How I Come Up With Gift Ideas

Tips for Finding Great Gifts!

Here’s a post I wrote waaay back during Christmas time. I never published it but just found it and think that it could really out some of you! It’s all about how I go about finding gifts and coming up with gift ideas.

It’s that time of year again, the one where we all turn our thoughts to what we can buy our loved ones, friends and family for Christmas. The shops are full of enticing goodies, and we save up our hard-earned money, so we can find something nice for everyone. The problem is, hasn’t it all been done before? Let’s face it: most presents, while perfectly acceptable, are highly unoriginal; we could even bring back the old cliché of getting a pair of socks of Grandma every year! So, what can you do to make your Christmas gifts interesting, memorable and – most important of all – welcome and appreciated? We’ve got some ideas to help you!

For a quick TLDR, I usually get gift ideas at EpicGifts, which is a great resource and the one I recommend!

1: Make it an Event – our first tip is that if you are struggling to buy a gift for ‘the person who has everything’, why not get them something that is not a wrapped-up present, but an experience? Think tickets to a show or exhibition, or even a tourism sightseeing rise that they would not think of buying themselves. For couples, what about a booking at a romantic restaurant, all on you? It’s a great idea, and one that will definitely be appreciated. This idea can also be used for kids, too.

2: Organise a Surprise – this is an idea that we think is a great one; why not organise a get-together of old friends, in a way that only you know who is coming? It’s a great way to bring a whole load of people together who would normally struggle to find the time, and a fabulous time to celebrate the festive season! Here are some surprise party ideas to get you started!

3: Think Outside the Box – if you do want to go down the traditional gift route, then why not try something a little different? If you think you know what your friends want, think again; have a look at their social media profiles, ask their friends, and get an idea of something they would appreciate that perhaps they don’t think you know about. It’s a nice touch, and makes for a very personal gift idea.

4: Think Needs, not Wants – perhaps you have a friend who is starting a new job in the new year, or moving home, or maybe getting married or engaged. Each of these events – and many more – brings certain things they will need to help them get by, and some of them they may not have thought of! A new briefcase, perhaps, or something for the house; make a list of the things you would need in that situation, and then take your inspiration from there. This tip is the one that helps me the most when I’m trying to find a present for my boyfriend.

5: Let Them Choose – this may sound obvious, but how often do you actually do it? Take your friends or family shopping, and let them choose what they want from you! You can always add a little more to the gift as a surprise element, but if you really want to make them happy, they know best what they want!

6: Make it Fun – our final suggestion is an obvious one again, but once more it is rarely carried out: don’t forget that Christmas is a time of enjoyment and celebration, so if you really do have friends who are difficult to buy for, don’t try and be serious. Buy them little gifts that are fun and frivolous, and keep things inexpensive, simple and yet enjoyable at the same time.

Christmas is a time when everyone is out to enjoy themselves, so don’t let that gift list worry you; have fun choosing and buying gifts for all that will be truly enjoyed.

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Why on Earth do I Play Airsoft?

Why do I Play Airsoft?

Airsoft, which is an amazing recreational sport, is played by an assortment of people for a few diverse factors. Airsoft guns are replicas of real firearms, but they fire small plastic pellets called BBs instead of actually ammunition.

In the 1970s, airsoft was created in Japan to be a recreational sport, but now a days it has some other uses. The first guns designed were spring powered and shot several sizes of rubber, aluminum or plastic BBs, but eventually it became a standard to use 6mm and 8mm plastic BBs. The spring guns eventually evolved into electric guns. As a result of this all the new manufacturers of firearms in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the airsoft guns began to be exported to the USA.

Main Reason – Meeting New People!

There are various reasons why people play airsoft. Some of the people that play airsoft are former and current military personnel and police officers. There are those that are very young and those that are adults. Also, people commonly play because they have a legitimate interest in military history, and some because they are engulfed in police tactics. But, the reason why all airsofters play is because it is extremely fun and as realistic simulation of a firefight as you can get (apart from military training or arguably paintball…but that’s another story).

I love me some guns!

Big thanks to Airsoft Gun Guy for this one. Their site really helped me figure out what I should be getting for my skill level and playstyle, and has good info on the different types. You can read their other blog here as well for more information. But I digress. There are a plethora of guns out there; they vary by type, what powers them, and by looks. Gas, spring, or electricity are what airsoft guns are powered by. Electricity is the most popular. Electric guns are usually referred to as AEGs (Automatic Electric Guns), and are battery operated. The most popular airsoft AEG is the M4, but other popular types of AEGs include the MP5, AK-47, M14, G36, and scar. There also are quite a few airsoft pistols and airsoft sniper rifles available in stores.

Airsoft guns can be as expensive as a thousand dollars if you are looking at a custom gun or a Systema, or they can be as cheap as a few dollars. There are a ton of airsoft guns available. You can chose by type, by what powers them, and by looks.

So whether you are an avid video gamer looking for realistic milsim experience, a military veteran looking to keep your combat skills fresh, or a survivalist who wants to be prepared for anything, airsoft is an ideal way to learn how to handle yourself in a firefight and have a ton of fun at the same time.

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A Review of the DXRacer Gaming Chair Series

DXRacer – How Good is it?

The market for gaming chairs is a competitive one with many different brands vying for custom. Gaming is huge business, with many thousands of people enjoying lengthy spells in front of a console or PC, so it is no surprise that chairs are also big business.

With such a broad choice to look at we decided to have a closer look at those from one of the leading brands; this is DXRacer, and they make some of the most popular and impressive gaming chairs available.

Why should you choose a DXRacer chair over all of the other possible options? Let’s have a look!

Why DXRacer?

There are many reasons why you should consider the DXRacer range of gaming chairs, not least the fact that this is the market-leading brand in this area. That gives you the peace of mind that you are getting a quality product, and one that has been designed and built by people who are well aware what gamers want.

The DXRacer range incorporates a wide variety of options, each of which is a chair offering excellent ergonomics, quality materials and all the functions and features you need for successful gaming. You can rely on this brand to provide you with the chair you need and, while they might not be the cheapest on the market, you are paying for expertise and a chair that will last you a long time.

Here are some of the features we like from the DXRacer range (you can read more in-depth reviews at www.DXRacerReviews.com):

Healthy Support – DXRacer understand that users of its chairs will likely be in one place for a long time, so each of the chairs is designed to offer maximum comfort where it is needed. This means your back and shoulders will be adequately supported, so you will not suffer from lumbar problems that can stem from sitting in one place for too long.

Durable – DXRacer chairs are made from durable steel frames covered in hard-wearing fabric, so you can be sure of getting a long life out of your chair. The chair is guaranteed not to lose its shape, so you will always get the same seating position.

Adjustable – you want to have a chair that is adjustable to your size and preferred position, especially when it comes to the armrests and the back. The DXRacer range is one of the best for this feature, and they have clearly thought very carefully about what is best for their clients. With fully adjustable armrests – and with some models, much more besides – this is a great selling point for the brand.

You also need to check out the size of the chair – DXRacer caters for bigger gamers as well as those of a standard size – and of course, the price will come into play, but we remain convinced that this is the best range of gaming chairs on the market right now in terms of the choice you have, so check them out now and see just how you can find the best gaming chair for you.

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Personal Blog from a Comic Book Lover

Welcome to BallyhooStories! This blog is the brainchild of me (Rowling). I am what some may call a nerd or a geek, but I think I’m just a girl who likes comics and movies! This blog will be about all things geeky; including gaming, movies and more. I will also be going over other topics as they come up in my life. I’m in college at the time of writing this so i’m sure there will be plenty to talk about!

I’ll also be accepting posts later on after I have built out the site to my liking, but not quite yet.

EDIT: Just redid my whole site and got a page about me up, so if you’d like to learn more about me you can check it out here!

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