UNCLE is bringing a kinder approach to renting – and we’re sold

UNCLE is bringing a kinder approach to renting – and we’re sold


Marie Claire tried a night in the rental startup’s Elephant and Castle apartment building, and we didn’t want to leave…

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For most millennials, once you’ve moved out of your family home or university accommodation, the next step is renting. From dodgy landlords to colour-changing mould, the murky depths of the private rental market can always be relied on to provide a learning curve, but rarely a positive experience.

For Ryan Prince, this was totally unacceptable, and he founded rental start-up UNCLE in 2015. Intrigued by their mission to take the ‘lord’ out of landlord, we had to take a look for ourselves…

What is it?

With four apartment buildings in London, and one in Manchester, UNCLE is a chain of rental apartments which offer stability and reliability for those seeking a new home. UNCLE owns all of the buildings, so there’s no faffing around with different landlords and agents.

We were lucky enough to try an overnight stay at their Elephant and Castle location. Just two minute away from the tube station (and London’s most complicated roundabout) the building is in an incredible location, but somehow manages to feel welcoming and relaxed.

Greeted by the concierge, we made our way up to the 44th (!) floor…

What you can expect?

Every UNCLE property has certain aspects as standard like on-site resident managers and super-fast internet, but some do vary by location. Uncle’s Elephant and Castle boasts a Sky Lounge (more on this in a minute) on the 45th floor and a fully kitted-out gym, all included in your rent.

The Sky Lounge functions as more than a place to gawp at the utterly incredible panoramic views of London: it’s the social heart of the buildings too. During my tour, Kassy Essiet, the Elephant and Castle building manager, explained that the building had a great sense of community, and Sky Lounge plays host to different parties organised by the residents.

I attempted to work out here…

The extras

Chatting with Kassy during the tour, she explained about another UNCLE USP: their women-only viewings. Founder Prince is pretty clear about the importance of this, saying ‘We may be called UNCLE, but we’re for everyone. We hope our women-only viewings reassure anyone who might be concerned about this kind of thing. Everyone should feel safe in their home.’

With your safety sorted, let’s move on to comfort. While you can choose your UNCLE apartment to be furnished or unfurnished, when you go for the former, UNCLE goes for the best! All furniture is from Made.com, which gives each apartment a put-together and sophisticated feel. Special shout-out to the bed in the apartment, where I genuinely had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years.

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Yes, this is what the living room *actually* looked like

So, what do you get?

For a fixed price, which does vary depending on which city and location you’re living in, say goodbye to agents’ fees, and hello to guaranteed repairs within 48 hours (or a day’s rent back), leases of up to four years and pre-agreed rent increases.

The rents themselves are pretty varied, starting from £895 a month for a studio apartment in Manchester, going all the way up to £2300pcm for a furnished one bed apartment in Elephant and Castle. Even in London, though, the price points are variable – if you’ve got two friends you want to share with, UNCLE New Cross works out at around £800 pcm.

If you can work out the pricing, the sense of security and community that make a rented apartment feel like a home, we have to admit that we’re sold on UNCLE.

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Who is Marie Kondo? Why the Netflix star’s folding and tidying hacks will change your life

Who is Marie Kondo? Why the Netflix star’s folding and tidying hacks will change your life


Brb, off to get organised

Marie Kondo folding
Marie Kondo folding

Noticed the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix when you log in? If you haven’t heard of her before, she’s about to change your life.

Kondo is a Japanese tidying expert, who has made her name (and her living) through a series of ‘how-to’ guides and books, including bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – check it out on Amazon.

She has made an art form of organising, and trust us, once you’ve mastered her folding and tidying techniques you’ll never want to leave a pair of socks or a pile of crumpled T-shirts lying about again. This is life organisation at its very best.

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Netflix series

In case you didn’t know, you’ve been folding your clothes wrong your whole life. But don’t panic, as with Marie Kondo’s folding techniques and organisation hacks, everything’s about to get a little better.

The first series of her Netflix Original premiered in 2019 and consists of eight episodes seeing Kondo help a range of people organise their homes and lifestyles, from parents of toddlers to home downsizers, students and empty nesters. (We’ve already got our fingers crossed for Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Season 2.)

The Marie Kondo folding method

So, how does the whole thing work, exactly? Kondo’s folding techniques (which have their own name – the KonMari method) are based on storing and folding clothes vertically rather than horizontally, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

Keep scrolling for a selection of Kondo’s short video tutorials. Armed with the below, you’ll never have to rumple a whole pile of T-shirts to reach your favourite Zara number that just happens to be right at the bottom. Again.

How to fold a T-shirt

Organising underwear

Organising socks

Obsessed with the Kondo way yet? So are we.

Season one of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is available on Netflix now

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Here are the best countries to move abroad to

Here are the best countries to move abroad to


Ever fancied emigrating to Dubai?

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Anyone saving for a deposit in the UK knows what a slog it can be – hopeful first-time buyers can wave goodbye to spontaneous weekends away, start inviting friends round for dinner rather than out, and star questioning whether they really need that weekly Friday night takeaway. The UK’s housing crisis is one that just doesn’t seem to be going away, with reports stating that it takes 22 years on average to save a deposit for a home, and that many millennials have given up on becoming home-owners altogether.

Yet if you’ve ever fancied a move abroad your luck may be in. Thanks to economic trends and government policies, not every country is going through quite the same housing crisis. MoveHub, UK experts in international relocation compared salary progression and property prices in 33 countries in 2016, in order to find out the best places for first-time buyers to move abroad. And the undisputed winner?

UAE

That’s right, the United Arab Emirates, home of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the world’s only seven-star hotel, took the top spot thanks to a boost in wages, combined with a slump in property value of -7.96%. This was followed by Spain (2nd ) and Greece (3rd), both of which have had their fair share of economic woes in recent years.

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UAE is number one on the list

The UK was not featured in the top five (shocker), coming in at a rather woeful number 16 after house prices rose by an average of 5.7% last year, while wages increased by a paltry 2.3%.

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The UK did not fare quite so well…

Singapore

A long-time favourite with ex pats, came in at a respectable number four, largely thanks to government intervention to slow down soaring house prices (despite the country seeing salaries rise by 3.7%).

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Singapore has long been a favourite with ex pats

Harriet Cann, head researcher at MoveHub stated: ‘In general our research shows house prices going up and wages stagnating. Yet in Singapore where a government has intervened, the gap has narrowed, meaning there are steps that can be taken to curb this disparity.’

Erm…UK government please take note.

Turkey however fared even worse than the UK, with property prices growing by 16% whilst salaries rose by just 0.6%. Its location as a strategic ‘bridge’ between East and West makes it a prime location for foreign investors, which is driving property prices sky high.

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Foreign investment has driven property prices up in Turkey

Here are the best and worst places to move abroad

Best Countries

UAE

Spain

Greece

Singapore

Switzerland

Worst Countries

Turkey

Colombia

Egypt

Sweden

Hong Kong

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Oxford is named the most unaffordable city in the UK

Oxford is named the most unaffordable city in the UK


Who knew it wasn’t London!?

Unaffordable city to live in the UK

Londoners are used to hearing how impossibly expensive the capital is to live in, after all, web-blinds.com analysed rent prices across UK postcodes and saw that the average person should be earning around £56 an hour (!) to live ‘comfortably’ in the city.

This is because, apparently, rent shouldn’t be more than 35% of a tenant’s income.

Now, obviously that is really not realistic – but what it does show is how pricy things are becoming.

The cost of London rent is preposterous, with most of us spending around 50% of our income just on our accommodation.

We already know where the most desirable place to live in the UK is and where the happiest place to live in the UK is but can you guess where the most expensive place is?

Gasp! It’s not actually London.

Lloyd’s Bank recently released their annual housing affordability analysis, which basically compares the cost of a home against the average pay in the regional area and it doesn’t match. At all.

The average house price in Oxford is £387,37 which is around 10 times the average annual salary of £36,033.

But, unsurprisingly, London took second prize, thanks to house prices going up an average 57% in the last five years.

Sigh.

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Disney just dropped the cutest cacti pots for the plant-obsessed

Disney just dropped the cutest cacti pots for the plant-obsessed


Plus, they come with artificial plants if you can’t be trusted to keep a cactus alive…

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Everybody’s heard the phrase ‘cat lady’ before, but it seems like in recent years there’s been a new millennial take on the stereotype: a.k.a. the plant girl. We all know somebody (or perhaps you are that somebody) who loves their plants a little too much – draining their bank accounts for a fancy new cactus or having full blown conversations with their lucky bamboo. Luckily, Disney’s catered to all the succulent lovers out there with the cutest line of mini pots themed after all your favourite films. Safe to say, we’re pretty obsessed and honestly these would make a perfect Christmas present if you’re piling up gift ideas.

The tiny pots come with an artificial plant, so if you’re (also) pretty crap at keeping even a goldfish alive it’s a great shout. If you love a Disney classic, there’s a couple that’ll definitely grab your attention. Disney’s taken teacup planters to the next level with a Beauty and the Beast planter designed after everybody’s favourite chatty piece of crockery: Chip.

If there’s any Disney goths out there, their Poison Apple plant pot from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be right up your alley with a creepy skull dripping across it.

Disney Chip Artificial Plant Pot, Beauty and the Beast

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Disney Poison Apple Artificial Plant Pot, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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For those feeling super nostalgic after Domhnall Gleeson’s recent film Goodbye Christopher Robin, there’s also a Winnie the Pooh themed Hunny Pot planter which the yellow bear would definitely approve of.

On the more subtle end, there’s also an Aladdin pot shaped after the iconic magic lamp. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a chatty Genie or three magic wishes but at least your desk will look cute AF.

Disney Hunny Pot Artificial Plant Pot, Winnie the Pooh

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Priced at £6, available to shopDisney

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Disney Magic Lamp Artificial Plant Pot, Aladdin

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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We’re not going to lie, we genuinely gasped out loud when we saw the Guardians of the Galaxy planter. Baby Groot is hands down one of the best Avengers characters of all time and you’ll be able to have your own little version, plus give him a little cactus afro of his own.

And naturally, there’s also a gorgeous minimal Mickey pot which is ideal for the major Disney stan given that the famous mouse will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year.

Disney Groot Artificial Plant Pot, Guardians of the Galaxy

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Disney Mickey Mouse Artificial Plant Pot

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Priced at £6, available at shopDisney

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Whether you’ve amassed a small army of foliage or you want to get your first sensible adult succulent, these pots will definitely brighten up any space.

Priced at £6 each, they’re all available on the Disney website and come with artificial plants inside.

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Putting Christmas decorations up early could actually make you happier

Putting Christmas decorations up early could actually make you happier


Knew it.

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Every Christmas person out there is waiting for Halloween and bonfire night to be over so that they can officially start counting down until the big day. If you’re a fan of the festive period, you’ll no doubt have your beauty advent calendar ready and the Prosecco Christmas crackers chilling in the fridge.

But there’s always that one person who complains that the Christmas hits have started playing in the supermarket too early, or expresses outrage that you’re already watching Love, Actually.

However, now’s the time to gather your fellow Christmas loving friends because experts actually say that prepping for the holiday season early could be the key to your happiness.

Hooray.

Apparently, getting the Christmas tree and Harry Potter baubles out early could make you happier, and it’s all down to our memories.

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Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad: ‘In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.

‘Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!’

See? There’s science behind it and everything. No point in holding back and waiting until we’re firmly in November to get your Christmas on – now’s your chance. It’s time to drag those boxes of tinsel out from the loft and get thinking of your 2018 festive theme.

Psychotherapist Amy Morin also told the website: ‘Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.’

So what the experts are basically saying is that it’s fine to put your Christmas tree up immediately in the name of happiness.

We’re in.

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Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately

Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately


Who knew VHS tapes could be so chic?

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Remember back in the 90s when you would slam your Disney VHS tapes into the machine and watch Hercules or The Lion King over and over again? Kids nowadays won’t ever know the frustration of having a tape get stuck in the machine or manually rewinding a tape with a pen. Well, the house of Mouse is out to help you relive the magic of your 90s childhood with a brand new Oh Oh My Disney 90s Flashback collection. Safe to say, we’re obsessed.

It’s jam packed with scenes from our favourite 90s films, ranging from popular flicks like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin through to more niche choices like Hercules and A Goofy Movie!. (I still stand by the fact that Eye to Eye from A Goofy Movie! is the best Disney song of all time. Get to know it if you haven’t already.) From cool magic carpet denim jackets through to bits and pieces we’re 150% sure we had in our house growing up, we want all of it and luckily it’s dropped online already.

According to Oh My Disney, the line was ‘inspired by the decade‘ and aims to celebrate some of their ‘favourite animated Disney classics from the ’90s’. They’ve definitely delivered on that count. I’ll take one A Goofy Movie! VHS clutch bag and a Beauty and the Beast cup, thanks.

Here’s our favourite bits below…

Oh My Disney VHS Clutch Bags

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Priced at £17, available at shopDisney

Currently available in Beauty and the BeastAladdin and The Lion King

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Oh My Disney Aladdin Ladies’ Denim Jacket

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Priced at £50, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney Beauty and the Beast Glasses, Set of 4

oh my disney 90s collectionPriced at £18, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Desk Clock

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Priced at £12, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Multi-Coloured Pen

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Priced at £4, available at shopDisney

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TBH we’re just thrilled it’s Friday because we’re scheduling a 90s Disney marathon ASAP.

You bring the wine, we’ll bring the Oh My Disney goods – let’s do this.

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These Harry Potter baubles are here to make your Christmas complete

These Harry Potter baubles are here to make your Christmas complete


Accio baubles

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Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

This month, Harry Potter fever is at an all time high. Not only are we blessed enough to get Harry Potter stamps (they truly are a thing of beauty), but we also get to create our own cocktails with actual magic at this Harry Potter bar (and you get your own interactive wand).

And as if that wasn’t enough, Primark has announced that their Harry Potter baubles are back so that Christmas 2018 really will be that bit more magical.

When you see how cute they are, you’ll completely forget that you never received your Hogwarts acceptance letter.

(Sorry for the reminder.)

This year, we’re being treated to some of the fan faves from 2017 as well as a whole new range of Christmas tree decorations, and we dare you to try not to buy them.

Fancy some of the characters in mini bauble form? You can choose from Harry Potter himself, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Hedwig… and if you can’t choose, fear not. They come in packs of two, and will set you back a mere five pounds.

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Primark

If the characters don’t quite tie in with your very sophisticated Christmas decor theme, then maybe you’ll be tempted by the classy snitch and broomstick baubles.

harry potter baubles

And if you want something more traditional, there are lots of options – from a Deathly Hallows themed bauble, to a glittery platform 9 and 3/4 number, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plus, there are house baubles.

harry potter baubles

Primark

Oh, and did we mention that you can also get HP socks as part of a magical duo pack?

With everything in the range costing five pounds or less, we advise that you start stocking up immediately.

Who doesn’t want a Christmas tree dripping in all things Harry Potter?

Apparate to Primark, please.

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These real roses last an entire year and no, it’s not witchcraft

These real roses last an entire year and no, it’s not witchcraft


Totally obsessed.

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Receiving a bouquet of roses is always a special moment, but it’s pretty depressing when they start going brown and need to be chucked out a week later. Having to bin a romantic gesture isn’t very romantic, let’s be real. If you want the magic to last a bit longer (think 51 weeks longer), there’s this cool new company that now sells real roses that last a whopping whole year. And, they don’t even need water to survive. WILD.

The gorgeous long-lasting roses come from a company called Infini London, which was co-founded by a celeb florist called Louis Strudwick. And you can totally see his hand in all the work as each of the roses are absolutely perfect.

If you’re wondering how they manage to keep the roses alive for so long, it’s not witchcraft and wizardry — each of the blooms are individually treated with an eco-friendly solution that keep them looking fresh and from losing petals. Nobody tell Belle and the Beast, that story would have panned out way differently if they’d had one of these on hand.

The roses come in fifteen different colours, ranging from the classics including deep reds and baby pinks to their truly wild blue, grey and rainbow blooms. And these aren’t crappy dyed flowers either, they literally look like they were grown that way and we’re totally falling in love. Apparently, they have some big celebrity fans as well since Leigh-Anne Pinnock from Little Mix has previously raved about them in the past.

Unsurprisingly, these beauties aren’t the cheapest around but they’re perfect for special occasions. You can buy individual long-stemmed roses for £19.99 if you’re on more of a budget or opt for one of their beautifully packaged bouquets, including their see-through diamond cubes (£199) or very haute couture round boxes (£149).

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And if you really want to make a statement, you can also snag their Large Square Box for £299 which holds up to 42 flowers. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Instagram props or an alternative Valentine’s Day gift, they’re a sure fire hit.

We chatted with Infini London to find out what their best-selling bits are and safe to say, we totally see why. Check them out below…

INFINI LONDON The Classic Cube With Red Roses

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Priced at £99, available at INFINI London

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INFINI LONDON Classic Cube in Dark Grey Suede with White Roses

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Priced at £119, available at INFINI LONDON

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INFINI LONDON The Original Round Box In Pink With Baby Pink Roses

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Priced at £149, available at INFINI LONDON

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INFINI LONDON Diamond Cube with Pink Roses

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Priced at £199, available at INFINI LONDON

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So, if you want to sneakily send this link to somebody who needs to take a hint, we’re not going to say a thing. TBH, we’re totally considering buying a box for ourselves as our annual treat yo’self gift: payday’s soon, right?

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Housewarming gifts your friends will actually use (and get you invited back again)

Housewarming gifts your friends will actually use (and get you invited back again)


Bring on the dinner parties.

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It’s an unspoken rule of the millennial lifestyle that you and your pals are going to rent, and then have to move house, and then rent, and then move and rent with seemingly no end in sight. That means there’s always going to be another housewarming on the horizon and you don’t want to be the person who comes empty-handed – or the person whose present instantly gets binned when everybody’s left the building.

We’ve curated an edit of affordable housewarming gifts that your friends will fall in love with and use again and again, with the help of a few home interiors experts.

Housewarming gifts ideas

We chatted to Alessandra Wood, interior design site Modsy’s Director of Style, to get her advice on the ideal housewarming gift.

She told Marie Claire, ‘Housewarming gifts should be three things: thoughtful, useful and affordable. There is no need to outshine others with an expensive gift; as long as it is from the heart and something you can envision your friend using, your job is done! Try to think of a gift that brings people together and will also add a pop to the decor of their new home…Anything marble is sure to be stylish and is a major home decor trend for 2018.’

Housewarming gifts for couples

Handmade Wood and Bronze Resin Cheese Board 

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This faux marble cheese board is a necessity for the inevitable dinner party nights. With a marble-effect detail, it’s more affordable than the real deal but still looks no less chic.

Priced at £30, available on Etsy

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Jo Malone Candles

White Lilac & Rhubarb Charity Candle

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Bring the smell of summer into your friend’s home with this candle from Jo Malone (always a classic housewarming gift). The beautiful illustrations give it an extra special touch, plus proceeds from the candle go towards supporting those in need of help with their mental health.

If you’re thinking of buying luxury candles, diffusers, linen sprays – well, anything smelly really – for your friend, Jo Malone gave us a little bit of advice on what scent to buy when. Emma South, their Fragrance and Lifestyle UK Expert advised, ‘Let peonies and freesias bloom during the summer months, then layer juicy berries and tart redcurrants with grounding woods later in the year.’

Priced at £47, available at Jo Malone

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Funny housewarming gifts

Bathroom Guest Book

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Some people leave stacks of magazines out, others leave a bathroom guest book – or well, they should now that this is available. This hilarious little notepad allows guests to rate their toilet experience, with sections including which songs that best describe your bathroom visit through to a dedicated doodle space you can rate as ‘crap’ or ‘not crap’.

Priced at £11.95, available at Oliver Bonas

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Personalised Housewarming Gifts

Personalised Home and Front Door Illustration

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This beautiful print by MelSmithDesigns is one that requires a little forward planning, but it’s oh-so-worth it. If your friend is one of the lucky ones who’s just bought their very first home, this print is a cute commemorative piece that celebrates that.

Priced at £75, available on Etsy

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Housewarming Gifts for Men

Theo French Press Coffee Maker

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Know somebody obsessed with coffee? This sleek black cafetiere may be a little pricier, but it’s one your pal’s likely to hang onto forever. Perfect for the minimalist, it’ll add a chic Scandi vibe to any kitchen counter.

Priced at £64.95, available at oggetto

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