17
Oct

Halloween tips: How to dress your house and the kids!

Spooky times are almost upon us. Yep, Halloween is scarily right around the corner again. Where did that time go? And with an event so big as this, the pressure’s on to get decorating. From Halloween home decorations, pumpkin ideas and of course kids’ Halloween fancy dress, we’ve nailed it for you. So, all you have to do is think about how to stop them from eating the trick or treat sweets 😊.

Finding Halloween Fancy Dress

The good news is that at this time of year there’s lots of Halloween costumes for kids and adults flying around. So, whether it’s a witch outfit, cat costume or zombie fancy dress, all you have to do is pick up and purchase. But, get in there quick as these will be flying off shelves quicker than you can say ‘Hocus Pocus!’

Alternative Halloween Dressing Up

Ok, we know that sometimes you may not want to go down the traditional route when there’s loads of ways to make a Halloween costume that can be used again and again. Feeling feline? A pair of cat’s ears can be teamed with a tutu, whilst a witches’ hat looks great teamed with a black tee and jeans. Last minute? Grab a pair of tights, cut off a leg and stuff with tissue for a quick and easy tail. Then, add face-paint. Yup, it’s that simple!

Halloween House fun

The amount of fun you can have decorating your home for Halloween is endless and you can go as subtle or crazy as you like! For a nod to the spooky day, grab yourself a couple of cobwebs, some silly string and maybe a pumpkin and Bob’s your Uncle, now there’s a quick way to do it. Want to go the full Halloween way? You’re going to need some more accessories! Think skeletons hung in windows, witches’ cauldrons and of course sweets to go in them. Hey, why not take it a step further and throw in some green lights? We like to think big…

Pimp-up your pumpkin

This is probably the part we love most about Halloween. Yes, it’s messy and, if like us you’re not artistic, then it might not float your boat but, hey, it’s for the kids, right? The great news is there’s loads of help around, from YouTube tutorials to local demos. Our word of advice? Grab a sharp knife and don’t forget that traditional or battery-operated candle. Then, place outside your front door or by your window to let those trick or treaters know you’re waiting…

And there it is, a list of simple and frightfully fun ways to get creative this Halloween. Enjoy guys!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

Halloween Costume Adults – £19.99

 

 

Sports Direct

Boo Ghost74 – £1.99

 

Boots

Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter – £4.59

 

 

Card Factory

Halloween Party Decoration & Tableware Bundle – 86 Pieces – £10.99

 

 

 

30
Aug

Top six savvy ways to save money

Let’s talk about money. No, we’re not asking for any, although, if you’d like to give it to us, we’ll never say no . We’re more about how to save it. Because, let’s be honest, we all like to get a few ideas on how to keep those pennies in our pockets.

Get those piggy banks at the ready guys…

Take the offer

Yep, we’re talking literally. Did you know, that a range of shopping centres have an offers feed that’s generated from retailers with info about in-store discounts. The best way to make sure you’re always up to date? Through good ol’ social media. As many centres and retailers share offers on their pages, it means you’ll never miss out on a great deal, which in turn means that you’ll be pocketing those pennies. Good call, good call… Oh, and don’t forget, many stores also have sales that they may not shout about. So, next time you’re near your fave retailer, pop in. You may just get a thrifty surprise!

Wireless wonders

It’s so easy to switch to 4G (or 5G if you’re there!) when you’re out and about. But, every second of surfing is lost data and, money. That’s why we love free WiFi. A whole host of shopping centres, coffee shops and even tube stations all offer this service. So, next time you’re out and about look out for the signs, or just switch on your WiFi and browse for a free to join network. Yup, so easy, so cost effective.

Shake your (car) booty

So, this is one that may help you make money, as well as save it…enter the car boot sale! Yep, if you’re looking for a cheap one off, then don your best bargaining hat and get on down to your local boot sale. We can guarantee, you’ll end up picking up some great stuff at a fraction of the price. And if you’re not looking to buy, then you can still make cash. Grab your old stuff and book a space because, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Not really the car boot type? There’s an app for that. Yup, thanks to the likes of Facebook Market Place, Shpock and of course, eBay, buying and selling secondhand kit has never been so easy. The best bit? You can do it on your sofa. And while we’re on the secondhand topic, that leads us nicely to our next tip…

Charge into the charity shops

Fancy doing your bit for charity and bagging a bargain? These shops are a no brainer. Not only are there some great finds, but they are stocked up nearly every day thanks to so many kind donations. We think they’re great for finding something that you’d only wear once – ballgown for a special event anyone – at a great price. Then, once you’re done with it, take it back and let someone else get use of it. That’s what we call sustainable, money saving fashion!

Fill it up

How many water bottles do you buy when you’re out? We’re going with at least 20 a year minimum. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much. However, what if we told you, you could save at least a tenner by bagging a stainless steel bottle and taking advantage of the free refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes. Oh, and let’s not forget, plastic bottles make up a huge majority of landfill and they take 1000 years each to decompose, so not only are you saving pounds, but also the environment.

‘I wanna be a supermodel’

Did you know? Hairdressing salons and beauticians need to train up their apprentices. The best way for them to do that? Get hands on. And that’s great news for you because in order for them to do that, they need to practice. Because they aren’t fully trained, these apprentices will ask for models and you’ll either pay half the price or nothing at all. But they’ll also be supervised all the time, so don’t worry, there won’t be any wonky haircuts or smudged nails. Just some more pounds for you to keep!

26
Jun

Festival fever… how to host your own at home or away

It’s festival season! Yep, get ready for those social media pics, news images of people wading around in the mud, and well, maybe a bit of #FOMO too.

If you’re going to one, then we’ve got some tips to get you prepped and if you’re not, then we’ll help you host a little one in your own space… let’s dance on down to some simple tips.

Wonderous waterproofs

British weather means that it’s likely that you’re going to get caught in a shower or two – well it wouldn’t be a festival without that would it? So, make sure you’re all waterproofed up. Grab a pair of wellies and don’t forget those thick socks. Taking the kiddie clan? Make sure you pick up knee length versions – the higher you go, the less chance of their feet getting soaked or losing a wellie in the mud! And while we’re on the waterproof wavelength, don’t forget that coat! Our top tip? Grab yourself, and the kids, neon versions. Not only will it mean you look great, but, the bright colours mean you can be spotted easily – just in case you lose each other!

Bring it home

If you love the idea of a festival but can’t get to one, fear not. There are loads of ways to do it at home. First stop. LED outdoor lights. Draped over trees, across fences or even around your umbrella pole, these quickly bring a festival feel to a garden. From there, add lanterns, candles or, well pretty much anything you like. Just don’t forget your music!

Tent

A festival isn’t a festival without a tent! So, make sure you’ve got all bases covered. Not a great tent builder? Pick up a pop-up tent, which will save the stress and arguments. Got a big clan? Pick one with compartments. Having festival fun at home? Add more of a feel, especially if kids are involved by buying one and pitching it up in the garden for an ultimate ‘glamping’ experience. Just don’t forget those sleeping bags. It gets pretty chilly at night – trust us.

Kiddie Proof it

Taking the kids to a festival? There are a few must-haves on our list. First up, those ear-defenders. Great for babes, tots and pre-schoolers, they’ll muffle the sounds of loud music and fireworks, helping to keep them calm and protect their hearing. Oh, and they look pretty cute too. Taking a baby? Swap the buggy for a carrier. It’ll be so much easier to manoeuvre around the crowds. Oh, and it also means that you can go handsfree when dancing too… #Justsaying

Don’t make a meal of dining

Festivals can be pretty crowded places. It’s all part of the fun! That is, until you try to pitch up a seat at one of the many food stalls. The answer? Take a waterproof backed picnic blanket! We love how easily they can be rolled up and carried under your arm. Not a fan? There’s a great range of lightweight foldable chairs available now too. Just unfold and take a seat. Don’t forget those reusable plates and coffee cups to do your bit for sustainability too!

So, there it is music lovers! Your festival survival guide. Enjoy the sun and, the rain 😊

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

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Sports Direct

Gelert Horizon 5 Tent 93 – £199.99

Sports Direct

Kangol Festival Ladies Wellies – £10.99

 

Boots

Soltan Kids Once 8 Hr play Spray SPF 50+ 200ml – £10.00

 

 

Sports Direct

Kangol Printed Festival Juniors Wellies – £12.50

 

 

 

21
Jun

Make Garden days fun, tasty and creative

Summer’s here! We promise it is. And once that warm weather hits, it’s time to start the great garden chill. Whether it’s BBQ galore, things to keep the kids busy, or just a nice place to relax with mates, we’ve got some great ways to get garden ready this season!

Let’s grow…

Keep kids occupied

No garden is complete without a piece of play kit for the kids. Believe us, it stops the whining when you’re trying to have five minutes of tanning time! Got a big space? You need a swing set in your life. Or, take on the trampoline challenge. It may take a while to set up, but once you’ve conquered it, you’ll have hours of peace and quiet and, let’s be honest, we all love a good jump when they’re safely tucked up in bed.

Smaller space? Get creative. Jumbo chalks are a great way to encourage kids’ creativity and can be used to draw pictures, hopscotch boards or, pretty much anything else, on paving slabs. Alternatively, draw a car or train track and bring out their toys, and there you have a quick and easy way to play right there.

Water play

No hot day in the garden is complete without water play. Whether it’s a paddling pool filled up and left in the sun to warm up, a slide and ride, or hose pipe spray, it’s a great way to keep kids entertained and cool too. Thinking about budgets? How about a baby bath as a little place for play? But even a pot or washing up bowl works just as well. Just fill it up and use it as a ‘swimming pool’ for their toys. Splashing!

Not your thing? A kids’ watering can is a great way to teach them all about the importance of nature and care… and a sneaky way to keep your flowers watered too. We didn’t say that 😉.

Garden glam

It’s no longer acceptable to just have a nicely mowed lawn – nope, garden style has moved on with lights, ornaments and garden crockery taking centre stage. So, keep on-trend. LED lights in a range of shapes and sizes are great for draping over trees to create a wonderland feel, or on fences to give a little nod to a festival. Add a couple of bright ornaments (we’re not talking gnomes) and hang a few signs on trees or by your garden table and you’re quickly bang into 2019. #yourewelcome

Feed me

You don’t need us to tell you that a BBQ makes a garden day complete! And the great news is there’s one to suit any chef and space! Not a charcoal fan? Go for gas. Small space? Take on a small round version, or, go disposable! Then get cooking. Stuck for inspiration? Take a look at these cool recipes we spotted on BBC Good Food. Oh, and let’s not forget dessert. Buy fun molds, stick in the juice and fruit and there’s a five-a-day snack. Just don’t forget our invite!

Stay sun safe

We don’t want to sound like our mums, but hot garden days call for sun safety! We wish we had a PHD to our name, but, well… we’ll leave it to the experts at the NHS, who recommend spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. The medical bods also advise using factor 30 sun cream and making sure kids are covered up with hats, UV swimsuits and sunglasses! Got a fussy tot? Invest in a UV tent. Not only will it keep them occupied, but it’s a great sneaky way to keep them out of the sun too!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Boots

Soltan Kids Once 8 Hr play Spray SPF 50+ 200ml – £10

Boots

Mini Club Blue Floral Keppi – £6

 

Tesco

Tesco Bbq Sweet Chilli Chicken Thighs 900G – Any 3 for £10

 

 

Tesco

NIVEA SUN Kids Moisturising Sun Spray 50+ Very High 200ml – £4.50

 

 

 

Tesco

Carousel 3 Ring 120cm Pool – £10

 

 

 

 

5
Mar

Get down & dirty with some spring cleaning

The sun is rising earlier, setting later, and slowly the temperature is starting to climb. But that also means that it’s time to get down and dirty with some spring cleaning. For some this can be daunting, and for others a cathartic experience to remove the clutter from their lives. We have some great tips to help make your spring cleaning an easy and simple process.

Before you even start cleaning, there are some steps you can follow to help you through the process:

  1. Draw up a schedule and break up your cleaning into easy to manage portions – by breaking it up over several days you won’t tire yourself out and the process can become more enjoyable.
  2. Tackle your cleaning one room at a time – by tackling one room at a time you can give it all your attention, for example, in your bedroom you can take the time to organise your closet and get rid of things you don’t wear or need.
  3. Get everything you need before you start cleaning to avoid having to stop.
  4. Create multiple piles of items as you go through your house, one for storage, one for charity and a rubbish pile for the things you want to throw out.

BE MASTERFUL WITH YOUR MUCK

The kitchen and bathroom are probably the worst places to clean as the steam from cooking and hot showers can make the dirt and grime more difficult to remove. There are plenty of tricks and clever products that will make this arduous task a lot easier.

  • Lemon cleans stainless steel – Simply halve a lemon and use it to scrub away those annoying streaks and marks.
  • Steam clean your microwave – Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of a scented essential oil of your choice with water and place this in the microwave on a high temperature for five minutes. Not only will it remove those tough stains and food build up, it will smell great too.
  • Organise your refrigerator – Place a lazy Susan in your fridge for bottles, jars and containers, to make it easier to get to the items that you want, and keep your fridge organised. Plastic containers are also a great way to keep your food fresh, and make it easy to see what you have in stock.
Images: Asda, Argos, Wilko

HOME Clip Fresh Plastic Food Containers Pack of 10 £16.99 at Argos
Sistema Multi-Coloured Klip it Food Storer 5 Litres £7.00 at Asda
Wilko Food Container Square 2.3 Litre £2.50 at Wilko

BRIGHT AND BLISSFUL BATHROOMS

Steam marks and water stains can be laborious to clean, and with so many products required for daily grooming, your bathroom is bound to look untidy unless you create clever storage solutions. Look out for storage products to ensure everything is kept neat, while being easily accessible.

  • Get rid of water stains and product build up – Tumble Dryer sheets are great for removing product build up on glass shower doors.
  • Keep your bathroom smelling fresh – Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil inside your toilet paper roll for a constant, pleasant smell.
  • Deep clean your shower head – Regularly fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie this around your shower head. Let this soak overnight to loosen dirt and grime and use an old toothbrush to scrub it clean.
Images: Sainsbury’s & Wilko

ODIN Bamboo and white lacquer 3 tier storage unit £80.00 and ODIN Bamboo and white 3 shelf corner unit £80.00 at Sainsbury’s
4 Tier Storage Unit White £18.00 and Pop up Laundry Bin £3.00 at Wilko

Images: Wilko, Sainsbury’s & Argos

COLLIER Copper metal over door hooks £12.00 at Sainsbury’s
Wilko Over Door Rack £10.00 at Wilko
Croydex Hookover Steel Shower Caddy £11.99 and HOME 2 Tier Hookover Shower Caddy £6.99 at Argos

SOLVE YOUR STORAGE WOES

For most people, storage is an issue. Either there is not enough storage space at home, or drawers and cupboards are untidy, and things are difficult to find. But there are a few simple steps you can follow to make sure that your bedroom cupboards, laundry cupboard and even your sitting room are neat, and that everything has a proper place.

The great thing about storage, is you can choose whether you want to make it a feature of the room, or if you want it hidden. And when it comes to your wardrobe, vacuum packing the clothes is a great way to clear up some space.

HOME Single 2 Rail Wardrobe Frame £39.99, HOME 2 Tier Shoe Rack £19.99, Protect & Store Mixed Vacuum Storage Bags 6 Piece Set £11.99, and HOME 10 Pocket Hanging Canvas Shoe Storage £5.49 all at Argos

Images: Ryman, Argos, The Works

HOME Large Fabric Ottoman £32.99 at Argos
Habitat Jacobs Upholstered Storage Bench £250.00 at Argos
Really Useful Storage Box 9 Litre Pack of 2 £10.00 at Ryman
Floral Storage Suitcases Set Of 3 £7.00 at The Works

5
Mar

Hop to the challenge of Easter

Don’t let the Easter Bunny get the better of you. Hop to the challenge of preparing the perfect Easter family gathering without falling victim to any unnecessary stress.

Easter is meant to be about new life and regeneration, so let this shine through in your décor and food choices. There are a few simple steps to follow to help you pull of the perfect Easter gathering with as little stress and fuss as possible.

  1. Choose a theme – Pick a colour palette, flower or ornament that you want to make the hero of your day.
  2. Decide on the menu – Planning your menu early can help reduce the stress of preparing all the food at the last minute. Select foods and dishes that won’t require you to spend the day in the kitchen.
  3. Organise your shopping list early and buy as much as possible in advance, making the most of seasonal offers in supermarkets and department stores.

FOOD FAYRE

For any gathering, the meal is usually the main focus, and all other aspects should complement this. As a fun way to play on the idea of new life and renewal that accompanies Easter, why not incorporate baby vegetables, like baby carrots and baby asparagus as your side dishes or look for seasonal produce new to the market? When it comes to the main dish, choose recipes that won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen for hours and missing out on the family fun. Dishes that can be prepared the day before are ideal for entertaining the masses and maxing out on family time.

EGG-CITING ALTERNATIVES

Even though Easter will have the kids hunting for chocolate Easter eggs, why not look at an alternative this year and let them hunt for something a bit more egg-citing that will last longer than a quick scoff?

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles egg cartons are a fun way to keep the kids surprised and entertained. And they aren’t just for the kids. Buy a box and hide them for the adults too. They will make cute desk ornaments at the office.

Images: Argos

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Egg Carton – 12 Pack £24.99 and 2 Pack Egg Carton £4.99 at Argos

You can also share the love this Easter with a fun card or other adorable Easter inspired keepsakes that will bring a smile to people’s faces. Find healthy Easter treat options available from health shops.

Images: Clintons & Card Factory

Easter Bunny Felt Keepsake Gift Bag £5.00 at Clintons
Easter inspired mugs £7.99 and Easter cards from 99 pence at Card Factory

 

Images: Holland & Barrett

Freedom Mallows Vegetarian Mini Pink & White Vanilla Marshmallows 75g £2.49, Vego Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Bar 65g £1.99, and Raw Health Organic Blissed Chocada Truffles 65g £2.49 all Holland & Barrett

PAINT YOURSELF PRETTY

As the hostess with the mostess you’ll need to look the part. Spring is a great time to have fun with your look and experiment with make-up in new colour palettes. Whether you paint your nails a delicious candyfloss pink, or you add ribbons and bows to your hair, paint yourself pretty in pastels.

Images: Boots & Superdrug

Barry M Scented Candy Culture Nail Paint £3.99 at Boots
Essie Matte Leather Effect Pastel Nail Polish Rebecca Minkoff Collection Trio Mini £12.99 at Boots
Maybelline Color Show Glitter Nail Polish 232 Rose Chic 7ml £3.99 and Maybelline Forever Strong Gel 130 Rose Poudre Nail Polish £4.49 at Superdrug

Mini silver glitter bow hair barrette £3.00, Jumbo coral chiffon bow hair clip £6.00 and Baby pink lace hair bow £4.50 all at Claire’s

5
Mar

Glorious gifts for Mother’s Day

Ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 March we look at some glorious gifts for even the most discerning of Mums. Besides the customary chocolates and flowers, it can sometimes be challenging to know what to choose to be your gift to her. She has done so much for you, the least you can do is show your appreciation and love with a well-thought-out gift she will love that she may not splurge on for herself.

MAKE MEMORIES

If your mother is notorious for her love of photos, then buying her a camera to capture special (and even mundane) family moments may be just the right gift for her. Why not help her access these memories in an instant with the HP Sprocket Printer or an instax camera? – and if she isn’t so hot to embrace new technology, then don’t worry! An alternative for your photo loving mum is to get a special family photograph framed for her, or get a photo printed onto a bag, cushion or mug, or something else she will use and cherish.

Images: Argos

HP Sprocket Photo Printer £119.99, HP Sprocket Zink Photo Paper 20 Sheets £9.99, and HP Sprocket Mobile Printer White Accessory Bundle £129.99 all at Argos & selected retailers

Images: Argos

instax Mini 9 Camera with 10 shots in Smoky White £74.99, and instax Mini 70 camera with 10 shots in White £99.99 both at Argos & selected retailers

Images: Max Spielmann

White Natasha 6×4 inch Photo Frame £7.00 (plus cost of printing the photo), ‘Love You Mum’ Make Up Bag Large from £30.00, and Square Plastic Photo Keyring from £4.45 all Max Spielmann

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

While diamonds may be beyond your Mother’s Day budget, jewellery is a great way to show her how much you love her, and it’s a gift that she will treasure for years to come. Keep your eyes peeled for bargains ahead of Mother’s Day, as many jewellers have special offers ahead of the day.

Images: Pandora, F. Hinds

Best Mother Charm £25.00 and Love for Mother Charm £35.00at Pandora
Three Silver Floating Hearts Necklace £19.95 at F. Hinds

A BAG FOR EVERY OCCASION

Whether your marvellous mum is a fashionista, or more of a practical lady, a handbag as a gift could be ideal. Whether you opt for a luxurious evening bag or a handy daytime tote, this is a gift she can use and enjoy. Visit her favourite fashion or department store to find the perfect arm candy in a hue she will adore.

Images: New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Peacocks

Black Metallic Trim Structured Tote Bag £27.99 at New Look
Women’s Grey Bar Bag £25.00 at Peacocks
Rose Pink Mini Bow Tote Bag £20.00 at Dorothy Perkins

PAMPER HER PRETTY

What woman doesn’t love to be pampered? There are some great at-home pamper products on the market at a range of prices. Look in department stores, specialist beauty & bath products stores, bargain shops, and of course high-street chemists for luscious bath bombs, delectable body lotions and potions, fabulous facial products and sensational fragrances. Giving her some “me-time” and the gift of indulgence and relaxation is priceless.

Images: Boots, The Body Shop

Clinique Smart Indulgence Gift Set £42.00 at Boots
Ted Baker Blush Bouquet Cosmetic Bag Gift £24.00 at Boots
Strawberry Heart Gift Set £10.00 at The Body Shop
British Rose Head-to-Toe Collection £25.00 at The Body Shop

Images: Boots, The Perfume Shop, The Fragrance Shop

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Eau De Toilette 50ml Spray £22.80 at Boots
Calvin Klein CK One Eau De Toilette 200ml Spray £32.00 at The Fragrance Shop
Lancôme Miracle Eau de Parfum for her £62.99 at The Perfume Shop

THE WRITTEN WORD

No gift can convey to your wonderful mum how you feel about her more than the written word. When it comes to choosing a card, choose wisely. Whether you choose one that comes with a message, or you get a blank card to write your own personal and special message, there are lovely Mother’s Day cards available to tell her just how much you love her.

Images: Clintons, Card Factory

Special Mum Bouquet Mother’s Day Card £3.50 at Clintons
Mother’s Day Card Mum Large Letters Floral £2.50 at Clintons
Mother’s Day Card – Butterflies £1.99 at Card Factory
Mother’s Day Card – Mummy No One Is Half As Funny £0.99 at Card Factory

30
Jan

Bring the love into your home

Valentine’s Day is the day that many couples look forward to, to show each other how much they love one another. While dining out can be a wonderful treat, it can also be expensive. So why not do something special at home instead? You will certainly have the place to yourselves, be able to indulge in your favourite foods, and take your time over your meal. Valentine’s Day at home doesn’t have to be boring or drab. With the right table décor and music, you can create a magical night.

SET THE SCENE

For any special meal at home your table décor is important, this includes any cutlery and crockery that you use. As it will most likely just be two of you on the night, you can always go out and buy special tableware, and keep it to use again next Valentine’s Day or for your anniversary meal. There are a number of retailers that sell loose plates, bowls and cutlery, or you can splurge on a dining set and ensure you have spares if something breaks.

Images: Tesco

Luminarc Trianon dinner plate (28cm), side plate (20cm), and bowl (12cm) £2.99 each at Tesco

Images: Argos, Asda

Home Hearts 12 piece porcelain dinner set £22.99 at Argos
12 piece Cross Stitch heart dinner set £15.00 at Asda
16 piece heart cutlery set £8.00 at Asda

FINISHING TOUCHES

Once you have all your crockery and cutlery sorted, it’s time to create the right atmosphere with candles, flowers, and any other special mementos that mean something to you and your Valentine. The soft glow of candle light will help enhance the romantic atmosphere that you are trying to create.

Images: Primark, Poundland, Argos, Asda, Tesco

Scented love heart candles £3.00 at Primark
Flickering tealight candles (4 pack) £1.00 at Poundland
Sainsbury’s Home large candle (Wild cotton & Ylang) £6.50 at Argos
George Home taper candles (10 pack) £2.00 at Asda
Tesco Basic tealights (100 pack) £2.00 at Tesco

The final touch to any table is napkins. No one wants to be left stranded when they accidentally mess something at the table. And with so many great designs available, you can find something to match your colour scheme for the evening.

Images: Tesco, Sainsbury’s

Tesco Red Napkins 33cm (50 Pack) £1.50 at Tesco
Bird Napkin 33cm (20 Pack) £1.50 at Tesco
Sainsbury’s Home Heart Repeat Lunch Napkin (20 Pack) £2.00 at Sainsbury’s

On the day, getting some fresh flowers to add to the table could be a nice touch. Roses can be pricey, so if your budget won’t stretch to roses, you can always get your Valentine’s favourite flowers. It will be more personal and mean so much more to them.

You can also have your favourite songs playing in the background, as well as having your favourite movie on stand-by if you want to cuddle up on the couch after your romantic meal.

A LOVE LETTER

With all the effort you’ve put into planning your Valentine’s Day meal, you might not need to get a gift for your Valentine, but a special card would not go amiss. Head into Card Factory to find a wonderful selection of cards, with messages targeted to husbands, wives, fiancées, boyfriends and girlfriends.

Images: Card Factory
30
Jan

Spoil him this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is often focused on women, enlisting men with gift ideas of what he could buy for the special lady in his life, with flowers, jewellery and chocolates being popular choices. But for a woman, Valentine’s Day is also a time to show her love and appreciation for her special man. Hearts and flowers are not something that most men will appreciate, so to make your Valentine’s Day gift shopping easier, we have found some great gift ideas for men in some of your favourite stores.

THE TECHY ADDICT

If you’re willing to spend a lot of money on his Valentine’s Day gift, new tech is a great way to go. He might have dropped some hints about the gadgets he wants, but if he hasn’t, we have some tech options you could consider.

A great pair of headphones are ideal for the man who loves music, gaming, or watching movies and box sets on his laptop. A new gaming console might be outside of your budget, but if gaming is his thing and your budget can stretch to it, there are some brilliant games consoles to consider.

Images: Argos, Game

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Headphones £253.99 at Argos
Xbox One X 1TB Console £449.99 at Argos
Nintendo Switch Console £279.99 at Argos
PlayStation 4 500GB FIFA 18 with Second DualShock 4 Controller £279.99 at Game

A more affordable gaming option is to buy him a new game for the console he already has. There are a number of highly anticipated games for 2018, unfortunately most of them won’t be released in time for Valentine’s Day. But there are still a few new releases and soon to be released games that you can consider as potential gifts.

Images: Argos, Game

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom for PS4 available 19 January £42.99 at Argos and Game
Dragon Ball FighterZ for Xbox One and PS4 available 26 January £43.99 at Argos and Game
Monster Hunter World for Xbox One and PS4 available 26 January £41.99 at Argos
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT for PS4 available 30 January £41.99 at Argos
Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 available 6 February £29.99 at Argos and Game

A SCENT SENSATION

Fragrances aren’t just for women. A designer fragrance could be a great gift option, especially if this is something he likes but wouldn’t normally purchase for himself. You can pick up some great deals and gift sets in the lead up to Valentine’s Day that the special man in your life will adore.

Images: The Fragrance Shop

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau De Toilette 50ml £48.50, Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau De Toilette 100ml £58.00, French Connection UK Friction Him Eau De Toilette 100ml Gift Set £20.00, David Beckham Intimately Eau De Toilette 75ml £12.00, and Versace Eros Eau De Toilette 100ml £69.50 all at The Fragrance Shop

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Boss In Motion Eau De Toilette 90ml £34.56, Diesel Only The Brave Tattoo Eau De Toilette 125ml £37.00, James Bond 007 Eau De Toilette 75ml £16.00, and Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute Eau De Toilette 50ml Gift Set £35.32 all at Boots

SUPER STYLE HIM

Clothing may be considered a more intimate gift item, as fashion is a personal choice, but if you feel confident enough to choose something for him to wear, then shirts and jackets make great gifts. However, when it comes to shirts, avoid anything too flamboyant and rather stick to muted colours and simple patterns like check and stripe designs, as this is more likely to be well received by your Valentine than a bright pink floral shirt, unless that is something that they would usually wear.

Images: New Look, Blue Inc. Officer’s Club

Black Check Pocket Front Shirt £19.99 at New Look
Industrialize White and Navy Check Shirt and Tee Set £16.99 at Officers Club
Twisted Soul Black Long Sleeve Nep Shirt £10.00 at Blue Inc.

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Black Shearling Aviator Jacket £59.99 at New Look
TS Heritage Blue Denim Sherpa Jacket £20.00 at Blue Inc.
Soul Star Navy Blue Quilted Bomber Jacket £19.99 at Officers Club

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Aug

Love is a new lunchbox

As the new school year approaches at a slightly alarming rate, uniform and backpack-buying duty looms. If your kids’ lunchboxes have seen better days, or you’re giving into their demands for new kit, read on to discover our new-term favourites. These boxes and bags are suitable for pre-school, primary and secondary school students, combine clever, leak-free compartments, wipe-clean interiors and some serious insulation.

BEST FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Sistema Triple Split Lunchbox £10.95 Tesco

This multi compartmental BPA-free plastic lunch box is simple, durable and comes in a range of bold and bright colours. Split into three compartments, a large section for a sandwich or roll and two smaller compartments for snack or fruit and a 150ml screw top yoghurt pot that fits neatly into one of the smaller compartment, it is sealed tight with sturdy clips.

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Polar Gear Lunch Bag and Bottle £11.99 Argos

The Polar Gear lunch set comes complete with a spacious 2 compartment cool bag and 650ml tritan bottle. It is great for everyday use at work, school or just out for the day and can be wiped clean easily.

My Little Lunch Urban Camouflage Lunch Bag and Bottle £17.99 Argos
This urban style rucksack lunchbag comes complete with a water bottle. The My Little Lunch fun camouflage style lunch bag is fully insulated with an easy wipe, food safe lining, keeping food fresh and cool and has a matching sports bottle. Well worth the price tag!

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Playpiece Lunch Bag £6.99 (reduced from £11.99) Trespass

The Playpiece kid’s lunch bag keeps food cool and safe. It’s also ideal for picnics at the park or a day out exploring. Designed with a clip on carry strap that can be easily removed and a carry handle on top, the Playpiece bag has a full zip and comes in a cool helicopter design or funky flower pattern to suit your kid’s tastes.

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Smash Heart Bag & Bottle £7.00 George at Asda

Bring fashion and design to lunchtime with this bright and colourful heart bag from Smash! Smash Insulated Cases are made from durable Polyester with an extra thick foam insulation to keep contents colder longer. Food Safe and BPA, PVC with a lead free lining, the leak proof bottle is also included.

Images: George at Asda

 

BEST FOR OLDER KIDS

Polar Gear Bento Lunchbox £6 Wilko

Available in pink or black this versatile bento style lunch chiller helps keep your lunch cool and fresh. It comes with a fill at home ice pack and a fork and spoon included, and boasts 3 separate food compartments ideal for storing salads, sandwiches, sushi as well as snacks.

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Bergner Black Cube Lunch Bag £22.99 Argos

The stylish and most compact of all lunchbags, this set includes two lunch boxes of different sizes, one all-purpose tray, two cotton napkins and one cooler bag. It has a wide padded shoulder strap and carrying handle and the case features an aluminium and foam layer for heat insulation.

Images: Argos

BEST FOR LITTLE ONES

Polar Gear Kids Insulated Lunch Bag 9.99 Shoe Zone

The fabulous Polar Gear Kids 3D Insulated Lunch Bags pack a healthy lunch. The 3D is insulated which will keep their food cool and fresh for longer and food safe, plus it also has a wipe clean PVC free lining, Choose from a colourful Owl, Cupcake or a Football design.

Images: Shoe Zone

Disney Frozen Elsa Lunch Bag £12.00 Claire’s

We love this pretty Disney Frozen lunch bag. With glitter detailing, a zip fastening all the way around and 2 grab handles, your little girl’s friends could mistake it for a super trendy handbag. Currently when you buy one item at Claire’s you’ll get a second free.

Paw Patrol ‘Chase’ 3D Lunch Bag £9.99 Deichmann

Entice your active little boy to sit still long enough to eat lunch with this 3D insulated lunch bag that feature’s Paw Patrol’s Chase. It’s a must-have for Paw Patrol fans.

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Sistema 1.5L Slimline Quaddie Pink £4.00 Asda

The Slimline Quaddie is part of the Sistema Lunch range and has been specifically designed for packed lunches – ideal for school, picnics and days out. There is a large lower section for sandwiches and other lunch items. In addition there are two smaller sections in the top for snacks and smaller items of fruit. A further top section contains a small water bottle.

Images: Asda