Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2014 holiday gift guide is out, and it’s about as ridiculous as you’d expect. E! and ETOnline both added up the total cost of all the items on it (not including those listed as “price upon request”), and E! came up with $109,384 while ET came up with $107,309.49. By Newser’s count, there are 212 items in the guide not listed as “price upon request,” making the average cost per item about $511. Read more on Newser…
Every year in the beginning of November, I start panicking about the upcoming holidays and all of the presents I need to get. I have a particularly large family with some especially difficult characters to buy for (and I can only purchase so many checkout aisle tchotchkes), so I usually find myself wandering the ravaged aisles of Target and Marshall’s on Christmas day looking for last-minute gifts. Not this year, my friends… not this year. Keep reading »
YES. I am READY FOR CHRISTMAS. I have a job that pays me more than $10 an hour, ten hours a week this year (couldn’t say that last year), my overall health is in a good place, I’m determined to enjoy the cold weather instead of trudging through it, and my boyfriend and I are moving into a larger-than-studio apartment at the beginning of December, so I’ll actually have space to decorate.
November 1st marked Day 1 of Christmas-music-only radio stations, and Christmas items are already stocked in Walgreens, so basically, it’s Christmas now. Here are the things I’m looking forward to most… Keep reading »
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further: For just $475,000, Neiman Marcus is offering the chance to design a perfume with an expert in Paris. Your fragrance will come in 14-karat gold bottles, the Dallas Morning News reports. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, perhaps one of the store’s other nine fantasy gifts, all part of this year’s exercise-in-extravagance Christmas Book, will. Read more on Newser…
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According to the Daily Mail, retailers in the UK are churning out their holiday decorations already, and it is an OMG Big Deal to shoppers. I have no idea whether this is a brand new trend or a yearly thing, but I’m weirdly inspired by it. Usually, I get disgusted when retailers drum up anxiety about upcoming shopping events, like when back-to-school season begins in July (let me enjoy summer in peace!), but maybe holiday shopping should be done in the summertime. Think about it how nice it could be to leisurely go about making gift purchases in sunny weather without an ever-looming time limit for finding the perfect present for that one friend who’s impossible to shop for. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be space out the big chunks of cash you spend on presents over several months instead of doling out the usual harried lump sum you end up putting on your credit card on December 23? Even better is the thought of having a big reserve pile of Christmas cards stashed away in my apartment before November even arrives. The holiday season, in my mind, is generally a big stress-filled blur, and that clouds my decision-making abilities when it comes to gift shopping. In December, the mall crowds are awful, the weather is horrific, many of us are facing the seasonal blues. That time of year, all I want is to curl up under a blanket or actually celebrate the holidays with loved ones instead of wasting time shopping for it. Because of all that seasonal baggage, I rush into buying overpriced presents just to get it over and done with. We can all do better than this! Keep reading »