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epoints and Anytime Fitness join forces

Anytime Fitness Partnership

epoints and Anytime Fitness join forces

epoints, the hassle-free shopping platform, is delighted to be working in partnership with Anytime Fitness. The new partnership will offer gym franchisees the opportunity to earn big, while offering their customers huge savings. 

Through the partnership, gym members will get 6 months free Gold membership to the epoints platform, worth £65. With epoints, they’ll enjoy exclusive savings at major online retailers, including Argos, John Lewis & Partners, B&Q, Amazon and many, many more. 

Franchisees will earn commission on each of their member’s purchases and following their free trial, a significant share of their subsequent membership fees

KEY PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS

Franchisee and gym member benefits

COMMISSION BREAKDOWN

MINIMUM

You’ll earn £0.25p every time a member makes a purchase on epoints, regardless of how much they spend. 

EXTENSION REWARD

You’ll earn 25% of the epoints account fee for every member who extends their membership beyond the free 6 months. 

SAVE AS YOU EARN 

All commission can be spent on selected gym and health products which include an extra 10% off.

PROMOTING THE SCHEME

As a franchisee, it’s important to ensure you promote the scheme to your members. Remember, the more gym members use the scheme, the more you’ll earn.

Top tips 

  • Ensure you are familiar with the scheme, how members can sign up (via www.epoints.com/ATF) and your unique promotional code 
  • Encourage all gym employees to look at the user guides (see below) and to sign up to epoints themselves so that they are familiar with the benefits 
  • Place promotional materials in prominent positions across the gym so that your members are aware of the added benefit of their gym membership. The print-ready documents can be found below, including posters, floor stickers and pull up banners
  • Speak to every single gym member, when possible, about the benefits of epoints membership, where they can enjoy at least an 10% off at trusted online retailers. With your unique promotional code, they’ll get 6 months free membership – worth £65.
  • Announce the partnership on your social media channels (see social media assets and suggested posts below

And, finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us for support on 0118 979 6341

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We’ve partnered with @epointsUK the hassle-free shopping platform, offering exclusive discounts at trusted online retailers. You’ll get 6 months FREE membership to epoints – worth £65! To sign up, visit www.epoints.com/ATF using the promo code [enter unique promo code] #Alwaysbetteroff 

Gym member? Claim your FREE 6 months Gold membership to @epointsUK where you’ll get at least an extra 10% off at trusted online retailers. Visit www.epoints.com/ATF and use promo code [enter unique promo code] #Alwaysbetteroff 

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Hiking

5 cheap activities that are great for burning calories

Hiking

5 cheap activities that are great for burning calories

Every year, weight loss and burning calories is in the forefront of everyone’s mind in the wake of lent and the Christmas holidays. But, for most, the thought of gorging our weight in celery and heaving ourselves up early for a frosty jog appeals to no one. We are always on the look out for more engaging and rewarding ways to exercise. There is no better way than taking up a sport because of the multitude of benefits. As we do best, we have arranged our top picks for sports you can do to blast the fat and socialise in a new hobby.

Tennis

Grab a friend of yours because its time to hit the courts! Tennis is an extremely skilled and athletic sport. Constant lateral movement with quick bursts of muscular power to change direction make this physically demanding on the cardiovascular system. It can also improve cognitive focus and hand-eye co-ordination. When you play with a friend, or meet people at the local club, it can be a very sociable as well. Tennis is a good all-rounder as it is also cheap to play as you don’t have to splash out on gear.

Cycling

Cycling is a very good sport to be involved with because of the diversity of benefits. If you fancy yourself an environmentalist, you can substitute four wheels for two and hit the road. It can be done with family, so there’s no excuse not to get anyone out. You can use cycling to traverse the shorter trips by bike and really cram in your recommended 20 minutes a day of exercise. If you have kids, it is a good excuse to bond with them, get out and explore and even teach them a life skill. The more hardcore fitness heads among you may even want to take a spin class. Taking a spin class is a fantastic way to give fat the boot as you can scorch between 400-600 calories based on the intensity of the class .Cycling offers so many benefits and is definitely the most family oriented way to boost your cardiovascular fitness and get the dopamine pumping!

Swimming

Hands down, THE best sport on this list in terms of your cardiovascular fitness. It is one of the only sports which trains the Aortic valve in your heart that helps build its overall strength. It is also a full body workout. Water resistance requires a tremendous amount of muscle conditioning to move through the water so the more you do it the more conditioned you will be. It is great at blasting fat, building strength and training your circulatory system. And all you need is a pool.

Hiking

Another one for the family lovers among you. Hiking is a fantastic way to stay in shape. You can go witness those picturesque views in your local country park, build log forts with your kids or potentially camp out (if you’re daring enough). You may have to do a bit of travel to find the perfect hiking spot, but when you do, it is a great family day out. It is the perfect combination of getting you children to explore learn and a great workout.

Yoga

As long as you have a floor (which I believe we all do somewhere) then you will be able give it a try. People often overlook Yoga as has a funny reputation in the eyes of some. Actually, it has a vast pool of benefits as it takes a holistic approach to health. It is proven to increase muscle tone and strength, increased flexibility, very useful for preventing joint injuries and respiratory and circulatory improvements. Those of you that get easily stressed, it even helps the mind. Yoga aids in the calming of the nervous system as well as: reducing cortisol levels (hormone responsible for stress) and reduces blood pressure. Yoga is good for the whole body, despite the silly reputation it upholds. We give it a thumbs up, so go out there and try it. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our suggest and we hope you enjoyed it. If you are looking for ways to unwind, why not take a look at our our blog: How to make the most out of your bath.

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Tracking Wristband, Large, Blue

Keep track of your health statistics, heart rate, steps and sleep patterns. Fitbit will help you keep on the right track and steer you to a healthier path if you need.
 

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Ford Titanium 52-59cm Urban – Grey

When doing all of that cycling, we promote safety first. Protect your head. Have a browse through our range of head-wear and bike related accessories.
 

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Vaude Moab pro 22L Backpack

Big activities require big bags. Get stocked up and conveniently carry all of your equipment for that upcoming expedition. Check out our range below.
 

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We hope you enjoyed this blog. If you did some hard exercise and are looking to reward yourself with a little treat, check out our latest blog. After all it is the season!

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Mother’s Day: Gifts for athletic mums

Mother's Day: gifts for athletic mums

Whether they have always been ‘outdoorsy’ and athletic, or they just never gave it up for lent, we all know a sporty mum. They are the first out the door for a brisk and frosty morning walk and the last in after a powerful back workout. Mothers put in a lot of hard work to look and feel good.So, why not indulge the healthy obsession? They would much rather a protein bar, than a chocolate one or a fruit infuser than a fruity diffuser. The most thoughtful gifts are the ones where you consider of their interests, so get them a gift to help them on their quest for health.

We know it can be tricky to find the right gift for an active mum. This is why we, at epoints, have stepped in with out suggestions of quirky fitness essentials. Add a little breakfast in bed and you will be in for a sure fire winner.

Multi use gym
Wondercore Multigym 2

Multi-gym for the home

Give the gift of health! It is a cheap and durable home gym designed to target all kinds of muscle groups in one machine. Even when your active ‘supermum’ can’t get to the gym, she can  power through a home workout to get her fix

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Tracking Wristband, Large, Teal

Fitbit

This is a must have essential for any fitness fanatic. Track your heart rate, steps, distance traversed and the calories you burn. It can even monitor quality of sleep and, when synced up to the phone app, can give you recommendations on diet and exercise. It is designed to overall help you become a happier and healthier person by instilling a fitness routine into your day.

Protein World Chocolate Slender Blend - 1.2kg

Low fat protein powder

Extremely low in fat and high in protein. This is a perfect supplement for the ‘toning’ mum. Treat her to a gift that will help her achieve her physique and weight goals. She will definitely appreciate it more than  calorie filled box of chocolates.

Gaiam Pressure Massage Roller, Orange

Pressure massage roller

Aching muscles, after a strenuous workout session, require a rubdown to shift the lactic acid. Don’t forget it feels great! Whether she is into running, yoga, or strength training and conditioning, this tool will be brilliant to help ease muscle pain and speed up recovery. It will be a very appreciated piece of equipment for the dedicated fitness fanatic.

fitness yoga mat
Opti Exercise Mat

Fitness mat

If your mum can’t get out too much to exercise, because she is busy, then we recommend a fitness mat. Anything like yoga, stretches and core exercises can be performed on a mat making it essential for the mum who is partial to a home workout. Whether she is new to the fitness scene looking to get in shape, or she is a seasoned professional, this is a must purchase for their fitness arsenal of equipment.

We hope you enjoyed our latest gift guide. If you want to read more on our blog, why not check out our related article below.

Gardening

Mothers Day: Gifts for garden-loving mums

Man watering a garden

Gifts for garden-loving mums

Spring time is officially around the corner. The smell of freshly cut grass begins to waft over the garden fences. The hydrangeas and hyacinths emerge from a wintery tomb. That vegetable patch begins to sprouts strange shoots from unknown seeds you planted years ago. Its a beautiful time of year. This time of year, however, happens to coincide with another important day of the year. That’s right! Mothers Day. For some, Mothers day is about flowers and chocolates. For other mums out there, who fancy themselves as an Alan Titchmarsh or a Karen Klein type, they may be better off being gifted items to help the spring blossom.

In our latest edition to the blog, we’re going to be recommending some of the best gifts for the garden-savvy mother. Help your nature-loving mum achieve her backdoor Utopian paradise she righteously deserves.

Garden gloves
Burgon & Ball RHS British Bloom Print Gardening Gloves available in M/L

Garden Gloves

Comfortable, breathable and decorated with beautiful blooms, this pair of gloves is hard-wearing and protects hands when gardening. These stylish, yet durable gloves will be able to help plough through even the most stubborn gardening tasks.

VegTrug 1m Small Wood Seater

Wooden vegetable trough

Is your mother into, or thinking of getting into starting a vegetable patch? If you are looking for a place to put it, look no further than this wooden trough. This (in our opinion) is a stunning looking purchase. Durable but still has a natural look that blends in with the foliage of the garden. Great purchase if your looking to really get your mother a memorable gift as it is long lasting and sentimental.

'find me in the garden' sign
The House Nameplate Company 'Find Me in The Garden' Slate House Sign

Quirky garden sign

A small and quirky addition to your humble home. Give your mum a little chuckle with this sleek and stylish sign that fits in with almost all types of garden decor. Add a touch of personalisation to your mothers garden make it hers.

John Lewis & Partners Ferns in Hanging Glass

Hanging plant in a pot

A modern twist on a timeless classic. You cannot go wrong with a potted plant! It is a very nice looking gift that doesn’t take up too much room. Similarly to the garden sign, it is one of those gifts that goes with anything and still looks fantastic.

Miracle-Gro Plant Food 2kg

Plant nourishment

Give the gift of life to your gardening-obsessed mother. Help her rejuvenate her garden with slow releasing plant food to nourish your collection of growing plants and vegetables. If your loving mother is a hardcore gardener, plant food will go a long way in keeping her happy. As we are heading into spring and summer, it will be the perfect time to optimise plant growth to keep your jungle looking full and healthy.

Kingfisher Deluxe 3 in 1 Suet Fat Ball Seed and Nut Feeder

Bird feeder

For the keen birdwatchers in the gardening community, you need a good bird feeder to get the new species flocking to your natural kingdom. This bird feeder holds everything from big nuts, to small seeds to fat balls. It is the perfect gift for the garden as every garden needs one so why not get an upgrade for your mother, this Mothers Day.

People playing video games

Best video games of February 2019

People playing video games

Best games of February 2019

The start to this year has blown the gaming scene right open. Some big name developers have deployed their soldiers to join in the console carnage this month. And don’t worry you PC junkies, you’re all covered as well. Get your headsets on and controllers and keyboards at the ready as we dive right into the action with our list of top picks this February.

Picture of the possible characters you can play with in Apex Legends

APEX: LEGENDS

Conquer with character in Apex Legends, a free-to-play Battle Royale shooter where legendary characters with powerful abilities team up to battle for fame and fortune. This game is the latest battle royale game to take the world, by storm, after Fortnite hit the market in 2017. After Fortnite revolutionised the battle royale and made it a well established game type, this is the latest follow-up. A fantastic, free-to-play shooter full of utter carnage. Metacritic user, Gamesradar+, dubs this game ‘An immaculate battle royale that could be sold at a premium price point, but instead is one of the best free-to-play games ever’. So, what are you waiting for? get downloading!

METRO EXODUS

In Metro Exodus, Artyom and a band of survivors must flee the shattered ruins of the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic journey across the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. Graphically, the game is stunning. The detail of the graphics and scenario design of the levels really help to improve the user experience. Critics say ‘we are facing the best story driven FPS in recent years, crafted with love’. It has also been dubbed  ‘2019’s first serious Game of the Year contender’. Although the game has been linked to some launching issues, the overall narrative and visuals of the production lead to a fantastic creation by the small, but perfectly formed  4A team. A would-recommend game.

FARCRY: NEW DAWN

For the first time in its franchise history, Ubisoft is responsible for engineering its own direct sequel. Nuclear winter sees a rejuvenation of Hope County, Montana, and people have began to repopulate. You can either roll in, co-op style, with your friends or jump into the fight as a lone gunslinger as tensions flare between rival factions. Although labelled ‘more of the same’  by some critics, if you liked far cry 5 (which was one of the best reviewed Far cry’s in the franchise) then you will definitely enjoy new dawn.

DiRt rally 2.0

Racing fans, its time to buckle up and drift into the racing game of the year so far. DiRT Rally 2.0 offers the chance to race through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe. With a wide variety of tracks and vehicles and picturesque in game scenes and graphics, and fantastic simulation game play mechanics. Metacritic reviewers are heavily praising the release saying ‘The graphic effects are amazing, the authentic and challenging driving is unmatched’.

 

CRACKDOWN 3 

The 3rd sequel in the action packed shooter is here! Explore the expansive realm of a futuristic city, race through the streets in a transforming vehicle, and use your powerful abilities to stop a ruthless criminal empire. Developed by original creator Dave Jones, Crackdown 3 provides and all-new multiplayer mode. It is a great game (and always has been) for the casual gamer that wants to relax and immerse themselves within carnage filled sandbox shooter. It is great to blow off steam. Critics say that ‘Crackdown 3’ is perfect for anyone who only has short amounts of time to spare or is looking for a game with lots of replay value. Definitely worth a look!

Thank you for reading our list of our favourite games this February. If you need extra gaming accessories, for those relaxing evenings, Click here to check out the range.

Woman on a mat doing yoga

The most effective exercises you can do in your home

Woman on a mat doing yoga

The most effective exercises you can do in your home

Striking that core lifestyle balance between work, family, health and downtime is almost impossible without sacrificing one. The bottom line is, society is far busier than before. Advancements in technology, career choices and longer working hours have left us strapped for time. For those of you with family to raise, the issue doesn’t get any easier. People often forget to take care of themselves as nutrition and exercise become second rate. You only need 20 minutes of exercise a day to reduce your risk of cardiovascular related illnesses and type 2 diabetes by more than a half. Well, the good news is that fitness can introduced anywhere. With this in mind, take a look at our top exercises to do, in the home, to get your fix.

Burpees

Burpees are a fantastic exercise and can be done in the comfort of your own home easily. They are great for building muscle endurance, strengthening of core muscles as well as being effective at burning fat. Burpees are one of the most affective ways of targeting almost all muscle groups including: arms, quads, glutes, hamstrings chest, and core muscles. In addition to muscle endurance, it is great for cardiovascular fitness. This can be added into any routine for a high-intensity stint in your workout.

Crunches + Flutterkicks

Crunches and flutter kicks are a very effective way to strengthen your core muscle groups and shape the abdominal section. Flutter kicks are exceptional for both cardio and specifically the oblique muscles (these are the muscles responsible for the rotation of your torso). Crunches are great for gaining core strength and shaping the rectus abdominis (that’s code for the 6 pack muscles). They are the ultimate home partnership to shape a lower torso getting leaner for that summer body.

Increasing the speed of your walk

Although this isn’t strictly a ‘home’ exercise, it is definitely worth talking about. As mentioned before, we only need a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise a day. Even that, for some, is a stretch. Many of us walk/cycle to work (at least partially) so why not consider doing it faster? Studies show that walking at a moderate to high intensity can shed just as many calories as running or jogging. It may be worth leaving for work deliberately later, just as an extra incentive to help shed those pounds.

Push-ups and sit-ups

Get on your overalls because we’re going to bootcamp! Yes, the favourites among military officers and training have made a comeback to help you blast fat and build muscle. The push- up is a classic and is often underrated. It is a great body weight exercise for shaping the the upper body as it works the chest, arms and deltoids (muscles around the arms rotator cuff). Sit-ups are a fantastic way to work the core and the lower back muscles. Both of these staple exercises can be done with nothing more than a comfortable surface at home.

Jumping jacks

The jumping jack, as it is named by our trans-Atlantic cousins. Often referred to as ‘Star jumps’, the Jumping jack encompasses a lot of cardiovascular benefits in addition to muscle movement. It is a great exercise for high intensity segments and coupled up with our old friend, the burpee, can lead to a hard and sweaty work out. Wave fat goodbye with this combination you can easily do at home.

lunges and squats

Whether you are looking for Stronger legs, more toning or a shapely behind, these are essential. Squats, specifically, are the bread and butter as it targets all the significant muscle groups within the leg. These are specifically the glutes, hamstrings and quads. a deep squat, or lunge, can really engage the legs to work hard, even with body weight. If you are looking to challenge yourself, hold a kettle bell or barbell to add intensity to the workout.

If you are interested in taking it one step further and are looking into a home gym, check out another blog post: The best home gym setup ideas for small spaces

Be sure to check out our range of equipment in our fitness range to help optimise your workout.


Opti Vinyl Kettlebell – 10kg

The perfect component for upper body, leg, shoulder and abdominal workouts. Varying sizes of weights are available depending on ability.

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Yoga-Mad SureGrip 4mm Yoga Mat, Purple

If your house has a hard floor surface it  may worth investing in a mat. Exercises can quickly get uncomfortable on a hard surface. It has the perfect level of comfort to optimise your stretches.     6,210 · £31.05

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Yoga-Mad Swiss Fitness Ball and Pump, Blue

Great for muscle stretches and balancing exercises, the yoga ball is a must-have if improving your joins and flexibility is the key in your workout.  3,689 · £18.45

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Valentine’s Day: 7 date night ideas for married couples

Valentine’s Day: 7 date night ideas for married couples

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a lot of us enter the dreaded ‘panic mode’. As we scramble to book fancy restaurants and hustle to snatch up the last box of Thornton’s, we often get caught up in the stress of planning and forget to enjoy each other. That is where we come in. We believe in bringing to light the true meaning behind Valentine’s Day and showing the spark in your relationships. We, at epoints, have compiled a list of Valentine’s date night activities for you, and your significant other, to relish in.

Recreate the first ever date night you went on

Nothing says passion like heading back to that hot spot where you first met. Whether it be fruity cocktails at the local vodka bar or a brisk stroll along the quayside, it is important to reminisce on the journey you have made as a couple. It can even go as far to help heal old wounds. Sometimes, the extravagant gestures are not always necessary for proclaiming your love and this is the opportunity for effort to really shine.

An evening spent ice skating and sipping cocktails

The bonding experience to end all bonding experiences. You cannot physically get closer than being each other support pillars. Whether you are prolific skaters or Bambi on ice, this gives you opportunity to get to know each other whilst overcoming a potentially tough activity. Afterwards, you can go and grab a zesty strawberry daiquiri or beer to unwind while the kids are with the babysitter!

A romantic dinner and movie from the comfort of your own home

Dinner, drinks and a good rom-com? Say no more. Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your partner. Those of you with busy work lives and kids will understand that this isn’t always easy. Sometimes, a simple pizza and film night indoors is the best option. It doesn’t mean anything less.

Looking for a romantic film to watch? Check out our list of top 10 romantic films here.

Soak up the culture of the city

Sightseeing can keep things very interest and most importantly, opens up conversation. Because of this, something as typically mundane as staring at a monument can be really engaging. Making jokes and having a laugh at the activity can really make the day. It is worth looking at places where you can immerse yourself in the culture. If you’ve got kids, you could even take them with you – many museums will have a kid’s activity to keep them amused.

A romantic city break away for the weekend

If you are looking to really push the boat out, it is worth looking into a small city break. If you can extend the period of intimacy and keep that love bubble afloat, it can do you the world of good. This is also an opportunity to squeeze in a couple of activities into one longer trip. This is the ideal sort of activity for long lasting memories.

Go for a stroll and picnic

As you can probably tell by now, the reoccurring theme is spending time with each other. A brisk walk gives an endorphin boost. This can really help in setting a positive mood for the date. With an illustrious combination with aphrodisiac hors d’oeuvres and a bottle of bubbly added, it is a fantastic accompaniment for good times and laughs.

Try something more extreme?

Your partner may get your heart racing but nothing pumps that adrenaline more than crossing into the unknown. Whether it be a suspended bungee jump or a throwing yourself out of a plane, it is almost guaranteed you will leave these experiences the closest you’ve ever been. Relying on each other in times of need and building that trust can really help shape an unforgettable experience. Grab your parachutes, this one gets the green light from us!

We hope this guide to dates has inspired you all to go out there and make a special day. Whatever it is you get up to we hope it is a special day for you all.

To check out our range of activities and experiences, at discounted prices, Click Here.

Here are some ideas to inspire you for your next couples day out…

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Health & Beauty Essentials for Beating the Cold this Winter

Health & Beauty Essentials for Beating the Cold

As the winter sets in, the signs of freezing temperatures have a habit of showing themselves in various ways, not least on our skin, drying out our hair, and making us sneeze and sniffle. Oh, the wonders of winter!

Whilst we’re now past the most wonderful time of the year, i.e. the festive season, we’re firmly into the dulls of January, and quite frankly, there’s not a lot to look forward to other than diets and dark nights. Let’s be positive however – dark nights mean box set binges, cosy evenings in, and let’s face it, winter clothes are pretty cute!

Prolonged cold temperatures and biting winds take their toll on our health and beauty, but if you’re savvy with your winter kit, you can beat the effects and emerge into spring like a butterfly leaving its cocoon!

Loved by climbers of Mt. Everest and Arctic explorers, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream hydrates skin in the coldest climates!
Loved by climbers of Mt. Everest and Arctic explorers, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream hydrates skin in the coldest climates!

Quality Moisturiser

Invest in a quality moisturiser which suits your skin type. Always remember to take your make up off in the evenings, cleanse, tone, and then moisturise with a product which fits the bill for your personal needs. Shop around for this one, it’s worth the effort for the end results!

You could also invest in a great face mask and use this once per week to get a really deep cleanse and moisturise in.

With all-natural ingredients and a wide range of flavours, we love Burt's Bees lip balms.

A Good Lip Balm

Don’t forget your lips! It will soon be Valentine’s Day, and chapped lips are not attractive for kissing your admirer! Invest in a quality lip balm which is quite thick in consistency. This will  protect your lips against cold winds and avoid peeling. Only apply a small amount however, a little goes a long way!

The Dyson Humidifier is rather a luxury purchase but this tabletop device works as a fan to keep you cool in the summer months too!
The Dyson Humidifier is rather a luxury purchase but this tabletop device works as a fan to keep you cool in the summer months too!

A Humidifier

A humidifier is a great investment, because not only does it add moisture back into the air and help avoid dehydration of your skin, but it also helps with allergies when the summer months come.

This best-selling hand cream from L'Occitane contains shea butter and vitamin E to nourish hands.

Quality Hand Cream

Hands are prone to becoming dry and sore when the cold weather hits, so make sure you find yourself a good quality hand cream and apply it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is a budget-friendly hair treatment that actually works!

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Don’t neglect your hair! The cold weather can dry out hair too, making it prone to splitting and breaking. A deep conditioning hair mask done once per week should be enough to put back the moisture and protect your locks against the elements.

With a lack of sunlight in winter months, a Vitamin D supplement is great for supporting the immune system.
With a lack of sunlight in winter months, a Vitamin D supplement is great for supporting the immune system.

Vitamins

We’ve focused mainly on skincare so far, but if you’re not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, you need to make some changes. Eat a varied diet, packed with fresh produce for plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as immune-boosting antioxidants.

Vitamin supplements are a good idea if you think you’re going to struggle with this, or if you’re very low on certain vitamins. Have a chat with your doctor or pharmacist to find the right combination of vitamins for you.

With these items in your shopping cart, you’ll beat the winter cold and be ready for the summer sun!

Find the perfect gift for her this Valentine's Day

What to get HER this Valentine’s Day

Find the perfect gift for her this Valentine's Day

What to get HER this Valentine's Day

It’s the year to make her feel super special. Whether the love is just blossoming and you need us to play cupid, or you’re looking for an extraordinary something for that special somebody in your life. We’ve compiled a guide for the best valentines’ gifts for her this year, from little surprises to pamper gifts, you have plenty of options to really make that lady in your life feel like the luckiest one in the world. We have everything for every type of budget too, take a look.

Urban Decay ‘Naked Cherry’ Eyeshadow Palette

Mattes, shimmers and intense colours, this palette is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The pinks and burgundy’s colours will create the perfect date-night look.

Whoever you gift this to, they’ll absolutely love it. High-quality, rich, velvety and easy to use, it’s a really thoughtful, beautiful gift for somebody.

Opulence Metallic Glass Votive Candles

Everybody loves candles and they can really set the mood on Valentine’s Day. These votive candles have a beautiful metallic design that will suit any type of interior.

Their fresh clean scent, crafted from a combination of citrus, bergamot and patchouli mean they’re a super safe choice and one that anybody would love to receive as a gift.

No. 1 Jenny Packham – Designer gold floral drape hair comb

A rather unique gift but certainly an unforgettable one. This floral hair comb will enhance any outfit, allowing your Valentine to shine, just like they deserve to.

It’s a gorgeous accessory that will make anybody smile when they open it. If you know your partner would love a hairpiece like this, it’s the perfect gift.

Activity Superstore – London overnight stay with Simply Windsor Castle afternoon tour gift experience for 2

This really is an unforgettable experience. Windsor Castle is a truly romantic location with its sweeping landscapes and the view of the Thames.

Your driver will take you straight from Central London to Windsor Castle where you’ll be treated to an audio tour and be able to visit the Windsor Castle State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St. George’s Chapel

This is a one-night stay for two, breakfast is included and you’ll be sure that it’s an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift (be aware though, it isn’t valid to take this trip on Valentine’s Day itself!) 

18ct White Gold 0.50ct Diamond Princess Cut Ring

An eternity ring to symbolise the eternity you’ll spend with your Valentine’s date. This really is a beautiful ring, one that has a rich shine and is suitable for everyday wear.

A princess cut diamond for the royalty in your life.

Beyoncé Heat Eau de Parfum Fragrance

They’ll need a special fragrance to wear for their Valentine’s date, and what could be more appropriate than Beyoncé’s Heat perfume?

Luxurious, sensuous and, importantly, a really delightful smell. If you were planning on gifting your Valentine’s with a fragrance, this is the perfect option.

Buyagift 2 for 1 Relaxation Day with Salt Cave Treatment at Twinwood Health Club

Valentine’s Day is really just a great excuse to relax a little, pamper yourself and love yourself as well as other people.

This fabulous experience gives you the chance to swim in the most unique swimming pool in Bedford, sit in a stunning sauna and be revitalised with an hour-long salt cave treatment. Best of all, it’s for two people, so, you get treated as well!

We hope this gift guide inspired you to find the perfect gift for her. Buying a thoughtful, unique present for your Valentines can show somebody just how much you care.

Looking for gift ideas for him? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide here.

Great gifts for him this Valentine's Day

What to get HIM this Valentine’s Day

Great gifts for him this Valentine's Day

What to get HIM this Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, it’s about that time when you need to start thinking about what you want to get the man in your life this year. However, due to the seemingly innate inability of many men to express what they want, a lot of people find it difficult to puzzle out the kind of gift that their partner will truly appreciate. Though all this may make getting the perfect Valentine’s gift for your lover a chore, we’re here to help with a helpful rundown of five great gifts ideas for him this Valentine’s season. 

A good-quality set of headphones is an ideal gift for techies.
A good-quality set of headphones is an ideal gift for techies.

Headphones

Whether it’s for listening to Spotify, at the gym, playing video games or listening to podcasts on their daily commute to work, many of us have partners who use headphones on a regular basis. Therefore, a high-quality headset or earbuds is a gift that they’ll use regularly for years to come.

For a masculine, woody scent, look to Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord

Fragrance / Aftershave

A classic but a goodie… we all love receiving the gift of a new fragrance. Whether he’s sporty or more of a sophisticated gent, there’s a scent out there for every guy. Check out our list of our top 5 fragrances for him:

  1. Dior Sauvage
  2. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  3. Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord
  4. Joop! Homme
  5. Lacoste L. 12. 12. Blanc
Packed full of classics, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES this will keep any gaming lover occupied for hours at a time!
Packed full of classics, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES will keep gamers occupied for hours at a time!

Retro games console or record player

Everything retro seems to be coming back into fashion recently as people rediscover technology that has been forgotten for years. Why not send your video gaming partner on a trip down memory lane with a mini console or for music lovers, allow them the chance to redisover the beauty of a record.

A basic tool kit can even be handy just for fixing small things around the house.

DIY Tools

Have you been planning to do a bit of renovation around the house this year? With many men keen to use this as an opportunity to show offer their superior manly DIY skills (just go along with it, it’s makes them happy!), why not help them along with some new DIY tools to make their job easier. It may inspire them and before you know it, your house will be like something off of Grand Designs!

Get away and do something you both love together

Something for you to do together

Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, grabbing some afternoon tea or heading for a bit of sightseeing or theatre in the city, spending time with your loved one doing something exciting is one of the best gifts you can give in our book. Whatever your budget or interests, our wide range of gifts and experience offerings will have the perfect something to match both of your tastes!