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Brandish to the Credit Crunch Rescue: It-Accessory £3.75 from £30!

By Will Reid on January 7th, 2009

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You know when relatives get Christmas presents that just get under your skin? Well, Hama beads were that present during this holiday season. Whether in my pockets, in my shoes, woven onto my laces, down my skinny jeans (don’t ask!) they were everywhere. The trick with this gift is that you make designs out of the beads and then iron them for a minute to get a solid design. When a young cousin made me a heart it all clicked- these Hama beads were a replica of the It-accessory of the moment as seen on Kanye West and Brandish. And they only cost £3.75 off Amazon and for that price who cares if the recommended customer age is 5?!

Check the pictures of some designs that I managed to snap over the holidays!

(Image Source: Amazon.co.uk, Dee and Ricky)

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Accessories, Gifts, Grooming, Lifestyle & Gadgets, Scent & Aftershave, Watches

Present Tense: last minute Christmas gifts

By admin on December 18th, 2008

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Everyone is guilty of it, (well not everyone, I have a colour-coded Google Docs spreadsheet, natch!) but last-minute Christmas shopping can often leave you with gifts that have an air of desperation about them.
These picks have something for every wallet and they all carry an air of “What this? I bought this in November” insouciance. The Habitat lamp is a tasteful nudge for every Ikea junkie, and the watch will help the wearer get the ‘Sexy Cab Driver’ look which is going to be very important in ’09. A ‘To Do’ tattoo list is useful when compiling all those New Year’s resolutions, and all the more useful because they’re temporary. Resolution, what resolution?!

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Gifts, Grooming

Burts Bees: the perfect stocking filler?

By Colin Chapman on December 18th, 2008

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I mentioned Burts Bees in my winter sun post the other day. They’re a great man brand, and a perfect stocking filler idea. Clean fruity smells that are never too girly and that no-nonsense packaging with the Walt Whitman-esque bearded guy logo. Buy here from John Lewis or Wholefoods or, if you’ve got friends or relatives coming over from the States or Canada, beg space in their luggage. The also have an online store here.

Top tips UK-side: the orange facial cleanser is perfect for winter mornings as a wake me up. A bit like smearing your face with a zingy marmalade. Leaves a light residue on your skin after wiping the excess away that helps to protect from the elements without being greasy. It even tastes great!

I’ve already praised their never-ending lip balm but also worth mentioning is the super-hardworking hand salve. Go get.



Entertainment, Gifts, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Yay or Nay: CrapWrap by Firebox.com

By Will Reid on December 15th, 2008

crapwrap_ex8.jpg“Bored of perfectly folded paper and exquisitely tied ribbon? Fancy adding a more ‘personal’ touch this year? Then why not have your Christmas presents CrapWrapped™ at Firebox. This exclusive, uniquely shoddy gift wrapping option involves us wrapping your pressies in a slapdash fashion. “

The Daily Mail reports that Firebox.com is paying “20 of its male forklift truck drivers and warehouse assistants to wrap presents as quickly as possible, using ugly brown duct tape and very little care” for their latest ‘CrapWrap’ service. The service has proved popular with over 500 Firebox customers after only a week of its launch but what do you think?

Is it a bit stereotypical to say that all men are bad at wrapping or do you agree with Geraldine James, buying manager for Christmas gifts at Selfridges, who states that “men are perfectly capable of wrapping presents beautifully. They choose to pretend they can’t so they don’t have to do it.”

Vote ‘Yay or Nay’ to the service after the jump!

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Clothing, Gifts

Stuck for gift ideas for your female friends?

By admin on December 12th, 2008

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Over at Catwalk Queen we’ve been trawling the internet for the best gift ideas for Christmas. If you’re stuck for present inspiration or you can’t get into the coveted mental ‘gift zone’ (hey I use a colour-coded spreadsheet and I’m not even joking) then check out the Wishlists compiled by the CQ team. Choose from Gemma’s retro pin-up chic, Kelly’s fashion insider know-how, Kim’s effortless cool, Zara’s sexy glam or my humble yuletime finds.



Accessories, Gifts

Brandish Christmas Picks: Fingerless gloves by Raf Simons and Topman Ute Ploier

By admin on December 11th, 2008

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Check out our trio of fingerless gloves for Christmas, from Secret Santa to Secret Crush there’s something for every budget.

Topman‘s fingerless mittens at £8 are perfect for eating crisps at the bus stop then safely stowing your fingers away until said bus arrives.

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Accessories, Footwear, Gifts, Lifestyle & Gadgets

Present Tense: Gifts for a luxe Christmas

By admin on December 10th, 2008

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Aspirational present ideas for your friends and loved ones, there is nothing more luxe than carrying a nifty china version of a disposable coffee cup and it’s eco-friendly to boot. A bow tie spruces up a simple shirt no end and the Topman Fairisle scarf is a lot cheaper than it looks. Dressing gowns make rubbish presents unless they are amazing quality like this black one which will make the wearer feel like they’re in a hotel even if they’re just watching Fern and Phillip in their pants.

The Eugenia Kim hat combines the trendiness and warmth of a trapper hat with the timelessness of dogtooth and I don’t need to tell you why Opening Ceremony‘s patent desert boots are amazing.

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