Thursday, 22 December 2016

#TreatYourself - special offers that caught my eye

Ghost of a Gardener by Rachel Ries on vinyl 
It's the weirdest time of the shopping year right now. Frantically spending over the odds to get perfect gifts for loved ones by a specific date, while knowing that those exact same items are likely to be drastically reduced in price as soon as said date has passed! Madness perhaps, but traditional madness nonetheless! And there's now only Three Shopping Days Left (eeek)!

I'm going to start by talking about a fantastically generous Pay What You Feel Sale which is happening right now in Rachel Ries' Bandcamp shop. Rachel is a talented singer-songwriter - I love her Ghost Of A Gardener album - who also screenprints and makes great jam. In order to clear space, she has priced all physical product in her shop from CDs to t-shirts, notebooks to marmalade, at $1 plus shipping although you can choose to pay more if you would like. If we weren't travelling right now I would certainly be snapping up a Ghost Of A Gardener t-shirt! Rachel says her Pay What You Feel Sale will last until the end of 2016 unless everything sells out beforehand!

Shopping hub features products from thousands of creative small businesses and their sale is starting tomorrow! From the 23rd December until the 25th of January Not On The High Street will have 50% off prices across all categories including jewellery, homewares, food and drink. Obviously as many items are from small scale producers, there is a real risk of stocks running out before the sale ends. Don't wait too long to secure your helping of Chocolate Brussels Sprouts!

Princess lunchbag at English Heritage 
English Heritage have already started their winter sale online and there are currently eight pages of weird and wonderful items, mostly with a historical theme and with several at practically giveaway prices especially for kids products. This Princess Lunchbag is reduced to just £2 from £14.99 with its matching drink bottle also £2 and the Kitbag offered at £4 from £15.99. The boys' Grey Knight range is similarly reduced. I also loved an orange spacehopper (apparently they're called giant bouncers these days!) at £2 from £14.99. For grownups there's jewellery, garden furniture, craft kits and homewares reduced by 50% or more and I even spotted Classic Cuvee 2008 sparkling wine reduced from £29.99 to a tenner. That'll be good for New Year's Eve! Plus, if you go on a bit of a spree, you can get Free Shipping with orders of £35 of more until the 31st December. Just quote checkout code XMAS4.

Sleep teabags by Twinings 
After so much Christmas excitement, relaxation will be necessary for a few days - until New Year's Eve at least! Fortunately Twinings are coming to the rescue with their seasonal sale which begins on the 26th December and runs through until the 8th of January. Twinings have a dedicated sale page here, and I noticed that there are already some nice bargains to be had including teas and elegant tea making equipment. Grab yourself a bargain ahead of the rush with these Sleep teabags at half price (20 for £1.35). I love the Louise Wilkinson Berry Tree Teapot (reduced to £28 from £42.50) too. I also have a sneak preview of Twinings' January promotion to tell you about. Throughout the month, healthy green teas and fruit infusions will be just £1 as part of Healthy January.

I've got something a bit different to talk about for my fifth choice and this isn't so much a special offer as an ongoing initiative. I think a subscription could make a great, unusual gift! Have you heard of Patreon? The website is now well-established and offers fans of creative people the chance to patronise their favourite artists, supporting them by way of a small monthly payment. Pledges begin at just $1 a month which may be pretty much nothing to the pledger, but a few hundred people pledging that (or more) can result in a significant reliable income for the artist / musician / writer. This allows them the financial freedom to be creative. In return, artists offer rewards to their Patrons in a similar style to Kickstarter. You might get exclusive content, free songs or art, handmade gifts - the rewards are as varied as the artists themselves - and you also get to feel good about supporting the arts!
There is incredible choice of who to support on Patreon so, if it seems overwhelming to begin with, perhaps I could suggest my Literary Flits project as one to start with! You'd be supporting promotion of indie, small press and global literature and my rewards include free books, handmade literary greetings cards and a 25% discount in my Etsy shop! That would cover your $1 a month in no time!

Have a very Merry Christmas and I hope you grab loads of bargains in the sales!


  1. Another discount code! This is for new customers to booksellers Speedyhen. Simply use checkout code NEWCUSTOMER to get 5% across the store and Free Delivery!
    (Valid until 31/3/17 for new customers only, not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

  2. I've spotted a generous offer from Fahrenheit Press this morning. Join their bookclub for £48 / €66 / $70 and get advance ebook copies of every book they publish in 2017 - expected to be at least 70 titles! That's well under £1 a book! Fahrenheit Press specialises in crime and thriller fiction. You can get more details of the book club here:

  3. Get Free Postage with orders over £20 from Cheshire Farm Chips with checkout code CFCFREESHIPPING at

  4. Woodland Trust sale starts today too! Up to 50% off cards, books, gifts, homewares etc, and all sold in aid of a good cause!


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