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DON'T FORGET MOTHER'S DAY!

March 2017

Mother's Day gift ideas

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday 26th March - if you're stuck for gift ideas what about a beautiful basket and fill it with her favourite flowers?

Some of our favourites are:

Small Berber Basket Bag

Floral Lined Basket

Long Handle Zip Basket

Hanta Swirl Basket

Drawstring Shopper and there are so many more we love!

A BIT OF MADAGASCAR IS HERE!

February 2017

raffia hat and drawstring beach basketNew container has arrived with all our favourites and some beautiful new styles too - have a look at them all here:

 

www.basketbasket.co.uk/category-2-madagascar

 

 

 

 

very raffia button beach basket in natural and blue

 

new for 2017 mery drawstring beach basket in natural and pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

raffia natural bowl

raffia storage cube

TOP DRAWER TRADE SHOW IN LONDON

January 2017

top drawer trade show 15th to 17th january london

We're delighted to be returning to Top Drawer at London's Olympia on Sunday 15th to Tuesday 17th January.  Do come and see us on stand 319, in Fashion on the Mezzanine level above the Grand Hall.

We'll have all our new styles for 2017 as well as our, and your, old favourites!

To register for a free ticket, visit their website here.

NEW DELIVERY FROM MOROCCO

January 2017

new basket styles from Morocco for 2017Busy unpacking our latest container from Morocco with these gorgeous new styles.  

 

Have a look at the whole Moroccan range here.

 

Berber Market Basket

 

 

palm leaf sun hat

small berber basket bag

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY AND BIRTHDAY NEWS

October 2016

October competition with Cherry Heart craft blogWe are delighted to join together with the lovely Sandra of Cherry Heart - a fabulous blog sharing her crafty crochet, knitting and sewing adventures - for a special giveaway. Add a comment in her latest post for a chance to win one of our beautiful Bosaka baskets - choose one of the five colours and Sandra will select a winner Tuesday 18th October. UK residents only.

 

It's also our 8th birthday this month so we're delighted to share a special discount with you until 25th October - enter BDAY8 in the Discount Code box during checkout.

If you've subscribed to our newsletter, you'll have already received this news!

 

COME AND SEE US AT THESE GREAT EVENTS

September 2016

September events - West Dean Garden's Apple AffairWe are delighted to be attending the Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair and the Apple Affair at West Dean Gardens this month.  Do join us for some great days out!

 

The Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair is on Wednesday 28th September from 5pm to 9pm and on Thursday 29th September from 9am to 3.30pm.  It is at The Orangery & Pavilion, Whittlebury Park, Nr Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8XW

Over 65 stallholders attending, supporting these charities: Helen & Douglas House, We Are Macmillan Cancer Support and Child Bereavement UK.  Find out more here: www.whittleburycharityfair.co.uk

 

The Apple Affair at beautiful West Dean Gardens is on Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October from 10am to 5pm. There will be live music and cooking demonstrations from multi-Michelin Star award winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, as well as over 40 stalls. Book your tickets now and find out more at: www.westdean.org.uk/events/apple-affair

NEW DELIVERY FROM MOROCCO

August 2016

new delivery from Morocco - bags of baskets in containerPleased to announce that a new shipment has safely arrived from Morocco so all our best selling baskets are back in stock.

 

Also want to introduce some new additions to tempt you!

 

 

baby sequin heart baskets

Baby sequin baskets with hearts and stars - gorgeous little baskets, perfect for little ones - although just as nice for big ones to use as a mini handbag.

 

 

 

 

 

baby sequin stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hand woven waste paper basket

Beautifully woven waste paper baskets would look gorgeous in any home or office.

FEATURED IN THE TIMES MAGAZINE - HOLIDAY BEACH BAGS

August 2016

BasketBasket featured in The Times Magazine August 2016We were delighted to get a mention in Hilary Rose's article, where she recommends our Large French Baskets and Giant Lined Baskets.

 

We usually put our clothes in our beach bags and then pack them in a suitcase with other items filling the gaps around them!  But then again, we do have some beautiful colourful holiday handbags and baskets that should be on display all the time...

 


How to get dressed by Hilary Rose in The Times Magazine featuring BasketBasket

 

FIBRE-EAST IN JULY 2016

July 2016

Join us at Fibre East on July 30 an 31 for a celebration of British natural fibre and crafts

Find out all about it here: www.fibre-east.co.uk

We had another great weekend at this fabulous event for all things wooly! Lots of baskets went off to happy homes and are now providing perfect storage for wool stashes.  

 

Here are a few of our round Bolga Baskets from Ghana in use, with yarn from Freyalyn, Coastal Colours and Taylor Made Yarns:

 

 

Freyalyn's Hand Dyed Fibres in large bolga basket at Fibre East

 

Coastal Colours wool in small bolga basket

 

Taylor Made Yarns' Masham Locks in medium bolga basket

DON'T FORGET FATHER'S DAY

June 2016

father's day gift ideas - men with baskets at a market in FranceMen like baskets too, as seen at this French market, so why not get a basket and fill it with all his favourite things!

 

 

 

 

 

father's day gift idea - wine bottle basket

What about a bottle basket and fill with his favourite wine / beer.

 

 

medium leather trim oblong basket ideal gift for father's day

 

 

 

 

 

Or this medium leather trim oblong basket would be an ideal companion.

GET READY FOR SUMMER!

May 2016

summer holiday beach basketsPlanning your holidays? Don't forget a beach basket - perfect for taking all that you need for trips to the seaside.

 

What about a Marine Bato Beach Basket? Available in blue, navy and red stripes with a drawstring top to keep everything safe inside.

 

giant floral lined Moroccan beach basket

 

Or a giant floral lined basket from Morocco - cotton lining has a zip pocket so you can keep your keys, phone and all important ice cream money safe!

 

large French basket for the beach or storage at home

 

 

 

Or the brilliant large French basket - ideal for beach trips as well as storage around the home or a clothes bag too.

 

 

Mery beach basket ideal for seaside trips and summer holidays

 

 

Or the colourful Mery beach basket - available in 6 colour combinations with a wooden button fastener.

HAPPY EASTER & NEW DELIVERY

March 2016

chocolate Easter eggs in mini Zaza raffia children's basket

Our new shipment from Madagascar has arrived safely and we're delighted with the new styles as well as having our favourites all in stock.

Our mini Zaza raffia bag will be perfect for any Easter egg hunts this weekend!

DON'T FORGET MOTHER'S DAY!

March 2016

mother's day ideas - basket filled with flowers and treatsThis Sunday 6th March, treat your mother - or yourself! - to a wondeful basket. Fill with flowers and goodies. One of our drawstring Hanta Swirl baskets would be popular - available in six different colours and three sizes.

VALENTINE'S DAY COMPETITION

February 2016

valentine's day competition 2016Congratulations to our winner Emma Ferguson who chose a Large Cream/Red Beko Handbag.  Many thanks to all that entered - if you subscribe to our newsletter you'll be the first to hear about the next competition and any other special offers.

The other handbags were the Valy and the Large Vero.

FEATURES IN HOMES & GARDENS AND IDEAL HOME

January 2016

baskets featured in Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines January 2016

We are delighted to see our baskets feature in the following magazines - Homes & Gardens feature our Bolga baskets, Ideal Home feature our medium French baskets and Homes & Interiors Scotland feature the Gambibgo Pot baskets.

 

Homes & Gardens magazine, February 2016 issue

 

 

 

 

Ideal Home magazine, February 2016 issue with BasketBasket's French baskets

 

 

 

Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine, January 2016

5p PLASTIC BAG CHARGE FOR ENGLAND

October 2015

avoid the 5p plastic bag charge and use a basket for shopping

England has finally caught up with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales by charging 5p per plastic bag from October 5th 2015.

Reasons to avoid using plastic bags:
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade - breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil, waterways and oceans, then entering the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them.
- A plastic bag can take hundreds of years to break down in the environment.
- Globally it is estimaged between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are discarded every year.
- Sea creatures mistake plastic bags for food and die as unable to digest them, or get tangled up which can injure or kill.
- Around eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, much of which is in bag form.

A trusty basket will last for years and then biodegrade at the end of its life. Yet another reason why we love them! Take a look at our recommended range of shopping baskets here.

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP VISITS BASKETBASKET AT THE HANDMADE FAIR

September 2015

Kirsty Allsopp at BasketBasket stand at The Handmade Fair September 2015We had a wonderful weekend at The Handmade Fair and were delighted to chat to Kirstie who popped by our stand a couple of times - another basket lover!  

She greatly admired the Ghanian baskets, appreciating the amount of work and skill that goes into weaving them.  One headed home with her plus a Moroccan basket and trays too.

It was lovely to meet up with a number of Fibre East visitors as well and we also fell in love with the wonderful beaded sculptures from www.boafricandesign.co.uk

An amazing three days of showcasing many talented crafters.

 

 

 

LOVELY NEW REED FOOT STOOLS

May 2015

Moroccan reed foot stool new for 2015

These wonderful stools will grace any conservatory or child's bedroom /playroom. Handmade from Morocco with a wooden frame and woven reeds sewn on all sides. They are incredibly comfortable to sit on - as we did with our suppliers last year!

 

More information is about the stools here.

NEW LOOK WEBSITE LAUNCHES

March 2015

new website design for african baskets and french shopping baskets from BasketBasketAs much as we loved our old website design, we felt after 6 years it really could do with an update! So having listened to all your comments and taken advice from some experts, we are delighted with our new look. Hopefully you'll find it easier to find all the different styles we have on offer, and just as easy to place an order :-)

You can register for an account, although it is not compulsory. With an account you can add multiple delivery addresses so if you're thinking of presents, we can send them on your behalf and we also have an option where you can leave a personal message which we will include with your parcel.

We'd love to get your feedback on the new site - good and bad - so please get in touch via sales@basketbasket.co.uk or give us a call on 01420 85112.

The site will always be a work-in-progress as we continue to try to improve your online shopping experience with us.