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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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                  How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                  How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                  Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                  But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                  Sight – Visual Stimulation

                  The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                  1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                  Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                  Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                  2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                  Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                  Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                  Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                  3. Take note of your environment.

                  Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                  By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                  Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                  What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                  4. Engage in conversation.

                  Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                  Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                  Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                  Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                  5. Listen to upbeat music.

                  Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                  Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                  Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                  If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                  6. Work your nose.

                  Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                  If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                  Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                  Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                  If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                  7. Have a good breakfast.

                  Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                  Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                  Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                  Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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                  8. Drink lots of water.

                  Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                  So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                  3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                  9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                  Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                  Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                  Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                  25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                  Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                  Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                  10. Splash cold water on your face.

                  Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                  This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                  5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                  11. Use acupressure.

                  Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                  Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                  12. Get moving.

                  Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                  And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                  You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                  Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                  Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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