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25 Simple Gift Ideas To Make Your Loved Ones Smile This Jolly Season

25 Simple Gift Ideas To Make Your Loved Ones Smile This Jolly Season

It’s that time of year again. The stress of finding the perfect gift for your loved ones has you crawled up in a corner praying for Santa to perform a Christmas miracle. But don’t fret! Below is a list of 25 simple and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list, even those who are really hard to shop for.

For Techies

iPhone Storage Case: It seems everyone has an iPhone these days, and The Grommet has the perfect gift for them! Available for the iPhone 4/4S/5, this stylish case can comfortably hold three bank cards and cash in a secret built-in storage hinged on the back of the case. Price: $29.95 iPhone case
    Cork iPad Sleeve:

    For all those tablet lovers, here’s an eco-chic, neoprene protector made from cork. The case is water resistant and measures 10.5” long and 7.75” high. Price: $50.00

    Way Easy Gifts

      Leather Case for MacBook: BookBook is a vintage style, hardback computer case that looks like an actual book. The case comes in a variety of sizes and a color scheme of either vibrant red or classic black. Price: $79.99–$99.99

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        For Geeks

        TARDIS Mug: For all those Doctor Who fans, ThinkGeek sells this perfect replica of a 1950s British police box (aka the TARDIS) coffee cup and lid. Price: $19.99 Doctor Who Cup
          Tetris Constructible Desk Light:

          Based on the famous game, this lamp has seven Tetris-styled pieces that can be stacked in any combination to turn the lights on and dissembled to turn them off. Price: $29.75

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            Friendly Doormat: Damn Good Doormats creates dozens of different welcome mats like this Lord of the Rings one (also available in Elvish) out of vinyl-backed coconut fiber and a variety of other materials. Price: $50.00 welcome doormat

              For Her

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              Shoulder Bag: You can never go wrong buying a lady a purse, like this stylish polka dot shoulder bag by Sammy Dress. Price: $7.08 (current sale price) cute bag gift Jewelry Holders: Give the gift of organization, with this adorable ring dish priced at only $8.00, or go a step further and give a beautiful wood stand-alone jewelry chest or a hanging jewelry travel bag. Christmas gift ring dish
                DIY Microwaveable Heating Bags:

                Great for those cold winter nights, this easy-to-make pillow has lots of customizable options making it a perfect gift for that special someone.

                Infinity Bracelet: Show your loved one how much you care with this mint green leather bracelet. This Etsy shop has a variety of colors and combinations for you to personalize your gift. Price: $7.99

                Etsy mint bracelet

                  For Him

                  Pocket Knife: Real men carry pocket knives. This knife features a belt clip, ½” stainless steel blade and up to three initials engraved on the wood accent on the handle. Price: $19.99 engraved pocket knife Bonsai Growing Kit: Not every man likes to grow things, but if they like trimming their beard, they just might love a bonsai tree. Price: $34.95 Bonsai Tree Magic Wallet: This brown and orange leather wallet sports a sleek design with a money clip and ID window. The company also allows you to engrave up to 10 characters on the stainless steel money clip for no extra charge. Price: $21.00 Wallet for men

                    For Kids (Ages 8-80)

                    Finish This Book: This clever book by Keri Smith will send kids (and adults) on an adventure to solve this mystery of the unfinished book. Price: $11.27 Great Book Gift for Kids Settlers of Catan: An excellent gift for teens and those young at heart that love competition and strategic thinking. This always-changing board game is sure to spark fun family times. Price: $39.99 Settlers of Catan Nerf Blaster: Kill zombies with this five-dart hammershot blaster that comes with Zombie Strike stencils and a fast-reload feature. Price: $14.00 (current sale price) nerf blaster

                      For Home Lovers

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                      Wall Clock: Both a clock and a wall decal, this beautifully designed piece for home décor is sure to keep your loved ones on time. The peel-and-stick clock face can be removed anytime without damaging the wall. Price: $21.49 Cute Wall Clock
                        DIY Coasters:

                        You can never go wrong with homemade coasters. Use stick-on letters or masking tape to create designs on plain cork coasters then paint over it and remove the strips. Tie together with a ribbon and package with their favorite sparkling beverage.

                        Umbra Magnetter Wall-Mount Organizer: Available in three colors, this cleverly designed wall-mount will keep keys and letters where you can find them. Price: $16.88 Key Holder

                          For Cooks

                          FridgeX Containers: Multi-purpose containers make it easy for your food-loving friend to take meals from the freezer to the oven and back again without having to dirty more dishes. This lightweight, collapsible, eight-piece set (four containers with lids) makes a great addition to any cook’s kitchen. Price: $14.99 (current sale price)

                          Gifts for Cooks

                            Silicone Baking Mat: Epicura’s non-stick baking sheet is flexible, oven safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee. This easy-to-clean sheet is 16” x 11.5” and is a great addition for any kitchen. Price: $11.99 Non-stick cooking sheet

                              For Tea and Coffee Lovers

                              TeaGo Vacuum Mug: This stainless steel travel mug has a removable loose-leaf tea strainer, 360° drinking lid, and a secret compartment in the lid for additional sugar or tea. Price: $22.18

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                                Joy Coffee and Clip: Adorable, jolly, and oh, so good! Joe Coffee comes in various flavors, like this toasted coconut ground coffee priced at $7.99 (but sometimes can be found cheaper at TJ Maxx). Add a little bling to the gift with this clip and coffee scoop for $8.50.

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                                  For the Mass Givers

                                  We Whisk You a Merry Kissmas: A cheap and easily mass-produced Christmas gift that only requires a whisk, Hershey kisses, plastic wrap and ribbon. Don’t forget to include that little piece of paper “whisking” them a merry “kissmas.”

                                  DIY Christmas Whisk
                                    Owl Timer:

                                    It’s time to wish all your friends a Merry Christmas and I’m sure this little gift will give them a hoot. Price: $4.99

                                    Owl Timer

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                                      Last Updated on November 5, 2019

                                      How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                                      How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                                      Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                                      “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                                      But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                                      Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                                      1. Always Have a Book

                                      It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                                      Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                                      2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                                      We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                                      Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                                      3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                                      Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                                      Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                                      4. Guided Thinking

                                      Albert Einstein once said,

                                      “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                                      Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                                      5. Put it Into Practice

                                      Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                                      If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                                      In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                                      6. Teach Others

                                      You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                                      Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                                      7. Clean Your Input

                                      Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                                      I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                                      Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                                      8. Learn in Groups

                                      Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                                      Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                                      9. Unlearn Assumptions

                                      You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                                      Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                                      Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                                      10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                                      Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                                      Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                                      11. Start a Project

                                      Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                                      If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                                      12. Follow Your Intuition

                                      Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                                      Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                                      13. The Morning Fifteen

                                      Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                                      If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                                      14. Reap the Rewards

                                      Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                                      15. Make Learning a Priority

                                      Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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