Posts Tagged ‘christmas gifts’

This Christmas – What Will You Be Buying?

November 8, 2008

I heard on our local radio station yesterday, Hereward FM someone wondering when Christmas songs would start being played, it’s still the beginning of November!!! I think the phrase “Christmas has come early” really is true this year, but not in the usual sense of the phrase. The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/3333572/Christmas-shopping-starts-early-as-cost-conscious-consumers-plan-festive-spending.html) suggests that christmas consumers are beginning their Christmas shopping two weeks earlier than normal this year, due to the credit crunch and recessionary pressures.

For example, Christmas shopping sprees have already started, so far this morning I’ve seen a blog about two friends who have been to Birmingham this week for christmas gift buying and it’s only November. I’ve spoken to a couple of friends on the phone who have decided they’re going into town today to see what’s around so they can start budgeting and sales for Christmas gifts on our website have already started coming in… (the first one this year was recorded on 7th September!) It seems like although people are cutting down on buying extravagant things like cars and houses this year during the current economic climate, will they be also cutting down on expensive christmas gifts too?

This years predicted biggest selling christmas toys include; ‘The Baby Born with Magic Potty’ (£25 – £39), ‘Elmo Live’ (£52-59), ‘Star Wars Clone Trooper Voice Changer Helmet’ (£22-£35) and ‘Biscuit My Lovin Pup’ (£129-£159). The prices range from £22-£159, which in terms of budgets can work out as quite expensive. Obviously, advertising and other children will have a huge impact on the toys your children will “expect” this Christmas. Perhaps you can invest in other, thoughtful and lasting gifts for other members of your family and friendship groups in order to save costs on your christmas shopping this year?

I put in christmas gifts into Google and was confronted with 9,090,000 websites related to christmas gifts… that’s a lot. I’m sure many of them are offering the same gifts at different prices and others are offering fabulous, affordable gifts but won’t ever be found by consumers. I have made a list of good places to get wine and chocolates before, but the following links make really interesting thoughtful gifts that you may never have even though of…!

This website offers recycled gifts that you can give as christmas gifts : http://www.bynature.co.uk/erol.html#50517×0&&http%3A%252F%252Fwww.journalism.co.uk%252F66%252Farticles%252F532721.php

How about getting a concert or gig ticket? http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ you’re sure to make memories and collect some great photos, you could make a day of it… take a picnic, go window shopping and then go to your concert, show or football match. It makes great gift ideas for him and for her.

http://www.winegifts4u.co.uk offers a selection of gifts for children and adults alike including engraved gifts which can be kept forever; money boxes, photo frames, ales and beer can all be engraved at affordable prices. We also offer a selection of fun drinking games to keep you busy over the festive christmas period with friends and family. As well as a range of experience gifts, wine and champagne christmas gift sets.

I think children will always want the “hot” toys of the times, which often tend to be expensive, this is mainly due to advertising and peers. However, I think people could perhaps begin purchasing more thoughtful, lasting gifts for their friends and other relatives, it’s just a case of thinking about what these gifts could be…, some of the links offered give the christmas shopper another perspective, so they have the option.

According to The Telegraph, ‘Experts, believe a sharp downturn in Christmas spending is unlikely as Britons seek festive cheer and family comfort after months of depressing economic news.’ I agree. What do you think?

Engraved Photo Gifts – Add your photo to an engravable gift for fantastic christmas presents for him and her

November 8, 2008

It was only a few years ago that we took pictures on hand held cameras using camera film, which had to be sent away to be processed. Now, we are living in a world where everything can be viewed and digitally processed in seconds using technology.

At one point, in the fairly recent past after polaroid cameras, there were those cameras with film, which to be honest I had almost forgotten about. You couldn’t see the photos you had taken the same day (and in some cases even in the same week) because the film would have to be sent off to a lab and paid for to be processed, before you could actually have the pictures in front of you. Today, with digital cameras and high quality and resolution phone cameras this process is a distant memory, photos can now be viewed instantaneously, deleted and more can be taken. Processing photos has also become much easier; they can be printed in photo booths found in shops, supermarkets, chemists and online to name but a few.

These quality digital images can now be transferred and used to create special presents and unique gifts. The market with photo gifts has now exploded both in shops and on the internet as new gift ideas are available on the market place all the time for consumers to purchase. Types of products include photo engraved gifts, photo t shirts, personalised photo mugs, key rings and a whole load of other presents are available to choose from.

Engraved Photo Gifts

The photo or image is taken from a digital source and engraved onto an engravable gift via an engraving machine, in this case a metazza, for example using carbon rods, which etch into the surface of the metal. The detail achieved via the engraving machine is fantastic. The final product looks like news print and the engraved photos and images look absolutely fantastic engraved on the silver engravable gift surfaces. You can engrave text, as well as company logos creating fabulous, affordable yet premium looking gifts, which make super presents for him and for her as christmas presents and birthday gifts.

5 Steps to engraving an engravable clipper lighter for christmas gifts:

Step 1: Choose engravable gift – in this case, we have chosen a silver clipper lighter

Engravable Lighter Gift

Engravable Lighter Gift

Step 2: Select a digital photograph

Step 3: Using the engraving software we open the selected image and place it in the correct position on the template for the engravable image on the computer .

Photo image on computer

Photo image on computer

Step 4: Place the chosen engravable gift in the correct position on the engraving machine and click on print button to begin “etching”.

Engravable Lighter in Machine

Engravable Lighter in Machine

Step 5: Wait until the engraved gift has been engraved, remove it from the clamp to reveal your luxury engraved gift.

Engraved Clipper Lighter with Photo

Engraved Clipper Lighter with Photo

How to wrap a bottle of wine as a christmas gift

September 23, 2008

We at www.WineGifts4U.co.uk are constantly looking at innovative gift ideas to add to our portfolio, but we’d also like to give something back to those buying gifts from us in a fun and interesting way. Our gifts are affordable, but in these difficult economic times making a gift look good can get expensive. We have therefore created a video to show you how to wrap a bottle of personalised wine with wrapping paper, a bow and some foil allowing you to create a beautiful gift on the outside as well as on the inside without breaking the bank.

Please do let us know how you got on using the video to wrap your bottles of personalised wines for your friends and family this christmas.

http://www.winegifts4u.co.uk/christmasgifts.php?catid=97

Christmas presents and gifts; gift ideas, how to avoid the mad rush with a few online gift stores

August 17, 2008

Christmas is still a few months away, but it’s almost September and as soon as the sales end the shops are going to be kitted out with their christmas ranges. Chocolates, cards and plenty of treats will be available for the festive celebrations, which consequently means time to start thinking about what christmas gifts to get for Auntie Sally, the next door neighbour and your third cousin’s children!

Are you fed-up of wasting time buying the same old things; socks, smellies, ties and chocolates? If you feel like having a change for Christmas 2008 and wish to avoid spending hours and hours in queues, pushing past people trying their best to find unique and original gifts, but at the same time trying to get it all over with as soon as possible , why not try buying Christmas presents online?

Purchasing christmas gifts for friends and family needn’t wait until Christmas Eve! You can bypass the queues, put your feet up and even drink cup of tea whilst browsing leisurely the array of online stores offering special, original and personalised christmas gifts from today.

To lead you upto Christmas, you might need some chocolate advent calendars, I’d recommend Sweet Temptations (www.chocolateadventcalendars.co.uk) who have a wide range of fairtrade chocolate advent calendars. Or, for something a little more upmarket, try (www.storkgifts.co.uk/ginatadventcalendar.htm) for a giant felt advent calendar with Christmas decorations and pockets, guaranteed to make any house look festive over the Christmas period.  

A surprise gift often loses all meaning, especially if the recipient has to trek to an out-of-town post office to collect it. Geneiva Chocolates (www.geneivachocolates.co.uk) and its sister company Hotel Chocolat specialise in chocolates by post. Not only do the firms offer an impressive range of boxed chocolates, the special chocolate postal packs have been designed to fit through a standard letterbox.

You can give chocolates for every occasion under the sun, and perhaps you have?! It’s now time to try something different, if this will be you’re first time ordering online, you might as well continue with the theme! Why not try looking at personalised gifts, as really special gift ideas? Find a unique christmas gift for each member of the family and all your friends, at affordable prices, which won’t break the bank!

Flowers: Obviously, you’ve got Interflora, who you know are probably going to do a great job at getting your flower gifts delivered, but other online florists who also deserve a mention include (www.flowersdelivereduk.com), they do some amazing personalised roses! You can choose silk roses or fresh roses to add your personalised message onto and (www.serenataflowers.com), they have a fab range of flowers, often with some good deals.

Will you be, or have you been invited to someone’s house over the festive season or a you looking for a wonderful looking group gift? Hampers are a wonderful gift idea, they can contain an assortment of food, condiments and treats, and the container itself is often highly desirable. Good quality hampers needn’t cost the earth, either. Harrods (www.harrods.co.uk), for example, have hampers from as little as £30. Thorntons www.thorntons.co.uk, also offer a Corporate Christmas Party Box which is filled with party poppers, indoor sparklers, balloons and wine as well as delicious snacks, such as chocolate, turkish delight, toffee, fudge, truffles and even a model chocolate santa and Rudolph. It’s a beautifully-designed gift idea!

Alcoholic gifts are well received at any time, especially Christmas and most suppliers have a price range which is flexible enough to suit any budget. Specialist firms despatch everything from a single bottle of wine to cases of top Champagne costing many thousands of pounds. (www.sparklingdirect.co.uk) have a brilliant range of champagne, cristal champagne and champagne gift packs.

(www.WineGifts4U.co.uk/christmasgifts.php?catid=97) also do a great range of personalised gifts including personalised wine gifts, personalised champagne, engraved gift ideas, personalised ale, teddy bears, design your own mugs and design your own t shirts for him, her and all members of the family. Perhaps this could be a one-stop shop to get everyone’s Christmas presents from this year?

Looking for something slightly more adventurous? Try (www.intotheblue.co.uk) who offer a superb range of exhilaration day gifts, day’s out and experience days. 

Christmas gifts are an annual “problem”, it can get tiring and expensive, gifts of specialist foods and wines are a great idea, particularly at a time of year when people celebrate with family and friends. The websites and gift ideas offered here, will hopefully make it easier for you to find something extra special for your loved ones this year, taking away unnecessary hassle and tension during a time that’s supposed to be full of happiness and good will.