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Gift Ideas and Party Tips to Celebrate Special Occasions

Teddy Bear Gift for Special occasionAlthough some gifts are given just for the fun of it – most gifts are given for special occasions!

Of course, the most important thing about special occasions, such as anniversaries and birthdays, is to REMEMBER them.  But it’s always nice to make that extra effort for really special occasions.

Yet sometimes it’s not always easy to think of appropriate gifts.  Also, if it’s a gift for a friend’s wedding for example, it’s great to put a little extra effort in to make sure that your gift is truly unforgettable.

To help you, we’ve put together specific articles on a wide range of subjects from party tips for kids and adults to buying gifts on a budget.


Why not have a read while you’re enjoying a cuppa or have a spare 5 minutes.  You may receive some useful advice – or at least enjoy a good giggle.

Baby gifts

Great gift ideas for new born babies - A helpful guide to buying gifts for new born babies, this article is packed with ideas for practical and unusual gifts that will delight new parents. From hints and tips on the issues to consider when buying baby clothes to personal, keepsake gifts, you’ll find a range of gift ideas to suit all budgets and circumstances.

Birthday gifts

Big birthdays and what they mean - Landmark birthdays differ from country to country and can depend on the religion you follow.  In this article we take a closer look at these big birthdays and what they mean to different cultures. We also offers ideas for appropriate gifts for these special birthdays.  From what a child’s first birthday means to the Chinese, to how ‘coming of age’ birthdays differ depending on your culture, you’ll find everything you need to know about landmark birthdays.

Celebrate big birthdays in style - like it or not, big birthdays happen to us all. If you know someone who's about to celebrate a big birthday – 18th, 21st, 40th or even their 90th - then check out our ideas for celebrating in style. If you’re stuck for gift ideas then our suggestions for memorable gifts might come in useful. After all, we believe that big birthdays are a great excuse to spoil someone rotten.

Christmas gifts

Budget Christmas gift ideas that won't break the bank - It can be easy to get carried away with spending at Christmas. So we’ve put together a host of money-saving Christmas gift ideas to help anyone on a budget. The aim is to cut the cost of Christmas, without cutting out the festive fun.

Christmas countdown – if you’re always in a last minute rush at Christmas then this article is for you.  It gives you hints, tips and a week by week countdown to ensure that this year, you’re organised, prepared and relaxed when the festivities begin.

Christmas stress management – Forget all the hard work, stress and family feuds that turn your dream Christmas into a stressful nightmare.  We’ve compiled 6 top tips to make sure that you’re relaxed and ready to have a very merry Christmas this year. 

A Christmas (Gift Buying) Carol - or how to avoid the ghosts of Christmas’s past - Scrooge only had three Christmas spirits to deal with, but as anyone who has ever been Christmas shopping knows, we’re often plagued by numerous ghosts of Christmas’s past.  By naming and shaming the ghosts of Christmas shopping that lurk in the shadows and threaten to derail our Christmas gift buying efforts, our aim is to banish them well and truly to the history books.

Easter gifts

Alternative Easter gifts - Easter is great fun for the kids and while it wouldn’t be Easter without the obligatory chocolate egg, it can be nice to give alternative Easter gifts. Our alternative Easter gift guide offers a host of ideas for making Easter fun while keeping the chocolate down to manageable quantities. It includes gift ideas for babies, older children and friends and relatives too.

Exam and graduation gifts

Congratulations gifts to celebrate exams results - Are you one of the thousands of families of GCSE and A level students who are hoping to celebrate their exam success this summer? We’ve come up with some more interesting gift ideas to help you celebrate their exam success in real style.

Graduation gift guide – for gifts that make the grade - Discover a range of graduation gift ideas, which are perfect to congratulate a friend or relative on their exam success – be it GCSEs, A-levels or degree. This step-by-step guide will help to decide what type of gift is appropriate and to set your budget. From holiday and clothes vouchers to congratulation balloons, our graduation gift guide has a range of inspirational gift ideas. It also includes fun and frivolous gifts as well as practical and useful graduation gift ideas.

Father's Day gifts

100 Years of Father's Day - Father’s Day is over 100 years old. Founded in America by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, Father’s Day is now celebrated in the UK on the third Sunday in June. In this article, in addition to a brief history of Father’s Day and how it is celebrated throughout the world, we offer a selection of gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Solving the Father's Day gift idea problem - Are you plagued with the same old problem – what on Earth do you buy your dad for Father’s Day? Well, to help you out, we’ve put on our thinking cap and come up with some excellent gift ideas to suit all budgets.

Gifts for kids

6 Top tips that make buying gifts for kids child’s play – a practical guide to buying gifts for children.  You’ll never be stuck for ideas again.

How to buy great Birthday gifts for kids - Does a kid's birthday party invitation leave you wondering what gift you might buy them? This article will give you tips that should help you buy great birthday gifts for kids - while keeping things simple and stress-free.

Top 10 irresistible budget gifts for kids – if you’re buying gifts for kids but don’t want to spend a fortune, then check out our budget gift ideas.  There are loads of ways to personalise gifts and make them special without breaking the bank.  You’ll never be stuck for ideas again.  Read on to save money now.

Gifts for women

Buying gifts for women – Men, read this before you buy another gift.  Good advice for any man who has tried, and failed, to impress his girlfriend / wife / mother / sister with his gift buying skills.

Halloween celebrations

A Tricky Problem for a Halloween Party - Halloween is now a major event in the autumn calendar.  Why not embrace this fun, spooky evening by throwing your own Halloween party?  We’ve put together some great ideas – from how to decorate your home, spooky treats for guests to eat and even some tips on creating creepy fancy dress costumes.  Find out how you can turn your Halloween party into a real treat this year.

Mother's Day gifts

Buying gifts on Mother's Day - Remember what's important on Mother's Day. Extravagant, expensive gestures are not expected or necessary. What is important to most Mums is to be shown how much they’re appreciated by their children.

Teacher's gifts

Great teacher's gift ideas - We're nearing the end of another school year and you're struggling to find any original thank-you gift ideas? To save the teacher from yet another cupboard full of bath foam and chocolates, check out this article.

Valentine's Day gifts

Surviving Valentine’s Day – Whatever your situation - single, in a new or long term relationship, this article will give you tips and advice on how to make Valentine's Day a success.

Top 10 Valentine's Gifts - Whether you’re experiencing the first flush of love or enjoying the adoration of your soul mate, we have put together its top ten gift guide for Valentine’s Day. From the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift – a diamond engagement ring – to a romantic walk in the country, there are ideas to inspire you and delight your loved ones. If money is tight, don’t worry. There are gift ideas to suit all budgets or the ideas can be tweaked to suit your circumstances. But whatever Valentine’s Day gift you decide to buy, just remember it’s the thought that counts.

Wedding gifts

Marriage proposal ideas – Thinking of getting down on one knee?  Our guide to unusual ways to ask your loved one to marry you, may give you some great ideas. 

Winning wedding gifts - discover how to buy the right wedding gifts, with practical ideas on how to buy from wedding lists, last minute wedding gifts and what to do if the couple does not want any gifts at all.

Don’t forget the wedding thank you gifts - whether your wedding is as grand as the recent Royal nuptials or not, there are people to thank for making your wedding day special. This article offers a host of thank you gift ideas for your bridesmaids, best man and ushers, ranging from traditional to exotic, you’ll never be stuck for gift ideas. There are also hints and tips on choosing wedding thank you gifts for mums and dads plus a reminder of others you might need to thank for making your wedding special.

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