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Green People; Naturally Gorgeous Christmas Gifts

 

The Christmas beauty treats from organic beauty company, Green People, are literally good enough to eat, packed with naturally gorgeous, certified organic ingredients that give skin a delightful boost and tempting aromas that will set the senses alive.

So whether you’re looking for a divine luxury gift or the perfect stocking filler, why not treat your loved ones to Green People’s beautifully pure and indulgent gift sets:

Body Divine,  £25.00 A divine duo to keep skin soft, supple, clean and fresh

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Aloe Vera Shower Bath (200ml) is made with a high concentration of Aloe Vera to moisturise and soothe, and French Lavender for a relaxing shower bath.  Nutrient-packed Aloe Vera Hand & Body Lotion (200ml) contains the perfect blend of Aloe Vera, Coconut and Berry wax to soothe chapped and dry skin.

Currently on Special Offer with £2.50 off listed price until 31/11/2009

Festive Fix£24.50 A 3-step treat for the ultimate organic facial experience

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Fruit Scrub (50ml) is made with Mandarin, Apricot and Bergamot to deep cleanse and gently exfoliate – enhancing the skins natural radiance.  Vita Min Mask (50ml) is bursting with vitamins from Mandarin, Seaweed and Avocado to revitalize tired skin.  Vita Min Fix (10ml) is a 24 hour day/night cream made with Evening Primrose, Avocado and Sandalwood to nourish skin.

Currently on Special Offer with £4.50 off until 31/11/2009

Pure Body,  £24.50 The ultra indulgence for ultra sensitive skin

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No Scent Shower Bath (200ml) contains Aloe Vera and Olive for a nourishing shower. No Scent Hand & Body Lotion (200ml) is rich in moisturising Omega-6, with Avocado, Olive and Hemp to nurture and regenerate dry skin.

Currently on Special Offer with £3 off until 31/11/2009

Merry Oy!ganic,  £10.00 The perfect stocking filler treat for teenage skin

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Contains three treat size products: Cleanse & Moisturise (10ml) a 3 in 1 cleanser, makeup remover and moisturizer; Cover & Clear (10ml) to cover up whilst mending spots and inflamed skin; Gradual Tan (10ml), a daily moisturiser which gently tans for the perfect all year round glow.

Green People’s Christmas Gift Sets are available on line at www.greenpeople.co.uk
with free delivery on the first order for your household, Can’t Help but Be think these will make perfect gifts for family and friends. There are also trial size products available, that would make fantastic stocker fillers for all, as well as cosmetics that are truly good for you and perfect for the upcoming Christmas parties.

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Rock On

Hoping to rock a rock in the near future? While celebrities’ rings may be a bit out of our price range, that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow a bit of their style. While we don’t suggest copying anyone’s look diamond for diamond, we do think that there’s a ton of inspiration to be had from A-list engagement rings. Make these looks your own–budget be darned!–by adapting a bit of star style in your own life.

Pretty in Purple: Heidi Montag. Let’s get down to business with a ring that is really off the beaten path. While you may not love Heidi’s paparazzi-desperate ways, her amethyst and diamond ring is a choice that stands out from the pack. Don’t be afraid to choose a semi-precious stone for your engagement ring (this Lavender Kunzite in 18-karat yellow gold comes to mind), but if you’re foregoing a diamond, make sure that it makes a real statement.

Heidi Montag

Three-Stone Stunner: Mariah Carey. While it was rumoured that Mariah’s 17-carat square emerald-cut pink diamond flanked by two half-moon diamonds was recycled from Nick Cannon’s former fiancée (it’s not true), the ring is gorgeous either way. A lot of people love the sentiment of a three-stone ring (it references the past, present and future of your relationship), and it’s a meaningful way to incorporate more than one diamond shape into the design.

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Royal Oval: Katie Holmes. Not everyone will get a proposal under the Eiffel Tower, but an oval-shaped setting is a flattering shape on virtually any bride’s hand. Katie’s 5-carat diamond surrounded by micro pavé is a little more interesting than a standard round, and the elongated stone will even seemingly lengthen the shortest of fingers.

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Not-so-Mellow Yellow: Heidi Klum. Coloured diamonds are all the rage these days, and for good reason. These naturally-hued stones are rare, interesting, and allow you to focus on a spectacular stone rather than worrying too much about a setting. Heidi’s 12-carat cushion-cut canary yellow diamond is breathtaking, and by going Couture (who wouldn’t want this spectacular ring?) you can get a similar look with the same wow-factor.

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Split Decision: Beyoncé. Let’s be honest: Beyoncé’s insane 18-carat emerald cut diamond ring is out of most everyone’s league. But one detail is easily replicated: The split-shank mounting that holds the massive stone. A split shank is a good choice for several reasons: It holds a diamond in place well with little worry of movement, it’s a perfect place for a bit of pavé diamonds without being over-the-top, and, well, it just looks pretty on the finger.

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Hip to be Square: Ashlee Simpson. Considering her husband’s rock music pedigree, Ashlee’s ring is surprisingly sedate. But, the design is one of the most popular today: A diamond surrounded by pavé diamonds. The setting chose by her husband, musician Pete Wentz, is a very defined square shape–perfect for a modern bride who craves a little edge. Even better: The extra row of diamonds makes any centre stone look even bigger!

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All of these rings, plus many more are available at Jewels Boutique: www.JewelsBoutique.com

At Can’t Help but Be, we say who needs a man? Pop one on your Christmas list, or treat yourself…your worth it!

Gift Guide Part Two: Granddads

 

Granddads can be hard to buy for- let’s face it they often spoil their grandchildren rotten; and trying to find a gift that shows how much they mean can, at times be quite a feat. However, here at Can’t Help But Be we have done some of the hard work for you, so you can be inspired when it comes to shopping for your Granddad this Christmas.

Is your Granddad the sort to spend hours pottering around his garden, or greenhouse? Well, there are lots of products you can buy to make the perfect present for his green fingers.

If you are on a budget then how about putting together a little gift bag of goodies. Include a new pair of gardening gloves to protect the sensitive skin from the elements (and accidents!) This pair are from www.gardensupplies.co.uk  and cost from £3.45

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If you live in the USA, then why not go for a pair of these nitrile gloves? They may look light but apparently fit like a second skin, available online at www.gardeners.com priced at $6.95 and in a wide variety of colours ,these are definitely a must have

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Along with the gloves how about a packet of seed markers? Perfect for the forgetful gardener who loves to propagate his own crop. 50 seedling markers all neatly bundled together for £2.95 is the perfect gift

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If you are in Australia then we rate these copper markers, they’d make lovely ornaments too. Available from www.greenharvest.com.au

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Some packets of seeds are the ideal way to finish off his gift. Available from all garden centres and many online stores you could choose from his favourite plants, some fruits and vegetables or even a tree. A gift that will carry on giving for years to come.

If your Granddad isn’t quite as active in the garden as he used to be but still loves the great outdoors then why not treat him to a day out to a RHS or yellow book garden. The yellow book is produced annually with the National Garden Society- they open gardens for charity and you know you’ll be in for a treat as each garden is thoroughly tested and inspected before they make it into the book. http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardenfinder.aspx is your one stop call to find the garden that is either closet to home or specialise in your Grandpa’s favourite element. You can walk around the garden, take photos and chat and then stop for an afternoon tea- a lovely treat and an opportunity to spend some quality time together.

Head here if you live in Australia http://www.opengarden.org.au/ for the newly released 2010 guide and likewise you and your granddad will have a day to remember.

For the book loving Granddad there is a whole assortment of lovely goodies to spoil him with.

There are a lot of books that touch people’s hearts but how lovely would it be if you could treat your Granddad to one of his old favourites that he hasn’t read in years? Maybe a book from his childhood, or a new copy of a worn out favourite. He will be so pleased to have the chance to dive right on in again. And with www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk listing almost every book you could ever want the possibilities are endless.

If he already has all the books he could ever need then how about some book accessories? Bookmarks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and price ranges and always go down well.

On a budget, then why not go for this adorable handmade bookmark that you can have personalised with one or two initials from folksy. We at Can‘t Help But Be love to champion independent sellers where we can and with good like this it‘s clear to understand why (just click on the link to buy)

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For other handmade bookmarks check out Etsy, we especially love this bookworm design, priced at a reasonable $8.95 (click to buy)

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If money is no object then this elegant silver page marker is our absolute favourite, see this and more at unique gift heaven www.notonthehighstreet.com (costing £38.50)

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If books and bookmarks seem too ordinary to you, then don’t fear. There are allsorts of gizmos available to help make reading even more enjoyable- from flexible torches to magnifiers with lights and thumb turners.

Is your Granddad in a nursing home? If so it can be difficult to think of gifts to get him that would enrich his days, here are a few suggestions.

If the room he is in has a window then the ideal gift is a birdfeeder. Hanging one from the window will not only help the birds by keeping them fed through the winter months but will also provide a lovely opportunity to see the wildlife up close and personal, even if bed bound. Be aware that some areas are prone to the grey squirrel (like we are!) and so you should invest in a squirrel proof feeder, if you are squirrel free then choose whatever style takes your fancy. If they have a room on the ground floor then we suggest going for a standing feeder on a pole; that way it will attract a lot of birds as some can feed on the stand and others prefer to pick up the scraps- this is a steal at £9, again from www.gardensupplies.co.uk

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If they are on a higher floor and you have a squirrel problem then I suggest going for a squirrel proof feeder like this;

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also from gardensupplies

This design stops the squirrels from getting to the food and also allows a lot of little birds to feed together.

If they aren’t into nature then what about a colour changing light? They are perfect for those who can’t use speech and other normal ways of expressing themselves. As a collector of lamps I can honestly say that Mathmos provide wonderful lamps, and not just lava lamps. One of my favourites is the space projector- aim it at a wall or the ceiling and you get a projected image slowly rotating, you can go simple and opt for ink circles that, as the lamp warms up  heat and merge and blend into one another, or you can put up pictures that you know they will like. The lamps are available from quite a few places. The Mathmos online store is international if you have trouble finding a stockist.

The one pictured is just one of many options for the projector.

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Another favourite is the mood changing light by Phillips. It comes with a remote control and has an amazing colour wheel, light intensities and brightness. If your Granddad has lost the power of speech it can be a way for them to help display how they are feeling, and with the remote being touch sensitive and very simple it’s a winner all round.

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Does your Granddad have a sweet tooth, or perhaps a favourite type of cheese, or wine? Well then our top idea is to make up a personal box, stocking or bag for them with their favourites in. You can be as creative as you like, and when it comes to a budget you can really bring a smile to their faces whether you spend £5 or £50. If you are shopping on a budget then don’t worry- your hamper can still look a million dollars, with a little bit of elbow grease the personal touch can go a really long way.

For example, if your Granddad likes sweets then why not buy his favourites online? most online candy stores have excellent offers- no need to pay extra for packaging just order what you know they like. Then, when they arrive make use of old jam jars, milk bottles etc (ensuring they are cleaned out well) and pour in the sweets, tie up with Christmas ribbon and make a personalised label for the jar- it’ll go down a storm.

Same goes for biscuits and other sweet treats- making your own and packaging them up in cellophane bags with ribbon really keeps costs down and gives you extra brownie points. There is plenty of time to get practising if you are a novice in the kitchen- if you’re more of  a pro then go wild, from fudge to home made chocolates, let your Granddad be your inspiration. There is a whole array of cooking sites to help you in your baking quest, one of our recent favourites is http://www.mixingbowl.com/home/view.castle

For packaging supplies hit cake craft shop  and for worldwide try here.

As for the hamper- you can go as simple as wrapping a shoe box in paper, to a wicker basket or even a toolbox!

It doesn’t have to be sweet of course- how about spoiling him with a selection of the cheese that he likes and some crackers and maybe some pickles? Or a wine selection, ones that perhaps are produced in your local region.

If your Granddad lives alone then you can start to stock up on miniature items, such as jams, mustards, pickles, coffee and tea- spoil them by making life a little bit easier for them!

If you don’t want to make one up yourself, have no fear, there is a wide variety of products out there that look homemade!
This basket of lovely is £21.95

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And this is a whiskey lovers dream, at £74.95 it’s packed to the brim with goodies

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Both of these, and many more are available at hampers gifts.

If your Granddad enjoy making things how about a model kit that will keep him amused and out of trouble for days! You can opt for the more traditional boat kit, such as this one below

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available from either model supermarket or for worldwide, here.

If your grandfather is young at heart this wonderful Wallace and Gromit airfix kit is guaranteed to make anyone smile!

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available for worldwide delivery at the modeller, or try searching through eBay or Amazon.

The kits have all they need included so no need to worry about glue or tools.

We really hope this guide gives you some idea of what to buy for your Granddad.

Please get in touch with us if you feel we have missed something out, there is another hobby you want us to cover, or you have any questions or general feedback. We LOVE to hear from our readers.
Either leave a comment on the post, or drop us an e-mail.

Stay tuned for more gift guides.

Gift Guide Part One: Chocolateque

 

With Christmas fast approaching; 73 days if we’re being exact, if you haven’t already started shopping for gifts you soon will be.

We’re going to give you a helping hand by showcasing small businesses, putting together guides for specific family members and friendship groups and tracking down gifts to suit all budgets. From high fashion to hand made, you’ll find it all here.

Today we are kicking off with Part One, in which we introduce you to the online retailer of delicious sounding chocolates, made by Frederic Blondeel Belgium based company Chocolateque.

Frederic is famous in Belgium and abroad (especially in Japan) because of his exquisite skill to combine texture and flavour.
Can’t Help but Be are most tempted by the following:

  • Crispy Vanilla Caramel (Cralin M)
  • Sweet and Salty Green tea (Green Tea M)
  • Wasabi combined with Dark Chocolate (Wasabi F)
  • Pepper and Spicy Chilli (Charles Hot F)
  • Earl Grey (Earl Grey F)

For details of all the flavours available, visit the website, here

The chocolates are available in a variety of presentations for perfect gifts,
The boxes of chocolates start at 14.50 Euros for 250g (approx 25 chocolates) and are beautifully put together

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Also available are the beautiful looking Orangettes and Citronettes costing 6.95 Euros. We are most intrigued by these and think they would make a beautiful addition to any festive get together.

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Chocolate bars are also in the range, but are currently sold out, but due to be re-launched with new packaging by the end of October.

All Chocolates are shipped via courier straight from Belgium
Postage to the UK costs £9 per order, which may be a little expensive for some, but given the rave reviews and great reputation of the company and chocolates, we think this is a small price to pay for an indulgent treat or gift for someone you love (or yourself, of course!)

Check out the website today and see what tempts you the most

You can also follow Chocolateque on Twitter for up to date news and coupons.

Already tried these chocolates?
Any flavour you especially like the sound of?

Get in touch, we love to hear from you!

(stay tuned for the next gift guide, coming soon)

Food Review: Cocoa Loco

By Laura

Cocoa Loco are crazy about organic chocolate. Their online shop offers a wide range of gifts for all occasions, including Brownies, Cookies, Gift Jars and so much more.

Can’t Help but Be were lucky enough to be sent a box of goodies to review, and so, for the sake of our readers we indulged in a chocolate tasting session of massive portions.

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The package arrived beautifully wrapped in yellow tissue paper and the chocolate was present well in clear cellophane with stickers bearing the Cocoa Loco logo, product name and ingredients list.
It was hard to know where to start, as everything looked, and smelled so good…after much deliberation we dived in and went for:

Cocoa Loco Buttons

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We were sent a bag of the milk chocolate variety, which cost £4.99 (inc delivery) for 140g. The buttons also come in a white chocolate pack, and dark chocolate (which is vegan friendly).

The website states that these are “100% scrumptious” and we agreed whole heartedly. The chocolate was incredibly smooth and not too sweet with a rich quality that meant you couldn’t eat the whole pack at once (despite us trying!). We first tried them at room temperature, and then out of the fridge. Either way, these were a gorgeous treat perfect for children and adults alike.

Organic Chocolate Bites; Dark Chocolate, Hazelnuts and Cocoa Nibs

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These aren’t yet available on the website, only in shops but they were too good not to include in the review. The dark chocolate was pleasingly bitter, with a crisp sweetness from the nuts and cocoa nibs. If you like dark chocolate then this is the treat for you. We preferred them straight from the fridge for some extra bite, but they work well served at room temperature as well.

Handmade Organic Chocolate Bar (milk and orange)

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Cocoa Loco do a large range of Handmade Chocolate bars with flavours ranging from simple milk, plain or white through to the more obscure white rose geranium. We sample the milk and orange bar, which (as do all the bars) weighed in at 100g and costs £4.99 inc delivery.

The chocolate was superb, Cocoa Loco clearly know their stuff, and the orange flavour was mild. This was another very pleasing product, our only complaint was that the bar was very thin so wasn’t as satisfying to eat. Still, none went to waste and we very much enjoyed this. Again, this would be the perfect present for all ages and there is certainly something for everyone flavour wise.

Flapjack

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This was another product not listed on the website, which is a shame as it is divine and I want more of it! The bar was very generous in it’s serving size and perhaps we should have split it in to two portions! There wasn’t much chocolate present but it made a fantastic afternoon snack and the addition of nuts really made the bar.

I must add that we were also sent a brownie to review, however it didn’t last long enough to be reviewed….it was amazing though!

Chocolate Orange Bites

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Another product not yet available online, and another orange themed chocolate. These were probably the star of the parcel we received! A stronger orange flavour than the bar and a much chunkier bite, these lasted all of thirty seconds between three of us once opened and we’re still dreaming of them days later. Incredible. These need to be on sale everywhere, pronto.

White Chocolate and Chilli Bites

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Again, not listed on the website, but there is a white chilli chocolate bar available (£4.99). These are certainly not for the faint hearted. Gorgeous, rich white chocolate with the flavour of the chilli gradually building up in to a quite intense heat. A gorgeously grown up gift, preferably to yourself.

So, on the whole, not one bad product,

the website www.cocoaloco.co.uk is well worth a visit as it showcases the full range of bars and gifts available and tells the story of the company, their ethics and the people who work there.

It’s quite clear that a lot of love and passion for all things chocolate goes in to making each and every piece and the staff are welcoming and open to enquiries about the range, and non-online stockists.

With thanks to Cocoa Loco for providing us with the chance to sample their gorgeous goods! We will definitely be placing an order in time for Christmas.

Sunday Girl Accessories

By Eloise

Jewellery is one of those things that can really make a day special. It can make an outfit come to life even on the most ordinary of days. I for one am someone who always has a piece of jewellery on and am always on the lookout for more unusual and unique pieces to add to my collection.

So when Laura introduced me to Sunday Girl Accessories my magpie eyes sparkled straight away.

Imagine my joy when I discovered that not only the pieces absolutely adorable, they are all personalised to your specifications AND affordable – that’s what I call a match made in heaven!

The pieces are all made from acrylic and if you can’t find a design on the site that catches your eye, or if you have something in mind for a friend or loved one then the designer welcomes you to get in touch and see if they can come up with a design to suit.

It’s hard to believe you won’t fall in love with the collection online though, with everything from name necklaces to gorgeous romance themed hearts and cute as can be animals. All items are made using a laser cutter for a perfectly smooth finish and are available in a variety of colours.

Here are my top three items (although narrowing it down to three was mighty hard!).

I love this initial necklace- at £6 it is an absolute steal and a lovely way to have something personal to yourself, plus as the designer states it’s a great way to have a personalised necklace without having the full name on display- and I think it invites conversation as people will want to know what it stands for.

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Next on my list is this stylised pebble necklace. I love the design as it stands but if you want it made wider, to make even more of a statement then that’s not a problem at all. At £12 it’s an absolute bargain and would make even the simplest of outfits outstanding. With statement necklaces a huge trend right now you really can’t go wrong.

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And my final choice, well I simply could not resist this cutie pie. At £6 who could resist his charm? The simplicity of the shape makes this irresistible, I think he would look lovely on his own but imagine having a few in a variety of colours- your very own bird family to liven up any outfit and put a smile on your face.

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With plenty of options and colours available in almost every shape that you could imagine, there is going to be something here for everyone so head on over to Sunday Girl now, you really won’t regret it!

Something Sweet

Both myself and partner in crime have super sweet tooths and take great pleasure in looking online at our favourite indulgences. Online sweetshop www.handycandy.co.uk is the best by far, with a HUGE variety of sweets and chocolate with great prices and fantastic shipping (low cost AND fast).

When it came to Father’s Day we were stumped. What do you buy the man who has everything several times over?
Really, the answer should have been obvious….SWEETS!

Eloise treated her Dad to this fantastic Liquorice Sweet Jar £11.99

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which I heard was very well recieved!

You certainly get a lot of candy for your cash and the gift packaging and speedy delievery means you won’t be wondering if you’ll have the present on time, or where to find the perfect wrapping paper.

 

 

 

 

 

I opted for the Old Fashioned Tuck Box for my Daddy, as he’s well….a bit old fashioned. At £5.99 I wondered if he’d have enough sweets. There was no need to worry, this box was filled to the brim with all his favourites from years gone by.

OldfashTB[1]I had hoped to snap my own picture of the box to prove it’s just as good as the website shows, however it was devoured before I had a chance, which I think tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the gifts this website provides!

 

 

 

 

As well as gifts you can also buy a HUGE selection of just about every kind of sweet. From old favourites to new releases and some American sweets and chocolate that, well, you just can’t get over here!
I was over the moon to discover Ice Cream flavoured chewits were back and promptly ordered five packets!

icecremchewit[2]I heartily recommend these sweets. If you had them as a child, I assure you they taste just as good, if not better than you remember! If you’re yet to experience the wonder…get clicking now before I buy them all!

 

 

 

 

 

If your trying to watch your weight, or can’t eat sugar, Handy Candy also has one of the largest selections on sugar free goodies I’ve seen on a website; there really is something for everyone.

So if you’re stuck for a gift, or fancy treating yourself, check out www.handycandy.co.uk

We at Cant Help but Be promise you won’t regret it!

(images with thanks to Eloise and the guys at Handy Candy)