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Born in 1983, the lovable Care Bears
exploded onto greeting cards, soft toys,
cartoons and everything else imaginable.
Each Care Bear has a tummy symbol that
represents his or her personality.
Collectible, available in every colour
of the rainbow, Care Bears have been
going strong for almost 30 years and are
back for 2015 to appeal to a new
generation of Care Bear fans!
Care Bears are making a comeback in 2015
with a brand new toy range and an
animated series currently airing on Tiny
Pop. The range will consist of a new
cuddly collection of beanies and full
size toys featuring a host of instantly
recognisable Care Bears characters old
Grumpy Bear, Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear
and Share Bear have been re-created as
8” collectable Beanies (RRP £7.99 each)
with medium size soft and cuddly
versions of the four bears plus Harmony
Bear and Tenderheart Bear also available
with accompanying DVD featuring
different episodes of the animated
series (RRP £17.99 each).
Can you remember them all? 20” super
soft versions of favourites Funshine
Bear, Share Bear, Cheer Bear and
Tenderheart Bear each complete with
distinctive tummy symbol motif will also
join the range for 2015 (RRP £24.99), providing the
perfect cuddly companion for Care Bears
fans of all ages.
The new Care Bears toy range is
available from leading retailers
For more information about Care Bears
range click on
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A fast paced and addictive
of chip collecting and card
by Esdevium Games
Splendor is a fast-paced
and addictive game of chip-collecting
and card development. Players are
merchants of the Renaissance trying to
buy gem mines, means of transportation,
shops - all in order to acquire the most
If you're wealthy enough, you might even
receive a visit from a noble at some
point, which of course will further
increase your prestige. On your turn,
you may either collect chips (gems), buy
and build a card, or reserve one card.
If you collect gems, you take either
three different kinds of gem stones or two
gems of the same kind. If you buy a
card, you pay its price in gems and add
it to your playing area. To reserve a
card - in order to make sure you get it,
or, why not, your opponents don't get it
- you place it in front of you face down
for later building; this costs you a
round, but you also get gold in the form
of a joker chip, which you can use as
All of the cards you buy increase your
wealth as they give you a permanent gem
bonus for later buys; some of the cards
also give you prestige points.
In order to win the game, you must reach
15 prestige points before your opponents
and Tested by Jenny Itzcovitz
It was a quiet
Sunday afternoon, so I rounded up my two
faithful board game testers, Daniel and
Paul to play Splendor.
We were immediately impressed with the
high quality of the game. Set in the
Renaissance, the game includes
beautifully illustrated cards, weighted
'Poker' style chips with pictures of
gemstones, and an easy to follow rule
As the leader of a merchant guild, you
invest in mines, send your ships to the
new world, and recruit artisans to help
you on the way. Each player is looking
to build a commercial empire and receive
the visit of a wise monarch or patron
with plenty of resources to help you
acquire glory and prestige.
The game is easy to play, the aim is to
be the first player to get 15 prestige
Each player takes their turn, they can
either stock up on gem stones, buy a
development card, or reserve a card
until they have enough money. Reserving
a card gives you a 'joker' chip which
can be used as the gem of your choice.
This may sound simple, but to win the
game, it's essential to plan which cards
to buy. Look out for the cards with the
highest points and those that will help
you get a set of gem stones of the same
type - such as rubies, emeralds,
diamonds, sapphire or onyx.
Collecting the designated amount of
jewels as shown on the noble tile cards
will help you get a visit from a
nobleman or woman and obtain even more
points. But beware, one of the other
players might have their eye on the same
Once you get the hang of it, the game is
fast and furious, and requires careful
planning and tactics. We played twice,
as it only takes about half an hour for
an average game.
My game players quickly picked up the
best strategy. Paul won the
first game, the second game was close -
but Daniel was the first player to get
15 points. We'll have to schedule a
third game, so I can get my own back ...
but I very much doubt it!
Highly addictive, this is a great game
to play with teenagers or young adults
who enjoy strategic, intelligent games.
Perfect for a rainy day or a break from
the telly, I would highly recommend it.
Splendor is suitable for 2-4
players aged 10 and over. RRP is £24.99.
Splendor is available to buy from
Get ready for
Easter with some great little
gifts from Poundland. Perfect
for last minute treats,
decorating your home, or pocket
money presents for your
grandchildren. Everything is
only £1 each, so you can afford
to fill up your basket!
This cute little Pink Rabbit
Plush cuddly toy
will make an adorable
Easter gift. With a happy smile
and pretty pink bow, give it to
your loved one with an Easter
egg. Price is £1.
This Plush Sheep Teddy has a
lovely festive feel. Perfect as
the prize for your Easter egg
hunt, or a pocket money treat
for the children.
He has cute polka dot ears,
nose, hands and feet. And his
lovely soft white fur makes him
perfect to cuddle up with. He's
Dress up for Easter in this cute
Easter Rabbit Headband.
Perfect for children, the
headband has a cute rabbit face
with a pink heart shaped nose,
fluffy ears and white and pink
paws. Price is £1.
Get creative at Easter with this
Paint Your Own Easter Bunny Kit.
This easy to use set includes
three pots of paints, a paintbrush and a
cute little bunny with a hook.
Once you've painted your bunny
you can hang him up on an Easter
tree or in your garden as part
of your Easter egg hunt. Price
is £1 for the set.
These brightly decorated Easter
Crackers are perfect for an
Easter dinner party, children's
tea party or seasonal
The festive pack includes six
crackers decorated with sheep,
chicks and bunnies. Price is £1.
Decorate your table or make a
bright display on your
mantelpiece with these
fluffy little Easter Chicks.
This handy pack of twelve yellow chicks
is perfect for making a table
display, decorating a cake, or
giving your home a festive
Price is just £1 for the pack.
For more information about
Poundland click on
Fantastic Gift Ideas from
Jessops for Mother's Day
Treat her on Mother’s Day with
the hottest new camera for
social snappers from Jessops.
Easy to use
and get pictures online in an
PEN E-PL7 Compact System
Camera in White +14-42mmII R Lens
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is an
elegant and stylish camera
that's made of premium metal,
enhanced with a leather-look to
give a sophisticated finish.
The E-PL7 features a flip & tilt
1.04M dot touch screen LCD which
is perfect for selfies. The
Built-in Wi-fi lets you
instantly share and post your
images online via smartphone.
RRP is £399.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 + 20
With a cute and compact design,
this camera is easy to use and
suits any style or personality -
perfect gift for any Mother.
Bring immediate fun and
excitement to your day with
these instant photos and instant
The camera is available in a
choice of white, blue, yellow,
pink and black. RRP is £69.
Canvas Prints – ready in 1 hour!
Create a stunning piece of wall
art with one of your most
treasured memories for your
Created in store and
made in one hour – these make
the perfect quick and easy gift!
Prices start from £30.
Jessops Photography Level 1
Is your Mum into photography?
Then why not treat her to
Jessops’ level 1 photography
This course is ideal for those
looking to take the next step
with their camera. It is open to
all DSLR’s, CSC’s, Mirrorless
Systems and Advanced Compact /
Bridge camera users – in summary
if your camera has modes for
Aperture, Shutter or Manual
control Jessops are happy to see
you on the day! Prices
start from £119.
For Jessops’ wide range of
available courses please visit
Products are available to
purchase both in store and
online, please visit the Jessops
website for more gift ideas
A Piece of History
for Your Home
perfect gift for Mother's Day,
picture by Katrina Savage
Mothers around the country can receive a gift
enabling them to display a piece of history in
Buying a poppy stand is the perfect solution and
gift for displaying a ceramic poppy, which more
than eight hundred thousand people have bought
from the Tower of London Remembrance
installation, marking the centenary of the
outbreak of the First World War.
The stand is made from brushed stainless steel
and has a single hole through which the poppy
stem can be placed.
Many people who have bought a ceramic poppy are
still waiting to receive them due to a backlog
on the delivery. As a result Metalcraft, the
company behind the stands, is still seeing a
steady rate of about 400 units sold each week,
with more sales being made by women than men.
Managing director David Sugarman says, “We are
delighted we can provide an innovative solution
for the thousands of people who have purchased a
“The poppies are priceless and we wanted to
design a something that would match the beauty
and emotionally-charged symbolism of the
“We are glad that so many people are still
purchasing the stand and are happy to keep
making them for as long as there is demand.”
The idea to create a suitable product to exhibit
the treasured memento came from David Sugarman’s
wife, Ann. “As soon as my poppy arrived in the
post I wanted to put it on display. I didn’t
want to plant it in the garden in case it got
damaged, but I couldn’t find a vase suitable
that would show off its beauty and elegance
whilst also protecting its fragility. That is
when I came up with the design idea for the
display stand”, she explains.
David Sugarman took his wife’s idea into work
the next day and asked one of his expert
fabricators to work up the design, and an hour
later, they had produced a prototype for the
David Sugarman instantly saw the potential for
the item. He knew that Metalcraft’s reputation
for its craftsmanship and metalwork expertise
meant they could manufacture and deliver the
highest quality British-made product to market
just as the 888, 246 ceramic poppies landed on
people’s doorsteps around the world.
Stand, picture by Steve Milford
Retailing at £19.99 (plus postage and packing)
and with £1 from every sale going to the six
service charities supported by the
Tower of London
project, Metalcraft’s poppy memorial stand makes
the perfect gift to decorate the mantelpiece for
To buy your Poppy Stand visit the website at
Your Mum Round with a Demijohn Carousel
Give your mum the best Mother’s Day gift ever
that warms her heart – a Demijohn Liqueur
Carousel of the most delicious unusual artisan
Nestled in a hand-crafted presentation rack are
three sleek Goccia 100ml bottles filled with
Organic Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, fruity Damson Gin
and velvety smooth Spiced Rum.
If this combination doesn’t appeal Demijohn can
offer many other Mother’s Day gift ideas using
any combination of its 30 or so liqueurs,
spirits, fruit vinegars or oils so you will
spoilt for choice. Just take a peek at the
Demijohn website and you won’t leave empty
Demijohn have some extra special offers – one lucky mother can win a Liqueur
Carousel from a competition through their
website and in their shops. Or if you are a
Demijohn fan (sign up to their newsletter) you
can get a discount and free delivery for a
But hurry – stocks are limited of the carousels
as they handmade - order your mum a very special
As an added bonus Demijohn will add a
personalised message for free, making this great
Mother’s Day gift extra special. All three
drinks make excellent after dinner tipples which
your mum will be sure to love after a Mother’s
Day meal or be very inventive and create a
special Mum’s cocktail.
For more information about the Demijohn Liqueur
Carousel click on
Prezzybox offers a gorgeous selection of gifts
for Mother's Day, Easter, birthdays and
This beautiful and delicate clock will look
stunning in your bedroom. Get your home ready
for spring with pastels and florals, this clock
will fit in anywhere! Decorate your bedside
table with this beautiful Mother’s Day present.
With a distressed finish, this clock is perfect
for a ladies dressing room. The romantic rose
pink colour has a tired painted effect featuring
Victorian styled patterns on the face of the
clock, great for vintage lovers.
Sit this stunning stand-alone clock on any table
for a homely feel. Price is £19.95.
You must be ‘Yolk’ing?! Egg on Toast – made from
chocolate! Make someone smile at Easter with
this quirky Egg on Toast gift set. Expertly
handmade using white and dark Belgian chocolate,
and coloured with natural carmine this fabulous
food has a very realistic appearance.
Complete with cutlery, this cool alternative to
the Easter egg is simply delicious and chocolate
fanatics everywhere will want one. So munch on a
brunch with a difference. This awesome egg on
toast chocolate box is great for anyone this
Crack a smile with this fun feast available for
Flamingos are a thing of fashion and Ted Baker have
created a sweet scent to feature this beautiful
creature. We bring you the Ted Baker Miami Apple
and Passion fruit reed diffuser!
Mother’s Day is on the way, and with her home as
a sanctuary, give her the gift of a perfumed
space. Infused with a delicious aroma of star
apple and passion fruit, a delightful infusion
of cocktails will drift through your home.
The ceramic bottle is beautifully designed with
a textured quilt type effect and finished by
hand. With a mock wax seal and flamingo label
this luxury diffuser is perfect for a stylish
interiors lover, and will instantly become the
heart of the home with its warm tones and fruity
fragrance. Price is £24.45.
For more details click on