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No Coffeeholic Can Reject These 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts

No Coffeeholic Can Reject These 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts

Holidays, lazing around and a hot cup of coffee go together. If you are thinking of surprising that ardent coffee drinker with a befitting gift this Christmas, but can’t quite figure out what to buy, worry no more. Here is a list of the cheapest, best  perfect Christmas gifts for coffee aficionados.

1. Stovetop Espresso Maker

    Say goodbye to frequenting the overcrowded coffee shops and paying a lot for your favorite drink. Here’s an Original Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker that makes three glasses in less than 5 minutes. It looks exquisite with its original aluminum Bialetti Octagon shape and cleaning it is a breeze.

    2. Aromatic Coffee Fragrance Candle

      Here is a handmade candle with soy wax, darkly roasted coffee-beans and the highly fragrant coffee oil. The candle burns for over 100 hours and serves as a surefire way of feeling your house and nostrils with that rich coffee aroma.

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      3. The Coffee Obsession 

        Coffee Obsessions is the name of this book, and it doesn’t just explain why over 150 million Americans jumpstart their morning with coffee. You will learn all about major coffee-producing nations, the art of preparing cappuccino and a lot more.

        4. Cold Brew Coffee Maker

          Homemade cold brew coffee is a huge favorite for many, and I doubt if you know how to make it at home. Well, this Glass Pitcher Cold Brewer can be a perfect choice for making iced tea and cold brew coffee. It comes with a tight lid for 100% sealing to keep your drink fresh, a dual-mesh stainless steel filter and an attractive design.

          5. Organic and Reusable Coffee Filter  

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            Another perfect choice of gift for avowed coffee lovers this Christmas is an organic, quality and inexpensive reusable coffee filter. This CoffeeSock Reusable Filter is easy to clean and dries up fast.

            6. Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher

              Whenever you want to steam or froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos, what do you usually use? Here’s a Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher – a multipurpose item with measurement markings, for comfortable, dripless and non-messy preparation of your perfect cup of cappuccino.

              7. Coffee Mug Warmer

                This Coffee mug warmer comes with an ‘On’ light indicator, a convenient On/Off switch and a long and convenient power cord. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer comes in handy in office when you need to warm your cup of coffee.

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                8. Manual Coffee Grinder

                  If you often dread grinding coffee beans, here’s what you should buy as a Christmas gift – a stainless steel JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. It comes with a built-in adjustable grind selector for absolute control of the coarseness of what you will pour, and isn’t power or battery operated. With a removable hand crank mechanism; this coffee grinder makes no noise too.

                  9. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

                    Ever dreamt of owning a mini espresso-maker before? 

                    A machine that’s cheaper, but can be relied upon whenever that nostalgia kicks in?

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                    Well, Minipresso GR could be your safest bet. It isn’t just a portable choice, but so compact, lightweight and versatile that you can use it on any variety of coffee beans. It will grind those beans and make it possible to brew that quality espresso shot of your choice. Incredibly, this miniature piece comes at an insane price!

                    10. Urtheone Car Cup Holder

                      Drinking a cup of sizzling hot coffee during summer can be the worst decision you can make. It is similar to asking for a shot of cold espresso during chilly winter. At times, though, it is impossible to ask for hot or cold coffee when you need to.

                      But you have no excuse to stick with the hot coffee when it’s hot anymore, thanks to this Urtheone Car Cup Holder that can heat up or cool your favorite drink. It can hold cups whose base is less than 2.75” and cool drinks to 59℉ or warm it to 131℉. Moreover, it is environmentally-friendly since it is aluminum-made. What makes it a perfect choice of gift to ardent coffee love is its application – you can go with it out of town, carry to office and basically everywhere, all year round!

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                      How to Practice Guided Meditation for Sleep to Calm the Mind

                      How to Practice Guided Meditation for Sleep to Calm the Mind

                      Could sleep be the key to improving your mindset while awake? If you have difficulty sleeping and often wake up feeling tired, before you crawl out of bed and turn on the TV, try using a guided meditation for sleep.

                      The toughest thing about being a high-achiever is understanding how much sleep you should get each night. Studies say an adult between the age of 18-65 should receive 7-9 hours of sleep.[1] I am willing to wager this is something you have heard before. I am also willing to bet even though you knew how much sleep you should receive each night, you are not actually sleeping that much.

                      You probably have a ton going on during the day, and late at night is the only time you have to catch up on your work. You may even try to get some sleep, but you find yourself lying in bed thinking about something else you could be doing.

                      Sleep can seem like the most unproductive thing you do each day but that is simply not the case. If you want to improve your mindset while awake, using a guided meditation to help you sleep is a great place to start.

                      Benefits of Guided Meditation for Sleep

                      Our brains conduct measurable electricity, which we call brainwaves. The four brainwaves are alpha, beta, delta, and theta.

                      Your alpha waves are where your focus, emotions and ability to relax are located. Your beta waves house your ability to concentrate, as well as your anxiety and fight or flight response. Your delta waves are associated with deep and dreamless sleep, while your theta waves are where you dream. As your mind relaxes and your mindset deepens, you will pass through the different brainwaves.

                      And here’re the benefits of guided meditation for sleep:

                      1. Reduces Stress

                      Insomnia does not cause all stress, but people who find themselves dealing with stress on regular basis can have insomnia. If you can efficiently manage your stress, you can effectively manage your difficulty sleeping as well.

                      As your guided meditation brings you into a deeper state of relaxation, your brain wave activities will slow down. Studies show that meditation can help reduce and remove symptoms of stress, emotional irritability, and depression by as much as 31%.[2]

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                      By helping you become aware of your feelings, meditation allows you to detach yourself from them. By detaching yourself from your feelings and emotions, you can free your mind to help you sleep. This in-turn empowers you to realize that your emotions do not define you, nor do your emotions control you.

                      How would you like to wake up feeling invigorated by the fact that you do not have any stress or anxiety weighing on you?

                      2. Engage in New Experiences

                      Meditation is the process of accessing your subconscious mind. Once there, you can implant your intentions, thoughts and goals into your imagination and experiences. Since your mind does not recognize the difference between imagined and real events, the imagined experiences are real to your mind. This gives you the ability to imagine yourself completing your tasks.

                      Each task you complete in your mind allows your mind to relax a little more. As your mind continues to slow down, you will find yourself more relaxed.

                      This will also provide you the added benefit of feeling like you know exactly what you need to do the next day. The more vivid your meditation, the more powerful the imagery. If you imagine yourself completing the task multiple times before you start it, you will improve your productivity and efficiency.

                      Think of it like putting a puzzle together and then taking it apart. Each time you see all the pieces come together, the easier it is for you to repeat the outcome.

                      3. Increase in Productivity

                      Can you recall a time when you were working so hard it felt like you were burning both ends of the candle? There was probably a point when you realized you were unable to solve even the simplest of problems. You just kept looking at your work and your mind was drawing a blank. Frustrated, you went to sleep, thinking the task was nothing short of impossible.

                      However, when you woke up the next morning, it was as if the answer came to you in a vision. You suddenly knew exactly you needed to do and you were able to complete the task in minutes.

                      So, what happened?

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                      Not getting the proper amount of sleep negatively impacts your productivity. When you do not get enough sleep, your focus and attention suffer. They are both exhaustible resources, which means the more you use them, the less times you can use them throughout the rest of the day.

                      When you get the proper amount of sleep, you allow your focus and attention to replenish.[3]. This allows you to start each day rejuvenated and ready to attack the day.

                      When you do not get the proper amount of sleep, you can suffer from poor memory, poor reaction times, and poor performance.

                      4. Improve Your Physical Health

                      In addition to the positive impact meditation can have on your stress and immune system, it can also have a positive impact on your physical health.

                      Meditation is known to increase testosterone levels. As meditation reduces your stress levels, your testosterone levels increase as a byproduct. When you have higher levels of testosterone, your body’s ability to produce muscle increases as well.

                      An additional benefit of a guided meditation for sleep is an improved quality of sleep, which will improve your body’s ability to recover after workouts.

                      5. Change Your Mind(Set), Literally

                      Meditation can increase the grey matter in the frontal cortex. Your grey matter is involved in muscle control and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making and self-control.

                      Studies show meditation not only can improve “higher-order cognitive functions, but also to alter brain activity”.[4]

                      As you sleep, your brain is busier than if you were awake. It spends your sleeping hours organizing and storing the information you absorbed throughout the day. Therefore, you often find yourself dreaming about the last thing you watched or read.

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                      By engaging in guided mediation to help you go to sleep, you can help filter through and organize your thoughts before losing consciousness.

                      How to Practice Guided Meditation

                      There are some misconceptions about meditation that we should go over before we continue.

                      You do not need to clear your mind to get started. In fact, your mind may feel like a noisy place, as you take a moment to complete the thoughts you had throughout the day.

                      There is also the misconception that you need to meditate in a certain position, for a certain amount of time. Neither of these are true. You can meditate anywhere — while sitting at your desk, on the couch, or in the lotus position. You can also meditate for as long as you want — 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or even an hour or two. This is completely up to you.

                      The power of meditation can be found in the frequency in which you meditate. This means you can meditate for 15 minutes multiple times a day, or you can meditate for 1 hour every day. You simply want to get into the habit of meditating.

                      Follow the Guide

                      Just as it sounds, guided meditation is when a guide walks you through a journey to accomplish a specific goal. The first step is to ensure you are calm and relaxed in both the mind and body.

                      Oftentimes, your meditation guide is going to play relaxing music to help you concentrate your attention. Traditionally, you can expect to hear birds chirping and waves crashing. However, if that is not relaxing for you personally, do not listen to it. There is no rule on what is “relaxing”. Relaxed is a personal feeling.

                      As you walk through your journey of peace and relaxation, you will want to make sure you are taking deep breaths to help you stay relaxed.

                      Breathing

                      Your breathing should be controlled, allowing you to focus. If you are focusing on your breathing, then anytime a thought enters your mind, you must visualize yourself placing that thought in a different room and closing the door.

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                      Only when you have done focusing on your breathing can you explore the thought.

                      Thoughts

                      If you are focused on your thoughts. Then you can engage each thought that enters your mind. Once your exploration is finished, you can properly place the thought on a shelf in your mind.

                      Think of this shelf like an book shelf, and each book has a thought. The shelf is organized in alphabetical order, so that you are comfortable releasing the thought as you clear your mind for bed.

                      Continue exploring your thoughts until they are each categorized on the shelf in your mind.

                      Concentration

                      You also have the option of simply focusing on one object when you meditate. This item should be small enough that you have to concentrate when you look at it.

                      The goal is to keep your eyes from wandering all over the place. Something as large as a chair for example will not work.

                      You are going to need to choose something as small as the tip of a pencil or the nose of a doll.

                      Your goal is to find something you do not mind focusing on and then choose a smaller aspect of that item to concentrate your attention.

                      Final Thoughts

                      There are plenty of guided meditation videos and audios you can find that will guide you through a variety of goals. Do not try one and say guided meditation is not for you. The benefits are there, it is up to you to find one that works for you.

                      Experiment with different voices, different goals, and different time lengths until you find one that works.

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