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  1. Kids love dinosaurs and if you're looking for some great dinosaur gift ideas, you could always take a look at the National History Museum's online shop.

    Their range of dinosaur gifts is mind-boggling, they have everything from dinosaur books, to dinosaur soft toys, games and puzzles, kitchenware, clothes and accessories! 

    There are some gorgeous soft toys, and even gifts such as a dinosaur football, and a dinosaur pop-up tent your little one can go and hide in!  

    There's dinosaur clothes and accessories
    There's dinosaur clothes and accessories,
    all with a dinosaur theme!

    A dinosaur cave pop up tent

    A dinosaur cave pop up tent

    Here's a dinosaur football!

    Here's a dinosaur football!
    Get the kids active and doing some sport, kicking around and having fun!

    And a dinosaur drinks bottle

    And a dinosaur drinks bottle
    for water to refresh them and keep them hydrated

    Dinosaurs soft toys and hand puppets!

    Plus dinosaur soft toys and hand puppets!

    And books to quench their thirst for knowledge
    And books to quench their thirst for knowledge

    Visit the National History Museum's Dinosaur Items 
    to see the range for yourself!

  2. The RHS (that's the Royal Horticultural Society) has been Britain's leading gardening charity since 1804.   

    Its aim was to collect plant information and to encourage the improvement of horticultural practice.   It's now the world's leading horticultural organisation and it's passionate about gardening.  Not only that, it wants everyone else to be passionate about it too!

    It's probably best known for its world famous flower shows such as RHS Hampton Court, RHS Chelsea of course, RHS Tatton Park and RHS Cardiff - but did you know there's now a 5th show at Chatsworth?  

    Other things the RHS is busy doing to get us all into gardening if we aren't already is running things like the Britain in Bloom competition, National Gardening week, Wild About Gardens, Greening Grey Britain and - crucially - the Campaign for School Gardenining.  Kids love getting messy outside and growing their own, and we need to encourage the gardeners and horticutluralists of the future.

    So the good news it that if you're looking for a gift for a gardener or someone who is interested in it, there are a couple of offers on RHS Membership at the moment. 

    Gift an RHS Gift Membership through Virgin Experience Days 

    20% off RHS Gift Membership from Virgin Experience Days
    Please, please watch the validity dates - your voucher needs to be activated before the expiry date which is three months from the date of issue;they may not be extended beyond their expiration date. 
    Buy this gift through Virgin Experience Days for only £50.40 instead of £63.00 (saving you 20%)

     Gift an RHS Gift Membership directly with the RHS

    The RHS itself are giving a £10 voucher if you buy a Gift Membership through their website.
    This offer is only valid until 31 March 2019 and it coincides neatly with Mother's Day in the UK on 31 March 2019 also.  
    Buy an RHS Gift Membership directly from the RHS

    RHS Membership benefits include:

    • Unlimited, year-round entry to the four RHS Gardens (Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr & Rosemoor) - and they can bring a family guest for free each time they visit. T
    • Free entry to more than 200 RHS Partner Gardens** across the UK and overseas
    • Access to Members’ Days and savings on public days at RHS Shows
    • A monthly subscription to The Garden magazine (worth £59 a year),
    • Personalised gardening advice and more.

    **Partner gardens are open at selected times of year so members need to check before visiting about opening days and hours etc.  Plus entry restrictions may apply at some gardens 

     

     

     

  3. Encourage bees and butterflies to your garden with these Bowles Mauve plants - they flower from February to June and will add a tremendous dash of colour to a garden.

    Encourage bees and butterflies to your garden with these Bowles Mauve plants 

    Best of all, they encourage bees and butterflies - so they are really crucial to helping the natural world and doing your bit for biodiversity. 

    So supplier of flower and vegetable seeds and plants Suttons have a special offer on the Bowles Mauve.  Buy 3 of these potted plants and you can save yourself a whopping 33% - you can have them for £12!   (Or you can buy one for £5.99 so you can see what a good bargain the offer is.)

    If you don't need 3 plants, you could always give a couple to friends as a gift for their gardens.

    Such a pretty way to add colour to a garden!

    We've got Bowles Mauve (but put them in the ground on a border) and it's wonderful to see the bees buzzing round them and the butterflies fluttering around them. 

    Buzz off to Suttons' website to see for yourself!

     

  4. If you love soft toys, then take a look at the Natural History Museum’s shop.

    They have what I think is in incredibly extensive range of soft toys with everything from an orangutan to blue whale, a slow loris to a polar bear, and a range of snakes.  There's even a dodo!

    So why haven't I shown pictures of them all?  There are too many, that's why!  Chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, sloths, bottlenose dolphins, brown bears, white tigers, lions, fennec foxes, red squirrels, owls, meerkats, giant pandas, flamingos, snow leopards, Arctic grey wolves, toucans, anteaters, gibbons, lemurs, reindeers, geckos, hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, blue whales, giant squid, elephants, green sea turtles, tamarins, harp seals, Emperor penguins, red foxes, fallow deer, hedgehogs, iguanas, bunnies and a range of birds - they are all there to choose from and good luck doing so, I want them all!!!

    This Koala Soft Toy is available from the Natural History Museum
    This Koala Soft Toy is available from the Natural History Museum

    They also have soft toys of different sizes (and consequently something for different budgets) and this is a great way to get young children aged 3+ developing a bond for the natural world and all those species who share it with us.

    Swing over to the Natural History Museum for more info on this Orangutan Soft Toy
    Swing over to the Natural History Museum
    for more info on this Orangutan Soft Toy

    A number of the soft toys are on special offer, too.

    But never mind the kids – these soft toys could be a great way to add a touch of character in a room and raise a smile every time you walk into the room.

    Scarlet Macaw Soft Toy from the Natural History Museum
    Scarlet Macaw Soft Toy from the Natural History Museum


    View the full range of soft toys from the Natural History Museum

     
  5. The last few times I've heard anything about Brexit, there's been a mention we might run short of tomatoes.

    Simples!

    You can grow your own tomatoes so why not give someone a gift of tomato seeds or plants, or grow your own?

    There's nothing like growing your own.  It can be frustrating - yes - but it can be tremendous rewarding and there's nothing like picking your own food that you've grown yourself.   

     

    Grafted Tomato Plants - F1 Crimson Collection from Suttons

    Grafted Tomato Plants - F1 Crimson Collection from Suttons
    Was £19.98, now £14.99 - save yourself 24%

    Suttons have just sent their March newsletter in which they point out that Cherry tomatoes are great for growing in hanging baskets;  while French beans can grace an arch or doorway;  you can grow hebs in pots on a window ledge - and peashoots, salad leaves and radishes will all be at home in old biscuit tins or Quality Street tins - they say you should just punch a few holes in the base first.

    The other advantage about growing your own is that you'll help the planet cut down on the amount of miles has to travel before it reaches its intended destination.  And you'll help reduce food waste overall if you pick what you need, rather than buy a pack you end up not using.  

    There are many different varities of tomato plants so you could treat a friend to one type and yourself to another and swap tomatoes so that you both get a good mixture on your plates.

    Tomato Gardeners Delight from Thompson & Morgan
    Tomato Gardeners Delight from Thompson & Morgan

    Suttons Seeds and Thompson & Morgan both sell tomato seeds online...  and you don't need a lot of room to grow them.   Thompson & Morgan have a guide on how to grow tomatoes.

    And here's a tomato themed gift from Emma Bridgewater from her Vegetable Collection to decorate a table with - it will add a real dash of tomato colour!

    View Emma Bridgewater's Vegetable Garden Collection View Emma Bridgewater's Vegetable Garden Collection