Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so make sure you’re well prepared to tell the one you love you love them.  It might be to someone who doesn’t know how you feel, how exciting, or it might be the one you’ve been in love with for years and years.  Whichever way, 14th February is the one day you shouldn’t forget to say it.

Here are a few to start you off –






The Typecast Gallery



Roger la Borde at Paperfly


The Art File 





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Dean Morris

I’ve spent the morning browsing the internet for romantic Valentine’s cards and they seem to be few and far between.  I’m showing my age, but sending someone a card that has ‘lad mag’ humour in bucket loads, I’m guessing, isn’t going to have the desired effect, even if the card says it will.

Father's Day

Father’s Day

Father's Day

Well it’s nearly that time of year again when we should get our dad a little gift to say thank you for being a dad.  Sunday 16th June is the date and so there’s just a couple of weeks to get organised.

My dad always used to say that he didn’t want anything, or that he had everything he wanted, so he would get the usual – wine, golf balls, chocolate and on a really bad year,  handkerchiefs.  So I’ve had a little browse around the internet and found a few lovely things that your dad will be sure to love.

The Batchel Satchel – The Cambridge Satchel Company

I love the look of these leather satchels, not least because they are so simple and so stylish and made here in the UK.  They have a whole range of styles and colours to choose from but I like The Batchel because it has a top handle as well as the carrying strap.  You can have the satchel embossed with your dad’s initials too which will show him that you’ve made a bit of an effort this year.  It’s a great bag for carrying pens and pencils, phone, wallet, notebook and sandwiches.

Price:  from £113see the whole range here

Cambridge satchel - Batchel

Lamy Safari Rollerball Pen – Neon Special Edition

Make sure your dad never loses his pen again and get him this neon special edition Lamy Safari rollerball pen.  Stylish and fun, Lamy make simple,  very cool pens for anyone who has a good eye for design and a good pen.

Price:  £10.42online here

Lamy Rollerball Pen

Leathersmith of London Wine Journal – John Lewis

I don’t know any dads who don’t like a tipple now and again and what better way to keep track of those favourites than in this useful wine journal.  I’ve had the odd glass of wine which I’ve thought was worth remembering only to promptly forget so with this wine journal you can just jot down the details on the wine label for future reference.  This book is small enough to be carried in a jacket pocket or bag and comes with a textured leather cover.

Price 32.00see it online here

Leathersmith Wine Journal

Leuchtturm Orange Notebook

Dad’s love making lists and writing things down so this medium lined notebook from Leuchtturm will make the perfect gift.  It has a hardbacked cover and is from Leuchtturm’s fabulous new orange range.  Leuchtturm is very similar to Moleskine but speaking as someone who has used both, Leuchtturm is my notebook of choice.  If you don’t think that orange will be your dad’s thing then they do a whole range of colours, including black.

Price:  £12.00see it online here

Orange Leuchtturm Notebook

iHold Desktop Hands Free Stand for iPhone and Smartphones

A cool little gadget that your dad can put on his desk at home or at work to keep his mobile phone in a safe place, ready to use, hands free.

Price:  £8.99see it online here


Colour In Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Poster

Colour In Wedding Cake


Anyone who has ever been to a wedding knows how tricky the business of ‘managing’ the kids all day is. I’m a big fan of kids, and every wedding usually has at least one priceless moment where a toddler has said or done something hilarious, usually upstaging the bride and groom. But asking a bunch of kids to more or less sit still and behave in a room full of grown-ups for a whole day doesn’t usually go like clockwork. That’s where this nifty colouring-in poster just might help.

The idea is that you find a space on the floor somewhere, hand out the colouring pencils and let the kids get busy creating their own personal wedding poster for you. With luck, it’ll keep at least some of the kids busy for some of the time. With even more luck, you’ll have a fun memento of your big day at the end of it.

You can get this poster from Hunkydoryhome.