Birthday Tidbits & Trivia


We love birthdays at GiftSimple. And we believe that everyone should get a gift they really want. But where did the practice of birthday celebrations come from? We did a little digging (i.e. searched the internet) and came up with the following birthday trivia. Let us know what you think in the comments or on our Facebook page. Have you heard any of these tidbits before?


1. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.


2. The early Christians and Jews rejected the celebration of birthday as it was considered idolatrous. This changed during the Roman Empire, due to the prominent religion at the time, Mithraism, which was later supplanted by Christianity.


3. The custom of lighting a birthday cake with candles began with the Greeks who worshipped Artemis, the goddess of the moon. That’s why the traditional shape of a birthday cake is round, to imitate the moon. The candles represent the moon’s glow.


4. Close to two billion Birthday Cards are sent each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 58 percent of all cards sent. Wouldn’t you prefer a contribution to your gift on GiftSimple?


5. The most common birth date in the US is October 5 and the least common is May 22.


6. The day of the week in which the most babies are born is Tuesday while the fewest are born on Sunday.


7. The Sultan of Brunei hosted the world’s most expensive Birthday Party to celebrate his 50th Birthday on July 13, 1996. The cost was $27.2 million.


8. You might celebrate your birthday every year, but your actual birthday only occurs once every 7 years. Not counting the leap years, the date you were born on moves each year to the following day of the week. This means your annual celebration is actually for your birth-date - not your birth-day! In truth the actual day you were born on occurs only every 7 years.


9. The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” comes from the song “Good Morning to All”, which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.


10. A person’s Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their “Lucky Birthday”, “Champagne Birthday” or “Star Birthday”, occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g. when someone born on the 23rd of the month turns 23).


11. In some historically Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries it is common to have a ‘name day’ or ‘Saint’s day’. It is celebrated in much the same way as a birthday, but is held on the official day of a saint with the same Christian name as the birthday person.


How many of these have you heard before? Leave a comment or post on our Facebook page. And remember, if you’re saving up for something, GiftSimple can help you pool contributions from friends and family. Get the stuff you want from the people you know!


Source: Wikipedia, The Holiday Spot, philSTAR and others

GiftSimple’s Most Outrageous Gift List (Part 2)
GiftSimple can be used to collect contributions for any gift you can dream up. As a continuation of our “Most Outrageous Gift List (Part 1)" here is Part 2. 

Comment below on which gift you think is most outrageous. And be sure to list a gift of your own on GiftSimple (perhaps one of the gifts below will inspire you!)


Alabama Dog Mansion
($7,200 fancy.com)

This doghouse is bigger than my NYC apartment.


'Sundead' By Luciano Podcaminsky
($2,500 fancy.com)

I’m not sure what’s worse, owning a personal tanning bed or your own coffin? 


Flick Knife Briefcase
($2,636 fancy.com)

Flick Knife Briefcase

I don’t think this will make it past airport security.


Star Wars Interactive R2D2
($200 fancy.com)

Can R2D2 mix a drink? Maybe this isn’t so outrageous after all…


Bronze Dove By Luis Fernando Ponce
($1,500 fancy.com)

At first I thought this was really expensive chocolate. Turns out it’s just a bronze bar of soap.


Will you be adding any of these to your GiftSimple wishlist?

Get Dad the Gift He Really Wants for Father’s Day

Dad might say “I don’t want anything” when you ask him what he wants for Father’s Day. And he might be happy with a phone call and and “I love you,” but what if you could help him buy something he’s been saving for - the gift he really wants but can’t, or won’t, buy himself? GiftSimple can help you organize a group gift for Dad. And if you’re the kind of person that waits until the last minute, don’t fret - GiftSimple is quick and simple! Learn more at GiftSimple.com or by visiting our app on Facebook.

Here are a few Father’s Day gift suggestions. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

1. Apple iPad ($499 apple.com)

Is your Dad the only one of his friends without an iPad? Does he keep coming up with an excuse to use yours?  Now’s the perfect time to chip in an buy it for him.

Apple iPad


2. Flying Lessons or Other New Experience 
($500+ pilotjourney.com)

Why not help Dad afford that new experience he’s been wanting to try. Whether it’s learning to fly a plane, golf lessons, car racing or a yoga retreat, GiftSimple can help you pool money from friends and family to help Dad experience something new!

Flying Lessons



3. Wine Tour or a Great Bottle of Wine
($200+ winemag.com)

Has Dad been dreaming about going on a wine tour of Tuscany or Bordeaux? Help make his dream a reality. Or consider buying him a great bottle of wine from that region with a note suggesting he list the trip on GiftSimple and start saving up for next year! 

Wine



4. Sports Tickets
($150+ stubhub.com)

Whether Dad prefers baseball, football, basketball, hockey, or NASCAR, tickets to a big sporting event are a great way to make him happy and spend some quality time together. 

Tickets



Let us know in the comments what gifts you gave Dad this year. 

Happy Father’s Day! Love you Dad!

Creative Ways to Give Cash Gifts

The end of the school year means it’s time for graduation gifts and teachers’ gifts. Our last post outlined Practical Gifts for Grads using GiftSimple (see below). Cash is the most practical gift, but can sometimes seem impersonal.  Here are a few ways to get more creative with cash giving:

1. GiftSimple (of course!)

GiftSimple is a social gift registry, where users register for gifts and tap into their Facebook network to pool contributions from friends and family. It’s like layaway, with a little help from your friends. And GiftSimple can also be used to organize group gifts for others. Perfect for end-of-year teacher gifts, or that friend who won’t tell you what he/she wants. Visit us at GiftSimple.com, follow us on twitter @GiftSimple, visit out page on Facebook, and view our boards on Pinterest.

2. Box of Chocolates Money (lifeasmom.com)

Box of Money

This clever gift is sure to get a smile. While it’s a great way to give your Grad cash, it can be used for almost any occasion. If the gift recipient is leaving on a trip, you can include the currency of their destination.

3. Money Soap (everynothingwonderful.com)

Money Soap

Talk about delayed gratification! Putting money in soap might be slightly cruel but it is definitely creative. And a great way to make sure your Grad keeps his hands clean!

Do you have other creative ways to give cash gifts? Tell us in the comments below or write on our Facebook Wall.

Happy Cash Gifting!

10 Diaper Bags For the Stylish Mom (and Dad)

GiftSimple can be used for any occasion but this time we’re talking babies!

After splurging on a Louis Vuitton Black Epi Leather Alma Handbag, my friend found out she was pregnant.  There was no way she could carry the baby-essentials in that bag! The hunt for a fabulous diaper bag was on. I suggested she list the diaper bag she wanted on GiftSimple and our group of girlfriends could chip in to buy it for her. Nothing against onesies and burp cloths but mommy-to-be had the biggest smile on her face when she went out, money in hand, and bought her dream diaper bag. Whether it’s furniture for the nursery, a pricey stroller or a fantastic diaper bag, GiftSimple is the smart way to get the big-ticket items you really want.

Diaper bags need to be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fashionable.  Celebrities have big budgets and stylists on retainer so where better to look than what’s slung over their shoulders or strapped to their strollers; but, not all the bags on the list have celebrity owners or celebrity price tags. Here are some of the most stylish diaper bags currently on the market.  Comment below to let us know what you think!

1. Timi and Leslie Charlie

Having one celebrity carry your bag is great but eight is a major coup! Victoria Beckham, P!nk, Alyssa Milano, Courtney Cox, Nicole Kidman, Faith Hill, Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian all own a Timi and Leslie Convertible Diaper Bag. The Charlie ($160 shoptimiandleslie.com) is edgy and cosmopolitan—a perfect combo for the stylish mom.  Timi & Leslie diaper bags are designed to look like regular, stylish handbags, but inside they’re loaded with mom-friendly features: tons of pockets, a changing pad, waterproof lining, stroller straps, coordinating wristlet and even an insulated bottle holder.

Timi and LeslieTimi and Leslie


2. StorkSak Gigi

Carried by Angelina Jolie, Ashlee Simpson, Rebecca Gayheart and Gretchen Mol, StorkSak makes diaper bags in a variety of styles.  We like the clean lines and classic look of the StorkSak Gigi ($230 storksak.com). Made of satin nylon with leather straps, the Gigi has large pockets, a detachable organizer, padded changing mat, thermo-insulated bottle holder and even fits a laptop.

StorksakStorksak


3. Mia Bossi Caryn

With prices ranging from $200 to over $1200, a Mia Bossi diaper bag is definitely an investment. Fans of the bag include Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Tori Spelling, Salma Hayek, Katie Holmes, Natasha Henstridge and Milla Jovovich. One of Mia Bossi’s more expensive bags is the Audrey ($1,210 miabossi.com) but we really love the more reasonable Mia Bossi Caryn ($250 - $600 miabossi.com). The bag has a faux fur changing pad (machine washable), zip-in and zip-out inside lining (additional insert for computer or briefcase available) and plenty of pockets.

Mia BossiMia Bossi


4. Not Rational Hansel

Popular with celebrity moms and dads alike, Not Rational Diaper Bags are utilitarian, practical but still fashionable. We’ve spotted Sarah Michelle Gellar (and hubby Freddie Prinze Jr), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christina Aguilera, Chris Robinson, Christy Turlington and Jessica Alba carrying one of their bags. We love the Not Rational Hansel bag ($595 notrational.com) which is made from soft Italian leather, and comes with a matching leather(?!) changing pad, water-resistant lining, and lots of pockets.

Not RationalNot Rational


5. Ty Lucas Amore Tote

This oversized tote is taller than the average diaper bag, perfect for parents of twins. The Ty Lucas Amore Tote ($345 tylucasbaby.com) is roomy enough to fit all the essentials, clutter-free.  Better still, the bag is lined with a material that naturally suppresses the growth of bacteria, mold, and fungus, so pockets, interior walls and the changing pad are safe and clean. The Amore tote also contains hidden inner straps that clip quickly and neatly onto your stroller handles.

Ty Lucas

6. Gucci

Gucci handbags have been a favorite of celebrities for years, so it makes sense that their diaper bags would be just as popular with celebrity moms.  The classic style is great for moms and dads. Halle Berry and Nicole RIchie have both been spotted carrying the Gucci Logo Diaper Bag ($990 gucci.com). The bag has stroller snaps and a fold out padded changing mat, but this bag is less about function and more abut status, right?

GucciGucci


7. Petunia Marmalade Fondant Cake Hampton Holdall

A fave of stylish L.A. moms, Petunia owners include: Gwen Stefani, Mel B, Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Katie Holmes, Amanda Peet, Marcia Cross, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum and Mariska Hargitay, just to name a few! Petunia diaper bags range from cutesy to chic, but we especially love the sophistication of the Petunia Marmalade Fondant Cake Hampton Holdall ($760 petunia.com). All this talk of cake is making us hungry!

PetuniaPetunia


8. Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag

Tangerine is the color to wear this spring, so why not show off with Kate Spade’s Fingers Nylon Stevie Baby Bag? ($418 katespade.com) The bag has a custom woven wipeable nylon lining, interior slide pocket, and comes with a changing pad and stroller straps.

Kate Spade


9. Jamah The Nanny

A truly unisex diaper bag Jamah’s The Nanny ($775 jamah.com) is a favorite of Brad Pitt and Jessica Alba.  It looks deceptively like a traditional messenger bag, but has 6 exterior pockets, 4 interior pockets, utility lining, changing pad and a detachable flower detail.

JamahJamah


10. Prada Nylon Baby Bag

The classic Prada Nylon Baby Bag ($1,140 saks.com) carries a hefty price tag. What do you get for your money? The nylon tote comes with a changing pad and bottle cover, and has an adjustable shoulder strap so the bag can be worn over your shoulder or messenger-style. There are also tons of pockets, but we bet the big draw is that it’s Prada! And a favorite of Jessica Alba.

PradaPrada

With all these fantastic diaper bags, there’s no reason you can’t be a stylish mom.  Just list the one you want on GiftSimple and raise contributions from friends and family. Your dream diaper bag will be hanging from your stroller in no time! Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

GiftSimple’s Most Outrageous Gift List (Part 1)

GiftSimple users list all sorts of gifts. From iPads and new computers to exotic trips and luxury merchandise; but, not everything listed on GiftSimple is commonplace. Since GiftSimple can be used for anything you can dream up, we thought it would be fun to list some of the most outrageous gifts that our users could have listed.

Comment below on which gifts you think are actual gifts listed on GiftSimple. And be sure to list a gift of your own on GiftSimple (perhaps one of the gifts below will inspire you!)

1. WATER JET PACK

Water Jet Pack Image

The Jetlev-Flyer Water Jet Pack can be yours for a mere $130,000! But it just might be worth it - the jet pack can propel you 30 feet in the air at speeds reaching 21 mph! And it gets better - the website mentions “donuts” and “sea otter flips.” Sounds like a good time, with the proper training of course!


2. DUNHILL BIOMETRIC WALLET

Dunhill Bio Wallet  Dunhill Bio Wallet Inside

Having your wallet stolen is a huge pain in the a$$. Never worry about pickpockets again - “Virtually indestructible, the dunhill Biometric Wallet will open only with touch of your fingerprint.” Connected via bluetooth, your phone will sound an alarm if the two are separated by more than 5 feet.  That will make sure you never forget your phone again.  $825


3. WENGER GIANT SWISS ARMY KNIFE

Wenger Swiss Army Knife

Less portable than a traditional Swiss Army knife, but if I were stranded on a desert island, this is the one item I would hope I remembered to pack - although not in your carry-on luggage as this is definitely not TSA approved. The Wenger Giant Knife has 87 implements (141 functions) and costs $1,000.


4. MAKERBOT REPLICATOR

MAKERBOT REPLICATOR

Have you ever lost a board game piece? Or had a child break their favorite toy? Problem solved! The MakerBot Replicator is a personal 3D printer, that prints real physical objects. $1750


5. DOC SOFA BUNK BED

DOC sofa bunk bed

Thought you had one friend crashing for the night, and two show up? No problem! The Doc Sofa Bunk Bed Unit easily transforms into bunk beds, providing sleeping accommodations for two (or more). $5300

Which of the above do you think are listed on GiftSimple? What is your favorite outrageous gift? We’d love to hear from you! Comment below, post on our Facebook page, tweet us @GiftSimple or email us!

Celebrities’ GiftSimple Registries For Valentine’s Day

We love to hear about what our customers are registering for. We also love to imagine what celebrities would register for if given the chance. Well, US Weekly read our minds and published a piece “Valentine’s Day Gifts Celebs Want.” Here’s a summary with our own take.  Feel free to leave your comments below!

OLIVIA WILDE: A.L.C. Brass Bent Nail Heart Pendant necklace. ($150, barneys.com)  This necklace either says “I am open to love” or “I have a broken heart”… either way we like it!

Olivia Wilde A.L.C Brass Bent Nail Heart Pendant Necklace

RASHIDA JONES: We thought celebs had “their fingers on the pulse” of fashion trends but in this case wear the pulse on your finger with Sarah Chloe’s rose gold-plated Heart.Beat ring ($79, sarahchloe.com)

Rashida Jones Rose Gold-Plated Heart.Beat Ring by Sarah Chloe

CAMERON DIAZ: We all wanted Carrie Bradshaw’s nameplate necklace, initially! Here’s an upgraded version: Maya Brenner Letter Necklace. ($258, mayabrenner.com)

Cameron Diaz's Maya Brenner Letter Necklace
 
 
ALEXA CHUNG & KIM KARDASHIAN: I never thought these two ladies would have the same taste in anything but YSL’s Arty Oval ring is a crowd-pleaser.  Both already have the ring in turquoise, so they must want the gold-plated glass ring (red) with “love” engraving. ($250, ysl.com)
Alexa Chung YSL Artsy Ring
 
 

EVAN RACHEL WOOD: We’re a fan of this lady’s hisssssssstrionics!  And the Bulgari karung-skin purse on her shoulder. ($2,250, bulgari.com)

Evan Rachel Wood Bulgari Karung-Skin purse
 
 
  

SOPHIA BUSH: The One Tree Hill star already wears Love, Chloe Eau de Parfum Spray ($85, sephora.com) but maybe she’s running low.

Sophia Bush Love, Chloe Eau de Parfum Spray

Want one of the above? Something else you must have this season? List a gift on GiftSimple and pool contributions from friends and family on Facebook. We help you crowdfund gifts for V-day, birthdays, graduations, housewarmings, showers, honeymoons, and any other occasion where gifts are welcome and cash is preferred! Head over to GiftSimple now (www.GiftSimple.com). Happy Gifting!