Home and Garden Inspiration with the Rinkit.com Blog
A picture is worth a thousand words” – So gift a photo frame this Valentine’s Day 0
In this world of personalisation nothing is as personal as a cherished photograph, and what better than one of our photo frames, including our hugely popular frames with hearts icons – ideal for Valentine’s Day.
Why not grab your camera or smartphone today and take a perfect shot. And to help you, we have asked our in-house photographer Ben for his top 5 tips for that perfect image for your photo box or frame…
Lighting – When taking photos of people, always try to have whatever form of light you have at your disposal behind you, be that indoor lighting or the sun. This will help light up your subject. If the light is behind your subject and facing you, your photo will often be over exposed.
Framing – We all like our photos to stand out and one way of making sure that happens is by framing your subject correctly. Most cameras (including smart phones) these days have the rule-of-thirds gird displayed on them to help you frame your photo correctly. To find out more about the rule-of-thirds see this link.
Your background – A busy background can make for many distractions and take focus away from your subject. Having a background with negative space, bold colours or a theme can help your subject stand out more.
Smart phone photography – Fortunately these days we take close to a professional looking photo using just our smart phones. When taking photos of people always try to shoot portrait (vertical) and when shooting landscape, of course shoot landscape (horizontal). There also many free apps you can download to edit your photos to get them that extra pop! I myself use VSCO when on the move editing on my phone. There are many others out there which I suggest you try to find out what works for you.
Printing your images – Invest in good quality photo paper when printing or use a kiosk picture printing service
If trying your hand at photography is too much, we also have a range of other heart logo products throughout our online store, take a look through our heart collection.
- Scott Hargrave
Get your garden set for spring with our greenhouse tips 0Rinkit takes a look forward to spring as the evenings start to lighten and although there is still very much a chill in the air, you can start preparing for spring with the help of a greenhouse.
Enjoy our Christmas Cocktail - The Jingle Gin! 0
There's always time for a Christmas cocktail!
Have a pink gin party this Christmas with Rinkit's Jingle Gin! Whether it's a festive tipple to get you in the mood, a fancy drink to serve at your Christmas Party, or a girl's night in for New Year's Eve, our Jungle Gin Cocktail is sure to spread Christmas cheer and impress your guests this festive season.
The following recipe serves two people
What you will need:
- Rink Drink Gin and Tonic Glasses
- Rink Drink 3 Piece Manhanttan Cocktail Shaker with Strainer
- A double shot measure
- Gin of choice
- 20ml Chambord liqueur
- 20ml MONIN Rose Syrup
- x1 lime (20ml)
- Rose and elderflower presse
- Ginger ale
- Ice cubes
- Crushed ice
- Place a generous amount of ice into the cocktail shaker
- Take the double ended measure and pour two double shots of gin into the shaker
- Add the MONIN rose syrup and Chambord liqueur
- Then squeeze 20ml of lime juice into the shaker
- Put the lid on the shaker and shake well
- Fill two glasses halfway with crushed ice
- Pour the shaker contents over the ice
- Top with rose and elderflower presse
- To finish, add a dash of ginger ale, stir and enjoy!
Tip: To really impress your guests, finish off with a slice of cucumber and sprig of rosemary.
Do you know someone that loves everything about cocktails? Then check out our Christmas Cocktail gift ideas below:
Rink Drink Professional Twisted Bar Spoon - £1.99
Become a mixologist with this professional bar spoon with masher disc – the staple utensil for homemade cocktails.
Rink Drink Cocktail and Gin Glasses - from £4.99
From gin and tonic, Martini, Pina Colada and Margarita glasses, to quirky jam jar glasses, copper mule mugs and brandy and cognac snifter glasses, Rinkit has everything you need to throw the perfect cocktail party.
Bormioli Rocco Officina 1825 Vintage Glass Bottle - £3.99
Serve your cocktails in style with this gorgeous 1825 vintage, Italian designed bottle from the stunning Bormioli Rocco range.
Rink Drink Manhattan Cocktail Shaker - Copper - £5.99
Go stylish with this copper cocktail shake and strainer, paired perfectly with Rinkit’s copper mule cocktail mugs.
Rink Drink Giant Wine Glass (750ml) - £4.99
Make that one guest who just doesn’t fancy a cocktail welcome with this gigantic wine glass, which is sure to last all evening as it can hold an entire bottle of wine!
- Chris Perry
Win our festive giveaway - Upload a picture of your Christmas Tree 9
Upload a picture of your Christmas Tree
Want to win big this Christmas? Win a huge selection of our most popular products by entering our Christmas Tree Competition. All you have to do is upload a picture of your Christmas Tree using our competition app below.
Competition winner will be announced on 20th December at 12:00pm.
One lucky winner will receive:
- Nicola Spring High Tea Patterned Cappuccino Cup and Teapot Set
- Large Nicholas Winter Large Travel and Grooming Gift Set
- 7ft Artificial Pine Christmas Tree with Metal Stand
- Argon Tableware Family White Crockery Set
- Christmas Cocktail Glasses Collection
- Four Christmas Gift Sack Collection
Terms and conditions:
All competitions on Rinkit.com are covered by the following terms and conditions.
- Open to UK residents only
- Run via Gleam, with the winner randomly selected via the Gleams randomly selected winner option
- Competitions will be run for the full length of the time indicated on the specific competition
- The randomly selected winner or winners will be notified within 24 hours via email of their win
- If the winner or winners do not respond within 5 days, then a new winner will be chosen again by random selection
- All reasonable efforts will be made to notify and contact winners
- The winner or winners’ names will be displayed on the Gleam app for the competition that they have won
- If a selected winner is found to have falsified their entry methods, then their entries will become invalid and therefore also will their winner status
- No responsibility will be help by Rinkit for entries that are not received due to circumstances beyond our control such as technical issues
- By entering, you are accepting that Rinkit may contact you after the competition has ended
- Entry in to the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions
- Chris Perry
Rinkit scores the double with two business awards 0
1 December 2017
Rinkit, an online retailer based in Littlehampton, is celebrating its success having scored ‘the double’ with two prestigious accolades in last night’s Sussex Business Awards 2017.
Rinkit won two coveted trophies, including The Sussex Company of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year for Richard Goss, Rinkit’s commercial director, at the ceremony held at The Grand Brighton last night (30 November). The company was also shortlisted for the International Business of the Year award.
Rinkit is an online retailer selling great value homeware and garden products across the UK, Europe and most recently in Australia, where it launched in November 2017. Established in 2008, the business is headed up by three college friends; Rob Lowe, Elliott Millais and Richard Goss, with its head office and warehouse in Littlehampton.
Rinkit has grown over the past nine years from a bedroom business selling cocktail shakers on Ebay to being the international success it is today, with a turnover in excess of £10 million.
Richard Goss said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. These awards are fantastic recognition for our hard work and total commitment. It’s taken a huge amount of determination and patience to grow Rinkit to be a leading e-tailer in its market, offering fantastic quality products at incredibly competitive prices.
“We are so proud that our business has received this recognition, not just by our customers, but also by our peers and experts in their field.”
Sussex Business Awards Judge, George Clayson from Mazars, said: ‘Rinkit is a wonderful success story and is a great example of the dynamism and innovation that is so prevalent in business across Sussex. Based in Littlehampton, two young internet entrepreneurs started out selling glasses from their front room and have now created a £10m turnover business in less than ten years. They impressed the judges with their amazing attention to customer service, creative flair for branding and product buying, and their dynamic vision for the future – in every department Rinkit is simply outstanding!’
Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, the Sussex Business Awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in the county and are widely considered as ‘the one to win’.
For more information on Rinkit, visit: www.rinkit.com.
For more information on the Sussex Business Awards, visit: www.sbawards.org.uk.
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Rinkit.com is the latest go-to retailer of quality, great value homeware, including exclusive brands and culturally inspired products from around the world.
Rinkit’s owners regularly travel the globe to find products that are unique and can’t be found anywhere else.
Based on the South Coast, the online retailer provides contemporary glassware, cultural crockery, cooking essentials, affordable furniture, good value garden accessories and stylish toiletries.
Featuring exclusive, up and coming brands including Nicola Spring, Argon Tableware and Rink Drink, as well as firm favourites; RCR Crystal and Bormioli Rocco, Rinkit offers a wealth of products for all styles and budgets.
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- Chris Perry
Me, Him, The Dog and The Baby featuring The Perfect Cuppa 0
Who fancies a cuppa tea?
As autumn quickly transitions into winter, the time has come to whip out hot water bottles and our favourite hot cuppa tea. Lyndsey explores the best way to enjoy tea with our Thermo Insulated Hot Drinking Glasses and Nicola Spring patterned crockery mugs and teapots.
"I’m a bit strange and don’t actually like my hot drinks to be mega hot. I like a drink to be hot but only hot enough so I can drink it without burning my mouth! John, on the other hand, has to make his tea as soon as the kettle has boiled. If it has been sat there for more than 30 seconds, he has to boil it again! Rinkit’s Thermo Insulated Hot Drinking Glasses are amazing for keeping your hot drinks really hot, and they also make fruit teas look really pretty too!"
If you love serving tea the traditional way, our Nicola Spring Teapot adds vibrant colours to your tabletop and is perfect for brewing the perfect hot drinks for family and friends. If you're looking for a gift for a tea lover, then check out our High Tea Collection in this Black Friday sale!
Blogger: Lyndsey from Me, Him, The Dog and The Baby
- Chris Perry