Tis the season to be jolly, or so they say?  Christmas Gifting - Ho! Ho! Ho!

Tis the season to be jolly, or so they say? Christmas Gifting - Ho! Ho! Ho!

We all love the HIgh Street and hate that shops are closing down but here are a few reasons why mixing up the high street with a bit of online shopping can make the whole Christmas shopping experience just a little more bearable. 
Back to School – A Gift for Kids and Parents

Back to School – A Gift for Kids and Parents

As the summer sun begins to wane, the excitement of a new school year is on the horizon. The return to school brings with it a sense of normalcy, routine, and a plethora of benefits that extend beyond the classroom. In the United Kingdom, the annual ritual of kids going back to school is a time that holds a variety of perks for both parents and children alike.

**1. ** Structured Routine:

After the long summer break, children thrive on structure and routine. Going back to school provides them with a predictable schedule that helps in setting their biological clock right. A structured routine aids in better time management, ensuring kids get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, and engage in extracurricular activities effectively.

**2. ** Social Interaction:

School is not just a place for learning; it's a hub for social interaction. After weeks of the inevitable bad weather and hours indoors, returning to school means reuniting with friends, making new acquaintances, and engaging in face-to-face conversations. Social interactions at school contribute significantly to a child's emotional and social development.

**3. ** Learning Opportunities:

Of course. education is at the heart of school, and the classroom provides an environment conducive to learning. Kids have access to teachers who are trained to impart knowledge effectively. From science experiments to art projects, school is a treasure trove of hands-on learning experiences that cannot be replicated at home.

**4. ** Skill Development:

Beyond academic subjects, school is a place where kids learn essential life skills. Teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and time management are all skills that are honed through interactions with peers and participation in group activities.

**5. ** Extracurricular Activities:

Schools offer a wide array of extracurricular activities, from sports to clubs and arts programs. These activities enable children to explore their interests and passions outside the classroom. Whether it's joining the football team, participating in a choir, or learning to play a musical instrument, these activities add depth to a child's overall development.

**6. ** Sense of Normalcy:

The return to school signifies a return to a sense of normalcy. A familiar routine, friendships, and the buzz of a school environment all contribute to a feeling of stability and reassurance for both kids and parents.

**7. ** Parental Relief:

The summer break often poses a challenge for working parents in terms of childcare arrangements. With kids back in school, parents regain the ability to focus on their professional commitments without worrying about entertaining and supervising their children throughout the day.

**8. ** Physical Activity:

Schools encourage physical activity through PE classes, outdoor play, and sports activities. These opportunities for movement and exercise are crucial for a child's physical health and overall well-being.

**9. ** Mental Stimulation:

The school environment stimulates a child's mind through exposure to new ideas, subjects, and challenges. Engaging in classroom discussions, reading assignments, and critical thinking exercises keeps their cognitive skills sharp and their curiosity alive.

**10. ** Sense of Achievement:

School provides a platform for children to achieve milestones, both big and small. From spelling tests to performing in a school play, these accomplishments boost a child's self-esteem and help them build a sense of competence and confidence.

In conclusion, the return to school offers a multitude of perks that extend beyond textbooks and classrooms. From structured routines and social interactions to skill development and a sense of normalcy, the benefits of kids going back to school are far-reaching. As parents prepare their children for another year of learning and growth, they can rest assured that the school environment holds the key to the holistic development of their young ones.

With student gift sets available in our online shop as well as eco friendly notebooks and travel cups we have gifts for students young and old


Fear not, we have educational gifts for little ones including musical instruments and reading and puppet gift sets designed to engage, entertain and educate even the youngest minds.

Storytime and Making music are proven ways to stimulate creativity, imagination and language in pre-school children.  The more we invest in their development the more fun we have together.



Unwrap Joy: Embracing the Delights of Our Online Gift Shop!

Unwrap Joy: Embracing the Delights of Our Online Gift Shop!

In a world that's constantly evolving, convenience has become our steadfast companion. Whether it's streaming our favourite movies or ordering groceries online, technology has beautifully interwoven itself into our daily lives. And when it comes to gifting, we've got the ultimate treasure trove waiting for you right here at Ooh-Box! Let's dive into the sheer delight and boundless benefits of choosing our virtual emporium for all your gifting needs.


  1. A Universe of Choices:

Picture this: you're searching for the perfect gift and your options seem as infinite as the stars. From new arrivals and new homes, through engagements and weddings, birthdays and beyond our online gift shop boasts a universe of choices all in one convenient digital destination.


  1. From Anywhere, Anytime:

Gone are the days of rushing to brick-and-mortar stores amidst our busy schedules. With our online gift shop, you can indulge your gifting spirit from the comfort of your home, your favourite café, or even during a lunch break at work. The 24/7 accessibility ensures that your thoughtful gestures aren't bound by time or place.


  1. Doorstep Delivery:

Imagine the excitement of your loved one as they receive a package right at their doorstep, a surprise that's been carefully selected and thoughtfully sent. With our online gift shop, you can eliminate the hassle of physically delivering presents. Let the magic of doorstep delivery add an extra layer of enchantment to your gifting experience.


  1. Last-Minute Miracles:

Life can get busy, and sometimes, gifting occasions sneak up on us. But worry not! Our online gift shop is your partner in last-minute miracles. With expedited shipping options, you can rest assured that your heartwarming gift will arrive just in time to make someone's day extra special.


  1. Expert Curation:

Navigating through a world of options can sometimes feel overwhelming. That's where our expert curation comes to your aid. Our online gift shop is designed with categories that make selecting the perfect present a breeze. Not only have we created collections for all events, our gift boxes contain beautiful pre-selected gifts that complement each other wonderfully.  All our selected pieces could stand on their own two feet as a cherished present for your loved one.  Whether you're shopping for a green fingered gardener, student, or newlyweds.  From baby to bath chair, we've got you covered.  All our boxes come wrapped in our signature crisp white wrapping complete with wax seal and option for a personalised card.


  1. Enhanced Payment Security:

Concerned about online transactions? Fret not! Our online gift shop takes your security seriously. We employ top-notch encryption and payment gateways to ensure that your shopping experience is not only enjoyable but also safe.


  1. Exclusive Deals and Offers:

Who doesn't love a good deal? Our online gift shop showers you with exclusive discounts and offers that'll make your gifting spree even more delightful. This means you can spread joy without worrying about breaking the bank.  Your first order comes with 10% off!


In this era of instant gratification and seamless connectivity, our online gift shop emerges as a beacon of convenience, joy, and boundless choices. Embrace the magic of technology and let it elevate your gifting game to new heights. From  tokens of love to doorstep-delivered surprises, every moment becomes a memory when you choose us as your gifting partner. So why wait? Dive into a world where gifting is as joyful for you as it is for the ones you cherish. Unwrap happiness, one click at a time!

Making the Most of Your BBQ Party in the Rain: 10 Tips for a “Sizzler” of Good Time

Making the Most of Your BBQ Party in the Rain: 10 Tips for a “Sizzler” of Good Time

Picture this: a cosy garden, twinkling lights, the tantalizing aroma of grilled delicacies wafting through the air, and the cheerful chatter of friends and family. Now, imagine a sudden rain shower threatening to dampen your BBQ party spirits. While rain might not be the ideal BBQ weather, it doesn't have to be a show-stopper. With a little creativity and preparation, you can still host a memorable and enjoyable BBQ event, rain or shine. Here are some tips to ensure your BBQ party remains a sizzler of a success even when the rainclouds gather.

  1. Embrace the Weather:

Instead of viewing rain as a party pooper, consider it an opportunity to create a unique and cosy ambiance. Set up tents, canopies, or even a makeshift gazebo to shield your guests from the raindrops. Adorn these structures with string lights and decorations to create an enchanting atmosphere that makes the rain feel like a magical touch.

  1. Plan a Menu with Versatility:

When the weather forecast looks a bit gloomy, it's a good idea to choose a BBQ menu that can be prepared and enjoyed indoors as well. Opt for dishes that can be grilled and finished off in the oven. This way, you can keep the grilling spirit alive while ensuring that the food is served hot and delicious.

   3. Prepare Sheltered Cooking Area:

While grilling in the rain is not advisable due to safety concerns, you can set up a sheltered cooking station. Place the grill under a canopy or any other rain-resistant structure to keep the chef dry while they work their culinary magic.

  4. Stock Up on Supplies:

Be ready with an ample supply of umbrellas, rain ponchos, and even spare towels for your guests. This small gesture shows your consideration for their comfort and helps them relax and enjoy the party despite the weather.

  1. Game On, Rain or Shine:

Don't let the rain dampen the fun and games. Prepare a list of indoor games or activities that can be enjoyed if the rain becomes too heavy. Board games, charades or a quiz are excellent choices to keep the entertainment going.  Check out our blog from July 24th for ideas for the little ones.

   6. Beverage Brilliance:

Rainy weather calls for warm and comforting beverages. Set up a drink station with hot cocoa, mulled cider, or coffee to keep your guests warm and content. You can also prepare a range of mocktails or cocktails that complement the BBQ flavours and keep the party vibe going. 

  1. Comfort is Key:

Provide ample seating and cosy cushions in sheltered areas to keep your guests comfortable. Create inviting seating arrangements that encourage mingling and conversation, ensuring that the rain doesn't deter them from enjoying each other's company. 

  1. Plan B for Music:

If you had initially planned to have live music or a speaker system outdoors, make sure you have an indoor setup or waterproof speakers that can withstand the rain. Music sets the mood, and you don't want it to be drowned out by the raindrops. 

  1. Rain-Ready Decor:

Extend your party theme to accommodate the rain. Consider using water-resistant decorations or rain-themed accents to turn the weather into a playful part of your party's aesthetic. 

  1. Positive Attitude:

Your enthusiasm and positivity will set the tone for the entire event. Embrace the rain with a smile, and your guests are likely to follow suit. Remember, it's not about the weather, but the memories you create with your loved ones. 

In conclusion, hosting a BBQ party in the rain requires a mix of preparation, creativity, and a positive outlook. With the right strategies in place, you can turn a potentially soggy situation into a memorable and enjoyable gathering. So, keep the grill hot, the drinks warm, and the spirits high, and you're sure to have a sizzling good time rain or shine.

Our Sizzler BBQ Gift Hamper is the perfect party gift box for him or her and will make a unique house-warming gift or wedding present.  This "meaty" gift box contains a Valiant BBQ multi tool, printed apron, meat rubs and the fabulous Fire & Smoke BBQ recipe book by Rich Harris. (Does not contain meat)!

Shop small UK and support the economy

Love to shop small? Why it’s good to support small businesses in the UK

As a small business OohBox is a huge advocate of shopping with small and independent businesses, that’s why we try and feature as many as possible in our gift boxes.  Our gifts have a good balance of small artisan suppliers that sit perfectly with some beautifully crafted products from larger well-known brands.
The Gift of Mum: Educator, Caregiver and Advocate

The Gift of Mum: Educator, Caregiver and Advocate

In the past mothers were considered the backbone of a family, raising their children and created a nurturing environment for them to grow and thrive.  From pregnancy to birth and beyond, mothers were the primary caretakers and supporters of their children. In this blog, we will explore the importance of mothers and caregivers to explore the significant impact they have on their children's lives.
National Love Your Pet Day – Gift Box Treats for a Furry Friend

National Love Your Pet Day – Gift Box Treats for a Furry Friend

Are you a pet lover who is always on the lookout for the best way to treat your furry friend?

Look no further than our Ooh-Box pet gift boxes! These curated boxes are designed to bring joy to both you and your pet by providing a selection of toys, treats, and other goodies for your beloved pet.  We have unique luxury gift boxes for your dog or cat.

8 Good Reasons to Embrace the Month of Love

8 Good Reasons to Embrace the Month of Love

It’s hard to believe sometimes with the cold, wet weather, but there are many reasons to celebrate February – here’s one good reason… it’s the month of love.  What’s not to like?  You might be surprised at just how much you love this month.
Get A  Spring in Your Step and Plan Your Garden.

Get A Spring in Your Step and Plan Your Garden.

With Spring fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to dust off those wellies, get those scruffs on and get digging.  

Ooh-Box has a collection of gardening gifts and gifts for gardeners that will bring a smile to your green fingered friends.  From Seed Sets to Bee Hotels we have some "blooming" great gift boxes!

What Makes a House A Home?

What Makes a House A Home?

Whether you are buying, renting or it's a temporary arrangement, the roof over your head, your castle your home should be a place of sanctuary and happiness.
Get Moving! Mind and Body Tips for a Happy and Healthy 2023

Get Moving! Mind and Body Tips for a Happy and Healthy 2023

We have all read the advice about altering our commute. Getting off the bus a stop earlier, parking the car a little bit further away from work and running up stairs rather than taking the lift. It works!  The equation is simple, burn off more than you put in.
Strikes, Delivery Issues and Christmas Gifts

Strikes, Delivery Issues and Christmas Gifts

Whether you are one to brave the weather, the crowds and the alcohol or prefer to shop from the comfort of your armchair, I think this year, both routes could prove to be a battle field. Royal Mail strikes!