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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.

          Photo Credit: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, all sourced via Pixabay.

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          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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