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Festive Facts

So you’ve bought the turkey, decorated the tree, put up the mistletoe and written all the Christmas cards. Ever stopped to wonder how these traditions began – where Santa Claus comes from, why we hang stockings and eat turkey? Here are a few facts to get you feeling especially festive this year...

Christmas Baubles

  • Santa Claus comes from a Dutch folk tale based on Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, who gave gifts on 6th December
  • As well as shortening the word, the ‘X’

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Win Our Favourite Christmas Presents!

Have you started your Christmas shopping? Stuck for ideas? Our superb selection of personalised gifts are a great place to start!

We’ve decided to make searching for the perfect Christmas gift really easy for you this year, we’re giving away five of our most popular personalised Christmas presents every day this week.

All you have to do is answer the festive question on the image correctly to enter our prize draw. Email your answers to ‘win@gonedigging.co.uk

Monday: A bottle of Personalised Christmas Champagne presented in a Luxury Red Gift Box

Personalised Christmas Champagne

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Festive Reads for Kids

Often, just before bed on the one magical eve of the year, an ideal Christmas book can make for the ideal way to soothe animated little ones off to the world of sugar plums and fairies. But they’re also perfect in the run up to the special day, not to mention the rest of December. Here are our top Christmas books, perfect for little ones this festive season. Grab a mince pie and read away...

Your Letter to Santa

Your Letter to Santa

This cute, rhyming festive kids’ book will take your little one on a magical journey to find out how their letter arrived at Santa’s house in the North Pole, then how he delivers the gifts to your child’s home. For an extra few pounds, you can get your mitts on the classic hardback version, which features a premium silk-finished hard cover. Even grown-ups will love reading this Christmassy number...

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The Top Toys & Accessories of the 80s, 90s & 00s

The Top Toys & Accessories of the 80s, 90s & 00s

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Bonfire Night on a Budget

Sure, we love Bonfire Night because of all the fireworks we get to see. But many of us forget the real reason 5th November came into being. Does Guy Fawkes ring a bell? You know, the bloke who tried (and failed!) to blow up the Houses of Parliament with his notorious Gunpowder Plot, way back in 1605... Remember? 

Bonfire

Nowadays, it’s become the norm for folks to create their own Guys to put on bonfires on 5th November. Making your own Guy Fawkes is much easier than you might think. In fact, it’s a great way to keep the kids occupied. Fancy having a go? Here’s GoneDigging’s official Guy guide...

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Halloween: Love It or Loathe It?

Everyone has a favourite and not-so-favourite occasion, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Christmas. For many, Halloween is a spooky, fun time of year; of carving pumpkins with the kids, watching scary movies, dressing up in creepy costumes and throwing fancy dress parties.

For others, Halloween is a depressing, confused medley of badly-behaved trick-or-treaters, mindless consumerism and gluttony. Quite frankly, many folk just want to hurl a pumpkin at it.

But – love it or loathe it – one thing’s for sure. You can’t avoid it. Halloween screams from every shop window. Turn on the TV, and you’re assaulted by annoying scary movies.

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Turning 50...

Turning 50 this year? Know someone who is? When someone (or you!) hits the big 5-0, it’s an incredibly exciting time. Christ – they’re reached half a century! So let's see who (and what!) is joining the half-century club in 2014 and what gifts you can get to welcome in their sixth decade...

What’s Turning 50 This Year

  • “Gravity” actress Sandra Bullock turned 50 on 26th July. The Oscar-winning star is one of many celebs and notables to turn 50 this year—along with Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Elle Macpherson, Michelle Obama, to name just a few
  • Roald Dahl’s classic children's tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about a poor boy’s tour through an eccentric candy maker’s magical factory, was published in the U.S. 50 years ago
  • The third single (and first major hit) “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks is famous for its sharp opening guitar riff
  • The 1964 movie Mary Poppins is 50 years old – now that’s more than a teaspoon of sugar!

Turning 50 – Top Picks

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Happy National Chocolate Week!

Did you know it’s National Chocolate Week? From 13th until 19th October 2014, National Chocolate Week is a time to quench your cocoa cravings, not to mention honour the amazing chocolatiers and producers who create the tasty, melty sweet stuff we love and crave every so often. Celebrating the humble chocolate in all its forms – from truffles, fountains and cakes to bars, boxes and drinks – National Chocolate Week is the perfect excuse to indulge in seven solid days of choccie nomming. When you’re next scoffing a Snickers or gobbling down a Galaxy, remember the below facts...

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Intriguing Chocolate Facts

National Chocolate Week is celebrated from the 13th to the 19th of October, and gives the nation the perfect excuse to celebrate and indulge in the delicious sweet stuff! We've sought out some intriguing chocolate facts which are sure to please any chocoholic.

Intriguing Chocolate Facts

 

 

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Turning 40...

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What’s Turning 40 This Year

Can you believe these things are turning 40 in 2014? Take a peek below to check out what (and who!) will be entering the fifth decade this year.

  • The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno and was initially dubbed the “Magic Cube”
  • With four kids and a flourishing fashion empire under her belt, ex Spice Girl Victoria Beckham certainly doesn’t show any signs of slowing at the ripe old age of 40
  • Famous for his witty lyric, “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes”, American rapper Nelly is turning the big 4-0 this year
  • The first Volkswagen Golf was first produced and manufactured by Volkswagen in 1974 as a replacement for the Beetle
  • Baileys Irish Cream, the cream-based whisky liqueur, was unveiled to the world in 1974 as the first Irish cream on the market
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II hit cinemas in 1974 and sits firmly as some of the best gangster films of all time

Turning 40 – Top picks

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