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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 August 13, 2020

                                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                          12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                          As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                          1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                          I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                          Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                          Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                          2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                          The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                          It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                          Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                          In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                          You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                          This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                          The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                          Less Physical, More Psychological

                                          Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                          This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                          The First Benefit of Meditation

                                          The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                          1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                          2. Relaxation of the body

                                          Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                          Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                          That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                          When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                          When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                          Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                          Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                          This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                          Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                          Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                          This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                          The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                          While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                          1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                          2. Observance
                                          3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                          4. Patience

                                          Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                          You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                          This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                          1. Energy

                                          Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                          2. Observance

                                          The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                          3. Peacefulness

                                          Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                          4. Patience

                                          The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                          The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                          Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                          Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                          The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                          • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                          • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                          • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                          • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                          • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                          • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                          These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                          Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                          Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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