With Christmas around the corner, we ask Harveys’ staff what’s on their Christmas wish list this year.
“This is a fantastic weatherproof jacket with great styling. It’s flexible enough to wear when out walking in the Dales, out for dinner or watching football.”
From £89.99, Cookshop
“As a bit of a George Clooney look-a-like, this is a perfect pressie. A lovely cup of coffee everytime – just how I want it, perfect strength and a flavour to match my mood.”
“Having been involved in restaurants for nearly 30 years, I know the value of a good set of pans and these are superb, very well made with a non stick coating, a good weight without being too heavy to lift when full of ingredients”
£155, Linens department
“The latest thing in duvet design, filled with wool instead of feathers. After working all these hours in the run up to Christmas I will be looking forward to a great night’s sleep under this duvet – perfect.”
Sparkle this Christmas with our personal shopping service
Did you know that Harveys offers a Personal Shopping service all year around? At this time of year it’s especially popular, and we love helping customers find the special outfit that will make them sparkle at the Christmas party.
How does it work?
Natalie in our fashion team will meet you to discuss your requirements and budget. She’ll come up with ideas and inspiration and help select an outfit to fit and flatter you.
Whether you want the latest trends or timeless classics, she’ll find a winning outfit that makes you look and feel fantastic.
Carol’s personal shopping experience
This week Carol came to Harveys looking for something special to wear for the festive season. After getting some make-up advice from our Cosmetics team, Carol met up with Natalie who selected these two outfits:
Gabor shoes £89.99
Dice bag £44.99
Beige multi dress, Frank Lyman £169
Sequinned dress, Frank Lyman, £249
We asked Carol what she thought:
“It was wonderful. I was greeted with a glass of bucks fizz and the staff were very helpful and friendly. They picked out the perfect dress for me. It’s a beautiful fit and looks and feels great.
I shop at Harveys because I have great confidence in the staff. I know they wouldn’t let me leave the shop with something that wasn’t right. Their loyalty card is also great!”
If you’d like to find an outfit for a special occasion, book our Personal Shopping service by talking to the fashion team or calling 01422 394215.
It’s notoriously difficult to buy presents for men. To make it a little easier, we’ve handpicked a selection of stocking filler gifts that we think will go down a storm with the man in your life.
£8.00 Gifts department
Lime and basil scented soap in a classy tin.
£9.99, Gifts department
From Sudoku and Futoshiki to crosswords and code words, these puzzles will keep your mind active 365 days a year.
Keep wine at its best for longer. Includes a vacuum pump and two reusuable bottle sealers.
You can’t go wrong with these smart white boxers.
£7.99, Gifts department
For the safe keeping of man-pocket contents!
Fully cushioned, wool rich socks to keep him warm and comfortable
Keep shirtsleeves to just the right length with these smart arm bands.
Puts the fun into washing up!
Pun-tastic mugs to make him chuckle.
£6.99, Gifts department
Delicious fudge in a covetable white tin. Choose from four iconic designs.
It’s not just the kids that love opening a stocking on Christmas morning. We’ve handpicked a selection of goodies that will go down a treat in her stocking or as a Secret Santa gift.
Cath Kidston Handcream Trio
£6.50 Gifts department
Handbag-sized treats for her hands.
Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange Mini Gift Set
£8 Gifts department
This classy shower gel and body lotion gift set will go down a treat.
Yankee Candles 104g Sparkling Cinnamon
£7.99 Gifts department
A warm and inviting Christmassy scent with 25-40 hours burn time.
Born and Bred Coaster
£7.99 Gifts department
Make your Yorkshire lass smile with this coaster from Moorland Pottery.
Madeleine Floyd ‘A Year of Birdsong’ Wall Calendar 2014
£9.99 Gifts department
Stay organised with this delightfully illustrated calendar – one of many 2014 calendars available in store.
Port Meirion Vintage Kellogg’s Egg Cups
We love the retro designs on these vintage style egg-cups.
Jelly Bean Factory Gourmet Beans 400g
£6.99 Gifts department
The world’s favourite jelly beans in 36 flavours.
Kitchen Craft ‘Let it Snow’ Porcelain Mug
Perfect for a hot drink on a cold winter’s day.
£9.99 Accessories department
We think these cosy little slippers are cracking and so do you – they’re flying off the shelves!
Elle Stripes Soft Winter Tights
£8, Accessories department
These stylish and super soft tights are just the thing for cold days.
Add a magical touch to your Christmas cooking
It’s never been easier to cook something special for Christmas. Maria, our resident blogger, tells us how.
Well, I have already talked to you about the range of gifts we have on offer in our gift department, so I thought it was time we gave the important task of Christmas baking and cooking some thought.
I love visiting our Cookshop and every time I go down I’m inspired to invite people round to dinner, so I have an excuse to buy some of the wonderful items on offer.
This time I went with the intention of looking at how we can make life in the kitchen easier for you throughout the season and boy am I glad I did! One of the first things that caught my eye was the brand new stand mixer by Stellar – it whisks, beats and kneads, a must for anybody intending to do a lot of baking. Talking of which….
When is the right time to bake Christmas cakes? I have already made mine but my daughter has decided to embark on the ‘Christmas cake challenge’ and is making her cake now. As long as it’s stored properly and she gives it a ‘drink’ at regular intervals it should be fine.
Before starting she visited our Cookshop to purchase the baking essentials and was amazed by the array of items available: wooden mixing spoons, electric mixers, mixing bowls, weighing scales, measuring jugs and cake tins of differing shapes and sizes. There was so much to choose from she almost forgot what she had come in for! And she bought a cake tester to make sure her cake was baked through.
A Christmas cake can take around four and a half hours to bake on a low heat, so I warned her that she needed to wrap her cake tin with brown paper to prevent the cake burning on the outside.
It reminded me of the time my mum was baking a couple of Christmas cakes in her gas oven and she had wrapped newspaper around her cakes, the paper caught fire in the oven and mum went to put the fire out. When she stood up her face was black, she was wearing glasses at the time so when she took her glasses off there were two white patches round her eyes! It still makes me smile when I think about it.
If you have dried fruits left over, (the sell by date is usually a long time away) we stock storage containers to suit any item, including an airtight container to store your Christmas cake.
We can also help you decorate the perfect cake. We stock a selection of Kitchen Craft items from cake decorating turntables and icing smoothers to piping bags, nozzles and plunger cutters.
If you find making a Christmas cake a daunting task, we have some beautiful Christmas cakes decorated with dried seasonal fruits and nuts in a lovely presentation tin. Treat yourself or give it as a special Christmas present for a friend or member of your family.
Christmas cupcakes and biscuits always go down a treat and we have cupcake cases, picks and biscuit cutters from the Kitchen Craft Let it Snow collection featuring lovely pale blue and red colours. There are also cake stands and cake plates in the matching theme too.
We also have an array of baking tins and trays from bun tins (including Christmas tree shapes) to swiss roll tins, cake tins and pie dishes. But before we get to the cakes and Christmas pudding, we have meals to prepare so let’s see what we have to help you….
Slow down on Christmas Eve
There will be lots to do preparing for the main day and the last thing you want to be doing is spend the day cooking, so why not use the slow cooker for your Christmas Eve meal?
They are so easy to use. A quick prep of the meat and vegetables, then put them in the slow cooker, switch it on and leave it for a few hours while you get on with other things. Or if you are extremely organised, have a tot of our Christmas spirit and just relax. We stock Crock Pot slow cookers in two sizes and if you are making a delicious stew we also stock bread makers for delicious bread that will be ready in three hours.
All prepared for Christmas Day
It’s all about the roast on Christmas Day! Whether it’s turkey, goose or beef, we have roasting tins with racks in various sizes, open or covered and they are currently on offer. Or, if you are planning to make a nut roast we also stock loaf tins.
For the perfect roast, we have basters, meat thermometers and timers. We also stock a wide range of kitchen utensils such as forks, carving knives and carving trays in wood and metal sold separately or as a set. Joseph Joseph do a cut and carve board – two boards for the price of one!
We have a selection of chopping boards and knives to help prepare the vegetables as well as a range of Steller, Judge and Tefal pans and steamers that can be also be used on induction hobs. I have a set of Steller draining pans with the glass lids and they are brilliant. You can see what’s going on, they are so easy to drain and best of all are dishwasher proof! We also have thermal gravy jugs – how brilliant is that?
So, our Cookshop is a one-stop shop for all your cooking and baking need over Christmas. Just come in and speak to one of our ladies who will demonstrate any piece of kitchen equipment and help you with your choices. The only thing they won’t be able to do is come home and help you with your cooking and baking, although I might have a word with the management…
Until the next time, when we look at table decorations and entertaining guests. I hope to see you in store and happy baking and cooking.