Moonko Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas seems to have come around pretty darn fast this year. I’m already seeing Christmas trees up and hearing Christmas songs at the shops. There’s a vast array of jumpers available for those in the Christmas spirit and it’s getting ridiculous the amount of people who I’ve heard have finished their Christmas shopping. Yep already in November.

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It’s sometimes hard finding gifts for loved ones and friends especially when you want something a little different or unique. Independent sellers are a great way to tick all these boxes and you can be happy knowing a lot of hard work and care went into your perfect pressies.

Moonko is one of these brilliant independent sellers. Based in a bright and cheerful shop on Division St, Sheffield you can buy a vast array of wears from many established and up and coming designers. There’s also a lovely website for those to far away from the shop.

Here’s a selection from the store that really caught my eye.

Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit
23uhOybfet7P07EUuaS2FoujkYwThis is a brilliant thing to give as a present because it’s so handy. It holds everything that you might need for those last minute repairs on clothing. I have one and it’s saved me plenty of times when the hems have come down on my trousers. The tin is small and portable and will suit complete novices who need to use it in an emergency up to those who frequently sew. Merchant & Mills are a well known brand in the drapery and tailor world so you can rest assured that the quality is top notch and that you’re giving the best.

Available online and in store for £15

Bonbi Forest Locket

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These look stunning! They’re available in silver or gold plated brass and all the artwork is unique. As you can see there’s a nice selection with some more Christmas themed than others. I love how different they are and how quirky the charm on the chain is. All the illustrations are drawn by Lee May Foster-Wilson and have been drawn with love and care. The lockets are a nice enough size to wear everyday or save for best. I’m sure there’ll be a locket with a design to suit everyones style and tastes. Added bonus they come in a little organza bag to make them extra special.

The store has a nice selection in and they’re available in the jewellery section of the website for a great price of £19

Nathalie Bond Handmade Candle and Soap

lqlJxDgUwoRAu2BH988ndBQweuAThis is one of those gifts that your nose will persuade you to buy. The geranium candle smells beautiful and luckily Moonko have it in two sizes. The geranium soap contains rose petals so will leave you feeling pretty and smelling flowery fresh. Both the candle and soap are handmade with natural and organic ingredients so are great for those of us that are sensitive to strong fragrances and nasty ingredients. All Nathalie Bond products are created in Sheffield and I’m sure you’ll be falling in love with the collection soon.

The Handmade Small Candle is £11 and the Handmade soap is £5.

Stoneware Whisky Cup

Everyone needs a wee dram of whisky or a hot toddy during winter so why not have aFRghBNBVy-njFuVLqHPg1yrvNsk proper whisky cup to drink it out of? And if you’re not a whisky fan then use it for the drink of your choice! There is a great range of cups available but these really caught my eye. They’re handmade in Scotland by Tom Butcher so each one is different and has it’s own character. They’ll stand out in any household and be useful to everyone.

Get your own whiskey cup for £10

 

Donna Wilson Squirrel Beaker and Tea Towel

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I love the entire Donna Wilson collection but the squirrels put a big smile on your face. Everyone uses a cup for their morning cuppa so what better gift to send. Tea towels are always useful too especially one that tells you to “Use my tail to dry your dishes.”tvaKLwj3QnUpoCdN2MbqEcjux20 These would be great for students and adults alike. You’ll definitely know who the cup belongs to. The illustrations look great and vibrant and the quality is brilliant with the cup being handmade and printed in Stoke-on-Trent and the tea towel printed there too.

The beaker is available for £15.25 and tea towel for £12.

 

Hopefully this list will have given you some ideas and steered you towards the independent scene for gifts this christmas. Everything should be available in Moonko’s store and online (subject to availability). Locals can also make use of the click and collect service which coincidentally gives you an excuse to go shopping. Don’t get stressed out in big stores this year and remember to treat yourself!

 

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Doctor Who, Christmas episode review.

Ok, this is a bit late. This episode was aired in 2013 and we are now in 2014, truthfully I’ve been in Pantoland, since the 20th of December on stage.

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Now, this episode can be awarded some sort of trophy for truly screwing up the Doctor Who counting system.

Those who know, since 1963 to 24th of December 2013 we knew Time Lord- Doctor Who regeneration rule being there are 12 regenerations, and there will be 13 Doctors. And the Doctor and their actors are as follows
1st Doctor- William Hartnell
2nd- Patrick Troughton
3rd- Jon Pertwee
4th- Tom Baker
5th- Peter Davison
6th- Colin Baker
7th- Sylvester McCoy
8th- Paul McGann
9th- Christopher Eccleston
10th- David Tennant
11th- Matt Smith
12th Peter Capaldi.

After the 50th anniversary episode, there was the question, with no official answer at the time if John Hurt, who was introduced as, “The War Doctor,” Should actually be the 9th Doctor, meaning the current Doctor- Peter Capaldi would be the last. Although, with that episode bringing Gallifrey back, there was the option that the Time Lords would grant the Doctor more regenerations. One snag is that The Doctor doesn’t know where his home planet is, basically depending on how difficult the writers make it, finding Gallifrey could be really easy or it could be like getting a Where’s Wally book, only to make things extremely difficult someone has torn the pages up and hidden the small picture of Wally in some giant mansion sort of house with a garden with no clue to where the picture is.

Back to the Christmas episode, the line up was changed even more. Back when David Tennant was the Doctor , viewers did see regeneration energy- he was shot by a Dalek

Zim shaking headOnly after healing himself, he poured that energy into his hand that cut off, (Not going to go into that, Whovians you should know what I’m talking about, those who don’t you need to go watch the Christmas Special at the start of series 2). I don’t know anyone who actually counted that as a regeneration, but 25th December 2013 it actually got announced that it was a regeneration and the Doctor at the time had, “Vanity,” Issues.

 

Basically the line up now looks like

8th- Paul McGann
9th- John Hurt
10th- Christopher Eccleston
11th- David Tennant
12th- David Tennant
13th- Matt Smith
14th- Peter Capaldi

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Now, I’m going to try and not go into a written rant about this. The more annoying thing about this is- despite the obvious there shouldn’t be more than 13 Doctors or they should have made a bigger deal with the Time Lords giving him another regeneration rather than just some gold light coming out of the crack in the sky, the same crack we thought had been resolved in early Matt Smith days! Although it was written in the script, I’m taking that from the fact it came from the Actors mouths in the episode, which confirmed that the Doctor Who team were screwing everything up or someone along the lines for got how to count, internet sources such as the BBC and Wikipedia (ok I know that one isn’t a reliable one but come on, everyone goes to it), still count Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.

The Christmas Episode 2013, The Time of the Doctor, saw us say a tearful farewell to Matt

Smith as the 11th/13th Doctor, since the excitement of the 50th anniversary was over the number one question at the back of most Whovian’s minds- although most would not want to think of it- was, how would he be killed and would his goodbye create as much flooding as David Tennant’s Farewell as he with teary eyes, left us with the heart scarring words, “I Don’t want to Go.”

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Like the finale of 2 previous seasons (5 &6) We see for the 3rd time and I get an itching feeling Moffat mightlike writing scenes that involve all of the Doctors enemies in one place, ok it is effective considering we knew the Doctor would be killed in this episode it didn’t give any answers to how. There was a giggle worthy moment in this episode when it occurred to me, Matt Smith’s Doctor could be the first one to die naked- Spoilers 😉

In this Episode, we finally get to know how the Silence was formed and why it is known as a, “Religion.” It was created by the church and the Mother Superior Tasha Lem to stop the Doctor from speaking his name and letting the Time Lords back into that universe. Confusion was also stopped, these events happened after River Song but thankfully one question whichis answered is how the Silence got brought back in time. Apparently, a division of the Church broke off and went back in time to stop the Doctor from ever getting to Trenzalore.

Of course, the Doctor didn’t really die as much as he thought he would, counting up that he was the 13th Doctor he began to slowly die (not mentioning how) Spoilers ;). The Doctor is allowed another regeneration from the Time Lords, using his regeneration energy he is able to destroy the Daleks and defend Trenzalore. Yay! This actually isn’t as good as it seems if you remember the plot line for series 7, if you can recall that series is based around the Doctor dying on Trenzalore, it’s the reason Clara gets splintered into

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.The Goodbye Matt Smith gives is a tearful one. Where as David Tennant made us all fall in tears with words, Matt Smith gave us tears with actions,

Dalek emotional we are taken for a trip down memory lane with the placement on the set of Fish Fingers and Custard, Mini Amy Pond and the appearance of grown up Amy (First time I saw this episode I knew straight away her ginger hair was a wig, after that though the emotional turmoil makes it less relevant) calling him by her childhood name for him “Raggedy Man.”and the symbolic meaning of him taking off the, “Cool,” Bow tie was like him stripping off his identity.

“I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” The Line that sent shivers down my back.

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This episode also, brings the quickest regeneration in the history of Who, but Capaldi and his new Kidneys and his Scottish accent make a brief appearance and we have to wait for series 8 now, which is set to be a good one as the 14th Doctor announces he doesn’t know how to fly the TARDIS.

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Unanswered questions in this episode-

How did the telephone get disconnected from the console unit? (Ok I think that one could go on without being answered but really I want to know, I hate to think it just, “Happened,” For that episode for laughs.”

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Where Can I get a Friendly Cyberman head? (Ok that’s probably more of an outside the episode, aimed at merchandising thing)

Will there be doing a Cooking with TARDIS cookbook? (Again merchandise)

Why do you have to go to church naked? (I want an actual reason for this. It can’t just be a, “Respect,” Reason).

In this episode, something is sort of spoiled. The Silence Monsters, we all got taught to fear- when we could DWC2see and remember them anyway, turned out to be priests…  Which begs the question is this a different branch of the Silence family? One side are priests that ask for confessions the other helps raise psychopaths? If that is true, Moffat needs to start writing some sort of Eastenders Soap with the Silence in the middle… or maybe he already has, no one can remember it.

The Mother Superior says, “You’re not taking any technology down there,” She means the TARDIS key, but nothing is asked of the Doctor Sonic Screwdriver. (I’m guessing he might still have had it on him as we don’t see him pick it up in the scenes in the TARDIS). Where is the Sonic Screwdriver? Or Why didn’t she ask for it?

Is some certain facts with what happened on the Day, The Master, The Doctor and the Power Mad Time Lords met gone from the Doctor’s memory? The Doctor said, “They will come in peace.” If you remember that episode properly do you really want to bet 100% on it?

How does a Wooden Cyberman work? Come on the thing shoots fire! (I don’t mean that as a question, I know the world of Doctor Who can defy the rules of physics)

How did Clara survive going though Time Vortex and Space without a shell? There is an argument if it will kill you or not, when Jack Harkness clung onto the TARDIS last time he died, although because he can’t really die, he came back. Clara was stuck in the Time Vortex for 300 years.

Does the Doctor get another set of regenerations (Meaning 12 more) Or is this just a one time, one generation   deal?

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Christmas Shopping with Busy Bees Paper Beagle

I’ve wrote about Paper Beagle before because I love the company and I hope you do too. It’s a company with heart and soul that helps the beautiful bees all while making us eco-friendly. They do some gorgeous wedding favours but I’m going to show you what you can buy to make someones Christmas that extra bit special.

original_flower-girl-favours-honey-bee-mine-braceletThese bracelets are gorgeous. They’re called ‘Honey Bee Mine’ and would be great for any ladies in your life. The colours are reminiscent of honey and the bee charm reminds you on who your gift is helping. The bracelet itself looks quite dainty but the charm makes it special. All the materials used in the bracelet, and the gift box, are responsibly sourced and it (like all the Paper Beagle products are created in the UK.) An added bonus is that looking at the bee will quite possibly remind you of an English Summer. The bracelet can be purchased here.

Something a bit more Christmassy with a modern twist is the hessian Christmas wreath. I think original_handmade-hessian-christmas-wreaththese are a great idea as they’re a modern take on the traditional, look cool and stylish and because they’re made from hessian can be disposed of responsibly. Why not buy one to put up in the living room rather than on the outside door? You can choose between red or green ribbon to fit in with your decor. Excellent! The wreath is also available in yarn for something a tad different. Want more info on the hessian wreath? Click here.

We have the wreath sorted so what about some personalised stockings. These are again made from hessian and look very different than the normal red ones. You can have everyone asking where you got the lovely stockings from. They’re a small size for small gifts and would look great with the kids initials or for the grown-ups. The rustic charm will have you dragging them out every year. They’re available here.

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original_bee-hive-hair-pinsThis next gift is something that every woman (or man) with a head of hair frequently use… hairpins! These ones are very quirky and are made from brass so the colour will stand out in most hair colours. The ‘bee hive’ hairpin is part of the wedding favours collection but would make a great stocking filler and let’s face it they’ll most definitely get used. They also come to you already in a gift box so what’s not to love? Go take a look here.

Every year you always have those people that you want/ need to buy a little bit of something for but original_grow-your-own-christmas-tree-favoursnever know what to get. Maybe you don’t want it to be too expensive but you want to show your appreciation. I would recommend the Grow Your Own Christmas Tree Kit This is a present that’s a little unusual. Basically it’s a small gift box with seeds for a Christmas Tree in it. Give your gift, let them plant it and watch as their very own Christmas tree grows. It’s practically a present that will last a lifetime with the right care.

So we’ve talked about gifts but what about wrapping them? Paper Beagle has the solution and a very cute solution it is! This Candy Cane Wrapping Paper Set includes one sheet of paper, one snowflake printed tag, a length of jute string and an edible candy cane. Your presents will definitely stand out under the tree wrapped in this! The paper, tag and jute can be recycled after and the candy cane eaten. True christmas spirit!

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Has an extra special treat we’ve been given an exclusive offer for all of you UK buyers! If you purchase something from Paper Beagle you’ll also receive a set of 6  gift tags for free… These ones to be exact.  Just add them to your basket, along with your other purchases, and enter the code RUDOLPH on the page. There’s no minimum spend just the requirement that you’ll love your purchase, and I’m sure you will.

All of Paper Beagle’s products are available to buy from Not On The High Street and to keep up to date you can follow them on Twitter, @paperbeagleUK.

NB If the promotional code doesn’t work for some reason please contact either myself or Paper Beagle and we’ll sort it out asap. x

The Christmas List… With a Twist

Ok, This is a Christmas list of things you probably want… but you can’t have, either because it doesn’t exist yet or it is really expensive or it is extremely unlikely- near impossible to get. Anyone has anything else you think should be on this list, this is just a list off the top of my head, comment below!

1. 250px-Transporter2A Transporter/Teleport- I grew up with every series of Star Trek (Andsecretly loved it… or possibly not as secret as I thought) But those long walks to University, School or Work (I rarely worked outside of the house so thinking this on the way to work hardly happened). But I just want to be able to say, “Beam me up Scotty.” Or “Cat to-Where ever I want to go-” And be there. Yes I know weight problems are an issue today but think about the pollution cut down! Also you can just teleport to a gym!

2. Any FULLY WORKING Gadget from Doctor Who- Doctor Who, Another thing I grew up with and I am obsessed with. I have sonic-screwdriverthe 11th/Matt Smith Sonic Screw Driver, although it is a bit difficult to put new batteries in, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT! If only it
unlocked things… Unless I’m missing something and every lock on Earth is Deadlock sealed. Also I really want a TARDIS… or    just to see one of the real ones to hug it 🙂 I will also hug a Dalek too. I could really do with some real psychic paper too…

3. A Time Machine- This is for if the TARDIS is really not possible. For those who don’t know the difference *Puts Geek hat on* The TARDIS can travel in time and space. A time machine if you take the movie “Time Machine,” Seriously, the time machine won’t actually move… It mentions it on an episode of The Big Bang Theory, so if your not up for watching and trying to understand the movie, I recommend (UK fans only, sorry others) HMV are currently selling The Big Bang Theory box set seasons 1-5 for £30

4. An evening/dinner with a celebrity of your choice, dead or alive. Dead it is extremely unlikely, unless you are or know a good necromancer… If you do… I’m sort of interested actually if anyone does… Give us a message if you are or know a proper one. Back to the topic- Natalie wants dinner with Clark Gable- the handsome actor who plays the character Rhett Butler, in Gone With The Wind, if you have 4 hours to spare… We all know there is normally plenty of time on Boxing Day when you are suffering with the stomach ache of someone cooking too much on Christmas day, I suggest watching Gone With The Wind. Like Natalie you might get some satisfaction of Clark Gable saying, “Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give A Damn.” My Choices for going out to dinner with a celebrity would be… Judy Garland, If you have watched one of her movies, which also star Gene Kelly *Fan scream*, The Pirate you will understand this. I’m one  of her Chicken-Hawks! Seen as though it is Christmas another movie to put on your list- Meet Me In St. Louis (I will be writing a review on that nearer Christmas). Also living Stars I would go to dinner with- Ben Barnes ^.^ . Robert Pattinson, right before some of you groan. I sort of feel sorry for him, I know celebrities sign up for all that what comes with fame, but from what I’ve seen of Twilight fans they seem… really serious. I’m touching the subjects of any celebrities personal business/gossip, in the end that’s their business, I still believe they are normal people, just with a good talent. My main reason for wanting to meet Robert Pattinson is because- Hufflepuff business- I want to give him a potato.

5. A trip to space- Ok this is only possible if you are either 1. Seriously rich or 2. Best Buds with Richard Branson.

6. A Trip to Narnia- If someone asks me what I’m doing and I’m not doing anything really interesting I normally reply, “I’m looking for Narnia.” Who wouldn’t want to go there? Yes Narnia was the series of films that introduced me to Ben Barnes.

7. Kim Possible box set- I’ve only just found out Disney have never done this! Seriously? People would rather let their kids rewatch Hannah Montana? Proper role model people! Teach girls how to kick butt! Then us girls can earn more respect!

8. Part in a film of your choice- Natalie’s suggestion this one, she want’s a small part in the Original Nosferatu, I think I’d join her. Unless there was an option to be in the Vampire Kisses (by Ellen Schreiber) movie if it ever get’s made. If you ever read the Vampire Kisses series, you’ll have to fight me to get Alexander. Also I wouldn’t mind a part in any of the X-Men films or a part in Singin’ in the Rain.

9. That Microwave on Fifth Element- If you haven’t watched that movie yet…

10. To get through Christmas without spending a penny- This is impossible unless you live on a deserted island or you’re parent/guardians/career still deem you to be an age where you shouldn’t start buying your own presents/cards for people.

If you are after some presents you can get in the real world, Natalie has done a review on somethings you can get.20060811022455!Satsuma

Or there is always the option of a lump of coal or a satsuma

To be honest, I actually could do with a brick for Christmas this year to attach to some of my art supplies… It’s hard to loose a brick and I would paint it a pretty colour.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas presents you may actually want.

So did you know December= Christmas? Yeah it was a shock for me too.

Why run around the shops searching for the perfect present you probably won’t even find? Here’s my guide to the top 5 quirky and fabulous presents you could buy for the weird person in your life.

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