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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

We all have at least one person in our lives who is practically impossible to shop for. Whether it’s because they are always on top of everything or because they are extremely picky, these people are always the hardest to cross off our holiday shopping lists.

Instead of struggling to find something at your local store, consider one of the following options: each of these items is perfectly suited to the both the person who has everything, and the person who is unimpressed by anything.

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Food Gift Basket

One thing that everyone has in common is a love of food. Therefore, you cannot go wrong with this practical and thoughtful gift as long as you know the recipient well enough to select a basket that will contain some of their favorite treats.

Event Tickets

Tickets to see the person’s favorite sports team, band or Broadway musical are the perfect way to provide someone who has everything with a memorable evening. If you want to enhance the gift, consider adding enough cash to cover parking, drinks and snacks!

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Movie Night Basket

This idea will require you to have access to their DVD collection to ensure that you do not purchase a duplicate item. As soon as you have taken a good look at what they have, you can buy them a new DVD that would fit well with the rest of their collection. Place the DVD in a gift basket along with some popcorn and movie theater candy.

Plan an Excursion

Everyone has something that they have always wanted to do, and providing this for another person is one of the best possible gift ideas. For example, the person who you are shopping for might have mentioned to you once that they have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride. Instead of letting that remain nothing more than a wish, you can a plan a one-day excursion for them that will include that dream ride.

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Custom Photo Gifts

Everyone enjoys having their favorite photos collected in one place, and personalized photo products are a great way to give life to those JPEGs! A custom photo-book, canvas print or photo calendar will enable you to create a truly unique and meaningful gift.

This is an idea that is especially well-suited to a parent who posts lots of photos of their children on Facebook, because it will be easy to gather images without accidentally tipping off the recipient. Family photo-books are also great gifts for grandparents and distant family members. Some services now allow you to create your photo gifts online and get them shipped to you in no time, such as Shutterfly or Elephoto.

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Provide a Service

For some people, the best gift does not have a price tag associated with it. For example, you could give them a massage, babysit for an evening or clean their house. Although they will not have a material object to keep, they’ll have fond memories of a day that was much less stressful because of the help you provided.

Books

Even those who rarely read appreciate receiving a good book. However, to ensure that your book will be enjoyed, you must know the literary preferences of the person who will receive it. If you’re unsure, ask their family or friends for some advice. Check out Chapters or another major book store and see what the bestsellers are in the genres/categories that your recipient might enjoy.

As you can see, it is not as difficult as you once thought to decide on the perfect gift for a person who has everything. The best part about all of the ideas listed above is that they are all unique enough to be memorable, and there is very little chance that someone else will get them the same thing.

Featured photo credit:  Young Business man with umbrella under gift boxes via Shutterstock

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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