The ABCs Of Friendship

If you want to have good friendships in your life, then it needs to start with you. Some people won’t be worth the effort, especially when they put in very little themselves. But there are some gems that will be the friends that will last and last. But much like a romantic relationship, friendships do take work. So here are 26 things to help you to be a better friend, the ABCs of friendship, if you like.

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  • Appreciate – showing how thankful you are for things can make their day and show that they matter to you.
  • Birthdays – make sure you celebrate them in style on their big day. From looking at a birthday gift collection for the perfect gift, to partying with them, it is all good.
  • Communication – so important for any kind of relationship. Say what you mean.
  • Don’t Be Selfish – enough said.
  • Encourage – a good friend helps you to be a better version of yourself. So be that person for your friends.
  • Forgive and Forget – it can be easier said than done, but is vital for any friendship as we can all say and do things that we regret.
  • Generosity – give of your time and what you have to be better friend. Don’t buy friends, but bu generous.
  • Hug It Out – hugging can be a great thing with your bestie. It can help if you are feeling sad or stressed too.
  • Include Them – we all have family and other friend circles, but include them where you can.
  • Join something together – a club or a team can give you some common ground and more chance to connect.
  • Keep Promises – only make them if you can keep them/
  • Listen – a vital part of communication is listening. Are they trying to say something between the lines?
  • Motivate – from helping them to exercise more to motivating them to get a new job, it is all good.
  • No – sometimes saying no can be a good thing. Make sure figure out the balance.
  • Own Up – be honest, and own up to your mistakes.
  • Practice makes perfect – Sometimes you won’t do things well straight away. Stick at it.
  • Quash jealous feelings – we may envy their style or their other friends. Just don’t!
  • Respect – you are not going to treat someone badly if you respect them. Be sincere and value their opinions.
  • Speak up – if you’re unhappy about something, speak up about it. Then they will feel that they can do the same.
  • Trust – it is a vital part of any kind of relationship. Some people may break it, but allow them to work at it.
  • Understanding – we are all different and all do things differently. Just because they don’t want to go out one evening, doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. They could just be an introvert, for example.
  • Visit – with social media taking over, it can be easy just to send them a snap. Visit and meet up when you can.
  • Work – working at a friendship is important. Make sure that it isn’t just one-sided, though.
  • Xtra Effort – a must for any happy friendship.
  • You – don’t forget yourself in all of this. If it turns toxic, it is time to get out.
  • Zero Negativity – because who likes to be friends with someone full of negativity?
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Easy Gifts Any Guy Will Appreciate

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Everyone is happy when it’s easy buying gifts for someone, as it makes the process much less of a headache. When you are buying for the man in your life, you might sometimes find it to be a little difficult, especially if they do not easily express what it is that they enjoy and so on. However, the good news there is that there are a number of gifts with pretty much any guy will tend to appreciate, so considering those is bound to help you if you are a little stuck for ideas. In this article, we are going to take a look at just a few of these sure thing present ideas – but hopefully this will be enough to get the ball rolling in your mind if you are currently looking for a gift for the man in your life – whether it’s your other half, your father or your son.

A Good Pair Of Shoes

If you thought that it was only women who appreciate a good pair of shoes, think again. The truth is that most men will also appreciate this as a gift, especially if it is a relatively expensive and particularly fashionable pair of shoes. If you think that your man would like something fairly casual, but still stylish, then you might want to consider something along the lines of a pair of air jordan 11 bred trainers. Whereas, if he is more likely to enjoy a formal pair of shoes you can easily achieve the same kind of effect by treating him to some fancy loafers which could go with his favorite suit. Either of these would be well appreciated, but choosing which just depends on the man in question.

Beard Trimming Kit

Whether or not he currently sports a beard, most guys will appreciate having the ability to look after one if it comes to it. Therefore, getting your man a decent beard trimming kit is definitely going to go down well, no matter his stance towards facial hair. If he does usually have a full beard or even just stubble, having the full set of accoutrements to look after it will definitely please him – whereas a man who likes to stay clean shaven won’t exactly complain for having more in the way of decent razors. Go for a set which includes a manual electric clipper set, as these are handy to have for either the beard or the head hair if it comes to it.

Tool Belt

If your man is particularly handy when it comes to things around the house, then you might find that getting him something in the way of a tool belt is likely to actually go down very well. Tool belts are a great thing to have even if you don’t do much fixing up, so in any case the man in your life is highly likely to feel as though you have got him something useful. Just make sure that it has a good combination of tools for any occasion, and that the belt itself suits him in some way.

Stunningly Unique Gift Ideas to Wow That Special Someone!

Stunningly Unique Gift Ideas to Wow That Special Someone!

Choosing the right gift can take time and effort, and is often much trickier than you might think. You have to account for the tastes of the individual, but you also need to think outside of the box as well. If you want your gift to stand out and mean something more you have to go with something a little more unique and offbeat. Look, buying or giving a gift can be a very challenging process because you want to get it right.

The simple fact is that many of us are not very good at buying the right kinds of gifts, even for the people closest to us. You might know their tastes and interests, and you’ll almost certainly have bought gifts for them in the past, but it can still be a challenge. So, here are a few unique and original ideas for gifts fit for any occasion, that will certainly blow them away!

DIY Hamper

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Sometimes a little extra forethought can go a long way to showing a person how much they mean to you. This is why you need to consider a DIY hamper – it’s original, it shows effort, and you can make it as eclectic as you want to. Yes, there are hampers you can buy that have already been put together, but these are likely to be more expensive. Buy the hamper/basket on its own, and create your own quirky hamper, perfectly suited to the recipient’s tastes and interests.

A Flight in a Fighter Jet

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What do you get the person who has everything? Well, it kinda depends on what your budget is, to be honest! But, a great place to start would be to give the gift of a flight in a fighter jet! How many people do you know who have ever had this experience? Exactly, unique and fun! Of course, this is going to be wildly expensive, so you’ll have to have a pretty large budget, and make sure you shop around of course too!

Houseplant

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Houseplants are becoming less common these days, but they are excellent for people who may not have a garden. If you want to help someone inject some color and life into their daily routine, an Orchid of the month might be the way to go. Houseplants are a great way of livening up a home (or office), and there are proven health benefits related to them as well. So, make sure you consider a houseplant or flower as a gift with a difference, and one that is suitable for any occasion too!

Record Player

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A lot of retro things are making a comeback these days, and record players have definitely enjoyed something of a resurgence. If you have a friend or family member who’s a bit of a throwback and likes things from the past, this is a wonderful idea for something to buy them. Record players give a more raw sound when listening to vinyl, and this appeals to music purists. They also look fantastic on a stand or sat on a cabinet, so this is definitely something to consider.

Whisk Them Away

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So many people give something tangible as a gift, but it’s often more fulfilling to gift an experience. This is something that shows thought, but will also allow for the creation of new memories and experiences. If your friend/partner/family member is having a tough time, giving the gift of a break from work could be just the tonic needed to help them relax and calm down. A mini-break is a wonderful way of giving an original gift and knowing it’s going to go down well.

Experience Day

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These days more and more people are beginning to see the value of experiences over possessions. You might be considering the mini-break, but you could also cough up for an experience day as well. This might be something like a flying lesson, a skydiving session, or cheese making class. Whatever it is, there are plenty of quirky and funky ideas to choose from here, and you can give somebody an experience that is both original and thrilling!

Yoga Classes

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There is so much stress and anxiety in modern life these days, and we all have that person in our lives who gets overwhelmed all the time. Well, this is the person who needs to relax and find inner peace, so they would definitely benefit from the gift of yoga classes. You’ll be able to buy packages with several sessions attached so they can really start finding their quiet place and working on achieving inner peace and enlightenment. Yoga classes are popular across the world, but you don’t see many being handed out as gifts, so this is a good place to begin.

A Personalized Movie

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Look, you don’t need to be Quentin Tarantino or anything, but this is actually a really great idea,. You can put together a movie of your friend’s life, or, at the very least, a trailer. This might be tricky without them finding out, but the ROI on a gift like this is so high. Tap up their parents to get a copy of those old home videos, scour Facebook for uploaded video clips, and check your old WhatsApp media. You might have enough material to put together something highly personal, but also very original as well.

Scrapbook

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This is along similar lines to the personalized movie, but it might be a little more doable. You certainly need to consider making a scrapbook for your friend, lover, family member. This can be filled with pictures, memories, and ‘remember when’ anecdotes from your lives over the years. This is not the sort of gift they are going to be getting on a frequent basis, and it’s something that relates solely to the two of you; for this reason, it is more personal, exclusive, and heartfelt.

Buying gifts for people can be a tricky challenge, and there’s always at least one person who is impossible to buy for. With these people, you need to make sure you give them something different, something uncommon, something they haven’t had before. If you can do that your gift will be something they treasure for years to come.

3 Ways To Approach Present Buying Without Breaking The Bank

Picking out gifts often proves to be a giant pain in the backside. After all, it’s hard to find just that right thing which someone would want if they don’t hint or straight up tell you what they want beforehand. People just sort of get left to figure stuff out for themselves and are expected to come up with either the perfect unique gift, or the new iPhone. Of course, one of these options is much more straightforward, but it does come at a much higher price tag. What people often seem to forget, is that the appeal of getting a gift comes from the novelty of the whole thing. The idea that someone went out of their way to get something for someone else, and something cool at that. Of course, very few people want an extra pair of socks for their birthday, but a lot of people want something novel, and something fun, despite it maybe not being the most useful thing in the world. Let’s go through a few things which won’t end up breaking the bank, but will satisfy someone’s craving of a novel gift.


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Treats and sweets

Everybody likes sweets; whether it’s ice cream, chocolate, gummy bears or hard candy, almost everybody has a soft spot for pretty, sweet, eye candy. This is where you can bet on “the sweet factor”, and get away with buying someone some kind of sweets which you can’t usually pick off the shelf at the average corner store. Whether you decide to go for some champagne or bourbon bears for the alcohol lover or an ice cream cake for the person who loves both cake and ice cream is up to you, but just keep in mind that satisfaction is almost guaranteed in both cases.


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Some jewellery

Of course, this might not always fit the occasion. If you are buying a present for your friend’s girlfriend because it’s her birthday for example, then buying them a ring might not be the most tactful choice. However, if you’re looking for a gift for someone a bit special, then jewellery often proves to be one of the top choices, amongst just about all age groups and all genders. Everyone likes something shiny to put around their wrist or neck, so why not head over to some downtown jewellery stores and pick something out? Of course, you can always look around online, but it’s sometimes hard to tell the quality of something when the photo is deliberately taken to make it look amazing. Heading over to the store is usually the safe bet. Despite the general opinion of the public, pretty jewellery can be nowhere near as expensive as some make it out to be, so don’t worry too much about losing your life savings on it.


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The gift of indecisiveness

If you simply cannot decide on what do pick out for someone, maybe due to your own indecisiveness or maybe due to not knowing the person very well, there now is a way out. While showing up and saying “I didn’t really know what to get you so here’s 50 bucks” doesn’t really sound too great, getting someone a gift card worth the same amount is a whole different story. There are gift cards for just about every shop or website out there nowadays, and with the amount of aesthetics simply pouring out from the envelope they come in, they might just get passed off as an actual present. It’s the safe bet, and sometimes it’s just the best choice. Throw it in an envelope with a birthday card and you’re golden.

Cool Gifts for Coin Collectors

You would think that buying a gift for someone who collects something would be easy. But it often turns out that it’s not as simple as getting them something to add to their collection. You might not know what they already have, and they could be picky about the items they want to own. If you want to avoid making a misstep, you need to think carefully about what gift you’re going to buy. If you want to buy a gift for a coin collector, there are some clever ideas that are sure to be a hit if you take some time to explore the possibilities and choose the most appropriate option.

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New Coins

If you’re thinking of buying a coin collector a new coin or two, tread carefully. Unless you’re familiar with what they like and what they already own, it’s not a good idea to surprise them. Of course, the smart way around this is simply to ask if there are any coins they have their eye on. It might mean that your gift isn’t a surprise, but it also means that your giftee gets something that they definitely want. There’s no point giving them a gift that they will immediately return or sell, so why not make sure you get it right? If you decide to buy a coin, look for a seller like LPM Group Limited. You want to ensure you get good value, good quality, and genuine coins.

Books About Coin Collecting

For anyone who has decided that buying coins is best avoided, you might consider some resources on the art of coin collecting. You might find some interesting DVDs or other media, but books are likely to be your best bet. A book like the 100 Greatest US Coins or others in the same series are a great choice. They have large, eye-catching pictures so they make beautiful coffee-table books.

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Coin Collecting Supplies

Another option for a gift to give a coin collection is something related to coin collecting supplies. Coin collectors need various products to store their coins, as well as tools to keep them clean, measure them, and perform other tasks. These things might not seem particularly personal or exciting, but a coin collector will always be appreciative of them. Folders, holders, measuring tools or cleaning supplies will all help them keep their collection organized and in good condition.

Gift Certificate or Store Credit

Another way to get around buying someone coins outright is to look into gift certificates or store credit. This means you can technically get them new coins or whatever else they want or need, without choosing for them. You can still tailor your gift to their preferences by finding out if there are any stores they like, whether they’re online or offline. They’re sure to have something they want to spend the certificate or card, and they usually have a year to spend it too.

Buying a gift for a coin collector doesn’t need to be that hard. If you spend a little time thinking about it, you can come up with a good idea.

Great Gift Ideas for Him or Her

It can be challenging to get gifts for your other half, so here are some great gift ideas that will say everything for you. The right gift can speak far louder than words, and whether you are going on a date, or buying something for your ten year anniversary, you still want to give something special. Coming up with original ideas, and keeping your gift giving original can be challenging though. There are plenty of places online where you can get inspiration from, and you could even make something yourself by watching a youtube how to! Whatever the occasion, whether it is a birthday and anniversary, or you just want to make your other half feel special, a gift will always go down well. Sometimes words are not enough, so getting the right gift can say everything you need to say, and so much more. So make sure you get a gift that says exactly what you need to! Read on to find out some great gift ideas for both him, and her, and see how special you make your other half feel.

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Do Your Research

The internet is an amazing place, and you will definitely be able to find whatever you are looking for on there. Not only can you buy just about anything in the world from this crazy place, but you can find lots of great inspiration on here too. Make sure you get on Instagram and Pinterest and see what you can find.This can often be a great way to find unique gifts. A lot of the time Instagrammers might do their line of shirts, or merchandise, which would also make a great gift. You could even check out your partner’s favourite youtuber, or Instagrammers, which might give you some inspiration. Get online and have a look at anything that will inspire you, and find out what your other half like to look at online, this might give you some great ideas.

Something Unique

A great way to make any gift unique is to make it personal to your other half. This might mean engraving it; you could do this with a watch or even a piece of jewellery. This can make any gift extra special and will mean that your other half always has a great memory of your time together. Check out this company if this kind of gift interests you. This is a great way to say something special, and have an amazing occasion with your other half. Whatever gift you want to give, consider making it unique to give a truly amazing gift. This can be done with pretty much any gift so make sure you consider this gift, for him or for her.

Something Useful

A useful gift is one that just keeps on giving. So many gifts these days are purely decorational, or will only get used once before they are out to the back of the wardrobe, or put aside and left to get dusty. Here is a good question: what do they actually need? If they need a new jacket to go with their new outfit, then that is a great place to start! Thinking about useful gifts, or things they might actually need or use is a great way to give a fantastic gift as it will just keep on giving.

A watch is also a useful and style gift as well. This can be great if they want to refine their evening wardrobe, or they are applying for jobs. This can send a great message, which they are professional and can achieve anything if they put their mind to it. Watches look great with evening wear, and they also send a really good message at job interviews as well. If you want to support your partner through everything that comes at them in life, and you want them to always look their best, then a watch can send a great message. A watch is a great gift, that shows you support them in so many different ways, so make sure you consider this as a great gift for him or her.

Something Simple

Depending on the occasion, something simple is sometimes the best gift. Maybe it is too early in your relationship to get big and expensive gifts, or maybe it’s just a small reminder of how you feel about your other half. A gift does not need to be big, or expensive to send the right message. A simple gift could be anything from some flowers, their favourite food or chocolate, or even of pampering them! Some massage oils will always go down well, and no doubt you will have a fun and intimate evening together. Getting something simple is often the best thing to do, and you should consider this if you are not buying things for any occasion. Think about small gifts you can get for your partner, that just reminds them that you are thinking of them.

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A Day Out

An experience is also a great gift to give, and a day out is often a lot more fun than anything you can buy for them! Spending the day seeing new things, relaxing, or learning and trying out new things together can be the best gift. An experience is a gift that has a fantastic memory, and you both can look back on the great day you spent together. Planning a day out, or trying out a new activity is a great idea. If you and your partner are quite active, why not try kayaking, climbing, or even some water sports. There are loads of fun activities out there you can do in any season, that can an extremely fun gift for him or her.

Here are just a few ideas for you, if you need the inspiration to get a gift for him or for her. It can be so difficult to find a gift that says exactly what you want to say, so hopefully, you have found some great ideas here.

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.

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’.

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.