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Let's get crafting!

Let's get crafting!

"Creativity is intelligence having fun," said Albert Einstein - and fun may seem to be something in short supply at the moment. But there's still a huge amount of enjoyable craft activities we can all do at home. Here are some fun suggestions and resources, and creative craft gifts for everyone to enjoy!

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The secret power of symbols

The secret power of symbols

We love choosing gorgeous Crystal and Spiritual Gifts - and we're especially fascinated by beautiful designs with a deeper symbolic meaning. Find out more about the secret power of these three symbols: the Tree of Life, Vesica Piscis and Angel Wings and get some great gift ideas for a loved one, favourite friend or yourself ...

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Getting your garden ready for Spring

Getting your garden ready for Spring

It may be cold and damp outside but we're determined to beat the January blues - by taking inspiration from the robin who's already getting ready to welcome spring!  We've put together some helpful suggestions to get your garden ready for spring.  Plus you'll find lots of great gift ideas for gardeners and wildlife lovers.

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Perfect Stocking Fillers for up to £10

Perfect Stocking Fillers for up to £10

With Christmas just over a week away, and those last minute presents waiting to be bought, why not make your life a little easier? Check out our festive collection of Stocking Fillers, stuffed full of fun, gorgeous and affordable gifts for up to £10 … perfect for all your family and friends!

 

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Top 20 Christmas games for family & friends

Top 20 Christmas games for family & friends

For us, Christmas is all about spending time with the ones we love, and the highlight is gathering together round the dining table to eat and play games together. So here's our Top 20 Christmas games for family and friends - fun gift ideas guaranteed to keep the winter blues away!

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The joy of jigsaw puzzling

The joy of jigsaw puzzling

Do you know what Hugh Jackman, Bill Gates and the Queen have in common? They’re all fans of jigsaw puzzles! Jigsaws are some of our most popular creative gifts for family and friends and are great for your mental and physical health, too!  Here's our history of this special pastime plus great gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays.

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Happy Halloween ...

Happy Halloween ...

As we approach All Hallows Eve, when the worlds of the living and the dead are traditionally most closely connected, we take a peek (through our fingers) at the customs and beliefs that lurk in the shadow of our celebrations ... and seek out some stunning good luck charms and Halloween gifts for you, too!

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Animal magic and mystery

Animal magic and mystery

When choosing our crystal and glass animal gifts, we wanted to find out more about their magical and mysterious backgrounds - and here we share some of the fascinating facts we discovered about unicorns, seahorses, doves and bees!  As well as the lovely gifts featured, you'll find lots more sparkle in our Crystal and Spiritual Gifts Collection.

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Why we should care about what we wear

Why we should care about what we wear

Did you know that we buy more clothes per person in the UK than anywhere else in Europe?  Peach Perfect looks at the negative impact of fast fashion and why it's important to care about what we wear -  by choosing organic clothing and babywear and/or taking other sustainable steps to bring about change.

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Wedding gift ideas for the couple who have everything

Wedding gift ideas for the couple who have everything

Are you finding it difficult to choose a special wedding gift for the happy couple? Well, you're not alone as the traditional wedding present list of toasters and tasteful homeware becomes increasingly less relevant.  With many couples preferring to live together before tying the knot, who needs yet more household stuff? 

As well as getting married later in the UK (with the average age of women being 35 and men being nearly 38), there's also a growing trend for older people to remarry.  In the decade up to 2014, the number of 65+ couples getting married increased by nearly 50%.  And our congratulations go to American couple John and Phyllis Cook who've just got married aged 100 and 103!

So what do couples who appear to have everything actually want?  Some specifically ask for donations to their favourite charity or contributions to their honeymoon or other special event.  But there's so many options for choosing a more personalised present, whatever your budget - and here we look at a few fun, quirky and special gift solutions and ideas to help you decide.

1. Wedding memory box

After all the planning, the big day can come and go in a flash - so it's lovely to have reminders to look back at later, as well as the wedding album.  A personalised wedding memory box like this one below makes a thoughtful wedding gift and keepsake to be treasured.  And it's a practical choice as well as a stylish one!  

2.  Unique artwork 

Whether it's a piece of stained glass, a painting or sculpture, a unique handcrafted artwork provides that special touch.  You can also enjoy a great day out while doing your wedding shopping!  Check out your local area for arts events and festivals like this summer's Leamington's Art in the Park.  Visit Birmingham lists local arts events and Warwickshire Open Studios showcase local artists.  Or if you're suitably creative, why not craft your own work of art? 

3. Personalised book

                                               

If the bride and groom are both footie fans, a Personalised Football Club Newspaper Book is a quirky and unusual gift!  Or if they've got different tastes, why not also choose a personalised copy of Purple Ronnie's Little Poems for Friends, and give each one their own book to celebrate the big day?  They're guaranteed to make them smile and make memorable keepsakes, too. 

4. Memorable experience

Here's your chance to tailor make something special as a wedding gift.  What are the couple's special interests?  If they love being out and about and visiting places, consider getting National Trust or English Heritage membership … or RSC gift membership if they love the theatre.  Tennis or sailing, cookery or gardening courses, can also be great choices.  The only limit is your imagination - and budget (and you could always suggest sharing the cost with other close friends). 

 5. Wedding windchime

 Woodstock Irish Blessing wind chime with personalised wind catcher

If music is the food of love, as Shakespeare said, a traditional Woodstock Irish Blessing wind chime like the one above is a tuneful choice for a wedding gift. The ash wood windcatcher can be removed for you to add your own personalised message, making it an unusual and quite magical present.  Take a minute to listen to its lovely chime

What's your favourite wedding gift you've ever given - or received?  Is it on our list of suggestions? 

And if you're still seeking inspiration, you'll find lots more lovely gift ideas in our Weddings Collection.  We hope you enjoy the big day! 

 

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