Revealed: What We Actually Do with Our Unwanted Gifts

Regifting and Selling on Ebay: What We ACTUALLY Do With our Unwanted Gifts

1 in 5 cheeky Brits sticks their unwanted gifts on Ebay without the giver ever knowing.

That’s according to a new study from (, which surveyed 2,005 over 16s in the UK.

The same study reveals that many of us will pretend to like the gifts we’re given no matter how disappointed we may be. Just 8% of us have ever told someone we’re disappointed with a gift, while over a third of us have lied and the told the giver we like it when we really don’t.

But what are we actually doing with those unwanted presents?

– 1 in 5 Brits (rising to 1 in 4 if we look just at answers from female respondents) Ebays their gifts without the seller ever knowing.

– 1 in 3 of us simply keeps the gift and leaves it sitting in a cupboard unused/unworn

– Just short of 1 in 4 (23%) has rewrapped a gift and given it to someone else!

– 1 in 5 has returned or exchanged a gift without the giver ever knowing

And there’s a special mention to the (entrepreneurial?) 7% of the population that admits to having sold an unwanted gift on for more than it was worth.

Daniel Chabert Pfefferkorn, founder of, comments:

“The fact 1 in 5 Brits sells unwanted gifts on Ebay without the giver knowing is brilliant. And the fact that some even sell on for more than it’s worth is even better. Where are those people? I want to hire them!”

Avoiding Disappointment in the First Place – What Men and Women Really Want for Christmas

Of course, if you don’t want your gifts ending up on Ebay, then a bit of insight about what men and women really want for Christmas could be useful.’s survey identified that the most popular gifts amongst women (when asked, from a multiple choice list, which they would be happy to receive from their partner or spouse at Christmas) are the traditional ones:

– Jewellery tops the list (55% of women saying they’d be happy to receive it)

– Clothing is second with 48% approval

– A weekend break or holiday was a close third with 41%

– Chocolate got 42% of the vote

Men answered slightly differently:

– Clothing topped the list for men (40%)

– Footwear polled second (32%)

– Chocolate came in third (27%)

– Books came in 4th (23.70%)

For both men and women, traditional gifts trumped technology.

– Fewer than 9% of both men and women said they’d be happy to receive an ebook, a movie or TV download or a music download

– 28% of women and 24% of men would like to receive physical books

– 20% of adults in the UK would like to receive CDs

– 21% of women and 22% of men would like to receive DVDs

What We’re Spending
The survey also identified that Brits will give an average of 11 gifts each Christmas and will receive 7 in return.

And we’re spending varied amounts of different members of our family:

– We spend an average of £96.64 on gifts for our spouse or partner

– £24.56 on our best friend

– £49.30 on our Mum

– £40.65 on Dad

– £64.21 on an adult son

– £64.27 on an adult daughter

– £23.60 on Grandparents

About the Data
The data was acquired through Censuswide. We polled 2,005 people in the UK aged 16 and over between 1st and 4th October 2018.

You can find more detail at

A data spreadsheet is available at… and the raw data from Censuswide is available on request. Age, regional and gender breakdown for all questions available.

If you have any further requirements for comment, imagery or data, please contact or call 01457 873 426.

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Christmas Wish List Calendars

Give the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas with a calendar. Guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your chosen recipient and help them organise and plan the new year to come. Calendars are both a fun and practical present, perfect as a stocking filler or to place underneath the tree. Perhaps it’s a gift which has become tradition, which they love to receive every year? Or could it be a present for the person in your life who is tricky to buy for?

Whoever you’re indulging this year, leading high street retailer Ryman Stationery has a huge array of calendars and organisers to help your loved one stay prepared. There’s nothing precious about a discarded gift. Don’t fall victim to waste and ensure your presents go the distance. With 365 days of use, there’s nothing to tire of when unwrapping a calendar.

So, whether they are a Fortnite fanatic, busy mum or David Attenborough disciple, there’s something for everyone this Christmas. With only a few weeks to go until the big day, we’ve rounded up our favourite calendars and organisers to help bring a smile to their faces on December 25. Buy in store or order online by December 20 to ensure delivery of their wall’s new best friend and adorn their bedroom or kitchen to help them keep focused on and get excited for, 2019.


Since Fortnite was released in July 2017, the online shooter game has seen over 125 million players* fight for survival in an arena that makes the Hunger Games look like a pillow fight. Now you can keep up-to-date with one of the fastest-selling calendars, the Fortnite 2019 Wall Calendar (£9.99). Your favourite enthusiast will love seeing the top avatars from the game such as Rex, Wukong and Tomatohead, every day of the year. No screens required.

Know someone who is smitten over sea life? Why not indulge them with a stunning BBC Blue Planet II Wall Calendar 2019 (£8.99)? Perfect for any would-be marine biologist or zoologist, it’s a fantastic way to add some natural, awe-inspiring beauty to a home or office. No deep-sea diving equipment required.

For the Disney devotee in your life, wow them this Christmas with a Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Wall Calendar 2019 (£8.99). Each month brings to life a beautifully depicted Disney scene and includes the films Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. No magic carpet is needed to whizz through your most magical year yet.

Part of a farming family? Leave the wellies outside and bring a breath of fresh air indoors with this fabulous The Archers Wall Calendar 2019 (£8.99). Featuring twelve beautifully rural images of Britain’s countryside, it’s the ideal present for any farmhouse wall.

Keep it personal this Christmas. If you happen to house a resident artist, then this Johanna Basford Ivy and the Inky Butterfly Wall Calendar 2019 (£8.99) will make a wonderfully creative present. With the ability to colour in each month’s beautiful black and white drawings, this calendar will be as individual and unique as your loved one.

Potty over Harry Potter? Stay organised throughout your magical year with a Harry Potter Wall Calendar 2019 (£8.99). Featuring all of your most loved characters, you’ll be able to keep track of spells, dates and crucial reminders such as ‘re-pot the Mandrakes’ or ‘get broom serviced’!

Organisers and Planners

Got a green fingered goddess in the family? Leave the secateurs outside and treat her to one of these Garden Days Wall Planner Calendar 2019 (£8.99). Ideal for mum’s who need to stay organised amidst a busy 2019, it will not only help her stay on track on a chaotic schedule but makes a charming addition to any wall that she may choose to hang it from. No need for any compost.

For any Beatrix Potter lovers, this Peter Rabbit Weekly Desktop Planner (£8.00) will make a beautiful and thoughtful stocking filler. Ideal for taking to work or using in your study, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your desk to help you keep track of appointments, to-dos, birthdays and anniversaries. Just don’t let Mr McGregor catch you eating his lettuces!

For busy mum’s who need a helping hand staying organised, why not treat her to a Mums Fabric Household Wall Planner Calendar 2019 (£8.99)? Including a list pad, stickers and pen, your matriarch will have all the help she needs to stay prepared, prepped and polished. More time for a bit of ‘her’ time.

For your prince or princess who’s life isn’t complete without a unicorn, indulge them with one of these charming NPW Unicorn Weekly Desk Planner (£6.99). Including tear off sheets and stickers, their year is guaranteed to sparkle, just as they do.

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Channel your creativity this Christmas and let your imagination run wild. Give a gift which keeps on giving and provide hours of endless fun that gets their grey matter going. Arts and crafts, designing and building or playing music are wonderful ways to keep both big and small ones entertained during the holidays and allow for true self-expression through both an exciting and educational approach. It’s also a fabulous way to spend quality time together as a family and get them away from screens and technology.

It’s a long-established fact that participating in art of any form makes us all happier. The Teapot Trust children’s charity promotes a ‘Do Art’ campaign and uses art therapy as a way of helping young people cope with long term medical conditions. Laura Young, founder of The Teapot Trust said, “Creating art allows children to relax and focus their minds on a positive and rewarding task, relieving them of stresses and anxiety that they may be having to deal with on a daily basis”.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a gift guide to help you make the most out of your creative streak and help you choose the right items for you. High Street retailer Ryman Stationery offer a huge range of creative products to allow you to truly express yourself. Whether you’re an aspiring architect, potty about painting or a singing sensation, we’ve got the perfect present for you and your loved ones. The sky’s the limit.

Resident Artists

For a beautiful present that they will treasure for years to come, this Ryman Luxury Art Set 106 Piece (£19.99 reduced to half price £9.99) will make a wonderful keepsake to open on Christmas morning. Ideal for those with a passion for painting, it includes pastels, pencils and watercolours so you can treasure their works of art forever.

Encourage their artistic flair with this Tikk Tokk Euro Adjustable Art Easel (£41.99). Featuring a chalkboard, whiteboard, magnetic board and drawing board, your mini Monet can draw, write or paint to their heart’s content.

Bring a classic back this Christmas with The Original Spirograph Deluxe Set (£27.99). Create unique shapes and designs and let your design skills run wild.

Let’s Build

For budding engineers, the Knex Beginner Fun Building Set Assorted (£6.99 available online) is a perfect present to introduce little ones to designing and building. Suitable for ages 5-10, this set includes 10 different designs to alight the imagination and let their inner architect come out to play.

Suitable for both those new to the iconic little bricks or equally suitable for adding to an existing collection, the LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase (£14.99 available online) is the ideal parcel for placing under the tree. With an assortment of colours, shapes and sizes included, let your imagination soar and create a variety of objects. The handy carry case means little ones can take their LEGO creations with them wherever they venture, ideal for families on the move during the holidays.

The Connex Amazing Drawer Kit (£9.99 reduced to £6.99) allows children to build and create simultaneously. Put the machine together and once constructed, create a selection of 64 detailed spiral patterns to make your artwork pop.

Tangible Fun

For fun that you can literally get your hands on! The Elmers Make Your Own Slime Starter Pack (£14.99) is a child-friendly kit that includes everything required to make your own slime. Make with your very own goo-monsters and enjoy hours of squishy, slippery, slimy fun together.

If you prefer to keep the mess to a minimum, the Crazy Aarons Thinking Putty Illusion Super Scarab Mini Tin (£2.99) makes a fabulous stocking filler for the putty lover in your life. This holographic version comes in a shimmering metallic colour so will not only keep your hands entertained, but your eyes too! Create shapes, figurines or just enjoy the feeling of the putty between your fingers – perfect for little ones or even as a stress reliever for bigger kids!

Science Chic

Hawking hero-worshippers and aspiring astrologists will love unwrapping the Connex Space Roller Kit (£9.99 reduced to £6.99). Build a never-ending space circuit for hours of entertainment whilst simultaneously learning about the physics of black holes.

Passionate about the prehistoric? This Dinosaur Giant Activity Book (£3.99) is a gorgeous gift for little ones to encourages creativity, dexterity and coordination and is also packed with fun-facts, puzzles and activities, all focused on our reptile ancestors.

Musical Mania

Karaoke kings and queens will just love this Mi-Mic Karaoke Microphone Speaker (£29.99 reduced to £14.99 until November 30). Let them be the star of the show and encourage their singing skills in chorus. In a colour range of gold, grey and pink, there’s a shade to suit everyone and with 48 LED flashing lights, the spotlight is guaranteed to shine on you. Who knows where it might lead.

For aspiring musicians, give the gift of music this Christmas. Never again will piano practice be boring again with this Academy of Music Electric Keyboard 54 Key (£29.99 reduced to £14.99) and it’s a perfect way to introduce youngsters to the keyboard as it is designed with small hands in mind. With the ability to record and playback their musical creations, children can keep a record of their progress and tap into their talent. Roll over Beethoven!




















Greg Rutherford discovers whether he could make it as a rower

Greg Rutherford and Morgan Lake undertake rowing tests with SAS and British Rowing at th Sheriff’s Boathouse, Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake, England, 20th October

Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European long jump champion Greg Rutherford wowed British Rowing coaches recently when the 32-year-old tackled assessments that make up one of the most successful talent identification programmes in the country, World Class Start. He even broke a record for one of the tests.

World Class Start was responsible for 50 per cent of the rowing medallists at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and there was at least one graduate of the pathway programme in every medal-winning GB Rowing Team crew at Rio 2016. Now, British Rowing is working with its Official Analytics Partner, SAS, to enhance the world-renowned programme as part of a new data-driven project called Athlete Longitudinal Profiling.

Recently retired Rutherford, 32, and World Junior high jump and heptathlon champion, Morgan Lake, were invited to British Rowing’s state-of-the-art training venue in Caversham, Berkshire, to find out first-hand what it takes to experience some of the tests involved in World Class Start.

With British Rowing’s Moe Sbihi, Holly Hill and Sam Courty – all alumni of World Class Start – on hand to guide the jumpers through their tests, Greg and Morgan had a variety of measurements taken before getting into the more strenuous and grueling physical challenges.

No stranger to stepping outside of his comfort zone after appearing on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, Rutherford said: “I’ve found that rowing – a sport that I’ve never in my life considered – is a sport I’m actually not bad at, which is a fascinating thing for me to find out.

“Before we did anything else, we measured height and arm span and the first thing that was said was that I was 2cm shorter than what British Rowing would accept as the minimum for a rower, so from the first moment I started those dreams were dashed slightly.

“What was fascinating, as we went into the actual testing, was that I set a new record on the leg press machine, which shows that actually you can make it up in slightly different ways.”

The British long jump record holder (8.51m (+1.7 m/s)) was effusive in his support of British Rowing’s data-driven approach to enhancing its talent ID programme with Athlete Longitudinal Profiling aided by SAS. He said: “The approach British Rowing is taking is fantastic and I think it will open up a sport that predominantly people would assume is not for everybody, and I think that’s a wonderful thing.

“I think SAS’ data analytics could be used across all sports. As we modernise and actually get into the 21st century – because some sports really are stuck in the past – we’ll find that stat-driven training and development is something that could be really useful.”

Indoor Rowing
After the initial testing, Rutherford took to the rowing machine. A short film of his activity that he shared on Twitter caught the attention of four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent, who was full of praise for the first-time rower.…

Following the experience, Rutherford added: “The interesting thing with something like rowing, which is another thing I didn’t realise, is that there’s a whole competitive indoor scene on the ergos, and you can go out there and start rowing that way; so actually, if initially you don’t make it, there is still a good level of crossover from being able to go to a gym and train, which we don’t have in track and field.”

With the Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) less than two weeks away on Saturday 8 December 2018, British Rowing has extended the former Olympian an invitation to take part.

Kenny Baillie, British Rowing Director of Partnerships & Communications, said: “Greg’s performance at Caversham was phenomenal, particularly the leg press and then later, on the rowing machine. Although he rowed over a relatively short racing distance, he was competitive when up against some of our most senior athletes.

“After having Sir Bradley Wiggins competing at BRIC 2017, it would be a thrill to keep up the tradition of having Olympic gold medallists from non-rowing disciplines taking up the challenge.”

To watch how both Greg Rutherford and Morgan Lake got on, visit:

Find out more information about the partnership between SAS and British Rowing here:

Stigma still exists for children in care

A new ScotCen Panel attitudes survey has revealed that, while attitudes in Scotland to care experienced young people are generally very positive, some people still hold discriminatory attitudes.

The survey, commissioned by the Life Changes Trust and carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen), reports positively that the majority of people in Scotland feel that being in care ‘makes no difference’ to whether children behave well or badly (72%), or whether they are a good or bad influence on others (88%).

A majority also feel that being in care ‘makes no difference’ to whether a young person is more or less likely to get into trouble with the police (64%), or whether they make a good parent or not (83%).

However, over a third (35%) of people in Scotland do believe that children in care are more likely to get into trouble with the police and around a quarter (24%) believe that children in care are worse behaved than other children.

And while most people believe that ending up in care is not the fault of the child, a significant minority – 4 in 10 (42%) – think it is likely children are in care ‘because the parents can’t cope with their child’s behaviour’.

Heather Coady, Director of the Life Changes Trust Care Experienced Young People programme said: “When it comes to care experienced young people, there is a significant gap between public understanding and reality.

“We know that children and young people become involved with the care system when their parents are unable to provide adequate care or protection. Poverty, social exclusion, chronic unemployment, poor housing, and lack of community resources make it more likely that a family will come into contact with the care system. That’s the reality. But people often believe that children become involved in the care system because they are bad, or because of something they did. In fact, 88% of looked-after young people in Scotland entered the care system on care and protection grounds.

“It’s important that we recognise these gaps, because what the public thinks and feels about the care system and the young people who experience it matters hugely. Changes to policy and practice need public support to deliver lasting transformation.”

According to the research, around 6 in 10 (58%) people in Scotland know someone who has been in care, or have been in care themselves. Around a quarter (26%) of people have a friend who has been in care and 1 in 10 (10%) have a family member who has been in care.

This research is the first in Scotland to explore public attitudes to care experienced young people and it raises questions about the balance between people’s knowledge of the challenges that face care experienced young people and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.

This survey highlighted the following:


• Around 6 in 10 (58%) people in Scotland know someone who has been in care, or have experience of being in care themselves.
• Around a quarter (26%) of people in Scotland have a friend who has been in care.
• Around 1 in 10 have a job that involves working with people in care (12%) or have a colleague (11%) or a family member (10%) who has been in care.
• One in ten (10%) reported knowing ‘someone else’ who had been in care.

Opinions on why young people end up in care

• The most common perception of why children are in care is ‘because their parents are addicted to alcohol or drugs’, with over 7 in 10 (73%) believing this is a likely reason.
• Over half (54%) think it is likely that children are in care ‘because there is not enough government support for families’
• 4 in 10 (42%) think it is likely children are in care ‘because the parents can’t cope with their child’s behaviour’.
• People on the left of the political spectrum, in the lowest income group, and those living in the most deprived areas are the most likely to believe that ‘children are in care because there’s not enough government support for families’.

Attitudes towards care experienced young people

• The majority of people in Scotland feel that being in care ‘makes no difference’ to whether children behave well or badly (72%), or whether they are a good or bad influence on others (88%).
• A majority also feel that being in care ‘makes no difference’ to whether they are more or less likely to get into trouble with the police (64%), or whether they make a good parent or not (83%).
• However, over a third (35%) of people in Scotland do believe that children in care are more likely to get into trouble with the police and around a quarter (24%) believe that children in care are worse behaved than other children.

Attitudes to forming relationships with care experienced young people

• The majority of people (68%) feel happy for their children to form a friendship with care experienced young people (with around a quarter saying they would be neither be happy or unhappy).
• Similarly, almost 8 in 10 (79%) say that they would be happy if a close relative ‘married or formed a long-term relationship’ with someone who had spent most of their childhood in foster care.
• However, a smaller proportion (71%) say that they would be happy for a close relative of theirs to marry or form a long-term relationship with someone who has spent most of their childhood in a residential home.

The survey drew the following conclusions:

• While the majority of people in Scotland do not have negative views on care experienced young people, a significant minority do hold attitudes that might be deemed to be discriminatory or stigmatising.

• Negative attitudes can influence how people behave towards, or make decisions about, care experienced young people and adults. Such negative attitudes need to be challenged if people with care experience are going to be able to lead fulfilling lives free from stigma and discrimination.

Heather Coady added “Right now, the story people tell of care experienced people isn’t one of success. But it’s time we stopped looking at the negative and started to concentrate on the positive. Care experienced young people are just as likely to be talented, articulate, intelligent and full of potential as other young people, they may just need extra support to fulfil that potential. So it’s very important that we challenge negative stereotypes and instead look at ways to provide that extra support and to believe in young people. These issues need to stay on the public and political agenda so that we can create the best life possible for care experienced young people.”

Driverless vehicles will unleash a new industrial revolution – but we must address legal issues first

The legal and ethical implications of driverless vehicles threaten their development, new research from Université Paris-Saclay warns.

The two main issues that self-transport vehicles face are the protection of personal data and responsibility, says Professor Mélanie Clément-Fontaine, expert on the impact of AI and data on intellectual property and digital law.

If smart and autonomous machines have the capacity to be trained and make decisions independently, it requires those involved in the development and commercialisation of self-transport vehicles to build in security and ethics at the outset.

Thereby recognising that they must be prepared to accept legal liability for the quality of the technology they produce.

“Self-transport vehicles are the robots of tomorrow. Now that humankind stands on the threshold of an era when ever more sophisticated robots, bots, androids and other manifestations of AI seem poised to unleash a new industrial revolution – which is likely to leave no stratum of society untouched – it is vitally important for legislature to consider its legal and ethical implications and effects, without stifling innovation,” says Clément-Fontaine.

When the European Union introduced the right to be forgotten earlier this year, the link between the protection of personal data and private life was strengthened. Now the development of driverless vehicles must find its way in today’s increasingly challenging legal landscape.

These findings were published in the French journal Les Objets connectés; “Self-transport vehicles in the eye of the cyclone of reforms in robotics, personnel data and civil liberty”.


Three out of four patients diagnosed ‘too late’

Variations in lung cancer care ‘cannot be tolerated’ and many people face ‘unwarranted’ delays in treatment, says a new report published today (22 November 2018) by the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC).1

According to the report, just a quarter (27%) of lung cancer patients in England receive an early diagnosis (stage I or II) – and only around three quarters of lung cancer patients (72.6%) get treated within the current 62-day national cancer waiting time standard.1

“Three out of four people with lung cancer are diagnosed too late to be suitable for potentially curative treatment” says Professor Mick Peake (Chair), Clinical Director, Centre for Cancer Outcomes, Cancer Collaborative, UCLH and Chair of the UKLCC’s Clinical Advisory Group. “Unwarranted delays in treatment, even at the early stages, can allow a tumour to grow by just a few millimetres which can have a dramatic effect on someone’s chance of survival.”

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the UK for both men and women – with five-year survival rates consistently lagging behind many other countries in Europe. England currently ranks 26th out of 29 countries.3

Titled ‘Millimetres Matter’, the UKLCC report is calling for local cancer services to implement the National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway (NOLCP), an NHS England initiative which advocates a standardised care pathway for lung cancer patients, wherever they live, as well as faster access to diagnostic tests and treatment and reduced waiting times.4

The UKLCC believes putting the NOLCP into action, will help achieve its ambition of boosting five-year UK lung cancer survival to 25% by 2025.*

Patients diagnosed at the earliest stage of lung cancer are almost five times more likely to survive a year from diagnosis than those diagnosed in the later stages. 1

Currently, lung cancer patients in the UK are diagnosed with more advanced disease than many other countries and a third first reach specialist care following an emergency admission to hospital.5

Studies show there is a 16% increase in mortality if the time from lung cancer diagnosis to having surgery is more than 40 days – putting lives unnecessarily at risk.1

“A delayed diagnosis means patients having their worst fears dragged out, with thousands of people being left in an appalling state of limbo,” adds Richard Steyn, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon; Deputy Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Associate Professor, University of Warwick and Chair of the UKLCC. “Despite improvements, we are still failing patients in England and the rest of the UK. More must be done to address the poor lung cancer survival in this country. Therefore, it is imperative that all hospital trusts adopt the National Optimum Lung Cancer Pathway.”

In addition to urging adherence to the National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway, the UKLCC’s report sets out a series of practical, real-life examples and case studies of how NHS trusts are already implementing elements of the NOLCP. These include a centralised booking system for diagnostic tests; appointment of a treatment pathway coordinator; inter-trust lung cancer referrals and providing patient travel for long-distance hospital appointments.1

Family Board Games and Puzzles Reign Supreme

Christmas is a time for family. Spending quality time with loved ones is something we all wish we had more time for and we can often be guilty of neglecting traditions due to our fast-paced way of living and digital age. But this winter, why not move away from technology and invest in some wholesome and cheering entertainment to keep the whole family amused for hours?

With a growing school of thought thinking it best to move away from time spent in front of screens, classic products such as board games and puzzles can help you relax as a family and provide endless hours of entertainment. Addiction to gaming and the excessive use of smart phones, televisions and the web is now recognised by the World Health Organisation as a disorder, which can lead to stress and significant impairment in day-to-day functioning*.

With this in mind, never before has it been so significant for families to understand the importance of time spent away from screens and what better time to encourage both young and old alike to ditch their technology, than at Christmas? So rather than sitting down to watch a film together, sit down and interact over a game together. Compete with your cousins, side with your sister or ally with your auntie. After all, what better way to bond than over a board game?

This festive season keep spirits high by focusing on fun that the whole family can enjoy together. Ryman Stationery understand the importance of time spent with loved ones and have a huge range of games and puzzles to suit you and your nearest and dearest. So, whether you opt for a mind-boggling war of wits or favour a fun and light-hearted game of cards, there’s something to suit everyone this Christmas.

Fantastic Fantasy

Using our imagination allows young and old to be as creative as we might dare. For those of you who love fantasy lands, why not tap into your favourite characters with an interactive game and immerse yourself in their world?

Winter is coming. Play detective with this Game of Thrones  Cluedo (£22.99). Find clues and use your wit to discover ‘who dunnit’ in this modern twist of the classic investigative game. Could it be Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen or perhaps the Hound? Only time will tell.

Are you a joker like Joey or more of a Monica? Put your knowledge to the test with this Friends Edition Trivial Pursuit (£8.99) and discover who the true Friends fanatic of the family really is.

It’s the online video craze that has seen youngsters go mad over but coax them off their screens with this Fortnite Monopoly Board Game (£24.99) (while stocks last) instead. A far more family-friendly version of the popular fantasy game, claim locations, battle opponents and survive – the last player standing, wins. Just make sure to play fair!

Know your witches and wizards from your muggles? Are you a Gryffindor or Slytherin? Let the games begin with Harry Potter Scrabble (£26.99). Perfect for fans of the books and films, this version celebrates the wonderful and enchanted vocabulary from the magical world of Hogwarts and beyond.

For a sweet stocking filler, why not treat a loved one to this charming Roald Dahl Top Trumps Card Game (£4.99)? A fun and educational game for the whole family, compare your favourite characters to each other. Whether Matilda, James and his Giant Peach or Fantastic Mr Fox, this is perfect for playing at home or whilst travelling to see relatives.

Feeling Puzzled

Puzzles are a great way to create a calm and soothing environment. Christmas can be chaotic so making time to spend piecing together a puzzle is a fabulous way to unwind with the family.

Create an aura of mystery with this magical Fantastic Beasts 1000 Piece Puzzle (£12.99) (available instore). For every witch, wizard and beast amongst the family, to keep you all enthralled for hours.

Do you have a Disney fan in the family? The Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle Disney Vintage Movie Posters 1000 Pieces (£11.69) brings to life 60 years of fairy-tale Disney movie posters. Whether you are mad for Mickey Mouse or a grown-up Peter Pan, you’ll love creating your own work of art.

To ensure your work in progress is kept immaculate, why not add one of these Puzzle Mates Puzzle and Rolls Jigsaw Mat (£8.99) to your constructions? Both a perfect surface for creating jigsaws and a protective storage capability, this will ensure your puzzle is left in-tact and ready to complete when you come back to it. No missing pieces or broken parts in sight!

Family Classics

You just can’t beat a classic and family members of any age range will love these much-loved British boardgames. The perfect accompaniment to any Christmas gathering, to keep you all occupied for as long as you wish.

Fancy a challenge? This Boggle Classic Word Game (£8.09) will have opponents racing against the sand timer to find words out of the jumbled letters. Up, down, this way or that, how many will you find?

Got a competitive streak with your sibling that just won’t go away? Battle it out with this Guess Who Game (£14.39). Using yes or no answers, narrow down their mystery character – before they discover who you are!

Any doctors in the building? The Classic Operation Game (£18.89) is one of the earliest electronic board games and a true classic. Take it in turns to play at being surgeon and operate to cure the ailing patient. The Doc with the least mistakes, wins!

Stress Relievers

If it all gets a bit heated and competitiveness gets out of hand, some light-hearted entertainment should be at close quarters! Laughter is always the best medicine so ensure you relieve any family tension, so don’t let family squabbles get the better of you.

The Who in The Room Board Game (£11.69) is a hilarious party game to provide you and your family with hours of amusement. With over 300 entertaining questions, players can decide ‘who in the room’ would be best suited to the scenario or description asked.

For musical lovers, why not add some melodic notes to your entertainment to diffuse any strained relations? This Disney Play That Tune (£4.99 reduced to £2.70) puts you and your family to the test both in knowledge and musical skill! Take it in turns to play a tune, whilst your rival’s try and guess what it is. With 60 songs to choose from, you’ll have no difficulty in re-discovering the humour together.

And if all else fails, use the Whoopee Cushion Practical Joke (£1.99) to lighten any mood and alleviate the festive stress. It wasn’t me!

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Black Friday sales are a great opportunity to bag a bargain, particularly online. But while there are many Black Friday bargains to be had, cyber fraudsters also view this calendar event day as an opportunity for fraud.

More than 17 million Brits were hit by cybercrime in 2017. That said, there is no reason to avoid shopping online out of paranoia. Most stores and sellers are operated by legitimate businesses, however you should never become so comfortable with shopping online that you compromise your security through complacency.

Stay alert, observe safe shopping practices, and you will be able to enjoy the convenience and speed of Black Friday online sales without sacrificing safety. Cybersecurity company, BullGuard, has put together some useful tips that will help shoppers stay safe and avoid cyber criminals during the Black Friday sales.

Be alert for phishing mails
As Black Friday approaches cyber fraudsters get seriously busy crafting phishing emails. These emails are endlessly creative and claim to be from all sorts of organisations that you will know from well-known retailers, sports suppliers and even travel companies. The one thing they have in common is an offer that is too good to ignore. Except that’s exactly what you should do, ignore and delete them. The aim of the fraudsters is to get you to click on a link. If you do and go on to enter personal information to the website page you clicked through to, you will have just handed your information over to a fraudster.

Shop on websites that you trust
Well-known brands have a track record of trustworthiness. Whenever possible, buy from vendors you trust on sites that you trust. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try out a new site or store, but if you have the option to shop somewhere safe and familiar for the same prices, it’s a good idea to take it. It certainly makes life easier and removes uncertainty from the equation.

Check website security
It should be a golden rule that you avoid buying something from a website that doesn’t have ‘https’ at the start of the URL. The ‘s’ stands for secure and signifies encrypted data. You should also look for a green padlock in the browser bar as this also symbolises the same thing. If either of these things is missing, give the site a wide berth.

Poorly designed websites
If a website isn’t professionally designed, it might mean that the owner of the site isn’t a professional and could also be a scammer. Even if the vendor is well intentioned, the site could be compromised if the site design isn’t competent.

A well-designed website is usually a good sign when you’re shopping somewhere new. If you get a lot of pop-ups and cannot close them, it is best to stay away. Another red flag is when you navigate to a site that is difficult or impossible to navigate away from. It’s a good warning sign.

Beware of social media scams
Your email account isn’t the only place you can receive phishing messages. Customers are often targeted on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Scammers will often send a message that looks like it comes from the social media service itself, but the links in the message will take you to fake pages. Social media sites will never ask you for your user name and password in order to verify your account through a private message. Be very alert when you receive messages from unknown senders.

Be careful shopping online with mobile devices
When using a mobile device you can receive an abbreviated URL for a website. This can mislead buyers into phishing scams. For example, it is common to shorten URLs for display on sites like Twitter or even some shopping websites. However, since the URL is shortened it is impossible to know where you are being sent when you click the link.

You may also be tempted to shop on a public network, but these unsecured networks have security vulnerabilities. When using a mobile device make sure you are using a password protected network. On iPhones, secure networks will have a little padlock next to the network name when you connect. Other operating systems will have a similar technique for showing secure networks that you should note when shopping.

Use credit cards
Credit cards aren’t tied to your personal account so if you are unlucky enough to be defrauded the risk is minimised. Plus, credit card fraud, once it is proven, is often refundable. Debit cards on the other hand are not really covered. It’s largely up to your bank’s discretion as to whether they refund you. They are also tied to your bank account which could allow clever hackers to use your debit card details to plunder your account.

Use good online protection
This may seem as obvious as locking your front door when you leave home but you’d be surprised at the relatively large number of people who overlook this most fundamental cyber security step. Good internet security will negate many of the threats listed above. It flags up suspicious websites, malware that is hiding in emails, as well as keeping out a whole host of nasty viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other types of malware.

It always pays to be realistic when confronted with outrageously good offers such as flights to New York for under £30, an iPad for less than £50, the latest smartphone for £20, laptops for under £70 and so on. Online retailers are in the business of making money.

They don’t give stuff away; they assiduously watch what their competitors are doing to set their prices accordingly. As such they don’t throw goods at buyers; they carefully calculate their offers. They certainly don’t offer free money for simply redeeming a voucher as some Black Friday phishing ‘offers’ have claimed previously. So the more ‘outrageously’ good an online offer is the more likely that it’s a scam.