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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 April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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