Penguin Giveaway + 2017 Ultimate XMAS Guide

We love when Christmas comes around because it means we get the chance to tell you about some of the incredible products we think you should be filling your houses with.

This is why we’ve partnered up with brands including Sonos, Penguin and Klipsch for this guide; all fitting for the ultimate gift giving day of the year. There is a little bit of everything in here, including skin care, travel bags and even a way to decrease your indoor carbon footprint.

Penguin have been kind enough to give away five of their little classics to one lucky reader this year. All you have to do is visit their classics list below and tell us which five you would like. The best list put together will materialise. Be quick entries close in one week.

Gregory Halpern’s ZZYZX (Mack Books)

The purveyors of good image taste, independent book publisher Mack have become a go-to outlet for fine quality photography books in the last few years. Founder Michael Mack has done one hell of a job creating a supreme curation of select titles. This year it’s all about Gregory Halpern’s Award winning book ZZYZX. We love the rich visual imagery in this, the real story around his life and the sheer uniqueness of what he sees.

X6i In-ear buds (Klipsch)

This American speaker company make high-end sound systems, speakers and headphones. These babies we picked up called the X6i are a top-notch choice if you like really personal high quality in-ear sounds but dislike cans crowding your ear. We love the little touches such as the seriously durable cord that stiffens in cold weather. Well done.

London Terrariums

Yes those trendy botanical oases have been popping up everywhere but they make sense as a way to loosen your carbon footprint this winter. When everyone else is cutting down Christmas trees and then throwing them out, you can keep this ecosystem going forever. They even do workshops if you’re based in London.

Play:1 speakers ( Sonos)

Sonos have done a great job of creating a unique lifestyle brand around the home. Their dynamic marketing approach has hit a soft spot with audio lovers everywhere but its not just their words, it’s also their actions that standout. We’re pushing the Play:1 here. It’s all about the powerful woofer tucked inside, for a tiny little speaker it packs a punch and is surprisingly rich. As Sonos say, “Small is beautiful.” We agree.

Penguin Pocket series giveaway

We’re offering five of these colourful lightweight novels to our readers in conjunction with Penguin. The next iteration of their Little Classics series may look like candy but they’re way more enlightening than that. These little masterpieces are awesome and offer everything from Kafka’s paranoid masterpiece Metamorphosis to the existential brilliance The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre. Just email us at and let us know which five you would choose from the list here – get clicking – and if we’re blown away by the list we’ll send it to straight to you.

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Haeckels Cosmetics

Full disclosure, we love their whole range. The ingredients for this natural fragrance and skin care brand are sourced locally on the coastal region of Margate. Started by former filmmaker Dom Bridges, they hold one of only two licenses in the world to harvest seaweed. Growing botanicals for their cosmetics is what they do very well. We would definitely recommend the Seaweed / Sea Buckthorn Body Cleanser.

Mountain Duffel (Topo)

Topo haven’t been our radar long but when we came across their well designed and handy range of outdoor gear we were hooked. Made for the active lifestyle, this particular bag is seriously ace, durable, light weight and can be used for a wide range of purposes including getting thrown out of your shared house, hiking, a dynamic city bag or just generally showing off.

Rodebjer gloves

Our favourite brand right now, Swedish fashion house Roderbjer make stylish and elegant wear for women. We couldn’t go past these 100% merino wool gloves.


LiliLite bookshelf lamp

We love this because it’s such a novel use of design and space. As a bookshelf and a light-switch it fixes several problems in one. The shelf itself is made out of single piece of steam-pressed plywood finished with an American oak veneer. And the best part is it’s responsive. When you pull your book from the wooden peak a sensor automatically turns the lamp on.