Gift Ideas for Bloggers

What gifts can you give to your blogging friends? What gifts would you like to receive? This gift wish list has essential items we bloggers need including many free things like plug-ins or tools. But it also includes splurge items bloggers don’t know they need until they get them. Leave a comment telling me what’s on your gift list for you and your blogging friends. Free Gifts for Bloggers 1. Gift your time. Make a recommendation to new bloggers or help them out. You could offer to help them set up their Facebook page or give them tips on how to get started on Twitter. Or if you’re clever with the techie stuff you could help install some plug-ins. If you’re time poor? It doesn’t take long to send someone an email saying: “Hey, I noticed you’re not on Twitter yet. I think you’d connect with some great people there. There are some great Twitter tips here to help you get started. Happy *insert celebration name here*!” I regularly recommend these to new bloggers: Twitter Facebook Google Analytics MailChimp – To manage your email subscribers. It’s currently free up for lists with up to 2,000 subscribers which should be enough for new bloggers then there’s a monthly charge after that. – A social media management tool that let’s you manage Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn from one dashboard. I love it, I use the pro version which saves me huge amounts of time for only $9.99 a month. Gmail – Get all your emails forwarded to one place and stored online so you never lose them free. Rapportive – It’s a free add-on to your Gmail account which shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox so you can immediately connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. Dropbox – Free automatic storage of all your file. Use it all the time! Evernote – Saves your ideas and allows you to input or access them from your computer and most mobile devices. 2. Free eBooks It’s the thought that counts. Just email them the book as a small gift with a message: “I thought you might like this eBook. Happy *insert celebration name here*!” Create Compelling Content Successfully: Click here to get the free report.  Blog Writing Magic Click here to get your free “Blog Writing Magic” eBook. It’s the thought that counts. Just email them the book as a small gift with a message or some beautiful love quotes. Essential Gifts for Bloggers 3. Web Hosting – Boring but essential. 4. Kindle  – My favorite since they first came out! 5. iPad or Surface Tablet –I have the Surface and it is brilliant for reading books, listening to podcasts and working on. I love taking notes on it then I can just copy and paste them into a draft blog post and share them fast. This has to be the best gift ever for bloggers who don’t already have one. 6. Web custom theme – Like Thesis, Headway, Genesis. We use the Genesis Theme for WordPress on this blog. 7. Books Two suggestions: Uncertainty by  Jonathan Fields which […]

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Tinggly Experience Gift Boxes – “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure”

It’s no secret we are big fans of experience gifts. There is nothing more memorable than gifting something they can experience and remember far after the holiday season. If you aren’t completely sure what your recipient has on that growing bucket list, enter, Tinggly — a way for them to “choose-their-own adventure.” With Tinggly, you choose a gift box and your loved ones get to choose from an entire collection of experiences. From a New York craft cocktail experience for 2 to a one night stay in a bubble hotel in France — they have experiences in over 100 locations around the world. Tinggly.com Tinggly is a partner of TheGiftInsider.com

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Creative Care Package Ideas and Printables

Loved ones can be scattered across the globe for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be there for them. Send them a thoughtful care package to bring happiness, love and memories all wrapped up in an adorable box. From college kids to military members, these care package ideas are sure to deliver something sweet to your long-distance loved one. We’ve included some unique printables to accompany your care package so you can dress up your gift for any occasion. They include box flap decorations that you can cut to size, fun tags to decorate with and matching stationery to write a heartfelt note. For college students For college students miles away from home, the second best thing to a visit from family is a surprise delivery in the mail. Care packages are a great way to send your love and let your college student know you’re thinking of them. Whether they’re a little homesick or under pressure during finals, these college care package ideas will send a little piece of home to comfort and encourage them. Feeling under the weather Catching a cold in college is hard to shake off, especially without mom there to make you feel better. Send medicine and feel-good items to your college student and let them know it’s okay to take a break to get some rest. Care package ideas: Cold and flu medicine Cough drops Tea Mug Microwavable soup Fuzzy socks Disinfecting wipes Thermometer Band-aids Tissues Hand sanitizer Surviving finals week Between spending hours in the library and attending study reviews after class, finals week causes a lot of stress for college kids. Sending a finals survival kit gives your college student a much-needed boost of energy and motivation to get through the week and finish strong. Care package ideas: Stress ball or fidget spinner Coffee (or a gift card to a coffee shop) Water bottle Healthy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, mixed nuts or trail mix Study supplies like notecards, highlighters, colored pens and sticky notes Candy and chocolate Chewing gum Stress relief candle Headphones Chapstick Housekeeping supplies Taking care of your own space with limited trips to the grocery store means frequently running out of common household items. Stock up your college student with some items they may forget to pick up and keep on hand. Care package ideas: Laundry detergent pods Clothing hangers Razors Body wash Toothbrushes Q-tips Sunscreen Lotion Scissors Lint roller Stain remover pen    

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