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Small Business Sunday winner

small business sunday winner

small business sunday winner

It’s been a busy and exciting week at The Leaf Press as I’ve been selected as a Small Business Sunday winner.  Small Business Sunday (SBS) is a weekly competition on Twitter, where Theo Paphitis asks businesses to tweet him with details of their business.  He picks 6 winners who join SBS and this week I was one of them!

Theo Paphitis used to be one of the Dragons on Dragons’ Den and is the owner of several British businesses, such as Ryman’s, Boux Avenue and Robert Dyas.  It will be such a privilege to be the recipient of Theo’s business advice and network with other businesses.

Here is the tweet I entered with, which had a picture of 36 notebook designs available to purchase at The Leaf Press Gifts.  To date this tweet has been seen by nearly 12,000 people as a result of winning!

the leaf press small business sunday

I’ve already taken part in my first ‘SBS Winners Hour’ and in February I’ll be going to Birmingham to be presented with my certificate by Theo and meet other members.  Can’t wait!

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Teacher gift ideas

teacher gift ideas

It’ll soon be the end of the school year and time to say thank you to you or your child’s teacher, teaching assistant, tutor, or other educational hero! This post contains teacher gift ideas from The Leaf Press Gifts – all of which can be viewed in the Teacher Gifts section of the shop.

All gifts by The Leaf Press are sent gift wrapped in tissue paper and twine and with free standard UK delivery, for a stress-free experience. In addition, all of these ideas are personalised as standard, so you can be sure the recipient is receiving a unique gift.

gift wrap on all orders

Teacher notebooks

There are four teacher notebook designs. All are personalised on the front cover and can have a message to the recipient on the first page. Each notebook is A6 size, hand-sewn and contains 48 sides of unlined white paper with a coloured end sheet.

teacher gift notebooks

gifts for teachers

Teacher calendars

New for 2018 are two new teacher calendars. ‘Teacher Quotes’ features a mix of inspirational and humorous quotes relating to teaching. ‘Student and teacher’ features patterns relating to education – so it’s suitable for either a teacher or student. Both calendars have a sleeve which can have a personalised message to the recipient.

quotes teacher calendar 2018-19

school desk calendar 2018-19

Note cards

Personalised note cards are also popular as teacher gifts – perhaps they use them to say thank you for their other gifts! Note cards are available in a choice of designs in a pack of six, with envelopes. Each note card is personalised at the top.

personalised note cards uk

I hope this helps with teacher gift ideas and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or special requests.

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GDPR and The Leaf Press Gifts

gdpr and the leaf press

You’ve probably seen in the news and from various emails that data protection legislation in EU countries is changing. The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25th 2018 so this blog post gives you a bit more information.

Essentially, nothing is changing in the sense that The Leaf Press is (and always has been) very careful to keep your data safe – with passwords, encryption, shredding and lockable storage.

To find out more please read The Leaf Press Gifts Privacy Policy, which has been updated in accordance with GDPR requirements. It’s quite long (and slightly dull!) but it sets out the type of information I collect, why I collect it, how it is stored and your rights under GDPR.

Please be assured that:

  • The Leaf Press only uses your personal information (your name, address, email address, etc.) in order to answer your enquiry, to fulfil your order or to let you know about news and new products which I think may be of interest to you as a previous customer.
  • None of your information is passed to a third party, except where necessary to fulfil your order – e.g. I can’t post your order if I don’t tell Royal Mail your address!
  • I don’t hold any debit or credit card details. All payments are processed via bank transfer, PayPal or Stripe. PayPal and Stripe have their own updated privacy policies which you can find on their websites.

Email newsletter

When you made your purchase you may have consented to receive The Leaf Press newsletter. Alternatively you may have subscribed using the sign-up box on the website. The Leaf Press sends a newsletter every 1-2 months and each newsletter has an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email which you can click at any time. If, at any time, you don’t wish to receive emails then please don’t hesitate to let me know via the Contact page, or by email to

But it’s not all boring legislation as I now have this pretty new pink box for Post Office receipts!

gdpr and the leaf press

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Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mothering Sunday is just around the corner, so this post contains some Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

personalised print for mum

Brand new to the shop are two new Mother’s Day designs, in the form of a personalised Mother notebook and personalised Mum print.  Both have a pretty floral design, a choice of bright or pastel colour scheme and a quote which says

First my mother, Forever my friend

personalised notebook for mum

On the print, under the quote there is room to add ‘thank you’ as well as mum’s name.  With the notebook design, there is room under the quote for a notebook title e.g. Cathy’s notes.  In addition, the back cover of the notebook can have a message from you to mum.

handmade mum notebook

Introduced last year, the dandelion Mother’s Day notebook also makes a lovely gift to say thank you Mum.  It features the following quote, on a brightly coloured background, with room to include a name as part of the cover design.

Of all the mums in the world, I’m so glad you’re mine

personalised mum notebook

With each of these Mother’s Day gift ideas, there is the option to have the word ‘Mother’ changed to another relative.  So if you’d like to give them to your Grandmother, Nan, Step-mum or Aunt, the design can easily be altered.

You may also like to check out the personalised notebooks and personalised note cards sections of the shop.  These designs are also suitable as Mother’s Day gifts.  If you’d like a design altered to make it unique for your Mum, that’s no problem!

sewing themed note cards

Remember all products are gift wrapped free of charge and standard UK delivery is included.  Please order by Wednesday 7th March for delivery by the weekend of Mother’s Day.

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Recent customer feedback

customer feedback January 2018

After a busy Christmas season, it’s always lovely to receive customer feedback.    Here are some recent comments from recent customers:

5 out of 5 stars: This is a really lovely journal. Quality is impeccable! I’m astounded that it’s hand bound. I’m definitely considering purchasing one for myself in the near future.

Cassie – Flags travel journal

customer feedback January 2018

Cassie also sent this picture of her travel journal, which is going to be given as a gift to her brother.

Lovely notebook. Quick delivery. Beautifully packaged. Very pleased

Toni – Flowers and Cake wedding planning notebook

Thanks again for the special service you gave me with my little order last month.  J was absolutely delighted with the easel calendar …  The travel journal was also well received and will be jetting its way eastward in the next few weeks with my very excited sister!

Pam – Flags travel journal and 2018 Patterns easel calendar

A beautiful little calendar. Extremely good quality. Many thanks x

Nichola – 2018 Quotes calendar

Thank you so much. The notebook was beautiful, excellent communication also x

Zoe – Chalkboard personalised teacher notebook

A huge thank you to the above customers for providing these reviews – it’s much appreciated.  If you’ve recently purchased stationery or gifts from The Leaf Press Gifts I’d love to hear your comments via the Contact page or The Leaf Press Facebook page.