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  • Get The Camping Gear You Need This Summer

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    The heat of the summer and the long days mean this is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderful world of camping.

    Camping holidays are the ideal way to get in touch with nature, try something new and live a little differently this summer.

    To help you enjoy a camping holiday to the fullest, Poundstretcher offers a wide range of camping accessories that can help you have the best time while in the great outdoors this year.

     

    Cool Camping Accessoriesnavy blue jilong double airbed from Poundstretcher

    There are a few bits and pieces that no camping holiday is complete without. We have Jilong airbeds for you to choose from. With a light design and being really easy to inflate, we have single and double versions at incredibly low prices. This will help you get a good night’s sleep wherever you are!

    And if you have a camping holiday in the offing, you’re naturally hoping for some pleasant weather. If the heat gets up, be sure to get hold of a few of our retro bottles and straws, as well as our 2 packs of ice blocks.

     

    Tasty Camping Treats

    You can also enjoy some tasty treats while out in nature this summer thanks to Poundstretcher.You can find all manner of delicious food and drinks in our stores. Whether you’re looking for snacks and crisps, tasty drinks, or cereals for those beautiful mornings you get while camping, there’s plenty to choose from.

    We also have cans and tins that are particularly easy to enjoy while camping, while our pasta, rice and noodles range is also excellent, so you can have all the provisions you need for your trip.

     

    Camping Essentials

    One reason people may avoid camping is that feeling of being without all your normal home essentials. That’s the thrill for many people, but others just don’t like that thought!

    If you have a camping holiday coming up and are feeling a little trepidation on this front, Poundstretcher has a strong range of camping essentials and must-haves that will help you feel comfortable.

    You can pick up toilet roll, kitchen roll and tissue at excellent prices, helping to put your mind at ease and fully enjoy your holiday in true comfort.

    Be sure to take a look through our summer fun range too, while we also have a great selection of clothing and footwear for you to refresh your wardrobe before your holiday.

    To find yours, simply use our Store Finder tool and start planning your visit. A trip to your nearest Poundstretcher before your camping holiday should definitely be on your to-do list, so don’t miss out this summer.

    Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for competitions, amazing deals, and all kinds of fun!

  • Why You Should Get Into Knitting This Spring!

    Knitting is a fantastic pastime for the young and old alike. Ignore all the nay-sayers and those who liken you to an old granny. Knitting is something you could be getting into right now, especially with the Easter holidays just around the corner!

    So, why should you even get invested in knitting in the first place? Well, we have just a few quick reasons why this creative form of expression is something you should consider!

    And don't fret about where to grab all your supplies; whether you're new to the craft or not, Poundstretcher have you covered for all your knitting needs.

    We have yarn galore across our stores in all manner of colours, and we aren't pulling the wool over your eyes either with our prices. Our yarn start at only £1.99 each!

     

    #1 Gifts from the Heart

    It's always lovely to get a handmade gift, right? Well, how do you think all your friends and family will feel when you knit them scarfs, hats, and other little bits and pieces? Those kinds of gifts are one-of-a-kind and handcrafted by you, making them extra special!

     

    #2 Cost-effective Gifting

    As well as giving a gift that's from the heart, it's also a fantastic way to be cost-effective (especially around Christmas). Knitting your own presents is an inexpensive way of letting people know you're thinking of them.

     

    #3 Keeps Your Mind Sharp

    It's not all about other people; knitting can do wonders for your mind and mental health! It's a great creative hobby that keeps your brain active with a nice logical and creative mixed workout.

     

    #4 A Business in the Making

    Of course, it's not all about money, however, your knitting hobby can lead itself to you opening your own little business online! And with how much of a bargain you can buy our yarn for, you won't be breaking the bank for supplies.

     

    #5 Relieves Your Stress

    Knitting is also a great stress reliever; it keeps your hands busy, and not to mention that focusing on something so intricate can really take you away to a calmer place.

    Think there are any other reasons we missed out? Why don't you let us know and share some of your creations in the comment section on Facebook? We'd also LOVE to see you tag us in some pictures on Twitter and Instagram too!

    To grab some yarn today, just head on over to your nearest Poundstretcher! Don't know where that is? Well, just use our handy Store Finder and you'll know exactly where it is!

  • Our Top Pick Of Flowers & Veg To Transform Your Garden

    It's that time of the year, people! Time for those fingers to turn green and to get on out there into the glorious spring sunshine! The snow and freezing weather are behind us now (we hope), and with April nearing the half-way mark why not think about how to transform your garden into a lush paradise? You'll reap the benefits come summer when you can relax on the patio with vibrant colours and sights surrounding you.

    Now you can fall in love with your garden all over again, regardless of space. All you need is the time and the willpower to see things through. Here we have a few top choices of how you can change your garden with Poundstretcher's range of flowers and veggie seeds!

    Butterfly Garden Set - £1.99

    Decorate your garden with this gorgeous butterfly set, featuring a beautiful butterfly stake and a shake n' rake butterfly seed mixture, containing rainbow shades. The eye-catching butterfly stake is super durable and, paired with the butterfly-attracting seed mixture, your garden with be fluttering with butterflies in no time!

    It's a great way to attract insects to your garden, which has more benefits than simply looking pretty. With varied colours and flowers available, you can find the best match for your garden.

     

    Wild Flower Meadow Seed Mix - £1.00

    Or, how about bringing in a romantic wild meadow look to your garden with the Wild Flower Meadow Mix! It's a lovely combination of annuals and perennials that will flower throughout the season. It covers up to 20 square metres approx. With requiring direct sowing, they are quick to grow.

    Can you just imagine it? Your garden being allowed to flourish in a pattern of whimsical and pretty flowers in a mix of wild colours! It's stunning, it's beautiful, and it can all be yours.

     

    Vegetable & Flower Seeds Mix - 79p

    We sell more than just sunflowers, believe me. With your green fingers, you can fill your garden with huge, wonderful, and amazing produce/flowers by growing your own this season with our great range of seeds. We have a wide variety, whether you want to makeover your garden with dahlias, spice it up with some fiery chillis, or cool things down with mixed lettuce leaves. You'll get your dream Eden-like paradise at a fantastically cheap price.

    This isn't all we have to offer; there's plenty more to choose from. So, why not get out into the garden, get inspired, and transform yours into a relaxing haven! Then just check out our handy Store Finder to find your nearest Poundstretcher and grab some bargain supplies today!

  • 4 Fun Easter Activities for the Whole Family

    Easter is almost upon us, and so is the 2-week break from school for all those happy kiddies out there! What better way to spend it as a family than doing some creative and crafty activities together? Here's a pick of 4 fantastic things you can all do together and make this Easter truly special?

    Crafting & Making

    Let both grown-ups and little ones alike get crafty with this Easter-themed craft kit! It's the perfect set of coloured paper shapes (with glittery butterflies and bunnies in abundance), string, and sequins. You'll have everything you need to make great Easter cards for relatives or even an Easter masterpiece to put on the fridge!

    However, if you feel like wearing what you craft, why not check out our Make Your Own Easter Bonnet Kit! What better way to celebrate Easter and give the kids something fun and creative to do than designing their own Easter bonnet?! It's a great and fun activity for all the family.

    Baking Up A Treat

    Get your bake-on and try your hand at making some delicious Easter cupcakes with this decorating kit! Baking is the perfect Easter activity, and with this adorable cupcake decorating kit, you'll be able to make and decorate your own easter cupcakes! Containing 24 cupcake cases and 24 assorted toppers, this cupcake decorating set is bound to help you create some delicious Easter treats!

    Or if cupcakes aren't your thing, why not check out these Easter Cookie Cutters! Containing 2 rabbit shapes, an egg shape, and a chick shape, this cookie cutter set is bound to help you create some delicious Easter treats!

    Decorate Your Own Easter Egg!

    Why not just get into the Easter spirit and take part in the grand tradition of decorating your own Easter egg?! With this standard carton of designable plain eggs, you can use the 5 washable markers provided so your little ones can turn those six boring eggs into something fantastic and egg-citing using all manner of patterns and colours!

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Finally, why not go with the tradition and fun activity that is a grand Easter egg hunt?! With our very own Easter Egg Hunt Kit, you and your little ones will have everything for the perfect activity for this upcoming break! Contains various egg counters, adorable 'this way signs', and storage bags, everything needed for an egg-citing time!

    How about checking out where your nearest store is so you can grab these fantastic bargains before they're all gone? Our useful Store Finder is the ideal way to find directions and opening times of all the stores in your area. Be sure to check out our Facebook Twitter pages to hear more about other great bargains and competitions happening right now!

  • 6 Easy DIY hacks for spooktacular Halloween decorations!

    Looking for an affordable way to turn your home into a devilishly sinister haunted house this Halloween? Look no further because we’ve put together 6 easy Halloween hacks for spooky decorations below! Scroll down if you dare to discover some amazing DIY decorations, from petrifying painted pumpkins to creepy candles!

    Creepy Candles

    These creepy candles are super easy and a great decoration to place anywhere around the home this Halloween! Simply take a permanent marker and draw on two eyes and a mouth to create ghastly faces! No matter how simple or complex your designs, these candles are bound to creep out your guests!

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    Painted Pumpkins

    Want to create some petrifying pumpkins without the mess? Grab a paintbrush and get creative with some painted pumpkin designs! Take inspiration from these amazing creations and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. So easy but SO effective!

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    Mason Jar Mummies

    These mason jar mummies are a great way to create a spooktacular atmosphere this Halloween. Simply wrap bandages around your jar and secure with glue (or even tie in a knot!), then glue on some googly eyes and pop in a tea light! You can even place in our colour changing LED tea lights for a twist on the classic lantern! Browse our selection of mason jars here!

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    Wall of Bats

    A simple yet fangtastically effective Halloween project is to create a terrifying wall of bats! Print out this bat stencil, then take some black card and fold in half. Place the edge of the stencil marked ‘FOLD’ along the fold in the black card and cut out your bat shape. Unfold and stick to the wall with blu tack! Create as many bats as you like in as many sizes as you want…the more the better!

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    Tangerine Pumpkins

    A cute and quirky alternative to the classic pumpkin, these tangerine pumpkins are perfect for Halloween! Simply take a black marker and draw on your scariest pumpkin design!

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    Lollypop Ghosts

    We love these cute lollypop ghost creations and they’re super easy to make! Take a lollypop, like one of these Swizzels fruity pop lickables, and wrap a tissue around. Secure with ribbon or an elastic band and draw on your spookiest face! The perfect Halloween treats for your party guests!

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  • 5 MUST HAVE Argan Oil Hair Care Products for £5

    Argan Oil: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair!

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    Argan oil, in recent years, has become THE must have product for healthy hair. Sourced from the kernels of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has become known as ‘liquid gold’ for its ability to transform hair, through the huge amounts of nutrients it contains, such as Vitamin E and fatty acids.

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    We, at Poundstretcher, understand the importance of healthy hair but don’t think you need to spend the earth! Argan oil is in popular demand and can be pricey but we have huge bargains on our Argan oil hair products so you can revitalise your hair for less!

    Transform Your Hair with Argan Oil for £5 at Poundstretcher!

     

    1. Rejuvenating Shampoo with Argan Oil Extracts

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    Argan oil shampoo is a great product to use on a daily basis. Many shampoos can strip the natural nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy and can leave your hair drab, dry and fragile.

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    The Argan oil extracts in this shampoo nourishes and moisturises your hair, replenishing day-to-day damage caused by elements like the sunshine, and maintaining a consistent healthy glow.

    The consistent use of Argan oil shampoo will ensure your hair will always be soft, smooth and strong, as well as being protected and nourished!

    1. Luxurious Conditioner with Argan Oil Extracts

    This day-to-day conditioner is sumptuously hydrating, leaving your hair silky smooth! 

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    Many conditioners can look and feel like they’ve enriched your hair just after washing but, after a couple of hours, your hair feels greasy at the roots, dry at the tips and looks, all together, sorry for itself!

    What you need is a conditioner that’s going to truly replenish the moisture back into your scalp, roots and tips and maintain it throughout the day.

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    This Argan oil conditioner will hydrated your hair, leaving it feeling sumptuous, shiny and frizz-free for the whole day. Argan oil is also a truly exceptional ‘detangle’r so is especially effective on hair that’s regularly bleached or is naturally thick and curly!

    The shampoo and conditioner combination are great for busy people who have no time for leave-in conditioners but still want hair that ‘WOW’s!

    1. Heat Defence Spray with Argan Oil Extracts

    Nowadays, most people use straightening irons, curling tongues or, at the very least, a hair dryer. The emphasis is usually: the hotter the tool, the better the results.

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    That is, until the day after the night before and your hair is dry, brittle and knotted into one big hairball…

    One of the best ways to enjoy styling your hair without worrying about the ‘next-day’ repercussions is using a heat defence spray.

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    Although there are many to choose from, this leave-in heat defence spray with Argan oil extracts is a high contender. Because Argan oil is naturally packed with nourishing oils, vitamins and fatty acids– a formula that ensures complete protection of your hair’s nutrients and moisture under hot temperatures.

    All you do is apply it generously to damp hair from root to tip, to ensure your entire head is thoroughly protected.

     

    Heat Defence Leave-In Spray Heat Defence Leave-In Spray, 150ml

     

     

    So, if you’re a busy bee who hasn’t got time to sit around and wait for your hair to dry naturally or you love styling with straighteners or curlers, this is the perfect product to make sure you hair stays looking bouncy and healthy, whatever your lifestyle!

    1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

    Everyone needs a good pampering session every now and then. Whatever kind of hectic life you live, it’s important to have some time out to treat yourself!

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    This Argan Oil hair mask is one of those ‘low capital, high yield’ type beauty investments. Although there is the minor process of massaging the sumptuously creamy mixture into your hair and ensuring it covers it from root to tip, that is basically it.

    Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml

    This hair mask relies specifically on leaving it alone for a length of time on your hair so is a fantastically low maintenance beauty product for those ‘no-fuss’ type people!

    You can even wrap your hair in a towel and leave it in over night! Then just wash it off with shampoo and conditioner to reveal nourished, rejuvenated and incredibly shiny hair!

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    This pot of ‘magical’ cream is a bargain from Poundstretcher and requires barely any effort with truly amazing results!

    Who says you have to spend endless hours and hundreds of pounds to get healthy, beautiful-looking hair?!

    1. Argan Oil Hair Treatment

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    No matter how well we try to look after our hair, life can still take its toll so sometimes you need to put a little extra time and effort into keeping it healthy.

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    With this intensive hydrating hair treatment, the Argan oil is high in antioxidants, which means it is great for repairing and rejuvenating damaged hair! As well as this, it helps lock in much-needed moisture, leaving your hair shiny and strong!

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    This hair treatment is also a miracle worker if your hair has frizzy tendencies, too. You can use it like an ointment to transform your hair, whatever the weather, leaving it smooth without losing volume.

    Basically, forget Harry Potter or Unicorns– this Argan oil hair treatment is magic in a bottle!

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    More 'Argan Bargains'!

    Argan Oil Skin Care 

     We also have a range of skin care products if you want your skin to be as soft and supple as your hair!

     

    Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream, 100ml/Moisturising Shower Cream, 300ml/Moisturising Hand & Body Wash, 300ml Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream– 100ml, Moisturising Shower Cream– 300ml, Moisturising Hand & Body Wash– 300ml.

     

    So grab an 'Argan bargain' at Poundstretcher and revitalise your hair and skin TODAY!

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  • 8 MUST-READ books that became huge Blockbusters!

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    You’ve seen the stories on the big screen but have you read the books?

    To celebrate #ReadABookDay we’ve put together a collection of MUST-READ books– in all kinds of genres– so that even if you’ve already seen the films, there’s something to suit everyone!

    Whether you’re looking for a meatier novel than your typical holiday read, or you fancy a better way to spend the commute to work than scrolling through Facebook, jump into these page-turners!

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    The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling (1997 – 2007)

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    You might think the whole Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint/Emma Watson combo is gripping, interesting and even, from time to time, quite humorous, but that is just the tip of the Marauder’s Map...

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    You might think, who am I to disregard the films so flippantly—especially since they are, after all, the 4th highest-grossing film franchise of all time—but the books are something else entirely!

    Not only will you discover important details that cannot be found in the films due to screen-time restraints, J. K. Rowling has that sort of infectious writing style that is unpretentious and accessible to most audiences, whilst being nail-bitingly gripping.

    WARNING: Possible side effects include: A clinical inability to put the books down resulting in lack of sleep and the possible hallucination of 'snitches' flying round your head...

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    Books in order:

    The Philosopher’s Stone

    The Chamber of Secrets

    The Prisoner of Azkaban

    The Goblet of Fire

    The Order of the Phoenix

    The Half-Blood Prince

    The Deathly Hallows

    Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding (1996)

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    Arguably one of the most unlikely yet loved modern-day heroines to hit the screens, Bridget Jones has waddled her way through our screens since 2001. Shining an unforgiving light on the day-to-day trials of a single woman’s reality, she obliviously dresses inappropriately for work, is outrageously clumsy and makes more than one painful attempt to speak in public – and that’s just the tip of the Turkey Curry.

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    As well as this, her choosing of bad relationships is something that anyone—not just women—can relate to… But Renée Zellweger hasn’t always been the face of this fearless female!

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    The thirty-something’s journey began as a column in The Independent newspaper and was so popular it became a fully-fledged novel in 1996. Written by Helen Fielding, there are three books now to match the films and, yes, the films are nothing short of hilarious, but the quick-witted writing of Fielding will have you laughing out loud!

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    REMEMBER: This book series is the perfect antidote to a bad mood. It’s difficult to feel glum when you’re following Bridget Jones and optimism even in the face of the many comical disasters!

    The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien (1937, 1954)

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    You may have sat through many extended hours of Middle Earth’s ups and downs from the comfort of your own T.V. but, honestly, there is no better person to tell those lengthy stories about tiny, shoe-less men, magical jewellery and hugely dangerous journeys than J. R. R. Tolkien himself!

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    Although the journey to the end of the books may seem as demanding as Frodo’s trek to Mount Doom, why not warm up with the smaller, less intimidating-looking The Hobbit, before tackling the toilsome task of the 1000+ paged The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
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    The sense of achievement when that ring finally gets tossed into the molten lava of Mordor and destroyed forever is more emotional than Boromir’s untimely (but necessary) death.

    REMEMBER: “A day may come when the courage of men [to read the book and not just watch the film] will fail… but it is not this day”

    – Aragorn, The Black Gate.

     

    HOBBIT AND LOTR BOOKS

    Books in order:

    The Hobbit

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Two Towers

    The Return of the King

    P. S. I Love you – Cecelia Ahern (2003)

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    You may remember this to be the film that everyone left the cinema screen resembling members of the glam rock band ‘Kiss’, but if you forgot your waterproof mascara to the cinema last time, make sure you remember it this time when you pick up the book!

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    Like the film, the book by Cecelia Ahern is funny, quirky and fresh, as well as being devilishly sad. Not for the faint-hearted, Ahern tells the story of a wife learning to deal with the death of her beloved husband through love letters sent seemingly from ‘beyond the grave’.

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    But, despite the film being, at times, inconsolably sad, thanks to The Pogues and some very convincing acting, the book will do more to your emotions than you could ever imagine. The jokes are magnified, the characters are deeper and the grief is suffocating – a MUST READ. Yes, there is a distinct lack of Gerard Butler’s cheeky charm and Lisa Kudrow’s raw wit, but what the book lacks in performance, it makes up for in words. Trust me.

    TOP TIP: Probably best to avoid reading it in public but, if you do, waterproof mascara is a MUST!

    Nothing Lasts Forever – Roderick Thorp (1979)

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    Whilst Die Hard is arguably one of the highest ranked Christmas films, why not have a read of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever that was the inspiration behind the blockbuster hit?

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    Following a similar story arc, a retired NYPD detective finds himself in a sticky situation on Christmas Eve, becoming targeted by a group of terrorists within the walls of a skyscraper. But even without the classic eighties happy ending and Bruce Willis in a tank top, you’ll still be on the edge of your seat, ‘Yippie Kay-Yay’ing all the way through!

     

    The Jurassic Park Series – Michael Crichton (1990, 1995)

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    Now, most people have seen the timeless Spielberg adaptation, Jurassic Park that stormed the cinemas in 1993, however not many people might have bothered to pick up the two Michael Crichton novels released from 1990 that inspired the whole concept.

    Strip away the exhaustive arrogance of Jeff Goldblum, the dramatized backing music and Richard Attenborough’s ‘Father Christmas’-esque portrayal of the park owner, John Hammond and you’ll begin to get a sense of how the books differ.

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    Strangely sinister, epically exciting and action-packed, the books are not to be missed out on. So, fasten your seatbelts because this story will be bumpier than a ride in one of those Park cars being chased by a herd of Raptors!

    Books in order:

    Jurassic Park

    The Lost World

    One Day – David Nicholls (2009) 

    SPOILER ALERT!

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    Now, this film became famous for more than just the heart-wrenching story. This was the film to prove that, no matter how many acting awards you’ve won over the years, a Leeds accent is still a tricky one to execute.

    The film’s story is a close parallel to the book’s—a typical story of boy meets girl, then life takes over and drives them in different directions, naturally creating a ‘will they, won’t they?’ scenario throughout.

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    Whilst the film managed to maintain some of the warmth and intelligence found in the book, it is dreadfully let down by Anne Hathaway’s uneven West Yorkshire accent. Described as ‘totally inconsistent’ by fans, the heroine, Emma Morley (Hathaway), dips between an uppity BBC news reporter and a non-descript Lancashirian, which gets so irritating towards the end that the shock of her death is more of a relief that she’s stopped talking than anything else.

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    At least in the book, you don’t have to wince every time 'Emma' opens her mouth, plus it sparks ounces more charm, humour and emotion than the films captures so grab a copy!

    The Shining – Stephen King (1977)

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    You may remember a frenzied Jack Nicholson shoving his head through the axe-wounded bathroom door and introducing himself as someone called ‘Johnny’? Well if you thought that was scary enough, you obviously have never read the Stephen King original novel.

    Hold on to your crayons because it’s about to get ‘redruM’!

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    “Surely it can’t be as scary as the film…?”, you might say. Without the screechy music, snappy edits and Nicholson’s gut flipping, core-shaking performance at being a nutcase, it’s surely nowhere near as scary!

    But you’d be gravely mistaken.

    King is known for many things but mainly that he is THE scare-King when it comes to his stories. Horror knows no boundaries with his writing. This book will literally reach up from the page and, with unyielding hands, drag you in to the nightmarish Overlook Hotel where everything is ten times scarier and the caretaker Jack is even more chilling.

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    TOP TIPS: Make sure you have a good supply of soothing drinks (Hot Chocolate, Horlicks – you know the kind), try to avoid reading it when you’re home alone and, for goodness sake, DO NOT read it before bed!

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    So whether you’re a bookworm or a film fiend, these books will have you either gripped, giggling, sobbing or cowering behind your sofa so switch off the tele today and get reading!

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    GO ON, BE A HERMIONE!

  • HOW TO stock up on Summer Holiday Essentials FOR LESS!

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    School's out, the heat is all anybody can talk about and an ever-growing sea of angry-looking sunburn has infiltrated the general public.

    Yes, this can only mean one thing –  Summer is FINALLY HERE!

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    Whether you're jetting off to a luxurious holiday resort full of exotic beaches, luscious outdoor swimming pools and food that is near-impossible to pronounce OR you’re touring the Great British countryside, we at Poundstretcher have come up with some AMAZING deals on holiday essentials at our very own Holiday Shop!

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    So, camping or cruising, sunbathing or site-seeing, skiing or ‘spa’ing- get on down to Poundstretcher and start saving your money for the really important stuff! Like a family trip to the local water park. Or an extra treatment at that relaxing beach-side spa!

    Snacks For the Journey!

    Wherever you’re travelling to- especially with children- it’s always good to have a supply of nibbles and snacks.

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    If you get stuck in traffic or your flight gets delayed, we have a massive selection of confectionary, biscuits, crisps and sweets on offer for the whole family to get their teeth into, as well as branded juices and fizzy drinks!

    Get your kids 'Sunshine Ready' for less than £10!

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    We all know how challenging it can be keeping your children protected from the summer sun- especially when the last thing on their minds when they're running around on the beach is getting sunburnt! But we have the solution!

    Fun in the Sun!

    With our extensive range of licensed flip flops, caps and sunglasses with a variety of their favourite Disney Princesses…

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    ... or cool comic book superheroes…

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    ...you’ll have no problem keeping their heads, eyes and feet safe from the heat! With many more characters to choose from, your child will be able to pick their favourite!

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    And with our Malibu Kids sun-cream SPF50 at only £1.49 a bottle, you can fully protect your kids so they can enjoy the sun all day long!

    Cause a SPLASH at Swimming Sessions!

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    Get your little ones paddling around the pool with our inflatable range! With cheeky sea animal swim rings, summery-coloured armbands and cute octopus mini-mats, they can get used to the water in a fun and interactive way. And at less than £3 each, they can ‘just keep swimming’ all holiday!

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    With all these amazing deals on kids' wear, you can give your child everything they need to enjoy the sun safely, all for less than £10!

    And for the adults, it's time to relax...

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    You can end up spending an infinite amount of money on expensive summer sandals and branded sunglasses.

    But it's time to RELAX!

    If you’re looking for holiday fashion without the huge price tag, look no further than Poundstretcher!

    Fashion for less!

    We have a gorgeous selection of stylish yet comfortable Ladies' sandals in four luscious colours at a jaw-dropping £1.99 each!

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    As well as these, we have a brand new range of Foster Grants sunglasses for both men and women at only £1.49 each. With a hugely varied number of styles, you can find the ones to suit you!

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    And this year we’ve got an even bigger range of stylish, yet practical luggage in various sizes and at 'zipping' good prices!

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    Essential holiday toiletries can end up costing a small fortune so, why not check out Poundstretcher’s BIG BRANDS with even BIGGER DISCOUNTS on Malibu sun-care, skincare, haircare, deodorants and wash products perfect for packing in your suitcase!

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    With our huge selection of holiday products, you’ll be able to get ready for your summer away without 'tanning' your holiday budget!

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    For more great deals and offers, get down to your local Poundstretcher to check out our Holiday Shop and get SAVING!

    BIG SUMMER BLOW OUT

    Whatever you're getting up to this summer, from all of us at Poundstretcher, we hope you enjoy your Big Summer Blowout!

  • The HOW TO guide: doing Father's Day on a budget!

    shutterstock_428112886 It’s that time of year again to celebrate that legendary man whose life teachings became fundamental pillar blocks to your general success as a human being!

    The Man who introduced you to The Matrix. The Man whose years of nagging carved you into a professional ‘light-switcher-off’er. The Man who, in the face of blackened skies and torrential rain, would stand by his decision for a family camping trip, insisting that, surely, it’ll ‘brighten up soon’... Yes, it's that time of the year to celebrate the man we all call: 'Dad'.

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    Whilst on Mother’s day a bouquet of daffodils and a card usually suffices, father’s can be slightly trickier creatures to get right in the present department, especially when you’re on a budget! So instead of trudging around shops searching for the flashiest gadget or electronic device to set you back a month’s rent, why not go for something a little less excessive and a little more personal?

    Give your Dad something more personal this Father's Day Giving your Dad something more personal this Father's Day could be just the trick!

    Here’s a couple of ideas HOW TO show your Dad just how much you appreciate him telling you off all those times he caught you opening various objects with your teeth, whilst also being savvy with your pennies!

    Wake him up with a feast!

    According to reliable sources like all reputable cereal companies or anyone’s mum, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, for the majority of the general public, Sunday morning lie-ins are at a superior enjoyment level to most other activities and should be engaged in whenever possible. So, for your dad this year, why not get up an hour earlier, peel your eyes away from your pillows or Xbox screen and make him Breakfast in Bed!

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    But before you panic that your cooking skills are less than acceptable, remember— your dad is not Gordon Ramsey. He is not going to start bashing his fist on the lap tray if the croissants you might have forgotten about in the oven are a little crispier than humanly edible...

    To save disappointment on both parties, however, why not make life easy for yourself?

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    Pancakes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, so make sure you get a non stick frying pan to flip them about the place easily until perfectly cooked. Or until they end up on the floor…

    And if you want to create something a little more fancy, why not get yourself an egg poacher and go with a show-stopping ‘Eggs Benedict’?

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    Whether he’s a Full English kind of bloke, welcoming any amounts of fried extras, or he’s the sort of man who drenches his muesli in hot water, at Poundstretcher, we’ve got a huge range of kitchen products—from muffin trays to mini frying pans, so you can give your Dad an impressive breakfast he hasn’t had to make himself for less!

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    Go on— push the TOAST out!

    Get him off the sofa and into a deck chair!

    The next job on the agenda is to make sure that, under no circumstances, must your dad get involved in his usual weekend jobs this Sunday. No mowing the lawn. No fiddling with the boiler. And absolutely nothing involving him climbing under the family Volvo in his 17 year old, oil-stained Ferrari T-Shirt and a screwdriver…

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    Father’s Day is about him relaxing and enjoying himself so, after his ‘world-class’ breakfast, why not get a little picnic together, round up the family and head down to the local park or beach and catch some rays?

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    If you’re less about the ‘planning and prep’ side of eating al fresco, why not pick up a couple of disposable BBQs and a bag of assorted meat and veg to get on the grill? The important thing is to get your dad in a comfy chair under the sun with something to keep him occupied, like a Paper or a beer. Then you could probably feed him just about anything!

    Obviously, it’s important not to forget the naughty nibbles for afters! Since here at Poundstretcher we always have an endless supply of amazing confectionary deals­— like boxes of 120g Maltesers and bags of Mars Mini-bites for just £1­— you can satisfy, not only your dad’s sweet-tooth, but the rest of your family’s as well!

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    So, take a break from the tele and make sure you get your family out this Father’s Day!

    And a few added extras, because everyone loves a surprise!

    Obviously if you fancy getting him a few little treats— some Father’s day stocking fillers— then we have some amazing deals on gifts for him too! With our range of Umbro 100ml Eau de Toilette only £1.49, the brand new collection of our Classic and Cavailia branded boxer shorts and the amazing deals on summer socks, you can still surprise him with a few goodies without breaking your budget!

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  • The HOW TO guide: get fired up for National BBQ Week and avoid the backseat grillers...

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    If there’s one thing us Brits are good at apart from complaining about the weather it’s justifying a BBQ the minute the sun comes out. It could be 4°C with gale-force winds but, if there’s a whisper of sunshine, you can guarantee an apocalyptic-type surge will descend on the supermarkets for bread buns and burgers.

    But as national BBQ week is upon us, and, with the weather set to reach fore-head burning temperatures, I feel it necessary to map out the essentials you’ll be needing to make sure you put on a show-stopping BBQ!

    Tools

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    BBQs have come a long way since the days where you’d shove a couple of sausages on a disposable BBQ and wait until they were suitably scorched. Nowadays, even the disposable BBQs are like inexpensive mini-ovens so it’s easier to get your own alfresco grill on the go! Generally, what you pay for is what you get but for those of us not willing to take out a second mortgage for a piece of equipment that, realistically, might only be used a couple of times a year, you can pick up a decent portable BBQ and get change from a tenner!

    Stock your Toolbox!

    shutterstock_400890382Secondly, it’s important to remember the essential equipment to optimise your cooking experience whilst minimising any unnecessary hiccups. The last thing you want is singed fingers because you picked up your Rib-Eye directly off the grill with your bare hands. Be prepared! And get your Barbi toolkit stocked with prongs, tongues and a spatula. You can thank me later when your chicken breasts are evenly cooked and your fingerprints are still in-tact.

    Condiments and Sides

    They say behind every great man, there’s a great woman supporting him and the same applies to a BBQ. It’s not all about the BBQ. To be successful, a BBQ cannot stand alone— no BBQ’s an island. It’s almost become its own culture­— a state of mind, an art-form.

    shutterstock_452355661When you go to a BBQ, you know you’re not going to be sticking to that beach-ready body diet you’ve been miserably following all week. It’s the weekend! Those two beautiful days where Sauvignon flows at lunch time and nibbling becomes a national sport.

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    Make sure you kit the tables out with the basics; nuts, cucumber batons, egg mayo, spring rolls, samosas, battered mushrooms, sausage rolls, pork pies! Then, if you’ve got space; crispy sweet potato fries and cheesy nachos, pasta salads and coleslaw are all strong contenders to add to the grazing table too!

    Get on the sauce

    But no BBQ would be complete without an army of condiments ; mayos, mustards, ketchup, BBQ sauces, home-made salsa and guacamole, tangy salad dressings and creamy Hummus. Get ‘on the sauce’ this BBQ season and embrace the benefits of a good Saturday afternoon snacking session!

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    So, give your guests something proper to go with their chicken wings. Long gone are the days when a block of cheddar and a family-sized jar of pickled onions would’ve sufficed. You’re playing with the big [hot]dogs now so make sure you take your spread seriously!

    Remember: This isn’t the charity bingo at your local town hall.

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    The Main Event

    Once upon a time, a British BBQ would typically have involved the cheapest of minced beef burgers and possibly a 60p pack of sausages thrown on to be cremated for an added treat. How times have changed!

    So make sure you don’t get a ‘grill’ing from your guests and get creative with what you’re putting between your baps this season!

    Get your guests chomping at the ‘spit’.

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    If you have the time, marinating is a good way to go. Toss a few prawns in with some garlic, chilli and a squeeze of lime for a fiery Thai-style starter. Or maybe give your guests a taste of the exotic with some middle-eastern Lamb Kebabs? If you want to keep it simple yet delicious, tin foil a seasoned Sea Bass fillet with a lemon wedge nestled in there for zest or why not go the whole hog and get sizzling some Sirloins?

    The world, as they say, is your oven.

    And for the foragers…

    BBQ’s are not just about catering for the carnivores anymore. No longer do the vegetarians of the group have to sit in the corner, sadly crunching through blackened bean burgers and bread sticks whilst everybody else gnashes at chicken drumsticks with a Henry VIII - type vigour.

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    Set to overtake Prosecco in terms of trendiness this summer: the dawn of Halloumi. Get those skewers piercing through peppers and courgettes and fire up some ‘squeaky cheese’ for a tasty veggie alternative to chicken! Mushrooms, aubergine, beef tomatoes- with the right herbs and spices, you can finally make your veggie mates’ mouths water because, after all, they deserve to enjoy a BBQ too!

    The final act.

    shutterstock_103581095Obviously when it comes to desserts, it’s up to you how you do it. Everyone loves the great British summer classics; Eton Mess, Victoria sponge and, of course, the illustrious tinned fruit trifle. But if you’re looking for scrumptiousness with minimal effort, then BBQ’ing a banana in foil with some chocolate works a treat! Obviously you can improvise with your choice of chocolate- anything from Lindt to a chopped up Crème Egg, and when it’s ready, you’ll have a delicious gooey treat to demolish. A guaranteed crowd pleaser!

    It’s messy but it is so worth it.

    Revive your refreshments!

    For many connoisseurs of the 'Bar-Be-Cue' realm, the food is the main event but if your drinks station isn’t properly  prepped, you may end up with a small rebellion to mediate. Having a crate strewn in the corner with a couple of bottles of warm pop for the drivers just won’t cut it anymore.

    People are a lot harder to impress nowadays. So, don’t fall short of the order and give your guests something to fizz about! In recent years, this retro-quirky-chic style has become immensely popular but can sometimes be pricey to replicate.

    278841-mason jar with straw_group on chopping boar_1000x1000Getting some fun glasses, though, can be a cheap way to create a ‘wow’ factor. Drinking your Orange juice out of a cute mason jar with a straw or an old-fashioned style milk bottle would definitely put a smile on your face- even if you are the designated driver. And from 49p a glass, you can plug a cork in your spending.

    And if you want to be really impressive, get your hands on a fabulous drinks dispenser for the table. Whether your style is vintage or quirky, a dispenser is an incredibly easy way to tart-up that homemade fruit punch you probably should’ve followed a recipe to make…

    Jazz up your drinks and make your guests feel special — it's a party, after all!

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    Give your garden a spring clean.

    Nobody’s expecting a ‘Mrs Bucket’ type approach when it comes to tidying up your garden after the grotty winter months, but there are a few economical and simple ways to inject some life back into your garden.

    Firstly, make sure you’ve got enough furniture.

    shutterstock_104506379Although most people tend to end up milling around the garden lazily, chatting, nibbling and slurping their Pimms, you want to give your guests the option of a comfy seat. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some nice chairs. Outdoor furniture has come on leaps and bounds since those abominable plastic white yard chairs that your Grandma always brought out for garden parties.

    Pick up a few panama chairs – they come in loads of bright colours and actually make you want to sit down— not like their predecessors. But if they don’t take your fancy, there are loads to choose from, varying in colour, material and comfort, so you can give your guests a proper place to curl up when the sun sets and everyone’s eaten their fill!

    Twinkle under the stars…

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    And for when the sun goes down, sprinkle some solar onto your garden. With gorgeous fairy lights, hanging bulbs and stake lights from as little as 75p, it’s easy to give your garden a sparkling make-over without blowing your budget!

    So, there you have it —

    —a guide to not getting a ‘roast’ing this summer by bettering your neighbours’ BBQs and making sure yours is the best BBQ your street has ever seen!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: May

    Greenfinger here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, May! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest installment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…May!

    Flowers

    April showers bring May flowers, never a truer word was said! This glorious month is the perfect time to add a sprinkling of colour to your garden by growing Nasturtiums in pots scattered around your decking or front door. They're incredibly easy to grow, and with a sweet fragrance and vibrant flowers they're great for cutting and bringing inside your home. They're also completely edible and make a unique salad garnish!

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    May is the perfect time to directly sow Sunflowers. No matter how big your outdoor space is, these lively plants will add a burst of colour to your garden. They're also a great way to get the kids interested in gardening, just add a little pinch of competition and see whose sunflower grows the tallest! We have a great selection of seeds just waiting to be picked by you in your local Poundstretcher.

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    Vegetables

    With the last of the spring frost hopefully behind us, it is time to get those beans a-growing. No matter what space you have they're really easy to grow in allotments or pots on your patio. From French to Runner, May is the month where beans thrive. As long as they have a sturdy support they'll soon start to entangle themselves around wicker canes and garden fences, growing up to 15 feet tall (if you let them!)

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    I know the dreaded festive season is a while a way yet but get those notoriously slow growing Brussel sprouts sown outdoors now and you'll be reaping the benefits come the winter months. Just watch out for pesky slugs which really pose a threat with the warmer weather.

    Herbs

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    Now is the time to really step up your herb garden whether it's in hanging baskets, window boxes or raised beds.  Chives, coriander, dill and parsley will flourish, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden with their pretty flowers and fresh scents. They'll also taste delicious in a whole array of dishes, coriander is particularly tasty in a Thai curry and dill in a creamy fish pie.

    Featured Recipe

    Aprons at the ready it’s that time again to revel in the delicious produce you have grown. As it is the season of the bean, I want to celebrate their versatility and fresh flavour, with a simple dish of runner beans with shallot butter - the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken.

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    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug and want to try your hand at horticulture, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some supplies today!

  • Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    It’s nearly May and we’ve got a spring in our step and our fingers are turning a lovely shade of green. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer and we’re enjoying sitting out in the evenings – even if we are wrapped up in a fluffy jumper!

    So it’s time to fall in love with your garden or outdoor space again, and no it doesn’t matter how small it is you can still bring it to life with a few well-placed solar lights and garden ornaments. Whether you want to transform your balcony, window boxes or decking into a relaxing haven, here at Poundstretcher we have plenty of ways for you to brighten your garden.

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    If you’re the type of person that can’t keep plants alive, maybe you’ve even killed a cactus in your time (you’re not alone), then our great range of garden accessories, including artificial plants are just the thing for you! Turn your garden into a Mediterranean paradise with our lemon tree or if you're a fan of more exotic climes our artificial orchid is perfect for you.

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    Express your fun side and release your inner child with our adorable array of solar animals, charming windmills and sun catchers. Place them by your front door, in flower pots and flowers beds and watch as the animals come alive at night and the windmills turn in the breeze – the kids are sure to love these fun additions too.

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    Light up garden paths, front doors, pots, borders and more with our collection of solar lights. Whether your tastes are modern and elegant or more outlandish we have lights just for you. From crackle effect round stake lights and bollard style lights to impressive light up flowers and diamonds - all without annoying wires they’re sure to revitalise your outdoor space.

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    Why not create a real feature flower bed full of light up tulips? With their vibrant colours and realistic designs they’re sure to enhance your garden during the day and at night too.

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    For those looking for a more subtle way to light up their garden our super fairy lights are great for hanging in bunches, around trees or along your garden fence to add a touch of sparkle to your garden. They’re easy to install, weather resistant and automatically come on as the natural light starts to fade – perfect! Or how about a light-up topiary ball? With their compact design they're ideal for hanging outside your front door to add a pop of colour and style to your home.

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    So if you’ve been inspired to get out in the garden and transform yours into a relaxing haven then head on down to your local Poundstretcher and grab some supplies today!

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