Plus bad gifts, bad gift-givers and bad attitudes.
Jangus. There's only X number of shopping days until that thing. So, let's call T-minus one week last minute. Enjoy and please don't say, "my presence should be presents enough," it's not that clever… get them at least something as valuable as a 12-pack.
The home office, YourTango.com, has ten great homemade gifts for us procrastinators: Out Of Cash And Time? 10 Last Minute And Homemade Gift Ideas
But if you want to spend loot (or keesh), The Daily Beast has a definitive gadget gift guide. If your guy's a gizmo geek, get going.
For the one guy who reads this, The Frisky has 19 gifts that will not get you laid. It's a slide show and it mercifully does not include a dribble glass-effect condom.
Back to YourTango. A more thoughtful approach to gift-giving. Get it on: Figuring Out Gifts He'll Actually Like
And, as much as we like stuff, maybe the best gift is giving someone else. College Candy (those precocious coeds) has a guide to charitable giving this time of years (the Human Fund is still probably not real).
Glo has a nice lesson on gift etiquette this time of year and the only thing I can say is PLEASE know your recipient's limitations and don't intentionally outclass them. No one likes giving a shameful gift.
And a newish site called TheGiftInsider has a much more scientific approach to getting stuff for people. Very cool. Give it a gander and pray to Gosh that your personality doesn't secretly appreciate really crappy gifts.
And back to the home office. What if your fella is just wildly inept at picking out presents?: My Husband Stinks At Giving Gifts
And sometimes your best gift is a little patience. LoveInTheDumps has word that some guys are just an acquired taste.
Speaking of acquiring a taste, BadOnlineDates has sage advice from their resident barkeep. This time around: what's up with mistletoe.
Lemondrop also has a resident dude. This week he has a guide of what not to do as singleton 'round Christmastime. I'd like to add that people really love general Grinchiness and when you tell little kids the horrible truth about Santy Claus.
Huffington Post has Robert Leahy (PhD) take on the holiday blues. There're some great thoughts on the roots of loneliness and despair.
My buddy Simone Grant takes on holiday loneliness, swallows a bitter pill and realizes it absolutely, positively won't kill her. She and I agree very much on one thing: calling something a holiday survival guide is a pretty stupid unless it involves an actual trip to the North Pole.
All of us are very sensitive to Jesus birthday ennui. Em And Lo (EmAndLo.com) take on the question of whether you should dump someone before Christmas or afterwards. Not a fun question.
Asylum discusses the gift that keeps giving: wealth. It turns out that rich broads aren't so much into boy toys but attractive, older men who also earn good livings. Which begs the question: Are sugar daddies the only thing keeping upward mobility alive in this country?
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