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20 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

20 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Valentine’s day is nearly upon us, yet again. Finding the perfect gift for the man in your life can be a challenge. Following is a guide to the perfect gift for the perfect man you care about.

1. Monopoly Top Hat Cuff Links

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    A very nice way for him to show off his love of the game with these genuine silver game pieces.  They are also officially licensed from Hasbro©.

    2. Mad Libs In Love

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      Share your “mad” love for him with these “mad libs.”  He’ll simply fill in the blanks with a noun, verb, or adjective.  An easy and fun way to express your love for him.

      3. Adidas Samba

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        Does baby need a new pair of kicks? He will simply love the thought behind this perfect gift.  These shoes are classic, he is sure to love them.

        4. Northern Brewer’s White House Honey Ale Kit

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          Is your honey a beer lover?  Set him up with this delightful ale he is sure to love.  He will become the ultimate brew master of the home.  A unique gift sure to put him over the moon.

          5. Men’s Dollar Shave Club

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            Love a smooth face?  Keep him nice and soft by enrolling him in this service.  He’ll receive a little reminder of how much you love him all year long.

            6. Framed Album Art

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              Show him that you really do pay attention when he listens to his favorite music or talks about his favorite band.  He will simply adore this untimely gift.

              7. Ballpark Blueprints

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                A gift for the bluest of blue baseball fans, a blueprint of his favorite baseball stadium. Each blueprint comes with that particular stadium’s design and game highlights.

                8. Doctor Who 11th Doctor Fleece Robe

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                  Let him revel in his geekiness in the comfort of home with this plush fleece robe. Keep him warm the winter through and comfortable during the summer.

                  9. Swipe Tie

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                    This is no normal tie for him to wear on the job. This silk tie looks great and can be used to swipe a smart phone clean. The microfiber keeps electronics free of smudges and fingerprints.

                    10. Zombie Survival Crate

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                      This gift is extraordinary and imaginative. Deck him out for the next installment in The Walking Dead franchise.  Just so he won’t be caught unawares, get him this Zombie Survival Crate; absolutely no person should be without one.

                      11. Vintage Text Cufflinks

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                        Is hubby a true bibliophile? A lover of all things fiction and non? Gift him these unique cuff links made from the pages of vintage books. Each of the four cuff links has a very visible short word.

                        12. BBQ Tool Kit With Carrying Case

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                          Rednecks and grilling go together, well like, you and him. Gift him this kit, and he’ll be grilling in no time. Cooking tools, including a spatula, a bottle opener and two knives are part of the set.

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                          13. Grilling Gift Set

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                            This basket has a sample of meat rubs and sauces that he may want to use again and again. Serve refreshing watermelon mint tea at your next get-together. A pineapple grilling sauce gives meats an extra zest.

                            14. The Complete Meat Cookbook

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                              Whether he is a master chef or a beginner, this meat-only cookbook will only enhance his skills. Tips are included to make him an expert in choosing the best cuts of meat, as well.

                              15. NASCAR Illustrated

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                                He’ll love learning about his favorite cars and drivers with this magazine. Gift him all year long with the NASCAR Illustrated magazine. He’ll receive all of the driver’s profiles along with award-winning photographs of the drivers, their cars and famous tracks.

                                16. White Water Rafting Experience

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                                  Appeal to the adventurer in him and gift him with an outdoor experience. He will love that you recognize his wild side and know just how to appease it.

                                  17. Old Fashioned Cocktail Set

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                                    Sit back and relax while he plays the role of bartender for an evening. He’ll have the chance to make the perfect old fashioned bourbon, complete with bitters.

                                    18. Smartphone Film Scanner

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                                      Now he can digitize all of the family films that are lying around unwatched. The film scanner converts film negatives and 35 mm film to digital form for safer storage.

                                      19. The “Sure I’ll Try It” Box

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                                        Is your man particularly adventurous?  Or the “I’ll try anything type?”  This gift will test his resolve.  Scorpion lollipops, pickle chapstick, and more await him.

                                        20. Shotgun Stock-Car Ride-Along Experience

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                                          This is an experience any stock car fan would love.  And the experience is less than you would think, excluding travel expenses.  Give him the gift he’ll never forget.

                                          Featured photo credit: couple via autostraddle.com

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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                          Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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