Friday, 30 January 2015

Love Is In The Air - Valentine's Day Gift Guide

If you haven't yet got your Valentine's Day presents sorted, then we have some terrifying news for you - it's two weeks tomorrow!! 

For many, Valentine's Day is full of gift-related pressure, with the looming threat of a bad gift turning the romantic atmosphere sour. Here at Red Candy we understand this pressure, so we've delved into our catalogue and handpicked some products that we'd personally love to receive from our OHs on the Day of Love itself! 

We have included some lovely heart-themed products for all you hopeless romantics out there - however we are well aware that hearts and flowers aren't everyone's cup of tea, so we've also thrown in two alternative gift guides for her and him! You. Are. Welcome.!

Check out our full selection of Valentine's Gifts here.

Valentine's Day themed gifts

Hearts, love, red products, and the like!

Gifts for her

Whether it's a set of romantic tea lights to set the mood, a funky photo frame filled with your favourite moments together (obviously you supply the photos...), or a stylish jewellery tree - we are bursting full of fab gift ideas for her!

Wild & Wolf 746 Phone - English Mustard, £39
Umbra Clothesline Flip Photo Display, £29
Suck UK Sun Jar - Pink, £15.50
Menu Jewellery Tree, £32
LSA Coro Tealight Holders - Berry, £15  Now £12.50

Gifts for him

Why not give your hubby/boyf/OH a funky gift for their man cave - such as a retro style clock or Banksy wall sticker? And if they love the *odd* tipple then a designer set of whiskey glasses is the perfect gift.

Newgate Cola Bottle Wall Clock, £32
Suck UK Robot Nutcracker, £23
Banksy Monkey Wall Sticker, from £9
Normann Copenhagen Whiskey Glasses, £31.95
Umbra Motto Photo Display - Black, £39

Need more inspiration?

Check out our full selection of Valentine's Day Gifts here.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Year Makeover: Stunning Scandi Style

Giving your home a fresh look is a brilliant way to start 2015, and unlike some of the unrealistic resolutions we set ourselves, it is actually an attainable goal!

And what better way to create a fresh start, than by welcoming Scandi Style into your home? Scandinavian-style homes have taken the world by storm, with lots of us scrambling to emulate the beautiful minimalistic abodes of our Nordic neighbours.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Applying this stunning style to your living space will create a crisp and clean interior design, which wouldn’t look out of place in the middle of Oslo or Stockholm. Scandi style is bang on trend, and with its simplicity, elegance and use of natural wood, it is the perfect “clean slate” for your 2015 interior!

Sound good? 

Well, as luck would have it, we have a Scandi Style collection of our own – have a gander at the selection below! We have a broad smorgasbord of Scandinavian-inspired products for throughout your home, from a range of exciting designers.

So what are you waiting for?! Get creating an interior any Scandinavian would be proud of!

Get the look:

Orbit Side Tables, £123

This table is a simple, yet practical design that suits any room of the house or hallway and never fails to get noticed by visitors. Solid, reliable and high quality, this trendy little Leitmotiv table is available in four colours.


Open Minded Side Tables, from £136

Our collection includes the understated but stylish Open Minded White Side Table from Leitmotiv. This beautiful design features a wonderful combination of white wood and natural maple legs, and will add a touch of Scandi style to any room. 

Norm Lamp Shades, from £38

Bring your room to life with a funky floral light source thanks to these white designer pendant lights from Normann Copenhagen!

Norm 12 Lamp Shade, from £73
Norm 06 Lamp Shade, from £38
Norm 69 Lamp Shade, from £64
Norm 03 Lamp Shade, from £74

Super Chic Cuckoo Clocks

These stunning cuckoo clocks in natural shades will make an impressive and artistic display for any interior. They have a natural chic charm that no visitor can ignore!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pancake Day is only a month away: well, that really crêped up on us!

It’s nearly a month ‘til Pancake Day!

And this has got us talking about toppings, specifically: which is best. The sweet vs. savoury debate has gripped the nation for years, with neither side willing to surrender. And we thought we'd wade in on this discussion, and share a few of our favourite toppers for these glorious pan-made morsels! 

We'd also love to know your topping of choice so please do comment on this post! :)

Lemon and sugar

Tasty but simple, lemon and sugar is a timeless classic. And why not mix it up like generations of Rachel's family have, and try orange and sugar? Don't knock it 'til you've tried it! 


Chocolate and strawberries

Undoubtedly one of the tastiest topping combos in town. Mmmmm....



If savoury cr
êpes are more your bag, then feast your eyes on this mouth-wateringly-gorgeous offering!


Pancake-making toolkit

Pancakes are one of the tastiest treats you can make, so whichever topper tickles your fancy, make sure you have all your equipment at the ready! 

Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus, £37.50

Bright, playful, easy to store, dishwater-friendly and full of functionality - what's not to love!? This awesome set from Joseph Joseph contains five measuring cups, a small mixing bowl, a sieve, a colander and a large mixing bowl.


KitchenAid Utility Whisk & KitchenAid Silicone Mixing Spatula, £11 each

The whisk will help you whip up a storm in the kitchen, whilst the spatula will ensure those pesky pancakes don't get stuck to the pan! Must-have items for pancake making and flipping!


Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicers, £149

If you like your pancakes lemony then make sure to get your hands on one of these juicy blenders! The Bugatti Vita Citrus Juicers come in a range of bright and beautiful colours, and are sure to make a lively impact on any kitchen worktop long after Shrove Tuesday has been and gone.

NB: chrome version costs £159

Koziol Kasimir Cheese Grater, £9.20

There is no cooler way to create zest than with a hedgehog shaped cheesegrater. End of.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 perfect gifts for females (even the Mother in Law!)

It’s December!!

We've donned our crimbo jumpers, the advent calendars are open, and the halls are well and truly decked (i.e. our office is decorated with pretty sparkly things). It is now acceptable to be “Christmassy” and to immerse ourselves in the wonderful world of elves and red-nosed reindeers. 

But amongst these magical Christmas creatures are the ever-present and much-feared dragons; more commonly referred to as The Mothers in Law. And at this time of year a terrible choice of present can turn even the most welcoming of in-laws into the proverbial fire-breather we all dread. Well, be rest assured that Red Candy have prepared your very own Christmas Miracle - our Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Her are guaranteed to get the MIL off your back (for an hour or two anyway!)

And we know that all females can sometimes be tricky to buy for - if you are struggling for a pressie for your mum, grandma, aunt, daughter or female friends then look no further! Our gifts cater for all females – the domestic goddess, the tea addict, the animal lover, the photography fanatic, the bookworm, and, of course, the pal who enjoys the *odd* glass of wine.


1. Wild and Wolf 746 Phone - French Blue, £39

This retro-tastic telephone makes a beautiful gift for someone with an eye for retro design or a love for the Swinging Sixties. Designed to evoke 1960s design with its sexy curves and subtle colour, this elegant phone brings with it unmistakable retro charm. And in French Blue, the Wild and Wolf 746 Phone telephone is ideal for making your loved one feel like Brigitte Bardot. Other exciting colours are available here!

2. Umbra Luna Photo Art Display, £48

This is a multi photo frame like no other! Contained within a beautiful round body, this circular photo frame is a fabulous gift for aspiring artists and photography fanatics alike. Why not fill it with some favourite snaps to make your present even more personal? This unique photo display also comes in white.

3. Newgate Teapot Wall Clock, £35

If it’s always time for tea in your mum’s house, then this is the perfect Christmas gift for her! This vintage-advertising-inspired clock will bring bundles of jolly-character to any wall, and is ideal for those who enjoy quirky design and British nostalgia.

4. Koziol Kasimir Cheese Grater, £8.90

Quirky kitchen accessories do not get much better than a hedgehog-shaped cheese grater!! This cute character looks great in any kitchen, and makes a fabulous stocking filler. The mini version only costs £6.50 too!

5. LSA Coro Berry Wine Glasses - Berry, £23.50

These stunning modern wine glasses are a perfect present for wine connoisseurs everywhere! They will add elegance to any Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner party - cheers!


6. Jumbo Cutlery Drainer - Grey, £12.50

Jumbo the Elephant is both an adorable and practical addition to any kitchen space! When draining cutlery the excess water will drain out of his trunk, which hangs over the sink. Unlike most elephants in the room, no one will want to avoid Jumbo – he makes a fantastic gift for animal and kitchen lovers alike. 

7. Suck UK Sun Jars, £15.50 each

These gorgeous sun jars make perfect pressies for female friends or family. Available in yellow, pink and blue, these funky creations light up automatically at night, giving out a warm glow. They can be used inside or out, and create a unique and attractive atmosphere. And most importantly, the jar is completely watertight, so don’t fear for its safety in the perilous English weather!


8. Umbra Conceal Bookshelf - Small, £10.50

This simple yet ingenious design is the perfect gift for book lovers! A firm fixture in our best sellers list, the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf creates the powerful illusion of books seemingly floating in piles all up and across your walls. Also levitating books are ideal for Harry Potter fans - Wingardium Leviosa!

9. Menu Jewellery Tree, £32

If your loved one adores her jewellery then this stunning jewellery tree is the perfect gift for her. Finding this particular tree underneath the Christmas tree will be a treat for any female friend – it even comes in an exquisite gift box! A fabulous addition to anyone’s dressing table, the Menu Jewellery Tree is both chic and practical.

10. Kitchen Utensils Bookend, £18

A great gift for kitchen goddesses and occasional cooks alike, this stylish bookend will add a unique touch to any cook book collection. Based on the silhouette of a pot of utensils, this red bookend is perfect for keeping cook books and recipes neat and tidy. Stylish bookends make a great gift for mums and female friends alike; check out the full Susan Bradley bookend collection here.

Need more inspiration?

Check out the Gifts For Her section of our website!

Looking for a gift for him?

Last week we tackled the tricky issue of what to buy friends and family of the male variety other than socks and boxer shorts - take a look!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Don’t Panic – Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Him!

It’s 25th November!! Which means that it’s exactly one month ‘til the Big Day!

And it is definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – here at Red Candy HQ in Birmingham the Christmas lights are shining bright and the famous German Christmas Market is open for business! And across the country, the proverbial Christmas Spirit has arrived in the form of the Coca Cola advert. 

However, if the realisation that the holidays are indeed coming fills you with horror rather than excitement, it probably means that you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet!

Well, fear not friend! Red Candy is here to help you. We have more gift ideas than you can shake a stick of festive rock at - starting with these Top 10 Gifts for Him. 

It is common knowledge that males are extremely hard to buy for - so if your go-to gift for your guy is a pair of socks and you want to up your game, then check out the gift guide below!

1. Sagaform Whiskey Stones, £12.50

Coming with a rather swish black velvet pouch, this set of nine nifty whiskey stones will ensure that your fella’s favourite tipple remains perfectly chilled and completely undiluted (and will also keep Santa happy when he arrives down the chimney!). A perfect stocking filler!

2. Suck UK Robot Nutcracker - 2 Sizes, from £14.95

Nuts are a traditional Christmas snack so why not combine this festive treat with your son / dad / hubby’s love of robots?! These fun designer nutcrackers are great gifts for boys who still love their toys!

3. Nextime Vinyl Tap Clock, £39

If your man loves his music, and his most cherished possession is his record player, then this Nextime Vinyl Clock is the perfect pressie for him! 'Nuff said!

4. & 5. Home Guard Door Stop and Bookend, £25 each

Home guards may not have gone to war, but they took a strong stand for keeping the domestic peace at home. And these particular troopers are determined to protect your home from the very real domestic threat of slamming doors and falling books! These quirky comrades make a great nostalgic present for those who grew up playing with toy soldiers and watching Dad’s Army.

6. Comic Sofa Cushions - 2 Sizes, from £34

Inspired by classic funny book exclamations these Comic Sofa Cushions are a funky gift for those with a silly streak who love comics and retro design. If your intended recipient is a classic comic or cartoon lover then this might be just the gift you’re looking for!

7. Umbra Drinking Buddy Bottle Opener, £9.90

If your OH is always losing his bottle opener then let the Umbra Drinking Buddy Bottle Opener save the day with his mighty mighty mouth! This funky character makes a great stocking filler, and means that the beer will keep flowing this Christmas!

8. Umbra Skyline Desk Organiser, £9.90

The perfect gift for those workaholics, this skyline desk tidy adds a sense of style and fun to the working environment. So if your friend is a tough cookie to buy for because he never leaves his desk, then this is the perfect present for him. Make sure he takes enough time off to enjoy the festivities though!

9. Umbra Buddy Hooks – Black, £15

These intrepid explorers will bring life to your hallway, and just might encourage the men in your life to hang up their coats! (good luck!)

10. Normann Copenhagen Whiskey Glasses, £31.95

These gorgeous glasses turn every tipple into an experience to be savoured. The perfect gift for whiskey connoisseurs, these glasses come in a set of two meaning that you can enjoy your tipple of choice together! 

Need more inspiration?

Check out the Gifts For Him section of our website!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

It's a nice day for a bright wedding!

Wedding season is happening (whether you like it or not), it's in full swing! Stuck for that special something to give the happy couple? Well, don't worry, Red Candy are here with an array of gift ideas for any blissful newlyweds! Or perhaps it's your nuptials that are coming up, and you need to put together a gift list...again, we are here to help. Let's face it, once you've got the gifts out the way, you can enjoy drinking bubbles and dancing to Agadoo for the evening...

It is 100% fact that most people have a kitchen. So why wouldn't you want the very best in colourful, Italian design adorning it? Not to mention the superior functionality that Bugatti has to offer, see here.
Or, if you're feeling super wedding-traditional, you can of course always choose white:
For those who love quirky, yet timeless design, then look know further than the array of items from Alessi. There's something for every budget, the option of a 'his n hers' gift and statement pieces for any interior space: Alessi.
And for the classic white option:
There's a clock for every room, interior style and occasion, with our range from Newgate Clocks: Tick Tock
And in the tradition of this very blog, classically white:
 And don't forget, there is always something new at Red Candy: NEW STUFF

So take a look around and see what you might like to surprise the happy couple with (or yourself).

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Feed the birds...

As we welcome the Great British Summer, Red Candy are here to save the sunny (here's hoping) day and offer a helping hand and some inspiration when it comes to additions to your outdoor space, specifically, bird feeders. You’re welcome.

Firstly, a short, entirely fictional history on the bird feeder. It all started with the now classic Disney film “Mary Poppins”, where a memorably sentimental moment mid-way through the general merriment, involved a woman feeding some birds. This inspired a generation, and feeding birds became the new red. It was seen as a great way to show off how much you care for mother nature and all it’s creations, and it’s popularity soared. A rough patch mid-way through the mid-nineties saw the bird feeder lose all it’s style, individuality and vibrancy and a boring, tube became popular. This all changed in the noughties, however, and the bird feeder has gone from strength to strength ever since! 

This (smoothly) leads us onto today where bird feeders are no longer just the grim tubes full to the brim with seeds, but come in all shapes, sizes and designs!  It’s with this in mind that we bring you our very own Top 6 Bird Feeders! Once again, you're very welcome...

So get among those feathered friends and create your very own garden of Eden!*

*A glass of Pimms always helps...
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