24 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 24th.

Happy Christmas Eve! As a little gift to you, our last Advent Offer gives a Present Perfect £5 gift voucher (for spending in the new year) for every £25 you spend in the shop today. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

23 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 23rd.

Get 10% OFF today on any of our festive fragrance candles, reed diffusers and room sprays and let the aromas of Christmas float around your home!

22 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 22nd.

SAVE 20% on any of our art prints today! This means, for example, that "Red Moor" by Alison Strachan will be only £44 instead of £55.

21 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 21st.

Enjoy FREE gift wrapping today for any of your purchases. One more little chore taken care of! (Wire-edged ribbon not included.)

20 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 20th.

Today, you can SAVE £10 on the purchase of any of our mirrors - a great way to increase the sense of light and space in the home.

19 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 19th.

Receive a FREE hand soap today when you buy any scarf/shawl by 'Le Sac Maroc', traditionally woven from cactus silk and chenille in Morocco.

18 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 18th.

Today, you can SAVE £5 when you spend £20 on any of the beautiful gifts from Orchid Designs - jewelled bird trinket boxes, key rings, bookmark, ringholders and heart-shaped hanging decorations. Add an extra sparkle to this beautifully bright Sunday!

17 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 17th.

SAVE 10% today when you buy any of our accessories for gentlemen (cuff links, wallets, washbags, key rings, soaps etc.). A great opportunity to buy a gift for those famously difficult recipients!

16 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 16th.

SAVE 25% today when you buy any two of our Christmas lanterns/hurricane lamps. Ideal for creating a cozy glow in today's snow!

15 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 15th.

SAVE £5 today when you spend £20 or more on Heyland & Whittle soaps, candles and reed diffusers. The complete range uses top quality ingredients and their soap preparations have no parabens or sulphates. Beautiful packaging completes their offering. With soap gift sets for both Him and Her there is something for everyone. Prices from £4.50 to £19.95.

14 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 14th.

SAVE £10 today on the price of any of our table lamps and bring a little more light to the dark winter nights!

13 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 13th.

SAVE 20% today on any piece of silver jewellery from Fife-based JSK. These beautiful pendant necklaces and earrings include cubic zirconia crystals, freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones such as amber, lapis lazui and quartz. Prices range from £14.50 to £37.50 before discount, so there are great savings to be made!

12 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 12th.

Today brings us halfway in our Advent calendar of offers. Why not treat yourself or a chocolate loving friend to a box of Danucci luxury milk chocolates for only £5 instead of the normal price of £9.95. You know you're worth it!

11 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 11th.

Today, you can get 4 for the price of 3 on WoodWick Petites (votive candles). These may be mini versions but they still have WoodWick's quality fragrances and ever popular, gently crackling, wooden wick. We have eight different fragrances.

10 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 10th.

Get 10% off everything when you spend £25 or more today. It's worth braving the snow for!

9 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 9th.

Receive a FREE Santa design gift bag (normally £1.40 & 99p) today when you spend just £5 on any of our great gifts!

8 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 8th.

SAVE £5 today when you buy any two Beanpod Candlescape soy candles. From £11.95.

7 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 7th.

Get 3 for 2 today on our nail and wood & rope puzzles (only £4.50 and £4.95 respectively). You could keep someone occupied for hours!

6 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 6th.

Today you will receive a FREE 'Home Line' candle tin worth £3.50 when you buy any two other 'Home Line' items of soap on a ceramic dish or jar candles, both £8.99 each.

5 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 5th.

Get 3 for 2 on any of our notebooks/pads today. Ideal for secret Santa gifts, stocking fillers and table presents, these colourful and useful items are priced from only £3.95!

4 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 4th.

Today you can SAVE 20% on any Jules Jules or Jules+Fiona jewellery over £15. Juli Miller in  Northumberland makes beautiful glass and ceramic pieces in a variety of styles. Prices range from £9.95 to £60 and today's discount is well worth saving!

3 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 3rd.

Get £5 off when you spend £20 or more on any items from Berkeley Square Cosmetics. These toiletries use original illustrations from the 1920s and are amongst the most stylish we have seen. With items priced from £3.95 to £14.95 they make ideal gifts. There are five fragrances in the selection in a variety of combinations.

2 December 2011

Advent Offer for December 2nd.

Today you can save £5 when you buy any two standard size WoodWick candles from across the ranges - and there are several styles from which to choose, from the classic single fragrance at £13.99 and the triple fragrance "Trilogy", £14.99.

There is "Escape", a new jar shape and style of wax but still with the gently crackling wooden wick - £16.99.

The colourful tins of the "Gallerie" range offer a different look and great fragrances at £14.99.

And, of course, we have delicious festive fragrances including the Twinkling Glass range (on the right, above) at £17.99 and the Perfect Harmony trio (above on the left) at £19.99.

So, the choice is yours and there's a £5 saving for any two!

30 November 2011

Our Advent Calendar of Offers!

Hello and welcome to our Blog. As the Christmas countdown begins, we thought it would be fun to use the traditional idea of an Advent Calendar to reveal a daily offer available in Present Perfect over the next 24 days. At a time when we all have many gifts to buy, what better than to be able to enjoy savings at the same time?

We would love to have had an e-calendar that could automatically open a window each day but we'll have to stick with something a little less hi-tech, for this year at least! So, we will add a new entry every day until Christmas Eve. Each offer will be valid for only one day and will be subject to availability. To start the (snow)ball rolling, here's a sneak preview of the offer for December 1st.

Get 3 for 2 on Milkwood packs of six "Heston" Christmas cards and let this warm-hearted Teddy bear send your greetings this year!

At £3 per pack the cards are great value anyway (50p each) but the offer makes them an even better 33p each. There are six designs to choose from.

There will be all sorts of goodies and a variety of offer types coming up. Remember to look in each day!

1 November 2011

Only 54 Days to go!

Hello and welcome - We took a break in October for a little holiday which was very relaxing and enjoyable. Since our return a stream of beautiful new gifts has been arriving from both existing suppliers and new ones to help provide you with an attractive mix in time for Christmas.

It's 1st November, the clocks have gone back an hour, nights are longer and the weather has had some decidedly wintry moments lately but, hopefully, we can still offer you a warm place full of interest and colour to brighten the days. And, the brightest piece of news is the arrival of the Present Perfect Privilege Card, our very own loyalty card!

Simply collect a stamp each time you shop (no value limits) and when it is full (six stamps) it can be redeemed on your next purchase for a 10% discount. We are very happy to be able to thank our regular customers for their support in this way. Pick up your card next time you are in the shop.

As the Festive Season approaches we are also introducing a gift wrapping service using our in-house paper (designs may vary) and simple trimming. This service will be FREE when you spend £10 or more but you can also add extra trimming, for example with wire-edged ribbon, for a small charge. Whilst we all love unwrapping gifts some of us find the wrapping process a little more fraught so we hope that the *service will be useful for everyone.
*(During busy periods it may be necessary for customers to collect their wrapped purchases a little later.)

With Christmas on the horizon it's natural to begin thinking about the cards and gifts that you need. Making a list is a great way to start and we hope that Present Perfect will be the first name on it! As ever, we aim to have a selection of things in the shop to suit a variety of needs, tastes and budgets -from Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers to something a little more special.

The latest arrivals include handmade glass from Scotland and Poland. From Carrie Paxton in Edinburgh we have "Pringle" dishes, long slim dishes with a variety of hand painted designs. We decided to be wholeheartedly festive with snowflakes, geese and robins but there is the odd non-seasonal design too!

Maintaining the animal theme are these fun sculptures from Nobilé, handmade by Polish artisans. These have already attracted lots of attention and we're aiming to get more soon.

More toiletries have arrived from Berkeley Square Cosmetics including their latest release "Black Cassis" eau de parfum, a fine quality fragrance made from British blackcurrant essential oils with lavender, patchouli and vetiver. This is partnered with a body lotion and hand cream, all sporting another fabulous original 1920s design by artist Gordon Conway. We believe that the 1920s range has the most stylish packaging in the marketplace and with prices from only £4.95 makes a great gift.

Arriving soon, colourful scarves, throws/table runners and cosmetic purses from Le Sac Maroc. These items, traditionally made in Morocco from sabra (cactus silk) and chenille are certain to brighten the surroundings while adding a touch of luxury.

Is there a collective noun for candles? because we have a veritable blaze, cornucopia, galaxy! When the evenings draw in there is nothing more welcoming than candle glow and we have more than a dozen different styles and myriad fragrances. WoodWick's crackling wick is ever popular and we have six ranges from which to choose. Beanpod and Heyland & Whittle both produce environmentally friendly and stylish soy wax candles. Once again we have four festive fragrances in great value candles from Torc. So, whether you prefer festive or everyday fragrances or unperfumed church candles we have something sure to suit from £2.15 to £19.99. We also have a selection of reed diffusers and some festive room sprays.

Our Christmas cards are on sale now. Mainly in packs of five or six with both single and mixed designs. Ranging from £2.95 to £4.95 per pack they offer excellent quality and value. New designs from Milkwood feature the cute teddy bear, Heston, in six different illustrations. Why not let him  convey your Christmas greetings this year?

Of course, we have several ranges of jewellery including handmade pieces in glass and ceramic from Jules Jules and Jules+Fiona; freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals from Jill Ferguson; Venetian glass from Hearts & Crosses. Plus solid silver pendants and earrings from JSK Jewellery, based in Fife, along with fashion pieces from Look East Australia, Shudehill and a new company, Maramode. The gentlemen don't have to feel left out because we also have a variety of Gifts for Him from fun puzzles and key rings to leather wallets, cufflinks, clocks and pocket binoculars.

Add to this all manner of ornamental and decorative pieces for the home from photo frames and vases to side tables, console tables and table lamps and we like to think that we have something for everyone whether you are looking for gifts or a finishing touch for your sitting room or a guest bedroom. And as always we choose these items to offer you quality, value and something that little bit different.

Christmas mug set; mug, coaster & small tray £5.95
latte mug £3.50, tray £4.25

Finally, on Wednesday 23 November we will be at the Gibson Park Playgroup Christmas Fair in the Corn Exchange, Melrose. This takes place in the evening between 6pm and 9pm, there's a raffle and usually a glass of wine available to help make this opportunity for present shopping an enjoyable time. Maybe we'll see you there, otherwise we look forward to helping with your Christmas present list when you pop into the shop. Warmest wishes!

2 September 2011

September at Present Perfect

Hello and welcome to our September newsletter. Autumn is the time when candlelight comes into its own, adding a cheery glow and a warm welcome to the home. No better time then for our WoodWick offer!

Buy any standard size WoodWick candle and SAVE £5 on a second one from the latest 'Escape' or 'Gallerie' ranges. There are lots of fragrances to choose from including ones that are ideal for Autumn evenings, such as Amber Twilight, Biscotti, Cinnamon Chai, Evening Bonfire, Sheer Woods and  Spiced Loganberry to name a few. The very latest seasonal selection is the Perfect Harmony trio (above right) of Golden Apple, Pumpkin Gingerbread and Autumn Wonders. WoodWick's gently crackling wooden wick will add the perfect touch. The choice is yours!

Last month you may recall our mentioning that we were expecting goods from a new supplier, Sarome UK, who specialise in gifts for men. These have just arrived and we have a selection of manly merchandise including leather wallets, bedside/travel alarm clocks, business card holders, an organiser complete with pen and calculator, cufflinks and even compact binoculors that would be ideal for use at the races or on a country walk. Of course, we also have excellent pens from Autograph as well as keyrings and various other pieces, so we hope that we've helped to make buying gifts for men that little bit easier.

From Shudehill we have lots of photograph frames including some in a cute Scottie dog shape! Fashion jewellery also features, along with designs from Look East Australia, with bracelets and bangles to the fore, along with an emphasis on heart shapes. Another new range is beautiful handmade jewellery by Jill Ferguson. Jill uses freshwater pearls and genuine Swarovski crystals to create lovely pieces (see photo below).

Given sufficient time, Jill can also make pieces to order.

If you have a new baby in the family or know of one who will be appearing soon, help the proud parents to record each of baby's first twelve months with this super photograph frame. Or be prepared with a delightful "baby's first tooth" box. And here are those Scottie frames we mentioned - there's one in black too!

More Teddies in Tartan have arrived, dressed in their handsewn outfits just like Rory here who is wearing the autumnal colours of Ancient Buchanan. The bears each have distinct personalities and bring a smile to everyone's face.

You will discover new fragrance pervading the air when you next enter Present Perfect. The very latest arrival is of fabulous herbal soaps and related products from Surrey-based company Heyland & Whittle. Quintessentially British, these fine soaps, candles and reed diffusers are produced in UK to the highest standards. The soap is made in the traditional cold-processed method using only natural ingredients. The candles are made from soy wax. Beautiful packaging adds the finishing touch. Give the soaps and bath melts a try, your skin will thank you! And gentlemen haven't been forgotten; there are attractive gift sets for them too. Click on the photo to get a better look.

So, there you have it. Plenty to cheer your Autumn days. We look forward to seeing you soon.

1 August 2011

August - New Look, New Stock and a SALE!

Welcome to our newsletter for August. If you have passed by the shop during the last two weeks you will have seen a small transformation taking place as the exterior received a new coat of paint. Despite having been repainted twice over the past four years, the grey colour scheme was looking decidedly jaded so we are thrilled with the bright new look (see the header photo above). Do come and check out the "Light Cobalt" and "Soft Truffle" combination! We hope you will like it as much as we do.

This month should see a variety of new stock arriving after our shopping spree at the Harrogate trade fair! We enjoyed our time viewing the many stands and seeing several potential new suppliers but our poor feet were definitely glad of the rest when we reached the end of the day! Stock will begin to arrive from the middle of August and continue to be delivered over the coming months. Opening a new packing box can add a surprise as we discover things we'd forgotten ordering!

For the third year we are having an August Sale with at least 20% off  Lighting and Framed Pictures (excludes items already reduced). This could save you more than £30 on a beautiful new table lamp and up to £13 on a giclee print by Fife-based artist Alison Strachan, plus plenty of savings at price points in between. Whether you are looking for something to brighten up a wall or an entire room, this is a great time to grab a bargain.

The first new arrival from an old supplier is a range of greetings cards from Milkwood Publishing. These beautifully executed, colourful animal studies (above) by James Bartholomew, show each creature's unique charm and character. They are ideal for sending greetings from our rural surroundings to animal lovers everywhere!

You can also select from other new designs: the cute "Cookie" dog and "Heston" the teddy bear, plus of course, we have more bright, new floral designs that have always been popular. All of the new cards still represent great value at £1.35 each.

At Harrogate we placed orders with three of our regular suppliers, Joe Davies the makers of Shudehill, who have literally thousands of items in their catalogue, Orchid Designs who make the beautiful jewelled birds, keyrings, bookmarks and other accessories that you all like, and from Look East some super fashion jewellery. One new supplier will be Sarome UK from whom we've ordered a selection of gifts for men.

We look forward to telling you about each new range as it arrives. In the meantime we'll also be browsing through the many other brochures we picked up to see what other great gifts we can source. If you have any particular favourites that are not currently on offer in Melrose, please do tell us about them and we'll see what we can do.

If you will be holidaying this month, have a wonderful time - but we hope that you'll also find a moment to call in to admire our new paintwork and maybe get a bargain in the SALE too!