Is it the end of the road for paper maps?

Is it the end of the road for paper maps?

How many Millennials would be able to show you Denmark, for example, on a map?  Or tell you where the town or city they are travelling to is located?

With the latest incarnation of Google Maps, the user interface is intended to create a more personalized cartographic experience, tailored to a person’s searches and location.  It means that each map search now begins neatly in your specific location, and not at the scale of the city, the nation, or the world.

Unlike a paper map, with Google Maps I don’t have to look up my starting and arrival destinations. Nor do I have to commit to memory the order of places and landmarks along my intended route. The ubiquitous smartphones are simply brilliant in providing immediate intelligence on how to get from A to B, (provided you can work out which way to turn that blue arrow to check the direction you are walking in!)

Here at OMG HQ we find it rather sad that you may miss out on that park, lake, village, view because the satnav is so intent on taking you as quickly as possible to your destination, that you may not even know these places are nearby!  Of course an A3 lump of book on your lap is never going to be as easy as an electronic devise stuck to your dashboard, or if you are hiking for example and using a folded map, you will know that the art of folding them may have often been as challenging as the ability to read them (although we’d say, a lot more fun and interesting!).

Ordnance Survey is planning to end its policy of routinely printing paper maps covering the entire country. Instead, it will offer a service whereby people who do require a paper chart will have to order it, so that it can be printed off specially.

We love personally printed maps, and offer a range of map themed gifts as great ideas for commemorating, and remembering, a special place, be it a wedding, proposal, holiday, first kiss……..

Safe travels!

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Why is a bucket list called a bucket list?

Why is a bucket list called a bucket list?

“Bucket list”, or “things to do before you die” is possibly derived from the English idiom – ‘to kick the bucket’ which means ‘to die’. It is used as an informal way or as a slang and it is believed that the idiom comes from method of execution such as hanging…

We’ve been researching a ‘top 100 things to do before you die’ list and have come to the conclusion this is a very personal thing to do!  Some lists mention ‘raise a child’ or ‘buy a house’… whilst possible for some, out of reach for others, so here at OMG HQ we recommend you create your own Bucket List.

To help you with your journey, we have a fabulous set of Top 100 Bucket List scratch posters, to add a bit of fun along the way!  How many craft beers have your tried, how many cheeses have to tasted.  Take one of our challenges and mark your progress.  These are great gift ideas!

Click here on Top 100 Bucket List scratch posters to check out the range.

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Why do people wear watches any more?

Why do people wear watches any more?

It is not news to anyone that our use of the ubiquitous smartphone has usurped many of the functions once served solely by watches.

But Watches Are Still a Thing!  But why?

1. Watches are beyond doubt a fashion item.  For men, a watch may be the only piece of jewellery they wear. They are an accessory, particularly when you consider that the range of acceptable jewellery for a man is limited. Many men are only going to be seen with three main accessories – a nice watch, a stylish pair of cuff links, and a wedding ring.  A watch makes it easier for them to display their sense of style.

2. A quick glance at a watch is also a lot easier than digging your phone out of your bag every time you need a time check!  Fishing for a phone on regular occasions just to check the time looks desperate.

3. One of the big advantages of a watch – especially over a smartphone – is how long it can run for.  Many watches are made to either be self powered through motion or use a small amount of energy from a battery: years of maintenance free time-telling…..compare that to a smart phone’s 8 hours!

4. A wrist watch is more than a time-keeper. It is a symbol of tradition and history encased in a showpiece with extreme craftsmanship.  Some of us may be wearing a piece of art on our wrist!  Some watches can also be an investment.

5. Tradition. Women have been wearing watches since the early 1500s.  Yes, you heard that right, women wore wristwatches and men carried pocketwatches.

Here at Oh My Gift, we have a selection of affordable watches which you can turn into that quintessential gift, by personalising the back to make it a truly meaningful gift.  Click here to view our current range.

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Present Ideas for Grannies

Present Ideas for Grannies

‘Tis the season to decide on Christmas gifts for the youth-challenged members of your family. But what gift to give? Warm slippers?  A magazine subscription?  Yet another flower arrangement?

Our Grandmothers have a huge impact on our lives and it is so important to celebrate them! It may seem difficult to find the perfect gifts for Grandma when it seems like she already has everything she wants.

So What is a Good Gift for Grandma?

Feeling stumped when it comes to finding that perfect gift for the grandmother in your life? A lot of the time the right gifts for grandma show her cherished moments are never forgotten. The most treasured gifts are personal and thoughtful. For the type of grandmother who already has everything, our sentimental gifts can be customized to surprise and delight for years.

Helpful considerations:

  • Bear in mind where she lives and what space she has – there is no point buying a picture if her walls are already covered in frames.
  • Can a simple picture and handwritten memory do just as well as a physical gift? If so, be sure to add some flair, just to be fun.
  • Is there anything in grandma’s home that can be replaced with something more meaningful, but just as useful?
  • A good gift for grandmother could also be something that keeps her safe, cozy or busy.

The Christmas gifts Grandma will actually want

We all love to smile.

Give granny a memory, or capture a funny moment in your life – at OMG HQ we believe that personalised gifts show that extra degree of thought in choosing and buying a present for grandparents.  Whether it’s a picture of the little ones, or a funny ‘catch phrase’ printed on a gift, give something to give them a chuckle!

Gifts for Grandma | Present Ideas for Grandma

If you’re looking for Gifts for Grandma you’ve come to the right place. Grandparents are very special, wise and full of stories of their life and their experiences. Oh My Gift has a wonderful selection of Gifts for Her and Present Ideas for Grandma, Granny, Grandmother, Nan, Nanna – whatever you call yours, find her something special right here in our large selection of Gifts.   Great gifts for grandparents need to come from the heart and our gifts for grandparents collection is full of heartfelt treasures sure to make them smile!

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Colouring in for Adults…. Good for the Soul

Colouring in for Adults…. Good for the Soul

Forget about the idea that colouring books are for kids. In a busy world, increasingly dominated by time spent in front of screens, grown ups are turning to the soothing art of colouring in. But the books we’re talking about are not reminiscent of the freebie colouring sheets handed out at chain restaurants that we remember from our childhoods. These are intricately designed books, some created specifically to help you de-stress and focus the mind.

But does it work? Can we really find relief in colouring carefully in between the lines?

According to a director at the London Art Therapy Centre, “When choosing a colouring-in book with more complex or abstract images the convention is generally to keep different colours within different lines. This requires a relaxed focus where the outline is containing and the mark-making repetitive and smooth. So a bit like repeating a mantra where repetition is a means to relaxation, colouring-in is also a type of mediation.”

“Meditation, whether secular or otherwise, has known benefits to mind, body and spirit. When focusing deeply on a simple yet safe task, other anxieties become less present, less pervasive.”

Bearing that in mind(fulness), CLICK HERE for our pick of the best books, sure to get you feeling calm and relaxed after a stressful day.

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Don't be puzzled by today!

Don't be puzzled by today!

Don’t be puzzled by today. National Puzzle Day held every year on January 29th honours puzzles of all size, shape and form. Crossword puzzles are by far the most common. Sudoku, a number puzzle, is the most recent puzzle rage.

Puzzles are a favourite pastime of millions of people, young and old. So, what’s with this fascination over puzzles? For many, doing puzzles is fun; others simply like the challenge of graduating to evermore complex and difficult puzzle solving levels. Scientific studies show that completing puzzles produces a chemical known as dopamine in the brain, which is chiefly responsible for learning and memory. The production of this chemical increases in the brain at the time when it is engaged in solving the jigsaw puzzle.

The largest jigsaw puzzle ever produced contained 40,320 pieces and measured 22.3 feet long by 6.2 feet tall. While we at Oh My Gift have nothing so substantial at our store we do have jigsaw maps which can be personalised to a specific address, yours or for a friend or relative as a gift. You can check these out here

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Give the perfect gift for Mothers’ Day

Give the perfect gift for Mothers’ Day

No prior experience or qualifications required; salary is non-financial and hours are non-negotiable; no paid benefits; lifelong tenure.  Who would take a job like that?!

Mums are amazing aren’t they (we?!)? Who else would do your washing, cook you delicious Sunday dinners, pick you up every time you fall, be a constant shoulder to cry on and still fuss and worry about you long after you’ve grown up and left home?

A Mother’s love is a bond to celebrate, whether it’s for your actual mum, a friend who’s just become one, or someone who is ‘like a mum’ to you.  This Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank these remarkable ladies and treat them to something special.

Whilst in the ‘olden days’ a festival was organised for goddess mothers, (and who isn’t a ‘goddess mother’?!) we think today simply spending time with your mother and expressing your appreciation of all she does for you is perfect.  A gift is just a bonus.

Oh My Gift has picked what we consider the best gifts to buy, in a range of budgets, many customised to make it a truly personalised and thoughtful present.  CLICK here to see our Mother’s Day range.

Here’s to all of the mums out there. May we humbly say that you’re simply the #BESTMUMEVER. Thank you all for everything you do every day.

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What can I buy a grandfather for Fathers’ Day?

What can I buy a grandfather for Fathers’ Day?

Socks? No!

Mug? No no!

Pyjamas? No, no, no!

Seriously, when you get to grandpa age (whatever that is!) you seriously do not want the ‘obvious’ choices.  Mostly all us grandfathers want is a bit of your time, or an outing with the family.

But… having said that, unwrapping something special is really nice, and having something thoughtfully purchased is even nicer!  Personalised gifts are a spot on choice, (as long as it’s not mugs or socks 😊!)

Shop Oh My Gift’s excellent choice of personalised gifts for Dads of all ages by CLICKING HERE

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