List of the Best Gifts for Men

Everyone loves a gift but giving a gift the receiver loves is a fascinating feeling. Men, in particular, have specific gifts they wish to have. Whether it is on their birthdays, Christmas, valentines, or anniversaries, men equally feel nice to receive gifts. The list of the best gifts that will spoil all deserving gents outside there is too long and can comprise jewelry, gaming consoles, smart home integration devices, sneakers, grooming kits, and all the gifts that can make the gents happy.

Dads, boyfriends, or new dads need to be appreciated by way of gifts. Men have the reputation of being hard to find gifts for, but that isn’t the case. Provided you know his hobbies, sports, or other activities, the task can be simple. Or perhaps you can spoil him with a wristwatch or the best men’s black bomber jacket that will heighten his smile. Scroll through this article to have a peep of what to gift your man.

List of the Best Gifts for Men

Fashion Bomber Jackets

For stylish me, bomber jackets are ideal presents for them. They come in various hues, including the best mens black bomber jacket, which is versatile and universally appealing thanks to its elegant design. It features utility elements such as zippered closure, two front pockets, and sleeve pockets. It is the best choice for transitional weather. When paired with relaxed jeans or khaki and a simple t-shirt, fashion bomber jackets look amazing.

Men’s Watches

At least every man loves a wristwatch. However, each man has their taste depending on the company. While some would rock in Rolex, CK, some prefer Philip Persio, Seiko, and Quartz. What matters is therefore knowing your man’s taste and sense of fashion. Equally, the styling of the watch’s band is key when selecting a gift for your man to avoid skin sensitivity.

Pair of Sneakers

If you aren’t sure of what to take home for your man as a present, then try a pair of sneakers. Fashion-conscious men with a taste for the street will love a pair of sneakers to complement their outfits. Most sneakers have striking, unique, grippy, and futuristic soles to increase luxury and comfort, and that’s why most men would wish to be surprised with this item.

A great T-shirt

Every man loves to rock in a great t-shirt. Give his wardrobe an elegant selection of t-shirts to heighten his confidence. While some love the v-shaped or round-neck t-shirts, make sure you are on point when surprising him.

Essential Slippers

You wouldn’t imagine that as simple as they may seem, gifting your man with luxurious slippers will make him a happy man ever. Weekends are significant days in our lives, and sometimes due to the norm of wearing closed shoes, men would want to hang out in shorts and slippers with their friends. Try this, and you will see him not willing to remove them off his feet.

Great Jeans

If you didn’t know, jeans are one of the hotly contested outwear for men’s fashion. Ask any man, and he’ll gladly tell you that nothing beats the confidence of wearing jeans with an elegant t-shirt and sneakers when off work. Jeans have a way of bringing relaxation and cool looks for men. So if you are stuck on what present to buy for a man on your list, then you don’t have to give it a second thought but grab a great pair of jeans, and you will continue seeing the smile on your man’s face.

List of the Best Gifts for Men

Conclusion

Gift buying is either the best or the worst experience, especially when buying gifts for men. However, if you …

How to pick some of the best Christmas gifts for women

It can be challenging to pick out a present for women. There are so many options ranging from clothes and shoes to makeup and perfume. Luckily, some great gifts are sure to please any woman on your list. One option is the Apple Watch. This watch has received acclaim by being one of the most fashionable products in its category. It has a multitude of bands to suit any taste. Many women love their Apple Watch and use it every day. You also can pick some unique Apple Watch bands for women from here. Now let’s get down to How to pick some of the best Christmas gifts for women.

Christmas gifts for women

What to consider when picking some of the best Christmas gifts for women

 

There are many different Christmas gifts for women to give to your girlfriend, wife, or mother. These gifts may vary from skincare products to clothing items and everything in between. The key is to find something that she will love and use without breaking the bank! Here are some things to consider when choosing a gift.

 

#1. What does she like?

 

Doing some research can help you find out what she likes to do in her free time or when she wants to relax. This could be shopping online, using specific apps, or having particular hobbies. If you don’t know, it is okay to ask questions to try and figure this out.

 

#2. What needs does she have?

 

Depending on her style or personality, she may need certain items. This could be a new pair of jeans, a new purse, or even some new makeup products. If you are unsure about what to get for Christmas gifts for women, look at what she already has. Please take notice of what she wears or uses more often.

 

#3. What will she use?

 

One of the best Christmas gifts for women is something that they will use! This may be a hard rule to follow, but it helps determine what you should get them. If your girlfriend loves going shopping on her iPad, a gift card will make an excellent gift. If she is more of an exercise enthusiast, a gift card to her favorite gym or yoga studio might be the perfect gift for Christmas gifts for women.

 

#4. What does your budget allow?

 

It doesn’t matter what you spend on her gift as long as it comes from the heart. It would help if you tried not to spend an arm and a leg because that could end up being more money than it is worth. If you have a large budget for Christmas gifts, try to think about how she would enjoy the present. Maybe you can invest in her long-term happiness by getting her a spa treatment or booking a weekend getaway with her friends.

 

#5. Think about her personality and hobbies

 

Sometimes the best gifts for Christmas that you can give a woman are things she will use to support her hobbies or daily activities. If she likes blogging, a gift card to a popular website or hosting service is something you could purchase. She may even have a profile on there already! If she likes cooking, a book of recipes from her favorite chef is another good idea.

 

#6. Why do you love her!

 

One of the best Christmas gifts you can give her shows your appreciation for what she means to you. This could be through handmade jewelry or just some thoughtful words on a card. A romantic dinner …

PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET, YOU’VE BEEN HAD

People of Internet,

You’ve been had.

In the past couple years we’ve borne witness to an interesting set of trends. Various hashtags started gaining popularity that claimed to be celebrating the #authenticlife, but they were unusually ripe with photos of farm to table feasts on custom built farmhouse tables, cleverly staged journals with pristine latte art, and gorgeous minimalist home decor without a trace of evidence that real live people actually inhabited these homes. We saw an Instagram “celebrity” go viral for posting an extremely public breakup video to the very app that gave her a platform, only to start rapidly growing a following on her very well marketed (and highly monetized) site promoting her newfound position as a leading voice for being “real” online. Conferences and retreats have popped up left and right with speakers who market themselves brilliantly as experts and success stories of their supposed fields and vocations, but if you peek behind the curtain you discover the only job they actually hold is that very self marketing, speaking, and teaching. It’s a bit like when we find Dorothy pulling back the curtain to reveal that the Wizard of Oz is in fact a tiny little man pulling levers and dials, and its all been a cleverly designed trick all along.

People of Internet

There is no Wizard folks.

The internet doesn’t actually care about authenticity. Social media isn’t actually growing more appreciative of the vulnerable and exposed. Many of the biggest names who claim to have a way to sell you a path to success don’t actually have success in anything other than selling success.

Yeah… kind of Debbie Downer today, right?

But hear me out fellow citizens of this crazy online world. I am NOT advocating for cynicism or apathy. I’m in no way hoping to simply burst the bubble only to sit back and watch the damage. This isn’t just a case of “misery loves company.” Rather, I’m hoping we can all find a little Dorothy in ourselves right now and be brave enough to pull back that curtain, call out a clever con for exactly what it is, and put the illusion to bed in order to make way for something better to rise in its place.

The good news is this: the underlying reason for this trend’s success is that so many people ARE in fact craving a more authentic experience online. The bad news however is that its going to be much scarier to achieve than we hoped or expected. We like when we are seen as brave and vulnerable, but we’re not nearly as in love with the reality of living that out. It’s messy. It’s embarrassing. It’s anything but glamorous. It’s counter cultural in every way. And yet the only way we can hope to see a more authentic form of community online is to be willing to come to the table first, knowing full well we might be out there alone and exposed. It’s risky, but all the best things certainly are.

Can you imagine if we all stood up and saw the false hashtag #authenticity for what it really is and demanded something better? What if we stopped celebrating pseudo-vulnerability and held ourselves to a higher standard of bravery? What if we didn’t just share the carefully curated highlight reel that fit the persona we worked so diligently to cultivate, but opened our personal closets and admitted we aren’t any more on top of things than anyone else? What if instead of self promotion and viral marketing, we just put our work out there and let it speak for itself? …

SPEAK THEIR NAMES

SPEAK THEIR NAMES

I’ve had seven miscarriages.

It’s a sentence I’ve grown too comfortably numb repeating, despite the very real pain my heart still carries from the loss. I think when death comes in measures beyond what we can bear our brain tries to cope by focusing on the number itself rather than people behind it. We can’t fully get our head around the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the holocaust, but we can’t hold back the tears when we’re shown the story of just one. Why is that?

I think it’s because there is holiness in personhood.

If we believe that we are truly made in God’s image, if we believe that each individual soul reflects a facet of the image of God Himself on earth, then there’s simply no denying the enormous loss of that divine presence when we lose someone in death. It’s like a piece of God himself becomes a little less clear to us on this side of eternity, as if obscured from view.

This year, with October as the national month of remembrance and awareness for these losses, I felt a pull to somehow connect myself deeper with the individual personhood of each one of the seven little ones I won’t meet until heaven. As part of my grieving process for each loss, I had been encouraged by a counselor to give each one of those babies a name. A name is one of the most powerful ways we can recognize personhood. These children don’t have a birth or death certificate, they don’t even have a birthday, but each one of them still has a name. And so much like the ceremonies held for September 11th or held at the Vietnam War memorial, this year I wanted to focus on those precious names – those 7 individual souls who each constitute an enormous loss in and of themselves. I wanted to speak each one out loud. I wanted to share those names with a world that might otherwise never know they exist at all.

I contacted a friend who is an incredibly talented calligraphy artist, who also has experienced the pain of miscarriage as well, and asked her if she could write out the names of each of those 7 babies for me together in one place, as well as their meanings (since the meanings were instrumental in the naming process for me.) When she eventually sent me the completed project I was surprised at how intense and almost tangible the grief was I felt in response. Something about seeing those names broke my heart wide open all over again. I could no longer hide behind the familiar numbness of grouping them all together as a number in a story I retell – they became tiny individuals to me all over again. I couldn’t help but picture that beautiful lettering on the cover of 7 baby books that will never exist. I saw their name’s written in frosting on birthday cakes. I saw their names sharpied on the tags inside their jackets for school, proudly scrawled out in crayon on top of their artwork, lettered across diplomas and wedding invitations, signed on the bottom of mother’s day cards they would send me someday when they were grown and maybe had children and families of their own. The reality of 7 different lives full of innumerable moments and details and memories that will never be came flooding in at once, and my grief became new.

Tonight from 7 to 8pm I will once again be participating in the #WaveOfLight, in which people all over the world light candles in …

WHEN DOCTORS HURT INSTEAD OF HEAL

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Far too often grappling with a chronic illness is a fight not only for your health but also for your dignity. Many times the medical community can unintentionally compound the pain of those suffering by minimizing their experience or even invalidating them entirely. It can take years or even decades for some patients to get an answer to what is plaguing them, and for some the diagnosis never comes at all. Here are some actual responses I have encountered from doctors in my 15 year journey to getting my diagnosis of Lyme disease.

“Is it possible you’re feeling depressed from all the weight you’ve put on this year?”

Earlier this year when my symptoms seemed to be worsening with greater intensity than ever before, I went back to the drawing board so to speak and decided to pursue fresh eyes on my case. One of the doctors I visited listened for a couple minutes as I described my worsening pain and fatigue and how totally disabling they had become, and offered this remark in response. I had mentioned when describing my concerns that I had put on 30 lbs in the course of 6 months, and I had intended to offer that as a symptom pointing to the seriousness of my worsening condition. For the rest of the appointment this doctor consistently circled back to my weight not as a symptom, but in his opinion the root cause of all of my health issues. When I asked about further testing for Lyme disease, I was met with questions about my diet. When I described my increased dependence on my cane, I was questioned about my exercise routine. I left the appointment with handouts on why this doctor believed most everyone should maintain a vegan diet (despite the fact my history of seizures requires a high protein diet to manage, as noted by my neurologist right there in my chart,) a referral to a nutritionist, and a prescription for antidepressants he said could help me “jumpstart” my efforts to get up and moving more. Sadly, this is a common story in medicine today. Patients with higher BMIs are often written off as inherently unhealthy, and their symptoms attributed simply to poor diet and lifestyle choices rather than considering their weight may itself be a symptom of a larger underlying problem. Because of the additional shame of feeling blamed not only for their weight management issues but their worsening health as well, overweight patients are more likely to stop pursuing answers entirely, as its easier to avoid the uncomfortable and fruitless appointments rather than continue to be subjected to the relentless suggestions their weight is the real problem.

“Sometimes miscarriages simply happen. It’s the body’s natural way of stopping a pregnancy that would likely not have been viable for one reason or another. When they happen early, there usually isn’t a real ’cause’ other than that.”

To date I have had a total of 7 miscarriages, most all of them in early pregnancy. I was eventually able to have a couple doctors consider more serious possible root causes, but only after that number began to climb, and more often than not my concerns were met with a regular insistence that “these things happen.” I’ve had more statistics about the commonality of miscarriage offered to me than I can possibly recount. Pregnancy loss is an emotional experience in and of itself, and having multiple unexplained miscarriages adds an additional dimension of confusion, guilt, and anxiety to grapple with. In the end my pregnancies were marked as “high risk” because of my history of …