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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 May 22, 2019

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                      3. Jumping Jacks

                                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                        6. Leg Squats

                                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                        7. Push Ups

                                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                        9. Lunges

                                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                        10. Bicep Curls

                                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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