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11 holiday gift ideas for the person impossible to shop for
From coffee makers and headphones to a calming weighted blanket, something here should appeal to just about anyone on your list.
There's always someone on your holiday shopping list who presents a major challenge. Oh, they aren't trying to make your life difficult. But whether it's a cousin or a sibling or even your dear old Mom, you just have a tough time finding them the right gift.
We get it. That's why we pulled together 11 very fun, yet very different gift ideas that should help you crack the code for those most head-scratching giftees. From coffee makers to headphones to even a new warm blanket, something here should appeal to just about anyone on your list. And as a bonus, if you enter the code MERRYSAVE15 at checkout, you can lop another 15 percent off your total.
Here’s something for the compulsive note-taker on your list. Just jot handwritten notes with the included Pilot FriXion pen into your Rocketbook and you can instantly upload them to the cloud using your smartphone. And when you fill up the notebook? Just pop it in the microwave to erase your notebook and start again.
From clothes and hairbrushes to glasses and even fruits and vegetables, the Sonic Soak can clean just about anything. Drop the Sonic Soak and your items in a sink or bowl of water and the Sonic Soak's ultrasonic vibrations remove dirt, oils and other contaminants from your laundry, food, jewelry, personal care items and more. It's a super-cool (and efficient) way to clean -- and it's over half off.
This state-of-the-coffee-art maker from Norway looks as good on the counter as it brews...and it brews pretty darn well! The award-winning machine offers a sleek, elegant look that puts your brewing process on full display, while delivering the perfect cup of joe every time. At under $75, this is a gift that will win the attention and love of any coffee fanatic.
AquaSonic Black Series Toothbrush & Travel Case With 8 Dupont Brush Heads - $33.99 after coupon; originally $139.99
Take your personal hygiene up a notch with a premium quality sonic toothbrush that removes more than 10 times the plague a traditional brush can reach. Including various whitening and cleaning modes, you'll see tooth stains dissolve and gum health improve. Plus, you get eight extra brush heads, all at over $100 off the regular price.
PaMu Slide Bluetooth 5.0 In-Ear Headphones with Wireless Charger - $84.99 (After coupon; originally $199)
For those constantly struggling to keep wireless earbuds in place, these earphones are ergonomically designed to remain firmly in your ear canal at all times, even when you're jogging, exercising or traveling. These buds are powered by a Qualcomm chip with Bluetooth 5.0 tech, feature up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge and produce robust sound with extra bass, and they're currently more than half off.
Screen your own films and television shows anywhere you are. The CIRQ connects wirelessly to your phone via WiFi, then projects full HD quality video on a surface up to 240 inches across. It's even got its own built-in speakers for the full movie theater experience. It's also close to $350 off with this holiday discount.
The Calm Embrace is perfect for anyone experiencing anxiety and stress, offering deep pressure stimulation that help release brain chemicals to provide soothing relief while you sleep. At over 50 percent off, this blanket is its own self-care routine that can help anyone feel calming comfort, anytime, anywhere.
Save $20 on perhaps the most advanced method around for learning to play guitar like a rock star. The high tech, lightweight, and portable Jamstik 7 combined with its powerful app delivers a training process that takes all the guesswork out of learning to play. It's only 18 inches, but it's just like playing the real thing.
With the Mighty Vibe, you can rock out to all your favorite Spotify playlists and podcasts without using your smartphone, a screen or even a WiFi or Bluetooth connection. The Mighty Vibe syncs and saves your playlists to the unit, so you can take your music anywhere and never worry about losing your signal.
When this Singer machine says heavy duty, it means heavy duty. Denim, canvas, almost any manner of tough durable fabric won't slow down this powerful sewer's 1,110 stitches per minute top speed. At nearly $200 off when bought refurbished, this is a machine capable of handling nearly any sewing project with all the added features you'd expect from a true Singer sewing machine.
This Bluetooth connected controller syncs to almost any gaming device for a true retro gaming experience. The SN30 Gamepad sports 18 hours of game life and works with everything from Windows, Android and macOS to even Steam and the Nintendo Switch. And with the added discount, it's practically priced like a stocking stuffer.
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There are several things both men and women can do to actively boost low libido, according to research.
- Low libido or sudden changes in your sex drive can be overwhelming and cause embarrassment or shame, but this is a common problem that could have many different solutions.
- According to research, managing your anxiety/stress levels, maintaining a healthy diet and proper sleeping habits, and cutting down on things such as alcohol or smoking can all boost your libido.
- Low libido can have many causes (physical, emotional, medical, etc). If you find you are struggling with this and are not able to find a solution, consider consulting a doctor and/or sex therapist to discuss your concerns.
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Properly managing your stress and anxiety can boost libido in both men and women.
Photo by G-Stock Studio on Shutterstock<p>Struggling with low libido can feel isolating and embarrassing. However, according to a study linked in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 19% of participants reported a low libido at the baseline of <a href="https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/91/7/2509/2656285" target="_blank">this testosterone study</a>.</p> <p><strong>If a male is experiencing low libido, there are several things that could be causing it, such as: </strong></p><ul><li>Physical issues (such as low testosterone, prescription medications, alcohol, and drug abuse) </li><li>Psychological issues (such as depression, stress, relationship tension)</li><li>Outside factors (such as problems at work, a death in the family, emotional turmoil) </li></ul> <p><strong>Talk to your partner about what you're experiencing. </strong></p><p>Low libido can be incredibly difficult to talk about with your partner, especially if it's causing problems in the relationship, but it could give you support and help you find alternative ways to connect until you find an answer. </p> <p><strong>Check your hormone levels and your health with a doctor. </strong></p><p>According to WebMD, around 28% of men with low testosterone also struggle with low libido. Having low or decreased testosterone levels can impact more than just your sex drive, as testosterone plays a few important roles in the body. Testosterone <a href="https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/understanding-how-testosterone-affects-men" target="_blank">has also been linked</a> to bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, and strength. </p> <p>Completing a physical and bringing up low libido concerns with your doctor can help you rule out any physical things that could be causing your low sex drive. Perhaps a medication that you're on is giving an unwanted side effect (medications such as morphine, opioid pain relievers, corticosteroids and certain antidepressants <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/conditions-that-cause-low-libido#medications" target="_blank">can impact your libido</a>), and you can be moved to another, or your doctor may insist on checking your testosterone levels.</p> <p>According to the American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines, adult men are considered to have low testosterone (or low T) if their levels fall below <a href="https://www.auanet.org/guidelines/testosterone-deficiency-guideline" target="_blank">300 nanograms per deciliter</a>. <a href="https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/low-testosterone/low-testosterone-diagnosis#:~:text=A%20simple%20blood%20test%20can,blood%20test%20in%20the%20morning." target="_blank">A simple blood test</a> will be able to tell your doctor your testosterone levels. </p> <p>Consider meeting with a sex therapist or counselor about any relationship struggles that could be impacting your libido. </p> <p><strong>Manage your anxiety. </strong></p><p>High levels of anxiety and stress are extremely common barriers to sexual functioning for both men and women. You can manage your anxiety by practicing good sleeping habits, exercising regularly, working to improve your relationship(s), speaking with a therapist, or consulting a doctor about anti-anxiety medications. </p> <p><strong>Regular exercise could be key to maintaining proper hormone levels and boosting sexual function. </strong></p><p>Strength training, walking, and swimming may all work to improve sexual function and libido (in both men and women). In fact, <a href="https://www.mdlinx.com/article/5-exercises-scientifically-proven-to-boost-libido/lfc-3510#:~:text=Strength%20training%2C%20Kegels%2C%20yoga%2C,finding%20holds%20in%20habitual%20exercisers." target="_blank">one-time acute exercise sessions have been linked to boosted sexual arousal</a> because of the activation of the sympathetic nervous system. </p>
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Creating a healthy lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise habits) can help boost libido in both men and women.
Photo by lzf on Shutterstock<p>The sexual desires of women naturally fluctuate over the years for various reasons (pregnancy, menopause, illness, life events), and navigating the lows can be incredibly difficult.</p> <p><strong>If a female is experiencing low libido, there are several things that could be causing it, such as: </strong></p><ul><li>Physical problems (medical diseases, medications that cause low libido, where you are in your menstruation cycle, hormone changes, etc) can all be causes of low sex drive in women. </li><li>Many women experience severe changes in their hormones and sex drive during (and even years after) pregnancy or breast-feeding. </li><li>Lifestyle habits (including alcohol or drug consumption or smoking) can also dull your sex drive. </li><li>Fatigue or exhaustion is a commonly reported problem that impact sex drive among women. </li></ul> <p><strong>Communicate with your partner about what you're experiencing. </strong></p><p>According to <a href="http://www.healthywomen.org/sites/default/files/FSD_infographic_mech.pdf" target="_blank">a survey from the National Women's Health Resource Center</a>, 59% of women report that low sex drive has had a negative impact on their relationship, with up to 66% of women reporting the low sexual desire impacted communication in their relationship. </p> <p>Struggling with low sex drive and being unable to find an immediate fix can feel embarrassing and bring up a lot of insecurities - but talking openly about it with your partner can allow you to both understand what's happening and work together to solve the problem. </p> <p><strong>What you're eating could impact your libido. </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27784600" target="_blank">According to a 2015 review study</a>, adding things like maca, tribulus, gingko, and ginseng to your food could help improve sexual function. Additionally, maintaining a healthy (low sugar/high lean protein) diet <a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323918#natural-ways-to-boost-libido" target="_blank">can boost your sex drive</a> by promoting proper circulation and heart health. </p> <p><strong>Could a good night's sleep help boost libido? </strong></p><p><a href="https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/111751/jsm12858.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y" target="_blank">According to a small-scale study</a> (of female participants), many women explained that a good night's sleep before helped increase their sexual desire and arousal the next day. Women who reported longer sleeping times also reported better arousal levels the next day than those with shorter sleeping times. </p>
When should I consult a doctor about low libido?<p>Aside from open communication with your partner and lifestyle changes like a healthier diet, proper sleeping habits and managing stress, communication with doctors, sex therapists and counselors can all be extremely helpful in getting to the root of the problem.</p> <p><strong>You should consult a doctor about low libido if/when: </strong></p><ol><li>Your libido suddenly drops without any explanation </li><li>Additional symptoms appear (such as high blood pressure, pain, etc) </li><li>Your libido suddenly drops after a surgery or when you switch to a new medication </li><li>Your low libido is causing relationship problems or psychological distress on your and/or your partner </li></ol> <p>Enhancing your sex drive will take time, but it is possible to do if you and your partner are committed to trying new things to boost your libido and keep an open line of communication. </p>
So far, 30 student teams have entered the Indy Autonomous Challenge, scheduled for October 2021.
- The Indy Autonomous Challenge will task student teams with developing self-driving software for race cars.
- The competition requires cars to complete 20 laps within 25 minutes, meaning cars would need to average about 110 mph.
- The organizers say they hope to advance the field of driverless cars and "inspire the next generation of STEM talent."
Indy Autonomous Challenge<p>Completing the race in 25 minutes means the cars will need to average about 110 miles per hour. So, while the race may end up being a bit slower than a typical Indy 500 competition, in which winners average speeds of over 160 mph, it's still set to be the fastest autonomous race featuring full-size cars.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"There is no human redundancy there," Matt Peak, managing director for Energy Systems Network, a nonprofit that develops technology for the automation and energy sectors, told the <a href="https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/06/01/Indy-Autonomous-Challenge-Indy-500-Indianapolis-Motor-Speedway-Ansys-Aptiv-self-driving-cars/stories/202005280137" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</a>. "Either your car makes this happen or smash into the wall you go."</p>
Illustration of the Indy Autonomous Challenge
Indy Autonomous Challenge<p>The Indy Autonomous Challenge <a href="https://www.indyautonomouschallenge.com/rules" target="_blank">describes</a> itself as a "past-the-post" competition, which "refers to a binary, objective, measurable performance rather than a subjective evaluation, judgement, or recognition."</p><p>This competition design was inspired by the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, which tasked teams with developing driverless cars and sending them along a 150-mile route in Southern California for a chance to win $1 million. But that prize went unclaimed, because within a few hours after starting, all the vehicles had suffered some kind of critical failure.</p>
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indy Autonomous Challenge<p>One factor that could prevent a similar outcome in the upcoming race is the ability to test-run cars on a virtual racetrack. The simulation software company Ansys Inc. has already developed a model of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on which teams will test their algorithms as part of a series of qualifying rounds.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"We can create, with physics, multiple real-life scenarios that are reflective of the real world," Ansys President Ajei Gopal told <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/autonomous-vehicles-to-race-at-indianapolis-motor-speedway-11595237401?mod=e2tw" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>. "We can use that to train the AI, so it starts to come up to speed."</p><p>Still, the race could reveal that self-driving cars aren't quite ready to race at speeds of over 110 mph. After all, regular self-driving cars already face enough logistical and technical roadblocks, including <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53349313#:~:text=Tesla%20will%20be%20able%20to,no%20driver%20input%2C%20he%20said." target="_blank">crumbling infrastructure, communication issues</a> and the <a href="https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/would-you-ride-in-a-car-thats-programmed-to-kill-you" target="_self">fateful moral decisions driverless cars will have to make in split seconds</a>.</p>But the Indy Autonomous Challenge <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5da73021d0636f4ec706fa0a/t/5dc0680c41954d4ef41ec2b2/1572890638793/Indy+Autonomous+Challenge+Ruleset+-+v5NOV2019+%282%29.pdf" target="_blank">says</a> its main goal is to advance the industry, by challenging "students around the world to imagine, invent, and prove a new generation of automated vehicle (AV) software and inspire the next generation of STEM talent."
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