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Brian's Picks
Blue iPhone 12 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

With all of the online meetings, Netflix-ing, face timing and zoom quizzes we've conducted this year, technology has had our back and it's made us appreciate it more than ever. We're treating ourselves to a bit of an upgrade with the iPhone 12 Pro which comes with a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. The camera on this iPhone is their best yet, so here's hoping we're leaving our homes a bit more in 2021 and making lots of photo-worthy memories!

Cosi Home Luxury Weighted Blanket

Cosi Home Luxury Weighted Blanket

It's been a tough and trying year to say the least. For those moments when we feel like we just need some time out to take some deep breaths and recentre, this weighted blanket can help. At 6.8kg, it's soft and cosy but also provides a sensory experience which promotes stress and anxiety relief.

Pasta Evangelists Subscription

Pasta Evangelists Subscription

We love this artisan pasta gift set - fresh pasta made from Italian doppio zero (00) flour, delicious recipes, super easy to make, and just the right amount of ingredients so there's no food waste. Perfect for cosy nights in with a bottle of wine. There's also the option of a one-month, three-month and six-month subscription. 

Sandy Leaf Farm Ultimate Gin Makers Kit.

The Ultimate Gin Makers Kit

DIY this festive season and try your hand at some homemade gin with this lovely set. Enough for ten big bottles of your own flavoured gin including a classic citrus, pink gin, our favourite chocolate orange, and a spiced Christmassy one. 

The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit.

The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit

For cheese lovers - try your hand at making your own cheese at home. This kit includes herbs and spices to flavour, 3 cheese moulds, a recipe book, and all the ingredients you'll need to make 40 batches of 10 different variations. Better stock up on crackers!

Furbo Dog Camera

Furbo Dog Camera

This HD pet camera with night vision means you'll be able to spy on your pup all day and night. You can hear and talk to them, remotely toss treats to keep them entertained and receive push notifications when they bark.

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Worker Treat Dispensing Dog Toy Brain and Exercise Game for Dogs

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Worker Brain Toy

Basically like a sudoku with tasty rewards, this treat-dispensing game is a great brain exercise for your dog. Place the treats in blocks and compartments and watch your pet swivel the flippers to seek them.

Mungo & Maud Organic Dog Treats

Mungo and Maud Organic Granola Dog Treats

Who says healthy eating is just for humans? These organic granola dog biscuits are made from oats, apple juice and seeds, providing your dog with a nourishing and satisfying snack.

Zendiz Dog Chow Toy

ZENDIX Dog Chew Toy

No-one wants their pet chewing the furniture, so give them this non-toxic rubber chew toy which also encourages good oral hygiene. Leave your dog to entertain themselves for hours, or get involved and play a game of tug-of-war.

Pudsey The Dog Movie

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Ok, this one’s more for you and the family than your pet, but they can definitely get sofa snuggles while you all sit down to watch this heartwarming, feel-good film.

Theragun range of products.

TheraGun Elite Deep Tissue Muscle Treatment

Whether you've been over-exerting yourself at work or in the gym, this powerful deep muscle treatment which works with smart percussive therapy will melt away even the deepest tension to relieve any sore or tight muscles.

Coloring book for adults

Swear Word Colouring Book for Adults

We heard that colouring in can be a mindfulness practice, so this hilarious and irreverent adults colouring book should do the trick. Grab your favourite pencils or felt tip pens and get out of your head for a while with a classic past time. Just keep this one away from the little ones...

1000 piece puzzle from Michael Storring

Michael Storrings Cuba 1000-piece Puzzle

Granted we haven't been doing much travelling of late, but this gorgeous illustrated 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle should provide you with a little dose of escapism while keeping you busy until it's time to pack a suitcase again.

Neom Organics de stress candle

Neom Organics De-Stress Luxury Scented Candle

We love the ritual of lighting this 100% natural candle to set the mood for a relaxing evening and restorative night's sleep. Make it part of your evening wind-down routine or treat a loved one to a thoughtful gift.

This Works deep sleep pillow talk duo.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray & Roll-On

This kit contains 2 natural and wonderfully-smelling products to help you calm your senses and de-stress. The pillow spray helps you drift off to sleep while the roll-on is a great little portable rescue remedy for both day and night.

Westlab Reviving Epsom Salts to relax.

Westlab Reviving Epsom Salts

A long, relaxing soak in a hot bath filled with these epsom salts will melt away stress, detoxify the body and release muscle tension. All you need to do is pick a good book, light some candles and unwind. 

Open book of garden

‘The Japanese Garden’ by Sophie Walker

This gorgeous cloth-bound coffee table book delves into an 800-year exploration of Japanese Gardens. Through a series of essays and beautiful imagery of 100 featured gardens, ranging from ancient Shinto shrines to modern-day Zen designs, you’ll get lost in the art and rich history of this inspiring topic.

croquet set

Hurlingham Croquet sets by Jaques of London

Enjoy some fun in the sun with a game of croquet. My favourite garden game, it’s multigenerational so the entire family can get involved. This luxurious four player set  from the inventors of Croquet, Jaques of London, comes with all of the equipment you’ll need, elegantly stored and displayed in a solid Mahogany casket.

cocktail

Plant Theatre Cocktail Garden Kit

If you’re an avid gardener with a taste for cocktails, then this’ll tick off both hobbies in one! Grow your own aromatic herbs and plants in this ‘Cocktail Garden’ so you can garnish your drinks with homegrown produce. The set includes 6 growing pots, 6 peat blocks and 6 plant markers as well as sowing and growing tips and of course, cocktail recipes.

gardening tool

Kew Gardens Carbon Steel 3-Piece Gardening Tool Set

Now we’ve all got a bit more time to dedicate to home projects and gardening, treat yourself to some new tools to get the job done. I’m a fan of this simple set of essentials which includes a weedfork, hand trowel and transplanting trowel. You’ll have your very own Kew Gardens in no time!

plants and cocktails

Prêt à Pousser Indoor Garden

I’ll be making basil pesto from scratch with this nifty indoor garden. Growing your own fresh herbs at home, all year round is foolproof with this. Simply insert the 3 pods, fill the pots, connect the cable to the LED lamp, and watch your herbs grow. The compact design means it’ll fit in any sized-kitchen too.

coffee machine

Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Cappuccino and Espresso Maker

Enjoy your favourite coffee at home with the De'Longhi Eletta coffee machine. The sleek and compact design means it will look great without taking up too much space and the functions allow you to programme the strength, length and temperature of your coffee so you'll always have the perfect cup.

headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones

If a noisy home means you can’t knuckle down, these chic Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are noise cancelling, so they’ll help drown out the distractions.

Slow cooker

Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker

More time at home means more time to experiment in the kitchen with new and perhaps more adventurous recipes. For precision cooking, this Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker by Anova Culinary is my ultimate kitchen companion. It can be monitored and controlled from my phone, leaving me to potter about until dinner’s ready.

cream bottle

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask

Lots of time spent indoors with central heating and a lack of fresh air and daylight can take its toll on skin. This luxurious mud mask by Omorovicza is like an at-home facial which gently exfoliates and brightens the complexion.

woman hammering wood block

WoodBlocX Sustainably-Sourced Raised Garden Beds

While spring is in bloom and the weather is brighter, now’s the time to get green fingered and tend to the garden. These raised wooden beds by WoodBlocX come in varying sizes and are great for anything from flower beds to small fruit, veg and herb patches.

small tablet

VonHaus Portable Bamboo Tablet & Laptop Table

Laptops are often too high or too low, which can strain your neck. Ideally, the top of your monitor should be just below eye level. This bamboo tablet and laptop table from Von Haus has a handy in-built drawer for USB drives, pens, notepads or snacks.

travel pouch

Original Rummikub Travel Pouch Parlour Game

Board games always bring a family of all generations together. One of my childhood favourites and a classic is Rummikub. Less screen time, more fun, and a little healthy competition!

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