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10 Super Affordable Christmas Gifts You Can Buy For Your Colleagues

10 Super Affordable Christmas Gifts You Can Buy For Your Colleagues

Christmas is here again, and if you are someone who fell in love with reading and has never shown any signs of giving up, I’m sure you’d fancy a gift that aligns with your hobby. Small gestures that include tokens of appreciation are usually the best options, though reading addicts would rather have something that’s a bit useful and long-lasting.

However, they often face the dilemma of whether to buy new books and pens or perhaps opt for something that isn’t expensive, but still worthy. Whimsical bookshelf accents are perfect, but they are commonplace and a bit pricey. That means, there’s a whole lot of items to choose out there, and it takes a smart mind to do that for this Christmas bash!

I’m someone who loves reading too, and within our little reading club, we managed to narrow down a list of fantastic Office Christmas Party gifts available for purchase online.

1. A Silicone Tea Infuser

    A tea infuser for that end-year Christmas party isn’t a conventional choice, and it won’t be useless either. This Fred and Friends MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser is perfect because it is soft, food-safe and won’t affect the taste of your tea. Above all, it is insanely cheap at less than $10!

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    2. Post-it Pop-up Notes Dispenser 

      Unlike the others, this beautiful and Apple-shaped Post-it Pop-up Notes Dispenser packs up double the sticking power due to its unique adhesive. For less than $7, you will never have to struggle to store your to-do lists of all sizes and shapes again!

      3. A Well-organised To-Do Pad

        To-do lists are there to conveniently help remember essential chores and act on them in an organized manner. But for your Christmas party, you have no reason to buy something ordinary, yet there’s a better To-Do Pad for go-getters and gadabouts. 60 sheets for just $7 isn’t bad, right?

        4. A Mini Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

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          With it as a gift, you will never have to use a tissue paper or anything to clean up dust, dirt or cigarette ash. The beautiful-looking and Portable Beetle Ladybug cartoon cleaner fits in your palm and is powered by an AA battery for a perfect clean. Get it for less than $10!

          5. Four Cute Stress Reliever toys 

            Adorable, soft, slow rising, squishy and excellent as stress relieving hand wrist toys, these four pieces will keep you engaged and spirited. Instead of feeling sad, depressed or angry for no reason, buy these 4PCS Kawaii Squishy Toys – they are very cheap!

            6. Protective Laptop Case Sleeve Bag

              Reading addicts need always to protect their laptops, phones, and tablets. Instead of carrying a bag, why don’t you buy this cheap designer iBenzer Basic 13.3″ Neoprene – soft, light, classy and durable, and compatible with office bag, briefcase, and all backpack types?

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              7. Mindfulness Colouring Book 

                Another excellent gift for any reading lover this Christmas is this Mindfulness Coloring Book, Vol 2. It will help cultivate a mindful focus and fight stress. FYI, this international bestseller has over 100 beautiful pages for just $8!

                8. Big Idea Notebook Set 

                  All ardent readers love having a Journal, and you can buy one for this Christmas. You can choose a large, medium or small!

                  9. Stereo Earphones

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                    They can be a perfect gift too, mainly because everyone loves listening to their favorite music. We’ve got this ultra-soft ErgoFit in earbud headphones with long cord threads and broader frequency response, available in a plethora of colors.

                    10. Natural and Beautiful Log Coffee Mugs

                      If buying a mug is your choice, here’s what you will instantly fall in love with – Coworker Gift Mug Succulent Holder. It is made from the branches of White Oak tree, and as well as being a great coffee mug, it can form part of interior décor!

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                      Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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                      Last Updated on August 5, 2019

                      Having Trouble Sleeping? 9 Quick Fixes to Help You Sleep Tonight

                      Having Trouble Sleeping? 9 Quick Fixes to Help You Sleep Tonight

                      According to surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, one-third of people living in the United States don’t get enough sleep.[1] Americans are also the least happy they’ve ever been, based on a recent U.N. report — they’ve dropped in happiness rankings for the past three years running.[2] It’s difficult to say whether poor sleeping habits and sleepless nights are causally related to unhappiness, but there is very little doubt that when you have trouble sleeping, it negatively affects your overall health and well-being.

                      Whether you want to fall asleep faster or get higher-quality rest overall, improving your sleep isn’t necessarily difficult. Here are 9 easy things you can do to get better sleep right away:

                      1. Write Before Bed

                      The difficulty in getting to sleep for many people lies in an inability to shut off their thoughts. As you wind down, you’re often not only thinking about events of the day, but also on the next day’s challenges. These thoughts aren’t aimless chatter, either — they represent feelings, observations, or intentions that your subconscious has deemed important, and doesn’t want you to forget during the night.

                      One solution is to write as many of those thoughts down as you can. Whether it’s a journal, a diary, or just a stack of post-it notes, writing down your thoughts and feelings before bed will move them temporarily out of your mind. You’ll often find this makes it easier for you to relax.

                      2. Make Your Bed

                      Making your bed might seem like too simple of a chore to carry with it the power to change your sleep quality. Interestingly, however, there is a correlation between making your bed and your quality of sleep.

                      That’s right: the National Sleep Foundation compiled data from a “Bedroom Poll” and found that people who said they made their beds in the morning also reported better sleep overall.[3]

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                      Why this correlation exists is still a mystery, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth exploiting it. After all, it only takes a few minutes to make your bed each morning, and chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re probably lying awake in bed for longer than that every night anyway.

                      3. Drink More Water

                      You might think drinking more water would harm your sleep quality by causing you to get up at night and use the bathroom. That can happen, which is why a good hydration practice involves not waiting until bedtime to guzzle water.

                      If you’re surprised that hydration affects sleep patterns in the first place, you shouldn’t be. Even mild dehydration dries out your mouth and nasal passages, making you more likely to snore or wake up during the night. It can even lead to nocturnal leg cramps.

                      Whenever possible, drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated, if you’re having trouble sleeping) at regular intervals throughout the day. About 90 ounces of fluid a day is appropriate for most women, while most men should be getting closer to 125.[4]

                      4. Take a Shower Before Bed

                      During the day, your core body temperature naturally fluctuates in accordance with your circadian rhythm, which, as you may know, controls your sleep-wake cycle.

                      Body temperature is one of the factors your body relies on to know whether it’s time to sleep or stay awake. A lowered core temperature prompts melatonin release, and the body progressively cools overnight before warming again around “wake-up” time.

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                      This is called thermoregulation, and you can manipulate it with a warm bath or shower. The warm water heats up your body, and when you get out, your skin dries and cools quickly — triggering melatonin and other “sleep cues” in the brain.

                      5. Take a Night Drive (In Your Imagination)

                      This is a visualization technique similar to what many therapists recommend to treat stress and anxiety, and one of many such techniques put forth by the National Sleep Foundation.[5]

                      Think of a drive or ride you take often (your daily commute to work, for example). Now picture yourself getting in your vehicle, pulling out of your parking space, and commencing the trip. Try your best to focus on the road and imagine each stop, turn, curve, and landmark. Chances are, you’ll be asleep before you reach the second mile marker.

                      6. Quit Coffee

                      Of all the ideas on this list, you might be most opposed to trying this one. After all, if you’re already groggy and tired in the mornings from not sleeping well, coffee might be the one thing that seems to help you get going.

                      Unfortunately (especially for those who drink coffee for the taste), the same caffeine that is your best friend in the morning becomes your enemy at night, disrupting your circadian rhythm and promoting an unhealthy cycle of wakefulness.

                      You might think, “Sure, but I don’t drink caffeine at night.” What you might not know is that the quarter-life of caffeine is a full 12 hours — meaning if you drink a cup of coffee at noon, a quarter of the caffeine from it is still in your system at midnight.

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                      Ditching caffeinated stuff for decaf or hot tea might be difficult in the short run, but it will make it easier to relax and wind down later in the day. If you find that you just can’t give it up, try to drink your caffeine as early as possible in the day to help minimize its late-night effects.

                      7. Try Dinner for Breakfast

                      While nutritional science is still in its infancy in many ways, its research has already made waves in demonstrating how what we eat affects us. Potassium, for instance, benefits the body in many ways — including acting as a mild muscle relaxant.[6]

                      Protein, meanwhile, may be billed as the muscle-building nutrient, but did you know it also aids in sleep?[7] Another key to getting quality rest is making sure the body’s blood sugar level stays regulated — something a good source of light carbohydrates can help immensely with.

                      Put all that together and what do you get? A prescription for breakfast at dinnertime. A banana for the potassium, some eggs for the protein, and some carbs, like a piece of toast or bowl of oats, will prime your body for a relaxing night of high-quality sleep. (Just leave out the coffee.)

                      8. Try the ARMY’s 2-Minute Technique

                      If there’s one organization that absolutely can’t afford groggy employees, it’s the military. To guard against mistakes committed by sleep-deprived soldiers, the U.S. Army trains its members in a technique to fall asleep within 2 minutes.[8] Here’s how it works:

                      1. After getting ready for sleep (teeth brushed, alarm set, etc.), lie down in a comfortable position (you can also do this in your car, in which case just lean your seat back)
                      2. Tighten all the muscles in your face, then let them relax as much as possible
                      3. Let your shoulders and arms relax as well
                      4. Clear your mind for 10 seconds, trying to think of nothing at all
                      5. Picture one of the following: you’re lying in a canoe, in a calm lake with clear blue skies above; or you’re in a velvet hammock, gently swaying in a pitch-black room

                      If this doesn’t work right away, it may be worth trying again. The best results are reported after several weeks of consistent practice.

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                      9. Get More Exercise

                      When it comes to packing everything into your schedule, do you prioritize extra sleep or extra exercise? The truth is you need both to maintain your health. The solution might be to focus on exercises that have been documented to actually benefit your sleep quality.

                      For example, doing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise after waking up in the morning has been shown to improve sleep quality in adults. According to at least one survey, those who exercise are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to report getting good sleep each night.[9]

                      The Bottom Line

                      While these tips can be highly effective, it’s important to remember that poor sleep can also be caused by underlying medical conditions. That said, in many cases, lifestyle changes have been shown to be more effective than medication at improving sleep in the long term. Either way, it’s a good idea to discuss these kinds of issues with your physician or healthcare provider.

                      Whatever you decide, trouble sleeping isn’t something you should ignore. Lack of sleep can contribute to a number of serious health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

                      You spend up to a third of your life asleep, so if you want to improve your quality of life and overall well-being, it stands to reason that your sleep habits are a good place to start!

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