Psst Guys… Here’s What She Really Wants This Christmas

Judging by the awful gift I’ve seen some of my friends receive over the years, it seems that most men don’t know what they’re doing when buying for a lover. Sorry guys, but no woman ever really wanted that slow cooker or new vacuum cleaner. At least not from her S/O.

While she probably has a few items on her wish list, the products aren’t that important. In truth, she’s far more interested in the thought behind those gifts. Focus on these four points below, and you’ll be just fine.

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She Wants To Feel Special

First and foremost, every woman wants to feel loved by her man. Even if you’re not a guy that tends to show his emotions, this is a chance to do it in style. Personalized jewelry from Soufeel is a fantastic way to do this. Meanwhile, artistic creatives can make songs, paint pictures, or write poems. Your love means more than any price tag.

Being public with your emotions can be a very effective idea too. Knowing that you have pride in her can provide a warmth that no present ever could.

She Wants To Spend Time With You

Gifts are great, but there’s nothing quite like spending time with the person you love. The time you share on Christmas Day will be amazing regardless of the gifts you buy each other. So why not take things further by planning future time together through your gifts.

Whether it’s booking a holiday, a spa break, or a day out doing something you love doesn’t matter. Pick something that is built towards her enjoyment more than yours. That selflessness will be sure to score you extra boyfriend points too.   

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She Wants To Know That You Get Her

 Your lover is special and has many talents and passions that make he unique. Celebrating those individual traits and positive features show that you’ve genuinely put a lot of effort into the idea. These don’t even have to be gifts where she is the direct beneficiary. Sponsoring an animal at the WWF is a great example. Alternatively, you could do other charitable things in her name.

Other great solutions include doing something aimed to enhance her hobbies. Either way, doing something that is unique to her is key. Opting for something that’s clearly from the local Walmart won’t do.   

She Wants To See You’re Attentive

The emotional connection between two people is amazing. However, she still wants to know that you find her attractive and still notice everything about here. Therefore, treating her to things she uses in her beauty rituals can work wonders. Likewise, perfumes are a winning solution as long as you choose her scent.

Many men worry it’s saying “you aren’t naturally beautiful”. Even if a woman says this jokingly, she doesn’t mean anything by it. Knowing that her S.O wants her to look and feel her best is a great gift to receive. If nothing else, the practical element makes it a great gift.

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Gracias, Merci and Other Better Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

Thank you. These are two little words that we hear uttered over and over again. And like anything that you become too used to, the words will start to lose all meaning. Sometimes, you want a better way of expressing your thanks that truly encapsulates your gratitude for an act of kindness that someone has done for you. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about a few more effective ways that you can express your thanks to people. This way, you are better able to show people when they have done something that really matters to you.

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Use Words like ‘Appreciate’ and ‘Grateful’

There is no doubt that the phrase ‘thank you’ is overused, so you can instead use some other words that better express how you are feeling. Telling someone ‘I really appreciate it’ or ‘I am so grateful for what you did’ instantly has a much stronger meaning, and helps to convey to them that they have done so much to help you out. It may be simple, but just using some words other than ‘thank you’ can make all the difference.

Explain How They Helped You

Rather than just expressing your thanks and going no further, you can show people that you appreciate what they have done by explaining exactly how it has made a difference to you. It could be something as simple as expressing to a work colleague how busy you have been, and how pleased you are that they were able to take something off your plate. The other advantage of properly expressing your gratitude is that people are much more likely to help you out when you find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

Tell Them You Will Repay Them

People can tell that you are truly grateful when you make an offer to repay them for their kindness. Use a phrase like ‘how can I repay you?’ to do this. A lot of the time, people will respond that there is nothing that you need to do, but you can really go above and beyond by offering to do something for them anyway. Even if it is only a small gesture, people still appreciate that you have acknowledged what you have done for them.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The old adage in the title is one that you will have heard a million times before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, if you have been to an event that they have organised, you could send them a personalised thank you note from Giftsin24. The simplest way of expressing your thanks is by offering a reciprocal gesture.   

These are just a few of the ways that you can go above and beyond when you are saying thank you. Expressing your gratitude is a great way to build on a relationship with someone, and it is also something which is very straightforward to do.

Getting Into The Gift-Giving Good Books

It’s that time of year again, when the festive adverts appear on TV, and the aisles are packed with gift ideas, decorations, and all the seasonal treats imaginable. If you’re a fan of getting things done early and avoiding last-minute shopping stress, now is the time to start ticking those names off the list and putting presents away ready for Christmas morning. If you’re keen to get into the good books this year, here are some golden rules to follow.

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Take yourself out of the equation

You may want to treat yourself to a gift or two this Christmas, but when you’re looking for inspiration for others, take yourself out of the equation. Focus solely on that person’s interests and look for items or ideas that will appeal to them. Don’t buy a bag for your sister that you love if you have a completely different sense of style. Concentrate on finding something that they would pick out if they were there shopping with you.

Go for want over need

On Christmas Day, you don’t really want to tear open the paper to reveal a collection of essential items for the house, garden or car. Christmas is a time when we can spoil the people we love, so go for gifts that your loved ones would want, rather than things they need. You want to see a beaming smile when they open their present.

Channel their passions

Shopping for other people can be difficult, but you can make life a lot easier by channeling their passions and hobbies. How do they like to spend their time? What do they spend their money on? If you’ve got a fashionable man in your life, why not buy some new jeans, take a look at Dickies jackets or add to their sneaker collection? If your mom loves cooking, invest in a new gadget for the kitchen, a recipe book or some baking classes. If your dad is into sport, browse autobiography titles, book some tickets to a game or order a customized shirt or track top.

Get more for your money

For the majority of us, Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. Typically, the average American spends up to $900 on gifts alone. If you’re keen to buy brilliant gifts without breaking the bank, set a budget in advance, start buying presents early and shop around to get the best deals. At this time of year, you’ll find that retailers offer discounts and flash sales to try and outdo competitors. If you’re not already signed up to discount shopping sites or you haven’t subscribed to the mailing lists of your favorite stores, do this now, and you could save a fortune on your shopping.

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Christmas is coming, and it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. While shopping under pressure on Christmas Eve can be exhilarating, most of us would rather have our feet up in front of the fire. Use your loved ones’ interests and passions to get inspiration, shop around for great deals and offers, and try and put your own taste and style to one side.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Four


Woohoo! Week four’s mission is here! I hope you had a fun time writing letters last week, I know I did.

This week I’m asking you to leave a positive or encouraging message on at least one public bathroom mirror! Bonus points for multiple mirrors! Be sure to take a picture and share them with the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission (but not location, both for safety and for fun!)

This is one of my favorite missions, so you may see this again in the future.

I hope you are all also continuing to spread kindness and love. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in these weekly missions.

Have a great week everyone!

Giving The Gift Of A Break From Work

Gift giving can be one of the hardest social challenges for a person to overcome. From knowing how much to spend on people, to figuring out which of the thousands of options could be best for them, there’s a lot of work to do. Of course, along with being hard, this sort of thing can also be a lot of fun. To help you achieve this in your gift giving, this post will be going through someone of the best gifts you can possibly give; time off. There are loads of ways you can do this, and this is here to help you out.

 

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  • Stage One: Choose The Gift

 

To begin, you may be wondering how you could possibly give someone the gift of time off. In reality, this isn’t possible, and you can’t magic leave out of thin air for them. But, you can still force them to take a break themselves. With a simple booking and some invites, you could make a time-off situation they won’t want to avoid. Below, you can find some good examples of the types of break a lot of people will pick.

  • Most people have a hobby or interest which can be made into a day. When you’re looking for gifts for men who have everything or for awkward family members who are hard to please, an experience day can be a great gift. Inviting someone to go racing on their favorite track, on a day with their best-loved animals, or anything else related to their hobbies, you’ll be on the right track.
  • Of course, for those closest to you, this sort of gift may not feel like enough to make the most of the time they have. A short break in another city or country can solve this issue for you. Offering the chance to experience another culture and lifestyle, this sort of gift will be impossible to refuse. This is perfect when it feels like work is consuming your other half.
  • Finally, as the last idea on this list, you could think about imparting some knowledge as your present to someone close to you. Most people have aspirations which go further than their work. By giving someone admission to a weekend course, you could be the catalyst for great things in the field they love, and it’s just a matter of choosing the right one.

 

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  • Stage Two: Planning

 

Once you have your gift in mind, you’ll have to do some planning to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Below, you can find some good examples of the areas you should be considering before you get booked up. Don’t waste time here, though, as a lot of the gifts in this area have to be chosen ahead of time.

  • The date is one of the first things you should be picking when you’re choosing this sort of gift. It is best to have the date be as close to the event you’re celebrating as possible, as this will help to tie them together. Along with this, it’s also wise to make sure you leave enough time for vacation time to be booked off, especially if your recipient is going to be gone for a few days.
  • Even if you don’t go with them to the gift they get sent for, you should still think about transport and logistics throughout their experience. You should plan their route to and from the gift, along with things like food for during the day, and even some extra activities for them to try. Of course, though, it’s also a good idea to give them a little bit of freedom.

 

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  • Stage Three: A Subtle Invite

 

With a gift in place and your planning done, all that you have left to do is giving a subtle invite to the person receiving it. In some cases, you won’t be able to be subtle, as forcing someone to take time from work can be very hard. If you can, though, you should try to keep your gift a secret for as long as possible. Managing to keep it quiet until the very last moment will build a huge amount of anticipation, only making the exchange better.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking for ways to give your loved ones some time out of work. People often overwork themselves, opting to spend months at the grindstone rather than investing time on themselves. Of course, though, without the right breaks, this won’t be sustainable, and your gift could be exactly what they need to fix it.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Three


It’s mission day!! How did the first two weeks go for you? I hope you are finding a little more positivity in your life, while adding some light to other people’s lives.

This week’s mission is easy, write at least one letter. Not an email or text, but an actual letter. Bonus points if you write multiple letters! Thank a friend for the help they gave you, say hello to a Grandparent, tell a family member you love them.

Mail it, or hand deliver! Think of the recipient’s face when they receive such a heartfelt message.

I can’t wait to hear how this week goes, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on social media so others can see the kindness you are spreading!

What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.

 

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Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.

 

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Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Two


Hello and happy Sunday! How did week one go for you all? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!

Here is this week’s mission: Be only positive on Social Media! Post happy pictures, share good news, leave supportive and uplifting comments.

These things can really add some happiness to a person’s day. On your posts, remember to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission!

Have an awesome week everyone!

Baby’s Starting School! Careers For Moms At A Loose End

It feels like you’ve blinked and opened your eyes to a very grown-up little boy or girl. And if they wear a uniform to their school, it can seem even more shocking to see your baby ready to take on the world! Starting school is such an enormous milestone – perhaps more for mom! So what are you going to do once you see them into their new classroom? Here comes the culture shock…

The house now stays tidy for six hours a day, and there is nobody home but you. You might spend the first week (or day) enjoying being a lady of leisure. Unfortunately, boredom soon sets in. Six hours is a long time not to be doing something productive. So why not consider a new career?

Most moms like the idea of taking their little ones to school and picking them up as well. That usually puts any full-time work out of the picture. Part-time work is rarely fulfilling or mentally stimulating, and the pay can be very poor. If it’s a career you’re looking for, you might find more interest in working for yourself. Many moms juggle babies and toddlers with personal projects that gradually build up the pace to become a fully fledged business. There is nothing stopping you getting started now, with the advantage of six hours of peace and quiet to help you. So what are your options?

Fitness Instructor

Having kids takes a toll on your body. If you’ve managed to take care of yours, you might be just the sort of inspiration other moms need to help them. You can achieve your prenatal fitness certification when you sign up for a course like Moms Into Fitness. This gives you a rounded education and training to help women stay fit and healthy during conception and pregnancy. You’ve done it all before, so you can help alleviate those birthing fears. You can even support moms after birth to get their pre-pregnancy shape back.

 

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Taking on a career like this requires patience and great communication skills. You need to be the type of person that people find easy to talk to. There are obviously many embarrassing topics to cover, so sensitivity and discretion are essential. If you love taking care of people and find giving advice to be a natural path for you, then this could become the perfect career. It’s really easy to fit around school hours, and you can even do it from home with the right insurances and licenses. Perfect!

Alternative Therapies

If you’ve ever explored alternative therapies as a way to improve health and stay well, then why not explore ways to become a qualified therapist? There are so many different areas you can cover, but you might already have your preferences. Pain and mental health are the biggest problems many of us suffer from time to time. Medical assistance can be slow, and it can be costly. In the meantime, it makes sense to seek out self-help or alternative therapies that can address the cause, not just the symptoms.

 

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Medicine too often targets symptoms when a holistic approach looks at the reasons why the body is reacting the way it is. If you believe alternative therapies could benefit certain conditions, why not become a certificated therapist? You might convert your garage or dining room into a private practice. You could even rent space in a nearby clinic. Again, you’re in charge of appointment times, and you can manage the business yourself. Ideal!

Write A Book

If you’re a creative soul, then why not pen your first novel? Even if you’ve never written before, it’s not too late to put your fingers to the keys and start typing a story. Some authors just keep typing until they feel the story is over. Others meticulously outline the plot. They create entire life backstories for the characters and choose poetic language to tell the story. It doesn’t matter what kind of author you might become. And whatever ends up on the page can always be refined and edited later.

 

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If you’ve got a great story idea, or even a rehashed one, give writing a go. You can even self-publish when it’s all done thanks to services like Kindle Direct Publishing. If you fancy printing it or turning it into an audio book, there are cheap opportunities to do that for yourself too. But until you get to the keyboard, you can’t do any of these things! Follow famous authors on Twitter, read a couple of books, and see where your imagination takes you.

Private Tutor

There are plenty of ways to become a trainer or educator. Decide whether you like to tutor people in person. Then you might choose between individual tuition or group teaching. Next, pick your topic of interest or specialism. If you’re a fast learner, you might be able to become a competent teacher in several subjects or areas. Finally, decide on the course title. Now you have plenty to get you started, here is how to structure a course of education:

 

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The title will determine the overall objective of the course. It tells participants what they will learn about. To get to that point, you need to take them on a journey of learning. This starts with what you can assume they already know. Then it moves step by step from the known to the unknown. Solidify and confirm that step of learning before you move from that to the next unknown concept. Choosing an order of activities and tasks should help you determine each of the steps needed to get to the overall objective of the course.

Breaking down a scheme of work for teaching a subject is just the beginning of your teaching activity. You also need to develop tests, activities, and coursework to help participants solidify their learning. Try not to knowledge dump. Instead, take your time to impart the key facts with interesting techniques. This maintains motivation and engagement. Teaching is a practice. Try writing a Udemy course, or offering private tuition using Skype. Perfect for choosing your own hours and pay rate.

Life Coach

If you’ve dug yourself out of a few holes in the past, then chances are you’ve got self-motivation that others will look up to. And if you’re pretty good at scheduling and getting organized, then you might be the perfect person to offer their services as a life coach. Life coaches help people that feel they’re stuck in a rut or under-achieving. There are many areas in life where people can feel disappointed with their lot. They include:

Personal Fitness

Personal Health

Career

Relationships

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Personal Satisfaction and Happiness

Sometimes a client may come to you without being fully aware of why they feel quite so stuck. It is your job to unravel the key issues and help them find a structured and productive lifestyle that satisfies them. This could include a mixture of talk and activities with your client. You might provide a number of eBooks or handouts to help them clarify their thoughts, goals, and ambitions. This can be quite a hands-on job, but, again, you can choose your own hours.

 

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You might go jogging each morning with one client. Then in the afternoon, you might be organizing another client’s wardrobe or storage unit. The next one might need some self-confidence coaching. And another might look to you to help them develop their career. This could be one of the most varied jobs you ever did, but it can also be one of the most rewarding.

Online Business Ideas

Now you have some quiet time in the house, you might be keen to explore some of the opportunities you could pursue online. The choices are endless, but most moms like the idea of blogging. It gives you a platform to vent, create, advise, and explore different ideas about any topic you like. You should have good writing skills and be quite handy with a camera. Blogs take a while to become established and popular enough to monetize, but there is always earnings potential there.

 

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If you like the idea of owning your own store, but you don’t have a lot of capital to set up in the mall, why not have an online store? The easiest way to get set up is to use a drop shipper service. This means goods are shipped by a warehouse business on your behalf, so you don’t need stock at home. They often give you a white label website with current stock levels so you could have a ready-made store with a click of a button!

There’s no need to sit around at home waiting for the clock to go round. Many moms start their own businesses or forge careers in those few short hours their kids are at school. There are many options and many remarkable women you can follow for more advice. Which of these career options might you choose? Have you made a move back to working life?

Thoughtful Thank Yous


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Need to say a big thank you to a special someone? Want to say it with more than just words? If so, then you need to use one of the following cute gift ideas.

A Box Of Chocolates

Everyone loves chocolate, so a box of chocolates is a great treat for someone who has helped you out or done you a nice favour. Why not go further and treat them to a personalised box of chocolates? As you can see on the Chocogram website, there are loads of ways you can personalise someone’s chocs. You might want to create a box of a special selection of chocolates that you know your friend would love, or you could get a special message printed on the box. Some companies will even give you the chance to get a photo printed on the chocolate!

A Meal Out

If you haven’t seen the friend you need to thank in a long while, you might want to spend some time catching up together. So, why not take them out for a meal in their favourite restaurant? This gives you the chance to thank them and also have a good chat with them. Just remember that you need to foot the whole bill at the end of the night!

 

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Some Scented Candles

Does your friend love relaxing on the sofa every evening in front of the TV? If this is their idea of the perfect evening, then why not try and add some extra comfort to their night? You can do this by gifting them a few different scented candles. For example, Yankee Candles are really popular right now, and look very attractive. They will be a nice decorative feature in your friend’s living room, and will also smell amazing!

A Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription is a great idea for all of your friends who love to read.You just have to pay a one-off fee, and then your friend will receive a copy of a magazine every month for a year. Not sure what kind of magazine they would like to receive? Then why not buy a subscription to a service like Stack Magazines. This is a subscription service, but your friend will get a different magazine each month.  

 

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Thank-You Socks

You can get a thank-you message printed on most things these days. But why go for something obvious, when you could get your friend a totally unique gift, such as thank-you socks? Lots of quirky sock companies and gift stores now give you the choice to add a personalised message to socks. That way, your friend can see how grateful you are every time they get dressed in the morning!

Flowers

There’s a reason why flowers have been a popular way to say thank you for decades – it’s because everyone loves flowers! If you know what kinds of flowers your friend likes, you will be able to ask a florist to design you a bouquet made out of all their favourites.

Your friend will definitely want to say thanks after receiving one of these thank-you gifts!