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Best Sites for DIY - Part 2

Still on the creativity page, here are more sites where you can put your stamp on purchases.

Last week we looked at the best sites for designing your own bags, shoes, even Trunki’s for the kids to bring on that all important holiday. This week we’re pondering the merits of homewares and travel. From the perfect curtains to the holiday of a lifetime.

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

CHOCOLAT
www.chocolatchocolat.co.uk


Create your own bar from the experts behind Cambridge’s favourite chocolate shop. Starting at £5.95, choose from dark, milk, caramel or white and then add your toppings. Who says you have to go to Switzerland?

YUCOCO
www.yucoco.com

 
Another alternative is Yucoco, we particularly like the terrific trio; three chocolate flavours in one bar. Also please do not miss the Firecracker bar: toffee popcorn, popping candy, chilli flakes and dark chocolate drizzle.

BAKERDAYS
www.bakerdays.com


Let them eat cake, but for God’s sake make sure it’s personalised! Bakerdays lets you do just that, with over five hundred designs for all kinds of occasions, including One Direction, which may well be just what’s needed.

NOW TO THE HOME

SISAL RUGS
www.sisalrugs.co.uk


It may be hard to summon the requisite enthusiasm for a rug, which is exactly why it’s better to design your own. The options may be simple; inners with a wide variety of runners, but don’t underestimate the impact of a rug that matches your curtains.

THE NATURAL CURTAIN COMPANY
www.naturalcurtaincompany.co.uk


Thanks to Natural Curtain Company's bespoke service you can choose from a wider variety of headings and linings. You can pick a colour, a style and a composition within an endless list of options that could satisfy every need, and if you're unsure about measurements the website features a handy tutorial with useful instructions.

GETTING AROUND

MANGO BIKES
www.mangobikes.co.uk


For the bike-lovers amongst you, here's a pretty interesting site to peruse. Once you’ve chosen your bike, you can customise it with at least nine colours on every single component. You can also choose between standard road saddles or extra padded comfort saddles, the standard Kenda Tyre or Maxxis Re-Fuse puncture resistant tyre and three different handlebar types.

Once you’ve designed your perfect custom road bike, add it to the basket along with any accessories such as lights and locks and wait for your bike to be hand built by one of their trained cycle mechanics. You’ll also receive a three-year warranty and the company prides itself on hassle free returns if the bike is not 100% to your liking.

MINI
www.mini.co.uk


Here you can customise from exterior to interior. The website allows you to see your customisation on a 3-D model that gives you a pretty realistic idea of how it will look and every price variation is clearly marked so that you can avoid love-at-first-sight and disillusionment when you suddenly realise you've gone a bit too far.

DREAM HOLIDAYS

VIRGIN ATLANTIC LET IT FLY
www.letitfly.virgin-atlantic.com


This handy feature from Virgin Atlantic presages the perfect holiday by what you might or might not pack. Matching the contents of your suitcase to your trip is the name of the game, because ‘life doesn’t come to you, you go to it.’ We couldn’t agree more.

27 March 2015