Summer’s over, Autumn’s here, but never fear, for the Funky Pigeon is here! We’re all enjoying a bit of an Indian Summer here in the UK at the moment – so here’s a little something that’ll help you save enough dosh for some new suncream.

Until midnight on Sunday 4th October we’re offering 33% off cards and selected gifts with the promo code AUTUMN33. The gifts in question are mugs, notebooks, t-shirts, aprons, tote bags, calendars, phone cases and tablet cases, so there’s plenty to think about for Grandparents’ Day this Sunday (4th).

Click here to shop now!

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Sunday Recipes: Nutella

For today’s mouthwatering selection of recipes I’ve decided to make Nutella the theme. Why? Well, do I really have to justify myself for sharing these easy Nutella recipes? Thought not…;-)

Nutella Cookies Recipe

Nutella Cookies Recipe

I’m not gonna lie to you – this ain’t gonna be a healthy list – so I may as well wade straight in to this gluttenous selection of tasty treats head-on. Check out these moreish Nutella Cookies for starters by clicking the picture above.

Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

If you’re too time-poor to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen then try out this no-bake cheesecake recipe out for size. Looks better than the real thing to these eyes!

Nutella Brownies Recipe

Nutella Brownies Recipe

Hazelnut? Check. Nutella? Check. Brownies? Check. Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies? CHECK CHECK CHECK.

Nutella Muffins

Nutella Muffin Recipe

Here’s another Nutella special – this time they’re packed into muffins and flavoured with cinnamon for a perfect breakfast treat.

Nutella Milkshake

Nutella Milkshake Recipes

You might’ve noticed by now that I’ve been sneaking in a jar of Nutella in the background of pretty much every photograph so far. Well, that subliminal messaging will stop…right after you’ve checked out this Nutella milkshake recipe. Just don’t forget about that jar of Nutella in the background. Nutella. Nutella. NUTELLA.




Nutella Mousse

Nutella Mousse Recipe

You can prep these little beauties in around 10 minutes before chilling them in a fridge for a few hours, ready to serve. They would be perfect to serve at dinner parties!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

Settle down for the night with this delicious Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe…as long as you’ve got the Nutella ready, this is every bit as simple as making a standard hot chocolate.

Nutella Doughnuts

Nutella Doughnuts Recipe

Nutella Doughnuts. Nuff said.

Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella Recipe

If you don’t feel shop-bought Nutella is good enough for you, or you just fancy a challenge, then you could always whip up a homemade jar instead before trying out these recipes. WARNING: this one is for the SERIOUS Nutella addicts out there.

Check out more of my recipe ideas here:

Doctor Who Creations

The Best Great British Bake Off Bakes So Far

10 Amazing Coffee Recipes

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10 Signs That Christmas is on the Way

It’s exactly 3 months until Christmas. If that feels far too soon, then alternatively it’s 7,862,400 seconds away. Or you could look at it like this: there’s still 24.9% of 2015 left. But however you look at it, it’s certainly creeping up on us – and here are nine telltale signs.

1. The shops are selling mince pies…

2. …and advent calendars…

advent calendar

3. …and Christmas trees.

4. You can pre-order your turkey already


5. People are buying our Christmas Cards

Are you sitting comfortably? We’ve already sold 1000s of Christmas Cards this year. Yes – you read that right – with 91 days to go until Christmas literally multiples of ONE THOUSAND Christmas cards have been sold to the uber-organised amongst you. One lovely Funky Pigeon customer even placed an order for 109 of the things. Needless to say that this person is both loved for their generosity and hated for their organisational skills – which are putting us all to shame here at FPHQ.

6. Your workplace is currently organising the Xmas do

Go on, admit it. Most of you have been thinking about the Xmas do for months already. You basically pin your year around it…and then try to forget it as soon as possible.

7. The dates for all of the Christmas Markets are here…


8…and this is something people really wanna know.


9. Doctor Who and Strictly Have Started


The final surefire sign that Christmas is on the way has always been the start of Strictly and Doctor Who, which are just as famed for their Christmas specials as their tangos and Daleks. Both will be on your tellies on Christmas Day – you can check out my previews of Doctor Who and Strictly by clicking de links.

10. Pigeons are blogging about it

That’s always the biggest giveaway, right?

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Thinking of You Week


Did you know it has been scientifically proven that receiving a handwritten card makes people feel much more special than texts, emails or online messages? It feels just as good to send them too! All of this is great for everyone’s health and wellbeing, whilst cognitive neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw firmly believes that receiving cards helps to stave off feelings of loneliness and isolation, increases self-esteem and even helps to ward off the early stages of depression.

With that in mind, here at Funky Pigeon we’re helping you to create a wave of love, caring and happiness all this week by giving you 25% off cards using the promo code TOYW25.

Click here to spread the love by shopping now!

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Sunday Recipes: Doctor Who

To celebrate the return of the ninth series of Doctor Who to our screens last night, I’ve rounded up 10 of the most amazing Doctor Who food creations from around the web. Which means there’s plenty of tardises, plenty of daleks, and plenty of food envy to come.

Ultimate Dalek Cake




Doctor Cupcakes


Eat your way through several generations of Doctor with these delicious cupcakes.


Tardis Pumpkin


Halloween is just over a month away, so it’s time to start thinking about your pièce de résistance, your masterpiece, your cornerstone: your pumpkin. And as this is Doctor Who-themed then you may as well cut it into the shape of a tardis, right? Right.

Dalek Oreo Cake Bites


Sadly these little beauts didn’t feature in my previous round-up of Oreo-flavoured goodness, but they were never gonna miss out here. These Daleks look like they were born to form part of a delicious chocolate-based snack. Sadly, most of them weren’t born for this purpose.

Fish Fingers and Custard


DON’T WORRY. Online ‘Whovians’ haven’t actually been recreating the Doc’s favourite snack to the letter – this may well look like Matt Smith’s first taster of Earth food, but it has been subtly adapted to suit our own tastebuds instead.


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Tardis Cake

tardis cake

There has been a jaw-dropping Dalek cake, so it only felt fair to balance that out with a jaw-dropping Tardis cake. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which side of the Doctor Who-inspired cake fence you sit on.

Dalek Pizza


If desserts aren’t quite your thing, but Daleks are, then you’re in luck. This Dalek looks remarkably comfortable in the shape of a pizza, and is just as tasty to eat.

Tardis Cupcakes


I did warn you there were going to be a lot of Daleks and Tardises in this round-up! These cupcakes are easy to put together and are a liiiiitle less time-consuming than creating a giant Dalek chocolate cake from scratch. Just a little.

Ood Rolls


Oods scare me. Do they scare you too? Maybe you could get over your fear by recreating them as bread rolls and gobbling them up one-by-one. Probably not the advice your doctor would give you, but hey ho.

Dalek Goat’s Cheese

dalek goat cheese

You can even create a healthy Dalek to eat if you’re so inclined. Stuff Goat’s Cheese in between a few bits of bread et voila! There’s your Dalek Goat’s Cheese.*

*I may be oversimplifying this procedure.

Find out more about the new series of Doctor Who here!

There are some amazing coffee recipes here…

Or the best bakes from The Great British Bake off here!

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Doctor Who Series 9 Preview and Rumours



It starts this Saturday 19th September at 7.40pm. The first episode will be called The Magician’s Apprentice, and showrunner Steven Moffat has offered up this synopsis:

A final message from a dying scientist. A plea from the deadliest corner of time and space. Only one man can answer, but he has gone missing from all of time and space. Where is the Doctor? As the skies of planet Earth stand frozen, Clara Oswald enters into a dangerous alliance.

The Doctor is gone from the universe – friends and enemies alike can find him nowhere. When even the Daleks can’t track down their ancient foe, and the Doctor’s old friend and nemesis, Missy, is forced to ask for help, does it mean that the mad man in the box has truly disappeared? What fear, or what terrible shame, could possibly drive the Doctor into the shadows? The answers are more dreadful than Clara’s worst imaginings, and she finds herself embarking on a journey into the Doctor’s worst nightmare…


Doctor Who will be returning to it’s usual slot on BBC One for the next 12 Saturday nights. Sorted.


Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return to reprise their roles as the Doctor and his assistant this series, despite strong rumours that Coleman would be leaving at the end of the last season. There will be a new face for viewers in the form of Maisie Williams, best known for her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones.

Are there any pictures?


Is there a trailer?

You bet. Here’s the latest.

Give me some rumours!

Although showrunner Steven Moffat recently revealed that Clara was originally written out at the end of Series 8, it’s strongly rumoured that Series 9 will definitely be her final outing with the the Doctor. However, it’s unlikely to be the last we see of her, as assistants have a habit of returning when their Doctors leave – Billie Piper (Rose), Freema Agyeman (Martha) and Catherine Tate (Donna) have all made a comeback in recent years.

There are also rumours flying around that the new Doctor has already been cast, and will come face-to-face with Capaldi at the end of Series 9. However, that’s not to say Peter Capaldi will be leaving the show just yet – word on the coop is that he just meets a Christmas Carol-esque future incarnation of himself in a later episode.

Does that mean this is the end of Doctor Who!?

I think we both know the answer to that question! Fear not, dear readers, for tucked in to Page 32 of the BBC Worldwide Annual Review is the news that Series 10 has already been commissioned. So it certainly won’t be the last we’ll be seeing of the Doctor – whatever form he takes next.

Check out my other telly blogs here:

Strictly Come Dancing

The Great British Bake Off

The X Factor

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Funky’s Frequently Asked Questions (FFAQs)

On my Facebook and Twitter pages I often get questions from followers about issues they’re having on the site. Fortunately for you, they’re all pretty solveable, so here’s a rundown of Funky’s Frequently Asked Questions in case you’re having any difficulties yerself.

What’s the latest time I can order a card for same day despatch?

If you place your order before 4pm then it’s a Funky Promise of mine that we’ll despatch it the same day! Around peak times, such as Christmas, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, that reverts back to 2pm. By working days I mean Monday-Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

I’m trying to upload a Facebook photo on to my card and it isn’t working. Why?

If you’re trying to add a photo to your product straight from Facebook and the website’s being a little funny about it, try this little trick. Instead of adding the photos from Facebook straight to Funky Pigeon, save them to your desktop instead. Then, upload the photos on to your card from there. Et voila!

The website is saying you can’t deliver to my address!

Although we’re unable to deliver Flowers and Hampers to certain UK postcodes (full list below), for the vast majority of postcodes and products there shouldn’t be a problem. If you find this happening to you at the checkout, before knocking down my door on Twitter try first clearing your cache by hitting CTRL + F5. Still not working? Well my door’s open…


Check Your Address Book Before Ordering

Another problem folk tend to have is when the person they’re trying to send something to is already in their address book. When selecting the address to send your card to, instead of clicking ‘Add New Contact’, try scrolling down a little to see if the recipient’s name is already there.

What’s the difference between Send Back to Yourself and Send Direct to Their Door?

4. Back to Me

Here’s the first screen you’ll see after personalising your card. Choosing the first option on the left will mean the card you’ve just designed will be sent back to you with additional envelopes, ready for you to add your own handwritten message in.

The second option means the card will be going straight to the intended recipient. Don’t worry if you haven’t added anything to the inside of the card – you’ll be reminded to do so if you choose this option!

I ordered my card first class yesterday and it’s still not here? What do I do?

Although Royal Mail reckon 90% of first class orders will arrive the next working day, it CAN take up to three working days. So don’t panic if your wonderful creation doesn’t arrive the very next day – wait until those three days are up and then give us a nudge on Twitter or Facebook if there’s still no sign of it!

My card didn’t arrive on the day you said it would!

When you’ve personalised your card and chosen the recipient, you’ll arrive at the screen below. Note that the date you’re choosing is the date that the card will be despatched, NOT the date it will be delivered on. Many a Funky customer has come unstuck here, so watch out!

3. Despatch

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Sunday Recipes: Coffee

It’s Sunday. It’s morning. You want coffee, but you want more than just coffee, ’cause it’s just one of those days. Here are some weird and wonderful ideas to spice up that miserable-looking cup of instant coffee and brighten your Sunday morning immeasurably. Click on any of the images to bring up the recipe.

1. Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

Creamy Iced Vanilla Caramel Coffee

Add some zip to your morning coffee with this easy-to-make creation courtesy of Sure beats an instant coffee overloaded with sugar – and it only takes an extra few minutes to make.

2. Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte

I love a morning latte as much as the next pigeon, but buying them every morning is a little expensive! This easy recipe lets you make a cafe standard one in less time whilst saving some dough.

3. Steaming Mocha Cocoa

Steaming Mocha Cocoa

Combining a few popular hot drinks, this chocolate-heavy bevvy tastes great, warms you up and – most importantly – wakes you up.

4. Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

If you’re feeling exotic this Sunday morning (not very likely, I know), then here are a few different ways of making your own Turkish Coffee. It’s a spicy, Middle Eastern alternative to your bog standard coffee, and once you get a hang of this recipe you won’t look back.

5. Nutella Blended Coffee

Nutella Blended Coffee

Any cup of coffee with Nutella in has to be a winner, right?

6. Frozen Caramel Macchiato

Frozen Caramel Macchiato

Oh wow. This might look like the sort of creation your local Starbucks would painstakingly put together, but with this recipe you’ll find it’s not actually so hard to do it yourself.

7. Coffee Frappe

Coffee Frappe

Another homemade version of a coffee house treat that will surprise you at how easy it is to make. This Coffee Frappe is just sweet iced coffee blended with vanilla ice cream. Now picture that on a lazy Sunday morning…

8. Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee

If you’re looking for something more exotic yet, try this sweet and creamy Vietnamese Coffee. You’ll be able to find the ingredients in a local Asian supermarket, or alternatively you can simplify it by replacing the Vietnamese style brewed coffee with espresso.

9. Low Calorie Mocha Mint Coffee

Low Calorie Mocha Mint Iced Coffee with International Delight Iced Coffee

I appreciate there has been A LOT of sweet coffee delights in and amongst these recipes so far. So this one is for those of you looking for a health-conscious coffee option – and it comes in the form of this low calorie mint mocha. Coffee no longer has to be a guilty pleasure!

Check out more great recipe ideas here:

Breakfast in Bed Ideas

The Best Great British Bake Off Bakes So Far

10 Quick and Easy School Lunches

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8 Secret Twitter Features!

As you may have seen, I’ve already shown you some really cool hidden Facebook tips that you may not have known about. Now here’s 8 secret features of Facebook’s furry friend, Twitter!

1. Allow Your Non-Followers to Message You

1. Messaging

Ever get annoyed at having to ask people to follow you to message you? Well, there’s a way you can activate messages from ALL users – regardless of whether they’re following you! On the desktop site, first navigate to Settings and then Security and privacy.

1. Messaging (2)

Scroll down and you’ll see this little checkbox – tick it and you’ll finally be able to receive messages from all of your secret admirers. HINT HINT.

2. Send Messages Over 140 Characters

2. 140 characters

You might not know that Twitter has recently lifted the limit of characters in direct messages from 140 to 1000 characters! So no more trails of half-messages to pals – instead you can bore people with essays about how brilliant Funky Pigeon is. For example.

3. Get Your Tweets Noticed!


You can give your tweets a little bit more visibility in people’s timelines with this simple trick. If you reply to previous tweets then a great big green line appears at the side of both tweets, which is perfect for when you have that bit of life-changing information about your breakfast to share with the world.

4. Change the Font Size

4. Font Size

Don’t waste time getting your specs out when you’re on Twitter – with this handy tip you can change the font size in the mobile app. Simply head to Settings–>General–>Font Size…

4. Font Size (2)

…where you’ll see that you can change the font size. Which, now you’re here, I suppose isn’t that much of a surprise.

5. Stop Videos from Autoplaying

5. Video Autoplay

Staying in general settings, if you look below the font size box then you’ll see the option to change video autoplay settings. You can easily change it to Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi + Data or no autoplaying at all.

6. Check Out Trends in Other Cities

6. Trends

Ever wanted to know what’s currently trending all over the world? Well now you can! Next to the trends section on the homepage of the desktop site, you’ll see a little ‘Change’ button. CLICK IT. In the pop-up box you can search for any location in the world to find out what’s currently trending there. So, at the time of writing, the top trend in Barranquilla, Columbia is ‘#OdioEternoAEsosQue’. Which, for the non-linguists out there, means ‘#IHateThoseThat’. They must be an angry bunch over in Barranquilla.

7. Download Your Archive of Tweets

7. Twitter Archive

Back in the settings section of the desktop site, if you scroll down to the bottom of the default ‘Account’ section you’ll see an option to request your archive. Contained in that file is all of your Twitter information, including your FIRST EVER TWEET! But if you just want that information, read on…

8. Show Your First Ever Tweet

8. First Ever Tweet

Yes, a much easier way to bring up your first ever tweet is to head to Just type your username – or anyone’s username for that matter – into the search box and there you have it. Mine was particularly riveting. Click the image to see for yourself.

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Another Funky Deal

Valid until midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 9th September), the code CARD25 will net you 25% off all personalised cards at Funky Pigeon. Well, what are you waiting for? Click the image below to get shopping!


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