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    Vegan Treats for Veganuary

    Vegan Treats for Veganuary

    This month, many of you will be taking part in Veganuary. Typically this new tradition is themed around food and diet, but if you're enjoying your experience of being vegan and feel like exploring it a little further, check out these products that you can use in every day life or as gifts, that are also vegan.

    The main star of the show here is our glorious range of luxurious soaps, which are all completely vegan and sustainably made. Starting with the ever-popular English Soap Company ones, they are enriched with heavenly shea butter for a moisturising experience and smell simply divine.

    There's also the Barefoot Beauty soaps which come in unique and fun (and recyclable) packaging to make for fabulous gifts.

    And let's not forget our newest soaps and most outgoing by far, the brilliant novelty soaps by Go La La. Made with natural ingredients and no palm oil, these don't only smell gorgeous, but will bring joy to someone's day when they see it. We get people laughing at them almost every day in the shop.

    Alongside soaps, there's the wonderful Heathcote & Ivory products which are all vegan also. There is a great range of beautifully designed goodies that never fail to make a convenient and special gift.

    And finally, we love a good candle here at Daisy Park. Luckily for us all, the candles we stock are all vegan friendly! Including St Eval's gorgeously natural and minimalistic candles, as well as the bright and beautiful Country Candle Company's fabulous candles too. There's a scent to suit everyone with these two brands combined and we're sure you'll find something you love.

    These goodies, alongside our great variety of generally environmentally-friendly products, will get you further along the path of sustainability in no time. Cut down on plastic by using one of these reusable water bottles from Dopper or Chilly's, always have a reusable bag to put your shopping in with a Hinza bag, or make sustainability stylish with jewellery from a brand that focuses on making minimal impact on our environment, One & Eight. Perhaps it's not so hard, after all!

    Top 10 Stocking Fillers

    Top 10 Stocking Fillers

    They say the best things come in small packages, right? Stock up on these fabulous fillers and you'll be making the opening of Christmas stockings the event of the day.

    1. A soap

    These novelty ones by Go La La are new to Daisy Park this year and have been really popular because they are just so funny. They're just such a brilliant gift for someone with a cheeky and childish sense of humour. Alternatively, the English Soap Company's Christmas or Kew Gardens soaps are a lovely alternative with a gorgeous range of scents.

    2. Socks

    Would it be Christmas without receiving a pair of socks? Powder socks are great choice here, with both Men and Womens socks available in some bright and beautiful designs, or their popular alphabet socks for something a bit more personal.

     

    3. A password book

    Perhaps a little random, yes, but password books are one of those products you don't know you need until you see it in front of you. It's not so likely your loved ones have one of these or would have thought of them so this could be a great little gift that's super handy. We particularly love these mini ones by SMW Gifts.

     

    4. An East of India trinket

    Whether it be a trinket dish, a token matchbox, tealight holder or a simple hanging heart, East of India goodies are perfect for popping in a stocking. They'll add a touch of sentiment which always goes down well (particularly at Christmas), and provide a cute little keepsake for your loved ones to have forever.

     

    5. Hand sanitiser or cream

    Still very appropriate and an essential for everyone these days, we believe you can never have enough hand sanitiser or hand cream. With the lovely ones we have from English Soap Co or Heathcote & Ivory, your friends and family will not only have hands as soft and clean as possible, but will be smelling divine at the same time.

     

     

    6. A keyring

    A great go-to and somewhat of a timeless classic of a stocking filler, need we say more? These novelty ones are just brilliant, there's one to suit everyone.

     

    7. Pocket tissues

    Possibly another classic? With the adorable range of prints we have, a packet of pocket tissues is actually such a sweet stocking filler idea. Plus, they might come in handy for those winter sniffles or Christmas rom-com blubbers.

     

    8. Bookaroo stationery bits

    Pen holders, phone pockets or reading lights, Bookaroo by If has some great bits and bobs that were practically made to be stocking fillers. We love the idea of a pen holder and pen as a double duo, or the really handy phone pocket.

     

    9. Jewellery, a brooch or a pin

    The perfect example of 'the best things come in small packages', earrings will pop into a stocking nicely and will be sure to go down well. Or, for something a bit different, why not give a brooch by Erstwilder? Or a pin which is a bit smaller and subtler, such as the Erstwilder ones or Gisela Graham festive ones.

     

     

    10. A Christmas decoration

    Perhaps they've recently moved house and are re-doing their Christmas tree, or maybe you just want to give them something they can use over again year upon year, a Christmas decoration is actually a lovely gift, and we've got plenty of gorgeous ones to choose from.

     

    So there we have it, our top 10 stocking fillers for this Christmas. We've got plenty of bits and bobs to choose from that are all perfect for stocking fillers, just have a little look for yourself on our website or by popping in to the shop.

    Top 10 Gifts For Him

    Top 10 Gifts For Him

    Whether it's our dad, grandad, brother or husband, many of us have that man in our life that we simply can't shop for. Maybe he's really fussy? Has expensive taste? Or simply already has everything?

    Whatever it might be, we're sure there will be something you can get him. Read on for some ideas big and small, and one of them might just spark that light bulb moment you're waiting for.

    1. A Chilly's bottle

    Chilly's bottles are a great gift for pretty much anyone and everyone, of all ages. Simple and stylish in design, they can look effortlessly cool whilst also being practical and useful. Or if they've already got a bottle, why not add to their collection and treat them to a thermal coffee cup which are just as nice?

    2. An Asta Barrington tray

    If the man in your life is someone who likes to host, why don't you give them a tray to serve the beers on? Or a tray that features their favourite tipple of choice.

    3. A bottle opener

    These Austin Sloan bottle openers are a must-have for man caves. It simply wouldn't be complete without one, don't you think?

    4. Socks

     

    Getting men socks for Christmas seems to have become somewhat of a tradition over the years, so carry it on in style with a pair of Powder socks for men. They come in some fabulously bright and busy designs and even have their own free gift bag to save you the hassle of wrapping it up.

    5. An Emma Bridgewater mug

    If in doubt, go for a mug. In our opinion, you can never have too many (mainly because there's too many nice mugs that come into the shop all the time). If the man in your life is someone who enjoys a cuppa, then a mug such as the Emma Bridgwater Shoreline Scattered Boats mug might be a lovely one if they also like the sea or sailing.

    6. Bookaroo stationery

    If he has an office job or is a student that's always in need of pens and rulers, then pretty much anything from Bookaroo by If is a great stocking filler gift. The notebook tidies are ideal for preventing them losing pens, or the notebooks are simple yet sleek in design for notes and planning.

    7. A Hinza Bag

    The idea of getting the man in your life a bag might seem an odd one to some at first, but a Hinza bag really is one everyone. They're incredibly practical for doing the weekly food shop or for carrying books in and come in a wide range of colours to suit everyone.

    8. A String Tin

    The Emma Bridgewater string tins are a great little present for anyone who loves gardening. The potting shed design mimics a man cave theme and is simply rather sweet. There's also a tin to match to keep bits in such as screws or gardening gloves.

    9. An English Soap Company Soap

    For a bit more luxury in the shower, why not treat them to an English Soap Company soap? With scents such as Bergamot & Ginger, or Sandalwood & Pink Pepper, we're sure the man in your life will be smelling divine in no time.

    10. East of India trinkets

    East of India always know how to say it best in their trinkets and treats. If you want to show your partner how much you love them, or remind your dad of how great he is, one of these are a great way to show that.

    Summer Florals

    Summer Florals

    Here in South Molton in lovely North Devon we’ve got the summer season event of ‘South Molton in Bloom’ getting underway. Businesses around the town contribute and it means that beautiful bright flowers can be seen all around the square and elsewhere. We love it so much that we thought we’d theme this weeks blog post on all things floral to celebrate one of our favourite times of the year.

     

    Emma Bridgewaters newest floral range is certainly one that has a place here. We love it, particularly the sunflower tray which is just so bright and sunny. Plus the mini tins which are super sweet and can be used to store little bits and bobs, or used as part of a gift stuffed with some sweets. Then there’s also the brand new calendars. We know it’s only July but we’re already getting ready for next year, and thanks to their gorgeous design they even fit in with the floral theme too.

     

    Pip studio goodies are always bright and colourful much like seasonal flowers, especially the Blushing Birds ranges. Available in reds, yellows, blues pinks or khakis, there’s plenty to choose from to suit all tastes and add a touch of vibrancy to your home this summer. Even if it’s just for decoration such as using a mug to keep pens or makeup brushes in.

     

     

    Gisela Graham mugs are such lovely mugs to have in the home or give as gifts. The sunflower mini mug & jug is the cutest little set and matches really well with all of the other lovely flowery goodies. If you’re a lover of sunflowers and have some growing in your own garden, these might be perfect for a cuppa whilst you give them some TLC.

     

    Finally, although not necessarily floral in design, Hinza bags are such a great accompaniment to any flower or garden theme as they’re so useful for either storing gardening tools or making a quirky alternative to a plant pot. We think they look fabulous with some flowers in!

     

    We do love a bright window, and right now our display is certainly looking that way, with all of these tulips, sunflowers and more, plus all of the lovely flowers all over town, its really looking quite gorgeous at the moment, just what we’ve all needed!

    The Eco Edit

    The Eco Edit

    Here at Daisy Park our range of eco friendly products is growing all the time. It's exciting to discover new goodies that not only bring some happiness to us, but also a little to the environment too. With Earth Day coming up on the 22nd April, we've been thinking about this more than usual, and thought it might be useful to put together a blog post on all things eco-friendly that we sell here in the shop so that if you're also feeling inspired to be even kinder to the planet, then you can start right here with knowing that when you buy one of these lovely products, you're playing a small part in a big movement towards a sustainable future - pretty cool right?

    Blue Eyed Sun

    First up we're starting with a little bit of newness. These fabulous Bioloco Loop bottles from Blue Eyed Sun are our newest style of fun, reusable drink bottles for your everyday use. Made from double walled stainless steel, these will keep your hot drinks hot for around 18 hours and cold drinks cold for about 12. They have a convenient silicone handle for easy carrying, and their gorgeously unique design means that yours will easily stand out.

    We also have some beautiful decorative bowls from Blue Eyed Sun that are actually made from real coconuts! These lovely little things would be a handy and stylish way of storing all of those bits and bobs that are difficult to find a home for, like keys or spare coins.

    Hinza

    In recent years Hinza have increasingly been making their glorious bags from 'green' plastic - a material made from sugar cane which is a renewable source. These can also be recycled, so not only are they sleek, handy bags for all of your daily needs, but are also super smart and sustainable. It's a win win.

    St Eval

    All of St Evals wonderfully smelling candles are made from vegan friendly waxes and as of recently, now come in plastic-free packaging. They're made fairly locally to us in North Cornwall with planet friendly methods in mind and quite frankly, we just love them.

    The English Soap Company

    Cruelty free, vegan friendly, and plastic free packaging - need we say more? The English Soap Company is always one to be relied upon for sustainable products that will certainly leave you smelling far better than you did before. Plus, and the clue is in the name here, their lovely goodies are made right here in the UK so less carbon footprint which is always a big benefit.

    Eco-Chic

    Once again, the clue is in the name here with Eco Chic. We're big fans of their reusable face masks which have become such an essential over the past year. They're made from plastic bottles, as are the lunch bags, so they really are helping to make a difference little by little.

    Atlantic Blankets

    A blanket might not be something you'd expect to be connected to the planet, but Atlantic Blankets certainly make it so. They're made from ethically sourced wool which also happens to be a 100% organic material, and we now stock a couple of their recycled cotton blankets which are just as heavenly with the added bonus of also being sustainable. Not to mention that the timeless style of these blankets mean that you can keep them for years to come, and steer clear of the fast fashion industry.

    Frugi

    Finally, here's one for the kids. As the UKs leading organic children's clothing brand, Frugi provides reliable yet fun and vibrant products for your little ones that are kind to the planet. The bags are made with recycled plastic bottles and the clothes are all made from ethically sourced, 100% organic cotton that we must say, is super soft too. Frugi know how to make sustainability colourful with many beautiful designs that the kids will love to show off in the playground or in the park, you can't go wrong.

    So there's some of our favourites of the brands we stock who really are doing an excellent job at being kind to our magnificent world. We're always working to do better ourselves, by reducing plastic in our parcels and in pre-covid times, providing a water filling station to top up your reusable bottles in the shop amongst other measures. But above all, we're a work in progress and learning along the way, as everyone is. So, if you're feeling inspired by the upcoming Earth Day and want to start shopping more sustainably, these are some wonderful gifts and treats that you can buy knowing you're doing exactly that.