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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 Everyone has an old or outdated tablet lingering around somewhere.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!

          Featured photo credit: Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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          Last Updated on November 20, 2020

          Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

          Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

          Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

          One 2017 study found that:[1]

          “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

          This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

          Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

            As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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            Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

            1. Remember Your Why

            It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

            Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

            2. Go to Bed Early

            If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

            This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

            3. Make a Commitment

            I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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            Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

            You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

            4. Find a Friend

            If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

            Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

            Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

            5. Treat Yourself

            We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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            You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

            6. Change your Mindset

            Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

            When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

            7. Plan Your Day

            You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

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              8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

              Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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              For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

              9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

              Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

              10.  Set Multiple Alarms

              Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

              Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

              Final Thoughts

              About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

              Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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              Featured photo credit: Tomasz Woźniak via unsplash.com

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