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No more plastic rubbish!

Don’t wait too late to get your kids Christmas gifts this year!

The advent calendars are out, nativity rehearsals have begun and recorder practice is constant for the school concert, it’s definitely that time of year again. The countdown to Christmas has officially begun and I’m sure you’re kids have reminded you of that more than once, the advent calendars don’t exactly take their minds off it. Whoever thought chocolate was a good idea for kids in the morning anyway!

Anyway, although christmas may be a little different this year, it doesn’t mean your kids can’t still have fun!

So to help you out with the festivities, we’ve put together a short list of our favourite quality christmas presents for kids that they won’t get boared of in five minuites. No more plastic rubbish!

  1. The Tonie Box
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We absolutley love the Tonie boxes, and we’re so pleased to have them at the top of our gift list this year.

Everybody is concerned about kid’s screen time and especially with lockdown, their Ipads are probably being used more than ever. You don’t need to worry about screen time with the Tonie boxes though, they let your children’s imagination run free with no bright screens and endless listening without complicated controls.

2. The Tonie characters

Perfectly accompanying the Tonie Boxes, are the Tonie characters!

They tell absolutley beutiful stories, from dinosaurs to snowmen, footballers to the lion king, theres something for any child. The stories grow with your child as well, with more simplistic shorter stories ideal for younger children up to inquisitive tweens who want to learn about dinosaurs and astronauts.

There’s also creative Tonies! The creative Tonies allow you to record yourself telling the story for the child. Gret for long distance grandparents or family members as a source of comfort when you can’t be with them. They are a truly heartwarming gift this christmas.

3. Smiley Lamps

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Everyone loves emojis, right!

These emoji lamps are ideal for the coolest of kids, making them a perfect gift that matches your friend’s and family’s moods for this Christmas! With this lamp, your children, friends, or family can be super cool. Be happy, be cool, be Smiley! The kids just love these and being battery operated, you can pop them anywhere!

Cool Smiley Lamps are a great gift or accessory for any kid’s room which also looks great too. If the shade look is the emoji you are after, choose from some of our other smiley lamps – from love heart eyes, winking, and cheeky smiles – perfect for all emoji lovers of all ages!

4. Folky Dolls

There’s nothing better than a collectable character for kid this christmas, and we might have just hit the nail on the head with these folky dolls.

They are a range of funny and decorative lamps in the shape of characters such as Fashion Girl, Brittany, and Pirate Boy. They even have lights to suit their own individual stories and style. The truly perfect accessory for any room and easily collectible with 4 designs.

We hope to see you in the shop getting your Christmas shopping done early, with the help of our Christmas gifts blogs. Check out our tech blog We wish you a techy Christmas, Beautiful Bits and Bobs… and all of our other blogs for more Christmassy ideas.

We love to hear from you as well, so…

To have a look in person at these great gifts available at Design Essentials, be sure to pop into the shop to have a chat with us in Saffron Walden, Essex.

For any enquires, please feel free to contact us, we love to hear from you.

We wish you a techy Christmas…

GIFTS, GIFTS, GIFTS GALORE…

Christmas is coming up and although it’s going to be a bit different this year, we have your back with the best gift ideas for all your family and friends!

Screen time, that dreaded little notification that pops up at the end of every week and makes you realise how much time you’ve really spent on your phone. Often greeted with the horrified shrill of “how much” when you realise that you have spent over 3 hours watching Netflix rather than doing the washing up or zooming the relatives or all of the other million things you need to do.

But there’s no need to feel bad though we get it you love your tech and we love ours! Not all tech was created equal. Some are way better than others. By that, we mean actually good tech! YES, it does exist, our best tech gifts this Christmas will actually make your friends and families live way better!

These are just five of our favourite tech gifts for all the family this year…

Number 1 would have been the brilliant Arc light, but its sold out and avialble only available to pre-order fr the beggining of January…

THE ARC LIGHT

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We love the Koble Arc Light because it’s a light that can actually make your life better! I know I didn’t think such a thing existed either it’s just a light after all, but no the Arc is far more than “just a light!”

We all love to sleep right! But since lockdown, a lot of people have been struggling to get back into a normal and healthy sleeping pattern after either very early starts from toddlers who seem to think 5 AM is morning or from too many lie-ins. The Arc can help you get back to normal, overexposure to white light before bed can dramatically affect your sleep pattern, but with the night function, you can switch to a warmer light temperature at the click of a button.

The Arc is also compatible with any smartphone with built-in charging capability or phones with wireless charging cases meaning no more messy cables getting all tangled up by the side of the bed and a fully charged phone each morning.

What’s not to love about the Koble Arc Light! Be sure to pre-order for January!

A great alternative to the Arc Light is the Pixi light, which is our number 2 gift this year…

Number 2…

PIXI WIRELESS CHARGING LAMP

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Don’t worry about crazy electricity bills with the Pixi Wireless Charging Lamps super-efficient LED technology and touch-sensitive on and off button.

With its super-fast wireless charging technology, you can declutter your house of all those tangled wires. Your phone will even stay charging whilst the light is off! The base of the Pixi Wireless Charging lamp can wireless charge your phone with no requirement for any cables, simply drop on and charge.

Number 3…

SATURN WIRELESS CHARGING PLATE

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The Saturn Wireless charging plate is a relatively new product for us at Design Essentials, but we already love it, because it’s the perfect gift for teenagers!

Having a fully charged phone is the most important things to teens, no access to Tik Tok, Instagram or Snapchat makes the house decend into WWIII. Chargers are fought over, plug sockets closely guarded and the survival mentality kicks in.

Nobody wants this…

With the Saturn wirelesscharging place from Design Essentials, you can prevent war within your home, as it gives your teen unlimited acces to wireless charging. So you don’t have to keep on buying all of those new charges when they get broken or lost which costs a small fortune.

It’s the perfect goft for any teenager and doesn’t break the bank!

Number 4…

SMART BOOK LIGHTS

&

SMART ACCORDION LIGHTS!

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Is it art, is it a light, is it a book… OR IS IT ALL OF THEM!

The fourth on our list of great tech gifts this christmas is the fantastic range of smart book lights we have at Design Essentials!

The booklights and accordion lights are the perfect gift for those friends and family members who just really appreciate nice things. The beautiful, sculptural design cleverly conceals the inner workings of the lights. The soft-touch papers are tear-proof and water-resistant, lit up by long-lasting soft white LED lights.

There are very few pieces of tech that create the lovely soft aesthetic that we know so many of you love quite like the smartbook and accordion lights from Gingko. They truly are the perfect Christmas gift!

Number 5…

OCTAGON ONE DESK LIGHT

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WINNER, WINNER, the Octagon desk light is here!

We are so excited to put the Octagon One Desk Light on our christma gifts list this year. Winner of the ‘Gift of the Year 2018’ Award in the UK from the Contemporary Gift category, the Octagon one desk light is a must buy present for any friend or family. It also won the Judge’s Choice Award Winner (the only winner) from the whole home and gift categories.

You can’t diss the award either, as the Gift of the Year Award is the most highly respected award in the UK for home and gift products.

Can’t get a much better present than that now can you, it won a award for gifts!!!

We hope to see you in the shop getting your Christmas shopping done early, with the help of our Christmas gifts blogs. Check out our blogs, Beautiful Bits, and Bobs, No more plastic rubbish! our blog for kids presents this year and all of our other blogs for more Christmassy ideas.

We love to hear from you as well, so…

To have a look in person at these great gifts available at Design Essentials, be sure to pop into the shop to have a chat with us in Saffron Walden, Essex.

For any enquires, please feel free to contact us, we love to hear from you.

Virtual Hide and Sheepskin Rug Event in Saffron Walden

This week of lockdown we are hosting and trialing a Facebook Live on Wednesday at 1pm to show you our wonderful selection of Hides and Sheepskin rugs.

We are really trying to use social media to show you our products and make it easier for you to shop local. If you have been interested in investing in a hide or sheepskin to cosy up your home, this is your chance to purchase any of our individual designs.

Please join us on Wednesday 11th November to have a look at our selections and support us locally. We appreciate any reactions, comments or feedback from this live event.

And while you are at it, why not take a look at our Sheepskin and Hide section of the website.

#SupportLocal

Lockdown Hours

Hi there,
This is such an awful time for so many people at the moment with another lockdown. What with everything else you have to consider shopping local may be well down on your priority list. The Bid has done an amazing job trying to support local shopping in Saffron Walden. I feel as our customers you have always supported this and thank you so much. I have seen a new wave of support and goodwill for local business lately and I am extremely grateful for this. As a shop owner, we are going to try and make it as easy as we can for you to shop with us via social media etc and with deliveries and click and collect.

Our click and collect days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-4pm. All products are on our website and we will also be hosting live videos and virtual events to showcase what else we have on offer. Thank you for your support and for continuing to support local.
Thanks in advance and stay safe. 
Wendy xx 

Giveaway!!

It’s Giveaway time, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

To celebrate the launch of our new Koble showroom, we are doing a giveaway of the amazing Koble Arc wireless charging lamp!

You won’t want to miss out!

 

So what will you win…

We picked the Arc Wireless Charging Lamp for our Giveaway, one of the best selling product from our range of smart technology.  The Koble Arc is the new modern wireless charging table lamp, compatible to wirelessly charge any all smartphones.

The Arc’s has super cool modern technology which can help improve your sleep with its sleep mode. Overexposure to white light before bed can dramatically affect your sleep pattern, but with the night function, you can switch to a warmer light temperature at the click of a button.

So why would you not enter! Better sleep, wireless charging, LED technology, and touch-sensitive, the arc has it all.

How to enter…

For a chance to win, follow the instructions below:

1) Like our post on Instagram @design_essentials1

2) Tag 2 friends in the comments below

3) Follow @design_essentials1 and @kobledesigns
For a bonus entry, share this post and tag both @design_essentials1 and @kobledesigns !

Closes at 12pm on Saturday 17th October! Winner announced on Sunday 18th! 🎉 Good luck from all of us at Design Essentials!

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Smart Tecnology Side Tables

Fighting with kids about plug sockets over lockdown? Thinking about the new trend in Smart Technology? We all know that everyone has been spending far more time in their homes watching, streaming, and gaming more than usual.  And with all the Ipads, Kindles, phones, laptops knocking about the house these days, there’s always something with that flashing red light that needs to be charged.

That’s where we come in, our brilliant range of Smart Side Tables from Koble is here to save the day! Take for example the Zain Smart Side Table, it has the capability to charge two phones at a time! An absolute lifesaver for your tech-savvy household. One of the charging capacities is wireless, whilst the other is a USB port meaning you can say goodbye to all those tangled wires. And we all know the fallout when your kids can’t watch the next episode of their favorite show because of tangled wires and low battery.

And it’s not just the Zain that can avoid the war over plug sockets, there’s the Carl, the Kobe, the Ralph, the Milo, the Tori, and the Riva. It’s like reading a class register there’s so many! Thank god they’ve gone back to school!

You don’t even have to call your smart side tables their product name. My Mum and her friend recently named their wireless hoovers the name of their delivery drivers. Upon returning home, I even was proudly introduced to Manuel the new favorite in our household!

What will you name your Smart Side Table?

Carl Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials       Zain Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials  Walnut Ralph Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials

Carl                                             Zain                                               Ralph

Gifts for new university students under £100

Where have the years gone?

The years have flown by and now it’s time for your baby to fly the nest for the first time. We say for the first time because many WILL be back, washing in hand and a new appreciation for pasta. The transition to University is an exciting time, and often more daunting for the prospective parents than it is for our kids!

Reminiscing….

It only feels like yesterday when I left home for Preston Polytechnic as it was then to study Business. ( Now UCLan University of Central Lancashire ) . It ended a chapter of my life at home, and I never did return there to live, preferring to start the next chapter of my life in London.

I loved the freedom the Polytechnic gave me, and I was gifted an almost free education ( I didn’t get the full grant my Dad’s business earned too much the previous tax year )  and a black and white TV for my room. I adored it and whilst the gadgets to be taken to Uni may have changed, room sizes certainly haven’t.

Space at university?! Argh

So when space is at a premium, but your “grown-up” child feels the need to keep up to date with trends and life demands, parting gifts can be hard to come by. University means a lot of photos, lots of charging, lots of music, and possibly the chance of some studying! Here are just a few items that do not compromise on space nor fashion!

 

University Gift Ideas:

  1. The Gingko MI Square Pocket Speaker £45

Boomboxes have had their day and, as cool as they were, they weren’t very practical to cart about… The Gingko Mi Square Pocket Bluetooth Speaker takes all the volume of and depth of a traditional music speaker and reformulates it for music anytime, anywhere.

Check out the other Ginko products here.

Help out a fellow student when you but the Gingko Mi Square Pocket Bluetooth Speaker by using code fundraiseniamh see more about Niamh and her fundraising here.

MI SQUARE Pocket Speaker Cherry Design Essentials Gingko

 

2. MightyB Indoor Bean Bag White £95

The perfect solution for space-poor university students and style-conscious grown-up loungers, mighty-b is where design statement meets comfort-worshipper.

Use code mighty10 for £10 off your MightyB indoor Bean Bag.

Check out the other bean bags here.

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3. Mooni Cube Light By Koble Mini £40

Great for indoor and outdoor use, no wires required as Cube Mini has a built-in battery. Cube is completely waterproof and can be left in the rain or used by a pool. I am not saying there are pool parties galore. Far from it, but hey they are only 18/19, and very likely they will not be checking whether apps.

Check out the rest of the Koble range.

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4. “I’m Dead Posh I’m From Saffron Walden” mug £9

Don’t forget you home with this truly one of a kind mug with the slogan which will make them smile and remember you a little.

See the rest of the range here.

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5. Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle Spoon £17

How true this is… A great motivational present that everyone should have to remind them just how special they are!
A perfect spoon designed for the sparkliest person you know!

We will personalise your spoon and deliver it to your chosen address for free. For further details and to find out more, please contact us.

See the rest of our range of vintage cutlery here.

Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle Dessert Spoon

 

We hope this blog has given you a little help and there are more ideas on our website. Whilst this year’s student their experiences may be entirely different from ours,  they are always going to remember their own ‘black and white TV. ‘

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Smart Desk – Apollo added to our collection!

IT’S HERE:

Due to the success of the Silas Smart Desk, we are proud to reveal the brilliant new Apollo Height Adjustable Smart Desk, a new product from our firm favorites Koble. The new Apollo Smart Desk is here.

 

Perfect for working from home:

Working from home during lockdown has meant our customers have seen the benefits of our smart tech quicker than we anticipated. With the whole family around all the time, we know that now more than ever you need to have a super comfortable workspace, whether that be standing up, sitting down, or anywhere in between. You need the Apollo Desk, comfortable, stylish, touch-sensitive, great for your back, and posture. The Apollo Height Adjustable Smart Desk will change the way you work for the better.

We all know that keeping hydrated is super important but, liquid and phone cables are not exactly a match made in heaven. But what has that got to do with the Apollo smart desk? Well, the wireless phone charging feature of the Apollo will save you crying over spilled milk, tea, or coffee. Because not only are your coworkers about six but with no school to tier them out, their curious minds and sticky fingers are running rampant. This is why the rise and fall feature of the Apollo is so great, it means that no important paper work ends up with Nutella smudged all over it.

 

Perfect for the home:

Where the Lana was designed with the office more in mind, it’s little brother The Apollo smart desk is perfect for both the home and the office. The Lana smart desk was so popular, its now sold out. We will be getting more, but there’s no confirmed date yet, and October is the earliest we can expect them. Se all of the brilliant features of the Apollo in this video.

Lana Smart Desk Koble Design Essentials

 

There’s no need to worry about space either:

With its compact and lightweight design, the Apollo will fit in even the smallest spaces. The best bit is you don’t even need a chair when standing so that’s, even more, space saved!

Dimensions (cm) :

Height adjustable between 75 – 121

Length 120

Width 60

 

Get in touch:

Check the Apollo Smart Desk out on our website here.

We are really proud as a small independent business to be working with Koble. If you have any questions about the Koble range at Design Essentials don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us here.

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Fundraising for Niamh

Hi, I’m Niamh, I have just turned 16 and I’m fundraising to go on a trip to the Himalayas in summer 2021 with an organisation called Global Action. To help me fundraise Design Essentials are offering to help as Global Action requires half of the cost of the trip to be raised through various means of fundraising.Fundraising For Niamh At Design Essentials

 

This blog is a little bit about the trip and at the end there is code that will save you money and also Design Essentials have kindly offered a percentages of the sale to my fundraising too. 

During my time in India you will be helping me to learn about:

  • Poverty reduction and access to education through the various charities Global action supports. 

Such as The Tibetan Children’s Village which is a school which gives an outstanding education to orphans or newly arrived refugees from Tibet, while living in boarding houses with foster parents as a self-contained family unit. 

  • I will also learn about democracy and human rights.
  • Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism will also be a key part of my trip, as not only will I be staying in the village of Dharamshala known as the 14th Dalai Lama’s residence, but will also be visiting the Norbulingka Institute which is dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.

I very much appreciate you using this discount code and hope you enjoy your purchases.

thanks Niamh. ♥️

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CODES.

Until August 31st , you will receive £3 off the MI speakers using code FUNDRAISENIAM and we will donate a further £2 to Niamh’s fundraising efforts.

Design Essentials re opened.

Design Essentials has reopened . We have enjoyed welcoming our lovely customers back to our shop in Saffron Walden. It’s been an anxious time for so many and we have been doing the best we can  to help maintain a safe environment for our customers.

As part of our preparations to create this safe and welcoming environment for you, we took part in a clean up campaign in Saffron Walden, organised by the Saffron Walden BID. In June before the shop reopened.

 

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Here are some measures we are taking for a socially distanced shopping experience, which we will review weekly:

  • We will have a mixture of browsing and appointments available with a maximum of 2 customers browsing in the shop at any one time.

 

Opening times 

Monday :        11.00-4pm appointments only.

Tuesday :       11.00- 4pm appointments only

Wednesday :  11-4pm appointments only

Thursday :     11-4pm browsing and appointments.

Friday :           11-4pm browsing and appointments.

Saturday :      10.00-4pm browsing .

 

  • We have signage in store to help with the government guidelines to stay 2 metres apart.
  • We will be providing hand sanitiser for customers to use before, during and after their time in the shop.
  • We will clean the card machine before and after every use.
  • We are fortunate to have 2 doors so we ask that customers enter through the front and exit via the back.
  • We will be regularly cleaning and wiping the door handles, alongside any surfaces that are touched regularly.
  • Staff will wear face masks.
  • Staff will be washing and sanitising their hands frequently.
  • We will take cash but encourage Bacs  payment as much as possible.
  • We want to encourage our customers to use the website wherever possible and use our click and collect service.
  • We are taking phone orders and are delivering in the local areas around Saffron Walden for free.

 

Shopping appointments:

In addition to our general opening times of 11-4pm, we are also offering shopping appointments.

Perfect for any of these reasons

1.if you are vulnerable 

2. Working from home and are time poor and you want to support local and see what we have without having to worry whether you have to wait. 

3. Want to come in as a family and have the shop to yourself and just like to browse and ask questions and discuss options at your leisure

4. Want to come in with a friend or a family in your bubble.

  • Book in with us to shop privately Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  
  • Slots are available from 11-4pm.
  • Book a short (15 minute), medium (30 minute), or long (45 minute) appointment with us.

 

How to book appointments:

 

Feel free to call me directly to clarify any of the options above. We hope we can help you feel safe to shop with us over the coming months , and we thank you for all your understanding and support and please remember Design Essentials is open online all the time at www.designessentials.org.uk.

Stay safe.

Thanks

Wendy x

 

Signage and hand sanitiser provided by Saffron Walden BID.