Written by Dylan Gerstley

Last-minute gift ideas for anyone on your list

The holiday season never ceases to sneak up on some of us. We’re creeping closer to Christmas, but there are still a few days left to pick up those last-minute gifts. Whether it’s for your work friends or your gym buddies, we have some excellent little ideas that are sure to bring excitement for the new year.

A bold brew

It almost seems too easy, doesn’t it? But, don’t forget the simple gesture of nice coffee. Any coffee-lover will appreciate a bag of your favorite morning roast.

Don’t trust yourself to pick out the best beans? With MistoBox you don’t have to! Let your coffee-lover personalize it themselves, or find highly-recommended options, with a one-month gift to the subscription service.

Or, treat your coffee-lover to cold brewed goodness no matter the temperature outside with the Takeya 10310 Cold Brew Coffee Maker. The affordable cold brew maker delivers great cold brew coffee, served hot or over ice, all for less than $20.

A pleasant smell

The sense of smell has never really gotten its due, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Quite the opposite in fact: research shows that negative experiences associated with smells can decrease productivity at work. And even if you can’t actually light the candle in the office, just having one nearby can brings some comforting ambiance to a space. You can never go wrong with a Yankee Candle or a fantastic three-wick candle from Bath & Body Works.

If you wanted a more modern (and safer) option, check out an essential oil diffuser. These simply plug into the wall to provide all-day scented bliss, without the added danger of an open flame.

A quality notebook 

A blank notebook is a perfect canvas to start the new year with. It may seem like you’re gifting someone a chore, but don’t underestimate the power of consistent journaling. The routine of writing inspires new ideas, positivity, and a willingness to experience the new: all with the excitement of capturing it with the written word.

Still not convinced? Grab yourself your own journal (for only $10!) and make it a weekly challenge between you and a friend. How many pages can you fill with thoughts and ideas this week?

A reusable straw (or straws)

The straw-free craze has swept the nation and as more and more establishments ditch straws, many of us need a new option. Remind your colleague of your thoughtfulness and concern for the environment (or their sensitive teeth) with the gift of a reusable straw. Find artsy options on Etsy or simple options on Amazon. Either way, you’re bound to make a difference with one of these!

A carefully considered book 

There’s never a bad time to get into reading and the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to gift something impactful and stirring.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is one our CEO’s must-read books and the included wisdom in the book should help spark productivity and an improved outlook on life. Help yourself take an emotional inventory of your current situation with the guidance in Covey’s book and tackle 2019 with fervor.

Dan Harris, the co-anchor of Nightline, shared his journey and experience with meditation in his acclaimed book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story. The book is funny, provocative, and enjoyable — all while still providing wisdom and motivation to improve as a human.

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