You need to be organized when buying gifts for men.


Weather it’s a birthday gift or an anniversary gift you need to think about what the person  would like. I know it sounds obvious but sometimes you can get distracted by those one time offers on line. To keep focused you can make a list of all the sports or hobbies they have. If they are a gardening or home decor enthusiast there are lots of inexpensive gifts to chose from. He may have mentioned he’d like to try a new sport so you can add that to your list. Keep the list to hand so you can use it in the online search. If that’s not appropriate then he may like a personalized gift and there are lots of options for them.
If it’s a gift for a boyfriend and you haven’t known him long why not enlist the help of his friends. Gifts for dad can be just as difficult as they all seem to have everything! Mum can definitely help here. She will know what he’s been talking about wanting or doing so get her input Family is always close to most parents heart so you could give a photo album or memory book. You can leave it blank, compile a memory book for them or even start them off with a few photos yourself.
Whoever you are buying it for, you need to give yourself time. It’s surprising to us how many people put it off and leave it to the last minute. It makes it far less stressful if you just start in time. If you keep a list of ideas you can add to it when you think of something. This way you will always have ideas for the future.

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Christmas cheer!

Christmas should be a time of joy right? Oh boy whoever said that didn’t have to organise food, presents, activities for the kids.

Present can be a really trail! You don’t want to waste money buying gifts that will end up as unwanted gifts. Parents and Grandparents can be a really challenge as they have everything they need. There are varies ideas you can use.
Really think about what they like hobbies, travel, eating out. Time with their children and grandchildren must be on the top of their list,
so you could all go out together for a meal. You can always get creative about what you give them on Christmas day to indicate your all going out for a meal over Christmas. Maybe a card with a menu from their favourite restaurant I’m sure you could think of something appropriate.
Think about their hobbies or something you know they have always wanted to do.

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Create a memory books as photos are our time machines

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Photos are our time machines, allowing us to be transported back in time. They Invoke memories of people and places.

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For everyone who has a birthday this month.

Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live. Wishing you a wonderful time ahead.

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Animal magic

Animals become part of your family and it’s nice to recall those faithful friends. We all have those great photos but don’t think of taking the time to organize them and produce a memory book.

Loosing a pet is stressful as pet become part of the family. It’s particularly difficult for those living alone as the animal may be their only companion. Birthdays or anniversaries are a perfect time to make a memory book of pets and give it to a family member or friend. It could be a combination of both present and passed pets. The time spent producing the book will be appreciated. A gift to cherish

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Keep Memories alive

It’s a sad but one day those we love will no longer be with us. What would you like your grand or great grandchildren to know about your parents or grandparents? Photos help to build up an image of the person. We all have different characteristics but which ones comes to mind when you think about your parents or grandparents?

Think about the photos you have which epitomizes the person you want to remember. These photos of my parents speak volumes and it doesn’t need any explanation. Unfortunately the are no longer with us but we can help her grandchildren to visualize what they were like even though they have never met them. What photos would you like to pass on?

The other sad fact is lots of people don’t think about this. They have a jumbled collection of photos languishing on the PC or on their phone. Take some time to delete those you don’t want and keep a copy of just the ones that are meaningful to you. You could make a family album which could be a family heirloom for your children. Most people are more reluctant to dispose of albums than photos, especially if there are lots of photos on a phone or PC. Make it easy by only keeping those you really want.

Now is the time to start thinking about the photos you take in the future. Don’t just snap away but stop to ask yourself what photos will remind you of this moment in time? Less is always best.

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Find that Unique Gift For A Women

gift-3134511_1920Many women say they’re easy to buy gifts for but are they? We may think so but do our friends and family feel the same way?  All of us can assume we are easy to find a present for.

Be organized by checking out some suggestions for all of you who struggle to think of that unique gift .

Try to think of something they wouldn’t normally buy themselves. Usually if they have a family, they probably never buy that special treat as they feel guilty spending the money. If they are a gardening enthusiast there are lots of gardening gifts to chose from. Go on line and see the vast choice of plants and products. The companies who grow their own plants are ideal to visit if you are unsure. They can advise you on the conditions needed for the different plants.

If they are into Home decor why not buy a gift voucher or discuss with a partner if there is something you could buy to add that finishing touch to a room.

If it’s your girlfriend or partner you can always listen out for comments about this or that they would like. You could start a list well before the time so you have several choices and also this can help other family members who can’t think of anything. We women can help by mentioning a few items we would like before our special occasion.

If it’s for a friend or family member you don’t see very often, always check that a gift you’ve bought before is till OK. I remember one Easter buying the usual Easter egg for a friend’s child. When I went round before Easter with the egg, the child had been diagnosed diabetic! The moral of this is never assume, always check. Yes I know!  It will take more time to ring or text a friend or partner to ask them but it could save an embarrassing moment!

The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, maybe a day out without the family with a lunch at her favourite cafe You could surprise her by arranging a baby sitter and splashing out on tickets to a show or concert   Buy a memory book and get all friends and family to supply photos. You can even get friends and family to add their own photos to a few pages. “More hands make light work”. They will appreciate the time you took to arrange any gift which needs prior preparation.

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Remember me

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Flipping through my husband’s family photos I wished someone had made an album. That way I would have known who all these people were and where the photos were taken. Such a shame I thought but it did make me wonder what will happen now with few printed photos? Now computer hard discs are full of photos or they are posted on Facebook. What happens to the photos on their hard drive or Facebook account once the people pass away?
Would family want to sieve through hundreds of photos on a hard drive?. Facebook could be more of a challenge especially if you had conflicting opinions about keeping a page up or not.

Those photos of our children are priceless. If we don’t organize them when they are growing up it will be far more difficult later when you have them all in your phone or PC. Keep the ones you prefer and delete the rest so it’s not such a task later on. Choose the photos which make a pictorial journey through a period of time. If your missing some point in time you may be able to get a relative to sent you some.

Will family historians of the future, find only documentation of their ancestors as few photographs survive? I hope not as to see photos of your ancestors gives you a peak into the past and can spark interest to know more. I think the family history is enhanced with photos of the people on the family tree and it will be a sad if these are not available

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Be organized. Help with What to buy Grandparents!

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It’s so difficult I just don’t know what to buy them. They have everything they need.  If your saying this then don’t worry there is an answer.

The point is they don’t need “stuff” they have plenty. Their house is full of it if they are like my grand parents .

However what they value are memories especially ones with their children and grand children. Why not arrange a memory book for them by contacting all the family and getting  everyone involved. To save time you can all arrange to contribute photos and time to collate the photos into some kind of story.  Weddings, Christenings and even holidays together. It’s great to sit at a computer with photos on screen but it’s not the same as a book. A special gift  they can pass on to their great grand children. It will have all the best photos of that frozen moment in time. The first step,  could be birthday parties and christenings. Each photo has a story to tell and it will bring back happy family gatherings for them.  They will appreciate the time spent to produce it just as much as the gift.

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Be organized and safe shopping on line see our Check list


Be organised and safe shopping on line.

There are definitely advantages. it can save time, and help you find that special 21st gift or  your perfect Wedding or Honeymoon gift .

If you are unable to attend a function like your friends baby shower you can still send a gift  and have it delivered direct to them if you order online . You can personalize a leaving or retirement gift from the comfort of your own home.

There are challenges, you may be disappointing with a graduation gift it may not arrive in time for your wedding or arrive too late for that special wedding anniversary. So should you buy online? There are challenges, you may be disappointing with a graduation gift or it may not arrive in time for your wedding or arrive too late for that special wedding anniversary. EMAIL US FOR A PDF CHECK LIST

Before ordering

1.  Check they are a safe site If you’ve not noticed it before you should have a symbol to          indicate this This is important if they want your card details see below

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2. Always check the contact details have a phone number You  may want help with the order  but if there is a challenge  you have someone to ring

3. Check return details

3. Make sure there is an inquiry page  and use it if you want clarification.  Don’t be afraid to ask  questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question. It may take extra time but it is worth it in the long run. You can always ring them if you are short of time

4. When surfing the net for products, you may find prices vary.  If they are not the same brand investigate as there could be  a difference in quality which is not at first apparent. i.e. is one solid wood and one veneer.

5. Know exactly what you are buying. Make sure that there are several photos of the product on the site. You may need to check out what it’s like inside.

6 Be wary of sites asking you to register or become a member to see their products.

These seem obvious points but when you’re in a hurry sometimes it’s easy to forget one of the above. Email us for a printable PDF of these points so you can keep a copy by your PC.

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