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The Top Five Back to School Gifts

It’s that time of year again. New year, fresh start. Out with the old, in with the new. So why not start off on the right foot? The back-to-school season can be especially exciting, nerve-racking and everything in between. Whether you have a little one starting nursery or a teen in middle school, the right gift can help ease the first day jitters. Besides, who wants a boring old apple and blue biros anyway? Here are a few ideas for your back-to-school shopping that are a little quirky and outside the traditional pencil box...

Personalised Bags

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Dad and Me Father’s Day Competition: Send Us a Selfie!

Here at GoneDigging, we love to celebrate dads and so for Father’s Day, we’re looking for a photo that sums up “Fatherly Love” in our #dadandme Father's Day competition. Remember that time he held you up on his shoulders and you accidentally dropped something on his head? Or when you went fishing together and got the line caught in a tree? Or perhaps the first time he let you steer the car as you sat on his lap? Or it might even be a snap of you and him on your wedding day. So go on; get out those silly, sweet, touching pics of you and your old man. Don’t have any to hand? Get snapping now and send us a selfie pronto! If you’re a dad yourself, then send us a selfie of you and your kid(s).

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50 Peculiar Rules Your Parents Set

Do you remember the house rules your parents set when you were young? You know, the typical “wash your hands before dinner”, “wash or dry the dishes after eating”, “no name calling”, and so on? While those were okay, others – namely the below – were a little (ahem) odd. We’ve trawled t’Internet for some of the most bizarre house rules from around the world that parents inflicted upon their poor kids. You’ve just gotta laugh...

  1. No drinks during dinner
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Royal Baby Name Inspiration Beyond Charlotte

What with the arrival of royal baby number two, keen royal enthusiasts will be interested to know all the British royal baby names throughout British history. If you’re seeking princess or prince baby names fitting for your future royal highness, inspired by royalty, be sure to have a gander at our jumbo list below stretching over 700 years of British royal history. We reckon even Wills and Kate will be impressed!

23 Royal Baby Girl Names

You’ll be amazed at the assortment of beautiful baby girl names up for grabs spanning high up the British royal family tree...

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Gift Ideas for Foodies and Cooks

Is there a kitchen fanatic in your life? Are you one yourself? Let us introduce you to our useful, beautiful and unusual foodie gifts, perfect for budding chefs and food lovers everywhere. After all, there’s nothing quite like pulling out a trusty mixing bowl or cheese board and thinking of that special someone who was kind enough to give it to you, right? If you’re on the lookout for pressies that’ll have someone thinking fondly of you as they blend the perfect cake mixture or cut their slice of pizza, look no further than the below gifts… we’ve gathered some of our favourite cook’s tools and food – each one is just as covetable and giftable…

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Trash the Dress Ideas

So, would you destroy your precious wedding frock all in the name of a photo shoot? Well, not many of us would, but the Trash the Dress trend is all the rage in the U.K. at the mo.

This latest trend in bridal photography hit the U.S. 10 years ago, in Las Vegas, where brides would deliberately wreck their beloved garb with water, paint, mud and even fire in a bid to prove their devotion to their newbie hubbies, since the dress could no longer be worn again.

The first UK photographer to capture the romantic ritual was Arran Tomlinson. This ritual of ruining a wedding dress on purpose soon after a couple’s big day is a loving tradition supposed to represent loyalty, as the ruined dress can never be worn again. What’s more, it’s big business for photographers.

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Royal Baby Name Predictions for 2015

Hurrah! For a second time, the UK is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new prince or princess. And, yet again, us Brits, not to mention the leading UK bookies, are hazarding guesses at what Wills and Kate will name its youngest addition to the British Royal Family.

While wholehearted royal watchers can have a flutter on the time and date of birth, gender and weight of the baby, it’s the baby’s name which attracts the keenest interest with UK bookies taking bets on everything from Ringo and Caledonia, to James and Elizabeth.

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World Book Night 2015

First celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011 on 5th March, World Book Night is the international day of celebrating books. In 2012, this day of celebration was shifted to 23rd April and was brought into being by Jamie Byng, MD of Canongate.

During a round table discussion at the Book Industry Conference in May 2010, it was agreed that grown-ups should read books a lot more. Julia Kingsford, who was head of the table at the time, is now World Book Night’s Chief Executive.

Taking inspiration from World Book Day, the notorious children’s reading celebration in the UK and Ireland, this night-time commemoration is for adults whereas the day is for kids.

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The Latest Arrivals Revealed...

Need something fresh and new in your life? We’ve gazillions of new gifts up for grabs, from Disney dolls to budgie signs and everything in between.  Here are some of our new arrivals below – we’re sure you’ll uncover a few things you didn’t realise you needed if you’re looking to treat yourself. Here’s what’s hot in terms of new gifts 2015...

Personalised Disney Cinderella, Snow White and Belle Dolls

Is there a little Disney devotee who adores the likes of Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, Cinderella and Snow White? Treat them to one of these super-sweet personalised dolls. All soft and cuddly, their dresses can be embroidered with your little one’s name – there’ll certainly be no mistaking who she belongs to.

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Tasty Treats to Tuck into Once Lent Is Over

What have you given up for Lent? Booze? Chocolate? Meat? Pizza? Chips? According to Twitter, the top category was ‘food’ and the top 10 things folk have given up this year are:

  1. School 6,280
  2. Chocolate 4,291
  3. Twitter 3,785
  4. Alcohol 3,208
  5. Social networking 3,090
  6. Swearing 2,884
  7. Soda 2,464
  8. Sweets 2,118
  9. Fast food 2,056
  10. Coffee 1,702

So, once you’ve finished depriving yourself of the things you love, here are 10 tasty treats you can devour as soon as Lent is over on Thursday 2nd April. After all, it’s nearly Easter, right?

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