Saturday 30 September 2023

Buying Christmas gifts online? Here are some tips

A new investigation conducted by Which? has uncovered that, over the past year, as many as four million Amazon shoppers may have been offered an incentive in exchange for leaving a five-star review on the site. 

Nick Drewe, who is a retail expert and Founder of online platform Wethrift, discusses exactly how the practice has become commonplace amongst brands and sellers on the site, as well as guidance for consumers on how to spot if a positive write-up for a product is genuine or potentially fake. 

“Review incentivisation, using bribes of vouchers, free products, or refunding the cost of an item - is nothing new among ecommerce sites. Yet, the findings revealed in this recently published Which? study indicates that, worryingly, it is occurring in even higher levels than before. 

This is across different brands and sellers using Amazon to market their products, and stay one step ahead of their competition in an entirely unethical manner. This practice, in turn, could be misleading millions of consumers each year into purchasing items they falsely believe are being honestly reviewed and recommended by like-minded consumers. 

“Many businesses will use the ratings they boast on Amazon as an incentive to persuade shoppers into believing their products are far superior to their competitors. What’s more,  when browsing for items they're looking to purchase, many shoppers will naturally gravitate towards those with the highest number of five-star ratings, in order to ensure they're receiving the best quality product, regardless of how much extra it may be costing them price-wise. 

“Whilst it can be hard to identify if a review is genuine or if one has been incentivised by a business into leaving a not entirely accurate review, there are certain things savvy shoppers can look out for online that may indicate they have been falsified: 

Does the reviewer have a strong historical profile history?

If a particular review has caught your attention and you're questioning whether or not everything included within it can be trusted, be sure to delve into the profile history of the individual who has left the write-up. This is to see if their previous reviews on a site, the tone of voice they’ve used and their general purchasing habits seem to correlate. 

Have they only given other products similarly high “gold star” reviews, or have they also documented their more negative or average responses to purchases made? As this would make them seem more genuine in their answers.

Also, please take note of the location of the person who left the review, are they posting from a country or region that doesn’t seem to geographically fit with the item under discussion? If so, it might be an indication that all is not what it might seem to be.

Have a large influx of positive reviews occurred over a short period of time?

If a certain product seems to have experienced a huge amount of 4 or 5-star reviews over an extremely short period of time, despite the fact the item isn't new to the market, then this may indicate a brand or seller is trying to use fake reviews as a way to hide previous low scores. 

Do reviews on the product have a lot of spelling or grammatical errors?

Some brands may outsource the writing of falsified or faked reviews to people in developing countries, so if a product seems to have a lot of reviews with poor spelling, grammatical errors or seem to be unusually descriptive or nonsensical in parts, consider the fact they may have been posted by someone who doesn’t speak English as a first language. 

Are you seeing a lot of similar phrases/words being repeated across different reviews of the same product?

If you are seeing phrases such as, “The best product”, “Great product”, “It saved my life” or, “The best on the market”, being posted more than seems normal on the reviews for a product, this could be a sign that review incentivisation is taking place. 

These are the kinds of reviews that will be lacking in thorough description, and may even read as though the poster clearly hasn’t tested out or used the product themselves.

There may also be phrases that indicate a little too much of an overreaction to receiving certain products. Reading a review about a floor mop or a brand of washing detergent, where the poster describes the purchase as ‘incredible’, ‘a miracle’ or uses a lot of exclamation points and smiley faces, will naturally seem inauthentic to readers, and lead one to conclude the reviews are faked. 

Are the majority of product reviews overwhelmingly positive?

It’s virtually impossible for absolutely everyone to have the same positive experience and love a product so much that they want to give it five stars, so if a product has an overwhelmingly large number of these kinds of reviews, this could suggest some foul play might be in hand.

Some brands and sellers, despite this being against Amazon’s guidelines, will actively seek out and communicate with genuine customers who left 1-3 star reviews on their products, and offer them bribes or incentives in order to boost their scores. So the brand’s average rating will rise. When it comes to this tip, just remember the saying, “If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”

Also, we at That's Christmas look out for large number of 1 star reviews on a product.

We'd like to thank https://www.wethrift.com for their help in putting this article together.

(Image courtesy of Adam448 from Pixabay)

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Thursday 28 September 2023

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Mathmos 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Astro Lava Lamps? Perfect for Christmas giving

Our dear friends at Mathmos have a very important anniversary to mark. It's their 60th!

And to celebrate their 60th anniversary, they have carefully selected five collaborators to create bespoke special limited-edition Astro lava lamps. One of their collaborators is Job Smeets, who is pictured here and with his lamp, down below. (Images courtesy of Job Smeets/Mathmos.)

Each collaboration will drop weekly every Thursday from 28th September (that's today!) at midday. Each lamp will be £130, including delivery. They are a strictly limited edition of 600 for each collaboration worldwide and all are specially numbered with a unique security sticker.

We believe that Mathmos Lava Lamps will make absolutely perfect Christmas gifts for the important and beloved people in your life, so why not visit https://mathmos.com/lava-lamps/all-lava-lamps to learn more?

Even if you miss out on their 60th anniversary lamps, there's dozens of other truly stunning designs to choose from, including the original design that launched the lighting revolution in 1963.

There's a stunning room projector and a candle powered Lava Lamp so even those who are living off grid and don't have mains power can still live the cool life with a Lava Lamp to illuminate their boudoir this Christmas and for the rest of their lives!

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the love of your life? Ecocamel ORB SPA's Soft Water Technology is the answer

It's an amazing showerhead like no other, Ecocamel’s latest showerhead is a true revolution in showerhead technology.

The ORB SPA contains special built-in Aircore Technology, innovative soft water technology and a stunning massaging unit, that transforms shower experiences for the better.

The ORB SPA will be able to guarantee a powerful shower, yet at the same time using less water than your normal showers. As a result, the recipient of your guest will use less energy and water, thus saving money. And we're all keen on saving money whilst also doing our bit for the planet, right?

The ORB SPA also has these other incredible benefits such:

Deep cleansing

Increasing blood flow and lotion absorbance

Exfoliates and hydrates

Stimulates skin cells

Suitable for all skin types

The Aircore Technology lets air be drawn in via the air intakes, mixing with water and, by increasing the water pressure, the power of your shower is given a significant boost.

Complete with a wonderful state-of-the-art Interspray system, its angled nozzles create a wider spray pattern which results in more coverage.

The Orbit is also hypoallergenic and extremely hygienic with special wipe clean rubber nodules, thus making it perfect for family and guests all to use.

The head comes with two brushes that benefit both skin and hair. The larger one allows the water to wash away impurities released by the massage from the fibres of the head and the smaller surface can be used on the face and for more delicate areas of the body.

Not only can the massaging unit be used in shower, it can also be removed and used as part of your daily beauty and skincare routines, should you wish.

Jane Lewis, nurse and MD of the Skin to Love Clinic said: "When I was first introduced to the concept of the ORB SPA, I saw the benefits straight away. The water softening is great if you have irritable skin and the exfoliating effects are extremely convenient, allowing you to apply your creams straight out of the shower."

The Ecocamel’s ORB SPA is available from £83 and comes with free P&P plus a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

https://ecocamel.co.uk/pages/soft-water-shower-head

Savvy Shoppers are looking for Christmas bargains

Esendex data has learned that over three-quarters (78%) of UK consumers will stop spending up to a month before Black Friday so they can snap up bargains in the sales. Retailers need to be ready early, with over half (51%) of consumers wanting to hear about Black Friday up to two weeks in advance, and a further 28% wanting news a month ahead.

Head of Professional Services at Esendex, Chris Gorman, says the data shows UK shoppers are looking for personalised marketing, with SMS text and email top of the list and WhatsApp growing in popularity. “These channels are where shoppers talk to each other, so why not the companies and brands they buy from?

“With statistics showing 48% of people are on their phone between four and eight hours a day, and seven in ten checking any unread notifications within five minutes, SMS and WhatsApp are two of the quickest ways to grab the attention of customers.”

Optimise the online experience!

Ecommerce has gone some way towards levelling the field for small and large retailers. Building an online presence makes products more accessible than a bricks and mortar store, and gives smaller retailers access to a larger audience, too. A well-built website that’s optimised for mobile users with a smooth online experience, can improve brand credibility, extend reach, and make promotional campaigns more cost-effective.

Extend platform choice

On average, UK consumers are bombarded with between 6,000 and 10,000 ads a day, even outside of peak trading periods, so little wonder that the battle for engagement is intense.

When shoppers are looking for bargains, they're often shopping on all channels at once. And those hunting for bargains on four or more platforms will spend on average 9% more with a business than single channel shoppers.

Deliver value, not just discount

It’s easy to think peak season sales are all about discounts, but consumer behaviour has changed, and value isn’t always about price. UK consumers are more conscious than ever of a need to support smaller independent businesses and to contribute to their local community.

Obviously, That's Christmas sees a massive increase in people visiting our site from August/September onwards to Christmas Even itself, as they search for Christmas gifts, foods, drinks, new and traditional recipes to try and, especially keeping in mind the current cost of living situation, as readers of That's Christmas are smart and savvy shoppers, they are also looking for money saving bargains, too!

Please remember to save http://thatschristmas.blogspot.co.uk to your favourites bar or folder!

https://www.esendex.co.uk

(Image courtesy of R-region from Pixabay)

Wednesday 27 September 2023

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Annual charity pop-ups return to locations around the UK next month

The season for giving is not far away, and as the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact UK households, making meaningful purchases is a must do for this Christmas. 

That’s why Cards For Good Causes are delighted to announce their annual pop-up shops will be returning in just a few short weeks, for all your festive needs!

On Saturday 7th October at 10am, the doors will open at the flagship shop in Chelsea, London with many other locations to follow throughout the month. 

In a first for the charity, this year you'll also be able to can find Cards For Good Causes at the Festive Gift Fair from 16-19th November at Birmingham's NEC. 

The aim? To raise much needed vital funds for charities via the Cards For Good Causes pop-ups this season.

With beautiful and adorable greeting cards, advent calendars and gifts galore, popping by a Cards For Good Causes shop is guaranteed to have you singing carols, decking the halls and spreading festive cheer. 

And what's more, it doesn’t stop there! Shoppers can stock up on stunning gift wrap and decorations, stationery and homeware when they visit these special one-stop Christmas shops, all whilst supporting the charity of their choice.

The full list of pop-up shops around the UK can be found here: https://www.cardsforcharity.co.uk/find-a-card-shop.html

If you are unable to make it to your nearest pop-up shop? The full range and selection is also available to buy online, with same day dispatch and free shipping on orders over £40: https://www.cardsforcharity.co.uk

As the UK's largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation, Cards For Good Causes has opened shops around the UK each year since 1959, raising over £40 million for local and national charities in the last decade alone. 

Charities that will be supported by the money raised this year include a new addition of the Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as Cancer Research UK, Samaritans, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Shelter, Dementia UK, Mind and many more local and national charities.

Cherry Whiteside, CEO at Cards For Good Causes says: “Thanks to the support of our partners, the dedication of our network of seasonal staff and volunteers, and the generosity of local residents and businesses, we're delighted to be opening our pop-ups in the heart of local communities once again. 

"If you’re looking for meaningful ways to spend this Christmas, we look forward to welcoming you very soon!”

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Celebrate a very special Christmas at Darts Farm

Darts Farm, near Exeter, Devon, is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit with everything you could possibly need all under one roof. 

Whether you're shopping for your Christmas food, drinks and gifts, enjoying a delicious meal in one of their eateries or attending a festive event.

The Food Hall offers a unique shopping experience that champions local foods and drinks, which has been sourced from their own farm and other incredible, passionate artisans. At the butchery counter, you'll find the best in home-grown, dry-aged beef and locally reared turkeys, with the master butchers on hand to offer advice on the best cuts and how to cook the meats. 

And their deli is brimming with the best British farmhouse cheese and charcuterie; with perfect pairings just around the corner in the drinks cellar. Indulgent treats such as panettone, stollen and Christmas puddings fill the shelves; all crafted by local and like-minded artisans. 

The result is an unparalleled selection of award-winning food and drink, perfect for creating fabulous festive feasts or wonderful Christmas gifts.

You'll also find incredible bean-to-bar chocolate which is actually crafted on site by their very own in-house chocolatier. Their single origin bars, handcrafted truffles and chocolate creations are made using sustainably sourced cacao beans from specially selected small scale growers in the world's best regions. 

They are also proud to be one of the few UK producers to craft chocolate from bean to bar. In small batches, they roast the beans, before cracking the shell to release the nib. Then they grind the nibs for up to 55 hours before ageing their chocolate for 2-3 weeks. 

Finally, they melt it down to create bars, truffles and all things chocolatey which you can buy in store as well as online for national deliveries. The perfect gift for any chocolate lover is Darts Farm's Cow & Cacao Chocolate Lover's Hamper (£22). This hamper contains a 30g Single Origin Bar, a 150g Broken Chocolate Slab and a 150g bag of Chocolate Buttons.

The Farm Table, their fantastic new flagship restaurant, showcases the best produce available from the farm and shop.

It celebrates the simplicity of beautiful ingredients grown, reared, caught and crafted on their doorstep. What they cannot grow themselves on the farm, they source from their vibrant community of like-minded artisan producers, farmers and fisherman who share their passion for flavour, seasonality & sustainable, traditional methods. 

The menu includes their iconic Ruby Red beef, dayboat fish and seasonal vegetables, all cooked over charcoal and accompanied by wines from their own Pebblebed Vineyards, plus an amazing selection of beers, ciders and spirits from the cellar. Join your friends and family for a Christmas meal or book your place at The Farm Table's Festive Indulgence Evening on 29th November. 

Just over the hedge from where they graze their Ruby Red Cattle, you'll find Darts Farm's Pebblebed Vineyard where they produce their award-winning sparkling and still wines. They are one of very few single estate producers; growing their grapes and producing their wines in the same place. 

And why not treat someone to a bottle of their fabulous fizz or stock up on a mixed case or two for the festive season. Their collection includes still white, red and rosé wine as well as sparkling white and rosé.

As always, there will be a packed calendar of Food and Drink Events at Darts Farm in December, including a Christmas Masterclass Evening, Willow and Wreath Masterclasses and a Carol Service. 

For further information on Darts Farm please visit www.dartsfarm.co.uk and follow Darts Farm on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

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Tuesday 26 September 2023

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Sunday 24 September 2023

The World of Bridgerton 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Laurence King Publishing brings you The World of Bridgerton for this Christmas.

http://www.laurenceking.com

£18.99

Lady Danbury is hosting a sparkling soirée to begin the year's social season, and you are invited to piece together all the splendour, suitors and the scandal. 

All the most notable names are there in attendance: Spot the Bridgerton family, the Duke and Duchess, the Sharmas, the Featheringtons and more as you complete this beautifully detailed jigsaw puzzle inspired by Shondaland's hit series Bridgerton on Netflix.

1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Piece together the world of Bridgerton in this special official jigsaw puzzle published in collaboration with Shondaland and Netflix. 

It's the perfect challenge for fans of the show, or for anyone who loves a really good, classical jigsaw puzzle. An ideal stocking filler or an under the Christmas tree present, we think.

Gift Ideas For A Sustainable Christmas from Iris & Lolli Jewellery

When it comes to choosing gifts for the people in your life who matter to you, this Christmas, sustainable choices are increasingly at the top of the festive shopping list.

All Iris & Lolli Jewellery is made by hand from recycled metals which are often rescued from landfill as a waste product of industry & all our packaging is recycled/recyclable and also plastic free.

Their nature theme is timeless & the perfect antidote to the fast fashion, trend driven world that we live in.

By shopping sensibly for handmade, eco-conscious greener gifts that will stand the test of time, this is one of the many ways that this Christmas can be greener than ever before.

To learn more and to place your orders please visit them at https://irisandlolli.co.uk.

This Christmas gift beautiful and sustainable Andhand stationery that will last a lifetime

This Christmas, give that very special person in your life something a little different this Christmas with minimal stationery that will last a lifetime from Andhand.

Christmas is the truly the perfect time to refresh workspaces and create the positive working environments that everyone strives for. 

Andhand's new range of modern stationery brings minimal elegance to your desktop, the pieces are designed to delight in everyday use and are crafted with care from a minimal palette of premium materials in line with the buy once philosophy. This Christmas it's time to do away with single use stationery and give the gift of stationery that lasts for a lifetime.

Andhand's ranges include fine writing tools with beautiful detailing. The Method fountain pens make really excellent gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime, aging beautifully due to the material palette of solid machined brass, stainless steel and aluminium. Whilst the all brass mechanical pencil adds a sense of refinement to those everyday creative tasks.

Also check out their minimal accessories with sculptural essence. For example, there's the the Hoop Tape Dispenser which is a single arch shape formed of solid aluminium and available in four anodised colours creating a real presence on any desk. In addition popular accessories like the Illusion Ruler are a smart addition to any pen-pot with its Esher-esque appearance, tricking the eye in the most delightful way possible.

Method Fountain Pen - £110 | Method Mechanical Pencil - £65 | Illusion Ruler - £16.50 | Hoop Tape Dispenser - Gold - £32.50

Visit them at www.andhand.co.uk to view the full range and pricing

What is Andhand? It's a new independent British pen and stationery brand that is established in South London. Their focus is on creating products which embrace our new modern hybrid working practices and environments. 

The last few years have brought into sharp focus the importance of a positive workspace, and so the products aim to nurture working wellness, contributing to a desk environment that is supportive to both creativity and productivity. 

Design is at the very heart of Andhand. It’s founders Simon Donald and Joe Wentworth are both product designers who worked together for several years as DonaldWentworth. They have consulted and designed for a range of companies including Joseph Joseph to bring innovative products to market, receiving three prestigious Red Dot design awards to date. Andhand sees Simon and Joe as both designer and client with full art direction of the brand.  

Discover the new collection of Christmas Tree Decorations from Jan Constantine

Artisan textile designer Jan Constantine has added four new stunning festive tree decorations to her 2023 Christmas Collection.

Like the other items in the collection, the quartet is inspired by and named after the delicate Alpine flower, Edelweiss. 

Available in two shapes, a heart and a star, and two colours, red and duck egg blue, the Edelweiss decorations come with another little festive treat and are packed with aromatic lavender. 

Jan Constantine, founder of her eponymous textile brand, said: "Like the rest of the Christmas Collection for 2023, these stunning decorations are all hand-embroidered and offer a truly luxurious touch. 

"They boast the aroma of lavender for a really relaxing feel, which is perfect throughout the busy festive season while the exquisite detailing will capture the magic of the season."

The Edelweiss Christmas Decorations are available from janconstantine.com for £39 each. 

Friday 22 September 2023

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Martha Brook's 24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar (£99) is the truly ultimate personalised treat for any stationery lover.

Back with a brand-new fantastic, bold design, this highly sought-after advent calendar sold out in record time last year and is known as the cult stationery item for any stationery aficionado. (EDITOR: Best put your order/s in as quickly as possible, then?) 

This year’s design is inspired by the soothing nostalgia of a patchwork quilt to capture the comforting and escapist mood of Christmas 2023. Featuring playful illustrations evoking tales of Greek mythology and dreamscapes, it’s filled with surprises.

24 irresistible items of stationery are waiting to be discovered each day inside the enticing foil embossed boxes that are specially designed to look like a row of colourful books on a shelf.

From a personalised notebook to a 2023 calendar, a set of correspondence cards, gorgeous luxury pens, nifty gold stationery accessories and an assortment of chic paper goods, each day offers something different to be revealed and enjoyed.

It's available now at https://www.marthabrook.com/product/24-days-of-stationery-advent-calendar, £99.

www.marthabrook.com

Christmas gifts from Handmade in Brtitain

From handmade guitar stands for the guitarist in your life to floral art made from real flowers for the person who loves to surround themselves in nature, Handmade in Britain is the go to place for unique Christmas gifts.

The platform, which champions independent British artists and creators, has curated a collection of beautifully handcrafted gifts that are truly unique.

Piyush Suri, who is the founder of Handmade in Britain, has handpicked a range of British craftspeople who each have something special and different to offer, which makes finding the ultimate Christmas gifts for those special people in your life a much easier proposition.

Piyush said: “When it comes to choosing Christmas gifts, we all want to find something that's meaningful, but often, the constraints of work, family and social lives makes it a much harder task than you might think.

“At Handmade in Britain, we have brought together a wealth of really talented designers who offer beautiful gifts for everyone, from the interiors fanatic to the jewellery lover, and just about all in between.”

Visit them at handmadeinbritain.co.uk.

Run, run Rudolph all the way to his favourite Flapjackery Flapjack Box!

Nothing really says Christmas more than Rudolf or his box of favourite flapjacks! Each box will  include an utterly delicious assortment of fantastically festive gluten free flapjack flavours all of which are absolutely perfect for sharing with family, friends, guests and visitors. Just don't forget to leave one or two out for Rudolph and Santa on Christmas Eve.

It's a fantastic Christmas time Christmas for friends, family and colleagues and is an perfect addition to any festive food table, this scrumptious box of artisan baked flapjacks will be certain to go down a treat. The flapjacks in this box carry a shelf life of three months so you can happily and contentedly consume them throughout the festive period. (EDITOR: Our advice? To make sure you have enough left for the Christmas period double up your order to avoid any potential for a disgruntled reindeer or two!) 

A box of 3 costs £12.00; Box of 6 costs £24.00.

Flapjackery's Christmas Taster Flapjack Box ( from £35.00)

Flapjackery's Christmas Taster Flapjack Box includes a fantastically delicious assortment of brilliant festive gluten free flapjack flavours. The 16 half sizes are perfect for families to share together at Christmas or for taking to a party or a work Christmas function and enjoying with friends and colleagues or neighbours. 

This is a box cram-packed with the genuine tastes of Christmas. From decadent Ginger and Dark Chocolate Flapjack to Mince Pie to Orange and Cranberry flavours, each flapjack is handmade in Devon with the finest of British oats, locally sourced West Country butter and fairtrade brown sugar. The flapjacks are all gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians, too. They come individually wrapped and are suitable for home freezing.

Christmas Party Flapjack Box (£50)

Get the Christmas party really buzzing this year with an amazing flapjack festive party box. With a wide range of different gluten free flapjack flavours to taste, this is the absolutely perfect way to enjoy some of their best and most well-loved flapjacks.

Alongside traditional favourites such as their Clotted Cream Fudge Flapjack and Billionaire Flapjack, there's also an assortment of fantastically festive flapjack flavours  to try such as mince pie, burnt caramel and sea salt and chocolate orange tiffin. 

As we say, the flapjacks are all gluten-free and perfect for vegetarians. They are all individually wrapped and suitable for home freezing.

www.flapjackery.co.uk

Flapjackery is affiliated with AWIN.

(EDITOR: Those old enough to remember will have noticed my reference to the old Chuck Berry Christmastime song, Run, Rudolf, Run!) 

Thursday 21 September 2023

Strapped for cash for Christmas? Spring.co.uk tells you "You have cash in your drawers and cupboards!"

Yes, it's true. If you are strapped for cash for Christmas presents this year, then www.spring.co.uk will almost certainly be able to help you.

How many old tech items do you have at home in drawers, cupboards in the junk room, the shed, etc? Old mobile phones, old tablets, Smart watches, etc. They all can have worth and maybe more than you might think.

My own relationship with Spring started a year or so back when my wife told me: "I have seen a special pod in the Morrison's supermarket in town. Apparently all you do is place your old 'phones or gadgets in the pod and they'll value it and send you some money."

And that is exactly what happened. I gathered together rather more mobile phones than I thought we had, plus an Android tablet, signed up for an account with Spring and I received a small fortune, direct to my bank account in return. Payment usually takes 1 to 3 days.

Some Co-op stores and some branches of Morrisons have the special pods or can also pop them in the post using a special pre-paid safe and reusable pouch.

By using Spring we earned roughly £200 simply by clearing out what was, to us, junk cluttering up our house.

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Make your home cosy this autumn and winter with Aldi’s latest interior and homeware range. Available in-stores from 28th September with prices beginning from as little as £2.49. 

Shoppers will be able to pick up a whole host of stylish essentials and save up to £134 compared to brands like John Lewis & Partners and H&M Home.

Featuring must-haves including tablecloths, rugs, bedding and even decorations such as gonks and wreaths the range is certain to be a sell-out, but as with all Specialbuys, shoppers need to be quick, as once they’re gone, they’re gone!

For a statement entrance, shoppers can add the Autumn Wreath (£9.99) to walls and doors. Choose an orange, pumpkin style for a seasonal upgrade or for a more subtle look, the white eucalyptus will achieve a Scandi aesthetic. 

A must-have to keep hallways clean after long autumnal walks, the Entrance Mat (£2.49) and Extra Long Entrance Runner (£12.99) are both available in dark grey, light grey and light brown, combining style with practicality. Meanwhile, the Large Felt Storage Basket (£5.99) is great for storing hats and scarves, whilst also keeping areas of the home neat and tidy.

Elevate table settings with Aldi’s new stylish Autumn Tablecloth (£8.99). Available in on-trend, neutral colours of brown, cream, grey or terracotta and made from 100% cotton, the tablecloth offers a sophisticated touch to living spaces. For added ambiance opt for the Ceramic Tealight Holders (£3.99). Available in three designs including a cute pumpkin, a matte black house and a white house, these tealight holders are the perfect table decoration to set the scene for long cosy dinners.

Ensure your bedrooms are warm and inviting as the cold weather draws in with Aldi’s latest selection of quality bedding. Available in double and king styles, the Brushed Cotton Duvet Set (Double, £14.99, King £16.99) provides extra warmth and will keep heat in throughout the night. 

Choose from seasonal patterns including ditsy floral, geometric patterns and navy woodland. Lucky skincare fanatics can find the Copper Infused Pillow (£9.99) in the middle aisle this autumn. With proven anti-bacterial and anti-aging qualities this is a must-have beauty buy. Made from super soft material and available in charcoal, cream, green, or rust, the Boucle Throw (£12.99) is the perfect finishing touch, whilst also being the perfect companion for movie nights in. Ideal for wooden floors, the Faux Fur Rug (£8.99) is available in a range of neutral colours and will add extra warmth to bedrooms.

For low-effort touch-ups and updates to the home, shoppers can choose from a selection of autumnal décor. Available in three seasonal styles with a shiny battery-operated LED nose, the Autumnal Gonks (£7.99) are great for mantle pieces or as front door decorations. Perfect for year-on-year use the Autumn Cushion Covers (£4.99) come in four stylish patterns including green leaves or rust triangles and will add depth to sofas and armchairs.  Or why not get Halloween-ready with the adorable Pumpkin Cushions (£4.99).

Shoppers will be able to save a whopping £133.56 (67%) compared to brands such as John Lewis, H&M Home and Habitat:

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That's Christmas believes these items will be really good for making an impactful and beautiful Christmas at your home this year, so please check them out!

This Christmas Give The Gift of Tea: Ahmad Tea Unveils 2023 Christmas Gifts Collection

You can really please the loved ones in your life by giving them the gift of tea this Christmas with a real treat from Ahmad Tea’s 2023 Christmas Gifts collection.

Starring in the new collection is a New! Beyond the Leaf Infuser Mug Gift Set and Beyond the Leaf Teabag Selection from the brand’s Great Taste Award winning collection with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 Plus, a special Festive 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar (the perfect way for tea lovers to enjoy the countdown to Christmas), Beyond the Leaf Tea baubles, and New! Teabag Selection Boxes from the brand’s stylish Give the Gift of Tea range.

 A gift from Ahmad Tea’s Christmas Collection is one that gives back, as the brand donates 20% of its profits to local grassroots projects to help communities in need all around the world.

The New! 2023 Christmas Gifts collection from Ahmad Tea includes:

New! Kew Beyond the Leaf Infuser Mug Gift Set: Perfect for loose leaf tea lovers, the luxurious new gift set from Ahmad Tea’s Great Taste award-winning Beyond the Leaf collection with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, features a 100g Majestic Breakfast loose leaf tea caddy, plus a stylish ceramic infuser mug with lid. RRP £34.99

 New! Kew Beyond the Leaf Teabag Selection: The Great Taste Award winning collection from Ahmad Tea in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is now available in an elegant 3x10 teabag selection caddy! Choose from Majestic Breakfast, Elegant Earl Grey, and Garden Afternoon. 3 x 10 foil fresh teabags. RRP £6.99

New! Give the Gift of Tea Teabag Selection:  A stylish Christmas gift housing an exquisite selection of Ahmad Tea’s favourite blends, perfect for adventurous tea lovers. Featuring Earl Grey, English Tea No 1, English Breakfast, Evening Tea Decaffeinated, Green Tea, Cinnamon Haze, Cardamom Tea, and Chai Spice. 8 x 6 teabags. RRP £9.99

 New! Give The Gift of Tea 3 x10 Teabag Selection: A brilliant stocking filler, this 3 x 10 Teabag Selection features three of Ahmad Tea’s most popular classic blends - English Breakfast, Earl Grey & Green Tea – housed in a stylish festive selection caddy. 3 x 10 teabags. RRP £5.99

 24 days of Tea Advent Calendar: What better way for tea lovers to count down to Christmas than with this fun calendar? Featuring 24 foil fresh teabags, there’s a tasty blend to try each day, from classics such as Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Cardamon, Ceylon and English Tea No.1, to more exotic flavours such as Mango & Lychee Green Tea, Apple Refresh, Cinnamon Haze, Camomile & Lemongrass, Honey & Vanilla, Rooibos & Cinnamon, and Berries & Hibiscus. RRP £13.99

 Kew Beyond the Leaf Baubles: Spread the joy this Christmas with Great Taste Award winning loose leaf teas from Ahmad Tea’s collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in a stylish Christmas bauble! Choose from Majestic Breakfast, Splendid Ceylon, and Elegant Earl Grey. 25g loose leaf tea bauble caddy. RRP £3.99

 Gary Winslade, Ahmad Tea's UK Business Development Manager says: “Our new Christmas collection is the perfect and ideal way for tea lovers to spread a little joy during this Christmas period.

 “At Ahmad Tea, our mission is to inspire a love of tea, and this means an incredible amount of skill and dedication goes into making our blends to ensure that every sip is worth it, from hand plucking the best leaves in the world’s finest tea gardens to tasting the tea at each stage in its journey, so tea lovers can be sure they are getting only the very best.

 “AS we have already pointed out, beyond great tasting tea, an Ahmad Tea gift is also one that gives back, as we donate 20% of our profits to local grassroots projects to help tea communities around the world.” (EDITOR: In our opinion this means that Ahmad Tea really holds to the true meaning of Christmas.)

The 2023 Christmas gifts collection from Ahmad Tea is available to buy from uk.ahmadtea.com and Amazon from October 2023.

If you are a retailer who wants to stock Ahmad Teas please contact their UK distributor, Petty Wood https://www.pettywood.co.uk.

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Wednesday 20 September 2023

Barbie and Hot Wheels included in Fantastic Tesco half-price pre-Christmas toy sale

Parents, grandparents and older siblings should take note! Tesco is launching a half-price sale exclusively for Clubcard holders, featuring some of the most current and popular toy brands.

There will be nearly 100 toys included in the sale and featured brands will be children’s favourites such as Barbie, Pokemon, Fisher Price, Peppa Pig, Bluey, 5 Surprise, Marvel and Hot Wheels.

Alongside the half-price sale, Clubcard holders will also see reductions on Lego toys, with up to 40 per cent off licensed specials such as Marvel Hulkbuster, Star Wars Tie Bomber, and Minecraft Abandoned Village and Lego Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT & McLaren F1 LM  and Lego Technic Nascar Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Tesco Toy Category Manager Anne Borrett said: “There will be exciting toys for children of all ages with plenty of choice in the most popular categories including pre-school items, dolls, collectables, vehicles, plush and games.

“We hope the sale will help parents not only find some toy bargains for their kids but also spread the cost of Christmas.

“There are great offers on many toys in our stores, including all the top brands such as Barbie, Lego, Disney, Hot Wheels, 5 Surprise and Fisher Price, with something for kids of all ages.”

The Half-Price Sale runs until November 1. The sale for selected Lego toys at 40 per cent off runs from Sept 14 until October 25.

Experience Halloween Like Never Before at Butser Ancient Farm

Visitors can expect an extraordinary evening of spine-tingling stories, enchanting melodies, and eerie atmospheres.

This Halloween, dive headfirst into an extraordinary evening of spine-tingling stories, enchanting melodies, and eerie atmospheres at Butser Ancient Farm's "Fearsome Folktales and Enchanted Echoes" event. As the veil between the realms thins and the spirits of the past awaken, join them on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, for a truly mystical and macabre celebration of Halloween.

An Eerie Atmosphere Like No Other

Step into the mystical ambiance as you follow flickering lanterns down to the Great Roundhouse. Here, an eerie atmosphere will envelop you, where the spirits of history come to life. This is a realm where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, offering a rare glimpse of the supernatural.

Masterful Storytellers and Haunting Sagas

Prepare to be enthralled by skilled, masterful storytellers who will send shivers down your spines with tales of restless spirits, ghostly apparitions, and ancient curses. Jason Buck, our enigmatic host for the evening, will lead you into the unknown with captivating narratives. Andrew Shorter will bring to life the haunting saga of Glam's Ghost from the Icelandic Saga of Grettir the Strong.

Enchanting Fairy Music

Amidst these eerie tales, let the enchanting sounds of fairy musicians from Fae as Folk serenade your senses. They will weave their haunting melodies on enchanted instruments, adding a touch of magic to your Halloween night.

A Feast for the Senses

Their event offers more than just spooky stories and enchanting music. A bar will be available, featuring locally produced cider, mead and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If you're craving a hot drink or a snack, they have you covered.

A Night of Wonder, Suspense, and Enchantment

Gather around the fire, kindled by ancient spirits, for a night of wonder, suspense, and enchantment. Fearsome Folktales and Enchanted Echoes is a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates the magic of storytelling, the allure of the ancient past, and the captivating melodies of the fairy realm. This is a Halloween adventure you won't soon forget!

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire, UK

Secure your spot for an unforgettable Halloween adventure. Get your Halloween tickets now and prepare to step into a world where history, folklore, and enchantment converge.

What is Butser Ancient Farm? It's a totally unique open-air archaeological site nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire. 

The farm offers glimpses into the past, showcasing reconstructed ancient buildings, historical farming practices and methods, and a variety of educational and immersive events.

Butser welcomes thousands of visitors and school groups to the farm every year to explore its timeline of structures from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon periods, plus discovering crops from pre-history and meeting rare-breed animals like Manx Loaghtan sheep and English goats. More about the farm can be found at www.butserancientfarm.co.uk.

Why not ask them for details of their December/Christmas activities?

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An ideal Christmas gift for the ladies in your life! Platina launches revolutionary skin therapy system in the UK

Platina TM, a highly acclaimed skin therapy brand renowned for its medical-grade products, has launched its much-anticipated entry into the UK market on September 6, 2023.

Following major success in the USA, Platina is set to revolutionise the UK skincare industry by introducing its exceptional skin therapy system directly to members of the British public. 

Platina is seeking a limited number of individuals to join its exclusive Platina Club, which will reward members with unique resources, offers, and personalised support on their skincare journey. 

Originally designed to complement and enhance the efficacy of high energy light-based skincare treatments, the Platina skin therapy system has already gained significant recognition from clinicians in America who were very impressed by Platina’s efficacy, both with and without high-energy light therapy, and the brand’s approach to removing unnecessary product complexity.

Uniquely, Platina's skin therapy system offers a simple, yet highly effective regimen, consisting of just five separate products suitable for all genders, ages, and skin types. 

What is in the range? Platina Day Cream, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Platina Night Cream for enhanced skin cell turnover and nourishment; Platina Rejuvenating Serum with gentle exfoliating acids and pH balancing; Platina Cleanser for exfoliation and brightening; and Platina Replenishing Cream for softening and healing.

Platina products employ cutting edge, scientifically proven technologies and ingredients, including platinum-peptide technology, prebiotics, encapsulated retinol, poly and alpha hydroxy acids, natural lipids, and stem cells from fruit which provide dermal restoration and anti-aging benefits.

The Platina line can be used as a system or as individual products, which will now be available to the prestigious Platina Club members, only through the company’s website. This exclusive club offers members access to a range of valuable resources and personalised support throughout their skincare journey. 

Club members will be able to gain privileged insights via a mobile app and webinars, and receive expert guidance tailored to their specific, individual needs through direct access to the expertise of the scientists behind the creation of Platina's products.

Developed by internationally renowned cosmetic specialists Professor Peter Bjerring and Dr Dianne Quibell, the Platina range combines their deep and expert knowledge of skin rejuvenation with a unique platinum-rich matrix technology, delivering unparalleled results.

Professor Peter Bjerring is the former Medical Director and Head of the Department of Dermatology at the Molholm Hospital, Denmark. He is the Clinical Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Aalborg University Hospital. 

He has published over 250 scientific papers and contributed with in excess of 500 lectures at international congresses and scientific meetings. He is also the Past President of the European Society for Lasers in Dermatology and Past Vice President of the European Society for Laser Aesthetic Surgery.

Dr Dianne Quibell is a world-renowned cosmetic physician. She has served as Vice President of the American Board of Laser Surgery and is a Fellow of The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. 

Dr Quibell has lectured nationally and internationally since 2001 and was also Faculty and Coordinator of IMCAS (International Master Class of Aging Science). She privately trains clinicians in aesthetic laser procedures, BOTOX®, fillers, and laser assisted lipolysis.

Professor Peter Bjerring, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to bring Platina's remarkable skin therapy system to the UK market. Our products have been designed with a focus on clinical efficacy but will now be available directly to British consumers. We are confident that these individuals will experience transformative results whatever their age or skin type."

Dr Dianne Quibell, added: "We're  seeking individuals to join our Platina Club. As members, they will benefit from a wealth of knowledge, specialised advice, and a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to achieving their best skin. The Platina Club is an unparalleled opportunity for those who want to embark on a transformative skincare experience."

The UK launch of Platina's skin therapy system marks what is viewed as a significant milestone in the world of skincare, as individuals across the country will gain access to premium, clinically proven, professional-grade products. 

With the support of the exclusive Platina Club, individuals can embark on a journey towards achieving their best skin. Whether it's addressing specific skin concerns or maintaining a healthy complexion, Platina is poised to deliver exceptional results in the UK.

For more information about Platina's revolutionary skin therapy system, the Platina Club, and upcoming events, please visit platinaskin.com

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Champagne Drappier Unveils Exquisite Luxury Gift Box for Your Christmas Celebrations!

Christmas is a time for celebration and to indulge and create cherished memories with our loved ones. and close friends.

Champagne Drappier's Luxury Gift Box has been meticulously curated to capture the very essence of luxury and celebration, providing an extraordinary experience for champagne enthusiasts.

Encased in an elegant and sophisticated presentation, the Champagne Drappier Luxury Gift Box includes:

- Drappier Grande Sendrée Champagne: Indulge in the unparalleled craftsmanship of this prestigious champagne, sourced from the finest vineyards

of the Champagne region. With its exquisite blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Drappier Grande Sendrée offers a symphony of flavours that dance on the palate.

- Handcrafted Crystal Champagne Flutes: You or the recipients of the Gift Box can sip you or their favourite champagne in true, festive style with the bespoke crystal flutes that are included in the gift box. 

These exquisite glasses have been meticulously designed to enhance the champagne's aromas and effervescence, ensuring everyone has an utterly unparalleled drinking experience. 

The Champagne Drappier Luxury Gift Box embodies the spirit of elegance, refinement, and indulgence, making it the perfect present for family, friends, or valued clients.

With its sophisticated presentation and exceptional contents, it promises to be a memorable gift that will be treasured for years to come.

It's available from The Champagne Company for £52 at this link:- https://tinyurl.com/nhdwsw9u

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Tuesday 19 September 2023

Want to give someone the Gift of Baby Weaning Joy this Christmas? Then Chomp them!

What is Chomp, exactly? Chomp is a joyful, fun and eminently practical (and award-winning!) children’s tableware brand that will bring a smile to the faces of everyone, including little one’s, parents and grandparents alike as the mealtime gift that will keep on giving.

Say farewell to kid's plastic items this Christmas and say a big hello to a meaningful, sustainable gift that supports their babyhood.

Weaning can be a challenging phase for parents and babies alike, but it's also an exciting journey full of joy and discovery. 

Parents often strive to make smart choices that not only benefit their babies, but also consider the environment and their pockets, too.

Well, this is where Chomp comes in. It's an award-winning, British kitchenware brand. Interestingly Chomp is designed by a mother who really, fully gets the struggles of family mealtimes from her first hand experience. 

Their feeding essentials strive to empower your baby’s sense of independence and adventure with joy and practicality at their heart. 

Chomp is very passionate about celebrating baby's big milestones and supporting parents on their little one’s adventures with simple feeding solutions that make babyhood that much easier.

What's Chomp like? Chomp combines modern aesthetics, functionality and ergonomics to make feeding exploration easy and fun for your child, whilst offering easy care to parents. 

Their fantastic dinnerware is available in a range of on-trend hues and specially designed to engage your little ones, Chomp is the new family essential created to bring more fun to your feeding adventures.

They have a range of utterly fantastic gifts for all children aged 0 to 3 years including their carefully curated, award-winning weaning sets and their unique and stylish EveryKid Coverall Bib.

Chomp is a mum-founded, British baby brand based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the Garden of England. 

www.chompbaby.com

Have an ethical Christmas with a range of gifts from Amnesty International

Sacha Deshmukh, who is the Amnesty International UK’s CEO Puts it well when she said: "Choosing a gift from Amnesty means you're not just giving a present - you're helping to support vital human rights causes around the world."

This year’s catalogue focuses on refugees, highlighting their hopes and the challenges they can face.

The collection includes their lifeboat candles, which are made from recycled candles. They're specially created as a powerful reminder of our need to shine a light on the perilous journey taken by people who are seeking asylum, and their new refugee art collection, a special new range of greeting cards that beautifully captures the passions and talents of artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Sacha went on to add: “In solidarity with refugees, this year’s Christmas catalogue features a range of items highlighting the experiences of those who are fleeing conflict and persecution and who are seeking asylum.

“With a range of sustainably and ethically sourced products, every item in Amnesty’s shop contributes to our work fighting human rights abuses.

“Choosing a gift from Amnesty means you're not merely giving a present, you're helping support vital human rights causes around the world."

Also new for this year, a colourful selection of coasters, notebook and magnetic 'to do' list featuring the inspirational Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, also includes the Amnesty International logo.

Popular favourites are back, including top-selling Amnesty cards, t-shirts, inspirationally-themed chocolates and books for all ages.

Products can be purchased online, by phone or by post. Free packaging and posting is available on all orders over £75.

For more information and to make your purchases, please visit Amnesty International at: https://amnestyshop.org.uk.

Eco Christmas decoration and a reusable gift tag in one

This is a great alternative to standard, ordinary gift tags. You just write your personalised message on the reverse of the tag. 

And it's also a gift in its own right!

It's a really nifty and very nice Christmas decoration and a reusable gift tag in one. They are fantastic  ceramic star hangings that will add more than a splash of sophistication to your Christmas tree or your Christmas gifting. 

They are carefully designed so that they can be cunningly used as a gift tag and then hung on a Christmas Tree, or as a wall hanging. Maybe buy several to make an interesting Christmas display and a fantastic Christmas centrepiece? 

Incidentally, they are handcrafted in the West Country of Devon. 

You'll be interested to check out their other wide range of handcrafted items including:- Air Plant Holders, Air Plants, Bowls, Candle Holders, Coasters, Dog Bowls, Jugs, Magnets, Match Pots, Mugs, Oil Pourers, Paintbrush Pots, Personalised Planters, Plates, Soap Dishes, Spoon Rests, Table Décor, Trinket Dishes, Tumblers and Vases.

They also make and sell a wide range of handcrafted jewellery, etc. If you are interested in learning more, they offer workshops, too.

Check them out at their website:- Www.habulous.co.uk.

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Devon's award-winning cider maker, Sandford Orchards, is absolutely thrilled to launch its Cider Advent Calendar which will be available from mid November RRP £75.00 at www.sandfordorchards.co.uk as well as carefully selected retail outlets.

Sandford Orchards' Cider Advent Calendar is perfect for easing yourself into the festive spirit. What better way could there be to celebrate the countdown to Christmas than discovering a different delicious cider every day? 

The Sandford Orchards Cider Advent Calendar is fully packed with a selection of twenty four ciders including all the well-known favourites from their award-winning range. 

The advent calendar is available to pre-order now for delivery in November.

Christmas Cocktails - Add a Touch of Magic and Elegance to Your Festive Celebrations

With the expert assistance of Devon's very own multiple award-winning Salcombe Gin, you'll be able to add more than a touch of class and magic to your Christmas and New Year festive celebrations this year with two stunning cocktails curated by the expert distillers at Salcombe Distilling Co. 

Whether you'll all be gathered 'round the festive fireplace with loved ones, or hosting a merry Christmas soirée for your friends and neighbours, Salcombe Gin's Christmas cocktails are the genuinely ultimate indulgence to make your Yuletide festivities sparkle and glitter.

'The Wanderer' features the multi-award winning classic citrus forward Salcombe Gin 'Start Point' and 'Southern Sky' features the equally excellent and highly decorated Salcombe Gin 'Rosé Sainte Marie', a dry rose gin with no sugar added.


'The Wanderer'

This elegant and wintery take on a classic Martinez is the perfect Christmas Eve tipple. 'The Wanderer' combines the complex flavours of Salcombe Gin 'Start Point' with seasonal notes of pine syrup and festive spice from the vermouth.

50ml Salcombe Gin 'Start Point'

15ml Knightor Rosso Vermouth

10ml William Fox Pine Syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Bourbon Cocktail Cherry to garnish

Chill a Nick and Nora glass with ice and place to one side

Place the 'Start Point', Vermouth, pine syrup and Angostura bitters into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds

Remove the ice from the Nick and Nora glass, and use a hawthorn strainer to strain the mixture into the glass

Garnish with a cocktail cherry, leaving the stem on


'Southern Sky'

A celebration of sophistication. 'Southern Sky' is a delicate balance of Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie's floral and red berry sweetness, with the cherry citrus of Knightor Rosé Vermouth and sharp raspberry of Chambord, infused with an earthy thyme backbone. Its glorious peach colour is reminiscent of a low winter sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.

25ml Salcombe Gin 'Rosé Sainte Marie'

15ml Knightor Rosé Vermouth

15ml Thyme infused Chambord*

Champagne to top up

Chill a Champagne saucer with ice and place to one side

Place the 'Rosé  Sainte Marie', vermouth and thyme infused Chambord into a mixing jug, fill with ice and stir with a bar spoon for 20 seconds

Remove the ice from the champagne saucer and use a julep strainer to strain the mic into the glass

Top with your favourite Champagne

*To make the thyme infused Chambord, add 3 sprigs of thyme to half a bottle of Chambord and leave in the fridge for four days, shaking every day. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to carefully remove the thyme.

Enjoy these exceptional creations safe in the knowledge that every bottle of Salcombe Gin sold makes our oceans healthier, with 1% of the UK net sales revenue donated to the Marine Conservation Society to protect and regenerate precious ocean habitats.

For further information about Salcombe Gin, visit www.salcombegin.com, follow SalcombeGin on Instagram and Facebook. 

Monday 18 September 2023

Sunday 17 September 2023

Leake Street venue added by Camm and Hooper

London-based events company Camm & Hooper has expanded its venue portfolio with the addition of 26 Leake Street, which is an absolutely stunning 11,000 sq. ft. post-industrial space located in London’s South Bank. 

The venue features three beautifully renovated railway arches beneath Waterloo station and can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. With its exposed brickwork and cool, eerie atmosphere, 26 Leake Street provides a blank canvas that can be transformed for a wide range of events.

The venue’s unique aesthetic makes it the perfect setting for immersive and experiential events, such as film premier parties, brand activations, fashion shows, music events, or corporate functions. This latest addition to Camm & Hooper’s rapidly growing venue portfolio is a testament to the resilience of the events industry.

Camm & Hooper’s CEO, Derick Martin, said, "We're really delighted to have acquired 26 Leake Street, which joins our versatile London venue portfolio. 

"We now have a venue to suit every occasion, from the Grade II listed Banking Hall and the award-winning Victorian Bath House to South Bank's OXO2 and our newly launched Tanner Warehouse - all beautiful and unique in their own right. 

The aesthetic of the Waterloo arches provides that all-important dramatic backdrop for show-stopping events of every shape and size, with a capacity to cater for up to 1200 guests. Whether it's hosting film premier parties, brand activations, fashion shows, music events, or corporate functions, we are thrilled about this latest expansion to our venue portfolio. Its rapid growth is a testament to the resilience of the events industry and the great team behind the Camm & Hooper brand."

https://cammhooper.com

Friday 15 September 2023

Haier UK recently launched its first range of small kitchen appliances that are ideal Christmas gifts

Haier UK recently launched its first range of small kitchen appliances that are ideal Christmas gifts. And here they are!

That's Christmas believes that these will make excellent Christmas gifts for the home chefs in your life!

KDSA Blender  

SSP £179.99 October launch

Power: 1200W

Multi-serve Jug:

Capacity: 1.7L Glass

Blades: 6

Personal Cup: 

Capacity: 0.6L Tritan Plastic

Blades: 4

Automatic Programmes: 

Ice Crushing, Smoothie and Auto-clean

Manuel Variable Speeds: 5
Pulse Function: Yes
Grab Handle with Safety Protection System
Dishwasher Safe: Jug, Personal Cup, Blades and Accessories
Accessories: 2in1 Tamper Spatula, Personal Cup and Lid
Main Body Material: Metal

KDSA Chopper 

SSP £79.99 October launch

Power: 550W

Capacity: 0.5L

Material: Glass

Blades: 4

Removable Blades: Yes

Variable Pulsing Power: Yes Dishwasher Safe: Bowl and Blades 

Main Body Material: Metal


KDSA Hand Blender SSP 

£129.99 October launch


Power: 1000W

Metal Blender

Dual Whisks

Potato Masher

Chopper:
Capacity: 0.5L

Material: Glass

Blades: 4

Removable Blades: Yes

KDSA Kettle 

SSP £119.00 October launch


Power: 3000W

Max Capacity: 1.7L

Max Cups: 7 Cups

Min. Capacity: 0.25L

Min. Cup: 1 Cup

Precise Temperature: 40-100°C 

Removable Lid: Yes 

Lid Opening: 13cm 

Removable filter: Yes

Washable filter: Yes

Internal Gauge: Yes 

Gauge indication: Cups/L

Sound Alert: Yes

Main Body Material: Metal


KDSA Multi Beverage device
 
SSP £149.99 November launch

Power: 700W

Capacity: 0.35L

Programmes: Hot Foam, Cold Foam, Hot Milk, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate and Infusion

Internal Gauge: Yes

Non-stick Coating: Yes

LED Touch Controls

Accessories: Metal Filter, Cleaning Brush, Doser

Main Body Material: Metal


KDSA Toaster 

SSP £119.99 October launch

Power: 3000W

Slots: 2

Slots Depth: 15cm

Slot Width: 3.5cm

Automatic Functions:

Small Bread – Prevent burning

Crispy Side – Toasted inside and soft outside

Favourite – Programmable memory function

Toasting Levels: 7 Levels

High Lift Lever: Up to 3cm lift

Lift & Look: Check the toasting progress without cancelling. 

Full LED Touch Panel Control

Cord Storage: Yes

Accessories: Anti-dust lid (My wife has declared this innovation to be one of the best she has ever seen!)

Main Body Material: Metal

To learn more and to check out their other stunning kitchen products (fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, wine coolers, etc, etc.) visit https://www.haier-europe.com/en_GB

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