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Handy Last Minute Gift Guides

Handy Last Minute Gift Guides

Leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute is something a lot of us do but don’t like to admit (shhh, we’ll keep your secret!). It may controversial, but we’ve kindly put together a last minute gift guide to give you a few ideas if you’re really not sure what to get for those tricky-to-buy-for people in your lives!

Gifts for Your Mum

    Most mums love anything that’s sentimental and had some love put into it. So a personalised gift is usually a good choice.

    Personalised Family Names Necklace | Not On The Highstreet | £79.00

    Mums across the country will love a personalised family name necklace and it’s a gift that they can wear around their necks for months to come.

    Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Creme Brulee Deut | Liberty | £35.00

    All mums enjoy being pampered from time to time, so this Laura Mercier duet with the famous Creme Brulee range is a winner. It comes with a Souffle Body Creme and Honey Bath for soft, luxurious feeling skin and one happy mum.

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    Personalised ‘Mum We Love You’ Wooden Photo Frame | I Just Love It | £16.99

    Did we tell you mums love sentimental gifts? How about your favourite photograph of you and your mum? You can add your own personalised message which makes this gift extra lovely.

    Gifts for Your Dad

      Dads can be quite hard to buy for if they don’t have a hobby. Maybe they’re one of those types of people who say “Oh you don’t have to buy me anything!”. We’ve found some gifts for even the trickiest of dads.

      Off-Road 4×4 Driving Experience days | Into The Blue | £125.00

      If your dad has ever dreamed of driving a Landrover offroad then this is the perfect gift for him. He can get the opportunity to race around an original jungle track dating all the way back to 1956.

      Dad’s Real Ale ‘Pop Up Pub’ Box | Not On The High Street | £28.50

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      Bring the pub to your dad this Christmas with this fun box full of all the essentials you’d need for your own pub at home. It comes with two craft ales, a selection of snacks and some fun beer mat games to get the real pub experience without having to leave the house!

      SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Smart Sound Multi-Room Speaker | Currys | £149.00

      This SONOS PLAY:1 speaker will not only play out your dad’s favourite songs through the SONOS app, but you can also connect more than one speaker and you can use it as an alarm clock too!

      Gifts for Your Sister

        If you’re struggling to find a gift for your sister then we’ve got you covered! From beauty to fashion, we’ve picked a few of the best gift ideas for sisters across the country.

        Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Feel Unique | £38.50

        Every makeup lover needs the second offering in the Naked Palette range from Urban Decay. With a mixture of both shimmer and matte shades, it’s the perfect eyeshadow palette to create either a natural or smokey eye look.

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        Cashmere Scarf | John Lewis | £50.00

        Treat your sister this Christmas to a beautiful 100% cashmere scarf from John Lewis. There are fifteen colours to choose from, meaning there’s a colour to suit your sister’s taste.

        Tea and Books Typographic Tote Bag | Not On The High Street | £9.95

        If your sister is a lover of tea and a bit of a book worm too, this is the perfect gift for her. She can stylishly carry around her belongings in a durable tote bag. It’s as trendy as it is useful.

        Gifts for Your Brother

          Whether your brother is a tech, beard or music enthusiast, we’ll help you find the perfect gift for him!

          PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console | GAME | £349.99

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          If you really want to treat your brother this year, the new PlayStation 4 Pro is the thing to buy. The most powerful PlayStation ever made, the new console has double the processing power, greater connectivity and advanced 4k technology to make his gaming experience amazing.

          Premium Mens Beard Grooming Kit | Not On The Highstreet | £34.99

          Help him keep his beard in check with this premium beard grooming kit. It comes with all the essentials to condition, groom and moisturize his beard. All his facial hair needs in a handy keepsake metal box.

          Nes Retro Bluetooth Speaker | Firebox | £34.99

          If your brother is a both a music fan and a gaming fan, this is the perfect combination gift for him! This Nes Bluetooth speaker incorporates the retro gaming console into a handy and stylish speaker.

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          Last Updated on December 13, 2018

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

          Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

          A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

          1. Eat Before Heading Out

          First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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          2. Select The Treats

          Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

          3. Avoid Skipping Meals

          Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

          4. Drink With Moderation

          It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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          5. Be Active

          You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

          6. Get Out Of The House

          Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

          7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

          Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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          8. Set Realistic Goals

          You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

          9. Enjoy Yourself

          Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

          10. Drink A Lot Of Water

          This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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          11. Eat Less And More Often

          Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

          12. Prioritize Your Workouts

          Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

          So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

          Happy Holidays everyone!

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