Hoverboards are Here to Stay

With Christmas approaching it seems that the latest piece of tech that everyone wants to own is the self balance electric hoverboard. During the past year they have suddenly increased in popularity. Many popular celebrities proudly post videos of themselves riding them. Brooklyn Beckham’s tweet that showed him hoverboarding down the high street, received over 300,000 likes alone. Sadly within the UK it is illegal to ride your hoverboard on the road or pavement. You are only legal to ride them in your own backyard.

Brooklyn Beckham shows off his moves on his AirBoard | #airboard #swegboard #swegway
Brooklyn Beckham shows off his moves on his AirBoard | #airboard #swegboard #swegway


This then brings us onto the subject of the law. The Highways Act of 1835 means that it is illegal to ride hoverboards on public footpaths and pavements, while the law in the UK also stipulates that it is illegal to ride them on the roads as they are categorised as motor vehicles.

So what do people do? Recently there have been a lot of stories in the media about hoverboard users testing the boundaries of the law, as they ride them in public. It was only the other week that a few youths in London rode past police officers on their hoverboards to see what their reaction would be. Staggeringly there was none. They were not fined or told that what they were doing was illegal.

So why has the law not been changed? It seems ridiculous that these fantastic machines, which are being made for public use, cannot be ridden in public. If they see made to be part of everyday life then people would accept them. Not everyone who owns one wants to cause trouble or to be a public nuisance. You can do that wearing roller skates or riding a bike.

So this begs the question of why those youths we previously mentioned were not arrested? It appears that many in our police force are unclear on the law and that there needs to be further clarification.

We need a dramatic change in the law. We need to make hoverboards legal, so that people can take ownership of them and be legally responsible. There is a legitimate reason for this, as was shown by the reaction when a volunteer police office tweeted that they cannot be used on roads or pavements, This sparked many online petitions urging for them to be made legal.

The latest trend: Self balancing Segways / Hover Board
The latest trend: Self balancing Segways / Hover Board

There is a need to make hoverboards legal, they are here to stay.


Inforgraphic: Representation of Prevalent Diseases among Women

The most dreadful situation in illness is when you don’t know what’s your illness. That’s the situation in India for women. Most women realize their illness when it’s too late to act. Taking necessary steps to know your body and illness and then acting to cure it on time can save your life. Not just that, knowing which diseases are prevalent and taking proper precautions can even prevent such situations from occurring.

Here’s a representation that tells you the prevalent diseases among women and their precautions and causes. Read on and take a step towards leading a healthy life.

8 Health Issues that Women Must Be Aware Of Infographic


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Current Mobile Ecommerce Tips

With more online consumers browsing and making purchases via their mobile phones, businesses should ensure that their sites reflect this trend and increase mobile usability. In fact, forecasts have actually predicted that mobile commerce will have quadrupled by 2017.

Keep Things Simple

A user friendly, easy-to-navigate layout will appeal more to shoppers than sites that are too busy and complex. Make it straightforward to search for products and information.

Simplify Checkout

Ensure a variety of payment methods are available and the checkout process is a simple procedure that takes no more than a few minutes.

Quick and Easy

A slow loading interface can deter customers and reduce sale conversions drastically. Make sure your webpage responds as quickly as it can.

Target the Right Customers

By using geo-location, you can target location relative consumers. Moreover, you can target shoppers based on their behavioural patterns, such as how they commute and how often they actually use their mobiles.

Convert Abandoned Sales

If a customer leaves your site, it doesn’t necessarily mean a loss. You can entice them back with shopping cart abandonment emails reminding them of their left behind products.

Infographic: How to Optimise Your Growing Mobile E-commerce Channel

Credit: Cloud-iQ the conversion optimisation experts.

Helpful tips for opening a business in the Middle East

The Middle East is full of business opportunities; you’ll find booming economies, a strong finance sector, a skilled workforce, and eager customers. This is an area where average standards of living are rising fast, but product saturation is still low. Despite the impression given by news reports about a few troubled areas, the majority of people in the Middle East welcome foreign investors – this is a friendly and highly rewarding place to work.


Businessmen talking in meeting
Businessmen talking in meeting

Business opportunities in the region


There’s much more to the Middle East than oil. A growing tourism industry is opening up opportunities in hospitality, catering, and entertainment. High-end tourism, together with increasing wealth among some of the local people, mean that luxury boutiques are opening up all over the place, with clothing and jewelry strong growth areas. Cars – especially imported ones – are in high demand, as are imported electronics. The success of oil doesn’t mean that people there are naive about environmental issues, and there’s also a growing green sector, plus a lot of other opportunities in science and engineering.


Setting up and finding clients


The welcoming atmosphere in the Middle East extends to support in establishing businesses there, and most foreign embassies have staff dedicated to helping with this process. They’re particularly good at identifying important gatherings for networking, which can be vital when you’re just starting out and getting established. It’s also well worth attending cultural events, such as the annual Dubai Film Festival, which are frequently attended by high-powered business people.


Working between nations


One great thing about doing business in the Middle East is that once you’re established in one country, it’s easy to branch out into others. One man who has made a success of this is Fahad Al-Rajaan, who started out in Kuwait and now has a presence across the region. His specialty is real estate, but he also has an interest in other booming sectors, such as fashion, and he has made a great success of investing in small businesses and helping them to grow.


Things to be aware of


Although women in business tend to be treated with respect in the Middle East, there are countries where female entrepreneurs will be more successful if they have trusted male colleagues available to front for them on some occasions, as business networking sometimes goes on in single sex environments. It is, of course, important to respect local customs, so time should be taken to familiarize yourself with these so that you can avoid making an expensive faux pas. Local people generally cut Westerners some slack, but if you want to make a good impression, you will have to learn to play by the rules. Playing a good round of golf can also come in handy!


Working in the Middle East will undoubtedly present you with challenges, but that’s part of what makes it exciting, and as you find your feet, you’ll come to understand why so many people love it.

15 Easy Tips to Sleep Better Every Night

Looking to get the best possible sleep of your life? You simply need to just start incorporating into your sleep routine a few of these fifteen easy tips to sleep better every night, and you will wake up like me, rested and rejuvenated to take on your day. These tips are not only simple, they will have a huge positive impact on the rest of your day.

Young Woman Sleeping

Here are 15 steps to follow


  1. Go to bed the same time each day. Don’t make the mistake I made and stay up late watching television.


  1. Get up the same time each day. Yes, even on the weekends. When you get up the same time each day, your body becomes programmed to sleep more soundly until it is time to arise each day.


  1. Eliminate those distractions. Invest in some heavier and darker curtains to block light and distant noises from disturbing your sleep each night.


  1. Invest in a little white noise device. Devices that simulate rain storms or ocean waves can put your mind at ease and distract from the noises that keep you up. This was the perfect solution to eliminating my neighbor’s barking dog from getting me up early each day.


  1. Buy the right mattress. Purchase the right mattress that is most suitable for you. This investment will have many years of benefits to your body.


  1. Stop eating before bed. The later you eat food, the longer your stomach is going to be working to digest everything through the night. Those rumblings in my stomach used to keep me up until dawn some days until I stopped eating after 8pm each day.


  1. Avoid soda, coffee, and caffeine. These items not only will keep you up longer, they will interrupt your sleep process, making it more challenging to quickly drift off to sleep.


  1. Turn off that late night news. Stop watching the news before bed, all that bad news can make it challenging for the brain to relax.


  1. Turn on a fan. If the room is too warm, a small fan, or ceiling fan, will circulate the air and make it more comfortable.


  1. Consider the right blanket. I used to sleep with a heavy comforter that made me sweat all night. Use lighter blankets, and add a layer if cold.


  1. Close those blinds. Block the sun from waking you by closing the blinds before you go to bed.


  1. Choose the right pillow. Replace that old pillow for one that cradles the head and lets you drift off to sleep more rapidly.


  1. Choose the right sleepwear. I love fashion trends, and onesies, loose fitting pajamas, and silky tank tops are in right now. They allow you to sleep unrestricted all night.


  1. Close the door. If you have kids like me, closing the door will keep the kids away from your room for a little longer each day.


  1. Focus on the good. Focus on the best part of the day as you lie down, you will find it easier to fall asleep when you aren’t worrying about your bills or job.

3 Essential Looks To Stay Stylish This Summer

Finding out what’s really going to be in style this summer can be hard work – you hope the weather is going to be hot, but when it comes down to what clothes you choose it’s you that wants to be the “hottest”.


As always, designers have been busy working on their collections and style ideas so that you have a great range of attractive clothes to add to your wardrobe. This summer offers some trends that will not only make you look good; you’ll also feel great. You’ll have a huge range of choices, and here are three of the essential looks you will need to stay stylish.


Back to the 70s


Never mind if you weren’t there first time around – the 1970s have enthused designers for this summer and the hippy style first found at the tail end of the 1960s is back. Many of the clothes have a light-touch take on the style of the 70s, with refined shapes in tactile suede, making for clean silhouettes, and free-spirited prints helping to add a modern twist to a look that reflects that laid-back era.


It’s all about subtle looks, not the over-the-top bell-bottoms so beloved by hippiedom, so look for a range of color combinations to match, with trousers that could be full and wide, or flared.


Denim is back


Denim has never really gone away as everyday casual wear, but there has been a reinvention for this summer, so you can explore a range of new and stylish looks. Watch out for textured effects and faded blues to make you look cool – perhaps a little dress with long sleeves and a leather belt for that neat cowgirl look, or try out the patchwork fashion with jeans stitched together with square pieces that span the denim color palette.


It’s hard to go wrong with denim – you’ve probably got some favorite pieces already – but it’s worth testing out what’s new now.


Apron skirting


If you thought aprons were just for the kitchen, think again. Many designers have taken hold of a technique seen on and off for years on street-style professionals. Here the skirt functions as a type of apron, from minis to pencils. Layer them on top of accordion dresses, pants and oversize poplin shirts, and show off a whole new look.


Keep in touch with trends


Keeping up with what’s trending in the fashion world, and purchasing the clothes you want so you can stay stylish in summer is so easy now thanks to the internet. You can surf wherever you like, and when you’re looking for designer clothes on a budget, you can check out Lejolie.com for fantastic ideas and beautiful styles as you plan your wardrobe.


Imagination and inspiration


Designers want to inspire your imagination with their creations, so be confident in making some bold style choices that you know are going to work for you, as well letting everyone know you’re well up to date with what’s hot and what’s not.

Istanbul: A fascinating City Full of History & Culture

Istanbul is a fascinating city full of history and culture; its strategic location made it attractive to many roaming armies over the centuries with the Greeks, the Romans, the Persians and the Venetians all attempting to rule before finally, it was conquered by the Ottomans.


Magnificent Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey
Magnificent Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey

Evidence of these different periods of rule is scattered all about this romantic city; in the architecture, the cuisine, and the local customs and traditions.  It is a city where East meets West and this refers to more than just the fact that the city straddles two different continents, although certainly this was why so many nations had their eye on holding it as their own.


A visit to Istanbul could not fail to inspire:  from the stunning Topkapi Palace to the colourful Grand Bazaar, here is a city you could fall in love with.  Stroll hand in hand through the bustling markets and try your hand at some bartering, taste the local cuisine which is a tastebud-bursting combination of fine fresh fish and aromatic dishes or simply stand and admire the magnificently decorated mosques and minarets which adorn this Turkish delight.


WOW Topkapi Palace Turkey
WOW Topkapi Palace Turkey

By night the city really comes alive; the sparkling stars illuminating the Byzantine buildings, reflecting beautifully on the Bosphorus river which winds its way past the city.  The culture of the local people is to be warm and open and you see no greater evidence of this than in the Turkish taverns which are ideal for whiling your evening away, appreciating the real sense of heritage which surrounds you. Enter the magical world of Istanbul and be introduced to the remarkable city with the film A Postcard of Istanbul. Take a look at the captivating trailer for the film below –

10 Everyday Super Foods Delicious Enough Even Your Kids Will Eat

Ever found yourself wondering – why all the fuss about super foods? Well, for starters, they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients that fight diseases. What’s more, you can have them without piling on too many calories. And if you are still unimpressed, allow us to dispel the notion that they are exotic and difficult to find. Yes, some of them like sardines, goji berries, maca, raw cacao, etc. do sound like stuff you may not enjoy eating but that’s not true of all super foods. In fact, many of them are easily available and delicious enough for even your kids to try and like. Here goes:


Nut Serving reference chart
Nut Serving reference chart

Nuts are full of fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats, proteins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Though seen by many as fatty, high calorie food, many nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecan nuts, pistachios are great for reducing cholesterol. Include them in your diet to reduce the risk of heart diseases, just make sure you take them in moderate quantities.


Health Benefits Of Eggs
Health Benefits Of Eggs

Eggs are one of the most inexpensive super foods. They are high on protein content, are nutritious and can be cooked or used as ingredients in many ways. They contain a number of vitamins and also help enhance HDL (good cholesterol) levels. See more: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/toddler-superfoods


Health Benefits of Soybean
Health Benefits of Soybean

The humble beans, believe it or not, make the grade as super food for their rich fiber, carbohydrates, magnesium and potassium content. Whole soya beans contain Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for heart health. The US dietary Guidelines recommend including three cups of soya bean every week in your diet. Soya beans are easy alternatives to meat and poultry and every vegetarian should include this super food in his/her diet, whether as a breakfast dish or as an ingredient.



Low calorie or fat-free yogurt should definitely be a part of your daily diet. It is not only rich in calcium and other nutrients; it is also possible to have enriched versions like probiotic yogurt which is excellent for keeping healthy guts and digestion. Yogurt can be a great substitute to milk for those who are sensitive to lactose. Yogurt is a complete food. As per Dr. Robert Heaney, MD, “dairy foods contain practically every nutrient you need – and just in the right balance”.


broccoli health benefits
broccoli health benefits

Broccoli, ever the favorite for its taste and availability, is also a super vegetable. It’s not only rich in fiber, but also contains vitamins A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Include it in your meals, whether as a salad or stir fried or roasted. You can also try adding broccoli to soups and egg dishes to make them even more nutritious!


photo of various types of berries
photo of various types of berries

Berries are great for digestion and the high fiber content helps in weight loss. What they lack in size, they make up with their benefits – phytonutrients, antioxidants, Vitamin C, low calories. Berries help in controlling blood sugar levels and, with their sweet taste, are a perfect alternative to desserts. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries are all easily available and can be had fresh or dried.

Green Tea:

Green Tea
Green Tea

All types of tea are rich in polyphenols and the flavonoid EGCG. Loaded with antioxidants, green tea is known to have cancer-fighting properties, anti-aging benefits and is good for heart health. It’s also good for fighting infections and lowering the risk of Type II diabetes. It makes for a soothing and healthy substitute to coffee and soft drinks.

Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits
Sweet Potatoes Health Benefits

Great for your bones, eyes and immune system, sweet potatoes are rich source of vitamin A apart from containing other nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, potassium and lutein. According the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it is one of the most nutritious vegetable available to us. Belonging to the family of dark orange vegetable, sweet potatoes can reduce the effects of sodium on blood pressure and slow down the process of bone loss. Other health-promoting vegetables from the same family include carrots, squash, orange bell peppers and pumpkin.




Its Omega-3 fatty acids make it a super food that helps fight heart-disease. American Heart Association recommends eating salmons at least twice a week. It also has other nutrients like iron and protein and has low calorie content (200 for 3 ounces). Other fish like tuna are also good alternatives to salmon.


10 Benefits of eating Kiwi Fruit
10 Benefits of eating Kiwi Fruit


One large kiwi can fulfill your daily vitamin C requirement. It is full of antioxidants, fiber and potassium. Other nutrients include vitamin A and E (rarely found in other fruits).

Choosing Furniture for a Child’s Bedroom

Every parent wants their children to be comfortable somewhere in the home, in a room that they can call their own. It is in this place where their child can be on their own – where he or she can sleep, rest, read and even entertain friends. They might not have the money to choose and pay for furniture and decorations, but most parents, thinking logically, would agree that if the child has an input into the design and furnishing of this space, then they will feel more comfortable in it.


There are some practical considerations, which include ensuring that the furniture is both comfortable and safe. This includes effective storage areas, a safe and comfortable bed, fashionable chairs and all in modern airy colours.


Choose furniture to suit the child’s activities and interests


Most bedrooms need a bed, a dresser and a bedside table. The rest of the furniture will be dependent on the child’s activities on a daily basis. To encourage reading, a set of bookshelves would be useful. A desk or a table would ensure that your child has a place suitable to complete homework and for placing a computer.


Remember, no matter what type of bed you want for your kids bedroom – Single; Bunk Beds; kids Cabin Beds; High Sleepers, ensure it suit their requirements and storage space of the room. Before you buy furniture, make a plan and take measurements of the room to ensure that the furniture will fit into certain places in the room. It must fit neatly into the allocated place; otherwise, your child may feel uncomfortable if he or she has to squeeze past a piece of awkwardly placed furniture. Before purchasing furniture, it’s worth mapping out the room so everything that is to be bought fits in nicely and artistically too.


Furniture should fit in place and be safe


Furniture that has multiple purposes, particularly pieces that are built-in to the shape of the room makes far better use of available space. For example, consider a bed with built-in shelves or drawers that are fitted beneath the bed itself. This allows the child to stow things like clothes and toys in a neat place that doesn’t interfere with the open spaces in the room.

When a table, a set of chairs and some drawers are sought then texture and colour play a significant role. Unpainted wood looks nice when unpainted, but it soon loses its special shiny appeal after dirt and scuff marks begin to appear.


Painted surfaces on furniture are far more durable. Just a simple wipe with a damp clothe can renew the surface in seconds as long as a hardwearing, durable paint is used in the first place. Any parent should ensure that painted surfaces are free from toxic substances. Many older paint compounds have lead mixed into them, but with care any parent should have no problem selecting lead free products.


If the space is available in your child’s room, a play table could be purchased and fitted in to an appropriate place. This offers the opportunity for your child to develop skills and activities important for child development, like writing, reading, drawing, the solving of puzzles, craft making and computer skills.



Top Ten Gadgets for Guys

Everyone loves a good gadget and in this era of technology, gadgets are everywhere. As Christmas draws rapidly nearer, the risk of bad gadget gifts from distant family members increases. To try to avoid this annual issue, we’ve compiled this list of super cool gadgets that you will actually want for Christmas. So why not scribble these down on your Christmas list and erase rubbish gifts this year?


1. The Smart Phone Projector is a gadget everyone should have.


With this easy to use portable projector, you simply slot your Smart phone into the secure silicone grip, turn on the projector and turn out the lights. This enables you to turn any room into a cinema, easily sharing videos with friends and family this Christmas. This gadget will leave you wondering why you never had one before. Smart Phone Projector from I Want One of Those.com: http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-gadgets/smartphone-projector/10939014.html


2.) Eye Scope is the iPhone attachment we’ve all been waiting for.


Giving you up to 8x zoom of superb quality magnification, it has finally overcome that tricky issue of pixellation that phone camera zoom notoriously suffers from. Fitting to your device with a handy bracket, the Eye Scope comes complete with lens cap, carry case and mini tripod. Saving you the trouble of carrying around a bulky camera in addition to your iPhone, this is a great piece of portable kit for the budding photographer on the go. Eye Scope iPhone Zoom Lens from Genie Gadgets: http://www.geniegadgets.com/eye-scope-zoom-lens-iphone.html

3.) This fantastic multi-game machine allows you to relive bygone days, through playing a range of classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga and Galaxian.

  7178-Pac-Man's Arcade Party Home

This nostalgia-inducing machine is compact enough to fit in an unused space in your home, allowing you to have your very own arcade machine to play on for free whenever you like, time and time again. Why not grab a pack of beers and get your mates over to see if they can beat your high score? Or show the younger generation of your family what they missed out on with these simple, but highly addictive original arcade games from back in the day. Namco Pac-man Party – http://www.homeleisuredirect.com/arcade_machines/new_namco_arcade_machines/pac-man-arcade-party-upright-home-arcade-machine.html



4.) This awesome Marvel Comics 3D Iron Man Mask Wall Light is made to look like it’s bursting through your wall.


It looks fantastic during the day with a smooth metal effect finish and looks great lit up at night with its glowing eyes. Complete with impressive fake cracking wall sticker, the light is mounted directly on top, looking particularly effective as the light is it battery powered and cordless. This gadget would be an exciting addition to any setting, from a bedroom, living room or kitchen, to an office, den, garage or games room environment and will be popular with visiting friends. Marvel Comics 3D Iron Man Mask Wall Light from Truffle  Shuffle: http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/marvel-comics-3d-iron-man-mask-wall-light-p-16071.html

5.) There are many iPhone speakers available on the market this year, but for a certain generation out there, the iRecorder iPhone Speaker will be the coolest pick of the bunch.


Made in the style of a retro 1980s/1990s cassette player, it will be a blast from the past for many of us who owned portable cassette players the first time round! With real working buttons, including play/pause, fast forward, rewind and volume, the memories of hours spent making mix-tapes   will come flooding back. it is easily transportable through an old school pull out handle and will be the envy of all of your mates. iRecorder Retro iPhone Speaker from Men Kind: http://www.menkind.co.uk/irecorder

6.) The Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster should be on every guy’s Christmas list this year.


This amazing machine will cook you up a perfectly done tasty American style hotdog in minutes, with the minimum of effort on your part. It works just like a toaster, with room for two regular size hot dogs and two open buns, and with adjustable settings, so you can make your ideal hot dog with a nice toasty bun to go with it in no time. This is great for catering for your guests at parties, who will be delighted by this classic looking machine and can have fun by adding a range of their own toppings. Also handy for preparing a quick and tasty snack at home for one. I can’t wait to get mine! Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster from The Hut: http://www.thehut.com/gift-home-office/smart-retro-pop-up-hot-dog-toaster/10954419.html

 7.) This stunning C Compact Camera model from Leica is the most stylish digital camera on the market.


It has a whole range of handy features such as full-HD video, outstanding 7x zoom and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software along with integrated Wi-Fi which allows you to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to your laptop or smart phone wirelessly. With its compact size you can get high quality digital photos wherever you are, without carrying around a bulky camera and sharing your images has never been simpler. Where have you been all my life? Leica C Compact Camerafrom  Selfridges: http://www.selfridges.com/en/leica-leica-c-compact-camera_695-10044-LEICLUXLIGHTGOLD/


8.) These super fun little creatures will keep you entertained throughout the Christmas holiday.


Controlled with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch through an IR transmitter that connects to your headphone jack and a free downloadable i-Robot App, you can have fun experimenting with these wireless creepy crawlies throughout the Christmas holidays. These little critters have light up body parts and come with a USB charger, taking only 20 mins to reach full charge. With a 6 meter range, you can scuttle around like a bug to your heart’s content, frightening unsuspecting bug-loathing humans or seeing what your pets make of them. iRobot Bugs from Firebox: http://www.firebox.com/product/6242/iRobot-Bugs?via=gf


9.) A remote control helicopter is the envy of every man, no matter what their age.


The S33 3CH 2.4G Remote Control Helicopter, is perfectly designed for outdoor flight due to its large nose-to-tail length. This model will give you a high level of control thanks to the on-board gyroscope and a whole host of stabilisation features. This married with a secure signal frequency, gives you a fantastic response all-round and a breath-taking flying experience overall. This model is manufactured to be a joy to ride, so this Christmas it’s time for you to take over the control panel and let others fill the role of the jealous on-looker. S33 3CH 2.4G Remote Control Helicopter from Hawkin’s Bazaar: http://www.hawkin.com/2-4g-helicopter-s33


10.) Always fancied yourself as a DJ?


With this gadget you can show off your mixing skills by seamlessly cross fading across two devices including MP3 players, and iPhones to laptops. You can be your own DJ at parties and get-togethers, keeping the atmosphere going by selecting your tracks and merging them like a pro. You can also practice your skills by listening in private via the headphone jack, before releasing your skills on your mates. iPod Track Mini Mixer from Find Me a Gift: http://www.findmeagift.co.uk/gifts/mini-mixer.html

Now you should have at least 10 great gift requests to go on your Christmas list this year. Make sure it’s passed around your extended family so you aren’t lumbered with more novelty ties, mouse mats or stress-balls this festive season.