Raw Deals: Here are 8 ways to fulfill a New Year's resolution to learn something new

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Everyone makes the New Year's resolution to lose weight or quit smoking -- what a joke! You know most people are off the wagon after 30 days anyway. So, here's a better idea: encourage your friend or loved one to resolve to teach themselves something new in 2016. Here are some great gift ideas to spark the inspiration:

51Ocx00zncL._SL75_1. Learn a language with Rosetta Stone

One of the best things you can do to prevent Alzheimer's disease is to learn a new language. It makes your brain work in unbelievable ways. Give the gift of brain health and a new language to someone you love.

419mT68uB2L._SL75_2. Rock out with Jamstik WIFI SmartGuitar

This is one of the coolest things I secretly want but would never have time for. It's just the part of the guitar you need to learn the right chords and teach yourself how to play. It connects wirelessly to an app on your iPhone or laptop and it's got all the programs you need to walk you through the lessons.

515pBTsH4oL._SL75_3. Learn to cook

Many people can follow a recipe or follow the back of a Hamburger Helper box, but can you look into a nearly empty refrigerator and come up with a meal with just a few ingredients? Spend 2016 teaching yourself how to do just that.

41Cb68r-HjL._SL75_4. Teach yourself to code

If there's one thing the world needs more of it's coders and programmers. If you're ready to make some extra cash, be your own boss or work for people like Google, Apple, Twitter or Facebook some day, this is the place to begin!

41Gekoe+H+L._SL75_5. Appreciate Jazz

Few people get it, but once you do jazz becomes less of a mystery and more the magic of music. Walk through some of the basics, the history and then apply it all to the beauty of the music in some of these box sets.

51D3FoxG2LL._SL75_6. Learn to knit or crochet

Get started now and by next year your friend will have holiday gifts knitted for everyone you know! This is the gift that keeps on giving!

Knitting:

Crochet:

414XIh5Yp9L._SL75_7. Become an awesome bartender

Drink up, this is a gift that will not only help when there's a party but in the event of an unfortunate unemployment having this as a skill is one that will pay the bills for sure.

51wnN-1iQ7L._SL75_8. Learn How To Fix Shit

Drop a ring down the sink? Garbage disposal not turning? Want to install your new dishwasher or light fixture yourself? It's always great to have basic fix-it skills that can get you by so your friend no longer must pay to have it done. The downside of this new skill is once someone finds out your friend is handy, they're calling asking for help.