5 LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS FOR FATHER’S DAY…

Personalised Chocolates For Foodie Dads

If you’re stuck for something to buy for Father’s Day then here are a few last minute popular foodie gifts you can buy that special Dad. The personalised foodie chocolate above is from Not On The High Street and is £9.95 by Chocolate By Cocoapod Chocolate.

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For the cheese lover this Award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy has created a gift box with Father’s Day in mind.The Strong & Mature Cheese selection includes outstanding old winchester, a 20-month-old powerful cheddar/gouda cross; spicy bleu des causses; tunworth, Britain’s rival to the best French camembert; and intense saint oswald. £26.50,

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For the cookie lover, just pop down to Morrisons and personalise a giant cookie with your loving message at Morrisons stores nationwide. Choose from chocolate chip, white chocolate or double chocolate. £5

Finally how about an Olive Magazine subscription. Get him a monthly dose of the best recipes, restaurant trends and travel inspiration delivered through the letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game. The food gift that keeps on giving, for just £32.99 for 13 issues

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For any whisky lover then how about this unique guide to whiskies tea towel.

From bourbons to ryes and malts, this tea towel covered with whisky trivia is perfect for those scotch loving dads. It’s almost too useful to use, so hang it on your wall and learn about the differences between Japanese and Canadian whisky before mixing a Manhattan. £10

 

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ARE YOU AN ETHICAL AND CONSCIOUS SHOPPER?…

If the answer to ‘Are you an ethical and conscious shopper’, is yes then you must join the latest social network site Atlist for ethical and conscious shopping.

It’s a new site which has posts around environmentally friendly issues and some great up to the minute details/reviews on different gifts.

They say they are ‘the upcoming social media platform for conscious gifting and keeper of creative exclusive content built by a community of wishers. Atlist lets you create wishlists, seek inspiration and connect with your friends. Once connected with your friends, you’ll be able to see all their wishlists and follow the things they love through your newsfeed. If you see something you love too, add it to your wishlist or like, comment, share’.

It’s easy and FREE to join and you start your Atlist by creating your own wishlists then linking ones from either Atlist or from another site to your wishlist ( a bit like a Pinterest board) except everything is more environmentally friendly and around gifting.

It’s early days at the moment but easy to navigate around and already has some really interesting posts. I love their ‘Top Plant Based Recipes‘ board, which has ‘Raw Date & Hazelnut Brownies – Deliciously Ella’ and also her ‘Blood Orange and Coconut Vegan Mousse’.

 

 

TOP SIX#VALENTINES GIFT OFFERS FOR UNDER £10…

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Valentines Day will soon be with us and the promotions and gifts are in every high street store. I will kick off my top six with this beautiful heart shaped box of cupcake chocolates from Chocolate by Cocoapod Chocolate for £9.

My second choice is this Date Night Selector from UK Party Games, where you spin the arrow to decide one of 16 fun dates for £3.99

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Another very reasonable one from Squiggly Sweets is this ‘Mini Love Box’, which contains 6 x Mini Solid Belgian Milk Chocolate Hearts 4 x Love Heart Rolls 6 x Haribo Heart Throbs Great for sharing with your lover on Valentines or as a romantic gift. Another great price at only £5.99

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Of course Valentines Day wouldn’t be the same without some exclusive chocolates included in the list and this Personalised Affection Art Love Chocolate Bar by CPM for £5.83 should definitely be on the list.

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Or this lovely ‘Love You’ Heart filled box with the finest Belgian Milk Chocolate from Barry Callebaut containing 33.6% Cocoa solids.These sealed food-safe clear Heart boxes are filled to the brim with scrummy Belgian Milk Chocolate Buttons and are each decorated with a grosgrain ribbon and swing tag. Made by Sweets & Chocolates Stores for only £5.95

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Of course it’s also a great day for proposing and what better way that to hand your loved one this Red Rose Flower Velvet Jewellery Display Box, she/he would have no idea there was something very special inside it. Made by Houseweety for a mere £2.99.

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Daily Prompt: Candle or not a Candle, that is the question?…

via Daily Prompt: Candle

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Well I don’t know about you, but that sure looks like a candle to me. But actually it’s an 8″ wax drip pillar battery candle with a timer. With these Wax Drip Pillars you can enjoy the natural and authentic look and flickering effect of traditionally melted candles without the mess or hot wax damage. It’s available in 4”, 6” and 8” or as a bundle and has a 5 hour timer. These cream pillar candles will look beautiful anywhere in your home so why bother with a real one.

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If it’s the real wax smelling candle that you like then you could go for this 5″ candle pillar. A beautiful 5″ real wax flickering candle as appealing as its smaller relative. Have a family of candles side by side to add extra effect. This pillar candle has a real wax dripping effect at the side. Unbelievable and fascinating, they never melt or burn down, no messy wax to scoop out. Taking on the look of a traditional pillar candle, flameless candles are an amazing authentic substitute where candles could never go before. All of the above and lots more to choose from at Battery Candles. They would make a great Christmas present 🙂

I guess you still have to say ‘when is a candle, not a candle’?…

GORGEOUS GIFTS #MADE BY HAND ONLINE…

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Made By Hand Online is the brainchild of two friends from Devon who have brought together a whole community of makers to promote the Craft industry, and sell high quality craft directly to the public – online.

They both share a deep interest and respect for the making community and felt frustrated by how hard it is to buy good quality handmade products – not because they don’t exist but because for some reason they’re not accessible to the public in the same way as the mass-produced. Their value is often misrepresented online and this makes it hard for customers to find what they want.

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They say that ‘Madebyhandonline.com aims to make it easy to buy what you really want. Our collection represents a highly selective mix of the finest makers from UK and Ireland, with an enviable group of jewellers, ceramic artists, furniture makers, textile designers and fashion accessory makers as well as beautiful pieces made from glass, willow, metal and leather. We’re so pleased to be working with so many fabulous makers of contemporary craft and hope you will join us in supporting and promoting their incredible skills’

They sponsor some of the UK’s leading Craft and Design events, including The Contemporary Craft FestivalMADE London, MADE BrightonMade By Hand Wales and The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. I could spend ‘all’ day looking around this site and end up with so many things I want to buy. Truly, different and unique pieces and well worth a visit.

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GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN by ANNIE RIGG…

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Gifts from the Kitchen: 100 Irresistible Homemade Presents for Every Occasion by Annie Rigg

What could be more wonderful than receiving a jar of piquant mango chutney, a tray of gooey brownies, a bottle of fresh raspberry cordial or a box of delicate almond friends?

With the current trend for all things thrifty and creative, now is the perfect time to explore the tradition of making and giving something homemade.

This book is accompanied by creative packaging ideas and with a huge variety of recipes and ideas for every season and occasion – from candied almonds and Chinese fortune cookies to slow-roasted tomatoes and macaroons – there is sure to be something for everyone here, whether you want to celebrate a birthday, a wedding, the arrival of a new baby, welcome someone into their new home or just say thank you.

FOR LOVERS OF TEA AND AFTERNOON TEA…

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My friends and family know how much I love my tea and afternoon tea, so I guess it was no surprise to me that for my birthday the girls bought me a voucher for a Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two.

There are over 40 different locations to choose from and it says the ‘experience’ will last around 2 hours.

On top of that my children bought me a Fortnum and Mason Tea Hamper which has a tin each of loose-leaf Royal Blend and Earl Grey Classic tea, accompanied by our rich Clotted Cream Thins. We have also included a tea strainer and a pretty china mug, which is made especially for Fortnum’s by the historic firm of Burleigh.

Plus, wait for it, another Champagne Afternoon Tea Voucher and tour of Kew Gardens…

I’m not sure where to start but I will review as I go along.