• 10 Lies Your Mum Told You When You Were Little

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    Remember this classic little lie “eat your carrots, they will help you to see in the dark?” That’s the kind of thing we have all heard as kids. One of the best ones has to be “we’ll see” it’s not even a full lie, it’s a simple yet very effective way of way dodging an outright no. That also goes for “because I said so” another timely classic, that never seems to disappear from generation to generation.

    Here are some more lies you may have heard as a kid…

    1. They don’t sell replacement batteries for that toy
    2. If the ice cream truck is playing music it means they ran out of ice cream
    3. The dog/ rabbit/ hamster/ cat went to live on the farm
    4. We’ll come back later and buy it
    5. I saw that because I have eyes in the back of my head
    6. Santa won’t come if you don’t go to bed
    7. If you cross your eyes they will stay like that
    8. I’m leaving without you!
    9. We’re almost there!
    10. I never would have done that when I was your age [insert parent woe story here]

    What are your favourite little lies your parents told you as a kid? Let us know on our Facebook page! 

  • 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


    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!

  • We all love Tea!

    It's a well-known fact that we all love tea, to put that into numbers approximately 40% of the nation's daily fluid intake is tea! It doesn't matter what kind of tea you like whether its green tea or the classic English Breakfast, with a cuppa in your hand you can solve any of the days problems. Find out what kind of tea drinker you are below!

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  • It's Coffee Time!

    To celebrate International Coffee Day we have put together a few facts that you might not know.


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    Check out our new Pirate Mugs, and don’t forget to talk like a Pirate on 19th September 2015!

  • Fun Things to do this Summer when it's Raining!

    Looking for more activities to do this summer holidays, we've come up with a few more to keep the kid's busy for hours!

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    When the British summer fails you, and its pouring outside we've got some fun activities to save the afternoon!

    Header - Hide and seekThis game is more fun when it's getting dark outside or it's a really dull day. 

    1. Close all the curtains and blinds, try to make it as dark as possible
    2. Draw straws to see you will be the Seeker, give the chosen Seeker a timer
    3. Set the timer for 3 minutes
    4. While the Timer is counting down, Hiders go HIDE!
    5. After the Timer is up Seeker go find the Hiders!


    Header - fortThis will really get your imagination going! Get ready to build your own fort!

    1. Collect all the blankets, duvets and cushions you have
    2. Think about how big you want your fort, so that you select the best room to build it in
    3. Use a sofa, chairs or tables as the base support.
    4. Now all you have to do is get building! (Using an assortment of blankets, duvets, cushions, fairy lights etc)
    5. Now your awesome fort is assembled it’s ready to become your castle!


    Header - Treasure Hunt

    This is a really exciting game that can last for hours, with the little pirates trying to capture their lost treasure!

    1. Firstly choose a worthy treasure (ie. chocolates, water gun, bubbles etc)
    2. Create a map of the house using lots of different colours and materials (make it come to life!)
    3. Hide the treasure where no one will find it (well hopefully they will eventually!)
    4. Place clues around your house (ie. riddles, puns, anything to help the little pirates find their treasure)
    5. Little pirates get finding!


    Header - contestThis can be a singing content or an anything goes kind of contest!

    1. Create a stage, this could be anything, any open space in your home
    2. Select the judges and think about how you want to set the contest up (ie. do you want different rounds, is it a singing content or is it anything goes)
    3. Chose a worthy prize
    4. Talent contestants pick your talent!
    5. Contestants get performing and best of luck!


    If your looking for more activities check out our other blog post Fun Things to do this Summer!

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