Buy a Ko-fi on Mad Friday 2020

3 acres December 2020It’s Mad Friday 2020 and the pubs are not allowed to open.

We have been out over the last week, hand delivering our Christmas Postcards – because nothing says Christmas like a postcard … And it’s broken our heart not being able to go into the pubs, restaurants and cafes to hand deliver our postcards.

Many other organisations have been affected, either being able to, or restricted in how they are able to trade.

The situation was especially heightened when trying to deliver to churches and community centres – most of whom don’t appear to have letter boxes by the way.

Please support these organisations wherever you can.

Earlier in the year we inspired by the Unpretentious Network, who have run superb networking events throughout #thistime and asked for you to simply buy them a coffee via @kofi_button.

So, we created our own Kofi button and welcome you to donate to a fund to be used to support these organisations.

ko-fi.com/hd8network

Buy HD8 Network ko-fi appTo support this campaign please buy the organisation at the heart of our communities a coffee, a pint, maybe a round.

If you are one of the #affected organisations, please get in touch and let us know how we can support you during these extremely hard times. Tell us why you deserve it and what you can do in reciprocation and we can talk free membership during these tough times.

 

Want to shop local and buy amazing Christmas gifts?  Visit our Virtual High Street and watch our HD8 does QVC on our YouTube Channel.

Or catch up with us on the variety of social media platforms we chat and share on.

 

 

How different is your Christmas going to be?

SinterklaasWe understand that Christmas is all about traditions, but when I (Merewyn, creator of the HD8 Network) lived in the Nederlands, I learnt about different Christmas traditions and found out about Sinterklaas.

This guy is a bishop that rides a horse through the towns, with his ‘helper’ giving out sweets.  If you want to find out more about that, it is an interesting tale, especially the Dutch attempts to normalise it.

The legend has it that Sinterklaas sets off on a boat from Spain on the 11th November, and the children (when I lived there) watched the journey on the tv – now I guess it will be apps on phones ….  and he comes to the houses of the children who put a shoe by the front door.

When the child hears the knock at the door, they race to see who is there and then by the fire place in the main room, they would find a chocolate, in the shape of the letter of the child’s first name …. Or something like that … and this all happens on the 5/6th December.

We know our Christmas this year is going to be different, so how are you going to make the best of it?

Let us celebrate, but in moderation up until Christmas Day – The Dutch have their big dinner on Christmas eve – but there is no way I am giving up my Christmas Dinner, all 75 courses of it!

However, lets spread-out the Christmas cheer.

Yes, throughout December, but also amongst our local community as well.

Shop local, buy less, but buy more into the local people that produce these items, and provide the services we all depend on to have a comfortable life.  Because that is what important; being comfortable and surrounded by others who also are.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great for deals, but while you are shopping online this Christmas, why don’t you also check out the amazing things available in our local area at the moment, which are available for delivery or click and collect locally in the HD8 area.

The HD8 Network offers you a platform for communication and we have a plethora of businesses who want to tell you about what they have to offer.

The Christmas Virtual High Street has, and would love to have businesses like –

New businesses are being added all the time and will be featured on our social media as well.

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  • Also look out for other wonderful events and promotions happening this Christmas.

If you are organising any of these wonderful events, please feel free to add them to our events calendar and reach more people.

Think Forensic Spot the Difference

Win a Children’s Crime Buster or Spy Kit.

Can you spot the 3 differences between the Christmas trees?

T&C’s apply.  Email answers to Hello@ThinkForensic.co.uk on or before 16th December 2020.

For T&C’s visit – https://www.thinkforensic.co.uk/competition-tcs-2

 

Find Think Forensic on our Christmas Virtual High Street

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

For more information and Think Forensic contact details please visit their listing in our directory here –

Think Forensic

HD8 Virtual High Street is Live

We literally went live in under a week, following an after meeting conversation and so we are proud of our outcomes so far.

But now we need you to make it a  success.

Please keep coming back to browse as Businesses are being added all the time

Tell us what you want to buy!  Do you want to play a Christmas Shopping game?  Join us on Facebook and Insta.

Should your business be on there?

We are looking to connect with local producers and retailers, artists and fitness instructors, know anyone that wants to sell more, we provide a platform to be seen locally in HD8.

All they have to do is fil in a form here and wait for approval. 

However to stay Live on the site you also need to send us any images and text you want to appear in there. If you have those already, Great. We don’t need it just yet. We can get you Live and showing on the Virtual High Street.  BUT – to be of any benefit to anyone, it needs to be right while its live.

A reasonable admin may apply if you need assistance to get it right.  First chat is free.

It costs just £20 to list your business on the HD8 Virtual High Street which is will be available from now, over the Christmas period.

Or become a Bronze member for £30 for the full year.

Silver and Gold packages available too.

 

Want EVEN MORE – Join the FSB for £49* if you employ under 10 employees and are based in West Yorkshire.

Christmas Shopping Game

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

Many have danced through lockdown to djs, I am sure we have all done a quiz and most certainly a meeting or other call using virtual technology.  Well here is your virtual christmas shopping experience.

Get yourself a drink, maybe a slice of cake and play along – What about a Baileys?  You know it is Christmas when you get the Baileys out! (Skip to short version)

Get comfy and let’s go Virtual Christmas shopping in your local high streets, lanes, back lanes and estates around where you live.

Well what’s the first thing about Christmas Shopping?  It’s your list!  Well don’t worry about not having a pad and pen, this is a virtual game!  Comment on our Facebook Instagram posts and help create a big collaborative list.

Ready?

Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8

on  Facebook and Instagram

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

In this game we ask that you imagine you are shopping for certain items like for a child, or for a work connection, for a family member or for yourself.  Then we ask about the food and drink you would normally like to eat and share with your friends.

 

However there are hundreds and thousands of local businesses that we can give a shout out to instead, of the big guys.

That’s the beauty of small businesses, we aren’t after market share.  We want enough to sustainably grow our business, to sustain a good lifestyle for us and the people around us.

There are some local businesses that you see all the time, but there are many more behind them.

The legal people and others who providing professional assistance.

When you need to fix up the car, the delivery driver, the manufacturers and engineers producing good that are distanced to first depart our area.

There are so many millions of businesses behind the things we we shop and buy, so use us as a go to guide for all your needs whether you work, rest or play here.

Use our main directory to find local to HD8, businesses and organisations which want you to support.  Helping you to support local, to shop local and to support the local community of the HD8 area.

Chat with us and others who actually work, rest and play here on our Facebook Groups and other social media.

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping? Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Lets go Christmas Shopping for a Child

In this imaginary shopping game …. (See previous post)

If you were buying presents for a child, what would you be looking to buy?

Maybe you have got some recommendations of what others could buy a child …. Obviously, it is all going to depend on age, interests etc

But we are playing make believe here, there is no right or wrong answers!

Maybe, if you can cast your mind back far enough #cheeky – what was your favourite gift as a child?

I always remember my baby brother only being interested in the boxes! It really did not matter what had been in there!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildFacebook

InstagramLets go Christmas Shopping Child

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Work Connection

So, continuing our imaginary shopping trip … (See previous posts)

If you were buying for a work colleague, supplier or even an employee, what would you be looking for or considering?

What have you bought in the past and what have you been given, that you could recommend to others as a suggestion?

Was it a novelty, small inexpensive item or a statement piece?

Did you simply opt for a bottle of something and Christmas nibbles?

Again, obviously, it all depends on who you are buying it for!

A few years back we did HD8 Network branded mugs for Meetup attendees and suppliers (of course the Mother in Laws got one as well) which went down very well!

FacebookLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping WorkInstagram

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping Friends and Family

Are you up for more imaginary shopping? (See previous posts)

What about for the in-laws? Or wider family? Maybe for friends and neighbours?

Do you have a budget that you try and stick to? Are you just trying to tick them off the list or is it about finding the perfect gift for them?

Between me and my siblings, because we only have one little person to buy for, over the past few years we have been doing Secret Santa. This means we each get a present to open, but don’t have to go crazy buying for everyone.

We have also tried experience days and vouchers amongst the family, with the aim of bringing us together – which has had mixed response and success.

What is worked for you in the past and what would you recommend?

Christmas Shopping Game

 

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping Yourself

But what about for yourself?

Is it just me? But whenever I go out shopping for other people, all I can see is things that I want to buy for myself!

So, continuing this imaginary game of shopping …. (See previous posts)

Whilst we have been thinking about what we would buy everyone else, what have you put in your mental shopping basket?

Most years, while Christmas shopping for gifts, I’ll tend to try and buy a Christmas outfit for myself – but this year if we’re not allowed guests or to go visiting, will we be having a loungewear Xmas?

Do you write a list of presents that you want? Drop (massive, big) hints? Or do you just trust that they know what you want?

Chat with others in the HD8 area about it here on social media –

Christmas Shopping Game

HD8 Christmas Virtual High Street

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

Thanks for joining me on our imaginary shopping trip today. (see previous posts)

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of imaginary retail therapy and are inspired by the comments that others have left, as much as they are by yours.

If you have got any other top tips on how to do you Christmas shopping please feel free to share.

Now, after my Christmas shopping, my feet are aching and I am famished, as I have not had a chance to eat and I am gagging for a drink.  What are your food and drink recommendations?

Thanks again for joining me Christmas Shopping

 

Lets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

For  all your Christmas Shopping use the HD8 Virtual High Street

Use the hashtags on social media

 

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Game

Christmas Shopping Game index

Let’s play a Christmas Shopping Game! Okay so we can’t go out.  We are stuck in.

The long winded one can be found here

Ready?

#Lets go Christmas Shopping HD8Christmas Shopping in your high streets and back streets on  Facebook and Instagram

 

If you could buy anything what would it be?

Chat with us on Facebook and Instagram and play our Christmas Shopping Game.

Share suggestions, wants and the products that are available.  Don’t spam though.  Get a listing.  Don’t be rude – unless you are giving me freebies.  In that case SPAM away!

Lets go Christmas Shopping ChildLets go Christmas Shopping WorkLets go Christmas Shopping Friends and FamilyLets go Christmas Shopping YourselfLets go Christmas Shopping hashtags

 

 

So, anyway, what about this Christmas Shopping?

Where you going to shop now?

Check out our Virtual High Street in HD8 area of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.