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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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                      No!

                      It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                      But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                      What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                      But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                      1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                      2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                      3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                      4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                      5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                      6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                      7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                      8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                      9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                      10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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