Unique Gifts To Say…


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I love you. How do you show someone such a strong emotion. Sometimes all you need is the perfect, unique present. Perhaps you are buying for a special occasion such as your wedding anniversary. Maybe, you’re looking for a gift for someone else’s, or perhaps you just want to show someone in your life how much they mean to you and how much you really care. Well, there are a few possibilities to consider here when looking for gifts that say ‘I love you.’

Personalized Jewelry

 

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If you’re looking for a romantic gift, why not consider designing a piece of jewellery completely unique to one person. It’s always special to be able to give someone something that no one else has. There are plenty of companies online that provide you with this possibility. For instance, Taylor & Hart will design and create the perfect engagement ring for your loved one, ensuring it is the ultimate ring sure to get that picture perfect I Do. Or, perhaps you just want an upgrade for a ring that is starting to look a little old and worn. If that’s the case, this could be the perfect upgrade.

Love Book

What about a book that tells the story of two people. With Lovebook, this is a possibility. Essentially, you’ll be able to choose the title of your book and the pages. Create your own content or use the custom pages that they have created for you. Show your appreciation of someone, recounting special memories, writing in their favorite poems or perhaps just giving them a good old laugh. The best part? It can be used for absolutely any occasion you like and doesn’t need to be exclusive for couples. You can design a lovebook for your best friend, your mom or your brother. Show them how much you care with a gift could not be more unique. 

A Puzzle From The Past

Do your parents remember where they met? A puzzle gift could be the perfect present for their anniversary. Playing the puzzle allows your parents to discover where they met together, replaying their first steps together as a couple. We’re sure this could be the perfect gift for your parent’s Golden Jubilee. It’s just one of the many unique anniversary gifts for your parents that you can choose from. If you don’t think they’ll appreciate this, why not reprint their wedding photos in HD quality? 

Hire A Celebrity 

If you have enough money, then you can get a celebrity to appear for a loved one. That’s right, the top celebs can be booked for the right price. This is where stories come from of celebs appearing at people’s weddings, singing at their anniversary part or perhaps taking them on a trip of a lifetime. If you don’t have the money to book a celeb, try Omaze. You might just get lucky and win the gift of a lifetime.

As you can see, there are numerous unique and personal gifts to choose from. Some of these options are sure to let someone know just how much they mean to you.

 

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Turn Your Backyard into a Winter Wonderland

When winter starts to creep in, you might feel sad that you have to say goodbye to your backyard. It’s hard to make the most of it when there’s no sun, and if you grow anything out there, you need to start protecting things from the cold weather. But just because it won’t be hot and sunny anymore, it doesn’t mean you have to stop using your yard. If you love being outdoors, you can keep using it and enjoy it as much as possible. There are lots of changes you can make, especially to your deck or patio, so that you can sit outside in the winter.

Deck or Patio Cover

Before you do anything else, think about how you can create a cover to sit under in your backyard. You could do this in a few different ways. There’s the possibility of extending the roof of your house at the back or perhaps putting up an awning. Another option is to have a gazebo cover, parasol, or something else you can move up and down. With a cover over your deck or patio, you can stop too much heat from escaping. So if you’re sitting using a heater or enjoying a fire, you can keep everyone warmer. It can also keep you dry if it starts to rain or snow.

Outdoor Heaters

When the weather is cold, it’s pretty hard to stay warm when you’re sitting still. So if you want to sit outdoors, you’ll need something that’s going to help generate some heat. One possible option is to use moveable outdoor heaters, so that you can put them where you want and store them when you’re not using them. More permanent heaters are available too and can make a great feature for your garden. You could have standing heaters or perhaps ones that you mount onto a wall. It’s important to remember that you’ll need energy for these heaters to run so think about the practicality of that.

 

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A Fireplace or Fire Pit

Another option to keep warm is to have a fireplace or a fire pit. These are convenient, eco-friendly, super warm, and they can look great too. Anytime you want to sit outside and keep warm, you just need to light a fire, and you can keep it burning for hours. Plus, you can’t toast marshmallows on an electric heater. A fire pit creates a fantastic focal point for gathering around with friends or family, and you could cook with it if you wanted to. If you get a free standing one, you can easily move it when you’re not using it.

Comfortable Furniture

Once you have a fire (or a heater) to sit around, you need somewhere to sit. You might have outdoor furniture for the summer, but it’s not necessarily good for winter too. Perhaps you will choose to make your existing furniture cozier by adding blankets, cushions, and throws. You can make sure everything in more comfortable and plush to help everyone stay warm.  Or you might buy some new furniture just for winter. However, remember to think about the practicality of any furniture and accessories you use. Ideally, you can take any textile items inside or store them somewhere so that they stay dry.

A Hot Tub

Sitting in a tub of water outside might not be at the top of your list during the winter. But if it’s a hot tub, you can stay warm and have lots of fun. A permanent hot tub in your backyard can be used all year, but it also takes up a lot of room. If you want to save space, you could consider an inflatable hot tub instead. Relaxed Wellbeing has some top recommendations for inflatable spas. However, you should be careful having an inflatable hot tub outdoors in winter. Some say not to use them below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is fairly cold, but there are many places where temperatures drop lower. Hot tubs can create great parties, but only if they can work.

 

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A Sauna

If staying warm in a hot tub doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to consider building a sauna instead. In some colder countries, like Sweden and Finland, practically everyone has a sauna in their home. If you want a sauna in your backyard, you don’t have to have that much space. You only need to build a small cabin with a heater and space to sit. Some saunas are heated with a wood burning stove, which is easy to install. Others require gas or electricity lines, which complicates things a little. Before you invest in a sauna, do your research into style, size, and what sort of heater to use.

Lots of Light

Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of light if you want to use your backyard as the days get shorter. Don’t just concentrate on your deck or patio, but light up the rest of your yard too. You might have a tree you want to string some lights through, or perhaps a path that you want to highlight with a row of lanterns. For convenient outdoor lighting, try using solar-powered lights. They will allow you to have lighting without wiring everything in. You can also use natural light from candles, torches, and lanterns. You might also want to have some lights that are wired in, though.

Set Up a Tent

For family fun, pitching a tent in the winter can be great. If you feel like your lawn gets neglected, some camping with plenty of warm sleeping bags and blankets is a good idea. You could even consider setting up a large teepee or yurt, which is fantastic if you want to have a larger space to enjoy. Some of them are even big enough to have beds inside, or perhaps to set up a cozy dining space.

You don’t have to stop using your backyard in the winter. There are plenty of ways you can make it a fun winter space and enjoy it even through the coldest months.

The Gifts to Give Someone Who Loves to Travel and See the World

Buying gifts for people can so often be tricky. You don’t want to disappoint, but you don’t want to be too predictable. It can leave you wondering what you should buy this year. It’s always a good idea to think about the hobbies and interests of the person you’re buying for. Everyone is different, and we all like different things.


If you’re buying for someone who loves to travel and see more of the world, then why not choose a gift that reflects this interest of theirs? It’s a good way to ensure that they’ll get a gift that’s relevant to them and useful in some way. That has to be a good thing, right? Well, read on if you want some ideas for gifts to buy for people who love to travel.

Planners and Journals

Planners and journals can be ideal for lots of people who like to travel. It gives them a way to plan out their trip before they actually get there. And it can also give them a place to write about their thoughts, feelings and experiences along the way as they travel. This simple gift idea can be accompanied by some good pens, and it will be something they treasure and use as they travel. It’s an affordable option, and it’s something many people will really appreciate, so consider it if you haven’t done so already.

A Tabletop Globe

Not every gift you can give has to be useful to them while they’re traveling, though. For example, you could give them a tabletop globe that they can keep at home. People who love to travel also tend to like looking at things like maps and globes. It could give them some new ideas for where they should head to next. They can be bought at many different price levels and in many different styles, so think carefully about which one would be best. It could really add something to their home, and it shows you know where their interests lie.

 

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An Eye Mask

Traveling can be pretty tiring, and you often have to get your sleep when and where you can find it. That’s not exactly ideal, but that’s the way it needs to be. A good eye mask could help them to catch a bit of extra sleep when they’re on a plane or a bus heading to their next destination. It adds some extra comfort, and it should allow them to block out the light and distractions that might otherwise stop them from being able to fall asleep. It’s an unconventional gift, but it’s one that might be greatly appreciated.

 A Leather Travel Wallet

It’s important to keep all your important things together when you’re traveling. That’s why a leather travel wallet, such as those sold by JooJoobs, can make a wise gift choice. It will give them a place to put their wallet and cards and any other things they want to keep safe. Losing any of those things can be really damaging and challenging, so it’s a gift option that you should consider. They’re affordable, and there are many high-quality options out there for you to consider. Choosing a leather travel wallet is a good idea because it will then be more durable.

Small Translation Guides

These days, you can get very small translation guides that can serve you well in very specific situations. For example, you can buy guides that just help you with reading the menu in a restaurant and ordering food and drinks. These are available in a wide variety of languages, and they can make the everyday challenges associated with traveling in a place where you don’t speak the language much easier to deal with. If you know that they’re going to be heading to a certain country in the near future, this could be the ideal gift.

A Top Quality Water Bottle

If you’re buying for someone who likes to do a lot of walking and trekking when they’re traveling, you should buy them a top quality water bottle. It’s always important to stay hydrated, and a firm bottle that’s not going to break and leak can be a real life saver. It’s a simple gift, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get a great deal of usage out of it when they’re traveling around and visiting lots of different places, so don’t rule it out. It’s always a good thing to buy people practical gifts that they’re actually going to make use of.

Crumpled City Maps

These neat little items are great for people who love to travel to different cities around the world. They’re maps made from fabric that you literally screw up and carry around with you. They can then be pulled out of your pocket and checked at any time. And because they can be crumpled up in different ways, you don’t need to pull the whole thing out to look at it. Instead, you can just inspect the part of the map that’s relevant at the time. It’s the sort of thing that can be both fun and useful. They’re available for a whole host of world cities.

 

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A GoPro Camera

For many people who travel a lot, part of what makes it so fun is creating memories and recording what’s being done. That’s exactly what a GoPro camera would allow them to do. It’s perfect for traveling because of its compact size. It can slot into a bag of pretty much any size, and it’s easy to carry around and use too. You don’t need to know anything about capturing video to make use of one of these. They’re relatively affordable, and it’s something they’re sure to get plenty of use out of, so it’s a gift that’s worth considering.

Traveling is a lot of fun, and you can make it even more enjoyable for your friend or relative next time you need to buy them a gift. Each of the ideas discussed above will add something to their travel experiences.

Family Activities to Bring You All Closer Together


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As a parent, it is your responsibility not only to take good care of your kids, but to ensure that you spend lots of time with them building a strong bond that will ensure that, should your kids be dealing with any serious issues, they will feel confident that they can talk to you about anything. One of the easiest ways to do this is by scheduling regular family activities, where you can all have fun together while laughing, playing and talking.

Here are some of the best family activities to bring your family closer together:

Family Dinner

If you can’t have a family dinner around the table every night, and this can be difficult if you or your spouse work long hours and the kids are enrolled in extracurricular activities, at least schedule a couple of nights when you can get around the table each week.

When you’re all enjoying a home cooked meal around the table, it’s the perfect opportunity to ask the kids about their day, hash out any problems and generally just enjoy some pleasant time together. Families who eat dinner together often, tend to be happier and closer than those who do not, so make a real effort to incorporate this into your life.

TV Time

You might be wondering what I’ve included Tv time on the list. Watching TV often gets a bad wrap. Some people will say that it causes families to become more distant, and less inclined to talk to each other, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have decent cable and on-demand services from Optimum, for example, you can pick out a couple of shows that have family appeal and which feature a range of issues you might want to broach with the kids. For example, if you want to talk about mental health and suicide with your teenager, sitting down to watch 13 Reasons Why together could be a good way to broach the subject. The key is to limit TV time and encourage the watching of shows to be a family thing, not a solitary pursuit.

Organize a Camping Trip

Spending some time in the Great Outdoors as a family is undoubtedly one of the best ways to do some serious family bonding. For a period of time, you’re taken away from your normal lives and the myriad gadgets that keep you from spending quality time together, which means you have to entertain yourselves. You can do this by swapping family stories, telling tall tales and asking your kids about their aspirations. It’s sure to be a very illuminating time that will give them memories to treasure forever.

Have a Games Night

Game nights might seem a little quaint in the internet age, but there’s nothing quite like gathering around the dinner table to play a game of Monopoly or Settlers of Catan to bring the whole family together for some wholesome fun. If you struggle to convince the kids, there are no reasons why you can’t throw some console games into the mix, just prepare to be thrashed!

Library Trips


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Encouraging your kids to read more will only ever be to their benefit, and enjoying trips to the library together is a great way for the whole family to bond. You can discuss books you loved and hated, read favorite passages to each other, and as with Tv watching, you can use books to bring up those topics that might otherwise be awkward to discuss.

Home Movies

Investing in a video camera is a great way to get closer as a family. Not only will you be able to document all of the important milestones in family life, but you can encourage the kids to talk to grandma and grandpa about their life experiences, on film, bringing them closer together and fostering a greater appreciation for the extended family. You’ll all have lots of fun watching the videos back too.

Volunteer Together

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, and something that all children should be encouraged to do. If they have a particular passion, whether it’s for rescue animals or the environment, see if there’s a local related non-profit that you could volunteer for as a family. They’ll appreciate the effort you’re making to know more about their passions, and even more that you’re willing to help.

Learn Together

In a similar vein, if your children are interested in learning a new hobby, such as karate, knitting or painting, instead of simply paying for them to have classes, why not go along too? Having at least one interest in common will definitely make it easier for you to relate to each other and you’ll probably increase your cool parent rating by at least 30 points if you show a genuine interest in doing something your kids love.

Start a Tradition

Your family probably had a few traditions, like baking cookies every Saturday or going out for dinner with your grandparents on the last Sunday of the month. Why not start a new tradition just for your family; something that you’ll all enjoy now and which you’ll look back on with fondness in years to come. It can be something simple like a family walk through the park after Sunday brunch; it doesn’t matter as long as it brings as many members of the family together as possible.

Random Acts of Kindness


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Random acts of kindness are a great way to enjoy family time together because, not only do you get to spend some quality time as a family, but you teach your kids about the importance of sharing, being kind and looking after your fellow man. Acts of kindness can be as simple as helping an elderly person cross the road, or something a bit more involved like crafting cards and gifts to be given anonymously to neighbors.

Whether you spend your time playing, laughing or eating together,  what really matters is that you are taking the time and effort to actually do things together. Spending quality time together as a family is the best possible thing you can do for their children to give them a happy childhood now and a bright future.





4 Ingredients To Host The Best Brunch Party


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In a world where almost combination of words get turned into a hybrid (Brangelina, hangry, floordrobe, glamping and regretro), the greatest of them all is still Brunch. Not because it is a particularly clever play on words but because it is one of the greatest inventions ever. A ways to celebrate a Sunday, to get over a hangover, kick start a lazy day in the best way possible and just have an excuse to see your friends outside the usual Friday or Saturday night.

What’s more, Brunch is also one of the best meals to host too. There is more flexibility, fewer rules and, a lot of the time, they won’t drag on longer than needed because you and your guests will probably have other plans for later on.

With that in mind, here are some of our top tips to make your brunch party the best brunch party of all time:

Cook. Prepare. In Advance.

Trying to entertain your guests and deal with the delicate procedures involved in cooking a brunch tends to spell out disaster. That is why you need to keep your kitchen running smoothly and stick to the rule of only choosing one dish to cook on the day (such as scrambled eggs or hash browns), one dish to prepare the day before (such as a wicked tasty salad or sandwiches) and one that can be done in advance (cakes and bread). Stick to this and you’ll breeze through this whole thing.

Know Your Breakfast Meats.

This is your chance to play around with some of the fan favourites, such as bacon and sausages, as well as bring out the kind of meats you would get in a hotel’s continental breakfast, such as salami and cured meats. As a little tip, cook your bacon and sausages in the oven because the less you use your hobs the easier it will be to entertain.

Booze Is Acceptable.

The thing that makes Brunch so awesome is the fact you can get away with having certain boozy drinks for what is essentially breakfast. The winner is always a good Bloody mary, so long as you have the right Bloody Mary seasoning. However, if you want to put on a selection, then we recommend you make some Mimosas and Bellinis too. You could even go with an Irish Coffee. Of course, this can get a little expensive, so have your guests bring some ingredients with them. That way they can also help make the drinks while you do the food.

Little Extras To Include.

There are certain little extras that everyone will love but not everyone will expect and that is exactly how you can make your Brunch party an absolute hit. We’re talking about a selection of pancakes that will invoke nostalgia. We’re talking about French Toast and some vibrant fruits to stop your servings from being so monochromatic. Donuts and fresh bread are also winners because every person loves tasty carbs, especially if there is booze that could need some soaking up.

Yup, your next Brunch party is going to see you become known as the hostess with the mostess. We promise.

Gifts For People Who Love Dogs More Than Life Itself

 

If there’s a dog lover in your life, you know that they would do anything for their pet. Anything! In fact, most hardcore dog lovers prefer the time they spend with their dogs over the time they spend with other people. Dogs are never in a bad mood and always willing to show their owners love, despite how they might feel.

If you know somebody who loves dogs, what gifts should you get them? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Pitbull Towels

Washing up is one of those inevitable parts of adult life. So why not give the dog-lover in your life pitbull-themed tea towels? Every time they do the dishes, they can be reminded of their favorite little pooch. What’s more, tea towels are relatively cheap for a pack, so they make a great gift for dog owners you don’t know particularly well.

Doggie Treat Box

 

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Dog lovers don’t just want gifts for themselves. They want gifts that they can pass on to their dogs to enjoy. Just seeing their dog having fun and enjoying itself is reward enough. What better way to brighten a dog’s day than buying it’s owner a doggie treat box. There are now services online where you can order treat boxes for dogs and get a selection of products delivered right to your door, including teething products, jerky sticks, toys and much, much more.

Dog-Themed Clothes

Dog t-shirt designs are all the rage right now, and the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. Dog t-shirts come in all sorts of different styles, from the funny to the downright adorable. With so many options out there, you’re bound to find something they’ll love.

Dog Winter Jacket

 

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Winter walkies can be an ordeal for both owners and their dogs. When the weather is cold, dogs can suffer. That’s why you should consider buying a snug, fuzzing quilted jacket for your friend’s dog so that it can stay nice and warm in the snow and ice.

Pet Tote

 

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Carrying your dog around with you is fast becoming the latest fashion trend. Hairdressers up and down the country are buying miniature dog breeds, putting them in totes, and calling them Hugo. Does the dog lover in your life want to do the same? Then buy them a tote so that they can carry their companion like a baby, wherever they go. 

Custom Dog Portrait

We’re used to seeing custom portraits of wealthy and famous people, so why not dogs? The great thing about today’s “custom portraits” is that you don’t actually have to hire an artist to paint them. You can buy custom portraits online through a cheap, custom portrait company.  All you have to do is send in a picture of your friend’s pooch. The company will then use an algorithm to make the picture look like a portrait, similar to the post processing effects on your smartphone. And then finally, they’ll blow up the picture, frame it, and send it out in the post.

 

The Gifts That Really Say Something

There’s a big occasion coming up. A really big occasion. Something like a special anniversary, one of your best friend’s big birthdays, or someone’s first Christmas since they’ve moved back from wherever they went. In times like these, the normal perfunctory gift just isn’t going to cut it. You need to get more thoughtful, you need to make the gift really say something and have a value beyond its price tag. So, what do you go for? That’s what we’re going to figure out together, now.

 

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Making the look

It’s not always the right choice, but if you really know someone’s style, then getting them just that little extra touch to their wardrobe can really be heartwarming. If you get a best friend an accessory that completes their outfit, for instance, it shows that you really do know and appreciate them. If you get your man a pair of fancy cufflinks, it’s a way of demonstrating his value, that you appreciate how good he looks in them. Of course, you can make some bad choices with these gifts, too. If you get your best friend a perfume or a skin cream, it might send across the message you think they smell or have bad skin. So, do be careful.

A language all its own

When it comes to gifts that communicate, then the gift of communication itself can sometimes have a far great emotional impact than anything. Love notes, gratitude letters, and the like give you the time to really compose yourself and hit those seriously sentimental points in detail. However, expressing it without words can sometimes be the more poetic and beautiful way to go. Carefully coordinated flower delivery bouquets do more than sending a message, of course. They create a beautiful, bright and pleasant-smelling reminder of the day that they can keep in their home well after they first receive them.

 

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Something that’s really from you

It requires more effort, but it’s often cheaper to give them a handmade gift. The budget option might fit you if your finances are stretched pretty tight, but no-one can deny the value of a gift that you spent real time to make. Plus, you get the chance to customize it, including little heartfelt touches and inside jokes that make it truly from you to them.

Experiences, not things

Some of the most memorable gifts aren’t really about the physical qualities of them. Rather, they’re about the experiences linked to them. If you can provide an unforgettable experience, then you’re creating something with real meaning. That might mean concert tickets, it might mean a day out for afternoon tea, a spa trip, or even just a Blu-Ray of a film you think your special person would really love. It’s about more than something they can get a use out of; it’s sharing a special experience with them. We focus on new material goods a lot in life, but it’s been found that we value experiences and memories infinitely more.

The real benefit of all the gifts above is psychological, more than practical. It sends a message that is going to resound much longer than the gift itself. When you achieve that, you know you’ve really hit the mark.

 

Bringing the Joy Back into Photography

Photography is one of the most wonderful hobbies in the world. It’s an activity that can make precious memories for you, it’s one that can take you around the world and it’s something relaxing that you can do without stressing your body and mind too much. Like any art, photography can be expressive as well. The types of pictures you take can really define you, and there’s always a chance of turning it into a lucrative career if you’re dedicated to your craft.

 

Sadly, photography can take a lot of your time due to the travelling it involves to get some of the most breathtaking shots, and it can also be expensive due to the equipment you need and how much you’ll end up paying in travel fees. But whether you’ve put down your camera in favour of other hobbies or because you can no longer afford it, here are a couple of ways to give yourself the motivation to pick up photography again.

 

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Give yourself a reason to travel again

 

Photography and travelling go hand-in-hand. Photographers are always looking for new places to snap up some beautiful landscape pictures, or backdrops where they can photograph friends and loved ones to create priceless memories that you can keep forever. Take inspiration from photographers such as Peter Lik, one of the most prominent landscape photographers who makes a serious living from his beautiful pictures. Those types of photographs can only be achieved by being in the right place at the right time, which is why travelling is such a wonderful companion to photography. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out more and travel, then use photography as an excuse—get out there, explore and find something amazing to snap a picture of.

 

See beauty in everything

 

Photographers have a keen eye for beauty. When you’re a photographer, you appreciate the finer details in life and your surroundings which can seriously boost your mood and give you a positive outlook on life. Those flowers and trees you walk past on your way to work are no longer ignored when you’re a photographer. You’ll see beautiful plants and you may even stop by to take a couple of amazing pictures. It’s this ability to see smaller details and appreciate things in life that will ultimately improve your mood, boost your mental health and even slow down life so you can enjoy it to its fullest.

 

Give yourself new job prospects

 

Becoming a photographer is something that can be done in your spare time. After all, you aren’t expected to set up an expensive photo shooting room and you probably won’t need an expensive DSLR to start up your photography career again. As a result, it’s something that you can do without having to heavily invest, meaning that it opens up alternate job opportunities even while you’re still working a full-time job. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can earn an income with simple photography:

 

 

  • Selling stock photographs – there are many places to give away stock photographs as royalty free, but if you have a particularly good collection of images then you may want to actually sell them on the internet. Stock photographs are used for everything from articles to blogs and even publications, which is why they’re always in demand.
  • Writing and selling a book – as a photographer, you’ll likely do a lot of travelling. Because of this, you can write comprehensive books about various countries or destinations and include your beautiful photographs in the book.
  • Selling prints – if you prefer to keep the ownership of your photographs, then why not sell prints? You can sell the pictures in frames, you can sell them attached to bags or shirts and you could even sell merchandise with your pictures as the theme.

 

 

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Motivating yourself to try again

 

It can be difficult trying to motivate yourself to take up a hobby after dropping it due to time or money constraints, but photography can be an incredibly fun hobby to take up if you’re after something that gives you an excuse to travel and can make you see the world from a different perspective. It can start from something as simple as taking a picture of your children and capturing their younger memories, or it could begin when you go on holiday and soak in all of the beautiful sights and scenery that the world has to offer.

Preparation Is Key; How To Plan Your Photography Session

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If you’re planning on going outside to take photos, whether it be in a studio or outside, you have to make sure you’ve done the necessary preparations first. You have to remember that you need all the equipment for your camera and yourself, as well as having the right environment for you, before you even start to avoid getting stuck in a nightmare! If you get stuck in these muddles quite often, then keep reading for some advice on how to start turning it around!

 

Do You Have Enough Memory?

 

Most cameras nowadays are digital and don’t use film like the days of old although some of these do still exist! Memory cards are were your photographs are stored. Due to your photographs being stored digitally, they all take up a certain amount of space on a memory card, and the size of them determines how many photos they can store! There is nothing worse than having an almost full memory card in your camera and not having a spare before a day of taking photographs so you must ensure that you have some spares with you to be able to take as many shots as you can, or to actually be able to contain them all! You can buy memory cards from here, just make sure that you have enough space to get the job done!

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Make Sure You’re Happy With The Location!

 

Locations are everything when it comes down to photoshoots. They dictate the tone, the way the photo is taken, where you have to stand, everything! Because of this, it’s important that you get the right location, because if you don’t you’ll find yourself taking photos that you don’t like in a place that you don’t like too! There are many different areas that you can do a photoshoot, click here if you need some ideas, though you must enjoy where you are going as it reflects in your work. This is especially important if you are being paid for the work that you are doing, you don’t want to not get paid because the quality of work was poor, so make sure you get it right!

 

Protection Equipment

 

Okay, so this does sound slightly daft however you need to bear this in mind. A lot of photography happens when you are on your knees, especially in professional photoshoot environments. If you are on your knees all day with no protection then this can cause some serious damage to your knees. Not only knees but hands too, if you’re low to the ground which means your hands could be scraping off something nasty, you need to get protective gloves and kneepads if you know this is going to happen. You can buy specialist photography knee pads by clicking here, they are not too much money and are a great investment. They save you getting problems with your knees in the future as they are a point of weakness in the human body, so if you’re going to be using them then definitely get some protection!

 

Doing any of these things is an absolute must and will help you greatly when you come to take your photos! Making sure you have the right area means that you’ll not only enjoy it but also produce good work, having the right safety equipment means that you don’t have to worry about damaging your body if you’re going to be on your hands and knees all day, and keeping enough memory cards on you means that you don’t have to worry about not being able to store all your photos! If you’re not sure of what you should be taking photos of, have a look here for some good examples that will hopefully inspire you!

 

The Best Gift Ideas for Men That You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

We all know that men are the hardest people to shop for, no matter the occasion! The best thing you can do is to go for something that is as personal as possible. If you still can’t think of anything, you may be in need of a few ideas. Before you find yourself in a Pinterest haze for hours and hours, and before you bother asking (as you will no doubt be given a simple- “I don’t mind”) have a look at these ideas that you might not have thought of before. Try to adapt them in ways that work for the man in your life because everyone is different!

 

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The best thing you can do for a gift is to go for something that is personal to the two of you. Do you have a joke that only the two of you know about? Find something to do with that. The best place to look for a specialized gift is online. Maybe you have a film that you both love and are always quoting? Have a look for something to do with that, maybe there’s a screening going on somewhere that you can make a trip off. Or maybe there’s a signed DVD going on eBay. It shouldn’t take you too long to think of anything when you base it off of personal things between the two of you.

 

Another thing that would be ideal for you to do would be to go for something that is related to their hobbies. For example, if they love their beer- like most men- maybe you could get them an engraved pint glass or if they’ve never tried to make their own, a beer making kit. Or you could look online for a unique beer that they had on a holiday that they loved. You would have to tailor this to the man’s personal hobbies of course.

 

Getting them something that they love is quite a hard task. So if you don’t want to go down this route, there are plenty of more fail-safe options that you could go for that would be a bit easier for you and they are probably more likely to love! You could go for something slightly more sentimental. An example of this would be to find a beautiful picture of the two of you, perhaps from when you were younger and put it in a frame for them. Or you could get loads of pictures of him and all the special people in his life and create more of a college.

 

One of the things that might appreciate the most, however, could be an experience or something to remember rather than an object. An experience based gift doesn’t mean you have to spend loads of money though! You could take him to a beautiful town that he loves and buy him a nice dinner. Or you could get him to the cinema for an upcoming film he’s excited about. Which is something that you would have to tailor to the person to get the most enjoyment out of! An experience could be the best idea of all because everyone loves having something to look forward to!