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Need A Last Minute Gift? 4 Useful Surprises Anyone Would Love

Need A Last Minute Gift? 4 Useful Surprises Anyone Would Love

Whether it’s Christmas, a holiday, birthday, or special occasion, it always seems that it’s a good idea to have various gift ideas for the occasion. You never know when you might need a quick gift or accidentally may forget a birthday. However, you don’t want to be stuck giving the same generic gift that everyone gives every year that no one likes.

Below are ideas for various gifts that are easy to purchase and can be customized easily depending on the person you’re giving it to. Use the ideas below as ’emergency’ gifts for any occasion you may need a little something special for someone.

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Meal Delivery

This is a gift that those who don’t like to shop or don’t have time to shop would enjoy. There are several companies online where you can place an order for groceries and/or frozen in any amount to be delivered as well as prepared meals that the person simply has to put in the oven to enjoy.

Orders are usually delivered once a month, making it a convenient option for those who like to stock up on food so that they can plan their meals. This is an ideal gift idea for a senior citizen, someone who is disabled or someone who just had a baby. This is also great for those who have recently lost a loved one or may be adjusting to a new life situation and are already under a lot of stress. This is a subtle way for you to help them and show that you care for them and want to get them a gift they will enjoy and find useful. You can also have other people chip in on the cost so that you can purchase it for longer, cutting down on how much each individual person pays.

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Maid Service

Most people want a clean home but find that it’s sometimes hard to accomplish the task during the week. Give the gift of a maid service to help someone have a cleaner home that is enjoyable. You can choose anything, from a basic cleaning service each week or once a month to a detailed service that will help with everything from laundry to preparing meals. This is also another gift idea that you could potentially have a group go in on to cut down on individual costs or be able to purchase the service for longer.

E-Gift Cards

Since more people are ordering items online and are having them delivered to the home, why not give an e-gift card? You can get a card from a specific company that the person would like or a general card that can be used anywhere online.

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Consider getting a few cards in different amounts as a surprise so that the person can get what is desired for personal use or for the home.

Beauty Gift Subscription

This is a gift that tends to be more for women as beauty boxes usually contain makeup, but there are a few companies that are now offering the same services for men so they can get razors, shaving gels and other toiletries.

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There are boxes of different sizes that you can order that are sent once a month to the person. A curated box is a good place to start before the person customizes what they get in the future.This is a fun way to get the gift that keeps on giving, as you could sign up for a subscription.You could also get the box customized to what the person enjoys or what you think they would enjoy. Either way, this is an extremely creative and easily personalized gift they are sure to love.

From food to makeup, there are several ideas for last minute gift ideas in case you forget someone on your list. Think about the needs that the person might have and what would benefit the person the most. It’s not about the amount that you spend, but the time you get to spend with family and friends that really matters.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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