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A Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

A Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole Family

It’s already upon us! That time of year when the Christmas marketing machine revs up and we all start panicking over what to buy for our loved ones.

It seems that even though there are more and more options available, gift buying only ever seems to get harder. Whilst many now seem to wait until the infamous Black Friday weekend to do our Christmas shopping, it’s not always practical to leave things until the end of November; some people like to be organised weeks in advance and, as far as we’re concerned, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

For many, though, finding that perfect present for loved ones at Christmas can be nothing short of difficult and a fairly stressful task! Shopping and gift buying doesn’t come naturally to everyone, even those with the best intentions and it can be all too tempting to simply go for a repeat of what went down well last year (and the year before)!

But fear not, we’ve rounded up some of the best options out there for men, women and kids.

For Him

1. Mondaine Watch Evo – £159.00 from Wave

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    Because guys don’t wear as much jewellery as women do, their watches are a big part of their look.

    Mondaine watches are beautifully minimal and understated and are not only an elegant addition to his wardrobe, but a practical and legible timepiece.

    2. Facial Fuel Favourites – £56.00 from Kiehl’s

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      Men are increasingly looking after themselves more and more, so why not treat him to this skincare set from Kiehl’s?

      It includes an energising face wash, scrub and moisturiser to keep him looking and feeling his best.

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      3. Wool Mix Overcoat in Camel – £80.00 from Asos

      The weather is certainly on the turn, so why not help him wrap up warm in this comfy and stylish camel overcoat from Asos?

      For Her

      1. Refillable Lizard Print Leather Journal – £45.00 from Aspinal of London

      For the professional woman who needs to keep track of all of her meetings and appointments, or maybe just the one who always forgets when you’ve arranged to meet for coffee, a leather diary is a great gift, especially a handy pocket sized one which can fit in a handbag.

      2. Pine and Eucalyptus Scent Surround Diffuser – £62.20 from Jo Malone

      This scent diffuser from Jo Malone is a beautiful gift, not least because you can have it delivered in a gorgeously wrapped gift box.

      The sleek diffuser itself will ensure her house has a refreshing forest-fresh fragrance, perfect for the Christmas season.

      3. Faux Fur Scarf – £50.00 from Cath Kidston

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        It’s time to start wrapping up nice and warm, but who says she can’t do so in style? This faux fur scarf brings a hint of timely glamour and looks great over a warm overcoat or a dress.

        For Kids

        1. Wooden iPhone Phone Case – £30.00 from Etch’d

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          For older kids and teens, their smartphones are their everything, so why not at least make sure that they keep them safe in some style?

          These beautiful wooden phone cases from Etch’d can be personalised with any design or message of your choosing.

          2. Lego Winter Holiday Train – £69.99 from Lego

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            Two things which children will surely love for the rest of time, Lego and train sets! This gift combines the two with a magical winter train with 70cm of track.

            3. Blue Star Midi Children’s Teepee – £125.00 from Just for Tiny People

            Just for Tiny People, create and sell these magical teepees, which make for a perfect hideaway for little ones who love to run around, explore and play.

            You and your little ones can even accessorise and decorate your teepee with cushions and fairy lights for an added touch.

            Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on March 25, 2020

            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

            When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

            So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

            1. Exercise

            It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

            2. Drink in Moderation

            I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

            3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

            Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

            4. Watch Less Television

            A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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            Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

            5. Eat Less Red Meat

            Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

            If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

            6. Don’t Smoke

            This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

            7. Socialize

            Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

            8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

            Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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            9. Be Optimistic

            Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

            10. Own a Pet

            Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

            11. Drink Coffee

            Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

            12. Eat Less

            Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

            13. Meditate

            Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

            Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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            14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

            Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

            15. Laugh Often

            Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

            16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

            Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

            17. Cook Your Own Food

            When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

            Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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            18. Eat Mushrooms

            Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

            19. Floss

            Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

            20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

            Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

            Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

            21. Have Sex

            Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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            Reference

            [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
            [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
            [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
            [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
            [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
            [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
            [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
            [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
            [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
            [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
            [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
            [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
            [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
            [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
            [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
            [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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