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

HP Spectre x360

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

Apple MacBook light

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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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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Stories From Other Shareagifters:

Honeymooning In Orlando

Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun, and Shareagift!

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 Unconventional Weddings!

Save With Shareagift Towards … The Perfect Wedding

Everyone likes to put a personal touch to the happiest day of their life (so far). Conventionally, the most important decisions to make are regarding the flower arrangement, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the color scheme – to name just a few. But some people go to great lengths to make their wedding extra unique and memorable… Here are just 5 of the strangest wedding ideas and themes; weird, wonderful and controversial.

The Naked Wedding

Yep, that’s right, a couple decided to reject social norms and ditch the physical barrier between themselves and the natural elements. They decided to just wear nothing at all!

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After winning a radio competition which gifted them this free wedding, Mel and Rene Schachner were required to tie the knot in nothing other than their very own birthday suits.

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And they’re not the only ones! The au naturel look is very in vogue. Whether or not you’d personally choose to ditch the traditional attire, it certainly makes for a very memorable wedding.

Shrek Is Love Shrek Is Life

We’ve all heard of the story of the adorable Ogre who gets the girl and lives ‘happily ever after’ melting hearts across the globe.

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One couple decided that to mark their love, they would don heavy green make-up and have a Shrek-themed wedding to symbolize their journey.

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But their eye-catching efforts weren’t just a fancy display for publicity, it was in order to raise awareness for cancer.

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We hope that Nathan and Amanda get the happily ever after that they dream of.

I Did Nazi That Coming…

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Apparently, there’s a strange trend across Asia where many young Chinese couples decide to wed in Nazi Military Uniform… Perhaps they missed the memo about the truly horrific things that occurred in Nazi Germany; it certainly didn’t impress Netizens of China.

Wedding Suspense

On April 20, 2007 in New Orleans, PiercedSmurf decided to wed his long-term girlfriend hanging from his and her piercings…

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They wanted the occasion to showcase their love for one another as well as sharing their passion for body modification. Let’s just hope they didn’t leave each other hanging much longer!

Big Labels Small Prices

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Members of the public had to weave their little red trolleys around the size 8 shoe isle at the Mt. Pleasant TJ Maxx store on a July morning in 2012, when Drew Ellis and Lisa Satayut married in front of a small crowd of close friends and relatives. Described as her ‘happy place’, Satayut said that she ‘never once even looked at the shoes’ during the ceremony and that it was ‘perfect’.

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It’s certainly an unconventional place to get married! 

Whether you’re planning a crazy wedding or just a very ordinary affair, Shareagift can help to fund your wedding. Set up a wedding fund online and collect money from friends to go that extra mile with your perfect day.

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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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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.

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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.

Shareagift featured in the Huffington Post

Exciting week last week for Shareagift as we were featured on the pioneering online news website, The Huffington Post.

We met the lovely Laxmi Hariharan at the Silicon Drinkabout event a few Fridays ago and introduced her to Shareagift. She liked the site so much she included us in her series on startups, and we were absolutely delighted. So thanks to 3beards for kindly hosting us for the event, and thank you Laxmi for your interest and support 🙂

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Shareagift Crowd-funding by Fans is Best of the Week on Crowdsourcing.org

We’re thrilled to report that our Shareagift post about Font Awesome fans using the site to contribute to a Group Gift for founder, Dave Gandy, is Best of the Week story on Crowdsourcing.org!  Read the full post here for our ‘awesome’ story 😉

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How to Crowd Fund your Party with Shareagift

This is one of my favourite user stories of 2012.

Back in September of last year, the delightful Gráinne (who I have had the pleasure of speaking to many times) decided she wanted to to organise a once in a lifetime surprise party for her husband, Andreas’, 50th birthday. Happily for us, she came across Shareagift online and used our site to crowd-fund the party, inviting his friends and family to contribute to one really special evening.

Gráinne collected over €800 to her Shareagift Page, so she could organise a private ‘party bus‘ to take her, Andreas and 30 of their friends around the city. Collecting funds from friends around the world over several months, Gráinne kept the whole thing a secret from Andreas, so it was a total surprise when he arrived to find his name lit up in lights on the bus and all his friends there ready to celebrate with him.

Gráinne surprises Andreas on the big day!
Gráinne surprises Andreas on the big day!

I gather it was a beautifully raucous affair! Complete with champagne and dancing and general merriment – in that wonderfully Irish tradition – followed by a spoiling dinner at one of their favourite Irish pub afterwards. Gráinne even sent us an amazing video of the party bus afterwards so we could get a flavour of the evening – it looked like epic fun indeed, and no doubt a sore head or two the following day 😉

The Party Bus makes its way around Paris!
The Party Bus makes its way around Paris!

We were all horribly jealous in the office to hear about their amazing adventure, but thrilled to have been able to help along the way. Gráinne, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your time and your contributions – you gave us some awesome ideas and some invaluable feedback – and we’ve loved being in touch with you.

Thank you to Johannes Berghoff for letting us use his brilliant photos to tell the story, and Gráinne for your kind words to our team after the event:

“Just a short email to say a BIG thank you for a super website, and a super idea. Andreas’s surprise 50th birthday was a huge success, and it was a huge help to me to have found your website and have everyone contribute to what ended up being quite a costly evening. But it was definitely worth it! Many thanks to you, and to your team for all your help, quick responses and solutions!”

And we hope Gráinne’s story will inspire a ton of other people to use Shareagift to crowd fund their parties and give other friends and family the evening of a lifetime.