There are so many reasons to love Winter! As the Season begins it always seems like a long stretch ahead of us, it gets dark too early now and it's getting a lot colder. But think chatting around a cosy fire, Christmassy scented candles, hot delicious casseroles and my Winter time favourite.... hot chocolate! This delicious hot chocolate recipe is made with chile peppers and cinnamon, guaranteed to heat you up in no time!
We're huge fans of aromatherapy treatments, in fact all spa and aromatherapy experiences... any excuse to spoil yourself! Sometimes it really is the small experiences that can change your mood and uplift your spirits. Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to treat yourself to some downtime at home and the bathroom is the best place to get your aromatherapy time in. The steam mixes with natural scents to calm and soothe, perhaps one of the reasons why we were all given baths before bedtime as kids! Relaxing is a natural by-product of the aromatherapy experience.
Are you looking for a thoughtful gift for your friend or a family member? You probably already might know that candles are one of the top gifts given and received here in the UK. It's true that one of the reasons people love candles so much is that they are often used to bring relaxation. We include candles in our gift baskets for that reason. Consider giving a scented candle to someone who enjoys taking bubble baths by candlelight. Gazing at the flame is a mesmerizing experience and relaxes both the eyes and mind, combined with an evocative scent they're irresistible.
Another reason for giving scented candles as a gift is that they are used to create a romantic atmosphere during intimate evenings at home. Because a candle throws a light on a relatively small area, it creates a sense of intimacy among people basking in its glow.
There are so many creative ways in which to upcycle a mason jar, you can just let your imagination run wild... from snow globes to fancy candles, fairy light features to cleaning soap dispensers! This idea, in particular, is one of our favourites and will make a thoughtful, low-cost gift for family and friends. This is such a beautiful way to showcase a favourite photo vintage style! This would make a lovely anniversary gift for your parents.
Smart Gift Solutions... we'd be the first to agree that it's not exactly a catchy name, is it? But, it does what it says on the tin. Solves all your gift dilemmas! When we first started our company - many years ago - we wanted to be able to offer a gift solution for any one of life's occasions. It seemed obvious, to us at any rate, that one product could do that... food!
Have you ever met anyone who doesn't love cheese? No, us neither! Cheese goes with anything... you can have it with your breakfast, lunch, sprinkled over your dinner or even for dessert in a scrumptious cake. Available in a never-ending amount of flavours and styles to suit your taste buds, you can buy the cheese of your desires from any local supermarket or order in any restaurant.
Did you know that in England alone there are over 700 types of cheeses produced? Nationally we manage to consume 700,000 tonnes a year? But what exactly is it about the product that we tend to love and crave so much? You wouldn’t be mad for thinking the stuff was addictive. We bet you didn’t know that a particular type of protein is found in milk called casein, and the concentration in cheese is very high compared to other dairy products.
Inspired by the Hummingbird Bakery's Red Velvet Cake (a place my daughter had great fun working in over the Summer) we have a delicious recipe for you. Here's our version... Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese and White Chocolate! There was a feeling these were going to be one very odd cookie but I'm delighted to say they were absolutely delicious, especially chilled.
Preparing this recipe was a joy because there's nothing quite like the aroma of fresh cookie dough for building anticipation! The finished cookies were deliciously soft. There are many different variations you can try such as white chocolate chips or white chocolate drizzled over the top for maximum impact and taste. Or you could use your favourite yoghurt instead of cream cheese.
The answer to this question really depends on both your knowledge and your experience of wine. If you really know your wines then the answer, of course, will be a definite yes. But if you know little of wine then you might have often pondered the question of how much should I pay for a good tasting bottle of wine? Maybe you can't guess the difference between a £10 bottle of wine or a bottle costing £30 or even £300.
Here at Smart Gifts we like wine... a lot! But we've often said you only really need to pay around £10-15 for a good tasting bottle of wine and should you pay more for red wine than white wine?