Come the holiday season, I’m all abuzz with warm, fuzzy feelings. The world is all aglitter with Christmas lights, hot cocoa and cider sit warm in my belly, dogs wear absurd sweaters, and I can’t stop smiling. I practically piss eggnog. From the day after Thanksgiving through Boxing Day, I delve into a playlist of about 120 Christmas songs—and counting. That’s roughly six and a half hours of music. I have five recordings of “Jingle Bells” alone. There’s no cure for my holiday hysteria (and if there were, I’m certain it’d be shaped like a tiny candy cane). Keep reading »
Your sister is cheeky, irreverent, and almost always has something inappropriate to say at family gatherings. She’s always been too cool for school, especially all those times she ignored you in the hallway. Hopefully you guys have settled the score by now, but even if you aren’t on quite the same page, there are a few holiday presents that are acceptable for your sassy sister.
E-cards work well for a quick greeting, but sometimes you want to give the pleasure of a physical card in the mail. Gone are the days of simply finding a card in the store, signing your name and maybe writing a word or two. Thankfully, there are some great, easy ways to send cards without ever having to set foot in a Hallmark store. With these apps and websites, you can create and send personalized cards right on your phone to have delivered in the mail. Read more…
Shopping for dads is weird. You can go the tie route, or the dress shirt route, or the “Billy The Singing Bass” route. (Please don’t go that route.) Can you blame your dad for saying every year, “No, no, don’t get me anything! I don’t need anymore crap”? So I stopped buying my dad “crap.” Usually I end up buying him a book because he is a big reader. However, that is getting predictable! So this year I’ve searched high and low for the perfect gifts for a smartypants dad: a guy who can take apart and reassmble any appliance in the kitchen, a history buff, and someone who listens to NPR (even though he thinks they’re a bunch of dirty hippies). My dad would love every single one of these holiday gifts — I hope yours would, too! Keep reading »
The trick to a great homemade gift idea is getting the end result to look as if it was professionally made, and, believe it or not, that’s an easy thing to do! From leather phone cases to high-end lotion bars, we’ve found 17 deceptively easy homemade gifts that are sure to impress. Just click through the slideshow at the link and start crafting! Read more…
Do you have a friend who’s always covered in cat hair and smells vaguely of Fresh Step? It doesn’t matter if she’s young or old; you can be a crazy cat lady at any age. There’s a 90 percent chance that I myself am, or am on my way to becoming, this girl. As anyone who loves a cat will know, they’re all kinds of lovely, but you don’t even have to own one to be a cat lady at heart. Other symptoms include Google Images searches for “kittens snuggling” and loving the Samuel L. Jackson-narrated African Cats. Keep reading »
My husband is like a child when it comes to giving gifts. He shops big – both big price tags and big impact — and he’s usually even more excited about giving me my gifts than I am about getting them. They’re always really nice – for my 30th birthday I got an iPad – and he literally can’t wait to give them to me. (I got the unwrapped iPad weeks before my actual birthday.) I, on the other hand, gravitate towards thoughtful gifts with smaller price tags. The money he puts behind my (often bling-y) gifts caught me off guard earlier in our relationship, and it’s taken me almost six years to convince him that every holiday doesn’t require an over-the-top gift. Keep reading »
We all know, or are, an aspiring fashionista. Even if you don’t, it’s easy to pick her out. She’s either decked out all avant-garde, or keeping it badass and chic in head-to-toe black. The fashion-y girl is everywhere, be she stomping up and down your block or in your house, in your bedroom, in your bed, wearing your clothes!!! (that’s you). A girl can be fashion-savvy on any budget, but we all know how rough it can be flipping through the pages of our glossies and wondering aloud, “Why can’t that be me?” Luckily, the beauty of a true fashionista is that she doesn’t discriminate. H&M or D&G, it makes no difference so long as it’s cute. Keep reading »
One of the best (and laziest) parts of the holiday season is throwing on your PJs and hunkering down for a holiday movie marathon. The season doesn’t really start until we’ve seen “Elf” and “Scrooged” a couple of times. Here are nine holiday movies that make us laugh, cry, and break out the yuletide cheer. What’s your favorite holiday-themed movie?
I grew up with three — count ‘em, three! — awesomely nerdy brothers. In high school, our house was the go-to spot for LAN parties, which involved large groups of teenage boys lugging their desktop computers into our basement to play Medal Of Honor all night, taking breaks to put household items in the George Foreman grill and see who could eat the most pickles without throwing up. Good times. In case you’re wondering what to get your own nerdy sibling (obviously this list is equally applicable to nerdy sisters and nerds with whom blood is not shared), I asked my 16-year-old brother to put together his ultimate wishlist. Click through to check it out!