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5 Ways to Find Perfect Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

5 Ways to Find Perfect Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

Shopping for yourself is fun because you know what you want. But when you are looking for a gift, the shopping process can become overwhelming.

You do not always know what another person wants. When you spend hours searching for a perfect gift then you want it to be liked as well. It is not easy to find the perfect gift.

There are several factors like the budget, preferences, size, value, etc. to consider if you wish to give the perfect gift.

It is important that your gift makes the person happy. If you want to make the gift buying process less stressful, then you need to follow these simple tips.

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1. Make a list

Firstly, know the interests of the person and make a list. Knowing the interests of other person makes it lot easier to buy a gift. Making a list helps in narrowing down the options.

Once you know the areas that you are supposed to be looking into, you need to get creative. Brainstorm ideas while considering everything on the list. Try to think out of the box if you wish to make your gift memorable.

When you know the interests of the person you are giving the gift to, you will be able to avoid spending money on something that they have no interest in. It will improve the process of finding the perfect gift.

2. Try to make it meaningful

The best gifts are always the ones that have some connection to a special occasion or memory.

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People love the gifts that hold some sentimental value for the receiver. There are so many things that can hold meaning for a person. You could find an old photograph that may hold some special memory for the receiver.

If the receiver likes jewelry, you could always look for a vintage piece or some old family heirloom. If you manage to find such a memorable gift, then the receiver will cherish it for the rest of their lives.

3. Always remember to consider the personality

Do not chose a gift without taking the personality of the recipient into consideration.  When you know the personality of the recipient. It will help in buying the best gift.

If a person is elegant and sophisticated, then you need to buy something that goes hand in hand with their personality. If a person loves tradition, then you need to look for the traditional touch while buying something.

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So if you consider the personality of the recipient, then it is guaranteed that your gift will be liked and cherished.

4. Consider the needs of the recipient

Everybody needs something. All you have to do is to find a way to know what they need. You have to think broadly. Consider the profession of the person and try to think of something that may be useful to them.

There are so many things you can choose from if you consider things they might need. People always like the gifts they need. You can go through their Facebook profiles or if you have access to the Amazon wish list, try to go through it. You will know exactly what they need and surprise them with it. You can create a care package of things that they need. Make sure you consider your budget.

5. Always add a unique personal touch

Whatever gift you choose for the recipient, do not forget to add a personal touch. Adding personal touch is important because it will make the gift unique and always remind the recipient that you that it was from you. Personalized gifts are always memorable and appreciated.

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Exchanging gifts is important. It helps in building good and healthy relationships. Make sure that you choose a gift that is going to make the recipient happy. Wrap it beautifully so that the recipient knows that you care about them enough to put some effort into not just buying the gift but also in delivering it.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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