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8 REALLY Bad Christmas Gift Ideas for Women (True Stories!)

8 REALLY Bad Christmas Gift Ideas for Women (True Stories!)

Yes, it is the thought that counts … but only to a certain extent. I asked my female Facebook followers to tell me the worst gift they ever received from a man. The results? Nothing short of hilarious. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for women in your life, here are 8 really bad ones I wouldn’t suggest.

1. Hygiene Products

A razor and deodorant. I said to him, are you trying to tell me something here? – Megan

I know hygiene products might be a practical gift you think your partner will definitely use, but they imply you have a less-than-flattering impression of your partner’s body. Also avoid buying workout gear (unless she’s an avid gym-goer and you know her exact size) or weight-loss products (unless you want to be punched in the face).

2. Stolen Jewelry

A college boyfriend gave me a diamond necklace. I later found out that he stole the money from his roommates to buy it. I felt pretty terrible, but I totally kept that s**t. – Colleen

And (unbelievably) another:

A necklace … That he stole from his mom. I opened it in front of her and she knew immediately. Plus there was a picture of her wearing the same necklace framed on the table next to me. – Abbie

Can you imagine how awkward that moment must have been? Whew! Stolen goods are not the way to a woman’s heart, I assure you.

3. Candles That Smell Like You

Candles that smelled like his cologne with his face taped on them. – Caitlin

If she wants something that smells like you, she’ll “borrow” one of your sweaters and never return it. Even without the accompanying photo, I wouldn’t suggest buying candles for a woman since fragrances cause allergic reactions in some people.

4. Video Games

An ex-boyfriend once got me a video game (that HE wanted) for me on my birthday and then played it incessantly. – Kemi

Unless you want to find yourself in Club Single, don’t be inconsiderate. Gifts should be personal and relevant to the person you’re giving it to, i.e. something she actually wants!

5. A Photo of Yourself

A selfie. Seriously. – Olivia

Nothing says “narcissism” like giving your girlfriend a framed picture of yourself, so don’t even think about it. 

6. The Thing She Just Told You NOT to Buy

After I specifically asked for no lotion sets because I had too many, he got me a pomegranate scented lotion set. When I asked him why, he said, “I saw you eat a pomegranate once so I thought you might like it.” – Metha

May I just say that is the best explanation for a bad gift ever? But in seriousness, don’t buy her something she might like. Do some detective work. Pay attention to her hobbies, interests, and passions. Ask her friends, family, or co-workers for help if you’re totally stumped. But whatever you do, buy her something you know she will like.

7. Tickets to a Movie She Doesn’t Want to See

Tickets to Garfield the movie … then he met up with another guy there and they talked through the whole movie. The only thing he said to me was, “Do mad cows really run that fast?!” – Brandi

Have you ever been invited to a party or event by a friend, who then proceeded to ignore you the whole time? It is hurtful and can be stressful (especially for introverts), so don’t do it.

8. Gifts That Hint at Marriage (Before It’s Been Discussed)

An old boyfriend gave me a bridal magazine and a wedding planner. He never proposed and we never spoke of marriage. He just arrogantly assumed I’d be all over it. Uh, no thanks. – Jessica

You know what they say about assuming…

Your Turn

If you came here looking for Christmas gift ideas for women, I’m sorry to disappoint. Click here to check out some unique gift ideas the women in your life will adore. Now it’s your turn: what’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? Tell us in the comments below (and if you’re a spectator, vote for your favorite by clicking the “like” button).

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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