Make University Life A Little Easier With Shareagift

Starting University can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience, you will most likely be moving to a new area, living with people you have never met before, having to absorb a lot of new information, and having to support yourself financially for the first time.

No matter how prepared you think you are for University there are always things that crop up that you haven’t budgeted for. You will most likely be given a reading list from each lecturer of books that you need to read during your module, many of which can often cost a lot of money. There will be things that after living on your own for a few days you will realise you need to buy, like earplugs to drown out the noise of the loud snorer next door, a tin opener (one of the most essential tools for any university student), or an internet cable because the Wi-Fi doesn’t quite reach your room.

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Through Shareagift you can set up a student page and add your parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and any other family members that have said if you need any help just let us know. You can then send a message to them all by commenting on your page when you need to buy something that you haven’t budgeted for, and they can add the funds to your pot.

Once you have been living with in either halls or a house for a while you will most certainly decide that you need to buy a few things for the place to make it look a bit nicer. Or perhaps you were getting ready to go out and someone spilt wine all over the sofa which now needs replacing because you can’t get the stains or the smell out. Shareagift makes it easy for housemates to collect all their money in one place, you can see who has paid what and then withdraw all the funds in one go when you are ready to buy what you need.

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So, you have been at University for a few months now and in the first few weeks you decided to join the football team. Every year they go on a week away where you meet and play against other university teams. The only issue is that somehow you have found yourself in charge of collecting everyone’s money and paying for the trip. With Shareagift you can create a page for the trip, post the link on your team’s Facebook page and ask everyone to go on and pay. You will be able to easily see who has paid what, and all the money will be kept in a safe and secure location until the time comes when you need to withdraw the funds and pay for the trip.

It’s your housemate’s birthday and you want to throw a big house-party for them, the only problem is that the monthly bills have just come out and you’re running really low on funds until the next instalment of your student loan comes in. With Shareagift you can create a private page and invite their friends via email to join the group and contribute some money towards decorating the house, buying the food and drink, and getting them an amazing gift.

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So for those of you heading to Univserity over the next few weeks don’t forget to keep Shareagift in mind when you need help with collecting funds for a trip, throwing an amazing event, buying ear plugs to drown out your neighbours snoring, or replacing a stain covered sofa!

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Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

Crowdfunding Vs. Group-Funding

One of the questions that always crops up when we are talking to people about Shareagift is what is the difference between group-funding (what we do) and crowdfunding? In some ways they are quite similar and in others they are very different. In order to answer this question we need to look at the key features of both, let’s start with crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding…

..is where a number of unrelated people back or invest in a project.

..has a limited deadline, which is usually thirty days.

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..is usually restricted to specific rules where certain campaigns are not allowed.

..cannot be used by private individuals or charities.

..usually has a rule where if the goal is not reached the raised cash is refunded.

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..can be difficult, as when you create a campaign you usually need to provide detailed and accurate information about what you are raising money for.

..can take a long time to set up.

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Group-Funding (Social Gifting)…

..is where groups can fundraise for anything and everything.

..is specifically designed for private groups, clubs, communities, families, and charities.

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..can have no deadline.

..can be made public or can be kept private as an invite only campaign.

..is ideal for group gifts, personal projects, community projects, emergency funds, medical treatments and charitable causes.

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..can be used to raise funds for any type of campaign but is not suited for financing products or start-ups.

..is quick and easy to set up, customise and activate.

For more information on how group-funding works visit the how it works section of our website or get in touch with a member of our team at community@shareagift.com.

Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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Fantastic Father’s Day Gifts

We have father’s day coming up here in the UK on June the 19th and we have already seen a number of Shareagift pages spring up where families have been coming together to ensure that this father’s day is extra special! In celebration of the upcoming event we have found some fantastic ideas for you to make this father’s day one to remember.

Experiences are always memorable and offer that something a bit extra special, this year Not On The Highstreet are offering up an East London canal boat overnight stay experience. With a huge double bed, wood burning stove and waterway views this unique experience offers something truly special in the heart of the capital.

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The Whiskey Exchange offers up some great luxury gift packs in the form of a number of different alcoholic drinks. These range from luxury whiskey, gins, vodkas and even champagne! Some of our favourites gift packs include the Jonnie Walker cube collection, the gin blending kit, and the Jim Bean signature craft pack.

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Handpicked Collection have a number of luxury mens grooming kits which could make the perfect present on father’s day. Whether it is beard trimming, moustache shaping or a clean shave, they have a kit for every father! We especially liked the gentlemen’s tonic shave gift set which comes with pre-Shave Oil (50 ml), Traditional Shave Cream (125 g), Soothing After-Shave Balm (100 ml) and a genuine Badger Brush!

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Vinyl record sales have skyrocketed over the past couple of years and a lot of artists are now releasing their latest albums on vinyl. Amazon have written a great buying guide on turntables to help ensure that you chose the perfect model. A number of them even have the ability to play cassette tapes, CDs and vinyls, a must for any music loving father!

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Shareagift makes it easy to bring friends and family together and collect money for amazing gifts, experiences and events. Just head over to Shareagift.com, create a page, invite friends and family and get collecting!

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Top 5 Gifts For The Family Who Has Everything

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s come to that time of year when we need to buy gifts for friends, family and colleagues. Everyone has that person on their gift list who is just impossible to buy for!

To help you out and give you a bit of inspiration we have chosen our top gift for each member of the family. So come together this year with friends, family and colleagues and use Shareagift to collect money for the perfect gift no matter who it’s for!

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It has happened to the best of us, sitting on the train about to call home to say we will be back shortly and suddenly we realise that the mobile’s gone dead. Surely with todays technology you would think that they would have invented phone batteries that actually last a whole day. Well while we are waiting for them to hurry up and invent them, why not buy that special someone who is never available the power wallet. Now they will never have an excuse for not getting back to you!

£59.99/$91.70 or £5.99/$9.17 split between 10 people

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A gift for the woman you know who is on her feet all day long either working, looking after the kids, or exercising down the gym. The heated footplate not only offers health benefits for your feet, it relaxes the user, warms their feet and gives them a sensual massage which is especially good during the winter months.

£39.95/$61.08 or £4.00/$6.11 split between 10 people

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Kids love games that they can play with their parents, especially during the holiday season. So rather than buying them an Xbox or Playstation game that will mean you not seeing them for the next few weeks why not invest in a giant Jenga! Fun for everyone, young and old and is a great party starter!

£100/$152.94 or £10/$15.25 split between 10 people

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The retro slush maker is an amazing gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. It not only makes delicious slushies and soft ice cream but it looks amazing too with a 1950s retro style. The internet is full of different recipe ideas for them to try or they can go about creating their own concoctions.

£64.95/$99.36 or £6.50/$9.94 split between 10 people

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Finding gifts for babies should not be so hard! It is often difficult to know what to get a new baby and friends and family often end up buying the same gifts as there is only so much you can buy them. Step up the personalised baby blanket! These blankets are stylish, perfect for keeping babies warm and can have their name put on them making them an extremely personal present.

£40/$61.17 or £4/$6.12 split between 10 people

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So there you have it! You no longer have en excuse for buying a boring, last minute gift for that person who you always struggle to find something for. Come together with friends and family and use Shareagift to collect money online for the perfect gift this holiday.

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Coping When Co-worker’s Leave The Company

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” ― Tim McGraw

Why Does Leaving A Company Cause Panic?

When a co-worker leaves the company it can be a disruptive, upsetting and stressful time for their fellow colleagues. Employees can often take someone leaving the company to heart, especially if they work closely with them or they are in charge of them.

As a company you need to remind your employees that their job isn’t right for everyone, and people can often change career path, move away or move on to a more senior role somewhere else.

Many employees can often get angry or annoyed at one of their co-workers leaving as they may feel like they are being left behind or they may be concerned with the gap in the workforce that their colleague is leaving. In many instances it can be difficult to fill a position, especially if the role requires a lot of training and employees may be concerned that they will have to pick up the extra workload.

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Supporting Colleagues Who Are Moving On

If they are leaving for a better position the company should feel proud that they have provided them with the relevant skills and experience for them to have secured themselves a more senior role somewhere else.

Rather than getting annoyed or concerned about a colleague leaving, companies need to support them by providing them with a positive experience from the minute they decide to leave until their last day.

By providing them with a positive experience it will leave them with fond memories of the company and this may result in them recommending it to friends or their new colleagues as a great place to work. It can even result in the employee returning in the future.

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How We Can Help

Everyday people use Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for friends and colleagues at work. Employees from companies including Tesco, Morgan Stanley, IBM and IMG have all successfully used Shareagift to collect money for leaving and retirement gifts for fellow colleagues, giving them a positive experience when leaving the company.

Shareagift not only provides an easy way to collect money online, but it brings people together for a common cause and makes the recipient of the gift feel valued. It also gives those who have contributed, a way to say goodbye with an amazing leaving or retirement gift to show their support in their decision to move on and to show them how much they have had an impact, not just the company, but on the people that work there.

‘Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this gift and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed’ – Kasondra.

Here are a couple of recent examples of people who have used Shareagift to collect money online to send their colleagues off in style!

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Head over to Shareagift to start a leaving or retirement fund, or get in touch with us at community@shareagift.com for more information on how we could help you.

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Top 5 Gifts For Techies

Save With Shareagift Towards The Perfect Gift

Is the techie in your team at work leaving and your struggling to find the perfect leaving gift. Or perhaps your Dad’s birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to get him because he has every piece of tech you could think of. Or maybe your friends have just moved into a new place and you want to get them the ultimate piece of tech for their new home. Fear not! We have compiled a list of our top 5 gifts for techies! Just pick one and head over to Shareagift to group gift it with friends.

Pocket Projector Mobile

£163 / $249.99  (£8.15 / $12.50 split between 20 people)

This pocket projector from Brookstone is perfect for any occasion, from a camping trip to lunch time in the office. Just load up the film or tv show, on your phone or tablet, and the pocket projector will instantly display it on a nearby wall or ceiling. It can be used to watch anything from movies to sports games or even for business presentations! An amazing gift for those on the go.

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Virtual Keyboard

£58.61 / $89.99 (£5.86 / $8.99 split between 10 people)

The virtual keyboard is a small box that hooks up to your phone or tablet and allows you to type on any flat surface. Type up recipes in the kitchen, take notes during an interview at a coffee shop or finish typing up that important document on the train. With advance optics for tracking your finger tips and two hours battery life it’s great for quick typing anywhere and everywhere!

Smart Bartending

£32.53 / $49.99 (£3.26 / $4.99 between 10 people)

Smart bartending is the perfect gift for any cocktail lover! Simply download the app, plug in the scale, and start making drinks from hundreds of different recipes. Combined with the scale the app tells you exactly how much of each drink to add and it can be used with any size glass. Combine this with a couple of bottles of drink to help them get started, it is the perfect gift for any occasion! Especially when a party is involved!

IKettle

£89.99 / $138.27 (£4.99 or $6.92 split between 20 people) 

Is there someone at work who is forever back and forth from the kitchen with mugs of tea and coffee, or perhaps you are fed up with the kettle in your house constantly being boiled because people keep forgetting to make drinks. For the hot drink enthusiast out there, this is the perfect gift! Just start up the app and away you go, have the kettle boiled and ready to make drinks as soon as you get in, or start it boiling from the living room whilst you are entertaining guests. The perfect companion for any tea or coffee drinker.

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Wireless Phone Photo Printer

£143.22 / $220 (£7.17 / $11split between 20 people)

For all the photo enthusiasts out there who miss having prints of photos they can keep, scrapbook, stick on their wall, frame or gift, the wireless photo printer is a must have. The printer wirelessly connects to your phone or tablet allowing you to take a photo and have it printed in minutes. A fantastic gift for photography lovers!

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Whether someone is leaving the office, a birthday is fast approaching, someone has just bought a new home or got married, head over to Shareagift now and collect money online with friends towards an unforgettable gift for any occasion!

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