November 2, 2017admin
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I love Christmas, spending time with the family and giving presents.  Of course eating is also a big part of it!  Below I’ve listed some unique food and baking gifts for the ultimate Christmas Gift Guide.  I am sure they will delight any food and baking lover!



Tala Bakeware

A must for all those who love to bake.  Tala is a wonderful brand and such stunningly beautiful colours.  Not to mention it has a classic vintage look that I adore!  Their Tala Originals Stoneware range is wonderful.  Their mixing bowl is made from high performance and extremely durable material for the best cooking and baking experience. Beautiful colours too!


Tala Stoneware

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Taste Cocktails Cocktail Kit

A new DIY cocktail kit delivered to you . Each kit includes premium ingredients and recipes for 4-6 cocktails.  Examples of cocktail kits we send include the Espresso Martini, Daquiri, Old Fashioned, Margarita and Mojito kits.  Want to know how to make some cocktails?  Head over to my blog post on vintage cocktails here.  You can purchase Taste Cocktails here.


taste cocktails

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Sekforde Spirit mixers

Sekforde are a brand new concept – bespoke botanical mixers created specifically to enhance the flavour of the spirit (gin, whiskey and rum) rather than mask it.  A must for Christmas!



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Dove’s Farm Bread Making Kit

A great way to get into baking bread yourself, or a perfect gift for someone special.  This kit you will discover the joy of making your own homemade loaves, with a selection of the finest and most popular organic bread flours to get you started!


gluten free bread making

Image credit Dove’s Farm


Opies Food Hampers


Fed up with a frozen gateau? Christmas Trifle become tedious? This Christmas, Opies provides a one-step solution to revamp the repertoire of festive puddings – fruits with alcohol. Head over to their website to find out more about Blackberries with Gin and Pears with Port and other food lover hampers!


opies fruit

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Christmas Cracker Hamper

There are times when you can find it difficult buying for people at Christmas time.  Nothing seems to feel right.  That’s where come in.  You can find all kinds of wonderful Christmas Hampers full of seasonal treats and nothing says Merry Christmas as much as mince pies, nuts, fudge and red wine all packed in a lovely Festive red presentation box.  You certainly won’t be disappointed with the quality and contents of the hamper.  The lovely people at sent me a beautiful Christmas Cracker Hamper so I can highly recommend these will put a smile on your face. is the longest established hamper company in the UK starting back in 1979 so they know what they are doing and  you will receive the best quality of items in your hamper.  Head over to now to see what they have to offer.



For those who love food and drink at Christmas time these gifts are perfect! Head over to my blog to read where you can buy them.



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Comments (122)

  • Robert Price

    November 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm


  • Cherry Edwards

    November 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Platform shoes and flares and shirts with big long collars like puppies ears !

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      A lot of which is coming back in to fashion now. I love the 70s!

  • maureen moss

    November 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I am not sure what it was called but it was a small wire basket that you put the slivers of soap that were too small to use in…you clipped it together then while holding the handle swished it in the hot water for washing up… a very cheap form of washing up liquid!!!!!

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Now that’s a savvy money saving tip right there! what a wonderful idea!

  • Alica

    November 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I love to see glass milk bottles! Brings back good memories from school and home.

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      I would have to agree!

  • Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    November 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Hornby model trains

  • Karen Watt

    November 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Spotted colour plastic tumblers

  • john prendergast

    November 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    retro dial phone

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      I’m sure some people wouldn’t know how to work them now!

  • Carrie Talbot-Ashby

    November 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    My Mums old Fruit spoons! Such a simple thing, but they had a shell-like surface and every tea-time out would come the little glass fruit bowls and spoons, and a huge tureen of diced fruit, with home-made cream to plop on top! Might have to start making that again for my own kids! x

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Oh they sound delightful 🙂

  • Peter Chili Hewitt

    November 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Vintage OXO tins

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Oh I love those!

  • stuart hargreaves

    November 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Deck chairs in the 60’s on Blackpool Beach, proper ice cream

  • Tracy Nixon

    November 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Cabbage Patch Kids, Tiny Tears and Play School!

  • Jane Willis

    November 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Old fashioned weighing scales with weights, my grandma had a set

  • Helen Thurston

    November 2, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I have (and still use) some of my Nan’s old Pyrex, her Tala Cook’s Measure and her ‘Nut Brown’ pastry blender – reminds me of ‘baking afternoons’ when we’d batch cook for the freezer, Other things that take me right back are Letraset action transfers, Bunty’s cut-out wardrobe and Fuzzy Felt

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      So glad you have some vintage Tala. Nothing like it!

  • Lorna Ledger

    November 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Ooooh, my Nana’s old retro radio ‘the wireless’, wish we still had it

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Indeed, many people turn old wirelesses in to speakers now!

  • Chrissy Harris

    November 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Filofaxes were my favourite things before iPhones – I loved writing out addresses and phone numbers in the back

  • Rebecca

    November 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Fab post!

    I love the look of the cocktail set and mixers. Perfect for festive drinks x.

  • Frances H

    November 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    The brown plastic and metal egg slice we still use to this day. As I child I tried to strum it like a guitar and drove my mother mad.

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      How inventive we were as children!

    2. Sue McCarthy

      November 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Yes we did that too!

  • laura banks

    November 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    oxo tins my mum had loads of them

  • Angela Fitzjohn

    November 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    The telephone, in the hallway,

  • Suzanne

    November 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Tea cosies were colourful and useful.

  • amy bondoc

    November 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    silver christening gifts always make me think of a gorgeous silver dressing table set my nan had, shes passed away now and the set still sits on the dressing table in what is now my aunts bedroom, whenever i see silver gift sets in the shops it remiidns me of this set 🙂

    1. admin

      November 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      that is so lovely 🙂

  • Keshia Esgate

    November 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    My grandparents had a biscuit tin, cream with a blue lid

  • Debbie Wilce

    November 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve kept some of my Nans cooking stuff, one of which is a huge Tala bowl

  • Emma Nixon

    November 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Sony walkman. Portable music on a cassette. Brilliant. Loved mine

  • Lucy

    November 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Tins for your cereal or OXO ones 🙂

  • Valerie Seal

    November 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Sundae glasses remind me of my childhood. my mother thought they looked very posh!

  • Andrea Upton

    November 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    The old bean slicer my mum used to use, I remember as a child standing and winding the handle for her

  • Ashleigh Allan

    November 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Proper glass milk bottles

  • Kerry Kilmister

    November 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Glass Milk bottles. I remember it being one of my jobs to collect them from the doorstep each time there was a delivery. I also had to put the clean ones out to be collected. It was one of my jobs to earn pocket money.

  • Sidrah Ahmed

    November 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    cassette tape

  • Solange

    November 3, 2017 at 1:02 am

    My Speak & Spell.

  • Sanam Ali

    November 3, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Record player

  • Allan Fullarton

    November 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Hornby model trains – love them.

  • Fiona

    November 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Those little cards you used to get with PG tips, I loved them so much (strange child!).

    1. Sue McCarthy

      November 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      I remember those

  • paula cheadle

    November 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    pedal car, I had one

  • Kelly Hirst

    November 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Cabbage patch dolls remind me of my childhood – I still have mine in my mums loft!

  • Misty Miller

    November 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    fuzzy felts

  • Carole Nott

    November 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    lots of hours spent outside playing in my local woods

  • Julie Camm

    November 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Tin pie dishes which were white with a dark blue edging

  • Sally Collingwood

    November 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Love retro fabrics

  • Claire Lewis

    November 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    OXO tins my nan collected them and they all live on her dresser now

  • kim plant

    November 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

    those little knitted women that go over the toilet rolls lol x

  • Sue McCarthy

    November 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Sensible shoes for school – clodhoppers I used to call them. I always hated going to the shoe shop to have my feet measured and then had to try on the ugliest, most hideous “sensible” shoes for school.

    I also hated going to the hairdresser for a pudding basin haircut – urgh – I’m still scarred by the experience.

  • cheryl hadfield

    November 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Mason cash baking bowl reminds me of baking with my grandma when I was little

  • Sheila Reeves

    November 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    My mums old Tala icing set, I used to love looking at even when I was a child in the 60’s! I used to love vintage packaging even then!

  • sima halimi

    November 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Green Sheid Stamps

  • Lesley Bradley

    November 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Crocheted patchwork blankets back before the days of duvets (or continental quilts as they were called!) I still have my grandma’s Tala icing set too!

  • leanne weir

    November 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    My grandparents had a cash box next to the phone!

  • Jade Pawley

    November 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    OXO tins for me!

  • Gemma Holland

    November 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    A telephone where you had to turn the dial someone

  • Kayleigh Watkins

    November 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    We had the original soda stream machine when I was a child, I want to get a modern one but wonder if it will taste the same with all the sugar and e number reductions these days xXx

  • Sue Johnson

    November 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    The large white lined mixing bowl brings memories of baking with my grandma

  • Rebecca Sutton

    November 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Lego, I know its still freshly made currently, but I still have the old original lego men blue and red ones.

  • Anneka Avery

    November 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    It’s not a brand I remember but more of a sound…. the old school dial up tone on the modem and the. Yelling is anyone on the phone 🙈😂

  • Margaret GALLAGHER

    November 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    My earthenware baking bowl – Its identical to the one mum used when I was little

  • Susan Hoggett

    November 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Tupperware, I remember the tupperware parties and and I still have alot of old items that are still going strong today!!

  • Lynda Graham

    November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Crocheting squares to make a quilt and knitting scarves – long ones !!!

  • Yolanda Davis

    November 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    my parents had a lamp that was filled with coffee beans. it looked like a coffee grinder.

  • jules eley

    November 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    The old christmas biscuit tins, I loved all the different designs my nan always kept.

  • Cath Joyce

    November 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    We had one of the old enamel bread bins

  • z webb

    November 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    flares and platform shoes!!

  • Tracy Newton

    November 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I love the little milk bottles that cafes have started to use when you ask for milk for the children. All they need is a thin blue straw and I would be right back at school

  • Noreen

    November 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Brass candlesticks. I’ve got two that my mum had each side of the mantlepiece.

  • Alison

    November 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Brightly coloured tea towels that were holiday souvenirs brought back by relatives or some that were calendars.

  • Rich Tyler

    November 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Floppy Disks!

  • Andrea Smith

    November 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    The glass butter dish reminds me of my Nan. She had one just like it.

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    November 13, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    A Floral China Tea Set

  • silvia

    November 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

    The chunky baking mixing bowl

  • Cassandra D.

    November 14, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Cassette Tape Recorder.

  • Jane Wright

    November 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Tupperware.. We found such a lot at the back of mum’s kitchen cupboards when we were clearing her house after she passed away. It was amazing how many lids we found that did not fit any of the boxes though!

  • Sarah Prentice

    November 15, 2017 at 2:23 am

    video tapes

  • Lorraine Stone

    November 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Those toy vintage red projectors that you used to put slide in and show against a wall.

  • Fiona jk42

    November 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    tea pots with tea cosies, with leaf tea that you had to strain through a metal strianer. you hardly ever see them nowadays as everyone uses tea bags

  • Elaine Savage

    November 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Spangles, those rather horrible hard-boiled sweets which I actually loved as a child!

  • Hester McQueen

    November 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Twin tubs!

  • Katie Skeoch

    November 18, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Pears soap!

  • Iris W

    November 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Video tapes and the top loader video recorder remind me of how excited we were when we got the first one and kept recording over the same tape as we only had one

  • Eve H Ogden

    November 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Tupperware mum used to go to the parties

  • Karen

    November 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Living in a small town where everyone knew each other, cared about each other, helped each other and no violence erupted. Those were such better days.

  • Patricia J Porter

    November 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Maxi dresses loved them before and now


    November 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    For me it has to be video tapes as they where so big when i was young.

  • Loretta McDonald

    November 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    My mum has my Nans old Blue & White Ceramic Delphware. I just love the shape, colours,& style of this pottery.

  • Sam Parkes

    November 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Soda stream maker as my mum had one

  • Jason Tolliss

    November 27, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Red telephone boxes

  • Katie W

    November 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    dandelion and burdock pop

  • Lynne OConnor

    November 27, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    co-ordinated phone boxes and post boxes

  • Heather Haigh

    November 28, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I have a big pot mixing bowl that belonged to my hubby’s mum.

  • Lucy Fallon

    November 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm


  • sharon martin

    November 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    tuperware and mason mixing bowls

  • Katie

    November 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Retro phones it reminds me of my grans house

  • ellie spider

    November 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    my gandma had the homepride flour jar that she got in the 60’s reminded me of Mr Benn lol when she passed on it was one of the things I had from her house and I love it

  • Maria Jane Knight

    November 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Those big brown ceramic mixing bowls! I cannot for the life of me remember the brand though!

  • Ian monck

    November 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm


  • Sarah Wilson

    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    My Little Ponies! (the 1980s ones)

  • Danielle Graves

    November 28, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I have a candle wick blanket which is 53 years old, it was originally my aunties when she was a baby then was passed to my mother then her younger sister, then its gradually worked its way down through me and my siblings and cousins before reaching my son and it reminds me of snuggles when i was little

  • Lia Burns

    November 29, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I have a furry cat that I had since birth. It smells and looks vintage. Has great sentimental value to me

  • Tammy Neal

    November 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Glass milk bottles and seeing the milk man which doesn’t happen anymore

  • katrina adams

    November 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Dandelion and Burdock drinks make me think of being a kid at my nans house as that was all she ever had and the only time I ever drank it! The only metal Quality Street tins also take me back to my childhood Christmases.

  • clare tate

    November 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

    jojo bows, im sure we used to wear big bows in our hair in the 80s, then we started wearing butterfly clips by late 90s

  • Emily Hutchinson

    November 29, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Those mixing bowls that everyone had.

  • Juli Savage

    November 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Brown Ceramic mixing bowl – reminds me of my mother making puddings

  • Simone Griffin

    November 29, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Tea cosies on teapots remind me of my nan’s house x

  • caroline tokes

    November 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Leg warmers always remind me of the 80’s when I was growing up

  • Diana

    November 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    My very very very very old teddy 🙂

  • chloe brill

    November 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    my vintage coat

  • Miss Tracy Hanson

    November 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Old biscuit tins which are usually full of buttons now. Nearly everyone I know has one lol.

  • Emma Davison

    November 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Those old dial phones

  • Claire Elizabeth Noke

    November 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    The old style glass pop bottles … A “man in a van” used to deliver them to our house when I was young x

  • Tracey Anderson

    November 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Cornishware and Green Shield stamps ( Showing my age now )

  • Natalie Crossan

    November 29, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The soda stream!!!

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