Christmas comes early

Peter Morrell looks at some festive gifts that have got year round appeal

The Glutinous Gardener

The Gluttonous Gardener

MQ 9

Braun Multiquick 9

Faber Castell






This is the time of the year when retailers and manufacturers start to showcase their Christmas offerings. So while everyone else is enjoying the sunny weather I’ve been trudging around London through artificial snow sampling roast turkey, mince pies, party food and glasses of prosecco.

On the way round I spotted a number of products that as well as being excellent festive presents would be equally applicable as gifts for birthdays and anniversaries. So here is a round-up of five of them

The Gluttonous Gardener

The Gluttonous Gardener deliver a cornucopia of growing garden gifts and plant presents packed inside unique wooden crates. Ideal for Weddings, Christenings, birthdays, Anniversaries and all of life’s other most significant events. Unlike a bouquet which will wilt and fade, the gifts will grow and thrive, acting as a special reminder of your important occasion for years to come. Think Fig tree or Orange or Olive with a jam, oil or marmalade to sample before they fruit.

Information and ordering at

Braun MultiQuick 9 (available September)
  • New ACTIVEBlade technology allows you to blend much larger and harder foods than usual with minimal effort (ie coconut, nuts, meat, seeds etc)
  • The unique SPLASHControl technology prevents platters, making messy counters a thing of the past
  • SmartSpeed technology enables single handed use (with the ability to change and control speed with the pressure of your grip)
  • Has a 1000w motor, and uses an EasyClick+ patented design, to make changing attachments quick and simple

To buy items from the Braun Kitchen Range go to

Faber Castell Art Sets

Founded in the 18th century Faber Castell make a huge range of products from prestigious writing instruments to artist’s materials. I’d like to focus of the latter, there are a wide variety of media, many of which are packaged up to suit everyone from amateur dabbler to competent artist.

Available online at Amazon and other good outlets. You can see the full range of sets at


Now that summer has finally arrived there is the unstoppable desire to cook in the great outdoors. Char-Broil has got a range of products to help you make your sausages and steaks even more tasty. They have got gas BBQs, charcoal fired and ovens that will both roast and smoke your meat and poultry all at once

To see the complete range go to


OK, it’s a funky name but its usefulness couldn’t be more important. BubbleBum is a portable inflatable car booster seat. Its winner of more than 20 design and innovation awards including Mumsnet, Mother & Baby and Practical Parenting. The portable, lightweight, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11 easily deflates and packs away, making it perfect for holidays, rental cars, taxis, coach journeys, school trips or car pooling.

For information and to buy go to