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?

How much do we spend on our pets?

How much do we spend on our pets

Research results show that in Britain almost 90% of pet-owners spend up to £50 on extravagant gifts for their beloved little friends! Whether it is to shower your pet with affection, or to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style, these animal-lovers are certainly splashing their cash more than ever before. If you haven’t already made an appointment at the pet spa then you had better get a move on, as 27% of people admit to having already treated their pets to an expensive specialist treatment.

In this infographic, Capital One has revealed some of the most elaborate gifts that have been purchased for pets in the UK. These findings show that some would generously spend up to £1,400 on a treadmill to ensure that their dog remains happy and healthy! Perhaps this isn’t for you, and you’d prefer to stick to a classic walk in the park. Don’t worry, there are many alternative routes you can go down to treat your pet. With pet fashion on the rise, people only want the best for their pooches. Some are even spending up to £600 on fur coats…for their furry pets!

Highlights:

  • 88% of people admit spending up to £50 on extravagant presents for their pets
  • Spending on pet presents has grown by £3 million in the last 2 years
  • 27% get their pet spa-style treatments
  • 25% of pet owners buy their pets birthday gifts

With more than 13,000 households in the UK now owning a pet it is more than likely that you or someone you know will be able to relate to those results.

So take a look!

Do you think pet pampering is going a step too far?

Is buying your dog a bone simply not enough anymore?

Capital One Infographic - How much do Brits spend on their pets

*This is a collaborative post. This infographic, was brought to you by Capital One Credit Card

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a FoodieThere is nothing better than receiving a personalised gift; something picked and created especially for you. If picked right these types of gift can be a real treasure and source of long time happiness.

Most of us have homes full of clutter and the idea of yet another “useless” gift received for my birthday or a name day makes me cringe inside. I know that I might be different than others but I like practical gift, something I can use, something of good quality which I can enjoy for many years to come.

In June I celebrated my birthday, we actually went away for our holidays during this time but once we returned there was a beautiful gift waited for me – a personalised meat carving board from ToxicFox. I have to admit it was a perfect gift! High quality wood, lovely engraving, perfect finish… this is my type of gift and I know I will cherish it for a long time to come…

This made me think… there must be others like me who would prefer something nice and usable yet unique and created just for them… I was on the hunt for the best personalised gifts for a foodie…

These are my top five choices:

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie - Personalised Mixing Bowl SetPersonalised Mixing Bowl Set
Mixing bowls are always useful and you can never have enough of them. This one allows you to add two messages of up to 70 characters each and one symbol. I really like the design of this bowl and I think mixing a future cake in it would be a pleasure 🙂

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie - Personalised Pair of Coffee and Biscuit Storage TinsPersonalised Pair of Coffee and Biscuit Storage Tins
I’ve always liked storage containers and this pair looks perfect to me – they are airtight, have lovely retro style and would make for a wonderful gift… after all who doesn’t love biscuits and coffee?

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie - Definition Cheese Board SetDefinition Cheese Board Set
Beautiful looking and extremely useful for any cheese lover out there and to make it better you can engrave it with any name you want and add to it any definition you want.

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie - Personalised Oven Gloves and MittsPersonalised Oven Gloves and Mitts
I picked this one because in addition to the message you can add your own picture as well. I really like the idea of them and I think I might just order some for us.

Top 5 Personalised Gift Ideas for a Foodie - Personalised Embossing Rolling PinPersonalised Embossing Rolling Pin
This isn’t just a rolling pin with your name on it. This pin can be personalised with your message which will be later left on your cookies… or anything else you roll with it.

I hope you enjoyed my little list here.

Do you like personalised gifts?

Would you like to own any of my top five choices?

Pool Fun, Cuddleroar & The Wicked Uncle

Pool Fun, Cuddleroar and The Wicked UncleI remember when I was a child I had my favourite wicked uncle. Most times when he came with a visit he would bring some really amazing gifts with him. Thinking back now, these gifts were not all that special by today’s terms but 25 years ago in Poland a pack of Donald Duck bubble gum or a pencil case with a set of colourful crayons was really something special.

I was hoping that everyone has a wicked uncle in his life but as it ended up this isn’t necessarily true. Talking to my friends not everyone had the opportunity to experience the thrill of wicked gifting during their childhood. I think that it’s a huge shame but worry not I tell myself as nowadays there is a solution, an online wicked uncle. Yes, you are reading it right, there is a website called Wicked Uncle and they stock brilliant presents for kids, just like the ones I would dream of getting from my own personal wicked uncle as a child.

We received an opportunity to shop with Wicked Uncle and pick something suitable for our little one.

The website is very cleverly designed making picking the gift a fairly easy task. For starters it is split into gifts for boys and girls. Within these two categories gifts are segregated into appropriate age categories. Easy… just as I told you 😉

I wanted to get something practical yet special enough so it would bring a smile to his face. As summer is approaching us and hopefully even more warm weather is on its way, I picked a Dinosaur hooded bath robe – Cuddleroar by Cuddledry.

1. Pool Fun, Cuddleroar and The Wicked Uncle 2. Pool Fun, Cuddleroar and The Wicked Uncle 3. Pool Fun, Cuddleroar and The Wicked UncleI think the robe looks really funky and it is extremely useful. It’s large enough to cover your baby / toddler after a bath and a closing nap just under the chin assures that robe stays in place keeping your little one warm and snuggly. The fabric of the robe is very soft and very absorbent. So far we have washed it 5 times and it still looks just like new.

Pool Fun, Cuddleroar & The Wicked UncleThe Dinosaur hooded bath robe – Cuddleroar costs £39.99. It might not be the cheapest bath robe out there but it for sure is one of the funkiest looking ones and it would make a perfect gift.

Did you have a wicked uncle growing up which would spoil you with unusual gifts?

What do you think about my gift choice?

Would your little one like a robe like this?

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?