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  • Win this leather overnight bag!

    OMG, I really love this leather overnight/weekender bag from Holy Cow in Aylesbury, my fourth giveaway in my £2,000 12 days of Crimbo competition. There aren’t many quality independent shops in Aylesbury so it’s hats off to Holy Cow whose quality leather and stylish, Asian-inspired homewares have made their mark on the town. This bag […]

  • 3rd Xmas giveaway and a winner

    Another day another hangover. Um, no, that’s not right, I mean, another day, another prize. (And another hangover but let’s not go there, my head hurts too much). Today’s prize is this elegant nest of ceramic measuring jugs (£55) from trailblaizing concept store  FROM  in Thame. The clue to the shop is in the name, […]

  • Win £2000 of awesome festive prizes

    Yeah alright, alright, I’m starting my 12 Days of Christmas comp slightly late but what’s a week between friends? I’ve collated a dozen gifties worth nearly £2,000 – yes £2,000 people! – and every day I’ll give away one prize, chosen from newsletter subscribers, and facebook, IG and twitter followers. The more ways you show your […]

  • Finch cashmere

    There's no shortage of lovely cashmere brands but there's always room for another one, so it's a cosy welcome to Wiltshire-based brand Finch.

  • *The* Christmas present to buy your bloke (or blokesses)

    As someone not particularly excited by racing/sports cars – seriously, it’s hard for me not to stifle a yawn when horsepower is mentioned – it’s with a kind of wonderment that I can report I did a test drive in an Aston Martin around Silverstone and had a turbo-charged blast. I mean, it was soooooo […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Well this was fun! A fab idea for kids for Xmas, or even as a monthly prod to pause the gaming and do something practical and different, this is The Curiosity Box...

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Have you come across one of these spherical speakers before, ablaze with full-on whacky colour and pulsing out the kind of music that leaves your earlobes aching?

  • Ready for Crimbo? Stratton Audley Xmas Barn is!

    One of the things I love most about working on Muddy is that I get to see businesses grow. I first came across Stratton Audley Christmas Barn (near Bicester) a few years back when it was just a fledgling business. There was a basic shack ‘barn’, a small, well chosen collection of gifts, and a […]

  • Last minute… moi?

    With a nanosecond or two left before Christmas springs upon us like a gamboling lamb – for this is the time of year when hopelessly mixed metaphors are forgiven – I legged it down to Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe for my ‘OMG’ panic shop with the kids in tow. Have you tried to […]

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    If you're going to buy a hamper for Christmas, you'd better check out these babies from No2 Pound St...

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