Welcome to a new City Treats experience.
We’ve been working long and hard on improving how we bring you your daily offers, and from today you will be treated to a brand new version of City Treats.
Based on your suggestions – and our aim to bring you the best deals as simply as possible – we’ve given both the site and your newsletter a good old shake up.
You will still receive your deal newsletter (with whichever options you’ve already chosen) but you will now also be able to:
- see free deals and choose to receive these in your email
- enjoy great deals on daily essentials and groceries in our newly integrated ‘shopping deals’ section (because – well – it can’t always be treat time)
- you can have these in your email too!
- browse a much-improved, user friendly site with yet more deal filters
- quickly see whether local deals are in a convenient place with instant map links!
- access top savings on even more deals from more deal sites than ever
But you don’t want to sit here reading about it – dive in and have a look at your new, improved City Treats!
1 – Watch
You may be able to to tell your time on your phone, but does it look good on your wrist?
It does not. And that’s why men still love a bracelet with a little clock on top.
There are plenty of nice ones out there, but our recommendation would have to be the
Who doesn’t want to smell nice? Who doesn’t want their man to smell nice?
Make him smell sweet and smile sweetly with a top-notch aftershave. We recommend Paco Rabanne which is on offer from Amazon at time of writing.
3 – The Karma Sutra
If you have something naughtier in mind, it doesn’t get any better than the ultimate guide to naughtiness, the Karma Sutra. Now this really will make him smile…
4 – Personalised Coffee Spoon
A soppy option now. Does your man drink a lot of coffee? Perfect! Give him a little reminder of your love with every cup.
5 – Personalised Mix Tape
Were you ever given a mix tape?…(No? OK, well I guess I’m older than you… anyway moving on) – take it from me it’s a lovely gift. Create your own mix tape – it’s actually in CD form – with personalised sleeve. He will love it.
1 – Mini animal torches
These are great little stocking fillers to help little minds explore. Use them on nature trails to see in dark spaces, or turn them on at night and use them for shadow hand stories! You can get these fun wind-up animal torches from Amazon for £3.49. Don’t worry about the batteries!
2 – Peruvian finger puppets
It’s the simple ones that are always the true winners… You’ll probably have recently seen the hand-made woollen finger puppets from Peru that are becoming very ‘hot right now’.
They’re charming, fair trade toys that are great for creativity and imaginative play.
They’re also very inexpensive, with Happy Deals offering packs of 5 for £4.99 or 10 for £7.99!
3 – Money Tube
Encourage your little ones to save their money. These little money tubes are brilliant fun and keep those pound coins stacked up and tidy. And of course, accessible for when you need cash for parking!
4 – Whoopee Cushions:
This little red blow up toy never fails to amuse children and adults alike.
Hours of entertainment and laughter with these fantastically cheap and funny stocking fillers. 84p!
5 – All in One!
Really pushed for time? Get your hands on an all-in-one stocking filler pack. £20 will buy a jam packed stocking (yes, the stocking’s included) filled with age-appopriate goodies for girls or boys. See the many options at stockingfillers.co.uk
Sometimes a deal is so good, you just have to buy it (we know it well… it’s a professional hazard of working in the deal business).
But sometimes a deal is even better, and you have to share it.
We’ve made it easy to do just that with our handy new ‘send to a friend’ button next to all the deals on city-treats.com.
Cool? Yeah we thought so…
But that’s not all.
You’ll have noticed another wee new button next to this one, labelled ’show on map’.
Want to take a guess at what this does?
We asked you what you thought about ‘best before’ dates… do you take any notice of them?
The response was great (thank you to the 190 responders) and the results were interesting! (thank you again).
First, you’re definitely clued-up. We asked you whether you know the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates. 96% say you do.
So you probably already know this but the definitive answer is:
“You will see ‘use by’ dates on food that goes off quickly, such as meat products and ready-prepared salads. Basically, a lot of the products you find in chilled cabinets in the supermarket.
Don’t use any food or drink after the end of the ‘use by’ date on the label, even if it looks and smells fine. Using it after this date could put your health at risk.
The ‘best before’ dates are more about quality than safety. When the date runs out it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture.” Source: food.gov.uk
Next, we asked whether you would eat food that had gone beyond its best before date. The answer: a resounding yes!
How long after? Just a couple of days or would you still be happy to eat it months later? Here’s what you said:
Finally, just over two thirds of you said you would be interested in a site selling food at a discount if it was past its best before date. We were particularly interested in this as we’ve been considering adding deals from a site that does just that.
Approved Food has a great range of grocery goods, all discounted (some but not all past their BB date). We think it’s great, so look out for some of their best offers appearing on a City Treats page near you!
Dear dealsters – we have been busy (when are we not?)
We have just released two Facebook apps and they’re now sitting proudly on our Facebook page.
What does this mean for you?
Well… if you ever find yourself wasting time on Facebook (naughty naughty) you can check out the latest deals right from where you are.
Do you see the nifty arrow on the left above… it’s pointing to our ‘local deals’ app. Click on that and you’ll see…
We’ve been working on it for a while… so we’re delighted to announce the launch of a complete revamp of City Treats, as you see it when you visit on your mobile.
Before, here’s how our city pages would look on your mobile:
A thing of beauty, to be sure … But as a designer friend of ours once wisely said, ‘your finger isn’t as pointy as a cursor’. Bigger images and pictures were needed…
So goodbye fiddly phone tapping, and hello to your new big-buttoned City Treats mobile site. Enjoy!
City Treats flew to Zagreb last month for the first annual CT Summit. We went to have a meeting with Nick, our developer.
We were taken to a small village in the South of Croatia, where we ate like Kings:
All the food was homegrown and prepared totally fresh. Our welcome lunch was the one on the right, which was cooked outside, with fresh meat (which had been reared on a nearby farm) and homegrown veg.
Far cry from London where we grab our lunches from our nearest supermarket. Made us want to move out of the city!
We visited vineyards, went wine tasting, met Nick’s family and friends and generally had an all round incredible time. Oh and we had a couple of work meetings too where we discussed the next big CT changes… exciting things are coming!
It snowed on the drive to the airport. So much that we thought our flight would be cancelled. As the blizzards wailed and thumped on the plane metal, we turned to each other:
‘If our plane’s cancelled, shall we just book a hotel in Zagreb for a night? Or go back to Nick’s, if he’ll have us?” I said.
“Sure. Wouldn’t be such a bad thing, would it?”
We silently cursed as the plane whooshed up the runway.
Back home it was…
What women REALLY want for Mother’s Day is sleep (and NOT diet pills…)
This list in the Daily Mail, from a list compiled by NetVoucherCodes.co.uk tells us how it really is:
1. Good night’s sleep and lie in – 20%
2. Quality family time – 18%
3. No tantrums – 15%
4. No kids TV – 12%
5. Someone to cook for them – 9%
6. Children’s artwork – 8%
6. Hot cup of tea – 8%
8. Clean house – 5%
9. Techy gadget – 4%
10. Cash – 1%
1.) Book a spa day for you and your pals. Book extra treats for the hen to get pampered.
2.) Look out for deals such as this one, from Mighty Deals: Ticket to the Dream Idols Show & Cocktail Worth £29.50, Now £12.50 58% Off. Perfect for a hen party! They come up every week or so on City Treats, from various providers.
3.) Afternoon tea and champagne. Start the hen party (or finish it off) with a luxury tea – normally served at one of the five star hotels.
4.) Do something adrenaline-based: Sky diving, zorbing or learn how to fly a plane!
5.) Buy deals -your target is £5 per person – as forfeit presents for the hen.