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Shop Small, Shop Independent.

With the biggest shopping season of the year nearly upon us I think it’s really important to address our own shopping habits.

This year I have made a pledge to myself to shop small, shop independent and shop local when I can.

There are so many reasons to do this! By supporting independents you are supporting entrepreneurs who work tirelessly around the clock to keep the costs of their products down and their energies in creating something a little different. Small business owners don't have massive advertising budgets and wear so many hats that larger brands would employ numerous people to do. When you shop with a small brand you are not just a number. Along side making their products they maintain a personal and friendly serviced it really is true what they say:  many small business owners actually do a little happy dance every time they make a sale.

By supporting your local shops and stores you are supporting the community. Online store owners and bricks and mortar shop owners spend the money they make on your purchase to put their child through ballet lessons or on their child’s rugby sub’s.

I urge you to have a go at shopping small and independent.  With so many wonderful Indi brands now online it is now a perfect climate for shopping alternatively ou can purchase from your local small independent stores on the phone and via social media. Give it a go. I can honestly say you’ll get a buzz from knowing how much good you are doing!

Please do take a look at our online store for any gifts you may be buying and don’t forget I’m here to answer any questions you may have.

  

My Favourite Oak Gift Products!

I have so many favourite products right now but I decided it important to narrow them down and pick just six. I have selected a small selection of oak gifts that may well be considered as perfect presents for your loved ones. With so many amazing new brands and small indie businesses out there and the most wonderful array of hand finished personalised gifts and products for you to choose from I thought it would help if I took some of the pain out of trailing through reviews and time figuring out the things would make the best gifts for you.

 

So here goes:

The Bits & Bobs Bowl 

Oak Bowl

Simply my favourite product of all time just because it emulates an oak tree. You can almost count the rings in the bowl and the grain shows through so beautifully. There are three sizes, Mini , Small and Large. They are are great for change, keys, trinkets, cufflinks, earrings and an all manner of bits and bobs! Engrave with a name or something witty. One of my favourite to date is "onandonandon" which made reference to the middle drawer in overtones house 

 

The G&T Board

This is one of our mot iconic oak gifts. Its super popular and every Gin and Tonic lover really needs one to cut their lemon, limes cumbers or any other delicious addition they need to make the prefect G&T.


Egg Rack

Oak Egg Rack

Eggs are kept at their optimumm freshness at room temperature and this is such an attractive solution for any contemepory or country kitchen. If someone has their own hand then this is such a great way to store them and looks really great with a witty message and personalisation. Eggcellent I hear you say!

 

Chopping Board 

 

Our chopping boards are gorgeous, solid, long lasting and unique. An oak gift that will last a life time and look beautiful the whole time. Every kitchen needs a solid oak chopping board and these really add that little bit more personalised with dates, names and words to celebrate that special someone!

 

Door Stop

This beautiful solid oak door stop is made from natural Green oak and is a great example of a beautiful sustainable gift. Paired with a natural manila rope 

This is a list of all of my favourite products this week - I am sure they will be different next week as they are all such gorgeous oak products I can never really decide for sure! 

 

Check out our collections to decide what your favourite gifts and start creating your oak gift lists! 

https://fromtheoaktree.co.uk/collections

Garden Swings Offer More Than Just Lots Of Fun

The old fashioned garden swing conjures up so many wonderful memories for so many people and you will be pleased to hear that there still aren’t many children who don’t like swinging on a garden swing.Read more

The Kitchen Loving Dad: Gift ideas for Fathers day

Does your dad like long lasting gifts that are that little bit different? We have some wonderful Fathers day gift ideas from a range of Oak kitchen gifts, Oak chopping boards and oak welly boot racks. All items can be engraved and personalised with your choice of words.Read more

The Dirty faces From Behind The Oak Tree

We are Charlotte and Sam and together we make up the partnership from Behind The Oak Tree. 

We created the four most wonderfully crazy, gorgeous and pretty cheeky human beings and are living in the midst of a on-going, life long renovation project- and we love it!

From The Oak Tree  has been such a great addition to our family lives. It brings so much joy to so many people.  I can't actually believe how our beautifully simple oak gifts look so bloomin' gorgeous once engraved, sanded and oiled. It makes me squeal with delight.  It's true what they say- small business owners do a little happy dance when they receive an order

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It's A Family Affair!

In 2015 Sam and I had a vision. We wanted to create something that we could work around our young family- something we could create together, Sam could produce and I could market and sell. From The Oak Tree was born through a simple vision, some very hard work, long hours and real elbow grease.  

Our children were witnesses to this hard work and the whole process. Then 9,8,6 & 3 years old they accompanied us to meetings, slept in the truck at events, helped oil, stamp and handed out numerous leaflets! It became part of their normal life and our 5th baby.

A couple of years ago when Claudia was 11 I noticed she had made a video on her iPad....it shows me that our hardwork hasn't gone un-noticed. Our children really do believe in us and From the Oak Tree really is a family affair!!

Please take a minute to watch her hard wok and really appreciate how little and cute they were!!! LOL

Charlotte xxxx ( and Claudia xxx)

Recipe For Jamie Oliver's Veggie Chilli

 

Self Filling FireSelf Feeding FireOn 18th January 2019 I was featured on Channel 4, Jamie and Jimmies Friday Night Feast on the DIY build. The recipe for the vegetarian chilli was delicious and the feed back at CHARFEST was great- so I thought I'd Share....Divide the ingredients down as per the people you are feeding. This would be perfect in a hotpot or slow cooker if you don't fancy the self feeding fire build!

Veggie chilli – (serves 25)

3 onions
6 garlic cloves
2 leeks
3 red peppers
2 red chillies
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablespoons ground coriander
3 tablespoons ground smoked paprika
3 tablespoons dried oregano
2 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons tomato puree
350g dried red lentils
350g dried green lentils
3x 400g tins red kidney beans
3x 400g tins black beans
3x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
2 litres vegetable stock

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic, then trim and finely chop the leek, red pepper and chilli and place into your largest, heavy-based pan over a medium heat with the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until softened. 

Add the spices, dried herbs and tomato purée and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Stir in the lentils and the beans, followed by the chopped tomatoes and the stock. Bring it all to the boil, then reduce to a low heat and let it bubble away for at least 1 hour (or until thickened and reduced) stirring every 15 to 20 minutes, then season.

Serve scattered with coriander leaves, lime wedges, tortilla chips, guacamole and a dollop of soured cream on the side.

Self Feeding Fire

Valentine's Gifts For Him

Valentines Gifts for MenI just opened my emails this morning to an email from The Good Web Guide to say that we have been featured in their "Valentine's -Gifts For Him" Edit. Not only am I really happy to have been featured I think this is all too exciting as I love the Neon G&T Board that they picked as a perfect gift for your fella on the 14th February!

We have a whole range of other gifts for men if the Neon Board isn't quite his cup of tea. The Bits and Bobs Bowls are always appreciated by blokes as they are such a solid piece of oak, with the natural grain running through and offer the perfect solution to storing loose change, keys, T-Pegs screws and all his bits and bobs when he empties his pockets to save the washing machine ( that's if you have him well enough trained!)

If your MR is particularly fond of his devices he may like somewhere to stand them and charge them...it's a life saver for tangled up wires and looks the part on the side of a desk, next to the bed or on any side board- engraved with a favourite saying or his name it makes a useful device charger really personal.

Lots of men really love a glass of the grape so a wine rack is sure to impress them and show them they really are loved this Valentines day. Let us know if you need help with engraving ideas- we have had some really great ones over the years!

Thanks to The Good Web Guide for the feature. Its a great website so make sure you nip over and have look and in the meantime have a look through our valentines election for some more ideas.

Neon Chopping Board

Lots of Valentines Love Charlotte x

 

 

 

A Thankyou For Your Shooting Host

With the pheasant shooting season coming to the end on the 1st February you may be starting to think about purchasing a special gift for your host or perhaps you had such an amazing time this season and really want to show how much you appreciate all the hard work your game keeper does.

Our Shot Glass Trays and Shot Glass Peg Trays are such a fabulous addition to any shoot. The Shot Glass Peg Trays also have the added addition of the peg number discs underneath the glasses which offer and ingenious way to select your peg for the days shooting. Each person enjoys their shot and reveals their peg number on lifting the glass.

The Peg Boards look great engraved with the name of the shoot, farm or estate and will be a welcome addition to any shooting lunch or dinner.  What a delicious way, paired with slow gin, to start your day out in the great British countryside! Then re-use it again after your shooting lunch with a rich port to finish.

The shot to keep your barrels hot!! Shot Glass Peg Tray

Charlotte x

 

 

Three Reasons To Shop with Us!

I gave myself this as a blog title and found it hard to nail down just three reasons that set us apart from other online gift businesses...after all why on earth wouldn't you want to shop with us?  

So here are three reasons why you SHOULD shop with From The Oak Tree:

 

1 / SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

When you email, send a text, comment on our Insta feed, check us out on facebook you get real people! You get little old me; in my office, on dog walk, at a show or even on the school run and I will really try and help find out exactly what it is you need ( or really want!). When you contact us you become part of our extended family- I buy into your ideas and really try and understand the people you are buying for.

I personally write out each and every order and send it to the workshop where it is carefully made and looked after until it comes back to me for oiling and packing.  I look after each gift as if its's for my best friend and I get a little bit of happiness from each and every oak gift. If you want to make a slight change to an order, contact me, Il'l contact you as soon as I can and I will do my jolly best to oblige- if you want some ideas or some inspiration I may be able to help too. Real people make real ideas come true and because we are small we really do make all of our products with love!

Charlotte Clemons Charlotte Clemons Charlotte and Sam Clemons

 

2/ WE MAKE HEIRLOOMS

Our oak gifts are not just gifts for the now they are gifts for the future. Think about an oak tree- it stands proud, it holds its ground and it is admired for many, many years. That's exactly what our products do!

Imagine the Oak Swing that you want to buy your little one. When you get around to purchasing this beautiful swing with an inspirational quote, their name or even the name of the house, the children will be over the moon with their gift . You too will admire it most days and sometimes have a sneaky little swing (after all we are never too old).  Many a season is witnessed from this wonderful oak gift.  The years pass, it's still enjoyed and that little one is now a big one, now an adult and has children of their own....enjoying the beautiful oak swing the same way it had been used all those years ago.

Think Chopping Boards, Toast Racks, Welly Boot Racks...all everlasting gifts to be had! Heirlooms in the making!

 

3/ WE CAN SOLVE GIFT ISSUES

When you are looking for that really "special gift", something different, something unique and something that really says; "thank you", "I love you", "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" or a whole list of other messages we have the answer! There really is something for everyone in our range and each gift can be made that little bit extra special using your own choice of words.

Our Chopping Boards look amazing perched on the top in every single kitchen on earth. They are a reminder that we are loved and have been thought about on each daily occasion it is used.  Our swings add life long fun to the lives of those you have gifted. The Welly Boot Racks add organisation to the homes of busy people who really will be over the moon with their new oak addition. If you require something a little smaller consider one of our kitchen or in the house products.  Paired together with your own choice of words, something useful becomes something really special and tells that hard to buy for person that they are "worth the extra effort".  

 

         

So there you have it, my three reasons why to shop with us.  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget if you have any questions at all get in touch- it really is me at the other end xxx

 Charlotte xxx

 

 

 

The Perfect Turkey Board

Christmas dinner is literally one of my favourite things of the year. I picture it in my head, just like the cheesy adverts and the Dickens novel; my angelic children sitting nicely, laughing over pulling crackers, while the biggest turkey ever grown sits juicy and golden in the middle of the table. Heaven. Never mind the desserts.....Read more

Christmas Gift Ideas For The Home

What do you buy people who have everything? Something for their house of course. With these unique ideas there will definitely be something that they don’t have – and maybe didn’t know they needed until now!Read more

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Fed up of the Argos and Smyths adverts yet? The plastic, breakable, loud annoying toys, whipping the children up into a cacophony of screeching about how they “need that” for Christmas?

Let’s take it down a notch. Let’s move back to environmentally friendly, sustainable, beautiful presents that will be loved and used for years.

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The Perfect Mince Pie Recipe

Our Christmas mince pie board is genuinely one of my absolute favourite products. So as well as the legacy that this gorgeous gift creates, how about making some more memories with your children and get them involved in making Father Christmas has own special mince pies.Read more

Buying for Blokes at Christmas - From the Oak Tree

I really think men are the most impossible to buy for - even though they would totally disagree. So, if you have a man knocking around, and are stuck for solutions, then let me help you out with my five great gifts for guys.

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Christmas Gifts for the Girls - From the Oak Tree

As usual, I'm nowhere near ready for Christmas, despite my best plans. So, I’ve put together some gift guides to save all of you wonderful people, with great intentions from the drama that needn’t be! Let's start with the ladies in your life.Read more