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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 September 18, 2020

                                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                      1. Exercise Daily

                                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                                      • Eat more veggies
                                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                        6. Start Slow

                                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                        Final Thoughts

                                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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