12
Apr

Egg-cellent Easter eats

Easter Sunday, 16 April is almost here, and it’s time to get ready to feast on your Easter treats. Tis the season of the chocolate egg and this year you’ll find Easter eggs of every variety, including gluten free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free and guilt free – well almost. They’ve been on the shelves in supermarkets and cut-price stores, health food shops and department stores since after Christmas but now is the time to buy.

If you’re a serious bargain hunter and looking to reap in extra savings then you’re in luck, because Easter is just as competitive at Christmas for retailers and there are may offers just waiting to be snapped up. Make sure you’re a smart shopper and look out for price reductions this week and after Easter, plus a host of multi-buy offers in-store.

 

BARGAINS ON BRANDED

If you’re looking for deals on high-end branded Easter eggs check your local discount stores first. Poundworld, Poundland and Poundstretcher are not to be missed but also think about places like Wilko and Home Bargains. You are more than likely to find luxury eggs here at a fraction of the price than you would in some other shops.

 

LUXURY FOR LESS

For the most luxurious of Easter eggs you needn’t spend a lot and no longer do you only have the choice from leading chocolatier brands. Companies such as Iceland, Aldi and Tesco are producing their own, and even winning awards for it. This Iceland Luxury Chocolate Eggs in Honeycomb & Caramel is a snip at £4 and endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Institute, Aldi’s Exquisite Easter Egg shimmers gold and is only £7.99 and Tesco Finest* Belgian Dark Chocolate and Butterscotch Egg is a mouthwatering £7.00.

Images: Iceland, Aldi, Tesco

 

FREE FROM?

Don’t miss out on scoffing an Easter egg due to dietary restraints. Whether you’re looking for an egg free from dairy, wheat, gluten or sugar, you will find it. What’s more it will not only look as good as a traditional chocolate Easter egg it will taste as good too. It’s not just health food shops like Holland & Barrett that are providing this range, most major supermarkets are also jumping on the free from bandwagon, offering alternative options as part of the full Easter egg ranges. Holland & Barrett have a No Added Sugar Easter Egg at £3.99, whilst Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury have selected own brand ‘free from’ eggs priced from £2.50 as well as stocking brands such as Choices and Moo.

Images: Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury

 

MULTIBUY MORE

Make use of the multibuy offers in supermarkets and stock up on chocolate Easter eggs for the whole family. Just make sure you don’t scoff the lot yourself!

Asda has branded Easter eggs in 3 for £10 deal. The offer includes favourites by Cadburys’ and Thorntons, and novelty offerings such as giant Kinder Eggs, Peppa Pig and DC Comics eggs.

Image: Asda

Tesco has a range of Easter egg deals including two for £6 on selected branded eggs, which features Nestle’s popular Kit Kat and Aero ones alongside Cadbury’s classic Creme Egg and Mini Eggs. There is also 2 for £10 on large Easter eggs and 3 for £10 deals on medium size eggs.

Image: Tesco

You can currently get two for £5.00 on large Easter eggs at Iceland. This deal includes a wide range of popular brands from Quality Street to Galaxy and Celebrations.

Image: Iceland

Sainsbury has reductions on £1 and £2 on luxury Easter eggs from Thorntons, Green & Black, Lindt and their Taste The Difference range. Their own brand range of medium sized Easter eggs are only £1 and due to be reduced just before Easter.

Image: Sainsbury

Poundland and Poundworld do exactly what they say. You’ll find Easter eggs from Cadbury, Nestle and more, including M&M’s, Smarties and novelty character eggs, all for just £1.

Image: Poundland

Lastly, chocolatier Thorntons has some amazing deals on luxury smooth chocolate this Easter, with 5 for £15 on small eggs and 5 for £20 on large eggs. Delicious.

Image: Thorntons
16
Mar

Savour your Shopping Centre

We live in a world where you can buy virtually anything you might want from the comfort of your own home. And while we certainly appreciate a good online shopping binge, you just can’t beat the real thing. Your shopping centre is more than just a shopping centre; it gives you the ability to interact on so many levels.

Would it surprise you to know that as a nation we are no longer visiting a shopping centre and just grabbing what we want then running? These days our shopping centres are not just about shops and selling but are all about providing a place to visit to try new things, offering one-stop shopping convenience, time saving services and a little bit of escapism. It’s not surprising that almost a third of shopping centre visitors use it as a destination to eat, drink and socialise.

These days it isn’t out of place to find services such as free Wi-Fi, free mobile phone charging points, wheelchair hire, baby change and breast feeding facilities, Click & Collect, Collect +, free events or a kid’s soft play area.

Why not bring friends or family along and discover some new and pleasurable experiences? Look on your shopping centres website and social media channels to find out about the latest pop ups, entertainment and shopping events. Many now have a calendar of year-round activity for all ages, including farmers markets, live music, character visits, cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Here are 10 reasons why your Shopping Centre is more than just a place to shop.

1. It’s the original one-stop-shop.

Buy a digital radio, a new wardrobe and a delicious cupcake – book a holiday, post a birthday card, get a manicure and get your iPad screen fixed, simultaneously.

2. Hungry?

Whether your shopping centre has a fully blown food court or a small selection of independent café’s or restaurant chains, there will be great food and fast food available, so whether you’re on the go or after a leisurely brunch, you certainly won’t starve.

3. It’s a prime people-watching hot spot.

A variety of shops mean a variety of different people. Look around for some fashion inspiration or just sit back and watch human behaviour at it’s best, or worst.

4. You can relax – yes really.

Your shopping centre could almost be a day spa. From hairdressers and nail salons to tanning shops and eyebrow threading bars – book back-to-back appointments and then head to the nearest massage chair if there is one on offer.

5. It’s dependable, whatever the weather.

Nothing kills an outdoor shopping trip like a bit of harsh weather. For obvious reasons, that problem becomes irrelevant on a trip to your shopping centre.

6. You will experience instant gratification.

Find what you want and take it home with you right away. No wait, no delivery charges and no having to take that little white card the postman put through your letterbox to the collections point at your post office.

7. You can have your great escape.

Get away, if only for a couple of hours, from daily obligations and responsibilities and enjoy some “me time” with your kindle and a coffee. Alternatively it makes “working from home” pretty easy if there is free Wi-Fi.

8. You’ll be entertained, for free.

For you, for the kids or just because you have a few hours to kill, why not try something new, and be entertained. No other retail venue can provide the level of entertainment a shopping centre can and at no cost to you.

9. Find a child-minder for £1.

Kids driving you crazy? For the price of £1 there will be some sort of fire engine, camper van, police car or aeroplane you can plonk your little ones on and zone out just a little bit while they enjoy the ride.

10. It gives you options.

From finding price comparisons and multi-tasking to throwing in the towel when you can’t find what you want and having afternoon tea instead. Your shopping centre will be whatever you need it to be, and more. Plus parking is super easy.

Chesterfield Pavements offer a vast range of shops and facilities all under one fully covered roof including Chesterfield’s main library which has all the facilities you would expect including a café and internet access.

Discover major high street brands such as Boots, Tesco’s and WH Smith and a variety of eateries and watering holes Greggs, McDonalds, Massarella’s. Market Fish & Chips, Crawshaws, Peacocks Café and Cooplands. Shopmobility and nearby covered parking is also available.

6
Feb

Great gifts for your gorgeous guy

Finding the perfect gift for your perfect guy isn’t always easy, especially when Christmas gift buying has exhausted all your ideas. While you could opt for a tie, socks or body wash like everyone else, there are dozens of other gifts the man in your life will appreciate much more. From spa products (yes, men love them too) to portable accessories that will make his life much easier, these ideas will help you find the best Valentine’s Day gifts for him.

Image: Debenhams
Image: Debenhams

 

THE SMARTEST GIFT FOR YOUR GUY

For the ultimate gift for the most discerning of men, choose the ultimate gadget. Buy him the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and you will be in his good books forever more, plus it gives him someone else to speak to when you’re not around!

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, answer questions, and it will keep him up to date with news, weather, sports scores and much more. All he has to do is ask. SO next time he wants to order a take-away, control the heating or do the shopping, he can get Alexa to do it for him instead of you.

Image: Amazon
Image: Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 from Maplin & Argos
Amazon Echo £149.99 from Maplin & Argos

 

FULFILL HIS SENSES

Play to his senses and treat him to some luxurious pampering products. Why not encourage him to take time out for himself and give him the products he needs to have his very own at home spa day?

The Nip + Man men’s range at Superdrug and at Boots is just what he needs to caress his skin so you’ll want to caress his muscles. The Ab Fix and Bicep Fix are both lightweight, fast acting gels which will help to improve skin tone and texture and improve elasticity of the skin. There’s also a range of products to keep his face silky smooth for your touch.

Image: Nip+Fab
Image: Nip+Fab

Nip + Man Ab Fix £9.97, Nip + Man Bicep Fix £12.95
Nip + Man AfterShave Power Lotion, Nip + Man Daily Power Moisturiser & Nip + Man Scrubbing Facial Wash, all £3.97 from Superdrug & Boots

 

The ULTIMATE FRAGRANCE

A new fragrance for men that smoulders with masculinity is JIMMY CHOO MAN and JIMMY CHOO MAN INTENSE. This luxurious scent captures the spirit of the Jimmy Choo man and has an accent of Black Pepper and a trio of new notes to bolster its Amber base. Honeydew Melon adds a watery freshness whilst Davana oil gives a sensual quality and Tonka Bean brings an almond-meets-tobacco edge that’s warm and intensely masculine. Buy it at Superdrug, Boots and The Perfume Shop.

Images: Jimmy Choo
Images: Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette 50ml & Body 100ml Gift Set £30.00 Superdrug
Jimmy Choo Man Intense from £45 at The Perfume Shop and Boots
Jimmy Choo Man from £29 at The Perfume Shop and Boots

 

BECAUSE LITTLE THINGS MATTER

Nothing says I love more than a cutesy lovable gift and Poundworld has them in droves. From scented car fresheners to teddy bears, magnets, mugs, toys and more, fill a stocking (preferably one of yours) with a range of slushy gifts that will mark the occasion.

Images: Poundworld
Images: Poundworld
6
Feb

Spoil her with enduring hearts and flowers

Gorgeous gifts and gastronomic delights is the stuff Valentine’s Day is made of, so why not treat the lady in your life to memorable gifts that speak a thousand words? Aside from decadent chocolates and beautiful blooms, show her your love with some beautiful luxurious lingerie, sparkly gems for sparkly eyes, fragrant bouquets in a bottle, gifts of relaxation or a fashionable object of desire. Here’s how to be guided by your heart without breaking the bank.

Image: Debenhams
Image: Debenhams

 

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Think laterally when it comes to hearts and flowers and you can’t go wrong. The high street is awash with heart shaped jewellery, fashion accessories, keepsakes, and novelty gifts and of course lingerie, and all at loveable prices. From coffee mugs to silver tealights, beautiful body products and affordable arm candy, as well as chocolates that look too good to eat, these are some extra ways you can show her how much you care in addition to buying 12 long stems of roses.

Images: Peacocks
Images: Peacocks

We love Peacocks offering for Valentine’s Day where you will find gifts for your lady that are truly novel, and with many under £10.

Pink Pugs & Hugs Valentines Coffee Take Out Cup £4.00
Diamante Pink Heart Key Ring £3.50
Grey Embossed Robe £22 and Slippers £7.00

 

SAY IT WITH HEARTS

Pull out the stops and give her a version of it that she can enjoy. We love these modern classics from Warren James Jewellers, Hotel Chocolat and Argos.

Images: Warren James
Images: Warren James

Sarah Sterling Silver Diamond Two Colour Heart Necklace £35.00
The Petra Heart Bangle Made With Swarovski® Crystals £28.00
Petra Heart Earrings Made With Swarovski® Crystals £10.00

Image: Hotel Chocolat
Image: Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat Valentines Sleekster £22.50

Images: Argos
Images: Argos

Argos Heart of House Juliette Mirror Heart Tea Light Tray £24.99
Argos 9ct White Gold Diamond Set Heart Pendant £69.99

 

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS WITH A TWIST

From fragrant gifts of relaxation from M&S to on-trend floral embroidered arm candy, these are the gifts to go for that will last longer than the day itself.

Images: M&S
Images: M&S

M&S Florentyna Soap Roses £5.00
M&S La Maison de Senteurs Scented Hanging Heart Trio £9.50 and Body Lotion £7.50

Image: Bronnley
Image: Bronnley

Bronnley Pink Peony & Rhubarb Collection £16.50 from Boots

Images: Miss Selfridge, M&S, Accessorize
Images: Miss Selfridge, M&S, Accessorize

Miss Selfridge White Floral Embroidered Bag £49.00
M&S The Embroidered Twistlock £27.50
Accessorize Poppy Embroidered Saddle Bag £29.00

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS LINGERIE

Luxurious, sexy, sweet, endearing and stylish lingerie is always a valentine’s hit. Whether she prefers simple sporty cottons or sumptuous silk, satin and lace, you are certain to find something both of you will adore, and at prices you can afford. You won’t need to look too far either because almost every fashion retailer, supermarket and department store has a lingerie offer this time of year.

Image: Primark
Image: Primark

Primark lingerie from £5.00

Images: George at Asda
Images: George at Asda

George at Asda nightwear and lingerie from £5.00