Gift ideas

Gift ideas

  • Why encouraging your tribe to bring their passions to work is critial to your brand success

    “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

    People connect with people

    Ever wondered where our unique designs come from.....? At Ulster Weavers we are proud to have a hub of super talented designers who produce creations which fit perfectly with our brand values.

    We understand that our people, and in particular our design team, are the face of our brand. We want their designs to reflect our brand promise but equally to reflect their own unique style. That is the very reason why we have cultivated a culture that encourages our designers to bring their own ideas and passions with them to work every day and transpire them into their designs.

    Creativity breeds success

    In 2012 LoveOlli was established by Ulster Weavers designer Olive (Olli) McCaughan. Olive had a passion for found objects and pretty patterns and her entrepreneurial spirit encouraged her to pursue this further and develop her own brand.  LoveOlli creates inspiring and unique gifts using a select group of trusted British and Irish suppliers and fits perfectly with the Ulster Weavers parent brand. Olive has created a range of candles, home fragrance and bath and body products inspired by all the things she loves.

     

     

    According to research conducted by Harvard Business Review, by allowing people to pursue their passions you are 'fanning the flames of motivation' and motivating people to perform at their peak is especially vital in creative work.

    Ulster Weavers thrive on a culture that is built on diversity and encourages collaboration. These strong foundations have allowed us to create traditional ranges such as our highly acclaimed Royal Wedding & Royal Baby collections to our more contemporary designs such as Bee Keeper and Bountiful Floral.

    Never underestimate the value of emotional connection 

    We ensure that the human touch is evident throughout the product journey. From taking the time to understand our customer needs; to our designers taking the concept and putting their individual mark on their artwork; which transpires into a beautiful hand-drawn design, to the process of transferring this onto a textile in our factory. Each item is then elegantly wrapped and packaged by hand.

    Show up every day as the best version of yourself

    One of the most disappointing traits in the world is wasted talent. Do not let that be you and do not let that be the people that you are leading.  Live up to your potential and encourage others to do the same. Love what you do and do what you love. That is when the magic happens.





  • Add a touch of style to laundry day…

    Add a touch of style to laundry day…

    ‘Tis the season to line-dry washing! When the sun comes out, but the chores still need to be done, the perfect excuse to get out in the garden is to hang out the washing. Freshly sun-dried washing always smells and feels luxurious – infinitely more pleasurable than the machine-dried variety - plus it’s ecologically friendly, so your conscience can enjoy it too!

    To add a touch of style to your laundry day, Ulster Weavers’ range of gorgeous laundry bags look good around the house and help you to keep things nice and tidy. Part of the Designers Guild range, the Chinoiserie design features stunning watercolour blossom branches in vibrant inky tones, while Couture Rose depicts large-scale rose blooms reminiscent of Parisian haute couture in rich shades of pink and yellow.  https://www.ulsterweavers.com/couture-rose-laundry-bag.

    Practically speaking the bags have two strong handles, so they are easy to manoeuvre, and a PVC-lined inner and can easily be kept wiped clean with a damp cloth. Both of these Designers Guild fabrics come in a co-ordinating ironing board and peg bag. https://www.ulsterweavers.com/chinoiserie-ironing-board-cover

    As well as these beautiful prints, we like to bring a touch of fun to our homeware ranges and nothing shows this off more perfectly than our cute and quirky peg-bags. If you’re an animal-lover then there’s bound to be a character to suit whether you prefer cats or chickens, bumble bees or bears. These useful peg-bags are sure to bring a smile to wash days and have plenty of space to store your pegs, plus a handy hook so that it’s suspended within reach on the washing line when you most need it. https://www.ulsterweavers.com/laundry-cleaning/peg-bags  

    Once you’re equipped with the latest laundry accessories, you can get your wash on in style and take heed of our top tips for tip-top laundry:

    - It’s always frustrating to lose a favourite item of clothing to a stubborn stain, so make sure you tackle any likely lingering marks as soon as possible. Make sure you put it into soak with a stain remover straight away before washing.

    - Don’t overfill the machine! It may sound obvious, but it’s so important if you want to avoid excessive creasing and make sure everything is thoroughly washed.

    - Be environmentally friendly! Sometimes we wash things after a single wear or as a refresh if it’s been confined to a cupboard for too long. In this situation, choose a cool wash as it will still work perfectly well.

    - Clean your machine! It’s worth running a washing machine cleaning solution through it every few months to clear out excess dirt and soap residue. Do you really want to put your clothes in a dirty washer?

    - Wash and dry dark items inside out to avoid fading.

    For more inspiration on bringing a little sunshine into your home and garden this summer see our full range of products and gift ideas https://www.ulsterweavers.com/seasonal/summer.

  • Our top picks for Christmas - 2017

    Christmas is fast-approaching, and with it comes the chaotic nature of Christmas shopping and gifting.

    The thing is, at Ulster Weavers, we don’t really do stress and chaos; we prefer things to be calm, cosy and lovely. To help you feel the same way, regardless of needing to find those special gifts for family and friends, we’ve put together a short Christmas gift guide featuring some of our favourite items for some truly unique Christmas gift ideas.

    Best of all, they’re all available online for delivery, meaning you get to skip all that frantic running about! Sit back, put the kettle on and enjoy the Christmas build-up…

    For a comfortable home:

    Working hard to keep your house warm this winter? One stylish and effective way to keep your home cosy is by using one of our draught excluders. Made from high-quality cotton and filled with polyester and sand for maximum insulation, they are available in a range of designs to suit any home.

    Our choice would be the Hound Dog draught excluder (https://www.ulsterweavers.com/hound-dog-draught-excluder). Perfect for any dog lover!

    You can see all our draught excluders here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/home-accessories/draft-excluders

    For the baking lover:

    It’s no secret that we love baking at Ulster Weavers. Thanks to the rise of shows like Great British Bake Off, we think the nation is rediscovering its passion as well. If you’re capable of producing fabulous show-stoppers, or just want your cake to look the best it can, our range of cake stands can help.

    One of the most popular ones in our range is the Dotty Sheep cake stand (https://www.ulsterweavers.com/dotty-sheep-cake-stand). Using the same popular print as the rest of the Dotty Sheep range, the stand is made of high-quality ceramic, and can be taken apart for easy storage.

    Find our entire range of cake stands here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=cake+stand

    For the tea connoisseur:

    We’re a nation of tea lovers in the UK. Nothing comforts people like a nice mug of tea and a comfy place to sit. If you have a tea lover in your life, now would be a good time to look at tea pots, they’re set to make a comeback in 2018!

    Once you’ve found a tea pot that suits, team it up with one of our animal tea cosies, such as our adorable Scottie dog, (https://www.ulsterweavers.com/scottie-dog-shaped-tea-cosy) to keep their tea warm and looking fantastic!

    All of our tea cosies can be found here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/kitchen/tea-cosies

    For the sofa:

    Nothing brightens up a living room like a few cushions, does it? We’re very proud of our range at Ulster Weavers, with all our cushions made of 100% cotton with a dense polyester filling, for optimum comfort, and to ensure that the cushions stay plump and shapely.

    Whatever colour scheme you’re going for, we’ll have a cushion to suit. For example, contrasting colours with grey is very on trend, and our Dotty Sheep cushion, with a different design on each side, will co-ordinate perfectly with any shade of grey!

    Check out all our cushions here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/home-accessories/cushions

    For the home chef:

    While not technically a Christmas gift, the chefs who work away in the kitchen on the big day deserve a few bits to make it more enjoyable!

    Bring the Christmas spirit into the kitchen with one of our special winter ranges, featuring everything from oven gloves and gauntlets to Christmas tea towels and aprons. As with all Ulster Weavers products, unique designs are extremely important, and our winter ranges include snow globes, robins and festive garlands.

    For truly traditional Christmas kitchenware try our Christmas feast range, designed in conjunction with Kelly Hall. Featuring a range of useful trays, coasters, mugs and tea towels, the design combines all the elements in a traditional Christmas dinner, meaning it can also act as an impromptu checklist if you’re worried you’ve forgotten something!

    Take a look at the Christmas Feast range here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/collections/kelly-hall#/collections/kelly-hall/shopby/christmas_/

    With these and hundreds more products on our brand-new website, we could write 10,000 words on all the products we love. Check them out for yourself here: https://www.ulsterweavers.com/

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