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4 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

4 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

It’s almost Christmas time again, which means it’s also time to start looking at awesome Christmas gift ideas! If you are big on DIY projects and love giving imaginative gifts to your loved ones, now is the time to start working on them. You’re welcome in advance, because we’ve compiled the best Christmas gift ideas for each member of your family. Whether it’s that special someone, your loving parents, or a human-in-training, you’re sure to find an awesome DIY Christmas gift idea below! (My favorite is  number 4 — I’m easily entertained!)

1. A Gift For Him

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    So, there’s a man in your life who loves to look spiffy — perfect. Update his wardrobe with some DIY Skinny Ties! This Christmas gift idea is an awesome, yet practical, addition to any man’s wardrobe in the modern age. Not only are you giving him something he’ll be able to use, wear, and enjoy on a daily basis, but by re-purposing older “fat ties,” you’re updating his sense of style. Soon, everyone will know he’s as amazing as you think.

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    The best part? This gift is cheap (in the affordable sense, not low quality). Second-hand ties — even high-quality, name brand ties — cost between $3-5 per tie. Time to hit up your neighborhood Goodwill!

    2. A Gift For Her

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      Do you love to make things for your girlfriend or wife? If so, how about a classy, efficient place to store her jewelry? This Christmas gift idea is simple, easy to construct, and incredibly useful — the perfect gift for her. This gift shouldn’t run you more than $20 in parts from your local hardware store. A fair warning though, if you give your lady a place to store more jewelry, chances are she’ll want more jewelry.

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      3. A Gift For Your Parents

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        Here’s an awesome Christmas gift idea for your parents that will help modernize their life AND make them happy. Convert an old iPad or Android tablet into a DIY Digital Photo Frame. Everyone has an old or outdated tablet lingering around somewhere. While that tablet might not be up to modern demands, it can still hold a lot of value if you use it right.

        Add some nice pictures of the family adventures on the tablet and set it to routinely flip through the pictures — it’ll become the centerpiece of their living room in no time. (Again, fair warning — when you give this gift, you agree to serve as “tech support” for the life of the device. Smart parents might use this to their advantage.)

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        4. Don’t Forget Junior!

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          Who gets more excited about the magic of Christmas than the youngling in your life? Give them a gift that they’ll not only LOVE, but that will benefit their development and excite their imagination. Minecraft is arguably the only video game happily endorsed by parents, schools, AND kids — and most children are likely already enjoying it.

          Giving the gift of the game is nice, but if you want to go above and beyond (and I KNOW you do!), try playing it with themSet up a small, local server and spend some time getting to know the game. Then, give them the most precious gift you can: the gift of your time. A DIY Minecraft server is free to create and takes very little time to setup. If you’re still worried about the technical aspects, you can opt to rent a small and affordable managed server maintained by a professional hosting company — just make sure you research and review the hosts. Imagine how happy you’ll make them when you offer to play their game with them! Very few gifts can compare to their excitement when you offer to spend time doing something they love. Isn’t that feeling what Christmas is all about?

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          That’s All Folks!

          There you have 4 Awesome DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for your loved ones. We’ve included something for that special guy, that special girl, your parents, and the little ones in your life. Honestly, between these gifts, you can’t go wrong, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our other popular Lifehack articles for Gift Ideas and DIY Instructions!

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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            Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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