All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the scent sophisticate in your life ….
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This year, instead of exchanging holiday presents here at The Frisky, we’ve decided to give each other slideshows of the gifts we would give one another if money were no object. Last week, the staff gifted me with some awesome imaginary presents. This week it’s Julie’s turn! Click through to see the gifts in her virtual stocking. It’s the thought that counts, right?
A couple weeks ago I asked you to share your DIY holiday gift suggestions. If you plan on making your own gifts this year, you should probably get started this weekend if you haven’t already. After the jump, a round-up of some of the best reader suggestions if you’re still looking for inspiration. Keep reading »
Forget that gift cards generally make lousy presents, another reason why they’re an all-around bad idea: they’re becoming popular vehicles of crime. The New York Times reports that more and more, retail employees are committing theft by manipulating stores’ gift cards. When you think about it, these electronic devices are far more clever than filling one’s pockets up with cash or goods, as it’s essentially hidden money. Joshua Bamfield, author of the Global Retail Theft Barometer, tells the Times, “To employees, this is like currency. It’s almost as good as the U.S. dollar.”
So what should you be looking out for? One popular tactic is for a clerk to distract you while they hand you a zero-value card and take your money themselves. Ask them to verify the value in front of you, or come back and ask a different employee to check the balance. Thank you for reading this very important PSA. [New York Times] Keep reading »
For parents, part of the joy of Christmas is knowing your children will behave in the days leading up to Santa’s arrival. But when you grow up, the scary possibility of finding coal in your stocking instead of presents has been fairly nonexistent, until now: Lush Cosmetics decided to bring back the sooty gift this season. But it’s not quite what you think. Though it may appear to be a pile of gross black rocks, their Want to Believe Bath Melt is actually a beauty product, made from soy milk and cocoa butter meant for a delicious bathing experience. It will soften the skin while also providing a great Christmas morning prank. Actually, it could be the most perfect gift for a frenemy. Keep reading »
As we get older, Christmas gifts have a tendency of getting more expensive and less whimsical. Barbie’s Dream House is replaced with four-inch Louboutin heels and it’s exciting, yes, but also a bit sad. I don’t remember the last time I received a gift that legitimately made me smile. That’s not to say that friends, family and sundry now-ex-boyfriends haven’t been thoughtful and generous. Because they have. The fault is more mine than anyone else’s. You see, I’m one of those conniving gift receivers that subtly lays the tracks for future presents weeks in advance. By the time the holiday finally arrives, I’ve subconsciously given people no other choice but to get me what I want. Devious though it may be, it’s a method I’ve perfected.
The thing is, this year I want a gift that’s almost impervious to my underhanded hinting and suggestions: ice skates. Keep reading »
We’ve talked before about reasons not to have children, so here’s another—you can just fake it! When it comes to balancing work and home life, we mainly think about the negative … but doesn’t having kids also give you a legitimate reason to do less work, too? (Real-world answer: no.)
The Kid in a Kit from Office Kit helps the childless create the illusion of being parents, thus reaping all the benefits that employees with children get, like leaving work early to “pick the tyke up from school” or having to stay home because “little Suzy is sick.” The kit comes with a picture of a kid for the desk, artwork to hang in your cubicle and a little handbook full of parental excuses.
OK, so this is a joke (we hope!). But you gotta wonder—if that’s not a picture of your baby, then whose kid is that? Shame on the parent who loaned out their child’s smile to strangers seeking an extra sick day. [InventorSpot] Keep reading »
New York-based artist Justin Gignac is one of those dudes who inspires us to ask, Why didn’t I think of that? After a co-worker pointed out and emphasized the importance of package design, he got the bright idea that anything could be dressed to sell, including garbage. In addition to hawking crap from the streets of the Big Apple, he’s also created “limited-edition” cubes from The Republican National Convention and St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, among other excess street garbage-producing events. And judging from the fact that he and his wife now reside in Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan’s most expensive neighborhoods, the trash collection biz must be somewhat lucrative. Hey, at $50-$100 a cube, it’s a pretty good profit. We just hope they’re smell-proof. [NYC Garbage] Keep reading »
Americans will go crazy beginning Friday as we hunt for unique gifts for our friends and family, but the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL, has made our present search simple. The zoo’s gift shop is selling “magical reindeer gem” necklaces made from dehydrated, sterilized, and spray-painted reindeer dung. The snowman-shaped pendants sell for $20 and were assembled by volunteers who must really care about animals. [StyleList] Keep reading »