Simple Photo-Related Gift Ideas

Simple Photo-Related Gift Ideas

Giving and receiving gifts is a pleasurable experience, at any time of the year. At least it should be. Unfortunately, sometimes you get a bit stuck when trying to come up with ideas. Occasionally, no matter how much you rack your brains, you still struggle to come up with the ideal present for a friend or family member. Well, hopefully, this article will help. Here are a few photo-related gift ideas that have the potential to work for any person.

Canvas Prints

A canvas print always looks good. They fit in really well with practically any style of home decor and appeal to virtually every age group. Hello canvas collages are easy to order. All you need to do is to provide the images, let them know the size you want and let them do the rest. They print out your design, wrap it up and send it to either you or the person you are giving it to as a gift.

If you have enjoyed a holiday with a friend or family member, you could perhaps put together a collage of snaps.

Alternatively, if you know they like butterflies or sunflowers you could choose to use those images instead.

Create a photo calendar

A similar idea is to take 12 or 13 images and use them to create a photo calendar. There are plenty of free templates available online. All you need to use them is a good printer, enough ink and the right type of printing paper.

Put together a photo cube

Do you remember photo cubes? Well, they are coming back into vogue. They are a great way to display up to six photos. The cubes are not expensive and your local photo shop will print out the images you need to complete your project.

Buy a photo cover

Most people own a phone, tablet or laptop, some own all three. These items are all quite expensive, which is why most owners use some sort of protective cover. If you know the make and model your friend owns you can potentially buy them a new cover that features your choice of photo. These bright, high-quality protective covers really do make excellent gifts.

Photo Cakes

If you like baking you can easily make a personalised cake or cupcakes to give as a gift. There are several ways to do it. By far the easiest approach is to find a firm that creates edible photo toppers and let them print one up for you. There are several of these companies online. Alternatively, you can trace the photo and use it as a template to allow you to recreate the image with coloured icing.

More inspiration

If none of the above ideas appeal to you, do not worry. As you can see by taking a look at this Pinterest board there are hundreds of ways photos can be used to create decorative items. They all have the potential to make fantastic gifts for your family or friends to enjoy, as well as being an excellent for decorating your home.

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

We are big fans of Ready Brek in our house, particularly as the weather gets colder. There is something really comforting about a warm breakfast or even a warm supper that feels just right, especially when it’s dark and miserable outside.

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

A couple of weeks ago I asked followers of my Facebook page for topping suggestions for Ready Brek to try out some new combos with the kids. I was pleased to hear that chocolate spread was a fave for people and syrup with fruit like raspberries or blueberries is a definite winner with my kids. One lovely reader suggested hot chocolate powder, strawberries, yoghurt, honey, banana and chocolate chips all at once! I’m not sure that would be a fave for me but as my kids pointed out there are some great combos within that list.

I love Ready Brek for supper for a healthy treat when all I really want to eat is rubbish. It’s filling but tasty and add some fruit and chocolate spread and it’s really satisfying too!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

 

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3Ready Brek has teamed up with Despicable Me 3 and the release of the movie on DVD and the release of new Despicable Me 3 Mineez Dru’s Secret Lair toy. We loved the movie, another great addition to the set and we loved Gru’s long lost brother Dru!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

The kids have loved the whole Despicable Me franchise and the Minions so they were thrilled to find Minions on the Ready Brek box this time.

When they saw the Mineez set they were instantly excited to see what it involved and to open the box and play with it! I was concerned that it wouldn’t have much play value but the kids were transfixed. They loved the little Minions and the sticky Dru. I dislike those toys that are sticky because they end up covered in fluff after two minutes but the kids think they are hilarious!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

They loved the sounds and the ejection chair and generally the whole play set, which at an rrp of £39.99 isn’t the cheapest toy but I would recommend it for Despicable Me fans who will enjoy acting out the film through the play set.

We received Ready Brek, the Despicable Me 3 DVD and play set for the purposes of this review.

8 Ways to Save Money on Your Weekly Food Shop

8 Ways to Save Money on Your Weekly Food Shop

These days, it seems like we’re constantly spending more and more cash on those everyday expenses, from the petrol or diesel that takes us to and from work, to the groceries that fill our refrigerators.

Unfortunately, just because the prices of necessary purchases are going up, doesn’t necessarily mean that the amount we get on our weekly wage is improving too. That means that if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to find some clever ways to save.

To help you improve your shopping habits, we have 8 incredible tips that could help you to save money on your weekly shop.

1. Switch Credit Card Debt for a Personal Loan
If you’re struggling with credit card debt that always means that you’re too far behind on your payments, then it might be a good idea to pay off that debt with a personal loan instead. This way, you can save yourself some of the money that you waste on high-cost interest payments each month. Take a look around at the options that you can use to consolidate your debt and cut down on interest each week. You can even get cards from supermarkets that give you specific deals on food and gas too, so you can knock out two birds with one stone.

2. Plan Ahead
We’re all a little prone to over-buying at times. If you can take inventory of what you have and what you need, then you can create a more detailed shopping list and stick to it when you’re at the store. Also, make sure that when you’re shopping, you’re not doing so on an empty stomach. When we’re hungry, we’re generally more likely to make impulsive purchases and costly mistakes.

3. Purchase In-Season Produce
One of the easiest ways to save money on your weekly food shop is to check out the fresh produce that’s in season. Usually, food that’s designed to last only for a few days will be priced to sell fast. This means that you can save quite a lot of cash if you’re happy to eat fresh, instead of getting the majority of your meals out of a tin, or from the freezer. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of a healthier diet too!

4. Make the Most of Coupons and sales
Planning your meals about whatever is currently on sale can be a great way to cut down your grocery bills – particularly when you’re also using coupons. Just make sure that you’re only using vouchers to buy the things that you would have gotten anyway. You’re not saving money if you’re spending extra on things that you don’t want or need.

5. Stock Up on Frozen, Canned and Dried
The next time you’re searching for the ingredients to use in a family favourite meal, try making sure that you stick to canned, dried, and frozen foods. Usually, they’re much less expensive than their fresh counterparts, but they can be equally nutritious. This is because a lot of products will be dried, canned, or frozen when they’re at the best point of ripeness. What’s more, meats like poultry can be flash-frozen to reduce freezer damage and maintain flavour.

6. Don’t be Wasteful
Before you add piles of perishable foods onto your shopping list, think about how you can use it in a number of different ways. If you’re not going to use all of the fresh produce and meat that you buy, think about whether you can purchase a smaller amount instead, or use the leftovers in a different recipe. For instance, leftover vegetables could go into an incredible soup, while leftover meat could be perfect in a stew or casserole.

7. Don’t Buy Big Brands
While the flashy advertisements for big-name brands can be quite effective at convincing us to buy them, the truth is that you can often get the same flavour and experience from store-brand items, without having to pay the premium. All food manufacturers need to follow the same standards when it comes to producing high-quality foods, so you don’t have to worry that you’re going to miss out by buying something that doesn’t come in a sophisticated packet.

8. Prepare the Food Yourself
Finally, unless you have the chance to take advantage of a sale item, buying pre-sliced or packaged items generally means that you’re going to be paying a higher price-tag. Though it’s simpler to avoid having to cut and prepare your own foods before a meal, you could actually save a huge amount of money by switching to standard items and doing the preparation yourself

Do you have any tips to share that help you save money on the weekly shop?

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