The Frisky Gift Guide: Don’t Forget Your Manners

‘Tis the season to shower the people you love – and, of course, get a little soaked yourself — with pretty wrapped packages. While giving and receiving can be oh so joyful, it can also create a serious amount of stress and anxiety. Puzzled about who on your list actually deserves a present – and who’s better left off? Concerned about whether you should be honest with your Mom about the horrendous handbag she gave you? Unsure as to what kind of gift is appropriate to give your brand-new girlfriend of six weeks? As you prepare to play Santa or Hanukkah Harry this holiday season, consider the advice of Dallas Teague Snider, founder of Make Your Best Impression, a business protocol and etiquette consulting firm, and Diane Gottsman, Director of The Protocol School of Texas. After the jump, find their guidelines for grateful holiday gift-giving – and receiving…

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Poll: Which Gown Should Michelle Obama Rock To The Inauguration Ball?

Women’s Wear Daily commissioned dozens of designers to sketch gowns for Michelle Obama to wear to the Inauguration Ball on Jan. 20. Every designer is dying to dress this budding style icon, but some of the proposed gowns were downright fugly. So we culled our top 10 picks and decided to leave the decision to the people. This is a democracy, after all. Keep reading »

The Frisky Gift Guide: Home Sweet Home

The holidays are a great time to buy the people in your life items that add to their homes’ ambiance and convenience. For example, my mom came over for Thanksgiving and brought her turkey baster, and it was so busted that I am totally buying her a new one for Christmas. Likewise, I hope she buys me a new comfy, cozy throw for my couch, because I am cold. Right now. And don’t forget to check out everything else in our amazing Gift Guide 2008! Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For December 6-7th 2008

I’m really excited about all the classic movies coming on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday. It’s been ages since I watched “Little Women.” The Sci-Fi channel is re-airing “Tin Man” on Sunday, in case you missed it last year. Zooey Deschanel plays Dorothy in this made-for-TV adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” Also, I’m excited about “70′s Fever” on the History channel because I swear I was born in the wrong time. Studio 54, here I come. Oh, but hold the cocaine. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Jessica Simpson Wants To Get Closer To God

  • Jessica Simpson wants to become religious scholar. What inspired her? A documentary about the Da Vinci Code! Her father, a former-minister, must be kind of insulted. [The Sun U.K.]
  • Condom preference says a lot about a man. [College Candy]
  • The Mary-Kate Olsen pregnancy rumors are still on? Really? People, she’s a twig. It’s just not possible. [The Superficial]
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    Fake It With A Phone Call!

    On a bad date with a guy who insists on impersonating Austin Powers? Stuck in a boring blah, blah, blah kind of meeting? Got a friend dragging you through every store in the over-crowded mall? Well, now you get out of whatever hot mess you’re in with a fake phone call! Both Blackberry and iPhone customers can now download applications which you can set to “call” you at convenient times, provided the perfect escape. If you have a Blackberry, check out the choices here. If you’re packing an iPhone, you can download a couple applications at this site. You’ll be able to select when you want to be called or, with some programs, even text-messaged. I can’t wait to use this feature when my uncle’s creepy neighbor will undoubtedly corner me at their annual Hanukkah party! Thanks to my tech savvy friend Steve, who showed me the magic that is “faking it” with a phone call, I feel safer this holiday season than ever before. Maybe I won’t need to drink so heavily this year to avoid all the awkwardness…just kidding, I really do wish I could get an egg nog drip! But this fake phone call application will certainly ease my social pressure pain year round. Keep reading »

    The Frisky Guidebook: The City Of Love

    As the romance capital of the world, Paris has the authority on many sexy things. After all, they did give the world couture dresses, Catherine Deneuve, and, of course, French kissing. Here are our suggestions for getting down in the city of love.
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    Commenters Ball: Our Favorite Comments Of The Week

    We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! For this, our second week dishing out the goodies, our five favorite frisky commenters will each receive Popptags wine gift tags! Now, without further adieu, here are our five winners…

    In the comments this week: East Coast Male is still wooing the ladies with his frank talk, although we really think his soul mate is shannac02. “Mind of Man”‘s John DeVore wins so much support we’d like to dub him “The Frisky’s Obama,” and nearly every lady found six words to sum up their life story — from the sexy to the touching. Needless to say, there was a lot of love to choose from!
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    Crave: Modofly Notebooks (Win These!)

    Our minds can’t remember everything we need them to, and we’re not middle-aged yet. Grocery lists, gift ideas, websites we want to visit, books we want to read — we’d forget them all if it weren’t for the handy notebook we carry around in our purse. Modofly creates beautiful ones decorated with gold-colored designs by a slew of different artists. And, if you feel the need to be a true individual, they’ll even make custom notebooks featuring whatever artwork you want. [from $22, Modofly]

    We’re giving away five Modofly notebooks customized with The Frisky logo, but you have to work if you want them. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Dec. 5 through Thursday, Dec. 11—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »

    Planned Parenthood’s Gift Certificates Cause Controversy

    Not sure what to get one of your best girlfriends or a female in your family for a gift this holiday season? How about a gift certificate to Planned Parenthood in Indiana or Illinois, which can be redeemed for any of their women’s health services, including pap smears, birth control, STD tests, and, yes, abortions. The gift certificates can be bought in $25 increments and really would be a great gift for a woman who doesn’t have health insurance, as PP’s services are generally very affordable. Of course, it should have been expected that the religious right would go all koo-koo crazy about PP’s latest offering and when we linked to a College Candy story about this topic in yesterday’s Quickies, we didn’t understand how much larger the issue was. Keep reading »

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