Christmas Gifts Guide 1 For Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sony Christmas Gift Guide 2017

SRS-XB10 – EXTRA BASS Portable Wireless Speaker

EXTRA BASS™ for deep, punchy sound
Compact, portable design
Up to 16 hours of battery life
Water-resistant for worry-free use
Price: £60 / ‎€69

NW-WS620 – Waterproof Walkman

Waterproof (salt water) for worry-free use
Works in temperatures from -5°C to 45°C
Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
Ambient Sound mode
3 minute quick charge for 60 minutes playback
Price: £140 / ‎€179

MDR-XB50BS – EXTRA BASS™ Wireless Sports In-ear Headphones

EXTRA BASS™ sound with deep, punchy low end
Wireless Bluetooth® connection for unrestricted movement
Long-lasting 8.5 hour battery life
Splash-proof IPX4 design for all-weather use
Price: £70 / ‎€79

FDR-X3000 – 4K Action Cam with Wi-Fi & GPS

4K Ultra HD for four times the detail of Full HD
170° ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar® lens for panoramic shots
SteadyShot is 3 times more effective (not supported in 4K mode)
Enhanced Full HD captures crisp, clear images in rich colour
Record fast-moving action at Full HD 120p for beautiful slo-mo
Accessories include; Live View Remote, Waterproof Case up to 60 metres and Finger Grip
Price: £499 / €65

WH-1000XM2- Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Unique Ambient Sound mode, Personal NC Optimizer and Quick Attention mode in this headband style
Atmospheric Pressure Optimising feature analyses your surrounding atmospheric pressure and improves the NC performance
Enhanced to be capable of up to 40 hours of battery life with an audio cable or up to 30 hours battery life in wireless
Price: £330 / €400

WI-1000X – behind-the-neck wireless noise cancelling headphones

Atmospheric pressure optimising mode.
zip style cable management and vibration alerts for incoming calls
Enhanced to be capable of up to 40 hours of battery life with an audio cable or up to 30 hours battery 10 hours of battery life with a wireless connection or, to make the most of in-flight entertainment, up to 14 hours via a wired audio connection with industry leading noise cancellation
Price: £300 / €370

WF-1000X – wireless noise cancelling headphones

Innovative and minimal design lets you place the stylish WF-1000X buds comfortably in your ears
Charge the WF-1000X in the sleekly designed charging case for up to 9 hours of usage.
With a 6mm driver
Price: £200 / €250

NW-A35 – Walkman® with High-Resolution Audio

High-Resolution Audio compatible
Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
S-Master HX digital amplifier for pure sound quality
Price: £180 / €207

SRS-XB40 – Portable Wireless BLUETOOTH® Speaker

EXTRA BASS for deep, punchy sound
Multi-coloured line light, speaker lights and flashing strobe
Up to 24 hours of battery life
Water-resistant for worry-free use
Price: £199/ €207

MDR H900N – h.ear on 2 Wireless NC

High-Resolution audio compatible
Digital noise cancelling and ambient sound mode let you control what you hear
Touch sensor control panel for easy operation
Available in Twilight Red, Pale Gold, Horizon Green, Moonlight Blue and Greyish Black
Price £250

SRS-XB60 – Portable Wireless BLUETOOTH® Speaker

EXTRA BASS for deep, punchy sound
Multi-coloured line light, speaker lights and flashing strobe
Up to 14 hours of battery life
NFC™ and Bluetooth for quick, seamless connection
Price: £300 / €369

LF-S50G – Google Assistant Built-in Wireless Speaker

360° sound to fill your room with balanced sound
Touch-free gesture control for ease of use
Splash-proof design for use around the home
Price: £200

MHC-V90DW – High Power Audio System

Tall speaker stack for spread-out sound
LED lighting and DJ effects with Fiestable app
NFC™ and Bluetooth for quick, seamless connection
Price: £1,200 / €1,499

ILCE-6500 – Premium E-mount APS-C camera

Compatible with interchangeable lenses
24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor extends range
BIONZ X image processing engine delivers more detail with less noise
Price: £1,500 / €2,149

DCS-RX0 – Ultra-compact camera with waterproof and shockproof design

ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm lens with F4.0 aperture
1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor extends range
Waterproof to 10m/33ft, 200kg crushproof and shockproof to 2.0m/6.5ft
BIONZ X image processing engine delivers more detail with less noise
Price: £800 / ‎€850

UHP-X800 – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

DSEE HX™ upscales the original signal’s sampling frequency and bit-depth
Precision HD drive
Integrated Bluetooth®
Price: £400 / €490

HT-MT300 – 2.1ch Compact Soundbar with Bluetooth® technology

Compact design to fit anywhere
Wireless subwoofer with flexible setup
Sofa Mode optimises bass for discreet subwoofer placement
S-Force PRO Front Surround
Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
Price: £250 / €310

DSC-RX100 Family – Compact High Speed Cameras

ZEISS® lens for extra-clear pictures
Exmor CMOS sensors for higher image quality even when dark
BIONZ X image processing
Prices from £499 / €659

LSPX-S1 – Glass Sound Speaker

Glass tube tweeter for clear highs and a 360-degree soundstage
Built-in 50mm woofer gives you a powerful midrange
Dim or brighten LED filament to mimic soft candlelight
Translucent passive radiator delivers deep low frequencies
Stream high-fidelity Bluetooth audio via LDAC
Price: £799


Aldi’s Pamper Gifts range,  is on sale from (7th December), whilst stock lasts!


There’s a real selection of premium products on sale: the Remington Wet2Straight Hair Straighteners (£24.99) make the ideal present for those who are always rushing to get ready. These straighteners have advanced ceramic plates infused with frizz resistant micro conditioner, meaning they can be used on both wet and dry hair.


The options for hairstyling are endless thanks to this Remington Volume & Curl Airstyler (£19.99). With an anti-static, smooth glide ceramic brush, shoppers can switch up their style every day of the week.

There’s also the trendy Facial Cleanser, at just £12.99, which has a high tech oscillating head to deeply cleanse the face. Attachments include a sensitive brush, wrinkle reducer, face massager and a full body brush.


Last, but certainly not least, is Aldi’s Foot Pedi (£7.99), a gentle and effective exfoliator that removes dead, calloused, or hard skin, to leave feet silky soft.

This Christmas, give the gift of pampering to your loved ones (or even yourself!) with Aldi’s premium range of indulgent pamper gadgets.

Ryan Seacrest Distinction available exclusively at Macy’s and offers an array of sportswear, formalwear, and accessories perfect for all your holiday needs. Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down this holiday season, Distinction is sure to have something for everyone.


The quality of being something that is special.

NEW ON > FHOSS Signalling Rucksack &Illuminated Cord! >> See The Light!


Great for men who love cycling. A signalling back pack. Arrows basically light up to indicate if you are going left, right or stopping. It’s all managed via a remote control.

Great for kids. A ‘magic’ cord that attaches to any helmet and makes it glow in the dark. Perfect for keeping an eye on children in the park when it starts to get dark, or if your child is cycling or scooting to school.

Spread Holiday Cheer with Welch’s Christmas Fruit Snacks



In honor of the holiday, America’s favorite fruit snack brand is offering consumers another seasonal varietal.

When it comes to stocking stuffers there are none more delicious. Available in the classic Mixed Fruit variety, the 4-count Welch’s Fruit Snacks Christmas-themed box is shaped to fit perfectly inside every stocking. There’s no better way to spend Christmas morning than unwrapping presents while enjoying a festive snack!


Made with REAL Fruit
Fruit is our First Ingredient
100% DV Vitamin C
25% DV Vitamins A & E
No Preservatives

Bimuno releases findings on research with Censuswide into gut health over the festive period.

Are you focusing on gut health over the Christmas Season!


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Kminator Designs Make Fantastic Mugs and look at these great designs that have been made with rugby phrases and memes! So fantastic! >>


You cherish your coffee (or tea or hot cocoa)…why not cherish your mug, too?! Kminator Designs offers a collection of fashion-forward mugs with unique, modern catchphrases and designs. They look cool either in hand or on a desk – and are likely to prompt a conversation. 🙂 The best gifts are both unique and functional, and that’s why this stylish mug option is a fantastic choice. These fun mugs can easily be dressed up with additional gifts inside or alongside (think stickers, pencils/pens, candies, cookies, or chocolates in addition to the typical bag of coffee, tea, or cocoa). They can also dress up your office or desk by holding all of your pens/pencils. The possibilities are endless really, so what are you waiting for?! Why not #treatyoself and grab a fun, stylish, affordable mug today!

They make fantastic gifts as party favors, holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, host/hostess gifts, dog walkers, pet babysitters, etc). Mugs are simple, fun, and make for a stylish, affordable gift that can easily be dressed up with a pairing of coffee, tea,, candy, pencils, etc. All mugs are printed, packaged, and shipped from the USA.

Note that there are category filters on the upper right-hand side of the online store for easier viewing/shopping. Categories include: Travel/US Cities, Valentine’s Day, Business/Entrepreneurship, Sports, New Mom, Pets, Health & Fitness, Holidays, Affirmations, and General.

Their store is continuously being updated by their team, especially with the holiday season coming up.

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Kminator Designs Stylish Mugs


Demijohn, the liquid deli

New Christmassy Treats for the Festive Season


Are you Gin Bore-beld? Demijohn has the solution…


Fun Christmas Decorations

We have made it much easier to purchase sets of our charming miniature 40ml Apotheker bottles online. They are now available in a set of 6, set of 12 or a set of 24 with one simple click of the mouse. We have had great fun using the sets as stocking fillers, for decorating our Christmas tree, wreath or table centre pieces. Please feel free to share photos of your inspired creations with us via social media or email, we would love that!

Click to buy your Christmas miniature bottle set

Are you Gin Bore-beld? Demijohn has the solution….

Competition Time

If you have yet to enter our competition for a Ball of Sloe Gin there is still time. Thankyou to all those who have entered so far and good luck!

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Shinesty seasonal holiday apparel for just about every occasion. Dressing Up for Christmas Time!


NEW LINE! Matching Christmas suits, dresses, dog hoodies, and baby onesies, so any one in the family can get in on the holiday fun!

Clothing that likes to party. Stay Weird and Shine On. Join the party at


Whether you wear prescription, fake, sun, or reading glasses — it’s important that you know your face shape. these websites categorise based on face shape for you!

Peanut Butter & Jelly. Sonny & Cher. Wine & Cheese.

All of the above are some of the best combinations and we can all agree that these combos work because each side compliments the other perfectly. We believe the same can be true about our face shapes and the glasses we wear.

Whether you wear prescription, fake, sun, or reading glasses — it’s important that you know your face shape. Once you know, you can start narrowing glasses and styles that will make you look and feel like a rockstar.

Short and Sweet, we focus on the four most “common” face shapes:
Square: round, aviator, oval, cat eye
Heart: rectangle, retro-square, cat eye
Oval: rectangle, retro-square, round
Round: rectange, retro-square, browline

Whatever shape you are – we know the glasses that can fancy your face. If you’re looking for reading glasses ( or sunglasses ( these sites have the answers for your tastes!


 Artistry and authenticity are at the heart of everything Village Candle does. Please do Enjoy Spiced Noir, Yuletide Cheer and Leather Bound Candles this Festive Season. . These are available for shipping online and in UK Stores.


Artistry and authenticity are at the heart of everything Village Candle does.
Guided by the passion of mastery for fragrance making, all Village Candle scents are born in Maine and made with meticulous care and craftsmanship. The family-owned business of 25 years, gathers the finest ingredients from all over the world and artfully blend these with elements from home – authenticity, raw beauty and a vivid realness you can only find in Maine.

Please consider these seasonal options for gifting and home decoration.

They are available in a variety of sizes!


Compliment the perfect holiday toast with this zesty blend of cranberry, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cheers!

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Autumn spices compliment cedar and blend into this one of a kind scent explosion.

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Experience the exotic and warm scent of Leather Bound. This fragrance will bring you to another place – soft leather, a grand library layered with opulence. Sip on Vanilla Bourbon while enjoying the grand library on the perfect Fall or Winter day.

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Combining the crisp, sensual sweetness of freshly picked apples with the festive scent of fresh evergreen and holly, this candle is a pure delight for the holiday season! Ideal for gift giving, or for setting a festive mood.

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This candle’s fragrance will bring you to the deck of a cabin deep in the evergreen forest. Let the scent of the outdoors settle over you, and breathe in the natural aroma of fresh balsam fir. The perfect complement to your holiday decor and an ambient touch for any winter night, this scented candle’s classic fragrance brings the outdoors in, in the coziest of ways.

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Awaken Baby’s Senses with a Toy Collection Unlike Any Other



Infantino BKids is thrilled to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Sensory Toy Collection. Promising to be a truly spectacular range, Sensory includes a multitude of toys that will educate, excite and entice babies and toddlers. These innovative toys are unlike any range on the market – stimulating little senses and provide the ultimate toys to nurture early exploration.

With products suitable from newborns – 12 months and prices starting from as little as £3.99 this range has it all. Thoughtfully designed each toy in the collection features loveable characters, high quality materials, great textures, endearing sounds, enchanting lights and bright colours.

Highlights from the range include:

Leon the Chameleon Light and Shape sorter, which is packed with fun functions, guaranteed to have any baby and toddler twiddling for hours. This learning-made-fun toy will allow little ones to practice motor skills by pushing buttons to match colours and shape sorting.

Also the already award winning Sensory Discovery Robot promises babies endless enjoyment! With his enchanting sounds, flashing lights and funny expressions, which will activate every time baby pushes, pulls, twists and even turns him upside down, this adorable toy is a guaranteed hit!

If these weren’t enough, the 3-in-1, action packed Walk and Drive Discovery Car will spark curiosity for little explorers with its colourful textures and buttons, lights and sounds.

Toys that stimulate little ones minds are not only considered invaluable to early development, they are actually recognised by some as being an essential part of learning in the early years, with studies showing a clear connection between cognitive development and the amount of stimulation that is encouraged while a child is young. Parents are becoming more aware of the benefits that sensory toys can have on a child’s experiences and are looking more for innovative toys, which are focussed on learning– with this in mind Infantino BKids sensational Sensory toy Collection has arrived just in time!

Speaking about this exciting launch, Gary Wood, UK Country Manager at Infantino BKids said: “We have gone to great lengths to ensure only the best materials, textures and sensory elements have been used and we have truly researched this category of toys to make them exceptionally educational and exciting for babies. The fact that it has specifically been developed for newborns – 12 months

makes it very different. Best of all, the collection is extremely well priced, meaning it’s affordable for every family.”

RRP: Starting from £3.99 | Stockist: Smyths, Argos and Amazon

“Crack A Joke”, by Ms Sandra Ruiz Zouak

With the Art of Joking, the more you do it the better the Jokes… so treat your folks with 150 of them!

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My Shrink’s Jokes, Ms Sandra Ruiz Zouak

The perfect wind-down after a hard day’s work. Keep this book by your bedside table and your toes will be wiggling with enjoyment! Because these are not the kind of jokes you will hear at the pub or office- but thought-provoking, peculiar, up-to-date humor that will have you questioning the author’s sanity!

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Nasty Jokes, by Ms Sandra Ruiz Zouak:

As technology creeps into our modern lives like the fog, we seem to look funnier and funnier every year. This book is a new fresh collection of Jokes to match our times and lifestyles as we struggle to adapt to the 21st Century.

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 Urban Jokes for Adults: Volume 1:

As heard on the Radio, this unique collection of 275 Jokes will surprise even the most eccentric character in town! Get ready to curl up and have a good solo-laughing session.

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The Jokes I tell My Dog, by Ms Sandra Ruiz Zouak:

When it comes to Jokes, we’ve got to refresh… a joke must be original to become a success. Here’s 150 crazy jokes to keep you entertained when your belly is asking for a shake-up!

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BOOK: Joking Kills by Sandra Zouak, a very original idea for couples to read together! On Amazon

An indie quality Jokes Book is a very original idea for couples to read together.

Joking is free… that’s why it must be bad for you. For those of you who are always seeking a burst of laughter, Joking Kills contains enough jokes to pick your favourites- and take with you to your world trotting! Peculiar, clever and unusual jokes- all from the Laughing Factory Series.

It’s something we wouldn’t think of buying ourselves but is greatly appreciated as a present and has no out of use date.



Novella Nostalgia by Tony Drury The Perfect Christmas Gift for Book Worms


Inspired by some of the Silver Screen’s favourite and most memorable classics, author, Tony Drury, has set about penning a series of novella’s collectively entitled Novella Nostalgia. Linking iconic cinema classics with modern stories, these short stories are the perfect stocking filler for the book-worms out there!

The Novella Nostalgia collection features three enticing short-stories, Lunch With Harry, Twelve Troubled Jurors, and the newest release, Forever On Thursdays. These stories are greatly fitting for the homeward journey after visiting relatives at Christmas, or for those breaks between checking the Christmas dinner! And if time is limited for reading the whole novella, do not fear as the memorable story-lines will remain in your thinking until you pick up and read again.

“Lunch with Harry” transfers the tale to Regent Street, London in 2016. Audrey Hepburn is recreated in the desirable shape of Dr Ella van Houten who has stood on a man’s foot outside Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. Ella was imagining that she was Holly Golightly, the character that Hepburn played in one of Hollywood’s greatest ever romantic films, in New York- the most Christmassy city of them all.

“Twelve Troubled Jurors” follows an explosive Crown Court case which creates nerve jangling tensions among members of the jury. The weakness of the evidence of financial “insider dealing” is offset by Vicki Rollins’ resentment of the wealthy classes in a courtroom drama echoing the strains of “Twelve Angry Men”, the film that gave us one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances.

“Forever On Thursdays” is based on the unforgettable British film “Brief Encounter” and tells the tale of Carey and Mark, who meet unexpectedly when Carey is the victim of an assault at a railway station. Mark is her saviour and whisks her away for a coffee; the pair get on well and soon they are meeting every Thursday.
The Novellas have been described by many as so gripping that they can’t be put down. With many five-star reviews, you can’t miss out on these original reads this holiday time.

A perfect gift for the avid reader in your life, or as a treat for yourself, these short reads are perfect for the winter holiday commute or something to keep to look forward to in the new year!

   Looking for an ecofriendly, quirky gift to give a loved one this Christmas? How about their own slice of the Scottish Highland, thereby giving them the honorary courtesy title of Lord or Lady?


Introducing Highland Titles, this Gift is in the Title.
Did you know Scottish landowners have long been known as Lairds, which simply means Lord or Lady?
Located in Scotland, Highland Titles is a Reserve that sells small souvenir plots of land which allows owners to use the courtesy title of Laird (landowner, lord or lady). The title Laird is a descriptive title traditionally afforded to Scottish landowners or, more commonly, by those living and working on the estate. Laird is a Scottish word and is simply the Scottish form of the English a Lord The female equivalent is a Lady.
Money from each sale goes towards important conservation work, helping preserve Scotland’s wilderness. The land purchased is managed as a nature reserve complete with many regeneration projects for Scottish fauna and fauna. Scotland’s official tourist board, Visit Scotland has recently awarded Highland Titles Nature Reserve at Glencoe Wood, and amazing 4 out of 5 stars as a tourist attraction. Land forms part of the Keil Hill estate, which is run as The Highland Titles Nature Reserve. All the owners of land (The Lairds, Lords and Ladies of Glencoe) take great pride in the environmental project; saving Scotland one foot at a time. Fully compliant with Scottish law.
Plot sizes range from one to 100 square feet while prices start from around 30 GPB (AUS$54).



Luxury mattress company Leesa tackles homelessness while delivering quality mattresses direct to consumers

Leesa is a luxury and stylish mattress company that delivers direct to consumers doors in in a box – ideal for a first home, big university move etc.


Leesa have a goal of helping people to get a better night’s sleep. In order to better understand the direct correlation between a good mattress and quality of sleep, and subsequently the importance of sleep to human performance, Leesa has partnered with local and world-renowned athletes such as George North, the Sales Sharks, and Michael Phelps. Working with individuals who not only love to sleep, but consider it a prerequisite to function at their highest athletic level has enabled Leesa to get first hand feedback from people who take their sleep quality very seriously. George and many of the Sale Sharks players sleep on a Leesa mattress in order to maximise their potential and their recovery.

In addition to producing a great product for high performers, Leesa is dedicated to eradicating bedlessness by supporting a number of homeless charities globally through its One-Ten programme.

Earlier this year, Leesa partnered with The Wallich, a Homeless Charity in Wales, to donate 40 brand-new mattresses to two of the charity’s Cardiff hostels. International Welsh rugby player George North and World Champion Cyclist Becky James charity also attended the event to show their support of the cause.

“It is genuinely humbling to hear about the dedication and commitment by The Wallich, as they support the most vulnerable members of the community,” said Richard Tucker, Leesa Sleep’s European Managing Director. “It’s our pleasure, along with our brand ambassadors George North and Becky James, to be able to support this extraordinary work being done in Cardiff and across Wales. Enabling just one night of better sleep can make a big difference, and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to enable that for more people in need.”

Leesa has donated more than 17,000 mattresses as a part of its One-Ten Program, wherein the company is actively working to eradicate homelessness by donating one mattress for every 10 sold. 

North notes, “We’re glad to be able to work with Leesa, and today with The Wallich, to support the great work that both are doing. It’s always a great privilege for us to be able to support worthwhile causes at home in Wales, especially helping to tackle homelessness, which is sadly becoming a huge issue everywhere.”

(Main image: A recent charity event that Leesa held with the Welsh homelessness charity, The Wallich, to bring rest to rough sleepers. Leesa Sleep made a generous donation of 40 brand-new mattresses to two of its Cardiff hostels. (left to right):
Richard Tucker – Managing Director Leesa Sleep, George North, Becky James , Rob Minchin– The Wallich Hostel Manager, Mike Walmsley – The Wallich Corporate Fundraising Manager)

Leesa was founded with one simple goal: to help people sleep better. 

A beautifully crafted mattress, manufactured in the UK.

Free delivery and 100 night risk free trial.

Leesa: a luxury mattress made affordable.

A mattress redesigned, a sleep experience reinvented


by Warren Gatland

The Inside Story From the Lions Head Coach

Published by Headline on 9th November 2017
Hardback, £20


The ultimate insider’s story of the most thrilling and epic British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand for generations.

Warren Gatland’s In the Line of Fire is the ultimate chronicle of this summer’s remarkable Lions tour to New Zealand – home of the fearsome All Blacks, the double world champions – which culminated in an historic and nerve-shredding series draw.

The book is the Head Coach’s wonderfully candid and vibrant record of the withering ferocity, the turbulent peaks and troughs, the triumphs and despairs, of one of sport’s toughest challenges.

It gives rugby fans an unparalleled front-row seat with the squad and coaching team during every facet of preparing for and executing a successful tour on the opposite side of the planet, recounting intriguing details on everything from pre-tour planning and strategy, to on-tour experiences, analysis and decision-making.

It all adds up to a thrillingly definitive exposition and post-mortem of a mind-blowing six weeks in the cauldron which forged the mighty All Blacks.

Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1963, Warren Gatland played rugby for the provincial side Waikato for eight years, and made 17 non-international appearances for the All Blacks, before turning to coaching.

He was the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions squad which recorded an epic and thrilling Test series draw this summer against the mighty All Blacks. The result was the first time the Lions had not lost a series in New Zealand since 1971. Gatland also led the Lions on their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013, and he served as Assistant Coach on the 2009 tour of South Africa. He has been Head Coach of Wales since 2007, and in that time the Welsh have won the Grand Slam twice and the Six Nations three times. During his career, Gatland has also coached Connacht and the Irish national team, as well as Wasps.

My Very Own Christmas Personalized Book


My Very Own Christmas is a personalized storybook overflowing with Christmas spirit and based on the letters of your child’s name! Personalize this book with your child’s name, birth date, hometown, and photo with a special message for the dedication page. Family members can also customize Santa’s skin tone. The book includes a glossary of Santa’s friends at the North Pole! Pair this with the matching holiday ornament and create a memorable keepsake that parents will cherish every season.

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 CRACKERS OF XMAS DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Whether you’re entertaining the in-laws, offering seasonal greetings to friends or in need of some inspiration to keep the kids entertained throughout the holidays, Tesco is your one stop shop this Christmas with our range of fun and festive treats.

Free From Vanilla Christmas Jumper Cake Kit – 585g, £4.50 Free From: milk, wheat, gluten and egg

Children of all ages can now create their own edible Christmas jumper. The kit comes complete with vanilla sponge mix, frosting and sprinkles to personalise the cake, plus a stencil. A Free From festive cake the whole family can enjoy making and eating.

Free From 3D Gingerbread Star Kit – 525g, £4

Free From: milk, wheat, gluten and egg Create a spicy gingerbread 3D star that is festive, fun and fuss free. Great for keeping the whole family entertained, this eye catching centrepiece is the first gingerbread mix in the UK to contain no eggs and is exclusive to Tesco.

Tesco Musical Snow Globe Tin with Shortbread – 375g, £12

Perfect to gift or to enjoy as a moreish treat, these buttery shortbread bites and chocolate chip cookies are baked in Scotland and come presented in a festive musical snow globe tin. Twist the top of the globe to see the winter wonderland scene rotate and play a festive tune.

Tesco Shortbread Fondue – 300g, £4

A festive treat that can be enjoyed hot or cold this Christmas. Our fondue kit features buttery shortbread biscuits baked in an ideal shape for dipping. Served with a creamy smooth white and milk chocolate sauce, this sweet winter warmer will have the whole family reaching for more. It also makes for a great gift for any biscuit lover.

Tesco Christmas Tree of Mocktail Biscuits – 210g, £4

Wrapped in festive coloured foil, these deluxe chocolate covered biscuits contain a creamy fondant in Kir Royale, Peach Bellini and Irish Cream flavours. Delicious with an after-dinner coffee, they’re available in a fun tree-shaped box, making them a great gift too.


London-made luxury home fragrance brand, SUN.DAY launches Christmas gifts


London-made, all-natural home fragrance brand, SUN.DAY of London. Natasha Garbawi, the founder has spent years developing a range of bespoke scents for the core SUN.DAY candle range using uniquely formulated blends of pure aromatherapy-grade essential oils including tea tree, bergamot and lavender.

All products are carefully crafted by hand in Natasha’s Dalston studio and are beautifully packaged in British made apothecary jars that can be used once the candle has burned. The SUN.DAY range uses only the purest ingredients, including GMO-free coconut and plant waxes and pure cotton wicks and are 100% free from synthetic perfumes, chemicals and paraffin, making them completely environmentally-friendly.

The candle collection is comprised of the following products:

Beyond the pines – Pine needle, cedar wood bark, tea tree, Eucalyptus leaf, lime peel, peppermint oil. Available in mini (£12) or 180ml midi (£26).

Midnight (somewhere) – Orange peel, French and English Lavender, rose geranium, lemon peel, lime peel. Available in 180ml midi (£26) or three-wick extra-large (£60)

Rooftop garden – Ylang Ylang, basil, thyme, lavender, bergamot. Available in 180ml midi (£26) or three-wick extra-large (£60)

Sous les couvertures – Vanilla bean, bergamot, cardamom, peppermint, Benjamin tree resin. Available in 180ml midi (£26).

The minis are in 60ml/2oz apothecary jars and burn for approximately 13 hours.

The midis are 180ml/6oz apothecary jars and burn for approximately 40 hours.

The three wick candles are housed in 500ml apothecary jars and burn for approximately 90 hours

SUN.DAY has recently expanded its fragrance range to include:

· Botanical home mists (atmosphere, loo, sleepy) at £19 each for 50ml and £35 for 100ml or £49 for the set of 50ml and £89 for set of 100ml

· Diffusers in the same fragrances as the candles priced at £33. Each diffuser contains 120ml of botanical oils in a plant-based long-lasting diffuser base lasting three to six months depending on the room temperature, season and botanical oil blend.


Christmas gifts that are sure to be their cup of tea

Introducing brand NEW gift sets from teapigs – for tea lovers everywhere


The festive season will be upon us before we know it, bringing with it the Christmas shopping list which needs to be ticked off before the fun really begins. Luckily, teapigs is here to help with the tea-loving members of your friends and family (that is, basically all of them). A brand new range of teapigs gift sets will launch in Autumn 2017, perfectly timed for getting through the list early and avoiding panic-buying gifts at the last minute – a strategy which rarely leads to happy present-giving.

Not your average gift and certainly not your average cuppa, teapigs teas are an ideal fail-safe gift this Christmas. Perfect for brew connoisseurs, as much as they are they are for those who simply like to catch up over a cuppa, teapigs only use the very best quality whole leaf teas, whole herbs and real, whole ingredients. Plus, the gorgeous gifting sets will look stylish on their kitchen counter for months to come!

Whether you’re after a spot-on secret santa, a fun stocking filler or a thoughtful present for those whose kettle never goes off the boil, teapigs wide selection of gifts has it covered:

For The Selection Box Fan

Containing 10 of teapigs’ best-selling teas in individually-wrapped envelopes, tea-lovers will be spoiled for choice with all the classics on offer; English breakfast, earl grey strong, mao feng green tea, chamomile, peppermint, super fruit, rooibos, lemon & ginger, liquorice & mint and chai.

RRP £9.50

For The Tea Taster

If you have a friend who loves to mix-and-match, the teapigs mini packs are perfect. 6 of teapigs’ super-cute miniature packs containing two tea temples each makes it the ideal taster of English breakfast, earl grey strong, mao feng green tea, chamomile, peppermint and super fruit.

RRP £13.50

For The Feel-Good Friend

For friends or family who are serious about tea for the mind, body and soul, gift them teapigs feel-good teas. A set of teapigs’ brand new feel-good teas, it contains detox tea, energy tea and snooze tea.

RRP £15.50

For The Classic Brewster

The classic brewster will love this. All of teapigs’ best-sellers in one gift set, teapigs classic teas boasts English breakfast, mao feng green tea and peppermint leaves.

RRP £15.50


GBBO star Liam Charles creates bespoke Christmas Cheesecake Mince Pie recipe to support the launch of LF-S50G


To support the launch of the Sony Smart speaker – the LF-S50G – research has found 82% of the British public are turning to a smart device as their cooking aid in the kitchen
Recipe books are likely to have more of an online presence as 4 in 5 Brits search for recipes and cooking information via tech, due to quick and easy access (65%)
Breakout star of Great British Bake Off, Liam Charles is working with Sony to show the Smart speaker in action whilst cooking, he has created an exclusive Christmas dish – Cheesecake mince pies which can be searched for online or using Sony’s speaker with the Google Assistant Built-in

With the use of home technology increasing, and Brits favouring voice assistant devices to act as a ‘sous chef’, to make everyday tasks easier, the cookbook could be taking on more of an online form, according to new research.

Liam Charles is working with Sony to show how easy it is to make technology the centre of the kitchen. Liam created a bespoke Christmas dish, Cheesecake mince pies, which can be searched for online or by using the Sony Smart speaker – the S50G. Liam searches for the recipe using the Smart speaker in a video tutorial, showing how to whip up the dish. Watch here:

Liam Charles said: “I’m not going to lie, I can get a bit carried away in the kitchen, experimenting and testing out new flavours and recipes. The Sony Smart speaker worked as an ideal sous chef; not only will it answer my questions but it can play my favourite playlist and can pause when I need a second to concentrate.”

“And, the sound quality is banging so I can hear music and responses over the noise, wherever I am in the kitchen!”

Lucia Seston-Ferdinand, Sony Sound Product Manager, commented: “The Sony S50G acts as the perfect accompaniment for the kitchen or any room in the house for that matter. The ‘hands free’ element of the speaker enables budding chefs the chance to concentrate on their cooking without having to turn the page or further cluttering up the kitchen. Not only that but the speaker is multi-functional with 360-degree sound; with the sound filling the kitchen like the aromas of dishes created. And, if you happen to spill your dish on the speaker it’s waterproof so can be easily wiped clean.”

The Sony S50G is the perfect piece of kitchen equipment for professional and amateur cooks alike. With its high quality, 360 degree sound, people are able to listen along to music, ask questions and follow recipes from anywhere in the room, hearing the response loud and clear.

Liam’s Cheesecake Mince Pie recipe:

Serves 12

Mince pies and gravy are probably the best parts of Christmas for me, for the sake of a sweet bake we’re not going to include gravy but we are going to take the inspiration of a mince pie and knock it into a cheesecake recipe.

Chocolate x Orange x Cranberry Shortbread Base:

340g Unsalted butter, 165g golden caster sugar, 340g Plain Flour, 165g Corn Flour, Zest of Three oranges, 2 Tsp Mixed spice

1Tbsp of Vanilla Bean Paste, 200g Dark Chocolate, 200g Dried Cranberries

Mince pie Cream cheese filling:

900g Full fat cream cheese, 200g Caster sugar, 200ml Soured cream, 3 Tbsp. plain flour, 3 Free range eggs plus 1 yolk lightly beaten, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 450g Homemade/ Shop bought mince meat

Chocolate Bark:

300g Dark Chocolate:, 200g Dried Cranberries, Zest of 2 oranges

Baileys Spiked Whipped Cream:

300ml Double Cream, 2 Tbsp. Caster sugar, 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Baileys to Taste


For the Shortbread base,

Cream your butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Next you want to add your dry ingredients, followed by the zest of oranges 2 tsp of mixed spice and your vanilla bean paste.
Mix until the dough is just about coming together, and just then chuck in your chopped dark chocolate and dried cranberries.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently. (DO NOT GO CRAZY) Wrap in cling film and place in fridge. For your dough to be easier to handle, cut it in half the place it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Place two baking trays into an oven and preheat to Gas Mark 4 / 180C.


So, in the meantime, you want to crack on with your cheesecake mixture. Cream your cream cheese and caster sugar until smooth.
In a large bowl, add your soured cream and plain flour. Then add one egg at a time, beat into your cheesecake mixture until all eggs are well combined. Finally add your Vanilla bean paste.
This is where it gets exciting! Shop-bought or Homemade it doesn’t matter! Add the mincemeat filling to the cheesecake mixture. One that’s done, wrap the top of the bowl in Clingfilm and place in the fridge until ready to use.

Roll x Cut x Bake

Take the biscuit dough out of the fridge and on lightly floured surface begin to roll out to thickness of a £1 coin, cut out 12 8cm circles and place one in each cylinder mould. Place a cylinder tray on one baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, until its light golden brown.
Set both trays aside to cool on a cooling rack, then drop your oven temperature to Gas mark 2/160C.

“Fill em up”

Evenly divide your cheesecake mixture between all 12 inserts and bake 20-30 minutes, you’re looking for a set cheesecake with a cheeky little wobble in the middle.
Once baked switch of the oven and leave the door slightly ajar for the cheesecake to cool 30 minutes. Leave all cheesecakes on the side to completely cool.
Once cool place all cheesecakes in the fridge and chill for at least 1 hour ideally overnight.


While the cheesecakes chilling, it’s time for DECOR! Melt the 300g of chocolate over a Bain Marie or a microwave but always mix in 20 second intervals, once melted pour the chocolate into a greaseproof lined baking tray.
Roughly chop dried cranberries, with 2 more oranges, grate of orange zest over the top and place into the fridge and leave to set, once set break the chocolate slab into funky shapes pointy shapes.
For the spiked whipped cream whip the double cream, caster and vanilla into a separate bowl until it’s just whipped – soft peaks.
Now, the amount of Baileys you use should really be determined on the day. Monday, 1tbsp. Friday to Sunday, well it’s entirely up to you.
Continue to whip until medium peaks are formed.
Place the nozzle into the piping bag, followed by the double cream, ready to pipe.
To serve, gently pop out each cheesecake and place onto plate or display board.
Now it’s up to you on how you want to decorate. But I’ll say you want to pipe three kisses onto the surface of the cheesecake, all varieties of sizes.
Place one of your shards on top of the cheesecake, sprinkle some icing sugar.


Stand mixer (Ideally k-mix, Creamer beater attachment)

Food processor, Rolling Pin, Circle cutters, Baking Trays

Silicone Cylinder Moulds, Pipping bags, French piping nozzle

Play & Grow’s Go PLAY Activity Cards are perfect for grandparents to do with their grandchildren…and it’s a gift that grows as their grandbabies become toddlers and then preschoolers!



After co-founding and teaching preschool many, many years Teacher Karen decided to advocate for children in making it easy to PLAY. PLAY is essential for a child’s overall health and wellness, but unfortunately, PLAY is becoming an endangered activity.

Additionally, PLAY is the WAY young children learn BEST! PLAY and LEARNING are inextricably connected…when children play, they learn! In fact, in order to THRIVE, children must PLAY!

Go PLAY Activity Cards foster literacy skills while providing step-by-step plans for meaningful, play-based activities that parents or grandparents, even nannies can set up at home.

Grandparents are often called on to take care of their grandchildren with both parents working outside the home, Go PLAY Activity Cards make it easy to create fun memories while offering an enriching learning environment.

Go PLAY Activity Cards are currently available in 4 season-themed sets and come in a drawstring, muslin bag for ease of storage/transport…throw them into a bag or tie them to a stroller…or slip them into a stocking!

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Gillette are giving you the chance to win ambassador George North’s signed Wales shirt, along with Gillette goodies including the latest ProShield Chill!


Q) How many games had George North played for the Lions, including substitution appearances? Email answer to

(This competition can also be entered via like and retweet options on social media)

Gillette are giving you the chance to win ambassador George North’s signed Wales shirt, along with Gillette goodies (including the latest ProShield Chill – Boots). As a representative of Gillette, George’s exploits on the rugby field encapsulate the brand’s ethos of meticulous preparation and careful precision adding together to create the ultimate in performance.


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