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10 Amazing Gifts That You Can Bring To Your Families’ Christmas Parties!

10 Amazing Gifts That You Can Bring To Your Families’ Christmas Parties!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a… OH NO! You forgot to get Uncle Daryl’s gift for the family Christmas party!

As the holidays are approaching, it is time to begin brainstorming all of the possible gift ideas to bring to the family Christmas party. Let’s face it – although they are delicious, the family might be a little bored of Santa-shaped cookies. It is time to step it up a notch. This is the year to knock your family’s socks off with some unique & amazing Christmas gifts! Thankfully, we were able to create a list of ten incredible gift ideas that will ignite a great deal of inspiration in this year’s festivities.

1. iPad Foosball Table

iPad Foosball

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    This first gift idea is one for the whole family, and would make a great additional gift to anyone receiving an iPad for Christmas. Simply placing an iPad in the tray and turn it into a miniature, virtual foosball table. This can make for some great competitions during the downtime of the party.

    Place to get it: Uncommon Goods

    2. Personalized Photo Book

    Soft Cover Photo Book

      Photo Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

      A photo book can always serve as a unique and fantastic gift. Providing an opportunity to showcase your family’s most-cherished memories into a neat little book. Photo books can be a great gift for anyone in the family, but I’d argue that Grandma will enjoy them the most.

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      Place to get it: Artifact Uprising

      3. 3D Printing Pen

      3D printing Pen

        Photo Courtesy of: Hammacher

        For all of the tech-lovers in the family, a 3D Printing Pen is an extremely unique gift that will be sure to turn heads at the Christmas party. These pens allows the family artist to create three-dimensional plastic drawings – they can even use it to create napkin holders for next year’s party!

        Place to get it: Hammacher

         4. Matching Dog/Human Bow Tie

        Dog and Owner matching Bow Tie

          Photo Courtesy of: Wool & Water

          The only thing cuter than a dog is a dog in bow tie. If you’re anything like myself, your family’s little furry friends are quite spoiled during the holiday season. An adorable (slightly ridiculous) bow tie can make for a great stocking stuffer for Fido. You can even get a matching bow tie for yourself!

          Place to get it: Butch Basix

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          5. Pinpointing Metal Detector

          Metal Detector

            Photo Courtesy of: MetalDetector.com

            For the adventurer in the family, a metal detector can be a unique gift that keeps on giving (literally). Back in my day, nothing was better than returning from a family camping trip with a pocket full of shiny, new metal objects that were uncovered throughout the campsite. All thanks to a metal detector.

            Place to get it: MetalDetector.com

            6. Selfie Stick

            selfie stick

              Photo Courtesy of: Nicolas Mirguet

              Oh, the selfie stick. Perhaps one of the smartest inventions of our generation. These can be used virtually everywhere. On vacation? Take a selfie. At the dinner table? Take a selfie. The opportunities are endless with this gift. Who knows, maybe your selfies will end up in next year’s family photo book.

              Place to get it: Kirklands

               7. Ollie

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              OLLIE

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                Ollie is a remote control device that performs rolls, flips, and various tricks – all through a smartphone app. Such a toy could be the perfect gift for the racing fan in the family. These things takes on all types of terrain. I know I would have loved this thing when I was growing up!

                Place to get it: Sphero

                8. Polaroid Camera

                Polaroid Camera

                  Photo Courtesy of: Stephane Venne

                  The technology of the mid 1900’s seem to be coming back with a bang, and with it comes Polaroid cameras. After all, nothing is more satisfying than capturing a photograph, and watching it print and develop right before your eyes. A Polaroid camera would make a great gift for the photographer in your family – if you’re feeling extra generous, I have one on my gift list this year!

                  Place to get it: Skymall

                  9. Tracking Tiles

                  tile

                    Photo Courtesy of: Tile

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                    Every family has the family airhead. Constantly misplacing their keys, wallet, phone, or car. Thankfully Tracking Tiles are available as gifts this year. Attaching a tile to any item will allow it to be found in a matter of seconds. Someone let me know when they invent a time machine so I can go back and put one of these on that car key I lost last year.

                    Place to get it: Tile

                    10. Cuddle Clone

                    Cuddle Clone

                      Photo Courtesy of: This is Why I’m Broke

                      This is the perfect gift for the animal lover in the family. A Cuddle Clone is a personalized stuffed animal, made to replicate your pet (can also serve as a loophole for pesky “no pets” housing restrictions). These furry creations can double as a gift for your pet as well – everyone needs a companion!

                      Place to get it: Cuddle Clones

                      Featured photo credit: Dr. Wendy Longo via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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