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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 5 Eco Gifts

    Top 5 Eco Gifts

    The modern world we live in today is one that's growing more and more caring towards the health of our planet. Here at Daisy Park, we may not be perfect but we try our best with what we've got, and we're always trying to learn tips on how to be as green as possible.

    One way we can do that is by stocking brands who hold value in being environmentally friendly whilst remaining high in quality and still looking fab of course. Thankfully there is now a great selection of brands like this and we're happy to say we stock some of them! Each one can help you in becoming greener too, whilst still being the gorgeous products you look for. So here's our top 5 Eco gifts to make both your loved ones and the planet happy this Christmas!

    1. Hinza bags

    Many of us have long abandoned using plastic carrier bags in supermarkets and shops, but Hinza bags are a step further than a reusable bag. Colourful and stylish, Hinza bags can be used for almost anything as well as your weekly shop. This could be storage, a picnic basket, or even a unique plant pot. Plus, they're now making an increasing amount of their bags out of a green plastic made from sugar cane!

     

    2. A reusable bottle

    This one might be an obvious one but they're just such a great go-to. You could give someone a Dopper or Bioloco Loop bottle for those who appreciate something a bit more unusual, or the iconic Chilly's bottle is great for a more classic bottle.

     

    3. Beeswax food wraps

    It's out with the cling-film and in with the beeswax wraps nowadays. Created for wrapping sandwiches, snacks or even larger things like a loaf of bread in, we love these because they also look so much nicer than cling-film, don't you think? They can be washed and used over again so we reckon they're one of those products that you'll think to yourself: 'how did I not use these sooner?!'

     

    4. Eco Chic bags

    From lunch bags to cool-bag backpacks and foldaway shoppers, Eco Chic have got it covered. These make for great gifts because they're incredibly reasonable in price and are super handy. What's more, you might even be able to find matching items to make a set. Oh, and they're made from plastic bottles!

     

    5. St Eval candles

    Zero waste, zero plastic and locally made from entirely natural ingredients, St Eval might just be the leader of all eco candle companies. Not to mention the fact that they smell absolutely heavenly and come in the cutest packaging. Choose from their tealights, tinned candles or even the Christmas edition pots.

     

    These are a few of our favourite brands, but it's important to say that so many of the brands we stock are also just as great at being kind to the planet. Including Frugi for all things kids, One & Eight jewellery, and bath & body brands such as Barefoot, English Soap Co and the newest addition, Go La La. 

    With so many gorgeous products to choose from, we hope you feel good in knowing that so many of these lovely brands are green and gorgeous.

    Top 10 Gifts for Kids

    Top 10 Gifts for Kids

    Christmas is a special time of year for many of us, but when it comes to children, it's particularly precious. The magic and general sparkles and treats that come with it are all just pure joy for them. And the presents of course. They've got it pretty good really haven't they?

    It can actually be quite tricky navigating the world of children's gifts when a lot of the time, they already have plenty of everything. So in this weeks gift guide, we've tried to put together some ideas that are useful, fun, and adorable, so that your little ones' will be even more joyful than Santa.

    1. A fabulously unique Jellycat toy

    The best thing about the iconic Jellycat brand is the fantastically unique characters they are always creating. So if you're reluctant to get them yet another cuddly toy to add to their collection, then fear not, because you could give them anything from a boiled egg to sardine. But equally, their more classic toys are super soft and always go down well.

    2. A book

    Also by Jellycat and a great gift companion to go with one of the toys are the super sweet story books. We've been getting more and more of these in stock because they've become so popular as gifts for youngsters. Give one on it's own as a lovely addition to their little library, or pair it with it's character for a gorgeous gift. Sorted!

     

    3. A Djeco umbrella

    These Djeco umbrellas are a popular product all year round thanks to their brightly coloured, fun designs along with the Great British weather always providing a need for them. But not many people might think of it as a Christmas gift, and they make a great one. Plus, if instead of snow, there's rain on the big day, this will make it a bit more fun!

    4. Make it a crafty Christmas

    This year, why not encourage their creative juices with some crafting activities? Not only will it provide them with a fun activity to entertain them, but it will also keep them quiet when the adults are in a food coma on the sofa. There's plenty to choose from, including origami, colouring and much more.

    5. A play tent

    Play tents can be such a perfect gift for many reasons. For one, they seem like a huge present to kids, but what's even better, is that this Tipi by Djeco is a foldable material tent, so you can just fold it up neatly and tidy it away easily. So the real winner here is the parents really.

     

    6. A Frugi bag

    Perhaps they want a new school backpack for the new year? Or maybe you could use it as their travel bag? Whatever they choose to use it for, Frugi bags are not only super cute and excellent quality, they're also made from plastic bottles so you're choosing an environmentally friendly company! There's also lunch bags and mini backpacks if you want to get a set.

    7. A reusable drinks bottle

    You can get one of these from Frugi too if you want to match it to a backpack you're already getting, or you could give them a slightly more mature choice of a Dopper or Chilly's bottle. All 3 of these do insulated options if you want to keep their drink fresh all day at school or on days out. These are a great gift for slightly older children too.

    8. Stationery galore

    Another great option for older kids, stationery is a necessity that can also be a luxury. Whether it's a notebook tidy from Bookaroo to keep their pens organised, or an adorable letter writing set for those budding writers (which can also be used to write Christmas thank you notes if that's something you like your little ones to do), there's something for everyone

    9. A good old puzzle

    A good quality, uniquely designed puzzle is such an underrated present in our opinion. We've got some gorgeous ones from Djeco, each coming in a box that actually even looks just gorgeous as a decoration on it's own. The hot air balloon is a personal fave of ours, or maybe the rocket.

     10. A Bendy Light

    This one was a really popular product last Christmas and a great one to end on. The ideal balance of fun yet practical, the Bendy Light makes for a perfect stocking filler and always goes down well with keen readers.

     

     

    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.