Top 5 Tech Gifts For Grandparents

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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 UNIQUE WEDDING FOOD IDEAS!

The wedding menu is the most overlooked aspect, and could lower the overall score and appeal if you don’t have a few impressive wedding menu ideas up your sleeve. Check out these awesome, yet unconventional wedding food ideas and bring on that ‘wow’ factor to your wedding!

1. Cookies & Milk

Cookies served with a shot of milk may just spell simplicity, but it reminds everyone of a childhood favourite. Surprise your wedding guests with the unexpected and it’s a guarantee that you will find them asking for more. If you are looking for more ideas on the varieties of cookies that can be served, check this out.

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2. Strawberry shortcake in a jar

If you are planning a wedding in spring or summer, this strawberry shortcake will make up for a refreshing dessert, that your wedding guests will be tempted to eat. You also do get additional points for serving it in a jar, as it scores high on presentation and prevents any spills. This is a classic dessert presented in an unconventional way!

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3. Taco Bar

A taco bar at your wedding is bound to be a big hit even if it doesn’t align with the theme of your wedding. You can also have a DIY taco bar but a simple taco bar served with some sea bass, hot chillies or crispy bacon is most likely to be the best dish on your wedding menu. You can also spice it up with some interesting dips!

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4. Fish & Chips with a shot of Beer

Fish and Chips is a popular comfort food and you can’t find anyone saying ‘no’ to this. If someone gets teary eyed at the wedding, it will be a good idea to serve them this. Present the fish and chips in some monogrammed paper and serve it with some beer in a shot glass. Get ready to surprise and shock everyone!

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5. Donut Bar

If you don’t plan on any other desserts apart from your wedding cake, the donut bar will take care of it all for you. Donuts with sprinkles, some mango donuts, or retro classics with cream and jelly will make sure that there is something for everyone. You can also opt in for mini-donuts, which is sure to give you plenty of ideas for presentation.

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Don’t restrict that foodie in you to just family dinners and work lunches! Let that passion shine through your wedding as well. Plan for that dream wedding by starting a wedding fund on Shareagift today. Collect money online from friends and make your dream wedding come true!

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Top 5 Weirdest Jobs From Around The World!

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This weekend has been dubbed the Great Summer Getaway with more than two million British holidaymakers heading overseas. If you’re longing to take someone away on holiday this year but are struggling to get the cash together, perhaps an evening or weekend job would be the answer to get some extra cash together. We have come up with some alternative jobs that you may want to try.

Professional Snuggler

Professional snugglers are paid to snuggle and sleep next to strangers. Snuggle cafes, currently very popular in Japan, are places where you can go for a quick cuddle and a kip on your lunch break. Although you have to sleep next to strangers getting paid to snooze is very appealing!

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Dice Inspector

Dice inspectors work in a number of different companies, the most common being casinos and dice manufacturers. The job (if you hadn’t guessed already) is to ensure that the dice are correctly numbered, weighted and shaped to avoid any cheating.

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Professional Mourner

According to The New York Times this job dates back as early as 1877 and for some is a highly desired career. Professional mourners get paid to weep and cry in public in order to create a mournful atmosphere. They are often hired to make up the numbers at funerals. If you are interested in hiring one or think you would have a shot at a job rentamourner.co.uk operate out of Essex and cover the majority of the UK.

Pet Food Taster

Yes that’s right! Pet food isn’t allowed to arrive on shelves unless it meets a food technologist’s taste. The job involves not only smelling and tasting pet food but also chewing it to ensure that it is of the right consistency. Pet owners want to ensure that they are feeding their animals quality food and so it must be tested. Pet food companies are often on the look out for food testers so if you think this could be the career move for you it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job.

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Professional Ear Cleaner

Professional ear cleaning, which is considered an art in India involves working the street and cleaning people’s ears of any foreign body, wax, and dust with a cotton-covered needle and a pair of pincers. Check out the video for a more detailed look at what the job involves.

If none of these take your fancy then why not set up a Shareagift page and collect money online to fund a holiday and take someone away somewhere truly amazing. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online and fund a gift, project, event or cause.

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Does Giving Really Make Us Happy?

Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. Whether it’s raising money for charity, giving change to the homeless man on the street corner or even surprising your other half with flowers, many of us give on a regular basis but why do we do this?

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Giving and Happiness

In the mid 2000’s whilst working at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Grafman began to investigate where empathy and generosity originated in the brain. He discovered that when recipients donated to what they believed was a worthy cause the parts of the brain that lit up were in the same region that controls our cravings for food and sex. Therefore concluding that giving is rewarding, and the brain churns out a pleasurable response when we do this. Next time you are feeling down in the dumps rather than eating that Mars that’s in the bottom of your bag give it to the next person you see and in theory this could make you a happier person!

In one of the most comprehensive studies of American’s giving habits ever conducted sociologists Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson found that out of a group of Americans who donated more than 10% of their income, 41% of them said they rarely or never experienced depression. They conducted the same study with a group who didn’t donate and found that only 32% of them rarely or never experienced depression. This study suggests that giving could actually help make people happier and even help to avoid depression!

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What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’ – Nelson Mandela

The Season Of Giving

Thinking about the relationship between happiness and giving, one of the merriest and happiest times of the year for many is Christmas, (which coincidently is) the season of giving! It has been suggested that as many of us get older we prefer the giving part of Christmas to the receiving. This is one of our favourite Christmas videos and just shows how big of an impact giving can have on people.

Giving and our Health

It has also been suggested that as well as making us feel happier, giving can actually have positive effects on our health. A study by Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University reported that giving has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illnesses, including HIV and multiple sclerosis!

So there you have it, from the studies that we have seen, giving can in fact make you a happier and healthier individual! Don’t forget that you can give through the thousands of campaigns that have been set up through Shareagift, or you can create your own campaign and encourage others to give.

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‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.’ – Winson Churchill

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Sitting Will Be The Death Of Us!

Here at Shareagift we are all concerned about the amount of time we all spend sitting in the office, surely this can’t be good for us? We spend a lot of our lives sitting down whether that is on the commute to work, at the office or on the sofa in front of the TV.

Is Sitting Bad For Your Health?

A quote from the NHS website states that ‘studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death’. http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/sitting-and-sedentary-behaviour-are-bad for-your-health.aspx.

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Researchers looked at 47 studies regarding the relationship between sitting and mortality. Their findings were published last January in the journal Annals Of Internal Medicine. The results showed that people who sit for long periods were 24% more likely to die from health problems compared to people who sat less!

They also found that excessive sitting was associated with:

  • 18% increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.
  • 13% increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer.
  • 17% increased risk of dying from cancer.
  • 14% increased risk of being diagnosed with heart problems.
  • 91% increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

These are some staggering results, but don’t panic! With the help of the Internet we have produced a list of our top 6 tips for breaking up and avoiding long periods of sitting.

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Tips And Tricks That Could Save Your Life!

  1. Fidget! I know your mum told you not to but according to a number of studies this helps to keep the body active and more awake.
  2. Stand on the commute in (if you use public transport, obviously not if your driving to work, that would just be silly).
  3. Hide the remote. If you find yourself engrossed in long periods of TV watching this will ensure you get up every time you want to change channel.
  4. Keep office supplies far away. If you sit behind a desk all day, each time you need to staple that document or write a note you will have to get up from your desk to go find it.
  5. Drink lots! This will ensure you take regular toilet breaks.
  6. Get a dog. This speaks for itself!

Whilst looking for ways in which to reduce our sitting, we stumbled upon a number of amazing and wacky inventions people had come up with to help with this issue. Take a look at the videos of people trying out our favourite ones.

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Of course the most obvious way to avoid sitting is to go out and be active! Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to be active and raise money at the same time! Take a look at our post on Fundraising Gone Mad for some amazing inspiration.

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