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6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Person with Everything

6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Person with Everything

Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, or another special occasion, we all have that one person on our list who is just about impossible to shop for. The purpose of this article is to help readers find unique gifts for all kinds of people.

1. Deep Sea Sand Art

When stress and anxiety seem to rule your life, there’s something very calming about viewing art and getting lost in the intricacies of a specific work. But do you know what’s even more appealing? Getting lost in the intricacies of a piece of work that’s ever-changing right before your eyes. Every Deep Sea Sand Art sculpture designed by Klaus Bosch can be rotated and shifted to create unique visuals with the sparkling sand; put it on a desk, place it by your bed…it can go anywhere!

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2. Name a Star

Have you ever looked up at the dark night sky and stared in amazement at the thousands of glowing stars in your peripheral vision? Stars are amazing sights but they become even more special when there’s some sort of connection. With StarNamer, you can name a star after a loved one (yes, an actual star that’s visible either to the naked eye or with a small telescope). Thousands of people have already named stars, and there are numerous packages for purchase, including framed certificates, DVDs, and even star location charts.

3. Sunrise Simulator Alarm Clock

Does that special someone on your list always complain about waking up in the morning? Maybe they sleep through their alarm, or have to place it on the other side of the room so they’ll physically get up to turn it off? Whatever the case may be, they could benefit from the Philips Wake-Up Light with “colored sunrise simulation.” As the wake-up time nears, the alarm clock begins to slowly fill the room with light and plays a calming wake-up sound.

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4. Shower Speaker

Does your friend like to listen to music when they take a shower? If so, they’re probably tired of trying to play music through their phone without getting it wet or hauling the stereo into the bathroom and positioning the speakers just right. The answer is the Shower Speaker that lets them do everything from listening to music to answering calls; it pairs with Bluetooth devices, is water-resistant, and provides excellent sound quality.

5. 642 Things to Write About

If you have a writer in your life, they may frequently complain about not having enough ideas. Well, just give them the 642 Things to Write About book. As the name suggests, this book has 642 different writing prompts design to get the creative juices flowing. These prompts range from lyric writing and fiction, to personal reflection and character development. It’s sure to be a hit!

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6. Snake Bit

How annoying is it to confront a DIY project, only to find that the screw you’re trying to unscrew or put back in place is in a tight spot that you can’t reach with your drill? Well, chances are that person on your gift list has had the same issue before, and that’s why they need the Snake Bit. As the name implies, this 12-inch pliable extender attaches to your drill and lets you work in tight areas; it can bend up to 90 degrees and works with any standard drill and bit.

Never Run Out of Ideas

While you may think that person on your list already has everything in the world, this list of ideas just goes to show that there’s always something you can find. It’s time to get creative and discover something that they never even knew they needed, but will absolutely love.

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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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