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7 Gifts for Men Who Have Everything

7 Gifts for Men Who Have Everything

Shopping for men can be difficult. All we think about is sex, and it’s not legal to buy that in most states. It may seem like a good idea to get us some cheap garbage with our favorite sports team stamped on it, but it’ll just add to the pile of junk in our closet. When shopping for men, practicality is key. Here are 7 gifts for men who have everything…

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    Playstation 4 by Sony ($399.99)

    The next generation of gaming is near. The Wii U has thus far failed to prove why Wii owners should upgrade their hardware. Microsoft caused a lot of controversy over the privacy concerns of the Xbox One. Sony’s Playstation 4 is the cream of the crop of next generation consoles. Boasting launch titles such as inFAMOUS: Second SonAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs, video gaming isn’t all the PS4 is capable of. It’s also a Blu-ray player, a slingbox, a 500GB computer, and more. the Xbox 360 may have been more popular than the Playstation 3, but judging by the hardware previews, I’m giving the next gen battle to Sony.

     

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        Acrylic Travel Coffee Press by Bodum ($19.95)

        Coffee is one of those things you either love or hate. While your man may tell you he doesn’t care about what kind of coffee he drinks, get him this coffee press/thermos combo and some Fair Trade Certified Italian Roast from Starbucks to really impress. The flavor you get from a press versus a brewer is like comparing Godiva to a Hershey’s bar. I normally take my coffee with cream and sugar, but with this bean/brewer combo, I enjoyed the flavor of the beans black. With the travel thermos built in, this is the perfect coffee accessory for the man on the go. Make sure to get your coffee coarsely ground for best results.

         

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          Octane 18x by Camelbak ($70.99)

          Being outdoors is fun. I enjoy getting exercise while connecting with nature — biking, jogging, hiking, camping. This creates a need for water on the go. Camelbak has you covered with their water bag backpacks. The Octane 18x is designed for military use, so it can handle rough conditions. It’s designed to fit snug against your back while carrying water and other essentials. If you’re planning to go out into the deep wilderness, you can also wear another backpack over it to carry your tent, clothes, and other camping essentials. Of everything I own, my Camelbak is easily the item I use most often.

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            Airfare Out of Town and a Nice Hotel by Hotwire (Varies)

            If a guy has everything, give him an experience instead. Plan a vacation for the two of you to fly out to a different city and stay in a hotel. If he’s into sports, get tickets to an out-of-town sports team he likes (or his hometown favorite visiting another city). Check out plays, festivals, restaurants, beaches, hiking trails, monuments, natural wonders, and the plethora of exciting travel adventures the US has to offer. Life is about more than material possessions, and time is the most valuable resource we have, so spend time seeing the world.

             

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              The 4 Elements of a Perfect Shave by The Art of Shaving ($88.55)

              There are some small adjustments a man can make to feel a bit more civilized. A decent shaving kit is one such game-changer. When I was a kid, I’d watch my dad shave with his brush and soap in a cup. I envied him and couldn’t wait until I reached the age where I could do the same thing. When I started shaving, I was disappointed to find out canned shaving gels and creams just weren’t as satisfying. The Art of Shaving is a company that is literally preserving the art of shaving. If your man doesn’t have all 4 elements of a perfect shave, it’s time to get it for him.

               

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                Leather Legends Journal by Rustic River Leather ($34.95) and Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain Pen by Pilot ($139.95)

                For the man who has everything, I suggest a pen and paper to keep track of it all. Something about having a nice pen just makes you feel like a successful man. Pilot’s Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain Pen is the Cadillac of pens. If you’ve never written with a fountain pen before, I highly suggest you give this one a try. Rustic River’s leather journal won’t look out of place near tools, guns, fishing gear, etc. No matter what a man is into or how old he is, the classics never go out of style.

                 

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                  iTunes Gift Card by Apple (Varies)

                  I don’t know why people don’t like giving gift cards. It’s great receiving a gift card as long as it’s to somewhere useful. As a general rule, stick to gift cards to places a guy can find a wide variety of stuff he likes at. iTunes is the perfect gift card for anyone with an iPad, iPod, or iPhone. It allows you to download movies, musics, games, and apps for your device. Rather than macaroni art or some kind of craft he’ll only enjoy because you made it, send a gift card. If he’s an Android or Kindle fan, get an Amazon Gift Card instead… or just get him the iPad or iPhone.

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                  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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