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  1. The National Trust's online shop has its summer sale on at the moment!  They've got some lovely gift ideas which would be great for the home, or for someone who loves the outdoors.Athens Small Vase, Stone StripeAthens Small Vase, Stone Stripe
    Was £24.00, now £12.00

    National Trust Jack Wolfskin Women's Gibside Fleece Jacket, Rhododendron

    National Trust Jack Wolfskin Women's Gibside Fleece Jacket, Rhododendron
    £49.00

    National Trust Meadow Check Charcoal Throw

    National Trust Meadow Check Charcoal Throw
    Was £32.00, now £24.00

    Petite Bud Vase, Blue and Cream

    Petite Bud Vase, Blue and Cream
    Was £35.00, now £22.50

    Visit the National Trust Online Shop to see what else is in their sale!

     

  2.  Dog related gifts from Emma Bridgewater


    It's Intenrational Dogs Day on 26 Auugst  (which originally started as National Dog Day in the USA) and the idea is to raise awareness of the need to rescue dogs from rescue shelters and give them a home.  

    As someone said recently and I can't remember who it was, buy a dog from a breeder and that leaves one in rescue kennels still waiting for a home.  

    So it's a good opportunity to tell you that Emma Bridewater has dog related gifts, including a bags, an extra large caddy, mugs and an insulated bottle,   

    There's a Dog Insulated Bottle Dogs Inuslated Bottle for £25.00

    Dogs Extra Large Rectangular Caddy

    Dogs Extra Large Rectangular Caddy for £12.00
    Store your dog's biscuits in it!  Woof woof!

    Take a look at the other gifts for dogs (and cats) here - there are large and small personalised pet bowls with a couple of different designs (polka dots, pink hearts or blue starts or wallflowers) so you could put your dog's name on one! 

    Dig for more information at Emma Bridgewater

     

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  3. If you're thinking it would be nice to have special moments captured on photos or in a photobook, this could be a good time to do it.

    Boots have got special offers on both photos and photobooks until 31 August 2020 (though they are subject to availablility).

    Special offer on prints...

    Enjoy Boots photo offers until 31 August 2020
    Get 100 standard 6x4" prints for just £7.50* using code 100PRINTS


    Cewe Photobooks


    Creating a photobook is a lovely thing to do, whether it's for yourself as a keepsake of memories to conserve, or as a present for loved ones.  The lovely thing about photobooks is that they are unique - and you created them!   I've done a couple now, and I love doing them and they give me a lot of pleasure looking back through them. 

    There's a Cewe photobook offer too!

     Save £5 when you spend £30* with code CPBSS5 
    Save £10 when you spend £45* with code CPBSS10 
    Save £15 when you spend £55* with code CPBSS15

    Visit Boots here

    Here are the T&CS:
    100 Standard 6x4" Prints for the Price of 50
    Offer entitles you to 100 standard 6x4” prints for the price of 50 (£7.50) using offer code 100PRINTS. Offer ends 11pm 31st August 2020. Postage and Packaging charges apply. Offer is subject to availability. Offer is valid for customers ordering in the UK and cannot be used in conjunction with any other bootsphoto.com offer.

    CEWE PHOTOBOOK Spend and Save Offer:
    Offer entitles you to save £5 when you spend £30 using offer code CPBSS5, save £10 when you spend £45 using code CPBSS10 or save £15 when you spend £55 using code CPBSS15 in a single transaction. Offer ends 11pm 31st August 2020. Postage and Packaging charges apply. Offer is subject to availability. Offer is valid for customers ordering in the UK and cannot be used in conjunction with any other bootsphoto.com offer

     

  4. West Sussex have some great locally grown companies and one of them is Cocoa Loco.

    I discovered their rather gorgeous white chocolate buttons and treated myself during lockdown, and I have to say that I was very proud of myself - I managed to make a bag of them last more than a couple of days!   What made them taste all the better was that they were palm oil free so didn't bite into the rainforest and destroy it.  

    Cocoa Loco's range is organic, it's fairtrade, hand-made and soy/palm oil free.  They've got all sorts of chocolatey yummy delights - brownies, buttons, bars, chocolate making kits, hot chocolate, cookies, truffles and more.  So you can really indulge.  (Never mind buying a gift for a loved one who loves chocolate as well - treat yourself!)

    Cocoa Loco has a range of Letter Box Friendly Chocolate Bars

    Cocoa Loco has a range of Letter Box Friendly Chocolate Bars

     

    Cocoa Loco has a number of Letter Box Friendly Chocolate Bars

    They've been ranked top by Ethical Consumer from a list of 90 chocolate companies.  Now, I like Ethical Consumer.  They rank companies for various ethics and they ask us all who we would like them to research next, what sector etc etc.  You'll find their palm oil free list here - it's certainly getting longer and their worst ranked companies for palm oil use here.  There are plenty of well known household names on the latter, I'm sorry to say.

    Cocoa Loco also have a vegan friendly range plus they've got a range of gift boxes, going from small gift boxes to giant hampers.  

    There's a range of vegan chocolates too!

     

    They've also got some Message Slabs with various messages on such as Happy Birthday, I Love You, Get Well Soon, You're a Star and Thinking of You.   I think this is a lovely idea!

    Send someone a palm oil free birthday chocolate bar!

    Send someone a palm oil free birthday chocolate bar!

    There's lots to choose from - the most difficult bit is deciding what to indulge in - so head off to Cocoa Loco's website for some mouthwatering chocolate shopping!

     

  5. Tree2mydoor.com have some lovely lemon tree gifts for anyone who loves lemons and fancies growing their own.

    Their lemon trees grow in their nursery and they are planted into 5L pots and dispatched at a height of 60-70 cm, so they are large mature trees that are poised to produce lots of lovely fruit!

    Send a Lemon Tree Gift with Tree2mydoor.com

    Each tree is hand-selected before dispatch and it’s gift wrapped by their gardeners ready for delivery.

    A lemon tree in the UK can fruit and flower in any season – it could produce fruit up to 4 times a year!

    Lemons are full of vitamin C and they are great for adding to drinks.  Many recipes need lemon too! 

    Lemons are very versatile


    I use lemons for getting rid of the staining that occurs from drinking tea in bone china cups – it is incredible the impact they have.  You just pour boiling water over a lemon slice in the mug you want to de-stain and leave it.  Depending on how badly stained the mug is, you may need to leave it longer or re-do it. 

    If the leaves drop, Tree2mydoor say it’s your lemon tree’s way of saying something is wrong. 

    So: 

    • Keep your lemon tree way from central heating and cold drafts – they don’t like sudden temperature changes.  They like bright, airy spaces such as conservatory that isn’t heated.
    • Keep the compost moist but not waterlogged.  Lemon trees don’t like “wet feet” or to be too dry.
    • Give your lemon tree plenty of light – at least 6 hours of good sunlight every day

    Take a look at Tree2mydoor.com's Lemon Tree Gift here