Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Half-term activities to keep the kids entertained!



Half term is almost here...again! Keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can be expensive (and stressful) but there are loads of fun activities you can do together without spending a small fortune! Check out our top tips for keeping the kids entertained this half term: 



It might be a bit nippy out there, but the park is a great place for kids to burn off their excess energy.  Just make sure you wrap up warm! (If their coats are looking a bit worse for ware, check out our range of girls and boys coats.)



If the weather is too off-putting, swimming is a good alternative to a run around the park. We’ve got some great character swim bags and towels that can be personalised for free, so you won’t lose their bags on the first outing!





Arts and crafts are top of the rainy-day activity list – there are so many great ideas for all ages. For younger kids, try some quick and easy kids crafts with made from everyday items, paint and PVA glue. For the older kids, check out some craft and activity sets such as tie dye, kids chemistry sets and jewellery making.




Do something different this half term. Check out some local attractions without busting your budget by keeping an eye out for free and cheap activities in your local area. Websites like moneysavingexpert.com and netmums have found some great deals for kids half-term activities. 






Going on holiday this half term? Travelling with kids can be challenging, but there are plenty of ways you can keep them entertained. Kids tablets have lots of pre-loaded child safe games and activities, or look for a handheld DVD player so they can watch their favourite films on the go.




If you’re travelling via plane or public transport (or just want some time away from Peppa Pig) invest in some kids headphones with a safe volume limit.  






While the kids are entertained, why not sit down with a brew and indulge in some retail therapy? Our new range has just dropped, with loads of amazing deals on everything from ladies fashion, to homewares, garden and holiday essentials. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Guide




Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift can be tricky. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s together, or you’ve been an item for years it can be stressful finding the right gift…

But don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! Studio’s Valentine’s Day shop has loads of great gift ideas. 

If you’re in need of inspiration or on the lookout for something different this year, check out our top picks:




Give them a card with a difference this year. This chocolate card combines a fun, quirky message with delicious Belgian milk chocolate… what’s not to love?




Don’t be a mug! Start every morning off right by reminding your other half they’re your cup of tea. These cute and quirky mugs can be personalised with their name for free.





Commemorate your relationship with a pun-tastic piece of stylish, minimalist art.





And while we’re on puns, how about this novelty cracker shaped box filled with sweets, to let your partner know what a catch they are!





This year forget the champagne! Take your Valentine’s Day toast up a notch with a fantastical cocktail. Shake the bottle to see the shimmering embers of the mythical phoenix infused into sweet and spicy dark Caribbean rum.

I’ll drink to that…




Keeping it casual this year? Go for a sweet treat with a cheeky Valentine’s day card.

A perfect snack for a Valentine’s Day night in watching your favourite rom-com… or action movie, sci-fi, gory horror, Netflix documentary… whatever floats your boat really.




Or do something completely different! Take your partner in crime on an adventure date – from bungee jumping or abseiling (for the really adventurous), to go-karting or a murder mystery escape room. Check out our experience days here.








What’s that? You like the traditional Valentines Day stuff? Oh go on then…

How about a Deluxe Valentines Day Box, with a heart shaped helium balloon, personalised Valentines Day card, plush soft toy, Lindor chocolates and a huge 4.5L personalised sweet jar.

(go big or go home, right?)


If you’ve still not found anything to tickle their fancy, fear not! We have loads more Valentine’s Day Gift ideas on our website including; fresh flowers, chocolates and other sweet treats, jewellery and fragrances, personalised and novelty gifts. Head over to the Valentine’s Day gift shop for more inspiration!

Monday, 21 January 2019

Banish your Blue Monday Blues!



So Christmas is over, you’ve made and probably broken at least one new year’s resolution, the nights are long and cold, and you’re feeling a little blue…

Well, you aren’t the only one! It was calculated that Blue Monday (this year, January 21st) is officially the most glum and depressing day of the year. If you’re feeling a little gloomy today, here are a few suggestions on how to make your Monday a little less blue!


Spend time with your favourite people

After a busy festive period, it can be easy to get bogged down with the day to day. It’s important to stop and spend time with the people in your life who really matter and make you happy. Arrange a catch-up with friends, date night with your partner or a bit of extra time doing fun stuff with the kids.

Studies have also found that doing good things for other people makes us feel happier. Paying it forwards, and making other people happy also makes us happier, so why not treat someone special in your life? If you’re looking for that extra-special gift with a personal touch, Studio offers free personalisation on thousands of items, check out our range of personalised gifts.





Take care of yourself too!

If you’re feeling a bit burned out this month, be sure to schedule some ‘me time’ – have a long soak in the bath, watch your favourite film or TV series, and if you’re after some serious rest and relaxation you’ve got the perfect excuse to book a spa day!

Eating well and exercising is also proven to boost serotonin levels and make you feel happier and more energetic. Even if you didn’t get off to the best start this January, it isn’t too late to make some changes. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our home gym equipment and great range of sportswear - plus top tips for making healthy changes you can really stick to this year.




Get back to nature

It’s always tempting to stay indoors for most of winter, but being outside can really improve your mood. It might still be cold outside, but a brisk walk could be just what you need to blow away the cobwebs – just make sure to wrap up warm! Check out our range of practical and stylish winter coats.



Now is also the perfect time to get the garden sorted ready for spring. Although it may not seem like it now, spring is just around the corner, so make sure you’re ready to make the most of those sunny days.



Grab a bargain!

We all like a good bargain, don’t we? Retail therapy is a great mood booster, but if you’re feeling the pinch a little after Christmas don’t worry, our Blue Monday Madness has extra discounts and offers on a range of feel good products, so you can treat yourself without breaking the bank. Head over to studio.co.uk and grab yourself a bargain!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Health and Fitness – made easy!



Christmas is over for another year. The season of eating, drinking and overindulgence has fizzled out with the last of the prosecco, and your jeans are feeling a little bit tighter… right? Maybe you’ve already made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get fit. Or maybe you’re a bit sceptical of everything New Year, New You, since nobody ever sticks at that stuff anyway… do they? This year, you can buck the trend of broken New Year’s Resolutions and failed January diets. It could be simpler than you think to make some easy and practical changes that you can really stick at!

Check out our top tips for a healthier you all year…


Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring!

If you have plans for a New Year’s diet filled with plain lettuce and carrot sticks, you’ll probably fall off the wagon before January is over. There are loads of healthy recipes that taste amazing too. There are some great websites for easy tasty recipes, check out some here. Make sure you have all the right equipment for to make homemade and healthy food and snacks to keep you satisfied. A blender is great for making smoothies packed with fruit and vegetables, and can also be used to blend homemade soups and sauces.




A multicooker is a great alternative to the traditional slow cooker – you can still make tasty stews and one-pot recipes, but you also have the option to steam, boil, grill, fry and more!




Fitness doesn’t have to be hard work! Save yourself a twelve-month gym membership that you’ll feel guilty about not using, and invest in some home gym equipment. When it’s cold and miserable outside, you can get fit without leaving the house. Put on your best motivational playlist, or even catch up on Corrie while you work off those mince pies and turkey sandwiches.




Don’t forget, the little things add up. Even going for a quick walk at lunch, or taking the stairs can add up over the week. Getting a good night’s sleep also makes you less likely to overeat the next day. An Activity Tracker is a great way to measure how active you are throughout the day and keep track of your progress, plus loads of other great features like sleep tracking, alarms and notifications from your phone and social media apps.


This year, ditch the old track pants and baggy t-shirt stuffed away at the back of your wardrobe, because right now you have the perfect excuse to get a brand-new outfit. Finding the perfect outfit can be a great confidence boost and there are loads of styles available, designed to look great and stand up to a range of activities – so get shopping!




Healthy doesn’t have to mean restrictive! Even if you’re on a health kick, you can still treat yourself. January can be a grey, depressing month and it’s easy to fall back into bad habits. Make healthier versions of your favourite treat meals by substituting some ingredients for healthier alternatives, or cooking your meals with less fat. An Air Fryer is a great way to prepare your favourite fried foods with little or no oil.


Instead of a Friday night takeaway, why not treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath or a home spa treatment? Reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in by kicking back and having some ‘me time’ – without the calories!



If at first you don’t succeed…don’t be so hard on yourself!

It’s important to remember you’re your quest to get healthier is a journey, and every little step forward is progress. Falling off the bandwagon with a packet of biscuits, or a few days off your new exercise regime isn’t the end of the world. As long as you keep going with a positive attitude, you can make 2019 your healthiest, happiest year yet!





Friday, 22 June 2018

Be Festival Ready with Studio...





If you’re lucky enough to be heading to one of the many festivals around the UK this year, it’s important to pack in advance to prepare for the inevitable mounds of mud brought on by the bleak British weather! From camping equipment to wardrobe choices, we here at Studio have come up with the ultimate itinerary to help you survive British festival season - rain or shine!

Clothing

Wellies
Wellies are at the top of your festival checklist, responsible for keeping your feet warm and dry no matter how deep the puddles of mud get. Whether your budget is big or small, we have a pair of wellington boots to suit you.




Waterproof Rain Coat
In standard British fashion, expect the heavens to open at one point or another on your festival trip. If you want to make sure you’re prepared for a spell of summer showers, bring a raincoat along to protect yourself from getting soggy in the rain.





Other festival clothing essentials include:

  • Thick jumpers to stay warm at night
  • Light t-shirts in case it’s sunnier than expected
  • Loads of outfit changes for when the rain ruins what you’re wearing
  • Plenty of spare socks and underwear to keep yourself feeling clean
  • Sun protection such as sunglasses and hats
  • A comfy and secure backpack to keep your valuables safe


Camping Equipment

 

Tent

A tent is going to be your home away from home for a few days, giving you an element of personal space to crash and sleep off your cider fuelled hangover. At Studio, we have a huge range of tents available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your group to a tee.



Camping Chair

Bringing a camping chair is a social essential, allowing you to create a space in your campsite to sit around, chat and chill and if you don’t fancy carting it all the way back home when you’re feeling worse for wear, you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money.



Sleeping Equipment 

All that drinking and dancing is tiring, so when you need to retire to catch up on a few z’s, make sure you have a comfy nest to crawl into to recharge your batteries. Sleeping Bags are designed for cold temperatures, keeping you toasty and insulated when the temperatures drop at night. If you need a few creature comforts to get to sleep, make sure you bring along an air mattress to add warmth and comfort to your slumber, and also think about bringing a fluffy throw for added home away from home vibes.

 Shop all air beds & sleeping bags here...


Trolley
You maybe thinking by now, ‘how am I going to get all this to the campsite?’ Well, all is not lost, you won’t have to lug it all around in a rucksack like a welly wearing pack-mule. Instead, simply buy a festival trolley!

 

Extras:

  • Spare tent pegs
  • Camping mallet
  • Extra tarpaulin
  • Lantern; torch or any other outdoor lightning
Soap and Hygiene

Soaps, lotions and potions
All of us have our own daily beauty routines; if you don’t want to give it up while you live in a field for a few days, remember to bring along a travel set of soap which includes all your beauty goodies.





Other soapy essentials:

  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup wipes
  • Deodorant, perfume/aftershave
  • Dry shampoo
  • Air freshener
  • Sun cream
  • Condoms
  • Toilet roll
  • Hair brush and bobbles
  • Bug spray


Flip Flops/Sliders 
If you’re planning on getting a shower while you’re camping, don’t expect anything luxurious. Thousands of people will be using the showers over the weekend, so make sure you avoid the dirt by packing a pair of sandals or flip flops into your luggage.

Swimwear
Obviously, a festival isn’t a holiday, and sadly there’s no relaxing swimming pool or jacuzzi, but it’s best to pack a swimsuit if you’re planning on getting a shower, just in case! Try a tankini to keep yourself covered with no restrictions for washing, or just simply swim shorts for men.




Food/Snacks

Stove
To avoid the costs of food on site, take along loads of tinned food such a beans or soup so you can cook it on your very own portable gas stove - remember to pack extras as well, a pan and a tin opener are crucial!

 Shop all outdoor cooking here...



Snacks
Packing a few snacks is important for keeping your energy up, so make sure to take along a few treats like biscuits, bread, cakes or breakfast bars - pack them in a food protector container to make sure they stay fresh and away from bugs!





Alcohol
Last but not least, pack as much alcohol as you can carry! Booze is undoubtedly one of the most important ingredients of a successful festival, so make sure you don’t get stung by the sky high prices of beer on site. However, keep in mind that you’re not allowed glass bottles on site, so empty your spirits into plastic bottles before you leave and opt for cans of beer and cider instead.

You can find our full range of Festival Essentials here...


Friday, 1 June 2018

Father's Day Gift Inspiration from Studio...





With Father’s Day just around the corner (It’s the 17th June if you forgot), it’s the perfect opportunity to spoil the men in our lives! We’ve put together this handy gift guide to give you some inspiration...

We have gifts for every type of Dad, from the avid football lover to the gardening guru, there's a gift for every personality - and don’t forget most of our gifts can be personalised for free!

Personalised Wallets
Remind him how much you care each day with a cute message in a personalised wallet!



Personalised Mugs and Glasses
If he loves drinking tea or having a pint, we have an array of beautifully personalised mugs & glasses that you can choose from… 



Alcohol Related Gifts 
Whether he likes a wee dram or a full bodied glass of wine, we are sure to cater for his favourite tipple…



Gifts for a Sport Enthusiast 
If he loves a round of golf or cheering on his favourite football team, we have just the gift for him...



Fragrance 
Peruse our large range of men's fragrance and you're sure to find his signature scent...





Experience Days 
If you have a daredevil for a Dad, he'll love one of our experience days! Choose from driving a supercar to sending him on a hot air balloon flight...






Funny Gifts & Gadgets
If your Dad is game for a laugh then you're definitely going to find him the perfect gift from our range...




We hope we've given you some inspiration on what to buy the main man in your life this Father's Day, and for even more gift ideas check out our Father's Day Shop here...