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Marcato dispenser silver

Marcato Silver Aluminium Sifter

This chic aluminium sifter is great for lightly dusting with flour, cocoa, powdered sugar and spices. Particularly handy since we all became master bakers during lockdown!

ESPRO double wall vacuum insulated coffee press

ESPRO Press P7 Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Coffee Press

No-one’s actually giving up coffee these days are they?! Feed your addiction in style with this sleek matte black and stainless steel coffee press which makes the perfectly brewed cup every time. Extraction stops immediately after pressing so every sip tastes perfect and your drink will stay hot for hours thanks to the insulated, double-walled lining - great for slow sippers.

Shun 3 piece knife set

Shun Three Piece Knife Set by Kai

Whether you have dreams of being the next master chef or simply want to improve your knife skills, this three-piece Shun knife set will have you looking like a pro no matter what level your chopping skills are at. The set includes a paring knife, utility knife and 8-inch chef's knife, all made of damask steel with 32 layers.

Lékué kit pickle

At-home Pickling Kit

Get experimental in the kitchen by making your own tasty pickles to accompany your summer spreads and BBQs. This simple kit, made up of two glass jars with silicone seals, plungers and tongs will keep it tidy. Onions, beetroot, radish are not included...the options are endless!

Mark Thomas double bend champagne flutes

Double Bend Crystal Champagne Flutes by Mark Thomas

I recently discovered these understated champagne flutes while dining out at Claude Bosi and fell in love with them. These are perfect for toasting to a long, warm summer at home. Made from non-lead crystal glass, this pair of mouth-blown flutes are simple but subtly impactful thanks to the unique shape. If you fancy a special night out, do visit Claude Bosi at Bibendum for their exquisite tasting menu with the mouth-watering wine pairing, all nestled within the iconic Michelin House.

Lékué 4 piece strawberry popsicle mould pac

Strawberry Popsicle Moulds

International holidays are off the cards for the time being, but at least you can stay cool at home this summer with these fun strawberry-shaped ice lolly moulds. Keep the kids entertained by having them help you make them, and enjoy them out in the garden with friends.

Philips E27 LED Lightbulbs

Philips Hue White & Colour Ambiance Smart LED Lightbulbs

Philips LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lights and last up to 22 years, which is equal to around 25 incandescent bulbs - meaning far less waste. These smart LED lightbulbs can be controlled with your smart device or voice and with 16 million colours to choose from, you can create the perfect ambience. All you have to do is screw them into place and connect to the Philips Hue Bluetooth app for in-room smart lighting control.

Google Nest Thermostat

Google Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation

Programmable thermostats save you money by reducing your energy consumption, thus reducing the environmental impact of your home. Nest learns your preferred temperatures, displaying a leaf when you choose an energy-saving setting, turns itself down when there's no one in the house, and is fully programmable from your phone and compatible with Alexa-enabled devices.

Thousand Bicycle Helmet

Thousand Adult Bike Helmet

Better for the environment and our health, cycling has lots of benefits. An added one is getting to wear a cool helmet while you commute! Thousand is a sustainably-minded brand creating vintage retro-style helmets, complete with vegan leather straps. Committed to being carbon-neutral, they have a transparent supply chain and your order will arrive in reduced, eco packaging.

Larq Reusable Water Bottle

Larq Insulated Self-Cleaning Reusable Bottle

There’s nothing worse than taking a sip of water from your reusable bottle only to get a whiff of mildew. This self-cleaning bottle uses UV-C LED technology to clean the inner surfaces of the bottle and eliminate odour-causing bacteria and viruses. It’s also insulated, so it’ll keep your water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

Aarke Carbonator

Aarke Carbonator II Soda Water Carbonator

Cutting down on single-use water bottles while ensuring that we’re hydrated AND being able to enjoy fizzy water at home - sounds like a triple win! I love this classier, designer-looking version of the SodaStream. Add a few citrus fruit slices to the glass and you’ll find yourself easily reaching the recommended 8 glasses a day.

Unimi 2020 Design Sleep mask

3D Contoured 100% Blackout Sleep Mask

I rave about this eye mask to anyone that'll listen! The ergonomic design fits the nose bridge closely without putting pressure on the eyelids, which I've found is common with other eye masks. 

Ewedoos Eco-Friendly yoga mat with alignment lines

Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Perfect your downward dog with this thick eco-friendly yoga mat, which is also great for pilates and higher intensity workouts. It's durable and latex and PVC-free. 

Google Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Google Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

This three-pack means you can equip three rooms in your home. The alarm has advanced smoke and carbon monoxide detection that you can manage from one app using your iPhone, iPad or android device.

Withings BPM Core heart and health device

Blood Pressure Monitor with ECG and Electronic Stethoscope

Easy to use, easy to understand and compliant with European medical device standards, I use this handy device to keep on top of my vital stats, especially when non-urgent trips to the GP are temporarily off the cards.

Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Smart Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Oral care shouldn't be compromised, and you'll find it hard to go back to a regular toothbrush after using this one. It removes up to 10x more plaque and improves gum health in just two weeks. It comes complete with a USB travel charge too, ideal for when - dare I say it - we can go on holiday again!

Elemis aching muscle super soak

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak

I've been loving this Elemis bath soak for a full-body bounceback after my strenuous Peloton rides and cold winter dog walks. This foaming soak works as a deep heat treatment to detoxify and cleanse - bliss!

Gordons Alcohol Free

Gordon's Alcohol Free Spirit 0.0%

Some would argue that after the last 9 months we've just experienced, 2021 just isn't the year for going t total. If you did battle through and complete dry January, good on you! Personally, this alcohol-free spirit by Gordon's made cutting out the booze a little more enjoyable. It tastes (almost) as good as the real deal, so moving forward I'll definitely be swapping out a few of my G&Ts with this when I'm feeling angelic.

Renpho Body Fat Scale

RENPHO Digital Body Fat Scale With Bluetooth

Getting into shape is probably one of the most popular new year's resolutions. Having a way to track progress based on health metrics as well as mere body weight helps to fuel my competitive nature, meaning I'm more likely to stick to my regime. This smart scale tracks BMI and body composition while linking to a smartphone app.

 Manwe Ultra Quiet Humidifer

Manwe Cool Mist Air Humidifier

Far more time spent indoors coupled with colder weather means most of us have the central heating on full blast. While it keeps us toasty, it also causes dryness of the skin, nose, throat and lips. Humidifiers work to add moisture back to the air (and our skin!) and have other great benefits including easing cold and flu symptoms and promoting better sleep. This one also has an essential diffuser so you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oils. 

Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients Cookbook

If like me you've had the realisation that being at home more means cooking three meals a day takes up an obscenely large chunk out of your day, you'll be looking to streamline your kitchen efforts without compromising on eating well. I'm loving Jamie Oliver's 5 ingredient recipes for simple but tasty meals that are all quick to make. The majority are one-pot or tray dishes, which means less washing up too...win-win! 

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!