gift guides

WTF White Elephant Gifts safe enough for an office party

Oh, it’s about that season again — the time of year when we all awkwardly gather around with groups of people we may or may not know at all (randos at the office! second cousins and their new girlfriends at family gatherings! neighbors who just moved to the hood!) and give each other weird (but not so weird that they’re offensive) gifts as part of a white elephant gift exchange.

The most ridiculously adorable gifts to snag on Small Business Saturday (that you’ll totally want to keep)

If you’re planning to take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Hangover Tuesday, you’ll probably snag some sweet deals. But don’t forget: toooons of small businesses also have sales and promotions going on which allow you to stock up gifts for the holidays while supporting indie and small businesses. I rounded up a bunch of ludicrously endearing gifts for that super special weirdo in your life… or let’s face it, just for ourselves.

Super sweet host & hostess gifts to bring to all your summer parties and BBQs

Super sweet host & hostess gifts to bring to all your summer parties and BBQs

You’re probably lining up a whole lot of BBQs, summer parties, and general merriment now that the weather’s finer and we’re all in vacay mode (even if we’re just dreaming about it!). The best way to ensure that you keep getting an invite to those swankier parties is to bring a host/ess gift. They’re putting work into hosting and feeding y’all, so it’s a nice gesture.

Here are some of my favorite ways to say, “thanks for letting me eat, drink, and be merry with you!”

Harry Potter gifts to compensate for not getting your owl AGAIN this year

It can be challenging to find the right gifts for your family. But if they’re Potterphiles? Then it gets super-duper easy. We may all be Muggles sitting around at our day jobs, but at night, yer a wizard, ‘arry. I’m a what?

Let’s shop for baby mandrakes, Cars Against Potter, Hogwarts travel posters, “Boo, you whorecrux” mugs, and all things Potter….

Holiday gift ideas that you'd actually WANT to give (or keep!)

Secret Santa gifts that you’d actually WANT to give (or keep!)

It’s the unofficial holiday we all love to hate: BLACK FRIDAY! For some of us, this whole post-Thanksgiving weekend is going to be all about the deals and getting presents at the lowest prices we can find. It’s actually a pretty good time to find some of those inevitable white elephant and Secret Santa gifts, too.

I’ve included gifts in a variety of price ranges since there’s usually a limit or minimum when it comes to these round robin-style gift exchanges.

Long distance friendship gifts

Gifts for long distance friends to say you miss the shit out of them

Got a friend moving away? Going to college? Teaching abroad? Or maybe you’re in a long distance relationship that needs some care via air mail? Whatever the case, sometimes you want to send some love, some cheer, some sympathy, or an “I cannot wait to see your fucking face” to someone far away.

We’ve got postal service than can deliver your feelings (be they card, food, or booze variety) to anywhere you want. I went a-hunting to see if I could find some suitably awesome gifts for long distance friends to give you some ideas.

Happy Donut Day: Fill your eyes with these delicious donut themed gifts

Happy Donut Day! Is it just me that geeks out over food-themed days? I thought I’d take this as an excuse to do another dorky themed gift roundup (AKA. one of my favorite things to do) and also talk about donuts. My favorite kind is boring, but amazing: The plain with chocolate glaze. What’s your favorite kind? And while we’re thinking about favorite donuts, here’s how to fill your eyes with them, even if you can’t fill your stomach with them…

Check out the Pi-themed gifts round-up you’ll never want to end

It’s one of my favorite days of the year: Pi Day! March 14th is when we celebrate everyone’s favorite irrational number with clever Pi-themed home goods. I’ve whipped up a whole new bunch since our last round-up. And by “new” I mean Pi-themed gifts (and jokes!) you probably haven’t seen before…