christmas
Yesterday Was ‘Send Back the Junk’ Day

Royal Mail staff are not yet enjoying themselves, as now their pre-Christmas hell is over with there's a new type of hell being unleashed on them this week; the annual returning of the crap. Read More >>

christmas
Royal Mail Caught Reading Kids’ Private Letters to Santa

Staff at the Royal Mail have been tearing open letters addressed to Santa, in blatant disregard of GDPR regulations. The result of their tampering is a list of the presents the kids of the nation most want, and there's bad news for my children as "lovely jumpers" does not feature in the top ten. Read More >>

psychology
Research Shows That Doing a Bad Job Wrapping Presents Will Make a Person Like Your Gift Even More

The hectic holidays are approaching, but according to a study shared in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, you shouldn’t waste your time immaculately wrapping the gifts you bought everyone—they’re more inclined to like what’s inside if the presents are wrapped poorly. Read More >>

science
How to Trick Friends and Family Into Thinking You Gave Them a Great Gift

Tis better to give than to receive, but ‘tis best by far to give something that will make you look good in the eyes of the recipient — especially if you can save money in the bargain. Here’s one psychological finding that will help you choose cheaper gifts people will still appreciate: the less-is-better effect. Read More >>

money
How To Flog Your Unwanted Christmas Tech

Had a good Christmas? Get lots of things you like? Good. Get lots of things you don’t like and want to sell for money? Even better! Read More >>

shopping
Secret Santa: 10 Best Presents for Less Than £10

It's easy buying things for strangers, especially when it's in an anonymous Secret Santa arrangement -- as then you can buy something cheap and terrible and not have to live with the consequences and possible cheap-present retaliation. Read More >>

photography
How to Use Your Fancy New Camera Like a Pro

Congratulations, you scored an awesome new camera. Welcome to our annual guide to getting started with your new tool. Read More >>

chatroom
How Many Gifts Are You Selling on eBay?

Every year, without fail, we all receive some bad gifts. Sure, you may've scored that phone, e-reader or laptop that you were lusting after, but there will be shockers, too: a hand-knitted sweater from your grandma, novelty socks. And with gifts that bad, there's only thing for it: eBay. Read More >>

chatroom
So, What Did You Lucky Folks Get For Christmas?

Much as we might like to pretend otherwise, there's one real thing underlying all of the food and merriment of Christmas: pressies. We agonise over buying them, spend hours wrestling with tape and ribbons and scented unicorn hair to wrap the whole lot up with, and then bung them under a tree for days on end. Question is though, what did you get from your loved ones (or possibly your stalkers)? Read More >>

gift guide 2012
Nerdy Gifts for Comic Book Fans

It's been a long time since being a comic fan was a shameful thing. Comics are cool now! Kind of. But buying for a comic fan can be tough, since you never know what they've read, and what's any good. Here are some good bets for the comic fanboys and fangirls in your life. Read More >>

gift guide 2012
Genius Gifts For Kids Who Love Science

If your kid starts showing an aptitude for science and education, it's probably a good thing to encourage. This young person could advance humanity, and potentially land a full university scholarship in the process. Here are some of the best ways to begin to develop that natural curiosity into a lovely Nobel Prize. Read More >>

gift guide 2012
Thoughtful Gifts For Your Sainted Mother

She birthed you. She nurtured you. She took way too many pictures of you at every opportunity. The very least you can do for the original special lady in your life is get her a decent Christmas gift. Put down the Keurig, son. Try these instead. Read More >>