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Driving Lesson Gift Set for
10-17 Year Olds

Driving Lesson Fund for 10-17 year olds

They’re the age old questions…“What birthday present should you get for the teen that has everything? What shall I buy my 16-year-old nephew? What is my 13-year-old daughter interested in now besides social media? Well, Young Driver may have the perfect solution to those worries.

What would be cooler then an under-17 rocking up to school and telling friends they’re learning to drive?

Young Driver offers driving lessons for those aged between 10-17, behind the wheel of a dual control SKODA Citigo car with a fully qualified ADI driving instructor. The Young Driver gift set includes a special presentation money tin complete with a voucher for a lesson at one of Young Driver’s 45 nationwide venues. The tin can be used to save up for more lessons or to help towards a first car fund!

The voucher entitles the recipient to a 30-minute lesson in which they will learn to navigate a realistic road system complete with road signs, junctions and car parks.

The Young Driver experience is a welcome gift for parents too. Shockingly, one in five newly qualified drivers crash within six months of passing their test. Only 8% of drivers are aged 17 – 24 and yet they account for a worrying 30 per cent of people who are killed in cars every year. But for Young Driver past pupils, the rate of accidents in the first six months after passing their test drops by more than a half, to fewer than one in 10.

The special money box and 30 minute lesson voucher gift pack costs £37.50 and can be purchased exclusively via the website

Or by calling 0844 371 9010.

Festive Caddy for Chinese New Year

Festive Tea Caddy from Newby Teas

This Chinese New Year, discerning tea drinkers will be able to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Rooster with Newby’s beautifully-designed Festive Tea Caddy, containing a limited edition, irresistible blend of Newby’s award-winning Assam tea and the finest almonds.

Providing the perfect way to add flavour to a jubilant Chinese New Year, the Rooster caddy celebrates the 10th sign of the Chinese zodiac in warm colours of gold, brown and yellow, considered lucky for those born under the sign of the Rooster. Taking inspiration from centuries-old Chinese Imperial art, the intricacy of the caddy’s design pays homage to the delicate attention to detail that was characteristic of the Imperial era.

Blended with pieces of the finest quality almond, a light, natural nutty taste perfectly complements the deep malty signature of Newby’s award-winning Assam tea, grown in remote regions of north-east India.

Nirmal Sethia, founder of Newby Teas, philanthropist and owner of the world’s largest private tea accessories collection, the Chitra Collection says, “The year of the Rooster augurs well for 2017, celebrating those who are considered to be hardworking, honest and beautiful. We designed the Rooster caddy with this in mind.

“At Newby Teas we live and breathe design,” he continued, “we believe tea should be a transcendent experience of passion and beauty.”

Gwen Hustwit, General Manager Creative & Marketing at Newby Teas adds, “Our creative team are incredibly proud of this year’s design for Chinese New Year. We designed the caddy to reflect a fusion between East and West, drawing inspiration from Chinese Imperial art and classical Victorian wallpaper design.

“We wanted to celebrate this fusion between two of the world’s most fascinating cultures and the start of a new year, so it can be enjoyed with a cup of some of the Western-world’s most award winning Assam Tea.”

Newby have won more than 130 awards for their innovative products, including more than 30 from the prestigious North American Tea Championship.

Retailing at £15.00, the Festive Rooster Caddy is available to buy exclusively online at

Stay on Track with New Stationery

Family Calendar from The Contemporary Home

The Contemporary Home offers a range of calendars, notebooks and stationery to help you stay on track and keep you up-to-date for the New Year.

The best selling Family Calendar has plenty of room for all your important dates. There's space for five people's activities, with a birthday reminders column and monthly pockets to store all your notes and invitations.

Stickers are included to easily mark events and holidays, and there are pages at the back for recycling dates, useful numbers and a 2018 year planner.

Measurements are 23.5cm width x 25.5cm height x 1.4 cm depth. Price is £12.00.

Two Bright Pink Notebooks from The Contemporary Home

This set of Two Bright Pink Notebooks are perfect for slipping into your handbag to make sure you never miss a trick. With the messages 'Today's the day' and 'this just in', these bright pink, gold and white notebooks will make a welcome New Year's gift.

The perfect present for a list lover or someone who needs a push in the right direction on the organisational front. Price is just £4.00 for the set of two.

Gardener's Notebook from The Contemporary Home

Keen gardeners will love this attractive Gardeners' Notebook. With a cover decorated in beautiful garden-related illustrations, it has an elastic strap to hold the front of it closed to protect it from the elements, and slips easily into a pocket or gardening bag.

Great for storing 'genius ideas' for the garden, or simply to jot down seed numbers, plant information or gardening wish lists. Price is £5.00.

Make do and Mend Notebook from The Contemporary Home

We love this neat little Make do and Mend Notebook. With a beautifully illustrated cover showing all sorts of wonderful crafty things, the brown paper pages are held in place by twine and the entire notebook has a twine tie holding it closed.

It's the perfect gift for anyone arty, crafty or a lover of sewing and dressmaking, and looks authentically vintage and homemade to boot! Price is £3.00.

Wooden Recipes Storage Box from The Contemporary Home

This Wooden Recipes Storage Box is the perfect way to keep your recipes, cookery tips and meal ideas handy.

A great way to accessorise your home and tidy away all the unnecessary clutter, store all your favourite recipes so that they can referred to whenever you are cooking. In rustic wood with limed effect finish, its A4 size keeps all your recipes and cuttings neat and tidy. Price is £17.00

Copper Magazine Rack from The Contemporary Home

Keep your magazines, newspapers, folders and notebooks tidy in this elegant Copper Magazine Rack.

Stylish, cool and more than a little architectural, it looks great in any lounge or home office and even the bedroom or bathroom. Price is £30.00.

For more information about The Contemporary Home click on

Shopping & Gifts

The Get Well Gift Giving Minefield

Anikka Burton, founder of Not Another Bunch of Flowers

Anikka Burton, founder of Not Another Bunch of Flowers

“The best get well gifts are those that lift your spirits, let you escape for a bit with some much-deserved pampering, or serve a practical purpose”, says Anikka Burton, founder of Not Another Bunch of Flowers.

“Creature comforts become so important when you're stuck at home or in hospital recovering from surgery or childbirth, recuperating from illness, going through treatment, or eight months pregnant and barely able to move”, continues Anikka.

Although grateful to every single friend and family member who sent a bunch of flowers as a token of their well wishes, Anikka was completely inundated by bouquets after being diagnosed with cancer, So much so, that she ran out of vases, glasses, pots and pans to put them in!

“I love flowers, don’t get me wrong, and it is lovely to have a few bunches but you don’t need 20 all at the same time”, says Anikka. “And many people don’t know that they are now banned in many hospitals, so my friends also sent me flower deliveries following my operations that I never even got to enjoy.”

Not Another Bunch of Flowers offer thoughtful and unique gifts

And so the lightbulb moment came for a website especially for gifts for poorly people, that helps people through the selection process to choose thoughtful and useful gifts. Anikka’s first hand experience had even given her the name for her business.

Flowers only last a week maximum so they are not a gift of longevity, and are now not welcome in many hospitals. Someone with a newborn to deal with won’t have the time to enjoy them, and there’s allergies and sensitivities to think about. It is also almost guaranteed that they will have received a few bunches already so why buy flowers when there are so many other thoughtful things you can opt for instead.

Not Another Bunch of Flowers are handpicked for a personal touch

The gifts on Not Another Bunch of Flowers are handpicked with this in mind - and a proportion of all profits are donated to charities that help support patients facing challenging illnesses, conditions and diagnoses, and invest in research to help find more treatments and cures.

Traditional edible treats given as gifts, such as choccies and fruits, may also not be suitable depending on the situation. If you’re buying for someone undergoing some form of cancer treatment, it’s important to know that many patients opt to, or are recommended to, avoid ingredients such as dairy. Other patients also avoid sugar, but in Not Another Bunch of Flowers’ gift collection some luxury, low-sugar, dairy-free chocolates are included.

Mummy Bee Gifts for new mums from Not Another Bunch of Flowers

Toiletries are another frequent item for gifting, however many cancer patients opt or are recommended to avoid chemicals such as parabens and sulphates, and even certain natural ingredients and essential oils are best avoided. Not Another Bunch of Flowers’ body and bath gift sets all contain natural ingredients, are high quality, and make lovely, pampering gifts.

Mums-to-be and new mums often go through a journey to a more natural beauty regime, so for loved ones who deserve a little pampering TLC there is a lovely selection of pampering goodies that are also natural and free from nasties. There is something for everyone.

Traditional cards with their “get well soon” messaging are often not suitable as in many cases people may not get better. Emily McDowell’s empathy cards help people to find the words that they often struggle to find.

 Emily McDowell’s empathy cards help people to find the words that they often struggle to find

Not Another Bunch of Flowers also offer a new bespoke gift box subscription for regular gift deliveries. The service is completely bespoke but was introduced with the intention of sending a gift to coincide with every chemotherapy session (usually 6 gifts in total with a gift sent every 3 weeks.)

All gifts from Not Another Bunch of Flowers are lovingly wrapped free of charge with a handwritten message of your choice.

Also on the site are natural fibre nightwear, pillows, quilts, jewellery, chemotherapy gifts, hospital gifts, gifts for new Mums and Mums-to-be, gifts under £10 and much more.

Not Another Bunch of Flowers offer thoughtful and unique gifts for all the family

For details about Not Another Bunch of Flowers visit

Gorgeous Gifts from Live Love Laugh

Three Bottles with Charms and Lace Ribbon from Live Laugh Love

Live Laugh Love offers a gorgeous selection of gifts for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, retirement, housewarming and brightening up your own home.

This pretty Set of Three Bottles with Charms and Lace Ribbon will make a delightful housewarming gift or use them to brighten up your own home. This set of three decorative bottles all have different designs and lace bows.

They have cute metal Starfish, Seahorse and Fish charms that add a nautical look but can be removed for a more everyday appearance. Fill them with a single stem or small bunch of flowers. Price is £4.95.

Smoky Silver Ceramic Square Plate from Live Laugh Love

Serve your chocolates, canapés, fruit or dinner party nibbles on this gorgeous Smoky Silver Ceramic Square Plate.

This ceramic plate has a gorgeous smoky silver colour and is perfect for entertaining and giving your home a little classic sparkle. Price is £4.95.

Pink Chunky Glass Tea Light Holder from Live Laugh Love

This pretty Pink Chunky Glass Tea Light Holder is made from high quality glass and can be used in a variety of ways from a vase to a candle holder. Its faceted sides with reflect the warm glow of a tea light and create an ambient atmosphere.

Use as a centre piece for a special event or just dot in among a subtle pink display to show depth in colour and design. Price is £2.95.

Lace Heart Basket from Live Laugh Love

This Lace Heart Basket has real vintage charm, its filigree flower design is so pretty and looks delightful filled with potpourri, soap or flower petals.

Use around the home to garnish a bathroom, guest room, bedroom or window sill. Price is £2.95.

Red Stripe Anchor Bathroom Tumbler from Live Laugh Love

We just love this Red Stripe Anchor Bathroom Tumbler. It is made of glazed ceramic with bright red stripes and blue anchor.

The word ocean at the back inside rim of the cup finishes this nautical piece off just lovely. Ideal for your toothbrush and paste. Perfect for a guest bedroom or main bathroom. Price is £5.95.

'Life is Best When You're at the Beach' plaque from Live Laugh Love

Brighten up your home with this cheery  'Life is Best When You're at The Beach' plaque.

This nautical sign "Life is Best when You're at The Beach" has a lovely distressed look, it has a slatted facia and pale blue paint. Hanging from knotted twine with two white stars, this sign will give any room a reminder of those special days out at the seaside. Price is £3.95.

For more information visit the website at

    Why You Should
     Start Saving for
Christmas 2017 Now

Start Saving for Christmas 2017 Now!

So the Christmas buzz has just finished, the leftovers are barely cold and you probably would rather do anything else than think about Christmas 2017, however now is the time to start planning, saving and shopping for next Christmas. Online voucher code and money saving website  are sharing their top money saving tips, to ensure that Christmas 2017 is the most affordable Christmas you will ever have.

They have created this video which offers money saving tips, advice on how to plan and budget and guidance on when to buy. So if you have over spent this Christmas, or not been as organised as you could be and found yourself stressed then check it out!

Speaking about the money saving video, Managing Director of My Voucher Codes, Chris Reilly says, “Although Christmas may come but once a year, the effects can be felt well into the New Year, especially if you find yourself in debt after overspending. Organisation can be hard, especially if you’re in charge of sorting everything out for the big day whilst keeping control of the family.

Christmas is about spending times with loved ones, and sometimes the pressure of creating the perfect Christmas can overshadow that, and that is why we want to help families cut down on costs over Christmas, cut out the stress, and look back on the day with happy memories which is why we have produced a money saving and organising video, packed full of tips.”

He adds, “With careful early planning and budgeting you need not find yourself in debt for Christmas, nor running around like a mad person on Christmas Eve finishing off all the shopping. After all, lack of organisation is a big reason for people overspending. Our top money saving tips should ensure your Christmas 2017 goes off without a hitch.”

Start saving for Christmas 2017 now

Shop Boxing Day for Christmas 2017

Pick up sale bargains such as:

· Festive jumpers
· Toys
· Cards/Gift wrap
· Decorations
· Non-perishable gifts

In 2017

Get your finances in order:

· Set up a specific savings accounts and set aside a set amount each month for Christmas and do not touch it!

Start planning early:

· Keeping track of who you have to buy for
· Record when you have bought something
· Track how much you have been spending

The benefits

· Will help you keep on top of costs, when buying throughout the year.
· It will also stop you from over buying or making unnecessary purchases.

Pick up a bargain:

· Hit the sales: winter, summer or mid-season sales, and in the run up to Christmas 2017, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
· Keep your eye out for voucher codes on sites like My Voucher Codes when buying items that are not in the sale.
· Many outlets run different voucher codes throughout the year whether it’s for money off specific items, or if they are given as rewards for signing up for mailing lists.

Be resourceful:

· If you can’t find anything you want with a gifted gift vouchers, use it to buy gifts for someone else or sell it online with Zeek and put the money you make towards Christmas 2017.
· Save money by making gifts, start prepping/planning as early in the year as you can and don’t leave it until the last minute, as you will give up and revert to buying.
· Competitions are a great way to try and win cool free stuff, if you don’t need it for yourself, why not gift it to a loved one?
· Use cashback sites like Quidco and Top Cash Back when buying online throughout the year and put the money you get back towards your gifts.
· Always follow your favourite shops on social media to make sure you are the first to know about any money off deals or upcoming sales.

About My Voucher Codes

My Voucher Codes is the leading voucher, coupon and discount deals website in the UK.

For more information about My Voucher Codes click on


Get Creative with the
  Whimsical Fashion
     Colouring Book 

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book by Natasha Itzcovitz

Release your inner fashionista and get creating with the brand new fashion colouring book by Natasha Itzcovitz.

Fashion designer, Natasha Itzcovitz, has created her debut colouring book with 100 hand-drawn fashion illustrations to spark the imagination of everyone who enjoys fashion, history, style and fun to colour in pictures.

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion Design, Natasha has created a world of crazy and wacky outfits that follow fashion through the ages, from famous icons such as Jane Austen and Mary Antoinette, to more contemporary styles including boho chic and hipster street designs.

Colour in this pretty picture of Mary Antoinette in The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book invites you to discover your inner fashionista and create fabulous outfits no matter what your style.

"Adult colouring books are so much fun and this is a great way for people to see my designs and ideas, some of which I've never had a chance to design but have always wanted to share," explains author, Natasha Itzcovitz.

Colour in this pretty winter scene in The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book

The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book is published by Troubador. Price is £8.99 for the paperback.

For more information about the book and to buy your copy click on

The colouring book is also available to buy from 

      Quirky Gifts
  from Red Candy

Koziol Luigi Spoon Rest from Red Candy

Check out the quirky range of Gifts from Red Candy.

This delightful Koziol Luigi Spoon Rest is a charming modern kitchen article that will become the instant centre of attention in your kitchen.

Little Luigi stands atop his gondola waiting patiently for you to finish using his oar as a spoon, and when you’re done he’ll accept it back with open arms and be on his way! The red Luigi spoon rest by Koziol comes with a wooden spoon, and all components are dishwasher safe.

This charming modern spoon rest lets you free up space in your drawers too. Who in their right minds would hide this little fella away? Price is £18.50.

Really Long Sausage Dog Bookends from Red Candy

Add some character to your bookshelves with these delightful Really Long Sausage Dog Bookends. The bookends feature silhouettes of the front and back ends of a cute dachshund, and use books to make up their iconic long bodies. These adorable dogs are the perfect inspiration, as no matter how many books you position in-between each book end, it won’t look out of proportion.

The perfect gift for dog owners and animal lovers, they come with a funky mint silicone collar as a funky finishing touch. A brilliant way to turn a usually boring storage solution into a cute talking point. Price is £15.00.

Umbra Hangit Desk Photo Display from Red Candy

Spice up your desk space with the Umbra Hangit Desk Photo Display.  The crisp white stand has two clothes lines hanging across, plus nine adorable mini pegs. This quirky photo display is a creative way to show off your favourite mementos, photos, postcards, memos, tickets and children’s drawings.

The combination of white and wooden pegs gives this funky multi photo frame an unmistakeably Scandinavian feel. Whether you are looking for a photo display for your office desk, home study or simply something to stand on your coffee table, the desk Hangit is perfect for you. Price is £15.00.

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