The season for gardening and gifting



I’ve written lots this summer about my holidays – being away is wonderful but it also heightens the pleasure of being at home. This week I’ve been getting on with neglected chores and that makes me feel good! Ticking boxes can be very therapeutic.


With the unusually pleasant weather we’ve been enjoying the last few days, at least in the south of England, I’ve been spending some time in the garden preparing my patio pots for planting with the tulips that I love to see flowering in spring. Tulips are bulbs that are best planted a little later than most others, when the soil is cooler.


As it’s been so warm I have held mine back until November, but now have the pots all ready so it will just be a case of popping in the bulbs. I had a beautiful display of tulips in April, they made me feel very proud, but all I did was plant them and keep them watered – so easy! (See my photos…) I’m hoping for the same next spring and it’s not too late to order yours, if you’d like to give them a go. Try these ones from Plants2Gardens.


I’m planning to plant up a couple of pots of tulips to give to my daughter Rebecca and her husband Dan, as they have recently moved into a home with their first garden. I think giving a growing gift is a lovely idea – the anticipation of the flowers as the foliage begins to show is part of the present, and I know Bex will love it.

Amazon Echo

But my boys, Charlie and Billy, would most likely prefer something from our technology department. We have just the thing on Sunday, in fact. It is a repeat Today’s Special Value from Amazon which sold out in its third live show in May – the Echo Spot. For the uninitiated, it’s a voice controlled speaker that works as a personal assistant. It will answer questions by searching the internet, play music, read audiobooks, control your smart home, tell you the weather forecast, give traffic updates and read you the news. You can use it to shop, to wake you up, help you sleep, connect to a baby monitor or your central heating and speak to anyone else who has one of these amazing devices.

Amazon Echo Dot

If it all sounds a bit clever and complicated, don’t worry – it really isn’t. Lee Hohbein will be with Debbie at midnight on Sunday to show us just how simple it is to operate (this is a picture he created above) and then with me in the Sunday morning gift show at 9am and again at 1pm. It will be on three Easy Payments with a total price of just under £100 – a brilliant gift idea!


On a slightly more domestic subject I’d also urge you to join us at QVC on Wednesday for our KitchenAid TSV (but available to purchase online from Monday). I spent a long time coveting one of these iconic mixers and finally bought myself one for my 50th birthday. It transformed my time in the kitchen and I really wouldn’t be without it now. It makes baking so easy and much quicker, as you don’t need to stand over it while it mixes, but more importantly everything turns out perfectly now. No more flat cakes or rubbery pastry.

It is a considered purchase, I know, and that’s why the four Easy Payments might help you buy this in time to make this year’s Christmas cake in it. Give it a go, knowing that we have an extended 30 day money back guarantee at the moment for anything bought as a gift, so you have until 25th January to decide whether you want to keep it. I will warn you though, once you’ve used it there will be no going back!

Having Easy Payments really helps to spread the cost of the more expensive items like the Amazon Echo and the KitchenAid, but I can tell you that whatever the price of any Today’s Special Value we offer you between 1st November and our last shipping day for Christmas on December 19, they will ALL have Easy Pay available. Just another way to help you get organised for Christmas with as little stress as possible.

I hope you can join me on Sunday at 9am, midday and 1pm. Not just lovely Lee Hohbein but other brilliant guests like Gill Gauntlett, Margaret Dabbs, Steve McDonald and Anne Dorrington will be joining me with a plethora of brilliant gift ideas – for you or your loved ones.

Take care until then,

Kathy x


  1. Susan October 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Gorgeous tulips!!! I’m sure bex will love them 🙂 that’s so lovely they’ve got a garden now, especially with baby Zoe. How are they all doing?x

  2. Karen October 28, 2018 at 7:23 am -  Reply

    I have only recently starting reading presenter blogs, I will definitely continue. A little background into presenters is fab.
    Kathy continues to be be a favourite presenter, informative, funny and a beautiful smile.

  3. Joy October 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, had to comment on how lovely and slim you are lately. You look really good. Any secret to share?? Thanks

  4. Sue netting November 8, 2018 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Can you please let me know who makes top you are wearing today(8th nov) on diamonique show. Just love it and want to get one.
    Great show Sue

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