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10 Greeting Cards Fails

With the best intentions in the world, sometimes we just get it so wrong when it comes sending greetings cards. Feast your eyes on ten of the best (or worst – depending on how you look at it)…

We all have a few of these in our lives, right?

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Who knew cats could write? Every day’s a school day…

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Here’s one to make everyone involved feel horrifically awkward.

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Nothing like a bit of emotional blackmail on Valentine’s Day.

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When honesty is the best policy…

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It’s all perfectly innocent here…just a man and his dog relaxing together. Absolutely, nothing to see here.

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Well, they all look the same when they come out don’t they?

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Say what you see.

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When there’s no point lying to her.

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Finally this classic emo warning sign has been incorporated into an informative greetings card.

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So now you’ve seen the dangers out there, make sure you get it right every time with one of our unique designs, personalised exactly how you want them to be 🙂 Take a look at the gorgeous NEW Spring Range here.

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Having a Big Bottom Not a Bad Thing

Having a Big Bottom Not a Bad Thing After All

Having a big bottom is not a bad thing after all! We all know being over weight is not the healthiest thing. But a rounded derrière could actually be beneficial for good health.


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DYP 30% Off Sale Grab a Bargain!

DYP 30% Off Sale Grab a Bargain!

DYP 30% Off Sale DYP 30% Off Sale Grab a Bargain!

DYP 30% Off Sale Grab a Bargain! Our sale starts today and you can use our code: THIRTY% at the checkout to receive 30% off of your basket total on our store. Plus orders over £20 get free UK delivery so it’s a win win for you!


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Christmas TV: It’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

Christmas is about chocolate, cocktails and unbridled TV watching.  Or at least it is round here.  Yeah yeah, there’s the giving and the caring, and the feasting and celebrating.  But there’s also so important goggleboxing to do.  Square-eyes don’t get square by themselves you know.

Christmas TV

So what’s in store for us?  Pretty much the usual stuff, the obligatory Strictly, the traditional Christmas eve Bond, blabla pass the vodka.  It can all be pretty much circumnavigated if you have a subscription to Netflix or Amazon or whatever.  But what if you don’t? Well, don’t worry. We’ve had a look through the TV schedules and there’s something for everyone.  You don’t have to resort to watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the gazillionth time.

Christmas Eve

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  7.30pm Channel 4  Michael Rosen’s much loved children’s book has been animated.  Stars Olivia Coleman.

Muppet Christmas Carol  5.50pm Channel 4  I’m reliably told that the Muppets stick surprisingly close to the Dickens original story.  And who doesn’t love the Muppets?

Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle  22.05 BBC1  Waiting up for Santa?  The best bits of Phoenix Nights and more, should keep you occupied while the varmints fall asleep.

Christmas Day

Raymond Briggs Father Christmas  8.30am Channel 4  Settle the kids in front of this and go back to sleep for a little while

Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal  9.00am Sky2  Will keep everyone occupied while you pull yourself together and get over Santa’s hangover.

Polar Express  1.00pm ITV2  Children’s favourite, belief in Father Christmas is restored in an epic journey to the North Pole.

The Great Christmas BakeOff  4.45pm BBC1  Your last chance to get your BBC Bake Off fix before it hightails it over to Channel 4 next year.

Dr Who  5.45pm BBC1  Essential Christmas Day watching obvs.  Apparently a good sprinkling of superhero references in this Christmas special.

The Last DragonSlayer  5.45pm Sky1  If you’re more of a fantasy family than a scifi family, check this film out.  A little bit Pratchett, a whole lot of adventure

Call the Midwife  8pm BBC1  Special Christmas episode.  Box of tissues at the ready.

Eastenders  9.30pm BBC1  The obligatory Eastenders disasters await: someone’s bound to be found out / get murdered / leave in a taxi, as Max Branning returns to the Square.

Boxing Day

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn  11am BBC2  Something to aim to get up for.  Or watch it in bed with the kids.  Or without them.

West Side Story  2.20pm Channel5  If you didn’t make it up for Tintin, surely you can drag your sorry ass to the couch for West Side Story?

World’s Strongest Man 2016  6.00pm Channel5  Action from the contest at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.  Yeah, it’s traditional. 

Revolting Rhymes   6.30pm BBC1  Animations based on poems of Roald Dahl.  Features Dominic West and Rob Brydon

Captain America: The First Avenger  9pm Film4  Superheroes for older kids and big kids.





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It’s time you made a start on the Christmas Cocktail



I had my first proper Christmas cocktail of the year last night.  While present wrapping.  A dirty martini.  Allegedly, it was Churchill’s favourite cocktail. It’s really not much of a cocktail, but  I’ve always been a bit of a gin-girl so it suits me fine.  4 parts gin to 1 part green olive brine.  You can add a dash of dry vermouth, but I don’t bother.  Shake over ice.  I forgot to hold down the lid and ended up having to lick quite a lot of it up from the counter.  Strain into a glass and serve with a couple of olives.  If there’s any left in the shaker after the lid flies off.  Want something a bit more, cocktail y (as oppose to spilt gin and olive brine)?  Here’s a selection of vaguely Christmassy recipes to try.

Christmas Cocktails

The Refreshing One: Cranberry sea breeze punch

  • Frozen cranberries
  • 1litre cranberry juice
  • 500ml vodka
  • 400ml grapefruit juice
  • 2 limes cut into slices
  • Ice

Pour the cranberry juice, vodka and grapefruit juice into a punch bowl or large jug and add lime.  Add some ice and the frozen cranberries.

The Fizzy One: Sloe Prosecco Royale

  • Crushed ice
  • 50ml Prosecco
  • 25ml sloe gin
  • 25ml cherry brandy
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour over the prosecco. Slightly bruise the leaves of the rosemary by rubbing lightly.  Drop it into the glass.  Slowly pour the sloe gin and cherry brandy into the glass so that they sink to the bottom.

Something Warm: Mulled white wine

Fancy something warm, but not a fan of red wine?  Try this unusual mulled white wine.

  • 750ml white wine
  • 100ml madeira
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • 4 dried apricots
  • 5 cardamom pods bruised
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half
  • 1bsp honey
  • A few drops of rosewater

Pour the white wine and madeira into a large saucepan.  And the rest of the ingredients except the rose water.  Bring to a simmer then strain into a jug.  Stir in the rosewater before serving.

Is it a drink or is it a pudding? : Nutella Frangelico

  • 50ml double cream
  • 1tsp Nutella
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 25 g milk chocolate chopped
  • 25ml hazelnut liquer (Frangelico)
  • 1 tsp chopped hazelnuts

Whip the cream till thick then fold in the nutella.  Try for a marbled effect.

In a saucepan warm the milk until simmering.  Take off the heat.  Add the chocolate and stir till melted.  Return to the heat to warm through.  Add the Frangelico

Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and add the whipped cream.  Sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts.

The One With A Rude Name: The Blow Job Shot

You’re supposed to drink this without using your hands.  It could get messy.  Infact, it will definitely get messy.

  • 15ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 15mils Coffee syrup
  • Whipped cream

In a shot glass, layer syrup, Baileys then cream.  Drink in one go, no hands, or however you like.

Have fun, drink responsibly x


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The Big DYP Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Gift Guide

We have scoured the internet, to give you the DYP Gift Guide.  We’ve gone mostly for independent businesses.  And we’ve aimed for some unusual and unique gifts.  If you can’t find some inspiration here, we’re sure you will on some of the websites we’ve mentioned.

The DYP Gift Guide

Gifts for Travellers

Gift List

Scratch The World Print We found this fabulous concept map from Maps International.  It’s the perfect gift for anyone intent on conquering the world.  Whenever you visit a country, you can scratch off the gold coating to reveal the country beneath.

The Yorkshire Beer Experience  If someone’s grounded for the winter, how about a virtual trip round God’s Own County in beer? A kit with lots of different Yorkshire ales.

Gifts for Babies

What do you get for the little person who doesn’t even understand Christmas yet?  They’re probably going to prefer playing with the box and the wrapping paper anyway.

Teething Ring  How about something useful like this teething ring from Little KG Boutique.  It’s pretty too, and doubles up as a rattle.  Very handy.

Wooden Shape Sorter Or a handmade, personalised wooden toy, like this shape sorter from Auntie Mims.

Personalised Silver Plated Baby Spoon For the baby born with silver spoon in it’s mouth, how about a personalised keepsake to treasure as baby grows up.

Gift List Gift List

Gifts for Parents

You know what mums need?  Time off, of course!  So how about an experience.  There’s a tonne of art and craft days at , as well as plenty of other experiences.  Red Letter Days have vouchers for hobbies, crafts, food and drink, dance and music experiences and more.  We also looked at what our colleagues at Not On The High Steet were offering.  We found, amongst other things, a Harmonica lesson, a luxury chocolate tasting evening, and an alpaca walk and fleece felting experience.

Gifts for the Ethically Minded and Over-stuffed

Gift ListSo many of us just have too much stuff already.  How nice would it be to share the Christmas love with individuals and communities that really need it.  Oxfam have vouchers that will buy a goat for a rural family or provide winter warmth for a refugee, or a toilet for a village, and much more.  Good Gifts have vouchers that help people set up micro businesses, buy text books, provide baby clothes etc.  That’s just how all encompassing our Gift Guide is!

Gifts for Music Lovers

If you have a music-lover to buy for, look no further than Guitar Geekery, with mugs, tshirts, posters and more.

Gift Guide

Gift GuideOr the best of musical biographies in the Rough Trade shop. Or some vinyl from an independent record store. To find a local one in the UK, search here or for the USA search here.  They aren’t definitive lists, but they’re a start.


Gifts for Foodies

True foodies are a bit tricky.  Do they really want a kit?  They probably have half the ingredients already.  And they’re probably sinking under a mound of recipe books.  But what about something a bit unusual?  Make your own bacon perhaps?  Or cheese?

Gift Guide

Yorkshire’s finest, Betty’s do vouchers.  Treat someone local to a posh afternoon tea, or a choice from the Betty’s mail order service for those further afield.

Gifts for your Lover

Gift GuideAhem, well, it depends doesn’t it.  Romantic, sexy, practical ?  Well, here’s something cheesy.  Or should we say chocolatey.  A Romantic Chocolate Gesture from Morse Toad.


What about some gorgeous jewellery.  We like this pendant by Kaila Jewellery, if Santa’s reading this, nudge nudge.  And who doesn’t want a swish new watch eh?  This Zoom Beat Watch from Maxout is something a bit different.

Gift Guide Gift Guide

Gifts for Children

Children can never have enough books.  In our humble opinion.  Whatever they’re in to, there’s a book for that.  The Book Trust gives exhaustive lists and ideas for all ages and interests.  Have a browse.  What could be better!

Gift Guide

Gifts from DYP

Of course no DYP Gift Guide would be complete without including DYP gifts too!  Lots of cheeky mugs, prints and teatowels.

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8 things you should do right now for Christmas

Christmas Preparations


Just 17 days to go, it’s time for some serious Christmas preparations.   Need a new sofa?  Deep-cleaning the house?  Forget all that.  Boil it down to the essentials.  Booze, cards, tree, food, presents.  Who cares about the rest?

Here’s eight things you should do right now to prepare for Christmas.

Christmas Preparations

  • Do your online shopping. Remember last year when you ordered everything last minute and had to explain to the kids that Santa had broken down on the motorway? Last date for Royal Mail posting is 21st  But you know your parcel will get stuck at the depot for three days.  Come on, how much stress do you need?
  • Get your cards written and sent. What, you’re not sending any this year?  Aww man, not any?  Here’s five good reasons why you really should.  The earlier you send them, the more likely you are to get some in return, hehe!
  • Book your supermarket delivery slot. Guess what, Tesco’s delivery slots are ALL TAKEN for the week before Christmas in our area.  Already!  Arghh!  ……. ‘scuse me while I do my order….

Christmas Preparations

  • … I’m back.  Bake and freeze some Christmas deserts this weekend. Make up some mince pies and freeze them in their tart tin.  You can bake them from frozen.  Great for those emergency last minute guests.  Or how about making up some Christmas icecream? There’s a recipe here  but you can mix the fruit and spices into ready-made icecream to speed things up.
  • If you haven’t already got your Christmas tree, get it now. Who hasn’t spent days driving round town looking for the last tree.  And not finding one.  And having to cut out a tree shape in green paper and stick it on the wall?  Oh, just us then.

Christmas Preparations

  • Wrapping paper.   Have you got?  It’s surprising how long it takes to wrap presents.  Unless you’re a bloke/cheat who just bungs everything in gift bags.  Anyway, start doing it now, and save yourself drinking time on Christmas eve.
  • Hide the sweets and chocolate. Places that have proved childproof in this house: inside flour packets, behind the most dull looking books, in my sock draw.  Nowhere else is safe.  Plus, if you forget, that makes a nice surprise sometime in the future.
  • And get into the Christmas spirit. Come on, you know you want to.  And if you can’t find any, try the wine instead.

Christmas Preparations


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DYP Favourite Local Businesses

DYP favourite local businesses

DYP favourite Local Businesses: Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. It’s a campaign to support, inspire and promote small businesses across the entire UK. Encompassing a great celebration and a shift towards buying local and being more aware of where your products come from, who makes them and are they ethically made.


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Happy Thanksgiving to our American Friends!

We don’t have to explain the importance of Thanksgiving to our friends over the pond.  But here in the UK, it’s still a bit of a mystery.  What exactly is  it?

The First Thanksgivings

It all started with those first European settlers in America.  In Canada it’s traced back to 1578.  Explorer Martin Frobisher had been trying to make his way by sea from Britain to the Pacific around by a northwest passage. He held his thanksgiving celebration of surviving the journey.  He held the ceremony on Nunavut Island, with a service to give thanks to God.


And then again French Canadians trace it the early 1600s and the first French settlers celebrating their successful harvests.

New elements to the celebrations were added as new immigrants from Europe arrived, but the turkey thing didn’t really get there until American Revolution when those fleeing the revolution settled in Canada.Thanksgiving

In the USA, the first thanksgiving is usually attributed to the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.  Puritans emigrated from England in the 1620s.  They took with them traditions of fasting and  thanksgiving with them.  Their Thanksgiving was for their harvest.  But we have to remember that the USA was being settled by people from all over Europe.  They all brought their own individual traditions with them, and put them in the melting pot.  There are claims for instance that Spanish explorers in Texas celebrated thanksgiving feasts much earlier.


Whatever the origins, it was much much later that an actual date was settled on.  And wasn’t until 1941 that the US settled on the third Thursday in November.  Canada celebrates it on the second Monday of October.

The Celebration

So that’s the background.  I guess we’ve all watched enough movies to get the idea of the celebration.  Traditionally there’s turkey on the menu, as far as the food is concerned.  And Pumpkin Pie.  And it’s all about friends and family.  It’s often a much bigger social occasion than Christmas.  There’s obviously a religious part to it, with Thanksgiving to God, but it’s also a cultural secular celebration.

The days after Thanksgiving are given as holiday for many.  Except retail staff, who probably have their busiest day of the year.  Retailers take the opportunity to offer huge incentives for people to start their Christmas shopping.  The Friday after Thanksgiving has become known as Black Friday.  And Cyber Monday: when everyone returns to work and presumably uses their works’ internet to do their online shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving

But it’s Thanksgiving itself that has the real cultural significance for Americans.  We wish you all a very happy day!

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Black Friday Sale, 30% Off!

Black Friday

Black Friday Sale

It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday, so all our US friends will be getting ready for the big celebration.  But wherever you are, the third week in November means it really is time to get your shit together with Christmas shopping.  So how’s this for a bit of motivation: our Black Friday sale will give you a MASSIVE  30% off in our shop from this Friday 25th to Monday 28th.  Just use the the code: BF30 at checkout.


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Don’t forget the Thankyou card for all those fabulous presents you’re going to get!

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