Always Knowing the Right Gift for the Occasion

Gift giving is ingrained in our culture. We give gifts in all sorts of social situations. Generally, we will succumb to societal pressures to give gifts on occasions that come around on the same date each and every year: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries … the list goes on. Then there are occasions that mark a milestone in individuals’ lives, such as christenings, engagements, weddings, graduation, and for a housewarming. These are just a few examples of some of the times when you might consider handing over a gift to someone. Sometimes, we just give gifts for the sake of it, because we want to show someone our appreciation for the role they play in our lives. With so many opportunities, it can often become difficult to plan the perfect gift. What we purchase and wrap up will depend entirely on the recipient. So, here are a few ideas to ensure that you hit the nail on the head every single time!

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Your Partner

Generally speaking, your partner should be easier to buy for than anyone. You spend a lot of time around them which allows you to get to know their exact loves and hates. You are also around a lot more to receive hints and tips. Sometimes, you will be comfortable enough with one another to say exactly what you want. But it’s always a good idea to go further than the call of duty when it comes to gift giving with your partner. Even if you’ve secured them the main gift that they haven’t stopped going on about for the past few months, you should always consider an extra little something where possible. This doesn’t necessarily have to be of monetary value. It should be more sentimental. Make it something useful that will make their day to day life easier and more comfortable. If you argue about who’s going to turn the light out at night, wrap them up a nice lamp for the bedside table. If they’ve been complaining about being bored on their commute, get them a kindle with a digital copy of their favourite book already downloaded and installed. These may be things that your partner may never have considered asking for, but they will get plenty of use and will be greatly appreciated.

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People You Don’t Know Very Well

Buying a gift for someone you don’t know very well may sound bizarre and unlikely, but chances are that you’ll experience this odd situation once every so often. Think about it. Perhaps you’ll be attending a celebration event with a friend or partner. It’s polite to buy the individual who is being celebrated a present, but if you don’t know them personally, what are you to do? Well, here are a few sage pieces of advice. First, keep things simple. You don’t want to spend too much, and you don’t need to. Second, avoid any slightly controversial items. You know neither the person’s beliefs nor past experience, so avoid things like alcohol. Thirdly, bear in mind that you also don’t know their dietary requirements or preferences. Food and drink are surprisingly tricky, as the individual may avoid certain food types (did you know that vegetarians and vegans can’t consume many sweets containing gelatin), be allergic to certain food types, or intolerant of certain food types. Keep things simple, sweet and neutral: flowers, a classic novel, or a high-quality notebook should be greeted with thanks and smile.

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Corporate Gifts

Corporate gift giving is on the rise and for good reason. Of course, you’re not going to send gifts to every customer you deal with. But if you have large scale clients who you hope will return time and time again, offering gifts can keep your brand fresh in their mind alongside positive associations. If you’re planning on striking a deal with a potential client, a gift can be an ice breaker, opening the doors of communication of an extremely agreeable foot. If they haven’t been around for a while or have been lured away by competition, an impressive gift can help them to remember that your company exists and bring them back in. Alternatively, gift-giving ahead of this situation can prevent them from straying in the first place! So, what can you send? Well, corporate gift baskets are almost always a good way to go. They are carefully arranged so that their presence makes a lasting impression. Choose options with branded goods. Your customers will recognise the products, trust in their quality, and know their worth, so will appreciate the gesture just that little more! These are also a brilliant option if you’re looking for a gift to send to a business partner. While they may seem like an expense and can dip into your profits, they will generally bring more money back in in return through deals and sales. So they’re more than worth it!

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The Person Who Has Everything

We’re all familiar with at least one person who seems to have absolutely everything that they could possibly want. There could be a few different reasons for them seeming to have obtained pretty much everything that they like. Perhaps they have a lot of money, so have the means to just buy what they want as and when they begin to desire it. Perhaps they don’t have as many responsibilities or outgoings as your average person, so have a little more disposable income. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that they are extremely difficult to cater to when it comes to occasions where you want to give them something memorable. To best deal with this situation, you should always remember that not all gifts have to be tangible objects. You can give the gift of experience instead! Recent studies in the area have actually found that experiential gifts offer longer lasting happiness to the recipient than items. So feel free to use some of these ideas for anyone you love, not just the person who has everything! Some inspiring options include the gift of language learning, virtual reality, travel, discovery, music lessons, a film, or extreme sports. Another option for those who seem to have everything could be the realm of personalised gifts. Nowadays, you can get pretty much anything personalised. Pens, glasses, mugs, books, socks… the list goes on and on. So find something that they are renowned for enjoying and have their name quite literally printed on it.

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Pets

Now, those who don’t have an affinity with animals may raise their eyebrows at this one, but chances are that if you have a pet, you will have definitely bought them some sort of gift in the past, or have at least considered it. Cats and dogs are the most likely to be gifted and while your four-legged companion may not understand the concept behind the gift-giving, they will more than likely appreciate whatever it is that they are handed. Generally, edible goods tend to go down well. Almost every feline friend or faithful pooch will gladly chow down on tasty treats. Toys rarely go amiss too. You will know your pet best and can choose the best toy to meet their personal preferences! Some will love balls, others will prefer soft toys. You can even get pet subscription boxes nowadays. These will be delivered once a month and be packed to the brim with snacks, toys, and practical pet products that your animal will absolutely adore!

Consolation Gifts

While serious situations shouldn’t be made light of, there are certain situations where a friend may be feeling a little down in the dumps and you want to give them a pick me up. Perhaps they’ve gone through a breakup, lost their job, or are just having a bit of a hard time. Generally, the best gift you can give in these types of situation will be your time, snacks, and distraction. When possible, turn up with a bottle of their favourite drink in hand, some of their favourite edible treats or a takeaway and perhaps a movie, pack of cards. You can talk things over and put the world’s wrongs to right together. Ever heard of talking therapy? Sometimes a problem shared really is a problem halved. They’ll really appreciate you being there for them in their time of need! If you can’t make their acquaintance in person, send a card. This will act as the perfect pick me up when it arrives, painting a smile on their face.

Chances are that you’ve had to get gifts for all of these individuals in the past and chances are that you’re going to have to get them again at some point down the line. Hopefully, this comprehensive guide will come in useful when the time comes! While it’s always best to go with your gut feeling about what to buy and what to avoid with your gift giving, having a few preliminary ideas like these in the back of your mind really can make the decision easier.

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Reaching Your Personal Goals Whilst Juggling Commitments

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Many of us take on more responsibilities as we get older. Working, looking after children and doing household duties such as cooking and cleaning can sometimes leave very little time for pursuing personal interests and hobbies. Not having the time to pursue these personal goals can make many of us unhappy, as we may feel we’re living our lives doing duties rather than doing what we want. Everyone deserves their freedom – gaining this may simply require learning to better manage your time. Here are just a few solutions that could help you to take care of your commitments whilst finding time for yourself.

Make the right sacrifices

Sacrifices are often needed to better manage one’s time. Making the right sacrifices is important as it could determine how happy you are. Most people think that working all hours and sacrificing family and personal time is the way to go, but it isn’t in most cases. Rather than focusing on earning more, it could worth focusing on spending less. This might allow you to work less hours, allowing you to see your family more and spend more time on yourself.

Be wary of sacrificing sleep to get everything done as this is not the way to go either. Being overtired will negatively affect everything else from your job to your family relationships to your personal challenges. Instead of sleeping less hours, try rescheduling your sleep instead. Going to bed early and waking up early might sound boring and horrible to some people, but actually better for us. Instead of free time in the evening, you’ll have free time in the morning, which you might be able to use more productively for yourself if everyone else in your home is asleep.

Find effective ways to multi-task

There are certain times when you may be able to multi-task and fit in some free time. If you have to commute to work, consider turning this stressful and routine trip into something productive and exciting. A commute via train could allow you enough to read a book, watch a TV show, write a blog post or plan the week’s meals. A commute via car might be a little harder to make use of as it requires more concentration, however you might still be able to do a listening activity such as streaming your favourite music, listening to an audiobook or learning a new language via a CD. You may even be able to travel by bicycle and make this your get fit time.

Meanwhile, there are many tasks that you can now do at home to fit around commitments. Many employers are now allowing staff to work from home in career fields that are mainly IT and phone based. You can also study a university course from home nowadays – you’ll find all kinds of courses on the web such as a healthcare administration degree online. You may also be able to exercise at home, rely on online food shopping and host virtual meetings via skype. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t leave the house – relying on these from-home methods might allow you to simply schedule them around your lifestyle rather than waiting for shops and gyms to open or having to travel or relocate to take up a job or university course.

Accept help from family and friends

Too many people turn down help from people around them that might otherwise free up time to focus on personal goals. Family and friends might be able to act as a babysitter occasionally whilst you get time yourself or they may be able to cook you a meal freeing up this chore. You shouldn’t over-rely on these people, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

If you’ve got a partner, you may also want to make sure that you’re both equally sharing out responsibilities. Sharing out household chores and time with the children can give you both more time to spend on personal interests and hobbies. It’s worth also trying to find some couple time for your both so that you’re not always spending time apart – this can often be a danger if you both work different hours.  

Know when to seek outside support

If you don’t have friends, family or a partner to share the load with, you can still make time to chase your personal goals – you may just have to rely on outside support. There are lots of babysitting services out there that can look after your children whilst you need to get things done. Some may be inexpensive or even free during certain hours. There are also charities out there that may be able to help with basic but gruelling tasks such as housework, allowing you to get others done. Asking for support is important as you could burnout if you’re juggling too much, affecting everything from your ability to work to your ability to look after your kids.

Schedule time for yourself

Don’t wait for free time to come along. When you have lots of commitments, you need to schedule in this free time. This could be a weekly slot when the children are being looked after or your partner is doing the housework. Having free time scheduled into your life will allow you to plan for it rather than taking it as it comes and not knowing how long it may last (a good example being when a baby is sleeping – you never know how long they’ll be out and what you’ll be able to get done in that time).

Do You Need Change or Just Greater Challenges?

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There will be a time in everyone’s career where they stare at the front door to the office and seriously consider just turning around and walking away. It is only natural to feel stuck in a rut at some point in your career. But commitments such as mortgages, family, debt, and all that other adult stuff force you just keep on through the drudgery.

So how does one overcome these feelings of exhaustion and lethargy and bitterness and every other negative word you can think of? There are options for everyone out there to get back on track and fall in love with work again, whether it be through change, challenge or something else.

CHANGE?

If you have worked at a particular company for a while, then you will naturally start to feel bogged down by routine. You know who will ask you what, you know how the week and month will go. It is all very similar. When this occurs, it might be time to change careers.

A lot of people now change jobs every year or so due to lack of potential for advancement or problems with making more money. You might think that having so many jobs on your resume may put potential employers off, and it might for some, but for many, it shows ambition and drive to better yourself, which is one of the most attractive qualities to have in an employee.

CHALLENGE?

But if you don’t want to risk leaving your job, which is understandable in the current climate, then consider seeking ways to make yourself a more valuable team member. Too many people complain about not being challenged at work but don’t do anything to change this. Don’t be that person.

If there are opportunities to further your skills, then grab them before it is too late. As the workplace evolves, the lines between industries become ever more blurred. One option is to apply for an online supply chain management course, which can provide you with broader responsibilities and shows a determination to progress in your company. Take the chance and start feeling challenged yet again.

ESCAPE?

You can either choose to escape your business altogether or merely just take some time away. Mental health issues can come about at any time, regardless of how you felt before. Sometimes, you just need a break. Discussing this with your employer may seem scary, but they would rather have a healthy, happy employee than one on the verge of burnout.  

Starting your own business combines both change and challenge and can provide you with the opportunity to feel alive again. While it can be risky, doing proper research into your chosen market will make the transition more comfortable, and you might just end up conquering the world.

BEST FOR YOU

The decision is entirely up to you. You are the one responsible for maintaining and improving your happiness and satisfaction in your career, and so only you can achieve this. Whatever you decide, you need to go into it with one hundred percent determination. Forget the fear and worry not about what might go wrong, staying positive during the tough times is the mark of a powerful person. You are that person.

Finding Funding For Things You Love

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Underneath it all, no matter how cynical, everyone enjoys the chance to spoil themselves and spend a big chunk of money. Whether you want to refill your wardrobe or buy a new video game, this sort of spending is much nicer than what you usually have to buy. Of course, though, there isn’t always the money for this, and a lot of people will find it hard to achieve the goal of self-indulgence. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the ways that you can find funding for the things you love.

Of course, like most things in life, getting the products you want can often be a simple matter of waiting. It’s unlikely that you spend everything you earn, and you will have the chance to save some of it for large purchases. The best way to keep your money safe is to move it to another account which isn’t easy to access, as this will prevent it disappearing in your regular spending.

To speed up this process, a lot of people will choose to do extra work to afford items which they can’t stop looking at. Nowadays, this sort of approach is easier than ever, with loads of freelance roles being dotted about for you to choose from. Websites like UpWork can help you to find jobs which pay very quickly, while also giving you the chance to do something you enjoy, making it perfect for a lot of people, even with the added work.

Waiting for the money to come to you or spending extra time working won’t always be enough for some of the purchases which people have to make. For this, unsecured loans are becoming extremely popular. Working against transactions like car purchases and other large products, this can be perfect for those in dire need. Whenever you borrow money, it’s important to consider your future finances, as this will impact your ability to pay it back.

As the last option to consider, a lot of people will ignore deals and special offers when they’re searching for goods. Around the web, you can find loads of different coupon codes and sales which will make the products you want to buy much cheaper. Using a price finding tool, you should be able to easily compare the products you’d like to buy, ensuring that you’re always getting the very best deal.

Whenever you’re shopping for treats for yourself, it’s important to consider the future and what it might bring. Unexpected bills can make your treats feel bad, as they could prevent you from making payments which are essential. Along with this, it can be very easy to let this get out of control, and you’ll need to moderate yourself if you want to stay afloat.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it should be much easier for you to avoid missing out on the purchases you really want to make. Bills, rent, food, and the other essential parts of life are all very boring. Along with these regular ones, it’s always a good idea to give yourself the chance to spend on you, even if it’s only a little bit.

How To Decorate Your Bedroom In Style

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Despite the numerous amounts of time your mother asked you to tidy your room when you were a teenager, you are still unable to make the bed before you leave your house in the morning. Every time you visit a friend’s place you are left wondering how others are able to keep their surroundings tidy while you have to be a complete mess.

Perhaps it’s the way you live life and the ease with which you take things or the fact that you just cannot be bothered to put everything back to where it belongs, but one thing’s for sure: your untidy habits are starting to annoy you. Whether it forms part of a New Year’s resolution or you merely want to become a more organised you for the sake of proving yourself you can, this year should be about taking control and learning how to become a tidier individual. Here’s how to decorate your bedroom in style (and keep it that way!).

Paint it an exciting but soothing colour

Different colours affect our moods in different ways. Blue will make us feel focused and calm, yellow will boost our spirits and increase our energy levels, and green has said to make us feel less anxious. With the colour you choose for your interiors being key in determining the way you will feel when you are in that space, it is essential to know what you would like your bedroom to represent. Would you want it to be a place of calm or somewhere where you can feel energised? This is the choice that you have to make when choosing what colour to paint your bedroom. Have a look at the list of colours and the moods they evoke for you to think carefully about the colour of choice.

Furnish it with meaningful pictures

There is nothing more relaxing than laying in bed surrounded by images of the people and places you love. Whether these are framed photographs of friends and family or posters of your favourite destinations, having a bedroom that reminds you of your closest circle of people and visited places is essential, as these reminders will make you feel better when you are sad and blue. Chances are you already own thousands of pictures that you keep on your phone, and if this is the case, you just have to choose your custom backdrop and print these onto the material of your choice. Go on, remind yourself of how blessed you are by having images of your loved ones in your bedroom!

Put everything where it belongs

Finally, and perhaps more to the point is the aspect of organisation. Keeping your bedroom tidy is something that you should do on a daily basis, and while this might not come naturally, it’s true that it can be trained. How? You ask. Just like patience, tidiness is something that requires hard work for it to become part of our routines, so don’t worry if you haven’t managed to become organised yet. It takes time. With this method, you will get closer to your goal.

3 Perfect Activities For The Day After Christmas

After the indulgence of Christmas Day, December 26th is a chance to recover, relax, and treat yourself to some well-deserved down time. As well as the usual vegging out and playing with presents, the ideas below are the perfect choice to help continue the festive spirit even when the big day itself has passed.

Play a board game

Board games weren’t designed specifically for Christmas, but they may as well have been. They make the perfect activity to enjoy with your family, especially the day after Christmas itself, when you’re not likely to fancy doing anything too active. You could try old favorites such as Monopoly, or opt for a newer concept such as the Destination board games, then gather the whole family around to enjoy a little healthy competition.

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time

It’s easier than it’s ever been before to keep contact with people thanks to social media, but there’s no true replacement for an actual conversation sometimes. Call and have a chat with someone you care about, and with whom you have only had a text-based friendship for the past few years.

Watch a Christmas movie

Christmas movies should have a place in your heart throughout the festive season, not just in the lead up to the big day. There are plenty of old favorites as well as new discoveries to enjoy. Of course, Christmas is a time of magic, so maybe one day this fantasy perfect Christmas movie will become a reality?


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Do These Things To Feel Good Every Day – They Really Work

Feeling good every day can be a little tough for some. Some people are born with a naturally happy disposition, while others have a sort of middle set point that tends to lean towards the grumpy side more often than not. Which one are you? If you’re reading this, our guess is you don’t feel as happy every day as you’d like to.

If you want to feel good every day, here’s a few things you can do to change that. You may resist trying them out, but trust us, they really work!

Meditation

No, it isn’t just buddhist monks who use meditation. Monks use meditation to reach enlightenment, but using meditation to be happier is more than possible too. All you have to do is get into the habit of doing it for a few minutes each day. It can be tough to sit there doing nothing at first, but after you’ve kept it up for a couple of weeks, it’ll become second nature. There are many apps out there that can help you, including Calm and Headspace. Aiming for just 5 minutes a day is fine at first. Slowly build yourself up until you’re doing around 15 minutes. It’s up to you whether you want to spend even longer – some like to make their meditation practice up to an hour!

Exercise

Exercise in the morning will make you more productive and focused throughout the rest of the day, and you’ll be happier thanks to the endorphins that you’ve released. You could go for a walk, a quick jog, do a bodyweight HIIT session, or use weights to get your workout in. There are all kinds of workouts you can try out on YouTube and sites like Fitnessblender, so you have no excuse.

Nutrition

The food you eat can make you feel better or worse. Eating nutritious food that the body naturally craves is a great way to feel better. Eating junk is obviously going to make you feel like junk. Those who eat junk often experience a slump in the afternoon, making it tough to concentrate and get anything done. You don’t have to eat clean or forbid yourself from enjoying treats, but you should make smart choices the majority of the time.

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Nap

Taking naps is a great way to safeguard your health and feel happier; many successful people take a nap for 20-30 minutes a day to help them top up their sleep and feel more productive in a flash. Make sure you set an alarm, though, so you don’t end up sleeping for too long and suffering from inertia. Then you’ll find it impossible to get up! If you nap at home, make sure your bed is suitable. It should be comfortable, with the right kind of pillows and mattress. You can learn about the different kinds of mattresses online. Find more about Mattress-Guides.net and you’ll be able to ensure your environment is suitable for both napping and quality sleep. It’s a good idea when napping not to get under the covers, and use a thinner blanket instead so you don’t fall straight into a deep sleep!

Help somebody else

Helping others is a much faster way to feel happier than helping ourselves. Seriously. Why not pay it forward in a coffee shop? Simply smiling at a stranger will make you both feel good too!

How to Do More For Your Grandparents As You All Get Older

As your grandparents get older and you move further into adult life, it can be easy to drift apart and for those relationships to crumble. That’s probably not what you want, but it happens so commonly regardless. That’s why it’s so important to go out of your way to make your relationships with your grandparents stronger. It doesn’t have to be complicated and everyone wins, so read on to learn more about what you should do.

Pick Up the Phone

A phone call can be the most important thing you give to your grandparents if you do it on a regular basis. They need to have family members to talk to and pass the time with, and by spending some time on the phone with them you could make them happier than you’d imagine. It might not seem like much, but it will matter to them and that’s why you should prioritise things like this.

Be There For Special Occasions and Milestones

For your grandparents, it’s important to mark special occasions and recognise milestones in life. As you get older, these things only grow in importance, so you shouldn’t deny them the chance to recognise these kinds of things. It doesn’t take much to be there for those occasions and family gatherings, so make sure you show up and spend time with your grandparents on those occasions. Who knows, you might even have a good time!

Do the Simple Things

Doing more for your grandparents is not just about doing the big things or the grand gestures; it’s often the small things that are more important because they have the biggest day to day impact. For example, if you help them out with the shopping or changing a light bulb around the house for them will be really appreciated, so make sure you do these small and simple things.

Be There During the Worst and Most Difficult Times

There are always going to be health issues and problems that your grandparents go through; that’s part of the aging process. Sometimes these problems will be minor, and then you will simply need to be there and offer them the extra support they need. But services like Spectrum Health Care cancer palliative care can help you out in instances when the problems are bigger. Whatever the case, it’s vital to be there during the bad times.

Don’t Force It

You shouldn’t ever feel like you’re forcing yourself to do more and be there. This is about offering support and maintaining good relationships; it’s impossible to do that if the relationships become force. Try to build positively and keep the relationships you have with your grandparents relaxed and enjoyable for all of you. You should also make sure you listen to

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There are times when family has to come first, and loneliness is a big problem for many elderly people so you should do what you can do help our grandparents out as you all move into new stages of your lives.

Top Tips To Ensure A Laughter Filled Festive Season

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There are many ways to ensure that you have a holly jolly Christmas just like the song proposes. Making your festive season full of fun, frivolity and laughter will ensure that you have a holiday where the happiest of memories are made. There’s nothing better than sitting down with the family in front of a warm roaring fire, roasting chestnuts and enjoying some quality time together. When you think of Christmas, images of heavily gift-laden stockings, large Norwegian firs and advent calendars come to mind. Now it’s time to add jokes, laughter and giggles to those thoughts. Take a look at how you can bring more fun to your Christmas this year.

The Christmas Movie Days

On the run-up to Christmas, we begin to see the trailers for the movies showing on TV this season. There is a vast array of hilarious comedies for the entire family to enjoy. If you were born in the 1980s and can just about scrape into the early millennial category of human beings, you’ll remember the slapstick farce of Home Alone, Scrooged and Groundhog Day. If you’re now enjoying Christmas with your own offspring, why not show them the films that you used to watch as well as enjoying the modern classics of Elf and Arthur Christmas. Movies have an awesome power of bringing people together across a bowl of popcorn and a tub of ice cream.

For The Clown In Your Life

If your partner adores a particular comedian, why not bite the bullet and purchase some tickets as a gift that will allow them to see their favorite stand-up live. Even if your loved one’s comedy of choice is hugely popular, you can still investigate a service like TicketOffices to hunt down that elusive pair of tickets. People who want to resell their tickets because they can’t attend an event can make them available through reputable websites that act as a platform for people desperate to attend a concert or gig. You won’t be at risk of scammers, won’t have to rely on a tout and your ticket is 100% guaranteed.

Get Outdoors

It doesn’t matter whether it is sub-zero outside and you are knee deep in snow, or whether it’s mild and balmy, it can pay to get outdoors over the festive season. Head to your local park with your pals, have a festive picnic, enjoy a game of frisbee or kick a ball around, and relish the opportunity to have a laugh and a chuckle over a turkey vol au vent or two. Surround yourself with the people that bring joy to your life and help you find fun during the festive season. Moments spent reminiscing about college days or discussing the trials and tribulations of watching your little one’s first nativity play can leave you struggling to breathe through sheer laughter.

Moments of side-splitting guffawing become fewer and farther between as we get older. Use this Christmas as an excuse to try and achieve as many laughter-filled moments as you possibly can. Happy Christmas!

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

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Christmas is the perfect time to show the man in your life how much you love and appreciate him. Men can be very difficult to buy for. Most of the time you will ask him what he wants and he will simply say ‘i don’t know’. It can be a mission in itself trying to drill ideas out of their heads, let alone buy them.

Luckily, we feel your pain so we’ve come up with some ideas to give you a head start and hopefully a spark of inspiration for the man in your life this year. Whether it be your dad, uncle, boyfriend, son or cousin- these ideas suit any male of the species and will be sure to gain a smile on Christmas morning when they open them up.

Gadgets

If your man loves his toys, you can take this opportunity to feed his technological mind and buy him something he can build or play with in the evening on christmas day. You could opt for video games like Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire or Mario Kart; a console for him to setup and play with; or even a remote control drone he can fly over the garden. Make sure you find out what areas you are allowed to fly a drone in first though.

Food

The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Food is one of the greatest joys of the festive season… and every other season to be honest. There are a huge range of foods and food related gifts you could buy him this year:

Sweet: A box of chocolates,a giant ferrero rocher, a jar of retro sweets… the possibilities are endless

Savoury: You could buy him a pack of sauces for cooking, some peanuts and snacks, chips and dips and even a cheese board with some crackers

Cooking: a tagine for slow cooking, cooking sauces and chilli for experimenting in the kitchen, a novelty apron he HAS to wear when serving dinner

Drinks:whiskey, beer, ale, hot cocoa set, coffee for his machine… there are loads to choose from

An Experience

If you don’t know what to buy your man this year because he’s fussy; the best idea is to get him an experience day instead. You could be going wine or beer tasting for the day, becoming a zookeeper for a few hours or even indoor skydiving if you don’t want to do the real thing. Getting him something he will remember for years to come is just as special as buying something he can use.

Clothes

If you have a partner who takes more time choosing clothes than you do, then you could be onto a winner if you decide to buy him clothes for christmas this year. You could play it safe and ask him what he wants or needs, or failing that you can trust your instincts and pick something you know he will love. A shirt, tie, scarf and even a pair of jeans will go down pretty well with your man.

Fitness

If your other half has recently got into the gym or a sport: you have loads of different options to buy him this year for christmas. If they are playing football you can buy him a football shirt from his favourite team; if he’s into weights you could treat him to kettlebells for when he trains at home; or if he’s trying to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle you can buy him a water bottle or some new trainers for the gym. There are so many options and you can find some really great items around and about for your man.

Novelty

A stormtrooper whiskey decanter is the perfect gift if your partner has a love of star wars and alcoholic beverages. You can enjoy watching him pour himself a christmas drink out of a storm troopers head on christmas evening. What could be better? Novelty gifts can be found anywhere so you will never run short of ideas. If your other half loves game of thrones- you can buy them a funny tshirt, if they love superheroes you could find some funny boxers, and even if they love the old classic cartoons- you will be able to find novelty slippers and other gifts for the man in your life. A fun idea would be to buy him the most garish, tacky christmas jumper you can find and then make him wear it for the rest of the day. It will be sweet revenge for all those times you asked him to do something and he simply replied ‘in a minute dear’.