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8 Cost-Friendly, Stylish Gifts

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Grab a drink (hot or cold) and settle down with some relaxing music or your favourite podcast.  Gather your ribbons, tags and gift paper and start wrapping early to avoid the last minute stress.  Here is a little selection of presents to set you on your way towards preparing for Christmas, which will hopefully give you plenty of ideas.   From left to right:  Tea Fishermen (in box).  Four delightful Chinese style fishermen who calmly sit on the edge your tea cup.  Based on the old tale of Jiang Taigong, who used straight fish hooks because he believed the fish would come to him when they were ready.  With these stylish, white little silicon men holding your hooks, you can also wait patiently while your tea steeps.  We enjoyed these in the office as you can individualise your mug and avoid tea cup mayhem. On books: Neal's Yard Remedies  beautifully scented candle in glass jar made from organic beeswax and plant-oils with a textile wick.  Choose from Balancing, Calming or Uplifting;

Support your local independent restaurant

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Amazing independent restaurants, such as Per Tutti , based in St Albans and also in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, have been serving delicious food and providing fantastic service for diners.  But the Covid-19 pandemic has brought chaos and uncertainty for establishments like these.  Not only is their Italian-inspired food delicious, but the spacious interiors are stylish and comfortable, designed by Bright Space Design .  Both venues are usually fully booked, but this is sadly not possible in the current climate, although measures have recently been put into place by the owners to help diners eat safely, such as the installation of special screens.  However, the restaurants have been offering a take-away service for those who don't want to miss out on their wonderful menu.  Do call and order and support these restaurants as we don't want to reach the end of the pandemic to find that unique and wonderful places like these are lost.   The Berkhamsted branch (below) with 'David&

Time for a calm, Cornish break... with bubbles

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A pandemic is not something I ever imagined I'd live through and it has been a difficult year, but I firmly believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  So maybe it's time to start looking at venturing out and taking a break somewhere beautiful to restore and soothe our souls. These timelessly stylish boutique-barns set in the heart of Cornwall, masterminded by Notting Hill-based House Nine Design , have a new world luxurious sophistication, blending architectural design and unique, bespoke interior styling. Complete with burnt black larch wood and floor-to-ceiling glass frontages, some with rooftop hot tubs, the new boutique barns at The Meadows at Retallack Resort and Spa  will provide an elevated level of holiday retreats on this waterside development. After being cooped up with lockdowns, tiers and months of avoiding people or social distancing, here you can recharge your batteries, fling open doors, star gaze at night or breathe that fresh air with far reaching view

Food to Help you Love Yourself!

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Working during a pandemic has been an interesting experience, bringing a whole new set of challenges.  Linving with lockdown has kept us confined indoors, zooming, designing, looking at screens far longer than we should. Along came a chance to try out some healthy, lovingly-prepared top chef food made using the freshest seasonal ingredients and have it delivered to our door, so we jumped at the chance to review.   Love Yourself  deliver a variety of calorie-controlled weekly diet packages which include five meals per day, for five days a week. You can even track your diet with each meal by syncing into the  MyFitnessPal  app to keep in track of nutritional goals and progress.   Menus are changed on a weekly basis and there are numerous choices including gluten-free, vegetarian, ketogenic or muscle gain, with daily calorie intake options ranging from 1200-2500.  The freshly cooked meal sets are scientifically balanced throughout, guaranteeing your dietary requirements are met so you can

Simple Summer Pleasures

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The best summer days are those where you can enjoy simple pleasures, be mindful and breathe in life. Eating outdoors has an earthy, uplifting feel which rejuvenates us. I would love to eat a Greek salad from this gorgeous Ariel bowl from the Swedish brand By On.  It bears a beautiful form with the shape of a seashell and its wavy surface exudes elegance to create a sea-inspired table setting.   A curved end to the scallop shape makes it easy to hold. The Ariel bowl is sculpturally beautiful too and can stand alone in a display. Available from Nordic Nest.   @brightspacedesign