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Gift Baskets For The 5 Types Of People In Your Life

Winters are a season of joy and what better way to celebrate the festive essence than coming up with extraordinary gift baskets for the loved ones in your life? The best thing about gift baskets is that they not only look stunning, but they can also be personalized to accommodate just about anyone. Be it for a book lover, a music lover, a fashion lover, or even a hiking enthusiast, the possibilities are endless when it comes to gift basket ideas. Listed below are 5 epic gift basket ideas for your passionate loved ones.

For the outdoorsy

Is your loved one an adventure junkie who hops at every opportunity to go out and explore the wilderness? Know someone who’d rather go sledding or ice fishing into the woods rather than staying snug at home? If you have such people in your life who have a yearning for the great outdoors, there are a number of awesome winter gift hamper ideas you could come up with. In your gift hamper, you can add things like a sturdy pair of ear plugs or earmuffs, a tiny first aid kit, flashlights, GPS devices, compasses, hand warmers, insect repellent, and more. Even adding some foods like protein bars, trail mix, hot chocolate, crackers, dried fruit, and so on, would be a great idea. For a bigger gift basket, things like trail shoes, camp stove, mini barbeque grill, sleeping bags, and subscriptions for outdoor magazines would be epic!

For the bookworm

For some people, winter means a season when they can stay indoors, curled up inside their blankets with a book and mug of hot chocolate in hand. Seriously, for any book lover, what better way to enjoy the cold winter season?  Any bookworms like these in your life? If you’re looking for some inspiration for a winter gift basket for the booklover in your life, there’s plenty you could chuck into your gift basket. Some of the items could include the latest book by their favorite author, a book mark, a reading light, a light blanket or a snuggle, a gift card, a candle or an incense stick, packet of powdered cocoa, hot chocolate, coffee, warm socks, a coffee mug, a tin of cookies, and so much more!

For the fashionista

Are there any fashion and glamour-obsessed loved ones on your gift list this holiday season? If yes, there are a number of fashion-fabulous gifts you could splurge on. Literally, the possibilities are endless if you’re preparing a tidy gift basket for the fashionista in your life. You can lay your hands on some elegant and funky winter wear such as stylish ear muffs, mufflers, fake fur coats, jackets, spunky mittens, halfway leg warmers, high boots, gloves, and so on. Someone who loves fashion is bound to love cosmetics and so you could also consider adding items like cold creams, moisturizing lotions, body oils, shampoos, body washes, and whatever other winter care cosmetics you can possibly think of.

 For the pub lover

Winter season is all about hosting and attending parties and enjoying plenty of entertainment with family members, friends, and loved ones, and so it’s only obvious that there are going to be quite a few beer and cider lovers on your holiday season gift list. A winter gift hamper for the pub lover in your life could include interesting things like sampler bottles – these are inexpensive and are ideal for sampling a range of different drinks. You could also go for accessories such as liqueur truffles, wine bottle opener, ice buckets, martini glasses, wine glasses, shakers, chillers, and monogram coasters. Thought it might seem a tad tacky, slipping in a gift card would also be a great idea. Whether your loved one is a frequent drinker lover or even they prefer a drink once in a while, these awesome items in a gift basket are bound to accommodate anyone.

For the pet lover

Any pet lovers on your holiday gift list? Winter is a season of joy and for most pet lovers nothing brings more joy than snuggling in front of a fireplace with a warm kitty on the lap or their furry canine by their side. If you have such loved ones in your life who love their pets to bits, winter is a great opportunity to shower them with a pet gifts and show them you care for their pets too! There are some ultimate pet gifts available in the market that your gift basket will be loaded in no time. Right from dog shoes, to boots, to dog coats, mittens, sweaters, paw balm, to dog beds and nail clippers, the options are literally endless. Oh and yes, winters are all about goodies and good food and so you might want to gift your feline and canine friends some tasty treats such as meat, salmon, a can of sardines, roasted chicken, and of course, lots of gourmet dog biscuits, bone-shaped cookies, and much more!

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Emily Ferraro, the author of this article, works as a customer support executive at SafetyQuip, leading providers of half mask respirator. Emily is passionate about fashion and loves to stay up-to-date with the latest fashion trends.

What Were 2013′s Top Christmas Gifts?

Did you get the feeling over Christmas 2013 that you weren’t quite sure that you were buying the “right” thing?  If you want to know whether the smile from a relative or loved one was genuine or contrived, you could do a lot worse than check out this set of facts and figures related to the top Christmas gifts of 2013.  Were you the sort of person who bought the popular yet predictable gift, or were you someone who had some originality and went for things that no one would ever have expected to unwrap?  This infographic will go a long way towards putting your mind at rest, especially if the pre-Christmas blues have been eating away at you.  Discover whether you were a great gift buyer for Christmas 2013 and if your gifts were well loved, and perhaps even arm yourself with some great ideas for when Christmas suddenly arrives on the horizon once more.
Jane Miller is always on the lookout for a great red wine gift; her husband arranges for her to be sent flowers every month and she wants to start doing something similar for him.

What Were 2013's Top Christmas Gifts?

Sky Diving Gift Experiences in the UK

Skydiving. It looks scary! But also fun! Right? Well here’s something you may have forgotten to him about during those fearful but exciting moments you’ve been thinking about it: is it easy?

At some point everyone seems to either have a dream about flying or wishes that they can fly. Skydiving is the a great solution for this desire (and probably a good substitute answer if you’re questioning why you were born with hands and feet and not wings).

15000ft Tandem Skydive

15000ft Tandem Skydive

£279.00 from Iwantoneofthose.com
15000ft Tandem Skydive

15000ft Tandem Skydive

£279.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Accelerated Freefall Course

Accelerated Freefall Course

£1,999.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Extended Indoor Skydiving

Extended Indoor Skydiving

£200.00 from Red Letter Days
Family Indoor Skydiving

Family Indoor Skydiving

£200.00 from Red Letter Days
Indoor Skydiving Experience

Indoor Skydiving Experience

£100.00 from Red Letter Days
Indoor Skydiving for Two

Indoor Skydiving for Two

£99.00 from Activity Superstore
Queenstown Skydive - 12,000 Feet

Queenstown Skydive - 12,000 Feet

£187.00 from DoSomethingDifferent.com
Static Line Parachute Jump

Static Line Parachute Jump

£239.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

£249.00 from Iwantoneofthose.com
Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

Tandem Skydive (UK Wide)

£249.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Cambridgeshire

Tandem Skydive in Cambridgeshire

£245.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Devon

Tandem Skydive in Devon

£149.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive in Northamptonshire

Tandem Skydive in Northamptonshire

£199.00 from Buyagift.co.uk
Tandem Skydive Jump

Tandem Skydive Jump

£340.00 from Great Days Out
Tandem Skydiving

Tandem Skydiving

£299.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving for Four

Tandem Skydiving for Four

£1,000.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving in Swansea

Tandem Skydiving in Swansea

£299.00 from Red Letter Days
Tandem Skydiving Jump - Adult

Tandem Skydiving Jump - Adult

£174.00 from DoSomethingDifferent.com
Tandem Skydiving with DVD

Tandem Skydiving with DVD

£370.00 from Red Letter Days
 
 

There are few other adventurous sports which can deliver the freedom and thrill (more, better) of a sky dive.

Still not sure, here’s the foolproof 3 Step Guide to a successful Skydive

  • Walk onto plane
  • Sit inside plane
  • Walk off plane

It’s that simple!

Christmas Toys for Kids under £25

Find the perfect Christmas toys for kids under £25 predicted to be the best sellers in Christmas 2013. The Toy Retailers Association has released their predicted top 50 toys for Christmas 2013 which includes number of toys under £25. Our Gift Gurus have created this handy list showcasing 26 of the predicted best selling toys for under £25 Christmas 2013 from top UK online retailers along with price comparisons on selected products.

Air Hogs Atmosphere - Blue

Air Hogs Atmosphere - Blue

£25.00 from The Entertainer
Barbie Mariposa Doll

Barbie Mariposa Doll

£25.00 from Hamleys
Bop It Tetris

Bop It Tetris

£17.50 from John Lewis
Chasin Cheeky

Chasin Cheeky

£17.60 from Debenhams
Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Set

Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Set

£20.00 from The Entertainer
Gooey Louie Game

Gooey Louie Game

£16.00 from The Entertainer
John Adams Silly Moo Game

John Adams Silly Moo Game

£16.64 from John Lewis
Littlest Pet Shop Playset

Littlest Pet Shop Playset

£20.00 from The Entertainer
Monopoly Empire

Monopoly Empire

£16.00 from The Entertainer
One Direction Doll - Harry

One Direction Doll - Harry

£17.00 from The Entertainer
Robo Fish

Robo Fish

£10.00 from Hamleys
Slushy Maker Cup

Slushy Maker Cup

£14.99 from Findmeagift.com
 
 

This list was compiled using information from the Toy Retailers Association annual Dream Toys list for Christmas 2013. The Dream Toy list is selected by an independent panel of buyers that represents 80 per cent of toy retailers from stores that includes Hamley’s, The Entertainer, Argos, Smyths Toys, Toys R US, Toymaster and ToyTown, the Dream Toys list is widely respected as the most accurate predictive list of the toys that will be most in demand this Christmas.

Top Toys for Boys Christmas 2013

Since 2010, our Gift Gurus have brought you the top toys for boys as announced by the Toys Retailers Association. The top Christmas toys for boys list reflects what the toy industry professionals and toy retailers feel will be the most sought after toys for this time of the year. 2013 list will be announced November 4th, so be sure to return for the full list.

The Gift Arena predicted top toys for boy Christmas in 2013 are: Nerf Elite RapidStrike CS, Hexbug Nano V2 Black Hole Set, How to Train Your Dragon Nightstrike, Star Wars Ultimate Darth Vader, Battroborg Arena Pack, Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion, LEGO Legends of Chima The Lion CHI Temple and Power Rangers Mega Force Deluxe Megazord.

Top Toys for Boys Christmas 2012

  • Ben Ten Omniverse Omnitrix Touch
  • Hot Wheel Wall Tracks Power Tower Track Set
  • Monsuno Core Combat
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire
  • Star Wars Fighter Pack Multipack
  • Super Moshi HQ
  • Trash Pack Scum Drum 
  • Web Shooting Spider Man

Top Christmas Toys For Boys 2011

  • Bakugan Dragonoid Collossus
  • Ben 10 Ultimate Alien – Ultimate Ultimatrix
  • Cars 2 Fully Secret Spy Attack Finn McMissile
  • Doctor Who Personalise your own Sonic Screwdriver Set
  • Hot Wheels Wall Tracks
  • Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10 Blaster
  • Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster
  • Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment
  • Toy Story Turbo Glow Buzz Lightyear
  • Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime

Top Christmas Toys for Boys 2010

  • Toy Story Collection Sheriff Woody
  • Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear
  • Clone Wars General Grievous Lightsaber
  • Hoth Wampa Cave 
  • Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver 
  • UNSC Arctic Rocket Warthog.
  • Armouron Action Set
  • Beyblade Super Vortex Battle Set
  • Kung Zhu Battle Arena
  • Bakugan Maxus Dragonoid 7-in-1
  • Ben’s Mark 10 Car 
  • Hot Wheels Dr Bones Colour Lab

 

Adrenaline Gift Experience in Manchester

Manchester is a vibrant city in the North West of England and regarded by some as the second city or the third city in the UK. Manchester has become one of the top city destination breaks for many in the UK and worldwide. The city has a great selection of bars, theatres, comedy clubs, night clubs and other entertainment venues. The city is also football mad with the most supported club in the world Manchester United FC and one of the richest Manchester City FC.
Activities suitable for all can be found around the city but if you want to get your blood pumping in Manchester The Gift Arena might have some ideas for you.

Indoor Ice Climbing in Manchester

Indoor Ice Climbing Gift Experience takes the extreme sport of ice climbing to another level and bringing it indoors. Situated at Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Deansgate, which is in the Manchester City Centre. Great all year round gift idea.

Indoor Skydiving in Manchester

Located next to Manchester’s Indoor Ski Slopes the Chill Factor, Airkix Indoor Sky Diving Centre offers the excellent thrill of sky diving also known as body flying in a fun and safe environment. The Indoor Sky Diving experience is done in a vertical wind tunnel similar to tunnels used by aviation, aerodynamics and automotive industries.  Body flying is very simple, just step in the vertical tunnel and assume the horizontal flying position. Once you’ve settled in a neutral flying position, an instructor teaches you some basic moves and some neat tricks.

Bungee Jumping in Manchester

Fancy jumping off a 300ft platform with the only thing stopping from you smacking in the ground is a bit of rope? If the answer is YES, you’ve got more guts than the Gift Guru. Located in Salford Quays area in Manchester, the bungee jumping experience involves jumping off a specialised modified crane 300ft high, the highest bungee jump experience in UK, This adrenaline experience definitely not for the faint hearted.

Sphereing/ Zorbing in Manchester

Zorbing aka Spereing, Globe Riding or Orbing was invented in 1994 in New Zealand, originally designed for rolling/walking on water but they decided that rolling down a hill will be more fun. There are different types of Zorbing experiences in Manchester such as harness zorbing, aqua zorbing and the exhilarating air zorbing.

Top Eco Friendly Gadget Gifts

Going Green, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting our environment are the most hotly debated and talked about topics in recent times. This has made us all aware of the importance of protecting our planet and everyone is doing their bit to stop climate change.  The desire to Go Green has changed our shopping habits from buying food, clothing, cars and gifts.

We know that finding the perfect green gift for someone can be difficult but resident Eco-warrior The Gift Guru has scoured the net to find the Top Eco Friendly Gadgets Gifts.

Blue Sun Jar Solar Lamp

Blue Sun Jar Solar Lamp

£12.95 from Gadgets.co.uk
Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup

Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup

£52.91 from John Lewis
ecobutton

ecobutton

£9.99 from Amazon
Ecosphere - Extra Large

Ecosphere - Extra Large

£449.00 from Prezzybox
Ecosphere - Large Round

Ecosphere - Large Round

£299.00 from Prezzybox
Ecosphere - Medium

Ecosphere - Medium

£199.00 from Prezzybox
Ecosphere - Small

Ecosphere - Small

£99.00 from Prezzybox
Flower Grenades

Flower Grenades

£9.95 from Prezzybox
Moon Jar - Blue Sun Jar

Moon Jar - Blue Sun Jar

£20.00 from Findmeagift.com
Pink Sun Jar - Solar Light

Pink Sun Jar - Solar Light

£20.00 from Findmeagift.com
Radiator Booster MK3

Radiator Booster MK3

£24.95 from Gizoo
Sun Jar

Sun Jar

£20.00 from Findmeagift.com
Twilight Jar - Pink

Twilight Jar - Pink

£16.99 from The Hut
Water Powered Clock and Thermometer

Water Powered Clock and Thermometer

£22.99 from Home and Garden Gifts
 
 

Ecosphere

The world first fully enclosed self contained and self sustainable mini ecosystem encased in glass. The EcoSphere is easy to care of and it gives a powerful insight about life on our own planet and gives us a glimpse of technology that is shaping our space exploration future. This unique mini aquarium originates from technology pioneered by NASA.  A perfect low maintenance green gift is suitable for all ages and ideal for a busy professional.

Flower Grenade

Release your inner horticultural terrorist with these “Throw and Grow” Flower Grenade. Made with biodegradeable clay the Flower Grenade is loaded with soil, buttercup, poppy and ryegrass seeds, giving you a explosive mix of colours within 3 weeks. Perfect eco friendly gadget gifts for Guerrilla Gardeners.

Sun Jar

Jam jars store jam, the Sun Jar collects and stores sunshine so that you can use it at night. Harness the power of the Sun in a Mason Jar by leaving the Sun Jar outside or by a sunny window in direct sunlight. This amazing jar stores the energy from the Sun with the use of highly efficient solar cells and a rechargeable battery over a few hours.  The Sun Jar automatically lights up when dark and emits the appearance of sunlight (natural light). The Sun Jar comes in Yellow, Blue or Pink and is a perfect garden light or nightlight for a child’s bedroom.

Power Monkey Explorer Solar Charger

From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the powermonkey-eXplorer portable charger has proved to be an invaluable piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Compatible with the majority of mobile phones, iPods (now including iPhone 3GS), MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles including the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS & DS-Lite, powermonkey-eXplorer is a portable charger for your devices – giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.

H-Racer Hydrogen Powered Model Car

The environmentally car of the future that operates on the lastest fuel cell technology. The H-Racer is a futuristic model car uses the most exciting technological advance in the 21st century. The H-Racer works entirely on 100% clean fuel that is produced by a miniature solar-powered refuelling station that coverts water to hydrogen using the power of the sun. The H-Racer emits pure water and requires no batteries.

Gift Ideas for New Drivers

Passing your driving test and getting your driving licence is a major achievement no matter what age you are. Recently, our Gift Guru H passed his driving test with 5 minors in his first attempt and has homage to his recent success we’ve selected a range of reasonably priced gift ideas for newly qualified drivers. A simple well done card is an inexpensive gesture; but if you want to give something fun or practical check out our selection.

AA Emergency Travel Kit

AA Emergency Travel Kit

£25.00 from Tesco.com
Animal Key Ring Torches

Animal Key Ring Torches

£3.99 from Findmeagift.com
Archie McPhee Toast Air Freshener

Archie McPhee Toast Air Freshener

£1.99 from Findmeagift.com
Bacon Air Freshener

Bacon Air Freshener

£2.49 from Findmeagift.com
Bottle Cap - Bottle Opener Keyring

Bottle Cap - Bottle Opener Keyring

£19.75 from Home and Garden Gifts
Coin Stash Keyring

Coin Stash Keyring

£5.20 from Prezzybox
Diamante Keyring

Diamante Keyring

£17.99 from Home and Garden Gifts
Glovebox Kit

Glovebox Kit

£9.95 from Prezzybox
I am the Stig T Shirts - Black

I am the Stig T Shirts - Black

£12.99 from Findmeagift.com
Key Finder

Key Finder

£6.95 from Prezzybox
LED Torch Keyring - Microlite

LED Torch Keyring - Microlite

£5.99 from Findmeagift.com
LEGO Darth Vader Keylight

LEGO Darth Vader Keylight

£6.99 from Tesco.com
Morph Keyring

Morph Keyring

£2.69 from Findmeagift.com
Novelty Car Keyring

Novelty Car Keyring

£4.99 from Home and Garden Gifts
Personalised Monkey Keyring

Personalised Monkey Keyring

£4.99 from Findmeagift.com
Pink Blossom Photo Keyring

Pink Blossom Photo Keyring

£19.99 from Home and Garden Gifts
Sat Nag

Sat Nag

£5.95 from Gadgets.co.uk
Skid Control Experience

Skid Control Experience

£129.00 from Findmeagift.com
 
 

Top Gifts for New Drivers

  1. Novelty Keyrings – a keyring to hold the key of their wheels. Personalised keyrings or a keyring with mini gadgets will have an impact.
  2. Sat Navs – handy for getting from A to B without getting lost.
  3. Emergency Road Kits – essential kit with all you need if you encounter any unexpected event on the road.
  4. Insurance – this can be expensive especially for new drivers. To give them a helping hand why not pay for 1 year insurance.
  5. A car if you have a few spare pennies.

Give the Gift Of Education

When it comes to children’s birthdays, every year it can get more and more expensive with higher expectations to meet. Parents can also get stuck buying gifts because the house is already over run with a mountain of toys, ones from the latest fad which they love and a heap left behind that aren’t interesting any more. Not to mention the copious amounts of gifts from grandparents, friends and other relatives, it can all get a bit too much!

If parents start out buying a smaller amount of presents from when their children are young, they won’t have such high expectations to meet year on year. You should also try and include gifts that have some educational values so kids can learn whilst they play, like some of the products from Early Years Resources, it is always the best way to get things to stick into their minds!

Every parent knows that the initial ‘wow’ of presenting kids with a whole host of new toys will wear off pretty quickly. After a few days of interacting with each toy they will then probably be more interested in the boxes that they came in! With this being said educational toys will be outlasting because you can use them with your young ones once they come home from school or at a weekend to continue the learning, just don’t tell them they are for learning purposes and they will love no doubt want to play with them just like any other toy.

Jigsaws are a fantastic item that you can help your children to complete, they will have to try and work out where pieces go to complete the full picture. You can even get 3D jigsaws that end up creating a rocket or fire engine to make it even more interesting and enjoyable for them!

Letting children loose with a sheet of paper and a new set of felt pens is all a part of learning, it certainly won’t feel like it to them. Getting creative and drawing what they picture in their minds will help them learn colours, shapes and more. A big plastic easel will be a gift they would absolutely love as they can stand up and draw away to their hearts content.

There are so many different toys and products that will aid with learning. Maybe make a list consisting of a few toys that your child wants or you think they would enjoy purely for fun, and then add on some that are more educational. You could even hand this list out to family members and explain that you don’t want to spoil your young one too much, they will probably be grateful of the ideas too!

For great educational gift ideas visit http://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/gifts-for-children-c987.

The Geekiest Gifts for 2013

Buying gifts for the technology-obsessed geek in your life is a mixed bag. On the one hand, modern society is so gadget-focused that there are hundreds and thousands of products falling into this category, with new ones coming out every year (or, in fact, every month). This can mean that you have a broad choice. On the other hand, however, it can be difficult to pick the right item if you’re unfamiliar with the technology involved, and some products can be pretty expensive. Read on if you want a few ideas that could help you to satisfy their thirst for electronics.

Mimobot Flash Drives

Whether or not your geeky loved one actually works in the technology field, the chances are that he has a flash drive or two. These portable storage devices are widely used by anybody who uses a computer at work and who must occasionally transfer larger files between different PCs. The Mimobot drives add a little flair to the normally plain and boring flash drive design by encasing it in a miniature character from geekdom. From Star Wars to Spider Man, these lovable critters come in a range of flavours and store from 4GB to 16GB.

USB Wall Outlet

So simple, yet so brilliant. This product replaces your ordinary wall power socket and features a built-in USB port. The idea is that instead of charging your USB-compatible device from your PC – be it a smartphone, MP3 player, or tablet – you can plug it straight into the socket. Given that any tech fiend worth their salt will own half a dozen USB-charged devices, this is a great stocking-filler or thoughtful birthday gift.

Logitech Washable Keyboard

Another great and practical gift which will solve a common problem. Your favourite geek probably spends a fair amount of time hammering away on their keyboard, possibly whilst they’re eating. And if they’re racing to meet a deadline, they might be so hopped up on coffee that they knock their cup over. Never fear, as this washable keyboard makes cleaning your workstation a cinch. You do have to hand wash it, but it can be submerged with no ill effects and the key characters are fade-resistant.

Roku LT

The Roku LT is a media hub. What this means is that it connects various different services and allows you to control all your media from one place and watch it all on one screen. As a lot of the more tech-savvy population are moving away from regular TV and towards streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, these solutions are in high demand, and it just so happens that the Roku is the cheapest on the market whilst still providing full functionality.

A Gift Card For Their Favourite Tech Store

Of course, if you’re really stuck for ideas or if you know there’s a big-ticket item that they have their eye on, you could always spring for a simple gift card. If you’re worried that this might be too plain and boring, putting it into a gift card holder can make your offering seem more substantial and give the recipient a more permanent memento of the occasion.