Amazingly enough, it’s already that time of year again. The leaves are all gone from the trees, the weather has turned colder, and the endless ads for every gadget gift have invaded the airwaves. That can mean only one thing. Christmas season is almost upon us.
Of course we still haven’t reached Thanksgiving, but that’s no deterrent to advertisers. As usual, they’ve started their campaigns earlier than ever this year.
Have you started compiling a list this year? If not, here are a few items you should take a look at.
Deck-orate the Halls
Looking for a way to spruce up your living room or family room this year? Tired of decor that looks the same as what everyone else has in their homes? There is a genuine backlash occurring against mass produced made-in-China goods. They’re relatively cheap, but everybody’s got em.
If this describes you, take a look at Etsy.com. Here you’ll find hand-made artisan decor and jewelry. Most of the sellers on Etsy make these goods in their own homes. So instead of supporting some massive import company, you’ll be supporting a local artist. Here are a few examples of decorative throw pillows with cute elephants on them.
There are also plenty of examples of small websites with handmade decor for sale. The Tangled Path is a website I found while looking for hand-made bohemian decor items. All of the items for sale on this site are hand-made by a young woman in Bend, Oregon.
Prepare for New Years
We all know that New Years quickly follows Christmas. And what is the most popular New Years resolution? To lose weight of course. For most people this means joining a gym. Or at least revisiting the gym at which you are already a member.
If this describes you, perhaps it’s time to start a new routine. CrossFit has become one of the most popular types of gyms in the country. If you’re not familiar with CrossFit, it involves doing some pretty strenuous activity.
But unlike other exercise regimens, CrossFit has you focus on core body movements. This in turn improves your strength, flexibility, and even your posture. And it will certainly improve your waistline. Just make sure you have the right gear for the job.
And that starts with shoes. The best shoes for CrossFit are typically fairly flat in comparison to standard tennis shoes. Here is a great guide to choosing the best CrossFit shoes for women.
If you like to cook, then you probably have a decent set of knives in your kitchen. If so, nothing is more important than keeping them sharp. There are literally hundreds of sharpeners on the market. From electric to manual, it all just depends what you want to spend, and how quickly you want to get the job done. Here is a cool guide for finding the best knife sharpener help you select the best one for you.
Whether you have Western or Japanese style knives, this resource will help you choose the perfect sharpener for your needs.
You can never go wrong with food for Christmas. Especially when it’s actually good for you. As the Paleo diet has become more well-known, more and more prepackaged foods are becoming available for those that choose to follow it. Gourmet Paleo is one such company. They make Paleo cookies and treats to help satisfy your sweet tooth but without ANY processed sugars. You can also find their products on Amazon.com
These cookies are loaded with whole food ingredients that will keep you full for a long time. Eating more than one of these guys is tougher than it looks. You’ll be amazed.
These are just a few of the great products that are out on the market this year. Hope this helps you make your list!