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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Top 5 Most Expensive Pet Products

Save With Shareagift Towards … Pet Gifts!

Want to show your pet that it means the life to you? Check out these Top 5 expensive pet products to pamper your pet with the best. Do something for your pet that welcomes you with joy every time.

1. Pet Tiara – $4.2 million

Designed with emeralds and diamonds, this $4.2 million tiara weighs 250 carats and isn’t easy to wear it all day long. The owner also has other plans to design a hair clip made of jewels in order to adorn the dog with the best. An expensive and unnecessary investment, don’t forget to notice how unhappy the dog still is…

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2. Super Dog House – $410,825

It comes with a 52 inch Plasma TV, a temperature controlled dog spa and a day lounge! With automated food dispensers and self-cleaning bowls, your pet could possibly lose any opportunity of ever interacting with you. With webcams constantly monitoring your pet, the only thingsthat the house lacks is an ‘automated litter box’.

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3. Crystal Pet House – $31,660

This crystal pet house is actually designed by Hello Kitty, and is meant to accommodate pets of any size. The pet house has been encrusted generously with more than 75,000 crystal beds. Don’t bother looking for a toy for your pet if you have bought this crystal house, as your pet will pretty much manage to scratch off all the crystals.

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4. 22k Gold Thread Mattress – $3000

The owner of this dog who decided to buy this custom-made 22k Gold Thread Mattress, is a blogger who has never owned a brand new mattress himself. If you require a gold thread mattress designed for humans, you can get one at $30,000 as well.

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5. Roberto Cavalli Pet Clothes – $110 – $1200

If you have bought the best for your dog in every other category, why exclude accessories and clothes off the list? Roberto Cavalli’s line of pet clothes known as ‘pooch couture’ has quite a few varieties of satin bathrobes, silk shorts and velor tracksuits. You can also get some hooded pyjamas, to protect your dog from the cold.

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Want to celebrate the happiness and joy that your pet gives you? Invest in some of these expensive products and win your pet’s heart. Pamper your pet with the very best by collecting money online from friends with Shareagift. Start a page on Shareagift today and show the love you have for your pet.

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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 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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Top 5 Most Expensive Hobbies To Have

Its not just ‘all work and no play’ for the rich and famous. Most celebs do pursue the things they love, however, unusual or expensive they may be. Take a look at these expensive hobbies and remain guilt-free if you have one too!

1. Art Collection

Celebrities, businessmen, entrepreneurs and every one with an eight-digit bank balance have voted art collection as the most expensive hobby to pursue, as you also need to enjoy the piece of artwork that you buy. The Triptych is the most expensive artwork to be sold for $142 million to an anonymous bidder. Don’t forget to take a look at Leonardo Di Caprio’s expensive art collection.

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2. Collecting Vintage Cars

Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren are some of the exclusive members of this club who can afford the 1937 57S Bugatti which costs $4.4 million or the 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car which costs $29.6 million. If you are worried about fluctuating savings rates, some of these vintage cars might turn out to be a worthwhile investment!

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3. High Stakes Poker

James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’ is the perfect example of high stakes poker that requires million-dollar buy-ins and payouts. A hobby reserved for the rich, if you don’t have millions in the bank or a few expensive assets, this game isn’t for you. High stakes poker is probably one of the riskiest hobbies to pursue as you might end up losing everything you have.

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4. Keeping Exotic Pets

Kristen Stewart and Mike Tyson are some of the popular celebs who prefer to own their private collection of exotic pets instead of having to go to the zoo every time they want to see a lion or a cheetah. The cost of caring for these pets can easily skyrocket to a few millions, excluding the cost of acquiring a license.

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5. Flying

Aviation classes cost over $250,000 even in the most basic aviation schools. Celebrities like John Travolta and Tom Cruise pursue such hobbies to later purchase their very own private jets. Taking into account the cost of maintenance, cost of buying and fuelling a plane, some of these hobbies may be more expensive than they seem.

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Start a page today on Shareagift to pursue something that makes you happy. Live your life with passion and do the things you love. Know someone who wants to pursue an expensive hobby, but can’t? Fundraise money for them with Shareagift and collect money online from friends to do the things you want in life.

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Top 5 Gifts For Big Kids

Save With Shareagift Towards… Group Gifts

Arguably one of the greatest things about being a kid was toys. You can still see the glint in parent’s eyes when their child unwraps or receives a new toy and it’s usually the parents that end up playing with it more than the kid! This week we have picked our top 5 ultimate big kid gifts for those people who never quite let their childhood go.

3Doodler

3Doodler is the world’s first 3D printing pen and came to fruition through a crowdfunding campaign that helped the company get their product onto the market. The 3Doodler is now in its second stage of development with the 2.0 model now available to buy. With this pen the possibilities are endless and you can create anything from toy animals to jewellery, clothing, and replica monuments, a great gift for those creative types.

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Air Swimmers

Air swimmers are remote control helium balloons shaped as different fish that fly though the air. If you love scaring people or simply wish you could control a flying fish then this is the perfect gift for you! Unfortunately they are limited to the inside but other than that the possibilities are endless! Fly them around the house, about the office or even on the tube as this video demonstrates!

LED Lit Poi Balls

Poi translates to ball on a string and you will have hours of fun swinging these LED balls around in the dark making all sorts of shapes and funky dance moves! Think of them as sparklers that never go out, they are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to move, dance and just swing balls in the air!

Air Board

The airboard is basically a Segway without the handle bars bit. They take a bit of getting used to but once you have mastered balancing on them and turning corners you can pretty much travel anywhere on them (up to 14 miles) and they are light enough to be easily carried around. If you are looking for a fun and let’s face it lazy alternative to walking or cycling then the Air Board is the perfect gift!

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Sky Walker Quadcopter

The Sky Walker Quadcopter is essentially a remote control drone in a ball cage. The machine can fly, drive along the ground and even climb walls! The range is an impressive 50 meters and the cage gives it the protection it needs if you are a first time flyer as the controls take a fair bit of getting used to.

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So there you have it 5 amazing gifts for anyone who is a kid at heart! Shareagift can help you save towards group gifts for friends by using our simple and easy to use platform which allows you to create a page and start collecting money online for the perfect gift.

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Want To Be More Popular With Your Colleagues?

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Office Party

It’s always the same story, a colleague’s birthday is coming up but no one wants to have to put the effort into organising a present, let alone a night out. It is time for you to step up to the plate and become the new office organiser! Too much on your plate? Or are you just trying to avoid having to hassle people to contribute to a birthday fund. Fear not! We are here for all your office party planning needs! We have put together the ultimate guide to help you pull off a great birthday for any colleague, making you look super organised and the new social butterfly of the office!

The Gift

When planning for a birthday the first thing to do is chose a gift so that you know what sort of budget you need to aim for. This alone can take a while as finding the perfect gift is not a quick job. With so many different gifting websites it’s easy to get lost in the sheer amount of birthday gifts that are out there. Two websites that are great and have a mix of fun, interesting and different gifts are notonthehighstreet.com and thegreatgiftcompany. You can find anything from a USB fridge to a personalised word search iPad cover, or even a novelty pug mask, if that’s their sort of thing. Keep an eye on our gift of the week posts for gift inspiration.

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The Location

The next big decision is where to hold the night out, do you go for a quiet meal and a few glasses of wine or to a extravagant club with booming music and a huge dance floor? We always like discovering new places and a work night out can be the perfect excuse to take everyone to that new bar that you’ve wanted to visit. If you’re planning on heading to London for the night there are so many great places just waiting to be discovered. Designmynight.com is a great little website that showcases interesting and different events and venues, some of the places that caught our eye were The Candlelit Club, Little Nan’s Cocktail Den and The Fu Manchu Bar! For something a little different and chilled out head over to the board game cafe that has just opened up in London, check out our review here. If none of these take your fancy and you feel like really getting stuck check out our summer birthday parties blog for more inspiration.

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To ensure that you make the most of the night out, whilst keeping in mind that you are with your work colleagues, follow these simple rules.

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  • Talk to everyone. A night out is a great opportunity to mingle with co-workers that you wouldn’t necessarily get to speak to on a daily basis. This will not only help you to get to know different people but will also allow you to understand what everyone does, giving you a better understanding of the company.
  • Talk to senior staff. You may not always get the opportunity at work to talk to those who are higher up the ladder than you. A night out is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and get yourself known within the higher ranks.
  • Be yourself. Don’t try too hard or worry too much about the evening, just enjoy yourself! 

Work nights out shouldn’t be an issue, there’s always a danger that you may say or do something that could reflect your working reputation. Avoid the following to ensure you don’t ruin the evening for yourself.

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  • Drink too much. You don’t want to ruin your reputation at work by having one too many drinks and doing something stupid. Keep your cool and know when enough is enough.
  • Just talk about work. It can be easy to slip into a conversation about work seeing as it is a common subject between you and your colleagues. Try to find common interests that don’t revolve around your working day.
  • Speak to the same group of people. By sticking with the same group all evening you could be seen to be part of a group within the company. Be approachable and try to mingle as much as possible.

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Shareagift is the perfect platform to save for a group gift or to fund a work night out. You can collect money online rather than having to traipse around the office and hassle people while they are trying to work. Simply set up a Shareagift page, send the link around the office and everyone can log on and donate whenever they want. A simple, easy and hassle free way to plan the perfect birthday event and make your life a hell of a lot easier!

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Our Top 3 Etsy Sellers

Bored of the same monotonous designs offered by high street shops? Annoyed (and slightly angry) that someone’s taken the exact thing you wanted seconds before at a vintage fair? Sick of rifling through boxes and boxes of jewelry at the thrift store?

If you like unique designs, love supporting independent businesses and most of all appreciate premium quality jewelry: You need to know this shortlist of Etsy sellers that we, here at Shareagift, love.

LwhiteDesign

LWhiteDesign

L White Design is a small and upcoming handcrafted jewelry shop based in Haslett, Michigan. It was conceived and built from scratch by the owner Linsey White-McLean and her trusty side-kick; adorable baby Lucia.

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Linsey’s Worshop

We just love her designs! Minimalistic with a quirky and colorful twist on traditional jewelry both catch the eye and can compliment a daring outfit.

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Sterling Silver, Jade and Green Aventurine Statement Necklace

A few of our favorite items from her collection online at Etsy is this Sterling Silver, Jade and Green Aventurine Statement Necklace and this simple yet elegant Sterling Silver Circle Ring 

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Sterling Silver Circle Ring

Simply the best thing about LWhiteDesign is that you can request a custom made order. So Shareagift with that special friend who deserves something unique, you can even split the cost of the present by setting up a Shareagift page! It’s easy collecting funds online, especially when that gift is slightly out of your budget.

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MadenJewelry

Hailing from Portland, Oregon Madeleine Day juggles many commitments – from Physician to Wellness Blogger, the Maden line was developed to ‘keep her looking effortlessly sassy while on the go’. Her philosophy to design is keeping it unique and her motto: ‘Life’s too short to wear what everybody else wears’.

SeaSide Collection
SeaSide Collection

We love the attention to detail in each and every one of her pieces. Just look at the beautiful SeaSide Necklace Collection, each handcrafted with beads and materials from all over the globe and its very own story to tell.

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PreciousPodsBySarahO

Last of all, PreciousPodsBySarahO is a seller that is less about design and style but more about meaning and message. Not to say that her designs are any less sleek and beautiful.

Teacher Appreciation Gift
Teacher Appreciation Gift

This cute Teacher Appreciation Necklace with the touching and thoughtful inscription ‘You Made A Different To This One’ would make a perfect Teacher Appreciation Gift. To split the cost with your classmates, you could use Shareagift to show how much your teacher means to you without breaking the bank.

All of her pieces are entirely customizable and can make great gifts for any occasion. Whether it’s end of year teacher gifts, birthday gifts or thankyou gifts – you can get a thoughtful and unique present from PreciousPodsBySarahO. And with the help of Shareagift, you will be able to collect funds online from your co-workers, friends and classmates.

Here at Shareagift, we believe in supporting small businesses with something unique to offer. Everyday life should be shared with special people. We make it our business to make it easy for you to Shareagift with those closest to you.