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Finding the right gifts for co-workers is challenging by default, as it should be something personal and perhaps even playful, yet tasteful; something that doesn’t compromise the professional tone of your working relationship, but at the same time isn’t one of those boring, soulless gifts people give just to follow protocol.
It’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck, and to help you do it, we have compiled a list of universal gifts that would rank you very highly on most people’s favorite co-workers list.
Stackable Lunch Pots
Carrying around big lunch boxes that take up lots of space isn’t very comfortable, but it’s a big part of many workers’ daily routine. This is why getting a colleague a package of stackable lunch pots will almost surely be greeted with a smile. It’s one of the most practical gifts you can give to a co-worker.
On top of that, stackable lunch pots make a great team with custom stickers, which you can use either for marking purposes, or just to add a little personal touch.
Festive candles add a very nice touch to a lot of different types of settings. They create an atmosphere of intimacy and coziness with their rich smells and elegant patterns. They also come in various designs, giving you diverse options.
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Everyone loves fancy soaps and their stimulating aromas. Even more than festive candles, special soaps come in all kinds of shapes and forms, so you have room to experiment and make up a very diverse batch. In fact, picking out this gift is one of the most enjoyable experiences of choosing presents.
Collages are a great way to tap into some nostalgia and make a tribute to the past, and who doesn’t like to indulge in some reminiscing? Collages are particularly appropriate for birthdays and anniversaries.
What makes them particularly special is that they are a chance to kill two birds with one stone, commemorating not just the colleague’s years in the company, but also your relationship with him/her. The nature of that relationship will determine the kind of photos that make the cut. The closer you are with your coworker, the more kompromat you can include.
As far as sentimental and personal gifts go, collages are one of the safest bets.
Little sculptures are a great embellishment of a work desk, and if you happen to know your colleague’s taste, you can really hit a homerun. The sculpture can be motivational to help the person get through a rough week at the office, or something humorous to keep things lighthearted.
Mugs are one of the most popular gift choices for coworkers for a reason – their practicality, as virtually everyone needs one.
Plus, despite their popularity, mugs can’t really turn into a cliché because the options for customization are infinite. You can make a mug that reflects a signature trait of your coworker’s personality, the theme of your relationship, among 100 other things.
On-the-Go Espresso Machine
This gift is so good it could turn into a curse. A coffee lover’s dream. This incredible device allows you to brew espresso at your very desk. It is very compact, weighing less than half a pound and taking up very little space.
The cleaning process is also extremely easy since there are no filters, so this otherwise very dreadful part about having your own coffee machine is completely eliminated.
Essential Oil Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser, and aromatherapy altogether, are great for loosening up the tension and make the office atmosphere a little less about business and a little more about pleasure. A gift like this can help a coworker relax and by doing so can actually improve productivity, performance, and the overall work experience.
Personal Air Circulation Fan
A personal air circulation fan can be a godsend in the hot summer days, especially for a co-worker who is always warm. This gift is very small and compact, making it extremely practical.
If you know your co-worker likes to read, then a book is always a great gift for a number of reasons.
First of all, it provides an experience that can last for a while, so if the book is to your colleague’s liking, he/she will be indirectly thinking about you for a while. Not just that, but the satisfaction of reading a quality book is intangible, so being the one who found it, you will be the object of some serious gratitude.
This gift also makes for a very fruitful subject for conversation, you can even start an improvised, casual book club. And if it happens that you haven’t read the book in question, well then you can borrow it once your coworker is done with it, which is the epitome of killing two birds with one stone.
Desktop basketball is one of the best gifts you could give to a gamer, or even just someone with an affinity for playing with fun, quaint toys.
Desktop basketball is unique in that it is as simple as it is infinitely fun. It provides a nice, little break from work, or perhaps even a welcomed distraction that you sometimes need to get to that coveted “Eureka!” moment we see in films all the time. In that sense, desktop basketball can be particularly suitable for workers in the creative fields in which ideas can seemingly come out of nowhere sometimes, during times when the mind has some time to rest, wander, and make the associations that have been eluding it.
There are other desktop games like golf, for example, which are also viable options, but in our humble opinion, the basketball one is the best.
Mist Screen Cleaners
Mist screen cleaners are another universally practical gift as it can be useful to anyone with a phone and/or a computer, so unless you work in an Amish community, it should come in handy.
Having a dirty screen can be interpreted as a sign of the lack of professionalism, or at the very least, it just isn’t very nice to look at day after day, so this gift has both professional and personal value.
There are other gift ideas out there, but these ones represent a nice sample of diverse options which can be appreciated by many different kinds of people and professionals.
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
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Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema