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We meant to publish this earlier, but technical errors limited us. For more information read our December update.

Can you believe it’s almost 2020?

We survived 2019, although if you spend enough time on twitter, your world may appear splintered like a convenience-store window someone threw a brick at.

Buying gifts for others is hard. Buying gifts for yourself that improve your life and your dedication to your path–your mind, body & Spirit pillars–is even harder.

It’s easy buying gifts that bring pleasure and distraction. It’s hard to find gifts for you or others that improve your life.

That’s why we created the Andreian 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, full of products and services that will improve your life and get you a little closer to your goals.

We use all of the items & services below and stand behind them. Although the products are affiliates–which means your purchase helps us continue making your favorite content–this comes at no expense to you.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday, or whatever holiday you celebrate. Honestly, we don’t care. We say Christmas because that’s what we celebrate.

You can celebrate whatever you want and we will still wish you a good new year; because that’s what friends–no–brothers, do.

Andreian 2019 Christmas Gift Guide

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Alexa Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a staple gift at Christmas time. Amazon usually discounts this entry-level smart home device around the holiday time and there are a few good deals around now.

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Some of the deals are limited one-per account.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you don’t yet own noise-canceling headphones and you can afford them, get them. It will be one of the best purchases you ever make.

These Sony bad-boys will turn a crowded coffee shop into your own private office, or a crowded plane full of babies into a private jet audiobook experience.

The two top noise-canceling headphones are the Sonys and The Bose Quiet Comforts. Between the two we prefer the Sonys, but we aren’t audiophiles either.

Regardless of which pair you select, noise-canceling headphones are one of the best investments you can make for your sanity, focus and the many paths you follow.

Roomba

Anything that saves time from doing repetitive chores is a good gift for the Andreian who is dedicated to his mission.

Vacuuming takes a lot of time; more so if you have pets or a large home.

With a Roomba, you never have to vacuum again. Instead of vacuuming, you can sprinkle a little carpet fresh for extra freshness around your home and let your Roomba do the work.

You can learn how to speak a new language with the time you save no longer having to vacuum your carpet or floors.

Duolingo Plus

Duolingo is a free application that teaches new languages. You can learn Spanish, Japanese, or even the Game of Thrones Valarian language, for the virgins clutching anime pillows.

We aren’t affiliated with Duolingo–but we love the company. There is a free version with unintrusive ads.

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However, you can get Duolingo plus that removes adds and comes with a few new features for less than $100 a year.

If you prefer learning a new language from your computer instead of your phone or tablet, you can do that too.

Bowflex select Dumbbells

Bowflex Select-Tech Dumbbells are a mechanical masterpiece. Well, you don’t want to ever drop them because they do have moving parts, like a watch or a car, but they do provide access to a full rack of dumbbells maxing out at 50 pounds, or 100 pounds per dumbbell depending on what model you get.

The Select Tech Dumbbells are a great gift. They’re good for a fit man and great for a fat man.

The option to dial-up the weight you want makes these dumbbells a good purchase for anyone.

Bowflex makes an adjustable weight Kettlebell but we don’t recommend it. Because of the internal mechanics, one drop could break the bell.

Suspension Trainer

The TRX was the first suspension trainer on the market. It costs upwards of $150. But thanks to the ingenuity of China and the lack of patent law, you can get a knockoff brand for around $50 that’s just as nice. Allegedly.

A suspension trainer provides a serious workout at home or on the go. We mean it. you can get after it with just this one piece of lightweight equipment.

Jocko Willink recommends Olympic rings. Those are good too. We prefer the bands over the rings because you can do more movements.

For traveling, you can’t beat a suspension trainer. All you need is a door that pulls towards you. We use suspension trainers all the time in hotels and at home.

Rocketbook

A Rocketbook is a cool invention that pairs wonderfully with Evernote.

Essentially, Rocketbook is a felt-pen notebook but the pages can scan into Evernote in high quality.

So instead of having to buy notebooks all the time, you can buy a few Rocketbooks of varying sizes and use those instead.

If you’re environmentally conscious you can also virtue signal how much paper you are saving.

You can even buy these little orange triangles to turn your whiteboard into a scannable document.

More productivity. More Progress.

CBD

CBD is this year’s Kratom.

CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. The benefits of CBD are long, although we’d like to see a little more hard science before becoming full-on CBD heads.

CBD Benefits

  • Pain relief
  • Anxiety relief
  • Depression relief
  • PTSD relief
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

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We use CBD for pain relief. CBD feels great if you have arthritis or arthritis-like pain.

Our favorite brand is Select, a pioneer in the vapable marijuana and CBD products.

Their CBD pens are discreet, disposable, and don’t look like traditional vapes so your friends won’t make fun of you for putting your mouth around a robot shaft.

Smile Direct Club

Smile Direct Club is a teledentistry service that offers Invisalign by mail-order at a price so low it might give a Dentist a stress-cavity.

We’ve used them ourselves too.

Smile Direct Club sends you a mold to bite. It makes an impression of your teeth.

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After that, you’ll send your impressions back to them and in a few weeks they’ll generate a 3D render of what your horse mouth could look like if you use them.

At this point it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it to continue, but with all of the payment options and the low price-point, it’s not a bad idea to fix your smile.

If you aren’t happy with your first 3d render you can ask for revisions, too.

With our partnership, you can save $100 off your new smile.

Masterclass

Masterclass is an online learning library with courses from masters–no losers allowed.

All of the instructors are legends in their field. Like Steph Curry teaching basketball, or Martin Scorsese teaching filmmaking.

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Masterclass won’t teach you hard skills like how to operate a film camera.

Instead, you get 1-on-1 lessons on how the masters do their craft and the theory behind their work. This is much more valuable, anyways.

You can get masterclass for a year, fairly inexpensively, for you or someone else. If you have a purpose, Masterclass has an instructor that can help get you there.

Their holiday deal includes a buy one get one free subscription. Nice.

Kettlebell

The kettlebell is one of the most versatile fitness tools around. There are tons of exercises you can do with a kettlebell, including one of the best exercises for sports performance; the Kettlebell swing.

If you take good care of your Kettlebell, it can last for a lifetime. Just don’t swing your cannonball around that fancy new tv.

Timtam

The Timtam is an automatic massager invented by mastermind Firas Zihabi of Tri-Star gym. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Zihabi is the head trainer of famous UFC Fighters like GSP and rising star Kevin Lee.

The Timtam looks like a sex toy and feels even better. You don’t put it in your butt, you put it on tight muscles.

Rolling on a lacrosse ball for some self-myofascial release is alright, but the Timtam is what real professionals use.

If that isn’t enough for you, the alpha thumb endorses it too. 

Robinhood Investment account

Robinhood is a tech-startup brokerage that was first to offer commission-free trading. you can start investing for yourself or a loved one right now.

Open an account for yourself and start Dollar-cost averaging.

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Or, open an account for one of your children and fund $100 into their account. Teaching someone the power of compound interest is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

The gift of power.

With our partnership, you get a free stock just by funding an account.

PSO-RITE Psoas Release Tool

The Pso Rite is a self-myofascial release massager you use like a lacrosse ball.

It’s an expensive tool, but one David Goggins swears by. He said the Pso Rite massager helped save his life and correct his posture near the end of his famously hardcore biography.

You need to adjust the Pso Rite just right to get the best effects. Your Psoas are notoriously hard to stretch. This tool will help.

Tactical backpack

Instead of getting a supreme backpack, or a hershel one, consider getting a tactical backpack with MOLLE instead.

MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It looks like webbing covering the backpack like a web. It’s made for attaching equipment. So you can use a carabiner to attach water bottles, bag accessories, or anything else you may need.

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If these bags are made right they’ll last forever. Our choice is the 511 tactical bag.

If budget isn’t an issue the Goruck backpack is a literal bomb-proof vault you wear on your back.

Plants

Plants are a great gift for any Andreian.

If any of your pillars require you to work at a desk, inside for most of the day, plants will help you work longer by reminding you of the outside and cleaning the air for you.

Air quality matters. Your health depends on it. You can get plants at a local plant store or a bigger brand like Home Depot.

You can get plants from Amazon–and we listed a product for you–but we noticed, anecdotally, that they don’t live as long.

Check out this NASA guide to the best plants for cleaning the air. Pair plants with a sunlight lamp and you’ll be able to extend your working hours.

Komuso breathing tool

The Komuso is a stainless steel necklace that mimics a reed. Monks used plants like reeds to blow through and extend their exhales.

Breathing slowly reduces anxiety and helps create a grounded mind. You can achieve a state of pure consciousness–the shit that Yogi’s and other new–age shills espouse–by making breathing manual instead of automatic.

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Imagine, being able to focus on your work with zero distracting thoughts. You can achieve a flow state with breathing, like what Master Wim Hoff teaches.

You don’t need the Komuso pendant to be grounded, but it’s a useful tool for doing so and a good reminder to stay grounded when consistently worn.

 Dreamhost Web Hosting package 

Everyone with a business or a job can benefit from a website. You don’t need to learn to code to make a website either. But you do need Webhosting.

Webhosting isn’t expensive. With our deal, it’s even cheaper.

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Follow this link to get $50 off your web hosting package.

If you use a service like Squarespace, you don’t need hosting. However, you don’t control your website and that can be a serious issue. Freedom of speech is under attack and offending someone can mean your website gets taken down.

But not if you own the platform.

There are WordPress themes with great drag and drop building capabilities. Sans coding. The front page of the blog was built using the TagDiv editor in a few hours with zero coding experience.

We use a theme with such functions. Ours is the Newspaper theme by tagDiv.

Books

You can always get books for others or for yourself. Below is a list of fiction and non-fiction books we recommend. You can get an Audible membership and two audiobooks for free to start.

Non-fiction

Fiction

Outro

Even if your family doesn’t operate this way, getting your parents a gift, even something small, can make their entire year.

Spending excess money is never good. The things you own slowly begin to own you.

But, if you spend money on things that help you, then you stay in control of your life.

Happy Holidays.

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