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13 Unique Gift Ideas For The Holidays

13 Unique Gift Ideas For The Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, which means that gift planning has officially started. Getting the right gift to the right person isn’t always easy, especially when you want to be original. I mean, what is better than to give an unexpected, yet useful present to a loved one? You can even give these for someone’s birthday or as a thank you for a service they’ve done for you, since they’re not holiday specific! Take note of everything listed below to have the perfect gift ideas for this holiday season.

1. Strength Stack 52

Have someone in your family who wants to get fit but doesn’t have the time, energy, or motivation to get started? Strength Stack 52 takes care of all this with its low cost, no equipment, small time commitment, and fun features! Designed by an ex-army Sergeant, known as The Volkinator, the card concept brings together competition and body-weight exercises to create a motivating game that will work out every muscle in your body, from your legs to your shoulders. You can do these exercises at home, in your backyard, in your office space, or even add them to your gym training routine if you want to. The game is played with 52 cards, each differentiated by color to represent the body part used in the exercise and skill level. Sure, you can just take the cards one by one and do the exercises that are listed on the cards for 30 minutes, or you can make it twice as fun and challenge others.

Whether you’re at home, work, or school, you can challenge your friends and family to a game of Strength Stack where each individual has to perform the exercise that the other draws. For example, if you have a friend at work who you’re just dying to get back at for taking your stapler without asking, you draw a Strength Stack card, and they have no other choice but to do the exercise! Not only can the game help relieve some tension at work, but it can also create stronger bonds between co-workers as a friendly competition takes flame.

It’s not just fun and games though, Strength Stack 52 was designed to bring your body to the next level by targeting specific muscles while still working out your cardio. Whether you’re using it for fun games with others or for serious training at home, the body-weight exercises are guaranteed to make you sweat and work like never before. The cards also come with a free workout guide divided in different circuit for you to try at home. No need for the gym, your New Year resolutions can start right at home!

Get one for you and a loved one this year and reach your fitness goals together with a smile on your face! Whoever said fitness is serious business obviously never tried Strength Stack 52.

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    2. Sol Republic Tracks Air

    Ever took your headphones and had to battle through dozens of tangles in the wire? Ever thought it was because of little trolls in your pockets doing everything they could to just piss you off? Makes two of us! With Sol Republic Tracks Air, the tangles are officially over. You can now listen to your music wire-free with the bluetooth feature installed in the headphones. With a 150 ft maximum distance from the earplugs and your device, you can listen to music freely when you’re running without worrying about tackling the headphones wire and lose both your music and your headphones. This is a very practical gift to give anyone who enjoys music and could use a break from untangling headphone wires. You can get the Sol Republic Tracks Air in various colors for a more personalized gift!

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      3. Bluetooth earmuffs

      In the same concept as the bluetooth headphones comes the bluetooth earmuffs! Whether we like it or not, winter is coming closer than ever. For some of us, this means a lot of snow and shivers as we’re waiting for the car to heat up. These earmuffs are extremely fashionable, keep your ears warm, and plays music for you without any wires getting tangled in your coat buttons. Perfect gift to give your loved one who had the bright idea to move up North and forgot how cold it can get during the winter. Attach a nice picture of you in a t-shirt enjoying the sun, and you just got them the best gift anyone could ask for!

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        4. Digital door peephole

        This is a great gift for anyone who is a fan of technology and could use a little visual of who is knocking on their door. This Digital door peephole allows you to see a video of who is behind your door without letting them know that you’re there! All they see is the a little dot, the camera, and that’s it. You, on the other hand, can see everything about them clearly and can decide whether you want to answer the door or not. No more squinting to see through the small door peephole, we’re officially in the 21st Century. Perfect gift for students and adults alike.

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          5. Floating Speaker

          If you know someone who spend a lot of time in the pool and blasts music from inside the house to hear it while swimming, this floating speaker needs to be on your gift list. Whether it’s a neighbor your want to send a subtle message to or a friend who could really benefit from this unique gift, it’s a must-have for anyone with a pool. The speaker is completely waterproof and just floats around the pool without bother, which makes it the perfect accessory to any pool party. 

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            6. Juicer

            Everyone loves those fresh pressed juice cleanses, but they can get a little expensive overtime. Give the gift of health to your loved ones with an amazing masticating juicer for juice preparation. You can make green and colorful juices alike without worrying about the hole it might create in your wallet. All you have to purchase to bring this juicer to life is fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s it! Add this to your gift list right away, especially if you know someone who just started their healthy lifestyle. This juicer can show the love and support you have for them, which will motivate them to keep going.

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              7. AK47 Ice Cubes

              Have a loved one who is a big fan of video games? What better way to show that you know them than to give them an AK47 ice cube mold? Make a killer cold drink by throwing these personalized ice cubes into your water, lemonade or scotch. All you have to do is fill up the mold with water and put it in the freezer until the water turns to ice. Open the mold and be amazed. Great gift for kids and adults alike.

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                8. Auto refill dog bowl

                Have someone who has a dog and isn’t home for a long period of the day? This auto refill dog bowl takes care of the water bowl by always filling it up when it reaches a certain level. Therefore, your loved one can leave for the day without worrying about whether or not their pet has enough water in his bowl. It also avoids the owner from spilling the water as they’re walking from the sink to the bowl area all the time. Win-Win! 

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                  9. Automatic Snack Dispenser

                  This is an awesome gift to give to the snacker in your group! If you see them opening drawers left and right whenever they’re home or in the office’s kitchen, this is the best gift you can give them. You don’t have to touch anything to make the snacks (or candy) start rolling into your palm, just hold you cupped hand under the dispenser to have it filled with deliciousness. You can even give it as a gift to the office, to put in the office kitchen for everyone to enjoy while they’re running quickly to a meeting.

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                    10. Bear shaped pan

                    Don’t know what to get your child for the holidays? How about a wonderfully-designed bear shaped pancake pan? Easy to use and safe for children, this bear shaped pan can turn a normal pancake into a cute design. Your child will have the opportunity to make his or her own breakfast and add to it by replacing the ears with strawberries or using maple syrup to line the mouth. It can even become a fun Sunday family tradition! 

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                      11. Bra With Hidden Liquid Pouch

                      Great for runner and wine fanatics alike. This special bra contains a hidden pouch that you can fill with any liquid you’d like. Even filled, the pouch is comfortable and barely felt by the person wearing it. The runner can enjoy this gift to fill up the pouch with water while on longer runs, and the parent can enjoy a hidden stash of wine while reading or watching a movie. The biggest perk really lies in the hands-free feature, since you can put the tube on your shoulder and simple turn your head to take a sip of your favorite liquid!

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                        12. Cake Pop Maker

                        Everyone loves these devilish desserts, so why not offer your friends and family the opportunity to make them at home? This cake pop maker is easy to use and creates the perfect dessert for people to enjoy while at a gathering. Get it for your friend who’s a fan of desserts or your mother who is always looking for new snacks and desserts to add to the table when guests arrive. Even children can use this to design their own dessert on a stick by adding chocolate or sprinkles.

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                          13. Chalk board mug

                          This is an amazing gift to add to your holiday list as it can be personalized for everyone! Get out your chalk and add a little message to your loved one in the morning as they drink their coffee, or label your mugs to know which one is yours and which one is his. Your kids can even draw on their mug to let everyone know that it’s theirs. Regardless of how you use the chalk board on the mug, everyone can enjoy this thoughtful gift. Everyone drinks something in the morning, so why not make it fun by giving them the chance to personalize their own mug?

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                            Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                            1. Exercise Daily

                            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                            The basic nutritional advice includes:

                            • Eat unprocessed foods
                            • Eat more veggies
                            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                              5. Watch Out for Travel

                              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                              6. Start Slow

                              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                              Final Thoughts

                              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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