Posts tagged "holidays"

Tips From A Recessionista: Celebrating The Holidays On A Budget

On Monday it was finally made official: the U.S. is definitely in a recession. While most of us have been feeling the pinch for a while, the holidays bring an added challenge to stretch our dollars as far as we can. The good news is that from gift giving to decorating and dressing for parties,…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 3, 2008

Break Up, Already!

We’re just going to come right out and say it: staying in a bad relationship just because you a) don’t want to be alone for the holidays or b) don’t want to be the bad guy/gal who dumped someone during the most wonderful time of the year is a waste. Why wait until after the…

By: First30Days.com / December 3, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: 25 Awesome Gifts Under $25

Just because your pockets are hurting doesn’t mean you have to give crappy gifts. After the jump, 25 totally sweet gifts for $25 and under. We might just buy them for ourselves. For fun.

By: Annika Harris / December 2, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: He Said/She Said Gift Giving For Couples

It’s always tricky when the holidays arrive and you’re in a relatively new relationship. What do you get your boy or girlfriend after just a month? Or what about that odd three-month mark? You don’t want to go overboard, but you don’t want to under-buy and look like the thoughtless cheapo. Well, we’re here to…

By: Jessica Amason / December 1, 2008

Dating Don’ts: How Not To Handle Gifting Situations

Have you ever gotten a gift so ugly, so utterly not you, that you can’t even fake a kind response? That’s how I felt opening a box that contained the silver-plated, faux-turquoise-encrusted bracelet my then boyfriend gifted me one Christmas.

“Santa Fe fake?” I asked, slipping it over my hand, and removing it…

By: Judy McGuire / November 27, 2008

John Legend Makes Me Want To Be A Ho-Ho-Ho!

Last night, “A Colbert Christmas” made even this Jew get into the holiday spirit. The hilarious cheeseball musical spoof featured Feist, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Jon Stewart, Toby Keith and some smooth dance moves by the big man himself, Stephen Colbert. While it might be hard to stand out in that crowd, Joh…

By: Simcha / November 26, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: Books Every Shelf Will Love

You cannot go wrong buying someone a book as a gift — um, unless they’re illiterate of course. After the jump, 15 books we totally fell for, that would make just about anyone with a shelf happy.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 26, 2008

All I Want For Christmas Is A Beach Vacation

According to today’s New York Times‘ Business section, travel is expect to be down — way down — this holiday season and last minute deals on airfares and hotels could dip just as low. This is bad news for the economy, but great news for people like moi, who hate all the over the to…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2008

Crave: Lovely Holiday Cards

Every year we mean to send out holiday cards, and every year we get so sidetracked by all the pretty lights and mistletoe and marshmallow snowmen that we never get around to it. And after the holidays we even go so far as to stock up on holiday cards that are 75% off at all…

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 24, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: Customizable Presents

Children love anything that is one-of-a-kind or with their names on it. But newsflash, so do adults, especially if they have uncommon names that manufacturers neglect to put on novelty items. Customized or personalized gifts are the best to give because they show you know the receiver rather well and the gift wasn’t a last…

By: Annika Harris / November 24, 2008

The Frisky Gift Guide: 20 Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Spoiler alert: Santa doesn’t exist. Strangely, the inclusion in my stocking of practical items like toothpaste and lotion never tipped me off to this. Why would Santa give me boring things like that? I suppose he might have thought I wouldn’t enjoy my chocolate-covered raisins if I had cavities, but these thoughts never occurred to…

By: Catherine Strawn / November 22, 2008

How To Survive The Holidays

Already, the holidays are right around the corner, and before you know it, they’ll be here. But come Christmas Day, if everyone’s supposed to be brimming with cheer, why is mom crying at the stove and Uncle Pete hanging out down at the local bar? Probably because of all the baggage we carry into the…

By: First30Days.com / November 19, 2008

Will Vibrators Be the Big Holiday Gift This Year?

Yesterday I posted about the Leading Lipstick Indicator, “a surprisingly reliable theory that suggests consumers turn to inexpensive little treats, like lipstick, when they start freaking out about the future.” It seems that included in those inexpensive indulgences, we women are splurging on sex toys to get us through the hard times. At a benefit…

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 19, 2008

Sweetest Day: An Occasion for Atonement?

Today is Sweetest Day, that odd Hallmark Holiday that remains the awkward teen stepsister to the slightly more tolerable and decidedly more popular Valentine’s Day. I first heard of Sweetest Day years ago when I was a floral designer in Chicago and some poor guy came into to the shop on his lunch break throwing…

By: Wendy Atterberry / October 18, 2008

Thakoon Goes From Prospective First Lady To Target

Before Michelle Obama appeared in a Thakoon dress at the Democratic National Convention, the designer had no idea she would be wearing one of his creations. “I saw her on TV and I couldn’t even look, I was so embarrassed from being excited,” Thakoon Panichgul said. And now we’re embarrassed for being so excited because…

By: Catherine Strawn / October 15, 2008

Happy Kiss & Make Up Day!

Today is Kiss & Make Up Day — are you fighting with someone and want to take this opportunity to mend things? I am, but I have tried to mend it, to no avail. Perhaps the person who’s refused my attempts to make peace will consider this another invitation. And after the jump, some celebrity…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 25, 2008

Make Money Off Your Ex

Say you and your boyfriend break up after celebrating many holidays together. There was the Christmas he gave you the diamond earrings, the birthday you got a Tiffany necklace, and the anniversary he screwed a Cartier love bracelet around your wrist. It feels sort of weird wearing them after the fact, doesn’t it? Well, there…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 6, 2008

Happy Black Day!

Think we have too many lame romantic holidays in the U.S.? Don’t visit South Korea. There, marketers have cooked up even more days to make single people feel bad about themselves. White Day, on March 14, is when men give gifts to women. (Local custom dictates that women give men presents on Valentine’s Day.) Black…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 14, 2008

It’s National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day!

Seriously! If you’re in the mood, send your local Planned Parenthood a muffin basket. We’re sure they’d appreciate it. [Nerve.com]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 10, 2008

Valentine’s Day Isn’t For Everyone

Valentine’s Day might be my least favorite holiday in the entire year. I hate that I can’t go out to dinner with friends, wear red or pink (unless I want people to think that I dressed for the day), or pick up a prescription without being bombarded by those disgusting-tasting conversation hearts at the drugstore.

By: Catherine Strawn / February 11, 2008
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