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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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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***NOTE This brand has closed for business***Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Gift Review

Second Day of Giftmas: Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription & Tasting Kit – £29.89/£29.90 – Wine Lovers will enjoy a tipple or two with this wonderful wine subscription gift.  Team this up with the terrific tasting kit for the ultimate paring.

Wine subscriptions include 2 bottles of sommelier selected wine, tasting notes for each wine and a fab wine magazine the gazette all delivered direct to your door.  There are also gift cards available for 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions.  Ideal for a last-minute gift can be printed out and go straight under the tree.

The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc.  Originally from Gers, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 became the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association.  Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition which brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world.

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First Day of Giftmas: Creative Nature Superfoods Chocolate Collection Review

First Day of Giftmas: Creative Nature Chocolate Collection – £21.99 – Ideal for foodies, chocoholics and passionate bakers who want to bake up a storm.  The bundle includes Organic cacao powder, organic cacao nibs and Organic chia & cacao brownie mix.  Also, 5 cacao orange protein bars and 5 raw cacao superfood bars ideal for a January health boost in the new year.

Creative Nature owner and CEO Julianne Ponan and her team have created this cool chocolate collection which is incredibly free from gluten, dairy, wheat, refined sugar, sweeteners, nuts, certified by the vegan and vegetarian society.

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Stand 4 Socks Review

Stand 4 Socks Review: November 2017

The Manchester, UK based Stand 4 Socks Founder Josh wanted to make a difference and back in 2015 he said, “What if socks could change the world?” A large percentage of the population wear socks and if each pair bought had a positive impact so, “why can’t socks change the world?”  Now, the Stand 4 Socks brand proudly supports 12 global causes in 9 countries and currently support 11 out of the 17 United Nations Global goals for sustainable development.

Their super sock technology means that each pair have been uniquely designed, are tested for harmful substances to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, ethically sourced via a Sedex audited supply chain which is one of the world’s leading platforms that supports business to manage their performance around health & safety, labour rights, business ethics and the environment, have a seamless toe closure, a reinforced heel & toe and Y-tech technology which means that the sock will cup around your heel naturally meaning these are lightweight, breathable and are a super cosy and comfortable wear.

Warm feet and a warm heart, tis the season of goodwill, so why not combine the pleasure of gift giving with a charitable benefit.  Well, you can do just that, as Stand 4 Socks are award winning socks which clearly have impact.

Water a fundamental human need and a resource often taken for granted, but for many safe drinking water is scarce and difficult to access.  Buy these Active Lightweight Black Water Sports Socks made with their twisted cotton design, in collaboration with Water.org, this pair helps to provide 1 year’s safe water for a household in a developing country.  Also, this will support United Nations Global Goal 6 “Clean Water & Sanitation”.

Environmental concerns continue to grow but can be overlooked in an increasingly consumerist driven society.  Buy these Stripe Navy Green Bamboo Socks made with their 100% biodegradable Bamboo technology, that supports United Nations Global Goal 13 “Climate Action”, and each pair helps to plant 10 trees on a degraded land.  Providing both more trees for the planet as well as refreshed soil for farmers in developing countries.  

Comfort, happiness and more importantly all for a good cause – what a  pair of super socks!

Merry Christmas and thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.stand4socks.com/