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  • Is A Personalised Cadbury Chocolate Bar Gift From Cadbury Gifts Direct Worth The Money?

    Are you considering buying some Personalised Cadbury Chocolate as a gift, and want to make sure it's worth the asking price? Are you getting the best Cadbury product for your money? I've purchased Personalised Cadbury Chocolate bars many times for family and friends' gifts, as well as buying in bulk as company 'thank-you' gifts. I'm going to give you my honest opinion on the value-for-money of the bars and their personalisation quality. We'll also look at what's inside a Personalised Cadbury Hamper, Postal Selection Box and a Dairy Milk Letterbox Gift so you can make the best selection for your giftee! Let's get into the details. Personalised Cadbury chocolate bar sizes Bar Sizes Available : 850g at £13.00 360g at £10.00 200g at £5.40 110g at £4.00 45g at £2.69 More about Cadbury Bar sizes and their calories per square here This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. What can you personalise on a Cadbury chocolate bar? All personalised bars come with a card sleeve; even the smallest 45g has a sleeve. This sleeve is where your personalisation is printed, meaning your gift recipient can keep your special personalised message long after they have demolished the chocolate! There are three areas where you can personalise your dairy milk bar. All five sizes of bar have the same three personalisation spots, though as the bar increases in size, so does the font and picture. So, what parts of the sleeve can you personalise? The front: The first area your recipient will likely see can be filled with a short, bold message or greeting up to 27 characters long. Perfect for a 'Happy Birthday Matt xxx' or 'Love You Dad, from Jen xxx' The back (text): An area on the back left of the bar can take up to 150 characters of text, allowing you plenty of space to leave a sentimental message and claim the glory for sending this fabulous gift! This message area was a nice touch for when I purchased bars for staff and volunteers at my company. I was able to thank them individually for the specific work they had done in this message box. The back (image): You can add a square-shaped photo to the back of your bar too. Don't worry if your favourite photograph isn't square; the website allows you to zoom, rotate and crop your image. However, if you don't want to add a photo, that's OK; it won't leave you with a blank square on your chocolate. The best thing about the personalisation function on the website is the ease of use. You can see a live preview of your personalisation and go back and edit at any point. How much does it cost to post personalised Cadbury bars? Orders up to £10 in value cost £3.95 for delivery, orders over £10 cost £5.50. You can also pay a little extra for next day delivery too, which is around £6. The standard delivery time (according to the Cadbury Gifts Direct website) is two days, I ordered a test bar for this article on Sunday evening and it arrived Tuesday, so that timeframe seems accurate. The only negative to the postage pricing structure is that there are no discounts for multiple addresses; you pay the fees I mentioned above, per address. When I placed my bulk order (approx 30 bars), I had them all delivered to my address and I handed them out myself, costing only around £10 in fuel, instead of the £3.95 minimum per address. The positive about sending to multiple addresses on the Cadbury Gifts Direct website is that you can easily add addresses and assign each bar a different delivery address in just a couple of clicks. What are Cadbury chocolate rewards? Register as a customer when you make your purchase to be eligible for Chocolate Chunk Rewards. For every £1 you spend, you'll receive one virtual chocolate chunk. Each chunk is worth 1p off future purchases. You can top up your chunks quicker by purchasing items with multiple chunk reward promotions, plus you'll get 100 chunks free when you sign up! Think Tesco's Clubcard but with more mouth-watering results, yum! Value for money of Cadbury personalised Dairy Milk bars The quality of the personalisation warrants a fair price. I wasn't put off by the personalised bars' costs either time I've made a purchase. The only disappointing element to the price was the delivery charge. The 850g bar is a large, heavy item and understandably has a cost, whereas buying a small 45g bar with a delivery fee of £3.95 seems expensive by comparison. In conclusion to are the personalised bars good value for money, I'd say yes they are, purely for the quality of personalisation and that you can personalise in 3 places. Cost per gram for personalised Cadbury Chocolate Bars (rounded up to nearest penny): 850g is £13.00 = £0.02 per gram 360g is £10.00 = £0.03 per gram 200g is £5.50 = £0.03 per gram 110g is £4.00 = £0.04 per gram 45g is £2.69 = £0.06 per gram Cost of standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation vs the exact sizes with personalisation: Tesco Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation 360g £3.00 (with personalisation = £10.00) 200g £1.80 (with personalisation = £5.50) 110g £0.98 (with personalisation = £4.00) 45g £0.60 (with personalisation = £2.69) (The 850g bar is not available at Tesco) Amazon Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation 850g £9.45 (with personalisation = £13.00) I believe the 850g bar is the best value for money because the chocolate is the cheapest per gram, and the personalisation price is the closest to the non-personalised price relatively. In conclusion to the personalised Cadbury chocolate bars from Cadbury Gifts Direct I'm sure your recipient will enjoy the thoughtfulness and quality of the bars of all sizes, and yes I believe they are well worth the money. I'd recommend the 850g bar as the perfect gift if budget isn't an issue. Not only does this larger bar have the wow factor of its size, but it's a product that is less available in standard high street stores, so is more uniquely appealing too. Does Cadbury offer low-sugar or vegan alternatives? Short answer: Yes to low-sugar, and kind-of to Vegan chocolate. Full answer: Dairy Milk launched it's '30% less sugar' bar available in 35g and 85g sizes in 2019. The lower sugar bar is a nutritionally better alternative to the classic in terms of sugar content, reducing carbs per 100g from 57g to 42g (of which sugars from 56g down to 37g). The lower sugar bar is available in the postal selection box gift, but not the other customisable gifts and sadly not available for personalisation as of yet. In terms of Vegan options according to a few articles from February 2020, Cadbury have been working hard for the last two years to bring a Vegan alternative to the market for the Dairy Milk product range, all whilst keeping the products classic taste. This seems to be still in the pipeline. In late 2020 however, Cadbury did launch their vegan-friendly Bourneville Fingers, available in Sainsbury's according to this article. Other custom chocolate gifts at Cadbury Gifts Direct Before we look at what's included in these other gifts, note that they are not personalised items like the Dairy Milk bars, instead, these are customisable items in which you can edit the contents. These custom gifts can be sent with a gift card in a choice of 8 designs, including 'I love you', 'Congratulations', 'Happy Birthday' and so on. You can add up to 250 characters of text in your message and send your gift directly to the recipient. The same postal charges apply as the personalised Dairy Milk bars. So what's in each gift? Make your Cadbury hamper: This is the most customisable product on offer at Cadbury Gifts Direct and could be chocolate heaven for a chocolate-loving giftee. Add as many items to your hamper as you like; there is no limit. You can select from a whole range of different types of products too, including: Boxes Bags Bars Eggs Trays Drinks Foiled Chocolates Toys Selection Boxes Mugs Biscuits And more... Choose anything from a bag of 25p Dairy Milk Buttons to a £24.72 box of 48 Creme Eggs (yum!), you can create a hamper full of your giftee's favourite treats by simply clicking the '+' button to add items to your hamper. You can see the price of your hamper in real-time on-screen as you add items, so you can mix and match to fit your budget too. But do note, should you choose to have the hamper packaged this is an additional cost, as well as the delivery charge. You're offered three hamper packaging options: A Gift Bag at £3.50 - Organic with strong handles A Wicker Hamper at £15.00 - Beautifully displayed A Gift Box at £2.50 - Card box in Cadbury Colours The wicker hamper may seem pricey on the surface, but if you buy one yourself they can range from £7 to £20 (on Amazon), then you need some internal decor, plus the skill to make it look pretty (which I don't possess), and of course, the cost and effort to post it from your address to theirs. So I'd say to save the hassle, the £15 to Cadbury is well worth it. Overall the Cadbury Hamper is a fantastic option for those with a more flexible budget or who have a giftee with particular Cadbury favourites! Creating a Cadbury postal selection box Another brilliant option for a recipient who loves particular Cadbury bars or those that can never choose a favourite! This one's super reasonable, perfect for shoppers on a budget. You can pick 10 Cadbury products to include in your selection box, most of which are the standard sizes you'd see on a convenience store shelf. There are 30 items to choose from, mostly chocolate bars (including the 30% less sugar dairy milk bar), but there's mints and wine gums available too for good measure. However, if your giftee is a chomp bar lover, and you add 10 of them in the box, it might be worth considering if it's worth it; chomps are 25p and a selection box is £11 regardless of the contents. I'd expect to pay over and above for the presentation and convenience, but chomps or Freddo's alone might feel a little pricey. Good news, at the time of writing, there is FREE delivery on selection boxes! Would I purchase this gift? Absolutely! The chocolate comes in a basic but well presented Cadbury purple cardboard box, and of course, I can add my gift card to the recipient, well worth the money in my opinion. The Dairy Milk letterbox gift The cheapest of the customised gifts at only £10 and free delivery. You can select 4 of the following Dairy Milk bars: Cadbury Dairy Milk 110g Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut 110g Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut 120g Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Bar 120g Cadbury Dairy Milk with Daim 120g Dairy Milk Oreo Mint 120g Dairy Milk Oreo 120g Just like the selection box, in this Letterbox gift your bars are displayed in a cardboard Cadbury coloured box, and, of course, you can add your gift card message. I would purchase this as a gift for its ease and convenience. A round-up of all the 'make your own' Cadbury Gifts Direct options. There's a gift for every budget and palate, custom products are well presented, and the interface is super easy to use. The convenience of the product's customisation and delivery options are the most significant selling point for me. I will continue to use Cadbury Gifts Direct for the foreseeable future. I hope you enjoyed this article and I've got your mouth watering talking about all this delicious chocolate! Got a Cadbury product that's special you think I should taste and then review? Get in touch and let me know. Jen - Author of Tried and Loved We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. Prices and product details correct at the time of writing. References

  • How To Calculate Engagement Rate On Instagram. Get Your Engagement Rate Here!

    Do you want to calculate your engagement rate without doing any mathematics, right here, right now? The good news is that you can right here, read on. Do you want to find the perfect accounts to engage with in your niche? I'm going to show you an easy way at the end of this post. I'll also cover: What Instagram engagement is, why your engagement rate is significant, why you should avoid buying followers and likes, and how you can increase your Instagram engagement, all in this article. With a background in event marketing and 20 years of experience marketing my own businesses, I trust this article will give you the guidance you need to better understand and improve your Instagram engagement, no matter if you're a start-up, small business, entrepreneur or just an Instagram loving individual. You're here to calculate your engagement rate, I won't ask you read to the end to get it. Your engagement rate can be calculated here, just below this paragraph thanks to However, why find out your engagement rate and not understand what it means or how to improve it? Read on to find out how to improve your engagement. Calculate your Instagram engagement rate: (IMPORTANT: This tool works for influencer and brand profiles, to check engagement rate of a personal profile try here, then come back and enter your rate in the poll below) Now you have your engagement rate, what does it mean? In short: Instagram engagement rate is a measure of how others interact with your content on the platform. In more depth: Follows, comments, likes and shares are all taken into account to calculate engagement rate. The calculated measurement is used to assess if your Instagram efforts are effective compared to industry benchmarks. Essentially, you can track how much your audience is enjoying, aka engaging with, your content. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. How is your engagement rate calculated? There is some debate over the exact formula for calculating your Instagram engagement rate. Followers, likes and comments factor in, and some say your reach too, yet the calculator you used above by Asalisa, the AI-powered Instagram analytics tool, uses this formula: The number of likes and comments divided by the number of followers, multiplied by 100, equals your engagement rate. What is a good engagement rate on Instagram? Don't panic if your engagement percentage is under 4%, that's normal, phew! The critical detail is whereabouts you sit between 0% and 4%? On the flip side if your engagement is above 4% then big hi-fives to you, it sounds like you're nailing it, keep up the good work! According to a RivallQ* study, Instagram wide engagement has dropped by approximately 25% in the last year. The average engagement rate across industries in 2021 is 1.22%. Is your Instagram engagement rate higher or lower than the average 1.22%? Select your answer below and see what other readers rates are. Do bear in mind this is a mean average of cross-industry results. It's helpful to note what the rates are for the two top engaging industries: Higher Education = 3.57%* Sports Teams = 2.33%* These two industries' engagement rates stand-alone in measure and are relatively high. All other measured industries' engagement rates vary between 0.67% and 1.75%. If you are not in higher education or a sports team, and you rule out those engagement rates, a quick re-calculation brings the industry average closer to 1.1%. How does your engagement rate compare now? So now you know your engagement rate you know where you stand in comparison to industry benchmarks. What do you do with that information now? Why is engagement rate significant? Engagement rate, in a nutshell, is how appealing your content is to your audience, an indicator of how you are keeping up with the demands of the moment, and of course, it proves you have happy customers! The benefits of using engagement rate in more detail: Engagement rate is a measure of audience interest. What do I do if I come across a post of my niece looking happy playing in the sunshine? I like the post, I may even leave a comment, maybe an emoji; why? Because I enjoyed seeing the post, it made me happy. Likewise, suppose Neil Patel, a digital marketer I follow and admire, posts a carousel of images, the first image stating, '10 reasons you don't want to post on Facebook', my interest is heightened. I start swiping through reasons 1, 2, 3 and so on, at the end is a CTA (call to action): 'double tap if that helped you', and I do, why? Because I enjoyed learning something interesting for free. What's the lesson here? The more appealing your posts are to your audience, the more they are likely to engage with them by likes, comments and shares. The higher the engagement rate = The more your audience is interested in your posts. You can learn from your previous posts; what posts get the most engagement? Are they photos, videos or carousels? Are they behind the scenes style posts, happy customer posts, educational posts etc? Find what works and create more content based on your best-performing factors to increase your engagement. Quick Tip: According to Bannersnack**, carousel posts get the highest engagement rate on average across industries. This is followed by images and then video. Of course, look at what works for your audience based on insights (below), but if you need a place to start experimenting, jump on the carousels! How do you find your top engaging posts? Profile - Insights - Overview - Content Interactions - Top Posts You're welcome :) The engagement rate shows if you are a strong player. The official term is 'social proof'. A reasonable engagement rate helps to prove that you are worth following. Seeing many others following and engaging with you can be a significant factor for non-followers deciding whether you're worth them hitting that 'follow' button. A healthy engagement level indicates that you have happy customers, even further solidifying your social authority and gaining you that 'follow. For example, I came across an Instagram account that possesses 14'000 followers. I almost hit 'follow', then I checked out their recent posts, they only had 2 to 3 likes each and no comments, showing a relatively low engagement rate, so I decided against following. That's not to say that you shouldn't follow those with low engagement, I've been there myself, but for what I was looking for, I needed to see brand trust and therefore higher engagement. The engagement rate helps determine if you're still the cool kid. The official term is 'brand relevance.' Are you still the cool kid on the block that all your friends (followers) want to hang out with? Perhaps you are right now, and your engagement is high, but what about in 6 months when trends change? Do you still have your finger on the button? Are you still the cool kid everyone wants to spend time with? Monitoring changes in engagement rate can help track if you are staying relevant and shows where you can take action if you aren't. Why shouldn't you buy Instagram likes to increase engagement rates? Hopefully, by this point in the post you can answer this question yourself, but so that we are on the same page: It smells of cheating, an Instagrammer will likely sniff out the fact that you have, for example, 1000 likes but 200 followers. Your engagement rate is essentially false. You won't get an accurate picture of your progress from your insights and truly learn what your audience enjoys. It's not allowed, don't risk getting banned from the platform. It's a waste of money. If you want to partner with brands, you'll likely ruin your chances as they'll sniff out fake, paid-for accounts Tempting as it might be for a quick fix, don't do it. Be real! How to increase your Engagement Rate - 3 Tips 1. Know your audience, post for them Marketing skills 101: Who is your model customer? What pain points (problems/needs) or desires might they have? How can you solve their pains, give them what they desire or simply make them smile with your post, whilst still relating to your product or service? The key here is to solidify your intention behind the post, not just post blindly. Whether the post is a contest, a fact, a peek backstage or any other type of post, have clear user benefiting intent. Next, what format of content does your audience prefer? Carousels, images, videos? As I discussed above in the section: 'How do you find your top engaging posts via insights?', you can see your top engaging posts and what format they were in via your Instagram insights. Can you match the post intention with this top-performing format? If yes, great! Finally, do you know when your followers are online? Your Instagram insights will tell you: Profile - Insights - Your Audience - See All - Most Active Times Post at days and times when your followers are online the most. However, still mix it up occasionally, then you're not missing out on engaging with a completely different set of customers, even if there are fewer of them online. 2. Grab attention and say hello to AIDA, "Hi Aida" Who's Aida? I hear some of you asking. Aida is a well-know marketing model that is useful when planning Instagram content. Aida stands for: A - Attention (or Awareness) I - Interest D - Desire A - Action Attention: Your follower, or followers-to-be, can only see the first 125 characters of your caption in their feed. You need to grab their attention with a headline or first sentence that will make them stop scrolling and open the rest of your caption. You can drive attention through the media in your post as well. Interest: Pique the reader's interest; can they relate to what you're saying? Can they benefit from reading on? Desire: Instagram's algorithm measures how long a user spends looking at your post. You can write up to 2200 characters in your caption, so why not capitalise on the number of words you can add to keep them on your post for longer? During that time, it's your chance to get your user to connect with what you're saying on a deeper level, to make them want your product or service, and build their desire to take action. Action: Have a clear call-to-action (CTA). Whether that's in the form of a written instruction in the caption, a 'double tap' and heart icon on the post image or an actual CTA button, make sure what you want the user to do is crystal clear. Remember, the actions the user takes are recorded in your engagement rate. 3. Most importantly, be social! The whole reason it's called social media is to share and interact socially. So be sure to do that! Simple ways to be social include: Like posts of the people you follow Comment on posts of the people you follow Follow other accounts within your niche Comment on accounts with # hashtags relevant to your niche The 4 points above may sound obvious, but with our increasingly busy lifestyles, it's easy to ignore these integral but straightforward steps that will help increase Instagram engagement. I have a solution! I run two successful small businesses as well as write for this blog and run a household, yet I have a game-changing way to find time to engage with tens of relevant Instagram users every day, using very little brain-power! I use Gary Vee's Dollar Eighty Instagram Strategy and Dollar Eighty Chrome Extension. What Is Gary Vee's Dollar Eighty Instagram Strategy? World-renowned marketer Gary Vee suggests you leave your '2 cents', your meaningful opinion, on 9 posts for 10 different hashtags. 0.02(cents) x 9(posts) x 10(hashtags) = $1.80 When you leave your 90 comments a day, you have increased profile awareness and connected with the right type of user in your niche. Most importantly, you're naturally encouraging new followers and engagement for your profile. For those of you who may be thinking, WHAT 90 COMMENTS?! Trust me, it doesn't take that long thanks to the Dollar Eighty software, in fact, 30 mins on average. Read on to see why I think that 30 minutes is well spent if you're serious about growing your following. How does the Dollar Eighty Chrome extension work? The extension connects with your Instagram account. You select locations, hashtags and profiles to target. Dollar Eighty will then show you all the recent and top posts from your targets, making it quick and simple for you to add your '2 cents'. Make your comments meaningful though, this will encourage further engagement with your profile. The best part is, Dollar Eighty saves your replies, so you can reuse them later on in another post, saving you valuable time. Don't be a spammer though; mix it up and be real! Instagram only actually allows 30 comments an hour. Dollar Eighty solves that issue by queuing your comments and posting them automatically in intervals, so you don't have to worry about remembering to come back and post. By grouping all relevant posts in one place, saving comments for reuse, and queuing your comments, you can save tonnes of time, as I do. There's an easy-to-read analytics section in the extension too, in which you can track your engagement rate in real-time! Who can use Dollar Eighty? I use it for one of my business profiles, yet influencers, brands, products, social media managers and even personal profiles can all make great use of it. Is Dollar Eight Free? Yes and no. There is a free version; you can post up to 10 comments a day with just hashtag targeting. The free version is a great way to test the water, see if Dollar Eighty is for you and check out proportionate results. The full version is $15 a month. I use this and I feel it's worth the investment. I target 10 locations in my business service areas, 10 hashtags relevant to my business niche, and 10 profiles of my industry's big players. I spend 20-30 minutes a morning with my coffee in hand, putting my '2 cents' on as many posts in the extension as I can in that time block. I can reach the full 90 posts in 30 minutes when I focus! I know some might think spending 20-30 minutes intensely on social commenting is too much, but I assure you, I'd spend way longer writing odd comments throughout the day and scrolling trying to find something relevant to comment on. I also use Todoist, the task management software, to time block my day so I don't deviate from the plan of 20-30 minutes on Dollar Eighty. I highly recommend Dollar Eighty; it's a game-changer for a small business owner like me who juggles many business activities every day. In Conclusion To How To Calculate Engagement Rate On Instagram Did you use the engagement calculator from Analisa? Did you enter your answer to see if your engagement rate was above the cross-industry average? Hopefully, you did and now have a better understanding of where you may need to progress. Full disclosure: I am a massive culprit for having skills and depth of knowledge in a subject, but I'm not always great at implementing them! One of those subjects being my Instagram strategy! I'm working on that and Dollar Eighty is helping me along the way. So we're on this journey together you and I! Engagement rate is an excellent measurement to judge your posts' quality and effectiveness, plus it's real-time and free. Why not bookmark this webpage so you can come back and check or compare your engagement rate in the future? I hope you enjoyed this post. If it helped you, please feel free to share it with a friend or other small businesses trying to get the best from Instagram. Jen - Author, Tried and Loved References * ** Note: We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons.

  • 10 Personalised Children's Gifts Under £10 That Kids Will Love!

    Are you looking to give a special gift without breaking the bank? Are you trying to find an individual gift on a budget? If so, you're in the right place. 2020/2021 has been tough on most of us financially with more of us are watching the pennies, so I have compiled this list for those of you on a budget: 10 personalised children's gifts under £10 that the little ones will love. There's a gift on this list to suit all children, from books to sweets and unicorns to Roblox. Do you know other adults who are watching the pennies that might need to purchase children's gifts? Feel free to share this page and help them too. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Here's my list of 10 Personalised Children's Gifts Under £10 In no particular order, first up we have... No.1 Personalised A5 Soft-Backed Notebook Price: Approx £7 This wire-bound A5 notebook is a great gift for children heading back-to-school. They can jot down all their notes and ideas in this wire-bound book. Your child's name will sit at the top of the book above the words notebook of awesome ideas.' It may only have 50 pages, but most reviewers still give this children's gift five stars! No.2 Personalised Cadbury 360g Dairy Milk Bar Price: Approx £10 I'd be over the moon with this gift at any age! Cadbury offers a wide range of different sized bars that can be personalised, this 360g bar is the biggest you can get for £10. I've purchased this item many times before, I even had over 50 large bars personalised one Christmas as gifts for the staff and volunteers at my company. The personalisation goes on the outer sleeve and not the bar wrapper, but I think that's better as the sleeve can be kept after the chocolate has been demolished, yum! You can personalise the front with a name or a short message, and the back with the recipient's photo and a longer birthday message, so no need for a card, even more of a saving! There is a delivery charge on all products, but you could always go for a slightly smaller bar to bring your total under £10, or if you have lots of children to buy for, you could order multiple personalised bars and pay just one delivery charge. No. 3 Personalised Happy Birthday Letter Box Sweets Price: £11.99, but at the time of writing, Buy a Gift has a discount offer (see pop up) on your first purchase bringing this gift under budget. This is the perfect personalised kid's gift to send straight to them in the post. This personalised box is full of tasty sweets including shrimps, jelly beans, dolly mixtures, and kola cubes. The box weighs around 90g and fits through the letterbox at L35 x W13.5 x D2cm. Please can someone buy this for me? I have a serious sweet tooth! Thank you in advance, haha! No.4 Personalised Kid's Apron Price: Approx £9.50 Perfect for the little bakers in the family. This apron features a simple cupcake design and you can add a name or a message of up to 30 characters to the front. Select from 2 sizes: 2 to 5 years or 5 to 10 years. Of course, with any baking session comes mess! Good news, the apron is machine washable - phew! No.5 Personalised Easter Bags Price: £6 These personalised Easter Bags are perfect for filling with little treats, plus they're made with eco-friendly materials. You can choose a colour for your bunny including Pink, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Mint, Lilac and personalise your Easter bag with your choice of name. Bags are 12 x 15 cm and postage is free! Oh, and they are handmade with love by my talented wife, Victoria at 'Made by Tora'. Thanks in advance for supporting her small business! You can check out two more of her products (numbers 14 and 15), in this list of Mother's Day gift ideas. No.6 Personalised Tooth Fairy Bag. Price: £6 This environmentally friendly bag is a cute keepsake printed with a name in a colour of your choice. The lost tooth goes inside the bag and is placed under the pillow ready for the tooth fairy to swap the tooth for something exciting. The bag is big enough for cash or even a little toy or gift card. There is also enough room if the child would like to leave the tooth fairy a letter. The bags are 15 x 12cm and handmade with love by my wife Victoria, just like the Easter bags above. Tooth fairy magic not included. No.7 Personalised Unicorn Cushion Cover Price: Approx £9 Add a name or message of up to 25 characters to the front of this white unicorn-themed pillowcase. The large print area sets this pillowcase apart from others whose print slightly smaller. Remember, this isn't a luxury item, so the polyester material is relatively thin and the pillow isn't included. But I think it's still a bargain for a personalised children's gift that would likely get well used! No.8 Personalised Unicorn Drawstring Bag Price: Approx £8 Perfect for carrying a PE kit when going back to school. This drawstring bag is available in a choice of 5 colours: natural, pastel blue, pastel grey, pastel pink, or white. You can fit up to 15 characters of personalisation underneath the unicorn print. According to many happy reviewers, the bag is a little on the thin side but still strong and durable enough to hold a PE kit or children's daily school supplies. No.9 Personalised Roblox Pencil Case Price: Approx £7 (plus £3 delivery) Is your child a Roblox fan? My niece is, the majority of reviewers disclose how happy their children are with this Roblox Gift. If you're thinking, what is Roblox? Here's a summary: it's a global platform where millions of people play in immersive 3D worlds created by the users. I know, I'm baffled too, but lots of youngsters love it. I take that back, youngsters and some adults! My wife gets roped in to play it with my niece, but I'm pretty sure at age 34 she's having as much fun as my 8-year-old niece! You can add your recipient's name to the front of the case which also features Roblox imagery. This personalised pencil case is the perfect back-to-school gift with lots of room for pencils, pens, small rulers, and two zip-up sections for accessories too. No.10 Personalised 'I love my...' Photo-frame Price: From £8.99 This customisable wooden photo frame comes in a choice of 2 sizes: 6x4in or 7x5in and is the sort of gift you might expect to give to a parent or grandparent, but what a great idea for kids too, especially ones who love their animals. You could personalise the top of the frame with 'I love my [Enter Pet]' and add a message at the bottom of the frame mentioning something the child and pet do together like: 'Max and I are best friends, we love to cuddle.' What other categories of personalised ideas for children are there? Colouring sets Kids personalised clothes Storybooks Teddies Pens or pencils Plates Socks I've been searching for the best kid's personalised gifts for a while and many of the gift types in other categories above are pricier than £10. Most of the personalised children's ideas I first came across were in the £20-£40 range. In conclusion to my favourite 10 personalised children's gifts under £10 If you're looking for personalised presents for under £10, this article will fulfil your needs without searching for the rest of the net. Do you have a favourite on this list? Get in touch and let me know. Or perhaps you know of an incredible personalised children's gift under £10 worthy of a place on this list? If so, get in contact, I'll look into it personally and keep this list updated. Jen - Author or Tried and Loved Prices correct at the time of writing. As an Amazon Associate and Affiliate for other brands, we may earn from qualifying purchases. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, to help you make the best choices.

  • 15 Unusual Mother's Day Gifts UK under £40!

    Is your mum a superhero who deserves something extra special this Mother's Day? Do you want to find her something individual for Mother’s Day? Are you looking for a unique gift that doesn't break the bank? I'm going to share with you my Top 15 Unusual Mother's Day Gifts (UK) Under £40 I'll be sharing gifts I've brought and loved, alongside well-reviewed gifts I've found along the way. I hope this article helps you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your super-mum. Don’t settle for the usual flowers, card and chocolates. Whether you're looking for a personalised item, a keepsake, an activity, or just something unusual and utterly bizarre to make mum smile, it's all right here on my list. When is Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent which means it varies slightly each year. Mother’s Day 2021 in the UK falls on Sunday the 14th of March. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Here’s a quick look at my... Top 15 Unusual Gifts for Mother’s Day (UK) Under £40 In no particular order... How It Works: The Mum, Ladybird Book Mum's Medicine Wine Bottle Stop 2-in-1 Face Massager Personalised Face Pillow Letterbox Cheese Taster Box Indoor Allotment Pill Pot Tea Mug Gin Puzzle Adopt a Penguin Recipe Journal by Moleskine (my personal favourite) Bungee Jump Experience Wellington Boot Family Print Grow Your Own Bonsai Personalised Mesh Shopping Bag Personalised Makeup Bag No.1 How It Works: The Mum, Lady Bird Book for Grownups If your mum likes a good laugh, then this book is for her! With sarcastic, dry-humoured, tongue-in-cheek scenes on life as a mother, most mums can relate and have a good chuckle! Take a look inside the book on Amazon and you'll see the type of humour I mean. At under £7 this would make a great addition to your mum's gifts. No.2 Mum’s Medicine Novelty Wine Bottle Stopper At around £6, this fun novelty gift makes for a perfect fun addition to mum's Mother's day gifts. I want one myself that says 'Jen's Night Nurse.' Mum can put her feet up, grab a glass and enjoy a tipple, all whilst keeping her 'medicine' fresh for longer. No.3 2-in-1 Face Massager A winning gift for under £20; Firstly, this is a stunning-looking product with its gold features and crystal-style cut massage heads. Secondly, this product has thousands of high star reviews, meaning happy customers. The set includes a 3D roller face massager and T-shaped head electrical facial device. Add an AA battery (not included), and these massagers come to life at up to 6000 vibrations per minute. The vibrations help tighten skin, stimulate blood circulation and remove wrinkles and dark circles*. It's portable and waterproof, perfect for at home or on the go. Help mum to feel good with this 2-in-1 massager. No.4 Personalised Face Pillow I purchased two similar pillows last year for my wife. They have pictures of our cats on and she loves them! Add your mum's favourite 'mush on a cush', maybe yours, the grandchild's or like me, a pet! The pillow comes ready stuffed, has edge to edge printing and is easy to wash and iron. It also comes in two different sizes with the cost ranging between £15 and £21. No.5 Letter Box Cheese Taster Box from If, like me, your mum loves cheese, then this gift from Buy a Gift is a winner! For a modest £25, your mum will receive a box including of three kinds of cheese of varying flavours from around the world, as well as homemade relish and biscuits. It'll be delivered straight to her door, perfect for lockdown Mother's day. I ordered a similar gift for my wife's lockdown birthday which also included wine, like this cheese and wine hamper from Buy A Gift. No.6 Indoor Allotment Gift Set Herb Garden Bring the outdoors indoors in a miniature style for around £30. Your mum can grow three different types of herbs behind a cute mini picket fence. This handmade item has taken a standard gift idea and cleverly turned it into something amusing and unique. Three miniature plant pots sit behind the white picket fence. The shed functions too, the door and roof both open, handy for storing spare seeds! Also included are three soil pellets that expand to three times the size and three packets of seeds: coriander, basil, and oregano. The allotment dimensions are H:19 x W:42 x D:15.5cm, perfect for displaying on a window seal. No.7 Prescription Pill Bottle Mug Does your mum love a good laugh? If so, this might be the perfect gift for her! This hilarious 'Prescription Coffee' mug will put a smile on her face as she takes the first sip of her morning coffee, for just a little over £15. With prescription-style lines on the label such as 'drink one mug by the mouth, repeat until awake and alert', this gift is just what the doctor ordered! This painted ceramic 300 ml mug is hand-wash only to keep the detail intact, but I'd say well worth the time washing up for the smiles it will bring. No.8 Gin Jigsaw Puzzle Calling all Gin-loving mothers! When completed, this puzzle displays a chart of gin drinks, which ingredients are in them, including botanicals and spices, as well as gin facts; a brilliant idea for a puzzle! With 500 pieces, she'll have 2 or more hours of relaxing fun putting the puzzle together. At approximately £30 that's £10-15 per hour of fun, not bad! Why not get her a gin gift set to go with the puzzle so she can sip away in style while she puzzles! No.9 Adopt A Penguin Someone, please buy this for me! I love penguins, especially rockhoppers. This adoption box works with the Galapagos Protection Trust, a charity that helps Galapagos Penguins by looking after their living spaces. Your one year adoption will help with the continuation of these lovely creatures. This is an awesome present for any penguin fan. The tin includes information on the Galapagos Penguins, how your adoption is helping and how to get a personalised certificate of your support. Do note that your recipient will have to go online to register the adoption and of course, like a lot of similar gifts, not all the money spent on the adoption box goes to the charity. However, it's still a lovely way to present a charitable donation as a gift. No.10 Moleskine - Recipe Journal I have this myself and it's one of the best gifts I've ever brought myself! I wish I had thought of this gift when my nan was around, her mince pies were one of a kind and if I had gifted this book to her, I'd have the long-lost recipe! Is your mum a super-chef? Does she love to get creative in the kitchen? She can note down all her successes and favourites in this beautiful journal. This journal could serve as a fun activity, a keepsake, or potentially a family heirloom all rolled into one for your mum! The journal has an elastic closure and cardboard case to keep the book in great condition. There are sections to add appetisers, first courses, main courses, side dishes, and desserts. On each recipe page your mum can note the recipe difficultly, prep time, cooking time, serving size, cooking gadgets required, and even add a wine pairing and star rating. I love my Moleskine recipe journal. I add at least one recipe to it every month and plan to pass it down to my future children. Perhaps your mum would enjoy this product as much as I do. At £25 I believe this journal to be well worth the money. No.11 Bungee Jump Experience Is your mum an adrenaline junkie? For under £40 she can close her eyes and take an exciting leap in this bungee jumping experience at one of the UK's 8 locations. The jump may take a few moments, but the memories will last forever. There's an opportunity to purchase photos or videos of the experience on the day, plus spectators are welcome, so go and cheer mum along! With 5 star reviews across the board (at time of writing) and previous jumpers calling it 'amazing', what are you waiting for? Do note there is a £15 upgrade fee for London locations. No.12 Wellington Boot Family Print A personalised family print that can take pride of place on your mum's wall. You can personalise the family name, first names, the wellies, and two accessories with a choice of hats, pet bowls, plants, sports equipment, hobby props, drinks, tools, and other household items. You also have the choice of ordering framed or unframed, and both options come in under £32. This item has hundreds of 5-star reviews, which is not surprising considering the amount of personalisation and attention to detail available. I recently brought a similar item (see picture), featuring my partner and I and our 2 cats, which takes pride in our hallway. There's also a great personalised photo frame for under £10, it's number 10 on this list of personalised gifts. No.13 Grow Your Own Bonsai Tree Kit Your mum can grow 5 different bonsai trees with this one kit presented in a beautiful, reusable natural wood box for under £20! Everything she'll need is included: Bonsai seeds, biodegradable peat pots, soil pellets, pruning scissors, propagation bags, and of course a manual to guide her. Not only can your mum grow 5 different bonsai trees, but the kit also includes a 3-in-1 soil/light/PH meter worth £15 alone, separating this kit from others on the market. If your mum is green-fingered or aspires to be, what a great gift this Bonsai kit would make! No.14 Personalised Organic Mesh Shopping Bag This trendy cotton mesh shopping bag can be personalised with your mum’s first name, plus her initial which can come in a choice of 6 colours. Does your mum love shopping? Treat her to this individual, 100% organic cotton, shopping accessory. Not only is this product awesome in its own right at a bargain price of just £10, but it's also made by hand by my wonderful wife. Her shop @MadeByTora on Etsy features beautiful hand-made personalised items made with love and eco-friendly sourced materials. No.15 Personalised Makeup Bag You might be thinking, how is this on my 'unusual gift' list, it's a makeup bag? Most personalised makeup bags available online offer first name initial personalisation or the entire first name. Well, this product goes two steps further: you can personalise the back of the bag with a message and choose from 6 different print colours. Making this makeup bag the ultimate one for individualism and personalisation. Just like the mesh shopping bag, this makeup bag is a bargain at only £10, and made by hand by my wife with love and eco-friendly sourced materials. In conclusion to the best, most unusual Mother's Day gifts (UK) for under £40 2020 and 2021 have seen so many of us feel the pinch financially, so finding a special gift at a price we can afford is essential. I hope you agree that there are plenty of unique gifts or sources of inspiration in this post to tick your in-budget box. My personal favourite in this list is the Moleskine Recipe Journal, after having the pleasure of owning this myself and enjoying its use time after time, it's my number 1. This gift your mum can use now, keep and pass down within the family. What gift did you end up going for? Or did you find another unusual gift idea that you'd like to share, do get in touch and let me know. I love to hear from readers. Jen - Author, Tried and Loved * The Site cannot and does not contain [medical/legal/health/fitness/other] advice. The [legal/medical/fitness/health/other] information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. As an Amazon Associate and Affiliate for other brands, we may earn from qualifying purchases. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, to help you make the best choices.

  • 10 Best Gin Gift Sets for Her

    Are you looking for the best gin gift sets for her birthday? An anniversary or Valentine's day? Your search can stop here with my list of the 10 best gin sets for her. Here’s a quick look at my top 10: The Floral One The Luxury One The Budget One The DIY one The Grow Your Own One The Standard One The Mulled One The Minibar One The Can't Choose One One The Personalised One Did you know that gin is the UK’s favourite spirit? What makes gin so popular? It has to be something to do with the range of gin styles such as dry, sweet, fruity, or crisp and flavourful mixers. With over 1500 varieties of gin on the market no wonder there is something for every taste. My wife is a gin lover, I asked her what things she would look for in a perfect gin gift? She said Attractive presentation Something unique And of course a tasty gin Would these be on your gin set checklist? I’ve researched features and reviews of tens of popular gift set options and found some hidden gems along the way. This is my top 10 list of the best gin gift sets. From miniatures and mixes to swanky bottles and decorative glasses, I’ve got something here for everyone. For each gin gift set, I’ll share the contents of the set, the presentation, the price, the quality, and its uniqueness. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. List of the 10 Best Gin Gift Sets For Her In no particular order... 1. The Floral One The Whitley Neill Gin & Chocolate Bouquet Contents: 1 x Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin 5cl, 1 x Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin 5cl, 1 x Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 5cl, 12 x Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Truffles, 1 x Joe & Seph's Gin & Tonic Gourmet Popcorn Pouch 70g, Artificial Ivory Roses & Foliage, Reusable Acrylic Vase & Hand-tied Bow Presentation: Presented in a reusable acrylic vase and hand-tied bow. Bouquet arrives in a luxury designer postal box that doubles as a gift box. Price: Approx £40 Best Bits: Gin and Chocolate Bouquet arrives beautifully presented, no effort required to wrap and it comes ready to gift. They never sell substitutions so you get exactly what you order. Perfect for a Lockdown gift to send straight to the recipient. 2. The Luxury One Silent Pool Distillers Gin Giftbox Contents: 1 x 70cl bottle of Silent Pool Gin and 2 Copa style glasses. Price: Approx £69 Presentation: The bottle and glasses come in a beautifully decorated matching box. The box has been complimented by many in reviews. Best Bits: This crisp, clean flavoured gin with lavender hints is a joy for the senses. This bottle and glasses set is one you’ll want to leave out for others to see. 3. The Budget One Gordon's Pink Gin Gift Hamper Contents: 2 miniature bottles of Gordon's premium pink distilled gin (5cl), 2 bottles of Schweppes Indian tonic water (125ml), 8 milk chocolate truffles (80g), 1 bag of salted butterscotch popcorn (40g), and a curved stemless glass. Price: Approx £23 Presentation: Wrapped in a plain gift box ready to be opened and enjoyed. Includes a gift card for you to add your own personalised message. Best Bits: Perfect as a gin gift that has a little of everything. As long as you’re not expecting luxury, this tasty gift on a budget is a great option for Secret Santa’s, friends' and colleagues' birthdays or as a thank you gesture. 4. The DIY One Sandy Leaf Farm Ultimate Gin Maker's Kit Contents: Spice blends ready to be mixed with 700ml of Vodka per batch (Vodka not included). Juniper berries, botanicals, funnel, metal strainer, kraft paper bottle bags, testing pipettes. Price: Approx £25 Presentation: Wrapped in a plain gift box, and ready to be opened and enjoyed. Includes a gift card for you to add your own personalised message. Best Bits: The recipient can make 10 bottles of their own gin in a range of flavours including orange, pink and chocolate. They can learn whilst having fun and be proud of their creations. Ideal for beginners who love gin. Obviously, there’s no ready-to-drink gin included in this gift and they need to add the Vodka, but still, this a cool gin gift. 5. The Grow Your Own One The Botanist Gin Herb Planter Gift Pack Contents: 70cl Botanist Gin and herb planter (seeds not included) Price: Approx £39 Presentation: Standard packaging (see picture) Best Bits: A classy looking set with a bottle worthy of display. The recipient can grow their own garnish with the included herb planter, although they need to add their own seeds. From the Scottish Island of Islay, this Dry Gin boasts a unique taste and fruity menthol aroma. 6. The Standard One Gordon's Premium Pink Gin Gift Set Contents: 2 miniature bottles of Gordon's premium pink distilled gin (5cl), 2 official Gordon’s Premium Pink balloon Copa glasses and botanicals (3g dried hibiscus flower and 12g juniper berries). Price: Approx £20 Presentation: Presented in a standard branded presentation box, similar to what you’d see on the shelf in a supermarket. Best Bits: With pink gin being the most popular type of gin and Gordon’s being a well-recognised brand, you can’t go wrong with this set, just don’t expect luxury. 7. The Mulled One Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Gift Set With Glasses Contents: 1 x 50cl Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur, 1 x bag of mulled spices, 2 x Edinburgh Gin Glasses Price: Approx £34 Presentation: Presented in a clever book casing style, this set really could blend in on your bookshelf. A very well-presented set with a slightly expensive feel. Best Bits: This winter’s cocktail, as the brand calls itself, is a set for a certain taste. A mulled gin lovers’ ideal gift. A beautiful present to give with its bookcase packaging. 8. The Minibar One MicroBarBox 7 Gin Heaven Gift Set Contents: 50ml Hendrick's Gin 50ml Sipsmith Gin, 50ml Edinburgh Gin, 50ml Bombay Sapphire Gin 50ml Chase GB Gin, 50ml Bedrock Gin 50ml Martin Miller's Gin, Fentimans mixers Price: Approx £56 Presentation: Presented in a beautiful gift box this set opens up to display the contents like the door of a minibar. A well-thought-out design. Best Bits: This is a set I am going to buy for my wife. Everything you need to create a mix of gin drinks with easy-to-follow instructions, presented in a gift-worthy box. This one’s a winner for me and the many other reviewers who have raved about it. 9. The Can't Choose One One Edinburgh Gin, 12 x 5cl Flavoured Gin Storybook Gift Set Contents: 1 x Edinburgh Gin Classic, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Lemon & Jasmine Gin, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Gooseberry & Elderflower, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandarin, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin Liqueur, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Gin Liqueur, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Strawberry & Pink Pepper Gin Liqueur, 1 x Edinburgh Gin Plum & Vanilla Gin Liqueur. Price: Approx £50 Presentation: Presented in a clever book casing style, this set really could blend in on your bookshelf. A very well-presented set with a slightly expensive feel. Best Bits: This set has something for every palete. Perfect for the gin explorer or the can’t-decider. I love the presentation. The brand offers a variety of different gin sets, all with the same bookcase packaging so you could collect them. 10. The Personalised One Personalised Premium Distilled Gordon's Pink Gin Gift Set Contents: Personalised Presentation box, 1 x 70cl Gordon's Premium Distilled Pink Gin, 2 x 250ml Fentimans Rose Lemonade Price: Approx £43 Presentation: Your gin is presented in a personalised box so you can add a name of your choice. Best Bits: The personalisation is perfect for adding that special touch to your gift. This a gift your recipient can keep forever, not just until the bottle’s empty. Don’t expect luxury box material, simply an affordable personalised gift. Round-up of my top 10 gin gift sets for her No matter your budget, your recipient's tastes, or their favourite brand of gin, there’s something on this list for everyone. I’ll be purchasing the Edinburgh Gin Story Book gift set for my wife’s birthday this year, she never knows what gin to buy, with this gift she can try them all! What are some other Gin inspired gifts she might like? On my hunt for the best gin sets for her, I came across some other cool gin gift ideas, take a look at my favourite 5 finds: Acrylic Box Neon - Gin Bar This hand made neon sign glass box would look awesome on a home bar on top of the beer fridge. However be cautious if purchasing as there is a lack of reviews. Gin the Mood: 50 Gin recipes This cocktail recipe book will keep them inspired with new cocktail ideas throughout the seasons. Classics, contemporary, and must-haves, there’s something for all tastes. Gin Themed Trivia Board Game Move around the table by answer questions on history, mixology, gin-iuses, and more. No drinking required, just some fun for the gin enthusiast. An ideal after-dinner party game. Gin & Tonic Lip Balm by The Prohibition Co. Your recipient can enjoy lip protection and great flavour with this lip balm gift. And bonus, it’s made with 99% organic ingredients. Personalised Gin Glasses for Gin Lovers This duo of 700ml handblown crystal engraved glasses make a beautiful addition to your recipient's bar. You even get a choice of fonts with your personalisation. Conclusion I hope I was able to help you find the perfect gin gift. I’ll be keeping this article updated with my latest finds, so feel free to bookmark this page and return, or even share it with your friends. Take a look at my other gifting articles if you need some further inspiration. Jen – Author, Tried and Loved. As an Amazon Associate, we may earn from qualifying purchases. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, to help you make the best choices.

  • Best Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone Apple Watch and AirPods under £100

    Are you stocking up on more and more portable devices? How do you keep them all charged without creating a spaghetti junction of cables? Thankfully Qi and MagSafe technology allow us to wirelessly charge our tech. I’m going to share with you my 3 best all-in-one wireless charging docks for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. All which are under £100 I'll be delving into the pros and cons of each of my top 3 charging docks, including how the tech works, charging power and more. Top 3 wireless charging docks Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger (7.5W Wireless Charging Station for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods) Mophie 3 in 1 Wireless Charge Pad (Qi Wireless 7.5W Charging Pad for Apple iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch) Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger (for Apple iPhone, Watch & AirPods & Pencil) I’m a wireless charging station user myself, I use the Teminice 4-in-1 charger in my office. The Belkin and Mophie models got themselves in to my top 3 after extensive research into more than 30 popular wireless charging options. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Let's take a closer look at why these are my top 3: No.1: Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. Price: Approx £99.00 | Colours: Black or White | Size: H12.14 x W10.24 x D19.05cm Power: Qi-enabled iPhones at 7.5W, Apple Watch and AirPods at 5W Works with: iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro Charges through a case? Yes, up to 3mm thick Pros of the Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station Upright charging The iPhone charging stand holds an iPhone at approximately a 15 degree angle. The angle helps make notifications and message pop ups easy to read. Intuitive design With obvious places to pop your devices, there is no fiddling to get the charging spot right. Suitable for nightstand mode The Apple Watch charging point is upright, enabling you to use your watch in nightstand mode. Nightstand mode shows the clock on your watch in full screen, as well as date, charge and alarm time. LED indicator No need to tap your devices to check if they are charging, the small LED indicator shows that for you. Singular cable Only 1 wire exits from the back of the charging dock, keeping your space tidy. Good price for top brand Belkin are the No.1 third-party supplier of wireless charging devices. Therefore this 3-in-1 charging station is a bargain for under £100 Cons of the Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station All plastic The all plastic design brings a cheaper look to the product and obviously means it's not environmentally friendly either. AirPods and Apple Watch charging points close together Charging points are closely located, if you're not careful you can knock one or the other off their charging positions. Apple Watch charging point is a different colour The charging circle on the black model is a lighter colour than the rest of the dock. When an Apple Watch is not charging you can see the circle doesn’t match the colour of the rest of the dock which spoils the aesthetic design. Overview of the Belkin Charging Dock When I purchased my charging station, I chose a budget brand, a low price was the strongest factor in my decision. Money aside, I would choose this Belkin charging station for the brand reputation and the nightstand mode ability for the Apple Watch. No.2: Morphie 3-in-1 Wireless Charge Pad for Apple iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch Approx: £95.00 | Colours: Black (plastic), grey (fabric) | Size: W7.25 x H4.0 x D4.0 in Power: Qi-enabled iPhones at 7.5 W, Apple Watch and AirPods at 5 W Works With: iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro Charges through a case? Yes, up to 3mm thick Pros of Morphie 3-in-1 Wireless Charge Pad for Apple iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch Classy material Dark grey suede covers the top flat area of the pad, giving it a classy look. Perfect for the bedroom or office. Singular cable One wire from the back of the charging dock keeps your space neat and tidy. Suitable for nightstand mode Like the Belkin model, the Apple Watch charging point is upright, enabling you to use your watch in nightstand mode. Nightstand mode shows the clock on your watch in full screen, as well as date, charge and alarm time. Extra support A small protruding notch helps to hold the Apple Watch and stops it slipping off. Intuitive Design The Airpod charging area is easy to find via an indentation in the material Cons of Morphie 3-in-1 Wireless Charge Pad for Apple iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch Limited iPhone charging positions You can spot iPhone charging area by the Morphie logo. Yet the phone position must be matched exactly over the coils to be able to charge. AirPod Pro’s don’t fit The case for AirPod Pro’s is larger than the indented area for AirPod charging. AirPod Pro's may not sit in the charging slot properly but are still able to charge. Overview of Morphie Charging Pad Customer reviews were super positive on the most part about this Morphie product. Based on reviews alone I’d be tempted to buy, but due to already owning a pair of original AirPods (non-wireless charging), this limited my choice which is why I brought the Teminice 4-in-1 charger. If you own a pair of Wireless charging AirPods the Morphie Charging Pad would work for you. No.3: Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger for Apple iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods & Apple Pencil Price: Approx £30 | Colours: Black | Size: W17 x H8.5 x D1 cm Power: 7.5W/5W for phone, 5W for AirPods, 2W for Apple Watch, 2W for iPencil Works With: iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro Charges through a case? Yes, up to 3mm thick Pros of Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger for Apple iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods & Apple Pencil Design is intuitive With obvious places to pop your devices, it's easy to dock and run. You won't have to wait to see if the device is charging, there's not really any room for error. Airpod charging dock The Airpod charging area may not be wireless, but it accommodates all AirPod models. That includes the original AirPods which do not have wireless charging technology. Non-slip mats at the base The extra support means the charging station is stable on all tabletop materials. Portrait and landscape charging You can charge your iPhone vertically or horizontally. This feature allows you to watch a movie, play a game or chat to friends whilst charging. One cable Like the other models in this article just one wire comes from the back, keeping your space clear. Led Indicator Checking if your devices are charging is easy with the LED indicator. Adjustable angle The Teminice charging station offers 2 leaning angles for your iPhone which you can adjust these easily from the back of the station. It’s super cheap Best of all, this device is under £30! I’ve had mine for 6 months and it works perfectly for my needs without breaking the bank. Cons of Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger for Apple iPhone, Watch, AirPods & Pencil All plastic Not as professional looking as the Morphie 3-in-1's suede design, and of course, like the Belkin model being all plastic, it's not environmentally friendly. Only charges original Apple Pencil The Teminice Apple charging station offers wireless charging for iPhone and Apple Watch, but docked, lightening charging for Apple Pencil and AirPods. Only original Apple Pencils can charge through this station, the Apple Pencil 2 only charges wirelessly and doesn't have lightening docking ability. I have an Apple Pencil 2 and I am unable to charge my pencil on this device. Not that it worries me, as I continue to snap the pencil to my iPad (magnetically) for charging. Overview of Teminice Charger I am 100% happy with my Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger. I spent less than £30 on a device I use every day at my desk. I love the upright iPhone stand as I can read notifications as they pop up. The plastic design doesn’t make the product look or feel high quality, yet it’s simple and reliable functionality makes up for that. For anyone on a budget, this is the charger for you. My conclusion of the best wireless charging dock for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods If you’re looking for a budget multi-device charging station, then the Teminice 4-in-1 is a winner. However, if money is no question, I'd personally go for the Belkin 3-in-1 charging station. You may be asking, what about Apple? Do Apple offer any products for wireless charging? They do yes, but to better describe the options from Apple, let's look at the wireless technology in a little more detail: What is Qi? Qi is wireless charging technology (through very short distances) and allows for easy charging, no cables, no fuss, no mess. What iPhones have Qi wireless charging? At the time of writing Apple iPhone: 12 Pro Max, 12 Pro, 12, 12 mini, SE 2020, 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS, Max XS, XR, 8, 8 Plus Can you wirelessly charge older Apple iPhone models? Short answer, yes. Long answer, you’ll need an adapter. The adapter plugs into your phone's port, however that then renders your port unusable for anything else. How much power should a charger or charging station have? Qi enabled iPhones can charge at 7.5 watts, and up to 5 watts for Apple Watch and AirPods. Some Android devices can charge a lot faster, but I’m sure Apple won’t sit in the slow lane for long. I’ve found my 7.5 watt wireless charger will charge my iPhone XS Max approx. 15%-20% in half an hour. What is MagSafe? MagSafe is a technology made by Apple, and is a magnetic ‘snap on’ technology. MagSafe chargers for Macbooks have been around for years and was introduced for the iPhone 12 in 2020. The biggest benefit of MagSafe wireless charging for iPhone is the speed of the charge; doubling the previous wattage in Qi versions to 15 watts. The downside to MagSafe is that you can only use MagSafe tech through Apple currently. What iPhones have MagSafe functionality? The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and likely future iPhones. What are some MagSafe for iPhone Chargers? Apple MagSafe Charger Apple MagSafe Duo Charger Are there other note-worthy charging docks? As I said at the start, there are so many wireless charging stations to choose from, picking a top 3 was tough. Here’s another 3 wireless chargers that almost made my cut, or might be off topic slightly but are still worth a shout out: Anker Wireless Charger Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad In Conclusion My best advice would be to consider what devices you have and what charging stations cover all your device needs. Consider when you might upgrade your devices, plus if you will be getting a MagSafe capable device. Try and shop for a combination of both now and the future. Which charging dock did you go with? Let me know if there's an alternative station you feel is a winner too. If you'd like to read more technology or office gadget articles take a look at my 'For Business' page. Jen - Author, Tried and Loved. Notes: Prices and features correct at the time of writing. As an ambassador, I may earn a commission on purchases made through links on this page.

  • A Todoist Review 2021

    I'm here to help you decide whether Todoist is for you! Here's my easy-to-read, Todoist Review 2021. Todoist has 100% transformed the way I work here for the better! I'm going to share with you, the pros and cons, the features, the costs, and how to get started with Todoist. Let's get into it! Bottom line; Todoist offers an easy to use, customisable to-do-list type app that works seamlessly across devices. Why is the Todoist App good? Easy navigation Quick add tasks Many integrations Organise projects easily There's a free version Works on many platforms Handy Chrome extension iPhone Widgets available Customisable view options Additional team and filter features What are the disadvantages of using Todoist? None for me! This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. What is the Todoist App used for? Todoist is used for task management and tracking productivity for individuals and businesses, or both, like me! Here's a snapshot of how my Todoist dashboard looks. Each of the main categories tasks fall under are known as 'projects'. I can 'filter' 'tasks' down into cross-project categories, see each day's tasks clearly laid out and colour coded by time/priority order, plus each task shows what project it belongs to. Take a look... What App is better than Todoist? In the past, I'd given Trello and Asana a go, iPhone Reminders, and even good old trusty Excel, but nothing hit the spot for my needs... Then came Todoist. How much does Todoist cost? Is the Todoist app free? There is a free version! You can add up to 5 projects on the go and connect 5 people on projects, get reminders and set up prioritised or reoccurring tasks with the free version. Yet I use the premium (Pro) version (from £3 per month), and I 100% recommend this version for anyone who's serious about getting organised. Feel free to read my article on Todoist Free vs Premium (Pro). Comparison of some popular To-Do app prices * Todoist FREE version or from £3 per month for Premium (Pro) Any Do FREE version or from £2.99 per month for Premium Evernote FREE version or from £4.99 per month for Premium TickTick FREE version or from £2.40 per month for Premium As you can see, they are all around the same monthly cost for a premium version. In my personal opinion, Todoist Premium is so worth the cost of less than 10p per day. What's my favourite feature of Todoist? Labels I use labels a lot to 'tag' similarities in tasks across projects. For example I have a label called 'WAITING' which I add to any tasks where I'm waiting for a response from someone. I then have a separate weekly reoccurring task to chase all tasks with the 'WAITING' label, which Todoist shows me as a list in priority order. 2021 update: Todoist announced they will be adding labels to the list of features available in their free plan, winning! What is Todoist Premium (Pro)? Is going Premium (Pro) worth it? There's a number of additional features on the Premium (Pro) version; for a full list of features, select Pricing on Todoist's website. Of all the features included in the Premium (Pro) version, there is one we wouldn't be half as organised without: Filters Geeking out now, but I love to write an instruction for a filter! I can use simple '&, ! and @' symbols I can instruct Todoist to show me bespoke filtered task lists. For example I use a filter to show me all tasks in priority order that haven't been scheduled yet, and that I'm not 'WAITING' on a reply for. I use this filtered list to select top priority tasks that I want to schedule for 'this week'. 2021 update: Todoist has stated that they will be adding filters to the list of features available in their free plan, however with a limit of 3. This wouldn't be enough for me, as I reply on filters. Here's what the filter instruction would look like: What can you do with the Todoist App? You can organise your tasks down to the minutest detail. Since using Todoist I've been a lot more productive and efficient with my time. All of my projects get the time and attention they deserve, and I've been able to schedule a time for tasks that shouldn't have been neglected before, but were due to getting lost in long lists of notes. This has all been fixed thanks to Todoist helping organise my time. Tip: Check out my ULTIMATE guide to Todoist recurring tasks and subtasks here Here are some other examples of what the Todoist app could help you achieve: Track your personal goals Organise your finances Set meeting agendas Track campaigns Create & publish videos Manage your clients Plan your classes Plan appointments Track fitness and much more What are the best features of the Todoist App? The 3 best features other than labels and filters in my opinion, are: 1. The Board View With a board view, you can drag and drop tasks easily; each 'section' of your project sits at the top of the view rather than in one long list. I use this feature in a few ways, but my favourite is to brainstorm content by week. So across the top, I'll have sections: Week 1, Week 2 etc, and underneath, I can drag and drop my blog, social media, and other content ideas and map out my future content plan. Here's an example (screenshot of Todoist's Social Media Calendar template): 2. Custom Sorting A newer feature on Todoist is the custom sorting and grouping options; you can choose to sort tasks by priority, date, or name. You can also group by one of those types and then sort within that group. I tend to use the priority sorting feature and then I have an unwritten code to the way we use the priority flags. Priority 1 - Things that must be done NO MATTER WHAT Priority 2 - Things that have consequences if they are not done Priority 3 - Things that I'd ideally like to get done Priority 4 - Notes and gentle reminders 3. Natural Language Instructions There are so many features to use in Todoist (even though it doesn't feel overwhelming at all), and Todoist have enabled natural language instructions to speed up the way we can use those features. For example, you can use the # key to pop up a list of projects, the / key to pop up a list of sections, 'P' to quickly type a priority level, @ key to quickly add a label, and even use short words to add schedules like 'ev mon' = every Monday. For example, let's say I want to add the task 'take the bins out' to my 'personal' to-do's project under the section 'house', and it's a top priority every Monday, I would write: "Take Bins Out ev mon # personal /house p1" Get started with Todoist Signing up to the Todoist App is really quick and easy to do on any mobile or desktop device. However, my advice before getting excited to start adding tasks, is take 5-10 minutes to jot down what your projects would be and what your sections might be within that. For example, I have an 'Accounting' project that includes a 'weekly tasks' section, 'things to pay' section, and 'things to be paid' section. Then under each section are the 'tasks' / invoices etc. Map your project and section headings out for 5-10 minutes first, and you'll likely save time and effort down the line adjusting things on the app. If you're not sure if you'll be needing the Premium version yet, that's natural; you can download the app and start with the free version, then upgrade without a hitch once you're ready. Do you need some inspiration for project ideas? Take a look at Todoist's templates; you can view them for free by clicking Resources then Templates from the Todoist menu. Check out my article about the 5 Best Todoist Templates. In conclusion, is Todoist good? It's not just good, it's a no-brainer in my opinion! My anxiety levels in terms of keeping on top of work and life, in general, have dramatically dropped, I absolutely love the seamless use across platforms and how my iPhone widget gives me a clear picture of where I am with tasks that day. I even get Todoist lists on my iWatch, not that I use it on there much, but still, how cool! I've also set up my home Alexa to add items to my Todoist when I say 'Alexa add XYZ to my to-do list' or add items to my Shopping List project when I say 'Alexa add XYZ to the shopping list'. I've also integrated my Google Calendar to add appointments automatically to Todoist as well. As you can probably tell, I geek out about this app, I absolutely love it! If this article helps another individual or business get inspired to get as organised with Todoist as I am, then that's awesome, I'm excited for you! If you have a question about Todoist, I'd be happy to help Jen - Author, Tried and Loved *Prices and features correct at the time of writing. As an ambassador, I may earn a commission on purchases made through links on this page.

  • Todoist Free vs Premium (Renamed Pro in 2021)

    Trying to decide if you should spend the money on the Premium (now pro) version of Todoist? Do you want to see the differences between Todoist Premium and Free? I've got it all right here. Note: This article has been updated to include Todoist's new 2021 free plan feature updates. Todoist also announced they are changing the name of their 'Premium' plan to 'Pro' in 2021, so when we say 'Premium' in this article we mean the new 'Pro'. Got it? Good, let's move on. Firstly, let me give you my personal opinion immediately, go Premium! Not to say the Free version isn't a great place to find your feet if you're new to the app, but if, like me, you juggle a multitude of projects, you'll likely want to swiftly move to Premium to take advantage of its incredible features. Let's back that up with some reasons and comparisons. We'll look at these areas of comparison for Todoist Free vs. Premium: Cost Projects and Tasks Labels and Filters People and Teams Comments and Files Would you like to see Todoist Free vs Premium features in a comparison table that includes the new 2021 free plan rollout? You're in luck! Take a look below. A little context, I'm a proud Todoist Ambassador, who loves all things 'Todoist'. As a busy company director, I've tried many different task management apps over the past 20 years. Todoist is the first and only one that takes away my anxiety of forgetting something. In fact, I've never been more productive! I'm super pumped to share my comparisons of Todoist Premium vs Free with you. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. 1. The Cost: Todoist Free vs Premium At the time of writing this article, Todoist Premium works out to $3/£3 per month if you pay annually. It increases slightly to $4/£4 per month if you choose to pay monthly. I personally pay £36 upfront for the year. I can hear you saying 'Ok…but £36 is a lot different from Free'. Correct, but let's look at the value it brings: £36 over 365 days of the year is less than 10p per day. So now ask yourself this question: would you pay 10p per day to get your personal and work tasks in order, feel super organised and give yourself the best chance of increasing productivity? Or put it another way - would you consider swapping the £36 you spend on 10 x coffee house cappuccinos in a year, for a piece of software that helps you every hour of every day to get organised? I know I would, and I do! So the Free version is obviously no cost to you, yet there are some feature sacrifices for the freeness, and we'll go into some feature differences further down. But if you are tentatively looking to download Todoist, the Free option is perfect for getting an overall opinion of the basics of the software in my opinion, so I'd use it (and did use it) as a limited feature trial or taster period if you need to. Fact: I recently ran a survey on Reddit in a Todoist subreddit, asking who was a Free, Premium or Business user and why they chose the plans they did. 60% of the 600+ voters said they we're Premium users and 29% said they where free users. Of the premium users, many commented on their belief in paying for a tool they rely on, which I understand and completely agree with. Here are some of those comments: "I want to support the on going development" "I believe in paying for software that I rely on" "It's mportant for me to support the app developers" "I want Todoist to be here in the long run" "I rely on the tool and want it to be sustainable going forward" 2. Projects and Tasks: Todoist Free vs Premium Let's look at the basic project and task facts first... Todoist Free: Active Projects: 5 (new update 2021) Active Tasks Per Project: 300 (new update 2021) Active Sections Per Project: 20 Reoccurring Dates: Yes Task Priorities: Yes Reminders: No Todoist Premium: Active Projects: 300 Active Tasks Per Project: 300 Active Sections Per Project: 20 Reoccurring Dates: Yes Task Priorities: Yes Reminders: Yes Tip: Check out my ULTIMATE guide to Todoist recurring tasks and subtasks here The biggest difference in the area of projects and tasks is the number of projects you can add. I personally use only 16 of the possible 300 active projects available in Premium, yet I utilise sections to split them up, then add tasks and subtasks. I keep my project subjects very broad. However, if you prefer to use projects for each slight variant of work, you may find yourself running short of projects with the 5 limit in the Free version. Fact: Todoist's free version update rollout sees a drop in the limit of active projects (down from 80), however, they have added some helpful features to the free version that weren't available before without Premium, so don't be too disappointed at the drop to 5 projects just yet (more on this later). Fact: If you are already a free version user and you have more than 5 active projects you will be able to keep those, but you will not be able to add any more. Most of my own tasks are repeatable, so I use the reoccurring date feature every day. I also have a code for how I use flags (task priorities) Red P1 for tasks that cannot be left or must be done. Orange P2 for those I should do and if I don't, there will be consequences. Blue P3 for the ones I'd ideally like to get done, and P4 for unimportant items or notes. This code helps me manage my time - Red's first, oranges second etc, no deflecting from the plan. So in conclusion, when it comes to the number of tasks within projects, the reoccurring date feature and task priorities, in my opinion, Free and Premium come out almost equal as you can do the same on both, yet, if you are someone who'd split projects up with more detail, then you're likely going to need the Premium service, or utilise a project's sections instead. The reminders feature is only available in the Premium version too. I don't personally use the reminders as my Todoist app is always open on my computer screen, and the widget of upcoming tasks sits on the front page of my iPhone, so reminders are not a major contender in my preference of Free or Premium here. However it's worth noting that in the Reddit survey I conducted (as mentioned in the section above), some free users commented on upgrading to Premium purely to be able to use reminders. 3. Labels and Filters Fact: Todoist's free plan update includes Labels and filters! What a game-changer! Until the update was announced, Premium was the only choice for me so I could get access to filters and labels. These are my favourite features on Todoist and the main reason I chose Todoist over other task management apps. I use labels to 'tag' tasks across projects. For example, I have a label called 'WAITING' which I add to any tasks where I'm waiting for someone to do something or reply in order for me to be able to complete the task. I then have one weekly reoccurring task to chase all tasks with the 'WAITING' label, which Todoist cleverly shows me as a filtered list in priority order. What I also love about labels is how their colour can make a task stand out amongst a long list of tasks. Again if I use my 'WAITING' (red) label as an example, in today's view, I might have a task with that label that stands out in red, so I know to do that task first in the morning. This allows the person whom I'm waiting on time to get back to me, so I have a chance of completing the task that day. Geeking out now, I love to write instruction for a filter! Using simple '&, ! and @' symbols, I can instruct Todoist to show me bespoke filtered task lists. Let me give you an example: I use a filter to show me all tasks in P1 (top priority), that have not been scheduled yet, and that I'm not 'WAITING' on a reply for. I then use this filtered list to select top priority tasks that I want to schedule to do 'this week'. Here's what the filter instruction would look like: no date & !@WAITING & !recurring & P1 It's not as scary as it looks, see: no date = select all tasks without a date & !WAITING = and select tasks without the label 'WAITING' & !recurring = and select tasks that are not recurring & P1 = and select tasks that have Priority 1 flag Once you get the hang of how to use these symbols as instructions, the world is your oyster! Or at least Todoist is! This is why I chose Todoist over other task management apps, as I can customise lists to suit the way I work, I'm not governed by what the app developer thinks I need to see. Fact: In the new free plan update, you can add unlimited labels and up to 3 filters. My conclusion comparing Todoist labels and filters in both plans is they come out almost equal now that you can add them in the free plan. I'd side slightly towards the Premium plan however as filters are a genius way to see exactly what you need and if you're like me, and many other Todoist users (according to Reddit survey), your Todoist dashboard will be governed by them, so 3 might not be enough. 4. People and Teams Let's look at the basic people and teams facts first... Todoist Free: People per project: 5 Shared team Inbox: No Admin & member roles: No Team Billing: No Todoist Premium: People per project: 25 Shared team inbox: No Admin & member roles: No Team Billing: No As you can see many of the team features aren't available on either the Free or the Premium versions, meaning they are only available on the business version, so for this comparison, team features don't come into play. However, you can add 5 times as many people to projects in Premium as you can in the Free version of Todoist. How big is your team? How many team members would need access? Or perhaps consider if contractors or freelancers would need access? For me personally, at the moment, I only have my web developer and co-director using Todoist with me, so I could essentially use the Free version. However, there are limitations to what sort of interaction you can have with your team, take a look at the next section about file attachment limits and you'll see my point. Fact: The new 2021 free plan update doesn't include any changes to people and team limits 5. Comments and Files Fact: Big news! In the new free plan rollout in 2021, Todoist is adding commenting ability to tasks and comment attachments up to 5mb. Before the update, this feature wasn't available at all to free Todoist users. I find that I don't use the comments feature for my own tasks, however, using comments in tasks that are in shared projects with other team members is super helpful. For instance, I can ask my web developer a question about our site conversion, he can respond in the comments, and I can ask subsequent questions and so on, I can see where we got to in a conversation without needing another app, or set of notes, or in fact any brainpower! Comments, therefore, are great for both free or premium users that need to track the progress of a project. I have a similar conclusion on the file upload feature. It's ideal for sending a team member a file without the need for another app like a cloud service. Overall, if you work with at least one other person you'll most likely find this feature very helpful in terms of efficiency and timesaving. The difference between the free and premium versions (after the 2021 update) is the file size limit on attachments. In the free plan you can only upload up to 5mb, ideal for a word doc, or excel sheet, yet on the Premium plan you can attach files up to 100mb, ideal for heavy design files, videos and so forth. What other features have been upgraded or added for users in the 2021 Todoist free plan update? Activity History Free users can now view their activity history for up to 1 week previous. Users will be able to see past added and edited tasks, completed or uncompleted tasks, and any they deleted. All integrations Free users are able to make use of all Todoists integration options. I use Google Alexa all of the time with Toodist for my shopping list as well as quick-add-task brain dumps! Integrations all users are now able to utilise include: Google Drive Dropbox Outlook Airmail Mailbird Google Assistant Google Alexa Toggl Track Time Doctor Pomodone Powr of You Forwarding emails as Todoist tasks and comments Previously only available on Premium and Business versions, free users can now email a special Todoist email address that uses the subject line as a new task name and the email's body as the comments on the task. Useful especially when there are actionable items in an email conversation! 2-way calendar sync Using either Google Calendar, Apple Calendar or Outlook Calendar, all Todoist users can sync their scheduled tasks with their calendar. The 2-way sync allows changes from either Todoist or your calendar platform to update the other in real-time. Templates Previous to the update, Free Todoist users couldn't get access to Todoist's 50+ project template library. I have used many Todoist templates as starting or reference points for my own projects as a Premium user, now free users can get inspired too. Productivity Trends I personally don't take much notice of this feature as a premium user, I feel like if I achieve 'Todoist Zero' in my dashboard on a given day I'm winning. However for those interested, the feature basically tot's up how many tasks you've completed over a day or week and compares against your set goals. Now free users have access to these insights too. In Conclusion In all 5 main categories of comparison, Premium Todoist comes out as the winner for me. Todoist Premium also comes with other additional features to the Free version, including premium themes, automatic backups and priority support. So if you're on the fence as to if Todoist is for you in general, you could try the Free version then upgrade to Premium as soon as you're settled in and see the potential power of Toodists full features. You could also check out this Todoist Review too for a little more on how to utilise Todoist Premium features. If you're a Free version user already, what are you waiting for? Get organised with lists that fit your way of working every day for less than 10p per day with Todoist Premium. How do you get Premium Todoist? Simply go to your user icon, select Settings and click manage plan. Simple. What's your conclusion? Are you a Free user or a Premium user now? Will you be upgrading, let me know. For more software and technology articles take a look at my 'For Business' page, or ideas for you personally, check out the 'For You' page. Jen - Tried and Loved Author *References Short Disclaimer: Feature and pricing information is correct at the time of writing. We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons which are fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choices. For more information read our Full Disclaimer

  • Best Todoist Templates

    Todoist, the task management software, offers an inspirational range of templates for projects, but which are the best Todoist templates? Are you an experienced Todoist user looking for templates that will help your productivity and organisation? Or perhaps you’re somebody looking to try Todoist for the first time and checking out the templates on offer? Either way I’ve got some awesome templates for you in this article. What do I think are the best Todoist templates? We have so many to choose from it's hard to pick a top five, however I'm going to share with you the five Todoist templates I've used, or have used then adapted, to suit my business or personal needs, and therefore to me, these are the best. My 5 best Todoist templates are: 1. Social Media Calendar 2. Blog Post 3. Book Writing 4. Accounting Tasks 5. Goal Tracker As a Todoist user myself, and a proud Todoist Ambassador, I can say with 100% confidence that this task manager has transformed the way I work, helping me manage my time better to increase business productivity, and keep my personal life in check. Running two limited companies requires careful use of my time. Previous to using Todoist I had tried other tools including Microsoft OneNote to manage tasks. OneNote has some great features, however I never felt that I was on top of juggling projects and campaigns with it. I was using it more like a notepad of things I shouldn't forget to do, but with no scheduled date to be completed by, I ‘d always find myself a little lost as to where I was in any given project. I also used OneNote as a place to take notes at meetings or to brainstorm. I'm sure there are many helpful features to OneNote that I'm unaware of and need to learn, yet I was finding myself more and more out of control of the continued increase in tasks as my businesses grew… Enter Todoist. This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you purchase through one of the links. Thank you for your support. Can you use Templates on the Free Plan? Good news, with the Todoist 2021 free plan update, you can use Todoist templates on the free plan! Todoist’s premium and business plans offer a whole range of additional features, which used to include the use of templates, but now they're on the free plan too. To find out what other features Todoist added to free plans take a look at my Todoist Free vs Premium comparison post. How many templates are there on Todoist? At the time of writing, there are approximately 50+ templates available for premium or business users of Todoist. Whether it's to help you organise your personal finances, help plan an event, or to track a campaign, Todoist has it all covered with templates, select Resources then Templates on Todoist to see all the templates on offer. My 5 Best Todoist Templates In Detail 5. Social Media Calendar template Screenshot of social media calendar template from Todoist resources* The social media calendar template was the very first template I added to my Todoist projects list. I use Buffer to schedule my social media campaign posts, and I use that because it's one of the cheapest social schedulers on the market for the simple tasks I need it to do. Then I use Todoist’s social media calendar template as a place to plan and brainstorm content that I can then create and schedule in Buffer. From what I've seen, the social media calendar template seems to be one of the simplest templates that Todoist offers; separating the project into sections by week. I took that template and adapted it for my needs. I now have sections for general reoccurring social media tasks like commenting, adding ALT tags and posting on reels etc. I also brainstorm TikTok video ideas and plan out the next week of social posts. Take a look at the screenshot Todoist example of how I use my social media calendar with Todoist boards: 4. Blog Post template If you're new to blogging this is a great template to get you started and make sure that you don't miss an important part of creating a successful blog. Screenshot of blog post template from Todoist resources* I added this template to my Todoist purely to get inspiration. Let me explain; the blog post template on Todoist comes across to me as more of a general template in terms of researching ideas and what to do from that initial research. Whereas I already have a blog research and brainstorming section in Todoist that work for me. Once I've decided upon the article I'd like to write, I create a task for that one article with subtasks reminding me of all the steps I need to take to ensure its success. That's where the blog post template comes in handy, it acts as a checklist for my subtasks, so I don’t miss an important step of getting the article published. Take a look at the screenshot of how I’ve used subtasks inspired by the blog post template: 3. Book Writing template This template is one I've used pretty recently, I've always wanted to write a children's book that encouraged youngsters to dance and showed them the benefits of dance in a fun characterful way. Never having written a book before, I obviously hit Google up with questions like where to begin writing a children's book? How to get a children’s book published? What's the best format to plan a book? At that point I checked Todoist to see if they had any templates to help. Screenshot of book writing template from Todoist resources* I found the book writing template which gave a basic outline of the tasks I would need to complete to get a book from my brain on to the printed page, along with some tips and tools to help with planning the content of my book. Good news, at the time of writing this article, my children’s book is being illustrated! 2. Accounting Tasks template Screenshot of accounting tasks template from Todoist resources* I initially installed the accounting tasks template when I first used Todoist and I found on the most part, it helped me as a checklist of things not to forget. It’s ideal for any small business finding their feet in trying to initiate a process to their accounting. However, as time has gone on I've created my own accounting project in Todoist which has been inspired by the accounting tasks template. I wanted to keep a log of outstanding invoices in and out, in the same place where my repeating tasks for accounting were. So now I have sections for invoices and sections for reoccurring accounting tasks. I also use subtasks with similarities to the list on the accounting tasks template, take a look at the screenshot of my accounting project: 1. Goal Tracker template My most recent addition to my Todoist is the goal tracker template. I've only recently found this one, and I am extremely excited to use it. I haven't penned in my exact goals as tasks yet; I've been taking the time to brainstorm the most important goals for me. I hope to be ready to add my goal tasks within the next week. Screenshot of goal tracker template from Todoist resources* I get excited imagining how satisfying it will be to hear that little sound that Todoist plays when you complete a task from this goal list. In Conclusion I have personally found that Todoist templates are a brilliant framework or source of inspiration for projects that can then be adapted for any individual or business. Take for example the social media calendar template I mentioned; I took the basic elements and adapted it with new sections and tasks to suit my way of working. If you're still unsure after reading this article whether Todoist is for you, why not download the app and try the free version first? Or even better, take a look at my comparison of free vs Premium Todoist Thanks for taking the time to read this article on the best Todoist templates. If you want to find out what I really think of the key Todoist features, you can read my review of the software as a whole. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to see new Todoist article or other business based articles. Let me know what your favourite templates are. Jen - Tried and Loved author *References and screen shots Short Disclaimer: We may receive commissions when you click our external links. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons which are fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choices. For more information read our Full Disclaimer