Start the year with these inspirational gifts

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We all want the coming year to be better than the year before. We all want to be our best selves and get better as we grow older. Whether that's about attaining balance, growth, maturity, or success, you've probably made a wish or two in a positive direction. But getting there is another matter altogether.

According to online learning platform, these are the top 10 most common New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking / Drink less
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

How you achieve these 10 goals is deeply personal and may involve many steps along the way. You could use all the help you can get, and sometime this comes in the form of a helper: a tool, a talisman, or a lucky charm to remind you of your intention. Here are a few products we have found might get you closer to your goal:


With Oak and Reed, you can both look and feel fabulous with their line of athleisure wear, yoga mats, jump ropes, meditation cushions, and so much more! Oak and Reed celebrates accessible fitness for everyone, offering high-quality and om-friendly accessories made to motivate you in your wellness journey. The accessories are designed for beginners, experts, and everyone in between. But what we like most about the Oak and Reed line is how beautiful and aesthetically pleasing they are, in contemporary and neutral shades that bring a soothing vibe into your home.


Cut down on the clutter in your life with Amy Price Designs. This colorful collection of homeware and planters adds a touch of warmth and style to any room, and best of all, they consolidate your belongings, accessories, and kick-knacks where you can find them easily. Amy Price Designs creates one-of-a-kind handmade jesmonite trinket trays, serving platters, decor trays, coasters, plant accessories, and more out of her studio in Brooklyn, New York. Available in a variety of designs that elevate any surface in your house to a design statement. Place these dishes in strategic places within your living space and you will never misplace your keys, AirPods, sunglasses, chapstick, charger, etc., etc., again!

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How about becoming your own bartender? Missologist is a new subscription box started by Nicole Schaefer designed to make cocktails and mixology more accessible to women or folks who identify as women. Each box includes cocktail recipes, tutorials, liquor recommendations, scoring and tasting cards and fun surprises. Mixology is fun and it doesn't have to be intimidating or something only guys know how to do to expert level.

Did you know what women weren’t allowed to be bartenders until 1971? And even today, mixology is still considered to be a “man’s hobby.” The Missologist subscription box brings women (and men) into the cocktail space to learn about a subject that has generally been an exclusive and elusive club, and each box contains only premium ingredients and special gifts.


Being positive and optimistic almost certainly increases your chances of living life to its fullest potential. But you might need to bring some good energy into yourself with wearable spiritual talismans and crystal-infused candles that can invite the right vibes into your life. Moonlight Jewels has products that will help you set positive intentions and soothe your soul for the year ahead. Each of their beautifully curated creations is enhanced by a unique and meaningful crystal chosen to soothe the soul and promote an ambiance of calm and relaxation. The crystal heart box is a great idea for Valentine's Day for someone you care about; the crystal infused candles are perfect for meditating or clearing the air from negativity; and the crystal necklaces in assorted shapes mean you can carry your intention with you wherever you go.


Often when we drink, we socially smoke. And a sure-fire way to avoid picking up a cigarette is to resist booze. This Malbec inspired non-alcoholic wine alternative, Karviva Unwined, is the first of its kind: and alcohol-free juice blend that doesn’t go through the labor-intensive and wasteful de-alcohol process. It’s a functional wine replacement drink that delivers a wide array of benefits. Carefully blended with tart and powerhouse fruits, this burgundy-colored drink is not overly-sweet, and tastes like the well-loved Malbec, minus the alcohol. It has its iconic smoky aroma, sophisticated layers of fruit, and a delicate balance of sweetness and tannin. This drink pairs well with meat, fatty fish, dark meat poultry, and aged cheese, plus it gives you a vitamin boost as well.


Oh the weather outside is frightful, but staying warm with the Mozy can be so delightful, even outside! Mozy: The Jacket for Your Legs means you can still use your outdoor space even in the winter time! Sit out on the back deck with friends and family and stay toasty warm with this patent-pending design which features a durable outer shell that blocks wind and water plus a plush fleece interior that helps circulate your body warmth. Its concealed elastics are a game changer, keeping your warmth close and eliminating cold air pockets. So go ahead, invite your fam onto the porch for a hot chocolate and watch the snow falling.

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The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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