5 Unusual Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Help Others Improve Their Health & Well-Being

5 Unusual Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Help Others Improve Their Health & Well-Being

The holiday season is fast approaching. In less than a month, the whole world will be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s.

When it comes to gifts, a lot of people offer “safe” gifts that are ordinary and routine, like jewelry, a sweater, a journal, or a snowglobe. If you’re trying to go against the traditional gifts people give, you can add a bit of twist and help your friends and family get fit and healthy in the process. Thus, consider offering gifts to your loved ones that can improve their health and overall well-being.

The last week of December is the week of giving and receiving gifts and if you want to be unique and different, here are some unusual and crazy gift-giving ideas for you to impress your family and friends with:

1. Personalize The Gifts

You might have read this one before, but personalizing your gifts is one of the most important and unique gift giving ideas of all time.


Make your gifts unique with custom stickers and labels. Packaging your gifts well and with these intentions provides a lot of impact to the gift recipient. Always make sure you customize your gift before handing it over to the person you plan to give it to.

2. Sleeping Pillows

Having a good night’s sleep largely depends on the quality of the pillow.

Although it has been a routine for many people to actually do meditation before sleep to unwind and relax themselves, guided meditation for sleep can only help if your pillow is of high quality and therefore supports a quality night’s sleep.

By giving this gift, you can help your loved ones improve their sleep and be healthier in mind, body, and spirit.


Make sure you gift them the best pillow for neck pain and headache in order to provide full health benefits to the gift recipient.

3. Full-Face Motorcycle Helmets

If you are living in a country where bike riding is one of the most common transportation methods, then you should be well-aware of the importance of bike helmets.

In developing countries, the motorcycle is often the family vehicle with small families of four or less easily traveling on bikes.

Though it is convenient and cost-effective, most of the fatal accidents of bikes happen because of low quality helmets.


Full-Face motorcycle helmets can be great gift because it shows that you care about the recipient’s passion while ensuring their safety.

4. Book Exchange

Books are unique gifts that are probably the best gifts you can ever give to anyone.

There are a lot of books on how to improve our lives that are sold in the self-help genre. Aside from them, you can also find great books in the DIY category.

By giving books as gifts, you can actually help the gift receiver to improve their life by providing them with books where they can follow the tips and advice.


My all-time personal favorite is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It contains some timeless wisdom on how to achieve your dreams.

Find books that really resonate with others and gift them to your friends and family to give them the life-changing words he or she may need.

5. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most common gift exchanges, especially during the holiday season. Instead of giving milk chocolates, make sure you buy dark chocolates as gifts.

Dark chocolates are a little pricier, but they have tremendous health benefits. They contain powerful antioxidants that are good for the heart and general well-being.

Make sure you personalize them through customized gift wrappings and present them in a large amount. Leave a note to inform the gift recipient about the benefits of dark chocolate.

By replacing your traditional gifts with healthier alternatives, you can help your friends and family to live a safe and healthy life.

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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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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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