Best Electrical Gifts to give for a Wedding Present

If someone you love is getting married and you’re looking for a gift for them, a great idea is something electrical that they want or need. Electrical gifts are ideal as they can be a frivolous option that the newlyweds are unlikely to fork out for themselves, or they can be practical and really helpful; and therefore will be greatly received.

We’ve put a list together of some great options for the best electrical gifts to give for a wedding present to hopefully help make your decision a little easier.  shutterstock 177662585 300x200 Best Electrical Gifts to give for a Wedding Present

A camera or camcorder 

The perfect option for capturing those precious newlywed moments; especially from their honeymoon! Choose a camera or a camcorder to help them shoot the magic. There’s a great camera buying guide here if you’re unsure where to start with this option, too. Don’t forget things like insurance and protective cases so they’re covered if they have any little accidents with it, especially whilst they’re away.

A tablet or e-reader 

Tablets are the must-have tech item of the moment, so help them keep up to date with a brand new one. Perfect for keeping in touch with home whilst they’re on their honeymoon amongst other amazing uses, tablets are great and will definitely come in handy for them. E-readers are great too and will come in really handy on the honeymoon.

Kettles or toasters

Especially if they’re only recently moving in together or are buying a new home, smaller kitchen electrical appliances are always appreciated as these can often be things that get pushed to the background in the hustle and bustle of buying a home. There’s a great selection of these as well as other things at the online electrical store Electric Shop that’s well worth checking out for great deals.

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Coffee or tea makers

Help them make perfect tea and coffee for those hectic newlywed mornings as they get back to normal life with a brand spanking new hi-tech coffee or tea maker. If you want to go one step further, you could always opt for things like a set of mugs to go with them too which is a nice little add on.

Food processors

These are a really great gift that are ideal for married life as again, it’s something they’re unlikely to splash out on themselves so they’re likely to really appreciate it, especially if they’re really into their food and cooking. Look at the different options available and think about what sort of things they like to eat and prepare, or just go for something completely different like a bread maker!

Home cinema systems 

Help make their house feel like a really great home with fab details like home cinema systems, from full-blown set ups if your budget allows, to one or two components such as speakers or DVD or blu-ray players. These will be perfect for those cosy nights in as they try and save some money whilst paying off the wedding and honeymoon!

Tips for Achieving Great Night Time Photography

If you’re into photography, you’ve no doubt thought about trying to get some shots at night. Night time photographs can be really incredible as they show a setting in a completely different manner and if done effectively, can be really striking, dramatic or simply just beautiful.

However, night time photography is one of the hardest types of photography to master. Therefore we’ve put some tips together to help you on your way!

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Know your setting

If you’ve got a particular location in mind for your shoot, it’s a good idea to get to grips with it as much as possible. Visit the spot in the day, at night and at dusk to really know it well, so that you can figure out the best places to aim your camera and so you can see exactly what you want to capture.

Plan the time of the shoot efficiently 

Depending on what time of the evening you opt for, you will achieve very different photos. Therefore it’s advisable to plan your shoot around the time of day to help you get the results you want. From dusk where the colours will be more prominent, to later in the evening where you may be reliant on artificial light, plan your session around the time of day and around the weather, too.

Know your camera and other equipment 

Understanding your camera is imperative for getting great snaps as you will need to be clued up on what settings to use and when, and what is possible with your camera (and other equipment pieces such as tripods and different lenses). There’s a great Wiki How page on understanding your digital SLR and if you look around, you’ll soon find similar articles for different cameras.

Get clued up on techniques

It would be pretty impossible to explain all of the techniques of night time photography in one paragraph, so it’s well worth checking out some articles on different techniques by professionals that have been tried and tested. There’s a fantastic article here that’s a good read.

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Practise makes perfect

There is no better way to master something than to keep giving it a go, so one of the best ways to improve and know your techniques is to keep trying! Get out there as much as possible and try lots of different locations, from rural landscapes to city sky lines to see what works for you and what you are best at. It’s a good idea to always be armed with your camera so that you can take a snap wherever you spot a good opportunity, too.

Look into editing your snaps

As well as mastering actually taking the pictures, it’s a good idea to look into ways of editing the finished result to make them even better, especially when it comes to night time snaps. There are some tips from Zippi here that talk about black and white photos which is a great way to go when it comes to night photography as the photos will look even more dramatic.

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Boom Boom Pow

“I definitely feel that you have bipolar disorder; we’ll try these drugs first but then it’s lithium therapy, call your GP for an appointment in a week, see you in six weeks. Bye.”

Being diagnosed with anything isn’t that nice, let’s face it. Even being handed a prescription for antibiotics is enough to make most people urgh because here’s to 3-7 days of swallowing down tablets and fighting infection from under a blanket on the sofa. No one wants to be told that they’re poorly. Certainly, we all hope that we will never be told that we’re really quite poorly/seriously ill/basically fucked/sorry you’re broken.

It wasn’t exactly my finest moment.

That’s it, me, likely for the rest of my life and certainly for the foreseeable.

I have all of the questions and none of the answers. I was told to read and to learn but I don’t know where to start unless I can borrow a book called ‘So You Have Bipolar 2 And You’re Shitting It; Read This For True Facts, No Bullshit And Total Honesty’ which, let’s face it, I probably can’t.

People keep telling me how GOOD it is that I have a diagnosis, how positive and hopeful the whole situation is and I know you mean well and I know that you probably don’t know what to say but that sort of makes me want to rip my own face off with unbridled frustration. One person said “It’s fucking shit but it will be okay, somehow, because it has to be” and that pretty much sums it up for me.

I don’t need lies or pretence. I don’t want to moan on and on but I don’t want to give up blogging just because I don’t fit anymore. I don’t want to campaign. I don’t want to become something just because I’m afflicted by it.

When I saw this card I admittedly did a little LOL. And I am not one to LOL.

Funny init? Controversial, maybe, but I’m all for the odd close to the bone remark said in the name humour.

But then they just had to be dicks about it didn’t they. HAHAHAHA THAT’S SO FUNNY WHAT AN ORIGINAL JOKE HOW CLEVER THIS IS HOW THE WORLD SEES ME NOW *collapses into sobs*

A juicy slice of narrow minded stigma little over 24 hours after diagnosis, really not what I needed to see. And no, I won’t feel differently in a few minutes BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS, KNOBHEADS.

So…what now? Ideas (no lies) on a postcard. Or controversial humour, you can send me that too.

 

 

 

Swings and Roundabouts

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The irony is, after three weeks spent in the depths of despair, in bed, surviving on nothing but air, having a heavy bout of textbook depression (I like to do things properly), I woke up on the morning of my assessment and felt…good. Anxiety was still prickling around the edges of everything but that’s okay I told myself, I’m bound to be anxious, it’s okay. Actually, everything is kind of okay and the world is doing that thing where it seems to slow down to an irritating pace andandand

It’s second nature for me to question my feelings now, all of them all of the time, because depression tells you Big Fat Lies and in the effort to feel marginally less shit and marginally more rational I have to ask myself if I am actually scared or sad or worthless or if my mind is just trying to convince me of those things. I’m never quite sure what’s real and what’s not so I live my life in a similar vein to how I read my horoscope; if its good I try to believe it, if it’s bad then whatevs universe you big fibber.

My point is, I could feel the rancid depression fog lifting. My bones weren’t made of stone any more, my head was no longer filled with concrete but instead nicely full of ideas and plans and inspiration…

Can you see where this is going?

I’m 29 and I drink too much tea and eat too much chocolate and smoke too many cigarettes, I love to take photos and read books and laugh until tears stream down my face and I have type 2 bipolar disorder.

Is it a big deal? It feels like a big deal.

Fucking hell…

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This is all new to me. I’m told I have to learn. MIND explain things better than I can manage right now so if you want to know more about bipolar then click on over here. I should probably have a read too…

Secrets

It’s 2:39am and I’m wide awake because the longer I shirk sleep, the further away tomorrow (today) will stay. (I know, I know.)

I’ve just deleted everything from my phone – how much space do you need iOS8? – and it made me cry. It made me cry because every single photo on there was a moment that I wanted to capture and even if now I can’t remember the reason behind it, at the time I wanted to keep it. Deleting is a disservice to that moment. There are, there was, over a years’ worth of photos crammed in there; from toddler to pre-schooler, selfies and seasides, majestic brick chimneys and skies and the moon. A bagel smothered in peanut butter…

It’s fairly safe to say that I’m over emotional and over tired and totally strung out and utterly fucking useless at asking for help.

I think that I wanted to breeze in here on Friday and lay it all out, matter of fact and with a massive full stop at the end because I would make it that simple.

Only it’s not, and I won’t.

You have all given me so much love and support over the last three years and what have I been doing? Yep, having a full on, full-blown email conversation with The Samaritans (who, by the way, have been completely amazing and if you ever need to talk to anyone about anything, talk to them).

This depression thing that smacked me in the face in 2011 was called postnatal. It had rhyme and reason and no rhyme or reason and it was medicated and, above all, it was transient. Because that’s what PND is, it knocks you to the ground and makes you start all over again but it has an end, the symptoms leave you and life can carry on.

Except, maybe, unless it’s a marker of something else. A symptom of something a bit more long lasting. Permanent in fact.

And that’s what I’m trying to deal with, before I even have any of the answers because that’s just how my brain works, my brain needs to know all of the things. What was once fleeting could be here to stay. More to the point, it could have marred the last god knows how many years of my life and that has thrown up so many existential questions I can’t even untangle one from another anymore.

Or maybe not. Maybe the nurse didn’t really mean it when he said that I could have been misdiagnosed, maybe they won’t listen to me at all tomorrow, maybe I’m not mad…maybe that photo I sobbed over meant nothing.

Think of me at 3:45pm, yeah?