Archive for December, 2013

Christmas gifts 2013: the best and worst

In less than two weeks, Christmas will be here and “gift anxiety” is increasingly being talked about.

Whether you are lovers of online shopping or of the more classic, traditional bricks and mortar Christmas shopping, the only way to win the “battle” of the gifts is to be one step ahead.

Looking on the web, we’ve found plenty of articles about finding the right Christmas gifts and we’ve decided to give you some top tips on getting through the next couple of weeks of total chaos.

Popular Christmas gifts 2013
Beyond the shadow of a doubt, technology and gadgets will be the winners of 2013, mainly because they’re both useful and enjoyable for the whole family. Tablets, cameras, smartphones, headphones and Mp3 players never seem to go out of fashion, and this year is no exception.

Clothing and shoes will keep tech gifts company under the tree, in second place as among the most desired products. In fact, 23% of all Christmas gifts in 2013 will be clothes and shoes.

Making up the rest is small gifts: simple things, but useful. So, for example, everything related to the home is always well received.

Not so popular Christmas gifts 2013
If it’s useful to know what the most desired gifts will be, it’s probably even juicier to find out what the most hated gifts this year are likely to be.

Beating off the competition are perfumes, aftershaves and toiletries in first place. It seems nobody wants to smell nice anymore.

In second place: generic “Christmas items”, such as candles, tablecloths and knick-knacks of dubious beauty.

Gloves, scarves and ties take third place easily, so, it’s best to steer clear of the accessories sections.

You can find plenty of Christmas gift ideas at Proporta.




Dress your phone for your personality this winter

Winter is one of the best times to “dress up” your phone and stand out from the crowd.
There are those who choose a Christmas look, or those who choose a more vibrant look (maybe to remember the past summer).

In short, we’re all making more of an effort to turn our devices into a kind of mirror that reflects our passions, moods or, even our memories with a new case or accessory.

If a cover is considered a functional item for most adults that protects their device, you could say that for young people (or teenagers) the iPhone case takes on a different role: it becomes a status symbol, an emblem to show to everyone.

It is fair to say that there are only a few main smartphone brands, so one of the only real ways to break out is to wrap your device with something that makes it unique and unmistakable… something that represents the owner.

For the self-conscious teen, we put together a short guide on which cases would suit even the most picky of personalities.

Do you love winter sports? Then there’s nothing better than Quiksilver and Roxy.


Looking for a cover that reflects your Christmas spirit?


Or maybe you’d prefer something a bit quirky?


Joules and Ted Baker are the ideal solutions for both girls and boys who love elegance without turning their phone into an antique.


If none of these options tickle your fancy, we have the perfect solution for all tastes:

Here, you can create your own protective cover for iPhone, Galaxy or iPad mini by uploading a photo or even your own design to customise your phone.

The tablet craze and kids

Everyone loves Christmas, especially children and young people who, let’s face it, are the real stars of this holiday.

Although games and clothes remain a popular choice for children, the advent of tablets has brought these devices to the top of the list for boys in particular.

In fact, analysts Ofgem, found the number of boys between 5 and 15 years old with a tablet increased from 7% to 26%. It also found that the number of children as young as 3-4 years old using a PC or a tablet at home is now at 28%.

The ease of use of these devices, as well as the countless number of applications ranging from games to study apps, makes them one of the most sought after products on the market for all age groups and purposes.

The other side of the coin shows the most negative aspects of these devices. Richard Graham, a leading British expert in dependence of technology, says that if a child spends too much time in front of a tablet, he/she could develop a strong dependency on tablet tecnology by age four.



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