Giving Back

When a loved one passes away it can be an extremely emotional and difficult time. Many people find it hard to approach the subject of arranging the funeral and it has become in many societies a taboo subject that people try to avoid talking about as they believe it can cause more upset and heart ache.

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Unfortunately when someone passes away there is a lot to sort out, this can be especially difficult if their is a limited budget.

Helen decided to set up a Shareagift page dedicated to her friend Sue who had sadly passed away. Sue dedicated her life to helping others, not only did she do an amazing job at this, but much of her time was spent raising money for charities in many different and imaginative ways. Helen described Sue as the most kind, warm hearted lady that she and many others had ever met.

Helen set up the Shareagift page in Sue’s memory and invited some of the people that Sue had touched during her lifetime. This has lead to an overwhelming outpour of messages and donations with everyone wanting to raise as much money as possible to give her the perfect send off she deserves.

The page goal was set at £2,000 and has now gone well over £4,000 with donations still pouring in.

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“Sue Valentine was the heart and soul of charities, always thinking about others before herself, she was an inspirational women to everyone! With the help of Shareagift the response we had was phenomenal to helping raise money for her two children to give their mum Sue the very best send off she deserves”

Top 3 laptops for a great birthday gift

If you are searching for gift ideas for a friend or co-worker’s upcoming birthday then seek no further! Below we give you a review of the 3 best laptops on the market for 2016. To help fund its purchase, why not ask friends, family and other co-workers to chip and setup a group fund campaign.

So – here we go – 3 best laptops on the market:

1. Microsoft Surface Book

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The Surface Book is an ultra-thin well-crafted transformer. A laptop that converts into a tablet and it actually comprises of two computers – the tablet and the keyboard docking station. It’s a pretty powerful tool taking full advantage of some pretty impressive hardware when used in laptop mode. Just see the specifications below:

  • Processor 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Memory 8GB or 16GB RAM
  • Storage SSD 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
  • Graphics Intel HD graphics 520 or NVIDIA GeForce GPU
  • Display Screen: 13.5”, 3000 x 2000, 267PPI, 10 point multi-touch
  • Dimensions 312.3 x 232.1 x 13- 22.8mm
  • Weight 1,516g including keyboard
  • Price: £1,299.00 / $1,499.00 / €1,550.00 (starting at)

2. HP Spectre x360

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The HP Spectre x360 is a premium laptop that can be transformed quickly into a tablet by rotating its screen round. This clever little feature means it can be used as a laptop, a viewing tent or a tablet. The x360 truly is a superbly designed device. In it you will find following hardware:

  • Processor 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Memory 8GB RAM
  • Storage SSD 256GB or 512GB
  • Graphics Intel HD graphics 520
  • Display Screen: 13.3”, 1920 x 1080, FHD IPS LED-backlit touch screen
  • Dimensions 325 x 218 x 16 mm
  • Weight 1,45g
  • Price: £849.00 / $849.00 / €1,299.00 (starting at)

3. Apple MacBook light

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The Macbook light is not only the thinnest but also the lightest of all laptops ever produced by Mac. With each version produced Mac has cone out with design and technology improvements that make the investment in it worth it. This divine device is available in four colours: Rose Gold, Space Grey, Gold and Silver. And in it we find the following:

  • Processor 1.1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3
  • Memory 8GB RAM
  • Storage SSD 256GB or 512GB
  • Graphics Intel HD graphics 515
  • Display Screen: 12” retina, 2304 x 1440, 226 pixels
  • Dimensions 280 x 196 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0,92g
  • Price: £899.00 / $1299.00 / €1,239.00 (starting at)

One of these laptops can be a great birthday gift, and can be affordable if you split the cost with 10 or 15 friends with a fundraising campaign.

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Shed Vs Sports Car

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Birthday Surprise

We are always intrigued to find out what fun and exciting things our Shareagifters are raising money for. This week we caught up with Natalie who used Shareagift to raise money for a birthday surprise for Jesse.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Jesse’s gift?

I got the idea because I know Jesse would have enjoyed a big surprise for his birthday such as riding a fast posh car on a track (which he has wanted to do for ages) but that it was too expensive for his friends to pay for alone.

Using the page meant that everyone could chip in for it, I also thought that it would be fun to make it a bit of a competition between two different things, a shed (which he needs) or a fast car (which he wants!). Seems like people want the shed so far!

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Why did you choose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift as for my friend’s 40th in January it was used to club together to buy him his dream guitar and seemed to work well.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It has been helpful in that it’s nice to have a page that everyone can see and that I can show Jesse afterwards.

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How much of an impact will this money have on Jesse?

It will have a great impact as Jesse has had a hard year, we have a one year old who never sleeps (Oscar) so he deserves something special happening for him, although he will be really embarrassed, he’s quite shy!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I have a couple of close friends who are/have been really poorly and I would set up a page for a charity of their choice.

Does someone close to you have a birthday coming up? If like Natalie you want to surprise them with an amazing gift then head over to Shareagift and start collecting money with friends for an unforgettable birthday present!

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Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

Dave’s Friends Send Him To Frankfurt In Style!

Helping Shaun After His Business Burnt Down

Top 5 Weirdest Things To Do In London

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Amazing Day Out

Think you know all there is to know about London? Or maybe you are planning on travelling to the capital and are looking for something a bit different to do. If that’s the case then check out our pick of 5 of the weirdest things that you can do in the capital right now!

Attend An Early Morning Rave

Rave your way into the day! This is the slogan for the new craze that is spreading across the world. Morning Gloryville holds morning raves across 3 different areas of London. They throw immersive morning dance parties to get you live and kicking for the day ahead. Starting at 6.30 they last for 4 hours and offer a smoothie bar, an organic coffee kiosk and a wake up massage station. They throw the ultimate party to get you energised for the day and have even had acts including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx get involved.

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Stuff Animals

Ever fancied your hand at some taxidermy? The Last Tuesday Society offer a range of classes depending on your skill and you get to stuff a number of different animals as you progress through the course. Prices are around £50 per person and they even allow you to take your artwork home and show it off to everyone.

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Drink Coffee In A Toilet

Formerly a Victorian toilet, the Attendant has transformed this space into a cosy café. The urinals have become a seating area and a café bar has been put in. Apart from this much of the interior has been preserved and just updated to give the café a Victorian feel. Having won best London coffee shop in 2013 this place is well worth a look.

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Listen To Naked Boys Read

If you fancy spending your evening doing something truly different then look no further than the naked boys reading events that happen in different venues across London. It’s all in the name, at these events people sit around and listen as one by one naked men take it in turns to read sections from different books to the audience. Each evening has a different literary theme and tickets are usually around £5 in advance. Head over to their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

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Cage Dive With Sharks

Yes that’s right, you can actually cage dive with sharks in London! If you don’t fancy travelling to do this experience then head over to the London Sealife Aquarium where for £25 you will be lowered into a tank of 15 sharks for 15 minutes. If you think that’s a bit steep then why not save some money with the family package and give the kids a truly terrifying experience that they will never forget!

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Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to do something a bit different this year for your own birthday celebration? Shareagift provides an easy way to collect money online with friends for the ultimate day out, evening meal or birthday surprise. Show someone you really care by saving for a group gift that they will always remember or do something wacky to raise money for a worthy cause and use Shareagift to keep on top of all your donations.

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Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Meal In London

Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Alternative Stag Do Experiences

Save With Shareagift Towards …. An Amazing Stag Do Experience

Stag Do‘s are now a big milestone in the road to getting married. With so many different activities available for stag do‘s it can be difficult to find the right one for your party. We have picked our top 5 alternative stag do experiences for those looking to do something a bit different but still have a truly memorable time.

Gorge Scrambling

If your looking for a Bear Grillsesque stag do experience then a day of gorge scrambling is for you. The activities that you do depend on the company that take you out but expect waterfall jumping and climbing, rock climbing, boulder hopping, cave exploring and raging rapids. It is a physically demanding day out so ensure that all the lads are up for the challenge before you book, but once you are out in the wilderness it’s amazing fun and a great team building and bonding activity.

Mountain Boarding

Derived from snowboarding, this off-road activity will see you riding down dirt tracks and grassy hills strapped to a plank of wood on wheels. With popularity growing, mountain boarding centres are springing up all over the place and although it takes a bit of getting used to, once you have the hang it gets very addictive. A great stag do experience if you are looking at trying something new and are keen to see your friends falling left right and centre!

Underground Zip Course

Underground Zip lining courses are a great activity, and have the added benefit of being inside so it can be done whatever the weather. Usually held in caverns and caves these courses have an underground maze that you must make your way though with zip lines, rope bridges, tunnels and obstacles. The darkness of the caverns give the experience an eerie feel and gets your heart racing as you traverse the course.

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Goggle Football

Goggle football is essentially a game of football but all players must wear goggles whilst on the pitch. A new activity that has been gaining popularity amongst stag do and team building experiences, the goggles disorientate the players which can often result in some hilarious football. Take a look at the video to see what we mean!

Extreme Cave Trampolining

This year saw the first cave trampolining centre open in Wales, the centre is made up of a number of giant trampolines suspended underground covered in nettling. Imagine a giant underground bouncy castle for adults, if you are after a completely new experience then this place is worth checking out. This centre has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and we are sure to see more opening now that the first one has been a success.

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If you are in charge of a stag do and liked the look of any of these amazing activities, or if you are planning something completely different then head over to Shareagift and create a stag do collection page today to ensure that everyone gets their money in on time. Shareagift provides you with an easy to use platform to collect money online for anything from stag do collections to wedding gift list pages, honeymoon funds and charitable collections. If you are involved in wedding planning then head over to our website and see how we can make your life a whole lot easier.

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Top 5 Tech Gifts For Grandparents

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Gift For Your Grandparents

Technology seems so intertwined into our daily lives it can be hard to imagine a life without your smartphone, laptop or smart TV. If you don’t keep on top of the latest tech it can be very easy to fall out of the loop. Many elderly people feel that they have missed the boat on technology and chose not to get involved with it. However, there are many tech gadgets that are easy to use and can help with improving health, keeping more active, avoiding boredom and giving relatives peace of mind. With grandparents day fast approaching we have put together a list of our top 5 tech gifts that are sure to bring out your grandparent’s inner techy!

Fitbit

Fitbit is a tool to help you monitor how active you are throughout the day and it also keeps an eye on your health. As we get older it gets more and more important to keep on top of your health and Fitbit tracks steps taken, stairs climbed, distance travelled, calories burned, activity level and sleep quality. Their smart scale can also help you track weight, body fat percentage and BMI with online graphs and mobile tools. This would be a great gift for any grandparent as all they need to do is wear it and you can help them look through their stats and see what needs improving or changing in their daily routine.

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telyHD

telyHD is a camera unit that sits on top of your television set and delivers high quality Skype video calls directly to the TV. As long as it is plugged in and your TV is on anyone can get in touch with you via Skype. This is a great idea for grandparents who want to be able to stay in touch with family from across the world but aren’t ready or willing to invest in a computer or tablet. The system is also designed with new users in mind and is very easy to use.

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TV Ears

Often with old age comes loss of hearing, TV Ears is a clever little tool that syncs with your TV and allows the user to adjust their own volume and tone while others around them can have the TV at their preferred volume. It is designed to sit just under your chin and is ideal for listening if you are sitting or lying down.

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Active Protective

If you are worried about your grandparents falling and injuring themselves then why not get them some active protective garments. The smart garment in the form of a wearable belt detects a fall before you hit the floor and deploys a small airbag to protect your hips from breaking with the imapct. Confused? Take a look at the video to see how it works.

iPad

Last but not least is the Apple iPad! You may not think iPad when shopping for gifts for grandparents however it is surprising how easy people find it to use. With an easy to use interface, touchscreen and a button that you can press if anything goes wrong which will take you straight back to the main menu, it is actually a lot easier to use than a computer. With iPad popularity growing amongst older generations many apps are now appearing which cater to their needs including apps like Pill Reminder Pro, Blood PressureiBP and Pocket Physio. Not to mention the back catalogue of music and film clips available via the YouTube app and social media apps like Skype, which help them keep in touch with the family.

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Shareagift can help you save with the family towards an amazing gift this grandparent’s day. We provide an easy platform for you to collect money online for a group gift from the whole family that can either help improve your grandparent’s health, make their life easier or even get them Facebook messaging you!

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