stimulate the child’s learning and help them remember the pieces and patterns. The designs are friendly and fun, making the experience all the better! RRP £14.50

Or why not Flourish Your Mind with Mizzie The Kangaroo's 'Mizzie Memory Match & Flash Cards'! A multi-level memory match and flashcard game to flourish the curious toddlers' mind! The curious toddler's mind will HOP into a fun learning journey with our JUMBO 4-in-1 Mizzie Memory Match Game! 

This 36 Cards, 18 Pairs and 3 Level game set will exercise their blossoming brain in a FUN and INTERACTIVE way! Perfectly sized for toddler's hands, this gorgeous 36 card, Mizzie Memory Match Game can be used to play 4 DIFFERENT GAMES:- Colour & Shape Sorting!- Memory Match up to 18 Pairs with 3 Levels between 4, 5 and 18!- Recognise Numbers and Count from 1-5!- Recognise Basic Lettering A-D with true Aussie items!

This game will help your little one improve their:- Concentration, Alertness & Attention to Detail!- Visual, Short-Term Memory, & Sight Memorisation - Reasoning & Critical Thinking Skills- Colour, Shape, Number & Letter Memory- Ability to Group, Sort & Class. RRP £13.95.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Interior Lovers, Foodies and Family & Friends

Christmas 2022 is all about thoughtful gifts according to retail experts at Arighi Bianchi.

“Gifts that are stylish, practical and that have longevity are set to be amongst the best sellers this year”, predicts Lucy Mather,who is the head of ecommerce at Here Lucy’s picks of great gift ideas for family and friends.

For food lovers:

Gourmet Chopping Board Set - £29.00 (also available in Terracotta and Black).

For that special someone in your life who loves to cook and entertain – you'll not go wrong with a gift that has style and purpose. Foodies will love this ultra-modern chopping board set with contrast handle. 

Ideal for hanging on the wall or leaving out on display, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves to get creative in the kitchen and appreciates good design.

Gifting someone who loves to entertain and create fun tablescapes? Then these gifts will add some character – and characters into the mix!

Silver Nickel Tortoise Salt And Pepper Set - £29.00.

This cute salt and pepper set will create a great talking point at any foodie gathering…. Pass the tortoise please darling!

Silver Cheese And Mice Picks - £39.00

This fun silver mice and cheese block is a great gift for cheese lovers.

This Kitchen is Made for Dancing Sign - £25.00

We all have that friend or family member whose kitchen is where there is always a party atmosphere – and so this is the ideal Christmas gift for them! Perfect as part of a gallery wall or on a shelf, this street sign will add a fun finishing touch to any kitchen for that recipient who just loves to entertain.

For modern interior lovers:

Monochrome interior pieces never go out of style and if you are looking for gift ideas for an interior design buff, you can’t go wrong by choosing a paired back and stylish piece in black and white that will be sure to seamlessly match their existing scheme. These are great unisex options too.

Linework Face Vase - £35.10

This on trend linework face vase in a sleek monochrome design is the perfect gift for modern homeowners. With contrasting lines and a fine earthenware ceramic finish, this standout piece will fit complement any modern interior.

White Round Face Ceramic Candle Holder - £9.00

Another take on the line drawing trend – a great option for a stocking filler or secret Santa gift.

Black Twisted Candle Holder - £69

Contemporary and stylish, this twisted ceramic candleholder will make a fantastic centrepiece on a dining table or mantlepiece. The unusual and striking twisted design is a cut above a usual candlestick holder and will be a welcome gift for anyone who loves modern design.

Black Female Curve Vase – £29.00

Homeware celebrating the female form is a huge interiors trend with Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and Gigi Hadid all said to have one on their mantel piece. This sleek black option will look great on its own or used as a vase. Gift it to someone with a cheeky sense of humour.

Black World Map Memo Board

Neon Lamp and Stand - £67.50

Neon is timeless and these fun lamps will work throughout the home – from teen’s rooms to hallways. 

Black World Map Memo Board - £39.00 (also available in white)

The ingenious black world map memo board looks amazing on any wall as a piece of art in itself but it also doubles as a practical magnetic memo board for displaying photos, keepsakes and lists. Also available in white – it’s stylish and practical in one go.

For Friends & Family

Noughts and Crosses game

People of all ages will love this stylish update to this classic game. And when you’re not playing it looks stylish too.

Card And Dice Set In Faux Leather - £29.00

For all of the games lovers out there. This card and dive set comes in a stylish leather box that is a great keepsake. Keep the family entertained for hours the old fashioned way.

Halo Make Up Mirror - £49.95

If your teen or friend is addicted to make up tutorials, the latest TikTok trends AND their mobile phone, then this could be the perfect present this Christmas. Featuring a vibrant ring light, this mirror also doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker so they can stream music, whilst the inbuilt speaker means they can chat to friends on the phone handsfree. What more do they need?

Pet Sofa bed - £119

This pet sofa is upholstered in a lovely soft velvet which will provide luxurious comfort for your furry friend. Designed to look like a miniature version of a human sofa, the grey venue pet sofa bed sofa has a contemporary and sleek look to it. 

Black Modern Mist Diffuser

Luna Leather & Saffron Candle - £25.00

You simply can’t go wrong with a candle or home fragrance. The ideal gift for recipients of all ages and perfect for stocking fillers, secret Santa or a teacher.

This beautiful navy and gold candle from Stoneglow perfectly captures the season with rich and sumptuous woody scents of leather and saffron.

Geometric Ball Candle - £7.50

A great stocking filler or teacher’s gift - with its on-trend curves, this great value geometric ball candle would be a welcome addition to any modern home.

Black Modern Mist Diffuser - £65.00

Mist diffusers have been huge in 2022 and this trend isn’t going anywhere. Choose from sleek black, bright white, soothing stone or gorgeous grey. The beauty of this gift is that it will stand the test of time and your recipient can choose their own fragrance to put inside.

For more information and gift ideas from Arighi Bianchi visit

For Christmas pop along to your nearest Dobbies Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centres have some utterly beautiful gifts for Christmas 2022.

Lots of lovely items for gardeners including plants, seeds and garden tools and accessories.

But there's much more than that! Because Dobbies has a stunning range of Christmas tableware, gifts for pets, Christmas food gifts, candles and reed diffusers, books and more besides. Including some beautiful Christmas recipes too.

They have six different Christmas d├ęcor collections for this year: Natural Noelle, Moonlight and Sparkle, Festive Dreaming, Maison Luxe, Let’s Celebrate and Nordic Wonder. 

And don't forget about the beautiful candles and reed diffusers too.

Or you can order what you need online here

(Image courtesy Dobbies)

Kombucha: Healthy recipes for naturally fermented tea drinks | by Louise Avery / £9.99 / Available at L.A Brewery

Healthy recipes for naturally fermented tea drinks.

Louise Avery, founder of L.A Brewery, reveals her tried-and-tested recipes that use the freshest produce to create delicious home-brewed fermented teas.

Louise shares information on kombucha, the health benefits of drinking it, the types of tea you can use to flavour it, and the essential equipment you will need to brew your own.

Try Louise's step-by-step process for brewing your own kombucha, bottling and storing, and controlling the yeast. 

Recipes are organized by type of base: Fruit, with recipes for Blood Orangeade, Pear and Ginger Tea; Vegetable, including Striped Candy Beets and Lime, and a Virgin Mary. 

Flower has ideas for Hibiscus Kombucha and a Hoppy Pale Ale, while Herb, Spice, and Tea is where things heat up with Lemongrass Tea and two Turmeric Immune Boosters as well as Jasmine Kombucha and a Lychee Basil Mojito.

L.A Brewery gift card / from £15 / Available at L.A Brewery.

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Bosch for perfect Christmas Gifts

The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year is now on! 

We're quickly approaching the period for cosy evenings gathered in our homes, indulging in all of your favourite treats, and spending quality time with your loved ones. 

But! The upcoming festivities also spark the annual dilemma of what to buy for your friends and family, not only show your appreciation, but something they’ll truly enjoy using all year round. 

With help from Bosch Home & Garden’s 2022 holiday season gift guide, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift to delight a home and garden DIY lover this festive season, with a range of hand-picked products, starting from under £50.

If you’re unwrapping a new football or bike this holiday season, but can't fill them, you might be left feeling deflated?

The cordless UniversalPump 18V is the ultimate cordless pneumatic pump, with 10.3 bar and 30 L/min functionality, it fully inflates your belongings in no time at all. This powerful pump has its own power light, illuminated nanometer and built-in accessory storage, helping you to get up and running efficiently and reliably – day or night. 

This makes the UniversalPump 18V the perfect tool to have at home for when guests come over for the holidays, and can be used for everything from inflating spare mattresses to topping up your tyres before visiting family and friends.

The UniversalPump 18V is also part of the 18V POWER FOR ALL battery system, which enables youa you to seamlessly switch between tools by using a single, interchangeable battery for your entire 18V tool system. Thanks to the POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE the 18V battery is 100% compatible with a wide range of 10 partner brand’s 18V tools.

UniversalPump 18V: Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool, French-valve, Ball needle, Volume adapter – £119.99.

The UniversalDrill 18V-60 is the perfect gift for enthusiastic DIYers who are looking for a powerful endurance drill that allows you to comfortably perform on all types of materials from wood and plastic to tougher materials like metal with maximum precision. This cordless two-speed drill/driver is so impressive that they’ll start to feel like a professional!

It performs screwdriving that will save you time and sweat from having to twist and tighten loose screws manually. Alongside this versatility, the 2-speed gearbox and power of 20 torque settings ensures a controlled superior performance. Conveniently, you can also secure your operating position for optimum accuracy with the robust 13mm high-quality metal chuck that holds materials securely in place and allows easy accessory changing so, you won’t miss the mark! The brushless motor technology guarantees that this drill operates more efficiently, delivering longer running time.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool, double screwdriver bit, 1 battery pack (PBA 18V 2.0Ah W-B) and Charger AL 18V-20 – £139.99; Baretool only with double screwdriver bit – £74.99

This new 4-in 1 performer is a great gift for more experienced DIYers. With the UniversalHammer 18V, drilling and chiselling jobs can be completed with ease through a balanced weight/performance ratio designed to make your job easier. The innovative design system features a powerful pneumatic hammer mechanism with 1.7 Joules, that can reach up to 16mm of concrete. The versatile and powerful UniversalHammer 18V is also part of the 18V POWER FOR ALL battery system which allows you to seamlessly switch between tools by using a single, interchangeable battery for your entire 18V tool system. Thanks to the POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE the 18V battery is 100% compatible with a wide range of partner brand’s 18V tools.

Product will be available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Baretool – £113.99; Baretool + Adapter – £149.99; Tool, Battery (1x2.5Ah) + Charger (AL18V-20) – £189.99.

The cordless UniversalBrush is an ideal gift for your house-proud loved ones, due to its easy-to-use features. This versatile but powerful cleaning brush masters scrubbing of tiles and joints, garden furniture, ovens, shower glass and even reaches narrow areas like taps or shower heads – making it a great handy little helper to have around after having everyone over for the holidays! 

This multifunctional brush is just what everyone needs for their household tasks, for everything from a quick shine, to removing limescale and stubborn stains. Its high-power motor ensures almost constant brush rotation for tackling even the most demanding cleaning tasks, and its IPX5 splash water protection means it is also qualified for use in wet environments.

The UniversalBrush is incredibly versatile with a variety of attachments that allow it to perform on a range of surfaces and materials. Plus, this handy tool is rechargeable via the Micro USB cable that comes with it.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool Bristle Brush, Detailed Brush, Pad Holder with hook-and-loop fastening, Microfibre non-scratch pad, Abrasive heavy-duty pad, Micro USB Cable - £49.99

Whether you’re drilling, crafting or even cooking, the IXO 6 compact 3.6V cordless screwdriver is a must-have gift this festive season. With improved control at the heart of its design, the IXO 6 helps you to make your work free of common DIY errors such as over-spin, damaged screws or splintered wood. This is down to the intuitive control mechanism that allows users to vary the speed of the screwing function by adjusting pressure on the trigger – enhancing precision on the job.

With its broad range of helpful adaptors, the IXO 6 is incredibly useful around the house for a wide variety of jobs. For instance, you can use the corkscrew adapter to crack open a wine bottle on Christmas Day! Encourage your DIY creativity around the house with this handy little screwdriver.

Product is widely available in the following package (price RRP): Tool, Micro USB Cable, 10 screwdriver bits, box – £54.99

The following adapters are widely available (all prices RRP): Barbeque blower adapter – £17.99; Universal cutting adapter – £17.99; Corkscrew adapter – £17.99; Torque setting adapter – £17.99; Off-set angle adapter – £17.99; Spice mill adapter – £17.99; Angle screw adapter – £17.99; Drilling adapter – £17.99

With increased torque thanks to its strong motor, this versatile all-rounder provides more power for a variety of screwdriving tasks. The IXO 7 has an improved cell with increased run time, for longer uninterrupted working. And, it is fully compatible with all your favourite IXO collection attachments - whether you’re assembling new furniture, milling your favourite mulled-wine spices, or firing up your barbecue.

With a new, compact and ergonomic design, the tool has an increased torque for more comfortable working and 360° work light for shadow-free working. The IXO-7 uses flexible micro-USB charging, and has a new charge-in-the-box option, making it even easier to keep to hand for all your quick fixes. You will find that this iconic product is so useful around the house that you’ll ask yourself how you ever lived without it!

Product (IXO 7 basic) is widely available from September 2022 in the following package (price RRP): £54.99

Product (IXO 7 set) will be widely available from September 2022 in the following package (price RRP): £74.99

The EasyPump, is a smaller, handy alternative to the UniversalPump 18V, making it an ideal gift for any outdoor fans. You can keep it in the back of your car to inflate your bike tyres, football or swim toys – making it a great on-the-go companion for all your excursions.

EasyPump: Product is available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool, French-valve, Ball needle, Volume adapter, USB Cable, Textile bag – £64.99

The cordless EasyCut&Grind is a compact yet powerful and multi-use tool, for cutting, grinding and sanding needs, making it the ideal gift for every kind of DIYer. The multi-purpose tool has a working range of up to 14 mm and can be used on a variety of materials including wooden panels, plastic, carton, and even metal! It is also capable of completing small sanding applications or deburring. The cordless EasyCut&Grind has a highly secure 2-step activation, making it ready for use within seconds and it also has automatic shutdown features. The tool uses a Li-ion powered motor and has a suite of accessories for multi-functional versatility, (carbide multi-material cutting disc, metal cutting disc, sanding paper, freehand cutting adapter) allowing you to easily move from task to task on your DIY to do list.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool, Carbide multi wheel, Bonded cutting disc, 3 pcs. of sanding sheets (Grit 120), Freehand cutting adapter, Transportation hood with integrated key, USB Type-C® – £94.99

Measuring-Tools: gifts to hang up your decorations easily and safely

Small, smart and speedy, the digital detector Truvo is an essential for every DIY enthusiast’s toolbox! With a slide of a switch, you can easily scan the walls and ceilings to detect for electric cables and metal objects like piping and identify areas that are safe for drilling. Using an LED traffic light system and warning tones, this digital detector immediately indicates where drilling should and should not be carried out, with a single-button operating concept that makes it easy to handle. Whether you’re installing Christmas lighting, or hanging up shelves, the Truvo digital detector is designed to help you complete your DIY projects quickly and safely.

Product is widely available in the following package (all prices RRP): Tool plus batteries (3x 1.5 V LR03, AAA) – £48.50

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The new year often calls for a reset and is a great time to spruce up your home, ready for the year ahead. The Zamo is a digital laser measure and the perfect gift for those who love restyling their home. From creating storage space for your new gifts to re-arranging furniture and hanging up photographs and prints, the Zamo is your easy-to-use solution for measuring objects and interior spaces accurately, quickly and simply. 

The Zamo’s laser technology achieves high levels of accuracy for distances up to 20 m, meaning your spatial planning won’t miss the mark. Its intuitive one button control mechanism allows you to measure distances, objects and shapes comfortably and its square-meter function can calculate areas with a quick double click. And, thanks to its three Bosch patented Tape, Line and Wheel Adapters the Zamo Set offers three gifts in one! The Wheel Adapter makes measuring curves and irregular surfaces, like furniture easier than ever before. 

The Tape Adapter helps you to quickly and precisely calculate circumferences and freestanding objects, whilst the Line Adapter helps with levelling objects horizontally and vertically. This digital laser measure set truly has all the answers.

Product is widely available in the following package (price RRP): Zamo Tool plus batteries (2x 1.5 V LR03 AAA) – £55.13

Product set is widely available in the following package (price RRP): Tool and batteries (2x 1.5 V LR03 AAA), Zamo Tape, Wheel, and Line Adapters – £92.39

The following adapters are widely available (all prices RRP): Zamo Tape adapter – £16.79; Zamo Wheel Adapter – £14.69; Zamo Line Adapter – £14.69

The line laser Atino is the perfect early Christmas gift for hanging up your favourite pieces, while preparing to have loved ones over for the festivities. This flash all-in-one line laser measuring tool combines all relevant functionalities of a line laser and features an integrated 1.5-m measuring tape for easy alignment, and measurement – whether you’re racing to get everything ready in time or simply making final touches. 

The Atino’s innovative gel pad can be fixed on smooth surfaces, such as tiles and marble. When it comes to rough surfaces or wallpaper, the pin plate with the two small pins is the ideal attachment solution, helping you to align objects on any wall surface without anybody’s help.

And, this handy measuring tool can be used for a wide range of jobs all year round, whether you’re aligning or hanging pictures and shelves, fixing hooks or handles, or arranging objects (even a TV!). The Atino enables vertical or horizontal levelling, in all directions, using intuitive LED indication, and offers an accuracy of the visible laser line of ± 0.3°. This makes it the perfect gift for all aspiring interior designers, no matter their experience.

Product set (Atino Set) is widely available in the following package (price RRP): Tool and battery (1x 1.5 V LR6 AA), 6x Gel Pads and protective cap for gel pad, Pin Pad with 2x pins, Quick Start Manual – £61.59

Product (Atino Basic) is widely available in the following package (price RRP): Tool and battery (1x 1.5 V LR6 AA), 1x Gel Pad and protective cap for gel pad, Pin Pad with 2x pins, Quick Start Manual – £49.99.

Wednesday 28 September 2022

The perfect gifts for gardeners young and old? Fiskars'

Are you looking out for the ideal gift for budding young gardeners? 

Then you need look no further look than Fiskars’ new kids tool range. Perfect for the little ones who love exploring outside and who are keen to get involved in some gardening themselves, the kids tool set comprises of a Cultivator, Trowel, Scoop and Small Brush. RRP should be from £9.99.

A stocking filler with a difference: Fiskars’ Harvesting collection

For those who have a passion for growing their own food, the new for 2022 Fiskars' Harvesting collection is the perfect present. 

Featuring the X-series™ Folding Produce Knife, X-series™ Harvesting Knife, Plus Garden Harvest Basket and the Solid™ Kneeling Pad, the innovative collection will enhance every keen gardener’s picking experience. RRP from £6.99. 

Gift a gardening essential: Fiskars’ Pruner range

Any gardener will tell you that a pair of good, capable and utterly reliable pruners is a staple of any gardener’s toolkit. 

And what better pruners than those from Fiskars'?

 Available across three different ranges - Solid™, Plus™ and X-Series™ - Fiskars’ Pruner collections have been specifically designed to meet the needs of every type of gardener, whether novice or experienced, so you can be sure to find your green-fingered loved one their perfect pruner. RRP: from £11.99

New Planting tools: ideal for gardening gurus

Keep outdoor enthusiasts really  with the Xact™ Standing Bulb Planter, part of Fiskars’ planting tools range. 

Allowing you to plant without back pain as there is no need to bend or kneel, the Xact™ Standing Bulb Planter features perfect ergonomics to help prevent pain associated with gardening. 

Ideal for gardeners who are suffering from rhematism or arthritis. The RRP is £57.99.

Eco Warrior Soap. Great Christmas gifts for the eco aware

Eco Warrior Essential Trio – from £14.50/3x100g, 

Three thoughtful, high impact, job specific cleansing bars, which are designed to create a simple, effective and conscious everyday cleansing routine, whilst helping to eliminate untold single use plastic bottles, aerosols and tubs from men’s bathrooms and washbags.

They are vegan, sustainable and guaranteed to be cruelty-free, plastic free and biodegradable.

And simply housed in a special recyclable box. 

These natural cleansing bars are guaranteed to be free from detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones and synthetic preservatives and are kind to your skin and the planet, too.

Eco Warrior Shampoo Bar 100g made with added Pink Clay to cleanse and moisturise, fragranced with a blend of pure Orange and Ginger essential oils to stimulate your scalp and help promote healthy hair.

Eco Warrior Sensitive Facial Bar 100g This gentle facial bar is perfect for use on even the most sensitive of skin. Made with their traditional Mediterranean Castile Olive Oil recipe and fragranced with a blend of Chamomile & Calendula essential oils.

Eco Warrior Hand & Body Bar 100g The creamy rich lather that it produces will leave your skin feeling moisturised and beautifully cleansed! This wonderful nourishing bar is beautifully fragranced with a Coconut blend made from pure essential oils including Vanilla great for all skin types.

To learn more and to place your Christmas orders please visit them at

OCLEAN toothbrush for your Christmas gifting

Introducing the OCLEAN Flow: an affordable, accessible, effective and aesthetically pleasing new electric toothbrush.

A new entry-level range from oral health product specialists OCLEAN

Huge 180-day standby battery life 

Spins at a powerful 38,000 rpm to beat plaque and brush stains away

Calming, ocean-inspired design and three colourways that evoke dawn, dusk and midnight 

Introducing OCLEAN’s Flow series, an utterly new electric toothbrush that offers high quality results, comes with an attractive design and has a nifty range of effective features. But all at a surprisingly modest and totally affordable, entry-level price bracket. 

With all the trademark quality of OCLEAN’s premium products, the Flow series is especifically tailored to help users improve their oral hygiene and build up their confidence to show off their teeth! 

The toothbrush produces a very effective and powerful 38,000 rpm brush speed that works through plaque and stains without the need for vigorous brushing and sore elbows. 

The Flow also comes with a useful 2-minute timer and 5 unique brushing modes: Morning, Night, Standard Cleaning, Whitening and Gentle: all of which are designed to help users take the fundamental first steps in building a better oral hygiene routine.

The Morning and Night modes work in together to provide users with an intimate scenario-based brushing experience that fits around their existing routine. 

To protect gums from food residue and remove plaque build up from across the day, the Dusk mode features a higher frequency vibration than the Dawn mode for a stronger, deeper, clean. 

The Cleaning and Whitening are designed to improve general dental care due to the standard and heightened vibration speeds that will help in the removal of food residue and stains. 

Gentle mode is designed to help those with oral sensitivity carefully clean their teeth and remove plaque, whilst softly protecting their gums from any potentially abrasive or painful brushing. 

Unlike most affordable electric toothbrushes that are on the market, the OCLEAN Flow has a reliable, long lasting battery that doesn’t fail mid-brush.... With a 2500 mAh capacity that dwarfs its competitors, the OCLEAN Flow can last on standby for a massive and very impressive 180 days!

A further standout quality of the OCLEAN Flow is it’s eye-appealing design, which is inspired by the soothing pull and push of lapping ocean waves. 

Available in three distinctly calming colourways, misty white, crimson and night blue, arcing curves fold down the centre of the toothbrush, evoking those liminal moments between dawn, dusk and midnight. 

Sitting in stark contrast to the too often mundane designs of electric toothbrushes, the Flow series brings a touch of tasteful impressionism to brighten up both your bathroom, and your everyday life. 

Providing a comprehensive, reliable and thorough brushing experience at an affordable price point, the OCLEAN Flow is a highly suitable choice for newcomers and lifelong electric toothbrush lovers alike. 

The OCLEAN Flow Series is available to purchase online and more information can be found at: For a rather nifty RRP of £47.

OCLEAN - Go the extra smile for your Christmas gifting.

Dr Doggy for your canine Christmas gift recipients

It's true! Pet owners do often buy their pets gifts for Christmas. My wife and I will be looking out for suitable Christmas gifts for our parrot and dog owners that we know will be looking for suitable Christmas gifts for their canine family members.

Which is where Dr Doggy comes in. 

Dr Doggy sells a range of very outstanding products that are designed at helping to keep their furry pals happy and healthy, which is something all dog owners want. 

Not only does their range keep pets, and their beds, jackets and toys clean and hygienic, but also odour-free and sanitised at the same time. 

From their Skin Healer which helps to easily and safely deal with cuts, sores, allergies and infections (without a heft vet bill!) to their Spray and Go Fur Protector, with Dr Doggy, your pooch will look and feel properly pampered. 

To check out what's available visit them at

Santa "nose" how to bring peace to your family

The Night Before Christmas Tuck Mute into Dad’s Stocking and Help the Household Get a Silent Night!

Mute, the nasal dilator, has been proven to help snorers; especially those with night-time nasal congestion or nasal obstructions which might be amplified after enjoying a Christmas tipple or two.

A recent survey discovered a third of snorers have had complaints of their snore being heard through walls.

With friends and family staying over for the festive period, make sure guests wake on Christmas morning having had a silent night – in a user trial, 75% of partners reported snoring was less/much less when the snorer used Mute.

The perfect stocking filler for the snoring man in your life, Mute is Available at Boots, Amazon, leading chemists and comes in three sizes, small, medium and large RRP is £16.99 containing three in a box offering a month's supply. All sizes adjust to fit all nose sizes and types, and a trial pack helps you find the right size for you RRP £12.99.

Mute sits comfortably inside the nostrils and gently widens (stents) the nasal passages to improve the airflow during sleep throughout the night, without the use of drying nasal sprays, which only work for a limited time. Made from soft medical grade polymers Mute is anatomically designed not to irritate the soft tissues inside the nose. Once fitted correctly, just a small, discrete translucent bridge is visible and you’ll forget it’s there.

According to Mute’s Sales and Marketing Director in the UK, Steve Smith it’s proven to work: “When you first put Mute in, you get an instant rush of air, you can really feel the difference it makes to airflow.

Almost everyone has a real ‘AHA!” moment when they try Mute for the first time with many claiming "This is the first time I’ve actually taken a breath through my nose in years.”

So what is Mute? It's made by Rhinomed, a nasal airway technology company that seeks to radically improve the way you breathe, sleep, maintain your health and take medication. 

It’s patented nasal technology leverages the physiology of the nose to optimise our breathing which is essential to restful sleep and to maintaining good health.

Rhinomed’s vision for the future is to enable medications to be administered through the nose with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the therapies, while seeking a reduction in side effects for patients. The company continues to invest in furthering our knowledge of the role the nose, the upper airways and the olfactory system plays in maintaining health and wellness.

Edifier TWS1 Pro ear buds

The Edifier TWS1 Pro is an amazing and utterly solid choice of ear buds or sports enthusiasts and keep fit junkies, plus those who simply want to listen to their playlists or their podcasts, etc.

Thanks to a snug, fit design, moulded ergonomically to fit firmly in one's ear, and IP65 Waterproof and Dust Prevention, the TWS1 Pro are a great gift for all-weather sports people, as well as casual commuters who might get caught in the rain. 

Delivering crystal clear audio for just under £50, they’re also a brilliant option for shoppers on a budget – bingo! Available in 3 colours – Dark Grey, Ivory or Pink

What are its main features?

Qualcomm® TrueWireless™ Mirroring technology

Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

Qualcomm® cVc™ 8.0 noise cancellation 

High-quality PU + titanium diaphragm

Up to 12 hours continuous playback

42 hours playtime with a 40-minute quick charge

Touch Volume controls

The recommended retail price is a very helpful £49.99


Have a Wizarding Christmas courtesy of Wizarding World

This Christmas why not match the magic of Christmas with the magical Wizarding World from Warner Bros. UK, these products will make the perfect gift for the Potter fan in your life. Or even for you if you feel the need for a bit of self gifting!

The fabulous products below, from Christmas tree decorations to trivia quizzes, would make for a perfect gift for your family members.

The Carat Shop baubles 

Prices: £12.99

Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Gift Tin

Price £40.00

Perhaps the most famous Train and Train Platform ever is celebrated in this embossed gift tin! All Hogwarts students start their wizarding journey here.

This Hogwarts Express themed embossed tin has coordinating products inside nestled in shredded paper which include Hair Accessory Set, Scrunchie, Lanyard, Pen and Necklace.

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Paladone Hogwarts Trivia Quiz

Prices: £4.99

For some magical fun, quiz your family and friends with the Hogwarts Trivia Quiz game to see who remembers the most from the Harry Potter series

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Paladone Hogwarts Letter Writing Set

Prices: £6.49

Send your friends their eagerly awaited Hogwarts acceptance letters with this Harry Potter Letter Writing Set, or use this set for birthday invitations and greeting cards. 

The set comes with 20 sheets of A5 writing paper, 10 envelopes with the Hogwarts crest on their back and 10 ‘wax seal’ stickers to give your letters that authentic touch

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