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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 October 20, 2020

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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