Friday, 4 December 2009

Glamorous Gifts for the Home at Amara - Home Fragrance and much more - Website Review

There is such a thing as 'blog-guilt', as I discovered yesterday, when I had to leave my warm home at 5.30am in the morning to go to Berlin for the day.

Today I thought I'd make up for it by telling you not only about my day in Berlin, which was fabulous, fun and interesting (and useful, as after all, I really went there to work) but also about a website you may have not come across before, but which you're going to love this Christmas,

With my review hat on I just love their home page (above), which is Christmas clever in a way which just makes you want to go straight in and see what's there, so well done them.

Then with my Christmas shopping hat on quite frankly I could buy for everyone on my gift list here, from home fragrance, to clever barware, to lovely and unusual tableware, and from brands including Baobab, Missoni Home, Millefiori, William Yeoward and Mulberry Home. My favourite area by far is Home Fragrance, because I love all those scented goodies (hint, hint, hubby) but there's so much more to browse.

On to yesterday and Berlin. I have to say that Easyjet behaved themselves perfectly, with two flights leaving absolutely on time, and apart from the ghastly queuing system really no complaints, which for me is amazing.

It was totally freezing when we arrived from murky London, which made me really pleased - and just a little bit smug - that I'd taken my wonderful Max Mara Weekend eiderdown coat and sheepskin gloves.

Our first event, having been met by Marcus and Michael from was a whistlestop tour of the city, as I hadn't been there before. We drove past the graffiti covered Wall, past Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, and on to the fabulous shops and luxury hotels of the West side. As I said, this was a whistlestop tour!

There is so much to see here and I will definitely be going back as soon as I can. Oh and did I forget to mention the incredible steak at Steak & Friends? If you go to Berlin, you have to go there to eat. To book a break in Berlin visit

In the evening we visited the main Christmas market, and if you haven't yet been to a Christmas market in Germany they're a wonderful experience, from the piping hot gluhwein to the huge, lit-up Christmas trees, to the white feathered angel on stilts. Why oh why didn't I have my camera with me?

Back on the 9.30 flight to London Luton and brought rudely down to earth by five flights arriving at once and a 45 minute queue at passport control. All in all it was a great day.

Visit the Gift Guide at to do your Christmas shopping.