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 new year (or worse yet, after Valentine’s Day) to make a change and move forward? It’s not going to be easy, but isn’t it better to be free than to be dreading an impending breakup for the next couple of weeks or months?
Here are our top 5 highly unscientific reasons you should break up before January 1st: Keep reading »
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. Keep reading »
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 help – we’ve compiled a list of holiday gift ideas for guys and girls at each of the pivotal relationship points.
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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 before it could turn my wrist green. I could tell that he was a little hurt, but c’mon. I had fire engine red hair and a pierced nose. He may as well have given me a beige mu-mu and a hairnet.
How does that old adage go? ‘Tis better to give than to receive? Generally, I disagree with this sentiment (after all, who doesn’t like presents?), but in that particular case it rang true. Gift giving and receiving introduces a whole new element of tension in even the most established relationships. Will it fit her? Do you think it’ll cover his bald spot? So I’m here to help you negotiate this treacherous terrain by making sure you don’t do the wrong thing. Keep reading »
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, John Legend, dressed as a sexy park ranger, got me in the mood to be a gift that keeps on giving. What is it about a man in uniform?! John did a hot little number about eggnog with nutmeg. With funny lines like, “Serving eggnog without nutmeg is like serving turkey without a duck and a chicken inside it” and seductive lyrics like, “it’s pure, and it’s fine, and it’s ready to grind,” let’s just say I’d like to put the “Mmm..” in his nutmeg. [Colbert Nation] Keep reading »
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. Keep reading »
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 top cheer of the holiday season. I’d like nothing more than to escape the twinkling Christmas lights and street clogging shoppers and spend my holidays lounging on a beach with a cocktail in one hand and a gossip magazine in the other. And with the promise of doing it on the cheap, I just may. Keep reading »
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 the stores so we can save money and have cards when the next holiday season rolls around. But by then, we have no idea what has happened to those cards and once again, we get sidetracked by the prettiness of the holidays and we never get around to buying new ones. WELL NO MORE! This year we will start early, we will get cards before we are sidetracked. We will buy pretty cards, like these, and we will write in them and address them and mail them off in record time and everyone will love them! Only, it will have been so long since they’ve heard from us they won’t remember who we are. [Box of 12 for $18, Shop Red Bean] Keep reading »
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 minute idea. Plus, you can design and purchase all of these gifts online, so you can avoid the holiday shopping frenzy all together. We suggest you order these gifts early because it can take a couple of weeks to complete the order. Keep reading »
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 me. This year, don’t make your loved ones aware that Santa is fictional by stuffing their stockings with boring nonsense like travel-size shampoo. Instead, fill their giant socks with junk that has a little pizazz. A shower cap with ears? I can only hope the fat man in red gives me one of those next month. Keep reading »