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The ultimate food preparation station.

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This is a wonderful item that will enhance any kitchen. It’s stylish, eco-friendly and so very practical – all at the same time.

It was designed by an experienced top chef, so you can be assured that this is the best way to prepare food in your kitchen.



Chocolate gifts with a difference

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Chocolate is always delightful to receive. But this is even more the case when you receive gorgeous chocolates from the Astor Company. The full range includes many stylish products as well as novelty chocolates which make wonderful gifts – or a treat for yourself.



Incredible crafts kits

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Everyone is crazy about crafts these days. In the last few years, our creative sides have really been expanding their horizons. Today, we hanker for homemade products. We enjoy the act of creation.



Wake up and Smell the Coffee: DeLonghi Espresso Maker

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The DeLonghi Alicia Espresso maker is an ideal gift for coffee lovers. It is one of the most popular espresso coffee making machines in Italy, and there are three very good reasons for.



Buy English food online

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Treats from England for the foodie

They say that France produces more cheeses than any other country but when I think about the wonderful country cheeses that are available from England I suspect that statistic isn’t fully accurate. England has a cheese-making history that goes back hundreds of years and produces marvels such as superior Stiltons to mature farmhouse Cheddars.



Healthy snacks delivered to your door

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Give the gift of health

Mmm … who doesn’t love food? And I don’t know about you but that’s a problem for me. I find that the easiest way to ruin a diet – either simply eating healthier or a weight loss diet – is when I get the nibbles. We are almost hard-wired to snack these days and it’s so easy to reach for the wrong kind of food.



Stylish & delicious cakes – order online

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Stylish, scrumptious cheesecakes to order online

Wow, just look at these wonderful cakes. On this fabulous site you’ll find cakes that are perfect for weddings, birthdays, holidays or for an elegant finale to a special meal or sophisticated dinner party. Most of these delectable cakes will serve a dozen people, so there’s plenty to go round.



Buy gourmet French foods online

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The best gourmet foods from France

No matter how much we enjoy other cuisines, I think that many of us admit that foods from France just have a special caché, flavor and unmistakable style that is missing from other country’s offerings. The finest cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates and more are all available to us all to buy online.



Chocolate with style – no better gift

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Who can resist chocolate?

I know I can’t and yet it’s very rare that I’d buy it for myself. After all, I like to think that I’m eating healthily – most of the time. But what can I do it someone buys me some beautiful chocolate as a gift? Of course I can’t resist and this is what makes it such a special gift that’s suitable for almost everyone.



Meat: Naturally

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Recently we’ve been researching a question we’re often asked. ‘Where can I buy meat that is completely natural?’ And admittedly, it is difficult to come up with the answer. So many vendors have, to put it bluntly, leapt onto the bandwagon.



Serve afternoon tea from Harrods of London

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High tea from Harrods

There was a time when the highly prized branded goods from Harrods were only available to lucky Londoners or to tourists visiting Britain. (Doesn’t everyone visiting London go to Harrods?) But that was in the old days; today this prestigious store ships its luxury, branded goods worldwide. (Food items cannot be delivered to Australia and New Zealand however, but other purchases are fine).



The ultimate gift – your own Maine lobsterman

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For the person who has everything – your own personal lobsterman

Seriously. This is a wonderful gift or treat. (Scroll down to see a couple of the lobstermen). There are several places online that sell fresh and prepared lobster and this site does that too but in addition, you can have your own dedicated lobster trap, complete with its own fisherman, who will send you your own catch. But that’s not all.



Culinary classes – fabulous locations

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There’s more to culinary classes and tours than simply ‘learning to cook’. These are social occasions plus, if you check these out, a wonderful way to travel and discover new cuisines.



Teapots with style – for the collector or tea lover

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Teapots & sets – ceramic style

Are you a tea drinkers? Or maybe a collector of ceramics? These lovely items satisfy both interests. Available to buy online, these beauties feature a variety of styles to suit and home, or grace any collection. Many have glazes which are completely unique.



Gourmet gift baskets direct from Fifth Avenue

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Gift baskets that are truly gourmet

The word is so often misused, don’t you agree? But when you buy online from the collection carefully curated by Saks of Fifth Avenue, you can be sure of sending a gift that will be truly appreciated by those who love the finer things in life.



The best cookbooks – curated by Anthropologie

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A truly wonderful selection of stylish recipe books

Isn’t it excellent when you find a marvelous collection of curated items? And it’s even better when that collection has been put together by a group of people such as the talented stylists at Anthropologie. Known for their fabulous fashion and excellent taste, this retailer has searched for – and found – the very best in mouthwatering recipe books.



Specialty woods and sleek metals create stylish goods for the home

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Beautiful home accessories from Nambé

The small objects that we have in our homes say so much about us. Style is, after all, attention to detail. Nambé create beautiful home accessories using a variety of wonderful specialist woods and sleek, shiny metals. There is a wonderful range of decor items, useful serving accessories and fabulous photograph frames, vases and lamps.



The best & most stylish home accessories – from Eva Solo

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Cooking & dining in Scandinavian style

When I first saw the Eva Solo range I fell in love with every single item. Today, these items are seen as pure design classics coming as they do from this prestigious Scandinavian studio. Design experts invariably comment on the clean lines and balanced, yet stunning, design but Eva Solo products offer even more.



Delightful and delicious gourmet desserts and treats

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Who doesn’t love desserts? We have chosen the most delightful range of gourmet cakes, desserts, cupcakes, chocolates and other delectable treats and all are available online from Saks Fifth Avenue. Get gourmet delights delivered right to your door.



Grilling on the go

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Most of us have outdoor cooking facilities these days. We’ve come to appreciate how beautiful food can be when it’s cooked simply on the grill and eaten out of doors. But what about when you’re on the go?



Cheesecake Factory – delivered to your door

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There’s not much doubt about it. I can’t think of anyone I know who would love one of these delicious cheesecakes as gift.  Yes, we all say that we’re trying to eat healthily but what can you do when you receive a gift like this? I know that I can’t resist.



Keep wine at the correct temperature – Corkcicle

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This is a very cool idea – quite literally. In fact, it’s one of those ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ things. The Corkcicle is a simple and effective way of keeping your wines at the right temperature for drinking. As the company explains on their website, red wines sitting on the dining table become too warm and white wines in ice buckets become too cold.



Sweet gourmet gifts

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Gifts that everyone will love

There are very few people who don’t appreciate fine foods. Sure, we’re all trying to eat as healthily as we can these days but if someone gives to a delicious treat as a gift, what can you do?It would be so rude to not indulge! By giving gourmet treats we are saying ‘go on, enjoy yourself, you deserve it’.



Gourmet appetizers for entertaining

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The easy way to please your guests

Entertaining can be tricky enough without having to produce every scrap of delicious food yourself. This is particularly true during holidays and special celebrations; there are so many other factors to get right. Several years ago I discovered just how easy entertaining can be when you use ready-to-serve or ready-to-rehear foods for your guests and family.



Molecular gastronomy kits

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The best gift for the foodie or cocktail lover

I know before I even start that I’m going to find it impossible to describe exactly what these are. But if you’re looking for an extremely unusual gift, these are for you. Some people are so difficult when it comes to choosing a suitable gift but these kits will satisfy even the most jaded recipients.



Online Italian deli plus gourmet pasta club

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Genuine Italian food and treats available online

I’m lucky because there are some lovely specialist food shops in our local area. But nevertheless, there are many foods that I remember from vacations in Italy, or dining at lovely restaurants, that I just can’t find. So you can imagine how delighted I was to find this wonderful website.



Join the chocolate-dipped strawberries club

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A year-round gift

This is a superb gift for a loved one – although equally, you might want to treat yourself to this strawberry club membership. Here’s how it works. Join the club online and you or your recipient will receive a different pack of delightful chocolate-dipped strawberries four times in the next year. What’s great about this is that you pay as you go.



Bento boxes for kids and adults

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What is a bento box?

Bento boxes are the way to store and carry lunchbox meals. But they are so much more than that – they are a stylish traditional Japanese art that has been around for hundreds of years. Today, they are available in sophisticated and traditional designs for adults and modern, funky versions that are perfect for kids.



Specialty hot chocolate and cocoa for the gourmet

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Super Italian & French chocolate treats

We can all buy various brands of hot chocolate in our local grocery stores and supermarkets but unless you have an extremely good deli nearby, it’s unlikely that you can buy these delights locally. However, they are freely available online to be delivered to your door.  And once you try them, the supermarket variety will pale in comparison. But that’s just one reason why these are a wonderful gift idea.



Learn to Brew Craft Beer at Home

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Brewing Craft beer at home has never been easier!

Craft beer has never been more popular. Now you too can brew your own craft beer, in the comfort of your own home. Control every part of the process, ensuring the highest quality brew.



Kumsi specialist teas from Russia to buy online

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Romance, history and intrigue in a cup of tea…

Does that seem a little fanciful? Maybe but that’s the way I see these delicious teas. The company that produces these teas started their business in 1867 – exactly fifty years before the Russian Revolution – in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a designer,I have to admit that I have bought these teas simply because of the gorgeous packaging only to discover on delivery just how special they are as a beverage. And then there’s this history and romance…



Foodies: Grow your own organic vegetables & herbs

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Easily grow your own organic dinner!

You don’t need a farm or even a garden to grow your own organic herbs and selected vegetables. Many of the plants and seeds available from this lovely site will grown on your windowsill. What’s more, they are beautifully presented in an eco-friendly way and there’s a lovely variety to choose from. These are a lovely treat for yourself and make wonderful gifts for the planet-conscious food-lover.



Do you know someone who loves beer?

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Craft beer club, for someone who has sampled all the local beers, and wants more

Craft beer is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? A good craft beer really shines like nothing else. If you have already sampled everything local, expanding your palate to new, varied beers becomes a chore, driving long distances to sample a new set of brews can take hours. 



The NEAT glass for spirit drinkers

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Scientifically designed glass improves all spirits aroma

Scientists have designed a glass specifically for drinking spirits neat. The glass is designed around Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, or NEAT. The NEAT glass lets the alcohol scent remain in the glass, while releasing the fine aromas of a good spirit. The strong alcohol scent we get when drinking spirits numbs the olfactory senses. By leaving the alcohol scent behind, you are enhancing your experience.



For the Coffee Lover: Kopi Luwak Coffee

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Kopi Luwak breaks record for most expensive coffee ever at $3000 dollars a kilogram

Kopi Luwak coffee is the most exclusive coffee you can buy. Kopi Luwak is widely considered to be smoother and less bitter than any other coffee. When trying to find a gift for a coffee lover, Kopi Luwak is the most luxurious coffee you can get. Frankly, it is a try it before you die coffee, and belongs on your “bucket list” along with Wagyu Kobe beef and The Macallan single malt.



The perfect gift for the whiskey lover

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Great gift ideas for whiskey lovers

Every whiskey aficionado knows that whiskey should be enjoyed at 15 Centigrade to really open up the bouquet without sacrificing texture.  Ice will over-chill your drink, and leaves a relatively small window of opportunity to enjoy your spirit at just the right time and temperature without breaking up your whiskey.



Buy gourmet lobster & seafood online – effortless entertaining

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If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain – but with the best possible gourmet foods – there’s nothing easier than ordering online and having your dinner party or special meal delivered right to you door.






Top Luxury Tastes Recommendations

These are our favorite luxury, stylish finds and gifts that we've discovered on the internet. All can be purchased online from the best retailers. We search the web for the best so you don't have to!

We are a small but dedicated team who delight in searching the internet for the best possible items from la creme of online stores so that you can treat yourself or buy deliciously tasteful and stylish gifts for your family and friends.

We hope you enjoy our carefully-curated selections!

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Vintage style cut glass decorative bottles

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Knitting: Your new pastime?

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Ancient Greek sculpture replicas from the British Museum

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Audrey Hepburn prints & posters

Audrey Hepburn – always a star

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Michael Schumacher artwork

One of the Formula One greats of all time – Michael Schumacher

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Best quote wall decals

Instant motivational and fun decor for your home

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Fine jewelry using gold and emeralds from Colombia

Are you looking for a very special gift for a special lady? Then take a look at...

Angela Brazil books – vintage schoolgirl fiction

Art objects indeed – but a great read too

These volumes are now extremely collectible. If you didn’t read Angela Brazil books when you were...

Make sparkling water and energy drinks at home

A green and healthy option

I have always loved sparkling water. Somehow that fizz makes it more refreshing, especially when  a slice of lemon or...

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Everyone has a favorite movie

And they are an inexpensive and delightful way to decorate a room. They have the advantage of showing your personality...

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Adventure Holidays to India

Holidays to India have the potential to live with you for the rest of your life. There is absolutely no doubt...

Add style to your home with Marimekko

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I believe this. This company has long been admired by design aficionados and I always smile when I...

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