3 Reasons Why a Portable Photo Printer Makes a Great Holiday Gift

Here is an item that is making it’s way on to many people’s wish lists this Holiday season. The portable photo printer can be a great gift to give and to receive. Here are three reasons to consider giving this item as a gift this year…

1) It’s Affordable

You can find a portable photo printer for anywhere from $50 to $150, making it the perfect price range for a nice gift. This year, there are great deals to be found online and in stores on popular printers. Shopping holiday sales and looking for free shipping offers and coupons online can save you even more.

2) It’s Practical

These devices are very handy to have, especially on trips and Holidays. Sharing pictures can be done instantly and on the go, no matter where you are. This is a gift that would be appropriate for almost any age group on your list. They are ideal for family vacations, parents of small children, young adults, and even seniors because everyone likes to have instant access to their pictures. Today’s models are easy to use, plug-and-play out of the box so they are as simple to operate as a digital camera it’s self.

3) It’s Fun

This is a gift that can become part of the holiday it’s self. Make this year one to remember by giving a photo printer that can be used right then and there. Remember to include plenty of accessories like ink and paper and you will the tool that can create an instant memento to treasure and share.

As you can see, there are many reasons why a portable photo printer makes an ideal gift for many of the people on your list. Especially around the holidays, they serve many uses as well. By shopping savvy this holiday season, you can score a great deal on a nice unit and give a gift that will get plenty of use and appreciation.

Earth Savvy Ways To Keep The Joy In And The Waste Out of Your Christmas Holiday Celebration

Here we are again in the midst of the Christmas holiday season and the rush is on for the right gifts, festive decorations for the home, food for the holiday table, and outfits for holiday parties. It is also the time of year for countless published statistics on holiday waste, along with articles and snippets about keeping the Christmas holiday green. So at the expense of sounding mundane, keeping Christmas green lessens the negative impact on our environment and provides a positive example for those loving Christmas the most… children. Keeping an eco-friendly balance on the Christmas holiday season doesn’t have to take the joy out of the celebrations and shouldn’t take much effort to accomplish.

A large portion of holiday waste is product packaging. Opting to buy local greatly decreases the amount of packaging needed. Shopping your local stores with re-usable bags eliminates the use of plastic bags or paper bags otherwise needed to get items home. One step better is to use your re-usable bags and shop a local farmer’s market or craft fairs as chosen items are not in commercial packaging. Gift wrapping too is a consideration in excessive product packing. Rather than wrapping gifts in newly purchased gift wrap, opt for no wrappings and just tie up with natural hemp or flax string, pop in a re-usable bag, or use items around the house that can be recycled. Pieces of fabric like old sheets or pillow cases, newsprint, or old maps, decorated with items like old buttons or ribbon, make interesting gift wrap and support the effort of saving our forests. Plus, kids are so creative and will have fun making their own wrappings. If wrappings are bought, purchase from an eco-friendly store wrapping paper made from recycled paper or sustainable fibers such as hemp.

Plastic has a huge negative impact on the environment and the more we can keep out of landfills the better. Avoid Christmas decorations and gifts made from new plastic or that use any kind of petroleum. There are many more eco-friendly options available. Decorating with ornaments made from recycled paper embedded with wildflower seeds can be planted after the holidays; holiday eco home decor like recycled glass serving trays and dishes add elegance to holiday entertaining while eliminating stress to the environment resulting from new glass production; natural fragrance soy wax candles avoid petroleum, support the American Farmer, and bring a soft holiday glow to any room. Already in possession of a lot of holiday stuff? Don’t toss it just to buy new! Instead get creative and re-use or up-cycle.

Gift giving is the fun part of the holiday season and if you choose wisely you can keep it earth friendly. BPA free recycled plastic toys will bring delight to any child while being safe for their health and the health of the environment; garden boxes with seed paper to plant after the holidays, or live plants, add natural life to outdoor and indoor spaces; and natural skin care products void of the chemicals and preservatives that contaminate waterways, are perfect earth savvy gifts. Consider too, holiday gift giving doesn’t have to be about things, it can be a certificate for an outing or get together, or a promise to help with a chore.

Nothing seems to be in more overabundance during the holidays than food. It is a large part of the holiday season and provides comfort and enjoyment as we sit with family and friends. Take an account of past holiday feasts and you’re sure to admit you can reduce the amount of food on your menu. Fruit, bread, and dairy products are the most common items that get thrown out, so these are a good place to start. If you find that once again you have made an entirely too much food, take it to a food shelter! Feeding the hungry is soul warming, especially during the holiday season, and sets a good example for children. Scraps left from plates can be used to feed animals or added to the compost pile. When shopping for your holiday meal, remember to buy local to avoid excessive packaging, cut down on shipping and fuel costs, and support your local farmers. And for goodness sake, re-usable tableware is the way to go to keep things eco-friendly with the added benefit of a shared family activity… dish duty!

Putting on ‘the Ritz’ is a fun part of the holiday season, but fast fashion items do so much damage to the environment and in many cases are not considerate of workers. Responsible fashion items that are Fair Trade, made from organic and sustainable fibers, or are recycled or up-cycled are considerate of our delicate environment and factory workers. Organic growing methods prohibit the use of any chemicals providing a pure product for consumers with no damage to the environment. Fair Trade items take into account the workers and assure factory conditions are up to par and fair wages are received. For eco-friendly holiday fashions, shop consignment stores for recycled fashions, hold clothes swaps, or re-work a fashion from your closet to minimize negative environmental impact. If not handy, on-line stores offering organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo clothing from green manufactures are the best place to shop holiday fashions. Adhering to green standards for manufacturing, packaging, and shipping, the offered products have a lower carbon footprint.

The Christmas holiday season is a joyous time to spend with family and friends. Just a little bit of thought and consideration toward reducing waste, lowering your carbon footprint, and giving to those less fortunate, sets a good example for children and reduces the negative impact on our environment. So this holiday season as you rush around for decorations, holiday gifts, and party attire, pause to give thought on how lucky we are to have all that Mother Nature offers and plan to put in a little effort to keep it green.

The Dubai Shopping Festival

Every winter, Dubai takes shopping to the next level with the Dubai Shopping Festival. From mid January to mid February, millions of shopaholics, bargain hunters and holidaymakers descend on the elaborate emirate as it buzzes with a colossal array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks, entertainment and more. If you are after the ultimate break, then Dubai during the festival is the destination for you.

The Dubai Shopping Festival was launched in 1996 as a government-led initiative to revitalize the retail trade, but it has now become one of the world’s most famous shopping festivals. Every year, the month-long festival gets bigger and more spectacular than the last, attracting shoppers and holidaymakers from all over the globe. A mega 3.35 million visitors came to Dubai for the most recent event, lured by the massive discounts on already tax-free shopping as well as the competitions, entertainment and festivities.

The festival kicks off with an extravagant opening ceremony, with fireworks and light shows taking place over Dubai Creek and continuing to light Dubai’s skies throughout the festival.

Bargain hunters will be in heaven at the Dubai Shopping Festival with massive discounts on any product you can think of including gold, Dubai’s signature product, major designer fashion labels, electronics, cars and more. There are also hundreds of competitions run throughout the festival, with prizes running into the millions. The 2012 festival includes a Mega Raffle whereby every day of the festival one lucky shopper wins a luxury Infinite QX56 SUV costing AED 350,000 plus AED 100,000.

As well as the incredible discounts and retail competitions that are run during the Dubai Shopping Festival, the entertainment throughout the city is another major draw-card for tourists. Music concerts, street performers, fashion shows, film festivals, cultural events and more fill the city centre streets and malls. Family entertainment is big business during the Dubai Shopping Festival with a host of attractions popping up in Dubai’s parks including a mini fun fair, World of Ice, Flower Garden, helicopter tours, space ship, Spiderman zone, remote control boats and much more.

On top of the excitements of the shopping festival, the city of Dubai itself offers plenty of fascinating sights and interesting things to do outside the realm of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Visitors can head to the Bastakia Quarter for a taste of traditional Dubai, marvel at the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest hotel, play a round of golf at Dubai’s world-class courses or go on a desert safari just outside the city limits to mention just a few.

With regular flights to Dubai from most UK international airports plus plenty of great city centre accommodation options, a shopping break in Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival is a fantastic, doable shopping break.

Whatever you choose to do, a city break in Dubai is an experience unlike any other and if you are after a shopping holiday, then Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival is the ultimate destination.

The Benefits of Holiday Travel Insurance

Tourism is a growing industry worldwide. So are undesirable things like terrorism, flight crashes, accidents, wars, disease, natural calamities etc. Any experienced traveler can tell you that travel is full of uncertainties. But it is not possible to sit at home afraid of calamities. Holiday travel insurance is one way of mitigating the financial risk of such unforeseen events or calamities.

There are a variety of holiday travel insurance policies available today on the internet or the market. It is easy to get confused with so many offers. However most holiday travel insurance policies have certain basic benefits which are common. Holiday travel insurance policies usually provide coverage for:

Trip cancellation/interruptions. Trip cancellation/interruptions due to a variety of reasons like death of an immediate family member, weather, sudden illness, bankruptcy of airliner, jury duty, terrorist activities etc.

Medical costs. Costs incurred for doctor visits, medicines, treatment, surgery etc and some policies even provide coverage for costs of medical evacuation to nearest medical facility.

Accidents. Accidents or calamities like earthquakes, tsunami, storms etc and the related costs. Some policies also provide vehicle accident costs. These are especially useful when going for a driving holiday to a foreign country. Most of your regular policies for auto insurance only provide insurance within the United States and do not provide for accidents out of the US.

Baggage Loss. Costs incurred for loss of baggage and valuable is also covered by most travel insurance policies. These are especially useful when going out for a shopping holiday for antiques, valuables, jewelry or electronics.

All the above-mentioned costs are borne by the travel insurance company depending upon the travel insurance policy. Before purchasing the policy read the fine print carefully, especially the parts covering, deductibles, co-insurance, specific limits, exclusions, hotline numbers and emergency services. Purchasing a policy for a family works out cheaper. Purchasing a policy online also works out cheaper as you do not have to pay for the insurance agent.