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10 Gift Ideas For Guys That Wont Be Returned

With the festive season approaching it is time to buy gifts for the man in your life once again, whether they be your boyfriend, husband, son, father, brother, or Great Uncle Brutus that you only see once a year.

Despite the stores being stacked from floor to ceiling with gift ideas, separating the things you would actually want to give to a male relative from the various pieces of dross on offer can be difficult.

Thankfully, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 things to buy for men this year, to take the stress out of your shopping experience.

1. Gift Sets

We’ve thrown all gift sets into one here rather than list them all separately. Try and go for something with a fragrance or an alcoholic drink in it, though, no-one wants a can of deodorant and a shower gel!

2. Experience Days

These have grown in popularity in recent years, whether it is a hot air balloon ride, skydiving, or driving a racing car around the local motor circuit, there is something for every man’s tastes.

3. Magazine Subscriptions

How many men read magazines but won’t subscribe due to the one off cost? Save them the hassle and buy it as a gift instead!

4. Slippers

Definitely one for your Great Uncle Brutus – slippers, and for that matter socks or a dressing gown, are great ideas as token gifts for relatives you rarely see.

5. Accessories

If you are looking to spoil the man in your life, then why not indulge him with a luxury accessory as a present? This may be a great pair of sunglasses or an expensive watch, or perhaps a piece of jewellery.

6. Boys Toys

Men are never too old for things such as remote controlled cars, and always prove to be a quirky and fun gift idea.

7. Audio & Visual

Buy him his favourite CD for his journey to work, or the newest X-Box game to play when he gets home and wants to put his feet up. Audio visual gifts are always well appreciated – consider iTunes vouchers if your man has moved on from CD’s.

8. Stylish Clothing

Whether his wardrobe needs a revamp or there are certain styles that you know he looks great in, stylish clothing is always appreciated and is great as a gift buy.

9. Gadgets

If you shunned the boys toys idea then why not buy him a great tech gadget instead – perhaps the new phone he wants or an iPad, for example?

10. A Holiday

If you have a big budget and don’t know what to buy, why not take your man along to the travel agents a few days before Christmas and whisk him off to somewhere much warmer and sunnier? You could do a lot worse!

Simple Tips To Enjoy Thanksgiving On A Budget

November is here once again and yes, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While this holiday may be the happiest time on earth for some, it can also be the most expensive and stressful one for those who haven’t planned ahead.

If you want to enjoy a festive holiday without hurting your wallet, don’t worry. Here are budget-friendly tips to make your Thanksgiving celebration a memorable one:

Decorations

Decorate from nature. Gather autumn leaves, pinecones, and other natural materials and put them together in a beautiful bowl or container. Add a few branches of evergreen as the base, glitter or fake snowflakes for flair, and voila! – you have a new centerpiece. Golden autumn leaves could also be used as door decorations.

Try DIY. You always have the option of creating your own decorations. Whether you decide to make placemats, paper turkeys, or table art, you can always find instructions on the net. However, if you think you don’t have the skill, patience and time to DIY, you can also look around for affordable Thanksgiving home decors.

Use existing decors. Recycle last year’s Thanksgiving decorations or use existing home decors for your table centerpiece. One friend took advantage of her candle collection and created the most enchanting centerpiece I have seen.

Shopping

Go solo. When shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, leave the kids at home. Going to the grocery with kids would take up your time and might cost you more money for items they want that are not on your list. Shopping alone will help you stick to the budget.

Look out for coupons. From now on, check the Sunday paper or the internet for coupons that might save you money. You normally see these weeks before Thanksgiving. When you see something that you might need, clip it and make the purchases along with your weekly shopping. Look out for turkeys or hams on sale.

Buy enough. Don’t buy more than what you can eat or use – you might end up throwing excess food and other things. Estimate how many guests you will have and cook food enough for the number of heads coming. If you have a problem estimating how much turkey to buy, you can use turkey calculators available.

Dinner

Go for Homemade. Cooking your own meals is always more economical than buying convenience food. The cost of a pie at the grocery store can already give you a couple of home-baked pies. Furthermore, your pies have a bigger chance of tasting better than store-bought pies.

Trim menu. Too much excitement may lead to cooking too much more than you can take. Don’t overload the table with food that might be thrown out. Stick to turkey (if you decide to have turkey) as the highlight of the meal. Instead of focusing on quantity, think quality.

Potluck. Many families consider a potluck style thanksgiving dinner a wonderful option. Aside from getting to split the cost of the meal with everyone, it will also save the host time and effort. All you have to do is to assign who brings what dish. This style also makes everyone feel they are contributing to the meal preparation, encouraging unity.

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be expensive and stressful at all! With the tips mentioned above, you can enjoy thanksgiving on a budget! Happy holidays!

About the Guest Author: Melissa Page is a passionate writer based in San Diego, California. She currently works for Deco Breeze, a company that offers affordable yet extraordinary thanksgiving home decors. When she’s not writing, she’s bowling with her friends.

5 Business Items To Purchase For A Fresh Start At Your New Job

When it comes time to head out to your first day on a new job, things can feel a little nerve wracking. Even if you’ve been in this industry for years or know exactly how to perform well in your new position, starting a new job is always daunting. It’s even worse if you feel like you are simply picking up your old life and moving it directly into a new job, with no change whatsoever.

If you want to feel refreshed and ready to start a new chapter of your career, sometimes it really helps to make a few purchases to feel more prepared and professional. Here are just a few items that are great to consider purchasing when you want a fresh start for your new job:

1. A smartphone

If you don’t already have a smartphone, it might be time to jump on the bandwagon. Even though you can do business without one, and you definitely shouldn’t buy one if it will be an unnecessary expense, smartphones can do wonders when it comes to professional organization, contacts, scheduling, sending and receiving images, and quick access to the internet from any location. It’s much easier to be in the right place at the right time with instant GPS on your phone.

2. A lunch cooler

When you think about bringing your lunch to work, you probably picture Ziplocks and empty grocery bags. It’s time to get it together as far is lunch is concerned. Not only will you look more professional, but your food will stay protected from the elements and you will be able to pack more efficiently.

3. A high-quality work bag

No matter what you wear from one day to the next, the one thing that stays consistent is your work bag. Go for one in a nice-quality leather or with a very sturdy textile. There are plenty of options, depending on your needs, such as briefcases, shoulder bags, computer bags, and portfolio cases. Choose something that you absolutely love and that stands out from the rest. Don’t be afraid to splurge on this. You will use it every day.

4. A new jacket

While you can’t buy an entire new wardrobe when you get a new position, adding one new key piece to your essentials is a great way to feel like you’re getting a completely new start. A great tailored jacket has so many different uses. Pair one with suit pants or skirts for an instant professional look. Or pair one with jeans to go more business casual. Make sure to look for one in a color and fabric that you don’t already have.

5. A professional haircut

A hair cut is often the furthest thing from our minds when we start a new job, or at least getting a new style of haircut. But, one of the first things people see when they look at us is our hair, and figuring out your own personal style is the key to looking professional and interesting. Instead of going out to your regular stylist or cutting corners with your haircut, try splurging here. A great professional will be able to figure out how your hair grows and which style will be best for your face. You never know how impactful a great hair style can be until you have one.

5 Tips To Easily Save Money Every Day

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, I think it would be that saving money is nice. No one likes paying bills and watching their hard-earned money fly out the window, but unfortunately bills are a part of life. We can, however, make sure that we take every opportunity to save money. This summer, my husband and I are really working on “living below our means” so that we can save up extra money as we prepare to sell our house and move. It’s all about a little give and take and smart thinking.

Let’s look at a few ways to keep a little extra money in our wallets. These tips don’t require you to do/buy/learn anything. Just smart ideas that you can start a.s.a.p.

1) Use your library – Instead of heading out to the latest movie or buying the newest best-selling book, stop by your local library and rent a book, DVD or video game for free. All you have to do is register with the library and unlimited books and movies are yours. They usually keep pretty up to date with new releases, and many libraries even offer digital downloads.

2) Search online coupon sites before you click purchase – This can save a lot of cash right on the spot. Online sites offer free coupon codes for different retailers that can be applied to your shopping cart before you check out. Whether it’s 15% off or free shipping, it’s a quick way to save for free. Make sure to check out the Joeshopping coupons page!

3) See what your town has to offer for free – Go to your town’s website or search for a monthly calendar to see what your town is offering/hosting, most of which is typically free. Bigger towns usually offer more free events, but even small towns like to keep their residents happy. One thing that our town does is a free movie night in the park once a month. You just bring a blanket and your snacks, and they play a recent movie on a big screen. It’s free… and much more fun than a typical movie theater.

4) Invite friends over for dinner instead of out to dinner – If you meet once a week or once every other week with friends for dinner, try inviting them over for dinner instead. Offer to make the main dish and then ask them to bring a side dish or dessert. The more couples, the merrier… and the more food! You can even switch houses each week to mix things up. It is still a nice treat during the week to spend time with friends, but this makes it a little bit easier on the wallet.

5) Pack a lunch… and snacks – This one has been a major money saver for me. I work in a hospital and I used to make frequent trips to the cafeteria for a little pick-me-up, sometimes a drink, sometimes a bag of chips or a cookie. I’ve started packing my own snacks now and it has saved quite a bit. If you spend $2 on a snack every single day at work, that adds up to $10 a week and $40 a month (if you work 5 days a week). Save that money for something special and snack on something from home instead.