What's So Special About This Year's Thinking of You Week?

What's So Special About This Year's Thinking of You Week?

We are so excited to be taking part in this year's Thinking of You Week, starting on Monday 21st September. It's a special week dedicated to harnessing the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the country and even around the world. And, I think you'll agree, it couldn't be more needed than right at this moment!
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Katie Loxton AW20 Collection Launch

Katie Loxton AW20 Collection Launch

Yay! It’s arrived! We have our hands on the brand new Katie Loxton AW20 Handbag collection and it is just beautiful! 
From gorgeous metallic accessories and super stylish bags to feel good fragrances and smart stationery, you’ll find so much to love. 
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Just Arrived! The Brand NEW Joma Jewellery Autumn 2020 Collection!

Just Arrived! The Brand NEW Joma Jewellery Autumn 2020 Collection!

Here at More Than Just a Gift, we absolutely LOVE Joma Jewellery. And look what’s just landed? The brand new 2020 Autumn Collection!
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Five fantastic ways to support small businesses right now!

Five fantastic ways to support small businesses right now!

Small businesses of all kinds need your support now. Read on for some great ideas to help make sure that those little gems you love are still going to be there for you in the future. 

1. Shop consciously 

If you need to buy something, then choose where you buy from carefully. Large DIY stores are back open now, but your local hardware might be able to supply what you need. Why not give them a call and find out before you spend elsewhere? Many small businesses that didn't sell online or offer delivery before are doing so now. Look out for new opportunities.

 

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Therapy Garden Range

Therapy Garden Range

Therapy Garden Range is created for the hard-working gardener. It will leave your skin naturally cleansed and boasts antiseptic and healing properties. The botanically inspired fragrance blend of Wild Lime and Mint is infused with fig and olive extracts to help repair skin. This combination is a natural antioxidant that gently exfoliates and hydrates. 

After a long day tending the garden, scrub off the day's dirt with the pumice hand wash. Infused with a fresh herb aroma and enriched with essential oils, including Aloe Leaf extract & Kawakawa oil to effectively cleanse your skin. Follow with either the hand cream or hand lotion for softened, soothed and beautifully scented skin. Both include mango seed and coconut oils and have the added protection of SPF 15. 

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Thank you for supporting our small business

Thank you for supporting our small business

Now, more than ever, we are happy dancing every single time someone like you buys from us! Whether that sale is £100 or just a card, it all adds up, and every penny right now gets ploughed back into the business to ensure it will still be here for you when this crisis is over. And it’s not just us doing a happy dance. Your purchases mean that we have the means to be able to pay our suppliers and ensure their companies’ survival too...read more

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Is online shopping ok during a lockdown?

Is online shopping ok during a lockdown?

Whiling alway all these isolated hours it’s no wonder that our minds drift into thinking of  how to brighten life up for ourselves and our loved ones when we are stuck inside for such a long, uninterrupted periods! So, you gather a few little treats in an online shopping basket and you’re about to check out but then you suddenly think ‘Is this sort of shopping ok during a lockdown? Is it safe for me? Is it safe for the people who pick and pack my order? Is it safe for the delivery drivers?’

If you’re shopping with More Than Just a Gift, we can reassure you. It’s about as safe as it can possibly get! All our wonderful team of staff are safely furloughed at home (and very much missed). In the meantime, Sophie & Simon (aka Mr & Mrs MTJAG) have stepped into the breach. It’s hard work and long hours yes, but definitely worth it to help our customers, and keep our business afloat, through this time. 

Between us, we are able to pick all your orders from our stockroom, accessed only by us, and pack them in our packing area which is also completely isolated. We keep our standards of hygiene scrupulously high and wash our hands throughly and regularly. We deliver as many local orders as possible ourselves, so no one else has to handle them, making sure we always stay at least 2m away from anyone. For orders further afield, our dpd collections and drop offs are all contactless, and dpd have strict protocols in place throughout their delivery chain to keep everyone as safe as possible.

So shopping with us is definitely safe and experts confirm, online shopping through lockdown is not only ok, it can be highly beneficial to people’s mental health. Ann Gallagher, professor of Ethics and Care at the University of Surrey. “Families and friends who can’t be close to each other may wish to express their love by sending gifts and cards,  making sure people feel connected and cared for.”

Ratula Chakraborty, professor of Business Management at the University of East Anglia says online shopping not only boosts everyone’s morale, but also helps the economy. “It’s important for this kind of economic activity to continue while it’s safe to do so,” she says. “This isn’t just for the sake of the economy, but for the spirits and wellbeing of households who will continue to have needs to make purchases.”

Chakraborty says that during this period of lockdown, the freedom and pleasure from buying goods online might go some way to counter the feeling of being prisoners in our own homes, and cut off from the commercial world we know, and probably miss.

Online shopping is also the only way many small businesses can continue to operate. Indies have been hard hit by the shutdown and many will struggle to survive through the challenge. If we want our towns, villages and high streets to have a diverse range of independent shops and businesses in the future then we have to support them as much as we can now. So please do keep using every independent business that you can right now.

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Therapy Kitchen Range

Therapy Kitchen Range

The Therapy Kitchen range has been specifically formulated to help eliminate cooking odours and keep both your kitchen and your hands healthy and germ free. The sleek black packaging gives any kitchen a design edge. Use the diffuser or soy wax candle to bring freshness to your kitchen. The luxurious hand wash will clean hands kindly and effectively. Follow that with the complementary lotion or hand cream for soft, hygienic hands every time you cook. Choose from two energising fragrances; Lemongrass, Lime & Bergamot or Mandarin, Mint & Basil.

The Aromatherapy Co is based in New Zealand. Harnessing the properties of 100% natural essential oils is at the heart of everything they do. Within the kitchen range, the oils have been carefully chosen, not only for their refreshing scents but also for the specific benefits of each oil.  

Mandarin, Mint & Basil

Mandarin Oil has bactericidal and fungicidal properties and benefits the immune system. Mint has antimicrobial and antiviral properties while boosting energy. Basil eliminates odour-causing bacteria, soothes headaches, and helps relieve respiratory conditions.

Lemongrass, Lome & Bergamot

Studies show that the chemical components in Lemongrass oil are anti-viral. It also helps promote a sense of calm and positivity. Lime works to help alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression by lowering the heart rate and reducing cortisol levels as well as also being an anti-viral. Studies have shown that linalool, a compound found in bergamot, may be effective at destroying types of bacteria responsible for food-borne illnesses. 

All body care products are made in New Zealand and are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, dyes and are not tested on animals. The home fragrance products are made in specialist off-shore factories which are socially and ethically compliant and meet strict quality criteria. All candles are made with soy wax and lead free cotton wicks.

Check out what our customers think of this range in these reviews 

"The best hand cream

I love this cream and could only find it on your site. It is rich and the aroma is lovely. It also has an SPF of 15. Great service from yourselves and will be using you again." Bridget P.

"A touch of luxury

A really fantastic hand wash, Rich, lovely lather and smells wonderful" Sally J.

"Therapy kitchen diffuser and soap

Excellent service, love the product would definitely buy again from you" Tricia B.

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Thank you for helping to support our local heritage.

Thank you for helping to support our local heritage.

Here in Leicestershire, we are lucky enough to base our business in our own miniature heritage site, the 425 year old Narborough Hall. Our shop was set up here 28 years ago to fund the restoration and maintenance of the grade II listed Hall and that's still its role today.
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Show her she is Mum in a Million

Show her she is Mum in a Million

Show her she is truly "Mum in a Million" this Mother's Day.

Here is our gift edit from Joma Jewellery and Katie Loxton, Choose from their extensive collection of Mum and Mummy gifts. We have picked our favs, what are yours?

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More Than Just A Mum...

More Than Just A Mum...

Enter our new competition for a chance to win a fantastic gift selection for Mother's Day and a £50 gift voucher for yourself! Just nominate someone who you think is 'More than just a Mum'...
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Spring Celebration at Narborough Hall

Spring Celebration 2020

Join us for yummy cupcakes and a glass of spring fizz at our Spring Celebration weekend.  

Register now and receive a free gift when you spend over £40 at the event and join our brand new Loyalty Scheme.

You'll discover a huge array of gorgeous gifts for Mother's Day, the prettiest Spring decorations and fresh ideas to brighten your home this season along with dazzling jewellery and stunning new fashion, bags and accessories.

 

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