This lovely 10cm friendship ball in pastel blue comes in a box labelled 'Its a boy' and makes a special and memorable gift on the birth of a child. Since the 17th century glass blowers in eastern Europe made balls at the end of the day to utilize the glass remaining in the furnace. Given as gifts, these hand-blown glass balls have traditionally been known as a symbol of friendship and good luck.
See also our larger 15cm Blue Friendship ball
Since the 17th century glass blowers in eastern Europe made balls at the end of the day to utilize the glass remaining in the furnace. Given as gifts, these hand-blown glass balls (diameter 10cm) have traditionally been known as a symbol of friendship and good luck. This lovely ball in pastel pink comes in a box labelled 'Its a girl' and makes a special and memorable gift on the birth of a child.
See also our Large Pink Friendship Ball
Handmade from a 70 x 70 mm block of solid oak or ash, a Birth Cube makes a lovely special memento for baby's birth or christening.
5 sides are engraved, for example, a birth:
- Baby's initial
- Baby weight
- Time of birth
- Date of birth
This lightweight, hardwearing and practical seat-come-walking-stick is a great present for people who enjoy outdoor events. With an easily operated mechanism, the handle 'flips' to a horizontal position to provide a convenient and comfortable seat. It is adjustable in height making it suitable for a wide range of people, up to about 20 stone.
£25.00 £20.00Visit product page →
The Food of Love: A Taste of Shakespeare in Four Season is a unique combination of modern Elizabethan recipes, literature and food history. In Shakespeare's plays and poems there are no less than 2,000 culinary references. In this beautifully illustrated hardback book you will find a delicious selection of Elizabethan recipes adapted and updated for the contemporary kitchen, from 16th Century English cookery books and recipe collections, together with anecdotes and explanations from the Bard's plays. Arranged by season, each section describes the celebrations and associated dishes, including some interesting original instructions! 'To Crimp a cod....take your cod whilst alive and cut it in slices'. Well maybe not...
A great gift for lovers of cookery, food history, literature or just lovely books!
Kate says:'This is a book of recipes, not a how-to-cook book. Some knowledge of basic cooking techniques is useful. I have successfully cooked a number of delicous dishes!'
£24.00In this sizeable hardback book, Darina Allen reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as Dairy, Fish, Bread and Preserving, and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon and making yogurt and butter are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use home-made produce to its best, and include ideas for using forgotten cuts of meat, baking bread and cakes and even eating food from the wild. The Vegetables and Herbs chapter is stuffed with growing tips to satisfy even those with the smallest garden plot or window box, and there are plenty of suggestions for using gluts of vegetables. You'll even discover how to keep a few chickens in the garden. With over 700 recipes, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cookery skills. The perfect gift for those who love to cook.Visit product page →
Take this cute tent out of its carrying pouch and it pops up into a fun play tent with a floor print which keeps the little ones amused for hours.
Suitable for younger children from about 1 - 5 years
- 90x90x90 cm
Kate says: 'These fun tents are made for imaginative play. They are not robust outdoor tents although they can of course be used on the lawn in good weather.'
Homemade Naturals 'make your own' beauty kits are 100% natural (free from any parabens or synthetic preservatives). Eco-friendly packaging, vegan and cruelty-free, these kits make lovely pampering presents for women of all ages. The all-natural ingredients needed are included along with easy to follow instructions. Great fun to make up!
Choose from Nourishing Mango Lip Balms, Rose Himalayan Salt Scrub and Relaxing Lavender Bath melts
£20.00So many people would benefit from using a walking aid but who wants to be seen with an ugly, clumsy stick? Our folding canes combine practical function with elegant design. Extremely easy to assemble, all our folding canes are height-adjustable so perfect as a present. Two styles come in a handy wallet and we also have an extra long for men over 6'.Visit product page →
Tip: adjusted to the correct height the user’s arm will be slightly bent when they hold the stick.
How often, when the lights have gone out, have you groped your way to the 'torch drawer' only to find that it's not there or the batteries have run down? This neat, powerful little torch is always charged and ready for use. Kept permanently charged by induction charging, if the power fails or you take the torch from its charging cradle it switches on automatically. The nightlight automatically turns on when darkness is detected. Batteries and LEDs never need to be replaced. Charge lasts up to 2 hours. A practical and useful gift for everyone.
Our wooden names are a chance for you to give a unique and custom item for a loved one in beautiful solid oak or ash. They make an inspiring present on the birth of a baby or as a Christening or Naming gift. Link two names together for an anniversary, especially a 'wood' one (5 years).
The price is for one letter. Order as many letters as are in the name and let us know the name you require in the 'Special Instructions' box on the shopping basket page, or email us.
As these products are made to order allow two weeks for delivery
The Buttonbag Sewing Tin contains dozens of sewing essentials; a tape measure, scissors, pin-cushion, 32 pins, thimble, 16 assorted needles, needle threader and 10 x 50m sewing thread. Packed in a neat square tin (it's about 11 x 11 x 6 cm) and beautifully illustrated it's both a practical and lovely present for anyone crafty or anyone who needs a compact sewing kit. NOTE: these are proper sewing items - not toys - and are not suitable for young children.
Designed with the help of paediatricians and sports science institutes, these soft Shoo Shoos baby shoes give a child’s feet the healthiest start in life. In two sizes, 6-12months and 12-18months. Lovely baby shower or new baby present or for a first birthday present.
Life is too short for matching socks, especially when you can wear these fun and beautiful socks! These multipatterned and colourful mismatched socks come in packs of 3 so you can always find a pair! Made with recycled cotton. See the Adult Socks and Infant Socks
Kate says 'I wear the large children's size on my size 3 feet. Save the VAT!'
A simple balcony or windowbox is all you need to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. In this book The Edible Balcony you will discover how plants and edibles can be squeezed into whatever space is available, with gorgeous profusion. Everywhere is a potential grow zone – herbs climbing up walls, salads escaping from recycled guttering, or beans and tomatoes supported by an old hat stand. Packed with detailed planting and growing advice, plus information on how to make a self-watering container and cope with pests and diseases, the Edible Balcony book makes a delightful and different house-warming or wedding present for young couples.
The LED Timer Light is perfect for those who read in bed... only to wake up the next morning to a dead battery. This powerful little light will light up the page while minimising the disruption to the sleeping partner. The timer can be set in 15 minute increments up to one hour. LED indicators display the remaining time and the light flashes when one minute remains. The battery life is an incredible 72 hours! A practical and useful present for both men and women.
Trains and boats and planes......this fun playmat comes in its own carry case so can be popped away just as easily as it is popped out. Hours of imaginative play at an affordable price.
Suitable for children from about 3 years
- 100x100 cm when in play
- 30x30 com in the carry bag
Kate says: 'My son had a playmat like this and I couldn't believe how long he kept himself amused! All kids should have one.'
Handmade from left over yarn in the traditional Turkish way no two pairs are quite the same. Easy care acrylic. One size. Great with wellies!
Although these are unisex socks if you tell us whether it's for a man or woman we can use our discretion re colour!
Nikki Van De Car spent the months before her daughter’s birth knitting constantly to keep her hands busy and to help the time before her arrival pass more quickly. Over the course of the following year, she learned which items were actually useful and which sat in a drawer. The 28 patterns collected in this book, for babies aged from 0 to 12 months, are the best of these, and include booties, mittens, bibs and blankets, as well as sweaters, hats and cardigans. All are relatively simple, so can be knitted while your mind is elsewhere. Great baby shower present or just to say 'Great News!' to expectant Mums.
Kate says 'This is not a teach yourself to knit book. If you haven't knitted before we suggest you purchase our ButtonBag Knitting Kit first
Bee Hotels, sometimes called bee houses or insect houses, provide an array of suitable nesting places for solitary bees, such as Mason or Leafcutter bees. These bees are non aggressive and excellent for pollinating in the garden, helping to increase fruit yields.
The strong roof and solid timber construction also give excellent insulation for over wintering Ladybirds and Lacewings.
Our bee hotels come in single, double or three tier and in 3 natural colours. An information leaflet is included on how to site and look after the bee hotel. Unusual gifts for anyone who loves their garden or wildlife.
Note: these products are shipped directly from the supplier. The price quoted includes delivery.
Since the 17th century, glass blowers in eastern Europe made balls at the end of the day to utilise the glass remaining in the furnace. Given as gifts, these hand-blown glass balls (diameter 15cm) have traditionally been known as a symbol of friendship and good luck. Hung in the light, these beautiful Friendship Balls will sparkle. Each is as unique as the friend who gives it!
Perfect for many occasions - Birthday's, weddings or a simple thank you! The gold ball is perfect for a Golden Wedding anniversary as is the silver one for a silver anniversary.
The pink and the blue balls make great naming or Christening presents which will retain their appeal into adulthood.
Kate says: This picture really doesn't do the beautiful gold ball justice. It is very difficult to capture the subtle hues produced by the light. See Daphne's review
See also our small friendship balls
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