4 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

 

4 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

 

It’s less than 10 days to Christmas. If you’re anything like us, panic mode is starting to kick in. There is so much to buy for every friend and family, but so little time. We should have started decking those halls and mulling those wines earlier to leave time for Christmas shopping, shouldn’t we? But you mustn’t fret, because not all hope is lost. These 4 gift suggestions we have require little time to pick up or prepare, and what’s more, they don’t break the bank!

 

Books

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Head to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of the book that is close to your heart, or one that you believe will really resonate with the person you’re purchasing for. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it can be incredibly thoughtful too. Spend a couple of minutes explaining your choice on a hand-written note and slip it into the book. Don’t be afraid to go for the classics or the mainstream options. Novels like To Kill A Mocking Bird and Animal Farm are always inspiring; and if the person is into thriller or fantasy, the works of Dan Brown or Stephen King can hardly go wrong.

 

Experience Gifts

 

Experience gifts is a big trend right now, with the public slowly realising that the joy that comes from certain material gifts, particularly disposable ones, fade quickly. Think about giving your friends and family a museum membership, season tickets to a theatre series, or even class packages to learn a new hobby. Check out Bollyx gift cards, for example. They host Bollywood dance and gym class in the US. Go for something new, something you love, something the person normally wouldn’t get to do. Experience gifts are intrinsically rewarding, and they’re readily available and easy to pick up.

 

Ozmo Smart Cup

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There’s nothing more intimate than showing a person that you care profoundly about their health. The Ozmo Smart Cup makes an amazing gift because it is a loving gesture that shows you care. It’s cool, it’s aesthetic, and it’s functional. It tracks your hydration and caffeine intake and reminds you when it’s time to drink again. Think your friend or family has room for a healthier lifestyle? Get him or her the Ozmo Smart Cup (Ozmo White* and Seafoam Green are at discount now). Everything sold from Ozmo are fulfilled by Amazon, which means speedy delivery!

 

*Ozmo White is only on sale at $54.99 till 23rd December, don’t miss the chance to buy it now.

 

Charity

 

Christmas is the season of love and the season of giving, and it should extend to everyone including the poor and the needy. Consider making a charitable donation in the name of your loved one that is meaningful, refreshing, and spiritually rewarding.

4 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Fighting The Winter Cold

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Keeping your body warm during winter isn’t exactly rocket science. Layering up with extra clothing and warm blankets or feeding yourself enough of calorie-dense food are some of the first skills we learn about survival as toddlers. But did you know there are many other factors that come into play when it comes to staying warm? Here are 4 rather peculiar ones that you might not have known before.

1.You can get more adapted to the cold

There are three types of fat in the human body. Apart from the universally loathed white fat, the main culprit that ruins your summer body, there are also brown, subcutaneous, visceral, and belly fat. Among these, brown fat in particular, has largely been left out of the public eye. What’s unusual about brown fat is that it is actually great for the human body as when it is stimulated, it can burn calories and produce heat. Brown fats are maximally activated by cold, which means if you spend more time exposed to cold temperatures, you get more acclimatized to it.

2. Some medications can make you feel cold

Medications that treat high blood pressure, namely alpha-blockers, beta-blockers and direct vasodilators, may induce chills and make you more sensitive to cold weather.

3. Alcohol lowers your body temperature

St Bernard dogs are renowned for having barrels of brandy attached to their collars to help warm up freezing climbers of the Alps. It’s true that alcohol does make you feel warmer, which partially explains the prevalence of vodka in Russia as well. But in reality, alcohol actually lowers your body temperature because blood vessels dilate after alcohol consumption, sending blood along with warmth closer to the surface of the skin. This makes you feel warmer but the heat in your body ends up subjected more to heat radiation too, ultimately lowering the temperature of your body.

4. Staying hydrated is crucial in tolerating the cold

Both food and water are essential in handling the cold. Making sure the body is hydrated causes the heart to more easily pump blood around the body. Apart from the drop in temperature, winter also brings much drier air than other seasons, which means the body is more exposed to the risk of dehydration, as well as more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold or flu. What’s more, dehydration is much less noticeable since signs of the body losing water – like perspiration, are much more subtle. As such, there is a need to drink water throughout the day, even if you aren’t necessarily feeling thirsty.

 

The recently launched OzmoJava+ not only tracks your hydration level, but also has an internal heating element that keeps your beverages warm at 45 °C (114°F). Perfect companion to help you stay cosy through the chilly winter!

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