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10 Gift Ideas That Will Make Someone Love You (Without Breaking the Bank)

10 Gift Ideas That Will Make Someone Love You (Without Breaking the Bank)

The holiday season is upon us. And we know what you must be thinking: “What am I going to get my friends and family this year?”

With work projects, going to the gym, cooking dinner, and planning for the holidays, it might be difficult to put in the time to research what gifts we should get for our loved ones. This is especially true in instances where there are several gifts we have to buy in advance!

Have no fear. In this post, we share unique experiences, useful time-saving tools, fun games, and more that serve as great gift ideas that will make your friends and family love you. Best of all, none of the gift ideas break the bank!

Read on for 10 unique gift ideas for the holidays that will make your loved ones feel loved and adored:

1. Trip to the Spa

What beats celebrating the end of the year than with a relaxing trip to the spa? Even though most of us could benefit from a day at the spa, we rarely seek it out actively. This is why a gift card or a spa package is a perfect gift for a loved one that could use a de-stressor in their lives.

Where to get it: Most spas in your local city will have a gift card package that you can purchase for the holidays. Or, you can also check out daily deal websites, like Groupon, where they always have these types of deals happening.

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    2. Cooking Classes

    Is one of your goals next year to eat in more? You can save money, learn the art of cooking, and invest the savings into other things more important to you. If you have a spouse, family member, or rooommate that shares your goals, you can offer them cooking classes to encourage them to cook at home more.

    Where to get it: There are many cooking classes on daily deal websites or you can check out websites like Course Horse, as well. Another viable option is to subscribe for weekly prepared ingredients sent to your door through services like Blue Apron.

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      3. Private Language Lessons

      If you know someone who enjoys traveling to different locations or if you have plans to travel together with them, there’s no better way to prepare than learning the language of the country you’ll be visiting. Besides, what better way to show that you care about someone than helping them improve their education and knowledge?

      Where to get it: You can check out language learning websites like Rype, offering monthly subscriptions for 1-on-1 lessons online with handpicked professional teachers. Their Gift section allows you to send digital gifts instantly without breaking the bank.

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        4. Fun Card Games

        Not sure what to do with the family over the holidays? A safe bet is gathering around to play card games together. But not just any card games, we’re talking fun (and perhaps R-rated) games that will have you on the floor laughing.

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        Where to get it: The card game Exploding Kittens has been all the rage online and makes for an excellent game with friends and family. Cards Against Humanity is another classic choice that you can’t go wrong with. Keep in mind that both options have a PG version that you can play with younger people, if needed.

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          5. Home Automation Tools

          A new trend that has been on the rise is home automation tools. Google recently bought a company called Nest, which is the world’s first learning thermostat. Today, they have products for indoor and outdoor cameras and smoke detectors that you can install in your home. Another option is a smart assistant like Amazon Echo, which is an artificial intelligence system that you can ask any question to and it will answer.

          Where to get it: Nest or Amazon Echo

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            6. Smartpots (Indoors)

            Know someone that loves gardening but doesn’t have the time to deal with the headaches of gardening? Smartpots might be the perfect gift for them. In summary, smartpots is a fabric aeration container that allows you to grow anything with roots without the pain of digging up and planting a garden. Learn more here.

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            Where to get it: Smartpots

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              7. Fitness Memberships

              Getting back into shape is one of the most popular goals that people have in the New Year. Help make that happen for someone by giving them a membership or gift card to a gym.

              Where to get it: Classpass is a good place to start looking, as they already have locations all around North America. Their gift section allows you to digitally send gift cards to anyone online.

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                8. Take them to Broadway

                Know someone that’s passionate about the arts and performance? You can’t go wrong with taking them to a broadway show, or giving them two tickets to take someone else.

                Where to get it: Check out any ticket sellers like Stub Hub, Ticketmaster, or a broadway website, like Broadway.com, to find tickets and shows near your city.

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                  9. Book memberships

                  Have a bookworm in your family or friend group? Give them the gift of learning with a book membership. Similar to Netflix, there have been a rise of services that offer monthly access to books of your choosing.

                  Where to get it: Scribd or Audible (for audio books)

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                    10. Five-minute Journal

                    One way to increase your level of happiness is to actively practice listing what you’re grateful for. It’s even better if you can do it on a daily basis. That’s why there are journals like the Five-minute Journal. Every morning and every night (for a total of 5 minutes), you can list what you’re grateful for, how you could have made the day better, and what you’re excited about for the day ahead of you.

                    Where to get it: Five-minute Journal

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                      Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                      How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                      How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                      For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

                      If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

                      Example 1

                      You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

                      You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

                      In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

                      Example 2

                      You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

                      People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

                      You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

                      Example 3

                      You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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                      The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

                      Example 4

                      You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

                      Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

                      If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

                      Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

                      • Understand your own communication style
                      • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
                      • Communicate with precision and care
                      • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

                      1. Understand Your Communication Style

                      To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

                      In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

                      Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

                      2. Learn Others Communication Styles

                      Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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                      If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

                      “How do you prefer to receive information?”

                      This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

                      To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

                      3. Exercise Precision and Care

                      A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

                      On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

                      Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

                      I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

                      I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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                      In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

                      The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

                      Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

                      4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

                      Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

                      In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

                      “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

                      Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

                      Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

                      It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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                      It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

                      It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

                      Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

                      Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

                      The Bottom Line

                      When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

                      I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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