Archive: November 2016

Stocking Filler Gift Ideas from the Best Indies

Stocking Filler Gift Ideas to Add Fun to the Festive Period.

Looking for stocking filler gifts ideas?

Here’s a few quick ideas to start the inspiration ball rolling.

As fun as it is to give a big, impressive, shiny gift at Christmas time we also LOVE the little treats and surprises to be found in the humble Christmas stocking. With this in mind we’re dedicating ourselves to sourcing a few stocking filler gift ideas. We’ve searched around the web and right here in the Piccadilly Lane directory to find a few of our favourite stocking fillers for some Christmas gift giving inspiration.

 

A Christmas Candle

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This hand poured mineral wax candle is made in England using natural plant extracts and a unique blend of fragrance oils. It has an aroma of fruity pomegranate and raspberries with notes of rich plum, lilies and pepper resting on spicy wood. A perfect aroma for giving you warm, toasty thoughts during the cold winter days.

Pomegranate Candle from Caroline Gardner.

 

A Literary Gift Mug

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For bookworms and literary greats, there’s nothing better than teaming a good book with some fun literary accessories. With this in mind, there is now a novel collection of literary mugs matching quirky illustrations with a few facts about your favourite authors. We love this bright red Lord Byron Mug, the perfect mug from which to sip tea as you revel in romantic poetry.

Lord Byron mug from Cole of London.

 

Puffins Art Print

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This vintage zoological steel engraving of Puffins is mixed with modern-day typography. The phrase reads “one look was all it took”. This sweet pair of Puffins and carefully chosen sentiment makes an excellent gift for a loved one or couple. The print can easily be rolled and tucked into a stocking, adding a little creativity and artistic culture; ready to be framed after the holidays.

Puffins Art Print from Coulson Macleod.

 

A Dotty Bird Makeup Bag

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The Dotty Bird Make Up Bag is the ideal gift accessory for keeping all your make up essentials together. Perfect in your handbag for when you’re on the move, or in your bedroom. An easy way to keep your valuables safe and sound. The pouch is available in 3 colour ways and 3 different sizes.

Dotty Bird Lavender Bag from Laura Felicity.

 

A Cool Case for Music Glasses

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For music lovers and musicians that need to keep their music glasses safe and sound this glasses cases with its unique music themed print is the perfect pick. Never again will they be unable to find the right glasses when it comes time to play their favourite tunes. Glasses cases are also available for drivers, gardeners and more.

Music Glasses Case from Which Glasses Are Which?

 

Perivale Notebook

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One of six designs from the ‘Metroland’ stationery range, the Perivale is a stylish retro notebook perfect for the busy vintage aficionado about town. A great stocking filler gift idea for creative folks that like to sketch, doodle and write on the go.

Retro Print Perivale Notebook from Pennychoo.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 30/11/16
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Quick & Easy Ideas for Alternative Christmas Stockings

Think Differently With Alternative Christmas Stockings.

For those of you who like to think out of the box at Christmas time we’ve been looking at ideas for alternative Christmas stockings. Tins, totes and pouches that are amazing gifts in their own right but can also be filled with a few extra surprise gifts to delight your friends and family on Christmas morning.

Unlike traditional sacks and stockings, which people will know are pre-filled, choosing an alternative Christmas stocking is a great way to catch your friends and family off guard. A place to hide bonus stocking filler gifts that they won’t be expecting.

These 3 picks are the ultimate non-stocking. Gift in their own right but easily filled for the a bonus Yuletide surprise.

 

Keepsake Tins

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Our first alternative Christmas stocking choice is a Keepsake tin. Taken from Peel and Sardine’s new ‘Pretty Wild’ range it features a bright, bold design of birds, butterflies and blooms. Keepsake tins make a versatile option for alternative Christmas stockings. Each tin is a lovely large size, which means they’re ideal for a number of small gifts. Plus they’re a great place to store treasured mementoes once the festive season has passed.

Keepsake tin from Peel and Sardine.

 

A Tote Bag

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With its sweet animal illustrations we love this cool, stylish shopping bag on its own, but how amazing would it be to fill it with a few mini gifts? A tote bag is easily fill-able (probably not a word) with books, chocolate coins and a variety of mini gifts that will appeal to your gift recipient.

Collective Noun Tote Bag from Perkins & Morley.

 

A Pouch or Washbag

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This stylish travel pouch with its sharp geometric print is perfect for hiding make up or perfume gifts. Ideal for glamorous girls, not only will they have a super stylish bag for home or on the go; they’ll also adore devouring any goodies you hide in side. If you’re planning on surprising a special someone with a trip you could even hide tickets or travel money inside.

Geometric Travel Pouch by Laura Felicity Design.

 

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 28/11/16
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3 Fantastic Reasons to Support Small Business Saturday

Why We’re Supporting Small Business Saturday & Why You Should Too.

Along with the upcoming festivities, there’s another special occasion just around the corner, Small Business Saturday. Here at Piccadilly Lane we’re very proud to help spread the word and support the cause.

Piccadilly Lane was launched with the aim to showcase the very best independent businesses in the greeting card and gift world, so we’re naturally very fond of any initiative that is in line with our mission.

Small Business Saturday operates on 2 consecutive Saturday’s here in the UK and across the pond in the United States. The USA is first with its #ShopSmall initiative falling on Saturday 26th November. This is followed on the Saturday 3rd December by the UK-based events.

As we’ve recently added our first USA-based indie, Night Owl Paper Goods, to the Piccadilly Lane directory, we’ll be supporting both events and sharing our favourite indies both here in the UK and stateside.

Why It’s Important to Support Small Business Saturday Wherever You Are.

1. From Little Acorns.

In small businesses you’ll find the designers, makers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. You’ll get a unique opportunity to see and support a business at the start of its journey. Quite simply you’re helping to support someone’s dreams. Small businesses start from the vision of a few; an entrepreneur that wants to share their products, skills or knowledge; a family passionate about an industry or craft. By supporting small business we help those individuals to grow a business they love and add a valuable service to their community.

2. Variety is the Spice of Life.

To be completely honest there are plenty of big, established businesses that we love. We all have our high street and online favourites but, and it’s a big but … we don’t want those shops to be the only ones to succeed. We don’t want big shops to be our only option. We like variety! We want to find the small gems, the quirky little boutiques that can offer us something different, something unique. On every high street across the land we want to be able to explore a unique selection of small businesses bringing us variety. How boring would the world be if it was just the same big shops repeating again and again! In the online world we want the same eclectic mix and it’s this varied mix of online boutiques that we want to discover and unite right here on Piccadilly Lane.

3. The Personal Touch.

We may very well be biased but we happen to think that small businesses go that extra mile for their customers. They’ve invested heart and soul in what they do and this gives a fantastic personal touch that you don’t get with bigger chains.

Indies online and those showcased in the Piccadilly Lane directory are dedicated to providing the best products and the best service to you and we know they’re not alone, small businesses in the UK & worldwide excel in the personal touch and delivering the best.

These 3 reasons might be simple and straightforward, but we hope you’ll agree they are very good reasons to support independent businesses and shop small, not just today but always. Shop from independents now!

Small Business Saturday Dates for Your Diary.

Small Business Saturday USA – 26th November 2016.

Small Business Saturday UK – 3rd December 2016.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 25/11/16
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Christmas Songs Guaranteed to Make You Merry

Spread a Little Festive Joy with Christmas Songs Hand-Picked by the Piccadilly Lane Community.

We asked the indie designers and makers of the Piccadilly Lane community to share their favourite Christmas songs for our very own festive playlist. A quick and easy way to get us all in the mood for the holidays ahead. They also act as a great soundtrack for buying last minute gifts or choosing last minute cards; not to mention keeping you entertained as you write your Christmas cards and wrap your presents.

‘Fairytale Of New York’ by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl.
This is my personal favourite and it was also nominated by Steve at Five Dollar Shake and Jan from Perkins & Morley.

‘White Christmas’ by The Drifters with Clyde McPhatter.
chosen by Sue at Pennychoo.

‘Is this Christmas?’ by The Wombats.

Chosen by Ed at Peel and Sardine.

‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ by Darkness.

Nominated by Steve at Five Dollar Shake.

‘Christmas In Hollis’ by Run DMC. 

Our final festive pick from Steve at Five Dollar Shake. (Steve is so brilliant with music choices and even chose our pick of Top Ten Love Songs for Valentine’s Day).

‘Frosty The Snowman’ by The Beach Boys.

Chosen by Jill at Rocket68 Cards (who by spooky coincidence was playing this very song when I asked her to nominate a tune for the Christmas playlist). There seemed to be no video of this one, so I went with this sweet fan made video.

‘Stop the Cavalry!’ by Jona Lewie.

Chosen by Eloise at Eloise Hall.

‘Santa Baby’ by Eartha Kitt.

Nominated by Sky at Sky Siouki.

‘Christmas Wrapping’ by the Waitresses.

Chosen by Megan at Night Owl Paper Goods. Again, I couldn’t find an official video for this one but did find this cool fan made one, which uses footage of the band.

& last but not least is a song I couldn’t resist adding to the list. It’s not as cool as some of the picks and I certainly don’t encourage this ‘Christmas Everyday’ concept, but I think it definitely brings the merry!

‘I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard.

Like these hand-picked Christmas songs? You’ll love the Lane’s choice of the best Christmas movies too.

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 23/11/16
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How to Send Your Letter to Santa

Time’s Running Out to Get Your Letter to Santa.

It wouldn’t really be Christmas without Santa (or Father Christmas if you prefer) and top of the traditions where Santa is concerned is letter writing. Yep, good old-fashioned letter writing and snail mail, albeit with a dusting of Christmas magic.

In the run up to the big day, children from all over the world will be sending their letters to Father Christmas and hoping they make it on to this year’s nice list.

Here in the UK it’s super simple to make sure your letter gets to Santa Claus (thanks to Royal Mail) but there are a few rules to follow so your letter doesn’t get lost. So here’s how you send your letter to santa:

~ Send your letter as early as possible. We all know this is a very busy time for Santa & the elves so don’t leave it till the last minute.

~ Remember the deadline. You need to get your letter sent by Friday 9th December so Santa has time to reply to you.

~ Write the Address Carefully (shown below). There’s more post at Christmas than any other time of year so it’s very important that you write the address carefully on a stamped envelope. Mums and Dads can do this bit for younger letter writers.

~Include Your Name & Address so you can get a reply back before Christmas Day.

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That’s it. Follow those simple steps and your letter will make it to the Grotto.

Find out more about writing a letter to Father Christmas from Royal Mail.

& don’t forget, Santa will be looking forward to delivering your presents on Christmas Eve but it’s a very big job so leave him a mince pie and a carrot for Rudolph to keep them going.

 

Posted by Charlotte 8:00 21/11/16
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