Buying presents for people you actually like is hard enough. When you’re forced to buy for someone who is undeserving of your holiday thoughtfulness (and hard-earned cash), browsing the generic gift section at Target feels like pulling teeth. But alas, we all have people on our Christmas lists who we kinda wish didn’t exist, yet we are obligated to buy gifts for anyway. Not that we endorse being passive-aggressive, but sometimes it’s necessary to make a statement to your evil granny who is fond of pointing out how much weight you’ve gained. Enjoy the worst part of your holiday shopping by gifting her with something that will leave her speechless for once. Click through for some present ideas for the people on your list who you love to hate.
Earlier this week, Slate.com columnist Aisha Harris wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece arguing that Santa Claus needed a makeover. Instead of always being depicted as a jolly, fat, white man, Santa Claus should be a penguin. Harris wrote about growing up as a Black child and seeing two versions of Santa — on TV and at school, Santa was white, but at home, the Santa who decorated her house (and delivered presents) at Christmastime was Black, just like her. Harris described how this omnipresent white figure made her feel as a child:
I remember feeling slightly ashamed that our black Santa wasn’t the “real thing.” Because when you’re a kid and you’re inundated with the imagery of a pale seasonal visitor—and you notice that even some black families decorate their houses with white Santas—you’re likely to accept the consensus view, despite your parents’ noble intentions.
Depicting Santa as an animal, Harris argued, “could spare millions of nonwhite kids the insecurity and shame that I remember from childhood.” She continued: Keep reading »
If I was a celebrity, I would be just like Mariah Carey. She’s got a “pink room” — that she doesn’t let her kids into — in her home filled with pink cushions and rugs and a chandelier (obvs). Her Christmas tree is decorated with dozens of real peonies. And she gave this entire interview while wearing a silky cream-colored robe and Agent Provocateur slippers, which she takes off and tosses on the floor at the end. How do I say this? I LOVE HER. Also, I didn’t know until watching this clip but Mariah Carey actually co-wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” AKA the best Christmas song ever. “I wanted to make the most festive song that would always make people happy,” she said. All this time I had no idea! Is it possible to love her even more? [TODAY]
Why We Love It: Whether your heading out to the club or a fancy dinner party, you’re going to have a very good time. Tucked into a custom black thong, this remote control vibrator also vibrates and pulses to music or your lover’s very own voice from a built-in mic in the remote. It’s lightweight and slim, so you won’t be weighed down. Let’s just hope your partner shows you some mercy at that dinner party. [$79, Sextoy.com] Keep reading »
Still on the hunt for a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for lady in your life? Not sure what to ask for yourself? Don’t worry, The Frisky staff is here to help! We’ll be compiling our Christmas lists (along with some pertinent stats) to help you get inspired. Or just take a voyeuristic peek into our deepest consumerist desires. Either way. First up is Winona!
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Favorite Movie: “The Sandlot”
Signature Drink: Bellini (or anything with Prosecco, really)
Primary Interests: Travel, fashion, cooking, country music, Connie Britton, existential crises.
What I Really Want: Keep reading »
Today’s most adorable child in the world award goes to this little girl who signed all the holiday songs during her school’s concert for her deaf parents in the audience. One of my best friends is a CODA (child of deaf adults) and said watching this brought tears to her eyes because it harkened back to when she had to do all the interpreting at school. This girl is really impressive! Most of her classmates are struggling with the basic hand gestures for the carols, while she’s signing all the lyrics in ASL — and hamming it up with goofy faces while she does it (likely because she knows she’s being filmed). I hope Santa brings her something really good in her stocking. [Gawker]