Eleventh Day of Giftmas: The Works Christmas Gifts #Review

Eleventh Day of Giftmas: The Works Goodies – £Prices range from £2 – £10 – From stocking fillers to gifts, The Works have a well-stocked Winter Wonderland of wonderful gifts for all the family.  Both online and with stores on the high street, The Works has something for everyone and every pocket.  Stocking a massive range of toys, gifts, books books, toys, stationery and arts & crafts at discount prices.  Seeing continued growth, the brand serves over 22.5 million people each year…wow!

Why not “Make your Christmas gift personal with the Works” and using their fab tartan gift bags create your own themed gift selections.  I created for different options for you to enjoy.

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Tenth Day of Giftmas: Hoogly Tea and Hygge Book #Review

Tenth Day of Giftmas: The Little Book of Hygge and Hoggly Tea – £8.99/ 1 box of tea ranges from £4.25 – £5.25 – Fancy a festive cuppa, well Christmas blends such as Around the Fire and Spiced Orange will warm you up while you read about the Nordic way of life with the Little Book of Hygge.

Tina Gloggengieser, from Aarhus in Denmark, now living in Brighton, is a keen tea enthusiast and creator of the sensational Hoogly tea range.  Hoogly is the pronunciation of ‘hyggelig’.  ‘Hygge’ is all about the Danish way of life and having a feeling of wellbeing and warmth the whole year round.  Hence, a contributory factor, as to why they have been voted one of the happiest nations.

 All the teas are ethically sourced, fair traded, made and packed in the UK using a range of luxury, healthy and natural ingredients.  Innovative tea flavours such as Around the Fire and Spiced Orange which really got me in the festive mood.

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Ninth Day of Giftmas: Mia Tui Navy Olivia Handbag #Review

Ninth Day of Giftmas: Mia Tui Navy Olivia Handbag – £49.99 – Hold your head up high this party season with this nice navy spacious handbag which includes a matching clutch and make up purse.  Store all those party essentials in this smart bundle.

Founded by Charlotte in 2010, while living in Vietnam, the award-winning Mia Tui is a bag brand with a difference.  Being a busy mother with 2 children juggling work, shopping, school runs, the gym and travelling, Charlotte found that bags seemed to be just one big empty space which could make finding a mobile phone tasking. Using this practical life experience, Charlotte designed a range of bags designed to be, “the busy woman’s best friend”.

The bags are still produced in Vietnam in her friend Van’s factory where team work is a core value and together they aim to provide quality products at affordable process and deliver exceptional customer service.  Their bag range are also vegan friendly, as they do not use any animal based products which gets big thumbs up from me.

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Eighth Day of Giftmas: Goodio Chocolates Makio Collection #Review

Eighth Day of Giftmas: Goodio Chocolates Makio Collection – 49 Euros – Keep out the cold with this Merino fine Italian knitted Beanie.  Also, chow down on premium sea salt chocolate.  Be head smart and gift this cute comfort combination.

Inspired by Finland’s core values of well-being, transparency and sustainability, Jukka Peltola founded Goodio in 2015 with one core question, “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”.  Avoiding any of the sugar laden nasties, Goodio instead uses both nutritious and organic ingredients, such as raw cacao, to create a range of innovative and unique flavour combinations.  Goodio have created quality vegan chocolate bars, with ethical principles and have now expanded into three continents and 5 countries including; Finland, Sweden, UK, USA and Hong Kong.

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Seventh Day of Giftmas: JIMBAG Navy Rucksack #Review

Seventh Day of Giftmas: Navy & Cream Jimbag Rucksack – £49.95 – Whether it is work, play or training this Manchester based brand have created a stylish women’s rucksack suitable for everyone’s needs.  Bag yours before it is too late.

Jimbag: 5 reasons to buy.

Ideal for travel, work, fitness or street fashion.

Made in Great Britain with high quality and long lasting material.

Big, spacious and with a draw string to secure everything in place.

As seen in Selfridges&Co, GQ, Esquire, Heat and My protein fuel your ambition.

Gorgeous and stylish.

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Sixth Day of Giftmas: The Gift of Oil Balsamic Lovers Collection #Review

Sixth Day of Giftmas: Gift of Oil, Balsamic Lovers Collection – £19.95 – Try some Italian, innovative infusions with these first-class balsamic condiments.  Be slick and give the gift of oil.

Located in North Manchester and started in 2001 by Phil Bianchi, The Gift of Oil, was launched because Phil realised that balsamics and oils in the UK did not match up to the same standards as the offerings in the med.  Phil’s passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle emerged after working for an olive oil company based in Athens.  Phil works with the Di Lorenzo, Verrini and Tagliavini families who produce some authentic oils and balsamics. Hence, why The Gift of Oil brand can deliver quality artisan products at affordable prices.

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Fifth Day of Giftmas: Sous Chef Deluxe Paella Kit #Review

Fifth Day of Giftmas: Sous Chef Deluxe Paella Set – £24.95 – Turn up the heat and create a Spanish sizzle with a gourmet family evening in.  Hold off the Siesta and serve up a slice of Spain.  Sous Chef founder Nicola Lando, based in North London, started the business with her husband Nick in 2012.  Nicola’s passion for cooking and experience of working in a Michelin-starred kitchen inspired her to make high quality ingredients more easily available along with all the other tools of the trade such as equipment, tableware and amazing gifts all in one easy online shop.

Sous Chefs products have featured in many press publications such as, Observer Food Monthly, Vogue, The Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Radio Times, Stylist, Shortlist, BBC Good Food, Delicious, Olive, Good Housekeeping and Homes & Gardens magazines.  Sous Chef are all about bringing together a combination of Flavour, Discovery, Provenance, Excitement, Knowledge along with their signature Service.

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THE UK BLOG AWARDS 2018…I am officially a finalist. NOW, I need your VOTE

Exciting News…I am a finalist for the Food & Drink category in the UK Blog Awards 2018. 

The next stage of the process is the PUBLIC VOTE, which begins today!  Everyone’s support and positive feedback has already been amazing and is much appreciated.  NOW is the time to have your SAY and if you like what you see kindly could you VOTE for ME!

Click the link below, scroll to the bottom of the screen, pop in your name and choose FOOD and DRINK the drop-down menu:

https://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2018/entries/forkward-thinking-foodinista

“2014 was the first year in existence for the UK Blog Awards.  The UK Blog Awards recognise a multitude of industry social media talent across the UK.  The Awards are an exciting and uplifting time for the digital industry of Blogging professionals”

Thank you kindly in advance, feel free to tweet, facebook, reblog and share this post.

Best of luck to all the other entrants 🙂

Melanie xx

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Fourth Day of Giftmas: ClearSpring Deluxe Sushi Kit #Review

Fourth Day of Giftmas: Clearspring Luxury Japanese Sushi Kit – Currently on Special offer at £23.60, usually £29.50  – A fun, creative and interactive gift experience, so get a roll on and get your sushi on.

18 food awards have been achieved by Clearspring since 2010!  An ethical brand that supports sustainable organic farming which benefits local communities.  10 different nationalities make up the Clearspring team and between them 8 different languages are spoken; English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Italian and Portuguese – What better cultural foodie knowledge base could you ask for!

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Third day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club #Review

Third Day of Giftmas: Craft Gin Club Subscription – £40 – Ginoisseurs will welcome being part of this club, that delivers fine small batch gins along with gourmet treats, so let’s make it a happy Ginmas.

Spain which is Europe’s gin capital by volume is where the Craft Gin Club creators Jon Hulme and John Burke first met.  In Madrid, a meeting of minds and a few GnTs later the idea of the Craft Gin Club was born.  Featuring the world’s finest craft gins along with scrummy treats and their great ‘ginned’ magazine this is one club not to be missed!  Their aim is to make all their members Ginnoisseurs!

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