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20 Thoughtful Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

20 Thoughtful Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, leaving sons and daughters scrambling to find the perfect present for the man who has everything. This year, skip the traditional socks and jocks and give him something money can’t buy: a gift from the heart.

Still stuck for ideas? We’ll make sure you’re the favourite child all year long with this list of 20 thoughtful gifts for Dad.

  1. Cooking Class for Two

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    Has Dad sailed through life without setting foot in the kitchen? Transform him into a confident cook (Mom’ll thank you!) this Father’s Day by signing yourselves up for beginner’s cooking classes. You’ll be surprised just how much you can bond over undercooked pastry!

     2. Dad’s Choice of Activities

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      Every father has a hobby that makes us roll our eyes and cringe. Maybe Dad loves camping but can never convince anyone to sleep under the stars? Father’s Day is the perfect time to let him share his favourite hobbies with you. You never know, you might even enjoy it!

      3. Father’s Day Questionnaire

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        Get out your craft supplies and create a fun Father’s Day Questionnaire. This works best with youngsters, as they come up with the sweetest and most unintentionally hilarious answers. Frame the finished product for Dad to display at home or in the office.

         4.Customized Gift Hamper

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        Customised Gift Hamper

          No one knows Dad like you do! Gather up all his favourite things to create a personalised Father’s Day gift basket. Think sweet treats, salty snacks, fave movies and even tickets to the football.

          5. Netflix Subscription

          Netflix Subscription

            Parents aren’t known for being terribly tech-savvy. Bring Dad into the 21st century with a year-long subscription to Netflix. Then, make his Father’s Day even better with a movie marathon.

             6. Dinner with the Boys

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              Once family comes along, boy’s nights can be few and far between. Surprise Dad by getting all his oldest buddies together for a drink and a meal at his favourite restaurant.

                7. Hot Air Balloon Ride

              Hot Air Balloon Ride

                For a unique gift that Dad won’t forget in a hurry, book a hot air balloon trip. Turn the day into a romantic getaway for two by taking Mom and a picnic basket along for the ride.

                 8. King for a Day

                King for a Day

                  Dad’s made a lot of sacrifices since you were born. Make him king again for a day by brewing his coffee, rubbing his feet and letting him choose what’s for dinner.

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                   9. Jar of Love

                  Jar of Love

                    Get crafty and decorate the outside of a clean mason jar with hearts and photos. Then, fill it with sweet little notes listing everything you love about your dad.

                     10. Family Dinner

                    Family Dinner

                      When everyone grows up and moves out, family time becomes more precious. Get everyone Dad loves under one roof this Father’s Day with an amazing family dinner, complete with board games and charades.

                       11.Control of the TV Remote

                      Control of the TV Remote

                        For once, let Dad be the boss and gift him the glorious right to change the channel as he pleases.

                         12. Re-decorate His Man Cave

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                          Browse eBay for some comical decorations to spice up Dad’s private space, like this Man Cave Rules poster.

                           13. Take Over His Chores

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                            Let Dad just relax and watch the game with an ice cold beer while you get started on his chores.

                             14. Father’s Day Coupons

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                              Prepare a cute little booklet of coupons for Dad to cash in throughout the year. Coupons can include back massages, car washes or even a whole night of no fighting amongst the kids.

                               15. Paintball Match

                              Paintball Match

                                Paintball is like ‘hide and seek’ for grownups. Bring back some awesome childhood memories by challenging Dad to an exhilarating match.

                                 16. Make a Mix-tape

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                                  Round up all Dad’s favourite songs and a few special tracks that remind you of him, then compile them on one CD for easy listening.

                                   17. Donate to a Charity

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                                    Give the gift of giving this Father’s Day by purchasing a goat for a struggling African village in Dad’s name.

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                                     18. Memory Box

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                                      Decorate a shoebox with a collage of your most treasured family photos. Then, fill it with heartfelt quotes, silly stories and all your favourite memories of Dad.

                                      19. Mug of Love

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                                        Online shopping malls often sell personalised mugs for Father’s Day. Save your money and make Dad his very own special mug by writing on a cup in permanent marker then baking it in the oven. Too easy!

                                         20. Family Movies

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                                          Have all your old family movies transferred from their ancient cassette tapes and onto a brand new set of DVDs, then bring them out after Dad’s big Father’s Day dinner (see #10) and get nostalgic together.

                                          With 20 thoughtful gifts for Dad to choose from, there’s no reason not to get creative this Father’s Day. Give Dad a present that’ll keep him smiling all year long!

                                          Featured photo credit: Dad’s Choice of Activities via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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