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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 Everyone has an old or outdated tablet lingering around somewhere.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 December 2, 2018

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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          Review Your Past Flow

          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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