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21st December 2020



If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present for someone special a UK tech firm has got the ideal gift to show how much you love them – it’s personal, it’s easy to make, it’s free.


And it's a great way to put smiles on faces at a time when tough new Covid lockdown measures have changed so many plans and closed so many shops.

Shooglebox lets you collect lots of things you know someone loves – photos, web links, videos, songs, mementos – in an online box that's fun to make and fun to receive and explore.


The time and thought you put into choosing the contents of the gift box will be more valued than far more expensive presents – and you can make it as late as Christmas Eve or even on the day itself.

Some of the things you might put in the box:

  • A collection of things from the web you know will make your best friend laugh or cry – YouTube clips, photos, social media posts.

  • Memories of special times – past Christmases, a favourite holiday, a treasured experience.

  • All the favourite things you remember watching, listening to and doing together … a bit like a personal mixtape

  • Old photos and videos of the family through the years … anything you know will bring them a bit of joy and put a smile on their face.

Once you've made the gift box you send an email link to the recipient – and all they need to do is open it in a web browser. They don't need to sign up for a Shooglebox account to access the read-only version of the box.


Mark Hird of Shooglebox said: “We’ve made the gift boxes free to spread some much-needed Christmas cheer this year.


“So many people can’t be with the ones they love this week, and finding and delivering a personal last-minute gift is harder than ever with the new restrictions announced at the weekend. Shooglebox gives you a really thoughtful way to make something that shows how much you care and that will give both of you a lot of pleasure."


To make a Shooglebox or to get some ideas and inspiration go to www.shooglebox.com/gifting




NOTES TO EDITORS: Shooglebox is a technology company based in Leeds, UK. The company’s core business is providing Shooglebox to teams and companies as a research and collaboration tool but for the last few weeks of 2020 the team are channelling their efforts into this initiative. They have made Shooglebox free to use for gifting so everyone can spread as much Christmas cheer as they can. Website: www.shooglebox.com/gifting


For more info, hi-res pics and interview requests, please contact daniel.james@shooglebox.com; 07971 611396



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17th December 2020



A technology company says it has come up with “the perfect gift for the world’s first Covid Christmas” – and they’re giving it away free to encourage people to spread some joy at the end of a year when so many people need it.

Shooglebox helps you create a digital box of happy treasures and memories for a loved one to open on Christmas Day.

You can collect all sorts of things you know are special to them – photos, songs, YouTube videos, web links, mementoes – and send them the gift box you’ve made via an email link.


The company says the initiative is aimed at connecting people with friends and relatives they can’t see this Christmas – and giving them a uniquely personal present that reminds them of the good things in life.


At a time when many people are feeling particularly isolated – and the news and social media is full of doom and gloom – an uplifting and thoughtful present like this can have a hugely positive effect.


Mark Hird, of Shooglebox, said: “It’s not just the contents of the box that make the recipient so happy – it’s the fact you’ve put time, effort, thought and care into making something just for them.


“And we’ve found that the act of making a box for someone else is just as beneficial for your own mental wellbeing. The time you spend hunting for those favourite things you know they’ll love – your shared passions and memories, the things that make them laugh and cry – transports you to a much happier place than your Twitter newsfeed!”


The Shooglebox team have created a free-to-use website – www.shooglebox.com/gifting – and provided hints and tips on how to quickly create a box that’s sure to delight anyone who receives it.


One example: If you can’t be with your mum this Christmas, send her a box of happy memories of favourite Christmases gone – photos of you as children opening presents, links to YouTube videos of some of the TV programmes you watched all those years ago, carols you remember singing, photos of festive mementoes you’ve got in the loft. Anything that evokes wonderful memories and sparks happy conversations on the phone, FaceTime or Zoom.


Some other examples of the kind of boxes people have been making:

  • A collection of things you know will make your best friend laugh or cry

  • Photos, videos, sounds and stories from a key time in the recipient's life

  • Looking back at a memorable holiday you shared together

  • Remembering the films, books, songs and TV shows you watched together

  • Your family’s year in words, sounds and pictures

  • A memory box for an elderly relative who’s having trouble with their own memory



NOTES TO EDITORS: Shooglebox is a technology company based in Leeds, UK. The company’s core business is providing Shooglebox to teams and companies as a research and collaboration tool but for the last few weeks of 2020 the team are channelling their efforts into this initiative. They have made Shooglebox free to use so everyone can spread as much Christmas cheer to their loved ones as possible. Website: www.shooglebox.com/gifting

For more info, hi-res pics and interview requests, please contact daniel.james@shooglebox.com; 07971 611396



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