Christmas

  • Christmas Eve Traditions

    Christmas EVE trad

    Christmas Eve is possibly THE most exciting night of the year, and it can terribly difficult to wait for Santa to bring his sack of goodies.

    Whether you are very little or not quite so little anymore, we all spend far too much time having a squeeze of the pressies, trying to work out what they might be. Whether its socks, or the latest console, it’s painful waiting.

    So jazz up your evening with a Christmas Eve box!

    A Christmas Eve box consists of all the Christmassy things which are necessary for a snuggly night on the sofa with your loved ones to get you in the seasonal spirit.

    Essentials

    - A new snuggly set of pj’s are an absolute must, the softer the better. Team them up with some fluffy bed socks, or go all out and get yourself a onesie!

    - Hot chocolate in your favourite personalised mug. Nothing can make you feel cozier than a hot chocolate when it’s snowy and cold outside. Cover it in marshmallows, and for you older ones, drop in a touch of Brandy to make it that extra bit special. Check out some recipes below!

    - A Christmas film. Whether it’s an old black and white classic, or features a grown man running around in an elf suit screaming 'SANTA', it’s completely obligatory to snuggle up with a Christmas film, as there is so many good ones to choose from!

    - Christmas cookies and other baked goods. This is where you get to get creative! A time to get messy and make some sugary snacks, and be able to eat them whilst they are still warm, is even better...

    - Reindeer dust - make up sachets of glitter and oats to sprinkle over your garden, just so that Santa and his reindeer know where they need to make their stop. Don't forget to put out a few carrots too!

    - A Christmas story. 'Twas the night before Christmas' never gets old, and the bookshops are now crammed with fun stories to get your imagination running away to the North Pole. A lovely way to settle the little ones to a peaceful night’s sleep before all the excitement of Christmas really begins.

    - For the adults - get yourself a second Brandy filled Hot Chocolate. You’re going to need it.....

    Tell us about your Favourite Christmas Eve traditions on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear them.

  • The Ultimate Gift Guide

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    Gifts for Mum

    Best Mum Collage Mug

    Create a gift that celebrates just how special your mum is with this collage mug. Personalise with 7 photographs as well as a message, for a  sweet sentimental gift she is sure to love.

    Personalised Gardening gloves

    Does your mum have green fingers?? Why not treat her to these luxurious gardening gloves so that she can be stylish and practical all at once. Choose from a range of 3 colour options, and personalise with a monogram of her initials for that extra special touch.

    Personalised rolling pin

    There is nothing better than when your mum gets the flour out, so why not give her a reason to get her bake on this Christmas! Customise with her name and a special message that will bring a smile to her face with every cake she makes!

     Gifts for Dad

    Personalised Drumsticks

    For all the Dad’s who love to bang a drum, why not get him his very own set? Add a message or personalise with his name, and make him the envy of all his friends.

    Personalised Brown Leather Wallet

    How about this super suave brown leather wallet to show your dad just how much you care. Personalise with his initials and he will never have an excuse to lose it!

    Personalised Beer Trug

    Why have one beer when you can have 6? This personalised beer trug holds 6 large beers, so that he won’t have far to reach for the next one!

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    Teenage Boys

    Time to be an Adult Mug

    Give him a poke in the right direction with this personalised message mug. Add your message to the back, the perfect place to remind him to do his washing!

    Boys

    Always be yourself Print

    For all your superhero loving boys! Choose from Spiderman or Ironman and keep their dreams alive

     For the girls

    Teenage girls

    Personalised Cherish Heart Necklace

    For all the girls who love to accessorise, why not treat her to this little gem? Personalise with her name, and make her day on Christmas.

    Girls

    Gardening Tool Kit

    The perfect present to inspire your little girl to get messy in the garden. The set includes a fork, trowel and a pair of gloves, which can be personalised with her name.

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    Awesome Nan Mug

    Show your Nan just how sweet she really is. Personalise with a special photo to create a perfect memento from your happiest moments.

    Personalised Sentiments Glass Vase

    A vase perfect for filling your home with beauty and beautiful flowers, perfect for any nan who loves beautiful things. This can be personalised with any message to make it that extra bit special.

     For Grandad

    Personalised Brandy Warmer

    For making his evening tipple a little more indulgent. Personalise the glass with initials and his name, and be sure he will be delighted come Christmas morning.

    Family Tree Print

    A lovely way to celebrate your loving family. With the option for 4 generations of family, choose from a range of colours for a beautiful print that any family member will love.

  • 10 Rubbish Christmas Gifts

    Rubbish Christmas Gifts

    Although it’s the season of giving, it’s a wonderful feeling when you receive a well thought out gift. However now and again Santa doesn’t quite deliver the goods, and you’re left with gifts that will just clutter your cupboards. We’ve put together a list of all the rubbish Christmas gifts we have received over the years.

    1. Obviously Socks has to be number one on this list (although they are useful, you could buy these any old day of the year yourself)

    2. Christmas Jumpers (as you have to wait a whole year to wear it again, unless you like to start early on the festive cheer)

    3. Chocolates (as Christmas is already an over indulgent affair)

    4. Shampoo or Shower Gel Gift Sets (same principle as socks and also these never get used, even though you keep meaning to use them)

    5. Car Accessories (again same principle as the socks and shampoo, gifts like car mats, car tidies or touches not really gifts)

    6. Gifts that aren’t meant for you (when someone buys you a gift that’s really for them)

    7. Books (related to topics you aren’t interested in and end up on a bookshelf unread)

    8. Book Tokens (if you aren’t a big reader, and will probably expire before you think to use it)

    9. Badly made knitted clothing (that you feel you have to wear when the knitter visits)

    10. DVD’s or CD’s (that you wouldn’t watch or listen to in a million years)

    Go the extra mile this year and get your loved ones gifts that are especially made for them, why not try giving personalised gifts.

  • Awful Christmas Cracker Jokes

    Awful Christmas Cracker Jokes

    After you’ve opened all your gifts and before you’ve eaten a single Brussel sprout, it’s time for the retelling of some awful Christmas Cracker Jokes! Sometimes they can be so bad that they’re good. Here are some of the most awful cracker jokes that we could find! They might make you laugh but probably not…

     

    What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?

    Claustrophobia!

     

    What do they sing at a snowman's birthday party?

    Freeze a jolly good fellow

     

    Why does Santa have three gardens?

    So he can 'ho ho ho'!

     

    What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

    A Christmas Quacker!

     

    What do you call a cat in the desert?

    Sandy Claws!

     

    What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk?

    Jingle Smells!

     

    What do Santa's little helpers learn at school?

    The elf-abet.

     

    What do you call a three-legged donkey?

    A wonky donkey.

     

    There are plenty of these jokes around, we’re not sure who writes them or even how they have become rooted into one of our Christmas Day traditions. But we have to admit that we love them, no matter how bad they are.

  • Weird & Wonderful Christmas Traditions From Around The World...

    We all have our own seasonal traditions whether it's to open a little present on Christmas Eve or if it's to put your Christmas tree up on the 1st of December.  Amongst the chaos of Christmas, there are lots of traditions from all over the world that aren't universal and many countries and cultures set their own weird and wonderful traditions.

    Whether it’s having additional magical gift givers such as La Befana from Italy or the Yule Lads from Iceland, to unusual decorations like the Christmas Pickle from America or the Christmas spider web from Ukraine there are lots of exciting traditions that might make ours look a little boring!

    Christmas around the world Checked again!What are your Christmas traditions? Why not tell us on our Facebook Page, we'd love to hear from you!

  • 12 Ways You Knew it was Christmas When You Were Young

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    We all have those magical Christmas memories from when we were younger of how the Christmas season used to be. And every year at one moment or another we find ourselves reminiscing.

    Remembering the anticipation of Christmas day, not being able to sleep Christmas night, then fearing that Santa wouldn’t turn up because you were still wide awake. And in the morning being completely surprised that he’d eaten the mince pie and Rudolf had eaten his carrot. That was all the proof you needed, well that and the fact that he’d left presents under the tree. The magic lived on…

    Which ones do you remember?  

    1. When writing your Christmas list you included page numbers and product codes from a certain catalogue.
    2. Starred in your school nativity wearing a dressing gown and a towel and not being able to resist waving at your parents.
    3. Trying to wake up your parents at a ridiculous hour and getting sent back to bed, waiting for your parents to wake up felt like an eternity.
    4. Breaking at least one new toy on Christmas day
    5. Watching lots and lots of Christmas films back to back
    6. Being forced to eat at least one Brussel Sprout on Christmas Day
    7. When you were very little being terrified of visiting Santa’s Grotto, you’re not sure what terrified you all you know is that something did.
    8. Skipping ahead on your advent calendar, then feeling instantly guilty
    9. Showing off your new bike to the kids in your neighbourhood.
    10.  Last day at school you just played lots of board games and watched films and it was the best day ever.
    11. Having to wait until after Christmas dinner to open your “main presents”
    12. Weeks before Christmas Day, going on a hunt to find your presents. Then instantly regretting it once you’d found them!

    What are your favourite memories from Christmas when you were younger? Let us know on our Facebook Page 

  • Top Secret Santa Gifts

    Are you struggling this year to decide on what to get your Secret Santa Gifts? Don't panic we have some wonderful gifts to choose from. If you have pulled a name of the hat and you aren't sure on what to get them, we have a whole host of gifts that would be perfect!

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  • Hot & Fuzzy Christmas Drinks

    To get into the spirit of the season, we have tried and tested some gorgeous hot chocolates. And it won't take long to whip up something scrumptious, and you might pick up a few tricks along the way. As we found out there's a lot more to making a hot chocolate then cocoa powder and milk, there are numerous combinations to make the perfect hot chocolate! All you need is a microwave and a mug to get started!

    So, grab your ingredients and a mug and you’re all set. Whether you fancy something extra chocolatey or something a little bit minty, you're minutes away from a real treat!

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  • The Art of B2B Christmas Gift Giving

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    How to show your customer’s you care…

    We all love gifts, something that has been carefully hand picked, personalised with care and has been especially chosen for you. What’s not to love? It’s great to share your Christmas joy with others, what better way to do that then with your loyal customers or clients! As the title of this article suggests there is an art to business to business Christmas gift giving. Giving the right gift can be a cost effective way to build a sense of partnership with your valued customers or clients.

    Provided that you consider the following factors: suitability, personality, timing and presentation. Why are these factors important? Firstly great care should be taken that the gift is appropriate to the business relationship. You want to send the right message about your business.

    With this is mind it is great when a gift has personality, if it in some way reflects the gift recipient. Whether you are trying to build on the foundations of your business relationship or make an introduction to a business, the impression you make is important. Like the age out saying goes “you will never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
    Timing, you’ve got this one in the bag. The best time to send a gift is around a special season, Christmas is the perfect time. Finally presentation, this goes hand in hand with making the right impression. The best gifts are the ones where you have put special care in selecting and preparing it. It also comes down to the finishing touches, for instance a hand written thank you note or some fancy wrapping paper can go a long way.

    The purpose of gift giving is to increase business activity. For instance when picking your gifts it can be a good idea to pick something long lasting and useful; for example personalised desk items are a popular choice. The theory behind it is that your customer will spend all day looking at it so they will remember your company.

    Still not convinced? – Here are a few benefits

    Reasons why you should give gifts to your customers over the Christmas period.

    1. Depending on what your company specialises in you should carefully consider your marketing strategy for over the Christmas period, the focus should be something like “customer delight” or “giving back to your clients.” Gift giving fits perfectly into this, as you are saying a big thank you to your loyal customers or clients!

    2. Secondly putting thought and effort into the gift you give can show your customers how much you value and acknowledge their custom.

    3. Gift giving can get your business noticed! Think of it as investing in your business. It can affirm relationships and enhance the personal connection between you and your customers or clients.

    4. It’s a fun opportunity to show off your creative skills, for example you could design you own Christmas card or Mug.

    Getting Started!

    Now that you’re convinced that there are some real benefits for your business giving gifts to your customers or clients, you’re ready to dive into the Art of B2B Christmas Gift Giving.
    Before you start shopping for the perfect gift it’s essential to do some research, in order to put together an effective “gift strategy”. After all you are making an investment in your business, you want to make sure it will be worthwhile.

    A good place to start is by looking into the ethics of gift giving. Check a company’s polices on receiving gifts. As some companies bar all gifts. Or in some cases there are restrictions in place on the value of a gift. If this is the case a safe bet would be to send a personalised Christmas card.

    Other ethics you should consider are to avoid anything that can be perceived as a bribe, this can do more harm than good for example giving a high value item such as a tablet. In addition to this it is also a good idea to avoid being too personal with your gift, as again it can send the wrong message for example giving perfume or aftershave. Look at gift giving as a subtle, long-term process of relationship building. Within the research stage you should think about what your underlining motive is to sending a gift.

    Although you are sending a gift under the Christmas season buzz, there needs to be something you are trying to achieve. Whether it is to motivate your customers to get in touch or you want to remind them of your great services.

    The Etiquette

    When thinking of getting your customers or clients gifts there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Firstly, you need to put some thought into the impression you want to make with the gift. What does the gift say about your company? How will it be perceived? For example a Personalised Mug is a highly practical item and is of very good taste. There are three things you want to make sure the gift you give is: high quality, useful and long lasting.

    To ensure your gift is the most effective, you should avoid giving the traditional bottle of wine and chocolates. Although they can make nice gifts, think about it like this they can be consumed quickly meaning that your company will not be remembered!

    Ideal Christmas Gifts

    After all that, it’s time to start shopping! Keep in mind you want something that is relevant to your brand and appropriate for your customer or client, it might seem like a tall order but there are thousands of gift combinations you could give, here are just a few!

    - Promotional Mugs: a personalised mug is easy to adapt to your brand and is very useful for your customer!

    - Personalised Office Supplies: in general are a safe bet as they are highly practical. Things like Mouse Mats, Notebooks or Paperweights. You want to ensure any artwork you use is of good taste and high quality.

    - Golf Ball Set: obviously this one is only appropriate if you know your customer or client is a golfer!

    - Personalised Keyring: this is the perfect gift to go alongside a personalised Christmas package.

    - A Personalised Glass: again like the personalised mug it is very easy to brand and is a highly convenient gift.

    - Personalised T-shirts: if this suits your brand then this is a brilliant fun and playful gift.

    - Personalised Face Masks: this is a very fun gift to give as part of a Christmas package!

    - Donation to Charity: a donation to your customers or clients favourite charity in their name, is a great gift to consider.

    You could go for a selection of gifts, as part of a Christmas package. And for an added extra you could also consider giving a Christmas card and a personalised thank you note.

    Now there’s no need to panic, you still have time to show your customers you care! We have a bundle of promotional gifts, check them out and give us a call!

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