GCSE and A Levels Exam Celebrations - 5 Top Gift Buying Tips

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This summer thousands of families throughout the UK will (hopefully) be celebrating the exam success of their GCSE and A Level students. With many families being hit by the credit crunch this year, finding extra cash to splash out on exam celebrations isn't always easy, so Big Fat Balloons has put together their top five favourite hints and tips to make gift buying easier and more enjoyable

Most families want to reward their loved one's hard work and effort, but appropriate and affordable gift ideas can be difficult to find. At Big Fat Balloons we've put together our top five favourite hints and tips to make gift buying easier and more enjoyable

This summer thousands of families throughout the UK will (hopefully) be celebrating the exam success of their GCSE and A Level students.

After all, good results deserve recognition, yet what is a suitable gift for a successful student?

With many families being hit by the credit crunch this year, finding extra cash to splash out on exam celebrations isn't always easy.

"Most families want to reward their loved one's hard work and effort, but appropriate and affordable gift ideas can be difficult to find. At Big Fat Balloons we've put together our top five favourite hints and tips to make gift buying easier and more enjoyable," said Sophie Baxter, director at Big Fat Balloons.

1. Find out what they like
Before you do anything, you need to make sure that your gift won't end up in the bottom of a drawer. Think about their hobbies and interests, musical tastes, sporting favourites. If it's a young relative that you don't know very well, ask their friends or family what they are interested in.
2. A little thought costs nothing
Putting time and effort into your gift could save you money. Instead of just taking the easy option of splashing out on jewellery, watches or other expensive gifts think about gifts that will really mean something to them. If they are about to leave home for university, why not put together a photo album with pictures of friends, family and pets, or a food hamper with a few added surprises like cinema vouchers hidden inside.
3. Add a little twist
Give your gift the wow factor. Instead of buying them a CD or football shirt, get them concert or match tickets to see their favourite group or team live.
4. Throw caution to the wind
Buy something completely frivolous that they would never buy themselves. This kind of gift can be as expensive or inexpensive as you wish. Larger budgets could stretch to designer shoes or handbags, while smaller budgets might go for something that is guaranteed to make them smile. For instance a singing cookie jar (perfect for taking away to university) or a walking animal balloon - Big Fat Balloons has everything from pigs to chickens, believe it or not.
5. Arrange for a delivery
Unexpected gifts by post can add a touch of excitement. It's also a great way to congratulate someone if you live too far away to visit. At Big Fat Balloons our range of congratulations balloons, chocolates and teddy bears are popular exam congratulations gifts.

So, whatever your budget, there really is no excuse to be stuck for gift ideas to celebrate their exam success this year.

Big Fat Balloons delivers balloons and simple, cheerful gifts with the 'wow-factor'. It was started by Sophie Baxter who, on the birth of her baby, was given a balloon in a box that made her go 'WOW' and kept both baby and Dad entertained. A few months later, she organised a helium balloon delivery for a friend's 50th birthday which went down so well that Sophie realised that she had stumbled across an idea that made giving and receiving gifts easy, enjoyable and great fun.

So Sophie and her husband built Big Fat Balloons to let everyone find out just how easy and enjoyable it can be to order memorable gifts online.

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