Pumpkins, Candles, Thick Socks & A Fall Cleaning Checklist

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With fall comes the chance to enjoy coats and jackets, layering of every kind, pumpkin spiced lattes, the book you never finished during the summer, kicking the crisp leaves and, most importantly of all, preparing your home for all those slow mornings and cozy evenings. Sure, they may be chores, but these seasonal preparations will be well worth it.

 

So, without further ado, these are the things you need to check off your list this fall:

 

Window Washing

If you have some glass cleaner kicking about, then great. If not, just pop a quick squirt of washing up liquid in a squirt bottle with some water, spray on your windows and wipe away with a microfibre cloth. As a little tip, do this on a gray day so that you can see the streaks better.

 

Don’t Forget The Walls

You’ve gone through all the effort to wash-slash-clean the windows – which are by far the trickiest of them all – so you may as well continue on to the walls, getting rid of all those streaks, bits of dirt and fingerprints. If it is painted or wood-paneled then dust them, wash them, rinse them and dry them.

 

Care For Your Appliances

The summer has a way of seeing the dust settle almost everywhere you don’t want it to, which makes it your job to care for them this fall. That could mean hiring a contractor for air conditioning repair, it could mean using the vacuum brush attachment to gently dust off and clean your refrigerator coil, and maybe even giving your computer a quick spruce by wiping down the keyboard and going over the monitor with a microfibre cloth. It is also worth testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Your Wooden Floors

There is no better time than fall to have your scratched or dulled wooden floors brought back to life. It could be that you hire a professional service to come in and sand the scuffs before recoating the boards, or maybe you want to completely refinish them. It could even be that you just using a hack to sort the issue out, such as rubbing a walnut onto the scuffed areas, which is supposed to work really well.

 

Fire It Up

Autumn has brought with a little nip in the air. Nothing that another sweater can’t cure for now, but it won’t be long before you either start up the furnace or light a fire in the living room to keep warm and cozy. First off, the furnace. If you haven’t changed the filter on your furnace for the past three or four months then you need to do this now. As for lighting a fire, before you do this you need to have your flues and chimneys properly inspected and maybe even swept.

 

No More Drafts

Nothing can ruin a warm evening in front of the television quite as much as a cold and noisy draft, which is why we recommend you check your doors and windows for any leaks or gaps, and then address the problem areas with caulking and weatherstripping.

 

Voila, your home is ready for fall and winter and all the joys that follow.

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Unique Gift Ideas For Colleagues

If you’re working in an office, you’ll be well aware that the holiday party season is fast approaching, so you need to get creative! Gifts for the people you work for can be the most difficult to plan out. After all, for the most part, you may not be particularly close with your colleagues, and you may also not have a clue what they would enjoy. There are some rules that come with giving gifts in the office and the etiquette can make you question whether you have made the right choice. There’s nothing that says, ‘I care about you’ more than a gift for your friend or loved one that keeps them safe and makes them happy. Surprisingly, gifts that are aimed at safety are quite popular for those close to you, employees, employers and even the neighbors.

Knowing that someone has handed you a present designed to ensure that you can go about your daily business and feel secure while you do it can feel like a warm hug: someone clearly thinks about your wellbeing when they’re not there! There are plenty of ideas and options out there for the office gift bingo, so why not check out some of our suggestions below?

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Safety. We mentioned gifts that are ‘safety’ related for people around you to show them that you care. If you’ve got a fashion-conscious recipient chosen for you, then you should look into the Bricraft RFID wallet, which can prevent identity fraud as well as act as a stylish accessory. You could also go for a travel mug like this one. It may not initially strike you as a good gift for safety purposes, but there are no more chances to spill scalding drinks with one of these, so we think it’s pretty safe! While we’re talking spillage, this Drinklip Portable Cupholder is great for those who are constantly having to mop up knocked drinks!

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Office Supplies. If you’re taking the time to get to know your co-workers, you’re bound to discover if any of them are stationary mad. Pretty notebooks like these and this funky floppy disk post-it notes set are perfect and perfectly nostalgic!

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Mildly Techy. Working in an office means being around computers and other technology pretty much all the time. Stylish wooden phone docks like this are perfect for the office and is a nice little organizer for the trailing cables and random pencils lying around.

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IT Gift. For the IT team that you draw from the office hat, why not have a look at this recycled computer hard drive clock? It’s a brilliant gift for someone who appreciates the complexities of computing!

Choosing gifts for colleagues is often hard. They have to be suitable for the workplace, usually within a budget and always appropriate for the age and style of the person you’re gifting to. Not always an easy concept! However, keep it light, keep it fun and make it relevant and your gift choices cannot miss!

Unusual Gifts To Help Save The Planet

Sometimes buying gifts can be a real nightmare. It doesn’t matter who it’s for, the whole process of trying to find something they will like can be a challenge. One of the best ways to get around this is to simply try and find something which is beneficial beyond the individual person themselves, yet can still be enjoyed by them. Such presents might be simple or complex, cheap or expensive, and they can be a whole range of different types of product. Regardless, this is one great way to help out your friends while helping the planet. But what kind of thing are we really talking about here?

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Artisan Bracelets

 

Who said that buying jewelry had to be immoral? There are many kinds of decorative pieces you can get hold of which actually actively help people out in different communities. A great example is these wanderlust bracelets. Each one of these you buy is going to help give sustainable and long-term work to impoverished people in Bali and Indonesia. And this is not to mention the fact that they happen to be beautiful pieces too. If you want to buy someone the gift of jewelry, but you’re concerned about a marketplace full of blood diamonds and the like, then this is a great direction to move in.

 

Seed-Bearing Lollipops

 

Yes, you heard that right. At amborella organics, you can get hold of lollipops that actually bear seed after you have finished with them. Not only that, but they also taste slightly of whatever seed you might have in yours. Once you are done, you just place the stick (made from recycled paper) into the soil, and before long a little seedling will sprout. This is a great gift for any sweet-toothed gardeners you might know, and also a fantastic choice for a child’s birthday. Anything to encourage the emerging generation to grow some plants is likely to be a solid idea!

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Recycled Gifts

Sometimes, it’s not the exact item itself which makes a difference, but the manner in which you get hold of it. If you are really keen on helping out the planet, then you might want to think about finding a recycled gift. Many people avoid this because they fear that a recycled gift will not be up to scratch in terms of its quality. But if you know where to look, this is not quite true. In fact, you can easily get hold of some fantastic recycled gifts which are going to help you help the planet. What’s more, because they are second-hand, you will more often than not be paying less as well. A gift which is environmentally friendly and saves you money can’t be that bad, after all. There is a huge range of possible gifts you can buy from sites like protecttheplanet.co.uk – doing so is likely to make both you and the recipient feel good about yourselves, while also doing good in the long-term. Consider this next time there’s a birthday coming up.

SHOP GIFTS TO KEEP DAD LOOKING SHARP THIS FATHER’S DAY

Keep dad looking sharp this Father’s Day and beyond with a few wardrobe upgrades. From cuff links to wallets, Dad will be turning heads and loving every minute of it. Here are a few of our favorite fashion gifts for dad.

Personalized Royce Nappa Leather RFID Blocking Men’s Bi-Fold With Double ID Flap

Get dad organized with this high-tech leather wallet. Its built-in-shield blocks radio frequencies embedded in your Credit Cards and IDs, protecting your information from hackers. Personalized it with up to 3 initials to add an extra special touch.

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Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic

Channel Don Henley in the Ray-Ban classic that started it all. The Wayfarer is a favorite for a reason — its both stylish and high quality. Dad will love wearing these all summer long.

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Egara Blue and Silver Cufflinks

Dad will love these new go-to cufflinks to wear for special occasions. Dual panels of royal blue stones glimmer next to the silver toned metal for a stylish and sophisticated spin on standard cufflinks.

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