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Luxury silver wine accessories from Torrini of Italy

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For the man or woman who has everything

There’s someone on everyone’s gift list, I think – ‘what on earth can we get for him / her?’ There are quite often people – friends or relatives – who seem to have everything they could ever want. What to get them for a gift? This is particularly true if you’r shopping online – the latest bestselling book just isn’t going to do the trick. I must say, we love finding gifts for these people!



Classic perfume bottles

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Vintage style cut glass decorative bottles

We love these traditionally-styled perfume bottles. They are hand blown and then hand cut to create the designs and note how even the stoppers are carefully faceted to catch the light. They are available is a range of rich, jewel-like colors too.



Ready for a new hobby?

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Knitting: Your new pastime?

Fifty years ago every woman – and many men too – could knit.  And before that, women has spent their spare time during the two World Wars knitting. In those days, being able to knit was just something that almost every female could do.



Stylish and fashionable Grammercy bikes for town

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The Martone bike is the way to get around in either the city streets or the country. Available in both men’s and women’s configurations these bikes are the smart way to travel. Stay fit and healthy, help the environment and look super-stylish with these great bikes.



Ancient Greek sculptures

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Ancient Greek sculpture replicas from the British Museum

Every room, no matter how it’s furnished and decorated, needs a solid, impressive something. What sort of something? An artifact or artwork that undeniably demonstrates sophistication and style. These sculptures, direct from the British Museum in London, are perfect examples.



Audrey Hepburn prints & posters

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Audrey Hepburn – always a star

If you ask a number of people to name the most enduringly stylish film star many, if not most, would say that they immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn. It’s true that her style remains iconic to this day. That’s why we are so pleased to showcase this collection of prints and other merchandise.



Michael Schumacher artwork

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

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Formula One and try as I might to have no ‘favorites’ (I admire them all) I think that’s a little unrealistic. Human being are bound to have favorites, after all.



Best quote wall decals

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Instant motivational and fun decor for your home

Wall decals are incredibly popular these days and it’s easy to see why. There are decals available to suit every room in the home of workplace. They come in a variety of colors and styles. They are simple to use; taking only a few minutes to install. You can choose from so many delightful messages from motivational messages to those that are great fun.



Gorgeous jewelry from Paula Mendoza

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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 the exclusive range from Paula Mendoza. Paula’s studios are in Colombia, giving her access to the finest materials. Trained as a sculptor, she now creates wearable art.



Angela Brazil books – vintage schoolgirl fiction

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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 a girl, then your mother or even grandmother probably did, especially if they were brought up in England. The author was born in Victorian England; a time during which ‘young ladies’ were expected to read improving, non-fiction books, religious tomes or about moral matters.



Make sparkling water and energy drinks at home

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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  lime is added. There is a problem though and I’m sure you know what I’m going to say – I can no longer justify throwing away (or even recycling) glass and plastic bottles or aluminum cans, and I certainly think too about the resources that are wasted in getting carbonated drinks,sodas and energy drinks to our grocery stores and then our homes.



Top movie posters

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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 and can also make a great talking point. Who doesn’t like discussing their favorite films? They are suitable for all ages too and, when correctly displayed, can look so stylish and add a great deal to any decor.



Add style to your home with Marimekko

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No stylish home is complete without Marimekko

I believe this. This company has long been admired by design aficionados and I always smile when I visit a home and see a Marimekko piece on display. It might be a designer thing, but to me it shows me that the home belongs to someone who hs a definite and distinct sense of style.



Eco cola bags

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Stylish bags from an unusual source

When I first saw these bags, I simply thought how cool and stylish they looked.Scroll down to see a larger image. Then I realized what they are made from and I had to share it with you. They are made from waste material that would normally be thrown out and end up clogging landfills.



Vintage style motivational posters

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These quotes are a great gift idea

Even if they are a gift for yourself. We all need a little help at times to reach our goals or to keep optimistic thoughts in the forefront of our minds. There are many motivational posters and prints available, especially to buy online, but it’s not often that they are stylish.



Designer gloves & hats

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Stay warm in style

I don’t know about you but I’ve always found that cold weather clothes are often far more stylish than warm weather outfits. I love the richer fabrics and somehow designers seem to make the most of winter clothing in the most stylish ways. The winter months are a great excuse to show your fashion style.



Vintage style weather instruments

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Lovely accent pieces in vintage style

Whilst I love modern styling, I have to admit that some designs are simply timeless.  Timeless items are perfect for gifts because they will match any decor. I’ve always been fascinated by antique instruments – and I know I’m not alone; they are incredibly popular.



Stained glass accents & decor

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Stunning stained glass for your home or office

These lovely stained glass items look perfectly lovely in the home. Stained glass has been used in interiors for hundreds of years because of the wonderful luminous effects it creates. Every day, depending on the light source, it can look different and add such interest to a room in your home or to your work space.



Vintage fashion artwork

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Stylish artwork for the home or office

Whatever period of fashion history interests you, there’s something on this site for you. These beautiful reproductions of fashion plates, posters, advertising and more make delightful decor items in your home. There’s an enormous range available and the chances are that you’ll love so many. We do.



Animal statues are a perfect gift

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Unusual statues offer something for everyone

You’ll be delighted with this range of unusual statuary because not only are they delightful, the will also solve many of your gift-buying problems. That’s because this range truly offers something for everyone. Varying in  sizes and materials, these statues are wonderful as home decor, they are perfect for the office and come at prices to suit all budgets.



Ornament stands for your treasures

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Display your ornaments in style

Don’t we all have ornaments that are beautiful and bring back memories? Why should they be lost amongst the other items on the Christmas tree or only be on display during the holidays? We are delighted to have found these stylish frames to allow you to display your ornaments with style.



BBC complete collection DVDs

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Hours of quality viewing from BBC America

The British Broadcasting Company is known throughout the world for producing high-quality dramas, documentaries, comedies and much more. At one time, these were only available for television viewers in the UK but now, DVDs of immensely popular television shows are available on DVD to us all



Jazz wall art

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Art for the jazz lover or musician

Jazz has its own visual style in addition to being a music genre. The art of jazz can be atmospheric and moody, or upbeat and lively. It can have a vintage look or can be completely modern. Which ever style suits you, there will be something to suit your tastes on this website.



Stylish gifts that give back

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Style and saving

Many years ago, there were very few goods available that were suitable as gifts and at the same time, donated to charity. In those days giving-and-buying was restricted to charity holiday cards. Today, we are all more socially aware – although we still maintain our standards of good quality and great style.



Ultimate backgammon boards

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Backgammon sets that become family heirlooms

For the person who has everything – these exclusive, Egyptian-inspired backgammon sets make the ultimate luxury gift. No expense is spared when these game board are being created and the finest luxury materials are used.

The sets are handmade in England but dispatched from the USA. The sets are regulation size but that’s the only commonplace thing about them. They are gorgeously decorated with an astonishing attention to detail. There are currently only five exclusive designs available

These are the antiques of the future and are bound to be passed down through the generations in years to come. Be amongst the first to experience these delightful objects for yourself.

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The feathers design



Fun and fabulous jewelry

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Stunning jewelry for style and fun

We were delighted to find this website that features a huge variety of excellent jewelry designs. Some are incredibly sophisticated and unique – others, like the one featured in the large image at the bottom of the page, are just sheer fun. When you are buying a gift for a female friend or loved one, you can’t go wrong when you choose jewelry – we all love it!



Personalized flasks – a great gift idea

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Personalized flasks make a delightful business gift

I write about personalized gifts quite a lot and that’s simply because people love to receive them. The personalization shows that you’ve taken some time and trouble selecting the gift and that’s why they make such good executive or business ‘thank yous’.



The best leather bags in the world

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Italian leather bags for travel or business

That’s a rather bold statement, isn’t it? ‘The best in the world’? Well, let’s see, but I have just found these wonderful products and want to share them with you. I always believed, correctly, that Italian leather products are vastly superior to those from other countries. And as you know, experts agree.



An unusual gift for the Beatles fan

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For the Beatles lover

If there’s a Beatles fan on your gift list, the chances are that he or she has lots of CDs, recordings, books and more. So what on earth can you buy for them that will be fascinating and truly appreciated? Here’s a wonderful idea at a very attractive low price, too.



Unusual clocks for your home or office

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Today, clocks are wall art

We don’t really need clocks in our homes or offices these days do we? But that doesn’t mean that they are no longer made, no longer popular or in demand. In fact, one of the super hot interior design trends today is what we will call the art clock. Yes, these are functional pieces but more and more people are using them as decorative object.No, more than mere decor – true art.



Vintage style Florida advertising

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Vintage Florida ad prints & posters

In the nineteen twenties, South Florida was booming. It wasn’t just that the state had been discovered as a wonderful place to take a vacation; there was also a land boom and investors were buying land and property to house holidaymakers and new residents.



The Samson 6 – 1 Juicer

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The Samson 6 in 1 is a quality green juice maker that produces delicious high quality juice. It has an elegant retro design and comes in different colors.



Jackie Kennedy jewelry

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Beautiful jewelry – Kennedy style

There’s no doubt that Jacqueline Kennedy was very much a style icon. And it wasn’t just American women who followed her lead – women all over the world were captivated by her clothes and her accessories. Many of these were truly timeless pieces that have become classics and that can certainly be said for her jewelry. There are some rather frightening statistics about how much her jewelry was worth.  But today, we can all enjoy her style.



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.



Style & Chic from Boutique to You

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We are loving browsing through our latest fashion discovery’s website. This site has wonderful fashions plus a selection of fabulous footwear, jewelry and other accessories. It features fashions that are fun,yet stylish too.



The ultimate vacation: Round the world in 53 days

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I’m the first to confess that I can’t afford this vacation. Which is why I want you to go so that you can tell me all about it. This is a travel tour – by rail – that takes you all the way around the world in a mere fifty three days.



Kindle Fire HD 6

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If you’re looking for a tablet for under $100 then Fire HD 6 is for you. It is a stylish tablet, with everything you would expect to find, or indeed you’d need from a tablet device.



Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 24835 Chrono Pro Silver Dial Watch

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This is a fabulous quality man’s watch with quartz movement. The case is stainless-steel, and its diameter is 40 mm. It is water resistant to 330 feet, making it suitable for snorkeling. It is lightweight and very comfortable to wear.



Rent luxury accommodation in Europe

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Sometimes, the best gifts are those of experiences rather than tangible goods and one wonderful idea is a fabulous vacation, especially if it’s in one of the famed cities of Europe.

We have just the site for you, featuring a huge range of gorgeous apartments and lofts.



Trunk Club – personal online shopping for men

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Online personal shopping?

I know, it sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? But this is a wonderful service I’ve just discovered and I must share it with you. It is absolutely the best way for guys to shop for clothes – quite brilliant. It’s always said that we girls love to shop for clothes but guys hate it. I’m sure that’s too much of a generalization (I hate the mall) but I do think that buying clothes isn’t necessarily a thing men love. Now, we have the answer.



A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

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A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is a quality gift that is guaranteed to bring a satisfied smile to any man. All those nifty tools and gadgets neatly packaged into a pocket knife are absolutely essential. It’s a man thing!



Converse sneakers: Custom design

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Here at Tastes Magazine, we’ve always loved products that can be customised. A gift in particular is so much more special when it has been custom-designed for the recipient.  One of the latest companies to offer this is Converse and their fabulous sneakers.



Jewelry to show support for the military

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Show your support for American servicemen and women

We were very pleased to find this site to show you. If you have an American serviceman or woman on your gift list, then you’ll find some excellent ideas on this thorough website. Or show your own support. You’ll also be pleased to know that this company ships worldwide; important to note if your recipient is serving overseas. These also make a lovely gift for the families of those serving, too.



Red, white and blue scarves for her

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Inexpensive and fun

I seem to be writing a lot about scarves these days, probably because my own collection continues to grow. That’s because I find them to be so versatile and such a wonderful way to add pizzazz to the most somber outfits.The selection shown here includes scarves that are specifically American and are a perfect way for citizens and supporters of the USA to show their allegiance.



American patriotic jewelry

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For the America patriot

So you want show your patriotism towards your country? Or maybe you’re not American but you want to show your solidarity with the United States? Then this collection of charms, pendants and watches is just what you’re looking for. These are well-made products that reflect your feeling towards the States and what’s great to know is that they all come with a no-hassle guarantee.



What are Livingstones?

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If you haven’t come across Livingstones before, let me introduce you to one of the most stylish, flexible and certainly most comfortable items I’ve seen for ages.

In some ways, these are a sophisticated development of ubiquitous bean bag – those rather awful and uncomfortables staples of students everywhere.



Musical instruments from around the world

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These are an absolutely delightful gift. They are wonderful for the musician of course, but for the rest of us, they make the most beautiful decor items in our homes. What wonderful conversation pieces they are.



Vintage stocks and shares

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Aren’t these a wonderful gift idea for the stockbroker, investor, accountant or history buff? These are genuine certificates and are delivered to you in a fully protected sleeve. Many come with a small book of interesting facts too.



Where to buy antique radios

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Aren’t these amazing? Yes, we’ve found a source for original, fully restored antique radios. These are incredibly beautiful pieces of furniture and fully functional too.  At a small extra cost, you can also have a gadget included that allows you to play music from your cellphone via these fully-working radios.



Where to buy genuine African jewelry online

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Today we’ve found a wonderful site for you that you’ll love. On this page you’ll find some beautiful African jewelry that is made by artisans – often from recycled materials – and sold online via this fabulous USA website.



How to create a terrarium

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We’ve always loved the clean looks of terrariums when used in interior decor. They are easy to care for, very stylish and bring a touch of summer to the home.



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.



Gentlemen, you deserve a bespoke suit

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There is nothing more elegant than a made-to-measure suit

This company provides the most amazing service and it also has a fascinating history which explains just why. But first, let me tell you about how this service operates. You can have, thanks to the internet, a bespoke, made-just-for-you suit (or shirt or blazer) that is guaranteed to be a superb fit, to look remarkably stylish, but without the hassle of tedious measuring and fitting or having to visit the tailoring capitals of the world. What’s more, this is a luxury you can afford.



Cool cufflinks

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Here at Tastes, we’re so pleased that men are wearing cufflinks – that is, the stylish man. They went out of favour for a few years – thank goodness that the man with taste is now reviving this wonderful jewellery product.



Earrings for people with sensitive skin

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Earrings that are hypoallergenic and nickel-free

There are many people who find that regular earrings irritate the skin. It seems to come and go with me – sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t – so my solution is to always buy the hypoallergenic versions. That’s why I was delighted to find this website where I can buy then online. And because these are made in Hungary, I’ve never come across anyone wearing the same earrings I wear. They are very reasonably priced too, and shipping is worldwide for a small flat fee.



Trinity rings, perfect diamond & gold gift idea

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Trinity rings with valued UK hallmarks

What is a trinity ring? Quite simply, the three diamonds represent the past, the present and the future. This means that they are the perfect gift for a loved one – you are telling them of your devotion to them throughout the years. This makes for a wonderful gift idea for anniversaries, engagements or as an anytime ‘I am yours’ occasion.  They are made of the finest gold and genuine earth-mined diamonds which are conflict-free. Why is the UK hallmark important?



For the Indy Racing fan – framed, autographed gifts

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Indy Racing – signed & framed memorabilia

If you have a racing fan on your gift list, this site is the place for you. Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Helio, Tony …. they are all represented here – and more. Many of these framed photographs and collages are signed by the stars themselves. Most other sports are featured too.



Where can you buy a working wind-up gramophone?

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Truly unusual gifts ideas

Are you looking for a working replica wind-up gramophone complete with antique style brass horn? No? Well how about an African tribal drum? Or maybe a sculpture of the Taj Mahal, a medieval folding chair or an antique pirates chest? We have found the most unusual gifts for you.



Fantastic Hand Puppets and Great Kids Party Ideas

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I would recommend any puppet that has been designed and made by the company Enchanted Puppets.



WowWee Roboquad For Kids Who Love Robot Toys

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Finding a toy that will keep a teenager happy is not an easy job. And it seems to get harder each year.

There are plenty of things out there that promise the earth, but sadly, they all don’t deliver!



Dog costumes and more for Halloween

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Buy and help prevent breast cancer

If you like to have your dog join in the Halloween fun, you’ll love this website. It has some very cool costumes for dogs, in addition to other Halloween items. But the excellent thing about this particular site is that with every purchase, a donation is made to help Breast Cancer Awareness.



Halloween with style. What to wear

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Can Halloween be stylish?

We’ve pondered this question. I have to say that as far as style is concerned, this is my least favorite event. I love Halloween colors – the black and orange – but so many of the decor items and clothing are, well, tacky to say the least. If you’re like me, you’ll want to get into the spirit of things (mild pun there) but you don’t want to dress up as a silly skeleton or a buxom serving wench. (Or do you? If so, scroll down!) So, what can we wear that’s sinisterly spooky and stylish too? Here are a few ideas.



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.



Halloween and spooky ties

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Style and spookiness for him

For every man who is happy to dress up as a banana on Halloween, there is another who has absolutely no desire to dress as a fruit, vegetable, superhero, pirate or knight in shining armor. There are also those who love to dress up – in the evening at a costume party – but has to remain sober-suited during the business day but would still like to make some concession to the occasion.



Silver and gold skull bracelets

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Skull bangles from Alexander McQueen

I recently featured McQueen’s stunning skull scarves and really wanted to include these pieces but I think that they deserve their own page. Aren’t they simply gorgeous? Prices start at under $200 and these are jewelry items that are classics of the future. See how beautifully they are engrave on the inside of every bracelet – there’s no doubt that these are the real thing.



Choosing gifts for guitar players

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You really don’t have to be an expert in music or guitars to buy a gift for a guitar player. If you know a guitarist, then you can rest assured that a specialist gift will always be well received. The accessories that guitarists use wear out and need replacing, things like strings, picks, tuners, capos etc, that’s just the way of the world.

This article will show you some of the gifts for guitar players that are on the market. Some will make excellent stocking fillers, and others will be cherished forever!

There is excellent advice on choosing a new guitar, too

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Skull leather wrap bracelets – by Alexander McQueen

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Selected McQueen accessories

When Alexander McQueen first introduced his signature skull products, they immediately became ‘must-have’ items for celebrities everywhere. The primitive skulls, combined with today’s luxury materials, seemed to strike a chord with the most stylish people in the fashion world. The McQueen company still produce these and they have become true classics.



Alexander McQueen accessories

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Here at Tastes Magazine, there are some designers who we feel are essential. Everyone, for example, should have a Marimekko items in their home. No decor is quite complete without at least one classic Mid Century Modern iconic piece.

And it’s the same with our wardrobe – we believe that everyone should have one item by Alexander McQueen at the very least.

The lucky thing is that there is a full range of goods that come from this design house and a McQueen accessory will always add that certain something to an outfit or ensemble.

We love the iconic scarves  and the skull jewelry but there’s so much more to choose from – from bags to sunglasses, from umbrellas to belts. Use the link below or click an image to see the full collection.

See the full range of Alexander McQueen accessories here

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Houseware designs by Menu

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Designers and style experts agree that everything you buy for your home should please the eye. Of course, this doesn’t mean that functionality shouldn’t be paramount also. But why should household items be anything less than stylish?

Whether it’s a teakettle, a decanter or a can opener, it ought to have style and be well-designed. That’s why I’m delighted to have discovered Menu Designs. You can see a few examples of their goods on this page. Aren’t they stunning?

The website that features their designs has a wealth of brands and boutiques for you to browse. Take a look.

 

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Buy and tie colored shoelaces

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Colored shoelaces add a touch of style and a subtle pop of color to even the most formal outfits. For many years, colored shoelaces have been available for casual wear but now, they are also available to buy online – versions that are suitable for the dressiest and most formal shoe.

The best way to make the most of these is to learn how to tie them in stylish ways. There’s little point in using these stylish products if you neglect to make the most of them.

They are terrific for weddings too. If the groom and his attendants select laces in the bride’s chosen featured color, they add such style. Which tying method do you prefer? I love the straight bar look (see the image below) but the lattice method is truly funky and not for the faint-hearted. Click the links … Read More »



Stylish orange scarves

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Scarf bargains – stylish and adaptable

Actually, there are scarves of all colors on this lovely website I’ve just found and there are some real bargains too.I selected the orange option (it’s one of my favorite colors) and was delighted to find a lovely selection. Orange is such a hot color at the moment – and always the perfect color for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I would never be disappointed to receive a scarf as a gift – they are so useful.



The best knitwear from Anthropologie

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I find it hard to think about advantages of living in a cool climate but there is one – the fact that there are some wonderful knitwear items available these days. Today, I have been browsing – and loving – the selections from Anthropologie.

On this page,I’m showing just a few of their cardigan selection but you’ll also find sweaters,ponchos scarves, shawls and more and  I haven’t seen one that isn’t positively delightful.

Of course, you can always rely on this retailer to be superbly stylish and from past experience, I know that the quality of their clothing range is absolutely top drawer.

I absolutely adore them all and if I had to choose? Well the one below is a definite favourite.Click the link or any of the images to see more.

See the full collection



Designer skull jewelry from Italy

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Silver & gold skull jewelry

Aren’t these amazing? The majority of the pieces you’ll see on this webpage are created in Italy and feature designs from the pinnacle of Italian designers. Some use precious gemstones; others are fun and funky. All are stylish. Most of these products can also benefit from the most fabulous selection of sophisticated gift wraps I have ever seen.



Skull scarves by Alexander McQueen

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A fashion classic – the Alexander McQueen skull scarf

There are some items that I believe every woman should have in her wardrobe and a genuine McQueen skull scarf is one of them. Over the last few years, these useful, adaptable and stylish items have entered the world of fashion must-have classics. They instantly add a certain flair to any outfit,casual or formal.



Engraved personalized gifts for the wine lover

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Beautiful engraved gifts for wine lovers

Anyone who enjoys a glass of wine will be extremely appreciative of these wonderful personalized gifts. Starting at under $50, all prices include engraving too. This makes these perfect as corporate gifts, for wedding favors or simply for an anytime gift for friends and family.



Sheet music and recordings for the classical musician

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For the classical musician and music lover

At Tastes, we spend hours searching for unusual gifts from niche specialist markets and this one is delightful featuring recordings by Frank Wallace and Nancy Knowles – together Live Oak. But that’s not all. You can also purchase hard-to-find sheet music here for ensembles including classical guitar, mandolin, lute and more.



Antique inspired decor items for the library or study

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Eighteenth century styled decor items for your library,study or office

Imagine a gentleman’s library in a sophisticated mansion in eighteenth century London. In addition to comfortable leather chairs, polished mahogany furniture, gleaming brass and probably a King Charles spaniel dozing in front of the roaring fire, there would be items like the ones you see here. As the gentlemen passed the port, smoked cigars and chatted of this and that, they would also admire the various artifacts on shelves and tabletops. It was another era, a new age of travel, discovery and advancement.



Books for the bibliophile from the Folio Society

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The best gifts for the book lover

With worldwide shipping direct from The British Museum in London these special-edition, Folio Society books are the absolute best gift for anyone who appreciates books, literature and fine quality. There is a lovely selection of books available including those suitable for children, the historian, the collector or simply those who appreciate the finer things in life.



Luxury spa gifts – we all deserve to be pampered

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Have your own wonderful spa day at home

The wonderful thing about giving a luxury spa gift basket is that they are suitable for everyone – from young girls to great-grandmothers, everyone enjoys being pampered. But are they just for the women in your life? No, guys need relaxation too! There’s something for everyone on this lovely website.



Create your own vintage style engagement ring

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Design your own

Your engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own and for this reason alone,it should be made to your specifications. At one time, this luxury was affordable only to the super-rich – now it’s online and available to us all. Many engagement rings are passed down through the generations so it’s an excellent idea to choose a vintage style that will never date.



Designer cufflinks – stylish and fun

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Designer cufflinks – the best selection

For several years now, the stylish man won’t be seen without wearing cufflinks, especially for business meetings or formal occasions. I don’t know about you but in the past I’ve found it hard to find stylish, designer versions and that’s why I was delighted to find this website. You’ll find cufflinks from top designers in sophisticated settings.



Lewis Chessmen gifts, chess sets & more

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The ultimate chess gifts – direct from the source

If you don’t know about the Lewis Chessmen then the chess-lover, history buff and antiquarian in your life will tell you that the originals, now housed in the British Museum in London, were created in the twelfth century and discovered in Scotland hundreds of years later where they had been concealed. Who created these chessmen, why were they made, taken to Scotland and hidden? That’s the mystery that has puzzled historians since their discovery.



Stylish eyewear for men and women

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Sunglasses and prescription spectacles

Do you call them ‘glasses’ or ‘spectacles’? Whichever you prefer, you’ll find a fabulous selection that are quick and easy to buy online. This is a truly fantastic company and as well as the superb design of their products, there are two factors that really make them stand out from the crowd. Are you unsure about buying glasses online because you’d prefer to try them on before purchase? No problem.



Bracelets to show your style and what matters to you

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Pura Vida bracelets – special in so many ways

Why simply wear jewelry when you can wear a story and at the same time show who you are and what you care about? You’ll also be helping charity, supporting talented artisans and wearing something unique. Yes, I did say ‘unique’ which isn’t a word I often use. The story began when two post-graduate students vacationed in Costa Rica.



Handcrafted tableware from South African artists

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Lovely plates, bowls and more in delightful designs

I was absolutely knocked out when I found this range of tableware and I couldn’t wait to let you know about these lovely items. These stunning designs are created by artists in an area of Cape Town and have a primitive yet strangely sophisticated look. They are certainly incredibly stylish.



Build & design your own custom bike

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Design your own personalized bike online

Bikes are HUGE at the moment and will continue to grow even more in popularity. Let’s face it, when we use a bike we get exercise, we’re saving money and we’re being environmentally-friendly. And there’s nothing quite like riding a bike that’s your own individual design. We were so delighted to find this service online.



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.



Black and white designer jewelry without breaking the bank

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Designer jewelry bargains

Delicious style and glamour isn’t always expensive. We’ve chosen these beautiful pieces in black and white, many of which are under $50. Black and white, especially when combined with golden and silver tones, is always stylish and sophisticated and we love this selection of both classically styled and ultra-modern jewelry.



Scandinavian decor items by Playsam – or are they toys?

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Super stylish from Scandinavia

I fell in love with these the moment I saw them. They are, depending on where you see them, described as both ‘toys’ and ‘home ornaments’ and I’m not arguing; I think they qualify as both. They are superbly stunning as decor items in your home or office and yet any child would also be delighted to own such a wonderful piece.



Buy a watch – feed a hundred needy children

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Fashion, style and taste – feeding the hungry

This is a wonderful initiative by Michael Kors. Every time someone buys a watch from this exclusive range, $25 is donated to the United Nations World Food Program to alleviate world hunger. You receive a wonderful, top-quality timepiece and the donation creates a hundred meals for needy children. At time of writing, over 600,000 meals have been donated.



Iconic home decor by Verner Panton

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The very best in home decor

Some years ago I remember announcing, yes – somewhat superciliously I admit, that every stylish home should have at least one piece of furniture, lighting or design object created by Verner Panton. I’m less ‘snooty’ these days but I still believe that these classic designs add a distinction and flair to the home. They are equally at ease in the office, of course.



Luxury & tradition … perfumes by Penhaligon’s of London

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From the Victorian era to today…

William Penhaligon was the court perfumier to Queen Victoria. Today his company is still producing exquisite fragrances and now holds royal warrants from the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales and previous regular clients included Sir Winston Churchill. But this doesn’t mean that these fragrances are for men alone.



Blue or black diamonds – which are best?

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Can you decide?

To be honest, we can’t.That’s why we were delighted to find this web page which is dedicated to black and blue diamond rings. We love the stylish look of the rich black diamonds, especially when set against white gold.But look at the blue – aren’t they gorgeous?



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.



Artisan handcrafted jewelry from Evocateur

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Incredible handmade jewelry

Made in America, these exclusive hand made pieces are truly stunning. I promise you that when I first saw these I literally gasped with delight. Using gold leaf, silver and incredible skill and artistry these pieces are truly art and design items to be treasured and admired for many, many years.



Accent pillows – stylish & fun

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Add a little French flair

These lovely accent or scatter cushions are available in many charming styles and designs but I particularly like these with a French-theme. Some of these are fabric and others made from sturdy leather but whatever material you choose they will add a Parisien flair to your decor.



Fragrances for men at bargain prices

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Designer fragrances for men – bargains

The images you see here are indicative only because the range of fragrances for men at this online store changes all the time. Nevertheless, it is the place to pickup fabulous fragrances at the best possible price. You’ll find many more bargains too.



Antique style wall clocks available online

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Clock art for your home

Aren’t these lovely?  This online retailer has a wonderful collection of timepieces. In addition to wall clocks you’ll find mantel clocks too and even a few funky designs.  But it was the antique-style versions that really caught my eye. Of course, the works are modern so you can be sure of their accuracy.



Inexpensive costume jewelry for fashion & fun

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Fun & fashionable jewelry

Although everyone should have a good collection of fine jewelry (to leave to our children, if nothing else!) it’s also wonderful to buy inexpensive pieces from time to time that can perk up our outfits and add an extra sparkle to our clothes. When accessories are as inexpensive as these, it’s easy to bring your style up to date quickly, easily and without making a hole in the credit card.



Design your own exquisite gemstone jewelry

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Start with designer jewelry and personalize it

Yes,on this fantastic website, you can select from a beautiful range of designer jewelry and then personalize it to suit your own tastes exactly. Have you ever seen a piece of wonderful jewelry and thought that you’d love it – except that it’s only available in silver and you prefer gold? Or maybe you’d like to select your own gemstones and mix and match? Now you can.






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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!

Gourmet grilling

Grilling gets more and more sophisticated all the time and now, even the top manufacturers of kitchen and cuisine products are delighting us with...

Classic perfume bottles

Vintage style cut glass decorative bottles

We love these traditionally-styled perfume bottles. They are hand blown and then hand cut to create the designs and...

Ready for a new hobby?

Knitting: Your new pastime?

Fifty years ago every woman – and many men too – could knit.  And before that, women has spent their spare...

Ancient Greek sculptures

Ancient Greek sculpture replicas from the British Museum

Every room, no matter how it’s furnished and decorated, needs a solid, impressive something. What sort of...

Audrey Hepburn prints & posters

Audrey Hepburn – always a star

If you ask a number of people to name the most enduringly stylish film star many, if not most,...

Michael Schumacher artwork

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

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Formula One and...

Best quote wall decals

Instant motivational and fun decor for your home

Wall decals are incredibly popular these days and it’s easy to see why. There are decals available...

Gorgeous jewelry from Paula Mendoza

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...

Top movie posters

 

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...

Adventure Holidays to India
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

No stylish home is complete without Marimekko

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

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