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Easter Candles

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I just love these fun ceramic egg candles! Use them to brighten up your Easter Day dinner table or display them separately around the house.

They come boxed in an egg carton which looks just like the real thing, and in 6 different pastel colours, with each candle (unscented) about 4 inches tall.

A box of six costs $24.95 plus package and postage. Find them on www.harryanddavid.com which has many other gift ideas.

Personalised Mug for Easter

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

How about this cheery little personalised mug for an Easter present – far less fattening than chocolate, and will last a lot longer! You can have the name of your choice printed on it with up to a maximum of 25 characters.

It comes in full colour and costs £9.95 (+£1.95 postage & packaging); free delivery if you spend over £20.00.

You can get yours from www.gettingpersonal.co.uk.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Today is all about spoiling your mum, thanking her for everything she does. I wonder how many mums received flowers this year? Apparently flowers were the most popular Mother’s Day gift last year in the UK with 3.7 million bouquets sent – a part of me wonders if this is because mums actually love flowers or because they’re a pretty easy present to buy?! I can imagine half of the population rushing around their local store on Sunday morning searching for the nicest bunch left, hoping their mum won’t realise they were picked in a hurry!

A bouquet of flowers can be beautiful though and if you spend time picking out your mums favourite flowers and colours, she’ll know you put in thought and effort to make her feel appreciated. These ‘Perfectly Pink’ bunch from iflorist are gorgeous and reasonably priced at £42.90 – unfortunately the cut off time for same day delivery has just passed, so for those of you who forgot Mother’s Day, best get down to your nearest petrol station!

Red Nose Day

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Red Nose DayIt’s that time of year again where we all get together and help those less fortunate through Comic Relief. I love Comic Relief, I make sure I have my red nose then sit in watching BBC1 and attempt to stay up until 3am; I don’t think I’ve quite managed it yet though. This year Davina McCall, Chris Evans and other celeb presenters will be hosting the event so make sure you watch and give lots of money! Oh and yes, Peter Kay will be making another musical appearance!

Although it’s a program we enjoy watching, it’s important to remember why Comic Relief takes place, 60% of the proceeds will help Africans to build a better life and 40% helps people suffering across the UK. You can make a donation online at www.rednoseday.com or by calling 08457 910910.

Photo Mouse Pad

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Why not remind your mum every day just what a great son or daughter you are – this Photo Mouse Pad will never let her forget how much thought you put into her Mother’s Day pressie, – and how could she ever be angry with you if a cute photo like this was staring up at her?! If your mum uses a computer a lot for work this would make an ideal gift.

Personal Creations lets you upload a photo on the website so you get to see exactly what the mouse pad will look like before you buy – what a great service for just $9.98! If you’re mum’s not such a big computer user there are other personalised gifts available including a photo tie and mug! This would be a great gift not only for Mother’s Day but birthdays and Christmas too.

Million Dollar Mum T-Shirt

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Mother’s Day T-ShirtThis charcoal T-shirt with ‘Million Dollar Mum’ on the front in gold and white print would make the perfect present for any Mum. It is 100% cotton and has been deliberately distressed (made holey!) to give it a vintage look and feel.

It costs £15.00 and comes in sizes 6 – 16. What’s also fabulous is that £8.50 from each one will go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – Mum’s will love that.

To buy one for your Mum, go to www.moretvicar.com.

Little Book of Memories

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Mother’s Day Memory BookThis little book could make a lovely gift on Mother’s Day. It has been hand crafted into a beautiful design and can be used as a scrap book to store memories and photographs. If I bought this book I would mix photographs with special cuttings that I knew meant something to my Mum, like pictures of me and my Sister or souvenirs we’ve brought back from special places.

The book has 24 strong pages so you can cut and stick special memories onto each page. It is made from a white board and finished off with diamantes and the words ‘A Mother’s Love’ on the front cover.

Although this is not a huge gift, your Mum will appreciate the amount of thought and effort gone into making the book unique and full of her special memories. You can buy it for £19.95 at Gifts.co.uk.

No Smoking Day

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

CigaretteToday is March 14th, an official no smoking day and I wonder how many smokers will actually attempt to kick the habit. I also wonder how many will be rushing out on their morning break to get their quick fix and thinking “Well I lasted 2 hours, better than last year”.

As a non-smoker I do feel sorry for all the smokers who really can’t or don’t want to give it up. I am however looking forward to the smoking ban so I can go out and not stink of smoke in the morning or feel like I’ve smoked 20 cigarettes while I nurse my hangover.

Here’s a great resource for all you smokers out there who are desperate to give up once and for all; www.nosmokingday.org.uk.

Personalised Champagne

Friday, March 9th, 2007

The other day I wrote about the great gift ‘message in a bottle’, well now I have found a similar gift ‘message on a bottle’! This thoughtful idea would make a lovely Mother’s Day, birthday or anniversary present; you can choose the text you want to appear on the bottle so really it’s for any occasion.

The bottle is Champagne J. De Telmont from Damery, a blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay grapes, not that this means anything to me but it might to you if you’re a champagne lover.

Your message can be up to 100 characters long – just enough space to say something like ‘Dear Mum, Thanks for being so great, Happy Mother’s Day, all my love Aimi’. When the champagne has all gone you could place a candle in the top and use it as decoration in your kitchen. This gift is available from lastminute.com for £35.

Luxury Hotel at a Fraction of the Price

Friday, March 9th, 2007

finnstownhouse.jpgI’m definitely going to make a trip to Ireland for St Patricks Day. It seems like a great way to stay in beautiful luxury hotels for a fraction of the price that it would cost in London or Paris. I discovered a great hotel called Finnstown County House Hotel where rooms start at only 122euros a night. That wouldn’t get you a room in a travel inn over here!

This hotel is so cosy and very Irish. It’s hailed as one of County Dublin’s finest established manor houses and has amazing woodland grounds, a tennis court, gym and even 18 hole putting green. The indoor heated pool would be a perfect place to relax after a hectic Saturday night’s celebrations. Its only a short taxi ride into the city so you don’t have to worry about transport to and from the city.

With an impressive Georgian restaurant boasting an AA rosette and well stocked Irish bar, you don’t even need to leave the grounds to have a brilliant St Patrick’s Day! I found this hotel on the Dublin Tourist Board website which offered discounted rates, but if you would like more detailed information about the hotel visit the official website here.