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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 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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