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One for the Dads…


On 16th June, we’re celebrating Dads nation wide, so it’s about time you show yours just how much he means to you! 
Dads can be difficult to buy for, which is why you need to #MakeItMonksCross and let us do the leg work. We’ve found our top 10 gifts, available in our stores, that every type of dad will love, from football mad to movie buff dads!

1.  One for the dads who know what they like.
You can’t go wrong with getting Dad’s favourite scent this Father’s Day, or even a new one! Superdrug & Boots have endless collections of aftershave that your dad will love, why not even get it in a gift set?

2. For the caffeine addicts.
If your Dad is anything like us then he NEEDS his morning coffee to function. So make his day and have a browse of Debenhams range of coffee machines so he can start every day the right way. This Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine is on £40 down from £100!

3.  For the stylish Dads.
There’s one little accessory that makes a mans outfit go from 0 to 100 and that’s a stylish watch! There’s no need to break the bank, River Island has an amazing selection that your Dad is bound to love.

4. One for the Gamers

We all know that Dads are just big kids, so embrace it and buy them a new game or a gaming accessory!
Don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about gaming and what they’d like, play it safe with a GAME voucher.

5. For the book worms and holiday readers.

Whether your dad always has a book in his hand or he just needs a page turner for his next holiday, you’ll definitely be able to find his next read in WHSmith.


6. For the sporty Dads.

Whether he’s a York City or Manchester City fan, he’ll definitely be over the moon if you treat him to his teams footy shirt from Sports Direct!

7. Trainer mad Dads!

If he fancies himself a bit of a shoe guru then you can’t go wrong with treating him to some new kicks from Schuh’s amazing range.


8. One for the Fashionable Dads..

…or for the ones who need a little help with their look. Give him that helping hand and find him an outfit that’ll turn him from early 2000s Steve Carrell to 2019 Steve Carrell 
Check out the men’s range in River Island, H&M and Debenhams.


9. One For the foodies!
If your dad is one who loves his food then look no further. Debenhams has some fantastic gift sets in that he will LOVE! From Nando’s peri peri kits to a chocoholics dream, there’s hundreds of gift sets in store.

10. For the beer lovers!
If your dad loves a cold pint whilst watching the tele on a Saturday night then this is the gift for him. Check out our craft beer gift sets in store at Debenhams.

We hope our little gift guide has given you endless ideas on how to spoil Dad this Father’s Day!
From all of us here at Monks Cross we hope you have a Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

 

Make it Monks Cross this Mother’s Day


Mother’s day is slowly approaching so it’s time to start searching for a fab gift for the most important lady in your life.
It’s the perfect time to show Mother figures everywhere how much they mean to us! Say thank you for the love and support they’ve unconditionally given to us and spoil them rotten in return.
To help you prepare for Mother’s Day, we’ve searched our centre high and low for the best gifts to give you some inspiration! #MakeItMonksCross

 

For the Mum that deserves a pamper.

Nobody works harder than Mums, which is why Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to pamper her and gift her some presents that make her sit back and relax like the queen she is!
So we’ve had a wander around our stores and picked out some of our favourite ideas that your Mum will love.

Superdrug: Pick N Mix individual bath bombs – £2.49 each, Primark: Luxury Bedding – starting from £30, Primark: pyjamas sets – £12, Boots: sanctuary incense set – £18.

 

For the Mum that never buys clothes for herself!

If your Mum is the type to only ever buy clothes for the kids, whilst she walks around in the same bleach stained top she’s had for years, then this is the section for you.
We’ve picked a few of our favourite outfits to give you some fashion inspiration that will suit any yummy mummy.

River Island: beige dress – £32, Oasis Fashion: Navy jumpsuit – £60, H&M: Khaki shirt dress – £24.99, New Look: Denim Jeans – £27.99, Leopard print bag – £15.99, Leopard print boots – £19.99.

 

For the fitness fanatic Mum.

If your Mum’s on a health kick and wouldn’t even dream of missing her weekly spin class, then we’ve got the ideal Mother’s Day gifts for you.

Primark: pink workout fleece – £12, sports leggings – £9, H&M: yoga top – £19.99, New Look: Rose Gold water bottle – £12.99, Primark: Yoga Matt – £7.00

 

For the Mother Figures

Mother’s Day is also a day to celebrate the people in your life who are like a Mum to you, whether that’s a grandparent, auntie, family friend or Dad. So we’ve had a browse to find some extra special gifts that will show them how much you appreciate them.

Superdrug Nail Bar: Treatment – starting from £7, Hobby Craft: homemade box frame – supplies from £3, Debenhams: Jewellery set – £22, Boots: Perfume – check individual prices in store.

 

Whatever you do on Mother’s Day, we hope you spoil the special lady in your life rotten! We also hope that this gift guide has made it a little easier finding the perfect present to buy for them.

And remember, Make it Monks Cross this Mother’s Day.

 

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


With only one day left until Valentine’s Day, we can’t be the only ones who are feeling the last minute panic to buy our loved ones the perfect gift. Lucky for you, Cupid works on a deadline at Monks Cross. Here are some of our last minute easy gift ideas:

Nothing shows that you really know your partner more than buying them an outfit to wear on Valentine’s Day. Picking out an outfit for your girlfriend is not only romantic but will make her feel great. Feel those 70s vibes with this heart print mini dress from River Island, this is dress can be worn for a more casual look with some boots or dressed up with some stilettos making it perfect for your Valentine’s Day plans.

 

To match that 70s vibe, nothing shows you know your boyfriend more than picking out the perfect patterned shirt to match his style. Not only is this Primark shirt on trend for Spring / Summer 2019 but it’s so versatile it’ll make a lasting impression on his wardrobe.

 

Valentine’s day is all about love and spending time together, so how about you treat your loved one to a  BUYAGIFT experience from Debenhams. You can choose from a romantic meal out at The Shard or spend the day getting pampered at a local spa, perfect for spending quality time together!

 

Put your own unique twist on ‘I Love You’ by hand making your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift. From handmade cards, gifts to baking. Hobby Craft has everything you need to give that special someone a personalised gift that they’ll love.

 

For those on a budget, Poundland are offering some great Valentine’s Deals. Whether you feel like popping the question, they now sell engagement rings. Or you could make a hamper of all your loved ones favourite things, for some ultimate brownie points from your other half!

Don’t let the pressure of Valentine’s Day get to you, let the gifts speak for themselves by getting yours from Monks Cross.

Welcome Home


 

If you’re anything like us then you take pride in your home. You love making it look, feel and smell beautiful and adjusting your homey touches to fit the seasons.
So we thought we’d have a browse around our favourite stores for home ware and give you a little Autumn / Winter décor inspiration. It may even give you a few gift ideas for Christmas!

Cosy Cushions

Cushions are a great way to inject a bit of character into your home and definitely make it cosier; which is exactly what you need in the winter.
Whether you prefer a muted toned cushion or a bright and quirky masterpiece, our stores have definitely got something to suit you.

Beautiful Bedding

Settle into the season with Monks Cross’ range of beautiful bedding. We’ve searched high and low to bring you the cosiest, softest and prettiest bedding in our stores. Whether you’re looking for ultimate warmth or cool and breezy sheets, you’ll definitely love what we’ve found for you.

Homey Touches

There’s one thing we refuse to leave out of this blog and it’s one of our favourite parts.
That’s right, you guessed it – it’s those little accessories that give your home that extra cosy, welcoming touch.
There’s something about adding a cinnamon candle, an inspirational poster or a snuggly throw around the house that perfects that inviting feeling.

Get Crafty

Maybe you’re one of those people who likes to add their own unique personality into their home. So why not customise your accessorises or even make your own?
We’ve taken some inspiration from Hobby craft and decided that this AW18, we’re going to get crafty and create unique accessories to dot around the house! Whether you’re sewing royalty and fancy making your own cushion covers or just want to add a seasonal wreaths to your doors, Hobby craft can definitely help.

Autism Hour at Clarks


Did you know everyday at 9:30am – 10:30am, Clark’s have an Autism hour!?  They turn down music and other noise, dim the lights and create the perfect environment to make shopping easier for people with Autism. To find out more about Autism hour, check out their website: https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/autism-hour/map.aspx

Summer style? Sorted.


Summer is here! We may be seeing the odd bit of cold weather and rain but the sun has actually managed to make an appearance for more than a couple of hours, so it’s time to embrace the sunshine and hit the high street in the latest summer fashion. To give you a little helping hand, we’re going to be picking out some of our favourite looks from this season!

 

Sultry Swimwear

Whether you’re hitting the beaches of Marbella or just sunbathing in your back garden, we’ve found the perfect bikinis and swimsuits that will make you swoon. From triangle plain halter necks to bright patterned one pieces, there’s swimwear to suit everyone in our stores.

Dreamy Dresses

Strolling around the shops helped the little fashonista inside us run wild, we found dresses to suit everyone’s style!
From bright flowy numbers to 90’s styled denim, we couldn’t get enough of the endless collections our stores had to offer

 

Step into Summer

We don’t know about you but we think shoes can either make or break your outfit. So we’ve had a look around Schuh to find some seasonal must haves that will never ruin your style. They have everything a girl could ever need this summer from strappy sandals, peep toe heels to glitzy boots.

Get the glow.

When the sun’s bright and beaming, you want to make sure your highlight is too, so we’ve put together some of our favourite makeup products from our centre.
Whether you’re into a subtle sultry look or you prefer to be a glowing golden goddess, our stores will definitely be able to help you out. They have everything from foundation and highlight to give you a true summer glow, to setting sprays to keep you looking perfect throughout the day.
Don’t worry if you’re not an expert or don’t know where to start, our lovely store assistants have a world of knowledge to make sure you leave feeling happy!

 

 

Spring Style Inspiration.


Spring fashion has officially sprung! Although the weather has been frosty over the past few weeks, it’s definitely starting to pick up. The elves have been taken down off the shelves and replaced with Easter eggs, so we thought we’d release our inner Gok Wan and give you a little spring style inspiration.

Give Winter The Boot.

The sun is peeping through the clouds but that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the flip-flops.
But it also doesn’t mean the only shoes you can wear are your clumpy winter boots because let’s face it, they’ve probably taken a beating in the latest weather.
So we’ve had a little browse around Schuh and we were speechless. All we can say is they’ve really pulled out all the stops this year. From Kim K styled ankle boots to flower power doc martins, their spring shoe collection is stunning. They have something for everyone, for the simmered stylist to the full blown fashion icons, you’ll 100% find the shoe for you.

Bag it.

An outfit is all about the accessories and this spring, we’re all about pops of colour and florals! Bright greens, yellows and pinks are definitely on the seasonal menu. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we stepped into New Look and saw the array of colours surrounding us!
From stylish back packs to WAG bags and clutches, there’s a bag to fit every occasion just in store for you.

Get your coat…

We know it’s spring but we’re still in York, so lets face it, it’s still going to be chilly – they don’t call it April showers for nothing! But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to trek about in a big parka all the time, H&M’s men’s jacket range is amazing. From sleek going out jackets, to casual day to day, their collection is perfect for any man with any price range!

Seasonal Skirts

It’s time to whip out your skirts girls, because we’re all about flowers and frills in the spring.
Topshop’s collection is perfect for a quick photo opp in the street – whether you prefer a fitted mini skirt or you want to channel your inner princess in a long flowy maxi, we’ve got you covered.