Mother’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re looking for a sweet gift for your Mum, Grandma, Godmother or any other special lady in your life I’ve put together a little guide featuring some of my favourite small businesses, creative ladies I love and of course some Afternoon Crumbs treats!

  1. Afternoon Crumbs Box of ‘I Heart…’ & Daisy Cupcakes – Mum, Mummy, Nan, Grandma…whoever they are or whatever you call them, you can tell them how much you care with these personalised cupcakes
  2. ‘Marbling’ by Zeena Shah – something for the crafty mamas, Zeena explains all you need to know about marbling anything in your home – from cushions to candles and even your nails! A fun activity for mum or the whole family!
  3. Olive and Frank ‘Be Kind Open Your Heart Love and Go On’ T-Shirt – the lovely words on this t-shirt are taken from a letter written to founder Chloe from her mum who she lost to ovarian cancer in 2020. £5 from every sale goes to Target Ovarian Cancer charity.
  4. Cosmetics a la Carte Bespoke Lipstick – treat her to a special day out with a gift voucher to visit Cosmetics à la Carte’s boutique in Chelsea and create a custom lipstick as unique as her! Or if you’re looking for something that’s ready to go we love their ‘Cupcake’ colour…and not just for the name!
  5. &Klevering Crochet Daisy Placemats (The Letteroom) – we love the fun colour combo of these cute daisy placemats, perfect for Spring entertaining or just brightening up her home
  6. Annie Dornan Smith ‘Just Because I Love You’ Print – Annie’s prints are our favourite for any occasion but we think the sweet words and beautiful florals on this one make it a great fit for Mother’s Day
  7. Imogen Melissa Embroidery Bead Kit – we love Imogen Melissa’s work and this kit is perfect for beginners looking to test out embroidery and beading. A great way to give mum a little mindful moment to herself!
  8. Afternoon Crumbs ‘Spreading Sweetness’ Mug – a perfect gift for the mum who loves to bake or just cosy up with a cupcake and hot drink
  9. Afternoon Crumbs ‘Mum, You’re The Sweetest’ Card – tell your mum just how sweet she is with this greeting card which can be left blank inside or hand-written and delivered direct to her door!
  10. Partner in Wine Bottle – these insulated bottles come in some gorgeous colours and keep your wine the perfect temperature on the go – she’ll be all set for picnic season!
  11. Happy Blossoms ‘The Floral Harvest Dried Flower Baked Blossom Bunch’ – we love Happy Blossoms dried flowers! Not only are they super cute but they don’t require any upkeep so are the perfect gift for busy mums!
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Valentine’s Gift Guide

If you’re looking to something for your Valentine/Galentine or just feel like treating yourself to something LOVEly here’s a little gift guide I made featuring some of my favourite small businesses, sweet treats…and of course some Afternoon Crumbs favourites!

  1. Afternoon Crumbs Mixed Valentine’s Cupcakes – Your favourite flavours have been given a Valentine’s twist! The perfect way to spread some seasonal love.
  2. Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love Book – King of the kitchen Ottolenghi’s books are always so beautiful – perfect for whipping up a romantic meal or hinting for someone else to ;)
  3. Oliver and Bo Love Carnival Light – We have these in the shop at Valentine’s and adore them. They are fun and I love their retro carnival vibe.
  4. Afternoon Crumbs ‘Can We Just Eat Cake And Talk Forever’ Mug – Can we? The perfect mug for those loved ones who make just sitting and having a cuppa and a cake some of your fave moments.
  5. Afternoon Crumbs Mini Valentine’s Cake – Ideal for Valentine’s dessert the cutest mini cake to share with your favourite people.
  6. Oh Squirrel ‘Love You More’ Velvet Hoop – We are such huge fans of Oh Squirrel and her gorgeous velvet hoops are as beautiful as the words on them.
  7. Leiho Think Pink Bamboo Socks – Have you tried bamboo socks?! They are THE softest and this awesome company does great things too! Ideal for gifting to your sole-mate ;)
  8. Sugarfinery ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ Pick ‘n’ Mix Pouch – The sweetest Pick ‘n’ Mix for a movie night in!
  9. Annie Dornan Smith Red Roses Botanical Art Print – We love Annie’s work! I have a collection of her stunning floral prints in my bedroom and adore this rose one too. Yay for gifting flowers that will last :)
  10. Overose Pain Au Chocolate Candle – Ummmm just YES!
  11. Afternoon Crumbs ‘Say It Sweetly’ Valentine’s Cards – Inspired by my loved ones and the kind words I want to express to my friends and family our greeting cards hope to help you share some sweet words this Valentine’s Day.
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Home Sweet Home Gift Guide

Home Sweet Home! Wherever home means to you, there’s no place like it at Christmas. Cute home gifts are some of my favourites to give and receive – I love being cosy at home surrounded by things that make me happy or remind me of who gave them to me. I’ve included some sweet sesaonal decorations, perfect print presents, some secret Santa winners and plenty of decorative beauties to help tick off your present list.

  1. Annie Dornan Smith Peace and Joy Prints – I absolutely love everything Annie designs and hugely admire how she creates and runs her lovely business. These prints are very special with their shiny gold detail. I think they would make a great couples gift!
  1. Birthday Cake Candle – These Ryan Porter candles make me laugh, they all have great names and this one gets bonus marks for being filled with sprinkles!!
  1. Nikki McWilliams Biscuit Cushions – Perfect for cookie monsters and biscuit fiends these cheery cushions make me want to get cosy on the sofa with a cuppa.
  1. Afternoon Crumbs 2022 Wall Calendar – I think we are all ready for a sweeter 2022! Make it fun with this calendar and a whole year of cake!
  1. Kitty McCall Christmas Stocking – I’m such a huge fan of Kitty McCall’s work – I have her prints hanging in my hallway! Kitty’s bright and colourful patterns make me so happy and I love her take on a Christmas stocking.
  1. Hutch London Hand Painted Ceramic Bird Decoration – These super cute painted robin decorations make me smile. I put one on my Mum’s Christmas present last year and she loved it.
  1. Red Hen Trading Globe Light – We have one of these globes in the shop and it’s such big hit with both kids and adults. They make great night lights or brighten any shelf.
  1. Petit BooChe Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Banners – I adore these colourful banners and I definitely want to be in both these Clubs!
  1. Cotton Clara Christmas Embroidery Kits – I took up embroidery over lock down and love Cotton Clara’s kits. They would make a great gift for someone to relax with over the festive period.
  1. Katie Gillies Terrazzo Coasters – Katie’s work is so beautiful and I love watching her work over on her instagram stories. The colours in her new collection might be my fave to date but head over quick as her stuff flys out her shop!
  1. Pepper Loves Ho Ho Ho Candles – Add some fun to your Christmas table with these colourful dinner candles – check out the whole range of cute and cheeky wording.
  1. Gemma Wightman and Emma Giacalone Ceramics Don’t Forget To Stop For Cake Plate – Lauren gave me this special plate and I have it in the shop as a lovely reminder to slow down and appreciate things.
  1. Viktorija Illustration The Art of Gouache Book – We have collaborated with Viktorija for many years now and watching her work on our collaborations has been one of the highlights of our business so far. She’s just released an incredible book all about her love of gouache and showing you how to create your own masterpieces. The lovely bright colours will look great on any shelf!
  1. LostFoundKeep Clay Boob Pots – These boob pots are all lovingly handmade and celebrate being a woman. The perfect little gift for your breast friends ;)
  1. La Basketry Mini Basket Kit and Handwoven Bowl – Tabara makes the most wonderful baskets that are full of colour and beautifully crafted. Lauren has them on her bedroom wall and did one of her kits over Lockdown and loved it too.

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Gift Guide for Bakers

As a baker I love a themed gift and something to remind me of what I love to do! This is basically a list of things I would love to receive or already have! ;) Whether it’s something to brighten up their kitchen, inspire them with new recipes or just make them smile we’ve got a collection of gifts sweet enough for bakers.

  1. Jenna Rae Cakes Recipe Book – Jenna Rae & Ashley Nicole are a huge inspiration to me. I love seeing the beautiful designs they create in their Winnipeg bakery and seeing a strong sister duo at work so I was very excited when they released this, their first recipe book!
  1. Happy Blossoms Hurry Down The Chimney Baked Blossom Bunch – Perfect for busy bakers the Happy Blossoms Baked Blossoms will cheer up any corner. We love their dried flowers and have them in the shop. They come in fun bright colours and some are named after sweet treats too!
  1. Afternoon Crumbs ‘Spreading Sweetness’ Mug & Tea Towel – we loved working with “Viktorija Illustration” to create our ‘Spreading Sweetness’ Collection celebrating some of our favourite Afternoon Crumbs bakes.
  1. Sass & Belle Rainbow Cake Slice and Food Mixer Baubles – if you’ve been into the shop recently you will have seen our Christmas tree decorated with lots of baking themed decorations. Brighten up any baker’s tree with these fun Sass & Belle baubles.
  1. Afternoon Crumbs Cupcake Pin – join the cutest cupcake crew with our enamel pin. Perfect for sweetening any outfit.
  1. Lottie Murphy Macaron Apron – Lottie’s design are so lovely and her macaron collection is full of pretty pastels and would make any baker smile.
  1. Happy Socks Sprinkle Socks – I LOVE a jazzy sock. Bonus points for fun prints and these sprinkle ones definitely take the cake!
  1. Bable Butter Candle – Isn’t butter just the best? Remind them of their favourite ingredient with this cute hand-painted butter candle!
  1. Simply Katy Kitchen Essentials Art Print – This cute delicate print is giving us cosy kitchen vibes and makes us want to do some Sunday afternoon baking.
  1. LuluQ Studio Merry & Bright Bauble Cake Topper – LuluQ toppers are so much fun and their bold designs make any cake brighter.
  1. Happy Sprinkles Santa Santa’s Cookie Selection Sprinkle Box – A treasure chest of festive sprinkles make the perfect gift for any baker this time of year.
  1. Charlotte Posner Baking Girls Print – Lauren bought me this print last Christmas and I adore it. Charlotte’s designs are so clever and I love these badass baking babes.
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