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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 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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