Top 5 Weird Things On Amazon!

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Amazon has always had its share of surprises, when it comes to impressing everyone. But these 5 weird things that you never hoped to find, will certainly amuse you and let your imagination soar to great heights!

1. Deer Rear – Bottle Opener at $114.99

If you are tired of those conventional bottle openers, this deer rear bottle-opening device may be exactly what you are looking for. You can also go a step further and gift this bottle opener to anyone who has an eye for unusual things. All you have to do is mount it on your wall and add it to your deer décor collection.

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2. 55 Gallons of Lube at $1362

This 55 gallon drum of Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant comes with a lube pump to get you out of any messy situation. Customers have come up with innovative ways to use all this lube at a 7 year old’s backyard party to prevent accidents on water slides! The 50 gallons of lube could help you in ways you never imagined. Why not stock up?

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3. Bag of Bones at $69.95

The 10 pound bag of bones, made entirely of plastic, is free of shipping costs. When it comes to anatomy classes and science projects, most people say that you cannot find a better product, given the assorted high quality bones. If you have plans of organising a voodoo-themed party, then look no further and get these immediately.

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4. Relaxation Capsule at $52,495

The capsule has a heated waterbag with pre-programmed music and lights. Most buyers have found this product to be quite useful when it comes to combatting jet lag and sleep imbalance. This product is also used across all health clinics, although it may take a little more than a month to get your own relaxation capsule delivered.

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5. Badonkadonk Land Cruiser at $19,999.95

This is a land vehicle and battle tank that can accommodate a maximum of 5 people and has a well-furnished interior. The Badonkadonk comes with a premium sound system, colourful tail lights, signal lights and underbody lighting. But make sure you keep this vehicle off public roads as it has a maximum speed of only 40 mph.

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If you want to gift a similar product to someone who wants something unique, use Shareagift to collect money from friends online. It doesn’t get any easier than this to raise funds for the people closest to you. Create your Shareagift page today and start collecting money online.

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Top 5 Unique And Thoughtful Gifts For Mothers

Struggling to find the perfect gift for Parents’ Day? Here are our top 5 unique and thoughtful gifts for mothers.

Mothers play a very important role in our lives. They’re there for us when we’re ill, they cook our favorite meals and they’re always ready to embarrass us with unfortunate tales when we introduce them to new friends. To show them that we really do care (even when we don’t have enough time in our busy lives to call home) – here are our top 5 gift ideas for the most important woman in our lives.

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Kindles can make great presents, especially when you add an extra personal touch by loading it up with book recommendations. A tip for thoughtful present giving – load up personal favorite reads and leave a message with each book; a ‘thinking of you’ or ‘I think you’ll enjoy this’ will make all the difference. Books are a great way to connect and your mother will love the time and care you put into creating the perfect gift (hopefully nearly as much as mine did).

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For those that especially love the sentimental value of owning their books and can’t quite handle slipping into the digital era – this KleverCase Kindle cover will help them on their way. The handmade hardback covers will make your ‘infinite library’ look and feel more like an authentic book and come in many book cover styles from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Trip of a Lifetime

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The most valuable thing in the world, arguably, is time. So ditch your other commitments and spend some precious time with your mother! Take that trip across the world like you’d always thought about and bring your mom along with you. Here are some brilliant ideas for family holidays. From isolated light-houses to camel-trekking in Morocco, you and your family can treat your mother to the holiday of a lifetime! It’s even easier to sort out with Shareagift, just buy the holiday and split the bill online. You can collect funds online from the rest of your family by starting a Shareagift page for the best mother you’ve ever had!

Tea Sparrow

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How many times have you sat with your mother over a hot drink whether complaining about your day or just having a quick catch-up? With Tea Sparrow you can keep the hot drinks flowing and quality ones at that. For a monthly subscription fee of $20, you can sample teas from your own region as well as from all over the globe. The guys and gals at Tea Sparrow are very passionate and have loose leafs down to a ‘tea’. So for a gift that keeps giving; subscribe for a year. Every month, whether you’re sharing a hot drink with your mother or not, she’ll be reminded of how much you care!

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And if freshly roasted coffee beans are more her thing then head on over to Mistobox.

Baking & Decorating Class

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Spend some quality time with your mom and take her to a baking and decorating class in bakery near you! There’s one at Original Yummy Cupcakes, Burbank, but they are becoming like hot cakes and will pop up somewhere close to you. The best thing about gift is that, not only do you get to have a great time taking a trip down memory lane, you also learn how to make gourmet cupcakes that will wow everyone at the next family gathering!

Bakery Box of Four Cupcake Candles

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Finally, following the cupcake theme, from the brilliantly original Etsy seller Candlelit Desserts: This customizable pack of four cupcake candles. With over 30 different cupcake flavors and designs, there is an oasis of choice for all tastes. Every candle is handlemade and is even flavored to match its aesthetics. They look tasty enough to eat! Also, it’s great for last minute online gift shopping with free delivery…

Here at Shareagift, we cherish and love our mothers and we think that they deserve the best gifts possible. It’s easy to set up a group fund on Shareagift and collect money online from family members to go that extra mile, just like our mothers do for us. Start a campaign today and being collecting money for a gift to the mother in your life.

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Full Stream Ahead!

Music streaming services have hit headlines hard recently, whether it be from Apple’s announcement of their new streaming service to Taylor Swift’s streaming rants or AC-DC’s move to release their whole back catalogue for streaming, it has been a popular subject matter. Along with these headlines, figures recently released prove that streaming music is growing significantly, so what is all the buzz about? And why do we care?

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Music streaming has almost doubled in the last year, and that’s before Apple Music launched. People are enjoying the freedom of being able to listen to what they want wherever they are and with a universe of new music and back catalogues from around the world, there is no wonder that music-streaming services are attracting the masses. With music streaming stories filling the headlines and announcements by corporations like Apple it has certainly helped drum up interest. Brits have already listened to 11.5 billion tracks via streaming services this year alone.

Using the Album Equivalent Sales (AES) industry metric, overall consumption of recorded music was up 4% compared with the first six months of 2014 and we are seeing more and more people becoming music fans from younger ages. Many music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music offer family plans which offer discount to family members if they sign up to the service through another member. This encourages children to listen to music who may have not necessarily had the means to explore it before from such a young age. Combine this with the fact that with streaming you can instantly listen to any song you want anywhere in the household on multiple devices, it is no wonder that music consumption is on the rise.

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However, it’s not all good news. Many artists have decided against having their music on streaming services and one such artist publicly announced her concerns over streaming recently in the headlines. Taylor Swift went up against Apple’s new music streaming service, Apple music, because they were not agreeing to pay artists during users free three-month trials. In a shocking move from Apple this got overturned and they agreed to pay artists a discounted fee during these months.

One of the major issues with streaming services is artist exclusivity. Apple music has already secured exclusive rights to Pharrell Williams amongst a number of other big artists and it was announced recently that Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal is the only one to feature Prince’s music after he took it down from all other streaming sites. This shift in exclusivity could see fans getting annoyed at having to use certain services to listen to their favourite artists.

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So what does the future hold for streaming services? If things continue as they are music streaming will continue to get bigger and bigger and we will eventually see a shift away from music downloads and CDs all together. Music downloads are down 10% this year and the number is predicted to carry on falling with the rise of music streaming and there were only two CD’s platinum CD’s in 2014, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and the Frozen soundtrack. No other compact disk hit a million copies in 2014!

It will be interesting to see how popular Apple music becomes and whether their audience will be listeners moving across from other streaming services or users who are new to streaming. We also predict that as streaming grows more and more companies will jump on the bandwagon and there are already rumours that Facebook are looking to make their entrance into the music-streaming scene.

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Streaming gives artists the opportunity to share their music online with their fans and it also allows fans to access the music they want to listen to form anywhere in the world. The Internet is being used more and more as a medium to share with anyone, anywhere in the world and it is not only music that people are sharing! Companies like Shareagift allow users to share their money online and contribute towards anything from shared gifts to worthy causes and events from the other side of the world.

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wimbledon 2015!

Wimbledon 2015 has kicked off with a bang this week, with crowds flocking to the grounds for the first few days of what is expected to be one of the hottest Wimbledon tournaments to date. Londoner’s filled the grounds yesterday hoping for a chance to see Andy Murray play his first match of the tournament and they weren’t left disappointed! In support of the tennis superstar and the hype around this year’s tournament, here are 10 facts that you didn’t know about Wimbledon 2015!

1 – Players will eat around 15,000 bananas this year.

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2 – This year over 50,000 plants were supplied to fill the grounds.

3 – The waiting list to become a member now has around 1000 people on it, dating back many years.

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4 – 230,000 glasses of Pimms will be served during the tournament.

5 – 142,000 portions of English strawberries will be eaten over the two weeks.

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6 – The prize money collected by both the male and female singles Champions will be £1.88 million.

7 – The Wimbledon stringing team will work on approximately 2,000 rackets and 40 miles of racket strings.

8 – Over the fortnight around 54,000 tennis balls will be used.

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9 – 60 of the 350 umpires this year come from abroad.

10 – This year Wimbledon will be broadcast to over 1 billion people in 200 territories.

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Wimbledon parties, BBQ’s and gatherings are going on across the country and beyond over the next two weeks so what are you waiting for? With Shareagift you can save with others and celebrate Wimbledon together!

We will be showcasing Shareagift‘s top 5 Wimbledon 2015 gift suggestions in an upcoming blog, so check back for group gift ideas, for those who love Wimbledon as much as we do!

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Our Top 10 Incredibly Useful Websites!

It emerged this week that a website for refugees which was set up by a couple in Berlin is growing in popularity. The site matches people who have a spare room in cities across Germany with refugees who are searching for accommodation. The couple came up with the idea when they decided they wanted to use their own spare room to home a refugee. They managed to raise six months rent by requesting help from friends and family.

We love the idea behind this useful website and this just goes to show how we are constantly finding new ideas and different ways to use the Internet. With this in mind we set about looking for some of the most exciting and useful websites that the web has to offer and have listed our top 10.

1 – Camelcamelcamel

This handy website lets you track the prices of any Amazon product so that you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. You will be able to see when the cheapest time is to buy your product and can even set reminders on items and the website will send you an email when they fall below a certain price.

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2 – Down For Everyone or Just Me?

Pretty self explanatory, this website allows you to type in a URL and will then tell you whether the rest of the world is having problems accessing the site or whether it’s just you.

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3 – A Good Movie To Watch

This will save you all those hours of endlessly scrolling through Netflix trying to find something good to watch. You can chose what sort of film the site picks for you based on genre, mood or by using a random search. The site also focuses on more indie and less well known films, which usually means that you haven’t seen them.

http://agoodmovietowatch.com

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4 – Boxoh

As long as you have a tracking number this site lets you find out where in the world your package is, how far it has come, and its estimated arrival time. Very useful, especially when you are unsure which day it will arrive.

http://www.boxoh.com

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5 – Bidvoy

Ever thought about selling something on Ebay but haven’t been sure whether it’s worth it or how much you will get for it? This website browses thousands of Ebay auctions and estimates the value of your product.

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6 – Drinkify

This site combines two of our favourite things, alcohol and music! By entering which artist you are listening to this website will tell you the perfect drink that goes along with it.

http://drinkify.org

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7 – Old Version

Fed up with that new update? This website allows you to download past versions of many of you favourite programs from Google Chrome to MSN messenger. ‘Because newer is not always better!’

http://www.oldversion.com/

8 – Instructables

With the help of this website you can make thousands of different items including meals, tools, clothing and gadgets, we even found a guide on how to make your own wood fired pizza oven!

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9 – Supercook

Not sure what to cook for dinner and can’t be bothered to venture out to the shops, fear not! Supercook lets you enter the ingredients you have at home and produces a recipe based on them.

http://www.supercook.com/

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10 – Shareagift

Of course we had to include Shareagift in this list, with our help you can raise cash for anything and everything. Many of our pages are used to raise money for causes, events or simply to buy a great gift with friends. No matter what, you can create a Shareagift page for any occasion and use it to fundraise and interact with others by posting comments photos and stories.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About London’s Underground

This week commuters in London were unable to use their local train station as thieves had sealed up the entrance in order to try and steal a cash machine! Luckily one man broke through the barriers opening up the station and scaring the thieves away before they could get into the machine. Luckily he knew that if the station had been due to close commuters would have been warned about it.

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How well do you know the London underground? Here are 15 strange and interesting facts about one of the world’s oldest tube networks.

1- The single worst accident on the Underground occurred in 1975 at Moorgate killing 42 people.

2- The Victoria line was going to be known as the Viking line.

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3- The first escalator on the Underground was installed in 1911 in Earl’s Court.

4- An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.

5- The most popular suicide time is around 11am.

6- In September of 1940 a census found that 177,500 people were sleeping in Tube stations across London.

7- An air quality study in 2002 found that 20 minutes on the Northern line has the same effect as smoking a cigarette.

8- The most recent Tube birth was a boy in 2009.

9- Approximately 50 passengers a year kill themselves on the Underground.

10- Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.

11- Sting and Paul McCartney are rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

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12- A man was once found dead on a train arriving at East Finchley and had been on there so long rigor mortis had set in.

13- On 11 July 2000, a tube driver fell asleep behind the controls resulting in the train rolling backwards for over half a mile.

14- More accidents are caused on the Underground by green grapes than banana skins.

15- Aldgate station is built on a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies.

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So there you have it, 15 weird and wonderful London Underground facts! Don’t forget if your planning on taking someone to London this summer for a treat we at Shareagift can help you save towards the perfect day out! If London is not for them then why not have a look at our guide to this year’s affordable festivals or alternative days out this summer!

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Does Giving Really Make Us Happy?

Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. Whether it’s raising money for charity, giving change to the homeless man on the street corner or even surprising your other half with flowers, many of us give on a regular basis but why do we do this?

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Giving and Happiness

In the mid 2000’s whilst working at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Grafman began to investigate where empathy and generosity originated in the brain. He discovered that when recipients donated to what they believed was a worthy cause the parts of the brain that lit up were in the same region that controls our cravings for food and sex. Therefore concluding that giving is rewarding, and the brain churns out a pleasurable response when we do this. Next time you are feeling down in the dumps rather than eating that Mars that’s in the bottom of your bag give it to the next person you see and in theory this could make you a happier person!

In one of the most comprehensive studies of American’s giving habits ever conducted sociologists Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson found that out of a group of Americans who donated more than 10% of their income, 41% of them said they rarely or never experienced depression. They conducted the same study with a group who didn’t donate and found that only 32% of them rarely or never experienced depression. This study suggests that giving could actually help make people happier and even help to avoid depression!

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What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’ – Nelson Mandela

The Season Of Giving

Thinking about the relationship between happiness and giving, one of the merriest and happiest times of the year for many is Christmas, (which coincidently is) the season of giving! It has been suggested that as many of us get older we prefer the giving part of Christmas to the receiving. This is one of our favourite Christmas videos and just shows how big of an impact giving can have on people.

Giving and our Health

It has also been suggested that as well as making us feel happier, giving can actually have positive effects on our health. A study by Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University reported that giving has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illnesses, including HIV and multiple sclerosis!

So there you have it, from the studies that we have seen, giving can in fact make you a happier and healthier individual! Don’t forget that you can give through the thousands of campaigns that have been set up through Shareagift, or you can create your own campaign and encourage others to give.

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‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.’ – Winson Churchill

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