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Christmas Gift Guide

That time of year is approaching and it's always a good idea to start your Christmas shopping early! We have put together a little gift guide to help get the generosity juices flowing and make sure you are able to find the perfect present. Whether it's a small stocking filler or a grand gesture, there is something for everyone.

 

FOR THE FOODIE

   

Portugal is not widely known for its food scene but this is gradually changing and we are proud to be spreading the word about the delicious produce originating from this country. For the Foodie, we recommend one of Lusophile's alluring cookbooks full of original options for the festive period. We are also stocking a mouth-watering selection of jams and honeys, perfect for glazing meat or veggies, or for adding a sweet note to a cheese board. 

 

FOR THE PERFECT HOST


 


Who doesn't love a tapas night? Canapés? Our Appetiser Dish by Amorim Cork is perfect for arranging a selection of nibbles in the middle of the table while friends and family gather round with a glass of bubbly. The 3 dishes are removable for easy washing up. Our hand-painted ceramic coasters are also perfect for entertaining. The regular coasters protect your furniture from drips and spills and the larger size can be used as a hot pan stand or even as a serving platter!

 

FOR HIM

 

 

Men are renowned for being tricky to shop for so here at Lusophile we thought we would give you a helping hand. The Shaving Set by Ach Brito, one of Portugal's leading soap manufacturers, is the ultimate in luxury mens grooming. Everything you need, packaged in an artistic box. Just wrap! If you are confident enough to go for clothing, we have picked our 3 favourite pieces from Litoral's A/W collection: a shirt, t-shirt and chinos. Comfort and quality always. 

 

FOR THE YOGI

 

 

Lastly, we all know someone who is keen on their yoga or pilates. Cork yoga mats are becoming very popular in yoga studios across the world and it's easy to see why. Aside from looking far more stylish than their synthetic counterparts, the cork provides an excellent non-slip grip while remaining soft and cushioned underfoot. Cork is also a renewable resource, making this a sustainable product too.  

 

COUNTRY LIVING CHRISTMAS FAIR

Have you spotted something that you like the look of? Would you like to see it first-hand before purchasing? Then make sure you come and visit us as the Country Living Christmas Fair at the BDC in Islington next week! 

8th-12th November 2017 

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Design Edit | CORK

Design Edit | CORK

5 CORK products you never knew you wanted

You say cork, I think wine. Or at least that's how it used to be, but cork is now becoming one of the go-to materials for interiors, fashion and beauty products ... and we're not the only ones who have noticed. 

Cork is the bark harvested from the cork oak tree. Once stripped, the tree regenerates and produces a new layer of bark, making this a renewable resource. The harvesting process is undertaken by experts and no damage is caused to the tree. Once harvested, the cork can be treated and manipulated for a variety of different purposes. Portugal has a long history of exceptional craftsmanship when it comes to designing with cork and the country accounts for more than half of the world's cork production. It is no surprise then that Lusophile has selected some innovative cork pieces to feature in our launch collection:

 

1. Cork Backpack | Artelusa

A large backpack exquisitely crafted from soft, natural cork. The backpack is lined and features a buckle fastening, two additional zipped side pockets and a sturdy handle for carrying. Ideal for a laptop, books or for use as a fashion accessory. It just gets softer and softer every time you use it and provides a stylish alternative to leather. 

Cork backpack featuring soft, sturdy design with zip fastening and side pockets. Gifts for him, gifts for her, back to school, cork design

 

2. Cork and Ceramic Tableware | Amorim

Not an obvious combination but it works so well. A traditional ceramic body (whether that be teapot, teacup, espresso cup) and a cork base to keep your drink warm and prevent burnt fingers at the same time. This is the ultimate tea set for anyone who likes clean lines and minimalist design.

Cork and ceramic tableware by Amorim

 

3. Cork Yoga Mat | Portugalia Cork

Calling all yogis! If you're fed up with with your boring old yoga mat, this one's for you. It's extra soft underfoot whilst also providing excellent grip, not to mention the fact that it looks great with a natural deep brown finish. Portugalia Cork is committed to making the most environmentally-friendly yoga products on the market and giving back to the earth with every product sold. 

 

4. Cork Soap | Al-Guidar

These 100g bars of soaps use quality cork that is 100% natural, recyclable and biodegradable, combined with other essential oils and natural ingredients. Presented in a beautiful cork wrapper, these soaps provide a nourishing and hydrating choice for those who prefer an eco-friendly option. Available in 4 varieties, all with different properties and benefits for the skin. You can get the matching cork soap dish too!

 

5. Cork 'grow-your-own' Herb Pot | Life in a Bag

Have you ever wanted to grow your own produce but decided against it due to lack of space or fear of it not working? This is your chance to have your very own herb garden. Life in a Bag's mission is to make it easy and fun to grow your own nutritious herbs and microgreens using their simple kits. Everything you need is included in this little cork pot and all you need to do is water it. The kit provides enough seeds to grow 3 plants and, even when it's all gone, you still have a beautiful cork pot for utensils, pens or more plants. Get growing.

 

 

 

 

 

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