Price Points: Luxury, ethical Easter eggs

Luxury, ethical Easter eggs | H is for Home

It’s Easter in a couple of weeks and this year, Justin’s birthday falls during the bank holiday weekend. I’ve already got him a present however, I’m thinking about getting him an additional one. One of these luxury, ethical Easter eggs will be just the ticket!

  1. Booja Booja large almond & sea salt caramel Easter egg – 138g: £26, Ethical Superstore
    These wonderfully presented handmade Easter egg gifts are created by artisans in Kashmir, India using papier-mâché and hand painted with truly unique designs before being hand packed in Norfolk with Booja Booja’s melt in the mouth superior quality and award winning, dark chocolate, almond and sea salt caramel truffles. A truly beautiful and ethical Easter egg gift for the vegan in your life.

    Booja Booja is a UK company with a refreshingly different mindset to its competitors; it strives to be minimal, renewable and of course beautiful! All of Booja Booja’s products are organic; free of dairy, wheat and gluten, are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and are GMO free.

  2. Dark chocolate Easter egg with chocaviar 75%: £50, Venchi
    Dark chocolate Easter egg coated with delicious 75% Chocaviar pearls with an elegant jewel gift inside.

    To uphold ethics, Venchi buys its raw materials directly from the local community, guaranteeing a fair price that not only ensures the community a stable present and future, but also encourages research and development of the best extra fine cocoa varieties.

  3. Ostrich egg – dark: £75, Hotel Chocolat
    Dark ostrich egg is made with half 70% dark chocolate with almonds and a dash of salt, and half 70% dark chocolate with hazelnuts and another sprinkling of salt. Served with a tray of 27 chocolates – pralines, truffles, caramels, patisserie and more – plus six golden eggs hidden inside the box for you to hunt, all in all this comes to more than a kilo of chocolate!

    Engaged Ethics is the name we coined for our direct programme to create sustainable cocoa growing communities. It differs from most other ‘trading fairly’ programmes as it goes beyond simply writing out a cheque and standing back (which is still a great deal better than doing nothing!) It’s a roll-up-the-sleeves, take risks, long-term approach, which has led to a remarkable set of results so far.

Price Points: Old skool sneakers

Black old skool sneakers | H is for Home

My (only) pair of trainers are coming to the end of their life. I’ve had them for at least 15 years and the soles are worn down to the thickness of paper and the fabric is splitting across the vamp where the toe joints bend. They’re a pair of all-black Nikes and I’d like to replace them with something fairly similar.

I don’t like trainers that are too high-tech – you know, those made with colourful space-age material, aerodynamic shape, computer-engineered soles and all that. I just want a pair of old skool sneakers. ‘Sneakers’ must be an old fashioned word – my spell-check tells me it doesn’t exist!

I know exactly what I want from my new pair. I’d prefer if they were low-tech canvas or hemp. They need to be black all over, I don’t like black uppers with thick white sidewalls. This kind of style is so They can be worn with jeans, skirt or dress – really versatile.

I usually prefer the look of Pumas over other brands. However, I’m tempted by the £90 Nikes – they’re completely customisable. You can choose the material; the colour of the base, quarter, swoosh, laces, outsole and sidewalls; style of the tongue… you can even have customised text printed to the underside of the tongue!

  1. Old Skool Lite: £55, Vans
  2. Suede Classic+ trainers: £58, Puma
  3. Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski iD skateboarding shoe: £90, Nike

Price Points: Plant hangers

Plant hangers | H is for Home

We recently inherited a magnificent spider plant specimen with at least a dozen or so plantlets arching outwards & downwards. It currently sits on a window ledge in the stairway and isn’t being shown off to its maximum potential.

It would look stunning suspended from the ceiling so we’re looking at the array of plant hangers available online. #1 is the classic cream cord macramé plant hanger that was ubiquitous in the 1970s… and I really love it. I remember making loads of them when I was a child. #2 is a colourful crocheted version… but it’s a DIY version – and I can’t crochet for toffee! #3 is my favourite of the lot; elegant and minimalist, with just a trio of black strings and a lovely brass container – it will display the foliage beautifully.

  1. Macramé plant hanger: £15, Etsy
  2. Flower Power crochet-your-own plant hanger: £29.00, Wool and the Gang
  3. On Interiors large brass hanging plant pot holder: £34.50, Trouva

Price Points: Glass teapots

Selection of glass teapots | H is for Home

We love tea here at H is for Home headquarters – green, white or builders’. Always loose leaf of course! It tends to be strong ‘builders tea’ by day, but in the evening we’re a little more refined and opt for Silver Needle, Dragon Pearl, Yellow Sun and the like.

A glass teapot makes for the perfect brew when it comes to these delicate leaves. You can watch the colour and intensity of flavour develop – pouring at your optimum point. Also, some of these more exotic ones such as blooming tea are things of beauty that need to be seen – the petals & flowers unfurling like a spring day as the hot water penetrates the dried ball.

  1. Viva Scandinavia Bjorn glass teapot, transparent, large: £25.99, Amazon
  2. Loose leaf glass teapot with infuser by Bluebird Tea Co.: £60, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Wedgwood Tea Garden glass teapot: £80, House of Fraser

Price Points: Universal USB charger cables

Universal USB charger cables | H is for Home

Do the chargers on your tech devices wear out after just a few years? Ours do! Currently, the one that charges Justin’s tablet is being held together with a thin strip of gaffer tape. My phone charger is literally hanging by a few wire threads.

If we were people that upgraded our devices every time a new version was released we probably wouldn’t have this problem – new device… new charger.

Needless to say, every device has a totally different connector… so each needs its own cable! A genuine iPhone charger from the Apple shop will set me back £19 and one for the iPad Mini, also £19.

The solution is one of those universal USB charger cables which fits up to 10 different devices. We can get one for less than £2 and it will charge both our phones AND Justin’s iPad.

  1. 4 in 1 multi-pin universal USB charging cable – Android, iPhone 4 5, Samsung Note3: £1.99, eBay
  2. 10 in 1 multi-functional universal USB charger/data cable for mobile phone/MP3/MP4/GPS: £4.91, MiniInTheBox
  3. Retractable charging cable, 4 in 1 multi-functional universal USB charger cable for iPhone, Android, MP3, MP4 etc (white): £7.99, Amazon

Price Points: Smart bathroom scales

Selection of 3 smart bathroom scales | H is for Home

Just over a year ago, we were both getting an hour’s walk in the hills at least every other day. These days, because the dog is getting a bit old and infirm, we only manage about half that – and only on the flat.

Because of this, (and middle-age) my weight has been creeping up – almost imperceptibly. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had to keep an eye on my weight. Since the start of 2017, I’ve consciously been eating less often and smaller portions too. I’ve seen a bit of a difference but have absolutely no idea how much I weigh.

Bathroom scales have advanced so far recently that you (and other people in the household) can easily track your progress using apps via your smartphone or tablet.You can measure not only your weight but also other body composition stats.

Justin and I could even have a little friendly competition to make the new regime a little more interesting and easier to maintain! Here are three of the ever expanding range of smart bathroom scales currently on the market.

  1. Salter analyser bathroom scales: £20, George at ASDA
    Records and measures weight, body fat %, body water % and body mass index (BMI)
    8 user memory & athlete mode
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 5 colours
  2. BlueAnatomy wireless body scale: £69.95, Amazon
    Records and measures weight, fat, water, muscle, bone and BMI
    Connects wirelessly to Apple and Android devices using the BlueAnatomyTM app to store your information
    Unlimited user memory
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 2 colours
  3. Body Cardio: £149.95, Withings
    Records and measures weight, fat, water, muscle, bone and BMI
    Measures heart rate and pulse wave velocity
    Syncs automatically using the Withings Health Mate app via WiFi or Bluetooth
    Works in conjunction with over 100 apps including Weight Watchers, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, MapMyRun and Runtastic
    8 user memory
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 2 colours