Top 5 Alternative Stag Do Experiences

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Stag Do‘s are now a big milestone in the road to getting married. With so many different activities available for stag do‘s it can be difficult to find the right one for your party. We have picked our top 5 alternative stag do experiences for those looking to do something a bit different but still have a truly memorable time.

Gorge Scrambling

If your looking for a Bear Grillsesque stag do experience then a day of gorge scrambling is for you. The activities that you do depend on the company that take you out but expect waterfall jumping and climbing, rock climbing, boulder hopping, cave exploring and raging rapids. It is a physically demanding day out so ensure that all the lads are up for the challenge before you book, but once you are out in the wilderness it’s amazing fun and a great team building and bonding activity.

Mountain Boarding

Derived from snowboarding, this off-road activity will see you riding down dirt tracks and grassy hills strapped to a plank of wood on wheels. With popularity growing, mountain boarding centres are springing up all over the place and although it takes a bit of getting used to, once you have the hang it gets very addictive. A great stag do experience if you are looking at trying something new and are keen to see your friends falling left right and centre!

Underground Zip Course

Underground Zip lining courses are a great activity, and have the added benefit of being inside so it can be done whatever the weather. Usually held in caverns and caves these courses have an underground maze that you must make your way though with zip lines, rope bridges, tunnels and obstacles. The darkness of the caverns give the experience an eerie feel and gets your heart racing as you traverse the course.

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Goggle Football

Goggle football is essentially a game of football but all players must wear goggles whilst on the pitch. A new activity that has been gaining popularity amongst stag do and team building experiences, the goggles disorientate the players which can often result in some hilarious football. Take a look at the video to see what we mean!

Extreme Cave Trampolining

This year saw the first cave trampolining centre open in Wales, the centre is made up of a number of giant trampolines suspended underground covered in nettling. Imagine a giant underground bouncy castle for adults, if you are after a completely new experience then this place is worth checking out. This centre has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and we are sure to see more opening now that the first one has been a success.

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If you are in charge of a stag do and liked the look of any of these amazing activities, or if you are planning something completely different then head over to Shareagift and create a stag do collection page today to ensure that everyone gets their money in on time. Shareagift provides you with an easy to use platform to collect money online for anything from stag do collections to wedding gift list pages, honeymoon funds and charitable collections. If you are involved in wedding planning then head over to our website and see how we can make your life a whole lot easier.

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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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Saving Igor’s Fantasy Football League

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Here at Shareagift we love to learn the different ways in which people are using Shareagift.

This week we spoke to two friends, Igor and Joe who currently live in London and support two opposing football teams, Chelsea and Arsenal. They have been playing Premier League Fantasy Football with their friends for a few years now and this season they decided they wanted to create a small pot to make the competition a bit more interesting. They decided that each player should put £10 into the pot and the funds will be shared between the top 3 winners. The challenge they faced was that their friends that wanted to join in were spread all across the world including California, New York, Tokyo and Moscow.

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Here is what Igor had to say to us about his Shareagift campaign.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your fantasy league online?

Our friends who wanted to participate in our Fantasy Football League are spread across the world and so we needed to find a means to easily collect cash together.

Why did you chose Shareagift?

We chose Shareagift because it is a very easy and straightforward process to set up and keep on top of. The other reason we chose Shareagift was because it has more features for international groups to collect funds, as opposed to providers who seem to be focused only on their local home markets.

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

Very helpful. I love the fact that it allows the person who set the page up to also contribute to the pot.

Did you achieve what you set out to do?

Yes! Shareagift has been an ideal platform for collecting money, and we were able to collect the pot in no time!

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If you are struggling to keep on top of your Fantasy Football Pot or are looking at getting one together for an upcoming tournament head over to Shareagift, set up your page, invite friends and get playing!

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Top 5 Alternative Experiences

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Many weird and wonderful experiences seem to be popping up across the UK this year, last week saw the world’s first Wavegarden open in North Wales! Whether it is for a birthday, stag do or just a random day out it is time to get planning! We have picked out our top 5 alternative experiences across the UK that you and your friends must try this summer!

Tank Paintball Battles

As you can probably imagine this experience involves you riding around with 2 friends in a tank shooting paintballs at the enemy tank. You are taught how to drive the tank by looking through a periscope and how to load, aim and fire the cannon. This is a great group experience for any paintball fan or for anyone looking to let off some steam on the battlefield!

Flyboarding

This is probably the closest you will come to that hover-board that Back To The Future predicted. With flyboarding you will be strapped onto a board, which shoots jets of high-powered water from nozzles at your feet and on your arms allowing you to glide across the water or shoot upwards of ten metres.

Vampire Hunting

In a secret location in the village of Droitwich, you can become a vampire hunter for the day! You will be kitted out and trained by a group of ex-military experts who will prepare you for your vampire hunt. You will then be split into smaller groups and put through a number of different combat scenarios where you will be required to venture out into the streets for rescue and attack missions.

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Zombie Blitz

If Vampires aren’t your thing then how about escaping from a hoard of flesh eating zombies? Located in Waterloo tube station this experience is set in 1940 during the time of the London Blitz. You will venture as a group through a number of tunnels and play out different scenarios with characters that you will have to judge whether they are trustworthy or not. If running from zombies, getting trapped in pitch black rooms and being scared silly is your idea of a great day out then this interactive group experience is right down your alley!

Wavegarden

This lagoon, which opened last week in North Wales, allows surfers to try surfing on a number of different waves based on their experience. The technology behind the wave machines allows for perfect waves to be created from 0.7m to 2m high. This is the perfect training ground for surfers who want to be able to learn the basics or to perfect their technique in a safe and natural environment.

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With Shareagift you can save and collect money from friends and organise a great experience this summer. You can use Shareagift to save towards group experiences for any occasion from birthdays to stag dos or group office events. Shareagift is an easy, fast and convenient way to raise cash online for anything and everything!

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Top 5 Jaw Dropping Ski Chalets!

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With the sun in the sky and a cocktail in hand the winter months seem so far away. However, in ski resorts across the world chalets, apartments and hotel rooms are being booked up for the winter season, with skiers and boarders ensuring they don’t miss out on this seasons snow. Ski holidays are a great opportunity to do something different with the family or with friends and we have scoured the globe and picked our top 5 favourite luxury chalets to get you in the mood for this year’s season!

Petit Palais, Courcheval, France

This stylish chalet includes a cinema, gym, swimming pool, sauna, 7 bedrooms and even your own nightclub with lights, dancefloor and decks! Petit Palais is situated just off the slopes and is available to ski in and out of. The diner hosts amazing views of the Alpes and even comes with a butler to serve you food and drinks and your own chef to cook you meals.

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Big Horn, Revelstoke, Canada

This 15,000sq ft. chalet in Canada features 8 en-suite bedrooms, a large indoor pool, cinema and even its own helipad! Located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain, it’s the perfect place for large families and groups. One of our favourite features is the outdoor hot tub that has an integrated sound system and overlooks the valley.

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Zermatt Peak, Zermatt, Switzerland

This luxurious chalet resembles something out of a Bond film. The property is decked out with walnut flooring, crystal chandeliers, multiple saunas and high end technology. The chalet is located in the centre of Zermatt and hosts breath taking panoramic views across the entire village and surrounding mountain ranges.

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Toit Du Monde, Val D’Isere, France

Toit Du Monde (Roof of the world) has been created from an old monastery and is the combination of two chalets. This property has cinema screens hidden away that appear at the touch of a button and swimming pools which emerge from underneath the flooring. On exploring the chalet you will also find two massage rooms, two wine cellars and 8 bedrooms with a ski in ski out basement.

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Akasha, Whistler, Canada

This mini palace built into the mountains of the famous resort of Whistler in Canada boasts amazing views and luxury beyond compare! Our favourite feature of this chalet is the indoor pool, which is watched over by carved totems. The pool is fed by a stream, which flows down over sculpted rock and into the hot tub carved from stone, all with amazing views of Whistler and the surrounding mountain ranges.

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If these chalets haven’t got you in the mood for this year’s ski season then we don’t know what will! Shareagift is the perfect platform to collect money from friends and family towards to ultimate ski break. Collect money online and fund an amazing winter holiday that you will never forget! A skiing holiday can also be a great group gift idea for a birthday present or even for a stag do, and Shareagift makes it easy for you to save towards the perfect present.

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15 Cheap, Fun Things To Do Together This Weekend!

Whether you’re spending the weekend with family, meeting up with friends or planning a romantic weekend with your partner, we have compiled a list of 15 cheap, fun things to do with others this weekend.

1- Go on a joint bike ride

Dust those bikes off, throw on your helmet and a pair of shades and ride off together into the sunset.

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2 – Have a romantic dinner

There’s nothing more romantic than a candlelit meal in the garden with the sunset as a backdrop.

3 – Go on a picnic lunch

Picnics are underrated! There’s nothing better than laying in the park on a sunny day with a glass of pimms and tub of strawberries.

4 – Play board games in the garden

Get your competitive head on! Whether you’re buying up the board on Monopoly or guessing the killer in Cluedo they make for a great afternoon.

5 – Have a bonfire

A bonfire can be a great piece of evening entertainment; singing songs together and roasting marshmallows you will feel like your back at scout camp!

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6 – Pick fruit

Go hunting for fruit for your picnic, throughout the summer all sorts of wild berries can be found just waiting to be picked.

7 – Go fishing

Grab your rods and head down to the local lake or seafront and spend the day chilling in the sun and catching fish.

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8 – Go to the beach

Grab your deckchairs and head to the nearest sandy shore to relax and bask in the summer heat.

9 – Plant a garden

Brighten up your gardens with some new plants or decorations. If you don’t have one, hanging baskets and flower boxes are a great alternative.

10 – Clean out the shed

Clear out all that old rubbish and give the shed a good old spruce up.

11 – Watch the sunset together

Lying in the garden with a couple of glasses of wine and the sun-setting overhead, the perfect way to end any summer day.

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12 – Go Swimming

Head down to your nearest out door pool to cool down and catch some rays!

13 – Take some photos

Photos always look better when the sun is shining! Get everyone together for that family portrait you’ve been longing to take or get some good old nature pics.

14 – Have a boot sale

A great way to get rid of unwanted things and make some money at the same time. Have a garden sale and collect money from friends or head to your nearest boot sale and get selling to the public!

15 – Groupfund a day out

Treat a friend or family member to a memorable experience by group saving with friends towards something special. There are hundreds of summer activities and group gifts to save towards from cream teas to hot air balloon rides. Spend some time this weekend thinking of someone close to you who deserves to be treated to a day out and use Shareagift to collect money online with friends to fund an unforgettable experience!

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Top 5 Outdoor Sports You Must Try This Summer!

The sun is shining; crowds are flocking to Wimbledon for the opening day of the two week Tennis extravaganza and the met office have announced record-breaking temperatures across the UK this week, summer has officially begun! With Wimbledon and the sunny weather in mind we have compiled a list of outdoor sports you must try this summer!

1 – Segway Polo

Segway polo is similar to horse polo except that you ride a Segway rather than playing on horseback. The sport has grown in leaps and bounds, mainly because there is no specific fitness level or age restriction required to play, which means it is accessible to all. The sport is also amazing to watch as you can see in the video below and this year Germany are hosting the official Segway Polo world cup in Cologne from the 16th to the 19th of July.

2 – Quidditch

Quidditch is a sport to come out of the Harry Potter universe and was created in 2005, although it is still quite young it is played across the world and is actively growing. The sport consists of two teams running around on broomsticks. There are essentially two ways to score points; the first is by throwing deflated volleyballs through hoops at either end of the playing field. The other is to catch ‘the snitch’ which is a tennis ball in a sock hanging from the shorts of someone dressed in yellow that runs around the area trying to avoid being caught. Confused? So are we! Have a look at this video for a guide to Quidditch in 2 minutes.

3 – Dragon Boat Racing

Originating in China, dragon boats are human powered watercraft, usually decorated by Chinese patterns with a dragonhead at the front of the boat. Racers usually sit side by side, each with a paddle, with the aim of trying to reach the finish line first. The sport is over 2000 years old however it is only in the past 50 years or so that it has taken off around the world. This year the 12th World Nations Championships will be held in Ontario, Canada.

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4 – Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey originated in England in 1954 as a means to keep people interested in diving through the winter months. Two teams compete to move a puck across the pool floor into the opposing goals at either end with a device called a pusher. The sport is not particularly spectator friendly seeing as the majority of the sport is played underwater. During championships to encourage more spectators they have screens projecting a live underwater feed of the game. For a more extensive overview of the game take a look at the video.

5 – Roller Derby

Roller Derby is a contact sport, which originated in the United States and is growing in popularity across the world. The sport involves two teams of five members skating in the same direction around a track. In order to score points one person from each team is chosen to be the jammer and they earn points by lapping members of the opposing team whilst their own team members try to block the opposing teams jammer.

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If you were interested in any of these sports but don’t have any teams around you, or you have a new sport that you want to get off the ground then you can use Shareagift to raise money, get a team together and start playing! Alternatively if you’re more of a spectator or know someone that would love to watch one of these sports, Shareagift can help you give the gift of an exciting day out or holiday this summer by saving with others towards tickets, travel and spending money.

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