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A Black Friday Guide To Giving Back To The People Who Have Put Up With Us This Long

A special thank you to those who take care of us and give us reason to keep going

In reality, even the best of people can be a lot to handle at times. Thankfully, there are those special people in our lives who manage to love us even at our worste and pick us up when we're at our lowest. Those people deserve some recognition this time of year.

Gratitude should be expressed every day, and appreciation shown at every opportunity as to keep algning on a higher frequency with those who match it. That's why we picked thank you gifts that had meaning and that replaced the words "I love you" with action.

To Mothers

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The ultimate Charcuterie Board may be the gift all mothers want. How many times have mothers spent hours in the kitchen cooking three-course holiday dinners with minimal help until their knees hurt and their ankles swelled up?

A charcuterie board takes the pressure off of cooking and sets the stage for a night of snacking and relaxation. This charcuterie board even comes with a built-in drawer filled with serving utensils, making it the ideal picnic arrangement. For mothers who especially love organization and aesthetics, this is for them.

To Fathers

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Fathers are often those who make the highest sacrifice and dedication for their children without ever complaining. No matter how grown their children are, fathers are the ones still coming to fix a clogged sink or make sure husbands are up to standard.

Fathers are not just muscles, but often heroes to their children, setting the ideal for sons on the kind of men they should become and daughters for the kind of men they should look for. Frankly, it's an exhausting role and it's no wonder that after a long day of fatherhood, a neck massage wouldn't hurt anyone. Especially if it's given by a pillow who will never say no.

To Sisters

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A sister is the only person you go from loving to hating back to loving all within minutes. She may steal all your clothes but she'll always have your back. Showing her appreciation shouldn't be limited to a single day. This gift package gives her a little bit of everything, preparing her for all kinds of situations.
If she's feeling down, she can wear the interlocking necklace close to her heart. If she needs extra support she can wear the inspirational bracelet. When she's going on a date or a night out, she can use the compact mirror, key chain, and fill the tumbler with wine for extra courage.. You get the idea.

To Husbands

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Sometimes after a long hard day, nothing can beat a glass of whiskey on the rock, except an engraved glass set of whisky on the rocks. It comes with its own cooling stones.

This gift is personalized with a message on the box so that every time he goes for a drink, he remembers that the real gift is you. ​

To Wives

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These days a woman's bed is never complete without her array of decorative throw pillows that end up all over the floor every night at bedtime anyway. Yet, the way they bring the room together during the day makes the effort worth it for her, as it keeps the bedroom cozy and exciting to come back to.

For all the nights you can't be home with her, cuddling her to sleep, give her a pillow she can keep close by with a picture of you. You can chose your own picture deciding on memory or face that'll make her laugh, or make her feel loved.

To Exes

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Who says the end of relationships can't be celebrated? After all, exes are the ones who teach us the biggest lessons about ourselves, others, love and the world in general. Even if the relationship was the reason we broke for a while, without it we wouldn't be the person that we now are.

That deserves some gratitude too. Hopefully, they can appreciate the humor in this candle and if they don't, the smell of freedom will be just as sweet if you keep it to yourself.

To Best Friends

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Protect your best friend's heart with a man that would never betray her. Not only can she raise this boyfriend to fit her ideal and her liking, but every time she looks at it she'll remember that someone else is watching out for her and prevent her from feeling like she needs to fill a void by dating the wrong kind of man.

All you need to grow this perfect boyfriend is water, making it the cheapest date that doesn't talk back that you'll ever have.

To Grandparents

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At this point in their lives, there's not much that you can get grandparents that they need or they don't already have. What they really love to receive is company and quality time with their loved ones while they still can. For the times you can't physically be together, use this photo frame to send them pictures directly so that they can share the memories.

The frame measures 10 inches and operates as a touch screen with wifi. The best part is that you can easily send photos in real-time to it from anywhere with an app.

Astrology

The Strength Each Zodiac Finds When Grieving A Loss

Grief happens in different stages and there's not necessarily a right or wrong way to deal with it. Some people can't face it right away and keep themselves distracted while others spend the first couple of weeks crying in bed thinking that they'll never feel better.

Grief isn't only felt death. They say that a break up activates the same pain receptors and stress hormones experienced when a loved one dies, so grief is really about any kind of loss for someone or even something like a job that was valued. It can have lasting effects that become traumatic when coping is not eventually dealt with in a healthy way. Luckily, each zodiac sign has character traits that give them a unique strength when dealing with grief. What's yours?

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Aries: Their Straighforwadness

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Aries doesn't care to sugarcoat and avoid the hard truth. They prefer to act in the heat in the moment and cut right down to the chase. You know that when Aries go for a night out, they won't be shy away from their dancing their heart out. They take that same explosive energy wherever they go. When they're grieving, that's all they feel and they let themselves face it head-on until they can come to terms with it.

They may feel a lot of anger at first or a lot of sadness, and they may not deal with that component calmly but having the strength to be straightforward about their grief is what helps them let the feelings pass and move on.

Taurus: An Ability To Escape

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A Taurus likely won't grief right away and try to keep their chin up. They might even try to console others first because the distraction helps them escape. When they're not helping others, they're going to want to disappear for a while, taking themselves on solo dates and watching movie marathons. They'll basically do anything to distract themselves and escape the pain.

However, their ability to escape is also their strength. It gives them a reason to keep going and eases them into adapting to a life without the person they lost gradually.

Gemini: Seeing The Good

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Gemini will do their best to resist their grief. They would rather stay positive to cope. However, the more they avoid what's really on their mind, the more likely they are to be moody. However, when they chose to accept grief, they manage to always find a silver lining.

Their strength is in choosing to celebrate a person's life instead of mourning their death. To them, the end is not a loss because if they never had it in the first place they would have missed out on a lot.

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Cancer: Emotional Intuition

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​Cancers have the ability to be completely in tune with their emotions. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and it's no different when they're grieving. They are not afraid to let themselves cry it out from the second it happens even if they're not sure if they could ever stop.

Cancers' intense emotion is their strength. They're able to manifest them into whatever channel they desire which means that when they get through the painful part, they'll go through the healing with the same intensity.

Leo: Coping Internally

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Leo doesn't feel the need to have a pity party and crying circles. Odds are they won't show their pain publicly but that doesn't mean that they're not dealing with it.

Leo's strength is in coping in the way that feels best to them in the moment, privately. They're not looking to repeat what works for others, they want to find what works for them. They spend a lot of time analyzing exactly what is making them sad and lean deeply into their emotions.

Virgo: Order And Logic

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Virgo can't come easily in terms of loss and death because they can't completely make sense of it. Their need for logic and order and can make them feel completely out of control when grieving. However, it is that same need for control that makes their strength.

Once they get through the initial shock, they ground themselves by creating their how-to guide for coping. They make step by steps lists of how to heal and keep busy with to-do lists meant to help them grieve in orderly ways.

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Libra: Rationality

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When Libra deals with grief, it can become more rational than usual. Libra is able to accept loss and death as unavoidable parts of life so it sees no point in fighting it. Instead, it spends its energy on adapting to a new life without what it is that it lost.

While sometimes Libra takes extreme measures by completely erasing parts of their lives that held the memory of what they lost, their strength is becoming a self-containing equalizer of emotions. Eventually, they even out their grief too.

Scorpio: Manipulation Through Empathy

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​When we hear the word "manipulation" we tend to think of its negative connotation. But manipulation by definition is an ability to purposely mold. For Scorpios, manipulation isn't just getting what they want out of others. When grieving, they're able to manipulate their sadness with intention.

This comes in different forms. For instance, by spending time with animals, children, or loved ones, they're able to manipulate feelings of protection and love that heal both themselves and those around them.

Sagittarius: The Hunt For Happiness

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​Saggitarius is driven by a genuine desire to find happiness. When they're first grieving they may feel lost and helpless as they no longer see a path to happiness.

Yet eventually their ambition kicks in and fuels them with the desire to fight their pain. They don't avoid their emotions and instead try to find ways to turn the negative ones into positive ones and be as happy as possible until they can become fully happy again.

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Capricorn: Maturity

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Capricorn tries to be mature about the way they handle grief, and finds it unhelpful to spend days in bed or to get angry. As an earth sign they feel connected to a higher being and can see the bigger picture.

They understand that loss will hurt for a while but that with time they will get past it, so they do their best to go through the motions until then, each day becoming easier than the last, until they're fully themselves again.

Aquarius: Living Back Memories

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Capricorns don't need external validation and motivation because they find it within themselves. They know the difference between what they can and can't control. They know they can't control a loss but they know that no one can take away the memories they created before they no longer could. So they chose to focus on what they can do.

They keep memories alive through pictures. They reconnect with people from their childhood or they pick up passions they left behind. This way, they connect back with themselves instead of caving to the loss.

Pisces: Just Keeps Swimming

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Pisces just need to be reminded that no matter what happens and how bad it is, the world keeps going and so they need to be able to keep up with it. Usually, they can get to this stage before falling down a spiral. Instead, they chose to lose themselves in ways that feel beautiful to them.

They chose to keep swimming. They indulge in self-care methods like watching movies or spending quality time with others. Their strength is in jump-starting their healing process and their motivation to keep moving forward.

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