Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for a Foodie

Let’s forget for a moment all about those standard heart shaped boxes of chocolates which are inevitably gone within minutes and let’s consider buying something a little more exiting, something different, something which will last longer than a day and provide our loved ones with long lasting pleasures and a reminder of the love given with the present.

Let’s forget for a moment all about those standard heart shaped boxes of chocolates which are inevitably gone within minutes and let's consider buying something a little more exiting, something different, something which will last longer than a day and provide our loved ones with long lasting pleasures and a reminder of the love given with the present.Coffee Subscription Box from £3.50/month

I adore the idea of having new coffee delivered to my door each month. I think every coffee lover would enjoy a long lasting gift like this. There seems to be a lot of companies offering a service like this, they offer different ranges, frequency and of course price. As I am not able to recommend one company over any others, I am providing you with a link to the most recommended UK coffee subscriptions so it’s easier for you to pick if you decided to order some.

Cheese Making Kit from £18.99

Most foodies love cheese but instead of buying a funky looking block of cheese why not buy them a cheese making kit? I bet most of us would enjoy making our own cheese. The kits from Burnley Home Brew are designed to be used in any kitchen and with no previous cheese making experience. In my opinion they are a wonderful gift idea for any cheese loving foodie and who knows, it could be the start of an empire.

50 Greatest Chefs from £19.50

Make your chef feel special as you think they are by creating a personalised book just for them.
50 Greatest Chefs sees your loved one featured alongside 49 famous cooks. They are included on the cover of this coffee table book and are the stars of their own biography page. You can choose from three cover styles in nine colours to produce a bespoke book that is printed on demand
Don’t you just love the idea of this book? First of all it will provide your Valentine’s with a heap of new knowledge about many famous chefs out there but most of all they will be featured amongst them! Small money, fab idea and potentially a lot of pleasure and a huge ego stroke for the recipient.

Cookery Courses from £30

Cookery courses are always inspiring and allow you to explore the passion further. Most people think that they are super expensive when in reality a group workshop can start from as little as £30. Single courses, group ones or even ones for couples, BBQ, sushi, candy, chocolates… whatever you fancy, I am sure you will find a course to suit your needs and requirements.

Chilli and Bubble Valentine’s Day Slate Cheeseboard  £34.99

Heartfelt and practical in equal measure, this chopping board has plenty of room for chopping and features loving Chilli and Bubble characters having a cuddle in the corner of the board plus you are free to add any personal message you wish (well sort of , as long as you can squeeze it in within 50 characters).
I actually own one of these boards and it is beautiful! And once the hype of Valentine’s Day is gone, your loved one is left with a wonderful board to enjoy daily. I really like gifts which are different, can be made personal yet are still practical.

These are my picks and I hope you enjoyed my list.

Have you come across something unusual which will make a wonderful gift for a foodie?

Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red

A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one.

I love red, I always have and I assume I always will.

Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, strength, power, determination but also with love and passion. Red is a very emotionally intense colour; it’s energising, it excites the emotions and motivates us to take action but it is also strong-willed and can give a confidence boost to those around us who are shy or are lacking in will power.

A few years ago, we decided to accessorise our kitchen in red… it is still a work in progress. We bought a few nice pieces but there is always room for improvement. I have my “wish list” and hopefully one day I will collect them all. If you love red as well and your kitchen might benefit from some sprucing up, have a look at my Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide.

Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one. BODUM 10938-294 Brazil Coffee Maker | Bodum Presso Glass Storage Jar | Bugatti Diva Espresso Coffee Machine | Bugatti Vela Blender | Bugatti Vera Kettle 1.75L | Bugatti Vita Juicer | Bugatti Volo Toaster 2 Slice | Falcon 87030 F1092DXDFRD/NM 1092 Deluxe Dual Fuel Cooker in Cherry Red & Brushed Chrome with Matt Pan Supports | Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus | Joseph Joseph Cut & Carve Plus | KitchenAid 5KFP1644BER Artisan Food Processor 4L | KitchenAid 5KHB2571BER Hand Blender | KitchenAid 5KSM6521XBCA Artisan Bowl-Lift 6L Stand Mixer | Mason Cash Strawberry Red Mixing Bowl | Morphy Richards 461000 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker | Morphy Richards 46241 Bread Bin Roll Top | Morphy Richards 46391 Pan Set | Smeg DI6FABR2 60cm Wide Standard Dishwasher | Smeg FAB28QR1 Retro Style Fridge with Ice Box

What do you think?

Would you like to own any of the pieces featured in my gift guide?

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Father’s Day Gift Guide for a Foodie

Father’s Day Gift Guide for a Foodie

Father’s Day is upon us yet again, how quickly the year whizzes past us. So another day of celebration and another day of head scratching as we yet again try and work out what to get them that will be awesome and at the same time not break the bank. Now for some of us out there it will be an easy call, your father has a hobby so you’re going to get something specific to that end; for others maybe your father is trying to give up smoking so an e-cig kit will be called for or some exotic juice to smoke. For others maybe it’s a timing magic and that their favourite band, show or comedian is in town and tickets are still available, again an easy call.

For the rest of us, well we are screwed and as such have to come up with that present of awesomeness that must surely exist out there somewhere…

As many of my readers will know I like reading top 5 lists, they can inspire all sorts of tangents when thinking of what to get. You may see something on the list that is just perfect or maybe it’s close to what would be perfect and so you brain thinks “ahh but what about a…..” so yes, lists can be good and too that end I am going to throw my hat, or at least a list, into the ring for others consideration.

Flash Party – No to little money

Got no money but heaps of spare time? Well you’re obviously computer literate enough to have found my list to read so you’re online and connected; a good start. So connect to your twitter friends, your Facebook friends and organise a flash party or flash event prepare the food in advance than pick a spot where you know he will be and do a pop up party, if you have been secretive enough it will catch your father out and be an epic, potentially memorable, event. Video it and bang it on Youtube and internet stardom could befall you, stranger things have happened.

Beef Jerky – Little money

What can be more primal than a beef jerky… take your father back in time to the old days when cave men pulled chunks of meat off of the woolly mammoth (although in this day and age its more likely to be a plastic wrapper) and sat there chewing, happy days.

Posh Chocs – Little to heaps of money

Everyone loves posh chocolate and they don’t come much posher than the chocolates you can find at the online boutique lamaisonduchocolat.co.uk. From the moment you see the packaging you know you’re are dealing with a company that takes its subject very seriously. Then taste the chocolate itself….. heaven. Prices start from as little as £20 for a collection, which is not a lot of money if you say it very quickly 🙂

Personal Chef for the night – Splurge for the night

All fathers go through life with the mistaken thought that they are the alpha dog in their house and most women know that is just not the case. However it suits us perfectly that they keep this thought. So what better present than one that supports that notion. Rather than be like other lesser mortals and actually go to a restaurant, oh no your father has obviously been elevated well beyond that level, in fact elevated to the point that now the restaurant comes to him! Well at least the chef part will and cook you a truly memorable meal in your kitchen.

Primo Smoker – Money no object

There is definitely something primal about fire and there is something definitely primal about meat and fire in combination for a man. Now a Primo may be the Rolls Royce of backyard cookers but it can cook anything and delivers it with the mouth drooling taste of wood-smoke that just makes even the simplest foods taste heavenly. There are also countless other smokers out there that are good and suited to any budget.

Failing all that there is always the usual socks, aftershave, bathrobe option but you won’t get any brownie points or receive any bear hugs.

Have you bought a gift for Father’s Day already?

If so, what did you get?

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, which means it is time to get ready.

I am not planning anything extravagant but some little surprises during the day are very much in order.

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day - Love Pillow Cases

First thing first – Setting the scene

Human Touch – Love Pillow Cases sent me one of their lovely pillow case sets. They will be perfect for setting the scene for a romantic evening / night plus I am sure they will put a smile on our faces every morning we wake up and look at them.

There are 12 lovely, cute and extremely adorable designs to pick from. Human Touch – Love Pillow Cases are a great way of extending the magic of Valentine’s Day for longer.

To make a day even more special why not start it with a nice cup of coffee from a Love Mug?

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day - Breakfast

Cook that special breakfast

This part still needs some thinking and planning. I have a few options on the short list. The Valentine Breakfast Pinterest board was very helpful but I still couldn’t decide: sweet or sour.

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day - Hidden Surprise

Hide a little surprise in their lunch box

Did you hear about Joy Maker? The Cadbury website offers an option of making your very own chocolate bar. The process is easy and very straightforward and as a result you get a chocolate bar with a personalised message of your choice (on the wrapper only to be precise). I think that this would be a very nice touch, which would definitely put a smile on Marks face, so I am getting it made.

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day Name a Star

A special gift which will last a lifetime

I am still stuck for ideas and would consider any help you can offer. I don’t plan on getting anything huge (budget wise) but something special and thoughtful would be ideal. I found a Name A Star kit, which allows you, among other things, to name a star (surprise, surprise…). I think that Mark would really like that.

How is your preparation going in the run up to Valentine’s Day?

Are you planning something special that’s out of the ordinary?

A gift guide for that person who appears to have it all

A gift guide for that person who appears to have it all

Men, women, teens, kids – there is always someone who seems to have it all and when asked what would they want or like the answer is always the same – nothing.

This is not necessarily the truth. I personally don’t believe they have it all but this type of person may just not have any immediate needs which need fulfilling, so… buying for them is kind of a nightmare.

We can always pick the easy way out and go with a pre-boxed gift from our favourite store or we could try to find something which will actually suit them and they might actually need or even want, even if they don’t know it yet.

I was wondering about some gift ideas for “those” type of people. So I created a list, in spending order, which might give you some ideas.

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Experience Days

There are a lot of options for picking something suitable from experience days. I’ve looked at Virgin Experience Days and prices start from just £5 and go up and up and up all the way to space soon… so I am putting it on top of my list. Driving, flying, days out, spa days, photo shoots… there are literally 100s of different options to suit any budget and of course to suit any person we are buying for. Last year I won a driving experience and gifted it to Mark; he totally loved it even though they wouldn’t let him keep the car despite Hollywood levels of pleading.

Dyson Hot + Cool

Dyson Hot + Cool

Unless the person you are buying for has an air-conditioned house they will love the new Dyson Hot + Cool. I personally don’t have one (I wish we had) but I’ve seen it in action and it is amazing. It looks amazing and it performs just as described. It isn’t cheap though as prices starts from £359.99 but if you have that amount of “spare” money I can guarantee a smile on the recipient face.

Redmond Multicooker .

Redmond Multicooker

Reading different blogs I see that a lot of people are using a multicooker. These smart appliances can fry, steam, cook, stew, bake… they can reheat food or keep it warm until you get home… pretty clever. It is like all your cooking requirements in one piece of kit. The price does vary depending on which model you opt for – the basic 6 program multicooker will set you back £69 going up to an amazing 55 programs in one model for £184.90.

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Personalised Gifts

With personalised gifts the choice also is almost endless – bags, mugs, frames, chocolates, clothing… whatever you want I am sure someone will personalise it for you. ToxicFox have a huge selection of personalised gifts. I particularly like their wine or champagne selection – personalised of course – as they might just be the perfect gift for a fussy adult.

ClaireaBella collection

They also offer a full ClaireaBella collection – cushions, stationery, suitcases, bags to name a few things plus a lot of clothing including PJs, hoodies, zoodies, t-shirt, onesies. With ClaireaBella you can not only personalise with your name but the whole Mr or Mrs ClaireaBella 😉 Prices starts from £4.99 for a personal bar of chocolate going up to £134 for a suitcase.

Mediflow Waterbase Fibrefill Pillow

Water Pillow

Yeah, I know, it sounds awesome, doesn’t it? £39.99 will give you a Mediflow Waterbase Fibrefill Pillow; clinically proven to improve quality of sleep and reduction of neck pain. They can be adjusts to fit the shape of any person and continuously responds to changes in the sleeping position. I actually have one and it is a pleasure to sleep on. People might have a lot of things but I bet most of them haven’t thought about getting themselves a water pillow 🙂

The Country Candle Company

“Posh” Candle Collection

Candles aren’t only for the older women. They have a practical use of course but they might also be used as a decoration, a mood enhancement or just a nice reminder of something or someone special. The Country Candle Company offers the most beautiful range of British, highly scented candle collections to suit any preferences. Prices start from £6.50 and go up to £22.50 for a lovely gift pack.

So, what do you think?

Are any of my ideas useable for you?

What would you add to the list?