I knit for the hell of it. It’s fun and calming. But, I know that my mittens and sweaters aren’t the best gifts for dates. They are thoughtful but, I don’t think that they’ll mean much if I keep giving my handicraft to my girlfriend every single year.

I’ve done the scarf thingy, sweater thingy, socks, blankets and the list goes on and on. I really want to show Jo how much I love, care and adore her. And, I want to spruce things up a little. How much fun would life be if we did the exact same thing every year. We’ve been in a relationship for three years and it was a little too soon to pop the question but, I thought of getting her a nice charm bracelet.

I found this bracelet on a site that had the best valentines gift ideas for the year. It seemed strange at first but I decided to pull a fast one on Jo. I was going to get her the bracelet without any charms on it. I’ll then I’ll make her look around the house for the charms. I’ll be getting three distinct charms; one for each year we’ve been together.

The thing I remembered most about our first year together was how much we fought and quarreled. So the first charm was going to be a small flame charm. The second year we went on a trip to Paris so I got an Eiffel tower charm too. Christmas last year was amazing. We went for our family dinners and then just got together at my place and cuddled the night away. So the final charm is going to be a little snow flake.

You can’t blame a guy for trying to make the love of his life happy on Valentine’s day, can you ?

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I always wonder why gift getting is such a chore. Maybe I’m too indecisive or perhaps I don’t know the people I’m gift shopping for well enough. Whatever the reason, I absolutely dread it. I fret and fidget every time I’m invited to a birthday party.

Trust me it isn’t fun at all. Have you counted the number of times you’d have to buy gifts in a year? For starters, there are birthdays, housewarming parties, dinner parties, office get together, anniversaries, valentine’s day and it just keeps going on and on. Frankly, I’m tired of figuring out what people actually want or need.

To keep my life simple, I now just use google and click the first good gift ideas suggestion site I come across. It keeps me sane. Surprisingly enough, all my friends have been pleased with my gifts but my wallet and bank account has been hating on me the whole time.

I was doing my usual monday morning routine. I wake up, get a glass of coffee and head to the “throne”. While I’m trying to answer the call of nature I usually surf the net. Everyone knows how much I love knitting. The interesting part is that now even my phone knows that too. I’m using a regular One Plus Three. It’s a killer, a flagship killer to be exact but my favourite feature about it has to be the Google Now cards.

As I was concentrating, trying to flush yesterday’s meatloaf out of my system I came across a pretty decent card titled “5 reasons Knitting is Good for You”. Well let me share what I found out with the lot of you.

Here’s the article.

Even if you’ve never thought of knitting your own clothes, now’s the time to start – as it can actually be good for you.

Here are 5 reasons knitting is the best hobby to take up…

Helps to fight dementia

It’s been scientifically proven that using your hands in a productive way triggers activity in 60% of your brain, and a 2011 study from the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences revealed that crafts like patch-working or knitting during middle age decreased the odds of later cognitive impairment and memory loss by 30 to 50%.

Helps you to stay calm

However exciting the thought of creating your scarf may be, the repetitive actions of knitting will stop your adrenalin overheating, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and dampening down the body’s “fight or flight” response.

Gets you fit

Ok, maybe not ‘fit’ fit, but certainly fitter than you would be if you didn’t knit; an hour of needle clanking burns around 55 calories.

Makes you happy

In a study of 3,500 knitters, by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression said they felt happy after knitting – more than half took it even further and said they felt “very happy”.

Psychiatrists believe this is thanks both to the fact you’re instantly (hopefully) creating something useful, and the fact knitting’s been shown to release dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter normally associated with pleasurable activities like sex and eating.

It’s trendy

Cara Delevingne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ryan Gosling, Cameron Diaz. All big fans of a ball of wool, apparently.

Naturally, the ‘celeb effect’ has filtered down to us normal people, and recent research by the Craft Yarn Council reported a rise in younger people reaching out for the wool, with 18% of members now aged between 18 and 34.

Not enough? Still need-le more inspiration to get purling? Then how about the thought you could create something like these…

You can read more insightful articles like this here. Honestly, it’s a really neat site http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/healthy-hobbies-5-reasons-knitting-is-good-for-you-11363936725035

It’s a customary tradition that my company has its an office Christmas party on the last day before we get a long break for the holidays. The gift policy hasn’t changed ever since I joined this firm all those years ago. We would all have to pick out Christmas gifts that were under $25 and place them under the large Christmas tree at the venue. Just before the dinner was over, our manager would collect all these presents and randomly give each and every one of us a box while wishing us Merry Christmas.

It was a unique tradition, one that I’ve grown to like very much. I usually stress when it comes to Christmas gift shopping. It is such a burden. It isn’t that I hate it, it’s just quite a pickle picking out gifts for people you know too well. It is the same situation when you select gifts for your coworkers that you don’t know well enough.

I would really like to spend more time being thoughtful but I can’t. I’m just too busy with life. Just as I was about to throw in the towel, I came across a site that had really good Christmas gift ideas. I might even say some of the best I’ve seen. This site literally had it all. They recommended everything from a glowing necklace to a grooming kit. It was quite thoughtful I’d say.

112ddb9d843cbc11fd434c9748ba1dd6-1I decided to buy an inexpensive Christmas gift for the party. I decided to go with a cheeky mug that had the word F@#K and its definition on both sides. What a laugh it’ll be if my boss would be the one to receive it. The bright side is that nobody will ever know it was me who bought the mug as a Christmas gift in the first place. I guess i’m going to be on the naughty list this year after all. Only coal for me.

knitted-scafBut I wanted to get an extra gift for my boss. She was a sassy 45 year old who was a God at what she did. She even mentored me when I just joined the company. I owe her a lot. She wasn’t always nice to me; But, she was frank. So I looked for the Christmas gifts for her 2016 section of the site and picked out and awesome knitted scarf, too bad I didn’t have the time to make one for her. One that she could wear to work or for a night out. I really hope she likes it.