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How To Make Inexpensive And Fashionable Last-Minute Gifts

How To Make Inexpensive And Fashionable Last-Minute Gifts

Do you know that feeling when you wake up feeling awesome, the birds are singing, the sky is blue, you go to the kitchen and you get a glimpse of the calendar… and your stomach drops? It’s your aunt’s birthday! And you completely forgot to get her a gift! Yikes! You rush through your morning routine and run out to go shopping.

If this doesn’t sound like a good solution to you, you could just get some inspiration from this list of the most fashionable and inexpensive last-minute gifts!

A different way to give flowers

Let’s start with the simplest gift ever: flowers. Because you want the person who receives them to forgive you for not buying an actual gift, you can twist the flower bouquet.

You will need a glass container, food coloring, flowers, and a printout of the label of a famous perfume (you can pick the favorite perfume of the person who receives the gift). What you have to do is print the label and glue it on the container. Make sure the container resembles the actual container of the real perfume. For example, for Chanel No. 5, you’ll need a cube container. Then, mix a tiny amount of food coloring in the water to achieve the color of the perfume – in our case, yellow – and put the flowers inside.

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    Vintage candles

    Scented candles make for plain last-minute gifts, so here is how to DIY them to make them really memorable. Take a vintage teacup set (or buy a teacup set which looks as vintage as possible), candle wax (you can buy simple candles and melt them in a saucepan), candle wicks, and essential oils. Mix the wax with the essential oils to create a pleasant aroma, then place the wicks in the middle of each cup and pour in the perfumed wax. Repeat with every teacup and then pack them back to resemble a regular set of teacups.

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      The gardener’s trick: a gift bucket

      Okay, it’s not actually a bucket and it’s not for gardeners either, but it’s one of the best last-minute gifts! All you have to do is buy a cute container — an object which was never intended to be a container, nor to hold gifts, such as garden lantern or a birdcage — and stuff it with items you know the birthday person loves. What type of items? Anything! Think about the passions of the person who will receive the gift. You can buy chocolates, makeup stencils, succulents, a USB charger, etc.

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        “Hey, I brought you a bottle of bread!”

        If you are looking for last-minute gifts for a grill party, here is what can save your day with minimum hassle. Take a mason jar and stack in it all the ingredients for bread, cake, or any other food which suits the party. Of course, you will only add the dry ingredients for a cake or the wet ingredients for a cocktail. Take a ribbon and a piece of paper, write the recipe on the paper, and then tie the paper on the mason jar with the ribbon.

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          The new home gift

          When you visit a friend who just bought his or her own house, you have to bring a gift for the new home. Instead of shopping for one, you can make one last minute that saves you a lot of time and money. Bottle lamps are a great gift for this scenario.

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          You will need a whiskey bottle with the label still on, a lamp kit, and a clip-on lamp shade. You might need some help, as you will have to drill a hole in the lower part of the bottle to insert the lamp kit. Once the system is inside the bottle, the switch returns to its place on the cord and the lamp becomes a real lamp as you put the shade on. If your friend is not keen on having whiskey bottle lamps, you can strip the label and fill the bottle with clear pebbles.

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            Get the party going with this homemade cocktail

            Probably the least-expensive gift on this list and the most popular: homemade booze! Take a bottle, fill it with cranberries or other berries, then add vodka, the juice of a lime, and couple of mint leaves. By the time you arrive at the get-together, the mixture will taste heavenly!

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              Another recipe in a jar

              If you don’t want to give alcohol, here is another adult option when it comes to delicious last-minute gifts: hot chocolate! This is not just a simple hot chocolate, as you may have already suspected. In a mason jar, put chocolate powder, marshmallows, and close the lid. Tie a mini Irish cream bottle to it and you have a delicious gift!

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                The last resort: money!

                If none of the above are likely to work, just give money, but in style! You can go for the old photo album trick or be more creative. For example, buy a box of tissues, empty it, and put money inside, then glue a buck to a tissue and put it inside, leaving the tip of the tissue out. Another idea is to buy a pizza and find a way to cover it with money without damaging the bills. The possibilities here are endless — just be creative!

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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