Kasondra Gets A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Relaxing Getaway

This week we spoke to Shadia about her Shareagift campaign to send her friend Kasondra on a birthday getaway! Kasondra works a very busy job and only gets one day off a week so for her birthday, Shadia thought it would be a great idea to get all Kasondra’s friends to chip in towards a long weekend away in the coastal town of Monterey, so she could relax and have a few days to herself. Here’s what Shadia had to say about her campaign and Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a Shareagift page and start collecting money for Kasondra?

I used Shareagift a few years ago to help raise funds to bring my mother to Lebanon for the first time. She’s first generation Lebanese but had never been! So when I was thinking of Kasondra’s birthday coming up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be in town to help her celebrate, I thought the best thing would be to crowdfund a mini-vacation, as she works far too much and could do with a break. The Shareagift platform worked great before and so I decided to use it again.  

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page was really instrumental because I could load pictures and links. Being able to share the link via Facebook, Twitter and email was awesome, all the info was right there.

How much of an impact will this money have on your friend?

The gift came at a great time, this is what Kasondra emailed me the other day; 

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This is one of the sweetest things anyone has every done. And it makes me feel so loved and supported to see this list of people who helped in this wonderful gift. Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this e-mail and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed, that I am surrounded by an amazing group of wonderful friends.”

She hasn’t gone on the vacation yet but she will in the fall, I’m going to help her plan it and I’m sure some rest and relaxation outside of our busy lives will be just what she needs.

If like Shadia you think that one of your friends could do with a relaxing getaway, a great birthday or thank you gift or simply a surprise to cheer them up, then head over to Shareagift, create a page, invite friends and start raising money!

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Top 5 Wedding Gifts Voted As The Best

Want your wedding gift to be used for a lifetime? Get some inspiration from these wedding gift ideas that couples found to be the most useful.

5. Personalised gifts

Beer brewing kits, Engraved Oak Cutting boards or monthly shipments of the best wine will help you offer a tailored and personalised gift, even if you do not know the couple too well. Another top idea is to offer a piece of artwork, which includes framing their wedding invitation or drawing a portrait of their best moments.

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4. Cashmere blankets

A wedding gift that is quickly turning trendy because of the luxury and value for money it offers, cashmere blankets can certainly survive the test of time. These gifts work perfectly well as a bed throw or as a warm shawl and have multiple purposes to it. Couples look forward to such useful luxury gifts that stray away from the traditional gift ideas.

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3. Shared travel bag

A shared travel leather bag can be one of the most useful and lasting gifts you could give, as it is something that most couples forget to include in their wedding registry list. The bag is perfectly proportioned to hold the things that a couple can share together and also makes up for something you could use for those quick weekend trips.

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2. Vacuum Cleaner

Amongst the other essentials that couples prefer to receive as wedding gifts, a durable vacuum cleaner for any type of flooring is much required. Majority of the couples, considered a vacuum cleaner to be the most useful gift that they have received. Kitchen tools that are gifted during weddings may not be the most suitable for all couples, but a good vacuum cleaner certainly is!

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1. Hard Cash

Gifting a cheque or hard cash, has been voted as the best wedding gift by nearly four-fifths of those who are getting married. Most couples found traditional wedding gifts to be unnecessary as they have already lived together for a number of years, and preferred hard cash to fund the other expenses that come with a wedding.

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All you have to do is find the perfect wedding gift and then use Shareagift to raise money and fund it. Planning to group gift something? Shareagift makes it easy for you to collect money online and surprise them with that dream wedding gift. Create a page today and don’t worry about funding a gift that doesn’t fit within your budget.

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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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Figures from The BBC, The Telegraph and The London Evening Standard.

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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Shareagift’s Gift Of The Week: National Trust Day Out With Cream Tea For Two

Stuck for what to buy your teacher this year? Why not treat them to a day out over the summer to one of the beautiful National Trust locations across the UK. If you buy this day out through Virgin experiences you get a gift pack including a personalised voucher and message card. The voucher can be redeemed for a free admission pass to National Trust venues for 31 days, cream tea for two on your visit, a national trust book, map guide, one parking pass valid for 31 days and a 20% discount voucher for use in National Trust shops.

http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/national-trust-day-out-with-cream-tea-for-two

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Virgin experiences have a huge summer collection to pick from and with Shareagift you can save towards an experience to make someone’s summer extra special this year.

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Top 5 Amazing Inventions That You Need In Your Life!

It emerged this week that Samsung has come up with a new invention to reduce the amount of car accidents that occur when drivers try to overtake lorries. The company is introducing a line of safety trucks which will have wireless cameras in the front that project a live picture to a large television built into the back of the truck. Take a look at this video for a preview of how they will look and be used on the road.

We love the idea behind these trucks and set out this week to find our top five inventions that you need in your life!

1 – PaperKarma (The Junk Mail Eliminating App)

From: Apple and Google Play app stores

Price: Free

Tired of receiving more and more junk mail, well fear not! This app allows you to get rid of your unwanted junk mail once and for all! By taking a picture of the junk mail and sending it to the app, it will automatically find out which company it is linked to and remove you from their mailing list!

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2 – Scissortape

From: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £37.96

The same thing happens every time you scramble around drawers and cupboards for scissors and tape but you can only ever find one or the other. Now all your wrapping problems are solved with this amazing invention! Although the price is a bit steep, it will save you a lot of time and effort!

3 – Universal Wrapping Paper

From: Wordlessdesign.com

Price: £20 for 5 sheets

Universal wrapping paper can be used for all sorts of occasions. The paper includes hidden words, which can be circled for the desired present! No longer will you need more than one roll of wrapping paper and gone are the days of trying to convince friends and family that those Christmas tree shapes on their birthday present are actually party hats.

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4 – Showerhead Wireless Speaker

From Bathrommvillage.com

Price: £134.26

This little invention is a wireless speaker that plugs into your shower-head! Now you can enjoy music in the shower without the worry of destroying your phone or radio.

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5 – Ultra-Ever Dry

From: Ultraeverdrystore.com

Price varies

Ultra-Ever Dry is a hydrophobic coating, which can completely repel water and many other liquids. Just cover the object in this chemical and Ultra-Ever Dry will create a barrier of air on its surface repelling any liquids! Now you can take anything out on a rainy day and not worry about it getting spoiled!

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Know someone that would love one of these? Why not start a Shareagift page for them and start saving towards it! Or if you have an idea for an amazing new invention, then why not start a Shareagift campaign to get some funding and get your idea off the ground!

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Shareagift’s Gift Of The Week: The Neck Tie Pillow

The Neck Tie Pillow

Ever been out and about, on the train or in the office when you have just needed to get a bit of shut eye? Well now you can with the neck tie pillow! Embedded within this tie is an inflatable cushion that will comfort your head and help you get that much needed power nap. A perfect last minute gift for any Dad that is always on the go this Father’s day!

http://awesomestufftobuy.com/neck-tie-pillow/

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Shareagift’s Gift Of The Week: The Balcony BBQ Grill

The Balcony BBQ Grill

Let’s admit it, we all love a BBQ on a sunny day and there’s nothing more manly than standing next to a flaming grill flipping some good old burgers and steaks. With Father’s day fast approaching this is the ultimate gift for that Dad who just doesn’t have the garden space but longs for the smoky taste of a burger or two!

http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/balcony-barbecue-grill

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