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Boy Defends Blind Classmate From Bullies - Instead of Applauding Him, He Is Nearly Suspended
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Boy Defends Blind Classmate From Bullies - Instead of Applauding Him, He Is Nearly Suspended

Cody Pine, a student who defended a visually impaired boy against a bully, faced potential backlash from his school for stepping in, which prompted an outpouring of support worldwide.Shocking Sight It was lunchtime at Huntington Beach High School when footage captured a visually impaired child being bullied and assaulted by another student. Fellow classmate Grant Morels gave KCAL9 saw it all unfold. "I saw like a half-circle around a group of kids and I wanted to see what was up. I see this kid like getting wailed on by another kid."- Grant Morels, Huntington Beach High School studentA Jarring SaveSuddenly, Grant's step-brother Cody swooped in and knocked the bully down with a single punch. He then hovered above him asking why he was 'jumping a blind kid.'Shortly afterwards, police arrived and arrested the bully for misdemeanour battery and released him to his parents. Meanwhile, the student who intervened was free to go, but wasn't off the hook. Despite the footage and witnesses, the school said it would still investigate Cody's actions, citing their 'zero-tolerance' policy on violence. “The school is now responding to this isolated incident by interviewing students and witnesses to determine exactly what happened," the district said in its statement.A Hero's WelcomeThe incident sparked an online petition that has gathered nearly 80,000 responses. The petition stated that "while violence is never the best option what Cody did to defend his friend and classmate was justified."Commenters flooded the site with words of support.Said one: "The hero did the right thing. Don't punish a kid for doing the right thing!!!!""Great job! Our future is in good hands because of young men such as yourself."- Jeff Smith, petitioner"The day you punish people who protect the helpless is the day you've lost humanity. Don't be STUPID!" protested another. Celebrate HeroesHuntington Beach student Maya Jensen applauded Cody's courage. "A lot of people are calling him a hero and I would as well for stepping in when no one else did and decide to just film it instead."- Maya Jensen, Huntington Beach High School studentIt's often hard to do the right thing, especially when everyone else is standing by. Courage comes with risks of harm or even job loss. However, Cody decided that the biggest risk was standing by as a helpless friend was being abused. And while violence should never be celebrated, his acting to do what's right should. More from Goalcast:Bullied Boy Loses Hope After a Priceless Gift From His Grandmother Is Stolen – But His Best Friends Feel OtherwiseBullies Target 7-Year-Old in Horrific Hate Crime – Little Did They Know 20 Bikers Would Show Up at Their SchoolMiddle School Student Sees Classmate Getting Bullied For Having Old Shoes — Uses Allowance to Buy Him New Pair

Man Was Refused a Loan Because He Was Broke - 18 Years Later, He Buys the Same Bank for $590K
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Man Was Refused a Loan Because He Was Broke - 18 Years Later, He Buys the Same Bank for $590K

We all remember our lowest points. The memories from those times never leave us: what happened, how we got out of it, but also how we were treated when we needed help the most. Adam Deering never forgot his humble beginnings. In 2002, he was near-broke, and tried to get a £10,000 loan at the RBS branch in Urmston, Greater Manchester. He was denied.The once almost penniless man is now a wealthy businessman, and he’s marked the difference two decades can make by buying the bank that denied him his first chance. This is how he did it.The Bank Refused Him a Loan at His Lowest PointPhoto by Yurii HleiAt the age of 21, Adam had ambitious plans for his future. Believing in his capacities, he decided to take a chance on himself and his business idea."I quit my job as a salesman aged 21 because I knew I had it in me to create a successful business, but I didn't have a penny to my name so I needed a bank loan," Adam said in Daily Mail.He walked into the bank fully prepared, but got a crushing response.I presented them with a comprehensive business plan and asked for £10,000 but the bank manager didn't seem to take me seriously at all.Adam Deering"I was devastated when she told me I was too young and inexperienced and there was no way they could take a risk on me," Adam continued.But He Never Gave Up on His PlanDespite the disappointing defeat, Adam never abandoned his idea. At the time, he went right back to work, toiling hard from the floor of a small office as he could not afford a desk and a chair.Without the money I spent four months cold calling people from the floor of a small office because I couldn't even afford a desk and a chair.Adam Deering"Those early months were so difficult, not knowing if I was going to be able to make it work and not knowing if I'd be able to pay my bills," he continued.He finally got help from his good samaritan neighbor, Chris, who helped him set his life straight and get a job. He ended up working in debt management (ironically) and then quit when he was ready to launch his own venture. 18 Years Later, the Tables Have TurnedWhile the beginnings of his venture were not easy, Adam continued to believe. He spent his last pennies from his sales salaries to rent a small office."There were lots of times where I thought it was the end, but I refused to give up and it paid off," he said.Eventually, his hard work yielded amazing results. Adam now heads five multi-million companies, so he could well afford to buy the bank's building for £450,000. His plans is to renovate and convert the building into an 8-apartment complex and a retail unit.Adam spends his free time now as a motivational speaker, helping to guide others as he has been guided himself back when he was a teenager who was expelled from school and spent his time doing small-time crime before falling into a cycle of getting fired from jobs.Determination Always Pays OffThe businessman said: "Building a business from scratch certainly isn't easy and there are always times when you wonder if it is going to work out. The key is to stay true to your vision and keep going, there will always be hurdles to overcome.""When I was turned down for the loan, it was tough but because I had a dream and I was so focused on achieving it, I made it happen anyway," he admitted.Adam was able to turn a defeat into an incredible win, even if it took years for it to materialize. Buying the bank that refused him was a celebration of his own resilience."To me, buying the bank building brings things back full circle and it shows that I was right to keep believing in myself," Adam said.More from Goalcast:“He Started Crying”: Man Stops Bank Robbery By Talking to Him and Giving Him a HugBank Calls Police On 92-Year-Old For Creating Disturbance – Officer Leads Him Away And Reacts UnexpectedlyHow A Struggling Single Mom With $12 In Her Bank Account Rescued Herself To Become A Millionaire CEO

16 Kate Spade Quotes on Self-Confidence and Style
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16 Kate Spade Quotes on Self-Confidence and Style

The successful American fashion designer Kate Spade was the founder and former co-owner of the brand Kate Spade New York.Unfortunately, on June 5, 2018, Kate was found dead in her Manhattan apartment; officials announced that the designer had committed suicide.In her early years, after getting a degree in journalism, Spade worked for Mademoiselle magazine. Already having a passion for fashion, she left her journalism career in order to pursue another one in design. In 1993, with her husband’s support, Kate Spade launched her own line of stylish handbags. The products quickly became popular, and her company turned into a fashion empire.In 2016, Kate Spade and her partners Elyce Arons and Paola Venturi launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine.Spade didn’t totally abandon her passion for writing, so while being a successful fashion designer she also wrote three books - Manners, Occasions and Style – where she shared her personal style and philosophies.Here are 16 Kate Spade quotes on style and self-confidence.If you’re as honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out.Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.She makes the day brighter, she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.Think, travel, celebrate, charm, decorate, dress, live – colorfully.You can never be overdressed or overeducated.I don’t think that fashion is something people encourage in a lot of schools, but I think they should — it’s all about personal expression.Pretty and witty make the perfect pair.She is quick and curious and playful and strong.In order to lead a fascinating life one brimming with art, music, intrigue and romance; you must surround yourself with precisely those things.Start each day like it’s your Birthday!She’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.Surround yourself with the things you love. Discard the rest.She makes grand gestures instead of small talk.Eat cake for breakfast.Style is the sum of so many things – beginning with a sense of who you are and having self-confidence.I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.

85-Year-Old Hops on All Kinds of TikTok Trends  Proves Alzheimer's Disease Won't Slow Him Down
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85-Year-Old Hops on All Kinds of TikTok Trends Proves Alzheimer's Disease Won't Slow Him Down

85-year-old Charles Mallet was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago, and his granddaughter Basia found a way to change his life for the better.The once-active former veteran and IBM engineer became disengaged from his usual activities. She refused to give up on him and found a unique way to keep Charles alert and active through the use of social media.The Natural Evolution Of A Heartwarming HobbyBasia began recording TikTok videos of her time with Charles, as they dressed up in various outfits, danced along to popular songs, and cooked up a storm in the kitchen. Their heartwarming moments brought Charles a sense of joy and purpose, and Basia could see sparks of her grandfather's personality returning as he began to feel loved, embraced, and fulfilled. Charles' personality shone through the lens and it was apparent that his condition improved as he participated in the activities Basia arranged for him. "Before I felt like, he just had a gaze through his eyes, but when I see him doing the TikToks, I see a whole new Charles," she said.Positive Changes Basia continued making videos with Charles, and this soon became a bonding experience that they both enjoyed and looked forward to. The pair did everything together and Charles was visibly happy through their social media journey. "I see him smiling. I see him dancing. I see him cooking things that he used to do before he got diagnosed with Alzheimer's," Basia said with joy. "And honestly, I feel like I've discovered something new for him to do and just for him to get better."They Went Viral - With A Celebrity Audience Charles' smile was contagious, and his happiness was apparent. Videos of the grandfather and granddaughter duo quickly began gaining traction online.Their adorable moments have caught the attention of nearly five million viewers and have resulted in reshares from famous artists Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.The viral videos have gone a long way to change the way people view Alzheimer's.Charles has regained his confidence and looks forward to starring in Basia's videos. It's given him an opportunity to be active, and he's focused and engaged while he enjoys time with his family.Fans and followers of Charles' TikTok page can see there's hope for loved ones with a similar diagnosis and have been inspired.This has been a very bonding experience for the Mallet family."She takes her time with him and if he makes a mistake or anything, they just start all over," said Maudra Mallet, Charles' wife of nearly 60 years. Finding Purpose And InspirationBasia Mallet is delighted to see how happy her grandfather is, and how enriched his life has become with this exciting new hobby. She's also thrilled by the response she has received online, and hopes that this raises awareness about Alzheimer's."I really want people to know that people that are diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they're not just people that just sit there and don't really do anything," Basia said. "They can be active and engaged with you. It just depends on how you engage with them, and social media is the way that I engage with my grandfather who has Alzheimer's."You can enjoy the inspirational moments shared by the Mallet family by following @CharlesMallet.

Embrace the Present with these 15 Eckhart Tolle Quotes
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Embrace the Present with these 15 Eckhart Tolle Quotes

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author known for his best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's Purpose.Tolle states that by the age of 29 he was mostly depressed and didn’t really have a purpose in life. He experienced an "inner transformation" that led to years and years of exploring and understanding his previous state of mind and what helped him overcome it.A spiritual author inspired and influenced by many religious teachings, Tolle says that “religions have become so overlaid with extraneous matter that their spiritual substance has become almost completely obscured”.Maintaining a neutral position and focusing first on humanity, Eckhart Tolle believes that being spiritual doesn't have to be about religious beliefs.Here are 15 Eckhart Tolle quotes that have already helped millions of people around the world find inner peace.Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the ‘now’ the primary focus of your life.Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.People don't realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much.The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.

12 Charlie Brown Quotes to Help you Regain a Positive Attitude
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12 Charlie Brown Quotes to Help you Regain a Positive Attitude

Charlie Brown, the “lovable loser,” was created to represent a caricature of the average person.The main character of Peanuts, an American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, is characterized as an innocent and meek child who suffers a lot.As a consequence he is often anxious, lacks self-esteem and self-confidence. But just as any other person who’s sometimes pessimistic and refuses to go out and meet a bunch of people who might spoil their day, Charlie also has plenty of good days.That’s when he hopes for the best and tries to accomplish as much as he can. Although he is bullied and often seen as a loser, Charlie Brown is, in fact, an ambitious and courageous kid who manages to overcome difficulties.The classic comic strip is actually filled with life lessons for all ages, and Charlie is someone that anyone can relate to at one point or another.RELATED: The Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Be YourselfHere are 12 Charlie Brown quotes to teach you that a positive attitude does wonders, no matter how low you’re feeling.Happiness is anyone and anything that’s loved by you.In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask ‘Where have I gone wrong’, then a voice says to me ‘This is going to take more than one night’.Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time.It's just human nature... We all need someone to kiss us goodbye.I think I’m afraid to be happy, because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happen.To live is to dance... to dance is to live.Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.Keep looking up... that's the secret of life.Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

28 Silly, Inspiring and Hilarious White Elephant Gifts Under $20
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28 Silly, Inspiring and Hilarious White Elephant Gifts Under $20

Thank god for holiday gift exchanges or you'd be buying dozens of gifts for everyone you know. This holiday season, consider hosting a white elephant gift exchange to ramp up the entertainment factor while keeping things budget-friendly. Here’s how it works: Each person buys and wraps a present. When the gift exchange starts, everyone draws a number that indicates the order in which they will be picking a wrapped present out of the bunch. After the first person picks their gift, the others can either steal previously opened gifts or take a new one from the pile. If you get your gift stolen, you can just grab another one to unwrap. This process continues until everyone has a gift. White elephant gift exchanges are meant to be silly and fun and include gag gifts. When shopping for a present to bring, keep in mind that you don’t know who the gift is for. This is also why a $20 budget is perfect; the gifts aren’t meant to be special or useful but rather spread smiles and elicit laughs throughout the night.That being said, shopping for a white elephant party can be harder than it seems. Here are 28 family-friendly white elephant gift ideas that are under $20 so you can shop smarter – not harder!The Gift of Humor The Pet Butler prank gift box is an empty vessel to trick your friends and family into thinking you got them something strange and useless. But, that’s the point! The box is just a decoy. Have fun trying to keep a straight face watching this get unwrapped!Who it’s best for: This is a great gag for anyone who likes to give gift cards but doesn’t like to be a boring gift-giver. With this fun way of delivering it, no one will ever call your gift cards a snooze again.Why it’s a great gift: Given that a white elephant exchange is supposed to be full of joy and laughter, this would be a great addition to get everyone talking and thinking. Buyers are saying: Thomas M. said, “I could not stop laughing and neither could everybody else. The best part is watching the recipient opening it and the ‘are you serious...?’ 10/10, would prank again.”SEE IT: $8.99 at Amazon.com Coffee and Cocktails on DemandThis concierge-style bell has simple instructions written right on it. One ding for coffee and two dings for cocktails. Express yourself and your needs with the touch of a button – no words necessary. Who it’s best for: This adorable product is an ode to “nagging” and will appeal to friends and family with significant others.Why it’s a great gift: It makes a great white elephant gift as it delivers humor with a purpose. While not a conventionally useful gift, some spouses may take this and run with it! Buyers are saying: Gloria W. agreed in her short but sweet review, saying, “My spouse loved this gift. She dings and dongs this bell.” SEE IT: $12.17 at Amazon.com Did Somebody Say Waffles?There’s nothing quite like waffles on a Sunday morning. This mini waffle maker produces individual waffles to get you breakfast in a flash. Who it’s best for: This machine is great for those with little kitchen storage, or anyone living on their own. It comes in a plethora of cute colors to adhere to any aesthetic while still being functional.Why it’s a great gift: Many of your friends and family would get excellent use out of this appliance without feeling like it’ll clutter up their living space. Buyers are saying: Andrea N. raved about this product, “Perfect waffle maker for one or two people. Great for making kids breakfast. Cute and easy to store.”SEE IT: $12.99 at Amazon.com Infused with LovePerfect for any tea drinker, this silicone elephant infuser is a tribute to the game of white elephant itself but also a very practical present. It’s easy to use, made of non-toxic materials, and the elephant design will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face. Who it’s best for: Your favorite loose-leaf tea aficionado. Why it’s a great gift: What makes this a good choice for white elephant is that it’s fairly neutral. Most people drink some form of caffeine, and it may encourage a coffee drinker to take on morning tea, especially if it means staring at a smiling elephant. Buyers are saying: Abby C. loved this product, “So cute and no tea leaves can get through!” SEE IT: $18.71 at Amazon.com Knowledge is PowerThis 704-page book is full of interesting, weird and captivating knowledge. It includes lists, games, anecdotes, articles, and more that will pique your interest and nurture a curious mind. It features an array of topics ranging from the animal kingdom to politics and everything in between.Who it’s best for: This gift is for passionate learners and fun-fact lovers. It’s also a sarcastic gift for the know-it-alls in your life. Why it’s a great gift: Perfect for a white elephant gift exchange, this book contains actual knowledge but harbors a hilarious aspect of uselessness. It’s a conversation-starter that holds some secretly fascinating stuff within its pages. Buyers are saying: Rhonda W. loved it for all these reasons, “Know-it-all boyfriend needed more useless info. Was a joke but it was actually a really decent book. A lot thicker than I expected and some really interesting info.” SEE IT: $11.88 at Amazon.com Such a Mood Whether you work from home or not, you need this daily mood desk flipchart on your desk. This desktop accessory includes 47 moods to choose from, each equipped with a smiley and sarcastic definition. It includes facts about the mood as well as sample sentences to describe it to your coworkers. Who it’s best for: Perfect for social coworkers who like to start a conversation, or for the team that likes to have a little more fun than most other departments. Why it’s a great gift: If your office is participating in a white elephant exchange, this needs to be part of the gift roster. It’s a great way of encouraging moments of connection throughout the day. Buyers are saying: Kat W. bought this for her boss at work, saying “It is always a hoot to change the moods in the office and it has a wide range of interesting choices.” SEE IT: $16.49 at Amazon.comBetween a Rock and a Soft PlaceThis cozy, velvet throw pillowcase has more to offer than comfort. The design is actually an extremely close-up print of Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson’s face. Who it’s best for: This gift isn’t just for fans of The Rock, but it’s perfect for meme lovers and jokesters who get a kick out of random humor. Why it’s a great gift: This might seem like a stretch for a white elephant gift, but it’s a great way to insert some laughs throughout the exchange. It’ll provide the receiver with a truly comfortable pillow (and a famous cuddle buddy). SEE IT: $15.96 at Amazon.com Sushi, Anyone?These aren’t just chopsticks; these are epic lightsaber chopsticks. They light up with red and blue LEDs, making your sushi experience out of this world – literally. Who it’s best for: These are great for Star Wars fans who also like a good California roll, but they could also be part of a parent’s toolkit for picky eaters. Why it’s a great gift: In true white elephant fashion, this gift is functional without sacrificing the element of entertainment. It’ll attract attention and may even inspire a group sushi outing. It also works for multiple age groups if your game includes a younger audience. Buyers are saying: Chelsea R. summed it up well, “Make eating fun.”SEE IT: $9.97 at Amazon.com The Gift of Self-HelpThis New York Times bestseller has sold over two million copies. “Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life” by Gary John Bishop is a refreshing take on self-help with an honest, BS-free approach to self-empowerment. Who it’s best for: This gift will resonate with many, making it a neutral yet thoughtful choice. Why it’s a great gift: It’s well-reviewed and gives the gift of self-help yet still has an entertaining title. Buyers are saying: Randy L says it’s “A book that helps focus on how to better your life and refocus yourself.”$12.79 at Amazon.com NAffirmators Original: 50 Affirmation Cards negative Nancyo One Likes a Negative Nancy Comedian Suzi Barrett created a deck of 50 affirmation cards to inspire you with non-cheesy daily positive affirmations. Illustrated by Naomi Sloman, each card will lift your mood. Who it’s best for: This set of affirmation cards is great for both positive minds and pessimists. Perfect for those who like to journal daily – or even those who are going through a rough patch. Why it’s a great gift: These make an awesome white elephant gift as anyone can use them no matter their age or gender. They’re lighthearted yet insightful. Buyers are saying: Kaila S. loved them because “they’re beautifully designed, well made, and really help set a positive tone every morning for the day.” SEE IT: $13.99 at Amazon.com A Mug for Your Boss This 11-ounce mug provides both humor and a vessel to hold your sacred cup of morning coffee. The high-quality ceramic and high-definition printing make it feel special. It’s also dishwasher- and microwave-safe.Who it’s best for: This is a hilarious and good-natured way of bonding with your boss. It’s also a great buy for anyone in your life who manages a team. Why it’s a great gift: Without a doubt, this will be a hit at your office white elephant party. All in the name of fun, this gift is snarky without being mean. It truly captures the spirit of white elephant.Buyers are saying: Nowshin E. confirms that it’s a “great gift for your boss” and says that her “boss loved the mug.” SEE IT: $14.95 at Amazon.com Happy FeetSocks for Christmas can be boring, but not these Donut Box Socks. They are extra-soft and feature a funky design in a unique packaging. Who it’s best for: These women’s socks are fun for mothers, nieces, or girlfriends – especially if they have a sweet tooth. Why it’s a great gift: Anyone will find these socks sweet and joyful, making them the perfect white elephant contribution. Buyers are saying: Anna B. sums it up nicely saying that these are “excellent quality in a nice box.” SEE IT: $19.99 at Amazon.com PremiBursera Palo Santo Sticksum Palo Santo Sticks This pack of five premium SEFOR-certified 100% sustainable Palo Santo incense is perfect for smudging, aromatherapy, or relaxation. The sticks come in resealable, biodegradable packaging that keeps them fragrant. Each stick can be relit several dozen times. Who it’s best for: This Palo Santo incense is perfect for your spiritual friends. It also makes a great housewarming gift for new homeowners, as Palo Santo incense wood helps cleanse spaces from negative energy. Why it’s a great gift: This is an interesting and unique white elephant present that can start a conversation or pique someone’s interest. Buyers are saying: Lana C. says that “each stick lasts for a very long time. And they are very pleasant and effective.”SEE IT: $19.99 at Amazon.com Hot Sauce in a Pinch Hot sauce fans are true spice lovers to the bone. This mini Sriracha keychain offers a portable, squeezable version of your favorite chili sauce. Just refill it and enjoy your favorite hot sauce on the go. The bottles are BPA-free and TSA-approved as well as leak-proof (and bland food-proof). Who it’s best for: If you have a spicy food-loving friend, this gift is going to be a game-changer! Why it’s a great gift: These keychain squeeze bottles are perfect for a white elephant exchange because they can be refilled with anything. Even if the receiver doesn’t love hot sauce, they can fill the bottles with hand sanitizer, lotion or any other type of liquid. Buyers are saying: Reviewer MB says these bottles are “excellent quality” and even goes as far as to say that they’ve been “hanging on purse for three days now, no leaks.”SEE IT: $19.99 at Amazon.com A True Conversation StarterThese cards are meant to help you skip the superficial and shallow small talk and get right down to the good stuff. The deck has 50 questions and prompts to help you get to know someone on a deeper level. Who it’s best for: Gift these to your significant other for a thoughtful date night, or to a coworker you want to get to know just a little bit better. Why it’s a great gift: As far as white elephant gifts go, this is on the more thought-provoking side. It might not get the loudest laugh, but it’ll start a conversation from the moment it’s unwrapped. Buyers are saying: Sarah M. says she “took this deck on a road trip with a new bf. It was a fantastic use of time.” SEE IT: $15.49 at Amazon.com Bath Wine Holder If you’ve ever wondered how you can keep your wine glass dry while taking a bath, this product is the answer. The silicone attachment adheres to the wall without leaving residue behind. Simply hang up your glass and sip when needed. Who it’s best for: This gift is ideal for the stressed-out moms out there, but any wine-loving friend or relative would find this particularly appealing. Why it’s a great gift: White elephant presents are all about being a little bit snarky and a little bit funny with a hint of truth behind it. Wine lovers will get a kick out of this. Buyers are saying: “Super cute, easy to use and easy to remove from your shower walls. I got my bestie this because she loves sipping wine either in the shower or in her bath! It was the perfect gift!” wrote Kailey. SEE IT: $14.99 at Amazon.com Doritos on the RunThis Airpods case is shaped like a Doritos bag and it’s everything we never knew we needed. It makes a statement and will garner non-stop compliments. Who it’s best for: Any salty snack lovers in your life will appreciate this product, but it’s also great for teens. Why it’s a great gift: A great addition to a game of white elephant, this Doritos case will protect their technology and put a smile on their face. Buyers are saying: Ryan P was a big fan of these. “Came out exactly how it looked in the photos, was easy to put on, sturdy, there’s nothing I don’t like about this case.”SEE IT: $8.69 at Amazon.com Cool Coasters Making coasters cool can be hard, but it’s a little easier with these vinyl record ones. They come in a pack of six and feature an anti-slip design to make sure your table stays dry and your drinks stay in place. Who it’s best for: Music lovers will adore these and your water-ring-hating roommates will love them even more.Why it’s a great gift: The unique design of these coasters makes them a great white elephant gift. Everyone needs a stack of coasters near their coffee table, but these offer a cool take on a necessity. Buyers are saying: Ian L. has bought these three times, saying “they have been perfect. Quality is great, price is fantastic, well worth getting people!” SEE IT: $6.99 at Amazon.com Mindful JournalingThe “Self-Care: A Day and Night Reflection Journal” offers a space to practice mindfulness and develop healthy habits. Cultivate a positive perspective and reflect on personal challenges through guided practices. Who it’s best for: This journal is the perfect companion for an intentional morning or evening ritual. Why it’s a great gift: Both teens and adults can enjoy this journal, which makes it a superior white elephant gift. It’s introspective and engaging. Buyers are saying: Charley T. says it’s “just as described and exactly what I wanted. Lovely reflection journal and great quality for the price.” SEE IT: $12.49 at Amazon.com Hit the Lights Color-changing LED lights went viral on Tik Tok at the beginning of the pandemic. These ones have a dimmer and a 44-key remote control that supports 20 colors and 8 light modes. Who it’s best for: Your children will thank you for this modern and funky way of spicing up their room. Why it’s a great gift: As a white elephant gift, these LED strip lights are awesome because they can be used all holiday long on certain color settings to set the mood, or all year round to keep a mellow vibe in the house. Buyers are saying: Julia F. says that “these are GREAT for the price. Really easy to install.” SEE IT: $16.99 at Amazon.com Giving Taco Tuesday a Whole New Meaning As far as blankets go, this tortilla wrap blanket is as hilarious as they come. It features a realistic tortilla print on a high-quality flannel fabric. Who it’s best for: This gift is irresistibly cute and also a great source of fun as you can wrap your friends and family up like burritos! Kid and adult approved. Why it’s a great gift: It’ll keep you warm all winter long and will definitely be the highlight of the party. Unwrapping it may feel confusing at first, which adds to the suspense. Buyers are saying: Amber D. agrees with us saying that her family likes to “roll up like burritos. Perfect blanket for this.” $16.99 at Amazon.com What the Neck? Most people who work a desk job know what back and neck pain feels like. It’s hard not to hunch and develop a shrimp-like posture. This neck and shoulder relaxer can help relieve neck pain in just 10 minutes a day. Who it’s best for: Any office worker or individual who suffers from stiffness in their upper body would be lucky to find this under their tree. Why it’s a great gift: This product can literally be life-changing. Don’t be surprised if people steal it more than once during the gift exchange. Buyers are saying: Jenn B. says that “this one item has done more for me in 10 minutes than any amount of yoga, exercise, weight loss, physiotherapy, massage, medication… you name it, ever could.” $20.99 at Amazon.com Bathroom Golf SetThis bathroom golf set includes one putter, two golf balls, a golf hole with a flag, and a putting green. It’s a gag gift that allows anyone to enjoy their favorite game of golf while spending time in the bathroom. Who it’s best for: Golf lovers obsessed with improving their game. Why it’s a great gift: The bathroom golf set is a perfect white elephant gift as it’s small enough to fit in an office, bathroom, or bedroom. It’s portable, easy to play, and tons of fun. Buyers are saying: Catherine Mary F. says that it’s a “fun gift for dad while he’s sitting there anyway.”SEE IT: $16.95 at Amazon.com Elephant Desk Accessory This elephant desk accessory can hold your phone and office supplies. The crook of the nose coddles your device while the pencil holder in the back can store pens, pencils, scissors, and more. It’s made from a high-quality resin that’s non-toxic and eco-friendly. Who it’s best for: This is a great addition to anyone’s workspace. Why it’s a great gift: Very on-brand, this elephant accessory is a solid white elephant gift. It can be a fun addition to a kid’s desk at home or a multipurpose storage option for a professional. Buyers are saying: Whitney P. says it’s “large/heavy enough to support my Galaxy S8+ case.”SEE IT: $16.99 at Amazon.com You Can Delete Tinder Now“Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep – Love” by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller is a book that may just revolutionize someone’s love life. Who it’s best for: A relevant and smart take on dating, this book is perfect for your single friends or family members. Why it’s a great gift: This makes for an insightful white elephant gift as it can help both singles and those in committed relationships. Buyers are saying: Sieran L. goes as far as to say that “this is far more insightful than what I learned in my psych courses on attachment theory. I loved this book very much, thus the five stars.”SEE IT: $13.58 at Amazon.com Grapefruit Scented Candle Candle lovers unite. Mia’s Co. candles are made of 100% soy wax and hand-crafted in California. With long-lasting burning and cotton wicks, these candles will provide stress relief and cozy vibes. Who it’s best for: These candles will please any Target addicts or bath lovers and their scent is on point. Why it’s a great gift: Candles are always a good white elephant gift because, well, who doesn’t love to burn a candle after cleaning their house on a rainy Sunday?Buyers are saying: If you don’t believe the claims of long-lasting burning, just listen to Michael L. who says that they “burn for so long you’re saving money, they smell great and it’s very aesthetic.”SEE IT: $18.95 at Amazon.com Listen on the RunThis Bluetooth beanie with built-in headphones is a game changer. It’s a little over budget, but the double-knit material will keep its wearer warm while providing them with powerful HD speakers with crisp sound. Who it’s best for: Perfect for avid runners who like to complete their daily miles outside even in the colder months. Why it’s a great gift: This double-duty gift is not the type of thing people would think to get for themselves – but they’ll wonder how they lived without it once they try it. Buyers are saying: Rosa R. says it’s a “decent product at a good price. It is definitely something I will use a lot in the coming cold months.” SEE IT: $27.91 at Amazon.com “Let me Check my Schedule” The Simple Elephant planner helps you organize your life. It features a mind map and vision board as well as a great layout to help you achieve your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Inspire anyone around you to increase their productivity, improve their organization skills and track important events. Who it’s best for: Gift this to your slightly scattered friends to send a cheeky message that it’s time to stay on track! Why it’s a great gift: A great on-theme white elephant gift, this planner is uber useful, too. It’s an all-in-one place to write down important notes as well as practice gratitude, future planning, budgeting and much more. Buyers are saying: Becky B. confirms that “it has space for personal goals and a good old vision board. Really easy to use and wonderful to get organized.”SEE IT: $9.83 at Amazon.com More in Holiday Gifting:The Best Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers30 Practical Gifts that Will Make Anyone's Life a Little Easier The Ultimate Guide to Meaningful Stocking Stuffers That You Can Buy on AmazonGifts for Executives and Aspiring CEOsThe Best Gifts for TravelersGoalcast may receive a portion of revenue if you click a link in this article and buy a service or product. The links are independently placed by our Commerce team and do not influence editorial content.

30 Genuinely Practical Gifts That Will Make Anyone's Life a Little Easier
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30 Genuinely Practical Gifts That Will Make Anyone's Life a Little Easier

Some gifts are fun, others are practical. Whether you have a friend who loves working on themselves or a family member who appreciates useful gifts, finding a present that improves someone’s life can be challenging. Look for items that help save time and money or gifts that enhance wellbeing. From wellness-related goodies to kitchen gear and life-changing books, check out these thirty gift options that make life just a little bit easier and more pleasurable. Sound machine alarm clock This calming and cute alarm clock includes a white noise machine and an app to customize wakeup features.Who it's best for: The chronic over-sleeperWhy it's a practical gift: It saves time and makes mornings more enjoyable Buyers are saying: "The natural light really helps with a slow wake up as opposed to the abruptness of a typical alarm. The look of the Hatch is nice as well and it blends in." – K.P.SEE IT: $129.99 at Amazon.comSnuggly glovesThese women's recycled gloves have great grip, and the fingertips are made especially for phone use.Who it's best for: The winter outdoorsmanWhy it's a practical gift: No more wasted money on buying flimsy gloves every seasonBuyers are saying: "The natural light really helps with a slow wake up as opposed to the abruptness of a typical alarm. The look of the Hatch is nice as well and it blends in." – Tammy K.SEE IT: $44.95 at Amazon.comA reading toolThis Kindle Paperwhite is ad-free, and the screen is made for reading anytime, anywhere. Who it's best for: Your techie bookwormWhy it's a practical gift: Saves money on heavy paperbacksBuyers are saying: "Long battery life and superb readability outdoors. The reading experience is good, it's visually sharp and the charge lasts a long time." - L.G.SEE IT: $169.99 at Amazon.comA productivity journalThis journal is a convenient planning and productivity tool for people looking to follow through on those New Year's Resolutions.Who it's best for: The dreamerWhy it's a practical gift: Productivity planning always makes life easierBuyers are saying: "This notebook makes me want to get up early in the morning and organize all my day and schedule everything." – Ici L.SEE IT: $31.99 at Amazon.comA fancy panThis terracotta pan has non-stick coating and no toxic substances, including Teflon or BPA.Who it's best for: The health-conscious chefWhy it's a practical gift: It's durable and safe for long-time use Buyers are saying: "This pan is great and a perfect dupe for higher end non-toxic pans. I'm able to cook a whole meal in just this one pan, it's easy to clean, nothing sticks to it, and I love how it looks in my kitchen." – AshleySEE IT: $79.99 at Amazon.comThirst-quencher for your pupThis adorable dog water bottle is leak-proof and comes in a number of different colors – perfect for hikes or long travel days.Who it's best for: The dog mom or dadWhy it's a practical gift: Saves on plastic water bottlesBuyers are saying: "Quality is good, and is very easy to use. It is super useful for you and your fur baby. A must buy for me!" - JulioSEE IT: $22.99 at Amazon.comA SAD lampThis UV LED light therapy lamp is perfect for lifting your loved one up on a dark morning and combatting the winter blues.Who it's best for: Summer lovers Why it's a practical gift: Makes someone's quality of life betterBuyers are saying: "I was looking for help with insomnia and I like this light. It definitely works and gives me the feeling I've stepped out into broad daylight." – Christy F.SEE IT: $39.99 at Amazon.comA weighted blanketThis huge weighted blanket has a washable cover and comes in three sizes.Who it's best for: The bad sleeperWhy it's a practical gift: A good night's sleep is absolutely priceless!Buyers are saying: "This product has changed the way I sleep forever. My sleep has never been better. My anxiety issues at night have almost completely went away." - EnzoSEE IT: $212.49 at Amazon.comA hydration stationIt's important to stay hydrated in the dry winter months, so try out this chic alkaline mineral water bottle.Who it's best for: The constantly dehydratedWhy it's a practical gift: No more single-use water bottles filled with bottled tap water Buyers are saying: "I love it! It makes my water taste like I'm drinking water straight from a fresh spring." – Michael R.SEE IT: $29.42 at Amazon.comPacking perksThis matching set of eight packing cubes comes in 11 colors – perfect for your friend on the go.Who it's best for: The business travelerWhy it's a practical gift: Saves time in packing, unpacking, and finding things Buyers are saying: "These bags keep my luggage organized and easy to find everything I need. They are super lightweight and easy to use. Every bag holds a ton." – Jaclyn W.SEE IT: $24.99 at Amazon.comAn air fryerThis air fryer will be well-received. It can make everything from trendy TikTok recipes to healthy meals in even the smallest of kitchens.Who it's best for: The chef in your lifeWhy it's a practical gift: Leave behind the hassle of an ovenBuyers are saying: "I love it and wonder how I've gone this long without one." – Martin C.SEE IT: $89.95 at Amazon.comAn inspiring story“How To Do The Work” by social media influencer Nicole LePera is the story of one woman who overcame trauma and heartache using mindfulness.Who it's best for: Your Goop-obsessed palWhy it's a practical gift: It's inspirational for those going through hard timesBuyers are saying: "Nicole appears to be an introspective person who has gone deep into her head and heart to unearth why she thinks, acts and behaves in the manner she does (and has historically)." - TiffanySEE IT: $16.46 at Amazon.comA mindfulness challengeDo you have a loved one who's looking to cultivate psychological mindfulness? This 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge is the perfect place to begin.Who it's best for: Someone on a journey of self-discoveryWhy it's a practical gift: Mindfulness is scientifically proven to make you happier and less stressed. Buyers are saying: "These mindfulness cards are a good addition to any mindfulness practice." - ZadaSEE IT: $6.95 at Amazon.comA wellness trackerGet your health-loving tech junkie a top-of-the-line Fitbit with stress management, sleep tracking, and heart rate reports – in three fun colors!Who it's best for: The exercise freakWhy it's a practical gift: It can track lifestyle elements to aid measurable health gainsBuyers are saying: "Love to have information related to my fitness, heart rate and sleep pattern at my fingertips." – Sabina E.SEE IT: $99.95 at Amazon.comThe Airwrap!A Dyson Airwrap is all the rage, and while it might be a bit harsh on your wallet, it's a lifelong investment that turns out perfect hair every time.Who it's best for: The trendiest friendWhy it's a practical gift: This investment saves time while making perfect bouncy waves – what's not to love? Buyers are saying: "Easy to use and so easy on my long, fine hair!" – Melissa D.SEE IT: $819.99 at Amazon.comA nut milk makerYou heard that right – this nut milk maker is a way for your bespoke buddy to make almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk at home.Who it's best for: The DIY-erWhy it's a practical gift: Fewer additives and less waste on cartons betters the environment while improving your life. Buyers are saying: "Love making it at home and it tastes great and saving on waste from the cartons of cardboard and plastic. Highly recommend it!" – Jenny T.SEE IT: $245.00 at Amazon.com“Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel KahnemanThis book by Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman imparts lessons on human nature and provides a new way to approach problem-solving.Who it's best for: The brainiac in your lifeWhy it's a practical gift: It grants someone a new way of thinking Buyers are saying: "This is an invaluable book that every person who considers themselves educated should read - even study." – John R.SEE IT: $19.69 at Amazon.comA nightlightTurning on the light in the bathroom at night can mess up someone's whole circadian rhythm – so check out this LED toilet rim light with 16 colors, motion sensor, and light sensing technologies.Who it's best for: A tiny bladder palWhy it's a practical gift: You don't have to put it on the toilet, this nightlight is usable everywhereBuyers are saying: "If you don't want to turn on the light when you have to go to the bathroom, then this is for you." – Rene U.SEE IT: $11.82 at Amazon.comA little helperFor the desk snackers, try out this mini crumb-sweeping portable vacuum cleaner – it's cordless and comes in four colors.Who it's best for: The messy oneWhy it's a practical gift: It saves so much time cleaning Buyers are saying: "Great for kids' desks. They enjoy cleaning up their crumbs." - AprilSEE IT: $13.95 at Amazon.comA reading pillowWith adjustable memory foam and three colors, this reading pillow is great for any couch, chair, or bed.Who it's best for: The relaxerWhy it's a practical gift: It gives great support for a sore back Buyers are saying: "This pillow is super sturdy and durable, and doesn't really lose shape either. I like how you can customize it as well by removing some of the foam out of it." - AlaynaSEE IT: $37.99 at Amazon.comLight up your lifeLet your coworker be the talk of your next meeting with a ring light for phones and computers that's USB-compatible.Who it's best for: The Zoom-a-holicWhy it's a practical gift: It makes any conference call look more professional Buyers are saying: "For the price, this unit does everything I need and works well. I would buy it again." – Kimberly G.SEE IT: $39.98 at Amazon.comA personal masseuseThis massage gun and deep tissue massager has 14 different heads to soothe tension and relieve aches and pains.Who it's best for: The perpetually edgyWhy it's a practical gift: They'll sleep better at night and feel more relaxed all dayBuyers are saying: "I must say, it was worth the purchase and can save money on massage visits or to perform maintenance care in-between massage visits. Go ahead and purchase, it's worth it and at a steal of a price." – A.C.SEE IT: $69.99 at Amazon.comA bougie pillowcaseThese marbled silk pillowcases that preserve the integrity of hair and skin come in 31 colors and 3 sizes – you can even get them embroidered.Who it's best for: The luxurious napperWhy it's a practical gift: Less time at the hair salon with split ends Buyers are saying: "Hair and skin look fresh after sleeping and the silk is cool and so soft." – Anna B.SEE IT: $44.99 at Amazon.comA warm coffeeFor cold days, this heated coffee mug comes in four colors, is waterproof, and has an app you can use to change the temperature.Who it's best for: The caffeine addict Why it's a practical gift: Saves time on reheating coffee Buyers are saying: "Great for busy mornings. You can make your cup and come back to it an hour later and it's still perfect." - JettSEE IT: $143.95 at Amazon.comResistance bandsSay goodbye to flimsy bands that snap – these Tribe resistance bands are made of stronger stuff that will last a long time.Who it's best for: The serious exerciserWhy it's a practical gift: No more constantly replacing broken bandsBuyers are saying: "These are very durable and have a woven fabric. Inside rubber lining prevents slippage." – Steve S.SEE IT: $17.97 at Amazon.comA couple's datebookThis adventure challenge for couples includes surprise date ideas that infuse spontaneity, fun and romance in a relationship. Who it's best for: The lovebirdsWhy it's a practical gift: It remakes a spark in relationshipsBuyers are saying: "This book is so adorable and really lets you be creative with dates! Before scratching off, they give you an idea of cost, time, and if you need to travel out or stay in which I like because it keeps it a mystery yet prepares you slightly." – Rachel SEE IT: $59.99 at Amazon.comA personal plannerGet your organized friend a good old Moleskin planner; they're reliable, affordable, and useful all year round.Who it's best for: The regimented friendWhy it's a practical gift: It organizes your whole life – you can't get much more practical than that!Buyers are saying: "It fits neatly in my purse or backpack, and I can easily view what is scheduled for the remainder of the year- as well as look backward for reminders." – Jennifer S.SEE IT: $19.81 at Amazon.comA kitchen collaboratorThis attractive wooden cookbook stand is adjustable for actual cookbooks and iPads.Who it's best for: Old-school and new-school cooksWhy it's a practical gift: It makes Christmas dinner a whole lot easierBuyers are saying: "Bottom line is I love it and wish I had purchased this sooner" - WendySEE IT: $23.99 at Amazon.comA tiny trash canSo cute! This set of two mini car trash cans has lids and push-button tops, so your garbage doesn't spill everywhere.Who it's best for: The messiest friendWhy it's a practical gift: No more hours spent cleaning a messy car Buyers are saying: "Great tiny garbage can for the door or cup holder of your car." - KimSEE IT: $47.41 at Amazon.comA fluffy meditation padFor your most zen friend, this yoga meditation mat comes in seven calming colors.Who it's best for: The yoga guruWhy it's a practical gift: It can be used for work, leisure, or exerciseBuyers are saying: "The mat is incredibly soft and feels so good on the skin. The pillow is very firm yet so supportive… I could sit for hours!" – Octavia J.SEE IT: $69.90 at Amazon.comMore in Holiday Gifting:The Best Christmas Gifts for Co-WorkersBest White Elephant Gifts Under $20The Ultimate Guide to Meaningful Stocking Stuffers That You Can Buy on AmazonGifts for Executives and Aspiring CEOsThe Best Gifts for TravelersGoalcast may receive a portion of revenue if you click a link in this article and buy a service or product. The links are independently placed by our Commerce team and do not influence editorial content.

The Best Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers, from Self-Development to Wellness-Focused
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The Best Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers, from Self-Development to Wellness-Focused

It's holiday gift-giving season, and you're gearing up for your latest Secret Santa. But how do you know what to get your work BFF? You want to ensure it matches their fun personality, but it isn't too cheap or too expensive. You want to consider their habits and interests and find something that combines them, wrapping them in a big holiday bow. In other words, the best gifts for coworkers are thoughtful yet appropriate. So check out these gift options to give your coworker the best office Christmas ever.A whimsical warmerThere's nothing better than a warm coffee on a cold winter day. Make sure your teammate's hot beverages stay toasty in the winter with this coffee warmer (available in multiple colors)!Who it's best for: Your most caffeinated coworkerWhy it's a great gift: It's practical and stylish.Buyers are saying: "This item was a perfect gift for my wife who thinks her coffee cools down too quickly after she makes it." – Steven L.SEE IT: $29.99 at Amazon.com A virtual personal assistantWe have smart TVs and smartphones, but what about smart home offices? Coworkers who need list-makers or reminders will benefit from an Amazon Echo, which can make calls, control lights, and much more.Who it's best for: Your best delegatorWhy it's a great gift: It's an all-around helper.Buyers are saying: "So far it's one of the best investments l have made." – Samuel H.SEE IT: $69.99 at Amazon.com Six saucy wine glassesWhat's better than a glass of wine after a long day – especially with your coworkers? For your office party planner, check out these square-bottomed wine glasses best for a Burgundy or Pinot Noir.Who it's best for: The happy-hour organizerWhy it's a great gift: It's classy and useful.Buyers are saying: "Very light as compared to what you most often feel, but stylish and appear durable." – Paul T.SEE IT: $48.99 at Amazon.comA sleek travel garment bagOpening a suitcase to discover a rumpled suit inside is an awful feeling – but avoidable if you get a bag designed to hold hanging clothes. This is especially great for someone who frequently goes on business trips.Who it's best for: The constant jet-setterWhy it's a great gift: It's a necessity for professional-looking business wear.Buyers are saying: "Perfect for what I need and at a good price." – PeterSEE IT: $39.99 at Amazon.comThe perfect travel mugYou know your work-from-home coworkers or office buddies prefer their own gourmet coffee to the office Keurig. Get them this travel mug, which is leak-proof and keeps beverages warm with a thick lining.Who it's best for: Constantly on-the-go coworkerWhy it's a great gift: It's both compact and heavy-duty.Buyers are saying: "It looks cool and is built to last forever." – Mike G.SEE IT: $30.00 at Amazon.comThe gift of silenceThese noise canceling headphones have Bluetooth capabilities and two layers of insulation. Great for a coworker who works from home surrounded by kids, pets, traffic, or loud neighbors.Who it's best for: The racket magnet Why it's a great gift: It helps aid concentration at work no matter where your colleague is.Buyers are saying: "Fantastic battery and good call and Zoom capabilities." - JRSEE IT: $149.99 at Amazon.comSanta's little helperEvery office has someone who loves Christmas just a little more than everyone else. And this adorable mug features Santa's adorable mug!Who it's best for: Your festive friendWhy it's a great gift: It's fun and cute but also useful throughout winter.Buyers are saying: "I love Santa so I love this mug. Plus it's a good size!" - MaritaSEE IT: $17.95 at Amazon.comBad habit beaterIf you know someone trying to make some lifestyle changes at the office or shed some unproductive behaviors, get them "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. Who it's best for: The New Years resolution junkieWhy it's a great gift: It's a concrete way to help someone reach their goals.Buyers are saying: "If you are looking to understand why some habits stick and others fail, this is the book for you." – Steve F.SEE IT: $11.98 at Amazon.comSold on cold brew You have plenty of gift options for hot coffee lovers, but what about cold brew fanatics? Someone who drinks iced coffee year-round needs a constant supply, which they can get with this adorable cold brew maker.Who it's best for: The chilly café craverWhy it's a great gift: It saves time by eliminating the need for an iced coffee run.Buyers are saying: "The coffee is so good in fact that I might have to buy a second unit." - SociusSEE IT: $34.95 at Amazon.comSumptuous smellsA home office can always use a little pizazz, and what's more luxurious than aromatherapy? This essential oil diffuser works with scents like lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint.Who it's best for: The stressed-out teammateWhy it's a great gift: Aromatherapy is scientifically proven to relax and reduce tension.Buyers are saying: "It looks very stylish, smells very strong, it is noiseless and last but not least, the lighting is cool!" - AnastasiaSEE IT: $36.99 at Amazon.comA taste testerThis high-end cocktail set contains botanical extract-filled bitters for drinks like Old Fashioneds, margaritas, and Manhattans. Who it's best for: The cocktail snobWhy it's a great gift: Alcohol lovers can use these syrups and dissolvable tabs while adding their own preferred brand of booze.Buyers are saying: "All my friends loved them as their stocking stuffers! So happy with it." – Nic K.SEE IT: $149.99 at Amazon.comA luxurious lip maskFrom the skincare brand Laneige comes a berry lip mask fit for the wintertime. Dry weather won't stand a chance against this moisturizing marvel.Who it's best for: A skincare fan Why it's a great gift: Lip masks aren't just regular lip balm – they're used overnight for added indulgence.Buyers are saying: "It's the best! No more chapped lips now!" – Guandalina A.SEE IT: $22.70 at Amazon.comCozy comfort Working from home doesn't have to be all about pajamas; when the cameras are off, you can bundle up for some head-down work. Make like a kangaroo and hop over to this big, soft hooded blanket with a giant pouch in the front.Who it's best for: The chronically uncomfortableWhy it's a great gift: This gift says "self-care" in the best possible way.Buyers are saying: "Perfect attire to sit out in the morning with a coffee. The big pocket gives you storage options for a phone or a snack." – Coty F.SEE IT: $43.89 at Amazon.comA key, phone, and wallet findeTile Mate EssentialrYour scatterbrained coworker can never find the office keys, phone, or anything else – but they will now! A Tile Mate offers stickers, tabs, and trackers for all kinds of objects.Who it's best for: The one who loses everythingWhy it's a great gift: It's ridiculously useful.Buyers are saying: "Provides peace of mind that you can find your stuff when needed." – Ben G.SEE IT: $79.99 at Amazon.comA little desk warmerWintertime doesn't mean that your constantly frosty coworker has to suffer. Get them a tiny desk heater so they can warm up while the rest of the office stays cool.Who it's best for: The chronically coldWhy it's a great gift: It'll make your colleague more comfortable and improve their ability to focus at work.Buyers are saying: "I love this cute little heater for my desk in the office." – Haley C.SEE IT: $26.99 at Amazon.comThoughtful journalGive your coworker or boss the gift of learning with a self-discovery journal that offers daily exercises.Who it's best for: A coworker on a journeyWhy it's a great gift: It shows you care about their development.Buyers are saying: "I am so impressed with how reflective this text is and how much I have gotten out of it already." - ChristySEE IT: $21.99 at Amazon.comInteractive mapWho it's best for: An adventurous boss This world travel map is also great for someone who often travels on business trips, as you can scratch off the countries that you've visited so far.Why it's a great gift: It's an experience as well as an object.Buyers are saying: "This is a gorgeous map even when unscratched. The scratched parts are also very beautiful and reveal new things underneath." - Robin C.SEE IT: $24.99 at Amazon.comThe best bonbonsThis huge pack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates is cheaper and bigger than you'll find at any store!Who it's best for: Your office flirtationshipWhy it's a great gift: It's a classic display of affection (or just appreciation).Buyers are saying: "Great value for the size of these awesome chocolates." – Indigo G.SEE IT: $22.49 at Amazon.comFriendly remindersIf your coworker needs a reminder to take it easy each day, these self-care cards are perfect – they're portable and organized by theme.Who it's best for: Your burnout buddyWhy it's a great gift: Everyone needs a little support, and this gift shows that you're there for the receiver.Buyers are saying: "Not gimmicky or corny, the set would make a lovely gift, especially in these stressful times." – Dempsey E.SEE IT: $15.99 at Amazon.comA grown-up lunchboxThis portable lunch container is ideal for coworkers who bring their lunch to work. Made from ceramic, this bowl is both sleek and secure.Who it's best for: The daily salad eaterWhy it's a great gift: It's incredibly useful and aesthetically pleasing.Buyers are saying: "I use this bowl daily, even at home. It doesn't stain and is totally dishwasher safe." - KatieSEE IT: $35.55 at Amazon.comPretty planters Even your coworker with the blackest thumb can keep plants around with these self-watering pots. They're great for succulents, flowers, or small shrubs.Who it's best for: The fauna fawner Why it's a great gift: It's scientifically proven: a little greenery can improve your mood, focus, and concentration at work.Buyers are saying: "I'm very impressed with them, especially for the price, and have had multiple people compliment them." - ChelsiSEE IT: $22.99 at Amazon.comFlashy feline footwearThese socks might not be fit for the office, but the message comes in loud and clear at home; on the bottom, there are the words, "I can't get up now, the cat is on my lap." Who it's best for: Your favorite crazy cat ladyWhy it's a great gift: This gift doesn't just show you care about your coworker, but that their fur babies are also on your mind.Buyers are saying: "My son always used to use the excuse as to why he couldn't get up so this was perfect!" – Renee C.SEE IT: $16.89 at Amazon.comCordless chargerThis charging pad is perfect to put right beside one's laptop on their desk – and having one means you'll never be lending that coworker your phone charger again.Who it's best for: The perpetually battery-deficientWhy it's a great gift: It benefits you just as much as it does your coworker.Buyers are saying: "It charges my ancient phone so quickly!" - CynthiaSEE IT: $49.99 at Amazon.com World's best bossIf your boss is a regular Michael Scott, they'll love having a mug just like the one from the TV show "The Office." Who it's best for: Your office jokesterWhy it's a great gift: Your shared love of The Office will bring you closer together.Buyers are saying: "Did the job! Got it for my boss and she was so happy." – Ibraheem R.SEE IT: $14.99 at Amazon.comA quick self-help exerciseThis five-minute journal is for once-a-day exercises that can help even the most anxious colleagues stay grounded.Who it's best for: Your goal-oriented teammateWhy it's a great gift: It teaches resilience and appreciativeness through personal exercises.Buyers are saying: "I highly recommend it to anyone that would like to practice gratitude in a simple, quick way every morning and night." - HeidiSEE IT: $28.99 at Amazon.comScreen-saversDoes your cubicle mate have a headache from constant screen use? 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Anne Hathaway 'Fell in Love Like a Fool' When She Met Adam Shulman
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Anne Hathaway 'Fell in Love Like a Fool' When She Met Adam Shulman

Ask Anne Hathaway about the moment she met her husband, Adam Shulman, and she’ll tell you the timing was terrible. She had just gone through a very public breakup that jeopardized her ability to trust. RELATED: Here's What Anne Hathaway Has to Say to the People Who Hate On HerShe was looking forward to being single and taking time to heal. But then Adam Shulman, an actor, producer and jewelry designer, walked into her life. He sparked feelings so intense that Hathaway was willing to put her broken heart on the line. Their connection was so strong, that it gave the Academy Award winner the courage to do something bold.What Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman Teach Us About Unexpected Romance Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman Credit: Kevin Winter / StaffRight as Anne Hathaway’s career was taking off, she met Italian businessman Raffaello Follieri. Revealing that “it was totally love at first sight,” Hathaway was smitten with her new boyfriend, calling him “sooo good-looking.” Unfortunately, she later learned he wasn’t really the person she had fallen in love with. RELATED: Anne Hathaway Reveals the Fiery Way She Copes With Anxiety and StressIt was June 2008 when Follieri came under investigation for carrying out shady dealings through his charity, The Follieri Foundation. Just a few days later, the Daily Mail confirmed Hathaway had ended their relationship after four years of dating. Mere days later, Follieri was arrested on wire-fraud conspiracy and money-laundering charges.It was a trying time. Hathaway’s trust had been betrayed, and her heart broken. However, she had to put on a brave face as police seized thousands of dollars in jewelry, as well as private journals, as part of the investigation. Hathaway, and the public, soon learned Follieri purchased many of her gifts using misappropriated funds. What’s more, Hathaway had once served on the foundation’s board of directors (however, she was never charged with any crimes). Follieri was ultimately sentenced to four and a half years in prison.How Anne Hathaway Found Strength in Humor Anne Hathaway, hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 2008Anne Hathaway could have easily taken a step back from the spotlight and nursed her broken heart. But instead, she kept all of her press commitments, and displayed a healthy approach to heartbreak. RELATED: Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Keep Their 10-Year Marriage Sexy in the Most Hilarious Way"The worst thing that happens to you can be the best thing for you, if you don't let it get the best of you,” she told The Independent in August 2008, just six weeks after her split from Follieri. She also revealed she hadn’t completely sworn off love. On the contrary, she was honing in on what she really wanted out of a relationship. "The goal is to find someone you can be yourself around, who makes you laugh, who challenges you in a good way, and where you just spark off each other,” Hathaway told the outlet. “My parents have been married more than 25 years, with all the glory and all the pain you can imagine, but they've stayed together."I want a strong marriage like that. I've always wanted a family. I'm not one of those people who says, 'What's the point of marriage?'Anne HathawayHathaway told Good Morning America in October 2008 she was “trying to move on and have a sense of humor." She exhibited that as host of Saturday Night Live that month. “I broke up with my boyfriend, and two weeks later he was sent to prison for fraud. I mean, we've all been there, right, ladies?” she quipped. More seriously, she admitted the “experience made me feel pretty gullible, and I was ready to swear off dating.” But then the unthinkable happened: “I found an amazing new guy.”Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Leap of FaithAnne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" (2008)Fans later learned Anne Hathaway's mystery man was Adam Shulman. As she told David Letterman, they met in 2008 through friends (at the Palm Springs Festival), and their connection “was pretty instant.” Despite being fresh from her split from Follieri, she was interested in getting to know Shulman. However, Hathaway recalled, “someone told me he had a girlfriend, so I backed off.” RELATED: Pierce Brosnan's Wife Was Body-Shamed by Trolls - His Response Will Melt Your HeartSix weeks later, she realized that wasn’t the case, “so then I asked him if he wanted to go to New Orleans with me.” As she told Letterman, she had a spare ticket to a screening of Rachel Getting Married, and her best girlfriends were both busy. So, he took a leap of faith and asked Shulman along. Luckily, the bold move paid off and he agreed. Speaking coyly with People in October 2008, the actress noted she was still technically single. However, she said, “This guy I know in L.A. is kind of doing it for me right now.” You know when sometimes you don’t know someone very well [...] but you just meet them and you’re like ‘WOW, you really have it going on’?Anne HathawayWho Is Anne Hathaway's Husband, Adam Shulman?Adam Shulman with James Banks co-founder Heidi Nahser Fink (Photo: James Banks)"This guy," of course, turned out to be Adam Shulman, who didn't have the same Hollywood profile as Hathaway has.Born in Brooklyn, New York, just like his future wife, Shulman apprenticed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, and attended a summer program at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. He then graduated in 2002 as a theater major from Brown University in Rhode Island.RELATED: Why Steve Harvey's 15-Year Marriage Almost Didn't HappenShulman has a handful of acting credits, most notably, that of Paul O'Bannon in the NBC drama American Dreams, and Enos Strate in the TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. He later produced Hathaway's 2014 indie drama film, Song One.However, Shulman is perhaps better known as a jewelry designer than as an actor. He partnered with designer Heidi Nahser Fink in 2011 to found the jewelry brand, James Banks, in honor of his grandfather, who created jewelry for his grandmother. Shulman also designed Hathaway's engagement ring with the help of diamond jewelry company Kwiat and owner Greg Kwiat."He had a very strong vision for the ring that he wanted to present, and we did work with him to design the details," Kwiat said in a statement. "I know he was excited about the way it came out."Anne Hathaway 'Fell in Love Like a Fool!'Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables (2012)Love (or a strong connection) can make you do crazy things. As Hathaway joked in 2011, “Adam totally ruined my plan. I was really actually looking forward to a little alone time, and then I fell in love like a fool!”Despite lingering apprehensions — “I took my trust out for a ridiculous joyride with him,” she told Harper’s Bazaar — Hathaway felt it was right. “I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life,” she said in 2013. “I also knew that I couldn’t have met him at a worse time.” And yet, she felt so strongly about him, she recalled telling their mutual friend:I’m going to marry that man.’ I think he thought I was a little nuts, which I am a bit, but I’m also nice.Anne HathawayHow did they work through Hathaway’s fears? By being completely truthful with one another and embracing the fact that nothing is ever certain. “I was just very honest with him,” she told the mag. “[I told him], ‘I believe, because I need to believe, that what just happened to me was the exception and not the rule, and that people are good and you are a good person, because I feel it. And so I am not in a good place right now, but I’m going with this.’ And he has never hurt me.”"It was scary,” she admitted. “But as the days wore on it kept on getting better and better. I found that the love I found for him made me more trusting of everyone, and the more I started to see who I had become. I had lost track of myself during those years and I actually started to see who I had become [...] that’s when things got tricky and ugly. Having to forgive myself.”How Many Kids Do Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman Have?Anne Hathaway announces her second pregnancy, in 2019. (Photo: Instagram)She may be an Oscar-winning actress, but Anne Hathaway finds the greatest joy in normalcy. After all, it’s safe to say she’s had enough adventure in her pursuit of love to last her a lifetime. RELATED: Jon Hamm Reveals Why He Changed His Mind About Marriage At 50From an intimate wedding in September 2012 to a low-key baby shower, Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman are happiest doing "normal" things. As long as they’re doing them together. As the Devil Wears Prada star told USA Today, “We have house parties and dinner parties and just hang out [...] He's all the things you want a partner to be,” she gushed, adding, “I so find joy in his presence."In April 2016, the couple had their first child, son Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman. They welcomed his baby brother, Jack, in 2020. During her second pregnancy, Hathaway revealed their journey to parenthood wasn’t easy. “For everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies,” she wrote on Instagram. The Road to True Love Can Be Imperfect Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway (Photo: Instagram)The best lesson we can all learn from Anne Hathaway is the way she overcame her disastrous breakup with Raffaello Follieri in such a healthy way. Rather than allowing the experience to taint her outlook on love, she chose not to generalize (although that’s often easier said than done) and listened to her heart (and her gut) instead. RELATED: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Prove Working Together Can Make a Successful Marriage – Even After 26 YearsWhen she met Adam Shulman, the timing wasn’t perfect and she could have quickly written him off as being a potential foe to her already broken heart, but she chose to trust that what she felt was special and worth pursuing — no matter how hard that might have been. And it’s so lucky she did. By listening to her instinct, taking a leap of faith, and being honest (both with herself and with Shulman), she was able to find the love she deserved all along. More inspiring relationships: Why We Need To Talk About Keanu Reeves’ Girlfriend Alexandra GrantWhy Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Felt Like They Didn’t Know Each Other After 22 YearsKelly Clarkson Had Never Felt Attracted To Anyone Until She Met Her HusbandKate Winslet Suffered Two Major Heartbreaks Before Finding ‘The One’