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5 Unique Gift Ideas that will Impress Your Loved Ones

5 Unique Gift Ideas that will Impress Your Loved Ones

With the holiday season in full swing, many people are looking to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

Believe it or not, the gift you give your loved ones can say as much about you as it does about them. The present you choose can tell its recipient that they are important to you, as welling as give them hints about your own personality. So, if you’re looking to make a good impression and foster strong relationships, picking out a random gift might not be the best idea.

When choosing the perfect gift, the number of choices can be overwhelming. So, it should come as no surprise that most of us head for the basics, like gift cards, chocolates, or wine. Those choices are perfectly fine, of course; but if you really want to wow your friends, how do you choose the best possible gift to give to your loved ones without getting frustrated?

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Nobody wants to be known as the boring-gift-giver.

We simply want our loved ones to like the gift we have chosen. And it’s not impossible to do. These gifts do not even have to be expensive; but at the same time, you don’t want to settle for giving a paper clip and justifying it by saying it came from the heart. We want to find a balance—a gift that is affordable, yet positively unique.

In a few days, a lot of us might be rushing into the shopping malls to buy last-minute gifts, and if you are one of those who has no idea what to give, here are a few unique ideas for the special people in your life.

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1. Craft Beer Tasting Kit

This unique gift is perfect to give to your dad, your brother, a friend, or literally anyone who is crazy about beer. This tasting kit comes with a reusable crate that serves as its basket, but may also serve other purposes. It comes with a tasting flight paddle, packs of beef jerky, cookies, and other food. Since handing over a wine bottle is so overrated these days, this tasting kit might just be a great alternative.

 2. Cobalt Pitchers and Glasses Set

Perfect for newlyweds or for a large family, these blue cobalt pitchers are hand-blown and eye-catching. Although not so uncommon, these dishes are not just useful for everyday life, but make for attractive home decor. Maybe it’s time to ditch the boring, clear pitchers and glasses, and replace them with the new Cobalt Classic set.

3. Pearl Jewelry

Everyone loves to receive jewelry, but receiving gold or silver necklaces is not that surprising or interesting anymore. A great alternative is pearls. Pearl necklaces, earrings, or rings are some of the options you can choose from. A great thing about pearls is that they come in different colors. For those who prefer the minimalistic style, black or white pearls may be just right. However, for those with more playful personalities, there are lavender or pink pearls as well.

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4. Wooden or Antique Sculptures and Furniture

In today’s world, every nook and cranny is filled with modern-themed furniture and décor that has a touch of highly-advanced technology. Sometimes, the rustic and antique look is ignored and undermined. However, if you have a loved one who enjoys the beauty of antiques and rustic objects, get them a gift that will beautify their homes even more. Since decor incorporated with modern technology features is now becoming quite typical, a great way to surprise your loved ones would be to give them something rustic or antique.

5. Eco-friendly Jewelry and Fashion Items

We’ve all been hearing about how Mother Earth is slowly dying. We’ve also seen, all over the media, how material things from the fashion industry are greatly affecting our world in a negative manner. With that in mind, a lot of environmentalists and eco-friendly communities have been encouraging people to purchase items that do not harm the environment. In response to this, some artists have created eco-friendly jewelry, which could be perfect for the green lover in your life. Ranging from eco-friendly bangles and necklaces to eco-friendly totes and sling bags, these things do not just protect the environment from further harm, they also offer a sense of unique fashion style—a trend that is slowly rising.

These are only some of the many unique gift ideas out there. But before deciding which gift ideas to go for, always remember to initially determine who you’re giving it to. You may first want to ask the questions: Can they use it? Will it fit their personalities? Is the price worth it? (Just so you don’t waste money buying something that will be useless to them or poison to their eyes).

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It does not matter if the gift is on the lower side of the spectrum. If it is beautifully unique, then go for it. Give them something they have never received before. Go for something unique, but interesting. So long as these gifts are picked out with the best intentions and straight from the heart, you’re good to go.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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