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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 28, 2020

                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                            Con #4: Unique Distractions

                            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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