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Turning 50...

Turning 50 this year? Know someone who is? When someone (or you!) hits the big 5-0, it’s an incredibly exciting time. Christ – they’re reached half a century! So let's see who (and what!) is joining the half-century club in 2014 and what gifts you can get to welcome in their sixth decade...

What’s Turning 50 This Year

  • “Gravity” actress Sandra Bullock turned 50 on 26th July. The Oscar-winning star is one of many celebs and notables to turn 50 this year—along with Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Elle Macpherson, Michelle Obama, to name just a few
  • Roald Dahl’s classic children's tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about a poor boy’s tour through an eccentric candy maker’s magical factory, was published in the U.S. 50 years ago
  • The third single (and first major hit) “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks is famous for its sharp opening guitar riff
  • The 1964 movie Mary Poppins is 50 years old – now that’s more than a teaspoon of sugar!

Turning 50 – Top Picks

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Intriguing Chocolate Facts

National Chocolate Week is celebrated from the 13th to the 19th of October, and gives the nation the perfect excuse to celebrate and indulge in the delicious sweet stuff! We've sought out some intriguing chocolate facts which are sure to please any chocoholic.

Intriguing Chocolate Facts

 

 

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Turning 40...

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What’s Turning 40 This Year

Can you believe these things are turning 40 in 2014? Take a peek below to check out what (and who!) will be entering the fifth decade this year.

  • The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno and was initially dubbed the “Magic Cube”
  • With four kids and a flourishing fashion empire under her belt, ex Spice Girl Victoria Beckham certainly doesn’t show any signs of slowing at the ripe old age of 40
  • Famous for his witty lyric, “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes”, American rapper Nelly is turning the big 4-0 this year
  • The first Volkswagen Golf was first produced and manufactured by Volkswagen in 1974 as a replacement for the Beetle
  • Baileys Irish Cream, the cream-based whisky liqueur, was unveiled to the world in 1974 as the first Irish cream on the market
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II hit cinemas in 1974 and sits firmly as some of the best gangster films of all time

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Perfectly Wrap a Present

Perfectly Wrap a Present

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Turning 30...

What’s Turning 30 This Year

Happy 30th birthday, 1984! If you're celebrating three decades this year, take a trip down memory lane as we take a peek at people, products, movies and more that are sharing your birth year...

  • The Apple Macintosh hit our living rooms and was launched 30 years ago on 24th January 1984 by Steve Jobs
  • UK TV police drama The Bill was first broadcast on 16th October 1984
  • The original Terminator movie was released on October 26th, 1984 and presented the world to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin, the Terminator
  • The first episode of American sitcom The Cosby Show aired in September 1984. Starring Bill Cosby, the show was based on family life and several sitcoms since have followed the same set-up
  • Prince Harry celebrated his big 3-0 on 15th September

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Turning 21...

So, you’re about to turn or will be the big 2-1 soon. You’re officially in your 20s, bordering in between teenage-dom and (gulp) adulthood. Yikes. You’re well on your way to becoming a fully fledged adult (no pressure). So, for those born in 1993, we’ve compiled a list of what other things (besides you!) are 21 this year.

What’s Turning 21 This Year

  • Can you believe our beloved Backstreet Boys formed 21 years ago? It seems like only yesterday the boy band were crooning the likes of ‘I Want It That Way’ and ‘Quit Playing Games with My Heart’ down our radios
  • Those cute and cuddly Beanie Babies are celebrating their 21st birthday this year, too!
  • The spooktacular TV hit, The X-Files, just turned 21
  • Four out of five members of One Direction turn 21 in 2014

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Turning 18...

Turning 18 this year? You’re in good company. Here are a few things that share your birth year, 1996, and our must-have gifts – we’re sure they’ll delight any 18-year-old...

What’s Turning 18 This Year

  • American sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Movie The Nutty Professor
  • The original Tomb Raider
  • On July 5th, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal to be successfully cloned
  • 18 years ago, the Spice Girls launched their bid to become the biggest female force in pop with their debut single ‘Wannabe’. Girl Power fever struck, the five-piece sold millions and millions of records and Geri Halliwell turned a Union Jack flag into a mini dress

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Our New Arrivals Unveiled...

In need of new gifts? In quest of something fresh and exciting in your life? Take a peek at our spanking new arrivals below. We’re positive you’ll uncover a thing or two you didn’t realise you needed if you’re looking to treat yourself. Ever-reliable, you can trust us to take your gift ideas from plain boring to pure exciting. Here’s what’s hot in terms of new gifts...

Personalised Chocolates

It’s smooth. It’s scrumptious. It’s silky... and we love it. That’s right, chocolate. That luxuriously creamy stuff that catches your breath in less than a minute. Yep, we sell it, in personalised form, of course. We’ve just launched a lovely line of personalised choccie bars, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, teachers – you name it, we do it. Here are a few of our faves below:

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Top Ten Baby Names

When it comes to choosing a baby name, there’s a lot to think about. What’s popular and what’s not? In the UK, Amelia was the most popular name in all regions with Oliver being the most popular name in five out of nine regions.

Today, the Office for National Statistics have released the top baby names from the last year, and we thought it the perfect time to explore exactly what names you’re plumping for. So, without further ado, here are the results for the top 10 boys’ and girls’ names... 

Top Ten Baby Names

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Lessening Back-to-School Stress – Tips for Parents

It might be the school holidays now, but soon the stress of back to school will be with us. Yep, in a few weeks, school will be back in session. Kids have to get used to to greater levels of activity, structure and the pressure associated with school life.

The school supply lists and registration packets arrive, and kids (not least you!) start fretting about losing extra recreation time, not to mention getting up for those dreaded early mornings.

Kicking off the new school year in the right kind of way can influence kids’ attitudes, confidence and performance, both socially and academically.

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