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How to Wrap!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Video jug have some great tips on how to wrap awkward shaped presents. Here’s a clip showing you exactly how to warp a wine bottle. You can visit video jug to get more handy hints for making your gifts look great here.

VideoJug: How To Wrap A Bottle

Franz Porcelain Goldfishes

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

fz00425.jpgIts very easy to find gifts for cat and dog lovers but there is almost nothing out there for someone whose best friend is a goldfish! Being such a person I was excited to discover this tableware range from Franz Porcelain. I think its so cute and unusual. Anything from the range would make a great Christmas gift for a fish lover or anyone with quirky taste.

The cup and saucer with spoon is a great stand alone item or it can be bought as part of a tea set. This would look good on display but is suitable for everyday use as well. I also love the organic shape of the small goldfish vase and the goldfish tea pot. You can order any of these items online at

Swarovski Stars

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

872200w240.jpgSwarovski crystals are a popular gift for any occasion. This Christmas Swarovski have made some fabulous Christmas ornaments and tree decorations. The tree ornaments are popular collectors items. The 2007 special annual tree decoration is a pretty clear crystal snowflake which measures 6.5 x 8.1 cm . It is attached to a blue satin string and has a sliver tag with 2007 embossed on it. You can by this collectors item in a set with two smaller snowflakes for £80 or on its own for £50. Other item in the Swarovski Christmas range include an adorable crystal and gold plated reindeer and the cute ‘little snowman’ table ornament made for different coloured crystal. Visit the official Swarovski website to buy.

Pillow kisses

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

kspilmist.jpgThese novelty Christmas pillows are a great idea to make sure you get plenty of kisses from your loved one at Christmas.

They are designed by Kate Storer and are available from for £22 for two. If you are having guests to stay this Christmas I’m sure they will love to have these funky pillows on their bed!


Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

31ejrw01xgl_aa213_.jpgCharades is the ultimate Christmas day game. It was first played as a palour game in 16th century France but is as popular today as ever. You don’t actually need a board game to play this – All you need is an imagination, a knowledge of books films and TV shows. However if you want to make your game run more smoothly this Christmas this board game version is a great idea.

It gives you hundreds of cards listing 1,584 titles of films, plays, catchphrases, hit songs, best sellers and television shows, so you will never be stuck for an idea. There is a timer and score pad and of course the official rules so there will be less arguments this year too! You can buy the Charades game from for 8.95 pounds.

Bored of your Baubles?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

mcf15p.jpgWe all have different styles when it comes to decorating a christmas tree. My flatmate Alex insists on having the tree all one colour – red. We have red lights, red baubles and red tinsle. Our fairy isn’t actually red, she’s white, but we stick a red light up her skirt and that solves the problem. As Alex is the one that pays for all the decorations, goes to get the tree and puts it all up, we don’t argue.

While some love the pristine look of the trees that you see in department stores I prefer a more haphazard homely sort of tree…. I like to fill it with decorations that I have collected over the years because they were cute or quirky or passed down from my great great nan. I usually don’t pay much attention to where it all goes either.

This makes for a bit of an eye sore of a tree but it is certainly interesting. Each ornament has its own story. If you want to create a more individual tree this year you could start with purchasing some original hand blow glass ornaments. I found some cute new additions for my tree from Mrs Christmas this year. I love the 1920’s style Pinocchio and the unusual ‘mouse that snored’. Get a variety of different ornaments that you will treasure for years to come and you will look forward to putting up the tree that little bit more each Christmas.

Debenhams Christmas Spectacular

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Debenhams ChristmasThose few days have finally arrived and perfectly in time with Christmas around the corner. An event that happens only twice a year is beginning this Wednesday 21st of November through to the Friday 23rd of November 2007.

Enjoy discounts of up to 25% throughout the store. Debenhams stocks brands such as Topshop, Oasis, Kookai, Faith, Warehouse, Morgan and Jane Norman to name a few so get yourself a whole new wardrobe! Not to mention all the wonderful potential Christmas gifts they have including make up by Urban Decay, MAC, Benefit and perfume by Gucci, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren.

This spectacular discount is also available online if you are unable to get to your nearest store.

For the Geek in your Life

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

lg-caffeine-mug.jpgOk so its not quite time to think about Christmas presents just yet but I’ve found the perfect place to get gifts for…..well all of my friends. I’m really excited about finding this website I think I might be able to get my entire Christmas shopping done in one day. The site in question is called Think Geek and sells t-shirts, gadgets and other random stuff that would suit all types of geek…they even do stuff for potential geeks!

Some of my favourite items include “I void warranties” tshirt, the ,“I see fragged people” tshirt and the “I’m with genius” t-shirt. I’m sure that this will actually make people think you are smarter than you are. I also like the caffeine molecule coffee cup and the “There’s no place like” door mat, Even your mum might appreciate those gifts.

Christmas in Europe

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

christmas_market1.jpgIts always been my dream to go to New York a few days before Christmas to do some Christmas shopping. It’s a little bit out of my price range this year so I’m going to have to settle for something a bit closer to home and a little bit lighter on the wallet.

A friend of mine suggested a trip to one of the Christmas markets in Germany or Brussels which I thought was a great alternative. If these traditional markets don’t get you in a festive spirit then nothing will. They are a great place to pick up some interesting presents that you just won’t find on the high street. Traditionally the markets sell things like wooden tree decorations, gifts and toys, hand embroidered Christmas table cloths, pottery as well as typical Christmas foods such as stolen, gingerbread and mulled wine.

The markets are always colourfully decorated and take place in picturesque market towns. You feel like you are stepping into a Christmas card. Trips to historic markets towns such as Munich or a stay in Brussels or Prague costs as little as £100 for three nights so you will have plenty of spending money. Visit for more details or to get more of an idea of what’s on offer.

Keepsake Boxes

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

kb1015.jpgI was clearing out my wardrobe the other day and i found so many old tickets, programmes, cards and invitiations that i couldn’t bare to throw away because of the memories attached to them. My mum suggested i put them in a photo album which i though was a really good idea but some of the things, like the scroll they gave me on graduation day, wouldn’t go in because they were not flat! I was about to give up and stuff everthing in a bag and put it back in the depths of my wardrobe when i thought about getting a keep-sake box. These boxes are hand made and are much sturdier than a shoe box. They are a great solution because now i can have some smart boxes to separate my nik nacs and they even look good enough to keep them on display. I hope they do one big enough to contain the road sign i collected from my first ever music festival!