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We wish you a techy Christmas…


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…


Koble Arc Desk Lamp Design Essentials

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…


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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…


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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…




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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 walnut design essentials gingko

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.

Edible Emojis

As you will know we are a bit “emoji mad” here at Design Essentials  and stock a wide array of emoji themed products from cushions to key rings.  It gave us the idea to have an edible Emoji.  We also felt that we  knew the perfect person to create our idea on a biscuit for us. So we approached them and asked. The answer came back was a yes and as a result we are now very excited to announce that we are now exclusively stocking these tasty emoji themed biscuits.

emoji biscuits

So meet the maker, Rachel Hewlett at The Biscuit Jar who has designed this very special line of emoji style biscuits  featuring all our favourites from the ‘Crying with Laughter’ emoji to the  ‘Smiley’ emoji. The lollipops are priced at £2.50 each and single biscuits are £1.80  and these are exclusively available from us at Design Essentials so please pop into our Saffron Walden store to treat yourself or someone you love to a sweet treat.

If you are interested in hearing more about local confectionery supplier for a wedding, party or personalised gifts Rachel would love to help you out with a collection specially designed for you and is can be contacted at rachel@thebiscuitjar.co.uk . Alternatively for enquiries just mention at the shop and we will show you some of the amazing creations and we will put you in touch.

Prepare for Record Store Day

Vrecord player

Record Store Day is a day to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores internationally, so why not support our independent store by purchasing some of our vinyl memorabilia to help make sure your are prepared for April 16th.

Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day so why not show off your new vinyls in our Art Vinyl Play & Display Record Frames at just £39 each. The stylish framing solution can hold a LP or 12″ single in its sleeve and you can change your display or play your record whenever you wish to. It is also a very efficient way of protecting your precious vinyl from dust and warping.

If you’re yet to enter the trendy record playing scene then now as the official stockists of GPO Retro we also have a collection of Suitcase Record Players at a price of £79. They have a quirky retro design and the pop of colour adds a unique twist. The light-weight suitcase feature also allows you to play your vinyl wherever you are. It also features built in stereo speakers and a USB stick so you can record and listen to your vinyl records on the go as well.

Finally, why not invest in one of our Vinyl Record Cases for just £34.95. They go alongside the record player very well as the colours compliment each other; four colours are available including red, black, blue and brown. They make sure your records stay in good condition and sound the best they can for as long as possible.

We have these products available on our online store but if you’d prefer to see the products in person just pop in to Design Essentials’ Saffron Walden shop on Market Row.

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Emojis at Easter

Saffron Walden Keyrings

If you were a fan of our emoji cushions we now have a range of emoji keyrings to add to your collection. These are the perfect Easter gift for someone who’s got enough chocolate to sink a ship- why not help them avoid a trip to dentist and give them this quirky gift instead.

The keyrings are so versatile and can be added to a dog’s collar, backpacks, handbags and as a even on a necklace chain for  quirky accessory. They are made from plush fabric and come in six expressions from the Blowing Kiss emoji to the Cheesy Grin emoji making them the ideal for a friend or family member who is never seen without their phone.

At £3.95 they really are a bargain so why not treat your loved one to a Heart Eyes emoji keyring to show how much you care at Easter.

Can’t wait to get your hands on these keyrings? Take a look on our website to buy them now.

Go Retro for Mother’s Day

Vintage Style Products


At Design Essentials we have a wide variety of retro-style products to give a room a quirky twist. At the moment mixing modern furnishing with hints of retro flare is a popular interior design trend. The products we have at Design Essentials are very versatile and can work well in any room from a kitchen to a bedroom and are appropriate for a wide range of ages.

Products featured above:

Cinematic Lightbox-£30

This is a bestselling product and is available online and in the Design Essentials Saffron Walden store. It comes with 69 different letters, numbers and symbols, to allow you to display a special quote; names of family members; seasonal messages; or even favourite films. Even celebrities like Fearne Cotton and Jamie Oliver have been loving lightboxes just like ours!

Suitcase Record Player-£79

This is a very stylish, lightweight record player, with a suitcase design making it easily portable. It is great quality, bound in leatherette making it the perfect gift for a music lover. Another fantastic feature of the product is the fact that it comes with a USB stick to allow you to record your vinyl records.

Vinyl Record Case- £34.95

To go alongside the record player why not invest in one of our record cases to make sure your records stay in good condition and sound the best they can. The case has a removable lid and is available in four colours; red, black, blue and brown.
Ampersand Light- £40

This is another funky retro light that we have on offer at Design Essentials and is a bold statement piece for your room. Like the Cinematic Light it too is one of our bestsellers and adds a bit of old-school Hollywood glamour to your home.

Retro Rotary Phone-£39

This telephone is a product sure to earn itself a few compliments. The simplistic design makes it a hit with homeowners and the ‘70s design adds a sense of nostalgia. It has a traditional bell ring and rotary design giving it a timeless finish.

Valentine’s Day Gifts


Presents for your partner

It’s not long to go until Valentine’s Day so make sure you don’t forget to treat the special person in your life! Here at Design Essentials we have an array of gifts that are sure to put you in your partner’s good books.

As you may know, leather is the traditional gift given on a third wedding anniversary so if you’re coming up to three years as a couple take a look at our timeless leather range. A thoughtful idea would be to fill the leather Memory Box with quotes and mementos from your most special moments as a couple. Or if you haven’t got the budget for the memory box you could buy one of our Clothesline Photo Displays and put the quotes and photos up on there instead.

Also the candles we have in the shop could be the perfect gift for a wife or girlfriend. We have some gorgeous scented candles from Geodesis (Neroli being the most popular) and even candle accessories as shown above to glam-up your plain candles.

Finally, our best-seller the “Cinematic Lightbox” is a fantastic gift for Valentine’s as it is a very on-trend home accessory at the moment with the likes of Fearne Cotton, Jamie Oliver and Caroline Flack all owning one. To add a personal touch why not put a sweet message up to make it that extra bit more special. Or if you’d rather keep it simple why not buy a couple of our Wooden Letter Lights in your and your partner’s initials.

Celebs Go Mad For Cinematic Lights

If you keep up to date with celebrities’ social media profiles you will have probably noticed that the “must-have” home accessory at the moment is the Cinematic Light!

Celebrity Cinematic Lights

Everyone from Caroline Flack, to Nina Nesbitt and Fearne Cotton have one and have been showing of their messages on Instagram. Caroline chose to display a personal family message, Nina was promoting her new single and Fearne decided to display a humorous message for her followers to see.

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Even local celebrity Jamie Oliver came into our Saffron Walden shop to get his hands on one of the funky lights to give as a Christmas present! If you’re dying to get your hands on one…or even more, we still have plenty more lights in the shop or ONLINE.

Leather Sample Sale

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Looking for a great New Year bargain? Take a look at our gorgeous range of quality buffalo leather home accessories now with added appeal due to being in a sample sale. The Life of Riley leather collection is carefully stained to give it an antiqued look and is beautifully hand finished.

memory box

The products make fabulous wedding presents for example, the Wine Cooler or  His And Hers Leather Jewellery Box Set. Also leather is the traditional gift given on a third wedding anniversary so why not treat your other half to a timeless Cufflink Case or Memory Box filled with memorabilia from your most special moments as a couple.

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Come into store to get a closer look at the range or if you can’t wait, BUY NOW from our online shop.

Offer until 31st January, and to get 10% off all full-price leather on our website simply enter the code ‘loveluxuryleather’ when you’re at the checkout.

Trendy Hides and Rugs

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Now that winter is finally upon us it is the ideal time to invest in one of our hides or rugs. These soft furnishings provide a very chic and on-trend feel to any room whether it’s a bedroom, lounge or hallway.

The fur rugs are so versatile, when it comes to styling the options are limitless.  They can be draped over a chair to be used as a blanket; spread on a cold wooden floor to add a bit of cushioning for your feet; or placed on the end of a bed to give that extra cosy touch.

Hide rugs are timeless pieces and can offer a wild twist on the traditional rug materials. A quirky interior styling idea is to use them as a stylish wall hanging. You may also choose to cover a decking or terrace area in a hide in summer to add a unique touch to a summer-party decor.

Saffron Walden Fur Rugs and Hides

We have a wide range of hides and rugs on offer at Design Essentials in a number of textures and prints ranging from reindeer best quality £160 with 20 % off £128 , and cow hides ( prices start from £160 -£230 with 20 % off £128 -£184 ) to soft sheepskin rugs. If you are interested please do come into our Saffron Walden shop to take a closer look at our animal skins and hides . Unfortunately the hides and rugs are currently unavailable to purchase online and the offer ends 31/1/16.

Top 10 Sale Picks

If you love a good sale steal Design Essentials have some fabulous pieces at even better prices at the moment. We are looking to free up some space in the shop for some exciting new year collections therefore some of the prices of our current stock have been knocked down to tempt you into buying our beautiful products even more! Below are the top 10 sale picks at the moment so be sure to check them out.

1. Railway Sleeper Light


2. Aged Bronze Lotus Buddha SculptureLibra Aged Bronze Buddha from Design Essentials

3. Large Freestanding Pumpkin Lamp


4. White Table Lamp


5. Conceal ‘L’ Shelf White


6. Distressed Stag Head Wall Sculpture

Distressed White Stag Head Sculpture

7. Bunting Bird Gilded Ceramic Trinket Jar


8. Madera Wall Clock In Natural

design essentials madera wall clock in natural with nickel rim

9. Manhattan Antiquated Trunk

Manhattan Antiquated Trunk

10. Jostling Elephants Sculpture

Jostling Elephants Sculpture from Design Essentials