Spring 2015 – Planning for the Gardening Year to Come

Spring 2015 – Planning for the Gardening Year to Come
March is almost here, and spring is just around the corner. In the London area, temperatures are already reaching a very comfortable temperature during the day and only cooling a few degrees overnight.

For avid gardeners, this is the perfect time to begin planting the spring and summer garden. If you have space for a traditional garden and are thinking ahead to even warmer weather, geraniums and petunias make excellent container plants as well as companion plants to the vegetables and herbs in your home garden and can be planted either at the edge of your vegetable garden or among rows of vegetable plants for ground cover.

Gardening means different things to different people, but even for flat dwellers with a balcony or front doorstep, opportunities abound for brightening up the home with containers of live flowers and leafy green plants.

In areas plagued by poor soil, flowers such as periwinkle fill unsightly spaces beautifully and require little to no care.

For those who prefer (or are limited to) container gardens, a variety of flowers, such as begonias, dahlias, impatiens, daffodils and hyacinths, add nice splashes of colour wherever you place your containers as long as they receive at least partial sunlight.

For more guidance on spring and summer gardening, visit the Royal Agricultural Society website at www.rhs.org.uk

If you love to spend time in your garden in the spring and summer months, then you’ll want to prepare now for the high season with some of the beautiful and practical gardening supplies available from The Home and Gift Shop.

The Home and Gift Shop carries a variety of gardening tools and supplies which are equally attractive and useful for backyard gardening. Whether you’re in need of a new garden kneeler to use while digging spaces for new plants, a new pair of leather gardening gloves to wear while you’re trimming your rose bushes or a few suet cakes and cages to attract more birds to your garden, the Home and Gift Shop has everything you need to make the most of your gardening experience.

For more information about our line of gardening supplies or to make a purchase, visit the Home and Gift Shop website and make a start planning your 2015 garden.

Business:        Home and Gift Shop

URL:               www.thehomeandgiftshop.com

Spring: The Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your Living Room

Spring: The Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your Living Room
Now that Christmas is past and we have two more months of winter still ahead, you may find yourself getting a bit anxious to do things that you would normally put off until the return of warmer weather in the spring. Home renovation projects such as painting and window replacement, which typically require constant ventilation until newly applied finishes have dried or which involve the creation of a temporary air leak, are indeed best left for when temperatures are moderate enough for the home to be liveable without being completely sealed off.

Some home projects, however, are as simple as hanging some new pictures and freshening up the living room and other common areas with new and attractive soft furnishings. New tapestry throw pillows, seat covers and throw blankets for upholstered chairs will immediately catch the eye while breathing new life into the areas of the home that you use the most for entertaining as well as everyday living. High-quality artificial flowers can also brighten up your living room in the dead of winter, particularly when the chosen flowers bloom at the height of summer.

If you frequently suffer from joint pain and stiffness during the cold winter weather, you might even consider having an herbal heat pad on hand for flare-ups, as the clean scent of fresh herbs may provide an additional soothing effect. Since spring is just around the corner, now is a great time to begin planning the new, beautiful look of your living room and to select the chair covers, pillows and other soft furnishings that will integrate seamlessly into your new home décor!

The Home and Gift Shop has specialised in living room essentials and other home solutions for over 15 years. Our beautiful floral- and nature-themed home decorations and will provide the perfect complement to any home décor emphasising natural colours and are a great option for those who wish to bring the outside indoors.

For more information, call us today on 0844 573 1656 or visit the Home and Gift Shop website today.

Business:             The Home and Gift Shop

Link:                      www.thehomeandgiftshop.com

Spring: The Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your Living Room

Spring: The Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your Living Room
Now that Christmas is past and we have two more months of winter still ahead, you may find yourself getting a bit anxious to do things that you would normally put off until the return of warmer weather in the spring. Home renovation projects such as painting and window replacement, which typically require constant ventilation until newly applied finishes have dried or which involve the creation of a temporary air leak, are indeed best left for when temperatures are moderate enough for the home to be liveable without being completely sealed off.

Some home projects, however, are as simple as hanging some new pictures and freshening up the living room and other common areas with new and attractive soft furnishings. New tapestry throw pillows, seat covers and throw blankets for upholstered chairs will immediately catch the eye while breathing new life into the areas of the home that you use the most for entertaining as well as everyday living. High-quality artificial flowers can also brighten up your living room in the dead of winter, particularly when the chosen flowers bloom at the height of summer. If you frequently suffer from joint pain and stiffness during the cold winter weather, you might even consider having an herbal heat pad on hand for flare-ups, as the clean scent of fresh herbs may provide an additional soothing effect. Since spring is just around the corner, now is a great time to begin planning the new, beautiful look of your living room and to select the chair covers, pillows and other soft furnishings that will integrate seamlessly into your new home décor!

The Home and Gift Shop has specialised in living room essentials and other home solutions for over 15 years. Our beautiful floral- and nature-themed home decorations and will provide the perfect complement to any home décor emphasising natural colours and are a great option for those who wish to bring the outside indoors.

For more information, call us today on 0844 573 1656 or visit the Home and Gift Shop website today.

Business:             The Home and Gift Shop

Link:                      www.thehomeandgiftshop.com

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden – 2015

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden in 2015
During this time of the year, many people are moving to a new home, a new town and even some moving to a different part of the country. Many of your friends might be moving to a new home where the tradition is usually to offer gifts for the home for any house warming. Alternatively, something for your new apartment neighbour is a nice get-to-know gift.

Here are some ideas for house warming gifts for the home and garden.

There are some cute items on the market currently for the kitchen. A new cutting board is a gift that only gets better with time as well as seasoning. A nice one has a deep moat for juices, and fine ones have heft and durability that only a fine cutting board can provide. This and other items such as kitchen towels can be personalized with the family’s name. Other kitchen items include ceramic mixing bowls, nice set of measuring cups and spoon, ceramic Mason jar mugs, or other kitchen type items are always great gifts for the home and garden.

Traditional house warming gifts need to have significance for the new home. Candles are usually given to bless a new home with warmth and light. A lovely bottle of personalised wine is often a great gift and this idea can be incorporated in house warming gifts like an elegant wine decanter or wine glasses, wine accessories, or gifts for the kitchen or bathroom. These will always work well as house warming gifts.

A home is a place to indulge and relax; these are the items, which encourage new residents to put their feet up and to enjoy their surroundings. Food is always an important part of any home, and kitchen gifts are always a great gift to welcome friends or relatives into their new home.

Flowers or potted plants make lovely gifts for home and garden. Select a bouquet or lucky bamboo plant to use on their new dining room table. Great garden gift such as a garden kneeler and bird feeders all are great house warming gifts. Seed kits and aromatherapy garden kit can be used for indoor or outdoor, so they will work well for new apartment neighbours.

Garden items are numerous and many are unique such as a light for the back step, which gets its energy from the sun during the day. For the yard and gardens there are hundreds of unique and different items that make wonderful all available at the home and gift shop.

However, it really does not matter what you give as a gift as those who are in the middle of a move are usually just happy to see a smiling face or the chance to meet the neighbours they will be living close. Therefore, if you see someone moving in, just stop and introduce yourself, and make him or her feel welcomed in his or her new neighborhood.

So were to find these great gift ideas? Online shopping websites such as the Home and Gift shop offer convenience and range, offering everything for the home and garden, including a diverse range of home & garden furniture, including a range of gift ideas for the kitchen and bedroom, many of which you probably never knew existed.

Shopping online for home furnishings and gifts is also great way to get decorating ideas and the perfect way to find a huge selection of products. And, by shopping online, you will often also be able to find high quality items at bargain prices, something that every homemaker will appreciate!

So, be creative and have fun when choosing the home furnishings and giftware for your new home. And remember, you can browse an ever growing range of gifts for the home and garden twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at the Home and Gift Shop website.

Business:         Home and Gift Shop

URL:               https://www.thehomeandgiftshop.com/

Celebrating Christmas with Meaningful, Useful Gifts

Celebrating Christmas with Meaningful, Useful Gifts
With the joy of the Christmas season being swallowed up more and more each year by crass commercialism, it can be truly frustrating to have the senses repeatedly assaulted by Christmas shopping and sales adverts on television, radio and the Internet. Having a long list of gift recipients doesn’t help! What to do if you don’t believe in overspending on Christmas gifts but want to give meaningful yet practical gifts to your friends and loved ones?

For those who truly wish to keep the focus of the Christmas season on Christmas itself and on time spent with family and friends, a number of options are available which make gift shopping easier and more meaningful. Online retailers specialising in housewares, clothing and other necessities for the home and garden tend to have inexpensive items which make excellent Christmas gifts.

For the home cooking enthusiast in your life, any number of kitchen gadgets will make life easier for the recipient without causing you to go over your Christmas shopping budget. For those who enjoy gardening and bird watching, consider an attractive set of gardening gloves or a display-worthy container for storing bird seed.

By giving gifts which show one’s appreciation for a friend or relative’s personal interests, one demonstrates a commitment to the recipient’s happiness that a more expensive yet impersonal gift cannot.

Another simple way to personalise a Christmas gift is to have it monogrammed. Since monogramming has come back into fashion in recent years, it is easier than ever to give gifts that are equally attractive and useful. Everything from robes and bath towels to luggage and laptop computer cases can be personalised and instantly made into useful gifts into which you clearly put some thought and planning!

The Home and Gift Shop has been a treasure trove of Christmas gift ideas and other personalised gifts for over 15 years. With our reasonably-priced items and flat-rate shipping of £5.50 for the UK mainland and Channel Islands, we make it easy to shop online without spending an inordinate amount on Christmas gifts.

Take advantage of all that we have to offer today by calling 0844 573 1656 or by visiting the Home and Gift Shop website to find the perfect Christmas gift.

Business:         The Home and Gift Shop

URL:                 www.thehomeandgiftshop.com

Shopping for Christmas Gifts

Shopping for Christmas Gifts
Shopping for the Christmas holidays can present different challenges from one gift recipient to the next, as people can be “hard to shop for” in a number of ways.  While some people seem to buy everything they want for themselves and never have a “wish list” which a thoughtful gift might satisfy, the preferences of others can simply be very difficult to guess.

Other challenges when shopping for Christmas gifts include staying within a shopping budget and deciding what price range is appropriate for a given item or even for the recipient, as not everyone on your list will be comfortable receiving an expensive gift. When shopping for Christmas gifts, it is often helpful to seek out gifts for the home which are both attractive and practical. When doing so, you are likely to find the ideal gift for everyone on your list.

Christmas gifts which are both decorative and practical are perfect for many women with domestic interests or hobbies, and a shop specializing in gifts for the home will often have things that she will both need and want.

Many basic home decorations can serve practical purposes such as covering and protecting furniture, giving a bathroom a more posh feel or even brightening up an otherwise purely functional kitchen. Floral-patterned tea cosies, matching kitchen towels and a beautiful chenille or damask tablecloth are all simple gifts which will cheer up almost any kitchen or dining room space, and all are available from www.thehomeandgiftshop.com. For anyone on your Christmas shopping list who entertains regularly, furniture covers make a very practical gift which will also liven up the guest space and give the giver and recipient something to enjoy in future visits.

Since everyone takes note of what one keeps in one’s bathroom when they come to visit, an attractive set of matching towels and bath mats will also give the recipient something that they can both use and display when company comes over.

While men are sometimes quick to dismiss the need for anything “practical,” such items often make the best men’s gifts since they tend to be exactly what they need but do not wish to buy until it is absolutely necessary. In all likelihood, clothing and other items used at home are at the top of this list for at least one of the men on your Christmas shopping list. For the gentleman who claims not to want or need anything, consider a gift such as a finely knit Argyll sweater with matching Argyll socks or an Edwin Jagger shaving gift box set. Likewise, a smart-looking tweed flat cap or a fleece dressing gown with matching slippers will be very appreciated in the dead of winter.

Another advantage of shopping for Christmas gifts from a shop specializing in gifts for the home is that men and women who enjoy the outdoors can both enjoy gifts related to their common interest. Since many married couples consider gardening a shared hobby, gifts for such couples will often be items that they needed anyway and which will be appreciated even more since it relates to an activity that they enjoy together.

Gifts such as natural-coloured cushions for wooden outdoor chairs will make the outdoor living space more enjoyable, and books on gardening can provide new information for home gardeners while making an attractive addition to their books on display. Even a new pair of gardening gloves will always have a place in the home of someone who enjoys gardening. If anyone on your Christmas shopping list has an interest in backyard birds, a set of suet cakes and suet block feeders will always come in handy, and a large, airtight tin for holding bird seed can solve a storage problem and make an attractive addition to the backyard, a conservatory space or even a kitchen countertop.

Reasonably-priced gifts for the home from The Home and Gift Shop will make ideal Christmas gifts for many, if not all, of the people you plan to shop for this holiday season. By shopping at the right place, you are bound to find the ideal gift for everyone on your list. With the Christmas season fast approaching, now is the time to make those purchases so that you can visit with friends and family and enjoy the holiday to its fullest without any worries about getting all the Christmas shopping done in time.

So were to find these great Christmas gift ideas? Online shopping websites such as the Home and Gift shop offer convenience and range, offering everything for the home and garden, including a diverse range of home & garden furniture, including a range of gift ideas for the kitchen and bedroom, many of which you probably never knew existed. And, by shopping online, you will often also be able to find high quality items at bargain prices, something that every homemaker will appreciate! So, be creative and have fun when choosing your Christmas gifts and remember, you can browse an ever growing range of gifts for the home and garden twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at the Home and Gift Shop.

Business:             The Home and Gift Shop

URL:                       http://www.thehomeandgiftshop.com/

Home and Garden Solutions for Retirees

Home and Garden Solutions for Retirees
Summer is a wonderful time of year for those who have ample time to spend in the garden. For retirees in particular, the mild weather and the beauty of nature in full bloom inspire us to make the most of the time that we are now able to spend outside, close to nature.

Another pleasant aspect of retired life, for lifelong cooking enthusiasts, is being able to prepare meals at any time of the day with no worries about being late for work or going to bed too late after finishing the meal and cleaning up the kitchen. For the most dedicated among us, the kitchen and garden are integral components of a happy and healthy life at home, and many of us have taken to fruit and vegetable gardening in order to enjoy the freshest produce possible.

If you enjoy a bountiful harvest of blueberries and blackberries every summer, wonderful! However, if hungry (or thirsty) birds present a problem and fully stocked bird feeders are not keeping them away, consider putting them off by hanging a set of decorative garden forks and trowels. The glare from having the sun shine on them in the daytime will put them off quite effectively, and it will be ever so much more attractive than netting or loose screens. If you are growing peppers, tomatoes or other vegetable plants that need staking, be sure to keep some twine on hand at all times; consider purchasing it in a decorative canister that will add charm to your garden while serving a useful purpose.

Gardening is a labour of love, but that need not mean having to experience pain while moving about within the garden or between the home and the garden. If mobility is increasingly becoming a concern, then making life easier during the time you spend outside may be as simple as having a foldable garden kneeler on hand as well as an outdoor step to help prevent falls when going in and out of doors.

The Home and Gift Shop has been providing home solutions to cooking and gardening enthusiasts for over 15 years. Our distinctive gifts for the home and garden are sure to please any home cook or gardener, and all products can be shipped within the UK, including the Channel Islands, for a standard flat rate of £5.50. Shop our selection of home and garden gifts today – we’re certain that you will love what we have to offer!

To learn more about how our gift ideas for the home and garden will inspire the home cook or gardener in your life, call us today on 0844 573 1656 or visit the Home and Gift website.

Business:             Home and Gift Shop

URL:                       www.thehomeandgiftshop.com

Gifts for the Home and Garden

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden
During this time of the year, many people are moving to a new home, or a new town and even some are moving to a different part of the country. Many of your friends might be moving to a new home where the tradition is usually to bring a gift for a house warming. Alternatively, something for your new apartment neighbour is a nice get-to-know gift. Here are some ideas for house warming gifts for the home and garden.

There are some cute items on the market currently for the kitchen. A new cutting board is a gift that only gets better with time as well as seasoning. A nice one has a deep moat for juices, and fine ones have heft and durability that only a fine cutting board can provide. This and other items such as kitchen towels can be personalized with the family’s name. Other kitchen items include ceramic mixing bowls, nice set of measuring cups and spoon, ceramic Mason jar mugs, or other kitchen type items are always great gifts for the home and garden.

Traditional house warming gifts need to have significance for the new home. Candles are usually given to bless a new home with warmth and light. A lovely bottle of personalised wine is often a great gift and this idea can be incorporated in house warming gifts like an elegant wine decanter or wine glasses, wine accessories, or gifts for the kitchen or bathroom. These will always work well as house warming gifts. A home is a place to indulge and relax; these are the items, which encourage new residents to put their feet up and to enjoy their surroundings.

Food is an important part of any home and kitchen gifts are always a great gift to welcome friends or relatives into their new home. Many of them who are in the middle of a move are probably living on fast food.

Flowers or potted plants make lovely gifts for home and garden. Select a bouquet or lucky bamboo plant to use on their new dining room table. Great garden gift such as a garden kneeler and bird feeders all are great house warming gifts. Seed kits and aromatherapy garden kit can be used for indoor or outdoor, so they will work well for new apartment neighbours.

Garden items are numerous and many are unique such as a light for the back step, which gets its energy from the sun during the day. For the yard and gardens there are hundreds of unique and different items that make wonderful all available at the home and gift shop.

However, it really does not matter what you give as a gift as those who are in the middle of a move are usually just happy to see a smiling face or the chance to meet the neighbours they will be living close. Therefore, if you see someone moving in, just stop and introduce yourself, and make him or her feel welcomed in his or her new neighbourhood.

For more information about the range of gifts available for the home and garden, call now on 0844 573 1656 or visit the home and gifts website.

Business:             The Home and Gift Shop

URL:                       http://www.thehomeandgiftshop.com/

Home and Garden Solutions for Retirees

Home and Garden Solutions for Retirees
Summer is a wonderful time of year for those who have ample time to spend in the garden. For retirees in particular, the mild weather and the beauty of nature in full bloom inspire us to make the most of the time that we are now able to spend outside, close to nature.

Another pleasant aspect of retired life, for lifelong cooking enthusiasts, is being able to prepare meals at any time of the day with no worries about being late for work or going to bed too late after finishing the meal and cleaning up the kitchen. For the most dedicated among us, the kitchen and garden are integral components of a happy and healthy life at home, and many of us have taken to fruit and vegetable gardening in order to enjoy the freshest produce possible.

If you enjoy a bountiful harvest of blueberries and blackberries every summer, wonderful! However, if hungry (or thirsty) birds present a problem and fully stocked bird feeders are not keeping them away, consider putting them off by hanging a set of decorative garden forks and trowels. The glare from having the sun shine on them in the daytime will put them off quite effectively, and it will be ever so much more attractive than netting or loose screens.

If you are growing peppers, tomatoes or other vegetable plants that need staking, be sure to keep some twine on hand at all times; consider purchasing it in a decorative canister that will add charm to your garden while serving a useful purpose.

Gardening is a labour of love, but that need not mean having to experience pain while moving about within the garden or between the home and the garden. If mobility is increasingly becoming a concern, then making life easier during the time you spend outside may be as simple as having a foldable garden kneeler on hand as well as an outdoor step to help prevent falls when going in and out of doors.

The Home and Gift Shop has been providing home solutions to cooking and gardening enthusiasts for over 15 years. Our distinctive gifts for the home and garden are sure to please any home cook or gardener, and all products can be shipped within the UK, including the Channel Islands, for a standard flat rate of £5.50. Shop our selection of home and garden gifts today – we’re certain that you will love what we have to offer!

To learn more about how our gift ideas for the home and garden will inspire the home cook or gardener in your life, call us today on 0844 573 1656 or visit the Home and Gift online store.

Business:             Home and Gift Shop

URL:                       http://www.thehomeandgiftshop.com/

Buying Gifts for the Home & Garden

Buying Gifts for the Home & Garden
Moving home is often considered one of the most stressful experiences a family can have, particularly if the process has been over an extended period and fraught with difficulties – organising the property chain, sorting removals and all of the other such issues. However, moving to a new home should also be a time to celebrate and the perfect time to treat ‘the home’ to a new home gift.

One of the first things most people do, often even before the removal van leaves is to put the kettle on and make all concerned a welcome cup of tea or coffee.  A new kettle or coffee machine is often an ideal ‘new home gift’ and will help everyone settle in quickly and help them feel at home. However, gifts for the kitchen are not the only gifts to help the new home experience, which could include a luxury bath set or some new bedding.

For visitors to the new home, it’s also often considered a good idea to have a gift in hand when you visit, helping them celebrate their new home with a gift that may be practical, useful, and a potential memory maker. We’ve come up with some ideas for both traditional gifts and new, and these include decorative scented coat hangers, Egyptian cotton towels, Sherpa throws or luxury bath and pedestal mats.

But where to find the time to go shopping for these homeware gifts? Moving into a new home is almost certainly a time consuming and stressful experience, with little time to go to the local shops searching for such items.

Online shopping websites such as the Home and Gift shop offer convenience and range, offering everything for the home and garden, including a diverse range of home & garden furniture, including a range of gift ideas for the kitchen and bedroom, many of which you probably never knew existed.

The internet now allows the consumer to be able to search a far wider choice of shopping merchandise than is sometimes available in out of town shopping malls or on the high street. And for those living in smaller towns or in the more rural locations, online shopping has become not just a convenience but, in many cases, can be a life line. The internet has also helped many shopping retailers to expand their business by giving them the opportunity to market their home furnishings and gift ideas to a much wider audience.

The modern internet now allows the consumer to be able to choose from a far wider choice of shopping merchandise than is often available on the high street. For those living in smaller towns or more rural locations, online shopping has become not just a convenience but, in many cases, can be a life line. Finding the right furniture and contents for a home can often prove a difficult and time consuming task. The choice in many large high street stores and out of town retail parks around the UK is often limited and replicated from store to store. Buying home furnishings and gifts for the home or garden online allows for a more diverse choice of styles and products from different sources including boutique and individual retailers.

Buying a new home gift is simple with the great selection of practical, relaxing and celebratory gifts available in the Home and Gift Shop, offering everything for the home including kitchen gifts, bedroom furnishings and much more.

Business:             Home and Gift Shop

URL:                       http://www.thehomeandgiftshop.com/