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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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          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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