Despite all the good will in the world, the mother and father in-law have a reputation for giving gifts which either upset, offend or bewilder the rest of the family.
Despite all the good will in the world, the mother and father in-law have a reputation for giving gifts which either upset, offend or bewilder the rest of the family.
Other common culprits for giving gifts which never get used include work colleagues, aunties and sisters.
One in twenty people even say their PARTNER often fails to get it right, with one in ten falling out with a loved one after they picked a terrible present.
The study of 2,000 adults reveals the top 50 gifts no-one in their right mind would want – which includes knitwear, mug-sets, and bad romance novels.
Oliver Harcourt, Head of Vistaprint UK, which commissioned the study via OnePoll.com, said: “The survey found Brits had received gifts which included a broken toilet brush, an already opened pack of peanuts and an out of date cereal bar!
“But despite receiving some less than desirable presents, overwhelmingly people felt it was the thought that counted.”
Other festive flops include ill-fitting clothes, toiletry kits, socks and bubble bath.
Slogan t-shirts, previously seen movies, pot pourri and soap on a string also made the list of gifts no-one wants to see under the tree.
Adults are stereotypically British when accepting unwanted gifts – a third will graciously and politely say thank you, while 13 per cent feign fanatical excitement and delight.
One in six would rather hide the gift somewhere in the house rather than admit they don’t like it, and a quarter of respondents would re-wrap and re-gift to someone else.
Almost half will take the present to a charity shop so someone else can benefit from their misfortune.
However, a resounding eight in ten adults admit it’s the thought that counts when present giving – truly in the spirit of the season.
Almost six in ten people receive up to five presents each Christmas which they then never use – while just over half receive up to the same number each birthday.
When it comes to best buyers – nearly four in ten people said partners purchase the most impressive presents, while 20 per cent said children choose great gifts.
Clothing, music and personalised gifts made for Brits’ favourite presents, while anything which has sentimental value, jewellery from a favourite store or gift vouchers are always received well.
Fourteen per cent of adults would love tickets to see a favourite band, one in ten are happy with slippers – and one in 20 would be delighted with an engagement ring.
One in six people like a gift with sentimental value, and seven in ten enjoy anything which is handmade.
Oliver Harcourt for Vistaprint added: “ The survey highlighted that personalised gifts were particularly appreciated, ranking far ahead of vouchers and jewellery.
“For years Vistaprint has been providing custom photo-gifts, such as photo-calendars, photobooks and mugs and we’ve heard first hand from our customers how much happiness these gifts can bring.”
THE TOP 50 WORST CHRISTMAS PRESENTS BRITS RECEIVE
1. Ugly clothes
2. Toiletry kits
3. Bath salts /bubble bath
5. Slogan t-shirts
6. Movies you've already seen
9. A scarf
10. Soap on a string
11. Pretentious food/drink
12. Sexy lingerie
14. Bad romance novels
15. Pot pourri
20. Address books
21. Cleaning products
22. A tie
23. Mug set
24. Joke books
26. Photo frames
28. Department store vouchers
30. Boxers or pants
31. Anti-aging products
34. Bottle of booze
35. Football memorabilia
37. Saucepan sets
38. Foot spa
39. Set of jams
40. Diet plan
41. Party games
42. Experience days
44. A tea pot
46. Cookery books
49. Crossword book
50. Dressing gown
This article is courtesy of DigitalHub
Want to help your neighbors who are recovering from the fires that swept Napa and Sonoma, California? Here's How.
The fires that have swept through Napa and Sonoma counties in California have devestated families, destroyed towns and businesses. Many people have been left with whatever they could carry out of their homes---if that.
If you'd like to donate food, clothing, time or money, here are organizations that have been assisting survivors.
Nappa Valley Community Foundation has a Fire Donation Page. If you want to send a donation to help the community, their mailing address is: 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2, Napa, California, 94558. They ask to please writee “Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo line. If you would prefer to donate online or any other means, please visit their site.
GoFundMe has an entire section set up under the umbrella term, "California Relief Fund." Go there and you can donate to zoos, business and families. Click here to view it all.
Live in the area? Vinters need volunteers. Fill out this form and get to work. Another way to help all the vinters--DRINK THEIR WINE! Purchasing a bottle of their wine does help them. And you can donate to food pantries in Napa County, Yuba County, and Sonoma County . Also in search of volunteers is the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Animals in need are being looked after by Wine Country Animal Lovers. Contact them to donate time, or money, or whatever you can spare. If you can foster a pet, please email Deassa@JamesonRescueRanch.org.
Nonprofits are sending aid, companies are donating profits—what you can do to help the survivors of Hurricane Maria.
From United for Puerto Rico
My friend Albert’s grandparents live in Puerto Rico. Elderly, frail and they, unfortunately both have the beginnings of dementia. Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, they’ve been without power. No power equals no phone contact. Via a stateside family and friends phone tree, Albert found out that another family friend living in Puerto Rico, has been able to check in on the couple. Little else can be done for them right now. Only 5% of the island has power. There is still flooding throughout the island, hospitals are down; in short it’s a mess.
Nonprofits, private individuals, small businesses and large corporations are sending aid and manpower to help the island’s citizens. Jennifer Lopez pledged to donate $1 million dollars to the relief effort. Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, actress Rosie Perez, Marc Antony, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks player J.J. Barea, and comic book legend Stan Lee are all coordinating efforts to raise money. Want to get involved and help your neighbor? Below is a list of nonprofits you can donate to, and another list of companies that will donate a portion of your sale to a nonprofit.
Nonprofits where you can donate or volunteer
The government of Puerto Rico created a power point presentation that lists all the different types of aid they need. It also lists emergency contact phone numbers and where you can directly donate to the government. United for Puerto Rico
Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are looking for donations and volunteers. UMCOR would love it if you could create relief kits, click here for more information, and how else you can help them. UNICEF is taking donations, click here to donate. One America Appeal created by presidents Bush, Obama, Carter, Bush and Clinton are accepting donations. You can also donate to All Hands Volunteers, Direct Relief, and Go Fund Me Hurricane Maria Want to make sure that the charity you’re going to donate is a real one? Visit Charity Navigator, they have profiles on many nonprofits.
Brands and small businesses who are donating
Sassy Lips is donating 30% of sales of their lipsticks to GlobalGiving. They’ll be donating until October 20th, so if you’re in the mood to buy a lippie, head on over to Sassy Lips.
Fox and Jane has salons in New York City, Colorado, and California. On Monday, October 9th they are throwing a fundraiser from 1 to 8pm. 100% of the proceeds from all blowouts and haircuts will be donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico .United for Puerto Rico provides aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria and is brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló
Created by writer and producer Leslie Zemeckis, spice up your emojis with Burliqji.
I think we're all over the dancing lady emoji. Let's get sassy and sophisticated with stylish burlesque emojis instead. Burliqji emojis, created by Leslie Zemeckis, who directed the Showtime documentary Behind the BurleyQ Burliq, wrote the Lili St. Cyr bio, Goddess of Love Incarnate, are definitely a step above the cartoons you're using now to illustrate your texts.
Dayum! Are they cool or what! Zemeckis stated in a press release, “The line includes dozens of emojis and GIFs drawn from my extensive collection of old photos and memorabilia, from dancers, to retro hairstyles to those pink tropical birds. It is a tongue-in-cheek line that continues to add inspiring images celebrating the countless performers whose lives and talent are indelibly linked to this alluring era of American pop culture.”
The emojis are currently available for iPhones and can be purchased here. If you ever wanted to have a personalized emoji made of yourself or give a personalized one as a gift, click here The Burlyq is the premiere burlesque site that has recipes, smooth moves to do at home, the aforementioned personalized emojis and more.
Actress Nicky Candice Ferguson rescued Marley from a busy street in Los Angeles. He needs medical help and a forever home.
Nicky Candice Ferguson was driving down a busy Los Angeles Street, when she spotted a small dog wandering in traffic. Ferguson, who recently lost her Labrador, Candice after 12 years together, pulled over to the side of the road in shock. Turning the car off, Ferguson leapt into traffic with one thought on her mind; rescue that dog.
The terrier, whose matted hair hid his face and his shape, snapped at Ferguson a few times. Weak and tired, he could barely keep struggling against her. Once she got the dog into the car, she poured food and water from her prep bag into a bowl for the dog to eat. He attempted to devour it all.
Ferguson was determined that this dog she scooped up from a busy street would live and thrive. She brought him home with the idea of taking him to a groomer and getting him to look healthier. Turned out groomers wouldn't take him without a vet's certificate that he had his shots. So, she decided to bathe him herself, then take him to the vet's. As she was cleaning him, she found that the dog had over 100 ticks attacking his body. Finally clean after 6 hours of de-ticking him, Ferguson took the poor dog to the vet.
I'm pasting the rest of the story from the GoFundme page.
"I bathed and trimmed him and took him to the vet the same day. He seems to have some issues going on with his back legs, we don't know what without further xrays. Also his teeth are in poor condition and he cannot eat hard kibble or treats so I've only been feeding him softer foods. He has a skin infection and on meds for that and pain killers for the legs as well. He's a terrier about 8-10 years old , 11 and half pounds and a very chill and mellow soul.
Unfortunately I can't keep him. Having lost my own dog, a sweet Golden Retriever of 12 years, just 9 weeks ago, I'm just not ready to take on the emotional and financial responsibility. But I am happy to love and foster him, while I try to find him a good home. I have also spent hours online searching through hundreds of photos to see if he belongs to anyone. He isn't chipped or neutered, but he is a very sweet dog with an easy temperament. Great with other animals too and is housebroken.
My goal is to raise enough to get him xrays, bloodwork and dental work, so it will be easier to find him a home. It will be more difficult to get him adopted if he has isssues. I'm praying as well that once tests are done, it won't reveal any further medical issues.
I have invested quite a bit from my own pocket but am not really in a financial position to do more. Whatever you can donate is helpful, and truly no amount is too small.
Your love and kindness is greatly appreciated."
Every day that Ferguson is with the dog, now named Marley is a better one for him. He is social and loving. He now sleeps through the night. He understands commands. However, he is in dire need of medical help and a forever home. Can you help him? If so, visit the GoFundme page.
This puzzel was created in honor of Fairtrade Fortnight (February 27-March 12).
Photo courtesy of Greggs
From February 27 through March 12 it's Fairtrade Fortnight. Created and organized by the Fairtrade Foundation, this two week celebration spotlights all things Fairtrade. Now most people drink coffee. And lots of coffee beans are Fairtrade beans. Companies in the United States that use Fairtrade beans are Allegro, Bean Fruit Coffee, Ghost Town Coffee Roasters, Anodyne, Dynamite Roasting Co., Kaldi's Coffee, La Cosecha, New Harvest Coffee, THX, One Village Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee Roasters, Bean Head Coffee, 20 Below Coffee, Grounds & Hounds Coffee, Kobrick Coffee, Gregory's Coffee, Starbucks, A & E Coffee Roastery and Tea, and Blue Bottle.
Yes, Fairtrade Fortnight does celebrate all things Fair Trade, but for now let's concentrate on coffee. See the above photo? That's actually a puzzle. It was created by Greggs. They're a UK chain of stores that serves up hot coffee among other things. And they created this puzzle.
“Every coffee bean we grind is 100% Fairtrade and each cup of coffee is made with our own unique blend of Arabica and Robusta beans which are slow-roasted to create a delicious full flavour.
“We are proud to be able to make a positive difference through our commitment to purchasing Fairtrade products and created this puzzle to get more people thinking about how their coffee is sourced.”Stated a Gregss spokesperson in a press release.
Somewhere hidden in the above puzzle is a bunch of coffee beans. Can you find them all? The answer is below the jump!
Is your city the best place to celebrate Valentine's Day?
We're inching closer to Valentine's Day. Have you stocked up on champagne, chocolates and candy hearts? Cities in the U.S. have so many different personalities, wouldn't you want to know if the place you live is the most romantic one to be in? Sure you do!
Redbox just released their list of the most romantic cities in America. They based their findings on which city's residents loved to rent romance and comedy movies. Some movies like Me Before You, The Choice and The Perfect Match were hot rentals. What exactly was their methodology?
"We pulled data on romantic movie rentals from U.S. cities to discover which markets were more inclined to look for love," said Ash Eldifrawi, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at Redbox. "The results give us light-hearted insights into where romance lives nationwide."
What city was number one last year? It was a tie between Columbus, Mississippi and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Below are the top twenty most romantic cities. They're ranked by romance and comedy movie rentals from 2016.
20. Bend, Oregon
19. Sioux City, Iowa
18. Spokane, Washington
17. Rapid City, South Dakota
16. Springfield, Missouri
15. Santa Barbara, California
14. Jackson, Tennessee
13. North Platte, Nebraska
12. St. Joseph, Missouri
11. Medford, Oregon
10. Fargo, North Dakota
9. Salisbury, Maryland
8. Lincoln, Nebraska
7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
6. Columbia, Missouri
5. Lake Charles, Louisiana
4. Fairbanks, Alaska
3. Sherman, Texas
2. Columbus, Missouri
1. Glendive, Montana
This year there were a ton of romantic and comedic movies; everything from Bad Moms, to Ghostbusters, to Southside With You and Bridget Jones's Baby. Have a friend who loves a good romantic movie? Want to give a Valentine's Day gift to a cool co-worker, mom or dad? You could give them a RedBox E-Gift. They can be emailed, or sent via text or Facebook.
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Wonder if you're spending too much or too little on Valentine's Day? Is you city the best or the worst to celebrate VDay?
Valentine's Day is coming up fast. It's a holiday that is fraught with anxiety. Did you spend too much? Did you spend too little? Is it too soon to buy them a present? What if they hate it? Yeah, VDAY can make you cray-cray.
Wallet Hub created a fun infographic that breaks down all sorts of interesting, fun facts about the day. From how much the average person spends to where's the best and the worst place in the U.S to celebrate the day. Now, this infographic might not help you find the perfect gift, but it will put a smile on your face. And hopefully, calm you down a bit.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore whose TV roles became role models for a generation of women has passed away.
Mary Tyler Moore, whose TV Show "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," became a touchstone for generations of women passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Moore played a young women entering the (then) male dominated world of television news. Throughout the series with a deft and light touch, the show and Moore's character brought to light the fight for equal pay and equal rights.
Longtime representative Mara Buxbaum in a press release stated, " "Today beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile." The actress at her home in Greenwhich, Connecticut of a pulmonary arrest due to pneumonia.
Moore's first came to prominence as Laura Petrie, former dancer turned housewife to star Dick Van Dyke, in his eponymously named show that ran from 1961 to 1966. That show earned her two Emmys.
Her own show debuted in 1970. Moore, as Mary Richards was a 30-something single woman news producer. With humor and grace, the series highlighted Richards strides and missteps at work and in her social life. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show' ran for six seasons and won a record 29 Emmys.
Richards character reflected the many changes of society at that time. Women were entering the workforce in droves. Armed with degrees, they wanted to be treated as equals in the workplace, to be hired in a position that reflected their qualifications and not toil or be stuck in the secretarial pool simply because they were women.
Richards became a feminist icon of the time. Keishin Armstrong, author of "Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show A Classic" stated in the New York Times, "She only wanted to play a great character. That character also happened to be single, female, over 30, professional, independent and not particularly obsessed with getting married. Mary had America facing such issues as equal pay, birth control and sexual independence way back in the 70s."
Here's Oprah telling Moore how much the show meant to her.
Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn Height. She and her parents, Marjorie and George Tyler Moore raised her and her two siblings (John and Elizabeth) in Flushing Queens. When she was eight-years-old, the family moved to Los Angeles.
When she was 17, she decided to become a dancer. She started her television career as a dancing elf in the Hotpoint appliance commercials that ran during the "Ozzie and Harriet Show" in the 50s. In 1955 she married Richard Carlton Meeker and soon became pregnant. Unable to conceal her pregnancy in the elf costume, Moore had to leave that job. Her next big television role was a receptionist in the "Richard Diamond:Private Detective" show. Only her legs were seen on screen. After that role she guest-starred on many TV shows of the day, before landing her role in the "Dick Van Dyk Show" as Laura Petrie. She and Meeker divorced in 1961, the same year the "Dick Van Dyk Show" premired and then married television executive Grant Tinker the following year.
In 1969, she and then husband Grant Tinker created Mary Tyler Moore Productions. That company not only produced "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," it also produced the spinoff series "Rhoda," "Lou Grant," "Phyllis" and other shows like "The Bob Newhart Show," "The White Shadow" and more.
Moore also had a thriving film and theater career. She had roles in "Thorougly Modern Millie," "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?" and got an Oscar nomination for her role in "Ordinary People.
More wrote two non fiction books, "After All" and "Growing Up Again, Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes."
Moore was a long time animal rights activist who worked with Farm Sanctuary. She was the International Chairman of the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
To see what was so magical about the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," here is the first episode in its entirety.
If this video of Mr Bean playing with a nativity scene can’t make you laugh….
The moment the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade ended, we were immediately inundated with holiday cheer. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads don’t count. It seemed as if a giant switch was pulled and everywhere you went, Christmas Carols were piped into stores and sometimes the streets. There’s only so many times you can hear I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause before you want to scream.
This is the season where you need irreverence. Mr Bean has always served up gentle irreverence in the very best way. This clip from one of the show’s Christmas episodes will give you a much-needed laugh. Have you ever seen a T Rex attempt to take over a Crèche? Nope? Okay then, you seriously must hit the play button.
Today, November 8, 2016 is Election Day. It's a historic moment in US history. Why? It's the first time we have a woman running for president. We also have a businessman with zero political experience also in the running for the White House.
Whether you're red or blue, vote. It's the most important thing you can do. We, American citizens, are fortunate to have the right to vote, to discuss and follow our politics without governmental influence or fear of reprisal.
The Constitution, which was ratified in 1789, clearly states, "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature."
The Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-Third, Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Sixth Amendments extend the right to all of America's citizens.
You have no excuse not to vote. Do it.
A truck laden with grenades barreled into a crowd of fireworks watchers in Nice, France on Bastille Day. Here's how you can help.
A group of citizens and tourists celebrated Bastille Day in Nice, France and watched the fireworks display. A semi-truck driven by a Tunisian-born, French citizen plowed into the crowd killing 84 people, many of them children. A woman at the event told France Info, "The lorry came zig-zagging along the street. We ran into a hotel and hid in the toilets with lots of people."
If your friends and loved ones traveled to Nice for the festivities and you wanted to touch base with them to see if they're okay, Facebook has turned on their Safety Check feature. Click here to use it. You can contact the French Red Cross, the US State Department and the UN has a Victims of Terrorist Support site.
If you want to donate to a French Aid nonprofit, here are a few to look at: French Red Cross, French Catholic Relief, and Give for France. Please remember to thoroughly research any organization before you donate to them. You might see something on social media, or find an email in your inbox. Check them out to make sure it's not a scam.
The 'This Is Me' singer has created a video that has been viewed over 3 million times.
- PJ Gach|
Prompted by the recent death of Philando Castile, Texas native Coffey Anderson and friends created a video to educate everyone on the protocols if you're stopped by the police.
How did Coffey learn what to do and what not to do if the blue lights start flashing at you when you're driving? Growing up in Banks, Texas, Coffey's father, a white correctional officer taught him how to use the skills in a world where prejudice is sadly rampant.
And Coffey's more than just a country singer whose January release, This Is Me was included in iTunes Top New Country Release. He's a motivational speaker, has appeared in Patricia Heaton Parties on the Food Network, and will begin a residency at the Texas State Fair on September 30 until October 6. The below video has been viewed over 30 million times on his Facebook page.
Last night a gunman opened fire at a club in Orlando; here's what you can do to help the victims.
Last night in Orlando, a gunmen fired into the crowd at the Pulse nightclub. According to CNN, the gunman, Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, started firing into the crowd around 2 am. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer has declared a state of emergency for the city.
This shooting is now the worst mass shooting in US history. Terry DeCarlo, head of the GLBT Center Of Central Florida, has opened up a crisis hotlines for the GLBTQ community. "We can't confirm — and I've talked extensively with the police department — that it was a direct hate crime against the LGBT community, it could have just been a person looking for a packed nightclub to go in and start shooting. We can't confirm that yet,"said DeCarlo to WMFE.
How can you help the victims and the families who have been horribly effected by this event? Equality Florida Action (EQF) has a listing of counseling centers, blood donation centers as well as a listing of candlelight vigils. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise monies for the victims and their families. Sadly they will have to deal with medical care and funeral costs. At this time, the GoFundMe account has raised $416,321 dollars. To learn more about the GoFundMe account or donate, please visit the site.