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8 Insanely Cool Christmas Gifts Ideas This Season

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Christmas season is back again. Oh! so merry.

There’s no end to the possibilities when it comes to buying your friends, family and loved ones a gift. But if you overthink it too much, you’ll panic and probably end up with something bad. Do the easy thing and the right thing, Go on to read what can be the best gifts you could gift this Christmas season.

1. Candles

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Whether you’ve earned a little self-care or you’re looking for an easy, but a totally great gift for your best friend, a beautiful, bespoke candle is a worthy option. From luxury pumpkin-scented ones to affordable reusable jar candles that smell like fall, and soy votives that will remind them of home, the best gifts for candle lovers all have one thing in common: They have the power to turn a bad day around. Is there any better present than that? Christmas is all about feeling that warmth of family and friends. So this would be an ideal gift option.

2. Chocolates

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Why chocolates? Well to begin with it’s velvety, smooth, rich, and sweet – its very nature speaks of luxury. Even the ancient Mayans used cocoa beans as a currency, so you know it’s valuable. A beautifully packed box of handmade chocolate truffles not only tastes delicious but it looks classy as well, adding that sense of value to the gift. And by choosing a specific box for someone, it shows that you actually took the time to think about what they would enjoy, which makes the gift that much more meaningful.

3. Wine

Who doesn’t like wine? You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who frowns when they unwrap a bottle of wine, whether it’s a prime vintage of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or humble table wine. Every bottle serves a different and equally important purpose, which means that you don’t have to break the bank if you don’t want to. It’s well documented that the vast majority of people feel happier, more comfortable, more generous and generally awesome after consuming wine.

4. Throw pillows

 

Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to enhance the look of a room, adding a pop of colour, an unexpected print, or an opportunity to tie a disparate decor scheme together. They’re also a great way to add a dose of personality to space, which is why throw pillows can make an excellent holiday gift idea under the right circumstances. What better occasion than Christmas to gift such a cute and thoughtful gift.

5. Journal

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A journal can be used in a variety of different ways. It can be a diary, a place to write recipes, family memory book, used to document a vacation, a sketchbook, a place to store images of all the cool things you want to be, do, and have. Journals are pretty! They are often little works of art that are so much fun to open. You can buy handmade journals on Etsy and other crafty websites and give someone a one-of-a-kind gift.

6. Wrist Watch

It’s a way of expressing your love. A watch can be a perfect way to remind your loved ones how much you love them. Just looking at the watch, they will remember the one who gave them the gift and will enhance the love and thoughtfulness between them. It is timeless. This Christmas season head up to the nearest showroom and find a perfect watch as a gift.

7. A Musical Instrument

Let’s face it. Sometimes, giving a musical instrument as a Christmas gift can be a bummer. That expensive guitar or keyboard can lay dormant in the corner after the initial excitement wanes, and eventually end up for sale. But given the right circumstances, it can also be the best gift you can ever give anyone, especially a child! Here are a few reasons why a musical instrument can be the most rewarding and lasting gift you’ll ever give. Playing a musical instrument is one of the most direct ways to express one’s emotions.

8. Perfumes

 

Perfume can be extremely personal to the wearer, based on favourite scents and the reaction to individual body chemistry. However, if you’re looking to buy a gift that is both personal and luxurious, you can’t go wrong with perfume. Perfume is easy to pick out with a few guidelines. Age and past scents are good things to keep in mind when buying a fragrance to give as a gift. Trendy designer perfumes endorsed by celebrities are perfect for younger women, while older women may prefer classic fragrances. If you know she has a favourite scent, find out what the main elements of that fragrance are. From there you can easily select something that is similar but new.

 

Related article- Top 10 Christmas Movies To Binge-watch This December

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Mahabharata And Its Many Sides

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Mahabharata is one of the greatest Indian epics. It has been told and spread from ages. In addition, it is not just the Indians but also foreign scholars who look at the book in awe. Similarly, in modern days, more and more authors are presenting the text from different perspectives. Read about this book here in this post.

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The reason why the book is so popular and looked up to is that every possible dynamic of human relations, of statesmanship, of politics, warfare and diplomacy are all there in the book. Moreover, what makes it even more special is that all the things that have been written about are still relevant even today day.

However, Mahabharata was written centuries ago. Therefore, it is much different from what things are today. For instance, we got the term feminism now, women are much different than those times. Most women today even take up jobs and work for earning. In addition, due to the freedom of speech, more people can take up artistic fictional perspectives on the great epic.

Books that are Retelling of Mahabharata

The Palace of Illusions

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The book is written by Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.  The book talks about the tale of Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi. Draupadi or Panchaali was the daughter of the King of Panchaal and the wife to five Pandav brothers. It is a celebration of womanhood, sacrifice and the strength of Draupadi. She indeed has seen a lot of hard times and this was beautifully captured from the woman’s perspective in this book by the author.

The book was available for free on Kindle when the lockdown started and it was surely a big gain for the readers.

Get the book here. 

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata

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This book is one of the books written by famous mythological author Devdutt Patnaik. In addition, the speciality of the book is that it has more than  250 illustrations by the author himself. He has done a great job of simplifying the Sanskrit verses and adding details that are lesser-known.

Karna’s Wife: The Outcasts Queen

This is another of the feminist retelling. Kavita Kane is a famous feminist writer. It tells the story of Mahabharata from Uruvi, Karna’s wife’s perspective.

I, Duryodhana

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The book is written from the perspective of Duryodhana who is rather not on the good side as everyone may say. Get the book here.

The Kurukshetra War series

 

This series written by Aditya Iyengar consists of two books. The first book is about the thirteenth day of the way when the three most sought after warriors of the Kaurava clan left the battle. Similarly, the second part of the series follows the events that take place after the thirteenth day.

Ajaya

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Jaya means victory in Hindi. In Ajaya, author Anand Neelkantan has shown the other side of victory. That is, he has written the book from the Kauravas point of view. Get the book here.

Arjuna: Saga Of A Pandava Warrior-Prince

The book is a detailed retelling from the perspective of Arjuna. It follows his life right from his birth till his death. In addition, it also reveals a lot of the emotional side of Arjuna.

Yudhistar and Darupadi

The text is written in the form of a poem. The Hindi translation of the book is done by none other than Gulzar.

Mahabharat series

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This is also another series of two books. However, it is quite different from other series. Each of the two books puts forth two opposing views of the great war. For instance, one of it tells the story from the Pandavas side. On contrary, the other one says the story from the opposite view of the Kauravas.

Don’t forget to read Dr. Shashi Tharoor On What To Read

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How To Tackle Emotional Blackmail In A Relationship

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Emotional blackmail is when a person tries to manipulate you to make you do things their way. They use your feelings to control your behavior. And this kind of nature might be seen in some relationships where one partner manipulates the other to get their work done.

The examples of emotional blackmail are very subtle and they are generally exhibited in one’s body language and disappointment. So, people should prevent this kind of behavior when they feel that they are manipulated in a relationship. So, here’s everything you should know about it.

Examples of emotional blackmail and how to handle this?

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Signs of emotional blackmail

These are the subtle signs of this behavior:

Demand: They will demand from their partner to not meet a particular friend or do a specific thing. This would be conveyed in a subtle way.

Resistance: If the other person tries to resist it, then their partner will push again indirectly to make that happen.

Pressure: Next, they will pressurize directly. There are high chances that they will try to criticise or demean the person.

Threats: When nothing is working, they will directly threaten to get the things done.

Compliance: Then, they’ll have to agree with their partner and listen to what they say. The conflict will be over and their partner will be nice to them for doing what they want.

Repetition: When such a situation arrives, they will know how to play with your mind to make you do their work. They will keep controlling their behaviour.

Other examples of emotional blackmail

Some people use other tactics to manipulate their partner’s feelings such as the following:

Punish: They will punish their partners for not obeying their orders.

Self-Punishers: Here, people will punish themselves to make their partner feel bad for not listening to them.

Tantalizers: People will use kind gestures and words to manipulate their partner’s mind. They will be extremely nice while demanding something.

What to do?

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Handling this kind of situation is quite tricky. You have to be calm and think wisely to react to such things. So, here’s what you can do:

First, keep calm and take time to think about what your partner wants.

Start a conversation with him or her. Try to convey your feelings. Tell them how you feel when they demand something illogical.

Show them that love doesn’t include blackmail. It may seem common knowledge, but we do forget at a rapid rate as things are always going left right and center when we are alive. You need to instil the knowledge that whenever they demand something from you, they must be prepared for yes or no and not threaten you or start whining about hurting themselves when they get a response they did not expect.

You can also seek professional help to resolve these matters.

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7 Great Ways To Be Kind To Yourself Today

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Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her bestselling book, “Eat, Pray, Love”, that one day she walked into a building in New York City in a hurry. She was dashing toward the elevator when she caught a glimpse of herself in a mirror. However, she didn’t immediately recognize herself. Instead, she thought: “Oh, look! I know her. She’s my friend.” In order to recognize yourself as a friend, you have to be kind to yourself. If you’re not sure how to do this, you’re in the right place. Look at some ways you could be a little kinder to yourself today.

Carve Out Some Time For Yourself

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Time is precious we all know. But how much have you invested in yourself? Give yourself the best gift anyone could give- time. Every day carve out some time for yourself and do something that brings you joy. You can draw, journal, write short stories, play a musical instrument, or do anything else that you love to do. Be kind to yourself by giving yourself some “me time” each day.

Believe In Yourself 

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When things are as challenging as they are, sometimes the best course of action is to simply believe in yourself. Remember what you have done to get where you are and know that the same belief will get you to where you want to go. Once you start to believe again, step outside and scream it as loud as you can so the world can hear your conviction.

Give Yourself Recognition

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Often, we’re quick to acknowledge the achievements of others, but slow to acknowledge our own. That has to stop. Become aware of your own achievements and give yourself recognition. When you do something you’re proud of, stop for a minute and dwell on it. Praise yourself and relish the achievement. Complement yourself. Pat yourself on the back and say the following: “Kudos to me!”

Positive Affirmations

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Optimism is the key to any journey. The journey of self-kindness definitely needs a positive outlook. Give yourself that much-needed pep talk. You know the one. The one that starts with “I am great and I can do whatever I want” and ends with “And I know in my heart all of this to be true.” Not only will it change your trajectory but it will also drastically improve a bad mood.

 Respect Yourself

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Self-respect is valuing yourself for who you are, and not allowing others to dictate your value. It’s trusting yourself, thinking for yourself, forming your own opinions, and making your own decisions. In addition, it’s refusing to compare yourself to others. Finally, self-respect is about keeping your promises to yourself and following through on what you tell yourself that you’re going to do. Be kind to yourself by deeply respecting yourself.

Soothe Yourself

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Did you have a tough day? Did you get into an argument with a co-worker or a friend?  Bombed your presentation? Was it one of those days in which everything that could wrong, did go wrong? Be kind to yourself by soothing yourself. Do the following: Soak in a hot tub. Add scented bath oil. Give yourself a scalp massage. Rub your feet. Do something to relax and rejuvenate.

Accept Yourself

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Only in true acceptance lies happiness. Love is unconditional acceptance. Accept yourself as you are. You have strengths, and you have weaknesses. Sometimes you succeed, and sometimes you fail. Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong. Allow yourself to fully be who you are. This is the beginning of your journey towards self-love and kindness.

Also read- Decoding Empathy

 

 

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