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Gift Guide For The Gamers In Your Life

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As the holidays are fast approaching, you may be thinking about who will be the recipients of your gifts. It can be challenging if you have different types of people on your Christmas list. And you might not know what to give them. What if the list has an avid gamer in it, and you’re not sure what to give them? Check out this article to know what the 25 best gifts for gamers are.

1. Steelseries Apex Pro

The Steelseries Apex Pro is one of the best gifts for gamers on this list. Gamers can adjust the mechanical switches on this keyboard, depending on what they’re using it for. It has an 8x response rate, which is good because it could lead them to victory in some games. Plus, it has a handy wrist-rest too, which could ease wrist pain for a long time.

Price: $209.99

2. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset – PlayStation®

Wireless headsets like the Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset is one that many users swear by. It has a flip-to-mute feature, provides comfort thanks to its breathable cushions, and immerses the player into the game because of the 50mm speakers.

Price: $99.95

3. Razer Blade Stealth 13

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 laptop shows you don’t need a huge laptop for an optimum gaming experience. Hailed as the “World’s Fastest 13.3 Display”, it’s loaded with the NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti that maximizes their game’s graphics. Plus, with the OLED display, the images look clearer and crisper. The keyboard has different colors too. Even with the hefty price, it’s still one of the best gifts for gamers.

Price: Starting from $1699.99

4. Sega Genesis Mini

Bring on the nostalgia by buying the gamer in your life, the Sega Genesis Mini. Once you purchase this unit for them, it includes 42 games, and they can immediately play them by plugging it in. Let them relish in the memories they spent playing the console through the replica.

Price: $49.97

5. My Arcade Handheld Gaming System

Relive the days of going to the arcade by buying the My Arcade Handheld Gaming System. It has over 200 games like strategy, racing, and puzzle. Aside from being a gaming system, it’s cool to have it as a display to remember the good ol’ days of going to the arcade.

Price: $28.94

6. Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure

Nintendo Switch players know that this one has got them sore after one try. But, if you want the gamer in your life moving about while trying to have fun, the Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure can get them up from their chair and accomplish some minigame tasks. Make sure that your recipient has a Nintendo Switch since it’s compatible with that console only.

Price: $79.99

7. Razer Deathadder V2

When it comes to the gaming mouse, you have two choices: either a wired or wireless one. In terms of pros and cons, a wired mouse was the preference among gamers and users alike. The Razer Deathadder V2 is heralded as one of the best you can buy. Ergonomics come first for this mouse. Plus, you can expect a high DPI that will enable better accuracy.

Price: $69.99

8. Razer Kishi

The Razer Kishi controller is a must-have for mobile gamers. It’s a universal controller, so it’s compatible with iOS and Android. Gamers can even use it on the Xbox. It’s one of the best gifts for gamers because their fingers will no longer block the screen while playing.

Price: $79.99 to $99.99

9. Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II

As an alternative to headsets, a solid speaker set will definitely enhance the playing experience. The Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II will do just that. One of its best features is the BasXPort Technology that delivers a more natural sound and better bass while the games are ongoing.

Price: $99.99

10. Samsung SSD T5 

Games can take up much of the PC, Xbox, or laptop’s internal storage. Avid gamers will need more space as soon as they finish one game. The external Samsung SSD T5 will ensure that their games will stay secure in another storage. Plus, it even has a fast data transfer feature, which will help load their games instantly, making it one of the best gifts for gamers.

Price: $129.99 to $269.99

11. Google Stadia Premiere Edition

Give the gamer in your life a subscription to Google Stadia. Once they have a subscription, they get access to 4K quality games without buying a console. All they need is an internet connection of 35mbps and a monitor; they can start playing. But the Premiere Edition takes the gaming experience to the TV that includes a Google Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia Controller.

Price: $99.99

12. Gift Cards

Games can become expensive, and gamers may need an extra financial boost to buy the best games in the market. To ease that concern, gift cards are a way to do that. It’s a practical purchase, and they’d get relief for a couple of months or game purchases in the future.

You can choose from the following:

  • PlayStation
  • Steam
  • Nintendo
  • Xbox

Price: $5 to $100

13. Couchmaster CYCON Couch Gaming Lap Desk

A lapboard can help a gamer move from the chair to the couch or anywhere else in the room. You want to give the gamer in your life a lap desk with a stand. Plus, something steady for when they play. The best example is the CYCON Couch Gaming Lap Desk.

While the CYCON one is much more expensive than its other competitors, it does bring more comfort and space. Plus, it even has a small pouch on the side to put their favorite snacks while gaming. That’s why many consider this as one of the best gifts for gamers.

Price: $169.99

14. X Rocker Pro Series H3

Instead of a regular gaming chair, a rocker gaming chair is ideal for those who have consoles. Or just for general lounging. The X Rocker Pro Series H3 has built-in speakers, and gamers can even connect your audio on the chair. Plus, unlike most rocker chairs, this one has an armrest, so gamers can relax while playing their games.

Price: $249.99

15. YOSUDA Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser

Gamers may not get the exercise they need in a day. And it’s important that they care for their health too. While you may not see them stand up for long periods of time, this YOSUDA Under Desk Bike Pedal Exerciser will keep them moving while playing. 

Price: $139.99

16. CopperJoint Fingerless Compression Gloves

The threat of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome could hinder gamers from playing their favorite games for a long time. The CopperJoint Fingerless Compression Gloves alleviates that pain, making it much easier for gamers to play for a long time. And it’s the reason why many consider this as one of the best gifts for gamers.

Price: $21.83

17. Zyllion ZMA-13-BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager

As soon as the gamer in your life finishes playing for the day, they would feel sores and aches in their hands, back, or legs. Buy a massager like the Zyllion ZMA-13-BK to help them relieve the pains they might experience regularly. They can simply slip it on their back once the ache comes in and start with a push of a button.

Price: $54.95

18. 8-Bit Lit

Make them feel like they’re Mario when they “punch” the 8-Bit Lit from up top. It’s a great piece of decoration that any gamer would like since it reminds them of their old favorite games. You can buy one they can hang from the ceiling or with a stand.

Price: $40 to $45

19. Gunnar Intercept/Onyx Glasses

Since gamers may spend a long time looking at a screen or monitor, their eyes might experience strain and fatigue. According to most users, one of the best gaming glasses on the market is the Gunnar Intercept/Onyx. It will reduce the strain and dryness from staring at the monitor.

Price: $59.99

20. YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug

Once gamers are focused, sometimes they can forget when to drink water. Or forget to finish their coffee. And they might need an insulated mug or flask on their desk to remind them to take a sip once in a while. The YETI Rambler is one of the many products that will keep any of their drinks hot or cold for a long time.

Price: $24.99

21. Retro Video Game Poster

Hardware like the ones above, may be expensive for most. But gamers will also appreciate quirky gifts or decorative ones to spruce up their gaming space. One example is a gaming poster. It helps liven up their room and even entertain them as their game loads. This Retro Video Game Poster from HAUS and HEUS is both entertaining and informative.

Price: $14.99

22. Forever Lazy Onesie

A fleece onesie can make the gamer in your life feel comfortable. And even help them sleep after a long day (or night) of gaming. A Forever Lazy Onesie does just that. Those who have the habit of falling asleep on the chairs will definitely love the softness the onesie provides. It can then help give them a good night’s sleep.

Price: $29.99 to $39.99

23. Philips Hue

The Philips Hue LED Smart Light is the most recommended in the market. It’s great to give this to the gamer in your life to have a better game experience. They can stick it at the back of their monitor to light it up while playing at night. They can even connect the light to the wifi and sync it to the app.

Price: $88.02

24. Gameboy iPhone case

Pay homage to most gamers’ first portable console, the Gameboy, by giving the gamer in your life an iPhone case that looks just like it. It’s shockproof, and it’s available in many different colors. Plus, it even has games to entertain your gamer anywhere.

Price: $19.99

25. Super Plumber Warp Pipe Foam

Since gamers would focus on completing missions or fighting enemies left to right, they might forget their cold drink has already lost its chill. This Super Mario Koozie will keep their drink cool even after finishing different levels or fending off bosses.

Price: $14.99

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5 Questions To Ask About Financial Sustainability

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When it comes to financial sustainability, you’re going to want to know as much as possible. As the negative effects of climate change exacerbate, financial sectors are (finally) starting to shift their investments toward Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. 

Sustainable finance is the process of taking ESG considerations into account when making viable investments. That means putting money into companies that develop renewable energy, hire and promote employ members of marginalized communities, and infrastructure that will help protect humans in at-risk environments. 

This is a very serious, very complicated issue that we are running out of time to meaningfully tackle. There is also the risk that many of these efforts are performative (see: greenwashing), we have to make sure we are keeping those in power accountable. 

Once again, we bring in our favorite finance expert, Danetha Doe Chief Economist at Clever Real Estate and creator of Money & Mimosas. There is a lot to consider when financing sustainability – and she’s here to break it down in a digestible way. 

Here are 5 questions you should ask when considering financing sustainability, as explained by Danetha Doe. 

Are these investments profitable? Or is this just charity for rich folks to pat themselves on the back?

Imperial College of London’s business school ran a multi-country analysis comparing the returns from each country’s largest fossil fuel and renewable energy stocks over the last 10 years. They found that renewable energy stocks delivered higher returns for both 5 and 10-year time periods. 

Some people such as Kara Swisher and Chamath Palihapitiya think the next trillionaire will be someone that cracks a major problem in green energy. And for better or for worse, Elon is the richest person in the world based primarily on Tesla’s value. 

All this to say, the answer is YES. You can care about the planet and make money at the same time.

Will these investments actually help the environment in tangible ways? How soon?

Broadly, yes, these investments will help – and are helping – the environment in tangible ways. Investing in solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and electric vehicles while divesting from fossil fuels will help to reduce the pollution from power plants. 

The timeline of course correcting the damage that has already been done depends on a lot of factors. addition to investments from individuals, we need governmental bodies, Wall Street, and other parts of the private sector to continue to get on board. 

President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act includes environmental measures that will go a long way to support climate change efforts. The fashion industry, one of the biggest pollution culprits, has started to place a bigger emphasis on resale which will help to reduce waste. Wall Street has pumped out ESG funds that are more greenwashing than helpful, so we will need to hold them accountable. 

As an individual, the way you choose to spend and invest your money will go a long way because it will force corporations to prioritize sustainability efforts.

Will taxing the wealthiest people their fair share help? Would something like a ban on private jets help?

The short answer is maybe. The corporate tax structure may need to be reviewed, but I’m a bigger fan of adding fees to resource use to cover the externalities and then redistributing those funds to climate change efforts. For example, Kourtney Kardashian exceeded her water allotment budget by 101,000 gallons in June. Instead of increasing her base income tax percentage, maybe there’s a fee of $1,000 for each gallon over the allotment budget. The $101,000,000 fee is then redistributed to technology companies solving the freshwater scarcity crisis. 

Instead of banning private jets, you should have to pay a carbon fee for each ride. These fees might not stop the behavior, but they could finance the changes needed to get us to a greener future.

There are wealthy people who are actively trying to help with climate change efforts. Instead of penalizing all of them with a blanket tax, I suggest adding fees to resource use.

What kind of expenses will we be looking at if we fail to address climate change?

Deloitte’s report shows that inaction will cost the U.S. economy $14.5 trillion by 2070. Utility officials in Illinois estimate the warmer summers could cost locals an additional $11 billion over the next 30 years. By 2040, extreme heat in Arizona could add up to $110 to residents’ electric bills each year, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago predicts homeowner’s insurance premiums to rise due to climate change. In fact, some insurers have already stopped covering parts of California deemed too risky because of wildfires

Why me? Why do I have to make these changes? Should it just be the corporations since they’re the ones ruining the world?

This is an all-hands-on-deck scenario. Corporations should be held accountable, but they do respond to your spending and investing decisions. Greenwashing wouldn’t exist if corporations thought no one cared about the environment. At the very least, be selfish and think about the fact that the quality of the environment directly impacts you. The more you do your part, the greater chance you’ll have at being able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without worrying about fire smoke ruining your lungs or extreme flooding wiping out your island vacation home.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Investing in ESG is critical – but we have to be selective where we divest and relentless in our pursuit to ensure accountability. Further things to consider when financing sustainability are: 

  • Are these ESGs contributing to organizations or projects that counteract environmental harms perpetuated by the company? Or are they arbitrary investments that let them greenwash their reputation/only investments that provide “accreditation” over genuine impact?
  • Are ESGs investing in genuine solutions, or projects that perpetuate inequities and environmental harm?
  • Are companies engaging with ESGs also changing their own practices? Probably not: “They found that the companies in the ESG portfolios had worse compliance record for both labor and environmental rules. They also found that companies added to ESG portfolios did not subsequently improve compliance with labor or environmental regulations.”
    • Also – looking at ESG investments relative to a company’s other investments is imperative.

We send many thanks to Danetha Doe for her expertise in the financial field and her lovely disposition. Be sure to check out Money & Mimosas for other financial tips! 

Big thank you to Molly Blondell for her perspective on sustainable finance as an expert in the field. 

We can solve the climate crisis – we have a lot of work ahead of us. Get involved in your community, start in your neighborhood. Organize a clean-up, press your local officials to get serious about recycling programs, any little thing you can do helps. 

Let’s get to work.

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Why You Need These 5 Mental Strengths to Achieve Success

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According to psychotherapist and best-selling author Jody Michael, there are five main mental muscles that help us develop our emotional intelligence and resilience to build better interpersonal relationships that allow us to succeed in life. She states that many have mastered these mental strengths, but most people simply aren’t there yet. 

Much like how we exercise to stay physically fit, these mental strengths can be practiced and developed to help us succeed. 

1. Accountability

Many people wrongfully believe that they’ve mastered accountability, but personal responsibility goes far beyond daily menial duties like picking up your kids from school or doing the groceries. Proper accountability can be achieved when you:

  • Own up to your feelings and the circumstances that led to them instead of blaming others. 
  • Fully understand your participation in the events’ results while also being able to determine other potential contributors. 
  •  Have a grasp of what’s yours and hold others to owning up to what’s theirs. 

2. Helpful Beliefs

Beliefs are often thought of as truths but are simple assumptions that can be adjusted. Depending on the lenses you view them with, these beliefs can be examined and challenged to develop new ones. Here are some lenses you can set:

  • Collaborative lens: An inclusive perspective, this approach focuses on the concept that “I win when you win,” allowing everyone to gain insight no matter the result. 
  • Possibility lens: This view allows you to gain perspective by taking a step back, allowing you to see all possible problems, doubts, and obstacles to gain insight and perceive a better outcome. 
  • Opportunity lens: Seeing in this manner allows you to find opportunities no matter your situation.

3. Self-Assessment

Assessing your internal state, such as your self-doubt, the emotions you may feel, and the sensations you are experiencing, is vital to understanding your moods. For example, you may be experiencing a painful headache that is actually being brought on by the fears and anger you are going through. Knowing these self-assessment muscles allows you to determine which combination of experiences you are feeling, which helps you manage and regulate your responses to those triggers. 

4. Holding Multiple Perspectives

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Considering and understanding different perspectives that may not align with yours can help you live a happier life. Many people tend to stand firm on their individual viewpoints, which often leads to disagreement. When you’re not focused on proving yourself right and allowing differences in opinions to exist, you won’t need to enact judgment on who’s right or wrong. Letting go of this black and white mentality and accepting the reality of complexity among ourselves allows us to value our respective endeavors. 

5. Calming Your Physiology

We all must understand that our thoughts can influence our nervous systems, significantly affecting our physical state. We can choose to get wound up over anything easily or develop the ability to calm ourselves instead. By practicing effective techniques such as muscle relaxation and breathing exercises, we can manage and control the triggers that may set us off to be better. 

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The ONLY 4 Happy Hormones You Need

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The human brain produces four feel-good hormones associated with happiness: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphin, and Oxytocin. These innately made chemicals are responsible for many bodily processes, such as triggering your feelings of happiness and helping regulate your mood. 

In our daily lives, there are many stressors that contribute to anxiety and low morale. Knowing how to improve your outlook with simple practices that boost your mood can significantly benefit the way you go on with your day. Specific happy hormones are triggered by certain events or rewards that lead to positive feelings, such as happiness and pleasure. Activities like cooking, reading, exercising, and listening to music are some examples of practices that can help you feel better and enhance your mood.  

Boosting Happy Hormones Naturally

The four hormones responsible for happiness can be specifically activated naturally to provide the boost you might need to face the challenges of your day. Knowing how these hormones work can help you set your feelings and actions towards triggering them. 

Dopamine 

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Identified as the “feel-good” hormone, dopamine plays a huge part in your brain’s motivation and reward systems. It is responsible for pleasure, memory, and learning, which is why it gets activated when you aim to achieve exciting goals. The expectation of claiming a reward once a goal has been achieved triggers dopamine release in our system, providing an extra boost of energy that helps in the effort. 

Drinking coffee and consuming sugar are common ways of increasing dopamine in our system. However, there are simpler ways of conditioning yourself to boost dopamine more naturally. This can be achieved by setting new goals for yourself and taking small achievements every day to fulfilling them can provide you the reward of developing new dopamine pathways that make you happier. 

Whether it’s a professional goal or taking on a new sport or hobby, the practice of taking on challenges and completing goals can help you boost your mood and stay motivated. 

Serotonin

This neurotransmitter regulates your mood and is responsible for your appetite, digestion, sleep, and even bone health. In addition, serotonin is a vital hormone to control anxiety and depression. 

Having belief in your self-worth and the feeling of being confident can trigger your serotonin response. In addition, building a habit of believing in yourself by adapting to something new and conquering new challenges can help build confidence and boost your serotonin. 

Oxytocin

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Oxytocin is responsible for bonding relationships and the feeling of trust. This “love hormone” is also essential for biological activities such as childbirth, breastfeeding, and the development of parent-child bonding. 

Social trust and physical intimacy can trigger your oxytocin response. Emotional connection with who you interact is also crucial to how this hormone is released, which is why developing relationships and trust networks can help you achieve more positive steps. 

Endorphins

Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever, which is why they are primarily associated with exercising. These hormones provide pleasure and mitigate pain, allowing you to push through tasks like running or trying to survive without being hampered by injury. 

Doing activities that you love, such as watching a movie or eating your favorite food, can help you release endorphins. Laughter is also a natural way to gain a burst of this hormone. 

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