So what are these pesky promises of self-improvement we solemnly dedicate ourselves to every January 1st? According to research by the University of Scranton, our top 5 resolutions are:
Spend less, save more
Enjoy life to the fullest
Stay fit and healthy
Hmmm, quite the ambition… Well, loosing weight and getting organised we can’t help you with I’m afraid, but roll on resolution number three and we are here ready and waiting to lend a hand – we’d love you to use Shareagift to buy group gifts for your friends and family this year – so everyone saves a bit of money and still gets something great!
As for the Shareagift Team, we’ve decided rather than give things up in 2013, we’re gonna take things up. So we had a quick whip round the office to check our everyone’s resolutions:
Shareagift Team New Years Resolutions:
Write more post cards
Introduce one million new people to Shareagift in 2013
Compete in the London Triathlon
Cut our toast on the diagonal
Up to you to guess which of the team picked which! (We’ll let you know how we getting on in March 😉
For all of those kind supporters and followers of the campaign to save Jack and other MPS Children, we just wanted to take a moment in the run up to Christmas to let you know how they’re getting on.
For any readers not aware of the history, back in August of this year we helped the MPS Society launch a campaign to raise £600k to help save the lives of children suffering from a rare fatal childhood disease.
As of this morning I’m delighted to report the 7 Shareagift Pages set up to drive the campaign have collectively raised over £46,000 ($74,000) and the word is spreading. Jack’s and Bobby’s Pages have each collected over £14,000 alone thanks to the generosity of the general public and effect of people sharing their stories.
The MPS Society have now raised over £145,000 in total, with amazing efforts from friends and family fundraising, and from strangers, members of the public who have seen the Shareagift campaign and offered to contribute – including one incredibly generous one-off donation of £25,000.
As Christmas is a time of year that’s about family and gift-giving, we’re really touched to see so many people reaching out to give something to a stranger. And almost more importantly, we’re incredibly grateful for the effort of people sharing these stories. It’s one of the most gratifying benefits of the social web, and of the way we see people using our site, that they share stories with one another – and, without trying to sound too twee, just by sharing these stories, they are helping these children on the way to a better future.
Would you swap 3 unwanted gifts for an iPod this Christmas? (Yep, so would we ;))
According to a Gumtree survey last year we’re likely to get at least two unwanted gifts this Christmas worth as much as £48 each.
So, applying a terribly complicated algorithm (dividing the sum of the problem by a bakers dozen, taking away the square root of X-box and adding a pinch of salt) we worked out that if you took just 3 of these unwanted gifts, and put their value together as a group gift you’d have £144 and could buy yourself an iPod instead.
As an addendum to this brilliant idea, we had a whip-round the office this afternoon to check out some of our worst unwanted Christmas gifts, and here are the top 5:
Shareagift Team’s worst ever Christmas gifts:
Black and Decker drill bit
Grow your own boyfriend
Fetus cookie cutter (no joke, receiver was pregnant at the time)
Twat mug (this is contentious – I love this gift)
A home-made shoe
So there you have it. If you want to avoid unwrapping a novelty baking instrument come December 25th, we suggest you get onto Shareagift immediately and ask your friends and family to chip in for what you really want!
Last week we wrote a little bit about some of the astonishing Black Friday and Cyber Monday statistics from 2011, wondering how things would tally up in 2012. As this year’s reports are starting to drift in it’s clear this annual period of shopping frenzy is set to continue breaking records, and this morning we came across this great infographic from Visual.ly that we thought we’d share with you.
ComScore’s official report is due to come out next week which will show us where we really put our cash on the year’s busiest shopping weekend, but in the meantime here are a few figures from IBM and Adobe already in to whet your appetite:
We were reaching for our credit cards even earlier this year with a increase in e-commerce sales of over 17% on Thanksgiving Day itself