When you just can’t wait any longer for Christmas, of course you would jump at the chance to sneak a peek at some premium brands Christmas collections, just as we did when asked along to Crescendo PR‘s event at the Hospital Club in London.
Hosted on one of the hottest days of the year, it was strange to be thinking of Christmas but once we saw the products we soon forgot all about what season we were in. We weren’t sure quite what to expected, but had been promised a tantalising array of Christmas gift and treats, as well as a healthy dose of festive cheer and we weren’t disappointed in the end.
Below we’ve given a round up of our most favourite Christmas must haves from the event. All are tempting gift ideas to suit the whole family and are sure to please a wide range of friends and family, no matter how fussy.
Awarded not one, but two Royal warrants we were completely won over by the combination of super cool retro looks and technology across the range Roberts Radio had on offer. Our ultimate favourite was the iStream2, a chic DAB digital radio housed in an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet and finished in a classic colour palette, the iStream2 enables you to listen to any DAB digital radio, but also includes the ability to play from Spotify Connect, meaning you can control the tunes whenever you want to.
At the other end of the range was the R100, a multi-room, modular sound system. The R100 ticks all the boxes for anybody’s home, the build is both sleek and modern while being inconspicuous enough to fit with any decor.
You can add speakers to this system as you need them as long as you have the base station, and each can play the same music or you can set each speaker to play a different song if every room of your home. The iStream2 is available for £220, the R100 ranges from £180 for a speaker to £250 for the base station, both can be purchased at www.robertsradio.co.uk
Jamie Oliver Bakeware
With a total of 32 new products available from this fantastic range of bakeware from Jamie Oliver, there is an item for every single baking niche you can think of. Avid, albeit amateurish bakers ourselves, we were really impressed by the quality of the products on offer.
We were told that Jamie had a massive input at every stage of bringing this range to market, from design to manufacture, and it really shows. Little aspects of the products which might usually go amiss in usual kitchen items are key to this range’s design from the rolling pin made exactly the same size as the largest available baking tin, so there’s always enough pastry rolled out, to the muffin tray with extra spacing between each muffin to give the perfect top to your home-cooked Christmas treats.
The new range is currently available at Debenhams.co.uk, with additional retailers stocking the items soon. Prices vary across the range, with the rolling pin at £20 to the spring clip cake tin at £14.
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Drinking more water is always top of the list when we look atwhat we need to do to get ourselves fit and healthy, but, well, it’s kinda boring. Infruition enables you to kick it up a notch and make being healthy a little bit bearable.
The Infruition bottle has a compartment on the inside, in which you can put fresh fruit to allow the water to take on the flavours of the fruit you’ve chosen. There’s a whole host of available flavour recipes which you get access to when you receive your bottle.
The bottles themselves are sturdy and watertight, as well as being pretty enough to accompany you round the office or on a walk. The product range for the Infruition is great, and means you can get one for any member of the family.
From the kids with fun illustrations, the fitness fanatic with lightweight plastic and helpful handle or for the whole family with the extra large drinks urn style with a handy tap. We were lucky enough to try out the Infruition Sport, and its definitely worth a worthwhile investment, our favourite flavour combo so far is freshly chopped lime and mint leaves, very mojito-esque. Infruition is available in range of stores, and also on their website Infruition.co.uk, prices range from £12.99 to £34.99.
By Shaun Catlin