Gifting Like A Pro – Tech To Love

Every kid is different. Some will want to stay inside all the day playing games, other will love to play with Hot Wheels, and others are climbing trees and making tree forts. They will make mistakes as they grow up and will fill your heart with pride from time to time. Some moments you will want to give them a firm telling off, other times you will want to pull your own hair out. But you know, a childhood is to be cherished at the same time. Here are three ways to help your kid cherish their youth more with some gifting ideas.

If your kid is a gamer, consider getting him or her something that fits in that world. For example, gaming gear such as RGB keyboards, headsets, mice and even mouse mats have taken a high flight the last few years. Sure, the RGB element is completely useless, but kids seems to really like it. As with many things there is a sliding scale on the price category side. You can get cheap gaming gear from Amazon that will do what it says on the tin. You can go all the way up to premium brands such as Razer that will give your kid ‘bragging’ rights. It’s really down to what fits the budget. And if budget allows, you can even go as far as getting a VR setup. Even on a budget you can simply gift credit for whatever gaming platform there are own, i.e. Microsoft store credit for Xbox gamers, PSN credit for PlayStation gamers or steam credit for PC gamers.

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If your kid is a less a gamer, but is completely into his or her vehicles, such as trains, planes and cars, consider getting a train set or a radio control (RC) vehicle. It’s a great way to connect to their interests and let it flourish by helping them imagine owning and driving one of these vehicles in real life one day. You will be surprised how good RC vehicles are nowadays, especially in terms of speed, control and battery life. You can find some of the best RC gear here. Start them with small, less powerful RC vehicles and work your way up to 4WD drift cars. Your kid might want to switch it up and go for planes and helicopters. Make sure you find to proper space to fly those RC vehicles though, a wide open field will do.

If your kid is truly an outdoorsy person, consider getting him or her an own tent, pro sleeping bag and backpack. All of the big outdoors brands will have a children’s range that will offer high quality outdoors equipment. It’s a great way for kids to learn the value of owning something and taking care of it. Deploying a tent properly but also packing it up the right way gets more value if they understand that it is their own tent. The idea they need to pack and carry their own essentials in their own backpack is a great way to teach self-sufficiency. Also care for their equipment such as hiking boots will instil lessons that will last a lifetime.

 

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Sporty Gift Ideas For Active Kids

I’m sure your kids are just like mine – always full of so much energy! Sometimes it might not make sense where they have gotten all this energy from! So, I’m sure you will spend quite a lot of your time thinking of how you can keep them entertained while also trying to use up as much of that high energy as possible. Well, there is one way you could do this – you just need to get them into sports! Once they find a sport that they love, they will be constantly active and will have a way to burn off all that excess steam.

A great way for you to get your kids into sport is to gift them one or two sporty presents when it’s their birthday or Christmas. Here are some great gift ideas to give you a better idea of the things you could get for them.

Their First Golf Club Set

Lots of dads are into golf. If you are too, then you might want to encourage your child to take up this great hobby by getting them their very first set of golf clubs for their birthday. If you take a look on a site like Rock Bottom Golf to see if you can find any great deals on golf club sets. If you aren’t too sure how your child will take to this sport, you might want to start off by buying them just a putter or driver so they can try to get to grips with the basics before seeing if they want to progress.

A Goal For The Garden

Are your kids really into soccer? Quite a few are as it’s so easy to get into – all you need is a soccer ball! If your kids love kicking a ball around in the backyard, you might want to think about treating them to a goal as well. They can then take it in turns to be the goalie and a striker, and can see who can score the most goals. Goals like this come in all different sizes so I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that fits into your garden.

Their Team’s Strip

Whether your child is into basketball, baseball, or soccer, I’m sure that they will already have their favorite team. This is who they will support through thick and thin! If you know who their favorite team is, you could buy them their own official jersey or complete strip. If you want to be sure to put a smile on your child’s face, you could even get their favorite player’s name put onto the back of the jersey or t-shirt. Then they can pretend to be their hero when they are playing the sport for themselves!

Tickets For A Big Game

Another great gift idea for sporty kids could be tickets to a big sporting game or event. This could be a league final or a championship match. No matter what kind of game or match you take them to, though, I’m sure they will have the time of their lives and will really enjoy soaking up the whole atmosphere. You’ll also be able to enjoy a large hot dog or a platter of nachos with them as well. They’ll certainly love the whole big-game experience!

A Trampoline

If your kids haven’t really decided which sport is going to be theirs just yet, you can still motivate them to be active. One great way to do this is to gift them an outdoor trampoline that can go in your garden. Whenever they have any pent-up energy to burn off, they’ll be able to bounce around on the trampoline for a while. You never know, this could inspire a passion for gymnastics!

 

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Some Training Sessions

Does your child tell you that they want to be a big sportstar when they are older? They won’t be able to hit the big time if they aren’t any good at their sport, so it’s they’ll need to start practicing and training. One way to motivate them to start training is to buy them some training sessions with a coach. This will give them a chance to hone their skills and improve in their favorite sport. They might even get scouted by a pro coach and could end up on a professional team when they are older. That will certainly be a dream come true for them!

Hopefully, one of these cool ideas sounds like the perfect sporty gift for your active child!

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How To Make Your ‘Dad Car’ Cool Again

When you have kids, the days of having a reasonably cool car are long over. Out are the sweet little two-seater sports cars, and it is in with the big wagons that carry kids and all the associated paraphernalia to school, daycare and the million sports and music clubs they all seem to have. We no longer go out for pleasure drives; instead, we become ‘dad’s taxi’, ferrying the kids around at their beck and call.

Does that mean we have to lose all our coolness though? Absolutely not! Our article looks at the few things you can put in or do to your ‘dad car’ to make it just a little bit cool and regain a little bit of your street cred. Read on!

 

Alloys

Even the most boring of cars can look a million times better with a set of shiny new alloys, and they are generally an inexpensive and safe way of funking up your vehicle. Visit your local car repair store – they should have a massive range for you to choose from, including matte, chrome and glossy styles. All you need to know is how big you need them and how cool you want them!

Dash cams

These are not just about making your car look good, but about keeping you and your family safe. Think about all of the videos you have seen on the internet where people have captured bad driving and crashes – often, this leads to prosecution or at the very least, gets you off the hook if you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Many insurance companies offer you a discount if you have fitted in your car. Check out Blackboxmycar for a vast range of dash cams for all kinds of needs.

Tinted windows

No, you can’t pimp your car out and have the front windows tinted because, in many places, it is illegal, but it’s okay to have the back windows done. In fact, you may find it a blessing in disguise if you have little ones in the back. They often like to nap right? Well, this will keep the back of the car darker and free from the glare of the sun.

Seat covers

Kids are messy: fact. No matter how hard you try, you will never avoid sticky fingers and crumbs all over the seats, and let’s not even get started on those toilet accidents and sickness bugs that young children are oh-so-prone to having in the most inconvenient of places. Protect your seats with a set of quality seat covers. Look for some that can be removed quickly and can be washed, prolonging the life of your car seats.

A quality sound system

Ok, so you are more likely to be found listening to the Moana soundtrack these days than Eminem, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have those tunes banging. Most standard car stereo systems are pretty low quality, so invest in a decent one for those family Disney sing-alongs!

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7 Easy Ways To Make Money Online

Need to make some extra cash? There are lots of ways to use the web to make some money on the side. Here are just seven of the simplest ways to make money online.

Sell your clutter

Many of us have unused possessions gathering dust in our home that other people would gladly pay for. This could include old clothes, inherited furniture, books, electronics and video games. Whilst you can take these items down to your local second hand shop and sell them to the owner, you can often make more money selling these items online. Amazon and Ebay are popular platforms for selling items second hand, although you will have to factor in the price of packaging and postage. Sites like Gumtree.com meanwhile can allow you to sell items to local buyers who can pick up the item from your home (this could save you the cost of delivery). When selling items online, always take photos and provide an honest description of the condition – if you rip off buyers by selling them items in poor condition, you could start getting some negative reviews on your seller profile, which will then affect your ability to sell using these sites in the future.

Answer surveys

Another simple way to make money is to answer online surveys. Many companies will pay online users to complete surveys as a form of market research. There are survey sites that compile all these surveys for you to pick and choose from. Generally, the longer and more niche the survey, the more well paid. Survey sites may only offer you the well-paid surveys once you’ve completed a few lower-paid surveys. It’s worth noting that not all sites pay in cash and some may prefer to pay in coupons.

Try online gambling

You can also make money through online gambling. By taking a strategic approach, you can maximise your chance of winning. For example, there are many free casino games and games that offer bonuses that you can find listed at sites like critiquesdecasino.com. You can also take a strategic approach to sports betting by taking advantage of free bets and trying matched betting.

Try peer to peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is ideal if you’re looking for an easy investment opportunity – unlike other money-making methods on this list, you won’t make a profit straight away. Peer-to-peer lending sites allow you to loan money to other users. These users then pay you back the money in instalments along with interest, which allows you to then make a return. The more you lend, the more interest you’ll make. It’s best to always use credible peer-to-peer lending sites so that you know you’re going to get your money back.

Make money searching the web

Did you know that you can make money simply by using search engines like Google and Bing? Sites like Qmee.com allow you to do this – by signing up to their services and allowing ads to feature next to search listing, you’ll be rewarded with small payments. If you spend lots of time online, this could be a great to make an extra bit of money on the side.

Get paid to write reviews

You can also get paid to write reviews. There are many companies out there willing to pay people to review their product for cash. If you own a blog, you may be able to charge people for these reviews, using sites like Fiverr to find people willing to pay. Alternatively, you can find reviews sites where you can contribute paid guest posts. On top of product reviews, you can also make money reviewing books, albums, games, apps and all other kinds of mediums.

Get paid royalties from photos

If photography is a keen hobby of yours, consider making money from some of your photos by sharing them on sites like ShutterStock.com. Such sites allow people to use your photos, but only by paying a royalty fee. There’s no guarantee that people will find your photo, but given that uploading a photo to these sites is easy, you may as well as try it and see what happens.

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