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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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            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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