I know what it’s like to be broke and have kids to shop for during the holidays: It’s impossible to know what to get them in the first place, and then when you do find out what toys they want, they’re Lego sets that cost $200. No, sir. That is an expense for Santa.
The virtue of DIY projects is that they make the most fun out of the simplest possible materials, and cater to kids’ imaginative capacities. Plus, they’re cheap, which is good for you. Take a look at 10 ideas for inexpensive DIY toys you can make for kids this holiday season!
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Not sure what to get for that hard-to-buy person on your holiday list? T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are making shopping easier this year by bringing back their Holiday Gift Hotline, with famous gifting experts as their operators! Pretty cool, huh?
According to a survey by T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, parents, colleagues, men, teenagers and hosts/hostesses are the hardest types of people to shop for, with parents receiving the most un-inventive holiday gifts. To help out consumers who need some guidance, they’ve tapped experts in those five categories to provide personalized gifting consultations free of charge. Keep reading »
I love Christmas, but I loathe the mall at Christmastime. From assholes who steal parking spaces to children running wild and wailing around Santaland, here are 17 reasons we try to avoid the mall at all costs in December. Or, in other words, why I believe in drunk Christmas shopping (in GIFs!) Keep reading »
You know that phrase, “It’s the thought that counts”? I feel like we’ve gotten away from it a little. It’s used ironically so often now — like, you got a bad gift, but hey, at least the person thought to give you a gift, right? Nah, nah, nah. Let’s stop that.
It really is the thought that counts. Giving a gift is a way of conveying to a person that you know them, you know what they’re passionate about, you know their priorities, you know how they want to present themselves to the world. It’s a way of facilitating their goals, and their self-expression. It’s a way of telling them that you value them, and what about them you value. Keep reading »
So, you’ve left the nest. Maybe you bailed on your suburban childhood home for college, or for life in a big city, or a town across the state. Maybe you have the occasional tendency to think you’re pretty hot shit because you’re off doing Big Exciting Things while everything back home seemingly stands still. Rest assured, however, that whatever impression you have of yourself as some above-it-all hip young thing will dissipate as soon as you, along with all the others who fled, descend upon your hometown. Celebrating the holidays back home is a mental time warp that keeps you seesawing between nostalgia and annoyance every few seconds until you finally leave town again. This insanity tends to arrive in stages as you sink deeper into the Thanksgiving fever dream. After the jump, a few universal facepalm moments that arise when you visit your hometown for Thanksgiving – in GIFs! Keep reading »
Residents of Reading, Pennsylvania were horrified when they first laid eyes on the droopy, sparse Christmas tree decorating their downtown square. They claimed it was reminiscent of “Charlie Brown” and a total bummer. To be fair, it is pretty fugly (and it’s topped with a giant pretzel of all things), though I try to remain under the idealistic impression that the holiday season is about more than appearances. After all, the spruce was a last-minute backup after crews from the city’s Downtown Improvement District were unable to cut down the tree they’d originally chosen. For an understudy, it sure is doing its best. That didn’t stop the debate from evolving into a citywide “controversy” that shook the community and ultimately, far corners of this great nation. Keep reading »