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?

Beers of The World Hamper from Serenata Flowers – Review & Giveaway

Beers of The World Hamper from Serenata Flowers – Review & GiveawayToday I would love to share with you our thoughts on the Beers of The World Hamper from Serenata Flowers which arrived on our doorstep last Sunday. Yes, you are reading it right:

It is from Serenata Flowers, they not only do flowers 🙂 they offer quite an impressive selection of various hampers, wines, chocolates and plants too…

And yes, it arrived on a Sunday… you can pick a delivery day to suit your needs including Sunday.

So the hamper…

As the name would suggest, the Beers of The World hamper is full of beer. But that isn’t all, in addition to a great selection of beers from around the globe you also receive some snacks to go with it. The content of my hamper included:

  • Ashi Black
  • Innis & Gunn Rum Cask
  • Cusquena Imported Beer
  • Brooklyn Lager
  • Banks Caribbean Lager
  • Peroni Gran Riserva
  • Japanese Rice Crackers
  • Chilli Coated Peanuts
  • Black Pepper Cashew Nuts
  • Organic Bombay Mix
  • Sharing bag of Oak Smoked Chips

It looks like the beer part of the hamper is set but the snacks might vary as my selection was a little bit different to their description as stated on the website… on the plus side we actually received more goodies than was stated.

So back to the hamper…

Beers of The World Hamper from Serenata Flowers - Review & GiveawayThe Beers of The World hamper is priced at £39.99 and this includes delivery on your chosen day (Sundays included). You will receive six bottles of unusual beer and five different luxury snacks delivered to your door in a hamper like box, not bad, wouldn’t you agree?

Mark is the principle beer drinker in our household and he loved the selection of beers received in the hamper. Actually there were two beers which he had never tried before, which made him even more excited as he had the opportunity to try something new.

We both would highly recommend the hamper as a gift for any beer loving person. It would also work perfectly for any group of friends who are gathering for a “night in” type of evening… as long as you enjoy a glass of good beer.

Do you?

If you do, Serenata Flowers have kindly agreed to offer one hamper of their Beers of The World to one of my readers.

To be in with a chance to win just follow the easy steps on the Gleam app below and very soon you might be the one enjoying some new and exciting flavoured beers.

Giveaway – Beers of The World Hamper from Serenata Flowers

Good luck!

1. Open to UK readers age 18+ only. Please note you might be ask to provide proof of age.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Serenata Flowers.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive one Beers of The World Hamper. The prize will only be fulfilled by Serenata Flowers.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 09/08/2015 at 23:59pm.

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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 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?

Friday the 13th – Triple Giveaway

Friday the 13th – Triple GiveawayIt’s Friday the 13th!

I am not a very superstitious person but Friday the 13th always gives me a little bit of a chill.

No reason behind it, it’s just the way it is 😉

So, to make this day more enjoyable I’ve decided to share some love with my readers and I have a triple giveaway for you.

All three giveaways have Tara Smith hair care sets as a prize but they all very.

On Twitter you can #win Gorgeously Gentle Tool Kit. This is the perfect product assortment for sensitive scalps regardless of your hair type. Used together and as instructed, everything Gorgeously Gentle will provide instant calm – naturally. This is an everyday cleansing and beautifying remedy, as well as a restorative shine treatment. This kit contains one bottle of gorgeously gentle shampoo, one bottle of gorgeously gentle conditioner and the coveted base coat serum in one custom container.

On Facebook, oh yes we have a new Facebook page now, you can #win Feed the Root Tool Kit. The Feed the Rood Tool Kit provides you with all you need to nourish and moisturize your hair and scalp. It contains a combination of ingredients that bind moisture and essential minerals to the hair shaft. The tools: one bottle of Feed the Root Shampoo, one bottle of Feed the Root Conditioner and Base Coat Serum in one custom container… This is the total solution to beautiful, thicker hair – naturally.

Working Curls Tool KitAnd here, directly on the blog, you can #win Working Curls Tool Kit. The Working Curls Tool Kit is a refreshing and conditioning kit that is perfect for caring for curly hair. Contains a combination of ingredients to smooth and strengthen the hair. This kit includes: shampoo, conditioner and base coat serum.

To be in with a chance of winning Tara Smith Working Curls Tool Kit just leave me a comment below with your best hair care tip.

Good Luck and enjoy your Friday!

1. Open to UK readers only.
2. One entry per person (per prize) on the blog please leave a blog comment answering the question as stated above.
3. There will be 1 winner per competition giving a total of 3 winners across my social media channels.
4. Each winner will receive one hair care set as stated above.
5. Each winner will be picked at random and informed within 7 working days.
6. Each winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
7. Closing date for all three giveaways is Sunday 15/03/2015 at 23:59pm, any entry made after this time will not be counted.

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22/03 – winners update:

Twitter winner – @pootlepops

Facebook winner – Jessica A Newman

Blog winner – Jodi Hill

Well done guys!

My first ever orchid

My first ever orchid

Let’s start with a few facts about orchids:

Common name: Orchid
Group: Houseplants or greenhouse plant
Flowering time: All year round
Planting time: Spring
Hardiness: Tender
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

The last part of this description is what has stopped me from getting an orchid. I have a lot of house plants and most (I have managed to “kill” a few cactuses in my time so I really need to emphasise the word “most”) of the time I can look after them but I know that orchids can be very tricky. My parents have some and they look beautiful, my sister has some and they also thrive, yet on the her hand my friend Kate isn’t able to keep one alive despite having a green fingers 🙁

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sam on behalf of Debenhams Flowers. I was offered one of their flower bouquets from their Mother’s Day Flowers range.

Debenhams Flowers

The bouquets are all so beautiful and it was really hard to pick one… but then I spotted the orchids selection… the choice became so much easier! I was still very tempted by the beauty of the orchids and thus an overwhelming desire to own one took over; so I decided to order one of the Twin Pink Orchids.

Finally I was the owner of an orchid and my flower was on its way to me!

My first ever orchid from Debenhams Flowers

My orchid arrived in a giant box. It was packed extremely well and after extracting from the box, then the bubble wrap and finally the tissue paper it looked perfect!

My first ever orchid from #DebenhamsFlowers

My orchid – Phalaenopsis also knows as Moth Orchid – was supplied with a gift card, a silver bucket style flower pot as well as some care instructions. According to the received guide my orchid should:

  • Never stand in a direct light
  • Be placed in a half sunny place
  • Have an ideal temperature of 18C-25C
  • Never stand in water – it should be watered and drained

As I am just starting my journey with orchids, I am open to any suggestion or care tips you might have for me. I will listen and I promise to implement them so my orchid can grow strong and healthy.

My first ever orchid.

Are you a flower or a plant type of person?

Will you be ordering a flower delivery for Mother’s Day?

I am off to check on my orchid 🙂