14 November 2016

The Spice of Life!

Autumn and Winter may bring darker evenings and colder weather but that also gives us the perfect excuse, if any were needed, to brighten our surroundings with the welcoming glow and comforting fragrance of scented candles. And warm, spicy notes or crisp, fresh aromas make ideal companions.

One of the first fragrances that comes to mind at this time of year is cinnamon. Although it's a spice that we use year round, it is now when we find it scenting everything from Christmas cake to mulled wine. But fortunately, we don't have to try and rival Mary Berry in the kitchen; instead, light a candle!

Christmas candle selection from WoodWick
Beautiful Christmas releases from WoodWick
Our old friend WoodWick never disappoints as can be seen from these Christmas releases. Try Frasier Fir for the invigorating fragrance of an evergreens forest or savour juicy Christmas berries with a touch of warm spice and mistletoe essence in Crimson Berries.

Cinnabark in the attractive Hearthwick range or the trio of Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum in Trilogy are also available.

Christmas candles from Kringle
Kringle Candles' festive selection
We keep to the USA with Kringle Candles' festive selection. You can opt for the Nordic cedar, firewood, orange rind, nutmeg and vanilla bean of Cozy Christmas, or the cranberry, mulberry, plum, vanilla, cinnamon and clove of Frosted Cranberry. Frosted Mahogany blends mahogany, cedarwood, bergamot, rose, citrus, musk and patchouli while Winter Wonderland offers the fresh mix of  hollyberry, frosted ivy, maple, balsam fir and currant.

Giant cinnamon candles from Torc
Torc's giant cinnamon candle will fragrance the entire season
Torc's giant Cinnamon candle has been a feature of our festive range for several years. It makes an excellent centrepiece and will fragrance your home throughout the season. Complete with its own cork mat and a smart presentation box it also makes an ideal gift for any candle lover.

Fruit-scented candle selection from Wax Lyrical
Festive fruitiness from Wax Lyrical
Fruity fragrances feature in Wax Lyrical's Orange and Clove and Fig and Plum from their RHS range. Fig and plum can also be found along with ripe apricot and warm spices in Find the Sixpence for a rich pudding-y hit or try 'Tis the Season for sumptuous red berries with green foliage.

Luxury Christmas candles from Wax Lyrical
More fragrances from Wax Lyrical
More fragrances come from Wax Lyrical in these luxury, large tumbler versions of Golden Sandalwood, Vanilla and Cranberry and Winter Walks.

Bauble-shaped Christmas candles from Wax Lyrical
Baublicious fun from Wax Lyrical !
Finally, add some festive fun to your Christmas d├ęcor with these bauble-shaped candles from Wax Lyrical. Choose between the soft, creamy Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh or the fruity richness of Vanilla and Cranberries.

8 November 2016

Let's Make it a Date!

We are into November and as I write there are just 48 days until Christmas so there's no time for reticence! There are a few dates coming up worth noting in your diary: opportunities to have a little fun and help you cross a few names off your Christmas shopping list.

Melrose late night shopping event poster
Look out for this poster around town
First up is the Melrose Late Night Shopping event. Save your Friday evening on 18 November and join us in Present Perfect and lots of other Melrose traders between 5 - 8 p.m. for a fun, relaxed shopping event. We all know what a unique mix of shops Melrose has to offer, each with a selection of gifts and goodies not found on the high street generally. Enjoy some hospitality and a warm welcoming atmosphere. And you could round off the night with a meal or drinks in one of the popular restaurants and bars. If you use Facebook, check out the event for all the latest.

Late Night Shopping notice 1 December 2016
We are glad to be supporting Gibson Park Playgroup once again
On Thursday 1 December the Gibson Park Playgroup will be holding their annual Christmas Fair evening in the Corn Exchange and, as in previous years, we will be open in their support. We will be donating 10 per cent of our sales on that evening to the playgroup. We'll also have nibbles and a free Prize Draw for all customers. So we hope you'll come along and visit the many craft stalls at the fair and pop into Present Perfect too, knowing that you will be helping the playgroup wherever you shop.

Small Business Saturday UK logo
Small Business Saturday takes place on 3 December this year
Small Business Saturday (SBS) is now in its fourth year. It takes place on the first Saturday in December which falls on the 3rd this year. The campaign encourages us all to support small independent businesses which are often the lifeblood of local communities, something that's especially true in the Scottish Borders.

Each year 100 small businesses from across UK are highlighted in the 100 days leading up to SBS. We were thrilled to be one of the original 100 in 2013 and we recently took part in the Edinburgh stop of the SBS UK bus tour. This year, the Scottish Borders are fortunate to have another #SmallBiz100 in Hendersyde Farm Holiday Cottages, Kelso.

On 3 December we will be giving a free gift to all customers who spend over £25 or £50.

Selection of ideal Christmas gifts at Present Perfect
Just some of the great gift ideas currently instore
Since September we have had a selection of gorgeous gift items arriving, from handmade items such as glass by Carrie Paxton, Jules Jules fine silver jewellery and soaps from Oakwood Soaperie to Indian silk, paisley-patterned scarves and all sorts of candles from Kringle, Wax Lyrical and WoodWick. More is on the way including a beautiful Christmas card collection. So we really do hope you'll take the opportunity to visit us either on one of the late night evenings or on Small Business Saturday or any other day. We'd love the chance to help you find gifts for everyone on your Christmas list!