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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 August 12, 2019

                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                            Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                            But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                            I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                            Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                            1. Nuts

                            The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                            Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                            Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                            Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                            2. Blueberries

                            Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                            When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                            3. Tomatoes

                            Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                            4. Broccoli

                            While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                            Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                            Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                            5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                            Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                            The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                            Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                            6. Soy

                            Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                            Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                            Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                            7. Dark Chocolate

                            When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                            Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                            8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                            Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                            B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                            Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                            Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                            To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                            9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                            Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                            Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                            Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                            10. Gingko Biloba

                            This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                            It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                            However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                            11. Green and Black Tea

                            Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                            Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                            Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                            12. Sage and Rosemary

                            Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                            Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                            When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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