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Top 10 Coolest Holiday Gifts to Buy

Top 10 Coolest Holiday Gifts to Buy

Every year, there is always at least one person on your holiday gift list that is extremely difficult to buy for. They either already have everything that they need, or they are very picky about things and it can be difficult to make the best choice for them. No matter who you are shopping for, there are always things you can find that will be perfect, even for the most quirky of personalities. For instance, check out our top 10 coolest holiday gifts to buy.

1. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

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    We all need to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, but it is not always easy to find clean water, especially if one is camping or hiking. Give your friends the gift of clean water. This cool gift is the only one of its kind that meets all EPA standards.

    2. Galaxy Lollipops

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      If you have someone on your gift list who has a sweet tooth, they will love SparkoSweets Galaxy Lollipops. In fact, some people may even think that these are way too pretty to eat, because they are basically edible art.

      3. Adult Yoda Socks

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        Who doesn’t love the Star Wars series of movies? You don’t have to be a kid to love this series, and these socks prove it. Give Yoda socks to the adult Star Wars fan on your gift list this year, and they can wear “the force” every day.

        4. Dancing Water LED Fountains Speakers

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          Music lovers on your list will really love these low-priced, quality speakers that feature hypnotizing water beats that they can control. They can crank their favorite tunes, and watch the water dance in four beautiful colors to the beat of the music. The louder the music is, the more the water dances.

          5. Go Bookmark

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            These hand-crafted bookmarks are ideal for the avid readers on your holiday gift list. They are made with polymer clay, acrylic paint, metal, and varnish, and there are five awesome designs to choose from. These are great for both adults and children who are into reading and gaming.

            6. Christmas Pattern Engraved Rolling Pin

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              The cooks on your gift list will love being able to make engraved holiday cookies and other treats when they use this rolling pin. With the rolling pin comes a gift pack with advice on how to get the best looking cookies, and there are loads of great recipes for recipients to try out.

              7. Cardboard Mugs

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                Surprise your friends with ceramic coffee mugs that look like they are made out of cardboard. At first glance, no one would ever know that they are not actually cardboard, making this a fun gift idea for any coffee lover.

                8. Dried Pressed Flowers Phone Case

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                  Most people have iPhones these days, and most iPhone owners like to keep their devices in cases. This beautiful case is made with real, dried, and pressed flowers, and is the perfect gift for your friends who love flowers and want to keep their devices protected.

                  9. Cute Manatee Planter

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                    This adorable little planter is perfect for small plants. Gift it by itself to a friend, or plant a succulent, cacti, etc. in it. This has no drainage hole, so it is best for plants that do not require a lot of water. It is ideal for a windowsill, office desk, shelf, etc.

                    10. Personalized Docking Station

                    10. Personalized Docking Station

                      This charging station is great for the men in your life who are difficult to buy for. Each station can be personalized, and each one is one hundred percent hand-crafted in a smoke-free and pet-free studio. This is a gift that the ladies on your list will like as well.

                      Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on January 18, 2019

                      7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                      7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                      Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                      But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                      If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                      1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                      First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                      In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                      Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                      2. Speak up for yourself.

                      Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                      3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                      This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                      But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                      4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                      Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                      This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                      Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                      5. Change the subject.

                      When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                      Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                      6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                      Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                      I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                      You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                      Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                      7. Leave them behind.

                      Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                      If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                      That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                      You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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