Unusual Gifts

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Argos

Is the UK's leading digital retailer, offering more than 33,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores, over the telephone and uniquely, through Argos TV. Argos continues to be the UK's largest high street retailer online with over 430 million website visits annually. Argos serves around 130 million customers a year through its network of 740 stores. In the financial year to February 2012, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 31,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer. They Keep clean and green, dealing accordingly with environmental issues such as waste management and energy consumption; they are extending their product range to help you make more responsible choices, conserve resources and save money; they source with care, providing details of their timber sourcing policy, chemical strategy and ethical trading conditions in their supply chain; they support the local and national communities in which they operate. These are just some of the practical ways in which they try to be socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. They're committed to reducing the impact their business has on the environment as well as helping you to do the same. They're working hard to reduce the amount of resources they use and the amount of CO2 emissions they produce. Some of their recent achievements: 91% of waste from the business was recycled, 35% reduction in waste sent to landfill, 26% reduction in packaging from own brand and direct-sourced products, 9% reduction in carbon footprint and 100% of direct-source and direct-import factories have a current ethical audit. They believe that working to meet these objectives is the best way to live up to your expectations of them as a retailer, enhance their reputation and manage their resources effectively in the face of rising costs.

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Between the Lines

Has its roots in a partnership, founded in 1964 by Norman Brine. He opened a shop in Midhurst, Sussex, selling gifts, books, cards and stationery. The shop has been trading successfully ever since, providing a friendly and efficient service to the local community.In 1985 Lindsey Brine joined the firm as a partner and opened a second branch, this time in Godalming, Surrey. The shop was initially called 'Pepperpot Cards', named after the Market Hall opposite. During 1989 the present Managing Director, Florian Kleinlercher joined the Company, which was incorporated that year. Nine more outlets have since been opened, in Alton, Haslemere, Chichester, Sevenoaks, Horsham, Petersfield, Oxted, Reigate and Canterbury. All branches are situated in prime trading locations and are very popular locally. November 1999 saw the successful opening of the Online Web Store, a fully transactional e-commerce solution to take advantage of the increasing interest of the public to purchase over the Internet.

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Cairn Wood Design

Husband and wife team, Andrew and Eeva, founded Cairn Wood Design - a small business dedicated to creating high quality hand crafted wood products. Cairn Wood Design’s products are made from premium quality materials, some of which have been chosen for not only their quality but also their individual characteristics. From curly birch wood to yew, many products will have their own unique traits thanks to the originality of the wood. Over time, the business has grown to encompass a stylish collection of wooden interior and exterior design accessories, as well as jewellery, all of which make for beautiful gifts for a number of occasions.

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Chums

Privately owned, independent mail order company based in a new 60.000 square feet unit in the Knowsley Business Park. Graham Rubin, the managing director, developed the mail order business some 30 years ago after many years experience in the manufacture of trousers, which were supplied to the large Mail Order Catalogue businesses at the time. Starting by selling men's trousers direct to the public by off the page direct response advertisements in national newspapers and magazines, he eventually also sold through a catalogue of his own using the ever-increasing database of customers he recruited. Well over 1 million customers have now enjoyed buying direct from Chums since those early days, many of whom will have started by firstly trying their fantastic value for money crimplene trousers (which are still one of their best sellers) or summer cotton trousers or Farah branded trousers. They listen to what their customers wanted and this led them to develop their famous high waisted trousers which accommodate that familiar middle aged spread that men of a certain age are prone to, and which have an additional 2 inches between the waist and crutch to make things more comfortable. Their simple aim was to provide a range of trousers that offers unparalleled comfort in sizes to fit virtually every shape imaginable. They also sell a full range of shirts, knitwear, jackets, coats, suits, underwear, nightwear and footwear. There are also mobility products for the elderly or infirm and also personal hygiene products for those that require them. They also offer via this web site ranges of traditional ladies clothing. More recently ranges of merchandise for the home have been developed making bulky bedding items for example easy for you to order from home and have them delivered to your doorstep, totally hassle free. Not only household textiles but innovative products that help to make life a little easier around the house or garden.

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Dot Com Gift Shop

Since 2005 their in-house design team have been working hard to deliver the most original and stylish prints, gifts and decorations straight to you before anyone else. Their extensive collection means you can always rely on them to find you something that’s perfect for any occasion, without the hassle of the high street.

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EMP

The EMP Heavy Metal Merchandise shop has provided heavy metal, hard rock, hardcore, punk and rock and alternative street wear and products since 1986. With EMP you have the chance to be different and stand out from the crowd. 24 hours, 7 days a week it is possible for men and women to order everything a metal head could wish for, with no minimum order value. As any Heavy Metal shop should, they order the hottest and latest clothes: high quality, official Rammstein shirts, the latest albums from Metallica, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Bring Me the Horizon, and more. There are the hottest brands like Element, Cupcake Cult, Famous, Converse, Brandit, Atticus and many more. Also, for collectors of good old vinyl wthey have a lot to offer: the Heavy Metal online store offers you 1,500 discs in the records area. They also have a great selection of bikinis, leather jackets and coats, designer hoodies and jewellery, ensuring you always have the most current range available, as well as daily special and EMP exclusive products: the album Deceiver of the Gods by Amon Amarth exclusive and limited editions only at EMP! EMP has a huge gothic clothing range for you to explore; whether gothic coats and leather jackets, jewellery, boots or cybergoth clothes, with them you get the full range. Fashion-conscious Metal heads can also buy high quality, cool accessories: alchemy jewellery, sunglasses from Level One and many more items. You can also find a large selection of posters, calendars and fun stuff; there is a huge selection of cult movies and TV shows, as well as the latest book titles and comics. And for the gamers among you, EMP offers you exclusive merchandise: Nintendo, Atari, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, Minecraft shirts, hoodies and much more. You can order all of these products and brands with low postage costs and without any risk, as they offer you a 100% return policy when ordering from the EMP Heavy Metal Shop.

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Find Me a Gift

They all enjoy a laugh as much as the next guy but there at Find Me A Gift, they believe that gift giving is 100% serious business. They are there to ensure that your every need is catered for, no matter what the occasion! With toys, games, gadgets, accessories, personalised gifts, sweets and even some boozy treats in store, let them take the hard work out of buying your loved ones that elusive perfect gift, leaving you to kick back with a cuppa (or a cheeky glass of wine!) and have a nose around at your leisure. They have literally got thousands of fun, novel, sweet, cute and jaw droppingly cool gift ideas ready and waiting for you to browse through. What's more, their Award Winning Customer Service team are on hand every step of the way to make sure your visit is as stress free as possible, just give them a shout. They don't bite, so come on in and see how they can help you.

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Funky Hampers

Gift Hampers with a difference. If you're stuck for gift ideas then visit Funky Hampers, where their gift hampers can make the perfect present, as they offer a range of gift ideas and gift hampers to suit all budgets, tastes and occasions.

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Gifts

Here you can find the most special gifts for men and wonderful gift ideas for her, Christmas presents to fill any stocking and the perfect item that will make any birthday a memorable one. Their finder function enables you to browse depending on the particular occasion and recipient, price range, or any combination you wish. Therefore, if you are seeking an unusual gift for the man who has everything, a weird gift to stand out from the crowd, or a range of beautiful wedding gift ideas, each of the selections in their categories are carefully chosen to make giving easy for everyone. Their laser engraving and photo printing processes are done to the highest of standards, using only high quality materials to achieve the best possible end product. Whether it is an engraved whisky glass as the ultimate personalised gift for him, or you are looking for photo gift ideas to give to that special someone, you can be sure that your thoughtfulness will be appreciated like never before. From experience days for two at unique attractions, to driving experiences, photo shoots and adventure activities, they have a complete range of experiences to choose from that could actually make you wish the gift you are giving is actually for you.

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Guess What I Forgot

Retailer of quality and innovative novelty gifts and gadgets. Their products sell because they are different and fun. They strive to provide a quality service from browsing their website through to delivery of the goods ordered. Your satisfaction is their main aim and if you think you can give them any tips on how to improve their service, do not hesitate to contact them.

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Home, Beauty and Gift Shop

Inspirational homeware for a beutiful home: home decor, bedding sets, garden furniture, fitted sofa covers etc. Home Essentials is a trading style of JD Williams & Company Limited, the UK's leading direct home shopping company, operating over 20 successful catalogue brands. Their catalogues offer a huge selection of clothing and other products for all ages and sizes. All their clothes are designed to provide the best fit at the best value, and they are specialists in the area of larger size womenswear. The company was founded in 1875 by James David Williams, who in 1882, was the first to make use of the UK's parcel post service, to send his company's products direct to his customers. The formula of providing quality, fashionable, value for money clothing direct to customers proved increasingly popular towards the latter end of the 20th Century and JD Williams enjoyed significant growth. This continuing growth has ensured JD Williams is the most successful direct home shopping company in the UK today, with over 6 million customers and 3,500 employees. JD Williams & Company Limited is part of N Brown Group plc.

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I and JL Brown

Ian and Joyce Brown established the company some 30 years ago specialising in English country antique chairs. The company soon grew to include a workshop to produce the bespoke items that were increasingly being commissioned. Today I & JL Brown is a family business recognised around the world not only for their unparalleled collection of English and French country furniture but for the skill of their craftsmen and the quality and variety of furniture that they make. Antiques remain an important part of their heritage and they continue to hand pick interesting and unusual examples from the UK and Europe to complement their London and Hereford showrooms. Their furniture is built and finished by hand in their own Herefordshire workshops. They use only the finest, hand selected timbers which can then be stained, painted and distressed to your own specifications. Their trained and knowledgeable team can help you with all the design options that they offer. For example the same table can look quite different if made to suit a contemporary setting with clean lines and a light distress than if ordered in a more heavily distressed finished for a traditional home. Think of it as having your own design team at your disposal willing to make you that one piece of furniture you have always had in your mind but just can't find. They use their wealth of antiques, museum pieces and historical documents as inspiration for new designs and so are more than happy to tackle any unsual request that you may have. They also carry an ever changing eclectic mix of lighting, decorative objects, furnishing fabrics and gifts for the home that they carefully hand pick and select from around the world.

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