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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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