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Fun Things to do this Summer when it’s Raining!

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Looking for more activities to do this summer holidays, we’ve come up with a few more to keep the kid’s busy for hours!

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When the British summer fails you, and its pouring outside we’ve got some fun activities to save the afternoon!

Header - Hide and seekThis game is more fun when it’s getting dark outside or it’s a really dull day. 

1. Close all the curtains and blinds, try to make it as dark as possible
2. Draw straws to see you will be the Seeker, give the chosen Seeker a timer
3. Set the timer for 3 minutes
4. While the Timer is counting down, Hiders go HIDE!
5. After the Timer is up Seeker go find the Hiders!

 

Header - fortThis will really get your imagination going! Get ready to build your own fort!

1. Collect all the blankets, duvets and cushions you have
2. Think about how big you want your fort, so that you select the best room to build it in
3. Use a sofa, chairs or tables as the base support.
4. Now all you have to do is get building! (Using an assortment of blankets, duvets, cushions, fairy lights etc)
5. Now your awesome fort is assembled it’s ready to become your castle!

 

Header - Treasure Hunt

This is a really exciting game that can last for hours, with the little pirates trying to capture their lost treasure!

1. Firstly choose a worthy treasure (ie. chocolates, water gun, bubbles etc)
2. Create a map of the house using lots of different colours and materials (make it come to life!)
3. Hide the treasure where no one will find it (well hopefully they will eventually!)
4. Place clues around your house (ie. riddles, puns, anything to help the little pirates find their treasure)
5. Little pirates get finding!

 

Header - contestThis can be a singing content or an anything goes kind of contest!

1. Create a stage, this could be anything, any open space in your home
2. Select the judges and think about how you want to set the contest up (ie. do you want different rounds, is it a singing content or is it anything goes)
3. Chose a worthy prize
4. Talent contestants pick your talent!
5. Contestants get performing and best of luck!

 

If your looking for more activities check out our other blog post Fun Things to do this Summer!

Fun things to do with the kids this summer

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Summer Activities- final 11

Here are some activities to make the summer holidays more fun!

Header - MUG

  1. Draw your design (two drawings for the front of the mug and the back)
  2. Scan your drawings
  3. Go to our website and upload your scanned drawing, following the instructions to place your order (don’t forget to use the discount code SUMMER15!)
  4. Enjoy your very own designed mug

 Header - Puppets

 

  1. Draw your puppet character
  2. Cut out your character
  3. Draw around the edge of your character onto cardboard. This will make your paper puppet stronger!
  4. Stick the cardboard and paper together
  5. Wait 15 minutes for the glue to dry (in this time you could repeat the above steps to create more puppets!)
  6. Get a straw, using sticky tape attached it to the back of your character(on the cardboard)
  7. You are ready to put on your play!

Header - Board Games

  1. Decide what type of game you would like to play (maybe your own version of Checkers/ or a new game all together!)
  2. Set out how many players you need for your game
  3. Layout out the rules for your game (so decided how someone can win your game)
  4. Draft your game out on a piece of paper (so you know it will work!)
  5. Get a big piece of card to create your board (Use whatever materials you have, felt tips, crayons, glitter, paint – whatever you like).
  6. You are ready to play your game!

Header- Scrapbook

  1. Collect all the memories you have (photo’s, cinema tickets, music tickets, bus stubs, certificates, medals, birthday cards, Christmas cards – anything with a memory attached to it!)
  2. Gather all your materials (glitter, paint, felt tips, crayons, tissue paper, coloured paper)
  3. Think about how you want to lay it out in your book (do you want to order it chronologically? or a memory book for this summer!)
  4. Get sticking, painting, drawing, glittering!
  5. From time to time add more to it.

 

Have you tried out any of our fun activities? We’d love to hear how it’s gone. Tweet us on @printster_uk.

Not Another Apple

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It’s that time of year again, where you have to find the perfect present for your little one’s school teacher. Every year it’s the same mad dash to the supermarket to buy chocolates, a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers in the middle of the school run on the last day of term.

This year it could be different…

We are here to help you pick the perfect personalised present, you will be sure to find an A+ gift that will send your child to the top of the class (maybe not literally).

Our Top 5 Picks

5. Engraved Paperweight Star

Printster, Engraved Paperweight, Star

Engraved Paperweight Star – £19.99

4. Personalised Blackboard Mug

 

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Personalised Blackboard Mug – £6.99

3.Personalised Chocolate

Personalised chocolate, gift, sweets, teacher,

Personalised Chocolate – £5.99

2. “Top Teacher” Apple Message Mug

 

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“Top Teacher” Apple Message Mug – £6.99

1. Mr Scribble Name Mug / Mrs Scribble Name Mug

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Mr Scribble Name Mug / Mrs Scribble Name Mug – £6.99

 

To look at our range of gifts visit our online store at www.printster.co.uk.

 

 

What kind of Christmas shopper are you?

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What kind of Christmas shopper are you?

With the Christmas countdown ticking fast, how’s your shopping going? Are you still full of festive cheer or are mince pies flying?

Take our fun quiz to see what kind of Christmas shopper you are…

1. When do you start thinking about Christmas shopping?

A. January
B. When I spot a bargain
C. Oh, I’m just not sure
D. Christmas Eve
E. I’m trying to block it out

2. What do you find hardest about Christmas shopping?

A. Nothing, it’s all on the spreadsheet
B. Budgeting
C. Choosing gifts that are a bit different
D. Everything
E. Listening to Christmas music

3. It’s the Saturday before Christmas, do you…?

A. Sit in front of a Christmas movie with a mince pie and mulled wine?
B. Face the Christmas crowds at the local shopping centre but come back empty handed?
C. Travel all over town for the cheapest item but they’ve sold out?
D. Intend to go shopping but decide that there’s plenty of time and hit the local?
E. Book a holiday?

4. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

A. The Polar Express
B. Scrooged
C. The Nightmare before Christmas
D. Die Hard 2
E. The Grinch

5. Do you find it hard to think up presents for your family?

A. No, I listen carefully to what they want throughout the year.
B. It’s all about cost.
C. It’s a nightmare – what should I buy?
D. It’s easy to find a present at the 24 hour garage.
E. No, I do Secret Santas (very secret).

 

 

Mostly As
Super-organised
You’ve already finished all your Christmas shopping. (You may even have bought some in last year’s January sales.) We salute you!

Mostly Bs
Offer fiend
You just love a bargain. It’s all about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Pre-Christmas sales… Sometimes this means you leave it too late and miss out (P.S. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get our latest offers).

Mostly Cs
Should I buy this…. or maybe that?
You try your best, but you just find it hard to choose the right gift. Christmas leaves you a bit flustered and you often forget someone. A personalised gift is the perfect solution. Now you just need to think up a message …

Mostly Ds
Last minute
You like to leave shopping to the very last moment possible. It’s not unknown for you to be at the 24 hour garage desperately trying to find the perfect gift for all the family. How about changing your ways this year? There’s still time to shop online.

Mostly Es
Bah humbug
You hate Christmas. There’s just no hope for you! How about this mask?

Whatever kind of Christmas shopper you are, you’ll find the right present at right present at Printster. It’s easy to design your personalised gift online from the comfort of your home. But time is running out – order by Wednesday 17 December for Royal Mail delivery.

Mugs for Good – Save the Children and Christmas Jumper Day

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Christmas Jumper Day Mugs

Why not buy a present that not only looks good, but does good this Christmas? We’re happy to announce a new partnership with Save the Children UK to help them raise much needed funds to help children in the UK and around the world. For every Save the Children mug you buy, over 40% (£3.34) goes to the children’s charity.

There are a choice of 14 high quality and beautifully designed mugs, making them the perfect Christmas gift for your family and friends.

We’ve been inspired by Save the Children’s seasonal campaign, Christmas Jumper Day. On 12 December, teams of people across the UK will wear their Christmas knits – no matter how over the top – to raise money for the charity. And now your cup of tea can match your sweater with our gorgeous Christmas jumper mug, featuring a traditional red and white Fair Isle pattern.

Ben Williamson, Printster said: “We’re so pleased to be working with Save the Children. The aim of this charity to help children in the UK and around the world really resonates with all us at Printster and we are pleased to contribute. The mugs are excellent quality and make a great addition to our product range. It is wonderful to be able to help raise money for this very worthy cause, especially at Christmas.

“We’ll be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day too this year. Some of the team have already been wearing theirs!”

Other mug designs include festive patterns and seasonal sentiments such as “All you need is love” and the “Power of Love”. There are also four mugs with vintage photos of glamorous ladies at the beach, skiing and even fishing from a barrel, which you can personalise with your own messages.

Check out the mugs in our new range now, and don’t forget your Christmas jumpers on Friday 12 December. We’d love to see you in your Xmas jumpers – post your photos on Facebook and Twitter with #xmasjumperday.

Small Business Saturday – SMEs thinking big

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Small Businesses Thinking Big

Small Business Saturday this weekend is time to shout out about how SMEs are thinking big. Our smaller size gives us the flexibility to offer a friendly, personal service that may be harder to maintain in larger firms, but we don’t want to think small in terms of our ambition and getting the right products for our customers.

But SMEs are up against it. With limited budgets and a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find the time and resources to promote your business. So, to celebrate Small Business Saturday, we’ve pulled together our top tips on raising your profile…

Start with your objectives

Always start by thinking about what you want to achieve. If you have clear, SMART targets, your team can work more effectively to smash them. If you’re participating in Small Business Saturday, ensure that you’re clear on your goals in order to measure its success. With this data, you can assess how to make changes the following year or at your next event to continuously improve your business.

Meet, greet and promotional gifts

Events and networking opportunities are tried and tested ways to promote your small business. However, at busy conferences you need to find a way to cut through the noise and make your brand memorable. Providing something for the audience to take away can be an effective way to do this. Look for good value, high quality merchandise - a poorly produced promotional item could actually have negative effects on your business – and do your research by checking out product reviews on promotional goods websites.

Reward your customers

It is generally thought that it costs around 4 to 10 times as much to acquire a new customer than retain one making a customer retention strategy worth pursuing. First and foremost customer service is a paramount. If you are taking on new or temporary staff to help with seasonal demand, ensure that they are trained to your high customer service standards. Loyalty schemes and exclusive offers can also work well to encourage customers to return.

Get creative

Being creative is important for small businesses to get their message out there in a cost-effective way. Look to larger brands or other sectors for inspiration. Take for instance, the movie industry, which really knows how to tell a story. At the première of the film, Frank, we provided their marketing team with related branded masks for the audience to wear. This created fantastic photo opportunities, and encouraged people to share via social media. Personalised masks give you added value with the chance to leave a further call to action on the reverse side.

Blog – tell your story

Do you have a blog? It can be an effective way for SMEs to promote themselves and engage their audience. A blog can show brand personality and give an insight into the day-to-day running of your business which is a good way to develop trust. Writing a blog can also start to position you as a thought leader, again building credibility in your business.
Blogs are also an effective way to improve SEO as search engines love regular, fresh content. Links from other reputable, relevant sites to your content can help your website move up the search rankings, and external sites are more likely to link to interesting content on a blog, than your sales pages.

Get social

Social media is a cost-effective way for small businesses to reach a wider audience, find out more about their interests and develop leads and brand advocates. Don’t overstretch yourself. Choose the social media networks which are most relevant to your audience and which you can manage. Remember on social media, it’s not all about you. We like to follow the rule of social thirds – a third promotional, a third about other relevant, interesting content and a third conversations.

Add your social media channels to everything including your offline materials, and encourage people to share. Don’t forget to ask for customer reviews as testimonials are an effective way to build trust in your audience and increase sales.

Connect with your local business networks

It makes sense to network with other local business professionals both on and offline to share information and tips. These connections can also help you attract new business. (Remember to take your business cards along!)

Have you tried out any of our tips? We’d love to hear how it’s gone. Tweet us on @printster_uk. If you’re thinking about creating merchandise to promote your company, do get in touch.

Meet the Printster team – Dulcie Price, Online Design and Marketing Assistant

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As we’re a friendly bunch here at Printster, we thought that it was about time you got to know us better. And now here’s your chance in our regular Meet the Team blogs.

First up it’s time to meet our lovely, talented Online Design and Marketing Assistant, Dulcie Price, who’s been in the Printster team for almost a year and a half.  

Dulcie with her personalised mug.

What did you do before Printster?

I studied illustration and Graphic design at De Montfort University in Leicester. When I moved to Bristol I worked for the National Apprenticeships Service before I got this job.

What does your role involve?

Loads of stuff, everything from designing new mugs, photographing products, putting new items on the website and designing marketing materials.

What do you like best about working at Printster?

I really love the variation in my job role – I get to do lots of different things. (I enjoy our team table football games too!)

What’s your favourite film?

I’m not sure I can just pick one… but Into the Wild is one of my favourite films.

Show us your mug

I actually have a few mugs that I use! But my favourite is a double sided photo mug with a pic I took of my bike in front of the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. I love being able to look at that photo whenever I drink my tea!

Mug personalised with a photo of Clifton Suspension Bridge

What’s your snack of choice at tea/coffee break?

As much as I’d like to be able to say I snack on fruit and nuts that would be a lie. I’m going to have to go with hula hoops!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

I guess it would just be that it’s all about the now. There’s no point dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Make the most of today.

What do you love to do at the weekend?

I mainly look forward to the weekends to hang out with my great bunch of friends! Whether that means going for walks, bike rides, sitting and chatting or going to the local.

What makes you smile?

Lots of things make me smile – my family, friends, Glastonbury Festival, beating the boss at table football… just to name a few.

Thanks Dulcie! Look out for more Meet the Team blogs coming soon…